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Democrats getting the House back might not be so hard?

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People’s Climate March kicks off in Wash DC today…The Protests Continue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Open Thread for April 29th, 2017…Trump’s 100th Day….

Which features a new President that seems to be in over his head…..

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Deportations under Trump are actually lower than Obama”s…

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

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

While it isn’t reported…

Under Obama ?

Deportations  rose….

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

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

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

According to statistics from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) given to CNN, the pace of removals under Trump in his first three months lags behind even the last two years of his predecessor, when then-President Barack Obama ordered his agencies to use more discretion when it came to deporting undocumented immigrants, focusing specifically on criminals.
The numbers also stand against other recently released statistics that showed an uptick in the number of arrests made by ICE in the first two months of Trump’s administration, especially of non-criminal immigrants.
From Inauguration Day until this week, ICE removed 54,564 individuals, including 30,667 convicted criminals and 23,897 non-criminals, according to the data shared with CNN.
Thus far, those numbers track slightly behind the pace of removals during the same time period during the past two years of the Obama administration — and greatly lag behind the rate of deportations before Obama ordered greater discretion.
From January 20, 2016, to April 24, 2016, ICE removed 62,062 individuals, including 24,953 non-criminals. The same time period in 2015 saw 59,938 removals, including 23,571 non-criminals.
During the year that led to Obama hearing the nickname “deporter in chief” from pro-immigrant advocacy groups, the same time period in 2014 saw 87,690 removals, including 38,471 non-criminals.
In contrast with deportations, arrests of undocumented immigrants has risen in the first few months of the Trump administration. In the first two months since the inauguration, ICE arrested roughly one-third more people than in the previous year, and more than double the number of non-criminal immigrants than the previous year….
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The number of non-criminal illegals detained though HAS gone up…
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Trump as President…There is NO Policy and Keep it Simple..

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

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

And led him to make simple minded choices…..

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

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

For a few weeks that was the case…

But it isn’t anymore….

And Trump IS suffering for his miscues…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He also doesn’t like managing….

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Is Ohio GOP Governor John Kasich STILL a Republican?

Hmmmmm?

With points of view listed below?

(Except for his hard anti-abortantion stance…)

How could he be part of Trump’s Party today?

Moderate Republicans are supposed to be extinct …Except for a few in the House and the Senate…

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The Ohio governor and mainstay of the party’s mainstream is out this week with a book that at times reads like an angry breakup letter.

“Oh yeah, I’m a Repub… ,” Kasich trailed off, conspicuously unable to finish the word in his rapid-fire stream of consciousness from the front seat of a big SUV barreling toward New Hampshire on Wednesday night. Kasich finished second in the state’s hugely important presidential primary last year. That was enough to make it one of the few high points of his campaign and, also conspicuously, one of the first book-signing stops on his national tour.

“I’m pro-environment, I’m pro-trade, I’m anti-debt, I’m pro-immigration, I’m pro-NATO,” Kasich continued. “And when I look at the party, I see it moving in a different direction. But I’ve always said I have the right to define what it means to be a Republican and a conservative.”

At a time when he clearly wants to remain a player on the national stage, Kasich is struggling with his political identity — and so is his party. If and where he fits in a GOP led by Donald Trump will say a great deal about the kind of Republicans who can succeed in it, and whether there’s still space for the open and internationalist values Kasich and other Republicans long have cherished.

Twice Wednesday — once during a forum at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and later in the SUV — Kasich said the day is coming when a well-funded independent can win the White House.

“Both parties, I think, are missing it,” Kasich said…..

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Could we be  in for a possible Kasich/Sanders  ticket in 2020?

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If She had Won?…Hilary Clinton’s First 100 days….

…A fantasy from Politico….

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On April 29, 2017, Hillary Clinton will complete her first 100 days in office as president of the United States. Or, at least that’s what would be happening right now if her campaign team could scrounge up a goofy mad scientist, a DeLorean and a map to Wisconsin (among other places).

 To some liberals, no doubt, the very notion of a second President Clinton’s first 100 days conjures visions of perpetual sunshine, a cancer cure and the invention of no-calorie chocolate. But how much would Washington, under a Democratic president and Republican-controlled Congress, have changed really? Below a good-faith guess at what those first few weeks in office really might have been like:

Day 1:

In a speech carefully prepared over many months, and drained of lines that might stoke controversy, Hillary Clinton calls for bipartisan unity, avoids laying out a detailed policy agenda and salutes an historic victory for women while former President George W. Bush struggles with his rain poncho. No comparisons are made at any point during the day between President Clinton’s and President Obama’s inauguration crowds. A Gallup poll published that morning shows her approval rating at a respectable 52 percent favorable, 39 percent unfavorable.

Day 2:

Bill Clinton’s office announces that he will officially be known as “The First Gentleman.” The Republican-controlled Senate swiftly confirms the vast majority of President Clinton’s nominees, most of them well-known Washington hands, including Secretary of State Joe Biden and Republican Lindsey Graham as secretary of defense.

 Day 4:

In a lengthy piece in the New York Times, “sources close to former President Bill Clinton” credit him for his wife’s razor-thin election victory with an “eleventh hour strategy change” that focused on North Carolina and Florida.

Day 5:

In his first interview since the inauguration, Donald Trump tells the Washington Post that “terrible” campaign advisers told him to focus on Michigan and Wisconsin instead of crucial states of Florida and North Carolina. He blasts “horrible gutless Republicans” like Jeb Bush for abandoning him. In response, Bush tweets: “Grow a pair.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It paid off—and then some….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A LOT of Trump Admin pick’s don’t make the cut…

The Washington Post goes over the growing list of people who have left the Admin for various reasons…Some quietly…Some with headlines…

The first three tumultuous months of Trump’s term have seen a perhaps unprecedented number of personnel casualties. A big part of the problem is that his transition team did a lousy job of vetting. Red flags that might have been discovered by a simple Google search didn’t emerge in some cases until after nominees were named publicly. The president also gravitated toward billionaires as he stocked the government, and the richer someone is the more conflicts they are likely to have. Complying with the requirements of the Office of Government Ethics proved too onerous for some. The premium that this president places on loyalty over experience and qualifications cost others their postings. Backstabbing and palace intrigue — which created a brutal, joyless work environment in the West Wing — drove others away after only weeks in their dream jobs….

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Republicans DO NOT want a Government Shutdown…

But they have their party leader Donald Trump pushing for goals that will NOT preclude one….

Trump wants money for a Wall and a victory on Repealing the Affordabale Healthcare Law…

Democrats will NOT go for either…

….Today, Republicans control both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, and allowing the federal government to go dark on their watch might be hard to explain.

“Our Republican colleagues know that since they control, you know, the House, the Senate and the White House, that a shutdown would fall on their shoulders, and they don’t want it,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader.

Republican leaders from President Trump on down insist they are determined to avoid a shutdown and will be successful in doing so. Failure would put a bizarre exclamation point on the symbolic 100-day marker that the administration coincidentally will reach Saturday.

“No one wants a shutdown,” Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman, told reporters on Friday. “We want to keep it going.”

Republicans have good reason for doing so considering that history shows the party image takes a beating with the public when government agencies lock their doors, national parks refuse visitors and federal workers are told not to report to work. Democrats, while not victorious in special House elections held so far, have shown renewed strength, and a shutdown in the early days of Republican stewardship of Washington would only fuel their energy….

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Donald Trump STILL lives in a Alternate Universe….

……The guy apparently doesn’t know what ACTUALLY happened in November?…..

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Trump is tweeting today about how he “would still beat Hillary in popular vote.” Just a reminder: He lost the popular vote.

New polls out today are very good considering that much of the media is FAKE and almost always negative. Would still beat Hillary in …..

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Scientists March Against Trump Policies…. ‘March for Science’…

They join other groups in protesting the direction that the new people in the nations White House are moving to make cuts…

Thousands of scientists and their supporters, feeling increasingly threatened by the policies of President Trump, gathered in Washington on Saturday for what they called the March for Science, abandoning a tradition of keeping the sciences out of politics and calling on the public to stand up for the scientific enterprise.

Their call was echoed by protesters in hundreds of cities across the United States and around the world, including at marches in Europe and the Asia-Pacific that had already concluded.

In Washington, the rally was just getting underway Saturday morning, with thousands of people packing into the National Mall, some wearing white lab coats and ponchos on a misty day. Marchers carried signs calling for funding for scientific research — “science is not an alternative fact,” some said. Others noted pointedly that Albert Einstein was a refugee.

The March for Science evolved from a social media campaign into an effort to get people on the streets for the cause of science. Its organizers were motivated by Mr. Trump, who as a presidential candidate disparaged climate change as a hoax and cast suspicions on the safety of vaccines. Their resolve deepened, they said, when the president appointed cabinet members who seemed hostile to the sciences and then proposed a budget that would cut funding for research across the federal government.

Organizers said they hoped the day’s demonstrations result in sustained, coordinated action aimed at persuading elected officials to adopt policies consistent with the scientific consensus on climate change, vaccines and other issues.

“This has been a living laboratory as scientists and science institutions are willing to take a step outside their comfort zone, outside of the labs and into the public spheres,” said Beka Economopoulos, co-founder of the pop-up Natural History Museum and an organizer of the march. “This represents an escalation of a global movement that you’re just beginning to hear from.”

What began as a movement by scientists for scientists has drawn in many science enthusiasts who have joined efforts to organize the marches….

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How a Warming Planet Drives Human Migration…

The NY Times lays it out….

While Trump Admin people go about trying everything they can to ignore data showing the effects on the planet  and it’s inhabitants….

Climate change is not equally felt across the globe, and neither are its longer term consequences. This map overlays human turmoil — represented here by United Nations data on nearly 64 million “persons of concern,” whose numbers have tripled since 2005 — with climate turmoil, represented by data from NASA’s Common Sense Climate Index. The correlation is striking. Climate change is a threat multiplier: It contributes to economic and political instability and also worsens the effects. It propels sudden-onset disasters like floods and storms and slow-onset disasters like drought and desertification; those disasters contribute to failed crops, famine and overcrowded urban centers; those crises inflame political unrest and worsen the impacts of war, which leads to even more displacement. There is no internationally recognized legal definition for “environmental migrants” or “climate refugees,” so there is no formal reckoning of how many have left their homes because climate change has made their lives or livelihoods untenable. In a 2010 Gallup World Poll, though, about 12 percent of respondents — representing a total of 500 million adults — said severe environmental problems would require them to move within the next five years….

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