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Remington Gun company filing for bankruptcy ….

The company will continue to sell guns, rifles and ammo while it goes thru it actions in Delaware

“Difficult industry conditions make today’s agreement prudent,” said Jim Geisler, executive chairman of Cerberus Capital Management, which acquired Remington in 2007.

Reuters reported the company’s sales crashed in 2017, leaving it with a $28 million operating loss. Credit ratings agencies attributed the decline in part to “receding fears that guns will become more heavily regulated.”

Bloomberg, too, noted that Remington’s bankruptcy was tied to the vagaries of the nation’s gun control debate.

“The company’s fortunes took a hit after the election of Donald Trump,” Bloomberg wrote, “because Hillary Clinton’s defeat erased fears among gun enthusiasts about losing access to weapons. Sales plummeted, and retailers stopped reordering as they found themselves stuffed with unsold inventory.”

The numbers have indeed dropped, as indicated by FBI firearm background checks. In 2017, the FBI conducted about 25.2 million firearm background checks, down from 27.5 million in 2016. The dip is significant, but the figure remains significantly higher than in previous years. In 2009, for example, the year Obama was sworn in, there were 14 million FBI firearm background checks.

Remington’s reputation has also flagged in recent years….

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California’s Race to the Top on Cannabis

…from CITYLAB….

….It’s not just the historically uber-liberal Bay Area that’s embarking on this. Los Angeles also has a cannabis social equity program that prioritizes business permits for people with low incomes, who have lived in an area ravaged by the drug war, have criminal records (because of past weed prohibition), and who plan to hire at least half of their workforces from local residents. Both Oakland and L.A. are also prioritizing permits for people who don’t personally fall under this criteria, but are willing to finance or lease space to applicants who do. In Oakland, the city is aiming to award an equity permit for every existing cannabis company that already has a leg up in the market (some companies have been operating under the state’s medical marijuana law, which has been in effect for years). In L.A., the city wants to do a two-to-one match between equity businesses and the grandfathered companies they need to catch up with.

And in Sacramento last November, the city approved the creation of a Cannabis Opportunity, Reinvestment and Equity program. The criteria are similar to those of the equity programs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Oakland in that permits are set aside or prioritized for people who are living below federal poverty levels and have been impacted by the drug war. Sacramento also joins these cities in helping expunge the records of business-seekers who have past drug crime convictions. The city is also offering applicants business and technical assistance.

The states of Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Maryland also have equity programs for their medical marijuana permitting processes (though there have been problems with the roll-outs)….

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A vast Majority of Americans want Congress/Trump to make a DACA/Dreamers ‘deal’ and move on….

The anti-immigration faction in the House is actually defying the feelings of a vast majority of American’s in holding out against a path to citizenship and an assurance of no deportation’s for those the Democrats are trying to protect….

The issue seems to preclude any longterm budget agreement from the American Congress….

Roughly two-thirds of Americans believe it’s very important for Congress to reach a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a poll released Monday found.

A Monmouth University poll showed 66 percent of Americans believe it’s very important to address the status of “Dreamers,” the title given to those who benefit from DACA. Both Democrats and Republicans largely agree on the importance of the issue.

However, Americans are split on the Trump administration’s immigration proposal, which would grant a pathway to citizenship for nearly 2 million young immigrants, according to the poll.

Trump’s plan would also include tens of billions of dollars in funding for border security and a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and limits on legal immigration.

While over 70 percent of Americans support allowing Dreamers to automatically become citizens if they don’t have a criminal record, 31 percent support the Trump immigration plan, 33 percent oppose it and 36 percent are unsure, the poll found.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle opposed the Trump administration’s proposal….

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Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Chris Coons (D-DE) are planning to introduce bipartisan legislation this week that would include a path to citizenship for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but stops short of offering any funding for President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

The proposal would provide eventual legal status for young immigrants who have lived in the U.S. since Dec. 31, 2013. It would also direct the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a study of what border security measures need to be taken, with the goal of having a comprehensive strategy in place by 2020. It would also provide funding for improved coordination between border patrol agents and local police, but no funding for a physical wall, according to the Journal.

The narrow immigration bill is designed to end the impasse over a two-year budget deal….

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Donald Trump’s wife is not sleeping in….

With the Stormy Daniel’s thing splashed all over the media ?

Hmmmm?

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Melania Trump has spent a number of nights at a posh D.C. hotel away from President Trump following allegations of a fling with porn star Stormy Daniels, White House sources told DailyMail.com.

The first lady opted for time away from her husband since news of a possible $130,000 payoff from the President’s lawyer to Daniels to cover up an alleged tryst was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Then, last week, to add insult to injury, a celebrity magazine published a cringe-worthy 2011 interview with Daniels in which she talked about the alleged 2006 sexual encounter with the future president in a hotel room at a casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada following a celebrity charity golf tournament.

‘It’s been upsetting and humiliating; her relationship with President Trump has become strained,’ a White House source told DailyMail.com….

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Congresman Joe Kennedy will answer Trump’s State of the Union address…

Another Kennedy on the rise in American politics…

Young American’s won’t know the history…

But us older one do…

And wil never forget….

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Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, one of the Democratic Party’s rising political stars, has been tapped by top party leaders to deliver the official Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union address next week.

The choice thrusts the 37-year-old, three-term congressman from Brookline into the national spotlight more squarely than he has ever been before. The job will put him on national television as the face of the Democratic Party and the voice of chief Trump critic at an extraordinary moment in the country’s politics. For many Americans, it will be their first introduction to the latest Kennedy on the political scene…..

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DNC deputy Chair may leave Congress to run for Minnesota Atty Gen…

It seems that Rep.  Keith Ellison , a Bernie Sanders supporter, isn’t happy with his boss Tom Perez not truning the party hard left in Sanders direction…

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Good….

The Democratic party isn’t Sanders party….

Heck, Sanders isn’t evn a Democrat…

This Sanders ‘personal thing’ needs to flush out and Democrats need to embrace their thing and add some parts of Sanders mesage which does appeal to them…

The Democratic party cannot afford to just turn hard left and lose voters that Obama and Bill Clinton carried for two term Presidencies…

First elected to Congress in 2006, Ellison has grown listless and bored in the House, according to multiple people who’ve spoken with him in recent months. He’s still far from even being a ranking member on a subcommittee, and Democratic prospects of retaking the majority in the House soon remain uphill.

Ellison has also told friends about chafing at being the number two at the DNC, occasionally clashing with Tom Perez, who beat him for the top spot before appointing him to his current position. More often he expresses frustration at not being able to set the direction for the official party apparatus, according to several who’ve spoken to him.

The job could give Ellison a prominent spot alongside other state attorneys general who’ve taken the lead in fighting the Trump administration — efforts that many Minnesota Democrats wanted Swanson to be more active in.

In the fall, he reached out to the Democratic Attorneys General Association, the D.C.-based group supporting campaigns, and had already caught the eye of DAGA co-chair Karl Racine, the D.C. attorney general.

Though Ellison has indicated to several people close to him in recent days that he’s less likely to run, he finds the idea enticing…

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Trump White House staff burn thru rate worst in 40 years….

Anybody Wonder why?

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The Trump White House has had more first-year departures than any other president in at least 40 years, with a 34% turnover rate, Kathryn Dunn-Tenpas from the Brookings Institute told the Wall Street Journal. That’s 17 percentage points higher than the second-highest turnover rate of 17% under Ronald Reagan….

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Aug. 18….Bannon

July 28…Preibus

July 21…Spicer

Feb. 13….Flynn

Three of the White House officials in this January photo left in the past month. Vice President Mike Pence is the only official pictured above who is still on President Trump’s staff. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Here’s a link for the list….

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton stay the Most Admired in America…Poll…

Donald Trump, even as President now….

Is NOT….

Trump’s NOT gonna be happy….

Hillary and Obama STILL beat him almost a year in his Presidency…

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Americans once again are most likely to name Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as the man and woman living anywhere in the world they admire most, as they have for the past 10 years. The pair retain their titles this year, although by much narrower margins than in the past. Obama edges out Donald Trump, 17% to 14%, while Clinton edges out Michelle Obama, 9% to 7%.

The 2017 survey marks the 16th consecutive year Clinton has been the most admired woman. She has held the title 22 times in total, more than anyone else. Eleanor Roosevelt is second with 13 wins. Obama has now been named the most admired man 10 times, trailing only Dwight Eisenhower, who earned the distinction 12 times. Obama won all eight years he was president, plus 2008 — the year he was first elected — and this year, his first as a former president….

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Is Steve Bannon running for President or does he just want wreck the Grand Ole party?

There IS a method to Steve Bannon’s madness….

It might not be as proposperious as trying to get back into the White House….

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But the man is STILL looking for a Civil War with the Republican Party and Mitch McConnell in particular….

His being kicked out of the White House and loss in the Alabama Special US Senate election with Roy Moore isn’t gonna stop his crusade…

….from Vanity Fair….

“It’s not going to be O.K.,” he concluded ominously. “The world is on a knife’s edge. We have what I call a long, dark valley ahead of us, like the 1930s.”

The message is that the world needs saving—but who’s going to save it? Looking around, it’s not hard to see Steve Bannon’s best answer. Four months ago, Bannon was a supporting player, with a whiteboard and telephone. Now he’s made himself the star—not only the chief strategist but in many ways the candidate, the frontman of his own movement. With his motorcade, retinue of advisers, and security men, his Asia trip was a mirror of President Trump’s.

When he left the White House in August, Bannon said, “the Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over.” In private, Bannon told people he was disillusioned with Trump’s shambolic governing style. Trump, in turn, sees Bannon as a self-promoter. “The president views Steve as just a guy who works for him,” a White House official said.

While the two men harbor contempt for each other that can ignite into rage, they can’t quit each other, either. Since Bannon left the West Wing, he’s had five phone calls with Trump, most initiated by the president, according to the White House official. “The few conversations Steve and the president have had since he was fired this summer have primarily been opportunities for Steve to beg for his job back,” said the White House official. A Bannon spokesperson countered, “anyone around Steve since he left the White House can see he is very happy now out of the White House!”

Bannon insists that his real opponent is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “The G.O.P. establishment, as personified by Mitch McConnell, has not done a good job supporting the president’s agenda,” Bannon told me. During a recent speech he declared a “season of war” on the G.O.P. and he is drafting insurgent candidates to challenge seven of eight G.O.P. senators up for election in 2018. Bannon’s war is just ramping up. Through his nonprofit, Government Accountability Institute, he’s planning to release a Clinton Cash-style book that takes aim at the G.O.P. establishment in general and McConnell in particular…..

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Senate intel committee investigating Stein campaign for possible support from the Russians last year…

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It appears that the Senate people doing the Trump investigation think that the Russian’s may have supported Jill Stein’s campaign against Clinton’s,….

The committee is seeking financial info from the Stein campaign…..
The Russian effort will probably be revealed as MUCH LARGER and comprehensive then reported in the media….

The Senate Intelligence Committee is looking at the presidential campaign of the Green Party’s Jill Stein for potential collusion with Russians, a sign that the panel’s probe is far from over, even as allegations swirl that the House panel’s investigation is racing to a close.

Senator Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina, said Monday the Senate committee has started looking into Stein’s campaign….

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Presidents Can Obstruct Justice both Republicans and Democrats Say…

Last week Donald Trump’s lawyer floated the idea that an American President was above being charged with an ‘obstuction of justice……

That lawyer , John Dowd, walked his comments back within 24 hours….

Dowd must have been absent during the history lession on the end of Richard Nixon’s presidency….and Bill Clinton’s…

Anybody following the Mueller investigation of Doanld Trump KNOWS that Trump actions in firing his FBI Director James Comey is where Mueller’s people are looking to go…

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a senior Republican Judiciary member who was a military lawyer, suggested Dowd consider obstruction precedent.

“There’s the ‘Can you be charged as a civilian with obstruction of justice?’ debate,” he said, referring to Article II of the Constitution that covers offenses for which a sitting president can be removed from office by Congress. “Then there’s the ‘Can obstruction become a high crime and misdemeanor?’ debate.”

“And the answer to that is ‘yes,’” Graham added. “You’ve got [President Bill] Clinton, you’ve got Nixon, so there’s plenty of precedent that obstruction of justice can be a ‘high crime or a misdemeanor’ under the Constitution for impeachment purposes. … In terms of being charged in federal court or state court, I don’t know if that can happen while you’re president because that’s an unsettled question.”

Ty Cobb, a White House lawyer overseeing the presidential team’s involvement in the Russia investigation, has said Dowd’s theory would not be the basis of any legal defense….

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Special counsel Robert Mueller is trying to piece together what happened inside the White House over a critical 18-day period that began when senior officials were told that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was susceptible to blackmail by Russia, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.

The questions about what happened between Jan. 26 and Flynn’s firing on Feb. 13 appear to relate to possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, say two people familiar with Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling and potential collusion with the Trump campaign.

Multiple sources say that during interviews, Mueller’s investigators have asked witnesses, including White House Counsel Don McGahn and others who have worked in the West Wing, to go through each day that Flynn remained as national security adviser and describe in detail what they knew was happening inside the White House as it related to Flynn.

Some of those interviewed by Mueller’s team believe the goal is in part to determine if there was a deliberate effort by President Trump or top officials in the West Wing to cover up the information about Flynn that Sally Yates, then the acting attorney general, conveyed to McGahn on Jan. 26….

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