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Popular Former Gov. Phil Bredesen a Democrat, could run for Tennesse US Senate seat…

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Former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the last Democrat to win a statewide race in Tennessee, is considering a bid to succeed retiring Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.

Bredesen said in a statement Monday that he is mulling an entry into the race after several people urged him to reconsider his initial statements that he had no interest in running.

“In the days ahead, I’m going to do some research, talk with people and carefully think this through,” he said. “I’ll make a decision quickly.”

Bredesen, who turns 74 next month, is a wealthy former Nashville mayor who was first elected governor in 2002. He had largely withdrawn from politics and public life since completing his second term in early 2011.

Bredesen acknowledged that it would take a vast amount of money to wage a successful bid.

“Set against that, I love solving problems and in Washington right now there is plenty of material,” he said.

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn jumped into the Senate race shortly after Gov. Bill Haslam announced he wouldn’t run with a video calling for a “conservative revolution” and saying that “too many Senate Republicans act like Democrats or worse.”

A Blackburn primary victory could make a moderate Democrat like Bredesen competitive, said Kent Syler, a political science professor at Middle Tennessee State University and a former Democratic congressional staffer…..

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Trump Drug Head pick won’t get the job….

Due to a CBS ’60 Minutes’ and Washington Post focus on Rep. Tom Marino’s past actions ?

He will Not get the White House Drug Czar job….

In addition, the media focus pieces has moved Trump announce soon a push to deal with the opioid crises…..

Trump said “that he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations [joint WashPost/’60 Minutes’] that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies,” reports the Post lead story.

Why it matters: The report “detailed how a targeted lobbying effort helped weaken the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to go after drug distributors, even as opioid-related deaths continue to rise.”…

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Is Trump actually gonna push Congress to support Obamacare?

While the media chorus has been anti-Trump on the Affordable Healthcare law know as Obamacare….

There does seem to be a plan afoot to get Congress to work on fixing the countries healthcare program….

It seems that Trump in his own way  IS pushing Republicans and Democrats to get together and work out  a ‘deal’…..

Trump stopping of insurance payments to insurance companies puts the onus on Congress to do so….Trump wants to stop having ok the monthly payments and he’s right…The monthly thing was a dig at Obama , who is gone….

The problem is now where it should be…In Congress….

Republicans cannot do this alone…

So Democratic leaders WILL have to sit down and work out a deal with the Republicans to make the payments a longer term thing that comes from them , Not the White House and yes….Like things are supposed to be?…Democrats are gonna have to let the states  have more flexibility ….

This won’t hurt blue state healthcare users….But it WILL hurt red sate state users, some who surely lose some coverage…. Red state Democrats might be able run on those cuts since the Obamacare program has gained support by more Americans even in Red states….

The last few years actions by Republican against the nations healthcare system have come home….

Here’s the latest….

Congressional Democrats have to decide how badly they want an ObamaCare deal.

Senate Republicans are open to renewing the insurer payments that President Trump canceled last week, but, in return, they want to expand a program that allows states to waive Affordable Care Act regulations.

That asking price could be hard for Democrats to swallow.

While Democrats want to protect ObamaCare, they fear that expanding the waivers would allow states to chip away at the bedrock protections of the law, including the rules on what an insurance plan must cover.

The politics of the health-care debate are also shifting.

While ObamaCare used to be a liability for Democrats, a Kaiser Family Foundation poll in August found that 60 percent of respondents think Republicans are responsible for problems in the Affordable Care Act going forward. Only 28 percent said the responsibility rests with Democrats.

Polls like that make some Republicans nervous about an ObamaCare backlash in the 2018 elections. And Democrats, hopeful of winning back the House and potentially even the Senate next year, are eager to hang ObamaCare’s problems around the GOP’s neck.

“Republicans in the House and Senate now own the health-care system in this country from top to bottom, and their destructive actions, and the actions of the president, are going to fall on their backs,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Friday.

Negotiations over an ObamaCare bill have been going on for weeks, with Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) seeking an agreement to stabilize the markets and protect people’s coverage options.

Democrats say they are pushing for a deal, and Murray said Friday she was “optimistic” that one could be reached…..

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Anybody rmention Bernie Sanders ‘Single Payer’ rants?

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California Gov Browns veto’s bill to force Presidential tax returns info….

The efforts around the country have also ran into trouble…

Donald Trump seems to be winning the battle to change the once common policy of Presidential candidates releasing their tax returns to the public….

Efforts to pry loose President Donald Trump’s tax returns at the state level have hit a wall, stalling in statehouses across the country including in California, a hotbed of anti-Trump resistance.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation late Sunday that would have forced presidential candidates to make their tax returns public before appearing on the California ballot, marking the death there of a measure once ballyhooed by Democrats and open government advocates as an end run to Trump’s refusal to disclose his tax filings.

Democrats have seen similar proposals stall in more than 20 states since Trump’s election. But Brown’s veto here — in a deeply liberal state where Democrats control every statewide office and both houses of the Legislature — marked a new low for the offensive.

Breaking with lawmakers of his own party, Brown said in a veto message that despite “the political attractiveness — even the merits — of getting President Trump’s tax returns, I worry about the political perils of individual states seeking to regulate presidential elections in this manner.

“First, it may not be constitutional,” he wrote. “Second, it sets a ‘slippery slope’ precedent…..

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Republicans Losing the House could mean Trump impeachment proceedings…

Anybody have a problem with agreeing  on the above?

“In more than a dozen interviews, Republicans inside and outside the White House told CNN conversations are ramping up behind the scenes about whether Trump fully grasps that his feuds with members of his own party and shortage of legislative achievements could soon put the fate of his presidency at risk.”

“Donors who trekked to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in support of House Speaker Paul Ryan were treated to a slide show late this summer to fundraise off those very fears, according to multiple attendees. Among the slides: An overview of the Democrats who would be tapped to lead key committees if the GOP loses control, including Rep. Elijah Cummings as the head of the House Oversight Committee.”

“To some attendees, the subtext was clear. If Republicans forfeit the House, Democrats will almost certainly create a spectacle that will derail conservatives’ agenda and the remainder of Trump’s first term — a spectacle complete with a raft of new subpoenas, a spotlight on the Russia investigation and, many are convinced, impeachment proceedings.”…

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GOP Sen. Thad Cochran isn’t gonna be in Wash DC this week…

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The Senator is sick….(We hope he gets better)

The average of American Senators is over 60….Cochran is 79 years old…

Some will get sick from time to time….

Republicans have such a thin majority, that can disappaer in a second so Cochran not being around is a serious worry for them….

The Senate GOP wants to pass a budget resolution this week that would allow its tax plan to pass the chamber with a simple majority. However, not all Senate Republicans are publicly on board with the budget resolution yet, so Cochran’s absence will make the expected vote even tighter given the GOP’s slim 52-vote majority….

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Tax Cuts or Balanced Budget try?…The Republican dilemma…

Republican President Donald Trump wants a tax cut….The guy who boasted he ‘loves’ debt doesn’t really care about the Conservative ballanced budget/less debt thing….

It isn’t ‘his’ money he talking about , right?

Republican law makers in Congress are trying to flush out a bill that would make their party leader happy and  party regualrs happy to campaign on more money for their  supporters when the run next year in the midterm elections…

But some fiscal conservatives are already grumbling about the stampede to throw out the spending limits they imposed on themselves to stop spending during the terms  of President Obama….

As in healthcare and Iran?

Checks the GOPer’s put in effect to hamper Obama are causing problems for THEMSELVES….

The debate highlights conflicting schools of thought over tax cuts in the party of Reagan, which could have dire consequences, particularly in the narrowly divided Senate.

Republicans say they want less debt but at the same time love a good tax cut — and are desperate to finally notch a major legislative achievement. Most Republicans are coming down on the side of tax cuts, preaching supply-side theories that tax cuts need not be paid for because they will grow the economy and eventually pay for themselves.

“In order to make good on our campaign tax promise, there probably are going to be some sacrifices made from an ideological perspective,” said senior House Budget Committee member Steve Womack (R-Ark.), a longtime deficit hawk.

“I believe that the biggest remedy for our fiscal situation is growth in the economy,” he added. “I am not averse to some deficit spending in order to create long-term sustained growth.”

Most economists say it’s unlikely that a multi-trillion-dollar tax package will pay for itself with sustained, long-term growth. That however hasn’t stopped Republicans from predicting that cutting taxes will increase the GDP by a full percentage point for several years and wash away deficit concerns with new revenue.

The crux of the debate centers on “static” scores from budget-crunchers that do not account for new growth, and “dynamic” scores that predict new revenues will be produced by tax cuts.

In today’s GOP, “dynamic” is in and “static” is out.

“The scoring mechanism, again, is crazy,” said Sen Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). “Just agree we’re going to lose money on a static scoring basis. I’m happy to live with a $2-3 trillion static loss.”

Corker has been the loudest critic of this thinking, warning about a “party-like” atmosphere in the GOP, especially now that Barack Obama is out of the White House. But he’s being joined by others: Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) told the Indiana Business Journal that “we can’t assume unreasonable rates of economic growth or we’re being fiscally irresponsible.”

Corker’s group, however, appears to be small party. While Republicans earlier this year set out to rewrite the tax code without blowing a hole in the national budget, most Hill Republicans, from GOP leaders to conservatives have started to side with Mulvaney, acknowledging that they’ll grow the deficit for a time with the tax package….

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How Congress helped the Drug companies and let the Opiod crisis get worst…

The Republican guy coming in the head the nation’s Drug programs was the guy who helped deny the DEA the ability to to something about the drug problem which has grown by leaps and bounds…

He’s getting rewarded for doing so…

As with Healthcare and the Environment also?

Republican pushes to enrich business interests often work to harm Americans personally….And most GOP lawmakers REALLY do NOT give a shit….

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In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress effectively stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of its most potent weapon against large drug companies suspected of spilling prescription narcotics onto the nation’s streets.

By then, the opioid war had claimed 200,000 lives, more than three times the number of U.S. military deaths in the Vietnam War. Overdose deaths continue to rise. There is no end in sight.

A handful of members of Congress, allied with the nation’s major drug distributors, prevailed upon the DEA and the Justice Department to agree to a more industry-friendly law, undermining efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills, according to an investigation by The Washington Post and “60 Minutes.” The DEA had opposed the effort for years.

The law was the crowning achievement of a multifaceted campaign by the drug industry to weaken aggressive DEA enforcement efforts against drug distribution companies that were supplying corrupt doctors and pharmacists who peddled narcotics to the black market. The industry worked behind the scenes with lobbyists and key members of Congress, pouring more than a million dollars into their election campaigns.

The chief advocate of the law that hobbled the DEA was Rep. Tom Marino,a Pennsylvania Republican who is now President Trump’s nominee to become the nation’s next drug czar. Marino spent years trying to move the law through Congress. It passed after Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) negotiated a final version with the DEA.

As Rep. Tom Marino’s Pennsylvania district was reeling from the opioid crisis, he sponsored a bill that, current and former Drug Enforcement Administration officials say, undermined the DEA’s efforts to stop the flow of pain pills. (Video: Alice Li/Photo: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

For years, some drug distributors were fined for repeatedly ignoring warnings from the DEA to shut down suspicious sales of hundreds of millions of pills, while they racked up billions of dollars in sales.

The new law makes it virtually impossible for the DEA to freeze suspicious narcotic shipments from the companies, according to internal agency and Justice Department documents and an independent assessment by the DEA’s chief administrative law judge in a soon-to-be-published law review article. That powerful tool had allowed the agency to immediately prevent drugs from reaching the street…..

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Hillary Clinton on Weinstein…What about Trump?

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Good Question….

Donald Trump is the President….

Weinstein is movie guy that just got fired form his won company and is going for sex therapy…

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton discussed the culture of sexual assault following a myriad of new sexual harassment and assault allegations against Hollywood film producer and longtime Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein.

In an interview with the U.K.’s Channel 4 News on Saturday, Clinton said:

“Look, we just elected someone who admitted sexual assault to the presidency. So there’s a lot of other issues that are swirling around these kinds of behaviors that need to be addressed,” Clinton said when asked if she had heard rumors of Weinstein’s behavior before the bombshell reports.

“I think it’s important that we stay focused, and shine a bright spotlight, and try to get people to understand how damaging this is,” she continued.

“The women coming forward is the only way that that story will be told,” she said.

Clinton’s comments come as accusations against Weinstein going back decades continue to surface from major Hollywood actresses including Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie and Kate Beckinsale.

Trump faced major backlash during the presidential campaign when he was heard bragging about groping and kissing women on a leaked “Access Hollywood” tape from 2005. Eleven women accused the president of sexual harassment after the video surfaced.

Trump has denied such allegations and multiple past lawsuits against him have been settled….

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Cook Report changes 12 House races to advantage Democrats…..

We have been doing pieces on next years Midterm Races and Democrats chances of recouping a majority there almost weekly… 

Today’s Cook Report bears good news for Pelosi & Company…..

.But remember?

We ARE a year out from Election Day….

Based on recent developments in races and conversations with candidates and operatives on both sides of the aisle, many races have the potential to become more competitive. This week, we’re changing our ratings in 12 districts….

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Trump’s Obamacare action is going to court…State’s announce lawsuit..

Why NOT?

The Republican’s took President Obama to court on the program…..

18 State Attorney General’s have joined together to file against Trump’s excutive actions  concerning the Affordaable Healthcare law….

President Donald Trump’s move to cut off critical Obamacare subsidies will almost surely be tied up in the courts for years as Democratic-led states seek injunctions, while insurers seek to recover payments they say they’re owed.

It’s impossible to predict whether a judge might order the administration to continue the payments while the lawsuits are heard, but at least some legal experts express doubts.

“Forcing an administration to continue making payments when the president believes there is no appropriation, and when Congress believes there’s no appropriation, would be a pretty extreme move by the court — even if it was a temporary measure,” said Nicholas Bagley, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School who has written extensively about Obamacare legal issue

The result is that consumers are likely to be caught holding the bag if their insurers bolt and their Obamacare markets teeter on the verge of collapse. Many will end up paying higher premiums to make up for the shortfall, estimated at $7 billion this year alone. And although most insurers have locked in commitments to participate in the Obamacare markets for 2018, some may re-examine those decisions….

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Robert Mueller Trump probe Update Oct. 13, 2017…Preibus talks…Manafort deals uncovered…

Mueller’s group pry into the interactions of the early Trump White House…

Reince Priebus…

Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Friday, according to his lawyer, William Burck.

“Mr. Priebus was voluntarily interviewed by Special Counsel Mueller’s team today. He was happy to answer all of their questions,” Burck said.

The interview, which took place at the special counsel’s office, was expected as part of Mueller’s sprawling Russia-related investigation, and Priebus had been preparing for several weeks, according to people who spoke with him.

Priebus didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Friday afternoon.

Mueller’s team is expected to interview a number of other current and former White House aides, including former press secretary Sean Spicer, current chief counsel Don McGahn and communications director Hope Hicks.

Mueller’s team is interested in a number of actions Trump took in office, including the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, a misleading statement written on Air Force One about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer during the campaign, and meetings Trump held as president with Russians, including former ambassador Sergei Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov….

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Paul Manafort a guy that is gonna get charged….

President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort had much stronger financial ties to a Russian oligarch than previously thought, according to a new report.

NBC News reported Friday that Manafort is linked to a previously unreported $26 million loan from a company owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, who has close ties to the Kremlin.

The new figure brings the total of Manafort’s business dealings with the Russian figure to around $60 million over the past decade, NBC reported, citing financial documents filed in Cyprus and the Cayman Islands.

According to documents obtained by NBC, the funds were transferred from Deripaska’s company to several entities linked to Manafort that are registered in Cyprus.

The news comes one month after it was revealed Manafort was wiretapped by the U.S. government during and after the 2016 campaign under a warrant allegedly focused on his work consulting for the government of Ukraine….

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Donald Trump is throwing shit back to Congress….

He just finished telling the world that he doesn’t like the Iran deal…But won’t scrap it….He want’s Congress to ok and better deal….

He just made two executive moves on the Affordable Healthcare program…Again…Congress CAN do something…(And Trump can go back to watching the Media and play Golf)

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The Republicans who are supposed to be a majority party of Donald Trump the ‘head’ Grand Ole party guy can’t get anything done…So Trump, who has been frustrated by  ‘his’ party not getting anything done?….

Is doing things that are dearing Congress to DO SOMETHING….

And Republicans won’t so far if they have to reach across the aisle and work WITH Democrats….Anytime Trump mentions Democrats?Conservatives and Some Republicans scratch their heads and dig in against anything…Others are NOT happy with this stuff)

Republican’s in Congress made this problem to themselves by NOT allowing Barack Obama any backing on ANYTHING he wanted to do…

Bill Clinton fought Congress tooth and nail, from shutdowns to impeachment. George W. Bush boasted that he was “the decider.” Barack Obama groused that if lawmakers were unwilling to take actions he wanted, he would take up his “pen and phone.

Donald Trump, however, is more than willing to let Congress act. Of all the norms that he has upended in his short tenure as president, Trump’s willingness to pass the buck back to lawmakers is one of the most unexpected, curious, and perhaps salubrious. This impulse was on display in two major moves this week, on health care and the Iran deal, and this week the White House also laid out its principles on a third—how to deal with so-called Dreamers. In each of these cases, the Trump administration seems to be shifting responsibility to Congress so that the president is freed of it, while also hoping or expecting lawmakers will act to preserve the status quo.

In each of these cases, Trump is also taking a power that Obama specifically claimed for the presidency and insisting that Congress take it instead…..

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Trump to stop paying Healthcare Insurance Subsidies….

Frustrated by not having Congress be able to Repeal the Affordable Healthcare program also known as Obamacare…..

Donald Trump is going at the program on his own….

In actions in the last two days he is pulling away the basic of the program….The idea of healthy people helping to support lower rates for sicker people…And making healthcare insurance affordable for more Americans…His actions do NOT repeal the program…The simply take chucks of the whole thing apart…piece by piece….The process will drag on for months…

Trump’s throw down at Democrats, who  with, several Republican Senator’s have been able to stop Repeal efforts is ‘come and see me and we’ll deal’….

Insurance markets and hospital stocks are in flux right now due to Trump’s typical chaos theory of doing things in order to try to steer people to him….

He has the ability to do these things because Republicans NEVER approved writing most of the program into a law they where trying to use against Democrats….Congress COULD in fact provide the money for the payments (and other Trump actions) and put them in the current law taking the President’s control of them away…

The law has gained in  popularity  and Trump’s actions will NOT make those who have been able to gain insurance (Republican voters included) at a lower rate will probably lose it again….Trump and the Republicans are sure to mount a campaign to blame THEIR moves affects on people on the Democrats….

The 2018 Midterm elections are just a year out….

President Trump will scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out-of-pocket costs of low-income people, the White House said late Thursday. His plans were disclosed hours after the president ordered potentially sweeping changes in the nation’s insurance system, including sales of cheaper policies with fewer benefits and fewer protections for consumers.

The twin hits to the Affordable Care Act could unravel President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement, sending insurance premiums soaring and insurance companies fleeing from the health law’s online marketplaces. After Republicans failed to repeal the health law in Congress, Mr. Trump appears determined to dismantle it on his own.

Without the subsidies, insurance markets could quickly unravel. Insurers have said they will need much higher premiums and may pull out of the insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act if the subsidies were cut off. Known as cost-sharing reduction payments, the subsidies were expected to total $9 billion in the coming year and nearly $100 billion in the coming decade.

“The government cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments,” the White House said in a statement.

It concluded that “Congress needs to repeal and replace the disastrous Obamacare law and provide real relief to the American people.”

In a joint statement, the top Democrats in Congress, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, said Mr. Trump had “apparently decided to punish the American people for his inability to improve our health care system.”

“It is a spiteful act of vast, pointless sabotage leveled at working families and the middle class in every corner of America,” they said. “Make no mistake about it, Trump will try to blame the Affordable Care Act, but this will fall on his back and he will pay the price for it.”

Lawmakers from both parties have urged the president to continue the payments. Mr. Trump had raised the possibility of eliminating the subsidies at a White House meeting with Republican senators several months ago. At the time, one senator told him that the Republican Party would effectively “own health care” as a political issue if the president did so.

“Cutting health care subsidies will mean more uninsured in my district,” Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican of Florida, wrote on Twitter late Thursday. She added that Mr. Trump “promised more access, affordable coverage. This does opposite.”

But Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, praised Mr. Trump’s decision and said the Obama administration had usurped the authority of Congress by paying the subsidies. “Under our Constitution,” Mr. Ryan said, “the power of the purse belongs to Congress, not the executive branch.”……

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State Attorneys General Announce Lawsuit Against Trump’s O’care Blow

Democratic attorneys general from a handful of states announced Friday their plans to file a lawsuit against President Trump’s efforts to end Obamacare subsidies to insurers.

“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that those payments can continue to go forward,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) said in a conference call the attorneys general held with reporters….

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Hillary Clinton talking to Columbia University about a role there…

Professor Clinton to be added to Author, First Lady,  Senator , Sec of State and Presidential candidate….

Impressive resume…..

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Hillary Clinton is testing the waters on a return to academia.

The former U.S. Secretary of State and presidential nominee is in talks with Columbia University to take on a formal role at the Ivy League — and potentially house her archives there, multiple sources told the Daily News.

One option under discussion is an esteemed “University Professor” role that would allow Clinton to lecture across a range of schools and departments without the requirement of a strict course load, one source said.

A former law professor, Clinton could maintain the vaunted but vague role indefinitely or decide at a later date she wants to settle at Columbia’s celebrated law school or maybe the School of International and Public Affairs, the source said.

“It’s all fluid. It could be a number of things. No decisions have been made, but there are talks,” a different source with knowledge of Clinton’s thinking told The News….

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Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott NFL 6-game ban upheld by Federal Appeals court…

It is unknown if the  Elliott will try another court or just take the six came rip….

The chances of beating the suspension are remote due to the Players Union contract with the league…

The case involved a domestic incident….

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A federal appeals court cleared the way for the NFL to impose a six-game suspension on Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott over domestic violence allegations on Thursday, siding with the league in the latest high-profile fight over its ability to punish players for off-field behavior.

In a 2-1 decision, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in New Orleans granted the league’s emergency request to set aside an injunction and ordered a district court in Texas to dismiss Elliott’s case.

The case may not be done yet and further appeals were possible. One of Elliott’s representatives didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A federal judge in Texas had issued an injunction that blocked the suspension last month, agreeing with NFL players’ union attorneys who argued that the investigation of the allegations in Ohio and a subsequent appeal were unfair to Elliott, one of the league’s standout running backs. The Cowboys have a bye this weekend.

The NFL countered that it followed procedures under the league’s labor deal and that the union improperly filed a lawsuit before the appeals process was complete….

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