Trump makes ‘deal’ to allow Texas gas to flow TO Mexico….

We’re gonna see these types of talking out of BOTH sides of his mouth from Donald Trump for as long as he’s President….

And how he threatens some America companies for helping Mexico, but helps his friends who are doing the same….

As President-elect Donald Trump promises to push ahead with a border wall and threatens to penalize companies that move production to Mexico, the final touches are being put on two pipelines that snake from Texas shale fields across the southern U.S. border

In October, the U.S. government sued to stop construction of the Comanche Pipeline to give federal agencies time to assess its impact on irrigation canals and a section of border fence. A judge ordered a halt on Nov. 8, the day before Trump was elected.

Trump said during his campaign that Slim, a top shareholder in the New York Times and a Clinton Foundation donor, was working alongside Hillary Clinton’s campaign to help generate negative coverage. At the time, a Slim spokesperson said the billionaire had never met Trump and wasn’t interested in U.S. politics.

On Dec. 17, Slim joined Trump for dinner at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida resort. Two days later the consortium reached a settlement, allowing construction to resume on the Comanche Trail Pipeline in exchange for paying $5.4 million to protect the irrigation canals. The U.S. government determined there was “no immediate damage” to the border fence, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas. Through a spokesman, Slim declined to comment. Says Energy Transfer Partners spokeswoman Vicki Granado: “We look forward to completing these projects in the near term.”…..

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Just get in the Refs face….

FiveThirtyEight points to why National Football Laegue coaches do get on the Refs when they close by them in the middle of the football field sidelines…..

It seems to work….

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Most NFL refs would likely say they are immune any sideline bias. “If I make a call because a coach is screaming at me on one side of the field and it’s wrong, that’s a bad day for me,” former NFL official Scott Green told us. (The NFL declined to comment.)

But as it turns out, a sideline bias in the NFL is real, and it’s spectacular. To prove it, we looked at the rates at which refs call the NFL’s most severe penalties, including defensive pass interference, aggressive infractions like personal fouls and unnecessary roughness, and offensive holding calls, based on where the offensive team ran its play.

For three common penalties, the direction of the play — that is, whether it’s run toward the offensive or defensive team’s sideline — makes a significant difference. In other words, refs make more defensive pass interference calls on the offensive team’s sideline but more offensive holding calls on the defensive team’s sideline. What’s more, these differences aren’t uniform across the field — the effect only shows up on plays run, roughly, between the 32-yard lines, the same space where coaches and players are allowed to stand during play….

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Trump vs Ryan on Entitlements…

Running for political office and governing are two ENTIRELY differnt things…..

Republicans are trying to get their incoming Presidential and party  leader to change his mind on his often made promise to NOT touch Social Security OR Medicare…..

Donald Trump also has recently proclaimed that he wants ALL Americans to have Healthcare coverage …..

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These statements are diametrically OPPOSITE the Republican basic push to CUT entitlements from those who can least afford those cuts and Trump KNOWS that….

Republicans are right back to where they ALWAYS are when the have political power in America….

Looking for YUGE spending on Defense….

Tax cuts so that they can make MORE money from middle and lower class taxpayers, while they pay less….

And looking to make the countries social and healthcare safety net Smaller and SMALLER…

The clashing philosophies between the GOP’s two top pols — Trump once called Ryan’s doctrine “political suicide” — is about to come to a head. Left unresolved, it threatens to sink tax reform, a top priority for both men.

Reality will set in when House Republicans roll out their 2018 budget this spring. The blueprint would unlock a fast-track procedural tool that leadership wants to use to squeeze a tax bill through Congress on party lines.

But if Ryan sides with Trump and doesn’t include his proposal to turn Medicare into a voucher program in the budget, it may never pass. That’s because most House Republicans won’t vote for budget that doesn’t “balance” in 10 years — and Ryan can’t get there without taking on entitlements, including Medicare.

“There is no way to balance the budget without entitlement reform,” said House Budget Committee member Tom Cole, who expects Ryan to include his Medicare reform proposal in the budget this year. “It’s just simply mathematically impossible, and I think the most important thing for us is not to lose sight of that under pressure. We should write a budget that includes genuine entitlement reform.”

Republicans realize the dispute could make for real friction between the White House and GOP Congress early in Trump’s administration. Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), a top ally of the president-elect, said he doesn’t envy Ryan’s task ahead.

“We have a Republican administration with their own opinion, and we don’t want to get crosswise with them, and Donald Trump is still the head of the Republican party. But we still have our Freedom Caucus,” he said, referring to the group of fiscal hardliners. Collins added, seemingly in jest: “Who in the world would want to be speaker?”

It’s not just Freedom Caucus members whom leadership has to worry about…..

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Trump Labor Choice getting cold feet?

Democrats ARE putting Trump choice thru tough questioning that many of the rich guys probabaly NEVER have be exposed to….

They will also have to give up their money for the time they serve….

Yea…Might give ya second thoughts …..

President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to be labor secretary has voiced second thoughts in recent days, because of a relentless barrage of criticism from Democrats, labor unions and other liberal groups, a business ally and GOP sources tell CNN.

Andy Puzder is the CEO of the company that owns the Hardees and Carl’s Jr. fast food chains.

“He may be bailing,” said a Republican source plugged into the Trump transition effort. “He is not into the pounding he is taking, and the paperwork.”

A Trump transition spokesperson declined to comment, but later pointed to a tweet made by Puzder after CNN’s report, which said: “I am looking forward to my hearing.”….

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The UK will make a clean break from the European Union….

British Prime Minister May has decided to make a ‘hard’ break  after the country voted to do so and Germany’s Chancellor Merkel took a hard stand against any soft break on favorable terms for the Brit’s….

Nationalism IS on the rise around the globe….

The United Kingdom will leave Europe’s single market, put new restrictions on immigration, and remove Britain from the jurisdiction of the European Union laws, Prime Minister Theresa May announced Tuesday in a long-anticipated speech detailing her government’s approach to the June vote to leave the bloc.

“We seek a new and equal partnership,” May said of Britain’s departure from the EU. “Not partial membership of the European Union, associate membership of the European Union, or anything that leaves us half-in, half-out. We do not seek to adopt a model already enjoyed by other countries. We do not seek to hold on to bits of membership as we leave.”

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The view on the Trump ‘dossier’case from across the pond…

Britain dragged into Donald Trump ‘dirty dossier’ row amid claims Whitehall knew of the file

Gordon Rayner, chief reporter Claire Newell Ruth Sherlock @ The Telegraph
13 JANUARY 2017

Britain has been dragged into the frantic row over the “dirty dossier” on Donald Trump after it was claimed that the Government gave the FBI permission to speak to the former MI6 officer who compiled it.

Sources in the US have told The Telegraph that Christopher Steele, a former spy, spoke to officials in London before he handed the document to the FBI and met one of its agents.

The document, which contained allegations of lurid sexual behaviour by Mr Trump in Russian hotels, was leaked earlier this week, and Britain now finds itself caught in the crossfire of accusations between Russia and the US….

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Politico…’Trump to Europe: Drop Dead’…

…..It is, remarkably, no exaggeration to say that almost everyone in Europe awaits the presidency of Donald Trump with a sense of dread. Almost everyone, that is, save for the resurgent parties of the populist far-right who see, in Trump, an example they dearly wish to emulate.

The European mainstream, however, shrinks from Trump as it has never shrunk from any previous American president. No, not Ronald Reagan and no, not even George W Bush either. Trump has not even taken office and he is already the most dangerous U.S. president in living memory. Perhaps, even, of all time.
Whatever else they were, Reagan and Bush were both men of some political experience. Trump, as he told the Times of London and Germany’s Bild, is “not a politician” and that is precisely the point. The generous assessment of the president-elect’s potential allows that his less than conventional approach to international affairs ensures that America’s foes will not easily be able to fathom or predict his intentions.

There is some merit in being a surprise package. But even if that is the case, the same consideration applies to the United States’ allies. And the questions being asked in European capitals tonight are simple one: Is this a president we can rely upon? A president whose word is his bond? A president with whom we can do business?….

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In the Big Apple…A Yellow Cab?

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The Uber generation is pushing the iconic yellow cab to the curb…

John McFadden no longer sticks his hand out for a yellow cab. He has plenty of other options at his fingertips.

With a couple of taps on his phone, he lines up rides with Via, a car-pooling service that shuttles him around Manhattan with strangers for a flat rate of $5. When he wants to ride alone, he taps again, this time summoning a car through Uber.

“I used to go out and hail a cab, but this is more convenient,” said Mr. McFadden, 47, a photographer. “We all use our phones all day, every day.”

The yellow cab may be as synonymous with New York as pizza, Broadway and the Empire State Building, but more and more it is no longer the ride of choice. This fixture of city life — a touchstone of popular culture in movies like “Taxi Driver’’ and the hit television series “Taxi” — was once the main alternative to subways and buses, hailed by rich and poor alike. Cabdrivers were the ambassadors of the streets, welcoming newcomers, passing along city lore and dispensing advice even when no one asked.

But yellow cabs — which now number just 13,587 — have lost significant ground to a growing fleet of black cars summoned by ride-hailing apps with short, catchy names and loyal followings: Uber, Lyft, Via, Juno, Gett. The average number of daily taxi trips fell by more than 100,000 in November 2016 from the same month six years ago as these apps have taken off….

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It isn’t about John Lewis…Trump & Co. feels they don’t need or want Black Folks….

Donald Trump’s top people are ALL White Males….

His attorney General pick got booted for racist views back in Ronald Reagan days….

Except for todays meeting with Martin Luther King Jr’s son ?

Donald Trump has talked to black entertainment figures and Ben Carson….

So Trump’s racist remarks thrown at Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga) should be NO surprise…..

Trump has often used racially-charged rhetoric, and his ill-informed attacks on beloved civil rights icon John Lewis this weekend underscored how unserious he is about redemption. But the incoming president is also surrounded by people who have, at times, been tone-deaf and tin-eared when race relations come up, raising questions about who will keep his darkest instincts in check.

Stephen Bannon, who will be the president’s chief strategist, has proudly called Breitbart “the platform for the alt-right.” Under his leadership, that website ran stories with headlines like, “Hoist it high and proud: The Confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage” and “6 reasons Pamela Geller’s Muhammad cartoon contest is no different from Selma.”

A former colleague, Julia Jones, says that in their years making movies together, Bannon occasionally talked about the genetic superiority of some people and once mused about the desirability of limiting the vote to property owners. “I said, ‘That would exclude a lot of African-Americans,’” Jones recalled recently to the New York Times. “He said, ‘Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.’ I said, ‘But what about Wendy?’ (Bannon’s executive assistant). He said, ‘She’s different. She’s family.’”

Jeff Sessions claims that he was only joking when, as a U.S attorney in Alabama, he said he thought the KKK was OK until he learned they smoked pot. His nomination for a judgeship was rejected three decades ago by a Republican-controlled Judiciary committee, because of other racially-insensitive comments (which he denies making) and his role in prosecuting a flimsy voter fraud case against black civil rights activists. Now he’s poised to win confirmation as attorney general.

Mike Pence said this fall that anyone who points out that there is still “systemic racism” in law enforcement is using the “rhetoric of division.” Amidst rioting in Charlotte, he declared: “We ought to set aside this talk, this talk about institutional racism and institutional bias.”

On “Fox News Sunday” yesterday, Chris Wallace asked the vice president-elect how Trump could possibly accuse Lewis of being “all talk, talk, talk” and “no action,” as he did in one of his tweets: “Can he really say that about the man who got his head cracked open walking across the Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on Bloody Sunday?” Pence replied, “I think Donald Trump has the right to defend himself.”…

— On Friday, our first black president will be replaced by someone who spent years trying to delegitimize him by suggesting (with no evidence) that he might have been born in Africa. Every day of the transition has brought fresh reminders that racism is thriving in America….

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Trump & Co. ain’t knocking themselves out about women either….

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We’ll get thru this….Open Thread for January 16, 2017

We’ve been here before….

George Bush and ‘hanging chads’ in Florida….

Efforts to return to the ‘good ole days’ that wasn’t so good if you wasn’t a white male…

America IS IN the 21st Century…

It IS a changing place….

It IS a place where some American’s have been able to secure more ‘Rights’ to live their lives as equals….

It IS a place where some American’s are embracing diversity…

It IS a place where some practice tolerance for the new mix of those who help this place be great like American experienced a century ago….

America IS a great place…

THAT is why millions are betting their lives to get here…

By plane, boat and thru the dangers of coming on foot….

And as these ‘different’ people’s integrate themselves into America?

We become stronger….

We’ll get thru this…

Just as we have in the past….

Donald Trump may NOT know what he ‘s doing…

But America does….

‘We the People’ will keep us there…

With Trump in the White House won’t stop us…..

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Backgrounder…Donald J. Trump HAS BEEN doing ‘Deals’ with Russia for decades….

THAT was a businessman…

He is NOW gonna the President of the United States of America…

The COUNTRY SHOULD come FIRST….

I do NOT think Trump can separate who he IS from who he is supposed to BE…

THIS POINTS TO A CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH AMERICAN FOREIGN AFFAIRS FOR A PRESIDENT’S PERSONAL INTEREST….

Not ILLEGAL….

But it SHOULD mean a person NOT having the job as President…. 

Everyone is worried about the Office of the Presidency….

They should be worried about someone so hell bent on makimng themselves Richer…..

The president-elect’s favorable comments about President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and the conclusion of United States intelligence officials that Moscow acted to help Mr. Trump’s campaign have focused attention on Mr. Trump’s business interests in Russia. Asked about the issue at his news conference last week, Mr. Trump was emphatic on one point: “I have no dealings with Russia.” And he repeated: “I have no deals that could happen in Russia because we’ve stayed away.”

The project on the old pencil factory site ultimately fizzled. And by the time Mr. Trump entered the presidential race, he had failed to get any real estate development off the ground in Russia. But it was not for lack of trying.

Mr. Trump repeatedly sought business in Russia as far back as 1987, when he traveled there to explore building a hotel. He applied for his trademark in the country as early as 1996. And his children and associates have appeared in Moscow over and over in search of joint ventures, meeting with developers and government officials.

During a trip in 2006, Mr. Sater and two of Mr. Trump’s children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, stayed at the historic Hotel National Moscow across from the Kremlin, connecting with potential partners over the course of several days.

As recently as 2013, Mr. Trump himself was in Moscow. He had sold Russian real estate developers the right to host his Miss Universe pageant that year, and he used the visit as a chance to discuss development deals, writing on Twitter at the time: “TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW is next.”

As the Russian market opened up in the post-Soviet Union era, Mr. Trump and his partners pursued Russians who were newly flush with cash to buy apartments in Trump Towers in New York and Florida, sales that he boasted about in a 2014 interview. “I know the Russians better than anybody,” Mr. Trump told Michael D’Antonio, a Trump biographer who shared unpublished interview transcripts with The New York Times.

Seeking deals in Russia became part of a broader strategy to expand the Trump brand worldwide. By the mid-2000s, Mr. Trump was transitioning to mostly licensing his name to hotel, condominium and commercial towers rather than building or investing in real estate himself. He discovered that his name was especially attractive in developing countries where the rising rich aspired to the type of ritzy glamour he personified…..

……he told the Manhattan audience that “I really prefer Moscow over all cities in the world” and that he had visited Russia a half-dozen times in 18 months.

In 2011, he was still at it. “Heading to the airport to go to Moscow for business,” he tweeted that year.

Mr. Trump himself was back in Moscow in 2013, attending the Miss Universe pageant, which he owned with NBC….

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The NY Times linked piece points to a man who has been doing business with the Russian Business world since the 1980’s, THREE DECADES….

He likes the rich Russia he has been exposed to AS A BUSINESSMAN….

He is going to be the President of the United States….

Big difference….

image…From left, Donald Trump, Aras Agalarov and Emin Agalarov walk the red carpet at the Miss Universe pageant competition in Moscow in November 2013. (Victor Boyko/Getty Images)

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Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham to run against Sen. Tim Kaine in Virginia?

Virginia might be a HEAVY lift for the Republican leaning media celebrity….

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Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham is reportedly considering a Senate run in Virginia.

Citing “knowledgeable sources,” the Washington Examiner reported that the media giant is considering a challenge to Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine.

While Ingraham would not comment on whether or not she is planning to run, her business partner, Peter Anthony, has reportedly been busy buying website domain names in case she decides to make a go of it. Those web addresses include ingrahamsenate.net, ingrahamsenate.com, ingrahamforvirginia.com and ingraham2018.com…..

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Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) Trump’s HHS Choice….Invested in a Company he later did a Bill for…

NOT A GOOD LOOK…..

Rep. Tom Price last year purchased shares in a medical device manufacturer days before introducing legislation that would have directly benefited the company, raising new ethics concerns for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary.

Price bought between $1,001 to $15,000 worth of shares last March in Zimmer Biomet, according to House records reviewed by CNN.

Less than a week after the transaction, the Georgia Republican congressman introduced the HIP Act, legislation that would have delayed until 2018 a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulation that industry analysts warned would significantly hurt Zimmer Biomet financially once fully implemented….

After Price offered his bill to provide Zimmer Biomet and other companies relief from the CMS regulation, the company’s political action committee donated to the congressman’s reelection campaign, records show….

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A second look at Trump’s NATO comment…

I’m posting a second look at Trump’s recent and on going comments about NATO….

Yes the post IS from Red State…

But the link for the Red State post isn’t and upon reflection?

The linked person’s reasoning is sound….

The North American Treaty Organization isn’t going away….

A President Trump cannot do that….

Only Congress in the name of the US Senate can…

And  Trump’s Defense Sec Mattis was the head guy in the organization, so he isn’t gonna turn his back on the outfit….Which has helped the American efforts in the Middle East saving the US money and manpower and providing political support…

But the feeling that NATO’s objectives SHOULD be redefined SHOULD be consisted….

And the that objective should be to uphold it’s agreements with emeber state , especially in East Europe aginst Russian efforts to re-take old satellite states back into the ole Soviet Union …..

Crimea types actions should NOT be a option for the Putin Government

While Trump is obviously out of his tree on his “didn’t deal with terrorism” statement, NATO has contributed forces to our effort in Afghanistan under Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty. There may not be as many as one would have hoped (other that Brits) and some may not have been particularly valorous (thinking of you, Italy… btw during the first Gulf War Italian Tornado pilots were famous for taking off, discovering “mechanical problems” and returning to base with all their ordnance) but non-US/UK NATO typically composed about half of the troop strength in Afghanistan at any given time .

On the two other points, especially the one about NATO being obsolete, there is really no debate….

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NATO is a mutual defense treaty that was created to keep the USSR from picking off European nations one by one. By stating that an attack on one is an attack on all, the USSR was forced to contemplate thermonuclear war if it tried to simply drive into countries and take them by force. Or, as Hastings Ismay, the first Secretary General of NATO said, the purpose of the organization was “to keep the Americans in, the Russians out, and the Germans down.”

Ever since the Warsaw Pact dissolved and the USSR ceased to exist, NATO has been an organization without a mission. Russia does not and cannot provide the existential threat to the West that the USSR presented….

(I dis agree and so does Trump’s Defense Sec Mattis)

Mattis, who served as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander of Transformation from 2007 to 2009, called the alliance “the most successful military alliance probably in modern history, maybe ever.” Mattis dodged questions about whether he’s concerned with the president-elect’s criticisms of the alliance, except he said Mr. Trump has “shown himself to be open.”

As part of his opening statement, Mattis said that Russia poses a threat to NATO….

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NATO NEEDS to make clear that it’s mission IS to protect Eastern and other Europen countries from Russian Aggression….

PERIOD….

A President Trump’s comments about NATO not stopping terriorism shows a lack of understanding the organization…

I’m sure the general’s he has working for him will steer Trump from the going after the organiztion to helping it redfine it’s mission…

Or at least I hope so with the US Senate’s guidance ond oversight…

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Donald Trump AGAIN Looks to favor Russia OVER everyone else…

Maybe Trump is so pro Russia because they have helped him save his business a few years ago and helped get his new job?

It does appear that he will be trying above all to help the Russian’s , who it appears have a soft spot in his heart….

The man is DETERMINED to make ‘deals’ with the Putin led government…

Dissing Germany isn’t too smart….

Germany has the best economy in Europe…..

But a weaken Germany WOULD help Russia …..Wouldn’t it?

In comments that are likely to create fresh tensions with the United States’ closest European allies, President-elect Donald J. Trump described NATO as “obsolete” in an interview published on Sunday and said other European nations would probably follow Britain’s lead by leaving the European Union.

Mr. Trump has made similar comments before. But the fact that he made them in a joint interview with two European publications — The Times of London and Bild, a German newspaper — and did so days before assuming the presidency alarmed European diplomats.

“I took such heat when I said NATO was obsolete,” Mr. Trump said. “It’s obsolete because it wasn’t taking care of terror. I took a lot of heat for two days. And then they started saying, ‘Trump is right.’”

Mr. Trump also said that Britain’s decision to leave the European Union would “end up being a great thing” and predicted that other countries would follow. “People, countries want their own identity, and the U.K. wanted its own identity,” he said.

He criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany over her decision to welcome more than one million migrants.

“I think she made one very catastrophic mistake, and that was taking all of these illegals, you know, taking all of the people from wherever they come from,” he said. “And nobody even knows where they come from.”

On Russia, Mr. Trump said he hoped to strike a deal with President Vladimir V. Putin to reduce nuclear weapons stockpiles. He suggested that such an agreement could be part of a broader easing of tensions that would include lifting economic sanctions imposed after Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

“They have sanctions on Russia — let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia,” he said. “For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that’s part of it. Russia’s hurting very badly right now because of sanctions, but I think something can happen that a lot of people are going to benefit.”…..

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There is little chance Trump will be able to sever ties to NATO since the Senate would have to do so technically and the ex-General’s Trump have on board would resist the move…

But he could cut back assistance to the military association the US has with the organization…

It will be up to Trump’s generals and the Senate to keep an thumb on Trump’s efforts to make ‘deals’ and to keep Trump from rewarding Putin for his efforts to take back East European countries that have left the old Soviet Union…

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Sen McCain wants a YUGE Defense spending increase….

Republicans like MCain, the head of the Senate Armed Service Committee want to disregard the spending caps in place and up the Defense spending….

( A good deal of that spending would to bolster America’s Defense against Russia, Trump favorite buddies)….

Republican’s Freedom party/Tea Party types are NOT gonna  go along with sopending for Healthcare , Dfense and  Trump’s Wall that Mexico os NEVER gonna pay for WITH any kind of tax cuts also ….

Sen. John McCain is set to propose a military buildup that would add nearly half a trillion dollars to the defense budget over the next five years and blow past current limits on Pentagon spending, according to a copy of the blueprint drafted by the chairman of the Armed Services and obtained by POLITICO.

The proposal, which is set to be unveiled early this week, is the opening salvo of Republican hawks as they seek to leverage GOP majorities in the House and Senate and seize upon the surprise victory of President-elect Donald Trump, who campaigned on a pledge to rebuild the armed forces.

The 21-page plan advocates boosting the Pentagon budget as well as nuclear weapons spending in the Department of Energy by approximately $430 billion over budget projections between fiscal 2018 and 2022 — including to finance a bigger Army and significantly more new warships and fighter jets.

It would also bust through the spending caps now mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act, which are not set to expire until after 2021 and would have to be overturned….

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