Sanders reaches out to Senate Democrats after his supporters Nevada Convention actions…

Democrats in the Senate and elsewhere have been VERY unhappy with the actions of Sanders supporters last weekend at the Nevada Democratic State get together…..

Up until today it seemed that Bernie Sanders HIMSELF was NOT gonna do the ‘right thing’ for his adopted party….

The political media has been abuzz NOT about the GOP problems….

But about Sanders and his supporters teeing off against Hillary Clinton….

It appears that late today Sanders is getting the message to ‘cool his heels’ if he wants to cash in his efforts within the Democratic party after he goes back to the Senate…

While Sanders has not suffered permanent damage in the eyes of his colleagues, his reputation among Democratic Party stalwarts is hanging in the balance.

“It depends on how he handles the national convention in Philadelphia and how he handles the next months,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who says she was heckled for the first time in her life by Sanders supporters during the New Hampshire primary. “I appreciate that he’s going to continue to stay defiant, but the fact is Hillary Clinton’s going to win the nomination. Is he going to support her and campaign for her, or is he going to help elect Donald Trump?”
Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally on May 3.
2016

Asked whether the discord at the Nevada convention could spill into the halls of the Senate, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said: “It absolutely could.”

“What I’ve seen I don’t think has been adequate,” Tester said of Sanders’ statements about the violent atmosphere in Las Vegas and pointed attacks on the national Democratic Party. “As a candidate, you can come out very strongly against that violence stuff, and that would be the right thing for Bernie to do.”

There is evidence Sanders is working behind the scenes to quell the concerns of Senate Democrats. He spoke with Boxer on Tuesday and seemed to reassure her that he understood where she was coming from after she was booed mercilessly as she tried to speak at the Nevada event.

“He got a firsthand story from me about what happened to me, his longtime friend,” Boxer said. “It was a warm conversation. And I believe Bernie when he says he’s going to do everything to make sure Donald Trump doesn’t become president.”

Not everyone is there yet, though. Democrats said they want to hear an explicit, public repudiation of the Nevada melee and an Elizabeth Warren-like focus on Trump, who has reveled in the prolonged confrontation between Sanders and Clinton.

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Oklahoma Senate passes bill to make abortion procedures a felony…

This isn’t gonna go anyplace in the end….

But it DOES get people’s attention…

Senate Bill 1552, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Nathan Dahm, passed with a 33-12 vote and no debate. The latest version of the bill cleared the House in late April, and it would automatically become law within five days if Fallin does not sign or does not veto.

“No person shall perform or induce an abortion upon a pregnant woman,” the bill’s language reads, striking through the clause “unless that person is a physician licensed to practice medicine in the State of Oklahoma. ”

“Any person violating this section shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not less than one (1) year nor more than three (3) years in the State Penitentiary,” the bill continues.

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Polling Update…Thursday, May 19, 2016…Clinton and Obama in the Positives…

President Obama Approval averagee positive.

Clinton leads Trump for November….

Thursday, May 19

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

CBS News/NY Times

Clinton 47, Trump 41 Clinton +6

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

FOX News

Clinton 42, Trump 45 Trump +3

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

Rasmussen Reports

Clinton 37, Trump 42 Trump +5

New Jersey Democratic Presidential Primary

Quinnipiac

Clinton 54, Sanders 40 Clinton +14

New Jersey: Trump vs. Clinton

Quinnipiac

Clinton 45, Trump 38 Clinton +7

President Obama Job Approval

CBS News/NY Times

Approve 50, Disapprove 43 Approve +7

President Obama Job Approval

Gallup

Approve 49, Disapprove 46 Approve +3

President Obama Job Approval

Rasmussen Reports

Approve 50, Disapprove 49 Approve +1

President Obama Job Approval

Reuters/Ipsos

Approve 48, Disapprove 47 Approve +1

…for details on the above polls…Real Clear Politics….

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Chaos in House after GOP votes down LGBT amendment ….

House Speaker Ryan gave his members no cover as they had too record their votes individually….The GOP House members did NOT have to walk up and drop from Aye to Nay….Those vote changes where from House members that had voted for the amendment against discretion to LGBTer’s that President Obama ordered, but where in districts that could have Conservatives going after them for supporting keeping the Federal (Obama’s order), instead of the states doing policy in that area…

The Bill had support…But that evaporated….

GOP leaders held the vote open as they pressured members to change sides. Infuriating Democrats, they let lawmakers switch their votes without walking to the well at the front of the chamber.
“Shame! Shame! Shame!” Democrats chanted as they watched the vote tally go from passage of Maloney’s amendment to narrow failure.

Twenty-nine Republicans voted for Maloney’s amendment to a spending bill for the Department of Veterans Affairs and military construction projects, along with all Democrats in the final roll call.

“This is one of the ugliest episodes I’ve experienced in my three-plus years as a member of this House,” Maloney, who is openly gay, said while offering his amendment.

According to the office of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), at least seven Republicans changed their votes, including Reps. Jeff Denham (Calif.), Darrell Issa (Calif.), Bruce Poliquin (Maine), David Valadao (Calif.), Greg Walden (Ore.), Mimi Walters (Calif.) and David Young (Iowa).

Denham, Valadao, Poliquin and Young are among the most vulnerable Republicans up for reelection this year. Walden, meanwhile, chairs the House GOP campaign arm.

The failed amendment would have effectively nullified a provision in the defense authorization that the House passed late Wednesday night. The language embedded in the defense bill states that religious corporations, associations and institutions that receive federal contracts can’t be discriminated against on the basis of religion….

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While Trump talks about others?..There is stuff like this….

The NY Daily News does a piece on how Trumpo and company have REPEATEDLY make deals with NYC and others to get around rules in money making that would probably get others in trouble…And have you and me , the taxpayer, make him RICHER….

Donald Trump made a pretty penny off a program to help small businesses hurt by 9/11, one of many times where The Donald took advantage of government programs to save or make money off the taxpayer.

The self-proclaimed billionaire, who has so far refused to release his tax returns, was one of many wealthy individuals and businesses who used a loophole in a program intended to help smaller companies in lower Manhattan recover after the Sept. 11 tragedy.

Trump got $150,000 for his swanky property at 40 Wall Street because the Empire State Development Corporation, run by the state, didn’t enforce federal guidelines on what defines a small business. Instead, the state used much looser rules that let The Donald and others including Morgan Stanley and Bank of China take money that was earmarked by Congress to help small business owners in the neighborhood recover after the tragic attacks, a 2006 Daily News expose found.

Locals say Trump, who used the bravery of 9/11 responders to counter-punch when Ted Cruz maligned his “New York values” during the Republican primary, didn’t live up to the term.

Donald Trump wants to talk directly to Kim Jong Un about nukes
“A billionaire taking money meant for struggling small businesses after September 11th is not ‘New York values,'”

“Trump is a welfare king who owes much of his fortune to the largesse of taxpayers,” …..

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Grand Ole Party Unity?

Republican Delegates Still Getting Threatened

I have talked to three Republican delegates all of whom are presumed to be on the Rules Committee for the convention. The three are from different states and have the same story.

They all tell me that they were each contacted by phone by a man claiming to be with the Trump campaign. They were urged to comply with Trump’s wishes . . . . referred to, of course, as “Mr. Trump”, and when they asserted their independence they were threatened. One said the guy on the phone got belligerent and told the delegate he would do what he was told if he knew what was good for him. The second was told it would not be good for his career to object. The third was told he would be exposed, which he claims he does not know anything about.

The common denominator between the three is they are all people who’ve vocally supported Ted Cruz. All three of them are now more resolved than ever to stand up to the Trump campaign.

The thing that amazes everyone I’ve talked to is that the Trump campaign is still showing no signs of reconciliation or trying to work with delegates. Instead, they are still in bunker mode making demands and threats. I very much doubt that is going to change. Combine that with the ongoing fighting between factions within the Trump campaign and we are still going to be in for a fun few months…

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Bernie Sanders still wants to ‘harm’ Hillary In California?

www.nytimes.com/…

While Mr. Sanders says he does not want Mr. Trump to win in November, his advisers and allies say he is willing to do some harm to Mrs. Clinton in the shorter term if it means he can capture a majority of the 475 pledged delegates at stake in California and arrive at the Philadelphia convention with maximum political power.
“The only thing that matters is what happens between now and June 14,” Mr. Devine said
Several described the campaign’s message as having devolved into a near-obsession with perceived conspiracies on the part of Mrs. Clinton’s allies.

This is absolutely sickening behavior from a man who has to know that he has lost this nomination. If he was continuing to run to get his message out, few would begrudge him. But this is more evidence that he isn’t a Democrat, he doesn’t care about getting a Democrat elected in November, and this movement really is all about him feeding his ego.

Right now, I’m so disgusted by the way Bernie is handling things that if he does have the courage to stay a Democrat in the Senate, I hope the party does the right thing and reduces him to his proper level of seniority; the bottom rung of the Democratic ladder…..

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Political Roundup for May 19th, 2016…Romney 3rd party run WOULD get votes…RRH Elections…

President:

Hillary: The former Hillary Clinton aide Lewis A. Lukens  testified under oath about his knowledge of Mrs. Clinton’s private email system as part of a lawsuit brought against the State Department by a conservative legal advocacy group, Judicial Watch. At least five other officials (including two of Mrs. Clinton’s top aides at the State Department, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin) are also scheduled to testify in the lawsuit over the next six weeks.

Trump: Donald Trump will require potential Vice Presidential running mates to submit their tax returns to his campaign even though Trump refuses to release his own tax returns to the public.

Trump & the alt-right: Commentary takes a look at Donald Trump’s terrifying online army of alt-right white supremacist racists. Journalist and politicians who have been even remotely critical of Trump have been subjected to a barrage of anti-Semitic and racist on-line abuse from these Trump supporters.

Johnson: Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld (R) has agreed to be Gary Johnson running mate and run for Vice President on the Libertarian ticket. As things now stand the Libertarian Party will have a Presidential ticket comprised of two former successful two term Governors while the GOP will nominate a reality TV show star and the Democrats the wife of a former politician from the 1990s.

Romney: Mitt Romney would get 21% of the vote in New Hampshire in a hypothetical three way race with Clinton and Trump. A WBUR poll shows there would be a tight three way race with Clinton 37%, Trump 33%, Romney 21% and 9% undecided. According to this poll if Romney ran he would take 7 points off of Hillary and 9 points off of Trump who are at 44% Hillary to 42% Trump in a 2 way race.

Coburn: Former Sen. Tom Coburn (R) says he won’t run for President as a third party candidate and Mitt Romney says he will stop trying to recruit an independent candidate.

Third Party: A new poll from Joel Searby at the firm Data Targeting shows there is a viable path for a third-party candidate. The survey of 997 likely voters shows an Independent candidate garnering 21% of the vote. 58% of those surveyed said they were dissatisfied with the current crop of candidates, 55% said they want another candidate on the ballot and 65% said they were at least somewhat willing to support a candidate who is not Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton…..

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Donald Trump’s run for President is making him money….

Money GOES to Money, eh?

Trump spends $36 M on the campaign….Gets Millions of FREE ads and HIS revenue spikes to $557M (we don’t know what his liabilities are)…..

Trump announced the new filing Tuesday, saying he is “proud” that it “is the largest in the history of the FEC.” Government officials declined to confirm Trump’s assertion.

Presidential candidates are required to provide, under oath, an annual financial disclosure listing their business interests.

To gauge the effect of the campaign on Trump’s companies, The Washington Post compared his two disclosure forms, which were released by the Federal Election Commission.

Last year’s form reported that Trump’s holdings brought in revenue of $362 million in 2014 and the first half of 2015, the campaign said in a statement.

The form released Wednesday — which the campaign said shows revenue spiking to $557 million — covers a shorter period of time but encompasses the life of his presidential campaign, from July 2015 until Monday.

The new disclosure comes amid swirling questions about Trump’s income and net worth. This week, he reiterated his past claim that he was worth more than $10 billion, although he has not provided independent evidence to back up the claim…..

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Could Donald Trump have campaign $$$ problems?

The Boston Globe spotlights Donald Trump early begging for campaign money that isn’t going as well as he would like….

Could Trump run into the same money problems as Mitt Romney?

Could Hillary Clinton add money to her demographic electoral vote advantage in next 6 months?

Image that?

The Rich guy starved for money?

Top Republican donors in Massachusetts show little sign of supporting Donald Trump’s campaign, despite the real estate mogul’s boasting that his nomination would put New England’s traditionally blue states in play for Republicans.

Boston billionaire Seth Klarman, president of the private investment firm The Baupost Group and New England’s number one campaign contributor, said through a representative that he would not — now or in the future — donate to Trump’s campaign.

Those in former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s vast fund-raising network appear to be in various stages of introspection.

“I’m sitting this one out,” said P. Andrews McLane, a retired private equity investor who was a major contributor to Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. “In good conscience, I could not vote for that man. He shoots before he aims — over and over and over again.”

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Trump’s promises on Immigration are full of holes….

Donald Trump has based the beginning of his acquiring the Republican Presidential nomination on building a Wall on the Mexican /Southern US Border….

Trump has promised to begin plans for its construction within 100 days of his being in office…

He has promised to ship illegal immigrants BACK from this country enmass…

The NY Times examines Trump’s campaign promises and finds them mostly impossible at worst…Impractible in the least…

Reinforcing the view that Donald Trump has sold fantasies to supporters on something else….

Mass deportations: Adding chaos to dysfunction

Mr. Trump has a simple plan to reduce the population of 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States: Deport them.

How? He says he would follow the example of the military-style roundups authorized by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954. The initiative, known as Operation Wetback, expelled hundreds of thousands of Mexicans.

Mr. Trump contends that the start of deportations would show immigrants he meant business and prompt many to leave on their own, and that it would take about two years to finish the job. There, the specifics end….

The wall: Big, beautiful and impractical

Mr. Trump has promised that the wall will be big, beautiful, tall and strong. Spanning 1,000 miles along the southern border, it will stem the flow of immigrants bringing drugs and crime. And, yes, Mexico will pay for the Great Wall of Trump, as he has called it.

But the wall — symbolic of an iron-fisted immigration policy and providing a rallying cry for his supporters — has proved to be as divisive in theory as it would be in practice. And experts in domestic security, immigration policy and civil engineering say that building it would be a daunting task and cause more problems than it would solve.

Mr. Trump has shared few details….

Maintaining water supplies: A diplomatic challenge

What about the water?

Billions of gallons flow between the United States and Mexico, funneling lifeblood to farms and communities on both sides of the border. The Colorado River sends water south; the Rio Grande, a natural boundary for hundreds of miles, delivers precious water from Mexico, through dozens of canals, to much of South Texas.

Water experts in the Southwest question how Mr. Trump’s border wall could accommodate those crucial flows and still provide the barrier he wants….

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GOP House Committee working debt relief bill for Puerto Rico

….from Morning Consult…

Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday introduced a new measure aimed at giving Puerto Rico the tools to restructure about $70 billion in debt.

The legislation — H.R. 5278, sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) — includes several “minor” changes to the previous measure, H.R. 4900, according to Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah).

“Tonight we introduced legislation to responsibly address the crisis in Puerto Rico,” Bishop said in a statement Wednesday. “The revised bill incorporates technical refinements and input from all stakeholders. Any future changes will be done in public committee meetings.”

Some stakeholders may consider the revisions to be significant. According to a Natural Resources Committee summary, the new measure would block a new Labor Department overtime rule from applying to Puerto Rico.

The changes also include language that clarifies the fiscal oversight board’s authority to protect prioritized payments to bondholders. Those payments are required by the commonwealth’s constitution.

“PROMESA creates a firewall between the constitutionally protected creditor hierarchy and pensions in the development of Fiscal Plans,” the committee summary stated, referring to the bill by its acronym.

The legislation also bars Puerto Rico’s governor “from executive any budgetary adjustment” between the enactment of the bill and the establishment of its oversight board, and has language to “reiterate the promotion of voluntary restructuring agreements and explicitly honor voluntary agreements that are already in place,” the summary said.

Talks between House lawmakers and the Obama administration lasted more than a week, largely due to hangups over language concerning the oversight board’s composition and the prioritization of creditors that had to be hashed out between the White House, the Treasury Department and Speaker Paul Ryan’s office.

The Treasury Department has called for language that would prioritize pensioners over creditors, but Republicans’ rejection of that language was non-negotiable.

The new bill retains provisions, with some alterations, that some opponents have called a form of “Super Chapter 9” bankruptcy…..

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Trump calls Bill Clinton a rapist and a liar…

Everybody Knew Donald Trump would get in the gutter…

He didn’t wait long….

The allegations raised against Donald Trump in a recent New York Times article are nothing compared to the Clintons’ history, the presumptive Republican nominee said in an interview with Fox News’ “Hannity” aired Wednesday night.

“For example, I looked at The New York Times. Are they going to interview Juanita Broaddrick? Are they going to interview Paula Jones? Are they going to interview Kathleen Willey?” Hannity asked Trump, according to a transcript of the show. “In one case, it’s about exposure. In another case, it’s about groping and fondling and touching against a woman’s will.”

Trump replied, “And rape.”

“And rape,” Hannity repeated.

“And big settlements, massive settlements,” Trump added. “And lots of other things. And impeachment for lying.”

The Clinton campaign fired back at Trump’s latest attack.
“Trump is doing what he does best, attacking when he feels wounded and dragging the American people through the mud for his own gain,” spokesman Nick Merrill said. “If that’s the kind of campaign he wants to run that’s his choice. Hillary Clinton is running a campaign to be president for all of America….

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Trump’s comments are out early….

The media is sure to now go looking for the same from Trump’s history….

This is Trump’s method of trying define the Clinton’s in as lower terms as he can….He’ll be out with more…

The same backfired on Republican’s and helped Bill Clinton thru a second term as President…The Clinton’s HAVE been here…Several times before…Trump has not…

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Democrats from the left aren’t happy with Sanders…

The Sanders supporters Nevada ‘uprising’….

The Sanders campaign response….

The Sanders fantasy that he can still win the Democratic nomination 

All of the above are causing Democrats, even ones that have supported Sanders efforts up to now to speak up AGAINST him…

Bernie Sanders is suddenly facing a barrage of criticism from liberal commentators….

 

The fact that the criticism is coming from left-leaning sources makes it more difficult for Sanders supporters to rebut it.

Meanwhile, Democrats outside Sanders’s orbit argue the jabs show that even influential writers on the left — who tend to take more progressive positions than Democratic leaders in Washington — are concluding that the senator is hurting the party.

“Progressive thought-leaders were early validators for Bernie Sanders’s candidacy, helping him define himself as a credible candidate for president,” said Democratic strategist Evan Stavisky.

“However, as it becomes clear to anyone who can do basic math that Hillary Clinton is going to be the Democratic nominee … people who live in the real world see that the time has come for Bernie Sanders to say he did the best he could. Ultimately the math simply isn’t there for it to be viable.”

Some of the flak Sanders has faced has been unusually personal in nature, which is particularly striking given the leftward lean of many of the outlets involved.

“The one thing I do keep wondering about is what happened to Bernie Sanders,” writer Kevin Drum opined in Mother Jones. “Before this campaign, he was a gadfly, he was a critic of the system, and he was a man of strong principles. He still is, but he’s also obviously very, very bitter. I wonder if all this was worth it for him?”

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Of course Bernie Sanders REALLY isn’t a Democrat…Is He?

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Fox offers up a Debate for the Democrats…Sanders…Desperate…Accepts…

Why would Hillary Clinton do this?

Sen. Bernie Sanders has accepted a Fox News invitation for a Democratic debate in California, the Sanders campaign announced on Wednesday.

“Both campaigns have been invited by Fox News to a debate. We have told the network that we would accept the invitation with the understanding that we can reach mutual agreement on the debate moderators, the format and other details,” Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager said in a statement.

Fox News has expressed interest in holding a Democratic debate for months and has been publicly lobbying the Democratic National Committee. In March, both Sanders and Hillary Clinton participated in back-to-back town halls with Fox host Bret Baier. On Tuesday, Fox News sent a formal letter to both campaigns inviting them to a debate, the Washington Post reported. The letters and the Sanders campaign’s statements didn’t specify a time or place, though Fox News said the debate would be moderated by anchors Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace, who have been roundly praised for their handling of three Republican debates.

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President Obama in trip to Viet Nam may offer arms sales…

…from the LA Times….

President Obama is considering broadly expanding weapons sales to Vietnam in a move aimed at strengthening ties with Hanoi and boosting regional defenses against China’s growing clout.

As Obama prepares to visit Vietnam this weekend, U.S. officials say he is leaning toward a partial lift – but has not ruled out a full suspension – of the ban on arms sales begun during the U.S. war in Vietnam and eased slightly in 2014.

At the same time, the Vietnamese government is examining a request to grant the U.S. Navy greater access to Cam Ranh Bay, a major supply point for the U.S. military during the Vietnam conflict, and a port with direct access to the increasingly contested islands in the South China Sea.

Obama has not made a final decision, administration officials say. But the changes, if approved, would mark a dramatic upgrade in U.S. relations with an authoritarian Communist government that the State Department considers a routine abuser of human rights.

White House concerns about Vietnam’s lack of progress on civil liberties and political freedoms have held up a decision to end the ban on arms sales — first imposed on North Vietnam in 1964 and later extended it to cover the entire country after the U.S.-backed South Vietnamese government fell in 1975….

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