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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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Trump & Co install THEIR people around the government…Here’s some of the names…

Below the radar the Trump Admin has done what every other Presidentail Admin does….

Try to hire people LOYAL to their ideas….

But this time around we have people hired to work in places they have lobbied or even wrote legislation for….’

Cleaning the Swamp?

Hardly…..

(Some are Bush people…and YES…Some ARE Obama people…Go Figure?)

A Trump campaign aide who argues that Democrats committed “ethnic cleansing” in a plot to “liquidate” the white working class. A former reality show contestant whose study of societal collapse inspired him to invent a bow-and-arrow-cum-survivalist multi-tool. A pair of healthcare industry lobbyists. A lobbyist for defense contractors. An “evangelist” and lobbyist for Palantir, the Silicon Valley company with close ties to intelligence agencies. And a New Hampshire Trump supporter who has only recently graduated from high school.

These are some of the people the Trump administration has hired for positions across the federal government, according to documents received by ProPublica through public-records requests.

 While President Trump has not moved to fill many jobs that require Senate confirmation, he has quietly installed hundreds of officials to serve as his eyes and ears at every major federal agency, from the Pentagon to the Department of Interior.

Unlike appointees exposed to the scrutiny of the Senate, members of these so-called “beachhead teams” have operated largely in the shadows, with the White House declining to publicly reveal their identities.

While some names have previously dribbled out in the press, we are publishing a list of more than 400 hires, providing the most complete accounting so far of who Trump has brought into the federal government.

The White House said in January that around 520 staffers were being hired for the beachhead teams.

The list we obtained includes obscure campaign staffers, contributors to Breitbart and others who have embraced conspiracy theories, as well as dozens of Washington insiders who could be reasonably characterized as part of the “swamp” Trump pledged to drain.

The list is striking for how many former lobbyists it contains: We found at least 36, spanning industries from health insurance and pharmaceuticals to construction, energy and finance. Many of them lobbied in the same areas that are regulated by the agencies they have now joined…..

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Congress will not go along with large cuts to the State Dept and Foreign Aid…..

While the story for the most part by others is Trump and Congress are on the same page….

When it gets down to to nitty gritty?

Congress is NOT gonna rubber stamp Trump and Bannon efforts to shrink America from the rest of the world…..

President Trump’s proposed cuts to foreign aid are hitting a wall of resistance on Capitol Hill, with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) declaring the plan “dead on arrival.”

The blowback is centered on Trump’s plan to reportedly ask for a 37 percent cut to the State Department’s budget, a reduction lawmakers characterized as misguided and dangerous.

“It would be a disaster,” said Graham, a frequent Trump critic and chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the State Department. “A budget this lean would put those who serve overseas for the State Department at risk. And it’s not going to happen.”

Asked whether Trump’s proposed cuts to the State Department would pass, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) replied, “Probably not.”

The White House is preparing a budget blueprint to be released on March 16 with top-line numbers for government agency spending. Administration officials on Monday said the plan would include a $54 billion defense budget hike paid for with equivalent cuts to nondefense programs….

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Things gonna get interesting come budget time….

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Undocumented immigrants go into hiding…

The more the media reports on the ramp up in raids?

The more illegals and even some legal’s worry…And go to ground…

No going to church, no going to the store. No doctor’s appointments for some, no school for others. No driving, period — not when a broken taillight could deliver the driver to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

It is happening in the Central Valley of California, where undocumented immigrants pick the fields for survival wages but are keeping their children home from school; on Staten Island, where fewer day laborers haunt street corners in search of work; in West Phoenix’s Isaac School District, where 13 Latino students have dropped out in the past two weeks; and in the horse country of northern New Jersey, where one of the many undocumented grooms who muck out the stables is thinking of moving back to Honduras.

If deportation has always been a threat on paper for the 11 million people living in the country illegally, it rarely imperiled those who did not commit serious crimes. But with the Trump administration intent on curbing illegal immigration — two memos outlining the federal government’s plans to accelerate deportations were released Tuesday, another step toward making good on one of President Trump’s signature campaign pledges — that threat, for many people, has now begun to distort every movement….

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A look at those who are NOT able to find work so easy…

Bloomberg takes a look a Americans who several reasons cannot work, or find int exceptionally hard to find work due to their location, past history, lack of skills, age or fact that employers simply will NOT hire them….

Trump’s immigration policy will not net them jobs either…

Even at so-called full employment, some 20 million Americans are left behind.

They’re looking for work, out of the labor force but unhappy about it, or report working part-time when they’d prefer more hours, according to data released last week. Their plight comes even as the U.S. flirts with what economists consider the maximum level of employment for the first time since before the recession, having added 15.8 million jobs since the start of 2010. While some of America’s jobless are simply between gigs, those persistently stuck out of work are called the structurally unemployed.

President Donald Trump said wrongly last month that 96 million people are looking for work, having included Americans who are still in school, retired, or just uninterested. Yet his words resonated in a country where economic insecurity is distributed unequally and cruelly—far deeper in Mingo, W. Va., than in midtown Manhattan.

Because of where the structurally unemployed live, what they’ve done, or the skills they lack, employers can’t or won’t hire them. The problems that keep today’s jobless stuck on the sidelines are different than those of past recoveries: a complex web of often interrelated issues from disability and drug use to criminal records.

Behind the statistics are people with 20 million unique stories….

Some of those stories….Here

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Large Crowds form up at American Airports in reaction to Trump’s actions…

President Trump thinks things are working out ‘fine’….

Yea, Right???

Protestors Rally At JFK Airport Against Muslim Immigration Ban

The scene at JFK Airport in New York…(NY Post/Getty)

Nobody has told him about the confusing in the agencies tasked too carry out his executive order and probably nobody has told him of the growing numbers of demonstrators and their supporters massing at the nations international airports in support of people they do not know but feel for being detained….

A newlywed blocked from bringing her husband to Florida.

Legal U.S. residents barred from returning to their homes.

Airline passengers booted from flights worldwide.

The wide-reaching ramifications of President Trump’s refugee ban unfolded around the globe Saturday, spawning uncertainty and criticism of the crackdown on refugees from predominantly Muslim nations.

“It’s working out very nicely,” Trump told reporters in the White House. “You see it in the airports, you see it all over.”

Gov. Cuomo said he was ordering state agencies to explore “all legal options to assist anyone detained at New York airports, and ensure that their rights are protected.”….

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Trump transition people fail to do background vetting First….

And it is causing Trump ‘s Administration picks problems….

Oh, and Chris Christie TRYING to run things in the beginning didn’t help at ALL….Now the media is a doing some of the leg work and getting headlines for it….

Actually?

NO ONE THOUGHT TRUMP WOULD WIN…..

According to a person involved in the process, a team led by Gov. Chris Christie initially provided a cursory vetting of more than 200 proposed nominees before the election.

That list included a number of people Trump eventually picked to join his Cabinet. But the review was based on publicly available documents, rather than questionnaires or interviews, because the team didn’t want the names of those under consideration to leak, this person said. “Many of the Cabinet members were on the list,” this person said.

Amid the shock and jubilation at Trump Tower in the days that followed the election, a transition operation was re-established under the control of Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

The office, based in Washington while the president-elect remained in New York, was staffed by a number of attorneys with experience overseeing transitions and preparing nominees for their congressional hearings. Several of them were new to the Trump operation. “No one thought they were going to win, so they didn’t have a lot of people,” said one source close to the campaign.

The process bore little resemblance to the one conducted in 2012 by Romney, who wanted FBI background checks and other reviews conducted to unearth red flags before the press or opposition researchers could. Trump told his aides to not conduct a background check on him.

After the election, Trump’s team took a largely dismissive approach to paperwork in the weeks after the election, two people involved said…..

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Backgrounder…Donald J. Trump HAS BEEN doing ‘Deals’ with Russia for decades….

THAT was a businessman…

He is NOW gonna the President of the United States of America…

The COUNTRY SHOULD come FIRST….

I do NOT think Trump can separate who he IS from who he is supposed to BE…

THIS POINTS TO A CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH AMERICAN FOREIGN AFFAIRS FOR A PRESIDENT’S PERSONAL INTEREST….

Not ILLEGAL….

But it SHOULD mean a person NOT having the job as President…. 

Everyone is worried about the Office of the Presidency….

They should be worried about someone so hell bent on makimng themselves Richer…..

The president-elect’s favorable comments about President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and the conclusion of United States intelligence officials that Moscow acted to help Mr. Trump’s campaign have focused attention on Mr. Trump’s business interests in Russia. Asked about the issue at his news conference last week, Mr. Trump was emphatic on one point: “I have no dealings with Russia.” And he repeated: “I have no deals that could happen in Russia because we’ve stayed away.”

The project on the old pencil factory site ultimately fizzled. And by the time Mr. Trump entered the presidential race, he had failed to get any real estate development off the ground in Russia. But it was not for lack of trying.

Mr. Trump repeatedly sought business in Russia as far back as 1987, when he traveled there to explore building a hotel. He applied for his trademark in the country as early as 1996. And his children and associates have appeared in Moscow over and over in search of joint ventures, meeting with developers and government officials.

During a trip in 2006, Mr. Sater and two of Mr. Trump’s children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, stayed at the historic Hotel National Moscow across from the Kremlin, connecting with potential partners over the course of several days.

As recently as 2013, Mr. Trump himself was in Moscow. He had sold Russian real estate developers the right to host his Miss Universe pageant that year, and he used the visit as a chance to discuss development deals, writing on Twitter at the time: “TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW is next.”

As the Russian market opened up in the post-Soviet Union era, Mr. Trump and his partners pursued Russians who were newly flush with cash to buy apartments in Trump Towers in New York and Florida, sales that he boasted about in a 2014 interview. “I know the Russians better than anybody,” Mr. Trump told Michael D’Antonio, a Trump biographer who shared unpublished interview transcripts with The New York Times.

Seeking deals in Russia became part of a broader strategy to expand the Trump brand worldwide. By the mid-2000s, Mr. Trump was transitioning to mostly licensing his name to hotel, condominium and commercial towers rather than building or investing in real estate himself. He discovered that his name was especially attractive in developing countries where the rising rich aspired to the type of ritzy glamour he personified…..

……he told the Manhattan audience that “I really prefer Moscow over all cities in the world” and that he had visited Russia a half-dozen times in 18 months.

In 2011, he was still at it. “Heading to the airport to go to Moscow for business,” he tweeted that year.

Mr. Trump himself was back in Moscow in 2013, attending the Miss Universe pageant, which he owned with NBC….

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The NY Times linked piece points to a man who has been doing business with the Russian Business world since the 1980’s, THREE DECADES….

He likes the rich Russia he has been exposed to AS A BUSINESSMAN….

He is going to be the President of the United States….

Big difference….

image…From left, Donald Trump, Aras Agalarov and Emin Agalarov walk the red carpet at the Miss Universe pageant competition in Moscow in November 2013. (Victor Boyko/Getty Images)

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Andrew Cuomo joins the New 2020 Democratic Presidential group…..

The Democratic Presidential bench is being updated by a younger political group …..

As Democratic leaders reassess their party’s mission and long-term strategy after the election of Donald J. Trump to the White House, Mr. Cuomo seems eager to quickly position himself as a different sort of Northeast liberal, one capable of building things beyond a social agenda — and remaking a persona that has long rubbed some of his colleagues and voters the wrong way.

Mr. Cuomo and Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Kamala D. Harris of California, among others, are thought to be on a short, if still amorphous, list of fresher options for 2020. By then, the old guard of potential candidates, represented by Hillary Clinton, Mr. Sanders, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, will all be 70 or older.

Of those who have prompted presidential speculation, Mr. Cuomo seems the keenest to quickly broaden his appeal since the election, and is perhaps the most road-tested in political warfare and theatrics. His appearance with the still-popular Mr. Sanders, whom Mr. Cuomo did not support in last year’s primary campaign, illustrated the governor’s instincts; although the event was Mr. Cuomo’s, he allowed Mr. Sanders to speak last.

“He is fully capable of moving to where the Democratic needle proves to be moving,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a political consultant who has worked for the governor in the past. “And the speculation will be, ‘See, he wants to run.’”…

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Trump’s son-in-law to work in the White House…

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Jared Kushner, who married Trump’s daughter Ivanka, is thought to to be the last person Donald Trump speaks to before making a decision …

He, like his father-in-law is a businessman….

He will have enormus power in the Trump adminsistatrion….

(Many hope he can be a moderating one to his father-in-law)

He’s a piece on the New Yorker, who is moving to Washington and will live down the road from Barack Obama….

Until very recently, and to all outward appearances, Jared Kushner was just another socially striving young businessman with inoffensively Bloombergian political values. But over the past year, something seems to have changed — in his beliefs, in his manner, in his relationship to his peers among New York City’s elite….

“Jared Kushner is the man,” said Stephen Schwarzman, the private-equity billionaire, as he introduced Trump’s emissary. (This account is based on interviews with multiple attendees.) Kushner, the 35-year-old husband of Ivanka, Trump’s favorite child, sat in a director’s chair, wearing a gray sweater and blazer over an open-collared shirt and a pair of gleaming white sneakers. He still has a boyish mien and a polite, ingratiating manner. But these days, he carries himself with the assurance of a man who just received the ultimate validation.

With little experience, and against all predictions to the contrary, Kushner had managed Trump’s way to the White House, and was now poised to be his most trusted adviser and enforcer in the West Wing. This left many of the staid business leaders in the audience confused about whether Kushner really shared their values and worldview — indeed, whether he had ever really belonged to their world at all.

Many were hoping — perhaps desperately — that Trump, a formerly unthinkable president, might at heart be a pragmatic dealmaker. If that were true, then maybe he could be moved by Kushner’s quiet advice, and maybe all his maximalist stances — build the wall, ban the Muslims, bring on the nuclear-arms race — were negotiable. After the election, the financial markets were buoyed in part by this (still unproven) theory. Three days before Kushner’s appearance, the Dow had closed at a record high. He had come to offer a message to his old friends: Be unafraid….

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Are NBC and CNN moving their news coverage more to Fox’s Direction?

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Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren will be working for  the NBC News Family…

CNN hired Cory Lewandowski…

Donald Trump is gonna be the President in two weeks…

Has the American News Networks moved to bend in the right leaning Fox News direction?

Greta Van Susteren is joining MSNBC, taking over the channel’s 6 p.m. time slot with a new show called “For the Record,” the network announced Thursday.

Van Susteren’s show will feature both news and analysis, working as a bridge from MSNBC’s dayside news shows into its more opinion and analysis-focused primetime. She starts on Jan. 9, and the show will be based out of Washington D.C….

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Update on Legal Marijuana in Colorado and Washington State…

The studies on use are similar…

But do NOT come to same conclusions…

The nation’s first recreational marijuana shop opened nearly three years ago in Colorado. Since then, a growing body of research has shown that the availability of recreational marijuana — in Colorado and elsewhere — is having little to no effect on teens’ propensity to smoke weed.

That’s the conclusion, at least, of the official statistics out of Colorado through 2015. It’s what federal data shows nationwide through this year. And it’s also backed up by other federal surveys of drug use in the states where marijuana is legal.

The data on this point has been consistent enough that longtime skeptics of the merits of marijuana legalization, like Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, are expressing surprise at the findings. “We had predicted based on the changes in legalization, culture in the U.S. as well as decreasing perceptions among teenagers that marijuana was harmful that [accessibility and use] would go up,” Volkow told U.S. News and World Report earlier this month. “But it hasn’t gone up.”

However, a study out Tuesday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics flies somewhat in the face of the new conventional marijuana wisdom. Examining marijuana use among high school students in Washington state two years before and after the vote to legalize in 2012, it finds that rates of marijuana use increased by about 3 percent among 8th- and 10th-graders over that period.

The authors posit that reduced stigma about marijuana use is one factor leading to the results that they observed.

“Our study suggests that legalization of marijuana in Washington reduced stigma and perceived risk of use,” said lead author Magdalena Cerdá of the University of California in Davis in a news release, “which could explain why younger adolescents are using more marijuana after legalization.”

The findings are something of a puzzle….

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Senate McCain-Schumer partnership?

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The Democratic Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. John McCain (R-Arz) Republican Chair of the US Senate Armed Services Commitee are going around these day saying the SAME THING…..

They want a Special US Senate Committee set up to investigate Russian meddling in the just past US Presidential Election….

Sens. John McCain and Charles E. Schumer used to have a lousy relationship. The Arizona Republican and New York Democrat came from different backgrounds and focused on distinct legislative priorities. They were two hard-charging senators who were both aggressive in their courtship of the media.

The New Yorker and the Arizonan even broke into an open feud when, during a 2011 debate on defense policy, McCain joked that Long Island was “regrettably part of the United States of America.” Schumer demanded an apology: “All of America saw how heroic Long Islanders were on 9/11.”

Five years later, times have changed. The duo is emerging as a potentially critical force in the new world order of President-elect Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress. In the last 10 days, McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Schumer, the incoming Senate minority leader, led a bipartisan push to create a robust investigation into Russian hacking of political committees that intelligence officials say was designed to promote Trump’s candidacy…..

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Why is Russia a problem for America?

The Editor of the Talking Points Memo Blogs looks at Russia on different levels……

Economically, Militarily and Politically….

One of the three of those shows Russia as a small player in the world economies….

Which is NOT a threat to America….

But Josh Marshall, the editor , points to the fact that Russia does have nukes, and the ability to deliver them anywhere on the planet, something few countries can do….

But….

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The most serious problem Marshal points to is Russia’s push by its President Putin to reclaim the soveign countries that have left the old Soviet Empire….

For my part I see Russia as a wounded, diminished and because of that in many ways dangerous state – one that needs to be handled with care and caution. I mentioned a few days ago that in all international relations, the most important questions are really not so much what’s the right or wrong policy but whether you are prepared to handle the consequences of your decisions – in military, economic and human terms.

In this sense I think the US made a number of mistakes in the post-Cold War era basically pushing our web of economic, diplomatic and military alliances right up to Russia’s borders, in some cases inside what many Russians believe are their historic borders. Commitments we’ve made we cannot go back on. That’s what makes the Baltics so dangerous in mind under Trump – not Trump abandoning them to Russia but his erratic and confusing course leading to misunderstandings that could end in war.

In any case, we should be very focused on Russian efforts to subvert our own elections and even more focused on their efforts to subvert elections in Europe, where they have considerably more ability to do so. But their main ability is to aggravate existing tensions and fissures in America and Europe. They are fundamentally the weaker party, trying to sow discord among the states they perceive to be enemies because they have little alternative means of defending themselves.

I am all for the people of Georgia have freedom and self-determination. But are we prepared to sustain the consequences of ensuring that or supporting pro-US regimes right on Russia’s borders? I would say that requires a lot more thought than we’ve given it. Russia today is autocratic, revisionist and illiberal. But the Russians also see themselves as a great power and a great civilization. And we have given them a lot of reasons to believe that we pressed our advantage, to extend our sphere of influence right up to their borders during their period of national weakness. I think we did that for a mix of traditional great power self-aggrandizement and a more myopic belief that no one could reasonably oppose the democracy, stability and affluence we believed and to a significant extent bring in our wake.

Now, here we are…..

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Facebook to start putting warning labels on ‘fake news’…

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It was always there that some sort of ‘rules’ where gonna HAVE to come to the ‘Wild West’ of the internet…
There will be more….

Facebook says it will start applying warning labels to some “fake news” stories that users share on the social network.
Articles that are known to be false — seemingly published with the intent to trick people — will be marked with what Facebook is calling a “flag.”

Below the headline there will be a red label that says “disputed by 3rd Party Fact-Checkers.”

Users will be able to click on a “learn why this is disputed” link to get more information.

Facebook will not be doing the fact-checking itself. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly said that “we do not want to be arbiters of truth ourselves, but instead rely on our community and trusted third parties.”

So those third parties will be fact-checking organization that have committed to the International Fact Checking Code of Principles, which was recently established by Poynter, a journalism organization.

Several dozen fact-checking organizations around the world have signed on the code of principles….

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Trump & Co. COULD increase the GOP’s Senatoral rinks by offering jobs to EVERY Red State Democrat

Donald Trump has already spoken to Red State’s West Virginia Democratic Senator Manchin already….

He will be talking to Red State Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) today….

Who next?

Democratic Minority Senator Chuck Schumer has THIS to content with and defending a WHOLE LOT of Democratic Senator seats come 2018…..

He will also have to find a way to support his Red State Senate colleagues ….THAT will be difficult….

Hillary Clinton’s loss comes at what could be a VERY bad time…..

Democrats WILL have to get over their loses last month and scramble and hope that somehow President Donald Trump REALLY screws things up….

They will also have recruit GOOD candidates for office and pick their fights in the next two years wisely….

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