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Republican lawmakers will return home to growing ‘Resistance’ protests and demonstrations…

In the weeks since Donald Trump lost the vote but won the election grassroots  protests have sprung up around the country against Trump himself and the Republican lawmakers policies on Trump’s No Enter Muslim ban and possible Obamacare cuts…

Republican lawmakers find their email and phone lines jammed with messages and any town hall meeting they have are the scenes of protests that some need police escorts to leave…

The number of organizations participating in these actions has steadily increased…

Most Republican lawmakers are shrugging the movement off….

But if these actions result in increased American’s signing up to vote in next years Midterm elections?

There could be unexpected trouble on the Grand Ole Parties numbers in Congress….

“It’s going to be intense,” said Emily Tisch Sussman, who leads the political arm of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington. “All every group wants to know is how to find out where the town halls are going to be.”

The recess, traditionally a time for lawmakers to take the temperature of their constituents, comes at a surprisingly vulnerable moment for Republicans. They are struggling to gain traction on a legislative agenda despite controlling both congressional chambers and the White House, as the new administration remains mired in controversy over its targeted travel ban and pre-election contact with Russia, among other issues.

While complaints about the health care act — high premiums in particular — helped elect Mr. Trump, polls show it has become more popular as voters realize that repealing it would mean that an estimated 30 million people lose health insurance.

There are few indications at this point that the conservative base of the Republican Party is mobilizing for action on a large scale during the recess. FreedomWorks, the Washington-based libertarian group that in 2009 nurtured Tea Party groups to rally against the legislation that became the health care act, said it was planning a Washington rally next month to let lawmakers know that there remained significant opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

But just as the energy after Mr. Obama’s inauguration seemed to be on the right, this year it seems to be on the left….

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The IRS won’t withold your refund if you don’t have insurance…

The Trump Admin makes smalll changes in which the Affordable Healthcare is administered which soften the Obama mandate filing deadline and will help insurance companies while making it harder for some one to buy insurance by cutting the enrollment period and giving insurance companies leeway to hike deductibles …

It appears that the Trump Admin is helping the big business insurance companies at the expense of the consumer, something that Republicans live by….

The Trump administration is taking its first steps to put its imprint on the Affordable Care Act, reversing plans to withhold tax refunds this year from Americans who flout an insurance requirement in the law while proposing a series of rule changes to encourage insurers to remain in ACA marketplaces.

The Internal Revenue Service has revoked an Obama-era instruction to taxpayers that was taking effect during the current filing season as a way to further compliance with the ACA’s requirement that most Americans carry health insurance or pay a tax penalty. Under the instruction, the IRS had announced that it would no longer process tax returns for people who fail to send a notice with their returns that they have insurance, are exempt from the requirement or are paying the fine.

Instead, the agency said in a statement on Wednesday, tax returns will be processed as always, even for individuals who do not provide the required information. The IRS said the decision, made earlier this month but not previously publicized, was in line with an executive order that President Trump signed hours after his inauguration, giving agencies broad authority to lighten the burden of federal rules under the ACA.

The IRS confirmed the change on the same morning that Health and Human Services officials proposed a set of rules to help protect insurers and shore up ACA marketplaces in the short term while Republicans work on demolishing the law. The proposal drew swift praise from the insurance industry and condemnation from consumer advocates and congressional Democrats….

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The IRS action will be for this tax session….

The proposed rule changes only allow for 20 days of comments and will mostly go in effect NEXT year , when Midterm elections will be held….So of the rule changes where also under consideration by the Obama Admin….

Update….

The NY Times is out with a piece that gives more details on the GOP moves which would NOT make any structural changes in the Affordable Healthcare Law know as Obamacare , but would help richer people with healthcare insurance while hurting those who are poorer…

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Lower back Pain?…Hold off on the drugs….

Try physical therapy, exercise or other non-invasive means  first……

The new guidelines said that doctors should avoid prescribing opioid painkillers for relief of back pain and suggested that before patients try anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants, they should try alternative therapies like exercise, acupuncture, massage therapy or yoga. Doctors should reassure their patients that they will get better no matter what treatment they try, the group said. The guidelines also said that steroid injections were not helpful, and neither was acetaminophen, like Tylenol, although other over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin, naproxen or ibuprofen could provide some relief.

Dr. Weinstein, who was not an author of the guidelines, said patients have to stay active and wait it out. “Back pain has a natural course that does not require intervention,” he said.

In fact, for most of the people with acute back pain — defined as present for four weeks or less that does not radiate down the leg — there is no need to see a doctor at all, said Dr. Rick Deyo, a spine researcher and professor at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Ore., and an author of the new guidelines.

“For acute back pain, the analogy is to the common cold,” Dr. Deyo said. “It is very common and very annoying when it happens. But most of the time it will not result in anything major or serious. ”

Even those with chronic back pain — lasting at least 12 weeks — should start with nonpharmacological treatments, the guidelines say. If patients still want medication, they can try over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen or aspirin….

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Obamacare becomes more popular….

While the efforts to ‘Repeal and Replace ‘ Obamacare have seemingly stalled….

The Republican Conservatives are doing a slow burn…..

Mounting protests in the streets and at town halls ARE GROWING and the Affordable Healthcare /Obamacare is becoming more popular EVERYDAY…..

MidTerm elections are less than two years away and the Republicans are trying to ignore this….

It isn’t gonna work ….

The table’s ARE Turning….

House conservatives — anxious that the GOP’s effort to end Obamacare is getting bogged down in the fight over what a replacement should look like — are plotting a major push to repeal the law immediately without simultaneously approving an alternative.

The House Freedom Caucus and a number of Republican Study Committee members this week will urge Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his lieutenants to forego their plan to add replacement provisions to a repeal bill, dubbed “repeal-plus.” Instead, they want to approve the same standalone repeal bill that Congress sent to President Barack Obama in 2016.

“Instead of continuing to spin our wheels, we need a starting place,” said Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.) in a brief interview Monday evening. “What the Senate passed in October 2015 is the best starting place… Let’s get that on that on the books, then we can move quickly after that to put in replacement components.”

The stand by several dozen hardliners comes as House GOP leaders were planning to outline the main planks of a replacement blueprint at a series of informational sessions with rank and file member Tuesday and Thursday. The position is at odds with GOP leadership’s latest strategy to load up a spring repeal bill — which could pass both chambers on party lines using a tool called reconciliation — with as many replacement provisions as possible….

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Republicans aren’t panicked about the protests over their Obamacare repeal plans. They should be.

Democrats in Congress are under direct orders from party leaders to crank up their own protests, to build on the loud and angry demonstrations at Republican town halls. And there is every reason to believe they will be highly effective.

How do we know? Because Republicans exploited the same fears, energy and trends to do unto Democrats as Democrats are about to do unto them.

Here’s how it’s going to go:

Double down on demagoguing. Health care is an easy topic to politicize. In 2009, it was Democrats who had the angry protesters at their town halls. They got smacked around with all kinds of demagoguery — “death panels,” “socialized medicine,” “government takeover of health care.” It wasn’t true, but by the time Obamacare passed, the damage was done.

This year’s version of “government takeover” is “throwing 20 million people off of health insurance.” Democrats have been throwing that line around, even though Republicans are trying to find a replacement plan that covers people in other ways. (Their problem: They can’t guarantee it will cover all 20 million.)…

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Some Republicans in Congress admit they have toooo much on their plates…

Some people might remember how President Bill Clinton stated off with plans to change a LOT of things …

He sent Congress this and that to work on….

Result?

He was told to slow down…

The US Congress doesn’t work THAT fast….

Folks?

The same hold true decades later….

President Trump and GOP leaders on Capitol Hill have promised voters that 2017 will bring the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare, a long-awaited overhaul of the tax code and funding for a “great wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Now, some in the party are wondering whether Republicans have bitten off more than they can chew.

Conservative naysayers inside and outside the Capitol argue that it’s not just about the GOP-controlled Congress’s slow start in carrying out Trump’s agenda.

There’s serious concern that Trump and GOP leadership have simply identified too many big-ticket, politically thorny items to tackle in year one. They also see tough times ahead in prioritizing what to do.

“It’s not just the fact that there are a lot of items but the enormity of those items,” said GOP Rep. Daniel Webster, who learned how to manage a legislative calendar while serving as Speaker of the Florida state House.

Another Republican lawmaker was even more blunt: “There’s no way we can do all these issues.”….

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Voters would take either Obama or Hillary Clinton over Trump right now…Poll

Ouch?

A new Public Policy Polling (PPP) poll is showing a President going steadly down hill in the voting public eyes….

Be cautioned…

Trump supporters will call this poll a ‘fake poll’ because it’s bad news for their guy….

But Trump AND the Republicans are losing  points in the polls due to Trump’s polices and the Republkicans reluctanmnce to counter Trump ‘shoot from the hip’ uninformed comments and rants…

It’s been only three weeks……

But at some point his supporters are gonna get nervous and Donald Trump WILL this poll’s results sooner or later….

Americans Now Evenly Divided on Impeaching Trump

PPP’s new national poll finds that Donald Trump’s popularity as President has declined precipitously just over the last two weeks. On our first poll of his Presidency voters were evenly divided on Trump, with 44% approving of him and 44% also disapproving. Now his approval rating is 43%, while his disapproval has gone all the way up to 53%. If voters could choose they’d rather have both Barack Obama (52/44) or Hillary Clinton (49/45) instead of Trump.

Just three weeks into his administration, voters are already evenly divided on the issue of impeaching Trump with 46% in favor and 46% opposed. Support for impeaching Trump has crept up from 35% 2 weeks ago, to 40% last week, to its 46% standing this week. While Clinton voters initially only supported Trump’s impeachment 65/14, after seeing him in office over the last few weeks that’s gone up already to 83/6…..

47% of voters now say they support the Affordable Care Act to only 39% who are opposed. It just keeps getting more popular. And only 32% think the best course of action to take on health care is repealing the ACA, while 65% would like Congress to keep it and just fix parts that need fixing….

The New York Times has repeatedly been a target of Trump’s attacks, but voters say they think the Times had more credibility than them 52/37. Trump seems to be losing ground in that conflict- he was only down 51/42 a week ago. The Presidency has been so diminished over the last 3 weeks that voters even say Saturday Night Live has more credibility than Trump, 48/43….

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Donald Trump campaigned on going to Washington and shaking things up…

He has…

And he’s losing support this poll says in doing so…

And should start to worry at the 44% to 44% number on people supporting/no supporting a move to remove him from office thru impeachment if other polls come up with around the same numbers…….

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Tom Price Confirmed as Health and Human Services Sec….

Another Trump Cabinet secreatry pick gets Okayed….

As with most of the others ?

Along party lines  52-47….

Sec Price will be the point person for any Obamacare ‘replacement’

Rep. Tom Price won Senate confirmation early Friday to be Health and Human Services secretary, overcoming bitter opposition from Democrats who have criticized the Georgia congressman’s calls to repeal the Affordable Care Act and scale back Medicare, Medicaid and other government safety net programs.

The 52-47 vote broke along party lines with every Republican in the chamber voting to confirm Price and every Democrat and independent voting against him, except Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who did not vote.

Price is now expected to assume a leading role in helping guide the Republican effort to roll back the healthcare law, often called Obamacare, and to develop an alternative.

GOP lawmakers, despite years of pledging to replace the law, are scrambling to settle on a strategy and overcome divisions within the party….

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President Trump is at odds with Republicans in Congress….

He  has said he does NOT want to cut back any entitilemnet programs….

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Obamacare Repeal/Replace?…Huh?

It seems that the Repeal and Replacement of the Program has gone silent…

The President is talking about his daughter and Norstoms and TJ Maxx….

Senate Republicans are trying to get confirmations done…

House Republicans are having people getting in their grill’s back home…

And Insutance companies are warning that the program needs to taken care of  for the next year soon NO MATTER WHAT….

The Obamacare repeal effort was already in unstable condition. Now its status must be downgraded to critical — and completely unserious.

After years of Republican yammering about the urgent need to repeal the Affordable Care Act and months of fruitless pursuit of an alternative, President Trump now says he may not unveil a replacement this year at all. And from Capitol Hill comes new word that Republicans aren’t even talking about a plan.

“To be honest, there’s not any real discussion taking place right now,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters Tuesday at the Capitol. Corker, according to the Huffington Post, said he has “no idea” when Republicans might start drafting an alternative to Obamacare, adding, “I don’t see any congealing around ideas yet.”

For seven years, opponents of the Affordable Care Act vowed to make its repeal their top concern, warning that the law would turn America overnight into a socialist dystopia. Now these opponents have unfettered control of the government and they aren’t even talking about repealing….

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One Third of Americans do NOT know that Obamacare = The Affordable Healthcare Law…

By labeling the law?

The Republicans attached it to President Obama and made THE WORD a negative attached to mis-information…

A sizable minority of Americans don’t understand that Obamacare is just another name for the Affordable Care Act.

This finding, from a poll by Morning Consult, illustrates the extent of

public confusion over a health law that President Trump and Republicans in Congress hope to repeal.

In the survey, 35 percent of respondents said either they thought Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act were different policies (17 percent) or didn’t know if they were the same or different (18 percent). This confusion was more pronounced among people 18 to 29 and those who earn less than $50,000 — two groups that could be significantly affected by repeal.

Among Republicans, a higher percentage (72 percent) said they knew Obamacare and the A.C.A. were the same, which may reflect the party’s longstanding hostility to the law.

When respondents were asked what would happen if Obamacare were repealed, even more people were stumped. Approximately 45 percent did not know that the A.C.A. would be repealed. Twelve percent of Americans said the A.C.A. would not be repealed, and 32 percent said they didn’t know….

This confusion may affect the public debate over health care policy. If many people think repealing Obamacare would not affect the popular provisions of the A.C.A., they might not understand the potential consequences of the proposals being considered in Washington….

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Republican lawmakers get bombarded about Obamacare Repeal back home…

Left from the hallowed hall’s of the nations Capital?

The questions and fear about the Affordable Healthcare Law’s future are coming fast and furious at Republican  US House and Senate members…..

And the these incidents are happening in places where Donald Trump won and some are certained organized by Democrats…

As has been predicted here?

There will be NO MASS changes in President Obama’s signature Obama care Healthcare bill….(Trump has promised that No ONe should lose their coverage)….At least not anytime before the 2018 Midterm elections….And Republicans ARE gonna have to roll out some solutions to keep most Americans and Inurance Companies calm soon…

Liberal-leaning groups are trying to foment a real movement against Trump — and in particular against repeal of Obamacare — sharing spreadsheets of town halls for Republicans across the country in hopes of sparking a grassroots movement similar to the tea party movement of 2009. Videos of screaming constituents were splashed across TV that summer as Congress drafted Obamacare, slowing the law’s momentum and crushing any chance that Republicans would help pass it.

So far, protests against the repeal effort are not nearly as heated as those rage-filled 2009 town halls, some of which ended in fistfights, arrests and hospitalizations. But they show growing angst over the GOP’s uncertain plans to replace the health care law….

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Republicans now want to REPAIR Obamacare….

I Told Ya So…..

(This comes out while the Media  is focused on the Supreme Court and the Ban, eh?)

Now that the Affordable Healthcare Law is the Republicans baby?

Things have shifted….

I have pointed out here Over and OVER that REPEALING the Law that is ingrained in all 50 states and effects tens of millions Americans with a Midterm election coming in LESS than two years with a President that does NOT want ANYBODY losing coverage is just TOO HARD to just kill and walk away from….

Even President Obama admitted that the law needed fixes….

But the Republicans wouldn’t allow that….

Now that THEY are in power?

It’s ok…..

People faced with the loss of their coverage had all the sudden changed their tunes…

Republicans Governors don’t want to lose the hundreds of millions of dollars in their budgets….

Insurance companies STILL want federal money to prop up the coverage for poorer people…

And Republican Congress men and women are getting people’ up in their grill’ about the prospect of losing their insurance…

Sure there are gonna be things in the law that are gonna be cut….

But the basic program is gonna be around….

The Republicans will probably give it a different name though….

Key Republican lawmakers are shifting their goal on ObamaCare from repealing and replacing the law to the more modest goal of repairing it.

It’s a striking change in rhetoric that speaks to the complexities Republicans face in getting rid of the Affordable Care Act. Many of the law’s provisions are popular, and some parts of the law that the GOP does want to repeal could have negative repercussions on the parts seen as working.

“I’m trying to be accurate on this that there are some of these provisions in the law that probably will stay, or we may modify them, but we’re going to fix things, we’re going to repair things,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), a key player on healthcare, told reporters Tuesday.

“There are things we can build on and repair, there are things we can completely repeal,” he said….

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Oh, and the Republicans KNOW that they will need Democratic votes to do the ‘REPAIRS’ to the Law….

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President Trump backs away from jawboning Drug prices down…

Just ANOTHER one of the thnigs that President Trump won’t deliver on….

……one of the things Donald Trump did to win the election was shift to the left on a number of key issues — promising to avoid cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits and adopting a longstanding Democratic pledge to let Medicare negotiate bulk discounts in the price it pays for prescription drugs.

Today, after a meeting with pharmaceutical industry lobbyists and executives, he abandoned that pledge, referring to an idea he supported as recently as three weeks ago as a form of “price fixing” that would hurt “smaller, younger companies.” Instead of getting tough, Trump’s new plan is that he’s “going to be lowering taxes” and “getting rid of regulations.”

New drugs are generally covered by patent monopolies, so drug companies have a lot of pricing power; other companies can’t produce the same drug without paying royalties, so there’s little competition. But most countries use their nationalized health care systems to negotiate a good deal on drug prices. Manufacturing pills is cheap, so it’s usually still profitable for a company to sell medicine at a pretty steep discount.

The United States doesn’t have a nationalized health care system, but we do have Medicare for senior citizens, and since the USA is a very large country, that’s still a huge potential bulk purchaser. But a 2003 law written by congressional Republicans and signed by George W. Bush prohibits the federal government from using that negotiating power.

As recently as January 11, President-elect Trump was promising to revisit this policy…..

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Republican House member on Obamacare Repeal worries….’The women are in my grill no matter where I go’

I have repeated here OVER and OVER that House Republicans are simply NOT gonna let ANYBODY lose their healthcare insurance because the guys in the national party say THEY want to shit can Obamacare right away …

Below is a confirmation that the 2018 Modterm elections ARE gonna prove me CORRECT in my view…

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Rep. Dave Brat, R-7th, is feeling some political pressure as Republicans in Congress move to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“Since Obamacare and these issues have come up, the women are in my grill no matter where I go,” Brat told an audience Saturday at a meeting of conservative groups at Hanover Tavern.

“They come up — ‘When is your next town hall?’ And believe me, it’s not to give positive input.”

Brat, R-7th, asked the GOP-friendly audience to get organized.
“Help us write newspaper articles. We’re getting hammered,” he said.

Brat’s remarks were recorded and posted to a Facebook page called “7th District Town Hall Meeting.” …

“I had one woman on my Facebook say she was going to get up in my grill,” he said. “There’s paid protesters … paid activists on the far left, not my Democratic friends I go to church with.

“They’re being paid to go around and raise havoc.”

Brat’s comments on “paid activists” were met with surprise from some constituents on Monday.

Karen Conley of Henrico County said she recently called Brat’s office in support of the Affordable Care Act, which insures her family.

She said she’s encountered numerous other constituents of the 7th District concerned about representation, and groups of people are finding each other.

“Nobody is being paid or put up to this by an outside organization,” she said. “Everybody is putting in their time and effort because they’re dissatisfied with the representation. They feel dismissed, and that their concerns aren’t valid because they’re not being responded to.”…

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Cutting the Individual mandate won’t kill Obamacare….

The Law IS so widesprade, complex and ingrained that Republicans won’t be able to just cut things out to repael it….

The mandate actually applies to about half those insured…

To do so would hut them when they have to come back to get Democrats help with a sunstitudu that won’t cause widespread healthcare insurance loses, something that Donald Trump says he does NOT want….

….if ACA premium subsidies were to be removed immediately, the entire individual market — subsidized or not — will be severely destabilized. No one is pushing for that. But if the goal is near-simultaneous repeal and rebuilding, a suitable replace option must be available closing the special enrollment period exceptions in ACA that currently drive premiums higher. Both Rep. Tom Price’s (R-Ga.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) health plans have age-based premium tax credits, high-risk pools, and a guaranteed renewability provision. Guaranteed renewability gives consumers a strong incentive to stay in a risk pool since if they do not keep coverage within a reasonable grace period, they risk being re-rated for a higher premium. Republican replace plans represent a new three-legged stool with simultaneous implementation. Initial estimates from the Center for Health and Economy show the Republican leadership plans could achieve similar coverage to ACA with lower costs and no individual mandate. This meets Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s criteria for supporting replacement legislation, so it will be interesting to see if he finds new criteria.

For now, giving consumer’s relief from the individual mandate (of which only half of those required to pay are refusing and breaking the law) will not collapse the market, especially if the repeal legislation carries funding to provide subsidies during any transition. But like a fading ice sculpture in winter, the three-legged stool needs a new mold and some fresh material to achieve its aim of making insurance available for everyone….

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President Trump will NOT get Most of what he’s advertising…

Yea I KNOW he’s gonna just rump over the Republicans and Democrats in Congress is the narrative being sold by Trump & Co……

But you know what?

Talk is cheap….

As the Washington Post piece linked below points out?

President Trump has come out wit SEVERAL things he ‘s gonna do in the last seven days…

Almost ALL of them are going NOWHERE fast…..And may never happen at all…

Many of the sweeping actions President Trump vowed this week through his executive orders and proclamations are unlikely to happen, either because they are impractical, opposed by Congress and members of his Cabinet, or full of legal holes.

The reality — that yawning gap between what Trump says he will do and what he actually can do — underscores his chaotic start, which includes executive actions drafted by close aides rather than experts and without input from the agencies tasked with implementing them.

On a host of issues, from health care to trade to immigration, Trump began his presidency with executive orders intended to both placate and excite his base by keeping his bold campaign promises — in rhetoricif not immediate, tangible results. And the White House says Trump’s executive actions should be viewed as initial moves to enact his agenda…

But the reality is far more complicated. On immigration, for instance, Trump’s call for a border wall paid for by Mexico first has to be funded by Congress. And the possibility that Mexico would pay for the wall — always a long shot — grew even more remote this week after Mexico’s president on Thursday canceled his planned visit to Washington to meet with Trump, citing disagreement over the wall. The White House said that one possible option would be to pay for the project with a border tax on Mexican imports.

On trade, Trump can withdraw from and renegotiate trade agreements, as he promised during the campaign. But there is no guarantee that he will have willing partners with whom to renegotiate better trade deals, and certainly not necessarily with better terms. And change will hardly be instantaneous: Under the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement, for example, the president or any other leaders must give six months’ notice of his or her intention to withdraw….

One national security executive order he is considering would allow the Central Intelligence Agency to reopen “black site” prisons abroad, as well as reconsider the agency’s now-shuttered enhanced interrogation program. But it does not have buy-in from Defense Secretary James Mattis or CIA Director Mike Pompeo, both of whom privately told lawmakers they were not consulted. Many lawmakers in both parties have also expressed strong opposition to the directive….

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And President Trump seems to be ONLY wooried about the THREE Million vote loss to Hillary Clinton and the size of his swearing in crowd being smaller than President Obama’s….

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Trump first speech gets an Ok..Other things don’t…Poll

Politico/Morning Consult poll just out says a mnajority of Americans like the ‘America First’ part…

But his approval rating is still the lowest of any modern day President starting off due to his being ALL over the place in trying divert attention away from any negatives of his making….

In addtion ?

The poll points to Americans NOT looking for mass deportations of those illegal here and most polled want somethiung in place for any repeal of the Affordable Healtrhcare Program…

Jobs seem to be Trump’s ONLY real strength in the polling….

The poll is about Trump’s address primarily….

Fifty-one percent of voters described the speech as ‘optimistic,’ 46 percent of respondents say the speech was ‘presidential,’ and 44 percent say it was ‘inspiring,’ laying bare an alternative narrative that could have driven this week’s news cycle if the president had not started a multi-day debate about the crowd size on the National Mall.

On Monday evening, the president created another distraction by reopening a debate about voter fraud with top leaders on Capitol Hill — leaders who are currently taking measure of the man who will be leading the country for the next four years.

The disconnect between his consistent, jobs-focused message, and his unpredictable, shoot-from-the-hip approach, is no surprise — it is how Trump conducted his campaign. Democrats are hoping Trump remains undisciplined, because some fear the political upside for the GOP if the president drops the random missives and declarations, and focuses solely on jobs.

Trump’s low approval ratings reflect the contentious general election, and his frequent attempts to relitigate small points about his victory…..

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