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Democratic Nassau County Exc candidate is using NYC Mayor de Blasio campaign firm…

Democrat Laura Curran is gonna need all the help she can get to beat the ailing , but still alive Nassau County GOP machine….

Outside party circles she is relatively unknown ….

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The Democrat running for Nassau County executive has hired the same team behind Mayor de Blasio’s campaign operation.

Laura Curran hired consulting firm BerlinRosen and ad company AKPD Message + Media for her county executive bid against Republican Jack Martins…

Curran spokesman Philip Shulman said that “in absolutely no way, shape or form” is de Blasio helping with the campaign despite the hiring of some of his best-known consultants. …



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Like Hillary Clinton and others….Jared Kusher and others in Trump White House use private eamil for Govt. Business….

Didn’t Republicans ride all up and down on Hillary Clinton for doing this?

Clinton was at the State Department….

Jared Kushner and other Trump people are working in the White House…..

We have a glaring Double Standard , eh?

Presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has corresponded with other administration officials about White House matters through a private email account set up during the transition last December, part of a larger pattern of Trump administration aides using personal email accounts for government business.

Kushner uses his private account alongside his official White House email account, sometimes trading emails with senior White House officials, outside advisers and others about media coverage, event planning and other subjects, according to four people familiar with the correspondence. POLITICO has seen and verified about two dozen emails.

“Mr. Kushner uses his White House email address to conduct White House business,” Abbe Lowell, a lawyer for Kushner, said in a statement Sunday. “Fewer than 100 emails from January through August were either sent to or returned by Mr. Kushner to colleagues in the White House from his personal email account. These usually forwarded news articles or political commentary and most often occurred when someone initiated the exchange by sending an email to his personal rather than his White House address.”

Aides who have exchanged emails with Kushner on his private account since President Donald Trump took office in January include former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former chief strategist Steve Bannon, National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, and spokesman Josh Raffel, according to emails described to or shown to POLITICO. In some cases, those White House officials have emailed Kushner’s account first, said people familiar with the messages. At times, Bannon and Priebus have also used private email accounts to correspond with Kushner and others.

The decision to set up new, private accounts as Kushner was preparing to enter the White House came in the wake of a bitter election campaign in which Trump routinely excoriated his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for using a personal email account to handle government business when she was secretary of state….


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Anthem Protests Grow to a Nationwide Rebuke of Trump on Football Fields….

They were peaceful on the pro-football sidelines ….

And none supportered Donald Trump’s point of view…

And then the guys went out and played ball….

On three teams, nearly all the football players skipped the national anthem altogether. Dozens of others, from London to Los Angeles, knelt or locked arms on the sidelines, joined by several team owners in a league normally friendly to President Trump. Some of the sport’s biggest stars joined the kind of demonstration they have steadfastly avoided.

It was an unusual, sweeping wave of protest and defiance on the sidelines of the country’s most popular game, generated by Mr. Trump’s stream of calls to fire players who have declined to stand for the national anthem in order to raise awareness of police brutality and racial injustice.

What had been a modest round of anthem demonstrations this season led by a handful of African-American players mushroomed and morphed into a nationwide, diverse rebuke to Mr. Trump, with even some of his staunchest supporters in the N.F.L., including several owners, joining in or condemning Mr. Trump for divisiveness.

Julius Thomas, a Miami Dolphins tight end who had previously stood for the anthem, knelt for it on Sunday with several players.

“To have the president trying to intimidate people — I wanted to send a message that I don’t condone that,” Thomas said, echoing the opinion of most N.F.L. players. “I’m not O.K. with somebody trying to prevent someone from standing up for what they think is important.”

But the acts of defiance received a far more mixed reception from fans, both in the stadiums and on social media, suggesting that what were promoted as acts of unity might have exacerbated a divide and dragged yet another of the country’s institutions into the turbulent cross currents of race and politics…..


image….Members of the Detroit Lions knelt and held hands during the national anthem before their home game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. CreditRey Del Rio/Getty Images

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Biden goes after Trump at a South Carolina NAACP fundraiser….

If I didn’t know it?

I’d say ole Joe Biden is dotting his i’s and crossing his t’s in setting up a run for the Democratic 2020 Presidential nomination and whoever will the Republican President then be it Donald Trump or Mike Pence….

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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday evening urged Americans to stand up to hate groups – and took direct aim at President Donald Trump, who he said “has publicly proclaimed the moral equivalency of Neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and those who oppose their hate.”

Speaking at the centennial fundraising dinner for the Charleston branch of the NAACP, Biden said, “This is a moment for this nation to declare what this president can’t with any clarity, consistency, or vision: there is no place in America for hate groups.”

The speech at the Gaillard Center — across the street from the Mother Emanuel AME church where nine African-American churchgoers were murdered in 2015 by a white supremacist hoping to incite a race war — was one of Biden’s first since the fatal violence last month at a neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The address was the latest, and most searing, in Biden’s series of denunciations of the president and the current tenor of politics. It’s been a rapidly escalating effort that far outstrips former President Barack Obama’s Trump-era political work — and which has poured fuel on the speculation that Biden is considering a third run for the White House.

Before Biden eventually ruled out a challenge to Hillary Clinton in late 2015, his theoretical bid was shaping up to be centered on the state and its large African-American population. A 2020 campaign would likely have a similar emphasis, said multiple Democrats who speak regularly with the former vice president and monitor his intensifying activity here.

Speaking at length about race for the first time since Trump took office, Biden told the NAACP group about his time working for civil rights in Delaware, and added that in a recent trip abroad, foreign leaders asked what was happening to the United States under Trump…..



The last two Democratic guys to win the Presidency won the South Carolina primary …..Last year Hillary Clinton won it and became the nominee….

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The House wants to redirect the Defense Intelligence Agency back to just helping the troops…

The Defense Departments Intelligence shop has experienced a major case of ‘mission creep’…..

The Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency is in the cross hairs of the House Intelligence Committee, which is aiming for a radical overhaul of the military’s spy arm.

The committee sees it as bloated and ineffective. But how far such an effort would go remains to be seen as several other congressional oversight panels that would have a say are waiting for a fuller assessment to emerge before they sign off on major changes.

The House Intelligence Committee’s report accompanying the fiscal 2018 intelligence authorization bill takes aim at the DIA by calling for the elimination of a handful of missions that are “tangential to the DIA’s core missions and responsibilities” or are “duplicative of functions conducted elsewhere.”

The report lists a handful of offices and missions targeted for elimination, including the Information Review Task Force, the Identity Intelligence Project Office, the Watchlisting Branch, the Counter Threat Finance Branch and the National Intelligence University. Many of those functions would be transferred to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other federal agencies such as the Treasury Department, according to the report.

This year’s recommendations are only the first step in a much broader change being contemplated, said a congressional official familiar with the panel’s work.

The committee is undertaking a comprehensive assessment, asking the DIA and the consumers of its intelligence to conduct self-evaluations and reviews, the official said. Based on those evaluations, the committee expects by next year to overhaul the DIA along the lines of what the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act did to reorganize the Pentagon, said the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the proposals are still under discussion among the various congressional committees.

The DIA has been assigned missions, both by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as well as the Pentagon’s undersecretary for intelligence, “that don’t necessarily fit anywhere else,” the official said. On its website, the agency says it has 87 distinctive missions…..


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Democrats will support the Democrat in the Alabama US Senate Special Election….

Nobody expects Democrat Doug Jones to actually beat Roy Moore , who is ahead in the polling for the Republicans in the primary to pick a GOPer to replace Senator Jeff Sessions, who now has the Attorney General job and is isn’t liked very much by his boss Donald Trump…

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But the Democrats will take a crack at things in the VERY Red state….

Sen. Chris Van Hollen believes Democrats will invest in their candidate in the Alabama special election to fill the remaining term of former Sen. Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump’s attorney general.

And as the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which will fight to retain current and capture new Senate seats in 2018, Van Hollen’s word carries considerable weight.

No one in his party “is kidding themselves how tough politically Alabama has been” for Democrats, Van Hollen, the freshman senator from Maryland who previously served seven terms in the House, told ABC News’ “Powerhouse Politics” podcast Wednesday.

“We all know it’s Alabama. That’s been tough territory for Democrats. … On the other hand, we have a terrific candidate.”

Victory is a long shot for Democratic candidate Doug Jones, the U.S. attorney who gained acclaim for successfully prosecuting two suspects in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church that killed four young girls. Jones secured his party’s nomination by nearly a 50-point margin over his closest opponent in the August primary.

An Alabama Democrat hasn’t served in the Senate for 20 years. And President Trump carried the state by 28 points last November.

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race Likely Republican, a downgrade from its previous “Solid Republican” status…..


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Angela Merkel wins a fourth term in Germany….

A strong woman wins again in Germany…

Angela Merkel won a fourth term as chancellor in elections on Sunday, placing her in the front ranks of Germany’s postwar leaders, even as her victory was dimmed by the entry of a far-right party into parliament for the first time in more than 60 years, according to preliminary results.

The far-right party, Alternative for Germany, or AfD, got some 13 percent of the vote — nearly three times the 4.7 percent it received in 2013 — a significant showing of voter anger over immigration and inequality as support for the two main parties sagged from four years ago.

Ms. Merkel and her center-right Christian Democrats won, the center held, but it was weakened. The results made clear that far-right populism — and anxieties over security and national identity — were far from dead in Europe.

They also showed that Germany’s mainstream parties were not immune to the same troubles that have afflicted mainstream parties across the Continent, from Italy to France to Britain.

“We expected a better result, that is clear,” Ms. Merkel said Sunday night. “The good thing is that we will definitely lead the next government.”….


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Senator Cruz…I’m NOT sure on the Graham/Cassidy Repeal bill…..

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This certainly isn’t funny?

But it IS…..

Texas Republican Ted Cruz has joined up with Mike Lee of Utah to express their doubt about voting for the latest attempt to throw out the Obamacare current healthcare program law….

These guys KNOW there isn’t gonna be a repeal …..

Are they maneuvering to save face by asking for stuff to be added to the bill that they KNOW ain’t gonna be?…(And hasn’t been)….

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Sunday that he isn’t yet ready to support the latest GOP effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare, increasing uncertainty that Republicans will be able to pass the legislation.

“Right now they don’t have my vote and I don’t think they have [Sen.] Mike Lee‘s (R-Utah) either,” Cruz said at the Texas Tribune Festival.
“Now, I want to be a yes,” he added, indicating a willingness to be won over.
He said that he and Lee sat down with GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy (La.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) to pitch changes to their legislation, which replaces ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion and healthcare insurance subsidies with federal block grants.
“We said if you take these edits we’re a yes. They took our edits and then a day later they removed our edits,” Cruz added…..

image….Cruz (l.) and Lee…

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Is the Trump’s Sports throw down cover fire for his upcoming Repeal and Alabama loses ?

Mike Allen over at Axios gives a look at how Trump’s people think his stirring the pot about sports teams will steal the spotlight and focus from Trump’s guy losing in the Tuesday specail US Senate election in Alabama AND the second US Senate failed attempt to repeal Obamacare….

Yes, there WILL BE silent protestactions before most of today’s NFL football games and yes the media IS gonna run with these protest vidio’s….

But Trump IS STILL gonna take two loses this week…..

And Robert Mueller is busy these days….

Mike Allen quoted former Clinton advisor Doug Sosnik on what President Trump is trying to accomplish by attacking professional athletes who protest during the national anthem: “One of Trump’s typical moves is to toss a bomb out of nowhere to deflect what is really bothering him, in the hopes that the press will be distracted.”

He added: “There is a good chance that the candidate he endorsed and campaigned for will lose in the Alabama Senate primary. On top of that, it looks like … another failed Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare. So he figures that the shows on Sunday focusing on his fights with professional athletes is more appealing than a discussion about how he is becoming a loser.”


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Trump goes after Pro Football players….

Of which a good amount happen to be black and brown in addition to being white…..(Yes I’m going THERE)

The NFL is getting too soft for the President.

Lost in the outrage over Donald Trump calling for NFL owners to fire players who protest during the national anthem, was his take that protecting player safety is ruining the game.

“Today, if you hit too hard, 15 yards, throw him out of the game,” Trump said while throwing a pretend penalty flag during his campaign-style rally in Alabama Friday night. “They’re ruining the game, right? They’re ruining the game. It’s hurting the game.”

In his rambling speech, Trump said he watched the NFL “for a couple of minutes” and said he saw a “beautiful tackle” that resulted in a flag.

NFLPA, Goodell react to Trump; McCoy calls prez an ‘a–hole’

Trump also took credit for the NFL’s TV ratings being down “massively.”

“Now the No. 1 reason happens to be, they like watching what’s happening with your truly.”….


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Mexico gets another aftershock earthquake..This one of a 6.1 Magnitute….

This is the third one after the intial 8.1 one a few weeks ago….

Over 300 people have lost their lives due the Mexcico quakes…..

Mexico has been hit with several strong earthquakes in the last few weeks. 

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico early Saturday, the third to hit the reeling nation over the last two weeks.

The mighty rumbling sparked new panic in a nation rattled by recent natural disasters, as the death toll from another earthquake earlier this week rose to 305.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered a mere 11 miles south of Matias Romero in the Oaxaca state and hit just before 8 a.m. local time. Officials believe it’s likely an aftershock from the powerful 8.1-magnitude earthquake on Sept. 7, in which almost 100 people were killed.

It was strong enough to topple a highway bridge in Ixtaltepec, which was already closed because of damage from the Sept. 7 quake….


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Is Joe Biden getting serious about 2020?

Politico has look at how Biden seems to be planting himself against the idelalism of Bernie Sanders and the exclisionary Donlad Trump…..

Biden has been the altar a few times….

And he’s sat next to the throne…..

2020 will be th last time he can get up at bat…..

And yes….

The guy from Scranton PA IS a natural with the working class white Hillary Clinton lost last November….

And in early polling of actual Democrats right now for the 2020 nomination?

He’s Number ONE….Related image

By criticizing the views of both Berniecrats and Bannonites—and by making a full-throated, clear-eyed declaration of what the alternative should be—Biden is positioning himself as the antidote to populism in all its forms and flavors.

Is he even running for president? We can’t know for sure. But consider the following. He has opened two policy institutes, one at Penn focused on foreign policy, and the other at the University of Delaware with a domestic focus. He has a book coming out in November, and will accompany it with 19-city “American Promise” book tour. He has an “American Possibilities” political action committee. And to borrow the teasing headline from a July profile in the Washington Post, “Joe Biden Still Wants to be President.” If you want the presidency—and if you could enter the field as a front-runner for your party’s presidential nomination—you usually run for it.

If you’re looking for someone who can simultaneously persuade the angry mobs to put away the pitchforks and still bring white working-class voters back into the Democratic fold, perhaps you’ve found your answer in the Pride of Scranton.

Unlike Clinton….Biden is carving out his OWN way…Which is something he HAS to do to seperate himself from his boss for eight years President Obama…Of cousre that same fact will help him in some places also….
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Steph Curry won’t go to Trump’s White House…

The Golden State basketball team star point guard has made it known that he disagree’s with Donald Trump’s actions as President….

So when the customary invitation was extended to the Golden State Warriors NBA Basketball team to visit the President in the White House?…..Curry declined and said the whole team shouldn’t either….

Trump promptly got annoyed and pulled the invite.. …..

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Golden State Warriors guard Curry said this week he didn’t want the team to visit the White House to celebrate their NBA championship title.

“I don’t want to go,” Curry told reporters on Friday. He said in June he “probably” wouldn’t go to the White House, and this week said he didn’t think the team should go either.

Managers said they will discuss the decision as a team in an open forum. It was unclear whether the president would bar the entire team from the White House, or just Curry. A formal White House invitation has not been issued, but the NBA has been communicating with the White House about a visit, according to ESPN.

Curry said his reasons for not wanting to visit the White House were “that we basically don’t stand for what our president has said, and the things he hasn’t said at the right time,” according to SF Gate.

“By not going, hopefully it will inspire some change for what we tolerate in this country and what we stand for, what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye toward,” he said….



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How She Lost…By a Hillary Clinton campaign insider….

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A good piece that points to how Hillary Clinton misjudged handling her campaign and a confirmation that she simply does NOT have the political feel for how people are doing in America….

The piece also spotlights a recurring problem for the former Senator…

Her inability to let go of those she trusts, when others are telling her things that might be true, but counter’s her inner circle….All that and Clinton’s feeling that she WOULD win and couldn’t lose, something that ALSO triped her up back in the 2008 Democratic nomination race…

She had the problemn in 2008 and it cost her, and in the piece linked below, we  she also repeated the same mistake AGAIN last year…

She DID actually win one of the TWO contests last November…..

She won the popular vote, which would have been enough for any other election in America….But she lost the second contest that gives the prize…The Electoral College vote…And the Job…..

Hillary Clinton’s tragic 2016 campaign faced withering criticism in the press, social media, and now, in Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’s inside account, Shattered. From my vantage point as lead pollster for the Democratic nominees in 1992 and 2000, part of the closing clutch of pollsters in 2004, and invited noodje in 2016, I have little quarrel with the harshest of these criticisms. Malpractice and arrogance contributed mightily to the election of Donald Trump and its profound threat to our democracy. So did the handling of the email server, paid Wall Street speeches, and the “deplorables” comment. And her unwillingness to challenge the excesses of big money and corporate influence left her exposed to attacks first by Bernie Sanders and then by Donald Trump and unable to offer credible promise of change.

Yet the accounts of Hillary Clinton are very incomplete, miss the reasons for her ambivalence, and miss most of the big structural forces at work that made it hard for her to commit to a different path. That is where we learn the most about the progressive debate ahead….

The campaign relied far too heavily on something that campaign technicians call “data analytics.” This refers to the use of models built from a database of the country’s 200 million–voters, including turnout history and demographic and consumer information, updated daily by an automated poll asking for vote preference to project the election result. But when campaign developments overtake the model’s assumptions, you get surprised by the voters—and this happened repeatedly.

Astonishingly, the 2016 Clinton campaign conducted no state polls in the final three weeks of the general election and relied primarily on data analytics to project turnout and the state vote. They paid little attention to qualitative focus groups or feedback from the field, and their brief daily analytics poll didn’t measure which candidate was defining the election or getting people engaged.

The models from the data analytics team led by Elan Kriegel got the Iowa and Michigan primaries badly wrong, with huge consequences for the race. Why were they not then fired? Campaign manager Robbie Mook and the analytics team argued, according to Shattered, that the Sanders vote grew “organically”—turnout was unexpectedly high and new registrants broke against Clinton. Why was that a surprise?

Campaign chair John Podesta wanted to fire Mook, but Clinton stood by him. She rightly admired previous campaigns in which big data and technology were big winners, yet in 2008 it was the candidate and his appeal more than the technical wizardry that pushed Obama over the top. David Axelrod told me that analytics adds a “great field-goal kicker”—no substitute for a strategy and compelling message….

The malpractice grows exponentially with their failure to focus like a laser on winning each target primary or battleground state. Rather than shifting resources and media buys across states based on the analytics’ projection of cost per delegate or voter, they needed to focus on how to win each must-win, winner-take-all state. That meant more distinct state strategies, focus groups, and state tracking polls right to the end.

The campaign’s approach senselessly and increasingly drove up Trump’s margin in white working-class communities, tipping Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Florida. The analytics model built around these assumptions was so simple-minded it portended disaster. Despite overwhelming evidence that the Democratic base wasn’t consolidated or excited, the campaign believed Trump’s tasteless attacks and Clinton’s identification with every group in the rainbow coalition would produce near universal support. Thus, they stopped trying to persuade voters and measured only the probability of support for Hillary. The campaign’s task was turning out those Clinton voters, and they fell frustratingly short….

Much More….


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Who is Kevin Nicholson?

A look at another guy who seems to have ‘adopted’ a party different then he started out with and is ridng the new party wave….


Kevin Nicholson has a confession to make, if only someone would listen. Standing on a makeshift stage inside a burgundy-colored barn rented by the Republican Party of Outagamie County—two hours north of Milwaukee, just west of Green Bay—the U.S. Senate candidate [ Wisconsin] and unlikely new object of conservative fascination has broken into a biographical speech. But many attendees don’t seem to care. He isn’t unique in receiving this treatment; the audience, buzzing off plates of barbecue and $2 cans of Miller Lite, was just as irreverent toward their own congressman, Mike Gallagher, as well as Leah Vukmir, a state senator and Nicholson’s rival in the Republican primary. With the barn’s metal gates flung upward to welcome August’s evening breath, and clusters of party loyalists chattering in buffet lines and around red-plastic-draped picnic tables, the acoustics are dreadful for a rookie politician hoping to be heard.

But then it happens: Nicholson, a decorated combat veteran and business wunderkind with advanced degrees from Harvard and Dartmouth, begins taming the crowd, one expertly crafted anecdote at a time. He recalls his experience fighting and losing friends in Iraq, as Democrats “lied” about the gains his Marines made. He tells of adventures in academia, where he could “test the assumptions of the elites and the experts to find out what they really don’t know.” He mentions his time as a McKinsey consultant, engineering corporate restructurings around the world, as a segue to denouncing the “garbage” math in Washington on the sustainability of America’s debt. The longer he goes, the quieter his audience gets….

The spell Nicholson has cast over a number of influential Republicans is a source of wonder in Wisconsin these days. Yet people who know him say the explanation isn’t terribly complicated. “He’s a McKinsey consultant. His job is to walk in a room of powerful, wealthy people, blow them away, and get their money,” says one state official who is friendly with Nicholson but obligated to remain neutral in the race. “And he’s very, very good at it.” Another person who spoke on condition of anonymity—a longtime friend of Nicholson’s who is a Democrat, and therefore loath to either hurt or help him with an on-record statement—says none of Nicholson’s early success is surprising. “I’m guessing once he managed somehow to get in front of Dick Uihlein, he just impressed the shit out of him. I’m sure he laid out the case and convinced them he could make it happen,” the friend says. “I’ve seen it—the guy’s fucking incredible. Nobody knows him, and he’s arguably the front-runner for the nomination for U.S. Senate.”

But there’s a glaring flaw in his otherwise immaculate résumé: Kevin Nicholson hasn’t always been a Republican. He was once an aspiring politician and rising star—in the Democratic Party….


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Trump White House staff antsy….

And looking to bail…..

“There will be an exodus from this administration in January,” said one Republican lobbyist, who alone has heard from five officials looking for new gigs. “Everyone says, ‘I just need to stay for one year.’ If you leave before a year, it looks like you are acknowledging that you made a mistake.”

Staffers are already laying the groundwork through networking, lunches, and résumés sent to D.C.-based executive recruiters, so that they can a land new job by the start of 2018. Two headhunters confirmed that they had heard from multiple White House staffers.

“There is no joy in Trumpworld right now,” said one adviser in frequent contact with several staffers. “Working in the White House is supposed to be the peak of your career, but everyone is unhappy, and everyone is fighting everyone else.”

White House political positions are notorious burn-out jobs, with long hours and low pay in a high-stress, competitive environment, regardless of who is president.

“There is always a shake-out period at the beginning with a few people not working out,” said Anita Dunn, former White House communications director for Obama and senior adviser to his presidential campaigns. “But typically, you tend to get turnover at the two-year marks like after a mid-term or election.”….


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