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Sen Warren turns to embrace the media…

Unknown to most progressives that swear by Massachusetts  Democratic Senator  Elizabeth Warren….

She is NOT Media friendly….

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And she HAS issues with support in her state……

(The 2020 presidential talk is just that…Outside Talk)

That was up to now…

Facing a  re-election she has done about face….

Elizabeth Warren’s creative media-dodging habits are a running joke among her home-state press corps. Whenever the senator makes a public appearance, Massachusetts reporters know to keep one eye fixed on the exit doors.

But that might be changing.

In just the last week alone, the notoriously press-averse progressive icon held three open-to-media events back home, followed by lengthy huddles with reporters on a wide range of issues ranging from her Senate votes to Donald Trump’s wiretapping accusations to the 2020 race.

Following her most recent press availability in Worcester, she shook hands with the half-dozen assembled reporters — and even asked if everyone “got what they needed.”

In Boston and Washington, where Warren is known for being as stingy with the media on Capitol Hill as back home, the sudden thaw has political operatives questioning what’s behind the change of heart.

“I always wondered why she wasn’t more accommodating to the press. You can be combative, it can be confrontational, but it’s always a long-term much better strategy to engage with the press,” said Democratic strategist Scott Ferson. “It’s not as if she has to be concerned about engagement with the press. She’s good on her feet.”

Yet you wouldn’t know it from some of Warren’s inventive attempts to evade the media. In addition to standard refusals to answer questions, the senator has bolted out side doors to avoid interviews and gone to great lengths to avoid questions such as who did she vote for in the Democratic presidential primary.

With Warren up for re-election in 2018, the first-term Democratic senator now has plenty of incentive to amp up her media profile back home. The state Republican Party has stepped up its attacks on her over the last year, and it might be leaving a bruise: A January poll sent shockwaves through the state by reporting that 46 percent of respondents said it’s time for someone else to have a shot at the Senate….

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Can Trump get support from Senate GOPer’s for Trump/Ryancare?

While things have been touch and go with the Trump/Ryancare Repeal/Replace bill…..

The word is the Senate is a ‘No Go’ for the bill to take down President Obama’s legacy healthcare program…

The Politico piece linked below focuses on Iowa GOP US Senator Joni Ernst and her efforts to make up her mind on voting for/against the House written bill….

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a magnet for attention, has been taking the fight to Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan, warning that House Republicans could get steamrolled in the next election if they vote for it. During his 2014 campaign, the Republican vowed to “start over” on Obamacare — not far off from the advice he’s now offering his House counterparts.

“There’s not a reason to rush. We should get it right,” Cotton said in an interview this week. “I am speaking out for the people I serve in Arkansas. And I just don’t think this bill is going to work for them.”

Such blunt assessments are not Ernst’s style. But people who know her say she’s similarly apprehensive about where Republicans are going on health care.

“The way she’s approaching the future of Obamacare is consistent with the job she’s been doing as a senator since she’s been elected. Thoughtful, deliberate and going her own way,” said Matt Strawn, a former Iowa GOP chairman. “Most of the Republicans I talk to don’t want to be in the business of taking away peoples’ coverage.”

Ernst bobbed and weaved as she was berated over almost any negative comment she made about the health care law at a pair of rollicking town hall meetings on Friday. Constituents shouted at the former lieutentant colonel in the Iowa National Guard to “answer the question!” — particularly about potential cuts to Medicaid — but Ernst she gave away little about which way she’s leaning on perhaps the most consequential decision of her political career.

Ernst she said that she wants an opportunity to amend the House proposal before committing to anything….

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The US Military footprint in the Middle East East and Africa is Growing…Mission Creep Again?…

President Obama worked hard at bringing the troops back home…

But his promise to get rid of ISIS continued by Trump  is causing US Military commanders to ramp UP the number of comabt troops and advisers  along with air support and fire power these days….

So far there has been few casualties …

But in thes sort of actions they WILL come…

And then what will Trump & Co. do?

President Donald Trump’s pressure on the military to “demolish and destroy” the Islamic State is raising anxiety inside the Pentagon that the United States could end up in another open-ended ground war, according to current and former military officials.

The U.S. has quietly sent hundreds of additional troops to Iraq and Syria since Trump took office, and is considering dispatching thousands more to counter ISIS, fight militants in Yemen and stem a Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan. But the deliberations are testing Trump’s promise to steer clear of foreign entanglements, and has his military commanders questioning whether they can maintain their meticulously drawn line between supporting local forces and leading the fight.

“How much more blood do we want to shed for Iraq?” asked one senior officer who recently returned from the war zone.

The escalating risk of U.S. casualties is shadowing the Pentagon’s internal strategy sessions, the officials said in interviews. Trump’s demand for a more aggressive strategy also raises concerns among commanders about whether they can accomplish the mission without turning U.S. troops into a substitute for local fighters, which until now have depended only on U.S. military advisers, special operations forces and air strikes.

“Some call this accelerating the campaign; some call it mission creep,” said one military officer involved in the discussions who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Some lawmakers say the U.S. military role in the region is steadily expanding with little if any debate about the implications.

“What we see happening is the classic definition of mission creep,” said Rep. Jim McGovern, a Massachusetts Democrat and leading anti-war voice on Capitol Hill. “A few hundred here, a couple hundred there, a few more hundred here. You see our military footprint expanding ever more.”

Trump has straddled the issue — speaking out about the urgent need to defeat ISIS and criticizing former President Barack Obama’s “leading from behind strategy,” but also expressing wariness about large-scale military involvement in the Middle East….

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Trump’s anti-immigrant push combined with raising farm wages threaten American Farmers…

Donald Trump SAYS he wants to make America ‘Great’ again….

He isn’t doing so….

As cities across the country raise their min wages one would think there would be good news for American workers….

There are for some….

But farm work in American is principally  done by imported labor from South of the American border….

And  some of those workers are known to be undocumented ….

Trump & Co. idea that America’s would flock to those jobs is misguided and just plain stupid….

And their efforts are gonna could have a profound negative effect on the America’s economy….

This is just one of the backwards thinking that Trump believe in that will require a LOT of work for the next American Democratic president to straighten out…..(Obama had to starighten out Bush II’s mess last time)

The flow of labor began drying up when President Obama tightened the border. Now President Trump is promising to deport more people, raid more companies and build a wall on the southern border.

That has made California farms a proving ground for the Trump team’s theory that by cutting off the flow of immigrants they will free up more jobs for American-born workers and push up their wages.

So far, the results aren’t encouraging for farmers or domestic workers.

Farmers are being forced to make difficult choices about whether to abandon some of the state’s hallmark fruits and vegetables, move operations abroad, import workers under a special visa or replace them altogether with machines.

Growers who can afford it have already begun raising worker pay well beyond minimum wage. Wages for crop production in California increased by 13% from 2010 to 2015, twice as fast as average pay in the state, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Today, farmworkers in the state earn about $30,000 a year if they work full time — about half the overall average pay in California. Most work fewer hours.

Some farmers are even giving laborers benefits normally reserved for white-collar professionals, like 401(k) plans, health insurance, subsidized housing and profit-sharing bonuses. Full-timers at Silverado Farming, for example, get most of those sweeteners, plus 10 paid vacation days, eight paid holidays, and can earn their hourly rate to take English classes.

But the raises and new perks have not tempted native-born Americans to leave their day jobs for the fields. Nine in 10 agriculture workers in California are still foreign born, and more than half are undocumented, according to a federal survey.

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Republican Super PAC is ramping up early to cover it’s party House members for next years Midterms…

The party with the president in office USUALLY loses a good amount of House seats as a result of the actions of the sitting president….

With Trump losing the popular vote last November and the risdiong support FOR Obamacare now?…and Resisrtance protests on going….

Republicans SHOULD be worried….

The party of the sitting president has lost an average of 25 seats in midterm elections since 1994 and lost majorities three times. With Republicans fighting among themselves over repealing the Affordable Care Act and President Donald Trump at historical levels of unpopularity, Republicans are focusing intently on House races where their 23-seat majority may be most vulnerable amid a tide of Democratic grass-roots energy.

To prevent the House from flipping, the Congressional Leadership Fund, the House GOP’s super PAC, plans to raise and spend $100 million during the 2018 election cycle—twice what it spent in 2016 and eight times what it spent in the 2014 midterm.

The political-action committee is placing paid staff in 20 competitive House districts with the goal of installing a clinical Republican turnout machine to protect incumbents yoked to a president who so far has a net unfavorability rating. It is spending $30,000 a month in each district on online ads like the one Mr. Bacon saw in church.

Mr. Bliss’s goal is to find people who voted for Mr. Trump but typically skip midterm elections and get them to vote for their Republican House member….

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Trump budget director: Feeding elderly and children has to end, it’s not ‘showing any results’…Daily Kos

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 27:  White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speaks during a White House daily briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room February 27, 2017 at the White House in Washington, DC. Mulvaney answers questions regarding the budget proposal from the Trump Administration.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Mick Mulvaney has a pretty fucking warped view of compassion. 

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told the White House press corps Thursday that popular vote loser Donald Trump’s budget cuts Meals on Wheels and after-school nutrition programs because those programs “aren’t showing any results.”

We can’t do that anymore. We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good. Meals on Wheels sounds great. […] I can’t defend that anymore. We cannot defend that anymore. $20 trillion in debt. We’re going to spend money, we’re going to spend a lot of money but we’re not going to spend it on programs that show they deliver the promises we made to people.

As for the school children:

They’re supposed to help kids who don’t get fed at home get fed so they do better in school. Guess what? There’s no evidence they’re actually doing that. There’s no evidence they’re helping results, helping kids do better in school, which is what — when we took your money from you to say, we’re going to spend them on after-school program, we justified it by saying these kids will do better in school and get jobs. We have no proof that’s helping.

Goddammit old people and school children! Get out there and get jobs so we know that feeding you is worth our money.

No, Mulvaney says, the “compassionate” thing to do is for tax payers, to “go to them and say, look, we’re not going to ask you for your hard-earned money anymore. Single mom of two in Detroit, give us your money. We’re not going to do that anymore unless they can guarantee that money will be used in a proper function.” That, he says, “is about as compassionate as you can get.”

Because, really, wouldn’t we all rather fund a few more destroyers than see our neighbors not starve?

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German Chancellor Merkel meets with Trump….

Angela Merkel has been office since 2005, longer than ANY Western head of state…..Not bad for a woman born in EAST Germany….

Germany IS Europe’s strongest nation….

Her term in office will probably be extended during the next German elections for a fourth term….

And since Donald Trump was elected?

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She has been called the Leader of the Free World…..

In the next 24 hours she will get to spend some time with a guy who is  180 degree’s from what she IS and has done in office….(She got alone fine with President Obama)

Donald Trump doesn’t do too well with strong females….

And Trump will have his friend /side Stephen Bannon looking over his shoulder whispering ‘America First ‘…..

Angela Merkel has displayed a pragmatic view of the world and good enough political sense to steer he country to a good place, leading Europe….

We’ll see how things go….

There IS a LOT riding on their first meeting…..

Their styles reflect their vastly different backgrounds. Merkel, Germany’s first and only female chancellor, was raised by a pastor in communist East Germany, where she earned a doctorate in physical chemistry. Although she is the longest-serving and most powerful leader in Europe, she is unfailingly modest, competent and consensus-oriented. Trump’s all-about-me mentality, Queens upbringing and brash, tabloid-and-reality-TV personality couldn’t be more different.

The contrast in substance is just as stark. From the Eurozone meltdown to the refugee surge, Merkel has been through multiple crises. She has no illusions about Vladimir Putin and the spy-ridden Kremlin team running Russia, and places a high value on quiet diplomacy, free trade, international law and the institutions of the European Union.

Trump is untested, unable or unwilling to criticize Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, determined to judge U.S. foreign policies by the trade balance involved or the extent to which the costs of U.S. military deployments are reimbursed, and happy to talk up the possibility of other EU countries following Britain out the door.

With his alliance diplomacy facing intense scrutiny following reports of tense phone conversations with the leaders of Australia and Mexico, Trump will be on his best behavior. Likewise, Germany’s government has no interest in playing up controversy and hopes to declare the session a diplomatic success.

Nevertheless, Merkel will try to persuade Trump to reverse his cheerleading for the collapse of the EU and put a stop to his ignorant critique of NATO. And why not? Such reversals have become a regular feature of the Trump foreign policy. In the Middle East, despite a lot of talk, the U.S. Embassy in Israel has not moved, nor has the administration taken steps to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran. In Asia, the Chinese government humbled the new president by insisting he shelve the idea of reconsidering Washington’s support for the “One China” policy.

Considering that Trump went out of his way to criticize Merkel just ahead of his inauguration, saying her decision to admit hundreds of thousands of refugees was a terrible mistake and that he intended to treat her and Putin in roughly the same way, expectations for the meeting are modest. No diplomatic breakthrough is envisioned, and a general meeting of the minds between two longstanding allies before the world’s media should be sufficient to avoid further diplomatic damage.

Behind the scenes, however, the evolution of the Trump-Merkel dialogue will shape the direction and strength of the Western alliance…

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Trump Budget would stop Federal money for New York City Police counterror cops

And cancel money paid to the city for guarding Trump Tower….

It took President Trump just six months to forget about never forgetting.

The one-time Manhattan resident’s proposed federal budget will hurt the NYPD’s ability to protect the nation’s No. 1 terror target by slashing $190 million in Homeland Security funding for the city.

“Nearly all federal funding to the NYPD would be eradicated,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill as details of Trump’s first budget emerged. “It is the backbone of our entire counterterrorism apparatus.”

O’Neill and Mayor de Blasio have previously said the city’s sanctuary city status would cost the city untold millions of dollars in federal aid.

A small sample of thing that could suffer under Trump budget

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“Nearly all federal funding to the NYPD would be eradicated,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill.

Trump had threatened to slash all federal funding to cities — like his hometown — that fail to arrest or detain immigrants living illegally in the US

“Let me be clear: New York City is in the crosshairs of the president’s budget,” de Blasio tweeted. “I want to ask President Trump to come back to New York City and talk to the people hurt by his budget.”

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The final Federal budget WILL have money allocated by Congress for the NYPD and other police Dept’s in Metro NY area and around the country …..Even is the city IS a Santuary City….

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Early Iowa poll has O’Malley ahead of Booker for 2020 Democrat’s….

It’s way tooooo early…..

But my money is on NJ US Senator Cory Booker actually being the front runner RIGHT NOW of Democratic  Presidential sweepstakes players……..

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Donald Trump is only in his second month in the White House, but already one Democrat is polling his party’s Iowa caucus-goers ahead of a possible 2020 run for the presidency.

The leadership PAC of former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley commissioned a Public Policy Polling survey of the first-in-the-nation caucus state earlier this month, according to a copy of the results obtained by POLITICO.

The poll, which shows O’Malley at 18 percent of Democratic caucus-goers in a field of nine potential candidates if the contest were held today, also asked the Iowans about New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker; former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo; Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg; and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. “Not sure” got 32 percent of the vote.

O’Malley — who ran against Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the 2016 nomination before dropping out on caucus night after earning less than 1 percent of the vote — was joined at the top of the poll by Booker, who was at 17 percent. Klobuchar, who represents a neighboring state and who’s been a frequent visitor to Iowa over the years, got 11 percent. All other candidates were under 10 percent.

A number of high-profile potential 2020 candidates were left out of the poll, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Sanders…..

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Red State Democrat Senator’s actually HAVE voted mostly against Trump….

Politico takes a behind the scene look at the US Senator’s from states that Trump well in …..

And though you might think they would bend to vote more WITh Trump and Ryan to preserve their seats?

They haven’t…..

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Donald Trump carried Missouri by 19 percentage points on his way to the presidency. But Sen. Claire McCaskill, who faces a fight for reelection next year in the conservative-leaning state, isn’t exactly voting like Washington, D.C.’s idea of a red-state Democrat.

McCaskill has sided with Democratic leaders against all of Trump’s most contentious Cabinet nominees and six of the eight regulatory rollbacks teed up by the Senate GOP since Inauguration Day, according to a POLITICO analysis. She is not alone among red-state Democrats who lately have remained in their party’s fold: On the Senate’s highest-profile votes since the president took office, eight of the 10 most vulnerable Democrats on the ballot next year voted with their party at least four-fifths of the time.

 Even famously GOP-friendly Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has sided with Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren more often than he aligned with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

It’s obviously still early in Trump’s presidency to draw sweeping conclusions. But the voting behavior of Senate Democrats — particularly the 10 from states Trump won in November — suggests that the president has a lot more bridge-building to do with red-state Democrats. Their support could prove critical to the success or failure of his legislative priorities, such as infrastructure and tax reform.

So far, Trump has mostly fostered Democratic unity by tweeting combatively and sparking protests around the country with his order barring travelers from majority-Muslim nations.

“The Trump administration has been so outrageous in its early stages that it’s probably made it easier for Democrats to hang together,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said in an interview. “It’s not hard to be united around the United States not discriminating against people based on religion.”….

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Republican House Speaker Ryan admits his Trump/Ryancare Bill won’t make it…

The bill will have to be made palatable for House Conservatives after which House members in Blue and Purple states will NOT vote for the bill which will NOT get anywhere in the Senate…..

Things do NOT look good….

Healthcare IS a tough Nut for Congress….Even one with a one party majority…..

Paul Ryan has finally owned up to his problem on this….Image result for paul ryan
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday that his health-care proposal must change to pass the House, marking a significant retreat from his earlier position that the carefully crafted legislation would fail if substantially altered.

Ryan acknowledged that changes would be made two days after an analysis issued by the Congressional Budget Office prompted a fresh round of criticism of his proposal. Among the report’s projections was that 14 million fewer Americans would be insured after one year under the Republican plan.

Speaking after a private meeting of GOP lawmakers, Ryan said leaders would “incorporate feedback” from the rank-and-file in response to the CBO findings. He did not repeat his previous comments calling support for the bill a “binary choice” for Republican lawmakers.

“Now that we have our score we can make some necessary improvements and refinements to the bill,” he said, referring to the CBO’s estimate of the impact on the number of those covered by health insurance and what the GOP proposal would cost.

Ryan did not detail what changes are under consideration to his plan….

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Congress drops Obama program aimed at Teacher’s held directly accountable for students grades…

The Bush and Obama education programs that included student’s grades in how tenured teachers where evaluated was VERY unpopular across the board by teachers…

It will NOT be missed…..

Congress has moved to let the states formulate their own standards for their educational systems…

Many critics viewed No Child, passed under President George W. Bush, as well as Mr. Obama’s first-term education policies, as punitive. The policies pushed for test scores to be used to remove underperforming teachers and to shut down struggling schools. They were also unpopular because they led to an explosion in the number of tests students took each year.

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, children still have to take standardized tests in math, reading and science, and schools still need to report on the progress of at-risk groups, like disabled students, nonwhite students and those learning English. But fewer consequences are now tied to low test scores and more emphasis is placed on holding schools accountable for providing access to advanced classes and for reducing student suspension rates. In addition, states are now able to come up with their own plans for how to intervene in failing schools.

Mr. Obama called the bill a bipartisan “Christmas miracle.” The National Council of La Raza, a Latino-rights organization, gave ESSA’s two Senate co-sponsors, Patty Murray of Washington, a Democrat, and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, a Republican, an award for their work on behalf of students learning English. The two appeared together to accept the honor, each praising the other’s collaboration.

It took less than a year for that bipartisan consensus to fall apart.

It is customary for federal agencies to issue detailed regulations on how new laws should be put into effect, and Mr. Obama’s Department of Education did so in November. But some lawmakers from both parties saw the regulations as unusually aggressive and far-reaching, and said they could subvert ESSA’s intent of re-establishing local control over education and decreasing the emphasis on testing.

Last month, the House of Representatives overturned a broad swath of the rules using the Congressional Review Act, which allows lawmakers to spike federal regulations. The Senate passed a similar resolution on Thursday, and President Trump has indicated that he will sign it. That would leave ESSA on the books, but Ms. DeVos would have more flexibility in how to apply it…..

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Federal Judge in Hawaii halts Trump No Enter Muslim Ban 2.0 before it starts…

FEATUREDThey KNEW they where trying to do the IMPOSSIBLE with the history of Donald Trump sticking to the basic that the ban IS in FACT and Muslim ban…

In looking at the body of the judge’s ruling?

He threw tha BOOK and the KITCHEN Sink at the Trump & Co. second try….

At this rate there will be NO Ban approved….

A federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday issued a sweeping freeze of President Trump’s new executive order hours before it would have temporarily barred the issuance of new visas to citizens of six Muslim-majority countries and suspended the admission of new refugees.

In a blistering 43-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson pointed to Trump’s own comments and those of his close advisers as evidence that his order was meant to discriminate against Muslims and declared there was a “strong likelihood of success” that those suing would prove the directive violated the Constitution.

Watson declared that “a reasonable, objective observer — enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements, and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance — would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion.”

He lambasted the government, in particular, for asserting that because the ban did not apply to all Muslims in the world, it could not be construed as discriminating against Muslims.

“The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable,” Watson wrote. “The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.”

At a rally in Nashville, Trump called the ruling “terrible” and asked a cheering crowd whether the ruling was “done by a judge for political reasons.” He said the administration would fight the case “as far as it needs to go,” including up to the Supreme Court, and rued that he had been persuaded to sign a “watered-down version” of his first travel ban….

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Breitbart Goes After Paul Ryan; Precursor To Trump Throwing The Speaker Under The Bus?…Red State…

by Jay Caruso @ Red State….

As I have said previously, Donald Trump sees failure as synonymous with being a “loser.” If you listen to him carefully, he never admits to failing. Even businesses that are defunct he counts as a “successful” for one reason or another. His bankruptcies are not failures. He considers them a success because he effectively uses bankruptcy laws for his benefit (the people who get stiffed on the other hand, are not his concern). It will be much of the same for his presidency.

Thus far, Trump has not “failed.” Nearly all of his cabinet choices are confirmed, and any that dropped out did so before any votes or hearings. The Obamacare replacement fiasco is on the road to failure. Trump, as I have written, will not take the blame if it happens. He is not going to be the “loser.” While he said he’d blame Democrats, the reality is, the GOP controls Congress.

At Breitbart, there is an article with audio of Paul Ryan saying he wouldn’t “defend” Donald Trump anymore. The news of this story broke last October, so it is nothing new outside of the audio itself. However, there are portions of the piece that appear to reveal the possibility of Trump dumping all of the blame on Speaker Paul Ryan.

Some of it requires additional thoughts:

Now, Ryan—still the Speaker—has pushed now President Donald Trump to believe his healthcare legislation the American Health Care Act would repeal and replace Obamacare when it does not repeal Obamacare.

Wait a moment. I thought Donald Trump was one of the most brilliant men on earth and Paul Ryan told us the President helped write the legislation. Boyle seems to be saying Trump was “duped” by Ryan into believing they were fully repealing Obamacare and then replacing it. That is absurd. The first page of the bill says they are amending Obamacare, not repealing it.

The article goes on:

This is the first major initiative that Trump has worked on with Ryan—and the fact it is going so poorly calls into question whether Speaker Ryan, the GOP’s failed 2012 vice presidential nominee who barely supported Trump at all in 2016, really understands how Trump won and how to win in general…..

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Trump White House staff work in fear…

With the Trump witch hunting for leaks and intrusive searching of staff members phone and other media?

Staff member say the working enviroment has become toxic….

(Why would ANYONE want to wirk for the guy anyways?)

A culture of paranoia is consuming the Trump administration, with staffers increasingly preoccupied with perceived enemies—inside their own government.

In interviews, nearly a dozen White House aides and federal agency staffers described a litany of suspicions: that rival factions in the administration are trying to embarrass them, that civil servants opposed to President Donald Trump are trying to undermine him, and even that a “deep state” of career military and intelligence officials is out to destroy them.

Aides are going to great lengths to protect themselves. They’re turning off work-issued smartphones and putting them in drawers when they arrive home from work out of fear that they could be used to eavesdrop. They’re staying mum in meetings out of concern that their comments could be leaked to the press by foes.

Many are using encrypted apps that automatically delete messages once they’ve been read, or are leaving their personal cell phones at home in case their bosses initiate phone checks of the sort that press secretary Sean Spicer deployed last month to identify leakers on his team.

It’s an environment of fear that has hamstrung the routine functioning of the executive branch. Senior advisers are spending much of their time trying to protect turf, key positions have remained vacant due to a reluctance to hire people deemed insufficiently loyal, and Trump’s ambitious agenda has been eclipsed by headlines surrounding his unproven claim that former President Barack Obama tapped his phone lines….

“People are scared,” he said, adding that the Trump White House had become “a pretty hostile environment to work in.”..

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House Trump/Ryancare Bill in Deep trouble….Only 24% of Americans support it…Poll

Efforts to woo Republican Conservatives to vote for the bill as it is currently drawn up is NOT working….

Changes to make the hard leaning Conservatives will drive other  Republicans in Democratic friendly districts away…

In addition, the rush in the way the whole thing is going on has alienated  an increasing number of Republicans House lawmakers who are looking over their shoulders’ at the increased  support for the Obama healthcare program…

House Republican leaders are coming under intense pressure to change their ­ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill ahead of a possible floor vote next week.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Tuesday said the administration is working with House leadership on a manager’s amendment that would make changes to the legislation. Those changes, which GOP leadership offices declined to discuss, could be aimed at bringing conservatives on board.

Yet any changes to the bill could further alienate moderate members who are worried about lost coverage and price spikes for lower-income and older people. Their fears were heightened by a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, released Monday, that found the bill could result in 24 million people becoming uninsured over the next decade.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who represents a district won by Hillary Clinton in November, came out against the bill on Tuesday. Her opposition could signal movement against the bill, titled the American Health Care Act, among GOP centrists.

“I plan to vote NO on the current #AHCA bill,” Ros-Lehtinen wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “As written the plan leaves too many from my #SoFla district uninsured.”…..

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A new Public Policy Polling survey finds just 24% of voters support the GOP health care bill as compared to 49% who are opposed.

Even among Republican voters only 37% are in favor of the proposal to 22% who are against it, and 41% who aren’t sure one way or another.

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