Category Archives: Women

Did Donald Trump have an affair during his current third marriage?

Donald Trump’s sex life is back in the news….

A adult film star is out with a story that Donald Trump had sex with her a year into his marriage to current wife Melania Trump….

Stormy Daniels is gonna make a LOT of the money on Trump’s name….

But then Donald ?…..IS Donald.

Donald Trump was attending a celebrity golf tournament at a Lake Tahoe resort in July 2006 when he met the adult-film star Stormy Daniels, she later said. Daniels said she took the future president up on his offer to ride around the lakefront course in his golf cart.

‘‘That was actually my first time on a golf course,’’ Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, told Adult Video News, a trade publication, ‘‘and when you’re riding around with Donald Trump in an Escalade golf cart during your first time out on a course, I’d say I was doing all right.’’

What happened after has become a matter of intense dispute, stretching across the worlds of politics, media and adult entertainment. Daniels told journalists in interviews conducted over several years – but not made public until this month – that she and Trump had an affair that began at the tournament….

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This story has been held by several media outlets for years….

Senate Democrats don’t Blink….Block House Stop-Gap Budget Bill…Update…Govt. Shutdown of some agencies

The game of chicken went to the end…..

The Republicans have held firm on limits to further illegal and legal immigration to America…

They have put off funding for children health programs and they have voted to bust spending limits they put on President Obama….

Donald Trump has been all over the place on what he wants and doesn’t want….Causing Senate Democrats and Republicans to stand back and wonder what will he sign if presented to him….

It DOES appear that Republican hardliners are angling to blame Democrats for any hardships people may suffer in the coming days….

That while they hold on to majority control of the House , Senate and the Presidency…

RIGHT NOW Senate Democrats blocked passage of a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open. Lawmakers have less than 2 hours before a shutdown. See how the senators voted »

• Senate Democrats on Friday night blocked passage of a month-long stopgap spending bill to keep the government funded past midnight, leaving less than two hours to find a path forward before much of the government was set to shut down.

• Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, was trying to rally support for a shorter three- week spending bill which could muster the 60 votes for passage. But because the bill would need to clear the House, at least a short shutdown appeared unavoidable.

• The government will shut down at 12:01 a.m. Saturday if lawmakers fail to reach an agreement. See how a shutdown will affect federal agencies »

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Menendez in corruption case to get a second round…

If anybody thought this was gonna go awy with the Republicans having just lost a US Senate seat in Alabama?….They where kidding themselves….

But NOW?

Menendez COULD step down and let New Jersey Governor Murphy pick another person for the seat…That is provided his numbers slip in the near future…

The Justice Department announced Friday that they intend to re-try Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on corruption charges after a deadlocked jury resulted in a mistrial in November.

“Defendants Robert Menendez and Salomon Melgen have been indicted for bribery and corruption by two separate grand juries properly empaneled in the District of New Jersey,” the department said in a notice filed in U.S. District Court.

“The first trial ended in a mistrial with a deadlocked jury. An early retrial date is in the best interests of the public, and the United States is available to schedule a retrial at the Court’s earliest convenience.”

Prosecutors allege that Menendez engaged in a bribery scheme with co-defendant Salomon Melgen, a longtime friend, doing political favors for him in exchange for luxury hotel stays and campaign donations.

Menendez took trips on the doctor’s private jet, vacations in Paris and the Dominican Republic and $750,000 in campaign contributions, the government said in the court proceedings….

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Update…Trump reaches out to Schumer for a meeting on possible Govt. Shutdown…

This is typical Donald Trump, the New York Real Estate guy….

First he gets a partial deal….

Then when everybody THINKS they’re ok?

Trump says NO….

I want MORE….

The Senate leaders HAVE an agreement….

That agreement is at odds with the Majority Republican’s bill….

Both Democrats AND Republicans are NOT happy with the House bill….

And Trump , Ryan and McConnell do NOT have the votes in the Senate, which needs Democratic votes….

Republicans are looking for Schumer to blink….

They are already trying place any shutdown on the Democrats….

But Sen. Dick Durbin poinst out three things….

Republicans control the US House….

Republicans control the US Senate

A Republican sits in the White House as the President….

“With less than 12 hours before a possible government shutdown, President Trump called Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) at midday Friday and invited him to the White House to discuss striking a deal,” the Washington Post reports.

“The meeting was set to take place as the federal government remained on a path toward closing at midnight. Senate Democrats had rallied against a short-term spending bill that does not offer protections for young undocumented immigrants or address other priorities such as disaster relief, and the House was threatening to adjourn, having already passed the bill Thursday night.”

Politicalwire….

Caution….

Just as the first time EVERYBODY thought there was a deal….

It WILL come down to Donald Trump’s ability to STICK with a deal after Schumer leaves the White House and  against  efforts  of his White Staff  to wiggle out of one for even more….

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Trump and Schumer go way back….

Schumer is the US Senator from New York

Chances for a shut down of the US Government increase…

The House has passed it’s version of what it wants…

That was easy where the Republicans have a comfortable majority….

In the US Senate that won’t work….

Republicans NEED at least 12 Democrats to pass the budget stopgap bill….

The Democrats will find it hard to impossible to accept the House terms….

Back in the day, there was a basic trust between interlocutors. Sure there was the typical fudging on the number of votes committed or available. But everyone was working toward a responsible, fairly predictable outcome.

Now we have, in President Trump, an erratic negotiator who appears to be negotiating against everyone, including himself. We saw it in the way he approached the issue of extending funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. After House Republicans and the White House appeared to settle on including long-term funding in the budget extension on Wednesday, the president tweeted opposition on Thursday. The president has said he’s for a resolution that would protect the “Dreamers” — young people brought to this country illegally when they were children, who are now covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created by President Barack Obama. But just as negotiators closed in on a deal, the president reneged by making derogatory comments about immigrants and tweeting that DACA was “probably dead.”

More from former Congressman Steve Israel….

Why Trump changed his tune on an Immigration deal with the Senate…

Axios provides a view of the case presented to Trump AGAINST accepting a deal he said he WOULD accept if presented to him on Immigration…..

This whole thing, tied to the budget showdown illustrates how Doinald Trump can say one thing, and ten minutes later after talking to another person?

Change directions….

It also shows that he has few core values or beliefs….

Shortly after the infamous “shithole” meeting — where President Trump blew apart a bipartisan DACA deal pushed by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin — administration officials did their own internal analysis of the proposal.

Axios has obtained an internal memo, “Flake-Graham-Durbin Proposal Would Cripple Border Security and Expand Chain Migration,” that circulated within the White House, showing this administration’s scathing assessment of the Graham-Durbin proposal.

A source familiar with the document’s preparation says it was compiled by staff at Justice and Homeland Security.

Here’s the administration’s internal assessment, per the leaked document:

  1. Fails to Secure the Border:provides less than 10 percent of the necessary funds to construct the border wall.”
  2. Increases Illegal Immigration and Guarantees Future Amnesties:provides immigration benefits to certain illegal aliens who came to the United States as juveniles.”….

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One year …Trump has the lowest numbers of any modern US President / His base is softening….

Several one year polls are in today and the numbers are just about the same across the board…

President Donald Trump is at about a 40% approval rate….

The LA Times  points to some drop offs in Trump’s base….

Because the USC/L.A. Times poll questions the same people repeatedly over time, it can track those defections: About one in eight people who said in April that they approved of Trump’s job performance now say they disapprove.

Most of those who had not made up their minds in April now have done so, and by almost 2 to 1, they have gone against Trump.

“The people who were ‘waiting to see’ in the spring have mostly moved toward disapproval,” said Jill Darling, survey director for the USC economic and social research center.

Even among those who voted for him, Trump’s popularity is tepid. Asked to rate him on a 0-100 thermometer, Trump voters gave the president personally an average score of 64. His policies won a score of 72. By contrast, the antipathy from Clinton voters was intense — they gave Trump a personal score of 7 and a policy score of 9.

Other questions on the poll also indicate problems for the president. A majority, 52%, said he has done less than he said he would do, with 31% saying “much less.” Only 12% said he has accomplished more than he pledged, while 30% said he has done about what he said. Those numbers, too, have deteriorated from April….

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The Senate joins the House in Oking FISA Spying Bill…Will go to Trump to sign…

While some raised concerned about American Government spying?

There was NO real chance that the law would expire….

Not in this day and age politically…No lawmakers wants a incident to happen and have the finger pointed at them for any down grading of the countries intelligence community to do their job….

The 65-to-34 vote on the legislation, which the president is expected to sign into law, marks the end of a months-long debate that exposed sharp divisions between privacy advocates and national security hawks in Congress. Lawmakers have struggled over whether to limit the spy authority the intelligence community has identified as one of its most important surveillance tools.

The program, known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, allows the National Security Agency to collect from U.S. companies the emails and other communication of foreign targets located overseas. But federal law enforcement agents can scour the database for information about Americans who have been in touch with those foreign targets, and many lawmakers wanted to force the government to obtain a warrant before doing so….

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House votes for Continuing Budget Bill…The Senate isn’t there…Shutdown COULD be coming…

The dance is going on in Congress….

Republicans holding for strong Immigration curbs in exchange for DACA and the Dreamers….

The Democrats holding tight….Republicans need 11 votes from then in the Senate…

Failure to get the Senate to go along would shut-down the American goverment except for essential service and ignite a political blame game….

President Trump is NOT making things easy….

The House approved a stopgap spending bill on Thursday night to keep the government open past Friday, but Senate Democrats — angered by President Trump’s vulgar aspersions and a lack of progress on a broader budget and immigration deal — appeared ready to block the measure.

The House approved the measure 230 to 197, despite conflicting signals by President Trump sent throughout the day and a threatened rebellion from conservatives that ended up fizzling. But the bill, which would keep the government open through Feb. 16, provided only a faint glimmer of hope that a crisis could be averted before funding expires at midnight on Friday.

In the Senate, at least about a dozen Democratic votes would be needed to approve the measure, and there was little chance that those would materialize. Democrats are intent on securing concessions that would, among other things, protect from deportation young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, increase domestic spending, aid Puerto Rico and bolster the government’s response to the opioid crisis.

The Senate held only a procedural vote on the stopgap bill late Thursday night, leaving for Friday a more consequential vote when Democrats are expected to block the measure….

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NHL Islanders will have to wait for 3 years for their new home….

They will be getting a new 18,000 seat arena at the Belmont racetrack in Elmont, NY….

But things WILL take time….

Paperwork….

Environmental review and approval…

Possible legal challenges…

Constructution…

Moving in….

Meanwhile?….

It looks like they will be playing back in their smaller Nassau Coliseum home….

The arena is expected to take 26 to 30 months to be built, according to a source directly involved in the process, which is a standard time frame for an arena. The project’s hotel and retail stores could take longer, but the arena will be the priority because it is the “driver” of the project, the source said.

The Islanders’ new arena was designed by architect Jason Carmello of Populous, whose resume includes recently built hockey arenas in Las Vegas, Quebec City and Pittsburgh.

The construction will be done by Sterling Project Development, the Wilpons’ real estate development agency that built Citi Field and was involved with the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field, among other sports stadiums and developments.

Richard Browne, a partner in Sterling Project Development, described the company at a public hearing in Elmont last month as “thoughtful developers. We don’t build and then move on. We build where we live and we keep on it and we manage our developments very much like you would develop your own home.”

Construction at Citi Field, for example, began in November 2006 and the stadium opened 28 months later for the start of the Mets’ 2009 season. Browne said construction on Citi Field was completed on time and came in $40 million under budget.

Construction on the new Yankee Stadium began in August 2006 and it opened in April 2009 — a span of 32 months.

It’s important to note, though, that no two stadium timelines are alike. Barclays Center in Brooklyn was approved in March 2005 but the start of construction was delayed more than five years because of various lawsuits. It opened 30 months later….

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Will Democrat’s come out to form a voting ‘wave’ this November?

FiveThirtyEight looks back at the historical actual numbers of Democrats and Republicans that come out to vote in Midterm election….

Democrats got the best of Republicans during the 2017 election season, outperforming expectations in special elections across the country and easily winning the only two governors races. Much of that success came down to turnout — the Democratic base came out and voted.

It’s now 2018, though. A midterm year. And if you’ve followed politics recently, you’re used to hearing what may seem like an immutable law of elections: Midterm turnout favors the GOP. That was incredibly true in the last two midterm cycles, 2010 and 2014. And it’s true generally too. But it masks an important factor: which party holds the White House.1

Take a look at the table below. It shows — for every midterm since 1978 — the difference between Democrats and Republicans in self-identified party identification2 among all registered voters compared with those who voted in the midterms (i.e. the turnout margin or advantage).3

Overall, in the 10 midterm elections since 1978, the average Republican turnout advantage has been about 3 percentage points. In other words, the GOP does about 3 points better, on average, among midterm voters compared with whatever their margin is vs. Democrats among all registered voters. In short, Republicans have a midterm turnout advantage.

There’s a second important force at work during midterm elections, however. The Republican turnout advantage is either exacerbated or all but canceled out depending on which party controls the White House.

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Will Trump and Republicans get rid of the employers requirement to offer Health Insurance?

The Individual Health Insurance mandate requirement is gone….

Large comoanies have always offered heltah insurance to their employee’s…

But Midsized companies didn’t…

The Affordable Healthcare law’s requirement for offering healthcare insurance was desisted to help insurance pool’s and increase the number of Americans coverage numbers ….

Like other things?

Trump and Republicans are lookinbg to wipe out almost ANYTHING that has President Obama’s fingerprints on it, and helps rich people and companies make MORE $$$,  even it hurts American’s well being…

Wait…..if the employor mandate is set aside?

It will actually cost taxpayers MORE money…

……While large companies have long offered health benefits, many have chafed at the detailed requirements under the health law, including its reporting rules, which they see as onerous and expensive. Now that relief has been extended to individuals, some companies believe they should be next in line.

The individual mandate and the employer mandate are “inextricably entwined,” said James A. Klein, the president of the American Benefits Council, an influential lobby for large companies like Dow Chemical, Microsoft and BP, the oil and gas producer.

“It is inequitable to leave the employer mandate in place when its purpose — to support the individual mandate — no longer exists,” Mr. Klein said. “We are urging Congress to repeal the employer mandate.”

Opposition to the employer mandate could increase as more employers are fined for not offering coverage or for not meeting federal standards for adequate, affordable coverage. Since October, the Internal Revenue Service has notified thousands of businesses that they owe money because they failed to offer coverage in 2015, when the mandate took effect….

But Tom Leibfried, a health care lobbyist at the A.F.L.-C.I.O., called the proposals to repeal or weaken the employer mandate “a very bad idea.”

“The Affordable Care Act was built on a framework of shared responsibility,” Mr. Leibfried said. “If you get rid of the employer mandate, you will see people lose coverage from their employers.”

Such a move could also increase costs for the federal government. Even though Congress has eliminated the penalties for people who go without insurance, millions of consumers are still eligible for financial aid in the form of tax credits to help them pay insurance premiums. These subsidies increase with the rapidly rising cost of insurance. If fewer people receive coverage from employers, more will qualify for subsidized coverage in the public marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act.

“The employer mandate holds down the cost of premium tax credits for the federal government,” said Catherine E. Livingston, a tax lawyer at the law firm Jones Day who was the health care counsel at the I.R.S. from 2010 to 2013.

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