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Just that…Breaking News stories that are of interest……

Last minute Trump/Ryancare Crazy shit….

Desperate times ….Desperate measures?

The Freedom Caucus goes around House Speaker Ryan to Trump for rewrites of the Trump/Ryancare Bill?

For something that would have even LESS of a chance in the Senate?

(These last minute changes do NOT have analysis by the Congressional Budget Office …So NO ONE knows what they cost out to….)

Just hours before an expected Thursday vote in the House, congressional Republicans are considering massive changes to insurance coverage without even a basic idea of what those changes would mean.

According to House Freedom Caucus members, the conservative group is negotiating directly with President Donald Trump and the White House on an amendment to the Republican health care bill, seemingly cutting out GOP leadership from the conversation as Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his deputies work to corral votes for a bill that is, in these latest provisions, a mystery even to them.

The re-opening of negotiations is an admission of what has been clear all along ― that the bill as constructed by Ryan does not have the votes to pass on Thursday. It also represents a major reorganization of a significant chunk of the American economy in a matter of hours.

Conservatives are using their considerable leverage on the measure ― the Freedom Caucus has demonstrated it has the votes to sink the legislation ― to extract concessions on the Essential Health Benefits section of the bill, which mandates that insurers offer plans covering 10 services: outpatient care, emergency room visits, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and addiction treatment, prescription drugs, rehabilitative services, lab services, preventive care and pediatric services.

“Negotiations are taking place,” Freedom Caucus member Randy Weber (R-Texas) told reporters Wednesday night. Asked if he thought they were going to get to a deal, Weber said it sounded like it.

“The president’s moving our way,” he said….

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British Parliament attack…Injuries

Police shot an alleged assailant outside Britain’s Parliament compound and a vehicle plowed through terrified pedestrians along a landmark bridge Wednesday in what authorities treated as a “terrorist incident.”

Officials said there were a range of casualties, including one police officer stabbed. A hospital official said at least one civilian was killed.

Even before full details emerged, the apparent attacks and chaos were certain to raise security levels in London and other Western capitals and bring further scrutiny on counterterrorism measures.

Meanwhile, authorities tried to piece together the sequence of events at one of the city’s most highly protected sites. The questions included whether the bedlam on the nearby Westminster Bridge was part of a coordinated attack that possibly employed elements of past terrorist strikes — including vehicles ramming crowds in Nice and Berlin last year.

“We are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise,” said a Twitter message from London Metropolitan Police….

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Federal Judge in Hawaii halts Trump No Enter Muslim Ban 2.0 before it starts…

FEATUREDThey KNEW they where trying to do the IMPOSSIBLE with the history of Donald Trump sticking to the basic that the ban IS in FACT and Muslim ban…

In looking at the body of the judge’s ruling?

He threw tha BOOK and the KITCHEN Sink at the Trump & Co. second try….

At this rate there will be NO Ban approved….

A federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday issued a sweeping freeze of President Trump’s new executive order hours before it would have temporarily barred the issuance of new visas to citizens of six Muslim-majority countries and suspended the admission of new refugees.

In a blistering 43-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson pointed to Trump’s own comments and those of his close advisers as evidence that his order was meant to discriminate against Muslims and declared there was a “strong likelihood of success” that those suing would prove the directive violated the Constitution.

Watson declared that “a reasonable, objective observer — enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements, and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance — would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion.”

He lambasted the government, in particular, for asserting that because the ban did not apply to all Muslims in the world, it could not be construed as discriminating against Muslims.

“The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable,” Watson wrote. “The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.”

At a rally in Nashville, Trump called the ruling “terrible” and asked a cheering crowd whether the ruling was “done by a judge for political reasons.” He said the administration would fight the case “as far as it needs to go,” including up to the Supreme Court, and rued that he had been persuaded to sign a “watered-down version” of his first travel ban….

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MSNBC releases Donald Trump’s 2005 Tax Return Info….

Rachel Maddow has outed the 2005 Trump Trump tax return on her show …. 

A portion of President Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return was published Tuesday.

Reporter David Cay Johnston says he found the first two pages of Trump’s 2005 federal income tax return in his mailbox. Johnston published a story on his website, DCReport.org, and appeared on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Tuesday to reveal details from the document, including that Trump earned more than $150 million that year.

Read more here, and see the two pages of the 2005 tax return below:

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NYC Schools OPEN Wed. March 15, 2017…..

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⚠ New York City district schools will be open tomorrow, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. All programs and activities will be held as scheduled.

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GOP Speaker Ryan has a CBO Problem….

GOP House  SpeakerRyan has problems with Conservative Republicans, Democrats, Senate Republicans and Democrats, and Centrist Republicans in his own House….

House Republican leaders plunged into damage control mode Monday after a brutal budgetary assessment of their Obamacare replacement threatened to upend Senate GOP support and armed their critics on the left.

Speaker Paul Ryan’s team quickly pinpointed rosier elements of the report by the Congressional Budget Office, from cost savings to lower premiums. But the bottom line — that the number of uninsured Americans would climb by 24 million within a decade — threatened to upend the GOP leadership’s fragile efforts to unite congressional Republicans around the plan.

“Can’t sugarcoat it. Doesn’t look good,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.). “The CBO score was, shall we say, an eye-popper.”

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas sought to distance the Senate from the House bill, saying “we expect to do better” than the results that CBO showed.

“The House is going to continue to work on the bill to try and build support for it. But until they do, there’s not much for the Senate to do,” Cornyn said. Asked about conservative predictions this bill can’t pass the Senate, he said: “It’s premature to talk about that.”

That’s to say nothing of centrists spooked by the CBO results. Though conservatives have been the most vocally resistant to the plan so far, the new figures underscore the danger that moderate Republicans who hail from states that embraced Obamacare’s massive Medicaid expansion face if they support the bill. This contingent of House Republicans has been mostly muted about the bill so far and has been viewed by leadership allies as likely to fall in line.

The CBO score is a new obstacle for Republicans hoping to coalesce around a health care vision…..

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New York City School ‘s CLOSED 3/14/17 Due to Storm Stella….Snow Day

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Bill de Blasio‏@NYCMayor

Because of tonight’s expected snowstorm, @NYCSchools will be CLOSED tomorrow, March 14th.

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Sessions asks for resignations of ALL Obama chosen US Attorney’s…

US Attorney’s actually serve at the President’s pleasure….

It is NOT unusual for an incoming President to pick new ones…

What IS raising eyebrows is that New York Southern District head Preet Bharra has been asked to submit his papers….

Bharra was personally assured he would be kept on even though he was an Obama choice like the rest asked to leave….

The moves do seem like a purge, one day after Fox talking face Sean Hannity remarked that Trump should clean house of the remaining Obama holdovers….

The Trump administration on Friday moved to sweep away the remaining vestiges of Obama administration prosecutors at the Justice Department, ordering 46 holdover United States attorneys to tender their resignations immediately — including Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan.

The firings were a surprise — especially for Mr. Bharara, who has a reputation for prosecuting public corruption cases. In November, Mr. Bharara met with then President-elect Donald J. Trump at Trump Tower and told reporters afterward that Mr. Trump had asked him about staying on, which the prosecutor said he expected to do.

But on Friday, Mr. Bharara was among federal prosecutors who received a call from Dana Boente, the acting deputy attorney general, instructing him to resign, according to a person familiar with the matter. A spokesman for Mr. Bharara declined to comment.

Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said in an email that all remaining holdover United States attorneys had been asked to resign, leaving their deputy United States attorneys, who are career officials, in place in an acting capacity.

“As was the case in prior transitions, many of the United States Attorneys nominated by the previous administration already have left the Department of Justice,” she said in the email. “The Attorney General has now asked the remaining 46 presidentially appointed U.S. Attorneys to tender their resignations in order to ensure a uniform transition.”

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Trump wants Congress to probe Obama wiretapping him rumor…

We now got the sublime to the ridiculous…

The President of the United States wants to have Congress check on his predecessor based on a article in a Conservative blog?

All this as the Trump & Co. Russian contact’s probes begin to heat up?

NY Daily News Covers

President Trump, a day after leveling a widely disputed allegation that President Barack Obama had ordered the tapping of his phones, demanded a congressional inquiry into whether Mr. Obama abused the power of federal law enforcement agencies before the 2016 presidential election.

In a statement from his spokesman, Mr. Trump called “reports” about the wiretapping “very troubling” and said that Congress should examine them as part of its investigations into Russia’s meddling in the election.

“President Donald J. Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016,” Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said in the statement.

Mr. Spicer, who repeated the entire statement in a series of Twitter messages, added that “neither the White House nor the president will comment further until such oversight is conducted.”

A spokesman for Mr. Obama and his former aides have called the accusation by Mr. Trump completely false, saying that Mr. Obama never ordered any wiretapping of a United States citizen.

“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” Kevin Lewis, Mr. Obama’s spokesman, said in a statement on Saturday.

Mr. Trump’s demand for a congressional investigation appears to be based, at least in part, on unproved claims by Breitbart News and conservative talk radio hosts that secret warrants were issued authorizing the tapping of the phones of Mr. Trump and his aides at Trump Tower in New York.

Senior law enforcement and intelligence officials who worked in the Obama administration have said there were no such secret intelligence warrants regarding Mr. Trump. Asked whether such a warrant existed, James R. Clapper Jr., a former director of national intelligence, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program, “Not to my knowledge, no.”

“There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time as a candidate or against his campaign,” Mr. Clapper added.

Mr. Trump’s demands for a congressional investigation were initially met with skepticism by lawmakers, including Republicans….

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It does seem that Trump is trying to regress back to the campaign mode of making America’s first mixed race President a political target…

This could be seen a way for Trump to drag the spotlight away from him and to the Democrats…Are we re-runing the 2016 election?

Will Trump ask for an investigation of Hillary Clinton next?

REALLY?

How long are we gonna be subjected to all of this?

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Trump Budget request is for 10% INCREASE in Defense spending …Cut’s everywhere else

All NONE Defense and National Security executive agencies and Foreign Aide will be asked to make cuts …..

Remember folks….

Congress decides HOW the Federal revenue is spent …..

There is NO WAY this budget request will pass, even with a Republicans led Congress….

Anybody remember the budget sequester?

(This is ANOTHER example of people who do NOT know what they are doing trying to run a country…)

The Trump administration is proposing a budget it says will increase defense spending by $54 billion and cut non-defense spending by the same amount.

The White House is sending a topline budget proposal reflecting those figures to federal agencies on Monday afternoon, according to an Office of Management and Budget official.

The official provided no specific details during a call with reporters about the rest of the budget, including the baseline figure being used for the cuts or over what period they would be made.

“Most federal agencies will see a reduction as a result,” the official said, with cuts falling most heavily on “lower priority” programs as well as foreign aid.

When asked where the extra $54 billion will be spent, the official said “predominantly it will go to the Pentagon,” but declined to name specific offices.

The White House would not permit the official to be named, even though the president last Friday personally condemned the use of anonymous sources.

The budget would fundamentally alter a set of spending rules known as the sequester brokered in a 2013 deal between President Obama and Congress….

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Presidential Budgets ARE Political statements….

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The budget would fulfill Mr. Trump’s campaign promise to shock Washington by slashing the government work force — but it is virtually ensured to be discarded by Hill Republicans who see many of Mr. Trump’s cuts as too rushed, indiscriminate and reckless.

“You can’t drain the swamp and leave all of the people in it,” Mick Mulvaney, the White House’s budget director, said during a briefing on Wednesday.

The budget would cut the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent, the State Department by 28 percent and Health and Human Services by 17.9 percent. Funding to several smaller government agencies that have long been targets of conservatives — like the Legal Services Corporation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts — would be axed entirely.

The chances of Mr. Trump’s first budget passing Congress in its current form are slim. Many of the proposals would be nonstarters for Democrats, and some would be problematic for Republicans…

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Trump Labor pick Andrew Pudzer confirmation in serious trouble..

CNN is reporting that the Labor Sec choice has MORE THAN FOUR ‘NO’ votes  indicated from Republican Senators….

The number could be as much as 12 Republicans lined up against the choice…

The word is that Republicans are telling the White House to pull Pudzer…

More to come on this fast moving story….

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Manu Raju ‏@mkraju 25m25 minutes ago

EXCLUSIVE: Top Senate Rs have urged the WH to withdraw Puzder nomination. There are 4 firm no votes and up to 12, source says. Next on CNN

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Breaking…Trump people continually spoke to Russians DURING the Campaign…

It wasn’t JUST Flynn…..

Trump people talking the Russians was WIDESPREAD and ONGOING.

Clinton’s emails?

Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.

American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time that they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said. The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.

The officials interviewed in recent weeks said that, so far, they had seen no evidence of such cooperation.

But the intercepts alarmed American intelligence and law enforcement agencies, in part because of the amount of contact that was occurring while Mr. Trump was speaking glowingly about the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. At one point last summer, Mr. Trump said at a campaign event that he hoped Russian intelligence services had stolen Hillary Clinton’s emails and would make them public.

The officials said the intercepted communications were not limited to Trump campaign officials, and included other associates of Mr. Trump. On the Russian side, the contacts also included members of the Russian government outside of the intelligence services, the officials said. All of the current and former officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the continuing investigation is classified….

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.@PressSec Sean Spicer tells @jonkarl nobody on the Trump campaign had contact with Russia before the election http://abcn.ws/2lMw9vf

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NSC Head Mike Flynn has become politically radioactive…Update…Flynn has stepped down from the NSC

UpdateCNN is reporting Flynn has resigned as the head of the NSC .….

In a piece 24 hours ago we pointed to a NY Times piece that reported that the National Security Council head Ret. Gen Mike Flynn has been outed by NSA intercepts to have spoken on the phone to an Russian offical BEFORE Donald Trump was swore in about sanctions President Obama had leveled against Russia for inteferance in the 2016 elections and their moves in the Crimea….

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THAT could be against the Law….

On top of that ?

Flynn told Vice President Pence that he did NOT bring up sanctions….

On top of that?

Sally Yates, the filling in Attorney General before Jeff Sessions got confirmed is now known to have warned the Trump Chief White House  lawyer of Flynn’s action’s …..She was later fired for refusing to defend the Trump travel ban which has been stopped in its tracks as illegal (Yates made a good call?)…..

The Trump White House has been all over the place with leaks about Flynn’s status and President Trump has been mute in answering questions thrown at him by reporters….

Flyn is currently being investigated by no less than four Congressional panels and the FBI, CIA and NSA….

The man is a walking distarction and is politically radioactive….

Questions are now being whispered as to did Flynn doe this on his own?….or was he instructed to do this from Donald Trump, who has tried his hardest to forge a realtionship with the Russians……

Oh, and their is a Russian file out there known to some with ‘dicey’ stuff on President Trump that could be damaging to him politically….

The latest is that the Trump people maybe looking at ANOTHER Retired General to replace Flynn….

Micheal Petraeus….

And he pleading to mishandling secret stuff back a few years ago…..

Really?

You just can’t make this stuff up…..

Michael T. Flynn, the embattled national security adviser, faced an uncertain future on Monday as White House officials delivered conflicting messages about whether he still enjoys the confidence of President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

The Justice Department had warned the White House that Mr. Flynn had misled senior Trump administration officials about whether he had discussed American sanctions against Vladimir V. Putin’s regime during a phone call with Russia’s ambassador to the United States weeks before the inauguration, and that he could be open to blackmail by Russia, said a former senior official.

At the same time, Mr. Pence has told administration officials that he believes Mr. Flynn lied to him by saying he had not discussed the topic of sanctions on a call with the ambassador in late December. Even the mere discussion of policy — and the apparent attempt to assuage the concerns of an American adversary before Mr. Flynn took office — represents a remarkable breach of protocol.

The F.B.I. has been examining Mr. Flynn’s phone calls as he has come under growing questions about his interactions with Russian officials and his management of the National Security Council. In addition, the Army has been investigating whether Mr. Flynn received money from the Russian government during a trip he took to Moscow in 2015, according to two defense officials….

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Amid this news, the list of possible replacements includes retired Gen. David Petraeus, who’s scheduled to meet with Trump at the White House on Tuesday, according to two people familiar with the plans. Other possibilities: Stephen Hadley, who served as national security adviser under President George W. Bush; Tom Bossert, who also served as a national security aide under Bush and now oversees cybersecurity under Trump; Adm. James Stavridis, dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts; and Department of Homeland Security head John Kelly.

Petraeus was briefly considered for secretary of state during the transition but was passed over in part because of his 2015 conviction for mishandling classified information.

Questions about Flynn’s status were met with conflicting responses by White House officials Monday. “The president is evaluating the situation,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Monday evening. “He’s getting input, he’s looking at the situation.”

Earlier in the day, Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway sent a different message in a television appearance. “General Flynn does enjoy the full confidence of the president,” Conway told MSNBC.

Trump hasn’t addressed questions about Flynn since Friday, when he told reporters on board Air Force One that he would “look into” the reports that Flynn lied about improperly discussing sanctions imposed on Russia by the Obama administration with Russia’s ambassador before Trump’s inauguration….

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Verizon Brings Back Unlimited Data Plans….

I for one ……Will welcome not STILL getting held up by the Verizon Data bandit….

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Sprint and T-Mobile have been targeting Verizon’s customer base with unlimited offerings, which they began advertising heavily last fall. In recent Super Bowl commercials, both carriers slammed Verizon for its expensive bills. Sprint’s ad went so far as to show a father faking his own death to get out of a Verizon contract.

But Sprint and T-Mobile’s unlimited plans typically come with some caveats—such as only allowing for lower quality video streaming. Verizon says its unlimited plan allows users to stream high-definition video.

Like other unlimited plans in the industry, Verizon says it might slow data speeds for some users on congested cell towers if they have consumed more than 22 gigabytes of data in a single month. Verizon says two-thirds of customers don’t use more than 5 gigabytes of data a month.

Verizon spokesman Jeffrey Nelson said the new plan wasn’t a response to competition, rather it was a sign of network quality. “This is not following anybody,” Mr. Nelson said. “This is offering unlimited with great confidence that our network is built for it.”

The new plans will be available to both existing and new customers starting Monday. Verizon will also continue to sell plans with monthly amounts of data….

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Seven-time Grammy-winning singer Al Jarreau is gone…

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He had advised that he was retiring yesterday due to being tired…

Al Jarreau, a Grammy Award-winning singer whose versatile tenor voice and vibrant stage style blurred the lines between jazz, soul and pop music, died Feb. 12 at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 76.

His publicist, Joe Gordon, announced the death, saying the singer had been treated for exhaustion, after announcing his retirement from touring last week. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Mr. Jarreau was loosely classified as a jazz singer, but his eclectic style was entirely his own, polished through years of obscure apprenticeship in lonely nightclubs. He did not release his first album until 1975, when he was 35, but within two years, he had won the first of his seven Grammy Awards and had begun to attract a wide following.

He was dubbed the “acrobat of scat” for the way he adopted the fast, wordless syllables of bebop jazz musicians, but he did not limit himself to the musical backdrop of an earlier generation….

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Trump Army Sec pick drops out due to business connections…

…from CNN…

….’President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Army, Vincent Viola, is withdrawing, citing business ties.

“Mr. Viola has informed President Trump that he will be unable to accept his nomination to serve as secretary of the Army as the challenges of separating Mr. Viola from the organizations that he has built over the last thirty-five years have proven insurmountable,” a statement from Viola’s team said’….

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