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Top Republicans get dragged into accepting Moore in Alabama…

They don’t like it….

But with polls could be showing Roy Moore pulling ahead of Doug Jones and Donald Trump saying he’s FOR Moore this time?

Things have gotten away from them…

…….there’s a clear sense of resignation among GOP senators who have tried to block Moore from winning the race, acknowledging that the explicit seal of approval from Trump has left them no good options in the Dec. 12 contest. McConnell has acknowledged that he can’t force Moore out of the race.

“That’s up to them,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said of the RNC’s renewed involvement in the race, throwing up his hands.

“I can’t blame them. Let’s face it, they represent the Republican Party,” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) added, speaking about the RNC. “Frankly, I think if he gets elected, that ought to be — that ought to settle an awful lot of the questions.”

The RNC sent $50,000 to the Alabama Republican Party to help Moore in the final week of the campaign. Moore campaigned with former White House strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday night in Fairhope, an affluent suburb in a county Trump won with more than 70 percent of the vote.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said flatly that she does not think the RNC should be supporting Moore. On his Twitter account Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, one of Moore’s loudest critics in the Senate, showed off a $100 check he made to the campaign of Moore’s Democratic foe, Doug Jones.

“I don’t understand that move,” South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the third-ranking Senate Republican, said of the RNC’s decision. “I guess that’s consistent with what the president wants to see happen, but it’s not consistent with what I’ve been saying. I just think, again, we’re putting ourselves in a situation where we’re going to have a cloud of uncertainty and a cloud of distraction come January.”

McConnell and allies of the majority leader say his position hasn’t shifted since The Washington Post last month printed the first allegations that Moore preyed on teenage girls when he was in his 30s. More than a half-dozen women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct, including some who were teenagers at the time.

“Look, I’ve made my position perfectly clear,” McConnell said. “I had hoped that Judge Moore would resign — in other words, withdraw from the race. That obviously is not going to happen…..

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Welfare?…The Next effort to go after poor people by Republicans….

I mentioned this in a previous post here at the PDog….

Republicans REALLY have it in for poor Americans….(And it seems like middle class ones also?)

Kinda interesting since a good amount of them aren’t black brown or yellow…

They ARE White….

But we now have idea that Donald Trump want’s to take MORE from what little they get from the government..

Oh, and the very word ‘welfare’ IS a curse word to conservative  GOPer’s who believe in taking from the poor and middle class to give to the rich…

Overhauling welfare was one of the defining goals of Bill Clinton’s presidency, starting with a campaign promise to “end welfare as we know it,” continuing with a bitter policy fight and producing change that remains hotly debated 20 years later.

Now, President Donald Trump wants to put his stamp on the welfare system, apparently in favor of a more restrictive policy. He says “people are taking advantage of the system.”

Trump, who has been signaling interest in the issue for some time, said this past week that he wants to tackle the issue after the tax overhaul he is seeking by the end of the year. He said changes were “desperately needed in our country” and that his administration would soon offer plans.

For now, the president has not offered details. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said more specifics were likely early next year. But the groundwork has already begun at the White House and Trump has made his interest known to Republican lawmakers….

Trump said in October that welfare was “becoming a very, very big subject, and people are taking advantage of the system.”…

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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti 2020?

Another major city Democratic Mayor could be joining the 2020 Democartic Presidential nomination sweepstakes race….

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….never in the 228 years since Gen. George Washington was sworn in as president has a sitting mayor been elected to the White House.

Eric M. Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, may be out to change that.

The odds are long: Mr. Garcetti was sworn into his second term as mayor just five months ago, and has not built a particularly broad record of accomplishments to showcase to the nation.

But over the last few months, Mr. Garcetti’s sights have clearly been set beyond the Art Deco tower that is Los Angeles City Hall. He has traveled to Florida, Louisiana, and New Hampshire, and was in Las Vegas on Saturday, speaking to a convention of carpenters. He went to Indiana, to announce the creation of a group of mayors, business and labor leaders to promote infrastructure investments, and appeared on Chris Matthews’sHardball” to talk national politics.

And in the course of an hourlong interview in his office, Mr. Garcetti, 46, a Democrat, made clear that, as unlikely as it might sound, he is considering a run for president, after announcing he would not run for governor. “There are 23 states that have a population smaller than Los Angeles,” he said.

Mr. Garcetti’s attempt to test these waters — and the fact that he is being watched with some seriousness despite never running a national or even statewide campaign before — may say less about this city’s mayor and more about the national political landscape….

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The new US Navy long range/endurance Ocean seeing eye drone….

The US navy adds a big drone aircraft that can stay aloft for 24 hours  keeping an eye on the vast expense of ocean in coooperation with its new P-8 B-737 Maritime Patrol jets…..

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A high-flying drone equipped with surveillance sensors and a wingspan longer than that of a Boeing 737 will be the newest way for the U.S. Navy to monitor the seas.

The first operational MQ-4C Triton drone will be delivered by Northrop Grumman Corp. to the Navy within the next week at Point Mugu Naval Air Station near Oxnard, with a second drone to follow by the end of the year. The two drones will undergo testing at Point Mugu before being deployed to Guam next year.

The program has strong California roots — engineering and design is done in Rancho Bernardo, and the drone is assembled in Palmdale. During low-rate initial production, that line will churn out three Tritons a year.

Eventually, the Navy will have 68 of the drones, a lucrative production cycle that analysts said will help defense giant Northrop Grumman maintain its knowledge of high-altitude, long-endurance drones and keep its Palmdale production line up and running….

Triton, together with the P-8 Poseidon jet, are intended to replace the propeller-driven P-3C Orion, which has patrolled the sea for the Navy since the early 1960s, and the EP-3E Aries II aircraft. The drone will assume the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance duties, while the P-8 Poseidon will focus on anti-submarine warfare.

The Navy has emphasized that the manned and unmanned aircraft will cooperate….

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Northam and other Democrats lead in 10/27/17 Virginia Poll….

Except for two polls last week?

Democratic candidate Lt. Governor Ralph Northam leads Republican Ed Gillespie by more than the polls margin of errors…..

The race has given Democrats a bit of worry…But it does appear that Northam is on the way to a Governors office win in two weeks…

The Realclearpolitics average margin for Northam continues to have Northam ahead overall….

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Democratic candidate Ralph Northam secured his lead over Republican Ed Gillespie in the Virginia gubernatorial race, officially earning 50% approval to his opponent’s 43%, according to a poll released today by the Wason Center for Public Policy.

Democrats were sweating earlier this week when polls showed Northam leading by just 4% and a previous poll showed him leading, though there were many undecided voters. A loss for Northam could trigger a similar Bernie vs. Hillary split we saw during the 2016 election, as Northam beat Bernie Sanders-backed primary challenger Tom Perriello.

Battle lines: While Gillespie leads among white voters, the poll finds Northam leads among young and old, women and men, and African-American voters. ….

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Lady Gaga and five former presidents…..One America Appeal….

Photo of Lady Gaga and five former presidents goes viral
The former President’s got together to sponsor a concert aimed at raising money for the victims the series of hurricane’s this fall….They have made $31 million so far….
Lady Gaga poised with them has gone viral…..
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Will Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief Richard Cordray run for Ohio Governor?

Current Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Republican is term limited …..

Condray was the states past Attorney General….

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray is likely making a run for governor, and his announcement could come at any moment, former Cincinnati Mayor Ken Blackwell and a former high-level Ohio elected official told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The CFPB released its payday lending rules Thursday, which are, as rumor has it, the last thing holding Cordray back from making a bid for the 2018 Ohio gubernatorial election cycle.

“Cordray’s connections have never been disconnected. I know that he is getting inquiries and pressure from Democrats in Ohio. I have no doubt he’ll be getting into Ohio politics,” Blackwell told TheDCNF. “There’s heavy lobbying for him to run for governor.”

Democratic political operatives from Cordray’s time in Ohio politics said in summer 2017 to watch for Cordray to enter the race, a former high-level Ohio state elected official told TheDCNF. The source added that many in the Ohio political class thought that Cordray would announce his candidacy at a Labor Day picnic in Cincinnati.

While Cordray stopped short of announcing his plans to campaign for governor in Cincinnati, he did make a campaign-style speech to a group of union members.

“We need to join together to help each other rekindle the hope, the enthusiasm, and the willingness to find and make our own opportunities,” Cordray said at the picnic.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is barred by term limits to run for the state’s highest office again in 2018, which leaves the race open for Cordray and other candidates…..

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Mexico also has to recover from Mother Natures forces….

It has and is a rough time for the southern part of North America….

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Desperation set in Saturday as Mexico reeled from a pair of deadly disasters that struck the country on both coasts.

Recovery efforts were underway near the epicenter of one of the most powerful earthquakes to ever hit the nation. The massive 8.1 quake killed at least 90, authorities said.

Rescuers scoured the rubble left after hundreds of buildings were toppled in the southern states of Chiapas, Tabasco and Oaxaca, where many are feared trapped under stone and concrete.

The quake struck off the southern Pacific coast just before midnight Thursday.

At least 61 dead in Mexico earthquake, tsunami warnings issued

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto declared three days of national mourning.

Simultaneously, officials were readying for the possibility of flooding and landslides along the eastern coast after Hurricane Katia made landfall late Friday as a Category 1 storm….

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Hurricane Irma is a Category 5 Hurricane with 185 MPH Winds ….

Here we go again…..

This time Florida and the Carribean Island are in for a rough going….

Is Mother Nature gonna break the US Budget this year?

Out hopes are for no loss of life….

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As Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms ever recorded, aimed for Puerto Rico and other islandsthroughout the Caribbean, residents scrambled Tuesday to rush out of flood zones, stock up on the last available water, food and gas, shutter their homes and brace for what is now, and could remain, a mammoth Category 5 hurricane.

“We have to prepare for an event that we have never experienced here,” said Gov. Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico at a news conference, as he went on to call the hurricane’s arrival imminent and its potential catastrophic.

Packing winds of up to 185 miles an hour, Irma threatened havoc and widespread destruction across Puerto Rico, a United States territory of 3.4 million people, the nearby island of Hispaniola (home to the Dominican Republic and Haiti), Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, and the United States Virgin Islands, among others. Cuba is also threatened. The storm is expected to rake or sideswipe Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

President Trump declared a state of emergency in Puerto Rico, Florida and the United States Virgin Islands on Tuesday.

Hurricane Irma is one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center and Bryan Norcross, the hurricane specialist at The Weather Channel. The hurricane center said Irma had winds of up to 185 mph as it approached the Leeward Islands. There have been other storms with comparable winds in the Caribbean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico, where the warm waters fuel particularly dangerous hurricanes.

With Harvey’s destruction still fresh on people’s minds, Florida hustled into action….

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Update…..

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Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in history, was picked up machines used to measure earthquakes.

There are MORE US troops in Afghanistan than previously announced…..

The troop build up in that country was actually on its way already….

The scoop on troops. The Wall Street Journal’s Gordon Lubold and Nancy Youssef finally got the Pentagon to admit something we all assumed: there are far more U.S. troops in Afghanistan than the government has said. There are actually 12,000 Americans serving in the country, and not 8,400, which has been the official number since the Obama administration.

The practice of muddying the truth about deployments began under Obama, and has continued under the Trump administration. The Pentagon has said it will only count the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq who are there on long-term deployments, and not those on “temporary” deployments that only last a few months.

There are 5,262 U.S. troops authorized to be in Iraq, and another 503 in Syria, but it is generally understood that there are at least 6,000 troops in Iraq at any given time, and around 1,000 in Syria.

President Trump has signed off on a larger deployment to Afghanistan of around 4,000 troops, which would bring the total to around 16,000.

Trump and Biden, likeminded leaders? Trump’s plan to keep the U.S. troop count in Afghanistan (relatively) low, and focus on counterterrorism has a precedent. It sounds a lot like former VP Joe Biden’s plan that was rejected by president Obama and the Pentagon back in 2009….

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Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump ain’t getting along….

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And THAT isn’t a good thing for Republicans AND Donald Trump….

Trump has been after McConnell personally for NOT being able to get a Repeal of the Healthcare Law  and other legislation and  also NOT helping him get out from under Robert Mueller’s investigation of him and his aides and family….

Donald Trump is continuing his history of attacking ANYTHING or ANYONE who doesn’t give him what he wants….

But like with judges?

Attacking his adopted party’s leader isn’t gone get him far….

Other GOP Senator’s have been quiet….

But they are said to be VERY unhappy with Trump’s attacks against McConnell and Republican lawmakers….

Trump will NEED McConnell and Republicans support on  important legislation coming up this fall ….Throwing at them isn’t  making them happy …..

Added to all this is yesterday’s threat from Steve Bannon, in his new job , against Republican lawmakers who don’t give Trump what he wants….

Let me add also that most people have forgotten that Donald Trump campaigned AGAINST these very people of HIS party in Congress, so this dissing should not be a surprise….

But all of this has led to comments from McConnel slipping out that he doesn’t think Trump will last in office….

Trump has gone on to say that he thinks McConnell, who has his leadership post by the votes of fellow Republicans in the Senate,  should step down if he can’t get Trump what HE wants….

…..Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee rebuked Mr. Trump last week for failing to “demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence” required of presidents. On Monday, Senator Susan Collins of Mainesaid in a television interview that she was uncertain Mr. Trump would be the Republican presidential nominee in 2020.

There are few recent precedents for the rift. The last time a president turned on a legislative leader of his own party was in 2002, when allies of George W. Bush helped force Trent Lott to step down as Senate minority leader after racially charged remarks at a birthday party for Senator Strom Thurmond, Republican of South Carolina.

For the moment, Mr. McConnell appears to be far more secure in his position, and perhaps immune to coercion from the White House. Republicans are unlikely to lose control of the Senate in 2018, and Mr. Trump has no allies in the Senate who have shown an appetite for combat with Mr. McConnell.

Still, some allies of Mr. Trump on the right — including Stephen K. Bannon, who stepped down last week as Mr. Trump’s chief strategist — welcome more direct conflict with Mr. McConnell and congressional Republicans.

Roger J. Stone Jr., a Republican strategist who has advised Mr. Trump for decades, said the president needed to “take a scalp” in order to force cooperation from Republican elites who have resisted his agenda. Mr. Stone urged Mr. Trump to make an example of one or more Republicans, like Mr. Flake, who have refused to give full support to his administration.

“The president should start bumping off incumbent Republican members of Congress in primaries,” Mr. Stone said. “If he did that, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan would wet their pants and the rest of the Republicans would get in line.”

But Mr. McConnell’s allies warn that the president should be wary of doing anything that could jeopardize the Senate Republican majority.

“The quickest way for him to get impeached is for Trump to knock off Jeff Flake and Dean Heller and be faced with a Democrat-led Senate,” said Billy Piper, a lobbyist and former McConnell chief of staff.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is expressing doubts that President Trump can succeed in office after a summer of controversies and crises, according to a bombshell report from The New York Times.

The Times reported Tuesday that McConnell has privately questioned Trump’s willingness to learn how to govern and the president’s ability to lead the GOP into the 2018 midterm elections, according to people who have spoken to him.

The report that McConnell has expressed reservations about Trump’s ability to salvage his presidency follows a week in which the president was put on the defensive after blaming both sides for the violence in Charlottesville, Va., after a white supremacist rally.

McConnell was reportedly troubled by Trump’s remarks that placed equal blame on hate groups and counterprotesters.

The Senate GOP leader also signaled his unease with Trump’s comments to business leaders who quit their posts on presidential advisory councils in recent days, according to the report….

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For some undoucumented immigrants…Yes….Self Deportation….

Quietly,  below the radar,  Donald Trump’s promise to send undocumented immigrant men, women and children in America has worked….Immigration and Customs agents have stepped up raids from the lull durning President Obama’s last year in office….

With Trump putting the Ban issue on the front pages, the media has covered the actions against those staying illegally in this country also….

While some places around the country have stronger enforcement actions then others ?

The word is out….

The NY Times does a piece on  a family in Iowa who only know what it is to be American’s….But have chosen to leave this place on their own free will (self deportation) rather than be shipped back after being detained by the US Government and shipped back under duress….

Her American journey was waning, and she had little left to lose.

Her husband, Jesús Canseco-Rodriguez, was already gone — deported to Mexico in 2015. Ms. Rivera had jettisoned their apartment and sold off what the family had built here in Hampton: their small business power-washing hog barns, Mr. Canseco’s work truck, their furniture

Now, at this tense juncture for immigrants and their adoptive hometowns across the conservative swaths of rural America, Ms. Rivera planned to sever one last tie. She was returning to Mexico — and to her husband — with Steven, 13 years old and American-born.

Some politicians call it “self-deportation.” She called it her family’s only hope of being together.

The heartland is freckled with Hamptons and Ediths. In small agricultural towns that supported President Trump by 20-point margins, residents are now seeing an immigration crackdown ripple through the families that have helped revive their downtown squares and transform their economies.

In Hampton, Latinos make up 51 percent of the elementary-school rosters and sit in the next pews over at the bilingual Easter Mass.

Like Ms. Rivera, many are weighing whether to stay, hide or leave altogether.

As she angled her gray Camry north, farms and silos whipping by under a sunny spring sky, Ms. Rivera scrolled through memories and fears as if they were pictures on her phone. The apartment by the golf course where she used to chase Steven through the grass. The curling prairie trails where they walked after school. The quiet blacktops where she went jogging.

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“I love the days like today,” she said.

But the future scared her. She worried about her family’s safety in their home state of Veracruz, where gangs slaughter rivals and civilians alike. How would they earn a living on their tiny, remote ranch? How would Steven adjust to a country he had visited just once, last summer? Would she ever see her American friends — or America — again?

And when their departure date finally arrived, could she bring herself to get on that Delta flight and leave?

The most indelible American stories are often road trips of one kind or another, whether they end at Plymouth Rock or in Hampton, Iowa. Ms. Rivera’s first journey whisked her away from her poor home in southern Mexico when she was 14, across the Arizona border illegally, to join relatives looking for jobs in North Carolina. Another road trip brought her to Iowa with her husband and child, then a toddler.

In the decade the family spent in Hampton, they drove to Minneapolis, where her husband played first base in the Liga Latina de Béisbol, and where young Steven began, as one friend said, to “breathe baseball.” They drove to horse races and to a water park in Des Moines…..

After Mr. Canseco’s arrest in 2015 on charges of illegally re-entering the country, there were trips to jail and to a federal courthouse.

Now, one final road trip waited: The drive from Hampton to a 5:45 a.m. flight out of Des Moines. The itinerary: Atlanta to Mexico City to Veracruz, and the start of an uncertain new life.

“I don’t know how we’re going to provide everything,” Ms. Rivera said. “It’s no work, no opportunities there.”

“I’m afraid at how she’s going to face all this,” Mr. Canseco said in a telephone interview from Mexico. “You can’t imagine how different it is.”…

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