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Trump Admin Staffing up….

…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….



No mention of State Dept hirings, eh?

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Rep Nunes steps down from Trump Russian Connections House probe….

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….

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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.

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Folks?…The House IS in play in 2018 for Democrats…


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….


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The Clinton’s work to get back on the horse…

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….

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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…


image….ABC News

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Republican House Speaker Ryan admits his Trump/Ryancare Bill won’t make it…

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….Image result for paul ryan
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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Will Trump & Co. get rid of Big Bird, Kermit and Seseme Street on the air?

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….

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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….


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FBI looking into Trump/Russian Bank server connections….


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????

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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?


(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….



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….



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…


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



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….



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….


image…Town and Country Mag

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