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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRUMP: You’re a puppet.

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

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

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How did you check his power?

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

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

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

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Of the world.

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

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Here’s the Special Report link….

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

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

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

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

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Trump gives his son the job of bringing business efficiency idea’s to government…

Good luck….

When we study Public Admin on a graduate level we get excited to try to transfer business model’s to the how government works….

Sure, we  can make things efficient ….

Then there is the BIG BUT.…..

Running Government is NOT really anything like running a business…

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Businesses operate on profit…

Government does NOT….

The American government provides services for things that will NEVER pay for themselves…

The American budget has NOT been even for decades….

Sure there ARE a whole LOT of things that COULD and SHOULD be made more efficient….

I’d even go so far to say that some things the government probably could give top private industry….

But the idea should NEVER go away that government IS there for the PEOPLE…

Not just to make money….

I hope Jared Kusher has strong elbows….

Because Congress WILL be watching him and THEY can and WILL cut him at the knees if he trespasses on their turf….

Kusher is about to see how strong politics (And vested interests)  IS in running the American Government….

President Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises — such as reforming care for veterans and fighting opioid addiction — by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions.

The White House Office of American Innovation, to be led by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will operate as its own nimble power center within the West Wing and will report directly to Trump. Viewed internally as a SWAT team of strategic consultants, the office will be staffed by former business executives and is designed to infuse fresh thinking into Washington, float above the daily political grind and create a lasting legacy for a president still searching for signature achievements.

“All Americans, regardless of their political views, can recognize that government stagnation has hindered our ability to properly function, often creating widespread congestion and leading to cost overruns and delays,” Trump said in a statement to The Washington Post. “I promised the American people I would produce results, and apply my ‘ahead of schedule, under budget’ mentality to the government.”

In a White House riven at times by disorder and competing factions, the innovation office represents an expansion of Kushner’s already far-reaching influence. The 36-year-old former real estate and media executive will continue to wear many hats, driving foreign and domestic policy as well as decisions on presidential personnel. He also is a shadow diplomat, serving as Trump’s lead adviser on relations with China, Mexico, Canada and the Middle East….

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Trump & Co want to get in bed with Democrats against GOP Conservative’s for Tax Reform?

It’s REALLY getting crazy in Washington DC…..

Stung by the intransigence of the REPUBLICAN Conservatives in the Freedom Caucus ? Reports are that the White House has threaten their own party rightwing nuts that they should bow down and fall in line with Trump and Ryan on the Tax Reform effort (and other legislative Bills)….

Wait?

Did I just say Trump/Ryan think they can co-opt their own party with Democrats?

The same Democrats they ran AGAINST and demonized to their base?

Bipartisanship?    (John Boehner is laughing someplace!)

What is WRONG with this picture?

Fresh off a defeat on U.S. healthcare legislation, the White House warned rebellious conservative lawmakers that they should get behind President Donald Trump’s agenda or he may bypass them on future legislative fights, including tax reform.

The threat by White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to build a broad coalition on tax reform that could include moderate Democrats came as the Republican head of the tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives said he hoped to move a tax bill through his panel this spring….

Both Trump and Priebus have scolded hardline conservatives who rejected legislation backed by the White House to replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Priebus held out the possibility of working with moderate Democrats as well as Republicans to pass other aspects of Trump’s agenda, such as his proposed budget, the revamp of the tax code and a renewed effort at healthcare reform.

“If we can come up with a bill that accomplishes the goals of the president with Republicans alone, we’ll take it and we’ll move forward with it,” Priebus said.

But he added: “I think it’s more or less a warning shot that we’re willing to talk to anyone. We always have been and I think more so now than ever.”…

Trump has put tax reform at the top of his legislative agenda now that the healthcare bill has failed.

Priebus said Trump was not backing off his view that the tax reform bill needed a border tax. He also said that the measure would include a middle-class tax cut that he said might help to attract votes from moderate Democrats…..

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Looking at a day with Fox News…..

The NY Times takes a 18 hour look at the Fox News Network, which has been ever more popular in Donald Trump ‘s America….

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“I know maybe the president is watching.”

So said Brian Kilmeade, co-host of “Fox and Friends,” on Thursday morning’s show. It was no mere boast, since President Trump has publicly stated his affection for the show and for Fox News, the channel on which it airs. If Mr. Trump was indeed tuning in, he was far from alone. Fox News has been the most watched cable news network for 15 years, but depending on the hour, the news narrative it presents to its large and loyal conservative audience can sharply diverge from what consumers of other media outlets may be seeing.

We watched Fox News from 6 a.m. until midnight on Thursday to see how its coverage varied from that of its rivals on a day when cable news was dominated by the health care debate in Congress, the terrorist attack in London and the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election.

One notable way Fox News stood apart from its competition, as it has been known to do for years, was in the stories it chose to highlight and the tone — in some of its opinion shows, unapologetically supportive of Mr. Trump and his agenda — with which it covered them.

There was extensive coverage of the health care vote, for example, but there was also considerable time given to topics, like a rape case in Maryland, that viewers would not have heard about if they had turned to CNN or MSNBC. The rape case, which involved an undocumented immigrant and went virtually uncovered on most networks, received almost hourly updates on Fox, and at times was used as proof that Mr. Trump’s calls for tighter borders and a crackdown on immigration were justified.

During coverage of the London terrorist attack, in a break from the rather muted coverage on CNN, “Fox and Friends” veered into discussing the faith of the “Muslim mayor” of London. A morning news show noted that most British police officers did not carry guns (a fact that a guest labeled “lunacy”) and considered how the attack represented the broader terrorist threat.

And while other networks were devoting time to the apology made by Representative Devin Nunes of California, the Republican chairman of the House committee investigating Russian interference in the election, for not sharing information about intelligence with the committee’s top Democrat before giving it to Mr. Trump, Fox was touting a report about “potential” evidence that Mr. Trump’s team may indeed have been surveilled by the Obama administration. It was presented as vindication of Mr. Trump’s earlier assertions that his phones had been wiretapped.

Still, while people who do not watch Fox News may think it presents a uniform voice from morning to night, the network’s content varies plenty. It offers a heavy dose of opinionated fare — “Fox and Friends” and its entire prime-time lineup — and has something closer to a more traditional news format for much of the afternoon. And just like any cable news network, when news breaks, it can find itself scrambling.

With all that in mind, if you weren’t watching Fox News on Thursday, this is how the news played out through its distinctive lens…..

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Schumer… Running a Government is WAY different than Running a Business …

And if you look carefully Donald Trump wasn’t all that good at running his businesses…

…”You cannot run the presidency like you run a real estate deal. You can’t tweet your way through it,” Schumer said. “You can’t threaten and intimidate and say I’ll walk away. It’s more complicated.”….

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Democrats ain’t losing it all so far like many expected…

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Yes Joe Biden…You COULD have Won….

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Hind sight IS 20/20 vision….

We know the Democrats where holding the spot for Hillary but 

the former Vice President had a tough call to make and family considerations should ALWAYS come first….

I would have gladly cast for vote him in the primary and general election….

Former Vice President Joe Biden late Friday night voiced regret about his decision not to run for president, predicting if he had secured the Democratic nomination he could have won against Donald Trump.

“I had planned on running for president and although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won,” he said. “I don’t know, maybe not. But I thought I could have won.”

“I had a lot of data and I was fairly confident that if I were the Democratic Party’s nominee, I had a better than even chance of being president,” Biden continued.

Biden explained that he didn’t regret the time he was able to spend with his son Beau Biden, who later died after battling cancer.

“But do I regret not being president? Yes,” Biden said. “I was the best qualified.”

His remarks came during a speech at Colgate University in Hamilton New York, which was largely focused on helping the middle class.

Biden explained in emotional terms that because of his son’s illness he felt he couldn’t run and that he had “lost part of my soul” when Beau passed….

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Will Trump go 0-3 with a loss on Tax Reform?

After losses on Immigration and Healthcare?

Donald Trump and House GOP Speaker turn to Tax Reform…..

With Democrats doing pretty good in holding the line against Republicans on the above and lining up to contest the Gorsuch Supreme Court pick they are surprisingly united…

They won’t help the President with his REAL problem…

His OWN adopted party…

The guy who ran against the Grand Ole Party now finds himself stuck with the same problem John Boehner had before he quit….

A solid group of rightwingnuts within his party…..

When John Boehner was speaker he could rely on cutting deals WITH Democrats too get around the Tea Party, now called Freedom Party bloc….

THAT won’t work with a Democratic base NOW hard against any deals by Democratic lawmakers with anything that smells like Trump….(Just like the last 8 years with Republicans and Obama, eh?)…

Changing the tax code to give rich people even MORE money is gonna just as hard or harder than the first two strike outs Trump has taken….

REALLY?

How long will this guys stick up at bat getting strike outs before he just up and quits and goes home ?

Dealmaker?

Huh?

Not everyone is a s gullible as his base….

Repealing and replacing the existing system rather than starting from scratch where there wasn’t one before means that, just like with Obamacare, tax reform will create losers as well as winners. It’s virtually guaranteed that the companies who will pay more because of the proposed changes will fight at least as hard as those that will pay less. That will make the tax reform debate longer, tougher and much nastier than anyone is currently assuming.

It’s Going To Take A Budget Resolution…And Reconciliation.

The GOP’s grand strategy on Obamacare was to repeal and replace it using the reconciliation rules of the congressional budget process so that Senate Democrats couldn’t filibuster the bill. The failure of the House to pass AHCA and send it to the Senate means the strategy was never implemented, but it was brilliantly conceived even if it wasn’t executed as planned.

Congressional Republicans are now preparing to use the same strategy with tax reform. If all goes as planned, Congress will adopt a budget resolution in May or June that includes reconciliation instructions to the tax-writing committees to do corporate tax reform. As with the strategy for Obamacare repeal, that will prevent the bill from being filibustered and should greatly expedite the process.

But there will be one big difference between Obamacare and tax reform: it won’t be as easy for Congress to pass a budget resolution in May or June as it was for it to adopt a budget resolution this past January and, without one, the reconciliation procedures won’t be available…..

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So far the Russians had their money on a guy 0-2…

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Donald Trump just took another LOSS…

This one on Healthcare…..

He lost Immigration TWICE….

The Russian’s helped him get his day job…

Looks like the ‘Dealmaker’ ain’t batting too good, eh?

AS in his business endeavors…

Donald Trump is weak in his long game…

Oh?

ALL the bull shit about Trump changing the way Congress and Politics work?

Well that IS turning out to be Bull Shit….

Even within his own adopted party…

You can dress the guy up and give him fancy toys…

But he’s STILL just Donald J. Trump….

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Yes….There Still ARE Moderate Republicans….

During last years GOP Presidential nomination sweepstakes race ‘moderate’ Republicans fell by the wayside one by one….

It got so bad for them that they had to put a ‘conservative mask on their face to try to survive….

Donald Trump copped the hard right place in the campaign and used it to steal the party….

That was then….

In the last week the moderate Republicans in the Grand Ole Party have asserted themselves , worried about doing something that might make Trump and Speaker Ryan happy, but might cost them their seats come next year…

The Republican party….

Like Democrats…

Has a duality issue….

The parties are neither just one thing….

….In some corners, Republicans saw the past week as a defining moment where lawmakers went from the hypothetical exercise of previous fiscal proposals, which they knew the White House of former president Barack Obama would block, into the world of live ammunition in which these proposals could become law.

That gravity, among moderates and some mainstream conservatives, altered votes. “Sometimes you’re playing Fantasy Football and sometimes you’re in the real game,” said Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), a Freedom Caucus member whom Trump had won over to support the bill.

By the time Ryan arrived at the White House, delivering the bad news about the whip count for the vote, those Republicans were doing just that. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), who brought Ryan into her suburban district outside Washington, broke against the bill, followed by Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio).

His district, a mix of suburbs and working-class towns east of Cleveland, actually went for Trump by more than 11 percent, as Joyce was reelected by a 25-percentage-point margin. In the past his biggest political fear has been a primary challenge from the right, yet the slight hint of Trump-fueled challengers to those opposed to the bill did not sway Joyce.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) had accepted expanded Medicaid funding as part of increasing insurance coverage through the ACA. Ryan’s American Health Care Act would phase out the Medicaid coverage.

Joyce made a simple, binary choice about Obamacare: “The American Health Care Act was not a better solution.”

This new combination, with Ryan’s right and left flanks willing to buck him and the new president, presents deep concern for the long-term effort to take up the more complicated effort to overhaul the corporate and individual tax codes….

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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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Just don’t blame me…..Trump

The word was Trump wanted a Vote on Trump/Ryancare’s Repeal/Replace Phase One….

NOT GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan….

The word was Trump said in the end……

Pull the Bill….

OF COURSE Donald Trump doesn’t EVER say HE messed up….

In the past ?

He’d  just settle….

Well….

He’s 0 for 2  right now…(Immigratioin AND Healthcare)

And he has been right in the MIDDLE of BOTH loses….

Welcome ‘Mr. President’ to the new world where YOU get credit for wins and blamed for your loses….

The Democrats don’t have the votes, Right?

“I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer because now they own Obamacare,” Trump said of the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, respectively, immediately after remarking that he’d “be totally open to” working with the opposition party. “They own it — 100 percent own it. And this is not a Republican health care. This is not anything but a Democrat health care, and they have Obamacare for a little while longer until it ceases to exist, which it will at some point in the near future.”

“And just remember: This is not our bill. This is their bill,” he continued. “Now, when they all become civilized and get together and try and work out a great health care bill for the people of this country, we’re open to it. We’re totally open to it.”

Yet asked if he would talk to Democrats now that Republicans are moving on, Trump said no….

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Trump tries to blame the Democrats on Trump/Ryancare failure to launch….

Another one of Trump’s attempt to bend reality….

Won’t work….

Trump and his buddy House GOP Speaker spent the last 48 hour trying get THEIR felloe Republicans to vote FOR their sake….

The Rightwingnuts and Moderate REPUBLICANS turned their backs….

This was a Republican IN-HOUSE thing….

Had NOTHING to do with Democrats who watched the show from the sidelines….

President Donald Trump said Friday that the failure of the House GOP’s long-awaited Obamacare repeal bill, which he himself backed “100 percent,” was the fault of Democrats.

“We were very close; it was a very, very tight margin,” he said. “We had no Democrat support. We had no votes from the Democrats. They weren’t going to give us a single vote, so it’s a very difficult thing to do.”

Trump’s comments glossed over the fact that Republicans currently control both houses of Congress and the White House, leaving them plenty of leeway to craft and push through a health care bill via reconciliation.

The President appeared defiant in a short remarks to the press pool in the Oval Office, where he was flanked by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Vice President Mike Pence.

Thanking both men and as well as GOP leadership for their efforts to write the legislation and to gin up votes for it, Trump predicted that Obamacare will “explode” “soon” and that Democrats will be held accountable for that failure. He first announced that he would use this strategy in the event of the bill’s failure in a closed-door meeting with conservatives earlier this month.

“What would be really good with no Democrat support if the Democrats, when it will explode [sic], which it will soon, if they got together with us and did a real health care bill,” he said. “I would be totally open to it. And I think that’s going to happen. And I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer because now they own Obamacare. They own it, 100 percent own it.”…

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As long as Donald Trump JUST plays to his base?

Democrats ain’t gonna help him….

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Trump/Ryancare Bill pulled…No Vote….

Sensing  that Republicans did NOT HAVE THE VOTES and not wanting to throw GOP House members to dogs in next years Midterm elections,,,,

Trump has asked Speaker Ryan to NOT  do a vote that would  be politically hurtful…

Donald Trump losses another ‘deal’….

Immigration was the first one….

The Republicans  have spend years knocking Obamacare

They now have taken a hit and do not know WTF to do

Barack Obama has to be smiling

The Republicans have made the program more popular THEMSELVES….

House Republican leaders abruptly pulled a rewrite of the nation’s health-care system from consideration on Friday, a dramatic acknowledgment that they are so far unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“We just pulled it,” President Trump told The Washington Post in a telephone interview.

In a news conference shortly after the decision, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) conceded that his party “came up short.”

The decision came a day after Trump delivered an ultimatum to lawmakers — and represented multiple failures for the new president and Ryan.

“I don’t blame Paul,” Trump said, referring to Ryan….

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CNN Trump/Ryancare Update…Who to blame for the Bill going down?..

John King over at CNN is reporting that House GOP Speaker Ryan is briefing Donald Trump as I write this at the White House…..

His sources indicate that Ryan is telling the leader of his party that he’s throwing the dice…

House moderates have stiffen their backs AGAINST the Bill worried about their keeping their jobs next year and being able to face their voters who increasingly do NOT want the Obama healthcare program Repealed….

Ryan is said to be dropping the ball in Trump’s lap in asking him if he wants a embarssing NO vote on the bill….

Or….

Pulling the bill and moving to Tax Reform something Trump might like to deal with better ….

Ryan IS telling Trump they do NOT have the votes and if they keep this up ?

The MODERATE REPUBLICANS will provide cover for even MORE in the party to vote against the Bill and ease their lives back home at Trump and Ryan’s expense….

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The final leg of the Keystone Pipeline WILL be built…

Called this one way back when….

The Trump administration has issued a presidential permit to pipeline builder TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that Donald Trump would discuss the pipeline later Friday morning.

The state department says that it is confident that building the pipeline serves the US national interest. That is the opposite conclusion to the one the state department reached during the Obama administration.

“In making his determination that issuance of this permit would serve the national interest, the under secretary considered a range of factors, including but not limited to foreign policy; energy security; environmental, cultural and economic impacts; and compliance with applicable law and policy,” the department said, according to the Hill website.

The remarks contrasted sharply with Barack Obama’s comments in November 2015, when he rejected the Keystone XL deal after seven years of political debate and grassroots campaigning….

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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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