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In the end?…The NRA gets it’s way….

Politico is out witha piece which explains why the National Roiflle Association has been able to keep American l;awmakers from limiting the sale and purchase of handguns, rifles and assault rifles even as people with those guns have been killing people , adults and children  regularly….

It all comes down to something that is known to lawmakers across the nation….

Gun owners tend to be single issue voters….

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Why does the NRA always win, despite the repeated national traumas, and despite poll after poll showing a majority in favor of stronger gun control measures? It’s not the money. It’s because the NRA has built a movement that has convinced its followers that gun ownership is a way of life, central to one’s freedom and safety, that must be defended on a daily basis.

The gun control majority gets worked up only in the days after public mass shootings, even though such events accounted for only 71 of the 38,658annual gun fatalities in 2016. Then the news coverage shifts, political prospects for action diminish, and the majority gravitates to other political matters while guns continue to take lives in suicides, domestic violence incidents, other crimes and accidents every day.

Since the progressive political prism views campaign cash as the scourge of democracy, gun control proponents are quick to blame NRA donations for why Congress seems immune to public opinion. In a powerful speech last week in Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Emma Gonzalez excoriated “politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have been done to prevent this” and added, “To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA, shame on you.”

But it’s a mistake to attribute the NRA’s success entirely to its campaign spending. The dollar amount was considerable in 2016: $54.4 million. But that money was not spent on the entire Congress. Thirty million went to Donald Trump, the rest mainly to six Republican Senate candidates in competitive races, five of whom won. For most members of Congress, the amount of money they get from the NRA is a tiny percentage of their overall hauls. If money were the only reason for their gun rights stances, Michael Bloomberg could offer to double whatever the NRA gives them and flip their votes.

To beat the NRA at its own game, the gun control movement needs to better understand how the NRA has built an army of single-issue voters…..

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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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Trump’s daughter Ivanka’s push for paid family leave brused off by Chief of Staff Kelly…

Wow!

The President’s daughter gets the backhand, eh?

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Ivanka Trump continues to advocate internally for a paid family leave policy — though conservatives inside the administration have told me she’s getting some high-level blowback.

In conversations with associates, John Kelly has dismissively described paid family leave as one of Ivanka’s “pet projects” and said he doesn’t understand how it fits into the White House’s agenda.

  • What’s next: A White House official told me this tension came to a head a few weeks ago. The official told me the issue is being “hammered out internally” and Kelly approved a policy process to work through the issue.
  • To be fair to Ivanka, paid family leave is not a rogue endeavor, even though much of the White House considers it a non-starter…..

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Let’s face it….Donald Trump had help from the Russians…Open Thread for Feb. 18, 2018…

Anybody who believes Donald Trump’s wet dream that he A LONE crafted a win against Hillary Clinton needs to have their head examined…

Robert Mueller’s Grand Jury inducements of 13 Russians for working WQITH the Trump campaign is is the latest, but NOT the solo evidence of the ties to the Trump campaign from Russian interests dead set against Hillary Clinton becoming President….

Trump tweeted another bull shit counter to the idea that his win was  helped by a foreign power….

But he’s NEVER gonna get the feeling off his back that he somehow isn’t legit…

Trump’s lucky that this country doesn’t actually have a fool proof way to get rid of a crooked President…

….for the first time, Americans were shown in granular detail how Russian spies worked to sway the election in Trump’s favor, with everything from social media campaigns and ad buys to the organization of rallies and payments to demonstrators dressing up as Hillary Clinton in a cage….

Trump’s retreat into a defensive crouch was quick, as he posted on Twitter Friday afternoon: “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong — no collusion!”

The White House also released a statement from press secretary Sarah Sanders that said there was “NO COLLUSION between the Trump campaign and Russia and that the outcome of the election was not changed or affected.”….

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Mueller isn’t fininished yet…

But by working this the way he HAS?

He give’s himself and Rosenstein a lifeline for now….

Another woman says had an affair with Donald Trump ….

The list grows…..

This HAS got to be a very embarrassing thing for Trump’s wife Melannia….

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The lifestyle of the rich and famous…

The guy should have never ran for President….

Robert Mueller’s revelations are gonna make the affairs look like childs play….

President Trump’s political troubles with alleged extramarital affairs deepened Friday with publication of new details of his reported sexual relationship with a former Playboy model.

In handwritten notes accompanying a Ronan Farrow article in the New Yorker, Karen McDougal, Playboy’s 1998 Playmate of the Year, recalled having sex with Trump in 2006, a few months after his wife Melania gave birth to their son Barron.

Trump and McDougal met at a pool party at the Playboy Mansion, where Trump was taping an episode of his television show “The Apprentice,” McDougal wrote.

The New Yorker article, citing previously undisclosed texts, emails and legal records, elaborates on a Wall Street Journal report in 2016 about a convoluted deal requiring McDougal to keep quiet about the alleged affair…..

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FBI didn’t follow protocol after tip about Florida High School shooting suspect….

The Trump supporters are gonna jump on this hard….

So will the media and families of those harmed in the Florida mass shooting….

The FBI has released a statement saying it did not follow protocol after receiving a tip in January on its public access line about Nikolas Cruz, who is suspected of killing 17 people at a South Florida high school:

“The caller provided information about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting. Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life. The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami field office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken.”

Second federal appeals court rules against Trump’s travel ban….

This even though the Supreme’s  have stayed the Appeal Court’s decisions and let Trump  and his modified ban stay in place….

A federal appeals court said Thursday that President Trump’s latest travel ban targeting nationals of six Muslim-majority countries unconstitutionally discriminates against Muslims.

The Richmond, Va.-based U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals’ 9-4 vote makes it the second federal appellate court to say the ban is illegal since it went into effect in September.

The San Francisco-based U.S. 9th Circuit ruled in December that the travel ban violated federal immigration law.

Both rulings have no current effect, as the U.S. Supreme Court has said the ban can go into place while it is challenged in the nation’s highest court. Supreme Court justices are expected to hear arguments concerning the ban in April and rule on its constitutionality in June….

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Senate votes down four Immigration Bill proposals…

It appaears that ALL parties are holding fast on their starting positions on the often hard task of dealing with Immigration issues….

Recent Federal judges rulings forbiding Trump’s DHS from stopping the DACA and Dreamers programs have probably taken the heat off efforts to come with a bill anytime soon….

But the issue is still gonna be around…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has with the votes, technically done his part of the deal he made with Democrats that he would bring the issue to the Senate floor for a vote….

Democrats are holding fast on NOT caving on trying to get as much as they can from the Republicans who need 60 votes in the Senate for passage of a bill…

The Republican-led Senate on Thursday blocked both President Trump’s immigration plan and a bipartisan alternative, a failure that cast doubt on whether Congress will ever resolve the fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants.

In a series of afternoon votes, senators failed to muster enough votes for a Republican plan backed by Trump that would have granted legal status to 1.8 million young immigrants and spent at least $25 billion to bolster security along the U.S.-Mexico border. It also would have made changes to family-based legal migration programs and ended a diversity lottery system used by immigrants from smaller countries.

The vote was 39-60, well short of the 60 needed to move ahead.

The Senate also couldn’t produce enough votes for a bipartisan plan that would legalize the same number of undocumented immigrants and appropriate $25 billion for southern border security construction projects over the next decade — not immediately, as Trump wants. The bill also would have curbed family-based immigration programs, but not to the extent Trump is seeking, and it said nothing about the diversity visa lottery program.

The vote was 54-45, short of the 60 necessary to move ahead.

The White House threatened a veto of that plan and in a tweet shortly before the vote, Trump called it a “total catastrophe.”

The failed votes could plunge the nation’s immigration system into further crisis, as millions of “dreamers” are set to lose legal protections when the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is set to end on March 5. Federal court challenges continue, meaning the program may continue under legal limbo until June….

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Three Republican senators floated a fallback plan Thursday to protect hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants facing deportation in exchange for $25 billion in border security.

Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (S.D.), Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) floated a measure that would extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program indefinitely in exchange for $25 billion in border security funding.

It would require DACA recipients to reapply to the program every two years and cap expenditures….

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The wrangling over an Immigration Bill continues…

There are several plans by several Senate groups floating around….

Some Republicans want to stand behind Trump’s four pilars….

Some want an even more restrictive bill….

And Democrats will not support what the House anti-immigrants want….

Oh, and Trump wants HIS bill….

All this it appears that Federal judge rulling will give the Trump Admin an excuse to NOT piss people off and start rounding up Dreamers to deport, which would be a break in promises made from way back in Bush II admin, and would have the media going batshit crazy…..

A bipartisan group of senators reached a deal on immigration Wednesday as President Trump attempted to preemptively undercut the proposal by delivering an ultimatum: Pass my plan or risk a veto.

The self-dubbed “Common Sense Caucus” of senators late Wednesday circulated legislation that would fulfill Trump’s calls to grant legal status to 1.8 million young immigrants and would appropriate $25 billion for southern border security construction projects over the next decade — not immediately, as Trump wants. The bill also would curb family-based immigration programs, but not to the extent Trump is seeking, and would not end a diversity visa lottery program that he wants eliminated.

Word of an agreement came as formal debate on immigration policy is set to intensify Thursday. The new bipartisan plan is slated for a vote, as is the GOP proposal sought by Trump, another Republican bill that would punish “sanctuary” cities and a bipartisan idea that would significantly water down Trump’s demands.

A growing sense of diminishing urgency also set in as top leaders signaled that ongoing court challenges may give Congress more time than Trump’s deadline of March 5 to replace an Obama-era program shielding hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation….

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Political Roundup for February 15th, 2018…Trump White Federal judge picks…RRH Elections…

Cabinet: David Shulkin, the Department of Veteran Affairs secretary and an Obama hold-over, seems to have gotten in some minor trouble due to taking trips to Wimbledon on the taxpayer dime. On one hand, this seems to be an odd pattern of cabinet officials in the Trump white house, but on the other hand the IG overseeing this case recommended that Shulkin repay the relevant costs as opposed to charging him with a crime, so this will most likely blow over.

Judges: In news that I bet will come as a complete shock, most of Trump’s judicial nominees have been white. This is due to them all basically being picked off a Federalist Society list whose criteria for judicial quality is based on having a pretty strict Conservative legal record, and that’s not exactly conducive to fleshing out diversity numbers. Naturally, the expected actors on the D side are shocked and appalled at this racist display of only nominating people who meet the set qualifications!

Kasich/2020: Buzzfeed has an uncharacteristically insightful look into the tattered remains of Kasich-world, and how the Ohio Governor is looking at his prospects for 2020—both inside the GOP and out. Honest question—does a Kasich Indy run make it more or less likely Trump wins re-election? It’s not like Kasich is particularly popular with the sort of people who voted for Trump in 2016, and could serve as a nice 3rd-party landing spot for anti-Trump forces if the Democrats nominate a true-blue moonbat. I think it would be an amusing end to Kasich’s legacy if his vanity no-chance Presidential campaigns wind up being instrumental in getting Trump elected TWICE.

Politico/MC: In the biggest sign of the recent swing towards the GOP, we have the first poll of the year to show the Republicans actually up on the measure, instead of just less down than they were before. The Politico/Morning Consultant poll has the GOP up 39-38, the best the GOP’s seen in months. This poll does however have a history of being more friendly to the GOP than most of the other polling firms, so don’t go dancing in the streets yet over our imminent 2018 victories, but it’s nice to know that we’ve reached the point where an outlier poll is one with the GOP up instead of “Only down by X”

PPP: Speaking of less favorable polls, PPP is out with their latest that has Trump at an impressive 46/50 approval rating, even if the Democrats are up 49-41 on the GCB. This is a bit odd since the Congressional GOP usually over-performs Trump’s approval numbers in polls, but I think it might have to do with the standard PPP practice of asking a bunch of leading questions in-between the two. Why is the GCB question 38 and following such insightful gems such as “Do you think the Trump administration is actively taking steps that will hurt people’s health care and raise costs, or not?”. If an R-leaning subsection just hung up halfway through, it might explain why Trump is doing so well in a sample that thinks he should be impeached right now 45-44, self-ID’s as 41-31 D, and says they voted for Clinton by 6 points….

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Trump is forced to take a stand on Domestic Abuse….

Donald Trump was forced to make a statement against domestic abuse in the wake of the continued media mess his Chief of Staff has made of the Rob Porter situation …..

The recently fired close Trump aide has been the subject of domestic violence compliantrs from two ex-wife’s and girl friend….Because of the situation’s Porter was unable to get security clearance from the FBI , which notified the White House in November of the situation …..

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Trump Chief of Staff  played off the incident and had his boss, Trump praising Portman, who had been up for a raise ….

Worst?

It seems that Porters’ current girlfriend , Hope Hicks, a close Trump White House aide wrote a White House response to the situation praising Portman also….

Double Worst?

The White House people, with Kellys ok announced that Kelly only knew about the security clearance problem recently?

THAT led to the new FBI Director announcing to-a Senate committee that NO, The FBI unofficially told the Trump about Porter BEFORE November and officially made that known in November….

This whole thing is NOT something people beyond the Washington Beltway could care about…

But IT HAS let the media keep the story going as clueless Kelly simply tries his best to get his boss pissed and lose his job…..

President Donald Trump at last broke his silence Wednesday to explicitly denounce domestic violence in the wake of allegations that a top White House aide had abused two former wives. Chief of staff John Kelly, under fire for mishandling the matter, stayed largely out of sight, his future in doubt and the White House in tumult.

The chaos surrounding the departure of aide Rob Porter put a harsh spotlight on Kelly, the retired general who was brought on last summer to instill military-like discipline in the free-wheeling West Wing. Questions persisted about what and when Kelly knew about the abuse allegations against Porter, who resigned as staff secretary last week after the accusations became public….

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The House Oversight Committee has annouced a probe into the security clerance aspect of this whole thing…

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