Category Archives: Breaking News

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

Donald Trump turns on Bannon..Who just threw his old buddy under the bus in a ‘tell-All’ book ….

It didn’t take long for Donald Trump to disassociate himself from his old running buddy, eh?
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…..the dailybeast…
This is Bannon’s way he disses Trump.…Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House:
Things are turning into everyone for himself and Mueller will be able to pick this apart…piece by Piece…
Who will be left standing in the end?
…via twitter…

Trump statement: “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.” Via pool

Obamacare signup’s almost match last years’s under Obama…

Not bad for a healthcare program that Donald Trump say is terrible and that they are trying to shitcan and blame on Barack Obama?

Not all of the signup’s have been counted abd the numnber COULD BEAT last years numbers under Obama….

Democrats declared victory Thursday after the Trump administration announced that nearly 9 million people signed up for health insurance through the federal ObamaCare exchanges.

Last year, 9.2 million people signed up for coverage during an open enrollment period that was twice as long.

Approximately 8.8 million people enrolled during the six-week open enrollment period in the 39 states that use the federal healthcare.govwebsite, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said.

In the final week alone, more than 4.1 million people enrolled, more than 1 million of whom were new customers, the agency said.

“This is a remarkable result given the administration’s efforts to sabotage enrollment by gutting outreach, creating chaos and confusion, cutting off subsidies for low-income families and shortening the enrollment period by six weeks,” Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (N.J.), the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said in a statement.

“Today’s enrollment numbers make clear that the American people want access to high quality, affordable health insurance coverage, and they want Congress and the Administration to stop playing games with our health care system,” he continued.

In a tweet, CMS administrator Seema Verma said her agency had done a great job to “make this the smoothest experience for consumers to date.”….

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There will be NO Government Shutdown…

The hard work is put off until January…

And Republican ‘;s will need votes from Democrat then also…

Congress passed a stopgap spending bill Thursday, averting a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday but pushing into January showdowns on spending, immigration, health care and national security.

Among the issues still to be resolved is federal aid for victims of recent hurricanes and wildfires. The House on Thursday passed a separate $81 billion disaster relief bill, but the Senate did not immediately take it up amid Democratic objections.

The stopgap extends federal funding through Jan. 19 and provides temporary extensions of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which has languished politically since it expired in October, a veterans health-care program and a warrantless surveillance program set to expire Jan. 1.

“It is essential that Congress maintain government programs and services for our nation’s stability, the stability of our economy, and for the security and well-being of the American people,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) said Friday on the House floor, urging lawmakers to support the stopgap.

It passed the House 231 to 188 and cleared the Senate 66 to 32. Thursday’s congressional votes are expected to be the last of 2017.

President Trump with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Vice President Pence, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Wednesday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

The votes came after House GOP leaders scrambled Wednesday and Thursday to gather votes to keep the government open, seeking to defuse intraparty squabbling that erupted just hours after Republicans passed a landmark tax overhaul Wednesday.

Between assurances from House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), pressure from President Trump to avoid a shutdown and the impending holidays, most GOP lawmakers agreed to set aside their misgivings.

“The fact of the matter is, it’s Christmas, and we don’t need to be shutting the government down. I mean, that’s a horrible optic,” said Rep. Roger Williams (R-Tex.), who said he was dismayed by the lack of long-term military funding but supported the stopgap….

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The Senate votes to approve Republican Tax cut/giveaway bill…

The vote was 51 to 48 for approval of the largest tax cut and give back to the rich in 31 years….

The House must go back and approve the same language bill …

The bill is solely the creation of the Rupublicans…It is the first major piece of legislation during the Trump Admin’s tenure and a majority of Americans don’t like it…

Republican House and Senate leaders muscled through a sweeping but deeply unpopular tax overhaul, securing a crucial legislative victory early Wednesday morning while setting up a difficult political challenge for the president’s party in the months and years ahead.

A procedural snafu was expected to require a second House vote Wednesday, which would finally clear the way for President Trump to sign the landmark bill before Christmas, a deadline he demanded after a year of legislative frustration.

The Senate voted 51-48 early Wednesday. Hours earlier, the House approved the bill, 227-203, with all Democrats and 12 Republicans voting no. Republicans cheered as House Speaker Paul Ryan announced the vote on the biggest federal tax overhaul in 31 years….

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Breaking….The NY Islanders will build a new home at Belmont Park ….

No surprise to this guy with the report from Newsday

The Long Island Pro Hockey team will come home courtesy on New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo who will right a wrong done by Nassau Country Republicans who have had no vision for development for the county ….

The Islanders’ proposal to build a new arena at Belmont Park was selected as the winning bid, according to people familiar with the situation.

A news conference is scheduled for Wednesday morning at the racetrack in which Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected to be on hand.

The Islanders’ bid includes an 18,000-seat, year-round arena that would host 150 events annually as well as 435,000-square feet of space for retail, a hotel with 200 to 250 rooms and a 10,000-square foot “innovation center” that would be developed with resident input.

 The Islanders partners in the development include Sterling Project Development, a real estate firm run by the Mets’ Wilpon family, and Oak View Group, an arena development company partially funded by Madison Square Garden.

The proposal was selected over New York City FC, a professional soccer team partially owned by the Yankees. That bid called for a 26,000-seat open-air stadium in addition to 400,000 square-feet of space for retail, a 5.2-acre community park and a 2-acre soccer facility.

Proposals were submitted to Empire State Development, the state’s primary business development agency, before its Sept. 28 deadline….

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The site plan conceptual rendering here….

77 injuries and fatalities after Amtrak train derails in Washington state …

…from the Huffington Post…

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An Amtrak passenger train plunged off an interstate highway overpass in Washington state Monday, killing at least six people and injuring dozens, officials said.

At least two train cars crashed onto Interstate 5, striking numerous vehicles on the highway, but no motorists were killed, Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, told reporters.

“When we got to the scene, it was obvious there were some fatalities and there were a lot of injuries, and some people were able to get off the train,” Troyer said.

At least six people were killed in the crash, The Associated Press reports. At least 77 people were transported to hospitals, according to CNN.

First responders were treating the wreck as a mass-casualty incident, local CBS affiliate KIRO 7 reported.

The derailment occurred around 7:40 a.m. local time near DuPont, Washington, roughly 50 miles southwest of Seattle, on the first day of a new regional high-speed rail service designed to shorten commutes, according to local news outlets….

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Folks?…Republicans still do NOT have the votes for the tax bill sewed up….

A LOT of deals made on this  which has moved closer to what the Senator’s wanted….But NOT all….

The media and Republicans are all strutting around like the tax bill is signed and sealed?

It isn’t….

There ARE loose ends floating around that could torpedo the bill next week….

The final vote will involve a small few Republican Senator’s either accepting what they didn’t get and voting ‘Aye’…or?….Those same Senator’s holding their noses and  voting ‘No’….

We’ll see next week…

He’s the Update from Bloomberg on Friday evening….

….’the final bill will follow the Senate legislation and include a two-year tax extended tax break for individuals with high medical expenses, according to two people familiar with the provision who described it on the condition of anonymity.

The provision lowers the amount people have to spend on health costs before they can deduct those costs, to 7.5 percent of their income, from 10 percent under current law. Its expansion was pushed for by Senator Susan Collins, the Maine Republican whose vote is crucial to passing the tax package.’…

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Mike Lee of Utah is “undecided,” and — like Rubio — he’s working to make the child tax credit more generous, according to Conn Carroll, his spokesman.

Jeff Flake of Arizona, who has voiced concerns about tax cuts adding to the deficit, said Thursday he’s undecided as well…

Susan Collins of Maine has voiced opposition to cutting the tax rate for incomes above $1 million and has pushed for passage of two health-care stabilization bills that the House has been cold to. She hasn’t committed to supporting the final tax measure. “I am going to review the tax bill over the weekend,” she said. “There’s lots of rumors about what’s in it, what isn’t.”…

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The final bill is 500 or so pages….

People are gonna be reading thru it all weekend….

There are bound to be some surprises….

FCC Votes to Dismantle Net-Neutrality Rules…

I  have two views on this below….One from WSJ , the other at Axios…

The Federal Communications Commission Thursday voted to roll back far-reaching rules governing how internet-service providers treat traffic on their networks, a move expected to empower cable and wireless providers and transform consumers’ online experience.

The 2015 “net neutrality” rules were one of the signature regulatory actions of the Obama administration, requiring broadband providers to treat all traffic equally, without blocking or slowing content, or providing fast lanes for favored sites and services.

Republicans say the shift will unwind what they consider to be a regulatory overreach, restoring vitality to the broadband economy and benefiting consumers with more choices as well as lower prices.

The commission’s vote was 3-2, along party lines, with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the two fellow Republicans on the board backing the change.

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Why it matters: The repeal empowers internet providers like Comcast or AT&T to charge web services like Netflix or Facebook extra fees if they want to see their content delivered faster. They also have more leeway to favor content their subsidiaries produce, or to charge customers more to access certain websites.

The debate over FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s repeal plan has been deeply contentious. On Thursday morning, Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins became the most prominant Republican lawmaker to call for the vote to be cancelled. Democratic comissioners have alleged the public input process was corrupted by fraudulent comments. And protesters convened outside of the FCC’s building ahead of the vote.

What’s next?: The rollback will likely be challenged in court. And some in Congress are pushing hard for a legislative fix to settle the issue once and for all or a bill to outright strip the repeal from the books.

Go deeper: What the internet landscape could look like now that the rules have been repealed….

Axios….

Breaking…Fox poll shows Democrat Doug Jones with a TEN POINT lead over Republican Roy Moore in Alabama Senate Race…

Oh Snap!….

This poll was done from Dec 7th to the 10th….

It’s results point to observations reported over the last week by several pundit’s that question the polling samples that have been done by smaller outfits….

In addition?

It has become apparent that Jones is gaining support among black and young white higher educated voters thru out the state….

The Democratic vote is united…The Republican vote seems split….

Roy Moore has NOT been out campaigning and adding Donald Trump to the equation maybe told after the vote as a mistake…

The actual vote tomorrow is anyone’s guess….But Democrats have to be in a better mood going into the vote….

Now we’ll see who actually votes…

Democrat Doug Jones holds a 10-point lead over Republican Roy Moore among likely voters in deep red Alabama.

Greater party loyalty plus higher interest in the election among Democrats combined with more enthusiasm among Jones supporters gives him the advantage in the race to fill the U.S. senate seat previously held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

That’s according to a Fox News Poll of Alabama voters conducted Thursday through Sunday using traditional polling techniques, including a list-based probability sample with both landlines and cellphones.

Jones receives 50 percent to Moore’s 40 percent, with 1-in-10 undecided (8 percent) or supporting another candidate (2 percent) — which could make a difference Tuesday.  That’s even truer with such an unconventional election with unconventional candidates.

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This race’s uniqueness is significant.  It is impossible to know who will show up to vote in a special election to fill a seat in the middle of a term in an off-year.  And it’s December, a time when people expect to be going to the shopping mall, not the voting booth.

On top of that, accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore emerged November 9.  That’s just a month before the December 12 election.  Since then, he has repeatedly denied the allegations, and after the GOP initially pulled its support, the party ultimately backed Moore.

By a 6-point margin, Alabama voters believe the allegations against Moore are true (39-33 percent).  They were more evenly divided last month, believing the accusations by just 1 point (38-37 percent).  About one quarter, 27 percent, feel it is too soon to say or have no opinion.

Among Republicans, 13 percent believe the accusations are true, 60 percent say they aren’t, and 26 percent are unsure.  In November, it was 13-62 percent (26 percent unsure)….

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This IS a Fox News poll folks….(The Fox News Poll is conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R).)

Small pipe bomb goes of by Port Auth Bus Term in NYC…Minor injuries…Suspect caught ..

A small pipe bomb went off near the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Monday, and the suspect was immediately taken into custody, police sources said.

The blast happened in an underground subway passage just 200 feet from the terminal at West 42nd St. and Eighth Ave., the sources said.

Port Authority cops immediately arrested the suspect, who was injured in the explosion. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to survive, sources said.

Four people in total were wounded at the scene, the FDNY confirmed, all of whom have non-life-threatening injuries. …

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Trump approval among Republicans dropping….Poll

Various polls have had Trump support among Republicans as high as 80%…..

Pew polling has released a large poll finding that has Trump’s approval among his own party people DROPPING by 8% points from 84% to 76%….Now that number IS high….But reports here and and from other punditd that Trump’s support which IS strong, is dropping seems to be the case….

The same Pwe poll has the President’s OVERALL approval at a almost record low of just 32%….

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Donald Trump does seem to be in line with other Republican President with GOP support though ….

…..The new national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Nov. 29-Dec. 4 among 1,503 adults, finds that President Trump’s job approval rating has declined over the course of his first year in office.

Currently, 32% of the public approves of the way Trump is handling his job as president, while 63% disapprove. Trump’s job approval is little changed since October (34%), but lower than in early February (39%), a few weeks after Trump’s inauguration. Pew Research Center surveys are based on the general public, rather than registered or likely voters. Trump’s approval rating in the current survey among registered voters is 34%. (For more on the differences in these bases, see “A basic question when reading a poll: Does it include or exclude nonvoters?”).

While just 30% of Americans think senior Trump officials definitely had improper contacts with Russia during the campaign, a majority (59%) thinks such contacts definitely or probably occurred; 30% think they definitely or probably did not happen. In views of Mueller’s investigation, 56% are very or somewhat confident he will conduct the probe fairly.

Only about a quarter of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (26%) say Trump officials definitely or probably had improper contacts with Russia during the campaign; 82% of Democrats and Democratic leaners think there were improper contacts – with 49% saying they definitely took place. About two-thirds of Democrats (68%) and 44% Republicans say they are at least somewhat confident Mueller’s investigation will be conducted fairly.

The survey was being conducted when Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying about contacts with Russian officials during the presidential transition. There are no significant differences in opinions about whether senior administration officials had improper campaign contacts with Russia, or in views of Mueller’s investigation, in interviewing conducted before and after Flynn pleaded guilty on Dec. 1….

A majority of Americans DO support the Robert Mueller investigation of Trump’s Russian contacts….Republicans support Trump view of the Russian contacts….Democrats do NOT…

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Note….

Everytime I type Trump in Google it goes to the guys home page …..

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Breaking…. Mike Flynn charged with lying to the FBI….

The former Trump Admin National Security advisor will enter a plea at a Federal Court this morning against the charges….

He is cooperating with Robert Mueller’s people….

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He was supposed to go before a federal grand jury….That has been cancelled…

The Mueller group seems to be building a foundation to move up the ladder and squeeze Trump & Co…..

Remember …..

Mueller’s people are actively questioning almots all of the Trump Admin senior staff in the admin and last years campaign….

Oh, and this whole thing is NOT gonna be over in a month like Trump’s people are trying to sell….

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was charged Friday with making a false statement to the FBI about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, marking another monumental development in the wide-ranging probe of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Flynn was expected to enter a plea at 10:30, according to the special counsel’s office. The charges relate to false statements Flynn made to the FBI on January 24, four days after President Trump was inaugurated, about his meeting with Kislyak during the transition….

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As in other high profile federal cases?

Lying to cover yourself or others is what gets you in trouble often…Not the other action’s….

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Update….

…twitter…

Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!

( Donald Trump REALLY doesn’t get it…Does he? )