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

Trump / Republican Congress Immigration policy Updates…

While Trump has NOT been able to get his ‘wall’ or Muslim ban?

He has jaw boned illegal border crossing down by record amounts….

In addition, while he has not gotten money for more immigration enforcement ?….Immigration and Border cops HAVE increased their searches for illegals resulting in increased deportation cases…

The Hill does a piece on a new House bill offered up and the actions of the Trump admin to increase sticking to the letter of the law  against illegal’s in America….

The Trump administration has found a way to deport millions of undocumented aliens without hearings, and the Republican-controlled congress is working on enforcement-only legislation.

On May 16, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), introduced the Davis-Oliver Act, H.R. 2431. Davis and Oliver were law enforcement officers who were murdered by an alien returning to the United States illegally after being deported twice. …

Section 314 makes crimes out of illegal entry and unlawful presence. If an offender does not have three misdemeanor convictions or a felony conviction, a first offense can result in imprisonment for up to six months. Subsequent offenses can result in imprisonment for up to two years.

The Davis-Oliver Act would make it possible for the states to take over the responsibility for immigration enforcement if a future president limits enforcement the way Obama did. ..

The Republicans can deport most of the undocumented aliens in the country if they choose to do so, but it would take a long time and would be very expensive politically as well as financially…..

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Update on Haitian Refugees ….

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BREAKING: Federal officials: DHS to extend temporary protected status to Haitians

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Iranian Moderate wins Presidential re-election…

Iran’s current President Hassan Rouhani will continue to try to bring his country out of isolation from the West, even against efforts of hardliners at home….

Riding a large turnout from Iran’s urban middle classes, President Hassan Rouhani won re-election in a landslide on Saturday, giving him a mandate to continue his quest to expand personal freedoms and open Iran’s ailing economy to global investors.

Perhaps as important, analysts say, the resounding victory should enable him to strengthen the position of the moderate and reformist faction as the country prepares for the end of the rule of the 78-year-old supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Of the 41 million votes cast, the Interior Ministry said, Mr. Rouhani won 23 million (or 57 percent), soundly defeating his chief opponent, Ebrahim Raisi, who received 15.7 million (38.5 percent). Iranian state television congratulated Mr. Rouhani on his victory.

Turnout was heavy, with more than 70 percent of Iran’s 56 million voters casting ballots.

Despite the healthy margin of victory, Mr. Rouhani, 68, will face considerable headwinds, both at home and abroad, as he embarks on his second term….

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Many may be surprised that a country demonized  by the West in fact holds democratic elections in which the person with the MOST VOTES WINS….

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With Trump out of the country?…Leaks…

“The Trump administration is exploring whether it can use an obscure ethics rule to undermine the special counsel investigation into ties between President Trump’s campaign team and Russia,” Reuters reports.

“Within hours of Mueller’s appointment on Wednesday, the White House began reviewing the Code of Federal Regulations, which restricts newly hired government lawyers from investigating their prior law firm’s clients for one year after their hiring, the sources said. An executive order signed by Trump in January extended that period to two years.”….

“Two days after firing Michael Flynn as his national security adviser in February, President Trump told several aides and friends he should have kept him instead,” Politico reports.

Said one: “I was kind of stunned. I asked him. You fired him already. What are you going to do?”

“It has left White House officials and outside advisers perplexed…..

“White House lawyers have begun researching impeachment procedures in an effort to prepare for what officials still believe is a distant possibility that President Trump could have to fend off attempts to remove him from office,” two people briefed on the discussions tell CNN…..

President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the FBI Director James Comey had relieved “great pressure” on him, the New York Times reports.

Said Trump: “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

He added: “I’m not under investigation.”….

The above from Politicalwire

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Breaking: Russians believed they would be able to use Michael Flynn to influence Pres. Trump & his advisors, multiple sources tell

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Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes is gone…

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Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes is dead at the age of 77, the network confirmed on Thursday.

“I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning. Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many,” Elizabeth Ailes, Ailes’ wife, said in a statement that was first reported by Drudge Report and then read on air by Fox.

Ailes resigned from Fox News in July 2016 after he was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment….

Politico….

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Dept. of Justice appoints a Special Council for Trump & Co. Russian Probe…

The move to appoint Robert S. Mueller III was done by Deputy. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein , who was in charge of the investigation, without the knowledge or consent of the Attorney General Sessions or Donald Trump….

The action comes after several days of increased pressure for an ‘independent’ investigation became apparent with former FBI Director being fired by Trump who is reported to have asked Comey  directly if he was the subject of any of the probes …..Then asked Comey to make the Flynn investigation ‘go away’ and also threatened Comey before firing him just before meeting with Russian officials in the Oval office of the White House without American media in the room, but with Russian Media there…

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The Justice Department appointed Robert S. Mueller III, a former F.B.I. director, as special counsel on Wednesday to oversee the investigation into ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russian officials, dramatically raising the legal and political stakes in an affair that has threatened to engulf Mr. Trump’s 118-day-old presidency.

The decision, by the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, came after a cascade of damaging developments for Mr. Trump in recent days, including his abrupt dismissal of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, and the subsequent disclosure that Mr. Trump asked Mr. Comey to drop the investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn.

Mr. Rosenstein, who wrote a memo that the White House initially cited as the rationale for Mr. Comey’s dismissal, had been under escalating pressure from Democrats, and even some Republicans, to appoint a special counsel.

By appointing Mr. Mueller, a former federal prosecutor with an unblemished reputation who once stood up to President George W. Bush on the legality of his domestic wiretapping program, Mr. Rosenstein could alleviate questions about the government’s capacity to investigate the swirl of questions surrounding the Trump campaign and the Russians.

Mr. Rosenstein said in a statement that he concluded that “it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authorities and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility for this matter.”

“My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted,” Mr. Rosenstein added. “I have made no such determination.”

In a statement, Mr. Trump said, “As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know — there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity. I look forward to this matter concluding quickly. In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country.”

Mr. Rosenstein’s announcement came on a day when Republican lawmakers joined calls for Mr. Comey to testify publicly, with some committee chairmen requesting he appear before their panels and share more information about his encounters with Mr. Trump. Lawmakers also asked the F.B.I. to turn over the memo that Mr. Comey is said to have written that suggested the president asked him to quash the investigation into Mr. Flynn.

While Mr. Mueller remains answerable to Mr. Rosenstein — and by extension, the president — he will have greater autonomy to run an investigation than a United States attorney.

As a special counsel, Mr. Mueller can choose whether to consult with or inform the Justice Department about his investigation as it goes forward. He is authorized to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,” according to Mr. Rosenstein’s order naming him to the post, as well as other matters that “may arise directly from the investigation.” He is also empowered to press criminal charges, and he can request additional resources subject to the review of an assistant attorney general.

Mr. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions were notified only after Mr. Rosenstein signed the order on Wednesday afternoon….

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Putin offers to provide the Russian version of White House Trump Meeting….

It has come to this?

The Russian President offering to the US Congress  (Investigating its President’s Admin) THEIR copy of a  meeting in the American President’;s office that ONLY his people attended…

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Could anybody have foreseen such a strange occurrence a year ago?

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he would be willing to provide the U.S. Congress a record of President Trump’s meeting with top Russian envoys, possibly offering new details on the disclosures of reportedly highly classified intelligence information.

The remarkable offer for the Kremlin to share evidence with U.S. oversight committees came with the caveat that the request for the transcript would have to come from the Trump administration.

The Kremlin has denied reports that Trump shared classified secrets last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russia’s ambassador to the United States during an Oval Office meeting. But the full extent of Trump’s comments to the Russian envoys has not been made public.

As reported first by The Washington Post, Trump in a meeting with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak shared classified information about an Islamic State plot to smuggle a bomb disguised as a laptop aboard a passenger plane. Subsequent reports have suggested the intelligence was provided by the Israeli government, and was so sensitive that it was not shared even with the United States’ closest allies….

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Would anyone believe the Russian’s version?

Does Trump actually have ‘tapes’ of the Oval Office meeting, or….Is Trump bluffing about the tapes?

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Thoughts on Donald Trump latest attempt to please the Russians…

Some things that come to mind hours into Donald Trump’s newest Russian connection story….

Trump was so pumped to finally be able to talk to some Russians that he seems to have lost his mind…

Holds the meeting in the heart of the American Executive Branch…

Excludes American media…

Manages to get a picture shown EVERYDAY since of him smiling and shaking hands with the Russians…

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Manages to get the media to report that the Russian’s where taking fun of the American FBI Director…

Manages to get the FBI so pissed they don’t want him coming to their house, which of course would look stupid anyways after Comey gets thrown under the bus in LA, without a phone call…

Manages to double down on dissing the intelligence community which has been on his case from day one by mentioning something to the Russians that he SHOULD NOT HAVE, because it WAS a secret….

Makes sure that there WILL BE MORE LEAKS forthcoming…

Makes sure leading Republicans have to carry his sorry self AGAIN when they have to KNOW he’s hurting their political party..

Makes sure his disapproval numbers will KEEP dropping to record lows for a new President…

Again will make a staff member trying to help him out?…Look dumb for trying to do the impossible…

The fact is NO ONE will be able to stop Donald Trump from trying to give even MORE to the Russians…It would appear that doing so is his Prime Directive….Only the American Congress or Vice President Pence can trigger removal of an American President….(Democrats only get to make noise on the side line) And both of those things are run by Republicans who seem to be scared shitless of doing anything, short of Trump actually moving Putin into the White House….

So no matter what?

Even with Trump holding pretty much to his ‘base’?

More Americans were right in voting FOR HILLARY CLINTON after all…

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Breaking…Trump is said to have revealed highly sensitive info to Russians in WH meeting…

This story updated 10:15 PM 5/15/17….

President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.

“This is code-word information,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”….

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During an emergency press conference, Lt. Gen. HR McMaster, a sitting member of President Donald Trump’s National Security Council, said the Washington Post report claiming the president revealed classified intel to Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week is fake news.

The Post‘s Greg Miller, who co-wrote the breaking story, said “the White House is playing word games” immediately following the conference, and that McMaster twisted what he reported.

“The story that came out tonight as reported, is false,” McMaster said on the White House lawn.

He went on to reiterate his statements to the Post, which claim that the president “did not disclose any military operations” that weren’t already known to the Russian officials.

McMaster also said that sources speaking on the record should “outweigh” anonymous sources like those that spoke to the Post.

“I was in the room, it didn’t happen,” McMaster said before ending the press conference.

Following McMaster’s statement, Post reporter Scott Wilson noted on Twitter that the national security advisor “had the opportunity to call the story “false” before we published it,” but chose not to…..

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Breaking! Trump has Fired FBI DIR COMEY….

The White  House has announced that Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey….

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The reasoning for the action should be forthcoming

This is developing story that is sure to be YUGE…

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The Democratic view ….

Democrats think now-fired FBI Director James Comey cost them the presidential election. But hardly any Democrats in Congress are celebrating the fact that he’s gone.

Comey was leading the investigation into whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russia to try to help Trump win the election in 2016. For all of Comey’s sins in the eyes of Democrats — re-upping Hillary Clinton’s emails 11 days before the presidential election, not announcing the FBI’s investigation into Trump earlier — he was the best FBI director they were going to get in the Trump administration.

And by “best,” we mean most apolitical. As my colleague Aaron Blake wrote this week, Comey had a reputation as an aggressively apolitical public servant who, yes, sometimes made mistakes that upset the politicians (and potentially had massive political repercussions).

Lawmakers react after President Trump fired FBI director James Comey on May 9.(Victoria Walker/The Washington Post)

That reputation was fraying during the campaign, but it got absolutely shredded Tuesday when we learned that Comey told Congress it found “hundreds and thousands” of Clinton emails on the computer of disgraced sexting congressman (and ex-husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin) Anthony Weiner. Turns out there were just several.

It was the excuse Trump was looking for to fire Comey. And Democrats, as much as they probably would have liked to fire Comey, too, know they just lost one of their best chances for an apolitical investigation into Trump-Russia connections. Whomever Trump nominates only has to clear a majority vote in the Senate (as opposed to a 60-vote filibuster that until 2013 was the norm for these kinds of positions). Republicans have a slim majority and could conceivably approve a Trump nominee over every single Senate Democrat’s objections…..

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….from Chris  Clizza

Citing the Comey July 6 Clinton presser to explain the firing is something no novelist could write

…..from. Jim Sciutto

“This is an investigator investigating the White House and he has just been fired by the White House” @JeffreyToobin just now #COMEY

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Schumer…

Schumer: Only way American people can have faith in investigation is if it’s led by independent special prosecutor

Jim Sciutto

Just in: Comey learned he was fired from TV news as he was addressing workforce at LA FBI field office -@PamelaBrownCNN & @Rene_MarshCNN

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House approves Obamacare Repeal Bill….Senate to write its own Bill….

While Donald Trump THINKS he has actually gotten rid of Obamacare?

He hasn’t..

Today’s vote did nothing except allow ed him and Republicans to boast that the did vote FOR a  repeal…Something they have been inching for…for years…

An actual repeal involves BOTH HOUSES of Congress and his signature…

Oh,and…. By the way?

The US Senate now says it won’t even deal with the House bill

They are going to write their own…

For the Republican House members that voted to make Trump happy?

(Twenty did NOT….)

You just made yourself a target for the 2018 Midterm elections...

For the Republicans?

The Democrats ARE handed a wedge issue to beat on you…

“I have never seen political suicide in my life like I’m seeing today.”

— Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), quoted by the New York Times, on the GOP health care bill passing the House.

Enjoy your beer folks…

Obamacare isn’t over yet….

A Senate proposal is now being developed by a 12-member working group. It will attempt to incorporate elements of the House bill, senators said, but will not take up the House bill as a starting point and change it through the amendment process.”The safest thing to say is there will be a Senate bill, but it will look at what the House has done and see how much of that we can incorporate in a product that works for us in reconciliation,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.”We are going to draft a Senate bill,” added Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. “That is what I’ve been told.”

The working group has been meeting for weeks, said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the group.

“What we have to do is build a consensus among our conference and that is what the working group is designed to do,” Cornyn said. “To get to a compromise we can agree to and then present it to the larger conference.”

Cornyn said there is “really no deadline” for the group to produce a bill…..

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To get some of the moderate House members votes?

The vote was 217 for to 213 against…

The Republicans added $8Billion for pre-existing conditions…

“The Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare does not allocate nearly enough money to protect people with pre-existing health conditions from potentially higher insurance premiums,” CNBC reports.

“The bill’s $23 billion in funding specifically for such people would cover just 110,000 Americans, according to the Avalere Health study released Thursday. That’s only 5 percent of the 2.2 million current enrollees in the individual insurance market with some type of pre-existing chronic condition.”

Review of what the House Republicans voted to pass…Here

(Again…The US Senate is writing it’s OWN Bill)

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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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Govt Shutdown on the line …Trump backs away from the ‘Wall’…Open Thread for April 24, 2017…

Coming up being stuck between an rock and hard place?

Donald Trump appears to have blinked….

No ONE want’s his monstrasity of a wall build between Mexico and the American border states…

There is no apitite for it from Democrats or Republicans….

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There is no need for it with border aprehesions dropped by 60% since Trump started lowering the hammer on illegals at the border and around the country…

And there is NO money for this campiagn dream project either…

So it appears that Trump has signalled that he will withdrawn his demand that a ‘new beautiful 30 foot wall be constructed and settle for some drone’s and smart technology to add to the border effort ….Thus helping his adopted party solve one of the two major obstacles in the way of getting a budget….The other is the idea of Repealing Obamacare…THAT isn’t gonna happen the way he wants either…

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The Mexicans where NEVER gonna  pay for the thinbg and smart lawmakers aren’t gonna have Americans anti up the money either….

(Of course Trump is still bullshitting outloud about the wall..But lawmakers aren’t paying much attention to his tweets )…

….Republicans were working to define Trump’s campaign promise down, arguing that any form of border security would fulfill it.

“There will never be a 2,200-mile wall built, period,” said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), a supporter of immigration reform who challenged Trump in the 2016 primaries. “I think it’s become symbolic of better border security. It’s a code word for better border security. If you make it about actually building a 2,200-mile wall, that’s a bridge too far — but I’m mixing my metaphors.”

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a key appropriator and member of Senate leadership, said that “there could be a wall in some places and technology in other places,” implying that there would not be funding for the wall sketched out in campaign rhetoric. “I think you’re going to get a down payment on border security generally,” he said….

Among other guarantees, Democrats want assurances that insurance subsidies through the Affordable Care Act will continue to be funded. There have been discussions among Republicans that Democrats could agree to provide money for the construction of the wall in exchange for those health funds, but Democrats have refused.

Sunday morning, congressional Democrats submitted to Republicans a compromise spending plan, which included some new money for border security but only if it did not go toward a wall. Democrats also asked for assurances that the health insurance subsidies would continue to be funded, language that would shore up benefits for coal miners and a change that would expand Medicaid benefits to people in Puerto Rico, according to a senior Democratic congressional aide.

image of ….House Speaker Ryan, Trump and Senate Minority leader Schumer…nymag.com

 

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French voters pick a Centrist and Far Right Woman for their Presidential Run-Off in two weeks…

As in America?

A Non-politican will be the countries next leader…

The choice will between the center and the left…

Early view is the centrist , Emmanuel Macron, should win in two weeks in the final contest….

In France’s most consequential election in recent history, voters on Sunday endorsed Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen — one a political novice, the other a far-right firebrand — both outsiders but with starkly different visions for the country, early returns and projections indicated.

The result was a full-throated rebuke of France’s traditional mainstream parties, setting the country on an uncertain path at a critical moment when France’s election could also decide the future of the European Union. The two candidates appeared to be headed to a runoff on May 7.

Mr. Macron, a former investment banker, abandoned traditional parties a year ago to form his own movement with an eclectic blend of left and right views. He campaigned on a pro-European Union platform, coupled with calls to overhaul the rules governing the French economy.

Ms. Le Pen’s success is a victory for skeptics who oppose the European Union and for those who want to see more “France First” policies to restrict signs of Muslim faith in public, like the wearing of head scarves.

Supporters of Mr. Macron celebrating in Paris after the first round of the presidential election.CreditEric Feferberg/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

“The great debate will finally take place,” Ms. Le Pen said on Twitter. “French citizens need to seize this historic opportunity.”

Ms. Le Pen spoke later to her cheering supporters in the small town of Hénin-Beaumont in northern France, and although the final results were unclear she could claim a victory of sorts. Not only will she be in the runoff for the first time, but she also got a higher percentage of votes than she did in 2012, and a higher percentage than her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, did in 2002, when he made it to the second round as the National Front candidate.

She called the outcome as “an act of French pride, that of a people who are raising up their heads, that of a people sure of their values and confident of the future.”

Few analysts give her much of a chance of winning in the second round, however….

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Islanders NHL Hockey team makes offer for Belmont Race Track stadium….

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      While some local hockey fans have talked about the Islanders Hockey team coming back from Brooklyn to the renovated Nassau Coliseum?…..

THAT is unlikely….

The Nassau Coliseum just isn’t where the team wants to return to…

The team owners are moving ahead with submitting plans to have a new stadium built on New York State property at the Belmont park southern parking lot that currently is being used to park hundreds of new cars for island car dealers…

The property is state property and would NOT need ok’s from local Republican politicians who have their own problems….

Building a new stadium would allow the Islanders to have a stadium that would have amenities that could provide them more revenue than the Coliseum would….It would also be built as bigger faculty, more in line with new venues being constructed for the National Hockey League teams…The site has major highway access and train access, something the Coliseum does NOT have even though it sits next to parts of eastern Queens that has few if any hockey fans…But neither did Brooklyn….

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New York Governor Cuomo is running for re-election next year and probably will make a try for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination…

He ‘s been going around the state starting construction (Read Jobs) projects …Bringing the Islanders back the Nassau County at Belmont wouldn’t hurt his efforts one bit….

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman revealed on Friday that the Islanders’ owners plan to officially submit a bid to New York state officials with the hope of building a new arena for the hockey team at the Belmont Park racetrack site.

Speaking to a group from The Associated Press Sports Editors at the league’s midtown office, Bettman added that Isles owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin still are “reviewing their options” to procure a new local arena for the Islanders, who have encountered numerous problems in their two seasons at Barclays Center in Brooklyn since leaving Nassau Coliseum in 2015.

“Yes, there is an RFP (request for proposal) for Belmont and I know they are going to participate in that,” Bettman said. “I believe that everyone thinks there is a terrific opportunity there, if not at Willets Point (in Queens), to create a more hockey friendly environment for the Islanders, which is something Scott (Malkin) is committed to do.”

Bettman also reiterated that the renovated Coliseum, which reopened earlier this month, is “not a long-term option” for the Isles….

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Breaking…Russian’s tried to cultivate moles in the Trump campaign…FBI

CNN is reporting that Russian assets tried to cultivate inside Trump people last year to spy for them…

Trump surrogate Carter Page’s name keeps popping up in the same sentence as Russian’s….(He joins Mike Flynn and Paul Manafort as people the FBI and Congressional investigators are looking at)

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The FBI gathered intelligence last summer that suggests Russian operatives tried to use Trump advisers, including Carter Page, to infiltrate the Trump campaign, according to US officials.

The new information adds to the emerging picture of how the Russians tried to influence the 2016 election, not only through email hacks and propaganda but also by trying to infiltrate the Trump orbit. The intelligence led to an investigation into the coordination of Trump’s campaign associates and the Russians.
These officials made clear they don’t know whether Page was aware the Russians may have been using him. Because of the way Russian spy services operate, Page could have unknowingly talked with Russian agents.
Page disputes the idea he has ever collected intelligence for the Russians, saying he helped the US intelligence community. “My assumption throughout the last 26 years I’ve been going there has always been that any Russian person might share information with the Russian government … as I have similarly done with the CIA, the FBI and other government agencies in the past.”
 But the intelligence suggests Russia tried to infiltrate the inner-workings of the Trump campaign by using backdoor channels to communicate with people in the Trump orbit, US officials say.
Page is one of several Trump advisers US and European intelligence found to be in contact with Russian officials and other Russians known to Western intelligence during the campaign, according to multiple US officials.
The scope and frequency of those contacts raised the interest of US intelligence agencies….

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Chaffetz is out for reelection in 2018

The strident Utah Republican House memebers won’t run for re-election…

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House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) will not run for reelection in 2018, he announced on Facebook Wednesday.

“After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018,” he wrote. “I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector.”

Source…Politico

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