Mueller’s office charges Gates lawyer with lying to them…

Ya gotta tell them the truth went they ask ya questions…

They are serious about that…

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors have filed a new charge against a man they say lied to federal investigators in the Russia probe.

A charging document filed in federal court in Washington on Tuesday accuses Alex Van Der Zwaan of one charge of making false statements. The information was filed ahead of a plea hearing scheduled for later Tuesday.

The court filing says Van Der Zwaan lied to investigators about his interactions with Rick Gates. Gates, a former Trump campaign aide, was indicted last year on charges of conspiracy to launder money and acting as an unregistered foreign agent….

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Russian ‘Bot’ attacks jump on the Florida school shooting spotlight…

The Russian based  groups are constantly jumping into American and other countries events in an organized and coorinated effort to cause poltiucal friction…

“This is pretty typical for them, to hop on breaking news like this,” said Jonathon Morgan, chief executive of New Knowledge, a company that tracks online disinformation campaigns. “The bots focus on anything that is divisive for Americans. Almost systematically.”

One of the most divisive issues in the nation is how to handle guns, pitting Second Amendment advocates against proponents of gun control. And the messages from these automated accounts, or bots, were designed to widen the divide and make compromise even more difficult.

Any news event — no matter how tragic — has become fodder to spread inflammatory messages in what is believed to be a far-reaching Russian disinformation campaign. The disinformation comes in various forms: conspiracy videos on YouTube, fake interest groups on Facebook, and armies of bot accounts that can hijack a topic or discussion on Twitter.

Those automated Twitter accounts have been closely tracked by researchers. Last year, the Alliance for Securing Democracy, in conjunction with the German Marshall Fund, a public policy research group in Washington, created a website that tracks hundreds of Twitter accounts of human users and suspected bots that they have linked to a Russian influence campaign….

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Donald Trump endorses Mitt Romney for the Utah Senate seat…

Well?

If ya can’t beat’m?

Join’m….

Donald Trump hasn’t been doing good at all in backing people…

This time I guess he wanted his name on a probable winner…

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President Trump endorsed Mitt Romney as he runs for US Senate in Utah, sending a tweet Monday night in which Trump said Romney “will make a great Senator and worthy successor” to Orrin Hatch.

Romney announced Friday that he was running for Senate, confirming expectations. Hatch had previously said he would not seek an eighth term and had personally recruited Romney to run for his seat.

How Romney would regard Trump has been a question, and he has previously been critical of the president….

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

…from ABC News…

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

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

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

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A new congressional map issued by The Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

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

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LA Times….

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

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

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

…from the Hill….

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

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

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

The “filibuster-proof” Democratic Senate majority in Pres. Obama’s first Congress (2009-10) was fleeting….

The “filibuster-proof” Democratic Senate majority in Pres. Obama’s first Congress (2009-10) was a fleeting, evanescent, phenomenon of perhaps six or seven non-continuous months during which the Senate was often out of session anyway.

The Democrats increased their majority with the defection of Arlen Specter (R > D, Pa) and the seating, no earlier than July 2009, of Al Franken (DFL, Minn.)

But it was lowered temporarily by the deaths of Edward Kennedy (D, Mass.) and Robert Byrd (D, W .Va), and permanently by the election of Scott Brown (R) to fill Kennedy’s seat.

The only significant thing that the 111th Congress accomplished, and indeed could accomplish, was passing a very ramshackle, jerry-built, jury-rigged Affordable Care Act — and that was by dragging poor old Ted Kennedy away from his death bed to cast the 60th vote for cloture and passage.

It’s silly, tedious, and ahistorical for either Republicans or diehard Democrats to complain about how little the Democrats accomplished the last time they controlled both chambers of Congress. George W. Bush (R) was still President during the 110th Congress (2007-8), and the Democrats could (even in theory) only block GOP filibusters for about a quarter of the 111th. Then, of course, the Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives after the elections of 2010.

As I explained in two laboriously-researched and carefully-written footnotes to the Wikipedia article on Party Divisions of United States Congresses….

DSD @ Politicaldog101….

Worried…Conservative’s want Trump to pardon his way out of Mueller’s prying….

Wait?

Please reread what I just wrote as a header to this piece….

I took my cue from a Politico piece this morning….

The idea that people want Donald Trump , The President to pardon the guys who are charged with crimes BEFORE there are trials  and to re-pardon ANYBODY that could implicate Donald Trump’s wrong doing is just about the prime definition of ‘obstruction of justice’….

Let’s not beat around the bush here….

These people calling for this want to stop a criminal investigation by any means after and before the crooks and liars are brought to justice….

It HAS come to this….

There is something VERY WRONG with people who by their comments are admitting that a criminal enterprise that might have been at the to of the American government should just be allowed to walk away untouched?

After months of criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, President Donald Trump’s supporters are issuing increasingly bold calls for presidential pardons to limit the investigation’s impact.

“I think he should be pardoning anybody who’s been indicted and make it clear that anybody else who gets indicted would be pardoned immediately,” said Frederick Fleitz, a former CIA analyst and senior vice president at the conservative Center for Security Policy.

The pleas for mercy mainly extend to the four former Trump aides who have already been swept up in the Russia probe: former campaign manager Paul Manafort, former deputy campaign manager Rick Gates, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. But they don’t stop there.

“It’s kind of cruel what’s going on right now and the president should put these defendants out of their misery,” said Larry Klayman, a conservative legal activist. “I think he should pardon everybody — and pardon himself.”

But many conservatives note that the new indictment shows no evidence of collusion between Trump associates and the Kremlin. That reinforces their view that Mueller’s real target, if any, should be Russian President Vladimir Putin — not Trump’s circle. “[H]ow long will the leftist witch hunt against @RealDonaldTrump continue,” the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted hours after the indictment’s release….

Trump’s lawyers and aides insist it’s premature to discuss even the possibility of pardons. “There have been no pardon discussions at the White House,” Ty Cobb, the White House attorney who leads the president’s official response to the Russia investigation,…

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Trump to support improved background checks law?

Well lets see on this…

There has been the Federal Compliance with Criminal Background check bill sitting in Congress going nowhere….

Under media pressure Donald Trump has someone say that he’ll support the bill advancing on the calendar in Congress?

Maybe?

I’m kinda doubtful on this guys word ….

Didn’t he say he’d sign ‘anything’ Congress brought to him on Immigration?

Didn’t they take him in the room and make him change his mind to extent that he made sure he derailed ANY effort on Immigration reform?

This guys word doesn’t mean much…

A White House spokesperson said Monday that President Trump would back improving the federal background check system.

“The president spoke to Senator [John] Cornyn [R-Texas] on Friday about the bi-partisan bill he and Sen. [Chris] Murphy [D-Conn.] introduced to improve Federal Compliance with Criminal Background check Legislation,” the White House said in a statement.

“While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system.”

The comments come after a gunman opened fire at a Florida high school, killing 17 people and wounding more than a dozen others.

Multiple students and lawmakers have called for Congress to act following the shooting to prevent a future tragedy.

Last year, Trump overturned an Obama-era regulation restricting certain people from buying guns…..

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

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

They are telling others to disregard their bosess tweets….

Imagine THAT?

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

Sec of State is among the missing …

He’s cuts the balkls out his department ….

Really?

Who is running the America Foreign Affairs?

They’re just tweets.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4$ Billion …..

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

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

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

That was year ago…

As with the White House Military office usuala operating?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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