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Obama points out Obamacare IS MORE popular than President Trump…

Or Republicans in general….

OUCH!….

And Donald Trump and the Republicans have made it THAT way!…

At last Barack Obama goes to bat for the program now….

Former President Barack Obama hailed the political resilience of his signature health care law at a private event Thursday, pointing out that Obamacare is now more popular than his successor trying to repeal it: President Donald Trump.

As Republicans in Washington sputtered again this week in their efforts to undo the law, Obama noted to an audience in midtown Manhattan that “the Affordable Care Act has never been more popular — and it’s more popular than the current president,” according to a person in the room who paraphrased the comments.
Trump has recorded historically low approval ratings for a new president, while public opinion on the health care law has improved gradually amid Republican efforts to get rid of it.
Obama also predicted Thursday that it will be challenging for Trump and fellow Republicans to make any sweeping changes to a law that now provides health insurance for so many people, as he remarked how difficult it was for him to get Obamacare enacted into law in 2009…..
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People’s Climate March kicks off in Wash DC today…The Protests Continue…

It’s getting to be like back in 1960’s with protest marches every week in the nation’s capital against the guy’s trying to undo advances this country HAS made into the 21st Century...

Environmentalists will once again rally in the nation’s capital this weekend, this time for the People’s Climate March.

The Saturday demonstration comes one week after the March for Science and Earth Day rally, but organizers say the People’s Climate March will be more political and aimed at specific Trump administration policies.

It’s unclear how many people will attend, but demonstration permits from the National Park Service indicate that organizers are prepared to accommodate 50,000 to 100,000 people. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Virgin Airlines founder Richard Branson and former vice president Al Gore are expected to attend, according to the permit.

Hundreds of smaller climate marches are planned across the country to coincide with the main event in Washington.

Thanu Yakupitiyage, national communications manager at 350.org — an advocacy group that is part of the coalition organizing the march — said march leaders have helped coordinate more than 450 buses to Washington for protesters from across the country.

“The March for Science was really the response of scientists who felt that there was really an assault on rationality and science,” she said. “This is really more of a community response.”

The People’s Climate March is the third large demonstration to occur on consecutive weekends in downtown Washington. The Tax March kicked off the string of high-profile protests on April 15, when people demonstrated in front of the Capitol and marched along Pennsylvania Avenue, calling on President Trump to release his tax returns….

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Deportations under Trump are actually lower than Obama”s…

In another example of Trump making noise , but actually having something different occur….

He has scared down the number of people illegally entering the US from Mexico in a continuance of a trend that began during the Obama Admin….

While it isn’t reported…

Under Obama ?

Deportations  rose….

The number of arrests of illegals in country has gone up…

Why is the man trolling for a ‘Wall’ and more money for immigration enforcement?

President Donald Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration a centerpiece of his administration — but so far his administration is deporting fewer people than his predecessor.

According to statistics from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) given to CNN, the pace of removals under Trump in his first three months lags behind even the last two years of his predecessor, when then-President Barack Obama ordered his agencies to use more discretion when it came to deporting undocumented immigrants, focusing specifically on criminals.
The numbers also stand against other recently released statistics that showed an uptick in the number of arrests made by ICE in the first two months of Trump’s administration, especially of non-criminal immigrants.
From Inauguration Day until this week, ICE removed 54,564 individuals, including 30,667 convicted criminals and 23,897 non-criminals, according to the data shared with CNN.
Thus far, those numbers track slightly behind the pace of removals during the same time period during the past two years of the Obama administration — and greatly lag behind the rate of deportations before Obama ordered greater discretion.
From January 20, 2016, to April 24, 2016, ICE removed 62,062 individuals, including 24,953 non-criminals. The same time period in 2015 saw 59,938 removals, including 23,571 non-criminals.
During the year that led to Obama hearing the nickname “deporter in chief” from pro-immigrant advocacy groups, the same time period in 2014 saw 87,690 removals, including 38,471 non-criminals.
In contrast with deportations, arrests of undocumented immigrants has risen in the first few months of the Trump administration. In the first two months since the inauguration, ICE arrested roughly one-third more people than in the previous year, and more than double the number of non-criminal immigrants than the previous year….
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The number of non-criminal illegals detained though HAS gone up…
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Hey, working class Trump voters. Remember when Trump promised tax cuts for you and not the rich?

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 12: Activists gather across from Trump Tower before pulling down their pants and mooning on February 12, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The event was staged to protest the policies of President Donald Trump and to demand that he release his tax information. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Donald Trump, The Today Show, April 21, 2016:

Q: Do you believe in raising taxes on the wealthy?

A: I do, I do, including myself. I do.

Donald Trump, November 7, 2016, Scranton, PA:

[I will] massively cut taxes for the middle class, the forgotten people, the forgotten men and women of this country, who built our country.

Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, “Squawk Box,” CNBC, November 30, 2016:

Any reductions we have in upper-income taxes will be offset by less deductions so that there will be no absolute tax cut for the upper class.

Donald Trump Tax Plan for individuals, released April 26, 2017. Whom does it benefit?:

High-income earners. The plan would reduce the top rate on individual income tax — now 39.6 percent for income over around $470,000 for a married couple — to 35 percent. But that’s only part of the gain for high-income earners. It also would eliminate a 3.8 percent tax, used to help fund Obamacare, that applies to investment income over $250,000 for a couple.

Multimillionaires who want to pass money to their heirs tax-free. The plan would eliminate the estate tax, which currently applies to individuals with estates of $5.5 million or couples with estates worth $11 million.

Donald J. Trump. It is striking how many of the categories listed above affect the president and his family. He is a high-income earner. He receives income from 564 business entities, according to his financial disclosure form, and could take advantage of the low rate on “pass-through” companies. According to his leaked 2005 tax return, he paid an extra $31 million because of the alternative minimum tax that he seeks to eliminate. And his heirs could eventually enjoy his enormous assets tax-free.

Was there ever really any doubt?

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House passes ‘Clean’ stop-gap spending bill, Senate will follow…Trump left hanging…

Donald Trump’s wishes  get put aside by the Congress which  will NOT consider revenue for a ‘Wall’ or Repealing the Affordable Healthcare Law….

Congress is NOT gonna have a Government shutdown to allow Donald Trump to finally get a piece of major legisiation that would endanger Republicans in next years midterm elections…

An 11th-hour White House push to give President Trump a major legislative victory in his first 100 days in office broke down late Thursday as House Republican leaders failed to round up enough votes for their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Some White House officials had hoped for a vote on Friday on a measure to prove that Mr. Trump was making good on his promise to undo the sweeping health law — President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement — in his first 100 days in office.

But seesawing commitments and the reservations from numerous lawmakers throughout Thursday laid bare the difficulty that Republican leaders faced in trying to push through a repeal bill. While revisions to their bill won over conservative hard-liners in the Freedom Caucus this week, those same changes threatened to drive away other members, even some who supported the first version.

A senior House aide said late Thursday that there would not be a vote on the health bill this week. At least 18 House Republicans oppose the latest version of the bill, the American Health Care Act, and leaders can lose no more than 22 to win passage if all members vote….

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: Senate passes stopgap bill to avoid government shutdown

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Trump as President…There is NO Policy and Keep it Simple..

That essentially what a Politico piece is writing Donald Trump is walked thru making decisions as President…

They show a 70 year old man in capable of digesting large amounts of information…

And led him to make simple minded choices…..

(He admits the job he has is MUCH MORE Difficult than he thought it would be)

His way of running a government that is supposed to be taking care of 300million plus citizens is evolving in ways NOT ever seen…But then Donald Trump’s surprise election win was based on him TRYING to throw the American Government off balance…

For a few weeks that was the case…

But it isn’t anymore….

And Trump IS suffering for his miscues…

As Trump is beginning to better understand the challenges—and the limits—of the presidency, his aides are understanding better how to manage perhaps the most improvisational and free-wheeling president in history. “If you’re an adviser to him, your job is to help him at the margins,” said one Trump confidante. “To talk him out of doing crazy things.”

Interviews with White House officials, friends of Trump, veterans of his campaign and lawmakers paint a picture of a White House that has been slow to adapt to the demands of the most powerful office on earth.

“Everyone is concerned that things are not running that well,” said one senior official. “There should be more structure in place so we know who is working on what and who is responsible for what, instead of everyone freelancing on everything.”

But they’re learning. One key development: White House aides have figured out that it’s best not to present Trump with too many competing options when it comes to matters of policy or strategy. Instead, the way to win Trump over, they say, is to present him a single preferred course of action and then walk him through what the outcome could be – and especially how it will play in the press.

“You don’t walk in with a traditional presentation, like a binder or a PowerPoint. He doesn’t care. He doesn’t consume information that way,” said one senior administration official. “You go in and tell him the pros and cons, and what the media coverage is going to be like.”

Downplaying the downside risk of a decision can win out in the short term. But the risk is a presidential dressing-down—delivered in a yell. “You don’t want to be the person who sold him on something that turned out to be a bad idea,” the person said.

Advisers have tried to curtail Trump’s idle hours, hoping to prevent him from watching cable news or calling old friends and then tweeting about it. That only works during the workday, though—Trump’s evenings and weekends have remained largely his own.

“It’s not like the White House doesn’t have a plan to fill his time productively but at the end of the day he’s in charge of his schedule,” said one person close to the White House. “He does not like being managed.”

He also doesn’t like managing….

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Senate Minority Leader Schumer won’t approve a week’s delay in budget with GOP poison pill riders…

Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell has the votes to push the budget deadline back a week from Saturday…

But Schumer wants a clean short-term continuing resolution (CR) bill to do so…

He will NOT have Democrats agree to a ok bill that would have some the things Democrats have said they will NOT agree to, even if it means shutting the Government down…

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday objected to a deal on passing a one-week stopgap government funding bill, citing concerns about ongoing negotiations over a larger spending agreement.

Schumer said there were still unresolved “poison pill riders” being worked out on a longer spending deal that would fund the government through Sept. 30.

“Our position has been clear and it’s nothing new. No poison pill riders. The sooner we can resolve this issue, the quicker we can have an agreement on appropriations for 2017, so I object,” he said from the Senate floor.

He added that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been “cooperative and extremely helpful” but Democrats want to work on the remaining hurdles to a long-term deal before they can agree to pass the short-term continuing resolution (CR).

McConnell had asked for unanimous consent – which requires the agreement of every senator – to allow the Senate to automatically approve the one-week CR once it passes the House on Friday.

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Trump day 98…Few Surprises….

Donald Trump has been living the American White House for 98 days…

While some might be running around with their hair on fire still?

This Dog isn’t….

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President Donald J. Trump is mostly who he was before he got his new job….

A 70 year old  entertainer that that gave up his full time Real Estate job for a stint in Politics and Government…

Trump IS learning on the job that his new job is a LOT more difficult than he though it would be…

Trump HAS been up to his old Real Estate tricks which served him well during the recent campaign…

Go HARD at any adversary …

Make shit up if you have to…..

Then at the last minute back-up and make a deal using OTHER people’s money…

NOT Yours…

It’s been the same during the last 98 days….

Trump has gone hard on….

Immigration…

The Russians….

A Muslim Travel Ban…

A Bigger, Longer and better looking Wall on the US?Mexican Border…

Throwing out existing Trade Agreements with China, Mexico, and Canada among others…

Getting 8 major American Cities and the state of California to buddy up with ICE immigrant hunting…

and Of course trying to Repeal the Affordable  Healthcare Law , which has the nickname of Obamacare…

 

Please recheck the list immediately above…

Donald J. Trump has been UNABLE to find JOY with any of the ABOVE…

Sure he has been signing off on executive orders that reverse President Obama’s orders….

And he has done some military actions that made the headlines….

But on the whole?

Donald Trump has NOT be able run his act like he PROMISED….

 

Between Democrats, The Courts, Media , his supporters  and his adopted Republican Party?

Things have been sloppy and disappointing….

But….

His base IS still eating his sidewalk ACT up….

And the Media is only too happy asking questions and featuring  him , like he wants, as the Hit Parade….

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The Mike Flynn story has just gotten more legs…Pentagon has a probe running…

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Documents released by lawmakers show President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was warned when he retired from the military in 2014 not to take foreign money without ‘‘advance approval’’ by Pentagon authorities.

Also, the Defense Department inspector general’s office confirms in a separate document that it is investigating whether Flynn failed to obtain prior approval….

President Donald Trump fired Flynn in February for misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other top administration officials about Flynn’s postelection conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the United States…

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Ford replaces the Crown Vic Police Cars with Explorer SUV’s…

For a long time your local, state and fed police cruiser and undercover  cars where almost exclusively Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor equipped  cars….

But the car started getting dangerous because of the location of the gas tanks if the car was rear ended …..

So after a dance with Dodge Challenger police packaged cruiser’s?

Police Department’s around the country went back to Ford…

The relation between Ford and law enforcement has been lasting for decades. The newest car in their portfolio is the 2016 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility and, as Ford sold more SUVs than Police Tauruses in a few last years, the newest Explorer in the police livery is possibly the best thing that happened to the police since the Crown Victoria. Even though the Explorer is still a soccer mom car, the newest one, with the fairly aggressive face and exceptional roomy interior, might be one of the coolest and most usable cars the police ever had. The 2016 Ford Explorer is built on the same platform as the Ford Taurus, which is, coincidentally (we think not), built on the same platform. As clever guys from Jalopnik pointed out, the Ford Taurus is also a police car, so the majority of the parts used for the Taurus can probably fit the 2016 Explorer. This way, Ford services police cars more efficiently and the police doesn’t have to spend that much money to acquire and to run SUVs which are, obviously needed in the US.

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For the 2016 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility received some important modifications in comparison with the car you could buy. First of all, the suspension and the tires are just a tiny bit beefier so the car can withstand dangerous maneuvers made while the police is on the go. So, Ford prepped the car for action, but clever engineers thought about the “waiting process” too. The 2016 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility engine received a larger cooling system which ensured that the engine can withstand long idling hours which are common during police business…

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Trump likes to play the Media…And they bite….

The Media was out with stories today about the Trump Admin leaving NAFTA…..

Then there was this tweet….

Trump told heads of Canada and Mexico he was not immediately planning to end NAFTA, will try to renegotiate, WH says

Which reminds the Media  and You and Me….

Nate Silver Retweeted Nate Silver

Folks still getting played by this strategy.

Trump’s got this clever strategy of leaking trial balloons, then blaming “dishonest media” for misreporting the story if & when they flop.

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Could Los Angeles Riots return?

A poll of Los Angles residents  come back with a majority thinking YES they could return due to conditions in the area …

Nearly 6 out of 10 Angelenos think another riot is likely in the next five years, increasing for the first time after two decades of steady decline. That’s higher than in any year except for 1997, the first year the survey was conducted, and more than a 10-point jump compared with the 2012 survey.

Young adults ages 18 to 29, who didn’t directly experience the riots, were more likely than older residents to feel another riot was a possibility, with nearly 7 out of 10 saying one was likely, compared with about half of those 45 or older. Those who were unemployed or worked part-time were also more pessimistic, as were black and Latino residents, compared with whites and Asians, the poll found.

Researchers theorized that the turnaround may be linked to several factors, including the more polarized national dialogue on race sparked by police shootings in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere, as well as by the tenor of last year’s presidential election. Moreover, many parts of L.A. still suffer from some of the economic problems and lack of opportunities that fueled anger before the riots…

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Ivanka Trump wants her dad to accept more Syria refugees…

In Germany on a state trip the President’s daughter makes her view known on something her fatehre has been working AGAINST….(He recently went along with Australia shipping some Syrian refugges from tthere to America , though)

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Steve Bannon can’t be happy with this….

But then he’s been invisible these days, eh?

Ivanka Trump, juggling dual roles of White House adviser and daughter of the president, said in an interview aired on Wednesday that the United States might need to admit more refugees from Syria, a pointed public departure from one of her father’s bedrock populist positions.

Ms. Trump’s comments, which seemed to question the basis for President Trump’s two executive orders that tried to bar migrants from Syria and other predominantly Muslim nations, set off a minor scramble in the West Wing. Advisers grappled with a political problem unique to Mr. Trump’s family-business White House: how to manage an officially empowered daughter who is prone to challenging elements of the president’s conservative agenda.

“I think there is a global humanitarian crisis that’s happening, and we have to come together and we have to solve it,” Ms. Trump told NBC when asked about the refugee crisis in Syria, which has created a nativist backlash in European countries.

Asked whether that would include admitting Syrian refugees to the United States, she replied: “That has to be part of the discussion. But that’s not going to be enough in and of itself.”…

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Social Conservatives go against the grain….Donald Trump the Winner…

Politico is out with piece that points to the Social Conservatives, who had not use for for a triple married guy with loose lips and hands, deciding to put all THIS aside because a “Republican’ is in the White House and they are a majority in Congress….

On the eighth floor of the Marriott Marquis in New York’s Times Square, Marjorie Dannenfelser stabbed anxiously at a plate of salad while offering a series of defensive and unconvincing answers. It was June of last year, and Dannenfelser, a social conservative titan and president of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, was one of nearly a thousand Christian activists to attend a summit that afternoon with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. She also was one of roughly 50 to join him for a VIP meeting beforehand. Many of these leaders, including Dannenfelser, had opposed his candidacy from the outset of the campaign; now that they were closing ranks around a thrice-married Manhattan socialite and self-described womanizer with a history of running casinos and supporting partial-birth abortion, I had a simple question for Dannenfelser: Why would social conservatives stake their credibility and moral authority on Donald Trump?

After several halting responses, Dannenfelser leaned forward and lowered her voice. “All along the way he was our last choice,” she told me. “But when you get to the end, to the point of having a binary choice, you must choose.”

 Dannenfelser chose Trump. So did dozens of other prominent Christian leaders, inviting the scorn and skepticism of critics who accused them of abandoning their principles in the pursuit of partisan victory. There was considerable downside: If Trump lost, they would have nothing to show for allying themselves with someone whose lifestyle was a manifest rebuke to their values; if he won, Trump could easily turn against them, tacking leftward on issues of life, marriage and religious liberty to broaden his appeal. “It was a risk,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, who organized last summer’s New York meeting, tells me this week. “But it was a calculated risk.”

It paid off—and then some….

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Trump Tax Plan for the Rich is gonna be a heavy lift…

Trump is trying to his version of ‘Trickle Down Economics’?

It’s 100 days week and Trump is throwing everything and the kitchen sink down to try to show he’s make some progress in office….

Republicans greeted President Donald Trump’s splashy tax rollout Wednesday with muted enthusiasm — hopeful that the tax code could be reformed but eager to hear a lot more details as well as the president’s strategy for success.

Democrats didn’t hold back, slamming the tax outline as a giveaway to the wealthy, which suggests that Trump will have to pass his plan with only the GOP’s narrow majorities.

In the hours after Trump’s principles were unveiled for “the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of our country” as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told reporters, it was clear the administration has a lot of work to do on Capitol Hill.

Perhaps the biggest unanswered question facing Republicans is how they can work with Trump on a tax plan that is expected to pay for itself with massive economic growth. Independent analysts worry about the administration’s math. And adding to the deficit presents a politically perilous choice for many Republicans as well as significant legislative complications.

“I’m very sensitive to the deficit and the $21 trillion worth of national debt,” said Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.).

Mnuchin and other Trump officials said they want to work with Congress on shaping a bill that can pass by the end of the year. But the White House is already spurning a key piece of Speaker Paul Ryan’s tax plan — a proposed tax on imports that would help pay for cutting the corporate tax rate to 15 percent, as Trump has proposed.

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State Department Removes Post Promoting Mar-A-Lago From Website

Promoting a sitting President’s commerical real estate isn’t somnething that Democrats would EVER be able to get away with, eh?

The State Department on Monday removed a blog post promoting President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida following criticism from ethics advocates and Democrats, and questions from reporters.

The post boasting Mar-A-Lago as the “Winter White House” was posted to the State Department’s ShareAmerica website and had also been posted by the U.S. embassies in the United Kingdom and Albania, according to Politico. The post has been removed from all three of those locations. The link on the ShareAmerica website now shows a message apologizing for the post.

 “The intention of the article was to inform the public about where the President has been hosting world leaders. We regret any misperception and have removed the post,” the message reads.

The post was published on April 4 and included pictures of the estate and descriptions of the club’s design and architecture, per the Huffington Post.

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