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Guns Update Feb. 22, 2018…Death Threats, a Back-peddle by Trump…and More…

It’s not enough to have someone kill your child….

You have to then endure people wanting to kill you for speaking up about it?

America the Beautiful?

No ….

It appears to save their guns?

The Gun people along with Republicans want to build more “WALLS’?

Fear leading to  shrinking from dealing with issues seems to be all that is America these days….

…from the Hill….

The mother of a student who survived the deadly Florida high school shooting said her family has received death threats after conspiracy theories surfaced online.

Student David Hogg and other survivors of the Florida shooting have become the subject of conspiracy theories in recent days that alleges they are actors who were coached.

Hogg’s mother, Rebecca Boldrick, told The Washington Post her family has received death threats online since the conspiracy theories surfaced….

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..and then there is this from Donald Trump…..

President Trump in a series of tweets early Thursday denied that he suggested giving teachers guns to prevent mass school shootings, instead saying he would consider giving trained teachers concealed weapons.

Trump said he suggested at a White House meeting giving concealed guns to “teachers with military or special training experience,” adding that a gun free school is a “magnet for bad people.”

“I never said ‘give teachers guns’ like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC. What I said was to look at the possibility of giving ‘concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience — only the best,” Trump tweeted….

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…and this as a response from the NRA which is proposing to turn schools into fortress like places?….

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre on Thursday said suggestions to limit guns are “completely ridiculous,” arguing more security measures is what is needed to increase safety in schools.

“Evil walks among us, and God help us if we don’t harden our schools and protect our kids,” the NRA leader told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

“Everyday young children are being dropped off at schools that are wide-open, soft targets for people bent on mass murder. It should not be easier for a madman to shoot up a school than a bank or a jewelry store or some Hollywood gala.”

The top NRA executive promised that the NRA would provide  ‘immediate assistance” to schools for security consulting free of charge….

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….comments thrown DIRECTLY at Trump in person…

The father of a student killed in last week’s Florida school shooting on Wednesday told President Trump “I’m pissed” and said the Trump administration has to prevent tragedies like school shootings from happening again.

“We as a country failed our children. This shouldn’t happen,” Andrew Pollack told Trump during a listening session at the White House.

“It stops here with this administration and me,” he said. “It should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it. I’m pissed. Because my daughter, I’m not going to see again. She’s not here. … It’s enough. Let’s get together, work with the president and fix the schools.”

Pollack directly addressed the president, saying, “Mr. President, we’re going to fix it.”…

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…on Trump’s understanding of the politics of guns….

…from Axios….

What Trump is thinking: He may not fully understand the cultural significance of guns in middle America. But he believes that it’s cultural, not political, issues that truly move the needle.

  • People who know Trump well say he is trying to thread the needle between the cultural flash point of school shootings and the cultural bedrock of middle America’s attachment to the Second Amendment…..

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Sierra Nevada’s ‘Force Hawk’…Could rebuilt Blackhawks beat Sikrosky for Air Force helo contract?

The US Air Force is looking to award a contrct to replace it’s old Bell ‘Huey ‘UH-1N helicopter fleet…(They are more than 30 years old)

Sikosky, which OWNS the major supply chain for ALL the American

 

Armed services helicopter sales has been caught flat footed….They thought they had this locked down with a offering of the BlackHawk helicopter that the Army, Navy and Coast Guard fly in different configurations….

It seems that an outfit that does space craft would be taking old Blackhawks and updating them to a new aircraft at much cheaper price then Sikosky’s building brand new improved same old UH-60U models…

Sikosky says the Sierra Nevada guys are stealling their design…

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But the American military owns the old helo’s, not the manufacter anymore ,and is keeping the other comoany in the bidding to replace up to 63 helo’s at a littl less than $5 billion….

Hmmmmm?

Sikorsky’s pre-award protest over the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1N Replacement competition is being interpreted by some as the Lockheed Martin-owned company “freaking out” about Sierra Nevada Corp.’s competing “Force Hawk” proposal.

The $4.6 billion helicopter program, which includes development and procurement costs, would replace the service’s 63 vintage Bell UH-1N Hueys with up to 84 “modern helicopters.” The contenders are the Boeing MH-139, Sikorsky HH-60U and SNC Force Hawk.

Sikorsky’s Black Hawk had always been the one to beat, but the company’s offer of the HH-60U, a UH-60M derivative the Air Force already flies, appears to have hit some snags. After receiving evaluation notices back from the Air Force in late December, Sikorsky balked at the service’s interpretation of technical data and software requirements, which it calls “ambiguous, overreaching, and contrary to law and defense federal acquisition regulation.” The Stratford, Connecticut-based helicopter manufacturer has been pushing back against these requirements, first through an unsuccessful agency-level protest and now through a pre-award bid protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO)….

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Running against Pelosi probabaly won’t help GOPer’s…

I guess the Republicans want to run against another Democratic woman?

In 2016 it was Hillary Clinton….

Another chapter in the Republican crusde against women in politics?,,,,,

But picking on a leadership Democratic woman in the Democratic heaven of California simply isn’t a good look…

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Pelosi is the House minority leader at a time when Republicans control the House, Senate and White House. She is a public figure, certainly, but her role is not particularly high profile now, and she has little power on Capitol Hill. Trump, in contrast, dominates the political stage and occupies the most powerful position in the government. Given that, it will be challenging for Republican nominees around the country to make the midterm elections “about” Pelosi.

Trump’s ratings generally are no better than Pelosi’s. In the Jan. 13-17 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, only 36 percent of respondents said they had positive feelings for Trump, while 56 percent had negative feelings. (Obama’s ratings were 57 percent positive and 29 percent negative.)

Moreover, it’s surely the case that the voters with the strongest dislike for Pelosi are conservative Republicans, who have disagreed with her on politics and policy for decades and who are among the president’s strongest supporters. They are likely to turn out and vote Republican whether or not Republican campaigns feature Pelosi in TV spots.

Weaker partisans, swing voters and less ideological voters are less likely to be strongly anti-Pelosi, and it is difficult to believe that they will see the midterm election as a choice between Trump and Pelosi rather than as a referendum on the president and his party.

Who’s being judged?

History, after all, strongly suggests that midterms tend to be referenda on the man in the White House, not on House minority leaders….

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Yes…..

I added the side to this that the linked author did NOT….

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Mueller has his eye on Jared Kushner’s desperate search for money—and one very odd meeting

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

…by By Mark Sumner  @ Daily Kos

Donald Trump may be able to claim he has no relationship to the people in the indictments that Robert Mueller handed down last Friday. He’ll have a little more trouble should the paperwork turn in a new direction.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s interest in Jared Kushner has expanded beyond his contacts with Russia and now includes his efforts to secure financing for his company from foreign investors during the presidential transition, according to people familiar with the inquiry.

Kushner put himself, his family, and his entire company over a barrel with a miserable deal on the property at 666 Fifth Ave. The deal extended Kushner’s borrowing power past the breaking point, and even his reluctant partners on the deal … are pretty much done with deal.

Kushner had bought the property in 2007 in a mostly debt deal valued at a record $1.8 billion. … The office tower shoulders more than $1.4 billion in debt, according to a report Vornado released in March.

Banks wanted money. Jared Kushner was desperate, and something really strange happened …

The White House and a Russian state-owned bank have very different explanations for why the bank’s chief executive and Jared Kushner held a secret meeting during the presidential transition in December.

It might be expected that the White House would disclaim any connection to the meeting. But that’s not what happened. Vnesheconombank said the meeting was about Kushner’s real estate company, but Trump claimed the meeting wasn’t personal at all. It was about ‘diplmatic outreach.’

Why would the Trump White House want to claim a meeting with a bank deeply connected to the Kremlin and Putin? That’s a really, really good question. One that also seems to interest special counsel Robert Mueller…..

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Hundreds of companies face prospective fines for violating Obamacare’s employer mandate

Seems that Trump and the Republicans haven’t gotten rid of the regulation….

BTW?

If the Republicans in the House, or Trump  stop the IRSfrom collecting the fines?

They will havr to find another $146 Billion to replace the fines revenue to the government over the next decede

The enforcement actions cover potential violations in 2015, the first year the mandate was supposed to be applied, after the Obama administration suspended fines in 2014. The Obama administration never tried to collect fines for 2015 before it left office in early 2017. Thanks in part to the time lag in tax filings, the first penalty notices just started to roll out in November, enforcing an unpopular requirement heading into the midterm election. Trump’s IRS has similarly enforced the health law’s requirement that most individuals carry insurance.

The covered firms argue the process is critically flawed, in large part because they never received legally required warnings from Obamacare exchanges at that time. As a result, companies say the government didn’t follow the law and they shouldn’t face the fines….

“This is a 2015 problem, but guess what? This is also a 2017 problem because no notifications have gone out for 2017,”….

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Trump asks his Atty Gen to draw up plans to stop the sale of ‘bump stocks’….

Ok lets get a grip on the above….

Donald Trump didn’t say he’d ban the auto rifle firing devices….

He merely asked for a write up for banning the devices….

Let me remind people out there…

Donald Trump changes his mind on MOST major issues….

He’s the guy who said he’d sign anything on immigration and was the guy to deep six any kind of a deal last week…….

Having Jeff Sessions do the writing assure Trump that he has a guy who isn’t gonna produce ANYTHING that will cause Trump heartburn….

Of course if the whole gun control thing dies out in a month or two?

Who thinks Sessions isn’t gonna put Trump’s request in an in an  inactive file in the basement of the Justice building filed under ‘do something…but make sure it’s NOTHING?’……

President Trump announced Tuesday afternoon that he has signed a memorandum directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose regulations to ban “bump stocks” and other devices that turn semiautomatic firearms into “machine guns.”

The device was used by the shooter who opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas in October, killing dozens and immediately prompting calls for lawmakers or the administration to ban such devices through legislation or regulations. At the time, the White House and the National Rifle Association made clear that they were open to the idea. The Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced in December that they had begun the process to possibly change federal regulations and outlaw bump stocks, which involves posting a public notice and soliciting comments from those with an interest. As gun-control issues are once again being discussed nationally, following a mass shooting at a high school in Florida last week, Trump was pushed to act.

“I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized … very soon,” the president said during a medal ceremony at the White House on Tuesday afternoon….

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Under pressure to actually produce?

Look for a finished product that has enough holes in it to drive cement truck thru…

Democrats gain a State Legislative Seat In Kentucky…

Slowly but Surely?

Democrats are making gains across the board in places they where wiped out from the Obama days….

The most significant thing is a good amount of the gains are places where Donald Trump won by wide margins….

In most contests?

Democrats ran on local issues…..

Not just against Donald Trump….

It seems that Republicans do not have the national coattails to get weak candidates over the finish line in some of these contests….

These wins are also being viewed nationally as a psostive indication that Democrats are getting ready to have a ‘wave’ election in 8 months to sweep a good amount of Republicanbs out of office across the country…

Linda Belcher won the special election in Bullitt County on Tuesday night to replace Rep. Dan Johnson, who died by suicide amid sexual abuse allegations. 

Belcher secured 68.45 percent of the vote, according to the Bullitt County Clerk’s office. Rebecca Johnson, Dan Johnson’s widow, secured 31.55 percent. There were 4,947 votes cast.

“Cloud nine about describes it,” Belcher said. “Our strategies worked. We ran a very positive campaign and we were trying to reach out and touch the people of Bullitt County and we did. I have to thank them for listening to our message.” …

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Democrats may Lead the current Generic Congressional Vote by as much as 15 Points

I say may….

According to todays (2/20/18) RealClear Politics listing of polls the average is a + 7.6% average Democratic advantage in the way voters are saying they’ll vote between the parties in the fall congressional elections….

The +15% is from the newest poll in the average from Quinnipiac…..

If we see some more polls with the margin for Democrats up above 10% and that holds for the next 8 months?

The House is gonna have a Democratic majority come January 2019….

FiveThirtyEight polling average shows Democrats with a 48.3% to 39.7% leadwhich comes out to a +8.6 lead for Democarts…

 

Pennsylvania’s new court-ordered congressional map is out….

…from ABC News…

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued a new congressional map for the state, in a decision that could have major ramifications for the balance of power in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The court issued the map after Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and the Republican-controlled state legislature, were unable to submit a map satisfying both parties by the court-ordered Thursday night deadline.

Numerous map submissions from both sides of the aisle were presented to the state Supreme Court, which ordered the state’s congressional boundaries redrawn late last month. But after Wolf vetoed a map submitted Republican leaders in the statehouse last Tuesday, it became clear both sides were not going to reach an agreement by the February 16 deadline.

PHOTO: A new congressional map issued by The Pennsylvania Supreme Court.The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
A new congressional map issued by The Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Republicans in the state harshly criticized Wolf for rejecting the map they submitted, saying his decision “sets forth a nonsensical approach to governance.”….

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LA Times….

Pennsylvania’s high court issued a new congressional district map for the state’s 2018 elections on Monday, potentially giving Democrats a boost in their quest to capture control of the U.S. House unless Republicans are able to stop it in federal court.

The map of Pennsylvania’s 18 congressional districts is to be in effect for the May 15 primary and substantially overhauls a congressional map widely viewed as among the nation’s most gerrymandered. The map was approved in a 4-3 decision, with four Democratic justices backing it and one Democratic justice siding with two Republicans against it….

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Washington DC students do a ‘Lie In’ in front of the White House….

…from the Hill….

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Washington, D.C. area students staged protests against gun violence outside of the White House on Monday just days after 17 people were killed in a shooting at a south Florida high school.

Numerous students took part in a “lie-in” on the road outside of the White House for three minutes at a time in an effort to symbolize the amount of time it took alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz to gun down numerous people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Wednesday…..

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It’s getting so that the kids are going to the streets like in the 1960’s?….

Trump people seek to play off his tweets in talks with Foreign leaders…

It’s come down to Donald Trump’s staff people and American lawmakers to calm worried leaders around the world about their boss….

They are telling others to disregard their bosess tweets….

Imagine THAT?

Don’t listen to the words of the American President?

Sec of State is among the missing …

He’s cuts the balkls out his department ….

Really?

Who is running the America Foreign Affairs?

They’re just tweets.

U.S. lawmakers and top White House officials tried to distance the nation from some of President’s tough talk on social media while visiting a security conference this weekend in Munich, Germany.

European leaders at the conference weren’t sure who to turn to about the U.S. stance on global issues.

“Is it deeds? Is it words? Is it tweets?” German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said to the Washington Post on Saturday.

Schumer rips Trump’s proposed cuts to gun background check system

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) promised Europe that the U.S. still had the same ties to the continent, despite Trump’s past threats to cut NATO funding.

“There is a lot more support for continuing our past policies than it might appear from some of the statements,” she reportedly told a crowd in Munich on Sunday….

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New Air Force One Presidential aircraft won’t be cheaper like Trump said they would be…

The two aircraft will cost approximately what was advertised in the first place….

4$ Billion …..

A typical brand new Boeing 747-8 Icosts  around $403 Million…

Donald Trump upon becoming President was surprised at the cost of the two possible aircraft and vowed to cut costs….The Air Force then went to Boeing who sold them two aircraft originally oredered by a Russian airline (don’t laugh )…

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The White House Military office stuck to the origanl price tag and Trump then spoke to the President of Boeing and annouced he’d made a ‘deal’ to cut the costs of the aircraft by Billion dollars….

That was year ago…

As with the White House Military office usuala operating?

The requirements for the President’s transportation has gone up….

The same process happened back on the new Marine Helicopter purchase that skyrocketed their costs and ended up cancelling an early replacement helicoter fleet…

Now it has been reported that the two Air Force Presiddntial jets price tag has climbed back up to the $4 Billion that Trump said he cut. down by 25%..

Two new Air Force One aircraft are still projected to cost $4 billion, despite President Trump’s claims he negotiated with Boeing to take $1 billion off the price tag, Pentagon documents reveal.

The figures appear in a document released yesterday as part of the U.S. Defense Department’s 2019 budget proposal. They provide the U.S. Air Force’s first public update on the planes’ projected cost since last May.

Service officials and Boeing — which makes the planes and will oversee their transformation into a flying White House — say they are still looking for ways to lower the price.

We continue working with the Air Force towards a best value approach to the [Air Force One] program,” said Todd Blecher, a Boeing spokesman.

The document — formally, Research, Development, Test &Evaluation, Air Force, Vol. 2 — indicates that the Air Force has already paid $1 billion to Boeing for two airframes and the engineering work needed in advance of their conversion into a VIP configuration. It says the service expects to spend another $2.9 billion between 2019 and 2023 on the two planes. And it says that the “cost to complete” is “continuing” — a sign that more money would be needed beyond the five-year budget proposal.

The Air Force, in its budget proposal sent to Congress this week, asks lawmakers to approve $673 million for some modification work that would be done fiscal 2019.

While last year’s Air Force budget proposal boasted about saving $191.6 million on the project, this year’s mentions no such savings….

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The only thing cut from the aircrafts was the inflight refueling system….

I doubt that an Air Force One has ever done a aireal refueling with a President on board…

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