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U.S. Mint Unveils Coin Featuring Lady Liberty as an African American

…from the Atlantic….

U.S. Mint / AP

Lady Liberty will be portrayed as an African American for the first time in U.S. history, the U.S. Mint announced Thursday. The $100, 24-karat gold coin, which will be inscribed with “1792” for the year of the Mint’s establishment and “2017” marking its 225th anniversary, is expected to be released in April. Though Lady Liberty has been previously featured on U.S. currency, the design has always depicted a white woman. Elisa Basnight, the U.S. Mint chief of staff, said of the new design: “Lady Liberty as depicted in coinage throughout the years is modeled after our society’s continued evolution. As we as a nation continue to evolve, so does Liberty’s representation.” The Mint said the new coin, which was designed by Justin Kunz, is the first in a series of coins that will feature depictions of Lady Liberty representing Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Indian Americans, and others who “reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States.”…


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Trump likely to get all his Cabinet picks….

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer  (D-NY) put his cards on the table a few weeks ago….

He would NOT heed the anger responses right after the election  by Democrats, especially Progressives and those on the Left….

They wanted Democrats in Congress to oppose EVERYTHING the Republicans came up with….

No….Schumer responded….

He would NOT follow that path….

Schumer announced that Democrats would try to find common ground with Republicans where they could….

And would fight when they felt it was necessary….

And let Republicans deal with being responsible for things now that Obama would gone….

And so it has been with the Trump cabinet picks coming before the Senate selection committee’s…..

Tough questions and retorts thrown at Senator Jeff Sessions up for Attorney General, less hostile at Rex Tillerson up for Sec of State….

Cho up for Transportation got no abuse….Pompeo and Mattis up for CIA and Defense light probing, but they get thru virtually untouched ….

Most of the people up for confirmation have actually NOT repeated much if any of Donald Trump’s wild campaign rhetoric as policies they would be pushing…..

So Democrats probably feel that with Trump having little attention span ? …..And the reality of how things actually work in government and the politics there of?….They will see cabinet heads moderating some the stuff most Americans are worried about from Trump’s mouth…And when they have to come to the Democrats in the House and morever in the Senate?….Democrats will flex and seek more….


It all could come down to Democrats just NOT being as ‘hardball’ as Republicans?

….They’re going to play ball, and play by the rules. It’s a theme that could be seen across the first two days of hearings on Trump’s choices to run his government.

There were certainly moments when Democrats gave nominees grief. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) forced Tillerson to outright refuse to answer what he knew about Exxon hiding climate science data for decades. A day earlier, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) deadpanned his way through questions of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the attorney general nominee, to reveal that Sessions’ claimed personal involvement in 20 to 30 civil rights cases, but the involvement often amounted to Sessions signing his name.

More often, though, Democrats took the mild-mannered approach, in sharp contrast to the heated criticisms President Barack Obama’s nominees faced from Republicans across his eight years…..

…even other liberals are inclined to stick with the strategy of drawing a serious contrast with the explosive Trump and being tough only when it seems truly warranted.

“That’s been part of the conversation over the last two weeks in terms of trying to make sure that we’re still in character, that we’re still the party that believes in governing, we’re still the sane folks,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said. “But we understand that these are no ordinary times, and it’s going to require not just extraordinary measures, procedurally, but we have to tap into both the anger and the fear that people are feeling out there.”

“We’re unified. Trump can either come to us like he campaigned on some issues, or he can run away from us and not get stuff done,” the aide said….


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Defense pick Mattis joins other Trump admin picks worried about Russia

During this weeks US Senate confirmation hearings each Trump national security pick has been asked a variation  of the same question….

Do you trust the actions taken by the Russians aimed at the American political process.?….

Is the Putin led government our friends or adversaries?

Defense Sec Mattis

CIA Director Pompeo

Sec of State Tillerson

ALL have expressed doubts on the latter….

Putting them each opposite their new bosses public position ….

CIA Director…

….Pompeo unequivocally backed the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the presidential election, calling their findings “sound.”

“With respect to this report in particular, it’s pretty clear about what took place here, about Russian involvement in efforts to hack information and to have an impact on American democracy,” he told the Senate Intelligence Committee. “This was an aggressive action taken by senior leadership inside of Russia.”

He promised that as CIA director, he will “pursue foreign intelligence collection with vigor, no matter where the facts lead.”…

More ….

Defense Sec….

McCain highlighted past presidents’ failed attempts to engage Putin and asked whether Mattis thinks the U.S. should learn from that.

“History is not a straight jacket, but I’ve never found a better guide,” Mattis responded, adding that there is a “relatively short list of successes” in bettering relations with Russia.

Mattis later added that the U.S. needs to face the reality that Russia has chosen to be a “strategic competitor.”

Still, the retired general said, the U.S. found a way to work with Russia in some areas even during the depths of the Cold War and could do so again.

Mattis also broke with Trump on NATO, calling it the “most successful military alliance probably in modern world history, maybe ever.”…


Sec of State….

“I would leave things in the status quo so we are able to convey this can go either way,” Tillerson said, suggesting “open and frank” dialogue with Moscow to better understand its intentions.

He blamed Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine since 2014 on an “absence of American leadership” and said the United States should have taken stronger actions to deter Russia.

“I’m advocating for responses that will deter and prevent further expansion of a bad actor’s behavior,” he said.

Tillerson said it was a “fair assumption” Putin was aware of Russian efforts to interfere in the U.S. election. He said he had not discussed Russia policy with Trump…


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Officially-announced choices as 2:30 p.m. EST Wednesday 11 January 2017

Only Cabinet Secretary still be chosen is the Sec. of Agriculture.

The only other open office currently of Cabinet status which I can see at a glance is the Chairmanship of the Council of Economic Advisers….


Department of State
Secretary – Rex Tillerson
Ambassador to the United Nations – Nikki Haley
Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China – Terry Branstad
Ambassador to the State of Israel – David Friedman
Special Trade Representative – Robert Lighthizer
Special Representative for International Negotiatons – Jason Greenblatt

Department of the Treasury
Secretary – Steven Mnuchin

Department of Defense
Secretary of Defense – Gen. James Mattis
Secretary of the Army – Vincent Viola
Secretary of the Navy – ??
Secretary of the Air Force – ??

Department of Justice
Attorney-General of the U.S. – Jeff Sessions
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (fixed-term) – James Comey
Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration – ??

Department of the Interior
Secretary – Ryan Zinke
National Park Service – ??
Bureau of Indian Affairs – ??
Bureau of Land Management – ??

Department of Agriculture

Department of Commerce
Secretary – Wilbur Ross
Deputy Secretary – Todd Ricketts

Department of Labor
Secretary – Andy Puzder

Department of Health & Human Services
Secretary – Tom Price
Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – Seema Verma
Commissioner of Food and Drugs (FDA) – ??
Surgeon-General of the U.S. – ??

Department of Housing & Urban Development
Secretary – Dr Ben Carson

Department of Transportation
Secretary – Elaine Chao

Department of Energy
Secretary – Rick Perry

Department of Education
Secretary – Betsy DeVos

Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Secretary – Dr David Shulkin

Department of Homeland Security
Secretary – Gen. James Kelley
Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency – ??

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

National Security Council
National Security Advisor – Gen. Michael Flynn
Deputy National Security Advisor – Kathleen T. McFarland
Chief of Staff – Lt Gen. Keith Kellogg
Senior Director of Strategic Communications – Monica Crowley

Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Advisor
Special Assistant to the President – Thomas Bossert

Director of National Intelligence
Director – Dan Coats
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency – Mike Pompeo

Office of Management & Budget
Director – Mick Mulvaney

National Economic Council
Chairman – Gary Cohn

Council of Economic Advisors
Chairman – ??

Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator – Scott Pruitt

Small Business Administration
Administrator – Linda McMahon

Securities & Exchange Commission
Chairman – Jay Clayton

National Trade Council (new)
Chairman – Peter Navarro
Deputy Director for the Defense Industrial Base – Alexander Gray
Deputy Director for “Buy American, Hire American” – Rolf Lundberg

Domestic Policy Council
Director – Andrew Bremberg
Deputy Director – Paul Winfree
Healthcare Policy – Kay Talento
Urban Affairs & Revitalzation – Ja’Ron Smitth
Education Policy – Rob Goad
Justice and Homeland Security Policy – John Zadrozny
Regulatory Reform, Legal and Immigration Policy  – Zina Bash
Senior Policy Analyst – Peter J. White


Office of the President
Chief of Staff – Reince Priebus
Deputy Chief of Staff – Katie Walsh
Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations – Joe Haglin
Legislative Affairs, Intergovernmental Affairs & Cabinet Affairs – Rick Dearborn
Chief Strategist – Steve Bannon
Counsel to the President – Donald F. McGahn II
Counselor to the President – Kellyanne Conway
Special Advisor on Regulatory Reform – Carl Icahn

Presidential communications staff
Press Secretary – Sean Spicer
Director of Strategic Communicatons – Hope Hicks
Director of Communications – Jason Miller (withdrew)
Director of Social Media – Dan Scavino


Senior Adviser to the President for Policy 
Senior Adviser- Stephen J. Miller
Director of Policy and Interagency Coordination – Carlos Diaz-Rosillo
Advisor for Policy, Strategy and Speechwriting – Vince Haley
Advisor for Policy, Strategy and Speechwriting  – Ross Worthington
Advisor for Policy Development and Speechwriting – Ryan Jarmula
Special Assistant to the Senior Advisor  – Robert Gabriel


Cabinet Secretaries and some others will need US Senate confirmation …..Those hearings before the US Senate have begun….

Courtesy of DSD

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Fed’s label State Election system critical infrastructure…

The Depatment of Homeland Security, reacting to the Russian Hacking attacks on the Democratic party over the last 12 months and beyond has deemed the State election systems a ‘priority’ …..

Secretaries of State from around the country, who oversee all elections in thier states are NOT happy….

They worry that regulation ans control of their elections could become Federalized….

Out going DHS Johnson says the desination is only a signal to foreign (Read Russian ) countries that the US is getting tough….

One can’t see how a Trump admin would readily advance any addition regulation ‘s  in this area…

State election officials on Monday denounced the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to label the country’s electoral system as “critical infrastructure.”

The move, which DHS announced on Friday, puts the electoral system on par with the energy or financial sector, industries considered vital to national security and economic stability.

On Monday, the National Association of Secretaries of State lashed out at the decision, saying it is “is legally and historically unprecedented, raising many questions and concerns for states and localities with authority over the administration of our voting process.”

Secretaries of state oversee elections in most states. Several of these officials have expressed concerns that the “critical infrastructure” tag could presage a federal takeover of local elections.

“While we recognize the need to share information on threats and risk mitigation in our elections at all levels of government, as we did throughout the 2016 cycle, it is unclear why a critical infrastructure classification is now necessary for this purpose,” the group added….


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Trump’s election energizes those against him…

Starting on this up coming Sunday Jan 15th and going forward, white a large protest rally in Washiungton DC on the day Donald Trump is sworn in as President?…There will be protests, demonstartions and get togethers to express displeasure with his proposed polices around the country….

Liberal organizations plan to use inauguration weekend to mobilize activists for a four-year effort, capitalizing on the left-leaning crowds expected to descend on the nation’s capital for the Women’s March on Washington and other demonstrations critical of President-elect Donald Trump.

While there will be many people celebrating the incoming president, groups of socialists, lawyers and civil rights activists will meet at venues throughout Washington to coordinate and strategize for what they hope will be four years of organized resistance to parts of Trump’s agenda.

“There is a lot of energy right now,” said Bhaskar Sunkara, the publisher and editor of Jacobin magazine, a socialist publication that is throwing an Anti-Inauguration event with panel speakers at the Lincoln Theatre on U Street NW on the night of the Jan. 20 inauguration.

Sunkara said that the surprise victory of Trump has attracted many mainstream Democrats to more far-left activism, and this event is an attempt to capture and sustain this momentum. The event is co-hosted by two left-wing book publishers, Haymarket Books and Verso Books, and will be streamed online, Sunkara said.

“What we wanted to do was have an event that would be focused on ideas, what to expect from Trump, how to do things that would counter his ideas,” Sunkara said. “We expect many thousands and thousands of people to want to gather and regroup after a day of protest.”

Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington is hosting a Pink Ball on inauguration night with tickets starting at $100. Comedians throughout the country, including some in Washington, are participating in stand-up comedy events on Jan. 19 as part of a fundraiser, called What a Joke, for the American Civil Liberties Union. Right outside District boundaries in Maryland, there will be an UnNaugural concert on Jan. 20 hosted by a progressive state senator to raise money for liberal causes.

And lawyers with the newly formed Lawyers for Good Government will attend the organization’s first conference in the District that weekend, featuring breakout panel discussions over two days on topics such as “Conflicts of interest and holding the president accountable” and “Staying in government under a Trump administration.”…


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Sears and Kmart closing down 150 stores….

Big Retailers are losing market share to on-line vendors like Amazon who  have lower overhead costs….and cut out retailers as middlemen…

Macy’s and Kohl’s, two other big retailers had lower sales this holiday seasona nd Macy’s is closing stores and laying off people…

Sears is shutting down 150 more stores, yet another sign of how tough it is for former kings of the retail industry to compete in a world now dominated by Amazon.

Sears (SHLD) said on Thursday that it would close 109 Kmart stores and 41 of its namesake Sears outlets. The announcement came on the same day that Sears disclosed plans to sell its iconic Craftsman tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker (SWK).

The company did not say how many workers would be affected by the store closures.

But a spokesperson said that most of them were part-time workers and that “we are committed to treating these associates with respect and compassion during this process.”

Sears also closed 78 stores last year and more than 200 in 2015.
The news also follows disappointing holiday results from other retail stores: Macy’s (M) — which is also closing stores and laying off workers — and Kohl’s (KSS)….


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No Car is made Completely in America…

No Commercial airliner either…

The parts for just about EVERY complex ‘American’ made machine come from all over America and the World

And it works in reverse….

Foreign cars (And any large machine) made outside America have AMERICAN parts in them likewise….

President-elect Donald Trump likes sending mean tweets that single out auto companies for not making vehicles in the United States, but there is no such thing as a completely American-made car.

While there are many cars that are ultimately assembled in the U.S., none are composed entirely of American-made parts, thanks to supply chains that go back and forth across national borders.

Federal law requires automakers to disclose the percentage of North American content in a vehicle. The most “American” cars, according to the government’s data for 2016, are the Chevrolet Traverse, the GMC Acadia and the Honda Accord, each of which scored 80 percent.

“When was the last car produced that was 100 percent made in America? it might have been the Model T,” said Frank DuBois, a supply chain expert and professor at American University’s Kogod School of Business. “Nothing is 100 percent made in America.”

Trump has picked on automakers as high-profile examples of firms shifting production to other countries instead of keeping it all the U.S., a phenomenon Trump blamed on trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement. But the various components of cars and trucks come from all over the place ― it’s not as simple as “made in the USA” or “not made in the USA.” For instance, you could buy an ostensibly Japanese Honda CR-V that was assembled in Mexico with 70 percent American parts….


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Trump orders ambassadors to come home ASAP…

 By David Nir   @ Daily Kos….

Belgium's Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo (L) welcomes US Ambassador Denise Bauer prior to their meeting on November 5, 2013, in Brussels. AFP PHOTO / BELGA / BENOIT DOPPAGNE ***BELGIUM OUT*** (Photo credit should read BENOIT DOPPAGNE/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Ambassador Denise Bauer with Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo. Bauer is being forced to return to the U.S. even though her daughter is just months from graduating high school. 

It wouldn’t be a story about Donald Trump if it didn’t start with “in a break with precedent.” In this case, it’s a break with decades of precedent: Trump has told all politically appointed U.S. ambassadors around the world that they must return home by Inauguration Day, full stop, end of story, consequences be damned.

And the consequences are plenty. For starters, it means that America won’t have diplomats in place in many countries by the time Trump is sworn in. That’s a situation that would endure for months, since the Senate has to actually confirm each new ambassador, one by one. It’s also liable to frighten our allies and embolden our not-so-allies, though if anything, that’s probably to Trump’s liking.

But it’s for exactly these reasons that past presidents have always made exceptions, even for political appointees from the other party, to ensure continuity in our diplomatic relations, and also just not to be raging dicks to people who’ve gone overseas to serve our country. Lots of them, for instance, have families and young children abroad with them—children who are in the middle of their school year. Without visas, these people can’t remain in their host countries and are scrambling to either find a way to stay, or to uproot their kids and place them in new schools back home.

It’s fucking obnoxious, is what it is:

In Costa Rica, Ambassador Stafford Fitzgerald Haney is hunting for a house or an apartment as his family—which includes four school-age children and his wife, who has been battling breast cancer—struggles to figure out how to avoid a move back to the United States with five months left in the school year, according to the diplomats.

Some anonymous Trump apparatchik claimed “there was no ill will in the move,” so of course that means there was. And you can be doubly sure, because you know who didn’t have to uproot her child in the middle of his school year when her husband suddenly had to leave town? Oh right!

At a White House farewell reception that Mr. Obama held on Wednesday night for noncareer ambassadors, many of them commiserated, attendees said, comparing notes about how to handle the situation.

Some expressed dismay that Mr. Trump, whose wife, Melania, has chosen to stay in New York to avoid moving the couple’s 10-year-old son, Barron, to a new school midyear, would not ensure that such allowances were made for American ambassadors.

Yeah, her. But none of Obama’s ambassadors. Who needs ambassadors, right? Not Donald Trump. He has a very good brain, uses the best words, and knows more than the generals, so he definitely knows more than our ambassadors do—I mean, he’s obviously terrific at diplomacy.

This is yet another reason why Senate Democrats need to grill the living daylights out of Rex Tillerson, the oilman who’s Trump’s nominee for secretary of state and would be in charge of our diplomatic corps. Does Tillerson think it’s a good idea to leave our embassies leaderless for an indefinite length of time, and to send a message to future diplomats that you’ll be treated like shit once your term is over? And if not, what does he plan to do about it?

If he doesn’t have good answers—and he won’t—Chuck Schumer & Co. need to do everything in their power to thwart Tillerson’s nomination. We’ll be watching.

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Holder to be as outside counsel to California against the Trump administration…

The ex-US Attorney Gnereal with addition legal muscle beside’s Calitfornia Attonery General desinate Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra ….

The unusual arrangement was announced as the Legislature returned to session on Wednesday, underscoring the extent to which the action in Sacramento in the coming months will be shaped by Trump’s presidency.

The agreement will give Holder, leading a team of attorneys from the firm Covington & Burling, a broad portfolio covering potential conflicts between California and the federal government. Former Los Angeles Rep. Howard Berman, a Democrat who is now a senior advisor to the firm, will also be part of the effort.

“[Holder] will be our lead litigator, and he will have a legal team of expert lawyers on the issues of climate change, women and civil rights, the environment, immigration, voting rights — to name just a few,” Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) said in an interview….


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Donald Trump’s hustle…..

The organizational hierarchy that Trump is constructing seems to be calculated anarchy which could unravel in total confusion if not taken in hand by someone. But even Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff wouldn’t have the authority to impose (like, say, Jim Baker or Don Regan) a coherent set of channels of information and direction, since he himself shares confused authority with the likes of Steve Bannon (Chief Strategist).

One effect might be to increase Trump’s ability to act as Final Arbiter and to weaken possible clusters of internal opposition to his highly volatile and improvised style of governing.

This also happened with two very different early 20th-century leaders who had a far greater grasp of what they wanted to do and how to accomplish it, when world and domestic crises had made government action vastly more complicated: Adolf Hitler (pitting Goebbels, Goering, Himmler, Hitler’s personal staff and the NSDAP bureaucracy as counterbalances against each other) and Franklin D. Roosevelt (with his alphabet agencies outside normal Cabinet departments)…..


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Donald Trump complains about Obama laying polical land mines for him


Barack Obama gets it ….FINALLY….

In a repeat of Obama 101….The President sat down right after the election and tried to ‘REASON’ with Donald Trump about the Reality  of the job he was walking into….

THAT didn’t much work and Trump….Being Trump kept right on Bull Shitting and stepping in Obama’s way even before he got sworn in…

We now have Obama and his people dumping info that Trump & Co. might use to go after people that Obama gave hope to….

We now have PRESIDENT Obama showing his continued displeasure with Israeli PM Netanyahu’s policies thru actions at the UN….

We now have President Obama preparing an investigation into the Russia influence on the 2016 Presidential election that is sure cause Trump some problems….

And we have Barack H. Obama back to saying out loud that Donald Trump probably has no fucking idea what he doing….

How’s THAT for not being ‘nice’ to Donald?

“Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks,” Trump tweeted, referring to President Barack Obama by his initial. “Thought it was going to be a smooth transition – NOT!”
The two men who had little positive to say about each other on the campaign trail seemingly buried the hatchet during an Oval Office meeting that took place just days after Trump’s surprising victory in last month’s election. Obama and Trump have spoken multiple times since then and both expressed interest in a seamless transition between administrations. As recently as last week, incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer wrote on Twitter that “the current WH has been unbelievably gracious … w/ making this transition as smooth as poss.”

But the budding relationship between the president and president-elect has frayed in recent weeks, first over the assessment of the FBI and CIA that the Russian government launched cyberattacks targeting the U.S. electoral process with the intention of aiding Trump’s candidacy. Trump has been unwilling to concede that assessment, or even that Russia was behind the cyberattacks at all, a stance that prompted critical remarks from White House press secretary Josh Earnest…..


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Trump’s transition team’s ‘witch hunts’ are called illegal…..

So says current Labor Sec Tom Perez….

Several of the Trump transition teams have asked for SPECIFIC names of Obama Admin and Civil Service employee’s that handled policy issues that the Trump Admin is against….These inquiries have sent fears of retaliation and job loses thru out those departments and others…The tenor and specificity of the inquires are unprecedented….

Labor Secretary Tom Perez says President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team’s inquiries into government agencies are against the law.

“Those questions have no place in a transition. That is illegal,” Perez, who is running for chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), told CBS Radio News in an exclusive interview Friday.

“Will dedicated career people be targeted because they were doing the right work?”

Earlier this month, Trump’s team asked the Energy Department for a list of employees who have been involved in climate change issues in President Obama’s administration, but the agency rejected the request.

The Trump transition team later told The Washington Post the letter was “not authorized,” adding that the person behind it had been “properly counseled.”

Last week, the transition team requested full reports from the State Department about “gender-related staffing, programming and funding.” The Washington Post reported that an agency official is worried the probe will lead to a “witch hunt.”

Perez said he doesn’t know of any similar requests made to his agency.

Nearly a dozen Democratic senators have called for an investigation into the Trump transition letter to the Energy Department. They told the independent Office of Special Counsel the letter appears to “have violated long-standing federal laws designed to protect civil servants against coercion for partisan purposes.”

Perez is running for DNC chairman as Democrats seek to rebuild from devastating losses in the November election….


Note ….

There are reports that in several Obama Admin departments information is being destroyed to keep it from falling into Trump people’s hands….

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The Democratic ‘Magnificent Ten’ US Senators….

The Wall Street Journal is out with apiece that lists the ten US Democratic Senators that will be the switch that Republicans will be trying to turn to get them a solid block in the Senate….

As the piece points out?

Those who think they KNOW how the Senator’s who are either in Red States or States that Donald Trump BARELY carried to get over will vote?…Are dreaming….(They will be fighting against HIGH odds in dealing with the 2018 political landscape…Hence the title)

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Two of the Senator’s where to Trump Tower’s moutain to talk to the Republican President -Elect and both will NOT be joining a Trump Administration ….

The piece also points out that Donald Trump is NOT that popular out in America and these Senator’s WILL be able to leverage THEIR popularity against some the Bull Shit that Trump may prepose and Republicans try to advance….

Their part leader IS Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer….And Schumer has already declared that he will NOT necessarily block everything Trump and the Republicans put forth….

THAT gives the Democratic ‘Magnificant Ten ‘wiggle room….And they CAN shut Republican McConnell down on a LOT of things also if Schumer can peal away just a couple of GOP Senator’s from time to time…


ALL politics IS LOCAL….

After the calendar turns to 2017, Republicans will be in full control of Washington—control of the White House, the Senate and the House. Yet some of the most intriguing and important people in town will be a small group of Democrats.

They are the 10 Democrats in the Senate who will be up for re-election in 2018 in states Republican Donald Trump carried in November.

They will be the Democrats most susceptible to pressure to break ranks and support the initiatives of a President Trump, which means that on key issues they figure to hold the balance of power. They could provide the additional votes required to get Senate Republicans from the 52 seats they hold to the 60 votes they will need to break the filibusters that stand as the biggest roadblock to the Republican agenda. Or they could decline to do so, thereby dooming key elements of that agenda.

They also may be the canaries in the coal mine in judging the political success or failure of the great Trump experiment. As they look forward to their own re-election battles just up the road, they will be highly attuned to the question of whether the new president is pleasing or disappointing the voters who swung behind him in the key states to provide his margin of victory.

It is impossible to know how this unprecedented drama will unfold for them. As the nonpartisan Cook Political Report put it in a recent analysis: “The reality is that no one has any idea what the political environment is going to look like in the summer and fall of 2018. It could be an absolute train wreck for Republicans, or it might tilt slightly in their favor. There is even the possibility it could be somewhat neutral.”

In political terms, the Democratic 10 actually divide into two subgroups, those from states Mr. Trump carried easily and those from states he barely won….



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Some Republicans in Congress will seek to repeal Enviromental law’s and then Prevent them from coming back…

Republicans really don’t believe in Climate Change Reg’s getting in the way of their friends making money….

Hopefully some of the Republicans who value their planet won’t go along with efforts to destroy it….

Congress is likely to have two priorities on energy and environmental issues when the House and Senate return on Jan. 3, according to conservative and environmental groups. First, Republicans are expected to help President-elect Donald Trump undo the Obama administration’s key regulations, and then they’ll look to pass bills aimed at preventing similar regulations in the future.

Lawmakers could also seek to undo some of the Obama administration’s last-minute regulations by filing resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, said Chrissy Harbin, director of federal affairs for Americans for Prosperity, in a phone interview Thursday.

Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement Monday that he’ll introduce a resolution in January to block Obama’s coal-mining stream-protection regulations. Obama had vetoed previous resolutions, but conservatives are hopeful Trump will sign them.

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) also plans to introduce legislation aimed at blocking Obama’s Arctic and Atlantic offshore drilling ban, but it’s not clear if that would be done under the Congressional Review Act or in another way, spokesman Matt Shuckerow told Morning Consult on Thursday.

In addition to undoing Obama administration regulations, the Senate could also hold a vote on ratifying the Paris climate agreement, Harbin said. The Obama administration said it doesn’t need Senate approval because the agreement isn’t a formal treaty, but Republicans may want to put vulnerable Senate Democrats on the spot, she said…..


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Chicago has 27 people shot…7 DOA this weekend…Merry Christmas…

…from the New York Times….

At least 27 people were shot, seven fatally, in a 48-hour period in Chicago over Christmas weekend, according to the Chicago Police Department. It was the latest bloody chapter in a city besieged by gun violence.

Homicides and shootings, already an all-too-common hazard in the city, have skyrocketed since last year, when the numbers were already high. The rise in violence is fueled in part by gangs, whose disagreements range from neighborhood turf wars to disputes over girlfriends. The conflicts often escalate quickly to gunfire.

This weekend, one of the victims was an 18-year-old Hispanic man who was shot multiple times in the neck and back while he was driving in the Gage Park neighborhood, on the city’s southwest side, at 1:30 a.m. on Christmas Day.

His death would become another entry in a fast-moving police log of murder investigations, many with no suspects in custody….


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