Paul Ryan forgot himself…He regroups…..

Newly minted House Speaker Paul Ryan forgot himself a few days ago…..

We posted a piece in which Ryan revealed that he thopugh he could make some progress on things WITH the President and Democrats….

NOT A GOOD LOOK, there Mr Speaker…..

Today we have a piece in the Wall Street Journal that mentions CONFRONTATIONS  and possible GOVT SHUTDOWNS against  the White House!…..(And ‘rider’ goodies that Conservatives will seek to widdle away White House policies and actions, piece by piece….

What a surprise?

Not really…..

Ryan is now playing the game…..

Conservatives don’t want to see their guy mentioned in the same sentance as President Obama , or the White House unless they are butting heads…..

Ryan will still get deals…..That’s his job…..

But he WILL have to play the game for as long as he can stand it……

After which time he will do a ‘Boehner’ and quit…..

New House Speaker Paul Ryan struck a confrontational stance with the Obama administration Tuesday, setting the stage for showdowns over domestic spending and national security matters as Congress works to wrap up business for the year.

Mr. Ryan, speaking at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council annual meeting, said a spending bill needed to avoid a government shutdown in December must include Republican policy measures, injecting fresh drama into the year’s final budget fight.

He also forcefully warned President Barack Obama against using executive action to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer its detainees to the U.S.

The Wisconsin Republican didn’t explicitly suggest government operations could lapse when funding expires on Dec. 11, but he didn’t rule out such a possibility. He said Republicans will force Mr. Obama to accept some conservative provisions, known as “riders,” in the sweeping spending bill…..


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Paris police find 3 attack suspects…Gun fight ensues…

There are reports three of the suspects have been killed in a shootout with police….Three more suspects have been arrested…

Heavy gunfire broke out early Wednesday as French police conducted a large operation near Paris reportedly targeting high-level terror suspects involved in last weeks Paris attacks.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian jihadist who is suspected of being a lynchpin in the assaults that killed 129 people in Paris on Friday, was one of several people targeted in the northern suburb of Saint-Denis, a spokesperson in the Paris prosecutor’s office told NBC News.

Several explosions could be heard around 7:30 a.m. local time (1:30 a.m. ET), about three hours into the operation. Heavy gunfire was first heard at around 4:30 a.m…..’


Updated …..

Three people were killed as French police raided an address in the the northern suburb of Saint-Denis linked to last week’s terror attacks in Paris, a government official said.
The operation that began about 4:25 a.m. near the cathedral where French kings were entombed cornered an armed group that includes Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind, AFP said….



At least two people died in the operation — a young woman who set off an explosive vest, and a person whose body was riddled with gunfire and shrapnel — and eight were arrested…..


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Middle East conflicts throw the A-10 a lifeline…….

The old, ugly, slow, sturdy and deadly ‘Warhog’ has friends pushing for it to keep flying…..

The Air Force has told Congress over the past two years that it must retire the A-10 to save money in its budget and free up maintenance workers for newer the newer F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which is now entering the inventory. Congress has yet to approve the request.

Now Carlisle says the Air Force is looking at other ways to complete its maintenance duties, including hiring contractors.

Operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Africa have placed a “greater demand on the capacity of the United States Air Force,” he said. The general also said the Pentagon is buying the F-35 at a slower rate than anticipated several years ago.

The final decision on whether to delay the A-10 retirement rests with Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff.

But Carlisle still plans to offer up the A-10 for deployments as long as they’re still around.

“If I have them, I’m going to use them,” he said. “They’re a fantastic airplane and I’m going to take advantage of them.”



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Can Russia find a way back into the West’s good graces thru Bombing ISIS?

In reaction to the Paris attacks?

The French have been looking to add countries to the on going efforts to work against the Islamic State…..

With it’s military now involved in proping up Syrian Presidentr Assad….Russia has also said it would join efforts against ISIS…..

A LOT of America and other military types are unsure what to think on this…..

And could it lead to Russia starting to mend it’s fences with President Obama and the West?

France, Russia and the U.S. moved beyond talk of cooperation and into the far more difficult realm of action Tuesday, as the “grand and single coalition” French President François Hollande called for to combat Islamic State began coming into view.

Mr. Hollande telephoned his Russian counterpart to discuss possible joint plans, and made arrangements to visit Washington and Moscow next week to pursue the formation of a major new alliance. France launched a third round of airstrikes Tuesday night against Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria, while waves of Russian warplanes and cruise missiles struck the same area.

The effort could yet dissolve, as major problems—especially the legacy of Russia’s involvement in Ukraine and discord over Syria’s future—haven’t gone away. The involvement of Arab allies with overlapping and uneven agendas complicates regional diplomacy.

But among the signs of potential progress, Russia gave Washington advance notice of its airstrikes Tuesday—the first time it had done so since the Russian bombing campaign started Sept. 30.

Moscow’s determination on Tuesday that a bomb had destroyed a Russian jetliner last month over Egypt accentuated the appearance of common cause…


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Hillary Clinton has the backing of a major majority of America’s Unions….

As Barack Obama has done repeatedly……

Hillary Clinton has garned the vast majority of American Labor……

This will bring her money and boots on the ground support……

Republicans have been steadily working to dilute the influence of organized labor state by state…..

The powerful union behind the fast food workers’ wage movement endorsed Hillary Clinton for president Tuesday.

The 2-million-member Service Employees International Union approved the endorsement through a vote by its executive board. “Hillary Clinton has proven she will fight, deliver and win for working families,” said SEIU President Mary Kay Henry in a statement. “SEIU members and working families across America are part of a growing movement to build a better future for their families, and Hillary Clinton will support and stand with them.”
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Clinton now has the support of unions representing about 9.5 million union members, or nearly two-thirds of the U.S.’ 14.6 million union workers.

In a written statement, Clinton said she felt “deeply honored” and pledged to “stand with SEIU and fight alongside them—to defend workers’ right to organize and unions’ right to bargain collectively, to raise incomes for working people and the middle class, and to ensure that hardworking Americans can retire with dignity and security.”

The SEIU endorsement may be organized labor’s most important show of support for Clinton thus far. SEIU funds the Fight for $15 movement, which since 2012 has raised public awareness of low-wage employment and persuaded leaders in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York state, among other places, to raise hourly wage minimums to $15. (In New York State the $15 minimum, enacted by executive fiat by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, applies only to fast food workers and to state employees.)


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Carson and Foreign Policy?

One of the many people trying to mentor the guy neck and neck with Donald Trump LEADING the Republican primary polling for President is having problems ‘getting it’ about Foreign Affairs a prerequisite for running a country with 300Million plus in todays world………

An unpaid national security adviser to Ben Carson criticized the candidate’s grasp on foreign policy in an interview with The New York Times on Tuesday, saying Carson needs more frequent briefings on the matter to “make him smart.”

Duane Clarridge, a former C.I.A. agent who The Times described as a “top adviser” to Carson on national security, said Carson, a retired neurosurgeon with no political background, has not done enough to get up to speed on defense.

“Nobody has been able to sit down with him and have him get one iota of intelligent information about the Middle East,” Clarridge told the paper, adding that Carson needed to commit to weekly briefing so “we can make him smart.”


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Bobby Jindal drops out….

Another guy with practical government executive experience bites the dust….

The Louisiana  GOP Governor never got traction….

His leaving the race will probably help Ted Cruz….

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Tuesday said he was ending his presidential bid, saying “this is not my time.”

Jindal had struggled to gain traction as he centered his campaign on Iowa, a state with a large pool of evangelical voters, to whom the governor aggressively sought to appeal. He often failed to poll at even 1 percent in some surveys and underwhelmed in the money race — he had less than $300,000 in the bank heading into October. His low standing in polls meant that he failed to qualify for any of the primetime Republican debates, and was forced to participate in the less-watched undercard debates.

He is the third Republican to suspend his campaign, after former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker dropped out earlier this year. Jindal made his announcement during an evening appearance on Fox News.


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House Speaker on Syrian Refugees….“There will be no religious test, only a security one,”

Sounds Good to me…..

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc) gets out ahead of the building effort by some in his party for an outright ban of Syrian refuguessinto the United States…..

With Republican presidential candidates and GOP governors sounding an increasingly strident alarm about the program to admit Syrian refugees into the country, House Speaker Paul Ryan today announced that he would seek a “pause” in the program.

However, the House GOP leadership is ruling out any kind of changes to the program that would prohibit the entry of Muslim Syrian refugees in particular, which is something that Senator Ted Cruz has pushed for.

“There will be no religious test, only a security one,” Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Speaker Ryan, emails….


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65 Dems Are Backing A Bill To Strip Financial Protections For People Of Color?

The Republicans are quietly trying to strip away consumer protections enforced by the new Federal Consumer Financal Protection Bureau….

And the Democrats seem to have missed this effort…..(The list of Dem’s is in the linked piece…)

Progressive Democrats are scrambling to prevent their colleagues from supporting a bill that would pave the way for racial discrimination at car dealerships. The legislation will receive a vote on the House floor this week, and would make it easier for banks and car salesmen to charge people of color higher prices than white customers.

The bill was written by Republicans, but currently has 65 Democratic co-sponsors, a number boosted by its support from two powerful Capitol Hill interest groups: banks and auto dealers. The bill is opposed by Americans for Financial Reform, the NAACP, the Urban League, the National Council of La Raza and others.

The legislation would nullify regulatory instructions issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2013. Those instructions were an effort to counter longstanding trends involving higher interest rates charged to borrowers of color when they take out a car loan.

Although racial discrimination in consumer lending is illegal, it often creeps into the process……


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Oh Snap!…House GOPer says Hillary ‘Trapped’ the Benghazi GOPer’s to look ‘Cruel’?

The House Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland says laid a ‘trap’ for his party members???….(Does this make the Republican’s on the committee stupid..or it’s just that they lost and are crying about it?)

This shit is just getting crazier by the minute……

And the Republicans are KEEP GOING on the taxpayer dollar!?

I can’t image what these people will do if and when Hillary Clinton getting back in the White House…..

Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a member of the House Select Committee On Benghazi, said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laid “a trap” for the committee by making her Oct. 22 appearance go “as long as possible.”

Last month, Clinton testified before the GOP-led committee investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The hearing stretched 11 hours and was widely seen as a bust for Republicans.

“As you know, some of you may have watched the marathon Hillary Clinton fiasco, and I say that because Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the committee, wanted to interview her in private, and she said, ‘No, I want to do this in public,’” Westmoreland said in a recent speech uploaded to YouTube.

“Now to me, that was us stepping in a trap because we should have known that she was going to go on and just stall, debate, filibuster, on these answers to make it go as long as possible, so we would look cruel,” he continued…..



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Boeing KC-46 Aerial Fuel limps along in testing….

Ever SO slowly……

Boeing officials are shifting their attention to a second round of fuel dock testing with the first KC-46 aerial refueler following successful initial airworthiness certification for the aircraft outfitted with its wing-mounted pods and centerline refueling boom.
The team completed initial airworthiness testing for the first KC-46, also known as EMD-2, in the aircraft’s 20th flight Nov. 12, according to Boeing spokeswoman Caroline Hutcheson. The flight lasted 6 hr., she said.

This initial airworthiness testing is one of two major milestones before the program can shift to actually offloading fuel to receivers. The Air Force hopes to begin its aerial refueling demonstration work in late December or early January, said Air Force Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson, the program executive officer for tankers, during a September briefing at the annual Air Force Association symposium outside Washington……

….from the Aviation Week comments……

Neil Marshall on Nov 17, 2015
Currently 24 A330 tankers in operational service – UK (10), Saudi Arabia (6), Australia (5), UAE (3)…..


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The Recession Colleg student’s Graduatartion levels at 50%…FiveThirtyEight…

Think of all the student loans the Government and the Financial outfits are gonna make money off of, eh?

……One side effect of the 2007-09 recession was a surge in college attendance. Nearly 3 million Americans enrolled in college in the fall of 2009,1 half a million more than two years earlier. Some of those were new high school graduates who would have gone straight to work if jobs were available. Others were older workers who lost jobs and went back to school to learn new skills or even to qualify for student loans to cover living expenses.

Six years later, we are starting to get the first clear look at how all those students fared, and the numbers aren’t pretty. According to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, barely half — 52.9 percent — of students who enrolled in fall 2009 had earned a bachelor’s or associate degree six years later. That’s down from a completion rate of 56.1 percent for the students who enrolled in 2007. (Graduation rates were especially low for students at for-profit colleges.)…


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Daily Kos Morning Digest 11/17/15… Early voting numbers out of Louisiana offer cautious good news to Democrats…

Leading Off:

LA-Gov: The early voting period for Louisiana’s runoff election ended on Saturday, and 257,021 people have voted early, a 9.5 percent increase compared to October’s jungle primary. Notably, the state’s official early voting statistics, released Sunday, showed that early voting rose disproportionately in parishes in which Democrat John Bel Edwards is expected to do well.

Turnout also went up among registered Democrats and among African-Americans. The share of the early voting electorate who are registered Democrats is 52.6 percent. That’s significantly higher from early voting in both the primary (50.6 percent) and in the 2014 Senate runoff (49 percent). Meanwhile, the share of the black vote stands at 29.7 percent, up from 27.7 percent in the primary and 28 percent in the 2014 runoff. (However, the share of the black vote in the early voting electorate for the November 2014 Senate jungle primary was 33 percent.)

But these numbers all come with a big warning label attached: early voting statistics should not be used to predict results. For one thing, we don’t know how many early voters would have just voted on Election Day, and we also don’t know how many are showing up now when they stayed home last time.

More importantly, they shed absolutely no light on whether Edwards is getting enough crossover support from Republicans, or whether he’s improving on Democrat Mary Landrieu’s performance among white voters last year-two things, among many, he will need to do to win the runoff. That said, early voting statistics can at least warn a party that it is facing a turnout problem, and based on these numbers, there is good reason for Democrats to believe that their voters are not staying home…..


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Political Roundup for November 17, 2015…Rubio / Cruz…RRH Elections


Carson:  You have to like Ben Carson on a personal level, but when you see stories like this you really got to wonder if this guy is even remotely ready for the big stage:  Carson proposed an anti-ISIS coalition, but refused to name any of the potential allies.

Cruz:  Politico states the obvious… campaigns now fear Senator Ted Cruz (R) and his ability to make it late into the primary season.  RRH regulars know many of us think Cruz is running one of the best if not the best campaign this cycle.

More Cruz:  Representative Steve King (R) endorsed Senator Cruz yesterday.  Grabbing King’s endorsement is a key victory for Cruz whose slowly been building a presence in Iowa and should help Cruz gain some traction among the crowd focused on immigration issues.  It probably means that Donald Trump will now go nuclear on King.

Rubio / Cruz:  Senator Marco Rubio (R) launched attacks on Monday against Senator Cruz over Cruz limiting the ability for intelligence and law enforcement to conduct bulk data collection in the United States.  Rubio needs to gain as many national security hawks as possible if he wants to win the nomination and Cruz remains an attractive target because some of those same voters might support Cruz….


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Texas women go back to doing their own pregnancy terminations…

We are going BACKWARDS in this country…..

Even with the law of the land saying we shouldn’t be….

“I didn’t have any money to go to San Antonio or Corpus [Christi]. I didn’t even have any money to get across town … I was just dirt broke.”

That was the response given by a 24-year-old woman in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley when asked by researchers why she had attempted to terminate her pregnancy on her own, without medical help.

Between 100,000 and 240,000 Texas women between the ages of 18 and 49 have tried to end a pregnancy by themselves, according to a pair of surveys released Tuesday by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, a University of Texas-based effort aimed at determining the impact of the state’s reproductive policies….


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Republican Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio…Election Projection

This post is part of Election Projection’s continuing series introducing each 2016 presidential candidate. Follow the link at the end for more information on Marco Rubio, including personal information, family status, education and past political experience, as well as links to Rubio’s biography and ideological positions.

After serving for 9 years in the Florida House of Representatives, the last two as Speaker, Cuban-American Marco Rubio burst onto the national scene in 2009 when he announced he would run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Mel Martinez. Florida governor Charlie Crist, a Republican at the time, also jumped into the race. Crist’s moderate record could not withstand the charisma and conservatism of the photogenic Rubio. Eventually, after losing an early double-digit lead in the polls, Crist decided to concede the GOP nomination to Rubio and run as an independent.

Crist’s move worked well for Rubio, and he earned a spot in Washington in 2010 with a 19-point victory over the former Republican. Democrat Kendrick Meek finished third with 20% of the vote. During the last four years in the Senate, Rubio has compiled a sterling conservative record, achieving a lifetime conservative rating of 98% from the American Conservative Union and a 93% conservative rating from Heritage Action for America.

Despite the certified conservative voting record, Rubio falls into persona-non-grata status among some in the Republican Party because of one issue. In 2013, he joined the ‘Gang of Eight’ bipartisan senators who crafted comprehensive immigration reform. The legislation angered hard line immigration reform opponents, some of whom seem bent on disqualifying any candidate who doesn’t adhere exactly to their stance on that one issue.

Illegal immigration reform notwithstanding, Marco Rubio is a very strong candidate, both in the primaries and in the general election. I don’t agree with the message that he is the new establishment candidate now that Jeb Bush has faded – his record reflects anything but. And I think he is well-suited to win the presidency next November – as long as narrow-mindedness doesn’t trump the day in the GOP primaries.

Republican Nomination Odds: 25%
30-day Trend: UP
Candidate Page: Marco Rubio, 2016 Presidential Candidate

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