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Women step up to run for local/state office’s after Trump…

In reaction to Donald Trump?

More women feel duty bound to try politics….

His caustic views and remarks about women have NOT been forgotten even though the Media has moved on…..

Political activism of all persuasions, ignited largely in response to President Trump, has swelled in the wake of the 2016 election. A monsoon of marchers swept through Washington following the inauguration, letters and phone calls flooded the White House and Congress, and protests erupted at congressional town hall meetings across the nation. But in the social media age, where protest movements often remain relegated to cable news screens and hashtags, some have wondered whether the fervor and energy would be reflected in local, state and federal ballots.

The answer seems to be a resounding yes. A surge in demand for programs around the country like the one at Rutgers, along with a significant spike in off-year small dollar fund-raising for local races, suggests that the protest movement is producing a flood of first-timers, led predominantly by new female candidates, on local ballots, from school boards to town councils to state legislatures.

Emily’s List, the national organization dedicated to advancing Democratic women in politics, has been contacted by more than 10,000 women saying they were going to run for local and state office in the four months since Election Day. In the two years leading up to the 2016 election, when the presidential election cycle was at its apex, the group said it had received fewer than 1,000 contacts. Emily’s List has tripled the resources devoted to state and local races to help meet the demand.

“What we’re seeing is not just in New Jersey but it’s happening all around the country,” said Debbie Walsh, the director at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers. “Women are looking for a way to have a voice. They’re feeling that in ways that we haven’t seen the general public experience, the real understanding that elections have consequences.”….

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Trump will continue to Diss Judges….

And lose cases and pay settlements….

Makes sense to me?

During a speech at a Tuesday fundraiser for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House Republican campaign arm, President Donald Trump disregarded the recommendation that he not lash out at judges.

“The courts are not helping us, I have to be honest with you. It’s ridiculous. Somebody said I should not criticize judges. OK, I’ll criticize judges,” Trump said while discussing court orders blocking his travel ban….

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Update….Trump DEMANDS a Friday vote on Trump/Ryancare Bill….

HOT DAMN!…..

Gonna be a rough night for House Republicans….

They do NOT have the votes to pass the Trump/Ryancare Bill….

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One would assume that Trump is making his demand to pressure EVERYONE….

Gonna be a political bloddy mess if this gamble fails….

Who would Trump blame?…He’s NOT gonna blame HIMSELF for a defeat….Would it be his adopted GOP establishment or the Freedom Caucus, eh?

Who would be left?

Democrats?

UPDATE: 7:42 p.m.: President Donald Trump is demanding a vote Friday in the House on the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said. If the bill fails, Trump is prepared to move on and leave Obamacare in place, Mulvaney said.

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President Donald Trump and House Freedom Caucus members failed to strike a deal on the GOP Obamacare replacement Thursday, endangering the prospects of passage and all but assuring any immediate vote on the measure would fail.

Hours later, House leaders canceled a planned Thursday night vote on the legislation, dubbed the American Health Care Act. There was no immediate word when a vote might be rescheduled. The House Republican Conference is planning to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday about how to proceed, with procedural votes expected later in the evening.

Negotiations between Trump and the arch-conservatives opponents of the bill reached at least a temporary impasse after Freedom Caucus members were told recent concessions from the White House and GOP leadership represented a final offer. The group rejected that, wanting more.

The setbacks triggered a series of meetings later Thursday — between Trump and the moderate Tuesday Group, and separately between the Freedom Caucus and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

As it stands, Trump and Ryan find themselves playing see-saw with moderates and hard-liners. Lean too much toward one faction and they lose votes from the other. So far, they’ve been unable to find a sweet spot…..

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For Trump and Ryan it would seem this is no longer about other Americans…..

It’s about a political face saving, since there is NO Chance the Senate will pass whatever they come up with….

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Sonny Perdue Trump’s Agriculture pick gets grilled on cuts to rural programs…

Another guy reduced to explainiong about hoiw his boss wants to take stuff from people….

Former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue, President Trump’s pick to lead the Agriculture Department, faced pointed questions about the administration’s proposed cuts to rural assistance programs during his otherwise friendly Senate confirmation hearing Thursday.

Perdue, the final Cabinet nominee to receive a confirmation hearing, told members of the Senate Agriculture Committee that he supports several programs that could face cuts under Trump’s budget, including programs that fund agricultural research, develop infrastructure in rural communities and help landowners preserve soil and water quality. He said he also supports making it easier for dairy farmers to employ immigrant workers.

The Trump administration’s budget would cut $4.7 billion from the Agriculture Department’s 2018 budget, reducing its discretionary spending by about 20 percent. However, the budget provided few details about where the savings would come from…..

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Trump Admin looking to raise Federal Workers pay 1.9%….

…from the Wash Post…

The Trump administration, after announcing plans to slash spending across much of the government, will recommend a 1.9 percent raise for federal workers to take effect in January, according to a budget document and a senior budget official.

The official, who was not authorized to comment publicly, said agencies have been told by the White House to build a 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian employees into their spending plans for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1….

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Democrats say they Will filibuster Gorsuch appointment to the Supreme’s…

Senate Minority leader Dem Chuck Schumer will mount a last ditch effort against Federal Judge Neil Gorsuc’s appointment to the US Supreme Court….

Schumer knows he doesn’t have the votes to stop the confirmation…..

While he might be able to stop Republicans from getting to the 60 votes needed ….

Senate Majority leader Republican Mitch McConnell CAN change the threshold needed to a simple majority of 51 votes ….McConnell doesn’t WANT to do that…But he will if it come to it….

Schumer is under intense pressure from Democratric Progressives to fight ANYTHING that Trump’s wants like the GOP ‘s efforts since Obama was elected….This will be alright for the short game but just means if the vote numbers are dropped it will be more difficult if a second justice spot becomes available for Trump to pick…..

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer took to the Senate floor Thursday morning to announce his widely expected opposition to Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court — and to say that Democrats will try to block his nomination.

“After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court,” said Schumer, D-N.Y. “His nomination will have a cloture vote. He will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation. My vote will be no, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.”

By saying Gorsuch’s nomination will have a cloture vote, Schumer indicated that Democrats will try to block Gorsuch’s nomination through a filibuster — which they can do unless Gorsuch can earn 60 votes from the 100-member Senate.

All 54 Republican senators are expected to support Gorsuch’s nomination, but it’s unknown whether he can get the support of enough Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents to clear the 60-vote hurdle…..

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Conservatives bargaining to get rid of basics like Prescriptions, New Born Care and Hospitalization….

Ya gotta KNOW WHAT Trump and Ryan are doing to get the Freeedom Caucus on board to get 24 Million to LOSE their healthcare Insurance coverage….

They want Americans to have the freedom to choose their insurance….

They do NOT want the Government to help those who cannot pay for it….

They also seek to deny service to those the more fortunate are helping with their payments into the system….

The cuts the House righwingnuts are abrgining with Trump for for their support would probably make the healthcare for tens of millions of American’s WORST than BEFORE Obamacare……

Trump NO longer cares about his promise for eveyone to keep their insurance…It is now about him getting a POLITICAL WIN.

As of this date MOST Americans do NOT want the Law Repealed….

Remember all that talk during the health reform debate about why men should have to pay for maternity care? What politicians were really arguing about was the “essential health benefits” provision in Obamacare.

In an attempt to make the insurance marketplace fairer and more viable, the law required insurance products sold in the individual market, the fully insured small-group market, and for people who got Medicaid through the state expansions to cover a list of 10 “essential health benefits.” The list included some pretty basic medical care — like pregnancy and maternity care, and lab tests.

Republican Congress members have been pretty consistent about their desire to get rid of this part of the law. It has driven the cost of premiums up, and, they argue, limited Americans’ freedom of choice. But you probably haven’t heard much about the “EHBs,” as they’re called among health wonks. That’s because the assumption has been that killing the provision wouldn’t be possible under the budget reconciliation procedure the GOP is using to rush the American Health Care Act through Congress. (As Vox’s Dylan Matthews explained, the procedure includes the Byrd Rule, which says reconciliation can’t be used to pass provisions that are “incidental,” or don’t change the overall level of federal spending or revenue.)

Now, it seems, that might be wrong. In an attempt to win more support from the party, the latest GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would get rid of the law’s EHB requirement for the individual and small-group markets. (The previous draft of the American Health Care Act already did away with the EHB requirement for Medicaid expansion enrollees.)

They are about as basic as they sound. Here’s the full list, from Healthcare.gov:

Outpatient care without a hospital admission, known as ambulatory patient services
Emergency services
Hospitalization
Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care
Mental health and substance use disorder services, including counseling and psychotherapy
Prescription drugs
Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, which help people with injuries and disabilities to recover
Laboratory services
Preventive care, wellness services, and chronic disease management
Pediatric services, including oral and vision care for children….

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D Day for Trump/Ryancare Bill House vote …Maybe…Probably Not?

Trump and Ryan seem to be having a rough time trying to salvage a BAD Bill…..

House Republicans on Thursday plan to mark the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act by voting to dismantle the law and reshape the American health-care system.

Well, that’s the plan, at least.

Hours before the scheduled evening roll call, neither party leaders nor rank-and-file lawmakers know exactly what they’ll be voting on. They haven’t posted the final text of the American Health Care Act, they don’t have an updated projection of how it will impact the deficit or the millions of people currently insured under Obamacare, and they haven’t agreed to the rules governing a House debate.

But most ominously for President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, Republicans don’t appear to have the votes to pass whatever they put on the floor.

The White House and GOP leaders are still scrambling to assemble a majority, hoping to woo the defiantly conservative House Freedom Caucus with last-minute changes without hemorrhaging support of party moderates…..

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Morning Consult Retweeted
Mary Ellen McIntire‏ @MelMcIntire
Phil Roe, emerging from McCarthy’s office, says his sense is the vote will not be today, perhaps Fri., according to people in the room

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Supreme Court limits president’s appointment powers…

…from the Wash Post….

The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it more difficult for the president to quickly fill vacant top government jobs in a case centered on the appointment powers of the executive.

In a 6-to-2 ruling, the court limited the president’s ability to put certain high-level officials in positions in an acting capacity while awaiting confirmation by the Senate.

The court was reviewing the scope of a federal law intended to prevent presidents from temporarily slipping someone into a top position to circumvent the Senate’s process for reviewing an appointment to the permanent post.

The majority rejected the government’s view that the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 applied only to people serving in the role of “first assistant” and not to other officials. The statute, the court said, prohibits anyone who has been nominated to lead a federal agency from performing the job in an acting capacity, according to the majority opinion written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

“Congress’s failure to speak up does not fairly imply that it has acquiesced in the board’s interpretation,” Roberts wrote….

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How long does Trump stay?…and does Hillary Clinton get a ‘Do Over’?

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 …drip….Drip….DRIP.….

It is becoming increasing apparent that Donald Trump had a YUGE helping hand in winning the elecgtoral vote last November….

He did NOT win the actual total vote by MILLIONS….

For all the criticism thrown at Hillary Clinton the facts remain….

I REPEAT….

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She BEAT Trump in the OVERALL votes by MORE than 2.5 Million….

Trump can wiggle and dance but THAT isa fact….

For all those who point out that TRump won by spending HALF of the Billion Dollars Clinton raised and spent?

Bull Shit….

Everyday we learn that Trump’s Russian help spent money, time and political influence worth who knows what to mount THEIR campaign help to a guy who NOBODY thought would win , not even himself….

And it shows why he shouldn’t have won EVERYDAY….

So with the American intelligence community out maneuvering Trump & Co. for the good of 300 million plus, and the rest of the free world?

How long will Trump be able stay in the White House at a job the Russian government helped him get?

And does Hillary Clinton deserve a ‘Do Over’?

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House GOP Intel Committee head Nunes run’s to Trump with info NOT his colleagues…

The House Intelligence committee head has lost his  bipartisan hat…

And he has ousted some of American spying techniques and possible sources in  an effort to help fellow Republican  Donald Trump deal with American Government efforts to unearth Russian efforts to influence his  run for President last November….

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes declared Wednesday that members of Donald Trump’s transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under inadvertent surveillance following November’s presidential election.

The White House and Trump’s allies immediately seized on the statement as vindication of the president’s much-maligned claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower phones — even though Nunes himself said that’s not what his new information shows.

Democrats, meanwhile, cried foul.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the intelligence panel, cast doubt on Nunes’ claims in a fiery statement and blasted the chairman for not first sharing the information with him or other committee members.

Schiff also slammed Nunes for briefing the White House on Wednesday afternoon given that the Intelligence Committee is in the middle of an investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, including possible collusion with the Trump team….

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…twitter….

Mark Knoller‏ @markknoller 
“I must tell you, I somewhat do,” says Pres Trump, asked if he feels vindicated by “incidental surveillance” report from Rep. Nunes.

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FBI could have proof that Trump campaign worked WITH Russians against Clinton…

…drip….Drip…DRIP…..

…Breaking from CNN….

The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, US officials told CNN.

This is partly what FBI Director James Comey was referring to when he made a bombshell announcement Monday before Congress that the FBI is investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, according to one source.

The FBI is now reviewing that information, which includes human intelligence, travel, business and phone records and accounts of in-person meetings, according to those U.S. officials. The information is raising the suspicions of FBI counterintelligence investigators that the coordination may have taken place, though officials cautioned that the information was not conclusive and that the investigation is ongoing.

In his statement on Monday Comey said the FBI began looking into possible coordination between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives because the bureau had gathered “a credible allegation of wrongdoing or reasonable basis to believe an American may be acting as an agent of a foreign power.”

The White House did not comment and the FBI declined to comment.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer maintained Monday after Comey’s testimony that there was no evidence to suggest any collusion took place.

“Investigating it and having proof of it are two different things,” Spicer said.

One law enforcement official said the information in hand suggests “people connected to the campaign were in contact and it appeared they were giving the thumbs up to release information when it was ready.” But other U.S. officials who spoke to CNN say it’s premature to draw that inference from the information gathered so far since it’s largely circumstantial….

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If this IS substantiated?

What to do?

A ‘Do Over’ Elections?

Trump pushed to step down?

Trump impeached?

The answer cannot be to just keep Trump in office to preserve the office the Presidency after the Russians are proven to helped him?

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Last minute Trump/Ryancare Crazy shit….

Desperate times ….Desperate measures?

The Freedom Caucus goes around House Speaker Ryan to Trump for rewrites of the Trump/Ryancare Bill?

For something that would have even LESS of a chance in the Senate?

(These last minute changes do NOT have analysis by the Congressional Budget Office …So NO ONE knows what they cost out to….)

Just hours before an expected Thursday vote in the House, congressional Republicans are considering massive changes to insurance coverage without even a basic idea of what those changes would mean.

According to House Freedom Caucus members, the conservative group is negotiating directly with President Donald Trump and the White House on an amendment to the Republican health care bill, seemingly cutting out GOP leadership from the conversation as Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his deputies work to corral votes for a bill that is, in these latest provisions, a mystery even to them.

The re-opening of negotiations is an admission of what has been clear all along ― that the bill as constructed by Ryan does not have the votes to pass on Thursday. It also represents a major reorganization of a significant chunk of the American economy in a matter of hours.

Conservatives are using their considerable leverage on the measure ― the Freedom Caucus has demonstrated it has the votes to sink the legislation ― to extract concessions on the Essential Health Benefits section of the bill, which mandates that insurers offer plans covering 10 services: outpatient care, emergency room visits, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and addiction treatment, prescription drugs, rehabilitative services, lab services, preventive care and pediatric services.

“Negotiations are taking place,” Freedom Caucus member Randy Weber (R-Texas) told reporters Wednesday night. Asked if he thought they were going to get to a deal, Weber said it sounded like it.

“The president’s moving our way,” he said….

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Will Sec of State Tillerson make it thru the Summer?

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The guy is invisible…..

Trump’s wants to gut his  Department….

Foreign Affairs is run by tweets…..

And there is this….

…twitter….

Rex Tillerson: ‘I didn’t want this job … my wife told me I’m supposed to do this’

Rex Tillerson has said he did not want to be US secretary of state and only took the job because his wife convinced him to do it.

The former ExxonMobil oil executive revealed his initial reluctance in an interview published after a controversial trip to Asia and hours before the biggest event of his two months at the state department, an international meeting on Wednesday about how to fight Islamic State (Isis).

“I didn’t want this job. I didn’t seek this job,” Tillerson told the Independent Journal Review (IJR), in an interview conducted on his official plane during the three-nation Asia trip. “My wife told me I’m supposed to do this.”

He said he had not met Donald Trump before being summoned to Trump Tower after the surprise election victory, ostensibly to talk to the president-elect “about the world” and his experiences as an oil company CEO….

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Def Sec Mattis wants his own team…

And that  means mostly people who served under President Obama…

Trump people ain’t happy….

Mattis isn’t political…But he’ll HAVE to learn to be….

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Defense Secretary James Mattis’ unconventional choices for top Pentagon posts and his reluctance to aggressively push for dramatic increases in the defense budget have rankled Republicans on Capitol Hill who say he’s burning through political capital he needs as he begins reshaping the Pentagon.

Mattis was widely embraced on both sides of the aisle when President Donald Trump nominated him. Republicans and Democrats alike expressed hope that the retired four-star general would be a moderating force on the volatile commander in chief.

But Republican lawmakers and senior congressional aides said in recent interviews they’re running out of patience with Mattis’ staffing decisions, which have disappointed Republican members of the Senate Armed Services Committee hoping to see their ideological allies elevated to senior levels in the Defense Department. Others are grumbling about Mattis’ refusal to advocate a bigger increase in the defense budget, which defense hawks believe was gutted disastrously under President Barack Obama.

“He certainly has got a tough job, but it sometimes feels like he forgets that we won the election,” said one aide to a GOP senator on the Armed Services Committee, who declined to speak on the record for fear of publicly alienating the defense secretary….

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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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