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Pennsylvania’s new court-ordered congressional map is out….

…from ABC News…

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued a new congressional map for the state, in a decision that could have major ramifications for the balance of power in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The court issued the map after Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and the Republican-controlled state legislature, were unable to submit a map satisfying both parties by the court-ordered Thursday night deadline.

Numerous map submissions from both sides of the aisle were presented to the state Supreme Court, which ordered the state’s congressional boundaries redrawn late last month. But after Wolf vetoed a map submitted Republican leaders in the statehouse last Tuesday, it became clear both sides were not going to reach an agreement by the February 16 deadline.

PHOTO: A new congressional map issued by The Pennsylvania Supreme Court.The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
A new congressional map issued by The Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Republicans in the state harshly criticized Wolf for rejecting the map they submitted, saying his decision “sets forth a nonsensical approach to governance.”….

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LA Times….

Pennsylvania’s high court issued a new congressional district map for the state’s 2018 elections on Monday, potentially giving Democrats a boost in their quest to capture control of the U.S. House unless Republicans are able to stop it in federal court.

The map of Pennsylvania’s 18 congressional districts is to be in effect for the May 15 primary and substantially overhauls a congressional map widely viewed as among the nation’s most gerrymandered. The map was approved in a 4-3 decision, with four Democratic justices backing it and one Democratic justice siding with two Republicans against it….

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Washington DC students do a ‘Lie In’ in front of the White House….

…from the Hill….

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Washington, D.C. area students staged protests against gun violence outside of the White House on Monday just days after 17 people were killed in a shooting at a south Florida high school.

Numerous students took part in a “lie-in” on the road outside of the White House for three minutes at a time in an effort to symbolize the amount of time it took alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz to gun down numerous people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Wednesday…..

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It’s getting so that the kids are going to the streets like in the 1960’s?….

The “filibuster-proof” Democratic Senate majority in Pres. Obama’s first Congress (2009-10) was fleeting….

The “filibuster-proof” Democratic Senate majority in Pres. Obama’s first Congress (2009-10) was a fleeting, evanescent, phenomenon of perhaps six or seven non-continuous months during which the Senate was often out of session anyway.

The Democrats increased their majority with the defection of Arlen Specter (R > D, Pa) and the seating, no earlier than July 2009, of Al Franken (DFL, Minn.)

But it was lowered temporarily by the deaths of Edward Kennedy (D, Mass.) and Robert Byrd (D, W .Va), and permanently by the election of Scott Brown (R) to fill Kennedy’s seat.

The only significant thing that the 111th Congress accomplished, and indeed could accomplish, was passing a very ramshackle, jerry-built, jury-rigged Affordable Care Act — and that was by dragging poor old Ted Kennedy away from his death bed to cast the 60th vote for cloture and passage.

It’s silly, tedious, and ahistorical for either Republicans or diehard Democrats to complain about how little the Democrats accomplished the last time they controlled both chambers of Congress. George W. Bush (R) was still President during the 110th Congress (2007-8), and the Democrats could (even in theory) only block GOP filibusters for about a quarter of the 111th. Then, of course, the Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives after the elections of 2010.

As I explained in two laboriously-researched and carefully-written footnotes to the Wikipedia article on Party Divisions of United States Congresses….

DSD @ Politicaldog101….

Worried…Conservative’s want Trump to pardon his way out of Mueller’s prying….

Wait?

Please reread what I just wrote as a header to this piece….

I took my cue from a Politico piece this morning….

The idea that people want Donald Trump , The President to pardon the guys who are charged with crimes BEFORE there are trials  and to re-pardon ANYBODY that could implicate Donald Trump’s wrong doing is just about the prime definition of ‘obstruction of justice’….

Let’s not beat around the bush here….

These people calling for this want to stop a criminal investigation by any means after and before the crooks and liars are brought to justice….

It HAS come to this….

There is something VERY WRONG with people who by their comments are admitting that a criminal enterprise that might have been at the to of the American government should just be allowed to walk away untouched?

After months of criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, President Donald Trump’s supporters are issuing increasingly bold calls for presidential pardons to limit the investigation’s impact.

“I think he should be pardoning anybody who’s been indicted and make it clear that anybody else who gets indicted would be pardoned immediately,” said Frederick Fleitz, a former CIA analyst and senior vice president at the conservative Center for Security Policy.

The pleas for mercy mainly extend to the four former Trump aides who have already been swept up in the Russia probe: former campaign manager Paul Manafort, former deputy campaign manager Rick Gates, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. But they don’t stop there.

“It’s kind of cruel what’s going on right now and the president should put these defendants out of their misery,” said Larry Klayman, a conservative legal activist. “I think he should pardon everybody — and pardon himself.”

But many conservatives note that the new indictment shows no evidence of collusion between Trump associates and the Kremlin. That reinforces their view that Mueller’s real target, if any, should be Russian President Vladimir Putin — not Trump’s circle. “[H]ow long will the leftist witch hunt against @RealDonaldTrump continue,” the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted hours after the indictment’s release….

Trump’s lawyers and aides insist it’s premature to discuss even the possibility of pardons. “There have been no pardon discussions at the White House,” Ty Cobb, the White House attorney who leads the president’s official response to the Russia investigation,…

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Trump to support improved background checks law?

Well lets see on this…

There has been the Federal Compliance with Criminal Background check bill sitting in Congress going nowhere….

Under media pressure Donald Trump has someone say that he’ll support the bill advancing on the calendar in Congress?

Maybe?

I’m kinda doubtful on this guys word ….

Didn’t he say he’d sign ‘anything’ Congress brought to him on Immigration?

Didn’t they take him in the room and make him change his mind to extent that he made sure he derailed ANY effort on Immigration reform?

This guys word doesn’t mean much…

A White House spokesperson said Monday that President Trump would back improving the federal background check system.

“The president spoke to Senator [John] Cornyn [R-Texas] on Friday about the bi-partisan bill he and Sen. [Chris] Murphy [D-Conn.] introduced to improve Federal Compliance with Criminal Background check Legislation,” the White House said in a statement.

“While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system.”

The comments come after a gunman opened fire at a Florida high school, killing 17 people and wounding more than a dozen others.

Multiple students and lawmakers have called for Congress to act following the shooting to prevent a future tragedy.

Last year, Trump overturned an Obama-era regulation restricting certain people from buying guns…..

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Trump people seek to play off his tweets in talks with Foreign leaders…

It’s come down to Donald Trump’s staff people and American lawmakers to calm worried leaders around the world about their boss….

They are telling others to disregard their bosess tweets….

Imagine THAT?

Don’t listen to the words of the American President?

Sec of State is among the missing …

He’s cuts the balkls out his department ….

Really?

Who is running the America Foreign Affairs?

They’re just tweets.

U.S. lawmakers and top White House officials tried to distance the nation from some of President’s tough talk on social media while visiting a security conference this weekend in Munich, Germany.

European leaders at the conference weren’t sure who to turn to about the U.S. stance on global issues.

“Is it deeds? Is it words? Is it tweets?” German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said to the Washington Post on Saturday.

Schumer rips Trump’s proposed cuts to gun background check system

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) promised Europe that the U.S. still had the same ties to the continent, despite Trump’s past threats to cut NATO funding.

“There is a lot more support for continuing our past policies than it might appear from some of the statements,” she reportedly told a crowd in Munich on Sunday….

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Trump’s daughter Ivanka’s push for paid family leave brused off by Chief of Staff Kelly…

Wow!

The President’s daughter gets the backhand, eh?

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Ivanka Trump continues to advocate internally for a paid family leave policy — though conservatives inside the administration have told me she’s getting some high-level blowback.

In conversations with associates, John Kelly has dismissively described paid family leave as one of Ivanka’s “pet projects” and said he doesn’t understand how it fits into the White House’s agenda.

  • What’s next: A White House official told me this tension came to a head a few weeks ago. The official told me the issue is being “hammered out internally” and Kelly approved a policy process to work through the issue.
  • To be fair to Ivanka, paid family leave is not a rogue endeavor, even though much of the White House considers it a non-starter…..

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Florida student shooting survivors announce national march against gun violence….

This is will be good to keep the story going…

It won’t change anything….

Republicans and some Democrats in support of keeping their guns and rifles will have comfort that few of those marching can actually vote….

And THAT is how the issue can be changed ….

Five survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida announced plans on Sunday for a nationwide march, as well as a demonstration in Washington to call for legislative action to prevent gun violence.

During a spate of TV appearances Sunday morning, students Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky and Alex Wind unveiled plans to mobilize students to urge lawmakers to act in response to Wednesday’s fatal shooting in Parkland, Florida, that claimed the lives of 17 of their fellow classmates and school staffers.

“We’re marching because it’s not just schools. It’s movie theaters, it’s concerts, it’s nightclubs,” Wind told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “This kind of stuff can’t just happen. You know, we are marching for our lives, we’re marching for the 17 lives we lost. And we’re marching for our children’s lives and our children’s children and their children.”

The national demonstration, set to take place March 24, will feature calls for lawmakers to take up legislative remedies to improve mental health and expand regulations on guns, the students said.

“I will not feel safe going back to school myself until reasonable mental health care legislation and gun control legislation is passed,” Hogg told NBC. “Because, at this point, it’s unacceptable.”

The students also issued a warning to lawmakers that continue to receive funding from the National Rifle Association…..

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Israel and Iran could be edging into a armed conflict…..

While America is egaged in Trumpism, and American troops in Syria ihave been in combat against Russian merc’s and Israeli has it’s head of state possibly looking at criminal charges …..

Israel and Iran has be involved with DIRECT combat skirmishes….

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, attending a security conference with international leaders here in Munich, on Sunday brandished what he said was part of an Iranian drone shot down by Israel and warned that he was ready to go to war if Tehran continued to entrench itself in Syria….

Israel has long warned about the risk of conflict as Iranian forces and their allies, including Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group, have dug in on Syrian territory and approached the boundary with the Israeli-held portion of the Golan Heights.

Israel has carried out scores of airstrikes in Syria in recent years, focusing largely on what it says are advanced weapons stores or convoys of weapons meant for Hezbollah, and it has also reportedly hit Syrian government facilities involved in weapons development and an Iranian base under construction in Syria.

“I’ve made clear in word and deed that Israel has red lines it will enforce,” Mr. Netanyahu said on Sunday. “Israel will continue to prevent Iran from establishing a permanent military presence in Syria. Israel will continue to act to prevent Iran from establishing another terror base from which to threaten Israel.”

The Munich conference provided Mr. Netanyahu with a timely opportunity to appear on the world stage in his preferred role as Israel’s security czar and chief guardian against Iran, just days after the Israeli police recommended that he be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two corruption cases….

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Donald Trump continues to try to sell the Russian’s didn’t help him win nonsense…

It won’t work….

His efforts to tarnish the FBI, CIA, NSA and Dept. of Justice (He’s at this since the election) isn’t gonna change the minds of most of the American public and the rest of the world…(his view does stick with his true believers though)

Trying to throw the blame even on President Obama and Hillary Clinton is making him look even more desperate…And the more he mentions this?

The more ingrained in the media and public eye it is gonna be…

I’m sure that Mueller’s people have even MORE proof that Donald Trump got help that Hillary Clinton and the world had know idea to what extent….

The man is lucky this country has no ‘do over’ mechanism…..

President Trump, in a series of angry and defiant tweets on Sunday morning, sought to shift the blame to Democrats for Russia’s virtual war to meddle in the 2016 election, saying that President Barack Obama had not done enough to stop the interference and denying that he had ever suggested that Moscow might not have been involved.

Mr. Trump, who has said little to publicly acknowledge a threat to American democracy that even one of his top aides called “incontrovertible” on Saturday, asserted that the efforts to investigate and combat the Russian meddling had only given the Russians what they wanted, saying that “they are laughing their asses off in Moscow.”

“If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams,” Mr. Trump wrote.

From his Florida estate, the president has spent the weekend stewing over news coverage of an indictment secured last week against more than a dozen Russians by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel leading an investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia.

The indictment says that while the Russians began their scheme in 2014 with the goal of undermining the American democratic system, they eventually shifted their focus to trying to help elect Mr. Trump and disparage his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The president has repeatedly seized on the fact that the efforts started before he became a candidate, but has glossed over the conclusion that they evolved toward supporting his candidacy. The indictment does not assert any wrongdoing by the president or anyone affiliated with him.

In another tweet on Sunday, Mr. Trump, who has tried since the campaign to sow doubts about who was behind the election intrusions, said that he had “never said Russia did not meddle in the election,” quoting a comment he made in a 2016 presidential debate.

“I said ‘it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer,” Mr. Trump wrote. “The Russian ‘hoax’ was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia — it never did!”…..

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Joe Biden 2020?…Democrats for 12 years?

Maybe?

We’re less than 3 years out from election day 2020….

There are a LOT of Democrats thinking about running for their parties Presidential nomination….

Only one guy has signed up already….

He isn’t gonna get the spot….

Another guy , who isn’t even a Democrats runs a close second to the leader in polls of Democrats….

Former Vice President Joe Biden….

If your are a regular here you’ve seen several posts about the 78 year old guy who just lost his job less than 2 years ago….(there will be more)

Yea…

He’s started runs for the nomination TWICE before only to drop out…

Yes, he is well liked across the Democratic political spectrum….

Yes, he IS at ease with blue collar white males…..

And YES he’s the leader in polling of Democarts who would beat Donald Trump if the election was held right now….

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But it’s not…..

We don’t know who the Republicans will be running in 2020….

Donald Trump maybe, if he hasn’t been forced to quit….

Mike Pence if Trump does have to quit….

But if Biden does run?

The ole’ timer WILL be the guy to knock of from the Democratic pack that he is current leading….And he will have to make up his mind by early next year , if not sooner of lose the money people’s backing and the organization initiative ….

…..Biden began a planning meeting for his new diplomacy center by addressing the elephant in the room. He said he was keeping his 2020 options open, considering it a real possibility. He insisted he had made no decision, and didn’t need to yet, according to five people who either attended the meeting or were briefed on it by those who did.

Biden also expressed interest in bringing those in the room onto his team if he decides to launch a campaign. At the same time, he gave them an out: There would be no hard feelings if they decided they were content in their current roles outside of government, said the people, who demanded anonymity to discuss a private meeting.

The political world has long tried to game out Biden’s plans for 2020. After all, he came close to running last time only to see President Donald Trump pull off a victory that many Democrats openly suggest wouldn’t have happened had he, not Hillary Clinton, been their nominee. Several people came away from the meeting with the impression that if no strong Democratic candidate emerges in the next year or so, Biden would feel strongly compelled to run.

A presidential candidate twice before, Biden would be 78 on Inauguration Day if elected in 2020, a concerning prospect for some Democrats even though he’s only a few years older than Trump. One possibility that Biden’s longtime advisers have discussed privately is that he could announce his intention to serve only one term, clearing the path for his running mate to take over in 2024 and potentially setting up Democrats for a 12-year White House stretch…..

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Mueller and Rosenstein play their cards masterfully…

The Robert Mueller Special Counsel Grand Jury handowns has  grabbed the media spotlight….

They pushed the Florida High School mass shooting out of the top of the news cycle….

The fact that Mueller’s indictments cemented the fact the Russians DID help Trump played great for Trump, who focused JUST on himself….

But the best part politically for Trump was Rob Rosenstein saying that Trump was in the clear from the Grand Jury action…

That accomplices something both Mueller and Rosenstein probably wanted….(seems they know how to play the ‘game’ also, eh?)

Breathing room….

They certainly KNOW that Donald Trump has issues tied to money and other things…

But by saying he’s in the clear now ?

They settled him down….

That and they reminded everyone that they were far from finished and that they certainly have bigger fish to fry…And means they need people to let them continue doing their job….

Question though?

The indictments are against Russians…

Trump likes and defends the Russians…

This was a good / bad thing, eh?

  • We’ve only been reading about [Mueller’s] interviews with Trump associates and White House officials — because these are the folks that Washington reporters talk to.
  • But Mueller has been picking apart complicated, secretive and well-funded Russian networks that could only have originated from the Kremlin.
  • Mueller’s indictments are not the work product of some frivolous fishing expedition to indict Trump, as some of Trump’s conservative allies have claimed….

  • It will now be even harder for Trump to fire Mueller. Capitol Hill already would have gone crazy if Trump tried that. But after Mueller has done such substantive work — even earning the lavish praise of Trump lawyer John Dowd — it’s impossible to imagine Trump getting away with firing him.
  • The fact that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a press conference is significant. It was a major vote of confidence in the Mueller probe: This is Rosenstein saying he’s proud of this work, and fully supports it.
  • It’s also a notable show of independence by Rosenstein — a Heisman to the White House….

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