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Local Police Dept ‘s look for Trump to lift ban on military equip purchases…

Several local police chiefs hope President-elect Donald Trump will keep his campaign promise to rescind restrictions on a program that provides police with surplus military equipment, even though they have no interest in the big-ticket items affected.

President Barack Obama issued an executive order in 2015 that placed a number of restrictions on the 1033 Program in response to concerns, following the protests in Ferguson, Mo., that police were overly militarized.

Obama banned the program from providing police with tracked armored vehicles, weaponized aircraft, firearms of .50 caliber and higher, grenade launchers, bayonets and camouflage uniforms, and imposed a variety of new restrictions on other items in the program.

During the campaign, Trump pledged to rescind that executive order, and police nationwide are now waiting to see if he’ll keep that promise.

Local police chiefs expressed support for rescinding the order, but also say they have no interest in obtaining tracked armored vehicles, aircraft or similar items….

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Republicans want a Bannon led second try at Obamacare Repeal?

There probably isn’t enough time to seriously pull this off….

But Trump aide Bannon respomding to howls from their base over the failure to get just a REPEAL promised by Trump for months has jumped into a second effort trying to sell party unity….

So while his boss is knocking Democrats and the Freedom Cuacus in public?

Bannon and others are trying to get them on board for another try….

This while the budget is fast approaching….

Remember?

The rightwing conservatives where HAPPY with the Freedom Caucus holding out for a STRAIGHT Repeal resulting in tens of millions of Americans LOSING their healthcare coverage and putting Republican Governors out of money for their Medicaid programs….

House Republican leaders and the White House, under extreme pressure from conservative activists, have restarted negotiations on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, with House leaders declaring that Democrats were celebrating the law’s survival prematurely.

Just days after President Trump said he was moving on to other issues, senior White House officials are now saying they have hope that they can still score the kind of big legislative victory that has so far eluded Mr. Trump. Vice President Mike Pence was dispatched to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for lunchtime talks.

“We’re not going to retrench into our corners or put up dividing lines,” House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said after a meeting of House Republicans that was dominated by a discussion of how to restart the health negotiations. “There’s too much at stake to get bogged down in all of that.”

The House Republican whip, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, said of Democrats, “Their celebration is premature. We are closer to repealing Obamacare than we ever have been before.”

 

It is not clear what political dynamics might have changed since Friday, when a coalition of hard-line conservatives and more moderate Republicans torpedoed legislation to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement. The replacement bill would still leave 24 million more Americans without insurance after a decade, a major worry for moderate Republicans. It would also leave in place regulations on the health insurance industry that conservatives find anathema….

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The fact remains that there is slim to none  chance of passage of anything the House might send to the Senate…

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Republicans are unlikely to give Trump any money for his ‘Wall’….

Donald Trump is good at spending OTHER PEOPLE’s money….

He used to smile and say he was comfortable being a Debt ‘King’….

Now he wants to spend American taxpayer money on a Wall facing Mexico that could cost tens of Billions of dollars….Congress write the checks…Not Trump & Co…..

House GOP Speaker Paul Ryan was counting on a border tax (in a Tax Reform package) to pay for the Wall, because Trump promise that Mexico would pay for the Wall just isn’t gonna happen….

Democrats have warned Republicans that if they want a budget and the government to keep running?

Forget the Wall….

Sounds a lot like a few years past eh, ?

With the shoe on the Democrats foot looking to kick someone….

Congressional Republicans might deliver some more bad news for President Donald Trump, fresh off their embarrassing failure to scrap Obamacare: No new money is coming to build his wall.

Trump hoped to jump-start construction of a massive wall on the U.S.-Mexico border with money in a must-pass government funding bill. But Democratic leaders are vowing to block any legislation that includes a single penny for the wall.

With the GOP consumed by its own divisions, the White House and Hill Republicans will have to rely on Democratic votes to avoid a government shutdown next month in what would be another disaster for Trump’s fledgling presidency.

Republican leaders, wary of this, are considering a plan that would not directly tie the border wall money to the April 28 government funding deadline. Some Republican insiders worry that the president cannot afford another major legislative setback — and they believe a shutdown showdown would result in just that.

While no decision has been made by GOP leadership, Republican lawmakers may decide to decouple the two to avoid a confrontation with Democrats. If they do, the chances of getting Trump’s wall funding passed this spring become slim.

“It remains to be seen,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) in an interview. “What I would like to see is a plan for how the money would be spent and a good faith discussion about what border security is really composed of. We haven’t had that.”

Asked about the prospects for a lapse in government funding, Cornyn was definitive: “There’s not going to be a shutdown.”…

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Immigrant ex-doctors become Super qualifed EMT’s in America…And fill a gap in their new country…

The NewYork Times does a focus on Maine’s problem with keeping Emergenct Medical Tech’s to respond on ambulkance calls….

With population loses and older citizens the state has aneed for the EMT’s….

In Maine and across the country immigrants that were doctor’s in the country they left, maybe studing to pass local state certification, or taking other jobs…

These men and women are being recruited to fill a need for their communities….

Like America over the decades?

New blood to keep the American engine going…..

Immigrants helping America….

Not being demonized or turned away….

Jolly Ntirumenyerwa ran her fingers over the stethoscope that she had slung around her neck. It was a comforting connection to her career as a physician in her home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she worked in emergency medicine.

Her credentials did not transfer when she moved to the United States in 2012, and she could not work as a doctor. So, she took jobs as a health aide in an assisted living facility.

Now, thanks to an unusual program that is training immigrants to become emergency medical technicians, she is preparing to make better use of her medical background and, she hopes, work her way up to becoming a physician assistant if not, someday, a doctor.

“I want to do what I was trained to do,” Ms. Ntirumenyerwa, 37, said the other day as she took a break from her E.M.T. class, being conducted in a cavernous ambulance bay at Southern Maine Community College. “I put in a lot of years training to be a physician, and I don’t want to throw them away.”

 

But the program goes beyond helping Ms. Ntirumenyerwa (pronounced t-roo-may-YAY-rwa) achieve her personal career goals. It is also helping to address some serious problems in Maine.

One is a shortage of E.M.T.s. Another is a shortage of a work force in general, particularly of young people who can help sustain the state economically as its population ages. Maine is the nation’s oldest state, with the highest median age and the highest concentration of baby boomers, and its birthrate is dropping; in 2016, just two of its 16 counties had more births than deaths.

Economists regard Maine’s rapidly aging population as a demographic tsunami that has severe implications for the state’s labor pool, health care system and overall socioeconomic well-being. But the state can grow, they say, with more international immigration — though that may become more difficult under the Trump administration….

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Trump working rollbacks of Obama Climate saving efforts…

Why try to save the planet for your children when you can have it dirty and suffering and your freinds can make money doing so?

Trump marches BACKWARDS…..

This is another thing the next Democratic President will have to undo….

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Tuesday to roll back most of President Barack Obama’s climate change legacy, celebrating the move as a way to increase the nation’s “energy independence” and to restore thousands of lost coal mining jobs.

But energy economists say the expected order falls short of both of those goals — in part because the United States already largely relies on domestic sources for the coal and natural gas that fires most of the nation’s power plants.

“We don’t import coal,” said Robert Stavins, an energy economist at Harvard University. “So in terms of the Clean Power Plan, this has nothing to do with so-called energy independence whatsoever.”

Administration officials said the new order would direct the Environmental Protection Agency to start the legal process of withdrawing and rewriting the Clean Power Plan, Mr. Obama’s climate change policy. Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. administrator, said in an interview on ABC News on Sunday that it will help the United States “be both pro-jobs and pro-environment” and described it as the “energy independence executive order.”….

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Did the Clinton campaign MISS polling rural and a large working-class whites?

That’s what a Politico piece is thinking…

As they investigate the forces behind the party’s stunning losses in November, Democrats are coming to a troubling conclusion. The party didn’t just lose among rural white voters on Election Day, it may have failed to capture them in its pre-election polling as well.

Many pollsters and strategists believe that rural white voters, particularly those without college degrees, eluded the party’s polling altogether — and their absence from poll results may have been both a cause and a symptom of Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton in several states.

Determining what exactly happened is one of the most pressing problems facing the out-of-power party. In order to win those voters back — or figure out a future path to victory without them — party strategists say they first need to measure the size of that rural and working-class cohort.

John Hagner, a partner at Clarity Campaign Labs, a D.C.-based Democratic analytics firm, said 2016 taught the party a hard lesson about polling in the Trump era.

“The folks who would talk to a stranger about politics just aren’t representative of people who wouldn’t,” he said…..

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Never Trust Anyone Who Asks You To ‘Take One For The Team’…

by Jim Jamitis @ Red State.

As someone who used to have high hopes for what Vice President Mike Pence might do for the conservative movement and who never got on board the Trump train, I wasn’t thrilled that Pence enthusiastically became Trump’s running mate. I had mixed feelings.

Part of me said that it’s good someone like Pence would have Trump’s ear, but another part wondered whether I had been wrong about Pence from the beginning. How could a solid ideological conservative submit to a guy like Trump?

Some of the anecdotes reported in the wake of the AHCA failure make me think Pence is just another Washington insider driven by politics instead of principle. Politico Magazine describes how the Freedom Caucus and their policy concerns were treated by the White House.

They hoped for a meeting with Trump and an opportunity to negotiate some major policy changes directly with him. Instead, they found themselves hauled into the less-than-inspiring Executive Office Building for a pep rally with Vice President Mike Pence, chief of staff Reince Priebus, Bannon, and other members of Trump’s inner circle—but not the president himself. (As an aside, it’s impossible to ignore the failure of Pence, Price and Mulvaney, three former conservative darlings while in the Congress, to sell more of their ideological brethren on this bill.)

It’s impossible to ignore the failure because for the Freedom Caucus it was probably impossible to ignore the the defection of these men to the cult of Trump. They had abandoned their principled roots for a seat at the table of power….

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Freedom Caucus’ Conservative Meadows hailed as anti-Obamacare hero….

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The lawmaker took on his party’s House Speaker and President and won, to applause back home….

I don’t think he’s gonna be afraid of doing this all over on tax reform or ANYTHING else in the future….

Turns out THOSE two guys probably need the Freedom Caucus MORE than the Caucus needs them?

House insurgent Mark Meadows embarrassed the White House and forced his fellow Republicans to turn tail on a seven-year pledge to tear down Obamacare.

His constituents are throwing him a party.

“This is the face of leadership!” declares a flier posted by the local tea party here in western North Carolina, urging supporters to turn out for a rally celebrating the three-term congressman who leads the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus. “Thank Mark and all those who gave us an opportunity to get health care right.”

Meadows — perpetual thorn in the side of GOP leadership, dismissed by institutional Republicans as a bomb-throwing saboteur and tarred by colleagues as a traitor — can still come home again.

In these small rural towns that double as ground zero for the type of populist, anti-establishment politics that thrust Donald Trump into the presidency and gave Republicans control of Washington, Meadows remains a hero. He demanded full repeal of Obamacare, more than the failed House bill would have attempted. And his star only shines brighter here after he cost House Republicans their first big win on health care — and their first big win as the governing party….

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Russian’s protest against corruption….

YES….

Those protests and mass arrest’s happened in Russia….

A wave of unsanctioned rallies swept across Russia on Sunday to protest corruption in the government of President Vladi­mir Putin, in a nationwide show of defiance not seen in years, one the Kremlin had tried in vain to prevent with bans and warnings.

Too angry to be cowed, they poured into the street, fed up with their country’s wide-reaching corruption and a government unwilling, or unable, to stop it. Police responded with barricades, tear gas and mass arrests in cities across Russia.

By Sunday evening, riot police in body armor and helmets had hauled in more than 700 demonstrators in central Moscow, as the crowd, numbering in the tens of thousands, cheered, whistled and chanted, “Shame! Shame!”

As twilight approached, protesters in the city clashed with police, and at least one officer was hospitalized with head trauma, the Meduza news agency reported.

One of the first detained in Moscow was the chief architect of the rallies, Alexei Navalny, who called on people to protest in the wake of his allegations that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has amassed vineyards, luxury yachts and lavish mansions worth more than $1 billion….

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Senate committee to question Trump son-in-law Kushner over Russian meetings…

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The Senate Intelligence Committee will reportedly question White House adviser Jared Kushner as part of its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The committee wants to question Kushner, who is also President Trump’s son-in-law, about meetings he arranged with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, The New York Times reported.

According to the Times, the White House counsel’s office was told this month about the panel’s request.

A White House official and a spokesman for Intelligence Committee chair Richard Burr (R-N.C.) confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that Kushner had agreed to meet.

“Throughout the campaign and transition, Jared Kushner served as the official primary point of contact with foreign governments and officials. Given this role, he has volunteered to speak with Chairman Burr’s Committee,” a White House official told the Journal.

The White House has previously acknowledged a December meeting at Trump Tower between Kushner, Kislyak and former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Discussions at that meeting reportedly focused on the potential of better relations between the U.S. and Russia….

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One wonders if Kushner has spoken to the FBI also?

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House Intel Committee head Nunes (R-Calif.) was talking to the White House before…

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) was on the White House grounds the day before he announced information related to U.S. surveillance of President Trump’s transition team.

Nunes said he was on grounds, but not in the White House itself, for meetings “to confirm what I already knew” and noted no one in the White House knew he was there.

A spokesperson for Nunes told The Hill in a statement that he “met with his source at the White House grounds in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source.”…

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Markets drop on Trump & Co. Reality Check…

It’s THAT time again for Donald Trump….

Like in his business dealings?

The selling stuff turns to REALITY…..

U.S. stocks fell with the dollar, while Treasuries rallied as investor doubts grew that U.S. President Donald Trump will be able to implement his economic agenda. The yen gained with gold on haven demand.

The S&P 500 Index pared declines after falling almost 1 percent, as selling in defensive shares eased. Banks bore the brunt of declines, with a KBW index of lenders pushing losses since March 1 past 10 percent after the Republicans’ failure to pass a health-care bill raised the specter that promised pro-growth policies may be delayed. The greenback was on the verge of erasing the rally spurred by Trump’s election victory, while Treasury 10-year yields fell to 2.35 percent.

Trump’s inability to push through his flagship health-care bill has derailed investor hopes that his pro-business agenda — featuring tax cuts and regulatory changes — will enjoy a smooth passage through Congress. Reflation trades sparked by his election are faltering, with the dollar retreating and the S&P 500 Index headed for its worst month since October….

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March Madness Mens College Basketball gets down to the Final Four…

A LOT people have taken abuse on their bracket guesses as SEC teams rise to the top for the first time in the finals….

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The 79th Final Four has been set. The national semifinals, in Glendale, Ariz., on Saturday, will feature South Carolina versus Gonzaga and Oregon versus North Carolina. The winners will play for the N.C.A.A. championship the following Monday night.

It is an unusual field. The tournament had a dearth of upsets in the first weekend — the final group of 16 teams comprised 12 of the top 16 seeds. But there are two programs, seventh-seeded South Carolina and top-seeded Gonzaga, in their first Final Four, a dual debut of a type that last happened in 1996. And Oregon, a No. 3 seed, had advanced this far only once before — in the first tournament, in 1939, which the Ducks won.

In a sport dominated by marquee programs, there is just one blue blood, North Carolina, which will make its 20th trip to the Final Four.

This year’s Final Four, which will be played farther west than it has been in more than 20 years, will feature two teams from west of the Mississippi River for the first time since 2008, and two teams from the Pacific time zone for the first time ever.

But beyond these fun facts, what do these teams reveal about how to build a champion?…..

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Trump helping Democrats say ‘NO’ and bond…Open Thread for March 27, 2017…

While everyone went around holding their head in dispair after Hillary Clinton won the popular vote , but lost the election?

Subsequent sloppy , egomaniac and plain dumb moves by Trump & Co. have resulted in rising support for President Obama’s Healthcare program and less harsh Immigration action’s….

The Resistance protests and demo’s have embolden Democrats to follow in the Grand Ole Parties footsteps and dig in TOGETHER …say NO...and standby while the Republicans fight their OWN internal battles and spend their days cleaning up behind a guy whose true wanting abilities to get things done isn’t anything like he’s sold to the public…

But Democrats will not be lending a hand anytime soon.

Invigorated by the Republican dysfunction that led to a stunningly swift collapse of the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and relieved that President Barack Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment remains intact, Democrats are in their best position since their embarrassing loss in the November election.

While it is far too soon to suggest that the House Republican majority may be imperiled, Democrats are newly optimistic about picking up seats in 2018, hoping to ride a backlash against Mr. Trump. Seeing an opportunity, they say they will not throw Mr. Trump a political life preserver at what they sense could be the first turns of a downward spiral.

The president’s approval rating was already mired below 40 percent in some surveys, and is likely to remain low after the health bill’s failure. He has no prospects for legislative victories on the immediate horizon, given how complicated and time-consuming his next priority, an overhaul of the tax code, would be even for a more unified party.

And while his electoral success in states represented by Democrats in Congress had been thought to put such lawmakers in a vise between their party and their president, Mr. Trump demonstrated no ability to pick off centrist Democrats in his first significant legislative push. Democrats — red-state moderates and blue-state liberals alike — formed an unbroken front of opposition to the repeal-and-replace campaign.

“We’re not going to sacrifice our values for the sake of compromise,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader. “You think people from red states are going to be for tax reform with 98 percent of tax breaks going to the top 1 percent?”

For Democrats, the task of remaining unified was made easier when Republicans decided to go it alone and hastily draft a bill that turned out to be deeply unpopular. But the health care skirmish was also more broadly instructive for a party still finding its footing now that it has lost both the White House and Congress: Being the “party of no,” it turns out, can pay dividends…..

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Fareed Zakaria GPS…Putin…The Most Powerful Man in the World….

An EXCELLENT piece of Media about Russian President Vladimir Putin and his history, actions and the why he elistited action against Hiullary Clinton becoming the 45th American President….

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FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Winston Churchill famously said of Russia, it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Prime Minister Churchill, meet Vladimir Putin.

DONALD TRUMP, U.S. PRESIDENT: He is really very much of a leader. He’s been a leader far more than our president has been a leader.

HILLARY CLINTON, (D) FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: He was a KGB agent. By definition, he doesn’t have a soul.

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, (R) ARIZONA: Vladimir Putin is a thug and a murderer and a killer.

BILL BROWDER, EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF HERMITAGE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT: He’s the richest man in the world. Hundreds of billions of dollars of wealth.

ZAKARIA (voice-over): What does he want from Donald Trump?

JULIA IOFFE, JOURNALIST WHO WITNESSED INAUGRAL CRACKDOWN: Putin is going to eat him like a sandwich.

H. CLINTON: He’d rather have a puppet as president.

TRUMP: You’re a puppet.

ZAKARIA (voice-over): Just how powerful is he?

ROBERT GATES, FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: Putin has an untrammeled authority.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How did you check his power?

ZAKARIA (voice-over): So powerful he rigged the American election?

DAVID REMNICK, EDITOR, THE NEW YORK: Of course Putin wanted Hillary Clinton to lose. He despised Hillary Clinton.

DMITRY PESKOV, VLADIMIR PUTIN’S DEPUTY: Whom would you like better?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Of the world.

ZAKARIA (voice-over): While Russia celebrates, Americans ask, what does he want? And is he really the most powerful man in the world?….

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Here’s the Special Report link….

[voice-over]: He has created what he calls a vertical of power, unlike any we have seen in any great nations. As the Russian chess grandmaster, Kasparov, noted, himself a harsh critic of Putin, the entire structure of Russian political authority rests on one man. When the Czar died after all, you knew the process by which his successor, his son would be elevated. When the General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party died, the standing committee and the politburo would select his successor. But when Putin dies, I almost said if, what will happen? No one knows….

Culturally, it has often thought of itself as the third Rome, preserving Christianity even as Roman Byzantium fell to the barbarians.

Putin understands Russia, but he also understands the world. He’s not foolish enough to make a frontal assault on America or Europe. He knows how to use power asymmetrically with cyber tools and disinformation. He understands the vulnerabilities of free societies, the internal divisions and discord, and the gaping openness. He understands the fragility of institutions like the European Union and NATO and ideas like integration and diversity.

(on camera): In other words, Vladimir Putin understands us very well. The question is, do we — does Donald Trump really understand him?

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