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Hillary Clinton says Trump creeped her out during campaign debate…

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She isn’t gonna get much support on this, a preview of her forthcoming book….Hillary ‘s number’s are still not good….

Hillary Clinton said her “skin crawled” as Donald Trump loomed behind her at a presidential debate in St. Louis, and added that she wished she could have pressed pause and asked America, “Well, what would you do?”

The words, Clinton’s most detailed public comments about what happened during one of the campaign’s more memorable moments, are included in her new book, “What Happened,” which she called an attempt to “pull back the curtain” on her losing bid for the presidency.

Some of the moments during the campaign, she said, “baffled” her. Others seemingly repulsed her: In recounting the October incident, she referred to Trump as a “creep.”

The book comes out Sept. 12, but audio excerpts, read by Clinton, were played Wednesday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

In the recording, Clinton noted that she wrote about moments from the campaign that she wanted to remember forever — as well as others she wished she could “go back and do over.”

The moment from the debate appeared to fall into the latter category.

“This is not okay, I thought,” Clinton said, reading from her book. “It was the second presidential debate and Donald Trump was looming behind me. Two days before, the world heard him brag about groping women. Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces.

“It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled…

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Student Loan server FedLoan being sued by Mass Atty Gen…..

The company is accused of problems in its running of the debt forgiveness programs for public service workers, which is scheduled to begin forgiving loan ‘s next year…

One of the country’s largest servicers of federal student loans has badly mismanaged debt forgiveness programs for public service workers, significantly raising repayment costs for hundreds of thousands of borrowers, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday by the attorney general of Massachusetts.

The loan servicer, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, which operates under the name FedLoan, has made copious errors, potentially miring many students in debt far longer than they expected, according to Maura Healey, the Massachusetts attorney general.

“This company’s actions have jeopardized the financial futures of teachers and public servants across the country,” Ms. Healey said.

The company, based in Harrisburg, Pa., holds an exclusive contract with the Education Department to service all loans enrolled in the public service loan forgiveness program and the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant program, or TEACH, which offers student debt assistance to those who teach in high-need areas.

A growing number of consumer watchdogs and government officials have sounded alarms this year about a raft of apparent problems with the government’s public service loan forgiveness program, which promises qualifying workers — including teachers, librarians, police officers and doctors and nurses — a break on their federal student loans in return for a decade of full-time service….

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Trump supporters agree with his view on race in America…Trump at 7 months in…Poll…

His first comments was against white power racial supporters…

His  second round of comments pushed that EVERYONE was responsible for the actions in the Charlottesville violence…And he was supporting the view the whites are actually discriminated more than minorities and Jews…

His comments yesterday went back to his first ones in him saying he IS against the White Power movement…

A new PPP Poll reports that most Trump supporters actually support his second comments…..

The Poll asks a few questions that do NOT paint a good picture for Donald Trump numbers wise….

PPP’s newest national poll finds that Donald Trump’s approval rating is pretty steady in the wake of the Charlottesville attack, probably because his supporters think that whites and Christians are the most oppressed groups of people in the country. 40% of voters approve of the job Trump is doing to 53% who disapprove, little change from the 41/55 spread we found for him in July.

The reason Trump hasn’t lost more ground for his widely panned response to the attack is probably that many of his supporters agree with some of the beliefs that led white supremacists to rally in Charlottesville in the first place. Asked what racial group they think faces the most discrimination in America, 45% of Trump voters say it’s white people followed by 17% for Native Americans with 16% picking African Americans, and 5% picking Latinos. Asked what religious group they think faces the most discrimination in America, 54% of Trump voters says it’s Christians followed by 22% for Muslims and 12% for Jews. There is a mindset among many Trump voters that it’s whites and Christians getting trampled on in America that makes it unlikely they would abandon Trump over his ‘both sides’ rhetoric.

Overall 89% of Americans have a negative opinion of neo-Nazis to 3% with a positive one, and 87% have an unfavorable opinion of white supremacists to 4% with a positive one. Just 11% agree with the sentiment that it’s possible for white supremacists and neo-Nazis to be ‘very fine people,’ to 69% who say that’s not possible….

Congress…

Things are continuing to look good for Democrats in 2018, as they lead the generic Congressional ballot 49-35. The 14 point lead for Democrats may be too good to be true though- it’s a function of a highly divided Republican base at this point. While Clinton voters say they’ll vote Democratic for Congress next year 90-4, Trump voters say they will vote Republican by only a 74-13 margin. Part of the reason Republicans have done better than expected in 2014 and 2016 is they were divided earlier in the cycle and came together by the end, we will see if that trend continues in 2018….

Trump approval…

Trump continues to be unpopular, with a 40/53 approval spread. Voters think he has failed on two of the core promises of his campaign. Only 15% believe he has been successful in ‘draining the swamp,’ to 64% who say he hasn’t. Even among Trump’s own voters just 26% think he has delivered on this promise to 53% who say he hasn’t. When it comes to whether Trump has come through on ‘Making America Great Again,’ just 33% of voters say he has to 59% who say he hasn’t….

Trump 2020…

Trump continues to trail both Bernie Sanders (51/38) and Joe Biden (51/39) by double digits in possible 2020 match ups. PPP never found Hillary Clinton up by more than 7 points on Trump in 2016. Sanders and Biden each win over 12-14% of the folks who voted for Trump last year. Also leading Trump in hypothetical contests at this point are Elizabeth Warren (45/40), Mark Cuban (42/38), and Cory Booker and Trump Twitter Target Richard Blumenthal (42/39). Trump ties Kamala Harris at 39% each and John Delaney at 38% each.

Generally speaking just 57% of Republicans want Trump to be the party’s nominee again in 2020 to 29% who say they would prefer someone else. That 28 point margin for Trump against ‘someone else’ is the same as his 28 point lead over Mike Pence at 52/24. Both Ted Cruz (a 40 point deficit to Trump at 62/22) and John Kasich (a 47 point deficit to Trump at 68/21) are evidently weaker potential opponents than ‘someone else.’….

Trump Impeachment…

….for the fourth month in a row we find a plurality of voters in support of impeaching Trump- 48% say he should be impeached to 41% who disagree. And there continues to be a significant yearning for a return to the days of President Obama- 52% of voters say they wish Obama was still President to only 39% who prefer having Trump in the White House….

Trump and the Media….

With the absence of a ‘Crooked Hillary,’ ‘Lying Ted,’ ‘Little Marco,’ or ‘Low Energy Jeb’ to use as his foil while President, Trump has taken to attacking various media outlets as his new foes. He’s losing to them in a way that he never trailed during the campaign in our polling though….

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Turns out a good amount of last night’s Arizona Trump crowd walked out on him….

The Washington Post reports that with all the reporting by media types ?…They neglected to mention….

The crowd got tired of his 75 minute rant….

On the ground?

The speech wasn’t all that…But the media made it so….

Trump spent the first three minutes of his speech — which would drag on for 75 minutes — marveling at his crowd size, claiming that “there aren’t too many people outside protesting,” predicting that the media would not broadcast shots of his “rather incredible” crowd and reminiscing about how he was “center stage, almost from day one, in the debates.”

“We love those debates — but we went to center stage, and we never left, right?” the president said, reliving his glory days. “All of us. We did it together.”

Over the next 72 minutes, the president launched into one angry rant after another, repeatedly attacking the media and providing a lengthy defense of his response to the violent clashes in Charlottesville, between white supremacists and neo-Nazis and the counterprotesters who challenged them. He threatened to shut down the government if he doesn’t receive funding for a wall along the southern border, announced that he will “probably” get rid of the North American Free Trade Agreement, attacked the state’s two Republican senators, repeatedly referred to protesters as “thugs” and coyly hinted that he will pardon Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County who was convicted in July of criminal contempt in Arizona for ignoring a judge’s order to stop detaining people because he merely suspected them of being undocumented immigrants.

President Trump spoke about possibly pardoning former Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff Joe Arpaio during a rally in Phoenix on Aug. 22. Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt in July. (The Washington Post)

Three times, the crowd burst into chants of “USA! USA! USA!” And once, at the mention of Trump’s former rival Hillary Clinton, they chanted: “Lock her up! Lock her up! Lock her up!” Several parents put their young children on their shoulders so they could get a good look at the president.

But as the night dragged on, many in the crowd lost interest in what the president was saying.

Hundreds left early, while others plopped down on the ground, scrolled through their social media feeds or started up a conversation with their neighbors. After waiting for hours in 107-degree heat to get into the rally hall — where their water bottles were confiscated by security — people were tired and dehydrated and the president just wasn’t keeping their attention. Although Trump has long been the master of reading the mood of a room and quickly adjusting his message to satisfy as many of his fans as possible, his rage seemed to cloud his senses….

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Is Donald Trump secretly working to get Democrats elected next year?

Sure does seem like it on face value since he got elected…..

I often repeat here something the media leaves out when talking about Trump these days and his adopted party in Congress….

DONALD TRUMP CAMPAIGNED AGAINST HIS PARTIES LAWMAKERS….

Folks?

He has changed that one bit…..

The guy does NOT like it when things don’t go his way, and his idea of deal making seems to be ?….Hit’m over the head until they give in….

But with Midterm elections coming in a little more than a year and Trump throwing so much at his Grand Ole party people that has the Republican Senate Majority leader not speaking to him ( he attacked McConnell AGAIN last night )  and other Senator’s , who the party needs to vote FOR him….

Could Trump be ‘helping  Democrat’s in next year’s elections ?…..

President Donald Trump put the Republican Party on notice on Tuesday evening — implicitly attacking two Republican senators on their home turf, threatening a government shutdown over his border wall, and demanding that senators kill the filibuster because it’s impeding his agenda.

In an often-angry speech here that stretched on for well over an hour, the president returned to many of the same targets he went after on the campaign trail. He spent more than a half-hour lambasting the media, which he accused of misrepresenting his comments after the Charlottesville violence. Yet he also turned his weaponry on fellow Republicans, going after Arizona’s two GOP senators who’ve been a thorn in his side.

“If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” he said. “We’re going to have our wall. The American people voted for immigration control. We’re going to get that wall.”

While Trump’s nationalist supporters cheered Trump’s conviction — the wall has been advocated by his former chief strategist Steve Bannon — it faces objections from the more establishment wing of the GOP. Mainstream Republicans worry about the political fallout from a shutdown heading into the 2018 midterms, especially given the dearth of other legislative accomplishments under an all-GOP government so far.

At another point, the president demanded again that the Senate ditch the legislative filibuster, complaining that the 60-vote threshold is impeding his agenda. (The Obamacare repeal legislation needed only 50 votes, though Trump noted there are other provisions that need 60 votes that he would like to enact.)

Intentional or not, the renewed call was a barb at McConnell, who has repeatedly said the Senate GOP has no appetite for scrapping the filibuster.

“For our friends in the Senate, oh boy. The Senate, we have to get rid of what’s called the filibuster rule,” Trump said. “If we don’t the Republicans will never get anything passed. Eight Democrats are controlling all of this legislation.”

Trump’s supporters, many of whom interrupted his speech with cries of “Drain the Swamp,” ate it all up. As the president lashed Flake, they yelled “flush Flake.” When he bashed McCain, they booed. When he suggested a pardon is on the way for former Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio, an immigration hardliner who was recently convicted of criminal contempt, they yelled “pardon!”….

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The top Seven Senate seats most likely to flip in 2018…The Hill…..

The issue for  Democratic  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer who would like to have GOP Senator Mitch McConnell’s Majority Leader job…..

Republicans only have to defend eight Senate seats…..

Democrats have to defend twenty-five….

In reality?…..Most of the Democratic and Republican Senators are safe….Incumbants tend to get re-elected …But there are seats that are gonna have real political contests come next years election day….And Donald Trump may end up helping Democrats with his constant attacks on lawmakers from his own adopted party that he ran against last November…

The Hill gives it’s top seven Senate races to watch….

Next year’s midterm elections will provide Republicans with a major opportunity to build their majority in the Senate — if they can overcome President Trump’s dismal approval ratings and internal party rancor.

The 2018 Senate map heavily favors Republicans, who will only defend eight seats, just two of which are considered vulnerable right now. By comparison, Democrats have to defend 25 seats, including 10 in states that Trump won in 2016.

Despite the rough landscape, Democrats received a handful of breaks in the early months of 2017. But with so few offensive opportunities, Democrats will have to thread the needle in deep-red states just to tread water….

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Trump Labor Department Moves to Undo Obama Overtime Rule

By  @ Insurance Journal/Reuters…..| July 27, 2017

The Trump administration on Tuesday pushed forward with its bid to undo an Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to 4.2 million workers and said it was considering treating workers differently based on location and industry.

The rule, which was supposed to take effect in December 2016 but was blocked by a federal judge, is a top target for business groups that say it would force employers to convert many salaried employees into hourly worker.

The U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday called for public comments on the rule, which is the first step in revoking or revising it.

The rule would have doubled to $47,000 the maximum salary a worker can earn and still be eligible for mandatory overtime pay under federal wage law. A group of 21 states and business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce challenged the rule in a lawsuit filed last year.

The Labor Department appealed the judge’s decision temporarily blocking the rule to a New Orleans-based U.S. appeals court weeks before President Donald Trump took office in January.

Earlier this month, the department defended its power to base overtime eligibility on workers’ salaries in a brief submitted to the court. But the agency made clear that it did not agree with the threshold set by the Obama administration.

On Tuesday, the department said in light of the pending appeal, it decided to issue a request for comments rather than skip immediately to rescinding or revising the rule….

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Trump Arizona post election campaign rally doesn’t have barbs thrown at GOP Sen. Flake…

The political media was a buzz at Donald Trump’s visit to Arizona today….

The story was Trump was going there to throw down against Republican Senator Jeff Flake , who is running for re-election and has been critical of Trump in the media….(The other Arizona Senator is Republican John McCain , who helped derail the Healthcare Repeal bill effort)

That story didn’t play…

Instead Donald Trump got a chance to recharge his batters with a large crowd that was supportive….

Oh, and changed directions on the Charlottesville violence and comments he made for the third time….

Of course he attacked the media….

President Donald Trump was back in his natural element on Tuesday night, revving up a stadium of supporters in Phoenix, launching attacks on the media and defending last week’s response to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the day after a scripted, sober address about an increased American military presence in Afghanistan.

Trump seemed to be reveling in the crowd’s love from the moment he entered, clapping his hands as he made his way slowly to the podium, and before long he was enticing the crowd to rain boos on reporters.

“Wow, what a crowd, what a crowd,” were Trump’s first words when he stepped to the microphone.

“There aren’t too many people outside protesting, that I can tell you,” Trump quickly added, before going on to marvel at the size of the crowd, and noting that some people were still in line waiting to get in.

Trump then issued a call for unity.

“We all share the same home, the same dreams and the same hopes for a better future,” he said. “A wound inflicted on one member of our community is a wound inflicted upon us all. When one part of America hurts, we all hurt. And one American suffers an injustice, all of America suffers together. We’re all together.”

But quickly, Trump became animated and began a broadside against the “very dishonest media,” as the crowd booed loudly. Apparently lifted by the energy of the crowd, Trump quickly moved off script.

“I have a home in Charlottesville,” Trump quipped, before attacking the media and re-reading his initial statements from after Charlottesville, claiming repeatedly that he was misrepresented by the press. He did not repeat his call for blame on “many sides.”

Trump derided The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN — the crowd chanted “CNN sucks!” — and “little George Stephanopoulos” of ABC.

The crowd roared along with each attack, as Trump was repeatedly interrupted by protesters, one of whom he berated for not having a “powerful voice.”…

Large protests were planned near the Phoenix Convention Center, where Trump appeared.

Arizona is not exactly friendly territory for Trump to begin with. He carried the state in November by less than four points, a slim margin in a state that hasn’t gone Democratic in a presidential race since 1996. Neither of the state’s Republican senators, Jeff Flake and John McCain, supported him on Election Day. Flake never endorsed Trump, and McCain withdrew his support after a tape surfaced in October in which Trump bragged about groping women.

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Republicans working on cutting middle class tax benefits to give more to the rich…

Ya gotta read this….

There is broad consensus, according to five sources familiar with the behind-the-scenes talks, on some of the best ways to pay for cutting both the individual and corporate tax rates.

The options include capping the mortgage interest deduction for homeowners; scrapping people’s ability to deduct state and local taxes; and eliminating businesses’ ability to deduct interest, while also phasing in so-called full expensing for small businesses that allows them to immediately deduct investments like new equipment or facilities….

In addition to the revenue raisers such as eliminating the deduction for state and local taxes — a benefit that disproportionately hits taxpayers in high-cost states like California, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts — the tax negotiators are scouring former Republican Rep. Dave Camp’s 2014 tax plan for other ideas.

One idea quietly being discussed would be taxing the money that workers place into their 401(k) savings plans up front: an idea that would raise billions of dollars in the short-term and is pulled from the Camp plan. This policy idea is widely disliked by budget hawks, who consider it a gimmick; the financial services industry that handles retirement savings; and nonprofits that try to encourage Americans to save….

White House officials, for example, have been holding weekly calls with outside conservative groups to keep them informed of the progress of tax reform. Lately, the White House has been urging conservatives to stress in high-level talking points that any tax plan would help the middle class and average families and help to keep jobs in the U.S., according to a conservative activist familiar with the calls….

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House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Town Hall….

Same night as Donald Trump walking back into a  renewed Afghan War effort…..Making sure to knock  his parties leader on his Charlottesville response….

President Trump “could have done better” in his response to the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Monday, though he rejected a Democratic push to censure Trump for his remarks.

Ryan’s comments at a CNN town hall in Racine, Wis., were the first he made directly criticizing Trump for saying that “both” white supremacists and counter-protesters were to blame for the violence and that there were some “very fine people” among the white nationalists chanting racial slurs and carrying Nazi flags.

Trump “made comments that were much more morally ambiguous, much more confusing, and I do think he could have done better,” Ryan said of Trump’s second press conference on the matter.

“I do believe he messed up in his comments on Tuesday [Aug. 15] when it sounded like a moral equivocation or, at the very least, a moral ambiguity, when we need extreme moral clarity,” Ryan added.

The Speaker, however, said Trump struck the right tone in a speech Monday night where he called for unity and in remarks over the weekend praising the thousands who turned out in Boston to peacefully protest hate groups…..

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Monday said he wishes President Trump would tweet less, noting there are posts on Twitter he would prefer not to see from the commander-in-chief.

“Do I wish there would be a little less tweeting? Of course, I do. But I think, I don’t think that that’s going to change,” Ryan said at a town hall when asked how he reconciles Trump’s tweeting with what he teaches his children. …

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The aftermath of Charlottesville showed how America has changed…Vox…

In a powerful piece, Vox’s Lauren Williams rebutted those who sought to defend American values by denying the very Americanness of the Charlottesville protesters. “As wrong as white supremacists are about most everything, they’re right about this,” she wrote. “White supremacy is our culture — not just theirs, but all of America’s. It lives in our hearts and minds and institutions, and in public parks and highways across the country. Hate has a home here, and it always has.”

That’s true, and it remains true. But if the events of Charlottesville were a reminder of how deeply racism is woven into our history and present, how easily and honestly white supremacy lays claim to be a venerated part of American life, their aftermath has offered some hope that America is changing, and for the better.

It is likely that the immediate legacy of Charlottesville will be the dismantling and challenging of Confederate monuments. In the days after the march, Baltimore removed its four Confederate monuments in a single night, the governor of Virginia reversed his previous position and endorsed removing the state’s Confederate monuments, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Sen. Cory Booker in calling for the US Capitol to do the same.

Top leaders in the Republican Party, who often stay quiet during Trump’s eruptions, found their voices. “White supremacy is repulsive,” Paul Ryan tweeted. Mitt Romney was even less sparing. “Racial prejudice, then hate, then repugnant speech, then a repulsive rally, then murder; not supremacy, barbarism.” The list could go on, but the most unexpected message came from GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch, who chairs the powerful Senate Finance Committee and has been reticent to criticize Trump in the past. “My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home,” he said.

The business community, which has held its tongue on Trump’s behavior in the hope that silence would bring corporate tax cuts and friendly regulatory rulings, began to rebel. In a message to Walmart’s employees, CEO Doug McMillan wrote, “as we watched the events and the response from President Trump over the weekend, we too felt that he missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together by unequivocally rejecting the appalling actions of white supremacists.” Led by Merck’s Kenneth Frazier, so many CEOs quit Trump’s manufacturing advisory council that the White House shuttered the board entirely rather than face further defections…..

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Trump will announce increased ‘boots on the ground’ to Afghanistan….

His National Security Advisor McMaster was a planner during the first US/Allied effort in that country under Bush and Obama….

But President Obama worked hard to get the troops home….

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President Trump is now being pushed to increase the American and NATO military footprint bring back into the Middle East….

He will give Sec Def Mattis and McMaster the authorization to use more Spec Ops and Private Mercenaries to carry out this escalation back that region….

Be aware ….

If the number of troop deaths increase there will media focus on the US overall policy in the region and the cost….

Trump DID promise that money that will go into this should have gone into America…That clip is already being played in the media….

Trump is expected to authorize about 4,000 more U.S. troops for counter-terrorism missions, as well as U.S. advisors to work closer to the front lines with Afghan military officers in America’s longest war.

The new forces will join the 8,400 U.S. and 5,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops who now train and advise Afghan security forces as they seek to quell a resurgent Taliban, Islamic State militants and other militias that have plunged the war-torn nation into deeper chaos over the last year.

Adding more U.S. forces would reverse President Obama’s decision last year to withdraw 1,400 troops. Obama declared an end to U.S. combat in Afghanistan in 2014.

The new Trump strategy also aims to pressure Pakistan, a nominal U.S. ally, to take greater measures to crack down on Taliban insurgents and other militant groups that launch cross-border raids into Afghanistan.

Whether the strategy will restore stability is far from clear. Despite a variety of American initiatives, the Taliban holds sway over rural areas and controls more territory now than at any time since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 toppled the group from power, according to U.N. estimates.

In a statement, the White House said Trump would address the nation at 9 p.m. EDT Monday from Ft. Myer, outside Washington, instead of the White House or the New Jersey golf resort where he has spent most of the month.

Trump will “provide an update on the path forward for America’s engagement” in Afghanistan and South Asia, the statement said.

Trump’s decision emerged from a meeting he held Friday with Vice President Mike Pence, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, national security advisor H.R. McMaster, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and other top advisors at the presidential retreat at Camp David, a rustic compound in rural Maryland…..

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Millionaire Donald Trump has broken the Secret Service protection budget….

Because of his constant travel to HIS properties and his extended family?

We have a history making situation….

While the Secret Service budget is topped out?

The agency is actually having you and I the taxpayer PAY TRUMP a check overtime he goes to one HIS off day properties…..

Over a hundred agents will NOT get paid if they stay on the Trump protection detail….They are CAPPED OUT….(Of course those agents COULD resigned , while other agents are pulled in to cover Trump….But in the end Congress WILL pass legislation allowing them to get paid….

It just keeps getting worst with this guy….

The Secret Service cannot pay hundreds of agents to protect President Donald Trump and his large family, according to a report published Monday morning.

Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles told USA Today more than 1,000 agents have already hit the federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowances — which were meant to last the entire year.
“The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,” Alles told USA Today. “I can’t change that. I have no flexibility.”
Trump has taken trips almost every weekend of his presidency so far, to his properties in New Jersey, Virginia and Florida, as well as internationally — and his adult children also require protection during their business trips and vacations.
In Trump’s administration, 42 people have protection, which includes 18 members of his family — an increase from the 31 people who had Secret Service protection in Obama’s administration.
In June, CNN reported that the Secret Service was relaxing its drug policy for potential hires, as Alles laid out a plan to swell the agency’s ranks by more than 3,000 employees in the coming years.
“I think between that and the fact that he has a larger family, that’s just more stress on the organization. We recognize that,” Alles said at the time, and added that he had been allocating resources in accordance.
Alles has met with congressional lawmakers to discuss planned legislation to increase the combined salary and overtime cap for agents — from $160,000 per year to $187,000. He told USA Today this would be at least for Trump’s first term.
But he added that even if this were approved, about 130 agents still wouldn’t be able to be paid for hundreds of hours already worked.
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While Congress is at it?
It should mandate that the US Govt get it’s money back from  Trump using HIS property to bill us taxpayers into helping HIM make money…

 

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The Putin-Trump thing is OVER……

While Donald Trump tried  hard to get in bed with the guy?

The actions of the Obama, American Intel community,  Congress and the Mueller investigation have stopped THAT effort dead in its tracks…

It appears that the Russian President has returned back to form….

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Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed a hard-line critic of the U.S. who’s blacklisted by the European Union over the Ukraine crisis as his new ambassador to Washington.

Deputy Foreign Minister Anatoly Antonov will succeed Sergey Kislyak, the Russian envoy embroiled in controversy over contacts between the Kremlin and members of Donald Trump’s campaign team in the 2016 presidential elections. Antonov will also be Russia’s permanent observer at the Organization of American States, the Kremlin said in a website statement Monday.

The appointment, which had been expected for some time, comes amid growing Kremlin disillusionment with Trump, who campaigned on pledges to improve ties but has failed to deliver as president amid investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the elections.

As relations have soured, Russia and the U.S. have engaged in punitive tit-for-tat measures involving their embassies. The U.S. announced on Monday that it’s slashing visa services in Russia after the Kremlin ordered it to cut two-thirds of staff at its embassy and consulates. Russia said it took that step in reaction to new sanctions legislation passed by the U.S. Congress last month, as well as over Trump’s failure to reverse a December order by then President Barack Obama to expel 35 Russian diplomats and seize two embassy compounds in response to the alleged election interference…..

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GOP Sen. Collins vote of confidence in Donald Trump then, now, and even a second term….

When the Maine Republican Senator, who helped torpedo the Healthcare Repeal effort in the US senate, was asked about her parties leader already running for a second term in 2020….

“Well, I didn’t support the President when he was our party’s nominee. That was a very difficult position for me to take,” Collins said. “I’d never taken it before.”

“So what happens — he’s already running for reelection,” Jackson pressed. “What happens next?”

“Well, it’s far too early to tell now,” Collins replied. “There’s a long ways between now and that point.”

“Do you think he will end up the party’s nominee in 2020?” Jackson asked.

“It’s too difficult to say,” Collins said….

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Yes….There is an eclipse today….

For some of us?

It’s just another day….

America woke up Monday ready to turn its eyes to the sky.

The day of the Great American Eclipse had finally arrived.

But even as celestial bodies moved to align in the sky, terrestrial-bound bodies were scurrying in a mad last-minute scramble for the best vantage points to witness it.

Procrastinators dashed from store to store in search of eclipse-safe glasses. Scientists nervously checked and rechecked their equipment at observatories and research airplanes across the country. Authorities braced for still more traffic as millions converged along the 70-mile-wide path of the total eclipse.

For millennia, on days just like this one, our ancestors have been filled with awe, fear and wonder. Eclipses have spawned myths, altered belief systems, reshaped the way entire civilizations saw their world.

On Monday, many were looking for something similarly profound as they broke out lawn chairs, dragged their children outside and clutched their safety glasses in giddy expectation……

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As I type this things are falling in line….

I’m on my computer….Not outside…

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