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While Trump holds his base?…Resistance to his Presidency grows…

Could the mounting pushback against Trump and the Republican majority in Congress and across the countries state office holders echo the 2010 and 2012 AGAINST Republicans come next years Midterm Elections?

Is Trump working almost singlehandedly to help Democrats who have taken HUGE political loses under Obama’s time in office?

From pink-hatted protesters to big town hall turnout, the anti-Trump resistance has been in full swing since January’s inauguration. The left is taking a page out of the Tea Party playbook, and building the resistance from the grassroots up.

Why it matters: We saw a similar rise on the right in 2009-2010 shortly after Obama was inaugurated, and a huge number of Republican lawmakers were voted into office. That movement shook up US politics and changed the face of the Republican Party, and we could see similar aftershocks here.

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Media:

  • The most engaged partisan Facebook pages belong to left-leaning and Trump resistance groups. These pages are outperforming popular news competitors in overall engagement.
  • Anti-Trump sites launched across the web — some with prominent names behind them, such as ‘Crooked Media,’ by former Obama staffers and ‘Resistance Calendar,’ by filmmaker Michael Moore.
  • Cell phone apps and internet start ups that send daily text messages about getting involved have emerged with hundreds of thousands of followers.

Politics:

  • Former politicians are getting involved. Barbara Boxer’s Fight Back PAC is establishing itself against Trump’s agenda but also as a movement to win votes for progressives.
  • Trump’s disapproval rating is on the rise: 57% – Quinnipiac, 55% – Gallup Daily Tracker, 52% – Economist/YouGov, 49% – Marist
  • Congressional town halls and protests have been flooded with angry voices over what has been dubbed the ‘resistance recess.’ The movement was loud enough to get a response via twitter from President Trump.
  • Activism among liberal democrats is on the rise:
    • 47% of liberal Dems report say they’ve gotten involved in the last past two months, compared to 23% of all adults.
    • Liberal Dems, more than any other group, anticipate taking part in activism in the next two years
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Scientists March Against Trump Policies…. ‘March for Science’…

They join other groups in protesting the direction that the new people in the nations White House are moving to make cuts…

Thousands of scientists and their supporters, feeling increasingly threatened by the policies of President Trump, gathered in Washington on Saturday for what they called the March for Science, abandoning a tradition of keeping the sciences out of politics and calling on the public to stand up for the scientific enterprise.

Their call was echoed by protesters in hundreds of cities across the United States and around the world, including at marches in Europe and the Asia-Pacific that had already concluded.

In Washington, the rally was just getting underway Saturday morning, with thousands of people packing into the National Mall, some wearing white lab coats and ponchos on a misty day. Marchers carried signs calling for funding for scientific research — “science is not an alternative fact,” some said. Others noted pointedly that Albert Einstein was a refugee.

The March for Science evolved from a social media campaign into an effort to get people on the streets for the cause of science. Its organizers were motivated by Mr. Trump, who as a presidential candidate disparaged climate change as a hoax and cast suspicions on the safety of vaccines. Their resolve deepened, they said, when the president appointed cabinet members who seemed hostile to the sciences and then proposed a budget that would cut funding for research across the federal government.

Organizers said they hoped the day’s demonstrations result in sustained, coordinated action aimed at persuading elected officials to adopt policies consistent with the scientific consensus on climate change, vaccines and other issues.

“This has been a living laboratory as scientists and science institutions are willing to take a step outside their comfort zone, outside of the labs and into the public spheres,” said Beka Economopoulos, co-founder of the pop-up Natural History Museum and an organizer of the march. “This represents an escalation of a global movement that you’re just beginning to hear from.”

What began as a movement by scientists for scientists has drawn in many science enthusiasts who have joined efforts to organize the marches….

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Pence: U.S. to take Syrian refugess thru Australia…

Huh?

I thought his boss Trump thought this was a bad deal?

ANOTHER 180 turnaround from Trump…..

Maybe the refugee’s from the Trump ‘Ban’ countries should go to Australia first?

The United States will honor an Obama-era agreement with Australia to help resettle Syrian refugees, despite the Trump administration not favoring the arrangement, Vice President Mike Pence announced Saturday.

“President Trump has made it clear that we’ll honor the agreement — that doesn’t mean we admire the agreement,” Pence said during a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney, according to the Associated Press.

Up to 1,250 refugees housed in Australian detention camps on Nauru and Papua New Guinea would come to the U.S. under the agreement made with President Barack Obama.

Within the first 10 days as president, Trump had a tense phone call with Turnbull about the agreement. He followed up the phone call with a tweet several days later where he called the deal “dumb.”….

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What Trump HAS actually done since getting the job….

FiveThirtyEight spells out what the new President and his team HAVE done…

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In the whirlwind first weeks of President Trump’s administration, it often seemed as though he was trying to enact his entire agenda within his first 100 days in office. On Day 1, he moved to undo parts of the Affordable Care Act. Within his first week, he instituted a federal hiring freeze; issued orders on abortion, immigration and manufacturing; and took the first steps toward building his signature border wall. And on the one-week anniversary of his swearing in, he issued the first iteration of his ban on travel from certain Muslim-majority countries.

In retrospect, the travel ban looks like the high-water mark for the “shock and awe” phase of Trump’s presidency. The ban, of course, was quickly blocked by the courts, and from there his momentum stalled. In recent weeks, the narrative has reversed to the point that some pundits are suggesting Trump is already a failure — that Trump, as Josh Barro of Business Insider put it this week, is heading for a “do-nothing presidency.”

That may be wishful thinking on the part of Barro and other Trump critics, however. Yes, Trump has encountered a string of setbacks, perhaps most notably the embarrassing defeat of his effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. And yes, many key elements of his agenda — tax reform, infrastructure spending, a rethinking of U.S. trade policy — are still stuck at the starting gate, or in some cases seem to have been abandoned altogether. But Trump has found plenty of other ways to make his influence felt, often by reversing policies put in place by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

The most obvious accomplishment — the one that even Trump’s sharpest critics acknowledge — is the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The vote was a key political win for a president in dire need of one. But its real significance is in the longer term. Gorsuch restored (and perhaps deepened, if he proves to have influence with Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom he once clerked) the court’s conservative majority. And at only 49, he could serve for decades. It’s too soon to say what effect the new justice could have on abortion or other contentious issues, but it’s safe to assume that Gorsuch’s confirmation will help ensure that Trump’s impact is felt long after he leaves office.

Outside of Gorsuch, Trump’s influence is subtler, but no less real. Take immigration: Courts may have blocked Trump’s travel ban, but they haven’t intervened to stop him from stepping up immigration enforcement and increasing deportations — including of immigrants who had been granted protected status by the Obama administration…..

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Islanders NHL Hockey team makes offer for Belmont Race Track stadium….

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      While some local hockey fans have talked about the Islanders Hockey team coming back from Brooklyn to the renovated Nassau Coliseum?…..

THAT is unlikely….

The Nassau Coliseum just isn’t where the team wants to return to…

The team owners are moving ahead with submitting plans to have a new stadium built on New York State property at the Belmont park southern parking lot that currently is being used to park hundreds of new cars for island car dealers…

The property is state property and would NOT need ok’s from local Republican politicians who have their own problems….

Building a new stadium would allow the Islanders to have a stadium that would have amenities that could provide them more revenue than the Coliseum would….It would also be built as bigger faculty, more in line with new venues being constructed for the National Hockey League teams…The site has major highway access and train access, something the Coliseum does NOT have even though it sits next to parts of eastern Queens that has few if any hockey fans…But neither did Brooklyn….

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New York Governor Cuomo is running for re-election next year and probably will make a try for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination…

He ‘s been going around the state starting construction (Read Jobs) projects …Bringing the Islanders back the Nassau County at Belmont wouldn’t hurt his efforts one bit….

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman revealed on Friday that the Islanders’ owners plan to officially submit a bid to New York state officials with the hope of building a new arena for the hockey team at the Belmont Park racetrack site.

Speaking to a group from The Associated Press Sports Editors at the league’s midtown office, Bettman added that Isles owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin still are “reviewing their options” to procure a new local arena for the Islanders, who have encountered numerous problems in their two seasons at Barclays Center in Brooklyn since leaving Nassau Coliseum in 2015.

“Yes, there is an RFP (request for proposal) for Belmont and I know they are going to participate in that,” Bettman said. “I believe that everyone thinks there is a terrific opportunity there, if not at Willets Point (in Queens), to create a more hockey friendly environment for the Islanders, which is something Scott (Malkin) is committed to do.”

Bettman also reiterated that the renovated Coliseum, which reopened earlier this month, is “not a long-term option” for the Isles….

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How a Warming Planet Drives Human Migration…

The NY Times lays it out….

While Trump Admin people go about trying everything they can to ignore data showing the effects on the planet  and it’s inhabitants….

Climate change is not equally felt across the globe, and neither are its longer term consequences. This map overlays human turmoil — represented here by United Nations data on nearly 64 million “persons of concern,” whose numbers have tripled since 2005 — with climate turmoil, represented by data from NASA’s Common Sense Climate Index. The correlation is striking. Climate change is a threat multiplier: It contributes to economic and political instability and also worsens the effects. It propels sudden-onset disasters like floods and storms and slow-onset disasters like drought and desertification; those disasters contribute to failed crops, famine and overcrowded urban centers; those crises inflame political unrest and worsen the impacts of war, which leads to even more displacement. There is no internationally recognized legal definition for “environmental migrants” or “climate refugees,” so there is no formal reckoning of how many have left their homes because climate change has made their lives or livelihoods untenable. In a 2010 Gallup World Poll, though, about 12 percent of respondents — representing a total of 500 million adults — said severe environmental problems would require them to move within the next five years….

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Breaking…Russian’s tried to cultivate moles in the Trump campaign…FBI

CNN is reporting that Russian assets tried to cultivate inside Trump people last year to spy for them…

Trump surrogate Carter Page’s name keeps popping up in the same sentence as Russian’s….(He joins Mike Flynn and Paul Manafort as people the FBI and Congressional investigators are looking at)

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The FBI gathered intelligence last summer that suggests Russian operatives tried to use Trump advisers, including Carter Page, to infiltrate the Trump campaign, according to US officials.

The new information adds to the emerging picture of how the Russians tried to influence the 2016 election, not only through email hacks and propaganda but also by trying to infiltrate the Trump orbit. The intelligence led to an investigation into the coordination of Trump’s campaign associates and the Russians.
These officials made clear they don’t know whether Page was aware the Russians may have been using him. Because of the way Russian spy services operate, Page could have unknowingly talked with Russian agents.
Page disputes the idea he has ever collected intelligence for the Russians, saying he helped the US intelligence community. “My assumption throughout the last 26 years I’ve been going there has always been that any Russian person might share information with the Russian government … as I have similarly done with the CIA, the FBI and other government agencies in the past.”
 But the intelligence suggests Russia tried to infiltrate the inner-workings of the Trump campaign by using backdoor channels to communicate with people in the Trump orbit, US officials say.
Page is one of several Trump advisers US and European intelligence found to be in contact with Russian officials and other Russians known to Western intelligence during the campaign, according to multiple US officials.
The scope and frequency of those contacts raised the interest of US intelligence agencies….

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Trump Admin begins to set-up for a Govt. Shutdown…

With Trump’s Budget Director talking about spending on a Trump ‘Wall’ and a Healthcare Cut along with an Infrastructure  money boost?

Democrats and even Trump fellow Republicans are NOT gonna sign off on all of this too keep paying the bills…

The Republicans are supposed to be running things…

A shutdown would be ANOTHER negative for Trump to wear….

The Trump administration is preparing for the possibility of a government shutdown, even though the president and his staff believe one is unlikely to occur.

“I think we’re in good shape,” President Trump said when asked about the possibility of a shutdown.

“We remain confident we’re not going to have a shutdown,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at a separate off-camera briefing, calling the preparation “required steps” for the federal agencies and departments.

The government will shut down midnight on April 28 if Congress cannot agree on a spending bill.

The measure has hit several snags over White House demands to include funding for Trump’s proposed border wall and a debate over money for an ObamaCare insurer subsidy program.

But lawmakers can stave off a shutdown if they pass a short-term spending measure to keep the government open while negotiations continue over a broader funding deal.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has begun to coordinate with government agencies to plan for a possible shutdown.

“While we do not expect a lapse, prudence and common sense require routine assessments will be made,” OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said in a statement….

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Barack Obama to re-enter the public spotlight….

In keeping with past traditions ?

Barack H. Obama is enterring the paid speeches circuit that rewards retired American President’s and other high name politicians (Hillary Clinton)….

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Obama is not expected to knock the guy who now lives in the house he gave up a few months ago…

There are Democrat’s who want him to help the party that suffered under the eight years of his leadership and he has indicated that he would help with the parties efforts to organize and get out it’s vote ….

Barack Obama’s extended post-presidential vacation is about to end. After spending weeks in French Polynesia — including time on the yacht of the movie mogul David Geffen along with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey — Mr. Obama will return to Chicago on Monday for his first public event as a former president.

His self-imposed silence since Inauguration Day will end with a series of events over the next four weeks. A Monday town hall-style meeting with students at the University of Chicago will be followed by an awards ceremony in Boston; a series of public remarks as well as private paid speeches in the United States and Europe; and an appearance at the Brandenburg Gate in Germany with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

And yet, Mr. Obama’s supporters, who have been waiting eagerly for the former president to respond to his successor’s accusations and policy reversals, are likely to be disappointed.

Even as he witnesses President Trump’s relentless and chaotic assault on his legacy, Mr. Obama remains stubbornly committed to the idea that there is only one president at a time. Those closest to him say the former president does not intend to confront Mr. Trump directly on immigration, health care, foreign policy or the environment during any of his events….

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Senator Feinstein on hold for 2018 due to family health issues…

Democrat Feinstein is 83 years old herself….

There are other California Democrats waiting in the wings if she should not run again…

The US Senator from California is newly elected Kamala Harris…

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday she is waiting for some family health issues to be resolved before she announces whether she’ll run for another term in 2018.

“The time is coming, be assured. I’ve had reasons for waiting, and so once those problems are solved, I’ll let you know,” Feinstein said after a town hall in Los Angeles.

Feinstein wouldn’t give more details about the family issue, but she skipped the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last summer after her husband, Richard Blum, was diagnosed with lung cancer.

She herself was fitted with a pacemaker in January, raising additional questions about whether she plans to run.

At 83, Feinstein is the oldest member of the U.S. Senate, with 24 years under her belt, and the California political establishment has been in wait-and-see mode over whether she will seek another six-year term. A number of prominent Democrats would be eager to replace her if she bowed out.

In January, she gave a pretty strong hint that she’d like to run again, and she’s been raising money across the state….

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The Pentagon and White House ain’t on the same page…

Remember that part about the Mother of all Bomb’s use in Afghanistan?

Or?

The part about the Aircraft Carrier group sailing TO North Korea when it was going the opposite direction 5,000 mile away?

People?

The Pentagon KNOWS what the MOAB can do….

The Pentagon also KNOWS where its ships are EVERY second….

But…

The politicians over at the White House who talk to the media and seek to drive policy an the political narrative to fit their boss?

They can only go on what the Pentagon tells them…

And right now?

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The Defense Department is understaffed and led by a guy who runs his own show and isn’t much worried about politics….

To boot?

All of the top Trump General’s?

Are NOT political animals having  ALL worked for Obama and Bush II…Both THOSE Administrations made sure they stayed in the loop with their Defense Departments, which had guys running things who where civilians …Not generals…

On two separate occasions this month, the military has sent out information that was either misleading or unauthorized.

In the first instance, the Defense Department failed to correct claims from the White House and runaway media reports that an aircraft carrier strike group was headed toward North Korea in a show of force after that country tested a new missile.

In the second instance, U.S. Central Command walked back unusually blunt statements to The Hill about the use of a Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) in Afghanistan.

The breakdowns threaten to become a political problem for the administration, with the CENTCOM flap in particular catching the attention of liberal MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.

“We’re not sure who to trust when we get an explanation about it,” she said April 14 on “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

On Wednesday, Maddow argued in a series of tweets that CENTCOM “never explained who it was that gave that statement as if they were a spokesman.”

She also pointed out that the command’s release of unauthorized statements was not on the usual site where CENTCOM posts its press announcements.

“Now we’ve got a DOD statement that someone said things to a reporter that DOD disavows, but we don’t know who the person was … nor do we know the circumstances of why or how someone was pretending to be a CENTCOM spokesman for a day.”

While some turbulence is typical for any new administration, it is possible that understaffing and miscommunication between the White House and various departments are making life tougher for the Pentagon under President Trump.

“It appears that DOD is trying to work out the kinks in collaborating on messaging with the White House in real time,” said Owen Daniels of the Atlantic Council.

“DOD is in the position of reacting to the news cycle and White House statements, which could be a side effect of understaffing. It’s also possible that DOD is trying to minimize its contradiction of the [White House] where possible to project unified, consistent messaging to both partners and adversaries.”

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Republican Senator Hatch loses to Utah Indie in new poll….

Senator Orrin Hatch IS in trouble folks….

Former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin would beat Sen. Orrin Hatch in a head-to-head matchup for the U.S. Senate, a new poll shows.

The Centrist Project, which is recruiting candidates to run for Senate and state legislatures in 2018, commissioned the survey to gauge Utahns’ opinions on several issues and the viability of an independent candidate in the upcoming Senate race.

The poll by JMC Analytics found 33 percent of residents would vote for McMullin, 29 percent for Hatch and 11 percent for an unnamed Democrat if the election were held today. Another 10 percent favored someone else, and 17 percent were undecided.

Asked whether Hatch deserves to be re-elected or if it’s time for someone new, only 21 percent of Utahns chose the seven-term senator, while 68 percent want someone new, according the poll….

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The poll is by people looking to get rid of the 8 term GOP US Senator….

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With little to show for 100 days…Trump attempts to back away from FDR standard…

As usual….

Donald Trump wants to change things when they do NOT go his way….

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President Donald Trump on Friday called the 100-day standard by which new occupants of the White House are judged “ridiculous” while at the same time insisting that his administration has accomplished “a lot” in its opening days.

“No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!” Trump wrote on Twitter Friday morning.

The first 100 days of a new administration are generally understood to be among the busiest, when a freshly-sworn-in president can begin making good on promises he made during the preceding campaign. Presidents are often judged by how productive their first 100 days in office are, and Trump’s has thus far been somewhat of a mixed bag.

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Jake Tapper Retweeted Donald J. Trump

The first 100 days construct was created by FDR – it’s when a president’s power and influence w Congress is likely greatest.

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The US wants Wikileaks founder Assange….Charges drawn up…

So much for the guy hoping that by leaking ONLY  ‘Hillary Clinton’ stuff he might get over with Trump & Co?

US authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, US officials familiar with the matter tell CNN.

The Justice Department investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks dates to at least 2010, when the site first gained wide attention for posting thousands of files stolen by the former US Army intelligence analyst now known as Chelsea Manning.
Prosecutors have struggled with whether the First Amendment precluded the prosecution of Assange, but now believe they have found a way to move forward.
During President Barack Obama’s administration, Attorney General Eric Holder and officials at the Justice Department determined it would be difficult to bring charges against Assange because WikiLeaks wasn’t alone in publishing documents stolen by Manning. Several newspapers, including The New York Times, did as well. The investigation continued, but any possible charges were put on hold, according to US officials involved in the process then.
 The US view of WikiLeaks and Assange began to change after investigators found what they believe was proof that WikiLeaks played an active role in helping Edward Snowden, a former NSA analyst, disclose a massive cache of classified documents….
US intelligence agencies have also determined that Russian intelligence used WikiLeaks to publish emails aimed at undermining the campaign of Hillary Clinton, as part of a broader operation to meddle in the US 2016 presidential election…..
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Polling continues to point to Trump’s minority support status….

Public Policy Polling is out joining the others in showing a President coming up on 100 days in offoce that has Most America distrustful of a lot of his domestic and foreign policies….(They want him to play less Golf)

The April 2017 poll isn’t good news for other Republican lawmakers in leadership spots either…

PPP’s newest national poll finds that the Democratic enthusiasm that led to strong finishes in special elections in Georgia and Kansas over the last week is a national phenomenon.

Democrats lead the generic Congressional ballot 47-41. But what’s more notable is the enthusiasm imbalance. 63% of Democrats say they’re ‘very excited’ about voting in the 2018 election, compared to only 52% of Republicans who express that sentiment. When you look at the 2018 House picture just among the voters most excited about turning out next year, the lead for Democrats grows to 19 points at 57-38. Republican leaning voters are comparatively disengaged, with the GOP holding advantages only among voters who are ‘somewhat excited’ (48-40) and ‘not that excited’ (46-31).

One reason for the comparative lack of Republican excitement may be the continued unpopularity of Donald Trump. Only 43% of voters approve of the job he’s doing to 50% who disapprove. The core promise of Trump’s campaign was to ‘Make America Great Again,’ but only 35% of voters actually think he’s accomplished that goal to 55% who think he hasn’t.

Foreign policy has taken on a larger role in the national discussion in recent weeks and Trump’s leadership on that front isn’t inspiring a ton of confidence. 39% of voters think he will get the United States into World War III during his Presidency, to just 40% of voters who don’t think he’s going to have that effect. Trump has continued to attack the Obama administration’s approach to foreign policy lately, but by a 51/39 spread voters think Obama had a better handle on foreign policy than Trump. And by a 51/43 split, voters would rather still have Obama than Trump as President overall….

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What is Bernie doing?

Remember?

Bernie Sanders is NOT a Democrat….

He ain’t on the Democratic team roster….

Bernie Sanders has embarked on a “Come Together and Fight Back” tour with with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez. But he’s not really helping on that first part.

Over the last few days, Sanders’s has at times offered some odd comments for a guy pushing for Democratic unity.

To wit:

But the most puzzling development this week is Sanders’s decision to keep Georgia special election candidate Jon Ossoff at arms-length. Sanders hasn’t endorsed Ossoff, and in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he seemed to suggest Ossoff’s progressive bona fides were in question.

“If you run as a Democrat, you’re a Democrat,” Sanders said. “Some Democrats are progressive, and some Democrats are not.”

Sanders qualified this by saying he didn’t know much about Ossoff, so perhaps it should be taken at face value — that he truly doesn’t know enough to make a decision about him. But it’s an odd statement to make about a guy who has been running in such a high-profile race and in whom Democrats have invested so much money and blood, sweat and tears….

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