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Schumer promises a fight on a Trump Supreme Court pick….

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To confirm a Supreme Court pick?

Donald Trump and Republicans will need 60 US Senator’s to vote ‘Aye’……

So they will need EIGHT Democratic votes…..

The newly minted Senate minority leader took a hard line on Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-named pick to replace deceased Jusice Antonin Scalia, threatening to leave the empty ninth seat open indefinitely unless Trump nominates someone who could get broad support in the Senate — a scenario Schumer acknowledged is “hard for me to imagine.”

Though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s risky gambit to halt the confirmation process for Merrick Garland may have paid off, Schumer warned that Republicans will face payback for their year-long blockade of President Barack Obama’s nominee in due time.

“The consequences are gonna be down the road,” Schumer, a New York Democrat, said during an MSNBC interview Tuesday night. “We are not going to settle on a Supreme Court nominee. If they don’t appoint someone who’s really good, we’re gonna oppose him tooth and nail.”

When asked by host Rachel Maddow whether he would do his best to keep the Scalia vacancy open, Schumer responded without hesitation: “Absolutely.”

Though Senate Democrats acted unilaterally in 2013 to change confirmation rules for nearly all presidential nominations, they left the current 60-vote filibuster threshold for Supreme Court nominees intact. Republicans now control just 52 votes….

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Independent Office of Government Ethics to be put Under Lawmakers’ Control

The House Republicans have voted to take the Independence OUT of the Office of Government Ethics….

Their move would make the agency report to THEM in the Republican controlled House of Representatives….

Sorta like the Fox watching the Hen House, eh?

The Republicans are doing this because they find the agency ‘too aggressive ‘ in doing its job…..

With the House oversight?

The agency would have to clear just about EVERYTHING thru the partisan House Ethics Committee….Moving them to be inline with their incoming President who hasn’t indicated if he’ll even try to run the office of the Presidency ETHICALLY…or Just use it to make money……

House Republicans are moving to eliminate the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics, the chamber’s nonpartisan ethics board, in a move that has triggered swift pushback from Democrats and government watchdog groups.

House Republicans, meeting as a group Monday night, approved an amendment from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) that would place the office under the oversight of the lawmaker-run House Ethics Committee.

The Office of Congressional Ethics is an independent entity that serves as the chamber’s independent ethics watchdog by reviewing allegations against House members and staff. It is currently governed by an eight-person board of private citizens who don’t work for the government.

Mr. Goodlatte’s measure is now part of the package of new House rules set to come up for a vote on the House floor Tuesday, when the new session of Congress convenes.

“Republicans claim they want to ‘drain the swamp,’ but the night before the new Congress gets sworn in, the House GOP has eliminated the only independent ethics oversight of their actions,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said in a statement Monday night. “Evidently, ethics are the first casualty of the new Republican Congress.”…

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Is Americ waiting to get ripped off the incoming Present and the Republicans in Congress?

With NO One on the Federal level standing in the way?

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Israeli PM Nethyahu questioned in Crimnal Case aginst him…

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The Israeli Prime Minister is under review by the Israeli Attorney General and Police because of possible corruption charges….

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was interrogated Monday night on suspicion of corruption in a criminal investigation authorized by the nation’s attorney general.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld released a statement saying Netanyahu was questioned “under caution on the suspicions of receiving benefits.”

The term “under caution” refers to the questioning of someone suspected of having committed a crime, with the warning that anything they say or decline to talk about could be used against them in court proceedings.

Police and Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit declined to release any further details of the three-hour questioning.

Netanyahu has repeatedly denied the allegations against him, saying they are politically motivated….

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Incoming Freedom Caucus Rep House chairman wants to cancel Obama Sexual assault guidelines…

Huh?

Is this guy trying to revive Donald Trump’s past sexual hands and comments history issues?

Incoming Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) suggested that the incoming Donald Trump administration reverse a set of President Obama-era guidelines aimed at combatting campus sexual assault, saying it wastes money and that it denies protection to the “often-innocent accused,” USA Today reported Friday.

Meadows issued a report this month on 230 rules that he advocated to be changed or dismantled within the first 100 days of the new administration. He then released a new list this week that added 70 additional rules. The document is not an official Freedom Caucus report because the other members of the group have not voted to adopt it, the group’s spokeswoman told USA Today.

Among the new additions is a call to reverse the April 2011 guidance document from the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights which set the course and provided standards for how universities should handle sexual harassment and sexual violence complaints.

In the document, Meadows stated that the guidance has caused colleges to spend “hundreds of million” to fight sexual assault and that it denies the “often-innocent accused.”…

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Chicago has 27 people shot…7 DOA this weekend…Merry Christmas…

…from the New York Times….

At least 27 people were shot, seven fatally, in a 48-hour period in Chicago over Christmas weekend, according to the Chicago Police Department. It was the latest bloody chapter in a city besieged by gun violence.

Homicides and shootings, already an all-too-common hazard in the city, have skyrocketed since last year, when the numbers were already high. The rise in violence is fueled in part by gangs, whose disagreements range from neighborhood turf wars to disputes over girlfriends. The conflicts often escalate quickly to gunfire.

This weekend, one of the victims was an 18-year-old Hispanic man who was shot multiple times in the neck and back while he was driving in the Gage Park neighborhood, on the city’s southwest side, at 1:30 a.m. on Christmas Day.

His death would become another entry in a fast-moving police log of murder investigations, many with no suspects in custody….

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Trump Administration Updated picks as of Dec.23, 2016

List revised and updated to 1 a.m. Friday 23 December 2016:

Department of State
Secretary – Rex Tillerson
Ambassador to the United Nations – Nikki Haley
Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China – Terry Branstad
Ambassador to the State of Israel – David Friedman
Special Trade Representative – ??

Department of the Treasury
Secretary – Steven Mnuchin

Department of Defense
Secretary of Defense – Gen. James Mattis
Secretary of the Army – Vincent Viola
Secretary of the Navy – ??
Secretary of the Air Force – ??

Department of Justice
Attorney-General of the U.S. – Jeff Sessions
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (fixed-term) – James Comey
Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration – ??

Department of the Interior
Secretary – Ryan Zinke
National Park Service – ??
Bureau of Indian Affairs – ??
Bureau of Land Management – ??

Department of Agriculture
??

Department of Commerce
Secretary – Wilbur Ross
Deputy Secretary – Todd Ricketts

Department of Labor
Secretary – Andy Puzder

Department of Health & Human Services
Secretary – Tom Price
Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – Seema Verma
Commissioner of Food and Drugs (FDA) –
Surgeon-General of the U.S. – ??

Department of Housing & Urban Development
Secretary – Dr Ben Carson

Department of Transportation
Secretary – Elaine Chao

Department of Energy
Secretary – Rick Perry

Department of Education
Secretary – Betsy DeVos

Department of Veterans’ Affairs
??

Department of Homeland Security
Secretary – Gen. James Kelley
Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency – ??

Office of the President
Chief of Staff – Reince Priebus
Chief Strategist – Steve Bannon
Counsel to the President – Donald F. McGahn II
Counselor to the President – Kellyanne Conway
Special Advisor on Regulatory Reform – Carl Icahn

Press Secretary – Sean Spicer
Director of Strategic Communications – Hope Hicks
Director of Communications – Jason Miller  
Director of Social Media – Dan Scavino

National Security Council
National Security Advisor – Gen. Michael Flynn
Deputy National Security Advisor – Kathleen T. McFarland
Chief of Staff – Lt Gen. Keith Kellogg
Sr Director of Strategic Communications – Monica Crowley

Director of National Intelligence
Director – ??
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency – Mike Pompeo

Office of Management & Budget
Director – Mick Mulvaney

National Economic Council
Chairman – Gary Cohn

National Trade Council (new)
Chairman – Peter Navarro

Council of Economic Advisors
Chairman – ??

Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator – Scott Pruitt

Small Business Administration
Administrator – Linda McMahon

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Cabinet Secretaries  and some others will need US Senate confirmation …..

Courtesy of DSD…..

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Select US Senate committee to investigate Russian Hacking?

Current plans are for NUMERIOUS US Senate Committte’s to joing President Obama’s investigation into Russian hacking actions on the 2016 American Elections …..

Such decentralized action will become an investigative nightmare….

But Senate Majority Leader Mitt McConnell does NOT seem receptive to allowing a single POINTED look at the issue….

The investigation could turn into a HUGE problem politically for Donald Trump and Republicans as it appears it will NOT go away…..

The biggest advocates for a select committee are executing a full-court pressure campaign. Graham and Schumer, on the heels of their weekend missive, will appear together Tuesday on NBC’s “Today Show” on the latest in their bipartisan push, a Republican aide said.

While taking on their own leaders is nothing new for Graham and McCain, it’s a tougher call for other Republicans, especially because of Schumer’s involvement. Gardner’s long-running support for the idea makes his bill less an act of defiance.

So far, most other Republicans aren’t ready to join McCain and Graham. POLITICO contacted the offices of more than a dozen GOP lawmakers on Monday, and none endorsed the notion of a new committee. The Senate Intelligence, Foreign Relations and Armed Services panels are all investigating the matter independently….

Many Republican senators are unlikely to make waves on the matter until January, when the 52 GOP senators in the next Congress convene again in Washington. Adding to their caution is the fact that the Obama administration is planning to issue a new assessment of the extent of the hacking before Trump is sworn in on Jan. 20, potentially further scrambling the debate.

Democrats, meanwhile, are rallying behind the select committee proposal. Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) both endorsed the idea on Monday, and the Democratic National Committee is touting it as well.

“I think the public needs to feel confident in the end result” of the election, said Stabenow, a Democratic leader. “My concern is that putting this in the Intelligence Committee puts minimal accountability behind closed doors. And this needs public accountability.”….

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Voter Fraud?….Next to None….

Didn’t someone keep ranting about how the elction was ‘rigged’?

Well it seems that there has been little evidence of such voter fraud or rigging….

But we’re gonna find the evidence of the Russians helping that same person get a win probably….

After all the allegations of rampant voter fraud and claims that millions had voted illegally, the people who supervised the general election last month in states around the nation have been adding up how many credible reports of fraud they actually received. The overwhelming consensus: next to none.

In an election in which more than 137.7 million Americans cast ballots, election and law enforcement officials in 26 states and the District of Columbia — Democratic-leaning, Republican-leaning and in-between — said that so far they knew of no credible allegations of fraudulent voting. Officials in another eight states said they knew of only one allegation.

A few states reported somewhat larger numbers of fraud claims that were under review. Tennessee counted 40 credible allegations out of some 4.3 million primary and general election votes. In Georgia, where more than 4.1 million ballots were cast, officials said they had opened 25 inquiries into “suspicious voting or election-related activity.”

But inquiries to all 50 states (every one but Kansas responded) found no states that reported indications of widespread fraud. And while additional allegations could surface as states wind up postelection reviews, their conclusions are unlikely to change significantly…..

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The Republican’s where able use this untruth to work against Democratic ‘Trust’…..

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Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead…

The gunman shouted in Turkish ‘‘Don’t forget Aleppo! Don’t forget Syria!’’…..

Russia has been supported Syria President Assad’s efforts to brutally rid his country of opposition to his rule…..

Gunfire erupted Monday at a photo exhibit where Russia’s ambassador was one of the speakers, killing the diplomat and wounding others. One gunman was killed, Russian officials said.

In Moscow, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that Ambassador Andrei Karlov had been wounded by one gunshot, but efforts to treat him were delayed by further gunfire in the gallery in Ankara, the Turkish capital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, and a motive was unclear. But Russia is a key backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has taken part in attacks on Syrian rebels, who have extensive networks in Turkey.

Russia and Turkey, a foe of Assad, recently joined to broker a deal to evacuate civilians and rebel fighters from the last opposition enclaves in Aleppo, a major Syrian city that has been under relentless attacks from Syrian forces and their allies….

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Donald Trump says his supporters violence was ‘Cool’ because he Won….

Donald Trump is never gonna change…..

The guy resides in an alternate Universe where he does things?

Then forget HIS part in them?

During the last year Trump, the entertainer whipped up his crowds of supporters with negative disparaging comments about his primary opponents, Barack Obama, Women , Latinos’s, Muslims and Media to name a few…..

His supporters reacting to his rants went about assulting people at rallys and then around the country…..

It worked for him in that he got those poepoles votes…..

NOW?

In true Trump fashion….. He is casting their actions in a POSAITIVE Light…

He’s saying their action where ‘cool’ because he WON……

President-elect Donald Trump said Friday his supporters were “violent” during the 2016 campaign.

Trump made the admission Friday night during a rally here on the Florida leg of his “Thank You” tour. During the campaign, he repeatedly downplayed violent outbursts his supporters displayed at times toward protesters and insisted that paid activists were instead responsible for inciting violence at his rallies.

“You people were vicious, violent, screaming, ‘Where’s the wall? We want the wall!’ Screaming, ‘Prison! Prison! Lock her up!’ I mean you are going crazy. I mean, you were nasty and mean and vicious and you wanted to win, right?” Trump said Friday. “But now, you’re mellow and you’re cool and you’re not nearly as vicious or violent, right? Because we won, right?”

During the campaign, Trump repeatedly referred to his rallies as the “safest place on Earth” and called them a “love fest.”

Meanwhile, some Trump supporters occasionally physically assaulted protesters at rallies across the country during the 2016 campaign. In several instances, Trump supporters were also assaulted by protesters after exiting Trump rallies.

Several Trump supporters were charged with assault after attacking protesters at different rallies.

And while Trump suggested that his supporters had mellowed out in their rhetoric as well — “now you’re laid back, you’re cool, you’re mellow, you’re basking in the glory of victory,” he said Friday — the crowd broke out in “Lock her up!” chants twice…..

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The only legislation crafted in response to Columbine never went anywhere.

America is incapable of Controling gun’s even after mass shooting’s…..

The 1994 assault weapons ban became only the third piece of gun control legislation approved since 1968, but massive resistance left the law riddled with so many exemptions it was basically useless. The director of federal affairs at the National Rifle Association, the country’s top lobbying group for gun owners, portrayed the bill as an effort to “disarm” the American public, arguing in congressional testimony that advocates of the ban were “merely interested in eliminating any type of firearm whenever presented with an emotionally charged opportunity to do so.”

In an effort to appease the gun lobby and assure passage of the bill, Feinstein whittled down the list of firearms to be banned from 670 to 19. The TEC-9s used in the 1993 San Francisco shooting made the list, but the law exempted any weapon manufactured before the ban took effect from any restrictions.

The company that made TEC-9s, Navegar, ramped up production as the bill moved through Congress, and in the first eight months of 1994, it produced three times as many guns as it had in 1992. The company was allowed to sell every single one of those, and anyone who had purchased one could legally resell it to whomever they wanted.

That’s how Feinstein’s seemingly momentous assault weapons ban set the script for every other ineffectual attempt to implement gun laws in the United States. It unfolds the same way each time: A horrifying shooting happens and lawmakers pledge to prevent the next one. But often nothing comes out of Congress. On the rare occasions legislators do act, resistance from the gun lobby leaves the new law downright impotent. The massacre is soon relegated to a place on a list we recite after the next mass shooting, which starts the process anew. For more than two decades, it’s been America’s consistent cycle….

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It appears that the DNC unwittingly (Then dumbly) helped the Russian’s stay inside their computer networks…

The Washington Post...By way of the New York Times ….Plays back the sequence of events that started with the FBI contacting the Democratic National Committee by phone (Talking to  contract person working for the DNC) to warn them that the Russians where inside their one of their computer network ‘s….The DNC IT person receiving the call, not believing the FBI agent caller WAS an FBI agent….

That Agent calling back several times over the next few weeks as the Russians continued to explore the DNC’s computers email….

That contract person did look into his system using unsophisticated software , did not notice anything unusual…

Several months later the FBI notified the DNC that its computer was now linked to computers in Russia….

Months after that FBI agents met in person with DNC IT people…..

IT TOOK THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE LEADERS including Debbie Wasserman Schultz NINE MONTHS to sit down with senior FBI people to discuss that fact that the Russian’s where ALL OVER their computer networks…..

The FBI did NOT want to let on that they knew what the Russians where doing and the Republicans when told of the situation couldn’t care less….The Leaks where helping their guy…..

The Republican party IS for the most part looking away from this because they are about to complete a trifecta , with the help Vladimir Putin, someone their guy Donald Trump and his friends coming into power admire and have done business with….

It is also important that the Obama White House was privy to this whole situation and kept ‘hands off’ it appears ….President Obama has reluctantly ordered and investigation into the matter, but seems NOT worried about the Russian, but only about helping to give that keys of White House to Trump & Co. so he can move down the road to his own private life again…That while his party quietly simmers with their hair on fire as the Media does another story everyday on how Trump & Co. is fumbling along …..

The D.N.C.’s fumbling encounter with the F.B.I. meant the best chance to halt the Russian intrusion was lost. The failure to grasp the scope of the attacks undercut efforts to minimize their impact. And the White House’s reluctance to respond forcefully meant the Russians have not paid a heavy price for their actions, a decision that could prove critical in deterring future cyberattacks.

The low-key approach of the F.B.I. meant that Russian hackers could roam freely through the committee’s network for nearly seven months before top D.N.C. officials were alerted to the attack and hired cyberexperts to protect their systems. In the meantime, the hackers moved on to targets outside the D.N.C., including Mrs. Clinton’s campaign chairman, John D. Podesta, whose private email account was hacked months later.

Even Mr. Podesta, a savvy Washington insider who had written a 2014 report on cyberprivacy for President Obama, did not truly understand the gravity of the hacking….

Leading Democrats were sidelined at the height of the campaign, silenced by revelations of embarrassing emails or consumed by the scramble to deal with the hacking. Though little-noticed by the public, confidential documents taken by the Russian hackers from the D.N.C.’s sister organization, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, turned up in congressional races in a dozen states, tainting some of them with accusations of scandal.

In recent days, a skeptical president-elect, the nation’s intelligence agencies and the two major parties have become embroiled in an extraordinary public dispute over what evidence exists that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia moved beyond mere espionage to deliberately try to subvert American democracy and pick the winner of the presidential election.

Many of Mrs. Clinton’s closest aides believe that the Russian assault had a profound impact on the election, while conceding that other factors — Mrs. Clinton’s weaknesses as a candidate; her private email server; the public statements of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, about her handling of classified information — were also important.

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With everyday that passes after this election ?

The more I come to believe that Donald Trump did NOT win this election on his own….

The Democrats worked to GIVE it to him and the Republicans….

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The NYPD’s new ‘Midget’ Police Cars….

Police cruisers , or ‘radio cars’ as they used to be called are usually full size sedans with lots or room for stuff  police officers need for their mobile offices….

When the Ford Crown Victoria’s developed problems with where their fuel tanks where?

Departements moved from them and Ford discontineued the model….

Dodge Chargers where the rage for a while and  Chevy Impala showed up in soem departments….

But lately Ford is back as the police car choice of a LOT of depatments with it’s Explorer SUV police package ….

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So it caught my eye that New York City Police Department has some it’s ‘finest’ riding around in two-seat Smart Fortwos ….

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The ‘midget’ cars aren’t pushing the police package SUV”s  out of the picture….They ARE replacing scooters that the cops used have…

The Police Department is among the first public safety organizations in the world to introduce the cars, manufactured by the German automaker Daimler AG, in large numbers, with 150 already in service and at least 75 more coming.

The cars each cost about $23,400, compared with $29,500 for a three-wheeled scooter. And unlike the scooters, officers do not need a motorcycle license to operate one. It is also deceptively spacious. (The 72nd Precinct in Brooklyn posted a picture on Twitter of its tallest officer, standing 6-foot-6, seated snugly behind the wheel).

The scooter was limited to 35 m.p.h., while the Smart car is fast enough for the highway. Even so, officials emphasized it was still seen more as a scooter than a squad car.

“When you call 911,” Mr. Martinez said, “a scooter’s not coming.”

On a recent morning in Brooklyn Bridge Park, one of the Smart cars cruised along the waterfront, nimble enough to circle back on a narrow walkway. At times, it seemed to generate almost as much attention among tourists as the bridge….

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The ‘midget’ FourTwo Smart car is actually a Mercedes….

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Midget Police car image….Autoworld news

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Could ‘Dreamers’ get protection from Congress?

There IS a Bipartisan effort to draft a bill that would offer undoucumented young people a protection against being deported….

While Donald Trump has said he would increase deportations….

Trump has moved from his ‘deportation force ‘ to deporting only those who have  committed crimes….But who knows what he would do once in office?

It is unklnow if this bill being drafted would get enough support right now….The vote on the bill would be by the current sitting Congress…

Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are drafting a bill that aims to protect undocumented young people who could be at risk of deportation when President-elect Donald Trump enters the White House.

Durbin confirmed on Thursday that they were working on a bill that they hope to finish by the end of next week, after Graham discussed the plans on Wednesday. Details have yet to be finalized, but Durbin said on the Senate floor that it was a “bipartisan effort to say to the new president, give these young people a fighting chance.”

“At least protect them until we’ve had a chance to act on the larger immigration issues before us,” Durbin said.

Their plan is one of many avenues Democrats are going down to protect undocumented young people, often known as Dreamers. Many of these young people gave their personal information to the government because lawmakers urged them to do so, and now they fear Trump could use it to track them down for deportation.

Some of the lawmakers’ efforts focus on President Barack Obama, who created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, for Dreamers that Durbin, Graham and others are now seeking to protect….

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Dem Senator Manchin WILL vote for Sessions for AG….

If there is one Trump appointment that Democarst SHOULD unite against?

It is Sen Jeff Sessions for Attorney General….

Past history and comments for the Alabama US Senator have reveiled a man who does NOT deserve to be the nations chief law eforcement office….

But Democrats in Red States are well aware of the Trump Electoral vote….and have their eye on the upcoming 2018 Senate Elections….

Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is going to have tough time since the Democarst changed the conformation vote approval margin for 60 Senators’ to a simple majority of 51….

Other confirmation votes will be contested….

But none like Sessions….

Senate Democrats facing tough reelection races in states won overwhelmingly by Donald Trump are wrestling with how to vote on his Cabinet picks.

Democrats have directed heavy fire at several of the president-elect’s proposed nominees, criticizing the choice of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) for health secretary and Betsy DeVos for education secretary.

Incoming Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) has pledged a “very thorough and tough vetting” of Sessions and claimed Tuesday that Price might not make it through the Senate because of his views on privatizing Medicare.
But to have any chance of blocking Trump’s nominees, Democratic leaders would need to keep their caucus unified — and there are early signs that some members won’t be willing to hold the line.

Red-state Democrats running in 2018 aren’t closing the door on supporting Trump’s picks. They’re avoiding critical statements that could box them in when the nominations come to the floor for votes next year.

“I’ve always been inclined to try to be receptive to anybody and everybody that the executive puts up as they put their team together,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D), who’s up for reelection in West Virginia, a state Trump carried with almost 69 percent of the vote.

Manchin has already announced his support for Sessions — whom other Democrats have balked at because of decades-old allegations that he made racist comments — and pledged to keep an open mind on other nominees.

“They’ll be coming to my office and I’ll ask the questions that are important to me, but I haven’t formed an opinion on them. I’ve been receptive,” Manchin said….

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Could Trump and the Republicans be trying to pick up another US Senate Seat?

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is considering Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia for the energy secretary job, according to three sources close to the discussions.

The conservative Democrat “is being considered to show the coal people how serious Trump is about coal,” one source said.

Manchin told POLITICO Thursday afternoon that he and his staff haven’t been contacted by Trump’s transition team and he didn’t have any trips to New York City on his calendar. But Manchin, who is up for reelection in 2018 in a state that has become increasingly more Republican over the past decade, also didn’t dismiss the notion of taking DOE’s top job in the Trump administration….

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Civil rights group documents nearly 900 hate incidents after presidential election

Donald Trump exploited white angst against America moving into the 21st Century and the cahnges is who the country is…..

His rants help form a base of voters that have , with his win of the election feel that they can express their anger in public….

Trump NOW has briefly spoken against thes actions….

But they are continuing…..

America will continue to change no matter what….

People may not be happy but the changes are NOT gonna stop….

Those who though the election of a Black/mixed race President (TWICE) would change America where sadly mistaken…..

The Southern Poverty Law Center documented 867 “hate incidents” in the 10 days after Donald Trump was elected president, more than 300 of which included direct references to the president-elect or his campaign rhetoric. The incidents — documented in the media or reported through a form on the center’s website — included vandalism of places of worship, attacks on Muslim women in headscarves and bullying of Hispanic students in schools.

The center also counted 23 incidents it classified as “anti-Trump,” including one in which someone grabbed a man wearing a Trump hat by the neck on a subway in New York.

Ethnic intimidation and hate crimes are hardly new. Because the center only began tracking incidents after the election, it is impossible to determine whether Trump’s candidacy and election coincided with a rise in incidents. But Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, said many of those who reported being harassed or targeted said they were shocked because they had never experienced anything like it, leading him and others to conclude that the divisive campaign has emboldened harassers.

“We’re seeing something new in its intensity and ferocity,” Cohen said.

In releasing the new report Tuesday — “Ten Days After” — the center and other civil rights organizations assailed Trump, accusing him of inspiring acts of violence and harassment and of being too tepid in his condemnation of those behind them. They cited what they think is a rise in acts of hate primarily targeting women, minorities and immigrants.

[Read the Southern Poverty Law Center’s report, “Ten Days After”]

Trump said in a “60 Minutes” interview that news of Muslims and Hispanics being harassed saddened him.

“I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, because I’m gonna bring this country together,” Trump said in the “60 Minutes” interview. “I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.”

Trump’s transition team released a statement late Tuesday, saying that Trump denounces racism of any kind and vows to be a leader for every American…..

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