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CPAC in Milo on and off invite shows an identity problem?

…from Politico….

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the Conservative Political Action Conference, had a clear message when he announced on Saturday thatright-wing agitator Milo Yiannopoulos would be highlighting this year’s event. “We think free speech includes hearing Milo’s important perspective,” he tweeted. Yiannopoulos was an unexpected invitee. The central figure in a number of campus controversies, he traffics in shock then spins it as free-speech advocacy. Schlapp had clearly gobbled up the spin.

But not everyone was buying it. The announcement drew immediate protests from prominent conservatives. Peter Wehner, a conservative writer and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, called the invite “more evidence of the moral decay of conservatism.” Jonah Goldberg of National Review, who greeted the news as “sad and disappointing,” added, “This new big tent is gonna have some wild parties, but leave me off the invite list.”
It’s not hard to see why conservatives might object to Yiannopoulos. Emerging from the alt-right swamps of GamerGate and Breitbart (he calls himself a “fellow-traveller” of the alt-right, a white nationalist, misogynist movement), Yiannopoulos’s reputation hangs on his willingness to make all sorts of anti-woman, anti-Semitic, anti-gay (even though he is gay himself), anti-Islam, anti-everyone comments. His profanity and explicit sexual talk makes him anathema to the Christian right, and he’s never had a word to say about the economic policies that make the supply-side right tick. And this was before folks began to pay attention to his comments criticizing sexual consent and promoting sex with underage teens—comments that ended up getting him disinvited from the conservative conference on Monday.

So, why was he even invited to CPAC in the first place?

The answer has to do with an organization and a movement that have lost their way. CPAC, once the place where American conservatism defined itself, is in disarray because conservatives are in disarray. Having just traded much of their belief system to win an election, they’re finding it hard to reset their ideological compasses. Yiannopoulos is just a symptom. And withdrawing his invitation is not the cure….


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Democrats will continue to have more votes than Republicans…THAT probably won’t change things…

Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in the popular vote in November by MILLIONS……


Donald Trump is the President…..

Since Barack Obama got in the White House Democrats have increased their numbers…..


They continue to lose ground in local/state and congressional  legislative seats ….

Why all of this?

That is because Democrats , who vote, are bunched together , mostly in states on both coasts…

Running up the TOTAL votes is NOT gonna help the Democrats….

It’s WHERE those votes are that matter….

These days, Republicans have a structural advantage in the fight for the House because of how district lines were drawn earlier in the decade. But the party’s current structural advantage in the Senate may be even more important, since it doesn’t depend on state legislators drawing favorable lines, and the Senate has responsibilities that the House doesn’t.

The GOP’s structural Senate advantage is simply a matter of numbers – the number of states that are reliably Republican or Democratic.

Currently, I would rate 21 states as reliably Republican and 14 states as dependably Democratic in federal races [see list below]. If each party “holds serve” in Senate seats in those states, the GOP begins with 42 Senate seats while Democrats hold only 28 – a substantial difference. (Readers surely will argue over my placement of some states, but disagreements about where Montana, Minnesota or Missouri should be placed does not dilute my point, and in some cases, strengthens it.)

That advantage is particularly noteworthy because the 21 Republican states send 128 representatives to the House of Representatives, while the 14 Democratic states send 156 representatives to the House. In those 35 states, the Democrats represent more people but have fewer Senate seats.

Of course, it has been widely noted that Democrats “waste” voters in the Electoral College by having their voters bunched in relatively few states. The same holds true for the Senate….


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The Conservative Political Action Conference 2017….

The Conservative Political Action Conference is getting the White House star treatment: Senior adviser Steve Bannon and chief of staff Reince Priebus will be appearing together at the annual grass-roots gathering.

“A Conversation With Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus,” announced Saturday, will take place Thursday.

Bannon and Priebus have been the subject of palace intrigue amid recent reports of turmoil in the Trump administration. Bannon’s name appears above Priebus’ in the CPAC promotional flier.

Also set to appear at CPAC: Vice President Mike Pence, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Fox News host Sean Hannity, former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Controversial author and Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos is the keynote speaker for the gathering, hosted by the American Conservative Union. It will run Feb. 22-25 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C…..


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Not My Presidents Day rally in NYC….

The Not My Presidents Day rally is being

The Resistance continues to grow….

New Yorkers unhappy with President Donald Trump’s policies are using Presidents Day to send a message.

The Not My Presidents Day rally is expected to draw as many as 14,000 people to Columbus Circle Monday afternoon, according to a Facebook event page.

“Donald Trump stands against the progress we have worked hard to enact. He does not represent our interests,” organizers wrote on the Facebook page. “He was voted in by a minority of the American public but governs as if there’s no resistance. But there is — and on February 20th, we will honor previous presidents by exercising our constitutional right to assemble and peacefully protest everything Donald Trump stands for.”

The rally, which is set to begin at noon, is one of several planned across the country under the same name. More than 20 similar rallies are planned across the country, including in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

The rally will mark a third day of protests in New York City. About 1,000 people gathered in Times Square on Sunday for the I Am Muslim Too rally, which showed support for the Muslim community. And on Saturday, a mock funeral for the presidency was held in Washington Square Park…


image….demonstrators gather in Battery Park on Jan. 29, 2017 and march to the offices of Customs and Border Patrol in Manhattan. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Bryan R. Smith

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Donald Trump Still has his supporters…

Politico does a piece on those who showed up at Trump’s Saturday ‘keep the faith in him ‘ ampaign rpep ally in Melbourne Florida …..

They are happy with their newly elected President….

They don’t care about his making things up….

They don’t see that his surrogates are out around the world reversing the words that their guy used to get their votes…

And they agree with their guy that media reporting anything that isn’t their guys point of view is ‘fake’…..

New President’s always start off on rough ground….

But few American President’s have the ground under them as shaky as Donald J. Trump….

And yet?

The man DOES have his true believers ….

And he’s be reduced to playing to them in pep rallies and hiding from the others Americans out there just like those lawmakers in his adopted party….

Many of President Trump’s most dedicated supporters — the sort who waited for hours in the Florida sun this weekend for his first post-inauguration campaign rally — say their lives changed on election night. Suddenly they felt like their views were actually respected and in the majority.

But less than one month into Trump’s term, many of his supporters say they once again feel under attack — perhaps even more so than before.

Those who journeyed to Trump’s Saturday evening event on Florida’s Space Coast said that since the election, they have unfriended some of their liberal relatives or friends on Facebook. They don’t understand why major media outlets don’t see the same successful administration they have been cheering on. And they’re increasingly frustrated that Democrats — and some Republicans — are too slow to approve some of the president’s nominees and too quick to protest his every utterance.

“They’re stonewalling everything that he’s doing because they’re just being babies about it,” said Patricia Melani, 56, a Jersey native who now lives here and attended her third Trump rally Saturday. “All the loudmouths? They need to let it go. Let it go. Shut their mouths and let the man do what he’s got to do. We all shut our mouths when Obama got in the second time around, okay? So that’s what really needs to be done.”

She blames the media for circulating “fake” stories about the president….


image…Supporters of President Trump cheer at a rally in Melbourne, Fla., on Saturday. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

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Democrats need to NOT split themselves apart….Open Thread for Feb. 19, 2017

The Democratic National Committee vote is coming up a week from now…..

It’s really between Rep. Ellison and Tom Perez….

Ellison is a Bernie sanders rep.

Perez is a Obama/Clinton Establishment rep.

Therein lies the problem….

The Democratic party is running in TWO different directions….

The main VOTING part or the party IS establishment …..

The main voice of the party these days is anti-establishment focused on stopping Trump in anyway possible….

The next chance for Democrats to actually gain elective power is next year….

Historically during off year midterm elections the party out of power does well…


The Democrats have a LOT of Senate seats to defend, and good many of them are states that Donald Trump wrestled votes from previous Obama voters…

While ON a WHOLE Trump’s approval numbers are dropping….

In some of those places he won last November he, and therefore Republicans are holding their own….

That’s not all….

While the Democratic base IS energized RIGHT NOW?

Will they be a year and a-half from now when the midterm votes are cast?

Will Democrats beat history and actually come out and VOTE?

How many of those protesting in the streets vote?

How many of these energized Democrats will be pissed at their OWN party elders who KNOW that they will HAVE TO make deals with Republicans for somethings NO MATTER how much their based doesn’t want them to?

Senate Minority Leader is the defacto leader of the Democrats right now….

The New York Democrat started off telling people he WOULD deal…

But THAT did NOT play well with the base, so he changed things up and has fought Trump on his cabinet picks….

It has held up the process…

But it has NOT stopped the most controversial picks from getting confirmed and by NOT making deals Schumer gets NOTHING in return , while the GOPer’s get what they want…

Barack Obama, who is actually responsible for some of this mess because he didn’t get hands dirty in wheeling and dealing with Congress to give cover to his party, is free on the daily grind….

Hillary Clinton, is healing after winning the vote and losing the election that she thought he she had…..Some people think she might even try another run if the party can’t find a young strong candidate ….

So we have the basic’s of the 2016 Democratic primary STILL out there for Democrats…

Who just lost, and have been losing since Obama got into office….

And could lose even BIGGER if they don’t get their shit together SOMEHOW and figure out how to bring some of those Obama voters….

And Bernie Sanders ain’t evn a Democrat….

Go figure?

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Establishment Democrats say hold-up on the impeachment talk….

With a newly stirred up base pushing hard against Donald Trump things are getting complicated for Democratic lawmakers….

While the people in the street would send Trump packing yesterday…

The facts of the way the system of American government set a high LEGAL standard for Congress undoing an election vote….

Donald Trump may be unpopular…

But he has done nothing that is publicly KNOW that would rise to level that could be the basis for removing him from office…

Furthermore ?

There is the fact that the Republicans, Trump’s adopted party is the majority party and have been loath to buck him in public in the last month…

THEIR votes would be what would be needed….

Added to this is the FACT the Democrats face a steep hill to climb for next years MidTerm elections….

So while Trump is quietly being mentioned in the same sentence as Nixon by some….

The Democratic base is WAY ahead of its lawmakers who numbers have been dropping and could almost completely disappear if protesters in the street do NOT go to the polls and vote next year no matter how pissed and how many protests they hold…

Democratic officials in Republican-dominated Washington view the entire subject as a trap, a premature discussion that could backfire in spectacular fashion by making the party appear too overzealous in its opposition to Trump. Worse, they fear, it could harden Republican support for the president by handing his party significant fundraising and political ammunition when the chances of success for an early impeachment push are remote, at best.

“We need to assemble all of the facts, and right now there are a lot of questions about the president’s personal, financial, and political ties with the Russian government before the election, but also whether there were any assurances made,” said California Rep. Eric Swalwell, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. “Before you can use the ‘I’ word, you really need to collect all the facts.”

“The ‘I’ word we should be focused on,” added Pennsylvania Rep. Brendan Boyle, “is ‘investigations.'”

The problem for party lawmakers is that the hard-to-placate Democratic base has assumed a stop-Trump-at-all-costs posture. At a recent town hall in Albany, Oregon, Sen. Ron Wyden faced three questions about the issue. Rep. Jim McGovern, who was also confronted with the impeachment question at an event in Northampton, Mass., told his constituents it’s not the right strategy for the moment, according to local reports. In California, a real estate broker has launched a challenge to Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher using a new “Impeach Trump Leadership PAC.”

But it’s not just furious rank-and-file Democrats who are raising the idea….


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Harold Ford Jr. may be getting ready to primary Dem NY Sen Kirsten Gillibrand…Again…

I never like Kirsten Gillibrand….

Still don’t….

Hillary Clinton’s move to Sec of State gave the junior NY Senator her job , she then got actually got elected to the seat in Congress….

She’s from Upstate NY and was a blue dog Democrat in New York…

Her service in the US Senate has been uneven ….

She has tried to march to the left , but few see her that way….

Harold Ford, Jr. , who was in the US House for ten years in the 1990s, ran for the US Senate in Tennessee in 2006 and narrowly lost against the now Senator BobCorker ….

Ford mounted a primary run against Gillibrand in 2010 …But decided against following thru…..

This time Gillaibrand has over $5 Mill in the bank, but Ford is backed by a wide group of well off New Yorker’s (He and his wife work for Wall Street corporations)  who  are not happy with the junior New York Senator….

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Encouraged by a group of influential New York Democrats, Harold Ford Jr., the former congressman from Tennessee, is weighing a bid to unseat Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in this fall’s Democratic primary, according to three people who have spoken with him.

Mr. Ford, 39, who moved to New York three years ago, has told friends that he will decide whether to run in the next 45 days. The discussions between Mr. Ford and top Democratic donors reflect the dissatisfaction of some prominent party members with Ms. Gillibrand, who has yet to win over key constituencies, especially in New York City.

About a dozen high-profile Democrats have expressed interest in backing a candidacy by Mr. Ford, including the financier Steven Rattner, who, along with his wife, Maureen White, has been among the country’s most prolific Democratic fund-raisers.

“Maureen and I worked hard for Harold in his last race because we think the world of him,” Mr. Rattner said, referring to Mr. Ford’s run for the Senate in Tennessee in 2006. “He has extraordinary drive and intelligence and will excel at anything that he chooses to do.”..



Others mentioned possibly running against Gillibrand have been Chelsea Clinton and Caroline Kennedy….

Gillibrand has been seen as getting set up for a 2020 Presidential Run….She has said she is just running for re-election to the US Senate


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Another day…another Homeland Memo leak…Changes coming?

There are few secrets in the Trump Admin…..

Today’s leak about a review Homeland boss John Kelly ordered about more border cops, changing who goes to the top of list to be deported, a way to speed up deportation hearings and moving for more local/state cops for help…..

This is hits the headlines hard again like the 100,000 National Guard mobilization idea that was thought up in the early days after Trump was elected but dropped as impractical and illegal…

Several of these possible actions are actually IN LINE with things done under the early Obama admin……

Some will go forward….

Some will NOT….

But the No Enter Ban and media attention on stuff like this has had it desired effect….

Immigration detentions on the US Southern Border have declined and on the Northern Border people are LEAVING the US for Canada….

In a pair of memos, Kelly offered more detail on plans for the agency to hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, expand the pool of immigrants who are prioritized for removal, speed up deportation hearings and enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests.

The new directives would supersede nearly all of those issued under previous administrations, Kelly said, including measures from President Barack Obama aimed at focusing deportations exclusively on hardened criminals and those with terrorist ties.

“The surge of immigration at the southern border has overwhelmed federal agencies and resources and has created a significant national security vulnerability to the United States,” Kelly stated in the guidelines.

He cited a surge of 10,000 to 15,000 additional apprehensions per month at the southern U.S. border between 2015 and 2016.

A White House official said the memos were drafts and that they are under review by the White House Counsel’s Office, which is seeking some changes. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the process is not complete, declined to offer specifics….



While they may not think so…..

Everytime White House guys Bannon and Miller cook up another direction to go with immigration policy that does NOT get reviewed by someone else they will get stopped by the courts and they will, by themselves be curbing the President’s authority in immigration policy as the courts define those powers and take some of them away……

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President Trump does a pre-election campaign stop in Florida….

The 70 year old did a Campaign stop four weeks AFTER he has become President….

The guy did a retro thing for his friendly crowd….

Sortha like any autocratic leader op[erating in a alternate Universe might, eh?

Trump promised anew to build a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, reduce regulations and create jobs. He also pledged to ‘‘do something over the next couple of days’’ to address the immigration order that has been blocked in the courts. Said Trump: ‘‘We don’t give up, we never give up.’’


Trump, who held a rally in the same spot in Florida in September, clearly relished being back in front of his supporters, welcoming the cheers and letting one supporter up on stage to offer praise for the president. He also enjoyed reliving his surprise victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The event had the familiar trappings of a Trump campaign rally, including red Trump caps, ‘‘Make America Great Again’’ and ‘‘Trump/Pence’’ signs and at least one sign reading ‘‘Hillary for Prison.’’ Some of the speakers ahead of Trump’s appearance called for repealing and replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law, criticized the news media or lobbed barbs at Clinton, other constants of last year’s rallies.

The music playlist preceding Trump’s appearance included rally favorites like Free’s ‘‘All Right Now.’’ As Air Force One rolled up to the hangar, the theme to the Harrison Ford movie ‘‘Air Force One’’ signaled its arrival. Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, appeared as Lee Greenwood’s ‘‘Proud to be an American’’ played. And his 45-minute remarks were followed by another 2016 campaign favorite, the 1969 hit ‘‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’’ by the Rolling Stones….


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Yea…The Democrats have their work cut for ANY 2018 Senate gains…

The current 52 Repubican to 46 Democratic and 2 Independent ‘s attached to the Dem’s is gonna have a rough time in next years MidTerm voting….UnlessTrump protests turn into actual Democratic votes which seem to drop off when there is no President running…

Senate seats up for election in 2018

After Democrats netted two seats in the Senate last year, Republicans hold a 52-48 majority, meaning the GOP would need a gain of eight seats to reach a filibuster-proof margin.

(That assumes party lawmakers stick together and vote as a bloc, which is never a certainty, as demonstrated by the withdrawal Wednesday of Trump’s nominee to head the Labor Department, Andrew Puzder, in the face of Republican opposition.)

So what are the odds?

If the 2016 election proved anything, it is the foolhardiness of making political predictions, especially this far out. That said, Republicans start in a strong position — though an eight-seat gain still seems like a considerable reach.

The Democrats regaining control of the Senate, which they lost in 2014, is almost impossible to fathom.

When is the midterm election?

Nov. 6, 2018.

How many Senate seats will be contested?

Thirty-four, or just more than a third of the Senate.

Why are Republicans strongly positioned starting out?

Because Democrats will have to defend 25 seats to just nine for the GOP.

Gee willikers! Why are those numbers so lopsided?

Senate terms last six years; the seats that are coming up in 2018 are ones that were last on the ballot in 2012, when Obama was seeking reelection and Democrats, riding his coattails, gained two seats. That simply means more Democratic-held seats will be contested in 2018.

The reverse took place in 2016. After making significant gains in the tea party election of 2010, Republicans had to defend 24 Senate seats compared to Democrats’ 10.

Any other reason Republicans are strongly positioned heading into 2018?

Indeed. Ten of the 25 seats that Democrats are defending are in states that Trump carried — in some instances by huge margins. He won West Virginia, where Joe Manchin is seeking reelection, by 42 percentage points, and North Dakota, where Heidi Heitkamp is seeking a second term, by 36 percentage points. He also carried Montana, Indiana and Missouri — where Democratic incumbents are facing reelection — by double-digits.

What do historical trends suggest?

Many of those didn’t hold up so well in 2016, when Trump pulled off one of the biggest political upsets of modern times. So it may be best not to go there…



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Homeland Security Sec advies new No Enter ban is being drawn up….

The DHS boss says this time he’s in the mix and that the executive order from Trump will account for those traveling and should not effect those with Visa’s and Green Cards….

We’ll see….

And expect freash legal action against any new ban….

President Donald Trump’s revised executive order on immigration will be “more streamlined” than the version now being challenged in U.S. courts, with a roll-out plan aimed at ensuring no one is caught up in it while traveling, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said.

It’s a “good assumption” that the new order won’t affect people holding valid visas or green cards, Kelly said, as the administration seeks to avoid both new legal resistance and the chaotic scenes seen at airports last month, when many travelers were caught in limbo in the hours after Trump signed the order.

“I will have opportunity to work a roll-out plan, in particular to make sure that there’s no one, in a sense, caught in the system of moving from overseas to our airports, which happened on our first release,” Kelly told a panel at the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday…..


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Immigration and Customs Enforcement defend New York raids…

The ICE offical took pains to point out that those they will deport HAVE been cited for criminal offenses and not just random pick-ups…

It should be pointed out that raids like ones have resumes where also done during the the early to mid Obama administration ….

When federal immigration officials arrested 41 people in the New York region this month, immigrant advocates suggested the action was an indication of the Trump administration’s new priorities in detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants.

On Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, released a list detailing the offenses of those who were detained. Among the most serious were 12 people with convictions for sex-related crimes, including three cases of rape and six involving offenses against children; nine with convictions for driving under the influence; three with robbery convictions; and two with convictions for distribution or sale of cocaine.

All of the convictions listed qualified as deportable offenses under the Obama administration.

“Citizens of New York City and the surrounding areas are safer every time another criminal is removed from the street,” Thomas R. Decker, director of enforcement and removal operations in ICE’s New York office, said in a statement….

An ICE official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the cases were active said that most of them were at local detention centers and that it was unlikely any had been deported yet…


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Trump says he doesn’t want to deport children brought illegally to America…Some GOPer’s don’t care…

President Trump has said he doesn’t want to deport Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) ….An executive order for Trump to sign is n’t going anywhere …..

But some on his staff are trying different means to get around the President…

…..with the president showing less willingness to sign such an order, advisors have begun to explore alternatives. Their hunt suggests that the White House is hesitant to publicly target a well-organized group of immigrants who have prominent public backing, including from President Obama, and to whom Trump has shown sympathy.

“DACA is a very, very difficult subject for me,” Trump conceded during a rambling East Room news conference Thursday, promising to address the issue “with heart.… It’s one of the most difficult subjects I have because you have these incredible kids.”

Trump is caught between two camps. His supporters count the end of deportation protections as a key component of his promise to strengthen immigration enforcement. In campaign speeches, Trump repeatedly promised to end the program on “day one” of his presidency and called the protections “unconstitutional executive amnesty.”

On the other side, a mix of stakeholders, including the 750,000 people who have won work permits, want to see even more immigrants allowed to come out of the shadows. And some Republican strategists are concerned that suspending DACA could energize Latino voters and liberal activists in key congressional districts during the midterm elections next year.

“If he repeals DACA, people will start screaming at him,” said Alfonso Aguilar, a Republican strategist who heads the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles and has advocated within the GOP for a path to legal status for people in the country illegally.

Indeed, immigration agents’ arrest last week of a 23-year-old in Washington state who was in the program immediately caused an outcry…..


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Republican lawmakers will return home to growing ‘Resistance’ protests and demonstrations…

In the weeks since Donald Trump lost the vote but won the election grassroots  protests have sprung up around the country against Trump himself and the Republican lawmakers policies on Trump’s No Enter Muslim ban and possible Obamacare cuts…

Republican lawmakers find their email and phone lines jammed with messages and any town hall meeting they have are the scenes of protests that some need police escorts to leave…

The number of organizations participating in these actions has steadily increased…

Most Republican lawmakers are shrugging the movement off….

But if these actions result in increased American’s signing up to vote in next years Midterm elections?

There could be unexpected trouble on the Grand Ole Parties numbers in Congress….

“It’s going to be intense,” said Emily Tisch Sussman, who leads the political arm of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington. “All every group wants to know is how to find out where the town halls are going to be.”

The recess, traditionally a time for lawmakers to take the temperature of their constituents, comes at a surprisingly vulnerable moment for Republicans. They are struggling to gain traction on a legislative agenda despite controlling both congressional chambers and the White House, as the new administration remains mired in controversy over its targeted travel ban and pre-election contact with Russia, among other issues.

While complaints about the health care act — high premiums in particular — helped elect Mr. Trump, polls show it has become more popular as voters realize that repealing it would mean that an estimated 30 million people lose health insurance.

There are few indications at this point that the conservative base of the Republican Party is mobilizing for action on a large scale during the recess. FreedomWorks, the Washington-based libertarian group that in 2009 nurtured Tea Party groups to rally against the legislation that became the health care act, said it was planning a Washington rally next month to let lawmakers know that there remained significant opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

But just as the energy after Mr. Obama’s inauguration seemed to be on the right, this year it seems to be on the left….


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Podesta: Trump is about undermining reality to his….

The former Hillary Clinton campaign boss is saying outloaud what a LOT of us are thinking….

That Donald Trump is actually trying to ‘brain wash’ America….

“Trump is deploying a strategy, used by autocrats, designed to completely disorient public perception,” Podesta wrote. “He’s not just trying to spin the bad news of the day; all politicians do that. He seeks nothing less than to undermine the public’s belief that any news can be trusted, that any news is true, that there is any fixed reality.”

Podesta compared Trump’s aggressive stance toward the media to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the autocratic strongman whose government U.S. intelligence officials believe ordered the hack into Podesta’s email account during the campaign.

“He is emulating the successful strategy of Vladimir Putin,” Podesta wrote, cautioning that Trump’s behavior puts the U.S. “in danger of experiencing an information void like Russia,” where people are so cynical that they “hear something on TV and assume it’s a lie.”…


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