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The House GOP lawmakers are playing hard to get….

The House has voted on its Budget bill….

The Senate doesn’t have the votes to pass one….

While the result of that is a shutdown of some the US Govt. service’s….

House GOPer’s say they won’t budge on requiring THEIR budget’s passage before even talking about immigration….

So far?

Senate Democrats have held out from giving into House Republicans demands…

Rank-and-file GOP members said the House will not be bound by any agreement reached across the Capitol on immigration, something Senate Democrats say is key to ending their filibuster of a three-week stopgap bill the chamber is planning to vote on around 1 a.m. Monday.

“I don’t see any of our people interested in some half-baked idea that’s produced by a self-appointed group of senators,” Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole said. “The only thing the speaker tells us that he has signaled to [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell he can do is change the dates.”

Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that the shutdown “blew up” bipartisan, bicameral negotiations that were underway on an immigration measure to include border security and a replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program .

A bipartisan proposal from Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Richard J. Durbin of Illinois is one that House Republicans and President Donald Trump don’t support, Ryan said…..


No Sunday Evening deal on Shut down….

McConnell and Schumer at the Capitol

Schumer and McConnell are talking….

But the House and White House have been NOT willing to make ANY deal on DACA/Dreamers unless there ispassge of THEIR version of the budget….

A bipartisan Senate leadership meeting this evening between Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer ended without a deal to end the government shutdown, per CNN’s Manu Raju. There’s still hope for a deal before tonight’s scheduled 1 a.m. vote, but the main sticking points continue to be the length for any potential continuing resolution to fund the government — three weeks seems most palatable for Republicans — and a firm commitment by GOP leadership for a vote on DACA….


image…Al Drago, Pool / Getty Images

Democratic Senators in Trump states vote FOR House Budget Bill….Against the Shutdown…

In Donald Trump country ?

Most voters would be glad  to see illegal and legal immigrants, not yet citizens gone….

While Republicans and Trump on the whole aren’t popular….

Trump commands a roughly 70% approval rate among GOP voters, even though those same votes admit that Trump is not all there….

Democrats have been winning special elections on the state level since Trump moved to Washington….But Democratic Senator’s in Trump states have to be careful….They must keep their Democratic vote and bite into some the Republicans who can and have walked away for Trump…And THAT is a gamble most of those Senator’s are taking right now…

On the other hand the Democratic base , particularly Latino’s are adamant that something be done to protect the Dreamers…

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer still has enough Blue State Senator’s to keep the Senate from passing a Budget…

But the Republicans will be trying to pick off more Senator’s….

If Schumer can hold the remaining Senator’s?

The Republicans will HAVE give in a bit….

This IS the way the system IS supposed to work….

And Majority Leader McConnell is brushing aside calls for changing the budget vote to a simple majority, which he could probably muster…He is well aware that a change in majority status for HIS party could come back to bite his party….

Democrats assembled the votes to block the House bill, with their 2018 candidates coming up with multiple reasons to join in. Kaine, whose shutdown-averse state is home to the largest concentration of federal workers in the country, had praised the short-term spending bill in December as a “solution that avoided brinkmanship.” But with imminent deals on hurricane relief or DACA, he said, “Enough is enough.”

Kaine rejected Republicans’ characterization that Democrats will own the shutdown, saying his vote merely amps up the pressure to finalize a budget.

The five holdout Democrats — Jones, Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin III (W.Va.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.) — did earn some enmity from liberal groups. Justice Democrats, founded in 2017 to threaten primary challenges to “corporate Democrats,” tweeted photos of the five and promised to “replace them in 2018.” After Donnelly announced his yes vote for the GOP bill, Jesse Myerson, an organizer with the liberal Indiana group Hoosier Action, tweeted that “in order to beat the Republicans this year he will need PEOPLE who are ENTHUSIASTIC enough about him to CAMPAIGN for him.”

Yet there’s little evidence that the holdout Democrats are at risk of primary defeats.

Of the four up for reelection this year, only Manchin has an opponent who has filed a campaign finance report. As of Sept. 30, challenger Paula Jean Swearingen had $59,783 on hand, while Manchin had $4,131,896.

The groups working most closely with Democrats had few complaints. In December, they had been frustrated, but held at bay, when 18 Democrats voted for a short-term spending bill that did not extend DACA. On Friday, when asked about their colleagues who were likely to hold out, the Senate’s liberals said that activists had already succeeded in moving a critical mass of Democrats to their position….


Trump is asked to stay away from the Shutdown talks…

We are in day two of the 2018 government shutdown dance….

Republicans in the House and some on White House staff want to have the dance their way….

And so far?

They have with Trump as the DJ playing their music ….

But standing on the stage is members on BOTH parties…

They have been agreeing on music to play…

But the other GOP guys keep shaking their heads ‘NO’….

They even are telling the unpopular DJ to scrap the rules and just GIVE them ALL the music choices they want….

The talks are on going to get something the DJ will play…

But an agreement is gonna have to be made by a (Isolated ) DJ who really doesn’t know his music…But likes to be the only one on the stage

Stay tuned….

“This is the One Year Anniversary of my Presidency and the Democrats wanted to give me a nice present,” he wrote on Twitter before dawn, appending the hashtag #DemocratShutdown. By afternoon, the president’s trip — which was to include a lavish $100,000-per-couple party to celebrate his first year in office — had been shelved as aides contemplated with dread the potential practical and political impacts of shuttering the government.

Inside the White House, Mr. Trump, the neophyte president who has styled himself the ultimate dealmaker, remained remarkably disengaged from the complex process of hammering out a politically palatable deal that could provide a way out of the morass.

Senior advisers counseled him to do less, not more, negotiating, arguing that the shutdown was a political problem that Democrats had created for themselves, and had to find their own way to resolve. But Mr. Trump, a highly reactive personality who detests headlines questioning his leadership — like those that dominated cable TV throughout Saturday, during coverage of the shutdown and women’s marches throughout the country denouncing his presidency — felt stymied and wanted somehow to intervene, according to one presidential adviser….


Two Koreas Form Single Ice Hockey Team for the Winter Olympics…

The two countries have had limited direct talks excluding America….

The two Koreas announced on Jan. 17 plans to march jointly under one flag when the games starting Feb. 9 in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang. In addition to the hockey team, the two countries will conduct some activities in North Korea, including a joint cultural event at Mount Geumgang and training for skiers from both countries at the Masikryong ski resort on the east coast.

It will be the first time the two Koreas have marched together during the opening ceremony of an international sporting event since 2007, and the ninth time overall, according to South Korea. The two Koreas haven’t competed under a single banner since 1991.

While the detente was praised by officials at the United Nations and breaks months of brinkmanship over Kim’s nuclear program, tensions remain. On Wednesday, just as the two countries were announcing the Olympics agreement, a North Korean state-run newspaper also called on South Korea to stop its military drills with the U.S….


Trump out with an ad supporting his role in Government Shutdown 2018

The ‘campaign’ to pin the shutdown on Democrats has begun in earnest….
The Republicans are out to beatdown them down as they move towards sealing the American borders from anyone NOT white ‘that comes from Norway’…
Via twitter…. 

First ad of the It’s from A new definition of “complicit” that amplifies hard-line immigration credo

The Trump campaign on Saturday released a new campaign ad calling congressional Democrats “complicit” in all murders committed by undocumented immigrants. The spot seems unlikely to ease tensions on Capitol Hill as the Senate tries to negotiate a compromise on the fate of the 700,000 immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children in order to reopen the shuttered federal government.

“Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants,” a narrator says, as images of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) appear on the screen.

The 30-second ad blames Democrats for endorsing these acts of “pure evil” by refusing to allow President Donald Trump to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border….


Schumer on dealing with Trump…’like negotiating with Jell-O’….

We HAVE seen this over and over since the campaign….

Donald Trump will accept one thing?

Then turn around and say something else…

He has no sense of ‘trust’….

He has no sense of self….He is easily convinced to chage directions….

Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is dealing with a guy who changes his mind even with his adopted party members …

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Everytime McConnell and Company settle on a postion?…Either Trump or his staff , led by John Kelly shake their heads NO….


This could go for a log time if the Trump White House people contiune their view that it’s what THEY WANT, no compromise , and MConnell is forced to follow their lead….

This is Schumer’s REALITY moment …..

He HAS to get cement movemnet on DACA/Dreamers and few other things….

He blinks?

The Democrats and the everyday man/women are gonna be left out on the street…

“Negotiating with this White House is like negotiating with Jell-O,” Schumer said, drawing a comparison to the wobbly gelatin dessert.

“It’s next to impossible. As soon as you take one step forward, the hard-right forces the president three steps back,” Schumer said.

Schumer’s comments came as lawmakers searched for a deal on Saturday to fund the government after Congress missed the deadline Friday night to prevent a shutdown…..



Donald Trump….On Abortion….

Pre-White House Donald Trump….

Trump clarified his views on abortion, saying he favors abortion rights, but respects those who oppose his position. “I believe it is a personal decision that should be left to the women and their doctors,” he said.

Source: Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press , Dec 2, 1999

Q: Evangelicals want to feel secure that they’re going to have a nominee that’s solid on those social issues.

A: One thing about me, I’m a very honorable guy. I’m pro-life, but I changed my view a number of years ago. One of the primary reasons I changed [was] a friend of mine’s wife was pregnant, and he didn’t really want the baby. He was crying as he was telling me the story. He ends up having the baby and the baby is the apple of his eye. It’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened to him. And you know here’s a baby that wasn’t going to be let into life. And I heard this, and some other stories, and I am pro-life.

Q: So those stories did change you, they came around and changed you?

A: They changed me. Yeah, they changed my view as to that, absolutely.

Source: David Brody interview on , Apr 8, 2011
Q: Do you want the court, including the justices that you will name, to overturn Roe v. Wade, which includes — in fact, states — a woman’s right to abortion?TRUMP: Well, if that would happen, because I am pro-life, and I will be appointing pro-life judges, I would think that that will go back to the individual states. If we put another two or perhaps three justice on, that’s really what’s going to be. That’ll happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court. I will say this: It will go back to the states, and the states will then make a determination.

CLINTON: I strongly support Roe v. Wade, which guarantees a constitutional right to a woman to make the most intimate decisions about her health care that one can imagine. And in this case, it’s not only about Roe v. Wade. It is about what’s happening right now in America. So many states are putting very stringent regulations on women that block them from exercising that choice.

Source: Third 2016 Presidential Debate in Las Vegas , Oct 19, 2016

Arpaio is trying to get his criminal conviction erased…

His buddy Donald Trump may have pardoned him….

But he IS STILL on the record as a CONVICED criminal…

Arpaio is currently trailing GOP Rep. Martha McSally in the polling…..Trump’s endorsement could help …Maybe…The last few people Trump ‘helped’?…Lost….

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has filed to have a contempt of court conviction cleared as he officially kicks off his bid to be Arizona’s next senator.

Local Arizona news station KTAR reported Friday that Arpaio has filed an appeal with the U.S. District Court, arguing that Judge Susan Bolton “refused to give the Sheriff a trial by jury,” and that her “verdict was completely unsupported by the evidence, among numerous other reasons” when she found him in contempt of court for refusing to stop racially profiling Hispanic people at traffic stops for immigration checks.

In October, following a presidential pardon of the sheriff, Bolton accepted that Arpaio would not face sentencing but did not vacate her ruling that found Arpaio guilty.

The former Arizona sheriff, who lost his reelection bid in 2016 after two decades on the job, was known as “America’s toughest sheriff” for his “tent city” prison complex and oft-criticized brutal treatment of prisoners….


Congress returns to work looking for a way to stop a Govt. Shutdown…

Behind the ‘blame game’?

Here’s what seems to be going on….

House Speaker Ryan want’s his bill voted in FIRST…

Then talks about DACA and the Dreamers, which would of course handicap Senate Dem Minority leader Schumer….

Democrats want DACA/Dreamers and some Immigration legislation attached to the budget bill, so they have a chance to leverage their postion, since the GOPer’s have a majority…

The offers that seem to be on th table are more short term votes….

Donadl Trump, under pressuer from his Chief of Staff Kelley and assistant Stephen Miller have pushed for a hard line on ANY Immigration ok’s for illegal and LEGAL people in the pipeline….

Ryan is backing the White House/Trump’s postion…

Schumer is under YUGE press to get SOMETHING on the immigration policy….

Unsaid in all of this?

The budget has CUTS in social programs for the benfit of Defense and Border Enforcement ….That includes helping the tax cuts empty the Treasury while spending limits (sequester) are lifted….


The Republicans are trying to steal money from the average American to give to the Rich (Trump/Corker)and Corporations that hardly pay ANY taxes in the first place…

As I type this we’re more than 12 hours in…

Oh, and the Republicans are out banging the drums saying the Democrats under Schumer casued this?

Stay tuned…

Congress reconvened Saturday morning as top negotiators pressed for a budget deal in hopes of keeping a government shutdown that began at midnight short-lived.

Federal agencies began shutting down overnight for the first time in more than four years late Friday after senators rejected a temporary spending agreement and bipartisan attempts to broker a compromise fell short.

Republican and Democratic leaders both said they would continue to talk, raising the possibility of a solution over the weekend. But House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) told colleagues during a private meeting that there will be no negotiating on immigration policy, a priority among Democrats, during the shutdown. He is open to talks on the issue once the government reopens, according to three Republican lawmakers in the room.

“This is Chuck Schumer shutdown, case closed,” Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) told reporters as he left a morning huddle with fellow Republicans, summing up the vast majority of GOP lawmakers’ sentiment….


Democrat’s upset win in Wisconsin race….

Under the radar due to the budget noise?

Democrats grab another politcal seat in Trump country….

Patty Schachtner (D-Wisc) won by 11 % points…

A small-town medical examiner has given Democrats across the country another shot of hope heading into the fall election by upsetting a Republican legislator in a conservative Wisconsin state Senate district.

Patty Schachtner’s victory Tuesday over state Rep. Adam Jarchow marks the 34th legislative seat that has flipped from Republican to Democrat nationwide since President Donald Trump took office last year, according to the national Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, signaling backlash against Trump could fuel a Democratic wave in November.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who is running for a third term in November, sounded a warning bell, firing a flurry of tweets late Tuesday urging Republicans to “wake up.”

He told reporters Wednesday morning in Milwaukee that dissatisfaction with national politics influenced Schachtner’s win. He stopped just short of blaming Trump or GOP congressional members….


Women’s Marches coming this Weekend…

…from the LA Times…

A year after a sea of knitted pink “pussyhats” greeted Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th U.S. president, women and their allies will again take to the streets this weekend in dozens of cities across the country, voicing anger, channeling hopes and weighing how the country has fared in the year after one of the most divisive presidential elections in recent memory.

Organizers and many participants say the tone has shifted from Jan. 21, when the millions of women who turned out to march — in Washington, nearly every major American city and as far away as Australia and Europe — shocked even those who had organized the protests.

Sheer size yielded a cultural moment, one that became part of a wider social reckoning that would coalesce months later into the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements demanding accountability for sexual misconduct.

In many quarters, last year’s largely spontaneous outpouring of outrage over a president who had bragged of sexually assaulting women is giving way to a determined focus on electoral politics — together with targeted activism on issues such as immigration, healthcare and deepening racial divides, all of which became contentious points of debate during Trump’s first year in office….