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Republicans begin to worry if Trump will cost them in next years MidTerm elections…

Again?

The word has been that Republicans would have the political advantage in keeping and even increasing their majorities in the US House and Senate….

But?

That isn’t what a LOT of of people beginning to think with Donald Trump running high disapproval numbers, slow government startup and his issistance on trying to get stuff passed that isn’t gonna happen…

Republicans say President Donald Trump needs to turn things around fast — or the GOP could pay dearly in 2018.

With the party preparing to defend its congressional majorities in next year’s midterms, senior Republicans are expressing early concern about Trump’s lack of legislative accomplishments, his record-low approval ratings, and the overall dysfunction that’s gripped his administration.

The stumbles have drawn the attention of everyone from GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, who funneled tens of millions of dollars into Trump’s election and is relied upon to bankroll the party’s House and Senate campaigns, to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Adelson hasn’t contributed to pro-Trump outside groups since the inauguration, a move that’s drawn notice within the party, and McConnell is warning associates that Trump’s unpopularity could weigh down the GOP in the election.

Potential GOP candidates whom party leaders want to recruit are afraid of walking into a buzz saw, uncertain about what kind of political environment they’ll be facing by the time the midterms come around — and what Trump’s record will look like….

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Democrats sent prospective campaign staff members to school…

Democrats begin to set the ground work for trying to get back  majorities  in political offices  across the country….

If an anti-Donald Trump wave is coming, House Democrats want to be ready to catch it. So they’re sending hundreds of operatives to school in a massive training operation that they say is bigger and starting earlier than anything the party has attempted before.

Over 1,300 aspiring campaign managers, field directors, and finance chiefs have so far enrolled in what the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is calling “DCCC-University.”

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Like “American Idol” for political junkies, students who show the most promise in each of the cities will be invited to a more advanced course in Washington, D.C.

They hope to discover promising political talent outside the Beltway, and to provide a path into politics for accomplished people in other professions who are looking for ways to fight Trump, but might not have any experience in campaigns.

It’s a roving school that will train those in eight cities across the country and online this Spring to meet heightened demand for next year’s midterm elections, when Democrats hope the backlash to an unpopular president will give them a chance at re-taking the House…

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Republicans DO NOT want a Government Shutdown…

But they have their party leader Donald Trump pushing for goals that will NOT preclude one….

Trump wants money for a Wall and a victory on Repealing the Affordabale Healthcare Law…

Democrats will NOT go for either…

….Today, Republicans control both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, and allowing the federal government to go dark on their watch might be hard to explain.

“Our Republican colleagues know that since they control, you know, the House, the Senate and the White House, that a shutdown would fall on their shoulders, and they don’t want it,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader.

Republican leaders from President Trump on down insist they are determined to avoid a shutdown and will be successful in doing so. Failure would put a bizarre exclamation point on the symbolic 100-day marker that the administration coincidentally will reach Saturday.

“No one wants a shutdown,” Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman, told reporters on Friday. “We want to keep it going.”

Republicans have good reason for doing so considering that history shows the party image takes a beating with the public when government agencies lock their doors, national parks refuse visitors and federal workers are told not to report to work. Democrats, while not victorious in special House elections held so far, have shown renewed strength, and a shutdown in the early days of Republican stewardship of Washington would only fuel their energy….

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Closing on the Trump 100 day mark and a possible Govt Shutdown…

The Media gets excited….

Should be a good political week…

Trump wants the impossible…

While he works a 9 to 5 schedulw with weekends off in Florida…

Democrats up for a fight….(including closing things down a la’ Teaparty?)

And may have support coming from some Republicans…

Will a’ busy ‘ President Trump picture get him win, or will it fall flat like his efforts to get anything thru Congress except a judge ….

Democrats and Republicans agree the word of the week will be “promises.” As President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office nears, the battle will be over whether they’ve been kept or broken.

After angst from the president and senior aides over the 100-day mark — and anticipation that press coverage will be dominated by his failure to change Obamacare — the White House plans to spend the week telling Americans he has kept his promises from the 2016 campaign, according to senior administration officials and a planning document reviewed by POLITICO.

The White House has a packed schedule for the president. With reelection in 2020 already on their minds, aides noted that even though recent polls show Trump has a lower approval rating than any modern president at the same point, they also show his base believes he is delivering.

Meanwhile, Democrats’ theme for the week will be “100 Days of Broken Promises to American Families,” a strategy party leaders say will focus on contrasting the “bold commitments” of Trump’s campaign with what they consider a “historic lack of accomplishment” in office.

Democrats so far have been divided on how to peel supporters away from Trump, but this week’s strategy will launch a broader effort heading into the midterm election cycle to convince voters he is a phony, congressional aides said.

“So far, the president’s first 100 days have been defined by broken promises to America’s working class,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.

Trump has packed his next six days with meetings and meals with prominent senators, ambassadors from United Nations Security Council countries, and U.S. Supreme Court justices. Higher-profile Cabinet secretaries will hit the road to promote his agenda, and the president plans to woo his base with a White House reception for conservative media figures and a speech at the National Rifle Association conference.

The White House hopes the hectic schedule drowns out coverage of the misfires and highlights his successes. Administration officials spent much of the weekend huddling on a strategy and are shooting for a week of “us being busy every day,” one administration official said….

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The White House, which is trying to force another vote on an Obamacare repeal, seems desperate to either win some of Trump’s priorities in a deal next week, or force a government shutdown that it can blame on Democrats. That might energize Trump’s supporters, who don’t have much to celebrate yet.

But it’s not just the Democrats who oppose several Trump priorities. Congressional Republicans, who are generally united in support for the increase in defense spending, are divided on the border wall, which is not popular among border-state Republicans, and the deep domestic-spending cuts.

So far, it does not look like a bridgeable gap. “This is going to be high-stakes poker,” the White House official said….

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

As in America?

A Non-politican will be the countries next leader…

The choice will between the center and the left…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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While Trump holds his base?…Resistance to his Presidency grows…

Could the mounting pushback against Trump and the Republican majority in Congress and across the countries state office holders echo the 2010 and 2012 AGAINST Republicans come next years Midterm Elections?

Is Trump working almost singlehandedly to help Democrats who have taken HUGE political loses under Obama’s time in office?

From pink-hatted protesters to big town hall turnout, the anti-Trump resistance has been in full swing since January’s inauguration. The left is taking a page out of the Tea Party playbook, and building the resistance from the grassroots up.

Why it matters: We saw a similar rise on the right in 2009-2010 shortly after Obama was inaugurated, and a huge number of Republican lawmakers were voted into office. That movement shook up US politics and changed the face of the Republican Party, and we could see similar aftershocks here.

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Media:

  • The most engaged partisan Facebook pages belong to left-leaning and Trump resistance groups. These pages are outperforming popular news competitors in overall engagement.
  • Anti-Trump sites launched across the web — some with prominent names behind them, such as ‘Crooked Media,’ by former Obama staffers and ‘Resistance Calendar,’ by filmmaker Michael Moore.
  • Cell phone apps and internet start ups that send daily text messages about getting involved have emerged with hundreds of thousands of followers.

Politics:

  • Former politicians are getting involved. Barbara Boxer’s Fight Back PAC is establishing itself against Trump’s agenda but also as a movement to win votes for progressives.
  • Trump’s disapproval rating is on the rise: 57% – Quinnipiac, 55% – Gallup Daily Tracker, 52% – Economist/YouGov, 49% – Marist
  • Congressional town halls and protests have been flooded with angry voices over what has been dubbed the ‘resistance recess.’ The movement was loud enough to get a response via twitter from President Trump.
  • Activism among liberal democrats is on the rise:
    • 47% of liberal Dems report say they’ve gotten involved in the last past two months, compared to 23% of all adults.
    • Liberal Dems, more than any other group, anticipate taking part in activism in the next two years
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Scientists March Against Trump Policies…. ‘March for Science’…

They join other groups in protesting the direction that the new people in the nations White House are moving to make cuts…

Thousands of scientists and their supporters, feeling increasingly threatened by the policies of President Trump, gathered in Washington on Saturday for what they called the March for Science, abandoning a tradition of keeping the sciences out of politics and calling on the public to stand up for the scientific enterprise.

Their call was echoed by protesters in hundreds of cities across the United States and around the world, including at marches in Europe and the Asia-Pacific that had already concluded.

In Washington, the rally was just getting underway Saturday morning, with thousands of people packing into the National Mall, some wearing white lab coats and ponchos on a misty day. Marchers carried signs calling for funding for scientific research — “science is not an alternative fact,” some said. Others noted pointedly that Albert Einstein was a refugee.

The March for Science evolved from a social media campaign into an effort to get people on the streets for the cause of science. Its organizers were motivated by Mr. Trump, who as a presidential candidate disparaged climate change as a hoax and cast suspicions on the safety of vaccines. Their resolve deepened, they said, when the president appointed cabinet members who seemed hostile to the sciences and then proposed a budget that would cut funding for research across the federal government.

Organizers said they hoped the day’s demonstrations result in sustained, coordinated action aimed at persuading elected officials to adopt policies consistent with the scientific consensus on climate change, vaccines and other issues.

“This has been a living laboratory as scientists and science institutions are willing to take a step outside their comfort zone, outside of the labs and into the public spheres,” said Beka Economopoulos, co-founder of the pop-up Natural History Museum and an organizer of the march. “This represents an escalation of a global movement that you’re just beginning to hear from.”

What began as a movement by scientists for scientists has drawn in many science enthusiasts who have joined efforts to organize the marches….

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Pence: U.S. to take Syrian refugess thru Australia…

Huh?

I thought his boss Trump thought this was a bad deal?

ANOTHER 180 turnaround from Trump…..

Maybe the refugee’s from the Trump ‘Ban’ countries should go to Australia first?

The United States will honor an Obama-era agreement with Australia to help resettle Syrian refugees, despite the Trump administration not favoring the arrangement, Vice President Mike Pence announced Saturday.

“President Trump has made it clear that we’ll honor the agreement — that doesn’t mean we admire the agreement,” Pence said during a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney, according to the Associated Press.

Up to 1,250 refugees housed in Australian detention camps on Nauru and Papua New Guinea would come to the U.S. under the agreement made with President Barack Obama.

Within the first 10 days as president, Trump had a tense phone call with Turnbull about the agreement. He followed up the phone call with a tweet several days later where he called the deal “dumb.”….

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Not a single border state Congressional Lawmaker wants Trump’s ‘Wall’…

The Wall Street Journal asked them….

They ALL said ‘No’….

Trump is pushing for funds for the Wall in his budget…..

Both parties in Congress are unlikely to go along….

Not a single member of Congress who represents the territory on the southwest border said they support President Donald Trump’s request for $1.4 billion to begin construction of his promised wall, according to a Wall Street Journal survey, testing the administration’s ability to reach a deal on government funding next week.

Most lawmakers representing the region—both Democrats and Republicans—said they are opposed and many said they have unanswered questions. A few were noncommittal, but not a single member of…

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

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

THAT is unlikely….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How a Warming Planet Drives Human Migration…

The NY Times lays it out….

While Trump Admin people go about trying everything they can to ignore data showing the effects on the planet  and it’s inhabitants….

Climate change is not equally felt across the globe, and neither are its longer term consequences. This map overlays human turmoil — represented here by United Nations data on nearly 64 million “persons of concern,” whose numbers have tripled since 2005 — with climate turmoil, represented by data from NASA’s Common Sense Climate Index. The correlation is striking. Climate change is a threat multiplier: It contributes to economic and political instability and also worsens the effects. It propels sudden-onset disasters like floods and storms and slow-onset disasters like drought and desertification; those disasters contribute to failed crops, famine and overcrowded urban centers; those crises inflame political unrest and worsen the impacts of war, which leads to even more displacement. There is no internationally recognized legal definition for “environmental migrants” or “climate refugees,” so there is no formal reckoning of how many have left their homes because climate change has made their lives or livelihoods untenable. In a 2010 Gallup World Poll, though, about 12 percent of respondents — representing a total of 500 million adults — said severe environmental problems would require them to move within the next five years….

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

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

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

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

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

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Trump Admin begins to set-up for a Govt. Shutdown…

With Trump’s Budget Director talking about spending on a Trump ‘Wall’ and a Healthcare Cut along with an Infrastructure  money boost?

Democrats and even Trump fellow Republicans are NOT gonna sign off on all of this too keep paying the bills…

The Republicans are supposed to be running things…

A shutdown would be ANOTHER negative for Trump to wear….

The Trump administration is preparing for the possibility of a government shutdown, even though the president and his staff believe one is unlikely to occur.

“I think we’re in good shape,” President Trump said when asked about the possibility of a shutdown.

“We remain confident we’re not going to have a shutdown,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at a separate off-camera briefing, calling the preparation “required steps” for the federal agencies and departments.

The government will shut down midnight on April 28 if Congress cannot agree on a spending bill.

The measure has hit several snags over White House demands to include funding for Trump’s proposed border wall and a debate over money for an ObamaCare insurer subsidy program.

But lawmakers can stave off a shutdown if they pass a short-term spending measure to keep the government open while negotiations continue over a broader funding deal.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has begun to coordinate with government agencies to plan for a possible shutdown.

“While we do not expect a lapse, prudence and common sense require routine assessments will be made,” OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said in a statement….

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Barack Obama to re-enter the public spotlight….

In keeping with past traditions ?

Barack H. Obama is enterring the paid speeches circuit that rewards retired American President’s and other high name politicians (Hillary Clinton)….

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Obama is not expected to knock the guy who now lives in the house he gave up a few months ago…

There are Democrat’s who want him to help the party that suffered under the eight years of his leadership and he has indicated that he would help with the parties efforts to organize and get out it’s vote ….

Barack Obama’s extended post-presidential vacation is about to end. After spending weeks in French Polynesia — including time on the yacht of the movie mogul David Geffen along with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey — Mr. Obama will return to Chicago on Monday for his first public event as a former president.

His self-imposed silence since Inauguration Day will end with a series of events over the next four weeks. A Monday town hall-style meeting with students at the University of Chicago will be followed by an awards ceremony in Boston; a series of public remarks as well as private paid speeches in the United States and Europe; and an appearance at the Brandenburg Gate in Germany with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

And yet, Mr. Obama’s supporters, who have been waiting eagerly for the former president to respond to his successor’s accusations and policy reversals, are likely to be disappointed.

Even as he witnesses President Trump’s relentless and chaotic assault on his legacy, Mr. Obama remains stubbornly committed to the idea that there is only one president at a time. Those closest to him say the former president does not intend to confront Mr. Trump directly on immigration, health care, foreign policy or the environment during any of his events….

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Attorney General Jeff Session disses Hawaii….

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Ya gotta watch what ya say in put when you are in the spotlight….

Hawaii IS part of the United States of America and counts like any other state and federal law issue…

(Oh and dissing Federal judges hasn’t been  helpful for Trump’s case’s either…)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke dismissively about the State of Hawaii while criticizing a Federal District Court ruling last month that blocked the Trump administration from carrying out its ban on travel from parts of the Muslim world.

“I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power,” Mr. Sessions said this week in an interview on “The Mark Levin Show,” a conservative talk radio program.

Mr. Sessions’s description of Hawaii, where the federal judge who issued the order, Derrick K. Watson, has his chambers, drew a rebuke from both of the United States senators who represent the state. Annexed as a territory of the United States in the late 19th century, Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959.

“Hawaii was built on the strength of diversity & immigrant experiences — including my own,” Senator Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii, wrote on Twitter. “Jeff Sessions’ comments are ignorant & dangerous.”

The other senator from Hawaii, Brian Schatz, who is also a Democrat, expressed similar sentiments, writing on Twitter: “Mr. Attorney General: You voted for that judge. And that island is called Oahu. It’s my home. Have some respect.”…

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…twitter….

Sessions: “Give me a break,” I wasn’t knocking “beautiful” Hawaii!

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