The US wants Wikileaks founder Assange….Charges drawn up…

So much for the guy hoping that by leaking ONLY  ‘Hillary Clinton’ stuff he might get over with Trump & Co?

US authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, US officials familiar with the matter tell CNN.

The Justice Department investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks dates to at least 2010, when the site first gained wide attention for posting thousands of files stolen by the former US Army intelligence analyst now known as Chelsea Manning.
Prosecutors have struggled with whether the First Amendment precluded the prosecution of Assange, but now believe they have found a way to move forward.
During President Barack Obama’s administration, Attorney General Eric Holder and officials at the Justice Department determined it would be difficult to bring charges against Assange because WikiLeaks wasn’t alone in publishing documents stolen by Manning. Several newspapers, including The New York Times, did as well. The investigation continued, but any possible charges were put on hold, according to US officials involved in the process then.
 The US view of WikiLeaks and Assange began to change after investigators found what they believe was proof that WikiLeaks played an active role in helping Edward Snowden, a former NSA analyst, disclose a massive cache of classified documents….
US intelligence agencies have also determined that Russian intelligence used WikiLeaks to publish emails aimed at undermining the campaign of Hillary Clinton, as part of a broader operation to meddle in the US 2016 presidential election…..
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Polling continues to point to Trump’s minority support status….

Public Policy Polling is out joining the others in showing a President coming up on 100 days in offoce that has Most America distrustful of a lot of his domestic and foreign policies….(They want him to play less Golf)

The April 2017 poll isn’t good news for other Republican lawmakers in leadership spots either…

PPP’s newest national poll finds that the Democratic enthusiasm that led to strong finishes in special elections in Georgia and Kansas over the last week is a national phenomenon.

Democrats lead the generic Congressional ballot 47-41. But what’s more notable is the enthusiasm imbalance. 63% of Democrats say they’re ‘very excited’ about voting in the 2018 election, compared to only 52% of Republicans who express that sentiment. When you look at the 2018 House picture just among the voters most excited about turning out next year, the lead for Democrats grows to 19 points at 57-38. Republican leaning voters are comparatively disengaged, with the GOP holding advantages only among voters who are ‘somewhat excited’ (48-40) and ‘not that excited’ (46-31).

One reason for the comparative lack of Republican excitement may be the continued unpopularity of Donald Trump. Only 43% of voters approve of the job he’s doing to 50% who disapprove. The core promise of Trump’s campaign was to ‘Make America Great Again,’ but only 35% of voters actually think he’s accomplished that goal to 55% who think he hasn’t.

Foreign policy has taken on a larger role in the national discussion in recent weeks and Trump’s leadership on that front isn’t inspiring a ton of confidence. 39% of voters think he will get the United States into World War III during his Presidency, to just 40% of voters who don’t think he’s going to have that effect. Trump has continued to attack the Obama administration’s approach to foreign policy lately, but by a 51/39 spread voters think Obama had a better handle on foreign policy than Trump. And by a 51/43 split, voters would rather still have Obama than Trump as President overall….

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What is Bernie doing?

Remember?

Bernie Sanders is NOT a Democrat….

He ain’t on the Democratic team roster….

Bernie Sanders has embarked on a “Come Together and Fight Back” tour with with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez. But he’s not really helping on that first part.

Over the last few days, Sanders’s has at times offered some odd comments for a guy pushing for Democratic unity.

To wit:

But the most puzzling development this week is Sanders’s decision to keep Georgia special election candidate Jon Ossoff at arms-length. Sanders hasn’t endorsed Ossoff, and in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he seemed to suggest Ossoff’s progressive bona fides were in question.

“If you run as a Democrat, you’re a Democrat,” Sanders said. “Some Democrats are progressive, and some Democrats are not.”

Sanders qualified this by saying he didn’t know much about Ossoff, so perhaps it should be taken at face value — that he truly doesn’t know enough to make a decision about him. But it’s an odd statement to make about a guy who has been running in such a high-profile race and in whom Democrats have invested so much money and blood, sweat and tears….

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Could the June 8th British vote keep the country IN the European Union?…

Negociations are apparently still on going?….

The president of the European parliament has said Britain would be welcomed back with open arms if voters change their minds about Brexit on 8 June, challenging Theresa May’s claim that “there is no turning back” after article 50.

Speaking after a meeting with the prime minister in Downing Street, Antonio Tajani insisted that her triggering of the departure process last month could be reversed easily by the remaining EU members if there was a change of UK government after the general election and would not even require a court case.

“If the UK, after the election, wants to withdraw [Article 50], then the procedure is very clear,” he said in an interview. “If the UK wanted to stay, everybody would be in favour. I would be very happy.”

He also threatened to veto any Brexit deal if it does not guarantee in full the existing rights of EU citizens in Britain and said this protection would forever be subject to the jurisdiction of the European court of justice (ECJ).

Lawyers are divided on whether the UK can unilaterally change its mind about leaving and are bringing a test case to establish the legal reversibility of article 50, but the parliament president spelled out a process by which a simple political decision by other member states would be sufficient.

“If tomorrow, the new UK government decides to change its position, it is possible to do,” said Tajani. “The final decision is for the 27 member states, but everybody will be in favour if the UK [decides to reverse article 50].”…..

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It’s come to this….Palin visits White House with Kid Rock and Ted Nugent…

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) visited President Trump at the White House late Wednesday, bringing along musicians Ted Nugent and Kid Rock.

The 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate has been an outspoken supporter of Trump since his campaign and was invited to be one of his guests during an October debate last year.

On Wednesday night, Palin, Kid Rock and Nugent were pictured in the Oval Office with the president. Nugent’s wife, Shemane Deziel, and Audrey Berry, Kid Rock’s fiancee, were also at the White House and are in one of the photos.

Further details of the visit were not immediately made known though it appeared that the group also visited other parts of the White House outside the Oval Office.

The three posed mockingly in front of a portrait of former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton….

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American Farmers in a race with the rest of the world…

Donald Trump’s ‘Buy American’ isn’t gonna help them….

They HAVE to stay in the world markets or lose their shirts…..

Rural communities likely will bear the brunt of the continued pressure on farmers, as job losses and lower farmland values cut the tax base for schools and other public services.

Anxiety over the U.S. role in agricultural trade has grown in recent months amid moves by President Donald Trump to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which was backed by many farm groups, and potential changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, which they say helped develop exports to Canada and Mexico.

Russia over the past decade boosted its wheat harvests by 61%, the USDA forecasts. Corn acreage has nearly tripled in Russia, and more than doubled in Ukraine. Brazil and Argentina have also ramped up output of the grain.

Foreign farm powers in South America and Eastern Europe owe some of their grain-market victories to favorable exchange rates—a strong dollar, the currency used for global trade, means foreign grain priced in local currencies can reap bigger profits.

Other countries have structured trade policy to benefit their farm sectors and have invested in infrastructure such as barge terminals and railroad networks to cut transport costs.

In the U.S., about one-third of the corn crop is used for fuel production, and conservation programs have removed land from farming.

The shift has benefited global food security. Having multiple, strong exporters of grain around the world can help prevent supply disruptions due to weather or trade, farm economists say.

Also part of the silver lining: booming international revenue for U.S. companies such as Monsanto Co. , Deere & Co. and Mosaic Co. , who sell genetically engineered seeds, satellite-guided tractors and fertilizer to farms outside America. In some cases, U.S. companies design products and seeds specifically for foreign markets….

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DNC Deputy Chair Ellison puts some of Clinton’s loss on Obama’s shoulders….

He’s Right….

And he gets props for saying so ouy loud….

Obama did eight year’s …. the Democratic Party  lost BIG  at HIS expense….

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Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said former President Obama is partially to blame for the Democrats’ poor showing at the polls in 2016.

Ellison, now the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, blamed Obama for ignoring party politics while he was in office, which he said had put the president’s legacy at risk.

“Look I’m a great fan of President Obama. I totally voted for many of the things he supported — Dodd Frank, Affordable Care Act, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — I could keep going,” Ellison said at an event Wednesday at the University of Minnesota.

“Wonderful achievements. But Barack Obama could have been a better party leader and I think the fact that he wasn’t put his legacy in jeopardy,” he said.

Ellison added that Obama was “great at getting himself elected,” but said he should have worked closer with party leaders to ensure the Democrats were in power to protect his accomplishments.

“Your legacy is not a building that he’s going to construct in Chicago housing his presidential papers,” Ellison continued. “His legacy is the work he’s done which I believe is tremendous. But given we lost a lot of statehouse seats, governorships, secretary of states, his true legacy is in danger and I think he can’t say that he wasn’t part of those losses. Who else, right?”…

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South Korean’s (And others) are NOT happy about Trump’s Carrier bluff…

Turns out that all that talk about sending an American Carrier group to buttress any action the North Koreans might take if the US did a premptive strike against a nuclear bomb test last week was just that…

Bluffing….

Carrier Strike Group  One was actuall more like 5,000 miles away going AWAY from the Korean pensulia….

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I for one, do NOT belive for one momnet, that the American Sec of Def didn’t know where one of his  aircraft carrier’s and it’s accompanying ships where at anytime….

The South Korea’s (And probabaly a whole American military people IN Korea) are NOT happy with a gamble involvoing their butts….

Just 10 days ago, when news broke that the Trump administration was sending the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson to the Korean Peninsula, many South Koreans feared a possible war with North Korea. Others cheered for Washington, calling the deployment a powerful symbol of its commitment to deterring the North.

On Wednesday, after it was revealed that the carrier strike group was actually thousands of miles away and had been sailing in the opposite direction, toward the Indian Ocean, it left South Koreans feeling bewildered, cheated and even manipulated by the United States, their country’s most important ally.

“Trump’s lie over the Carl Vinson,” read a headline on the website of the newspaper JoongAng Ilbo on Wednesday. “Xi Jinping and Putin must have had a good jeer over this one.”

“Like North Korea, which is often accused of displaying fake missiles during military parades, is the United States, too, now employing ‘bluffing’ as its North Korea policy?” the article asked.

The episode raised questions about whether major allies of the United States, like South Korea and Japan, had been informed of the carrier’s whereabouts, and whether the misinformation undercut America’s strategy to contain North Korea’s nuclear ambitions by using empty threats.

American aircraft carriers regularly visit waters near the Korean Peninsula as part of annual military exercises with South Korea and Japan. But when the United States Pacific Command said on April 9 that the Carl Vinson had been ordered to leave Singapore and return to the Western Pacific, the decision was considered highly unusual, as it had been in exercises off the Korean Peninsula just last month.

“We’re sending an armada,” President Trump said 10 days ago….

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Chaffetz is out for reelection in 2018

The strident Utah Republican House memebers won’t run for re-election…

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House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) will not run for reelection in 2018, he announced on Facebook Wednesday.

“After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018,” he wrote. “I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector.”

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GOP Sen.Ted Cruz TRAILS Democrat Rep. Castro in Texas US Senate early polling for next year…

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The Republican hard right US Senator  comes up BEHIND Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) 31% to 35% in polling for the 2018 Texas US Senate seat election….

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Now this IS Texas folks….

Except for some Democratic strong holds?

Texas votes Republican…

But  Ted Cruz has some issues….

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Lesser know Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) runs in tie with Cruz at 31% in the Texas Lyceum poll……

Hmmmm?

A Democrat hasn’t won a Senate race in Texas in 29 years. Cruz, who came in second in last year’s GOP presidential primary, has long been considered a big favorite.

The poll also found President Trump underwater in job approval, with 54 percent disapproving while 42 percent approve.

Fifty-two percent of respondents said the country is on the wrong track — down from 63 percent in a 2016 edition of the poll.

Texans are divided on the question on partisan lines, with 84 percent of Democrats saying the country is on the wrong track while 73 percent of Republicans say it’s on the right track….

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Democrat Jon Ossoff ‘s win was beter than expected in GA-06 but there will be a run-off…

In Red State Georgia  Jon Ossoff was expected to get around 45 to 46% of the vote in the special election to replace Tom Price who went to Trump’s Admin….

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Ossoff did  better….

But didn’t get the 50% of the vote he needed to win the Congressional House seat outright…

So there will be a run-off second election on June 20th….

Here’s the FiveThirty Eight look at this…

The result is consistent with a pro-Democratic national environment

There’s some chatter out there that Ossoff’s showing is a bad sign for Democrats. He didn’t clear 50 percent, they say, and he barely improved on Clinton’s performance in Georgia 6.

I think that’s a flawed argument.

For one, Clinton had already greatly improved on previous Democrats’ performance in Georgia 6. She lost to Trump there by only 1.5 percentage points. Former President Barack Obama lost the district by 23 points in 2012, as did Democratic congressional candidate Rodney Stooksbury in 2016.

So if you’re just looking at the 2016 presidential result as your benchmark you’re probably missing something. Instead, our best estimate of the partisan lean of a district is to take a weighted average2 of its past two presidential election results. By that measure, a Democrat would be expected to lose Georgia 6 by 9.5 percentage points in a neutral national environment (one in which the two parties fought to a tie nationally). Democrats did far better than that on Tuesday, losing by 2 points. The Democratic candidates combined took 49 percent to the Republicans’ 51 percent….

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Bill O’Reilly on his way out at Fox…

Late breaking bad news for the Fox anchor who is the subject of a LOT of sexual harassment settlements by the Right leaning Cable News Network…..

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Fox News is preparing to cut ties with its biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, according to people close to the situation.

A final decision on Mr. O’Reilly’s fate could come as early as the next several days, the people said. Mr. O’Reilly, host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” has been ensnared in a sexual-harassment scandal related to previously undisclosed settlements he and Fox News paid to women who worked on or appeared on his program.

Since an April 1 article in the New York Times detailing $13 million in settlements paid to five women, pressure has been growing on Fox News, both internally and from activists, to remove Mr. O’Reilly.

Initially, Fox News and parent company 21st Century FoxFOX -0.36% stood by their highly-rated host. Mr. O’Reilly has denied any wrongdoing, saying he paid settlements to “put to rest any controversies to spare my children.”

However, as advertisers fled his show, debate inside company ensued over the pros and cons of keeping Mr. O’Reilly on the air. His show draws about 4 million viewers a night, and the controversy didn’t dent his ratings.

21st Century Fox and Wall Street Journal parent company News Corp share common ownership.

Mr. O’Reilly hasn’t been on the air since April 11, when he ended his show by announcing plans for a vacation. While Mr. O’Reilly had planned to take this week off, the early start to his vacation wasn’t part of the original plan, people familiar with the matter said. The plan was for him to return to his show next Monday…..

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Bernie Sanders…”No, I’m an Independent,”

Please read Sanders view of Democrats….

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Tuesday night that he still does not consider himself a Democrat, despite taking part in a Democratic National Committee unity tour with the party’s new chair Tom Perez.

“No, I’m an Independent,” Sanders said when asked by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes whether he now identifies as a Democrat.

“If the Democratic Party is going to succeed – and I want to see it succeed – it’s gonna have to open its door to Independents,” he continued. “There are probably more Independents in this country than Democrats or Republicans….

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Congress and the 2020 Census…Dragging their feet?

The Washington Post does a piece on the upcoming US Census due in less than 4 years….

In the past money was approved for the effort that occurs every decade as mandated by law…

But right now?

Congress can’t seem to do much of anything…..

They have cut back the allowance for the count seeking to have the Census Bureau modernize its collection methods….

One could be wary though….

Congress is presently a Republican majority ….

The population of the US is getting less white and THAT probably means less Republican….(And MOST of ALl the allocation of US House Seats by States)

Also some on the right in Congress want to add a immigration status question….

In the end they’ll get the money….

But the census, like anything else?

Can be viewed as a political thing and that clouds how it  will get money in these strongly partisan times…

“The bureau needs the money now,” he said. “It can’t be doing 2020 blindly. It should be taking the time to do the testing now, to work out all the kinks (and) make sure the bureau gets it right, because there are no do-overs after 2020.”

Funding for the Census Bureau does not all go to the decennial count. Among other things, the bureau puts out the annual American Communities Survey, a more detailed questionnaire sent to a smaller sample of respondents, and the Economic Census, conducted every 5 years, including this year.

For the 2020 Census, the strain is already showing. In October, citing uncertainty about funding, the bureau said it was canceling 2017 testing in Puerto Rico, the Standing Rock Reservation in North and South Dakota, and the Colville Reservation and Off-Reservation Trust Land in Washington State. Earlier this year, the government accountability office placed the Census on its High Risk list.

Part of the problem, critics say, is that Congress is not good at longterm planning.

“The Census is not the sort of legislative advantage that Congressmembers can see on their radar screens,” Lowenthal said. “It’s not a new highway that warrants a press release, it’s not a health clinic for senior citizens and veterans in the home district. But it is the foundation of democracy…and it’s at the point where starving the Census Bureau of sufficient funding will have the certain consequence of a less accurate count.”…

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Sen. Warren says again…She will NOT run for President…

She didn’t run in 2016….

She won’t run in 2020…

Count her out….

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Tuesday she has no plans to run for president in 2020.

“No,” Warren answered when asked on NBC’s “Today” show if she was plans a White House bid. “I am running in 2018 for senator from Massachusetts.”

Host Matt Lauer appeared to question her response, saying “a lot of people are already printing up those bumper stickers for 2020 that say ‘she was warned, she was given an explanation, nevertheless she persisted.'”

Warren did not respond to his comments.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) created a rallying cry for Warren’s supporters in February. McConnell rebuked Warren after the Senate voted to prevent her from speaking during a protest of then-Sen. Jeff Sessions‘s (R-Ala.) nomination as attorney general….

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Race WAS a Large factor in 2016 Trump Presidential vote…Poll

After EIGHT years of the firts American  Black (mixed) race President?

Donald Trump WAS able to run on a thinly vailed campaign of rasism….

From The Birther issue, to seemingly embracing white nationalists, to a Wall on the border against Mexico to a Muslin Ban……

Polling from the widely respected 2016 American National Election Study points Trump and the Republicans scaring white lower class voters into voting for him….Even knowing that he was a Rich guy, who had little to ANYTHING in common to them except the same skin color ….

How ironic?

Just months after getting their votes he has turned his back on promises he made almost everyday…

Many observers debated how important Trump’s racial appeals were to his voters. During the campaign, Trump made overt racial comments, with seemingly little electoral penalty. Could the unusual 2016 race have further affected Americans’ racial attitudes?

To test this, I use what is called the “symbolic racism scale” to compare whites who voted for the Democratic presidential candidate with those who voted for the Republican. This scale measures racial attitudes among respondents who know that it’s socially unacceptable to say things perceived as racially prejudiced. Rather than asking overtly prejudiced questions — “do you believe blacks are lazy” — we ask whether racial inequalities today are a result of social bias or personal lack of effort and irresponsibility.

In the chart below, you can see the scores for white voters who supported the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates between 1988 and 2016. For clarity, the second and fourth items have been reversed so that the larger values always indicate higher animosity.

Since 1988, we’ve never seen such a clear correspondence between vote choice and racial perceptions. The biggest movement was among those who voted for the Democrat, who were far less likely to agree with attitudes coded as more racially biased.

So which of these had the biggest influence?

Finally, the statistical tool of regression can tease apart which had more influence on the 2016 vote: authoritarianism or symbolic racism, after controlling for education, race, ideology, and age. Moving from the 50th to the 75th percentile in the authoritarian scale made someone about 3 percent more likely to vote for Trump. The same jump on the SRS scale made someone 20 percent more likely to vote for Trump.

Racial attitudes made a bigger difference in electing Trump than authoritarianism….

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