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

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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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

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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…..


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….


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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Trump picks Neal Gorsuch for Supreme Court…

Neal Gorsuch

Neal Gorsuch, 49

Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Colorado

Gorsuch, 49, would not bring the outsider credentials represented by others on Trump’s list — graduated high school from Georgetown Prep and his mother was head of the Environmental Protection Agency. He is seen as a reliable conservative with a reputation for clear and lucid writing.

Profile: Neil Gorsuch naturally equipped for his spot on Trump’s Supreme Court shortlist

Law school alma mater: Harvard

Career: Clerk for Justices Byron White and Kennedy; deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department

Key opinions

Washington Post…


President Trump campaigned as a Washington outsider. But his first Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, has deep roots in the city and the establishment Mr. Trump often criticized.

Judge Gorsuch’s mother was a high-level official in the Reagan administration. He spent part of his childhood in Washington and practiced law here for a decade, at a prominent law firm and in the Justice Department.

And, like all of the current justices, Judge Gorsuch is a product of the Ivy League, having attended college at Columbia and law school at Harvard.

But there is no doubt about his conservative credentials. And if there is a justice whom he most resembles, it is the one whose seat he has been nominated to fill, Justice Antonin Scalia.

Judge Gorsuch, 49 — who was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, in Denver, by President George W. Bush — is an originalist, meaning he tries to interpret the Constitution consistently with the understanding of those who drafted and adopted it. This approach leads him to generally but not uniformly conservative results.

“Ours is the job of interpreting the Constitution,” he wrote in a concurrence last year. “And that document isn’t some inkblot on which litigants may project their hopes and dreams.”

Judge Gorsuch has not written extensively on several issues of importance to many conservatives, including gun control and gay rights. But he has taken strong stands in favor of religious freedom, earning him admiration from the right….


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Trump Chief of Staff overrules Bannon…Green Card holders will not be detained…

The ban on Green Card holders  (Visa) was reportedly questioned by senior Homeland Security people initially when the President Trump   ‘No Entry’ order was passed down from the White House without consultation with anyone…It appears the Trump assistant and Breibart owner Steve Bannon told DHS people to include Green card holders….

Last night and this morning three separate Federal Judges have frozen the Trump order to deport ANYBODY held in detention….

During court hearings Dept of Justice Attorney’s had few if any answers for the Federal Judges questions because they , like everyone else in the government where NOT involved in the Bannon and Trump decision on policy changes….

It appears that the President’s Chief of Staff has been sent out to undo the Bannon call, which seems to have the judges ire….( and try save some face)….

A top White House official appeared to reverse a key part of President Trump’s immigration order on Sunday, saying that people from the affected countries who hold green cards will not be prevented from returning to the United States.

But the official, Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, also said that border agents had “discretionary authority” to detain and question suspicious travelers from certain countries. That statement seemed to add to the uncertainty over how the executive order will be interpreted and enforced in the days ahead.

Mr. Priebus defended Mr. Trump’s order on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program, saying it had been carried out smoothly and was protecting Americans from terrorist threats. On Saturday, a day after the order was issued, airports were marked by scenes of confusion and protest as officials tried to interpret the order, including how to handle green card holders.

On Sunday, Mr. Priebus appeared to announce a dramatic change in those policies, saying that “as far as green card holders, moving forward, it doesn’t affect them.”

Around the globe on Saturday, legal residents of the United States who hold valid green cards and approved visas were blocked from boarding planes overseas or detained for hours in American airports.

Mr. Priebus said several times during the NBC interview that green card holders would not be subject to the order “going forward.” But he repeatedly suggested that anyone, including American citizens, would be subjected to additional scrutiny if they traveled from any of the seven predominantly Muslim countries identified in the order….


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BREAKING…Two Federal Judges Block Trump from deporting detained Visa* holders…

Federal judges in Brooklyn, New York and Virginia have ordered the government to refrain from enforcing President Trump’s executive order to deport those people barred  entry into the United States from 5 named Muslim countries…(People have been detained across the country at International airports)…

The judges orders does NOT free those held…

There will be further court action Saturday morning in Brooklyn, NY….

Lawyers have asked that judges extent the no deportation ban to ALL  refugees ….And that those detained be allowed to go on to their destinations in America…

Judge Ann Donnelly of the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn granted a request from the ACLU to stay deportations of those detained on entry to the United States following President Trump’s executive order.

And only minutes after the judge’s ruling in New York City, another came in Virginia when U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema issued a temporary restraining order to block the removal of any green card holders being detained at Dulles International Airport for seven days. Brinkema’s action also ordered that lawyers have access to those held there because of the president’s ban.

In Brooklyn, after a brief hearing in front of a small audience that filtered in from a crowd of hundreds outside, Donnelly determined that the risk of injury to those detained by being returned to their home countries necessitated the decision. She seemed to have little patience for the arguments presented by the government, which focused heavily on the fact that the two defendants named in the lawsuit had already been released. At one point, she visibly lost patience with a government attorney who was participating by phone.

Donnelly noted that those detained were suffering mostly from the bad fortune of traveling while the ban went into effect. “Our own government presumably approved their entry to the country,” she said at one point, noting that, had it been two days prior, those detained would have been granted admission without question.

In the middle of the hearing ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt informed the court that he’d received word of an imminent deportation to Syria, scheduled within the hour. That prompted Donnelly to ask if the government could assure that the person would not suffer irreparable harm. Receiving no such assurance, she granted the stay to the broad group included in the ACLU’s request.

After the decision was made, Donnelly asked the government if they could provide a list of those being detained to the ACLU. The government’s attorneys indicated that they could not. “It is more difficult than it sounds,” U.S attorney Susan Riley said….



It appears that President Trump did NOT make the call on detaining Green Card people…

His aides did…


Jim Sciutto ‏@jimsciutto
Jim Sciutto Retweeted Dan Berman
WH advisors Bannon and Miller overruled the Dept of Homeland Security’s judgment the travel ban should not apply to Green Card holders



Nat’l Imm Law Center
Nationwide stay has been granted. Applies to everyone nationwide, immigrants and non-immigrants, refugees, etc. affected by EO. #NoBanNoWall

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Trump signs off on banning Muslim refugee’s from Several countries

As promised….

President Trump has directed the countries Customs and Immigration Service to halt ALL refugees from 5 Muslim countries for a period of 120 days..

It is unclear what happens to those in the system , or getting off airplanes as I type this…

Trump has ordered the 6 to 9 month several layered  reveiew process for refuges be longer…

Christians refugee’s from the named countries are to get special treatment different from Muslims….

Trump’s move will probabaly effect less than 10,000 people from the five countries involved right now…But his order also cuts the number of refugess allowed into America down from over 100,00 to 50,000….

The move may have repercussions that the Trump Admin has not anticipated …..And will certainly NOT be a good look for America and it’s Muslim’s…

The ban will affect those who helped American troops in their countries and want to come to safety in America for doing so….

Across the Muslim world, the refrain was resounding: President Trump’s freeze on refugee arrivals and visa requests from seven predominantly Muslim countries will have major diplomatic repercussions, worsen perceptions of Americans and offer a propaganda boost to the terrorist groups Mr. Trump says he is targeting.

Mr. Trump’s stance has been evident since the early days of his campaign, when he advocated a “complete and total shutdown” of all Muslims entering the United States.

President Trump has since softened his language, casting his order on Friday as a way to keep terrorists, not Muslims, out of the United States.

“We don’t want them here,” Mr. Trump said Friday, as he signed the order at the Pentagon. “We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas.”

But in interviews with dozens of officials, analysts and ordinary citizens across Muslim-majority countries, there was overwhelming agreement that the order issued Friday signaled a provocation: a sign that the American president sees Islam itself as the problem.

“I think this is going to alienate the whole Muslim world,” said Mouwafak al-Rubaie, a lawmaker and former Iraqi national security adviser in Iraq….


Refugee advocates have cried foul for days over Trump’s moves. They point out that refugees are not just among the world’s most vulnerable people, but they also are the most highly screened group of people allowed to enter the United States. Some must wait years for permission, and Syrians in particular go through extra checks.

“President Trump’s cruel executive order on refugees undermines our core values and traditions, threatens our national security, and demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of our strict vetting process, the most thorough in the world,” said Sen. Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Among the groups condemning Trump’s orders was J Street, the left-leaning Jewish advocacy group. It noted that the White House made the announcement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“The fact that President Trump’s order appears designed to specifically limit the entry of Muslims evokes horrible memories among American Jews of the shameful period leading up to World War II, when the United States failed to provide a safe haven for the vast majority of Jews in Europe trying to escape Nazi persecution,” J Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami said in a statement. “Most ultimately perished in the Holocaust.”…



Trump is also asking that people asking for Visa’sfrom those 5 countries  be held up for 90 days….

It is uncertain if the Customs and Immigration, The State Dept and Homeland Sec can find out WHAT extra questions they should asking of all these people…

There are sure to be legal challeges to this….

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Trump floats 20% import tax on Mexican Goods idea to pay for his Wall…

The Wall would still need American taxpayers money to get done….

Such a tax can’t be done by President Trump….

It would have to be done by Congress….

As proposed?

The idea has scant chances of being implemented due to the harm it would inlict on Mexican AND American economy….

As usual?

President Trump’s Press Sec has begun to walk the idea back….ALREADY…

A deep rift opened Thursday between the United States and its southern neighbor as the Trump administration pressed forward with a plan for a giant border wall and insisted that Mexico would pay for it, possibly through a U.S. tax on imports.

President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday called off a trip to Washington after restating that Mexico would not finance the wall. Hours later, Trump’s spokesman, Sean Spicer, said the wall could be funded by a 20 percent import tax on goods from Mexico.

Spicer did not provide details of how the policy would be implemented or whether the tax on Mexican exports to the United States would be part of a broader import tax backed by some House Republicans. The plan would need congressional approval.

Spicer subsequently appeared to backtrack, telling reporters that the tax was “one idea” to pay for the wall and that his intent was not to “roll out” a new policy. Critics said that if implemented, such a tax would mean that the wall’s cost ultimately would be borne by U.S. consumers….


Mexico was the United States’ 3rd largest supplier of goods imports in 2015.

U.S. goods imports from Mexico totaled $295 billion in 2015, up 0.2% ($667 million) from 2014, and up 73% from 2005. U.S. imports from Mexico are up 638% from 1993 (pre-NAFTA). U.S. imports from Mexico are up 638% from 1993 (pre-NAFTA)….

U.S. goods and services trade with Mexico totaled an estimated $583.6 billion in 2015. Exports were $267.2 billion; imports were $316.4 billion. The U.S. goods and services trade deficit with Mexico was -$49.2 billion in 2015…

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods and services to Mexico supported an estimated 1.1 million jobs in 2014 (latest data available) (953 thousand supported by goods exports and 193 thousand supported by services exports)….



One would assume that incoming Sec of State will be ona plane to Mexcico shortly after getting sworn in to calm the Mexican’s nerves….The Defense Sec is already lined up to calm down NATO, Japan and South Korea  from President Trump’s utterances….

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Americans Think Trump Will Be Worst President Since Nixon…Poll

Donald Trump is gonna have a canary when he reads this….and he WILL….

A new Public Policy Polling  poll has some REAL bad feeling for him….

He has a 50% NEGATIVE rating by those polled….

Trump must have thought he was out of the woods with the Politico /Morning Consult poll out recently about his first speech in which he got pretty good numbers…

But those who actually WATCHED his speech where most  probably leaning his way anyways….

This poll by PPP (labeled as a Dem leaning outfit to be fair) is NOT good news and reinforces that narrative that President Donald Trump maybe doing what he said he’d do…To shake things up….

But just as in the election vote….

Most Americans really do NOT like or trust him to do a good job as President….

And THAT is grinding on Trump’s ego…..

PPP’s newest national poll finds Donald Trump continuing to fare poorly with the public in his first week in office. Voters split evenly in their appraisals of his job performance with 44% approving and 44% disapproving of him. These are historically awful numbers for a newly elected President. When it comes to Trump’s favorability rating, only 44% of voters see him positively to 50% with a negative opinion. By contrast the women who participated in marches across the country last weekend against Trump are seen positively by 50% of voters, to just 41% who see them poorly.

There are a number of reasons for Trump’s continuing unpopularity. One piece of it is that voters don’t like the policies he wants to enact:

-We find that only 34% of voters want to build a wall with Mexico if American taxpayers have to pay up front for it, compared to 53% who are opposed to doing that.

-We find that with Trump in office now, the Affordable Care Act is reaching record levels of popularity with 45% of voters supporting it to 41% who are opposed. Only 30% of voters think the best plan is to repeal the act and start over, while 61% would prefer Congress to keep the Affordable Care Act and fix parts that aren’t working.

Another set of reasons that Trump’s struggling right now are concerns about his transparency and conflicts of interest:

-59% of voters think Trump needs to release his tax returns, to just 32% who don’t think it’s necessary for him to. In fact, 54% of voters would support a law requiring candidates for President to release 5 years of tax returns in order to appear on the ballot, to just 34% who would be opposed to putting that requirement in place.

-61% of voters think Trump needs to fully divest from his business interests, to only 28% who don’t think it’s necessary for him to do that…..


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Donald J. Trump is now the 45th President of The United States of America

‘….God Bless us All…’

We are in a for a bumpy ride…..

Hold on America……


Jared Rizzi ‏@JaredRizzi

POTUS Trump says his inauguration will be remembered as “The day the people became the rulers of this nation again”

POTUS Press Pool ‏@POTUSPressPool

“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer” says President Trump.

Jared Rizzi ‏@JaredRizzi

starting to rain just as POTUS Trump is getting into his speech

AP Politics ‏@AP_Politics
BREAKING: President Donald Trump tells American people in his inaugural address, ‘This moment is your moment. It belongs to you’

The Boston Globe ‏@BostonGlobe
President Trump: “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”

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Hillary Clinton 49%…NYC Mayor deBlasio 29%….Q Poll….

Among Democrats only?

Clinton 61%

deBlasio 30%

She probably won’t do it….

But the job as ‘Big Apple ‘ Mayor would probably be her’s if wanted it….

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Hillary Clinton would defeat New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio if the former Democratic presidential nominee challenged de Blasio this fall, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

The Quinnipiac University poll, which tested a match-up that’s much gossiped about in New York, finds Clinton leading de Blasio, 49 percent to 29 percent.

The survey tested Clinton as an independent — though, notably, she would lead de Blasio in a head-to-head matchup among Democratic voters, 61 percent to 30 percent.

Speculation that Clinton, who maintains a residence in suburban Westchester County, might consider challenging de Blasio —who managed Clinton’s successful 2000 Senate campaign in New York — this fall has found scant confirmation from Clinton or her allies, and has mostly been confined to tabloid newspaper columns.

Clinton won 76 percent of the vote in the city against Donald Trump in last year’s presidential election, and garnered 63 percent of the vote in the Democratic presidential primary against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

While a Clinton candidacy appears unlikely, the survey reveals some weaknesses for de Blasio, who is seeking a second term in Gracie Mansion…..



NYC Mayors election is ONLY 9 months away….

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Trump on Healthcare replacement….‘insurance for everybody’….

That’s what the guy said this weekend….

No details as usual…..

And of coures no cost estimate’s….

Problem is?

Trump doesn’t DO the details….

Congress does….

And within his adopted Republican party there are questions and doubts already….

And the Democrats, who WILL be needed in the Senate for a replacment, are just watching this whole thing swing in the wind….

President-elect Donald Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace President Obama’s signature health-care law with the goal of “insurance for everybody,” while also vowing to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in Medicare and Medicaid.

Trump declined to reveal specifics in the telephone interview late Saturday with The Washington Post, but any proposals from the incoming president would almost certainly dominate the Republican effort to overhaul federal health policy as he prepares to work with his party’s congressional majorities.

Trump’s plan is likely to face questions from the right, after years of GOP opposition to further expansion of government involvement in the health-care system, and from those on the left, who see his ideas as disruptive to changes brought by the Affordable Care Act that have extended coverage to tens of millions of Americans….


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Judge Halt’s North Carolina GOP Legislators attempt to strip their Governor’s powers…

….from the Hill…

A North Carolina judge has temporarily blocked a law passed by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature that limits the incoming governor’s powers over election boards.

A superior court judge ruled Friday that the law restricting the governor’s control over statewide and county election boards was a risk to free and fair elections, The Associated Press reported.

The law would split state and county election boards evenly between the two parties instead of allowing the governor’s party to have a majority.

Gov.-elect Roy Cooper (D) sued Friday to block the law, which passed earlier this month, claiming the law passed by Republican legislators is unconstitutional as it violates separation of powers.
The judge plans to review the law next week, the report said.

Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed the legislation two weeks ago in a move Democrats chided as a power grab to undermine Cooper as he prepares to take office on Sunday….


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