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Misc…things not covered by any other Category…and if you don’t put a tag

Democratic Protests Work….

Democrats and probably a few  Republicans  went out into the streets and twn hall by the THOUSANDS to demonstrate against Republican plans to take awy their healthcare insurance….

Donald Trump, and Republican lawmakers ran away from all THAT….

It didn’t work….

The protests….

The Resistance….

The confrontation’s reminded Republican House memebrs that the inhumanity of throwing people out of their healthcare, even with President Obmam’s name attached to it was NOT the thing to do….

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Friday lauded the grassroots opposition to the GOP healthcare legislation, comparing the Democratic resistance to the anti-Vietnam War protests in the late 1960s.

“The energy was tremendous … I’ve never seen so much energy on the streets as in the Vietnam War protests until now,” the lawmaker said during an interview with MSNBC after President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan decided to cancel a scheduled vote on the Republican plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

“We toppled the most powerful man in the world. So this energy among the public is huge,” he added.
Schumer underscored that public outcry over the GOP effort played a significant role in reducing support for the legislation, which failed to win over dozens of conservative and moderate Republicans and all Democrats.

“A month ago no one had heard of TrumpCare. Now [a majority] of Americans think its a terrible idea and very small numbers … think its a good idea,” Schumer said….

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Several Democrats urged their supporters to keep resisting and organizing in the wake of a major GOP health care defeat.

President Donald Trump instructed House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Friday to postpone a planned vote on the American Health Care Act after it became clear Republicans did not have the votes to pass the bill.

Several Democrats, including Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), gloated about the victory on social media. But many Democrats chose not to celebrate the moment, and several encouraged their followers not to rest on their laurels.

Former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Friday’s “victory” came about because people fought hard.

“We cannot forget: This victory happened because people in every corner of our country committed their time and energy to calling their representatives, showing up at town hall meetings, and making their voices heard,” Clinton said in a statement she shared on Twitter. “The fight isn’t over yet ― we will have to push back on future bad ideas and embrace good ones to make health care more affordable ― but we are reminded today that there is no substitute for standing up and defending our values.”

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) warned that Republicans “will try again.”

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Trump WILL get updates about his businesses…

Remember the part about he wouldn’t?

Amidst it all, Eric Trump, who now manages the Trump Organization with his brother Don Jr., wants to emphasize that the Trump business is separate from the Trump presidency.

“There is kind of a clear separation of church and state that we maintain, and I am deadly serious about that exercise,” he says, echoing previous statements from his father. “I do not talk about the government with him, and he does not talk about the business with us. That’s kind of a steadfast pact we made, and it’s something that we honor.”

But less than two minutes later, he concedes that he will continue to update his father on the business while he is in the presidency. “Yeah, on the bottom line, profitability reports and stuff like that, but you know, that’s about it.” How often will those reports be, every quarter? “Depending, yeah, depending.” Could be more, could be less? “Yeah, probably quarterly.” One thing is clear: “My father and I are very close,” Eric Trump says. “I talk to him a lot. We’re pretty inseparable.”….

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The over 380,000 members of r/The_Donald…

..from FiveThirtyEight….

President Donald Trump’s administration, in its turbulent first months, has drawn fire from both the left and the right, including the ACLU, government ethics accountability groups and former Bush administration officials. But one group has shown nothing but unbridled enthusiasm for the president’s actions thus far: the over 380,000 members of r/The_Donald, one of the thousands of comment boards on Reddit, the fifth-most-popular website in the U.S.

The subreddit, where posters refer to President Trump as the “God Emperor” and “daddy,” is arguably the epicenter of Trump fervor on the internet. Its membership has grown steadily since the 2016 presidential election, though its members were especially active during the campaign. They mobilized to comb through the hacked Democratic National Committee emails published on WikiLeaks and played a large role in spreading information and theories about those emails. More broadly, they waged the “Great Meme War”: an effort to get Trump elected by bombarding the internet with social-media-ready content promoting Trump or bashing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Some of those memes played on Clinton’s campaign gaffes, such as her use of the phrase “basket of deplorables,” while others involved an emerging pro-Trump iconography centered around images of Pepe the Frog — a cartoon character with a convoluted history that gained especial prominence after it was co-opted by white nationalists as a sort of unofficial mascot. Members of r/The_Donald like to say they “shitposted” Donald Trump into office; regardless of whether the flood of memes swung the election, it did overwhelm the front page of Reddit to such an extent that the site’s CEO rushed to deploy a change in Reddit’s algorithm that limits the influence of any single subreddit.1….

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A Majority of Young American’s don’t accept Trump as their President…Poll

The man IS the sworn in 45th President of the United States….

But as in the popular vote?

Most Americans ARE NOT happy he’s in the White House…

His daily twitter rants isn’t helping the guy ….

And ALL the polls are showing his approval numbers DROPPING to new lows….

He may be keeping his support among his base…

But everyone else is turning thumbs down on the guy….

Especially Young America....

Jermaine Anderson keeps going back to the same memory of Donald Trump, then a candidate for president of the United States, referring to some Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers.

“You can’t be saying that (if) you’re the president,” says Anderson, a 21-year-old student from Coconut Creek, Florida.

That Trump is undeniably the nation’s 45th president doesn’t sit easily with young Americans like Anderson who are the nation’s increasingly diverse electorate of the future, according to a new poll. A majority of young adults — 57 percent — see Trump’s presidency as illegitimate, including about three-quarters of blacks and large majorities of Latinos and Asians, the GenForward poll found.

GenForward is a poll of adults age 18 to 30 conducted by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

A slim majority of young whites in the poll, 53 percent, consider Trump a legitimate president, but even among that group 55 percent disapprove of the job he’s doing, according to the survey.

“That’s who we voted for. And obviously America wanted him more than Hillary Clinton,” said Rebecca Gallardo, a 30-year-old nursing student from Kansas City, Missouri, who voted for Trump.

Trump’s legitimacy as president was questioned earlier this year by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.: “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.”

Trump routinely denies that and says he captured the presidency in large part by winning states such as Michigan and Wisconsin that Clinton may have taken for granted.

Overall, just 22 percent of young adults approve of the job he is doing as president, while 62 percent disapprove….

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FBI Director appears before House Intel Committee…

FBI Director Comey is certain to be asked for information about Trump’s acusation that President Obama ordered his Trump Tower wiretapped…..

(  The first open public acknowledgement that several of Trump’s people WHERE the subject of intercepts has been made by the House chair  Rep. Nunes , something most people who understand how the NSA works knew all along)

He will also asked about investigation’s into Trump & Co. Russian connections…And the 2016 Elections 

Some questions he answer in public…So only in private sessions and one would quess some questions he won’t answer at all…

Above all one would guess he has had visions of his actions last November right before the Presidential election….

The House Intelligence Committee has begun its first public hearing on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, with FBI Director James B. Comey and National Security Agency head Michael S. Rogers set to testify.

The two senior officials will likely face questions about possible collusion between associates of President Trump and the Kremlin.

The hearing comes amid the controversy fired up by Trump two weeks ago when he tweeted, without providing evidence, that President Barack Obama ordered his phones tapped at Trump Tower.

Comey is expected publicly to debunk that allegation, according to the committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), following a parade of current and former senior officials who have said there is no evidence of wiretaps on Trump or Trump Tower.

Comey privately told lawmakers last week that there was no basis to the charge.

“The fact that Russia hacked U.S. election-related databases comes as no shock to this committee, which has been closely monitoring Russia’s aggressions for years,” the committee’s chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), said in an opening statement.

Nunes said he hoped the hearing would focus on several key question, including what actions did Russia undertake against the U.S. during the 2016 election and did anyone from a political campaign conspire in these activities? He also wants to know if the communications of any campaign officials or associates were subject to any improper surveillance. “Let me be clear,” he said. “We know there was not a wiretap on Trump Tower. However, it’s still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates.”…

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NSA head Michael S. Rogers is also appearing before the House committee  today also….Most of his information will probablem be in closed sessions….

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Preet Bharara wants to get in front of the camera’s….

The just fired US Attoney for the Southern District of New York has always moved among those in the entertainment world….

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The NY Post also thinks Bharara is looking for a New York higher office to run for after doing a stint with his own investigative TV show….

Bharara — who was dismissed as Manhattan US attorney last weekend when he refused a Trump administration order to ­resign — is angling for a TV gig that could help launch a run for elected office, a source told The Post.

“He’s trying to be a liberal Bill O’Reilly,” the source claimed.

Bharara, 48, could be hoping to land a news show on CNN or MSNBC, “a half-investigative reporting, half Larry King-type show, [where] he can be the special correspondent.”

But in the short-term, Bharara is looking to appear on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” — to prove he’s camera-ready, the source said.

“Preet really wants to do Colbert,” the source said. “He thinks Stephen’s really funny and that it’s a way to audition for a gig, where executives will take notice and say, ‘We should give this guy a show.”

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Cuba-US Air Travel dries up….

…from the LA Times….

Only six months after U.S. carriers began operating regular commercial flights to Cuba, Frontier Airlines and Silver Airways have become the latest airlines to cut service to the island nation.

The news comes after JetBlue and American Airlines both announced plans in the last two months to reduce their service to Cuba, either by scaling back on the number of flights or flying smaller planes to Cuba.

The cutbacks suggest that the nation’s airlines may have overestimated the demand for flights to Cuba when U.S.-based airlines scrambled for the slots offered last year by the Obama administration to fly to Havana and other Cuban cities….

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If you run for President in Jersey ya gotta show your tax returns?

That will be the case in 2020 if NJ GOP Governor Chris Christie signs the bill on his desk….

At least four other states are in line for the same requirement …..

New Jersey lawmakers this week passed legislation that would force any presidential and vice-presidential candidates to disclose their federal tax returns in order to appear on the state’s ballots starting in 2020, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

The bill was approved in the Democratic-controlled state legislature along party lines and awaits a signature from Gov. Chris Christie, an ally of President Trump. Christie’s office has not yet made an official statement on the legislation….

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Syria fires missiles at Israeli warplanes on bombing run IN Syria…

Wait?

America has troops IN Syria helping efforst against ISIS?

The Russian’s have troops in Syria also?

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The US is tight with Israel which sometimes quietly makes bombing runs INTO Syria to blast stockpiles for the ­Lebanon-based Shiite militia Hezbollah, an Iranian group fighting alongside troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad….

Confusing?

The sounds of two distinct booms could be heard in Jerusalem soon after the arrival of the Syrian projectiles. The incoming missiles also set off warning sirens in the Jordan Valley, home to the ancient city of Jericho as well Palestinian farming villages and Jewish settlements.

Over the past five years, Israeli jets have from time to time struck what Israeli military analysts describe as weapons caches and convoys of arms being transferred from Syrian stockpiles to the ­Lebanon-based Shiite militia Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy fighting alongside troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Israel fears that as the Syrian civil war possibly winds down, Israel fears that as the Syrian civil war possibly winds down, Hezbollah could receive a windfall in sophisticated arms from Assad and Iran. Hezbollah and Israel fought a 34-day war along the Israel-Lebanon border in 2006, and both sides say they are prepared for another.could receive a windfall in sophisticated arms from Assad and Iran. Hezbollah and Israel fought a 34-day war along the Israel-Lebanon border in 2006, and both sides say they are prepared for another.

Israel also occupies two-thirds of the Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Israeli officials say they will never return the territory to Syria.

Israel reported no injuries or damage to its pilots or aircraft. The Israeli army did not reveal the target of its overnight airstrikes. Israel’s Channel 10 said the mission was to destroy a weapons convoy destined for Hezbollah.

Syria’s military and media said the Israelis hit sites in central ­Syria near Palmyra, and claimed that Syria’s antiaircraft batteries had downed an Israeli jet. “Our air defense engaged them and shot down one warplane over occupied territory, hit another one, and forced the rest to flee,” the Syrian army said in a statement reported by state news agency Sana….

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White House Press Sec says Obama got Brits to spy on him…Brits get REAL PISSED…

Trump FIRMLY believes SOMEBODY tapped into his building…..

(He’s probably right)…..

But he’s wrong in blaming Obama or saying that Obama asked the Brit’s to do so….

And the British are not just pissed…They are REAL Mad….

WH PresSec Spicer kinda apologized , but we know Donald Trump…Even if he doesn’t have something right?

He ain’t gonna say so….He’s gonna change things to fit HIS view…

President Trump refused to back down on Friday after his White House aired an unverified claim that Britain’s spy agency secretly monitored him during last year’s campaign at the behest of President Barack Obama.

Although his aides in private conversations since Thursday night had tried to calm British officials who were livid over the claim, Mr. Trump made clear that he felt the White House had nothing to retract or apologize for. He said his spokesman was simply repeating an assertion made by a Fox News commentator.

“We said nothing,” Mr. Trump told a German reporter who asked about the matter at a joint White House news conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel. “All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn’t make an opinion on it.” He added: “You shouldn’t be talking to me. You should be talking to Fox.”

Mr. Trump, who has stuck by his unsubstantiated assertion that Mr. Obama ordered his telephone tapped last year despite across-the-board denials, wryly used Ms. Merkel’s visit to repeat his contention. Ms. Merkel was angry during Mr. Obama’s administration at reports that the United States had tapped her cellphone and those of other foreign leaders. Turning to her, Mr. Trump said, “At least we have something in common, perhaps.”

 

After the news conference Mr. Spicer echoed Mr. Trump’s defiant tone. “I don’t think we regret anything,” he told reporters. “As the president said, I was just reading off media reports.”

Shortly afterward, Fox backed off the claim made by its commentator, Andrew Napolitano. “Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary,” the anchor Shepard Smith said on air. “Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now president of the United States was surveilled at any time, any way. Full stop.”

A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain said on Friday that the White House had backed off the allegation. “We’ve made clear to the administration that these claims are ridiculous and should be ignored,” the spokesman said, on the condition of anonymity in keeping with British protocol. “We’ve received assurances these allegations won’t be repeated.”….

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Trump and Ryan may NOT get too far legislating ANY major Bill’s….

..just some tweets on this….

Matthew Yglesias‏ @mattyglesias
Donald Trump has no experience in politics. Paul Ryan has never led a major bill into law. They don’t “always” do anything.

Matthew Yglesias‏@mattyglesias
Matthew Yglesias Retweeted Zeke Miller
When Nancy Pelosi said stuff like this in 2009 she had actual years of experience as a legislator to draw on.

Matthew Yglesias‏ @mattyglesias
Bill Clinton was super-popular in his second term while doing very little. The economy was good and most people aren’t ideologues.

Matthew Yglesias‏ @mattyglesias
Trump will continue to struggle to get big legislation done but it’s not obvious to me voters want to see sweeping legislative change.

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Congress drops Obama program aimed at Teacher’s held directly accountable for students grades…

The Bush and Obama education programs that included student’s grades in how tenured teachers where evaluated was VERY unpopular across the board by teachers…

It will NOT be missed…..

Congress has moved to let the states formulate their own standards for their educational systems…

Many critics viewed No Child, passed under President George W. Bush, as well as Mr. Obama’s first-term education policies, as punitive. The policies pushed for test scores to be used to remove underperforming teachers and to shut down struggling schools. They were also unpopular because they led to an explosion in the number of tests students took each year.

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, children still have to take standardized tests in math, reading and science, and schools still need to report on the progress of at-risk groups, like disabled students, nonwhite students and those learning English. But fewer consequences are now tied to low test scores and more emphasis is placed on holding schools accountable for providing access to advanced classes and for reducing student suspension rates. In addition, states are now able to come up with their own plans for how to intervene in failing schools.

Mr. Obama called the bill a bipartisan “Christmas miracle.” The National Council of La Raza, a Latino-rights organization, gave ESSA’s two Senate co-sponsors, Patty Murray of Washington, a Democrat, and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, a Republican, an award for their work on behalf of students learning English. The two appeared together to accept the honor, each praising the other’s collaboration.

It took less than a year for that bipartisan consensus to fall apart.

It is customary for federal agencies to issue detailed regulations on how new laws should be put into effect, and Mr. Obama’s Department of Education did so in November. But some lawmakers from both parties saw the regulations as unusually aggressive and far-reaching, and said they could subvert ESSA’s intent of re-establishing local control over education and decreasing the emphasis on testing.

Last month, the House of Representatives overturned a broad swath of the rules using the Congressional Review Act, which allows lawmakers to spike federal regulations. The Senate passed a similar resolution on Thursday, and President Trump has indicated that he will sign it. That would leave ESSA on the books, but Ms. DeVos would have more flexibility in how to apply it…..

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Breitbart Goes After Paul Ryan; Precursor To Trump Throwing The Speaker Under The Bus?…Red State…

by Jay Caruso @ Red State….

As I have said previously, Donald Trump sees failure as synonymous with being a “loser.” If you listen to him carefully, he never admits to failing. Even businesses that are defunct he counts as a “successful” for one reason or another. His bankruptcies are not failures. He considers them a success because he effectively uses bankruptcy laws for his benefit (the people who get stiffed on the other hand, are not his concern). It will be much of the same for his presidency.

Thus far, Trump has not “failed.” Nearly all of his cabinet choices are confirmed, and any that dropped out did so before any votes or hearings. The Obamacare replacement fiasco is on the road to failure. Trump, as I have written, will not take the blame if it happens. He is not going to be the “loser.” While he said he’d blame Democrats, the reality is, the GOP controls Congress.

At Breitbart, there is an article with audio of Paul Ryan saying he wouldn’t “defend” Donald Trump anymore. The news of this story broke last October, so it is nothing new outside of the audio itself. However, there are portions of the piece that appear to reveal the possibility of Trump dumping all of the blame on Speaker Paul Ryan.

Some of it requires additional thoughts:

Now, Ryan—still the Speaker—has pushed now President Donald Trump to believe his healthcare legislation the American Health Care Act would repeal and replace Obamacare when it does not repeal Obamacare.

Wait a moment. I thought Donald Trump was one of the most brilliant men on earth and Paul Ryan told us the President helped write the legislation. Boyle seems to be saying Trump was “duped” by Ryan into believing they were fully repealing Obamacare and then replacing it. That is absurd. The first page of the bill says they are amending Obamacare, not repealing it.

The article goes on:

This is the first major initiative that Trump has worked on with Ryan—and the fact it is going so poorly calls into question whether Speaker Ryan, the GOP’s failed 2012 vice presidential nominee who barely supported Trump at all in 2016, really understands how Trump won and how to win in general…..

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Trump White House staff work in fear…

With the Trump witch hunting for leaks and intrusive searching of staff members phone and other media?

Staff member say the working enviroment has become toxic….

(Why would ANYONE want to wirk for the guy anyways?)

A culture of paranoia is consuming the Trump administration, with staffers increasingly preoccupied with perceived enemies—inside their own government.

In interviews, nearly a dozen White House aides and federal agency staffers described a litany of suspicions: that rival factions in the administration are trying to embarrass them, that civil servants opposed to President Donald Trump are trying to undermine him, and even that a “deep state” of career military and intelligence officials is out to destroy them.

Aides are going to great lengths to protect themselves. They’re turning off work-issued smartphones and putting them in drawers when they arrive home from work out of fear that they could be used to eavesdrop. They’re staying mum in meetings out of concern that their comments could be leaked to the press by foes.

Many are using encrypted apps that automatically delete messages once they’ve been read, or are leaving their personal cell phones at home in case their bosses initiate phone checks of the sort that press secretary Sean Spicer deployed last month to identify leakers on his team.

It’s an environment of fear that has hamstrung the routine functioning of the executive branch. Senior advisers are spending much of their time trying to protect turf, key positions have remained vacant due to a reluctance to hire people deemed insufficiently loyal, and Trump’s ambitious agenda has been eclipsed by headlines surrounding his unproven claim that former President Barack Obama tapped his phone lines….

“People are scared,” he said, adding that the Trump White House had become “a pretty hostile environment to work in.”..

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Could the Dutch be electing an anti-immigrant government?

…from the Washington Post….

Dutch voters headed to the polls Wednesday in an election that will set the tone for a year of ballot-box drama in Europe, as anti-immigrant, anti-establishment campaigners test their strength against long-serving politicians and parties.

Immigration was the dominant issue of the Dutch campaign, after years of war and misery in the Middle East that swept millions of refugees and migrants into Europe in recent years. Geert Wilders, a fiery fixture of the Dutch far-right who wants to ban the Koran and shutter mosques, topped polls for months, unnerving mainstream leaders in France and Germany who face elections later this year.

His support has waned in recent weeks, but he has already forced many Dutch parties to sharpen their rhetoric toward immigrants.

In a normal year, outsiders might have seen the Dutch election as an outlier that would not fundamentally reshape Europe’s direction. But after last year’s ballot-box uprisings that delivered the British exit from the European Union and the Donald Trump victory in the United States, Europe’s elites are on the defensive….

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MSNBC releases Donald Trump’s 2005 Tax Return Info….

Rachel Maddow has outed the 2005 Trump Trump tax return on her show …. 

A portion of President Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return was published Tuesday.

Reporter David Cay Johnston says he found the first two pages of Trump’s 2005 federal income tax return in his mailbox. Johnston published a story on his website, DCReport.org, and appeared on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Tuesday to reveal details from the document, including that Trump earned more than $150 million that year.

Read more here, and see the two pages of the 2005 tax return below:

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