Trump’s lawyers try to get a sexual advances defamation suit quashed…

THIS story is just in the NY Times….

A senator from Minnesota is splashed across the media…

Donald Trump is at it again….

Bill Clinton knocked the idea that a sitting President cannot be subjected to civil redress for his actions….

I smell a settlement coming…

That and media NON-coverage in fear of Trump retribution….

Lawyers clashed Tuesday in a Manhattan courtroom over whether a defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who has accused President Trump of unwanted sexual advances should be allowed to proceed in New York State Supreme Court.

The president’s lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, argued that the state court has no jurisdiction over a sitting president under the supremacy clause in the United States Constitution. He said the case should be dismissed or halted until Mr. Trump leaves office.

But Mr. Kasowitz faced sharp questions from Justice Jennifer Schecter, who noted there have been few — if any — legal decisions that address a state court’s ability to hear a case about a president’s actions outside of his official duties.

“This would be the first,” the judge asserted.

“This would be the first,” Mr. Kasowitz acknowledged.

The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Summer Zervos, is a former contestant on Mr. Trump’s show “The Apprentice.”

…..lawyers for Ms. Zervos have pointed to a United States Supreme Court ruling that allowed Paula Jones to bring a sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he was in office. Though that case was in federal court, three law professors have filed briefs arguing that the ruling could also be applied to state lawsuits.

Mariann Meier Wang, a lawyer for Ms. Zervos, argued that the federal decision allows a state court to hear a lawsuit against the president — so long as it does not concern his official conduct. She told the judge that Ms. Zervos would ensure the lawsuit did not interfere with Mr. Trump’s duties….


image…Summer Zervos, right, has claimed that Donald J. Trump defamed her during last year’s presidential campaign as he denied that he made unwanted sexual advances against her in 2007. CreditJeenah Moon for The New York Times

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Al Franken ain’t REALLY sorry with stepping down…

I don’t blame the guy for feeling that his party threw HIM undet the bus….

That against the feeling that Republicans aren’t doing the same for their people in the same situation…

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Said Franken:
“I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party. But this decision is not about me. It’s about the people of Minnesota.”
The message of all this is clear as day: I didn’t do anything really wrong. The people who say I did are wrong or don’t remember it right. And it’s ridiculous that people like Trump and Moore are in the White House and might be in the Senate, respectively, while I am being forced out.
Franken got support in that view from an unlikely source on Thursday: Former Bush White House press secretary Ari Fleischer. “Franken should not have resigned. His fate should have been left 2 the people of MN. Moore, who had sexual contact w a 14-yr old, should drop out. Conyers, who hit on his employees, should have resigned. Franken is a creep who acted inappropriatly, but his facts are different,” tweeted Fleischer shortly after Franken’s resignation announcement.
The second part of Franken’s conclusion will have a lot of Democratic heads nodding. Why is Franken resigning for allegations of groping and unwanted kissing while Trump is in office after more than a dozen women accused him during the campaign of sexual harassment? Why is Franken resigning when Roy Moore, who faces multiple allegations of pursuing relationships with teenagers as young as 14 when he was in his 30s, is looking more and more like a winner in next Tuesday’s special election?
Those are fair questions. The simple reason is because Franken gave in to the pressure to step aside while Trump and Moore just kept saying they didn’t do anything wrong and had no plans to leave their respective races. And the political willpower didn’t exist in Alabama or the country to get rid of them…..
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Healthcare Insurers will make record profits on Obamacare ….

The argument that the Affordable Healthcare is broken is BULL SHIT…..

The argument about Repealing it?

Ridiculous …..

Strickly POLITICAL….

Insurers have finally figured out how to make money in the Obamacare markets: Charge more.

After taking a beating for three years, health plans jacked up their rates for 2017, with the average premium on the most popular products rising more than 20 percent. That created sticker shock for many Obamacare customers while putting many insurers on pace to record profits this year for the first time, according to a POLITICO analysis of 31 regional Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, many of which dominate Obamacare markets in their states.

But the turnaround comes just as Republican efforts to dismantle the health care law are creating new threats to the viability of the marketplaces. That leavesthe plans in a bewildering situation, trying to improve their margins while the GOP declares Obamacare a failure and mounts another push to dismantle the system, starting with rolling back the health care law’s individual mandate.

“The political narrative is over a market in crisis, and that’s just not how the market actually looks right now,” said Larry Levitt, senior vice president for special initiatives at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan research group. “At this moment, the individual insurance market looks quite stable and most insurers have achieved profitability.”

The POLITICO analysis shows that insurers, on average, spent 78 percent of premium revenues on customers’ medical claims through the first nine months of this year….


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Most FBI agents are Democrats?

I SERIOUSLY doubt the above….

One counter intel FBI guy who probably KNOWS that the President of the United States has tried to get in bed with the Russians, something this guy has investigated for his whole career and would be looking to act on texts his chagrin with Donald Trump….

Mueller’s people HAVE to send him out of the investigation …..

The President’s men and Republicans are now using this guys patriotism to try to help Trump off the hook with the ENTIRE FBI?

FBI Director Chris Wray on Thursday morning defended the integrity of the FBI, calling its employees “decent people committed to the highest principles of integrity and respect” just days after President Trumptweeted that the bureau’s reputation is “in tatters.”

Pressed by House Judiciary Committee lawmakers on the merits of Trump’s tweet, Wray delivered a lengthy, steady-voiced defense of the bureaus agents, analysts and other staff — without mentioning the president by name.

“There is no shortage of opinions out there,” Wray said. “What I can tell you is the FBI I see is tens of of thousands of agents, analysts and staff working their tails off to keep America safe from the next terror attack. The FBI that I see… is brave men and women working as hard as they can to keep people that they will never know safe from harm.”

He acknowledged that the bureau makes mistakes “like everybody who’s human” — and that, when mistakes do happen, the bureau launches rigorous independent review and holds individuals accountable if appropriate.

Committee Republicans repeatedly pressed Wray on what they say is clear evidence of bias against President Trump at the bureau, citing the recent reassignment of an agent from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team over text messages he allegedly sent to a woman in which he criticized Trump and praised Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton…..


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Palestinians go to the streets against Israeli troops in protests over Trump’s Jerusalem decision ….

The Israeli’s and Trump were warned this could happen….

Palestinian protesters battled Israeli soldiers on Thursday in Jerusalem, Ramallah and other places in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, one day after President Trump announced that his administration would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Palestinian Authority called for a general strike in Palestinian cities. In Gaza, the Islamist Hamas movement urged its followers to ignite a third intifada, or uprising, against Israel. Shops in Jerusalem’s Old City were shuttered.

On the edge of the Palestinian city of Ramallah, Israeli forces fired dozens of rounds of tear gas and stun grenades at hundreds of Palestinian protesters gathering to air their anger over Trump’s statement.

“This will be bad,” said an ambulance driver as young men burned tires and pelted the soldiers with stones. Emergency vehicles ferried out the injured, with casualties reported on both sides. Thick black smoke and tear gas choked the air.

“Donald Trump said Jerusalem is for Israel, and I tell him, ‘No way, go to hell,’” said one 43-year-old woman in the crowd, a traditional Palestinian scarf wrapped around her face. “Jerusalem is for Palestine, forever,” said the woman, who declined to give her name…



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Congress won’t pay infrastructure bill…So Trump wants state’s to tax their own people for it….

The way states pay for large capital projects in America since the 1930s is to recoup their tax dollars BACK from the Federal government….

Donald Trump ran of a BIG program to help states get people to work by fixing roadways, airports and other mass transit project with infrastructure program….Democrats were happy to agree to this…..

Conservatives in Trump’s party want no part of it….

Trump now thinks he can sell the states and localities paying for this thru RAISING TAXES on their citizens?

Even as President Trump and Republicans in Congress seek to cut federal taxes, the White House has quietly come up with a very different plan for infrastructure: It wants to reward states and localities willing to raise taxes or other revenue to pay for new projects.

The dynamic is key to the Trump administration’s latest thinking on an infrastructure bill aimed at spurring a $1 trillion investment in the nation’s ailing roads, bridges, rail lines and airports. Originally touted by Trump as a first 100-days initiative — and one with the prospect for bipartisan support — it has stalled amid other bruising legislative battles.

The approach now being contemplated is considered innovative by some infrastructure experts but also carries considerable political and economic risks for Trump.

While some in his own party remain wary of any new spending, many state and local officials and Democrats in Congress would like to see a more robust federal investment. Washington would cover only $200 billion of the $1 trillion tab under the legislation being developed. Some also worry that taxes and fees raised at the local level could cancel out any potential benefits of a federal tax bill for their constituents….


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California Fire crews fight to protect Ojai as Thomas fire explodes to 90,000 acres

…from the LA Times….

Thomas fire: Thousands of acres burn in Ventura County

Crews battling a massive wildfire that has caused tens of thousands of Ventura County residents to flee are bracing themselves for a day of heavy winds Thursday, when forecasters predict fire-stoking gusts of up to 80 mph.

By Wednesday evening, the Thomas fire had scorched about 90,000 acres and carved a path of destruction that stretches more than 10 miles from Santa Paula to the Pacific Ocean. The blaze was 5% contained, mostly along the southeast flank in the Santa Paula area. Forecasters say strong Santa Ana winds, coupled with low humidity, could offer “a recipe for explosive fire growth.”

“We stand a good chance of a challenging night and day tomorrow,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Tim Chavez said, adding that there’s potential for fire growth on the northwest side and a high probability of spot fires. “It’s going to be a difficult night and day.”….


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NFL Head Roger Goodell gets his contract extension…

So much for the Cowboys owner Jerry Jones crying in the media…

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The NFL’s compensation committee — of which the Patriots’ Robert Kraft is one of six members — sent a memo to all 32 owners on Wednesday advising them “that a binding contract extension has been signed by the Commissioner and by [Falcons owner] Arthur Blank, on behalf of the League entities.”

Blank is the chairman of the compensation committee, and Wednesday’s announcement all but seals a victory in a power struggle with Jones, who had a nasty back-and-forth with Blank and threatened a lawsuit against the NFL if it went ahead with its contract with Goodell.

Jones was displeased with Goodell’s compensation package, which per multiple reports will be $200 million over five years, based mostly on incentives. But the compensation committee has reminded Jones repeatedly that the NFL owners voted, 32-0, in May to give the committee the power to execute an extension with Goodell….



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Former Gov. Phil Bredesen is entering the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate from Tennessee .

Democrats step up their national recruiting for the 2018 elections…

This is for the US Senate seat that Bob Corker is not running for re-election….

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According to multiple sources, Bredesen began calling major donors this afternoon to confirm that he is in the race. He has been mum about a campaign since U.S. Sen. Bob Corker announced he would step down next year, only acknowledging that he was contemplating a run. A formal announcement of his intent to run has not yet been made.

Bredesen was elected governor in 2002 and served through 2010. He was the mayor of Metro Nashville from 1991 to 1999. His entrance in the Senate race means there will be a contested primary next August, something attorney and political newcomer James Mackler was hoping to avoid. However, it’s possible a competitive primary could spur interest in the race from Democrats who have been used to having a slate of candidates on statewide ballots that range from bad to abysmal in recent years. And along with a possibly competitive governor’s race and a national atmosphere predicted to be like 2006 and 2010 — as far as flipping seats — Bredesen’s entrance should make for a very interesting race indeed….



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Senate Democrats warn Sec of State Tillerson to stop straving his Department….

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Tillerson is reported to have cut the US State Dept by 1/3 of it’s budget and refused to staff hundred’s portions in the agency….

Senate Democrats are demanding that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lift a hiring freeze, nominate more candidates for vacant diplomatic slots and share much more detail with Congress about his plan to restructure the State Department.

If Tillerson doesn’t step up his cooperation with Capitol Hill, the lawmakers warn, they’ll use legislation to force him.

The demands were conveyed in a stern and lengthy letter to Tillerson dated Wednesday and signed by all 10 Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, including ranking member Ben Cardin of Maryland.

The letter, shared first with POLITICO, is the latest sign of growing concern in Congress about the future of U.S. diplomacy under President Donald Trump. The missive also illustrates the growing unhappiness with Tillerson in Congress, where even some Republicans have questioned the merits of his plans for the State Department.

In the letter, the Democrats nod to reports of sinking morale in the State Department, where many top officials have quit and others have felt sidelined in the policy-making process since Tillerson took over in February.

“The department’s redesign, spending, and personnel moves are taking place largely behind closed doors and without the level of transparency we would expect,” the senators write. “Moreover, proposals that have come to light lead us to question whether the intended result is in fact a more efficient department that continues to serve the interests of the American people and promote our foreign policy objectives abroad.”….



The complaints about this non-action have NOT just been by Democratic Senators…..


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Japan Airlines signs up for next generation Supersonic Airline Jets…

Supersonic passenger air travel is coming back….

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Japan Airlines (JAL) has entered into a strategic partnership with Boom Supersonic, the Mach 2-plus airliner developer, and has placed purchase options for up to 20 aircraft.

The Japanese flag carrier becomes the second airline after Virgin Atlantic to reveal its support of the Denver-based supersonic airliner project, which is targeting entry into service in the mid-2020s. Together with the 10 options announced by Virgin in mid-2017, the JAL commitment represents almost half of the 76 options received by Boom to date. Three additional operators for the remaining 46 aircraft remain unidentified.

The Boom concept is targeting supersonic travel at current business-class prices by bringing together a 55-seat design using structures, advanced aerodynamics and propulsion technology that was not available in the 1960s for the development of the Anglo-French Concorde, the world’s first operationally successful supersonic airliner. The delta-winged Boom trijet design is intended to rely on a 10% higher speed than Concorde to achieve high use and shorter sector times on 4,500-nm routes, most of which will be flown over water…..



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Russian President Putin to run for re-election in 2018…

Anyone think he has a CHANCE of losing?

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Vladimir Putin has made the long-expected announcement that he will seek a new six-year presidential term at elections in March.

If he wins, which he almost certainly will, Putin will have spent 24 years as Russian leader by the end of his term in 2024, including four years in which he was prime minister but still called the shots.

“I will put forward my candidacy for the post of president of the Russian Federation,” said Putin during a meeting with factory workers in the city of Nizhny Novgorod on Wednesday afternoon.

“Russia will continue moving forwards, and nobody will ever be able to stop this forward movement,” he said, in what may be an early sign that the campaign would invoke nationalist rhetoric of a Russia surrounded by a hostile west…..



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If Sen Franken steps down…. who gets the US Senate seat?

We don’t know if he will resign in the face of the media onslaught related to sexual harrasment  allegations that keep coming out against him….

But if he decides to step down?

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to appoint his lieutenant governor and close ally, Tina Smith, to Al Franken’s seat if the Democratic senator resigns on Thursday, three people familiar with the Democratic governor’s thinking said.

But that appointment would be just the start of an upheaval in Minnesota. Part of the reason Smith could be heading to the Senate, the sources said, is that she has indicated no interest in running for Congress in the past and would not run for the remainder of Franken’s term, which expires in 2020, in a 2018 special election. That would clear the way for a wide open Democratic primary next year if Franken steps down….



The Politico piece does not mention Erin Murphy a progressive liberal that was mentioned today on social media….

image of Tina Smith….MinnPost.Com

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Democartic US Senator’s ask Franken to resign….Update..He’s stepping down

I have said all along that Franken should step aside after Trump and Moore do….They have done thing more serious…

But it appears that some of his colleagues aren’t in agreement with this….

And are giving cover fire to the Republicans…

Seven female senators on Wednesday called on Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign in the wake of multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was the first of Franken’s fellow Senate Democrats to take that step and was quickly followed by Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Patty Murray of Washington, Kamala Harris of California and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) also called on Franken to resign.

“While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve,” Gillibrand said in a Facebook post.

The calls came after POLITICO reportedthat a former Democratic congressional aide said he tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006, three years before he became a U.S. senator. Franken, who had previously been accused by six other women of groping or trying to forcibly kiss them, denied the accusation….




D base is trending toward zero tolerance, R base trending toward Trump/Moore. They’re facing opposite currents.

Just 45% of Dems approved of how their party was handling sexual harassment prior to Conyers resigning and this Franken news (Q poll)

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Political Roundup for December 6th, 2017…Local races/Presidential news…RRH Elections…

Well, the President of the United States and the RNC have both officially endorsed a sexual predator for a US Senate seat. Political participation these days feels like a game of Russian Roulette in which every chamber of the revolver is loaded.

Last Night, Keisha Lance-Bottoms (D) won the Atlanta Mayor’s race by 1% (759 votes), Brad Hart (R) held Cedar Rapids Mayor for the GOP, and Robb Pitts (D) was elected Fulton County, GA Executive. Republicans picked up a State Senate seat in MA-SD-Worcester & Middlesex with Dean Tran (R), Wendy Carillo (D) took CA-LD-51, and the Dems easily held PA-LD-133. Margaret Good (D) won the nomination in FL-LD-72. Georgia Democrats elected in D-on-D runoffs Jen Jordan (D) in SD-6, Nikema Williams (D) in SD-39, Kim Schofield (D) in LD-60, and Bee Nguyen (D) in LD-89.

President/the Bigger Picture

The Great Sort (or not?): The Economist analyzes recent data regarding American political attitudes from Pew Research. It finds that, while the partisan gap regarding the role of government has widened, Americans broadly agree at an unprecedented level on two electorally influential notions: 1) homosexuality should be accepted, and 2) immigration is a positive force. The magazine also claims that, despite many theses to the contrary, Americans have not been moving to certain areas to be around fellow members of their political party.

Blame Canada (or at least Eastern Europe): ICYMI, President Trump re-tweeted anti-Muslim videos last week (surprise!). Fittingly, ABC‘s Nightline was inspired to take a look at the alarming popularity of white nationalism among the European youth (particularly within the former USSR). With Generation Y being split between the alt-right and Corbynism, our children and grandchildren are all screwed.

The Donald and the GOP: Totally loyal lifelong conservative Republican Donald Trump will definitely be loyal to the GOP. He won’t try destroying it, even if it doesn’t do whatever he wants, whenever he wants.

The President’s Taxes (no, not like that): Lyin’ Quinnipiac finds that 53% of Americans disapprove of the GOP’s efforts to update the tax code. Just 29% support them. For context, the pollster notes that those numbers are more dreadful than both Obamacare and Clinton’s tax hikes upon their first times being polled….


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Why is Steve Bannon is trying to beat down Mitt Romeny?….


Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was at a rally in Alabama for Senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday when he used his platform to attack Mitt Romney for not serving in the Vietnam War.

The former Massachusetts governor had spoken out after multiple women accused Moore of sexually assaulting them as teenage girls or pursuing relationships with them. Romney denounced Moore on Monday, tweeting that no Senate majority was “worth losing our honor, our integrity.”

Bannon defended Moore by noting that he was a graduate of West Point who served in Vietnam.

“And by the way, Mitt, while we’re on the subject of Vietnam and honor and integrity, you avoided service, brother,” Bannon told the crowd. “You hid behind your religion. You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies in Vietnam.”

Bannon then added that he was going to “get personal,” and attacked Romney’s children for not serving in the military, either. The Breitbart executive chairman claimed Moore “has more honor and integrity in a pinky finger” than Romney’s family has “in its whole DNA.” …..


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Maybe for this reason?

 A few weeks after Mitt Romney dined on frogs legs with Donald Trump and made meme history, Roger Stone claimed that the president-elect only interviewed Romney for secretary of State because he wanted to “torture him.” A year later, the former Trump adviser’s claim seems pretty credible; now that Romney is eyeing a run for the Senate in Utah, both the president and Steve Bannon are reportedly looking to undermine him….
…Romney has reportedly been gearing up for a run, but now Hatch is dragging his feet — and Trump is encouraging him to run for an eighth term. Politico reports that Trump has been telling friends he doesn’t want to see Romney in the Senate…
But here’s the problem for Hatch, Trump and Bannon….

Three of every four Utahns say Sen. Orrin Hatch should not seek an eighth term, while a plurality would like Mitt Romney to take his place in the Senate, a new poll shows.

“Voters are saying, ‘Please don’t run again.’ Many have fond memories of Senator Hatch, but they feel the time has come for him to step aside,” said pollster Dan Jones, who conducted the survey for The Salt Lake Tribune and the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

The survey shows that 75 percent of voters said Hatch — the 83-year-old Republican who was first elected 41 years ago — should retire, including 56 percent who said he “definitely should not” run again.
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