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Alabama expects lower turnout for Special Senate election next month…

The state election officals are also not inclined to change the date from Dec 12…..

The state’s top election official Monday said he is lowering his prediction for turnout in Alabama’s December 12 special election, a potential measure of how sexual misconduct allegations have roiled the Senate race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.

In an interview with NBC News, Secretary of State John Merrill also said his office has just sent local election officials more detailed guidance for processing write-in votes, a result he said of a higher volume of inquiries than his office normally receives from voters across the state.

“As Alabamians, we believe that its best for Alabamians and Alabama election officials to administer Alabama election laws,” Merrill, a Republican, said.

If President Trump were to contact him about altering the date, Merrill said he would hear him out.

“But I don’t see any circumstance today based on what knowledge we have that that’s something that would even merit consideration,”…

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Democrats look to push GOPer’s on the Dreamers Immigration policy…

The Trump Admin is moving to expel ALL illegal immigrants it can find, wether they have had past promise’s from prior presidential admin or not….This has been the policy of John Kelly when he became Dept. of Homeland Security head less than a year ago….

His explanation was he is just following the law….

In his move up to the President’s chief of staff, he has placed  a deputy to him over at DHS…..She seems to be following her old boss , who is still her boss….

Kelly has also explained that if there is to be a change in the law?

It has to come from Congress….

That IS a problem….

This Congress has unable to do much of anything except run around in circles and have its members talk to the media….

With the Republicans in firm control of things?

It seems like their position is to keep stalling and let the government keep rounding up undocumented people and ship them out….

Democrats have signaled that they will try to force action on the ‘Dreamers’ program in the next two final weeks of the 2017 legisaltive calendar … or…They will move to shut down the government….

The fight over “Dreamers” is heating up as the legislative calendar winds down, setting the stage for a year-end clash that’s heightening the odds of a government shutdown.

Lawmakers headed into the long Thanksgiving recess are in stark disagreement over how, and when, to provide legal cover for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children — legislation both parties say they want after President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September.

Behind Trump, GOP leaders are opposed to attaching any DACA provisions to legislation extending government funding, which expires Dec. 8. But Democratic leaders, pressured by their activist base and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, are insisting that the DACA protections be finalized before year’s end. Many Democrats are threatening to withhold support for an omnibus spending bill if the immigration language isn’t included.

With just 12 legislative days left on the calendar — and the Republicans laser-focused on enacting a tax overhaul before Christmas — GOP leaders have some tough decisions ahead. And the question of timing on DACA is becoming every bit as sticky as the substance of the bill.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has repeatedly noted that Trump, in dismantling the Obama-era program, gave Congress until March 5 to come up with a legislative fix. With that in mind, the Speaker has suggested Republicans would be fine addressing the issue early next year.

“I don’t think we should put artificial deadlines in front of the one we already have,” Ryan told reporters this month.

But a number of Republicans, moderates and conservatives alike, want to move more quickly….

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There was almost a agreement in September…But when GOPer’s saw Trump cutting a deal with Democrats?…They made sure they added things to derail the ‘agreement’…

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Federal Judge blocks Trump Admin Sanctuary City Money holdout policy…

This stop’s Attorney General Sessions efforts to force cities to cooperate and become a arm of the countries immigration/customs service…or lost funding for a wide range of programs….

The judges order permenatly orders the government to NOT go thru with its threats…

A federal judge on Monday permanent blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order that attempted to cut funding to so-called sanctuary cities, another legal blow to White House efforts to ramp up deportations and curb undocumented immigration.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco called Trump’s January order “unconstitutional on its face” in his ruling, which made permanent his injunction from April. The White House had threatened to cut federal law enforcement grants from cities that fought Trump’s efforts to combat undocumented immigration and said it would publicly shame localities that failed to comply with attempts to increase deportations.

“The counties have demonstrated that the executive order has caused and will cause them constitutional injuries by violating the separation of powers doctrine and depriving them of their Tenth and Fifth Amendment rights,” Orrick wrote.

The city and county of San Francisco and the county of Santa Clara had argued they could lose billions of dollars in federal funds each year. Lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice said the order would apply to only a few grants and would involve far less money, an argument rejected by Orrick, who said it was written broadly in an attempt “to reach all federal grants.”

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who filed two lawsuits against the Trump administration, called the decision “a victory for the American people” and said the case was “a check on the president’s abuse of power.”

“This executive order was unconstitutional before the ink on it was even dry,” Herrera said in a statement. “This president and his administration have been trying to twist facts, stoke fears and demonize immigrants to score cheap political points. The American people are too smart for that.”…

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DC Comic’s Justice League did $94M last weekend domestically ….

Some people are VERY disappointed in those numbers…..

My oldest son saw the movie….

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He thought it was just Ok….(He raved about the new Thor Movie)

Justice League opened to a tepid $94 millionlast weekend, a figure that has set off a new round of murmurs in Hollywood. The weak ticket sales are proof that the wild success of Marvel’s grand comic-book experiment should be seen as an exception rather than the rule—that simply teaming up big-name heroes isn’t enough to ensure a financial win. In the five years since Marvel officially struck gold with The Avengers, every major studio has worked to plan scores of expensive franchise films intended to build up to a guaranteed payout, but audiences already seem to be growing tired of this scheme.

After the critical and financial triumph of Wonder Woman this summer ($821 million worldwide on a $150 million budget), it seemed like the DC Comics movies had finally turned their fortunes around. Earlier offerings like Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were critically reviled but made decent money anyway; Wonder Woman outgrossed them both domestically, despite a lower opening weekend, showing that positive word of mouth still mattered even for an action-packed superhero film. Justice League was more in line with previous efforts, recording a 39 percent Rotten Tomatoes score(compared to Wonder Woman’s 92 percent)…..

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International numbers for Justice league are better….@$185M…..(Thor @ $739M)

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Trump Admin to end Haitian emergency illegal status protection for 60,000…

The acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine C. Duke has ruled that like the protected status for Nicaraguans….The same for Hailtians will be ended…..Following the view of her privious boss John Kelley….Their view is that Congress should be passing law to deal with this….

Congress probably won’t since they seem unable to come up with a law to protect the ‘Dreamers’ /DACA children brought to this country illegally that have been following the law and registering ….

Thier numbers are estimated from 500,000 to a million…

The Haitian ‘s involved could be around 60,000….

Duke has the Hatian dedline at July 2019 and the Nicaraguians at  January 2019 in hopes that either Congress will deal with the issue or those impacted will try other means to qualify to stay legally in the country…

….Immigration advocates have said it is wrong and unfair to consider sending large numbers of immigrants back to troubled countries, particularly Haiti. A report by the United Nations in January said the country is still mired in poverty and struggling to recover from a legacy of political upheaval and serial disasters, with about 2.5 million people still needing help.

The decision will upend the lives of thousands of Haitians in the U.S., many of whom have taken advantage of their legal status to put down roots, building careers and raising children, many of whom are American citizens.

“This administration has no plan in place for the children who are U.S. citizens but may now lose their parents and caregivers to deportation,” said Amanda Baran of the Washington office of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, a advocacy group for immigrants.

The group called on Congress to change the law to allow immigrants currently covered by temporary status to stay.

Immigrants affected by the order said they worried for their future….

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The Sheep…Trump voter: If Jesus Christ told me Trump colluded with Russia, I’d check with Trump

Don’t laugh at this….

It is the story of those who would follow Donald Trump like lemmings if he asked them to jump….

They have drank the Kool-Aid and have come back for more….

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A man who said he voted for President Trump in 2016 said on Monday that if Jesus Christ told him Trump colluded with Russia, he would still have to check with the president to see if it was true.

“If Jesus Christ gets down off the cross and told me Trump is with Russia, I would tell him, ‘Hold on a second. I need to check with the president if it’s true,’” said Mark Lee, one of six Trump voters to appear on a CNN panel Monday morning.

Lee said he believes in the president and his mission of “draining the swamp.”

“Trump is there for the small guy; he’s there for people like myself,” Lee said….

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Trump will put North Korea back on the list of countries sponsoring terror…

This just out…..

It seems to be Trump’s intent of increasingly squeezing North Korea to try to get the country to come to the bargining table….

THAT has shown no success publicly so far…

President Donald Trump says he intends to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror.

Trump said Monday that the designation will impose further penalties on the country. He called it a long overdue step and part of the U.S. ‘‘maximum pressure campaign’’ against the North.

The move returns North Korea to the list of countries the U.S. views as state sponsors of terror for the first time since 2008. That’s when the North was removed in a bid to salvage a deal to halt its nuclear development.

U.S. officials cited the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half brother in a Malaysian airport this year as an act of terrorism.

North Korea would join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list of state sponsors of terror…..

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With Trump No Foreign Policy/State Dept….The Senate moves into the vacuum…

Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy consists of threats from last years campaign and in-action….

His Sec of State is in the process of taking his department apart  by neglect….

His Sec of Defense spend his first six months on airplanes going around the planet assuring foreign leaders that his boss would NOT just ignore pass agreements other president’s had done…

With all of this and President who STILL has the hots for the Russian President…What does the Congress do?

It seems that the Republicans have begun to band together to keep and eye on the Excutive branch….

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“Clearly, Congress has taken on a stronger role. You see that with the sanctions bill we passed with Russia—and, by the way, also with North Korea and Iran—that discretion that is normally given to the president has been taken over by Congress in our role as the policy arm of government,” Cardin told me. “We have been more prescriptive on the responsibilities of the president on foreign policy, and that’s Congress’s prerogative, and we’ve done that under President Trump. Yes, we are taking a more active role.”

Corker offered a highly symbolic – or at least seriously trollish — signal of how far he’s willing to take his feud with Trump last week when he held a hearing on the president’s authority to order a nuclear strike – the first time in 40 years that such an issue has been discussed on Capitol Hill. The session was widely – and correctly, Cardin said – interpreted as a senatorial rebuke of the president’s loose and inflammatory rhetoric about the “fire and fury” he might unleash against North Korea. “Congress is looking for a way to assert itself in that regard,” Cardin said….

Congress isn’t about the wrest control of nukes – or any other major levers of international power – away from the commander-in-chief anytime soon. Despite post-Vietnam efforts to rein in the imperial presidency, the executive branch retains nearly all the control over American foreign policy. And many members of Congress are just as happy to punt when it comes to taking responsibility for decisions of war and peace that might prove unpopular with voters, a fact painfully underscored when President Obama decided to seek authorization for a retaliatory strike on Syria after a chemical weapons attack on its own citizens—and members of Congress all but hid under their desks.

So no one’s suggesting Congress has suddenly grown a spine under Trump.

But the bipartisan talk of constraining and at times openly contradicting the president is something genuinely different about Trump’s Washington, and it already extends to a wide range of issues on the foreign policy front – a contrast to the fractured politics of such domestic issues as health care and taxes, where consensus is as elusive as the election results would suggest….

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Trump goes after Sen. Flake on the tax bill….

Typical Donald Trump….

When in doubt attack….

He knows the Republican Senator from Arizona does NOT like him …..

He needs his vote though for any tax cut bill…

So what does Donald Trump do?

He disses the guy….

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Donald Trump and perhaps his top congressional GOP critic are sparring again, this time with Sen. Jeff Flake’s office disputing the president’s claim that the Arizona Republican plans to oppose the party’s tax overhaul plan.

The president started the duo’s latest back-and-forth with a Sunday evening tweet predicting the retiring Flake — whom he mocked by referring to him as “Flake(y)” — will “be a NO on tax cuts because his political career anyway is ‘toast.’”

Losing Flake would put the bill in serious jeopardy of failing, robbing Trump of a year-end legislative victory.

Trump wrote that Flake is “unelectable in the Great State of Arizona (quit race, anemic polls) was caught (purposely) on ‘mike’ saying bad things about your favorite President…..

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to do a fundraiser in Iowa…

Could the Mayor be another name we add to the 2020 Democratic Nomination sweepstakes list?

He’s just handily won re-election in the ‘Big Apple’ , a  city with more people in it that most states and a budget that is half the entire state…

A certified progressive….He want’s more of a lefty tilt from the party…..

He does say he is NOT gonna run though?

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Bill de Blasio is headed to Iowa again, but the mayor of New York City insists he’s really not running for president.

De Blasio, whose unfulfilled national ambitions have never been far from the surface, will be in Des Moines in early December preaching the progressive message as the best means for Democrats to win control of statehouses nationwide and, the biggest prize, the U.S. House of Representatives. He will also be trying to define a new role for himself in the party.

More to the point, he’s diverging from the Clinton brand of Democratic politics from whence he came and fully embracing the Sen. Bernie Sanders wing of the party — a seemingly more natural fit for a man who won his first mayoral term on the message of income inequality.

“I think the Democratic party is ill-defined right now and I think it’s ill-defined because it’s lost touch with what should be its core ideology,” de Blasio said during a Gracie Mansion interview Sunday afternoon. “Because it’s ill-defined, they’re not winning elections and the two go together.”

De Blasio’s past Iowa trips have, thus far, produced subpar results — reflective of his struggle to command a more national audience. His delayed endorsement of Hillary Clinton in 2016 left him isolated, irking the Clintons and siding against the left wing of the party where he said his own ideology is a more natural fit. He was relegated to knocking on doors for the Clinton camp. A progressive forum he hoped to host there never materialized.

This time, with a term under his belt having run New York City, he plans to fully embrace the type of doctrine he said Democrats should have welcomed last year. He sees himself now as someone uniquely suited to carry that banner.

“I have been very open about the fact that I wish the national party had actually run on that platform,” de Blasio said. “If the party does not bring the progressive wing in more fully, then it’s at the party’s peril. I think there was a huge mistake made in 2016 to not invite in the Bernie Sanders movement more effectively.”….

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The migration of Puerto Rican’s to the US mainland, mainly Florida…

With the reliefe and rebuilding on the island moving slowly?

families from the island are buying plane tickets and flying to the mainland USA…..

Mostly in Florida the closet state to the island….

The vast number of new families is gonna tax esisiting services in that state…..

There have been efforts to send some of the recent arrivals to other states, especially up North where there are more jobs and services….

But the distance and maybe even the weather are going to be keep those numbers low….

Oh, yea….I’d think the majority of displaced Puerto Rican’s aren’t gonna vote Republican, eh?

“If they are not finding a house, or hotel, or need to find some independent living, we need to make sure we don’t have a crisis situation,” said Ms. Jacobs, the Orange County mayor. “The situation could deteriorate quickly.”

But so far, no plan has emerged.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will not bring in mobile trailers, said Daniel Llargues, a spokesman, something it did on a small scale in Florida after Hurricane Irma. The agency also provides rental assistance. Beyond that, long-term housing is a local issue. The situation is so dire that at a recent round table there was talk of buying an abandoned motel to house people.

Representative Darren Soto, an Orlando congressman of Puerto Rican descent, said new apartment rental units are being built at a brisk pace. But there are not enough, and only some will offer low rents. Until more units are ready, he said, “we will have to be vigilant to make sure no one falls off their housing.”

Some Puerto Rican community leaders are encouraging the newcomers to head north to New York or Philadelphia, where state benefits are more robust and there are fewer new arrivals.

“The reality is these families are here, and we put out the welcome mat, so now it is our responsibility that their transitions are seamless,” said Marucci Guzmán, the executive director of Latino Leadership, a grass-roots group in Orlando that has helped hundreds of newly arrived Puerto Ricans. “This is not the land of Mickey Mouse, and the streets aren’t paved with gold.”

Even for those who have found a safe place to land, the heartbreak of leaving the island remains…..

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Trump would be ok with no Obamacare Repeal provision in Senate tax bill?

Republicans get the floor pulled out from them AGAIN on efforts to make changes in the Affirdable healthcare law also known as Obamacare….

Conservative want something done against the law….But have unable to get anything done due to not having enough votes to do so from their OWN Senate party lawmakers….

Looks like this effort won’t work either…

But?

Even if Trump gets the mandate removed from the tax bill?

There is a growing resisitance to the effects the bill would have on hig taxed blue states….

“If we can repeal part of Obamacare as part of a tax bill … that can pass, that’s great,” White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “If it becomes an impediment to getting the best tax bill we can, then we are OK with taking it out.”

It was too soon to say whether eliminating the repeal of the so-called individual mandate would increase the bill’s chances of passing. The provision was not an impediment now, Mulvaney said.

Republican senators who have been critical of the plan said that some middle-income taxpayers could see any benefits of the tax cuts wiped out by higher health insurance premiums if the repeal of the Obamacare mandate goes through.

Among them was Senator Susan Collins, one of a handful of Republicans who voted in July to block a broader Republican attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

“I don’t think that provision should be in the bill. I hope the Senate will follow the lead of the House and strike it,” Collins said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”….

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Trump getting no’ pat on back’ from freed UCLA basketball player’s father tweets he should have left the player’s in jail….

Donald Trump IS well?…..

Donald Trump…

He doesn’t do much of anything because of any other reason except boosting HIS EGO…..

The UCLA basketball played who are accused of shoplifting and where held in China did in fact thank President Trump for asking the Chienese leader to release them….

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LaVar Ball, the mercurial father of one of players didn’t….His ego is is about the size of Trump’s….

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The players faced potential jail sentences for the charge, but Trump reportedly spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping about resolving the situation. The players were released, and landed in the United States last week.

Trump took credit for their release, and questioned in a tweet whether the players would thank him.

The players subsequently held a press conference last week in which they apologized for the incident and thanked Trump.

ESPN on Friday asked LaVar Ball about Trump’s role in bringing his son back to the United States.

“Who?” Ball responded. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”…

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Alabama newspapers urge voters to pick Democrat Doug Jones for Us Senator…

The ask voters to reject Republican Roy Moore for ‘decency’ sake…

The Alabama Media Group stripped the editorial across its Sunday front pages. The unusual step comes 10 days after misconduct allegations first surfaced against Moore, the Republican nominee for the state’s Senate seat.

The editorial doubles as an endorsement of Moore’s opponent, Democrat Doug Jones. It appears in The Birmingham News, Mobile Press-Register and The Huntsville Times and it is prominently featured on the papers’ shared website AL.com.

“This is an important moment in Alabama and America, and we felt such treatment was in line with what is at stake in this race,” Michelle Holmes, the VP of content for AL.com, told CNNMoney early Sunday.

The election is 23 days away….

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The voters of New Orleans elect their first woman Mayor….

Props to NOLA!….

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LaToya Cantrell, a City Council member who first gained a political following as she worked to help her hard-hit neighborhood recover from Hurricane Katrina, won a historic election Saturday that made her the first woman mayor of New Orleans.

The Democrat will succeed term-limited fellow Democrat Mitch Landrieu as the city celebrates its 300th anniversary next year.

“Almost 300 years, my friends. And New Orleans, we’re still making history,” Cantrell told a cheering crowd in her victory speech.

The leader in most polls before the runoff election, she never trailed as votes were counted….

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Does Cory Booker have the ‘right stuff’?

The Senator from New Jersey was in the top tier of 2020 Democrats  in the running for the Presidential nomination…..

But?

He seems to be fading…..

Why?

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Sen. Cory Booker’s name comes up frequently in talk about the 2020 presidential race, but some Democrats wonder if he has what it takes to compete in what could be a crowded primary.

While Democrats say Booker, 48, is one of the party’s “fresh faces” compared to elder statesmen like former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, they aren’t sure he has created a lane for himself against would-be rivals.

“It’s a very high ceiling but he hasn’t met early expectations,” said one top Democratic strategist who has worked on several presidential campaigns. “He needs a signature fight or issue to really differentiate himself.

Booker — who is known for his nonstop Twitter presence and his touchy-feely speeches  — hasn’t quite captured the attention of party insiders and big donors, many Democrats say. And there’s a fear he may be a little too soft for the party’s white-knuckled approach against President Trump.

“There’s a reputation that’s maybe unfairly adhered itself to him of being a gadfly, a show horse, not a workhorse,” the strategist added. “Some of it happens because he gives a good speech and seems to relish social media.”….

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