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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:

…twitter……
Jared Rizzi Retweeted
David Shepardson‏ @davidshepardson
.@WhiteHouse statement on Maddow show @realDonaldTrump tax return via @ewstephe
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Will Trump & Co. get rid of Big Bird, Kermit and Seseme Street on the air?

As has happened MANY times before?

Another Republicanbudget  propses to get rid of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which is almost completed funded by the taxpayer’s thru the government….

Somehow the CPB seems to be able to survive the efforts to get rid of it’s on air programing for children….

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People in public broadcasting expect President Trump to propose “zeroing out” the government’s subsidy of noncommercial radio and TV stations when he presents his first federal budget to Congress this week. Such a proposal would eliminate the $445 million that Congress now sends to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the private entity that passes the money to nearly 1,500 stations affiliated with NPR, PBS and other public-media sources.

The loss of federal money would be nearly catastrophic, particularly for small stations in remote communities, public broadcasters say. Those stations rely on federal funds for as much as half or more of their annual budgets. “A number of those stations would go off the air,” said Paula Kerger, PBS’s president. “It’s an existential question for many of them.”

Stations that survive the cut would have to raise even more money through pledge drives and sponsorships to make up for the loss of dollars from Washington, added Roger LaMay, the chairman of NPR’s board and general manager of WXPN-FM in Philadelphia. “It would weaken the entire public radio system,” he said.

Then again, public broadcasters have been to through the budget wars many times before and have always received the money that helps them broadcast “Sesame Street” and “All Things Considered.” In fact, no matter the rhetoric or momentary crisis, CPB has often ended up with a slight increase in its federal funding each year….

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NYC Schools OPEN Wed. March 15, 2017…..

…twitter….

NYC Public Schools
@NYCSchools
⚠ New York City district schools will be open tomorrow, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. All programs and activities will be held as scheduled.

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Rep. Steve King (Iowa) makes comments about a homogenous wish for America..

Donald Trump has fostered a America where some people think  like this guy…..OUT LOUD.

America’s diversity thru immigration IS one of its great STENGTHS….

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Offered a chance to clarify what he meant Sunday when he wrote on Twitter that “we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,” Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Monday morning that “I meant exactly what I said.”

“I’ve been to Europe and I’ve spoken on this issue and I’ve said the same thing as far as 10 years ago to the German people and to any population of people that is a declining population that isn’t willing to have enough babies to reproduce themselves,” King said on CNN’s “New Day.” “I’ve said to them, ‘You cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody else’s babies. You’ve got to keep your birth rate up and that you need to teach your children your values.’”

The Iowa congressman’s original tweet was written in the context of support for Geert Wilders, a far-right candidate to be the prime minister of the Netherlands. King wrote that Wilders “understands that culture and demographics are our destiny.”

The post earned the endorsement of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who wrote “GOD BLESS STEVE KING!!!” on his own Twitter account.

But King’s remark also prompted criticism, including some from his GOP colleagues. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), the child of Cuban immigrants to the U.S., addressed King directly on Twitter, asking him, “What exactly do you mean? Do I qualify as ‘somebody else’s baby?’….

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New York City School ‘s CLOSED 3/14/17 Due to Storm Stella….Snow Day

…twitter….

Brian Lehrer Show
Bill de Blasio‏@NYCMayor

Because of tonight’s expected snowstorm, @NYCSchools will be CLOSED tomorrow, March 14th.

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Steve Bannon under active criminal investigation for… get this… residency fraud.?

 By DiesIrae   @ Daily Kos

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[Changed image – original was a distraction. This is always appropriate for any Bannon story.]

Courtesy of O’Harrow and Boburg at the Washington Post. Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, a white nationalist who has repeatedly pushed false claims of massive voter fraud by minorities voting in jurisdictions where they do not actually live, is now the subject of an active criminal investigation in Florida, centering on Bannon’s “residency” and “qualifi[cations] to vote in the state”:

The Post learned that state prosecutors in Miami have an active investigation into Bannon’s assertions that he was a Florida resident and qualified to vote in the state from 2014 to 2016. In late August, investigators subpoenaed Bannon’s lease of a Coconut Grove home and other documents. They also contacted the landlords of that home and another that Bannon leased nearby, and sought information from a gardener and handyman who worked at one of the homes, according to documents and interviews.

The problem for Mr. Bannon is that it seems he may have actually been living in California (or possibly in Washington, or New York, but definitely not Florida):

[Bannon] owned a house and condo in Southern California, where he had entertainment and consulting businesses, a driver’s license and a checking account. He claimed Florida as his residence, registering to vote in Miami and telling authorities he lived at the same address as his third ex-wife….

He did not get a Florida driver’s license or register a car in the state. He never voted in Florida, and neighbors near two homes he leased in Miami said they never saw him. His rent and utility bills were sent to his business manager in California.

Even if the Florida investigation comes up empty, the story might not be over. There is significant speculation, previously reported in an August 2016 Guardian story (and re-upped by the Post article) that he may have been trying to avoid California taxes.

Dear Attorney General Becerra: this seems worth taking a look at, doesn’t it?

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But proving wrongdoing in Bannon’s case could be difficult because state law does not clearly define residency, according to an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity….

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Winter Storm ‘Stella’ due to decend on the Northeast….

The storm being forcasted to drop a LOT of snow….

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Stella!!!!

Say it ain’t so. With “official” spring practically at our doorstep, a late-season storm was poised to pummel parts of the Northeast — in many places where snow has been AWOL for most of the winter.

The storm, billed as a potential nor’easter, comes as brutal payback for a mild winter and a particularly toasty February that ushered in early buds on trees, shrubs and flowers. It was the nation’s second-warmest February since climate tracking began in 1895. Sixteen states experienced their warmest February ever recorded.

How unprecedented is a blockbuster storm in March? “It’s not that uncommon,” Accuweather senior meteorologist Tony Zartman said. “We usually have one or two major snowstorms in March.”

The system, christened Winter Storm Stella by the Weather Channel on Saturday, was developing off the Pacific Northwest coast, Zartman said, and would merge with energy off the Texas coast and move up the Eastern Seaboard late Monday into Tuesday.

While it was too early to predict the exact timing and track of the storm, “significant amounts of snowfall — over 6 inches” are possible for parts of the Northeast, Zartman said. In the line of fire: Washington, D.C., northern Maryland, New York, central and eastern Pennsylvania and a large part of New England.

Zartman said the snow will be the “heavy, wet” kind and winds could exceed 40 mph as the storm powers up over the Mid-Atlantic and New England. Downed trees, power outages and blowing and drifting snow are all possible

“It will cause a major travel disruption, and in some places travel may be impossible,” Zartman said, adding that there could be blizzard conditions in parts of New England.

During the brunt of the storm, northeasterly winds will pull ocean water toward the coast and create rough surf from Virginia to Maine, Accuweather predicted, leading to tides 1-2 feet above normal. Coastal flooding and beach erosion are also a concern…..

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image…The Weather Channel…

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Air Force to extend KC-135’s in addition to KC-46 buys….

Like the B-52 US Air Force Bomber?

The KC-135, Aerial tanker which is based on the old B -707 will be carrying crews that are younger than the airplane itself…..

Money and time for the newer KC-46, Aerial tanker, which is baased on the B-767……means that the 135’s are ATILL needed for at least another 20+ years….

‘If it ain’t broke, eh?’

Boeing to miss deadline on KC-46 tanker, no delivery till 2018

Retiring KC-135s would not automatically mean more cash for KC-46s because the Defense Department cannot easily transfer money between its operations and maintenance (O&M) and procurement accounts, Richard Aboulafia, an analyst with the Teal Group, points out.

“The fundamental conundrum of Defense Department procurement is [that] procurement and O&M accounts don’t talk to each other,” says Aboulafia, adding that Gen. Everhart “is just being realistic.”

Modernizing the KC-135 instead of buying more KC-46s also allows the Air Force to add capacity in the near term, notes Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. If the Air Force needs more tankers right now, adding KC-46s will not help because the additional aircraft will not be available until near the end of the current production schedule in the 2020s, he says.

Boeing’s next-generation KC-46 assembly line
The Air Force will begin to field Boeing’s next-generation KC-46 Pegasus by the end of 2017. Credit: Boeing

In the meantime, the Air Force wants to make sure the KC-135 workhorse can survive on a dynamic future battlefield…

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As one of the commenters said to this Avuiakltion Week piece ?

Upgrading the KC-135 will probably cost the same as buying  new KC-46’s…

But the 135s are already physically here…

B-52’s will be around for another 20 years probably….

image….Boeing KC-46 tanker (left) flying alongside the older KC-135 © / AFP

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After Obama ‘wiretap’ throw down ….Trump ducks the the Media…

He hasn’t found an answer for his twitter comment….

And doesn’t want to deal with it appears….

There are reports that he realized afterwards that he had gone too far in this one….

President Donald Trump has spent less than 15 minutes in the same room as reporters since he claimed on Twitter over the weekend, without evidence, that his campaign offices were wiretapped by his predecessor.

The upshot: He has yet to answer a single question about the accusation he made Saturday that former President Barack Obama had his “wires tapped” at Trump Tower, where he lived and worked during the presidential campaign.

A president can’t legally order a wiretap unilaterally, and Mr. Obama’s office flatly denied the charge.

Mr. Trump has offered no reason for his accusation, or any proof, and his allies on Capitol Hill were flummoxed by it, with many saying they have seen no evidence to support the president’s charge against Mr. Obama. White House press secretary Sean Spicer, faced with demands for evidence of the wiretapping, ultimately said the “tweets speak for themselves.”…

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How do local governments handle Trump property requests for tax breaks?

How about if ya decide to turn down a Trump request?

Does THAT mnean you aren’t gonna in the White House’s  good graces?

Could it cost your local government and citizens programs and revenue from the  Federal Government?

A White House spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment. The Trump Organization also did not respond to requests for comment.

Although federal conflicts of interest law does not apply to the president, Trump has nevertheless faced criticism since his election about the potential conflicts posed by his business empire. Past officeholders have generally placed their assets in a blind trust to avoid any appearance of impropriety.

Trump, however, has refused to do so, instead turning over day-to-day management of his companies to his two adult sons without divesting his stake. Ethics experts have said that solution does nothing to address the problem, since Trump still stands to profit from businesses that remain under the control of his immediate family.

According to public records and interviews with officials, Trump’s pending tax disputes at the time of his inauguration included cases in Florida, where his lawyers challenged the tax bills for two Trump-owned golf courses; Washington, D.C., where Trump’s new hotel sued the district over its assessment; and Chicago, where Trump’s company filed multiple lawsuits seeking property tax relief for a hotel.

New York City records show Trump companies were seeking tax breaks for commercial space at both Trump Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower. The president also filed appeals in Los Angeles County over the value of his Beverly Hills mansion.

Over the years, Trump has repeatedly brought lawsuits against Palm Beach, Florida, for various issues related to Mar-A-Lago, his “winter White House,” though no case is active. His golf courses also frequently require permits from local governments for construction and development.

Federal decisions on everything from antiterrorism funding to infrastructure projects can have an outsized impact on states and cities.

The mere appearance of a possible quid pro quo “undermines public confidence,” said Larry Noble, the general counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan group dedicated to democratic reform…..

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FBI looking into Trump/Russian Bank server connections….

…drip…Drip…DRIP…..

Federal investigators and computer scientists continue to examine whether there was a computer server connection between the Trump Organization and a Russian bank, sources close to the investigation tell CNN.

Questions about the possible connection were widely dismissed four months ago. But the FBI’s investigation remains open, the sources said, and is in the hands of the FBI’s counterintelligence team — the same one looking into Russia’s suspected interference in the 2016 election.

One U.S. official said investigators find the server relationship “odd” and are not ignoring it. But the official said there is still more work for the FBI to do. Investigators have not yet determined whether a connection would be significant.

The server issue surfaced again this weekend, mentioned in a Breitbart article that, according to a White House official, sparked President Trump’s series of tweets accusing investigators of tapping his phone.

CNN is told there was no Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant on the server.

The FBI declined to comment. The White House did not respond to a request for comment…..

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Did someone say Trump has a server problem?

SERVER like Hillary Clinton?

Not the same thing , Right????

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Former Senator Coats on the way to becoming the Dir of National Intelligence …

There was talk of getting rid of the DNI office….

No more….

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Former Republican senator Daniel Coats of Indiana received the backing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday to become the nation’s spy chief, clearing the way for a likely confirmation vote next week on the Senate floor.

Trump’s pick to serve as director of national intelligence earned the support of 16 of 18 members of the committee, most of whom were his colleagues during his tenure in the Senate, which ended just months ago. First-term Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) announced on Twitter that she was one of the two members of the panel who voted against him, “after careful consideration of his record and testimony.”

During his confirmation hearing last month, Coats refused to pledge to Wyden that he would tell Congress how many Americans are under government surveillance for the content of their communications before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act needs to be reauthorized at the end of the year.

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Dr. Carson? …Slaves weren’t immigrants. They were property….

Ben Carson  contiunes to say….

‘“There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less’…..

He is wrong in his view….

Slaves were chattel. Slavery was a violent system of conquest and domination. Africans were kidnapped in the interior of the continent, marched to the coastline and packed in vessels like inanimate cargo. Some never left the ships alive because of inhospitable conditions on board. The “Middle Passage,” as it was called, was a deeply alienating journey into hell. These were one-way voyages with no chance of return.

About 12 million captives were taken to markets in the new settler colonies in North and South America and the Caribbean islands to be sold to the highest bidders, to toil on farms and plantations, in factories and private homes. They dreamed about freedom and returning home to escape the harsh labor regimes they encountered on this side of the Atlantic Ocean. Enslaved people did not work “for less.” Their labor was stolen to enrich their masters. They passed on their legal status in perpetuity to children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and untold generations beyond. They had unknowingly embarked upon centuries of bondage, one of the longest nightmares in human history….

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