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What Trump HAS actually done since getting the job….

FiveThirtyEight spells out what the new President and his team HAVE done…

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In the whirlwind first weeks of President Trump’s administration, it often seemed as though he was trying to enact his entire agenda within his first 100 days in office. On Day 1, he moved to undo parts of the Affordable Care Act. Within his first week, he instituted a federal hiring freeze; issued orders on abortion, immigration and manufacturing; and took the first steps toward building his signature border wall. And on the one-week anniversary of his swearing in, he issued the first iteration of his ban on travel from certain Muslim-majority countries.

In retrospect, the travel ban looks like the high-water mark for the “shock and awe” phase of Trump’s presidency. The ban, of course, was quickly blocked by the courts, and from there his momentum stalled. In recent weeks, the narrative has reversed to the point that some pundits are suggesting Trump is already a failure — that Trump, as Josh Barro of Business Insider put it this week, is heading for a “do-nothing presidency.”

That may be wishful thinking on the part of Barro and other Trump critics, however. Yes, Trump has encountered a string of setbacks, perhaps most notably the embarrassing defeat of his effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. And yes, many key elements of his agenda — tax reform, infrastructure spending, a rethinking of U.S. trade policy — are still stuck at the starting gate, or in some cases seem to have been abandoned altogether. But Trump has found plenty of other ways to make his influence felt, often by reversing policies put in place by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

The most obvious accomplishment — the one that even Trump’s sharpest critics acknowledge — is the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The vote was a key political win for a president in dire need of one. But its real significance is in the longer term. Gorsuch restored (and perhaps deepened, if he proves to have influence with Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom he once clerked) the court’s conservative majority. And at only 49, he could serve for decades. It’s too soon to say what effect the new justice could have on abortion or other contentious issues, but it’s safe to assume that Gorsuch’s confirmation will help ensure that Trump’s impact is felt long after he leaves office.

Outside of Gorsuch, Trump’s influence is subtler, but no less real. Take immigration: Courts may have blocked Trump’s travel ban, but they haven’t intervened to stop him from stepping up immigration enforcement and increasing deportations — including of immigrants who had been granted protected status by the Obama administration…..

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Breaking…Another School mass shooting is reported….

This one in San Bernardino…

Multiple people were down in a shooting Monday morning at an elementary school in San Bernardino.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said four victims were being treated and a suspect was possibly down as well.

The gunfire occurred just after 10:30 a.m. at North Park School, at 5378 N. H Street.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department reported multiple gunshot wound victims and a triage had been set up….

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The opioid overdose epidemic hypocrisy of Donald Trump…Daily Kos…

As both a former drug researcher, and former user, I am not in denial about the rising number of overdose deaths in the U.S. To sit and watch the Orange Killer in the oval office hold a “listening session” using the families of overdose victims and tearful recovering addicts as a front for his public relations scam made me want to puke. His announcement at the end of March that he is launching “The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis,” flies in the face of his attempts to get rid of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in collusion with Republicans in the House and Senate—which would have dropped the addiction treatment mandate covering 1.3 million Americans.

Mother Jones has been on his case like white on rice. In “Remember When Trump Said He Cared About the Opioid Crisis? Fast Forward to Now” they point out:

The purpose of the commission, which will report to Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, is to write a report by October of this year on the status of the epidemic and make recommendations for the future, after which it will cease to exist. The Surgeon General’s office under President Obama published a very similar report last November. Trump has yet to appoint a “drug czar”, or director of the Office of Drug Control Policy, which is charged with evaluating and overseeing federal anti-drug efforts.

Meanwhile, Trump has repeatedly proposed taking resources away from the programs that could stop the epidemic. For example:

  • The president’s proposed 2017 budget would cut $100 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s mental health block grants, which help provide substance abuse services across the country.
  • His proposed 2018 budget would cut 16.2 percent of funding from the Department of Health and Human Services, the umbrella agency that funds things like SAMHSA and other mental health and substance abuse programs.
  • The 2018 budget claims it would include a “$500 million increase above 2016 enacted levels to expand opioid misuse prevention efforts and to increase access to treatment and recovery services.” When pressed by Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), HHS Secretary Tom Price admitted that this $500 million is reference to funding from the 21st Century Cures Act, which Congress enacted under Obama signed into law late last year.
  • Though it didn’t ultimately pass, Trump was hard-set on repealing the Affordable Care Act, which would have left nearly 3 million Americans without often life-saving addiction treatment.

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Bombing in Russian city of St. Petersburg while Putin is there….

…from the NY Times…

Explosions at two subway stations in St. Petersburg killed at least 10 people on Monday afternoon, as President Vladimir V. Putin was in the city, Russia’s second largest, for a meeting and a speech, officials said.

Andrei Kibitov, a spokesman for the St. Petersburg governor, told the Rossiya-24 news channel that the explosions had killed about 10 people and wounded at least 50 others.

The subway system was shut after the attacks, which occurred around 2:45 p.m. at the Sennaya Square and Technology Institute stations, in the city center. Both stations are important transit hubs and are normally crowded with passengers, though the explosions occurred before the start of the evening rush….

Mr. Putin, in a televised statement less than an hour after the explosions, said he had spoken with the heads of the special services, including the F.S.B., as well as with law enforcement officials, who he said “will do everything to find out the causes of what had happened.”

Speaking from the Constantine Palace in the Strelna district of St. Petersburg, about 12 miles west of the blasts, he added: “The government, both on the city and federal levels, will do everything to support families of the victims and injured.”

Images circulated on social media showing a damaged subway car and several people lying on a subway platform, apparently with injuries….

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Heroin use spikes Up for poor unemployed White ‘s in America…

The increase drug usage seems tied to economic factors….

Heroin use in the United States has risen five-fold in the past decade and dependence on the drug has more than tripled, with the biggest jumps among whites and men with low incomes and little education, researchers said on Wednesday.

Whites aged 18 to 44 accounted for the biggest rise in heroin addiction, which has been fueled in part by the misuse of opioid prescription drugs.

The findings are troubling because the people most affected have few resources to deal with the problem, said Dr. Silvia Martins, an associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and her colleagues.

“We are seeing that heroin use has increased in the past 10 years,” Martins said in a phone interview. “It is more prominent among whites with lower incomes and education and young adults.”

Heroin use, which includes those who have tried the drug but not become dependent on it, and addiction also rose more among unmarried adults. Although a jump was seen among women, it as was not as prominent as for men.

The researchers found no differences in heroin use or addiction among the major regions of the country….

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Local Police Dept ‘s look for Trump to lift ban on military equip purchases…

Several local police chiefs hope President-elect Donald Trump will keep his campaign promise to rescind restrictions on a program that provides police with surplus military equipment, even though they have no interest in the big-ticket items affected.

President Barack Obama issued an executive order in 2015 that placed a number of restrictions on the 1033 Program in response to concerns, following the protests in Ferguson, Mo., that police were overly militarized.

Obama banned the program from providing police with tracked armored vehicles, weaponized aircraft, firearms of .50 caliber and higher, grenade launchers, bayonets and camouflage uniforms, and imposed a variety of new restrictions on other items in the program.

During the campaign, Trump pledged to rescind that executive order, and police nationwide are now waiting to see if he’ll keep that promise.

Local police chiefs expressed support for rescinding the order, but also say they have no interest in obtaining tracked armored vehicles, aircraft or similar items….

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GWB White House lawyer: ‘FBI uncovering evidence of treason. There is no other word for it’

 By Jen Hayden   @ Dily Kos….
Screenshot of George W. Bush ethics attorney Richard Painter on ABCNews talking about the Trump Transition.

And given Breitbart’s role in all of this, what a coincidence that key Breitbart players are now playing key roles in the White House:

Breitbart, which has drawn criticism for pursuing a white nationalist agenda, was formerly led by Stephen Bannon, who became chief executive officer of Trump’s election campaign last August and now serves as Trump’s strategic adviser in the White House. The news site’s former national security editor, Sebastian Gorka, was a national security adviser to Trump’s campaign and presidential transition team. He now works as a key Trump counterterrorism adviser.

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British Parliament attack…Injuries

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

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

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

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

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

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Turns out the FBI WAS tapping someone in Trump Tower after all…

But the FBI was NOT tapping Trump….

They where listening to a Russian mobster operating IN Trump’s place….

The FBI had a court-sanctioned warrant for two years to monitor a Russian crime organization working out of a unit three floors below President Trump’s penthouse, according to an ABC News report.

Listening in on the Russians’ happenings resulted in north of 30 people being indicted in April 2013, with federal agents raiding the Trump Tower apartment. But the mastermind, Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov, got away and has since fled the United States justice system.

Later in 2013, ABC News notes, he was in the VIP section of Miss Universe Moscow not far from President Trump. The President had previously sold the rights to the Russian incarnation of the show to a billionaire developer based in the country.

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“He is a major player,” Mike Gaeta, lead agent on the FBI investigation, said of Tokhtakhunov in 2014. “He is prominent, he has extremely good connections in the business world as well as the criminal world, overseas, in Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, other countries.”

Tokhtakhunov is accused of having run a major gambling ring — headquartered out of unit 63A of Trump Tower — that saw $50 million of illegal money come into the U.S., according to ABC News….

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Trump Budget would stop Federal money for New York City Police counterror cops

And cancel money paid to the city for guarding Trump Tower….

It took President Trump just six months to forget about never forgetting.

The one-time Manhattan resident’s proposed federal budget will hurt the NYPD’s ability to protect the nation’s No. 1 terror target by slashing $190 million in Homeland Security funding for the city.

“Nearly all federal funding to the NYPD would be eradicated,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill as details of Trump’s first budget emerged. “It is the backbone of our entire counterterrorism apparatus.”

O’Neill and Mayor de Blasio have previously said the city’s sanctuary city status would cost the city untold millions of dollars in federal aid.

A small sample of thing that could suffer under Trump budget

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“Nearly all federal funding to the NYPD would be eradicated,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill.

Trump had threatened to slash all federal funding to cities — like his hometown — that fail to arrest or detain immigrants living illegally in the US

“Let me be clear: New York City is in the crosshairs of the president’s budget,” de Blasio tweeted. “I want to ask President Trump to come back to New York City and talk to the people hurt by his budget.”

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The final Federal budget WILL have money allocated by Congress for the NYPD and other police Dept’s in Metro NY area and around the country …..Even is the city IS a Santuary City….

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Democrats signal they’ll fight against Trump Border Wall funding…

Senate Minority Leader Schumer has chosen a place to fight where he could get a good amount of support against Trump’s campaign promise from Republicans even….

And the Mexican’s of course…

Senate Democrats are warning GOP leaders not to include funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in a funding bill to keep the government open, saying it could jeopardize the measure’s passage.

“We believe it would be inappropriate to insist on the inclusion of such funding in a must-pass appropriations bill that is needed for the Republican majority in control of the Congress to avert a government shutdown so early in President Trump’s Administration,” the Democrats said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).

The signers of the letter, released Monday, include Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), as well as Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

The government is currently being funded through April 28 by a stopgap spending bill that was passed in December.

Already, President Donald Trump’s secretary of Homeland Security has directed his agency to look for funding sources it might already have available as the administration looks for ways to fulfill one of the the president’s top campaign promises. A Morning Consult/POLITICO survey in January found 47 percent of Americans support construction of the wall, while 45 percent do not.

The Democratic senators said the wall could be expensive and “raises considerable issues that have not been resolved by the Congress or the Department of Homeland Security.”

Another Morning Consult/POLITICO survey in January showed that support for the wall dropped considerably when the issue of cost was raised….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trump Budget plan would cut the Coast Guard, TSA and FEMA….

First of all?

Congress is NOT gonna entertain these drastic cuts….

But the idea that Trump & Co. wants to hire thousands of Border Cops  while drasticly cutting back on other search, rescue, flying security and disaster help IS disturbing….

The Trump administration wants to gut the Coast Guard and make deep cuts in airport and rail security to help pay for its crackdown on illegal immigration, according to internal budget documents reviewed by POLITICO — a move that lawmakers and security experts say defies logic if the White House is serious about defending against terrorism and keeping out undocumented foreigners.

The Office of Management and Budget is seeking a 14 percent cut to the Coast Guard’s $9.1 billion budget, the draft documents show, even as it proposes major increases to other Department of Homeland Security agencies to hire more border agents and immigration officers and construct a physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The budget numbers mark the most detailed breakdown yet about how President Donald Trump envisions restructuring DHS to meet his pledge to halt illegal immigration and deport some of the millions already here.

Overall, DHS would get a 6 percent boost to its budget, to $43.8 billion. But to help pay for that, the administration would slice the budget of the Coast Guard and cut 11 percent in spending from the TSA — reductions that critics say would weaken safeguards against threats arriving by sea or air.

OMB also wants to cut 11 percent from the budget of FEMA, which oversees the national response to disasters such as floods and hurricanes.

The budget gambit is sure to meet fierce opposition at the hardest-hit agencies and on Capitol Hill, where a leading Republican is accusing White House budget officials of living in “la-la land.”

“It is ignorant of what constitutes national security,”….

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A REAL look at the Undoucumented….

Then NY Times does an in-depth look at those more than 11 million people who are in the United State’s without documentation….

The look at the countries they are from , which isn’t just Mexico , although the majority are….The countries listed are Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras , China, India , Korea and more…

The piece points out about 60% of those here have been in this country for over a decade and many have American born children…

Yes, every year hundreds of thousand of undocumented people commit crimes and ARE deported…But that group is thought to be about 3% of the total here…

The piece also touches on the fact that a good number of documented visitors to this country simply have their stays go over their time they are supposed to leave due to the fact that have settled down with roots in America…

Hearings for some people are backlogged several years…

The chances of Congress seating down and legislating some sort of forward thinks immigration reform law is remote….

So the problem for people and the government continues…

In the public’s mind, the undocumented — the people living here without permission from the American government — are Hispanic, mostly Mexican and crossed the southwestern border in secret.

In the eyes of their advocates, they are families and workers, taking the jobs nobody else wants, staying out of trouble, here only to earn their way to better, safer lives for themselves and their children.

At the White House, they are pariahs, criminals who menace American neighborhoods, take American jobs, sap American resources and exploit American generosity: They are people who should be, and will be, expelled.

Illegal immigrants can be many of these things, and more. Eleven million allows for considerable range, crosshatched with contradictions.

There may be no more powerful symbol of how fixedly Americans associate illegal immigration with Mexico than the wall President Trump has proposed building along the southern border. But many of the unauthorized are not Mexican; almost a quarter are not even Hispanic…..

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Special Prosecutors can go places people don’t anticipate…

Republicans will fight ‘tooth and nail’ to NOT have a Special Prosecutor empowered to investigate the Russian/Campaign influence questions….

Why?

Because those investigations often go places NOBODY thought they would…..

Skepticism about the utility of special prosecutors has often risen and fallen depending on whose political ox is being gored.

In the wake of Watergate and Iran-Contra, many Republicans were deeply wary of the idea. When the Supreme Court upheld the independent counsel law in 1998, Justice Antonin Scalia issued a sharp dissent.

“Nothing is so politically effective as the ability to charge that one’s opponent and his associates are not merely wrongheaded, naive, ineffective, but, in all probability, ‘crooks,’” Scalia warned. “And nothing so effectively gives an appearance of validity to such charges as a Justice Department investigation and, even better, prosecution. The present statute provides ample means for that sort of attack, assuring that massive and lengthy investigations will occur, not merely when the Justice Department in the application of its usual standards believes they are called for, but whenever it cannot be said that there are ‘no reasonable grounds to believe’ they are called for.”

Another outspoken critic of the law in that era was Attorney General William Barr, one of the former attorneys general whose portraits now grace the walls of Sessions’ conference room, was among the most outspoken opponents of the independent counsel law.

President Bill Clinton was initially a proponent of the law. In 1994, he signed a bill reauthorizing the lapsed statute for five years. The law led to independent counsel probes of five of his Cabinet members, as well as the Whitewater-Monica Lewinsky probe that led to his impeachment.

Clinton eventually concluded that giving his OK to the reauthorization was a serious mistake.

“It was a nightmare,” he told Fox News in 2010. “The only good thing to come out of it was, it killed this whole system. I don’t think there’ll ever be another one like this again.”…

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Homeland Boss wants the mesaage out that there aren’t gonna be random raids…

Like it or not….

The word IS OUT that Immigration and Customs Enforcement IS out looking all over for people…(Trump and Bannon working the base)

Not just bad guys….
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly assured him Sunday that immigration agents are not conducting random raids and will not target undocumented residents unless they are suspected of being involved in illegal activity.

“He explained to me what the new procedures were,” McAuliffe said Sunday after a private 45-minute briefing with Kelly, who is a retired general. “I do take a four-star U.S. Marine general at his word.”

McAuliffe, who was in Washington for the winter meeting of the National Governors Association, which he chairs, had asked Kelly for a meeting to discuss reports that federal agents recently rounded up people outside a church charity shelter in Northern Virginia….

He said he told Kelly that the Trump administration had done a terrible job of making its policy understood by the public. “They need to do a better job with communications because they have scared people,” McAuliffe said.

He said the general responded with “exasperation” and “frustration.” McAuliffe said Kelly told him that he had “tried to get this message out, but it’s just not being reported.”…

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