This poll was right BEFORE the Comey debacle started to roll out….
A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed President Donald Trump’s approval rating back down following a bounce in mid-April.
This poll was right BEFORE the Comey debacle started to roll out….
A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed President Donald Trump’s approval rating back down following a bounce in mid-April.
One could guess that the request ain’t going anywhere now?
Former FBI Director James Comey reportedly requested more money and personnel for the bureau’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election days before he was fired by President Trump.
Comey made the request during a meeting last week with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote the Justice Department memo used to justify Comey’s firing, The New York Times first reported Wednesday.
The FBI director then briefed members of Congress about the meeting, according to the Times. CNN, the Washington Post and the Associated Press have reported confirming Comey’s request for more resources, as have other media outlets.
The Justice Department’s top spokeswoman denied the reports that Comey had requested more money. Sarah Isgur Flores toldHuffPost the reports were “totally false.”….Share on Facebook
We’ll continue to spotlight the increasingly long list of Democrats mentioned as possibles for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination….
Now’s the time prospective presidential candidates start taking the subtle but crucial behind-the-scenes steps that get them noticed by the political intelligentsia, and Sen. Kamala Harris is quietly following the script.
She’s making speeches to key national constituencies. She’s due for an appearance at a Washington think-tank panel full of chattering-class presidential favorites that the national media will be reporting and analyzing, probably for days. She’s been fundraising for colleagues and making sure that she is forming relationships with key national reporters.
They’re all boxes that prospective presidential candidates routinely check. It’s a chance to ultimately convince insiders they’ve got the gravitas and the fundraising chops to be taken seriously.
The California Democrat, sworn into office four months ago, insists she’s not thinking about a run for president. Her inner circle forcefully tries to tamp down 2020 speculation – after all, there is no upside to being seen as a new senator focused more on national political ambition than on California.
But the speculation is not going away, not with the absence of a clear Democratic presidential frontrunner and the party desperately in search and in need of a new generation of leadership.
Harris is being closely watched….
While Donald Trump THINKS he has actually gotten rid of Obamacare?
Today’s vote did nothing except allow ed him and Republicans to boast that the did vote FOR a repeal…Something they have been inching for…for years…
An actual repeal involves BOTH HOUSES of Congress and his signature…
Oh,and…. By the way?
The US Senate now says it won’t even deal with the House bill
They are going to write their own…
For the Republican House members that voted to make Trump happy?
For the Republicans?
The Democrats ARE handed a wedge issue to beat on you…
“I have never seen political suicide in my life like I’m seeing today.”
— Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), quoted by the New York Times, on the GOP health care bill passing the House.
Enjoy your beer folks…
Obamacare isn’t over yet….
The working group has been meeting for weeks, said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the group.
“What we have to do is build a consensus among our conference and that is what the working group is designed to do,” Cornyn said. “To get to a compromise we can agree to and then present it to the larger conference.”
Cornyn said there is “really no deadline” for the group to produce a bill…..
To get some of the moderate House members votes?
The vote was 217 for to 213 against…
The Republicans added $8Billion for pre-existing conditions…
“The Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare does not allocate nearly enough money to protect people with pre-existing health conditions from potentially higher insurance premiums,” CNBC reports.
“The bill’s $23 billion in funding specifically for such people would cover just 110,000 Americans, according to the Avalere Health study released Thursday. That’s only 5 percent of the 2.2 million current enrollees in the individual insurance market with some type of pre-existing chronic condition.”
Review of what the House Republicans voted to pass…Here
(Again…The US Senate is writing it’s OWN Bill)Share on Facebook
While Donald Trump tried to jawbone more money for Defense out of NATO countries?
His Defense Dept. has quietly moved more NATO air assets , troops and heavy weapons to the bordering countries of the Baltic and Russia …..
Eastern Europe, including ……Lithuania, Poland , Estonia, and Latvia…..to counter a build of Russian military units….
The concern that the US would not support NATO was another one Donald Trump’s campaign stories that rings untrue…
It should be noted that Defense Sec Mattis did a tour as the American military boss in the organization as the commander of American European Forces….
The sight of heavily armed NATO fighters in the skies over the Baltic States is one that the alliance hopes will continue to deter aggression in the region.
Every few months, member nations take turns policing the skies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as well as the international airspace over the neighboring Baltic Sea.
The three tiny nations—bordering Russia, its exclave Kaliningrad or long-term ally Belarus—are spending heavily on their defense, but their small size makes a fighter-equipped air arm something of a luxury. Therefore, they remain heavily reliant on fellow NATO members for air defense.
The alliance is further increasing its presence both here and in other areas of Eastern Europe. The Enhanced Forward Presence, a plan outlined by NATO leaders at the Wales summit three years ago, is taking shape, putting battalion-sized army formations in place in an attempt to deter regional aggression. Hundreds of troops, armored vehicles and equipment have been arriving since in the Baltic States and Poland, by sea and air. NATO is also reinforcing air policing measures for countries on the Black Sea….
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Something has been, or is . very wrong at that place…
Eleven current and former Fox News employees filed a class-action lawsuit in New York against the network, accusing it of “abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination.”
The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court in the Bronx, expands a complaint filed at the end of March by Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, two black women who worked in the Fox News payroll department. In particular, the suit contends that Judith Slater, the company’s longtime comptroller, engaged in racist behavior and made racist remarks and that senior executives ignored her actions. A third Fox News employee, Monica Douglas, joined the lawsuit earlier this month. Fox News fired Slater in February.
“When it comes to racial discrimination, 21st Century Fox has been operating as if it should be called 18th Century Fox,” the plaintiffs’ lawyers, Douglas H. Wigdor and Jeanne M. Christensen, said in a statement, referring to Fox News’ parent company. “We sincerely hope the filing of this race class action wakes 21st Century Fox from its slumbers and inspires the company to take a conciliatory and appropriate approach to remedy its wrongs.”…Share on Facebook
The New York Times is out with a long detailed piece putting forth how FBI Director James Comey spent his last year dealing with first and foremost the look at Hillary Clinton and her email sever case, then the politics of the probe…..Then the walk into the Trump & Co. Russian connections case which is on going ….
The piece , done by
That Hillary Clinton through her own actions put her campaign at risk….But she was also the recipient of fumbles and miscues by the Obama Admin from Barack Obama, thru Loretta Lynch and even Comey himself….
In these days of few secrets an FBI Director has hand to shepard his agency thru several politically sensitive investigations that involved people at the top of the American political government ….That there would be NO politics involved is naive….
But no department head to be fair could expect to make it thru without being thrown at is also wrong….
The piece shows a James Comey consulting with his people to game out where he should go on all major decisions….
But after he decides ?
He is overideen several times by events (Bill Clinton visiting AG Lynch), and direction from his superiors (White House holding Trump initial probe from the media)…
The result was and is a see-saw of criticism thrown at Comey in-particular and the FBI by BOTH American political parties and don-off relationship with two President’s who have the power to remove him from his job…
In this day and age organizations cannot afford to tell their story in public ….
This from the NY Times is James Comey’s and the Federal Bureau of Investigation …
And agency trying hard to stay OUT of politics…
For Mr. Comey, keeping the F.B.I. out of politics is such a preoccupation that he once said he would never play basketball with President Barack Obama because of the appearance of being chummy with the man who appointed him. But in the final months of the presidential campaign, the leader of the nation’s pre-eminent law enforcement agency shaped the contours, if not the outcome, of the presidential race by his handling of the Clinton and Trump-related investigations.
An examination by The New York Times, based on interviews with more than 30 current and former law enforcement, congressional and other government officials, found that while partisanship was not a factor in Mr. Comey’s approach to the two investigations, he handled them in starkly different ways. In the case of Mrs. Clinton, he rewrote the script, partly based on the F.B.I.’s expectation that she would win and fearing the bureau would be accused of helping her. In the case of Mr. Trump, he conducted the investigation by the book, with the F.B.I.’s traditional secrecy. Many of the officials discussed the investigations on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.
Mr. Comey made those decisions with the supreme self-confidence of a former prosecutor who, in a distinguished career, has cultivated a reputation for what supporters see as fierce independence, and detractors view as media-savvy arrogance.
The Times found that this go-it-alone strategy was shaped by his distrust of senior officials at the Justice Department, who he and other F.B.I. officials felt had provided Mrs. Clinton with political cover. The distrust extended to his boss, Loretta E. Lynch, the attorney general, who Mr. Comey believed had subtly helped play down the Clinton investigation.
His misgivings were only fueled by the discovery last year of a document written by a Democratic operative that seemed — at least in the eyes of Mr. Comey and his aides — to raise questions about her independence. In a bizarre example of how tangled the F.B.I. investigations had become, the document had been stolen by Russian hackers.
The examination also showed that at one point, President Obama himself was reluctant to disclose the suspected Russian influence in the election last summer, for fear his administration would be accused of meddling.
Mr. Comey, the highest-profile F.B.I. director since J. Edgar Hoover, has not squarely addressed his decisions last year. He has touched on them only obliquely, asserting that the F.B.I. is blind to partisan considerations. “We’re not considering whose ox will be gored by this action or that action, whose fortune will be helped,” he said at a public event recently. “We just don’t care. We can’t care. We only ask: ‘What are the facts? What is the law?’”
But circumstances and choices landed him in uncharted and perhaps unwanted territory, as he made what he thought were the least damaging choices from even less desirable alternatives.
“This was unique in the history of the F.B.I.,” said Michael B. Steinbach, the former senior national security official at the F.B.I., who worked closely with Mr. Comey, describing the circumstances the agency faced last year while investigating both the Republican and Democratic candidates for president. “People say, ‘This has never been done before.’ Well, there never was a before. Or ‘That’s not normally how you do it.’ There wasn’t anything normal about this.”…
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Politico makes THAT claim …..
If this sticks?
What will ALL those voters who voted AGAINST Clinton do?
Do they FINALLY understand that Donald Trump might be the head Republican right now?
But he sure has had and still does have vestige’s of Democrt in around him even till today…
Observers have been waiting for more than a year for Donald Trump to stop acting like a beer hall bouncer and start acting more presidential. On Wednesday, that wish came true, as Baby Donald completed his transformation into a standard chief executive of the United States by espousing many of the hallmark policies one would have associated with President Hillary Clinton.
My Politico Playbook colleagues discerned Trump’s recent policy shift in their Thursday tipsheet. Previously, Trump said NATO was obsolete. Now, he salutes it, Clinton-style, as a “great alliance.” Previously, he lavished kisses on Vladimir Putin and Russia. Now Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have taken a Clintonesque stand against Russia, admitting to low levels of trust between the two nations. Then: No war in Syria. Now, Trump is bombing Syria with the sort of glee Clinton would have brought to the mission. And on and on it goes, with Trump adopting Clintonian stances on Chinese currency manipulation (doesn’t exist!) and the Export-Import Bank (for it).
Hillary Clinton’s presidency would have been a family affair, with Bill and Chelsea mobbing the White House with their advice; Trump has seated daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner at on his roundtable and acts on their guidance. Hillary Clinton would have recruited pros from Goldman Sachs; Trump has brushed the rafters of his administration a beaming gold with guys from Goldman. Hillary Clinton would have gone to war with the Republican Congress, vowing to campaign against them once they refused to pass her legislation; Trump has come close to realizing that goal, telling the leader of the troublesome House Freedom Caucus, “Mark, I’m coming after you.”….
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The same company runs the Barclay and recently reopened Nassau Coliseum….
Talk has been on going on moving the National Hockey League team back from Brooklyn (Which is actually on Long Island) back to Nassau County…
There have been talk of building a whole new home for the Islanders at the NY State owned Belmont Racetrack, where there is space available ….
The new Nassua Coliseum would have to add more seats and straighten out it’s opening woes….
But Islander fans wouldn’t mind for the team to come back home….
Fans line up to see Billy Joel perform at the renovated Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Law said Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which runs both Barclays Center and Nassau Coliseum, will offer to make further “adjustments” to the Coliseum — such as adding seats — to address the Islanders’ potential concerns.
“Over the last two months, I have met with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Islanders owners, I’ve met with the county and the state,” Law said. “What I just learned very recently is that BSE will be offering a plan to the Islanders to move them back to the Coliseum.”
Law, who has no direct role in the Islanders’ fate, is an influential advocate and business leader who frequently consults with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Long Island-related matters. Law said the presentation will be made to Islanders owners Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin when they meet soon to talk about renegotiating the 25-year license agreement with Barclays Center….
Previously, sources have said the owners of the Islanders and Mets and a sports arena development company backed by Madison Square Garden have had discussions about building a new hockey arena at Belmont Park.
Amy Varghese, a spokeswoman for Empire State Development, said that the state’s primary business development agency is “working to finalize” a new request for proposals to develop Belmont Park….
…Update from Politico….
– Trump names Kan for DOT post: Trump has nominated Derek Kan, a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to be undersecretary for policy at DOT. Kan, who currently works for the ride-hailing company Lyft in Los Angeles, would serve as Secretary Elaine Chao’s No. 3 at the department if confirmed. Kan worked for McConnell, who is Chao’s husband, as a policy adviser from 2008 to 2010. He currently serves on the Amtrak board of directors, a post to which the Senate confirmed him in December 2015.
– Zinke taps two at Department of the Interior: Secretary Ryan Zinke has tapped two women for posts within the Interior Department, including a “beachhead” team member from the transition. Zinke named Katharine MacGregor as deputy assistant secretary for land and minerals management. He’ll also appoint Aurelia Skipwith, co-founder of agricultural consulting firm AVC Global, as deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks.
– New assistant secretary for international markets and development at Treasury: Trump plans to nominate financial services attorney Heath Tarbert. Tarbert heads the bank regulatory group at the law firm Allen & Overy and represents clients before federal regulatory agencies, including the SEC and the FDIC, according to his profile on the firm’s website. Before joining Allen & Overy in early 2014, he worked as a senior counsel and partner at the firm Weil Gotshal & Manges for about four years; served as special counsel to the Senate Banking Committee; and worked as associate counsel to President George W. Bush during the last six months of his presidency, at the start of the financial crisis.
– Undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes at Treasury: The White House announced late Tuesday that it has nominated Sigal Mandelker for the post. She’s a former DOJ and DHS official and partner at the law firm of Proskauer. More here.
– HHS staffs up: A slew of arrivals have landed at Health and Human Services in recent days. An HHS directory lists conservative health expert Jeffrey H. Anderson as director of HHS’ Office of Health Reform. Anderson worked as a speechwriter at HHS during the George W. Bush administration and most recently worked as a fellow at the Hudson Institute.
Additionally, John R. Graham, formerly senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, will be the principal deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation. John M. O’Brien, who was previously vice president of public policy at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, will be a deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation.
– Quinn to USTR: White House trade adviser Andrew Quinn is being reassigned to the United States Trade Representative’s office, three administration officials told POLITICO. “The decision comes after Breitbart News and conservatives raised concerns about the White House’s decision to elevate Quinn, noting that he was the deputy chief negotiator of the TPP when he worked at USTR during the Obama administration. Trump is a strident opponent of the TPP and withdrew from the deal in January,” reports POLITICO’s Andrew Restuccia, Alex Isenstadt and Nahal Toosi….
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Had to happen…..
Once he jumped up and ran to the Trump White House before talking to anyone else with his ‘info’?
He was done….
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on Thursday said he will temporarily step aside in his committee’s investigation into the Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Nunes said in a statement he thinks it is in the “best interests” of the committee and the Congress for Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) to temporarily take over the committee’s investigation into the Russian meddling, with assistance from Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-Ky.) and Tom Rooney (R-Pa.).
“Several leftwing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics,” Nunes said in the statement. “The charges are entirely false and politically motivated, and are being leveled just as the American people are beginning to learn the truth about the improper unmaking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power.”
Nunez said he will continue to fulfill his other duties as chairman….
Nunes HOE look is from INSIDE..Not Outside….
Nunes debacle sends a clear message to GOP caucus: If you agree to carry water for Trump, you will pay a high price.
The numbers LOOK daunting…..
40+ Republican House seats…..
There is Donald Trump and the Freedom Caucus coming to the rescue for Democrats….
The defeat of the Republicans’ health care overhaul was a painful reminder that the GOP remains badly divided, even on an issue that was the rallying cry for the party for the past seven years. Republicans, with control of the White House and Congress, look embarrassingly incapable of governing. The political consequences are severe: GOP voters are likely to be demoralized in the run-up to next year’s midterm elections, especially if President Trump is unable to achieve any other legislative victories. This, at a time when Democratic political engagement is surging—fueled by their off-the-charts animosity towards Trump.
Democrats now have a realistic shot at retaking the House in 2018. Each of the past three midterm elections have swung wildly against the party in power—reflective of the longstanding dissatisfaction of voters towards political leadership, no matter who’s in charge. Trump’s job approval rating is hovering around 40 percent, a toxic level for the dozens of Republicans running for reelection in swing districts. Republicans would be foolish to assume that President Obama’s coalition of millennials and nonwhite voters—many of whom stayed home in past midterm elections—remains disengaged given their aversion to Trump.
Politically speaking, the health care bill couldn’t have been more damaging for Republicans. In a disciplined Congress, safe-seat Republicans would be more willing to take risky votes so those in competitive seats could maintain some independence from the party. But this time, hard-line conservatives in the Freedom Caucus declared their unstinting opposition early on, forcing some vulnerable Republicans to go on record in support of the unpopular legislation—which didn’t even come to a vote. Adding insult to injury, Trump bragged on Twitter that the health care exchanges would collapse as a result of his inaction—the worst possible message to send to anyone who viewed Trump as a can-do executive.
The end result is the worst of all worlds: a party that can’t get things done, a president with declining job-approval numbers, swing-district members flushed out, and the base disillusioned…..
…While it’s possible Trump will change his approach to make more Americans comfortable with his leadership, it’s more likely that the administration will continue to be defined by controversy and chaos, with the president in the middle of the maelstrom.
Trump sees himself as a change agent, and key advisors regard disruption as both a strategy and a goal. Given that, it is likely to take more than a single legislative defeat to force him to change his approach fundamentally.
Of course, the contours of the 2018 midterm elections depend on what the Republican Congress – and the Trump White House – does or does not do on health care, taxes, environmental policy and other areas over the next 18 months. If Americans are content, the economy is expanding and the nation is at peace, any Democratic midterm “change” argument will be weak.
The great risk for the GOP is that voters are likely to tire of the turmoil and tumult that surrounds Trump….Share on Facebook
Both Hillary and Bill Clinton had enjoyed poll numbers well above 50% in the past….
But Hillary Clinton’s run against Donald Trump drove her numbers down….
Winning the Presidency would have probably pulled her back up…
But THAT hasn’t happened….
So after a few months of licking her wounds?
The Clinton are quietly working to get back….
Nearly every poll and mainstream media outlet predicted that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 election, and her loss was an embarrassment for the Clinton establishment and Democratic Party. Since the election, the Clintons and their loyalists have been pursuing a calculated public relations campaign to rehabilitate the damaged Clinton brand. This signals an eventual return to politics for Hillary Clinton and the beginning of a political career for Chelsea Clinton…
On March 17, Clinton foreshadowed a return to the public spotlight at the Society of Irish Women’s 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner in Scranton, Pa. She told attendees of the event, “I am ready to come out of the woods and to shine a light on what’s already happening around kitchen tables at dinners like this to help draw strength to enable everyone to keep going. That’s the spirit of Scranton.”…
The linked piece states that Clinton’s number’s are below Trump’s…
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The bill will have to be made palatable for House Conservatives after which House members in Blue and Purple states will NOT vote for the bill which will NOT get anywhere in the Senate…..
Things do NOT look good….
Healthcare IS a tough Nut for Congress….Even one with a one party majority…..
Paul Ryan has finally owned up to his problem on this….
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday that his health-care proposal must change to pass the House, marking a significant retreat from his earlier position that the carefully crafted legislation would fail if substantially altered.
Ryan acknowledged that changes would be made two days after an analysis issued by the Congressional Budget Office prompted a fresh round of criticism of his proposal. Among the report’s projections was that 14 million fewer Americans would be insured after one year under the Republican plan.
Speaking after a private meeting of GOP lawmakers, Ryan said leaders would “incorporate feedback” from the rank-and-file in response to the CBO findings. He did not repeat his previous comments calling support for the bill a “binary choice” for Republican lawmakers.
“Now that we have our score we can make some necessary improvements and refinements to the bill,” he said, referring to the CBO’s estimate of the impact on the number of those covered by health insurance and what the GOP proposal would cost.
Ryan did not detail what changes are under consideration to his plan….
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As has happened MANY times before?
Another Republicanbudget propses to get rid of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which is almost completed funded by the taxpayer’s thru the government….
Somehow the CPB seems to be able to survive the efforts to get rid of it’s on air programing for children….
People in public broadcasting expect President Trump to propose “zeroing out” the government’s subsidy of noncommercial radio and TV stations when he presents his first federal budget to Congress this week. Such a proposal would eliminate the $445 million that Congress now sends to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the private entity that passes the money to nearly 1,500 stations affiliated with NPR, PBS and other public-media sources.
The loss of federal money would be nearly catastrophic, particularly for small stations in remote communities, public broadcasters say. Those stations rely on federal funds for as much as half or more of their annual budgets. “A number of those stations would go off the air,” said Paula Kerger, PBS’s president. “It’s an existential question for many of them.”
Stations that survive the cut would have to raise even more money through pledge drives and sponsorships to make up for the loss of dollars from Washington, added Roger LaMay, the chairman of NPR’s board and general manager of WXPN-FM in Philadelphia. “It would weaken the entire public radio system,” he said.
Then again, public broadcasters have been to through the budget wars many times before and have always received the money that helps them broadcast “Sesame Street” and “All Things Considered.” In fact, no matter the rhetoric or momentary crisis, CPB has often ended up with a slight increase in its federal funding each year….Share on Facebook
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…..
Did someone say Trump has a server problem?
SERVER like Hillary Clinton?
Not the same thing , Right????Share on Facebook