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Bannon Admits Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Were Selected To Destroy Their Agencies…

It won’t work that way for most….

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At CPAC this week Stephen Bannon, the Chief Advisor and intellectual heft behind the Twittering infant that sits in the Oval Office, provided a little glimpse of the future he has planned for all of us.

In the clearest explanation for why nearly all of Trump’s cabinet choices are known mostly for despising and attacking the very Federal agencies they’ve been designated to lead, Bannon explained—in very clear language–that they weren’t appointed to lead these agencies, but to destroy them:

Atop Trump’s agenda, Bannon said, was the “deconstruction of the administrative state” — meaning a system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that the president and his advisers believe stymie economic growth and infringe upon one’s sovereignty.

“If you look at these Cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction,” Bannon said. He posited that Trump’s announcement withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership was “one of the most pivotal moments in modern American history.”

The crippling or wholesale elimination of Federal agencies that ensure we receive such things as clean air, clean water, fair labor laws, fair housing standards, anti-discrimination laws, financial protections, food and drug safety, national education standards and the like, has been a goal of far-right “thinkers” for decades. Their rationale, propagated by corporate and industry-funded think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, has always been that that the existence of these “unelected” agencies represents a mortal threat to American “sovereignty and self-government.”  This is exactly the line Bannon was peddling at CPAC today. It is delusional, right-wing garbage.

The reality is that these extensions of the Executive Branch—the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Education, for example– exist to serve the interests of all the American people, performing the painstaking and complex  task of regulating the very things that make all Americans’ lives worth living. They perform this function because history has clearly shown that neither the Congress nor the states are remotely up to the task of doing it. They have neither the time, the expertise, the manpower, or the ability to handle such mammoth responsibilities in a country of 330 million people….

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Political Roundup for February 23, 2017…Who’s gonna win the DNC race?…RRH Elections

Presidential/National

CPAC:  The Trumpification of the Republican Party will be on display at CPAC this weekend. What used to be a conservative event that was hijacked by the Ron Paul Revolution is undergoing a Trumpification as well.  After the Milo fiasco, we should all be wondering why this sad event is even continuing.

2018:  Democrats are feeling urgency to make gains in 2018 or potentially face another decade without congressional or state legislative power.  If they cannot make a move in 2018, they don’t deserve to ever have power again.

Twitter:  Many of us have wondered what kind of control does the Trump clan hold over the President’s twitter usage.  Apparently, Trump’s twitter rage and love are dictated by what he sees on television.

DNC:  The Hill has a breakdown of the DNC race and thinks Representative Keith Ellison (D-NOI / OGGoldy goes Republican) has the edge, but RRH commentary from yesterday seems to doubt these numbers…

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Political Roundup for February 21, 2017…Trump Supporters…RRH Elections…

President-National

NSA:  Lt. General H.R. McMaster has been appointed National Security Adviser replacing Michael Flynn, the former General who was sacked resigned for defying Vice President Pence and the Deep State, and colluding with the Russians.  McMaster is a more conventional pick from a worldview and is known as a warrior-scholar.

Trump Supporters:  The Washington Post looks at how President Trump’s supporters view him as the greatest thing since sliced bread while not understanding why everyone else does not view him as the greatest thing since sliced bread as well.  I guess they feel the same way I felt when people on the right accused former President Obama of being anti-energy while he was the most pro-fracking president in history (before Trump).

Cuomo:  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D / IDC / RINO / Whatever gets me votes today) released New York’s DNC delegates to vote their conscience in the DNC chairperson race.  This is clearly a sign there is no frontrunner so Andy needs as much cover as he can get.

Identity Politics: Victor Davis Hanson examines identity politics and whether we are seeing the End Times of identity politics with the era of Trump.  Hanson argues increased diversity and conflicting goals in the various political coalitions might mean we are seeing the apex of identity politics with a decline occurring in the near future.  We can only hope!

Trump-LBJ:  National Review examines the similarities between President Trump and former President (and the worst president of the last 50 years) Lyndon Johnson.   National Review in particular looks at how the left loves the results LBJ obtained while using Trump style tactics.

RNC:  The RNC has had two record months in a row.  It broke its previous post-presidential election record for January by raising $19.8 million, which is higher than the record breaking December the RNC had.

CPAC:  Showing yet again why CPAC should be banned from occurring by constitutional amendment for the sake of the Republic, the organizers have embarrassed themselves by inviting and uninviting mentally/morally compromised Milo Yiannopoulos over the holiday weekend.  Milo, the gay male Ann Coulter, got himself into real deep sh*t by essentially trying to justify inappropriate relationships between older men and teenage boys.  As conservatism is dead, it is fitting that CPAC and the ACU commit ritualistic suicide by first inviting Milo angering the remaining socially conservative rump then sticking the knife back in their gut by uninviting him unleashing the wrath of his militant sympathizers….

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Nobody likes you Donald. Well, except for non-college whites. How long will that firewall hold?

 By kos  @ Daily Kos

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 15: U.S. President Donald Trump (R) reacts to a reporter shouting a question as he departs with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) following a joint news conference at the East Room of the White House February 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted Prime Minister Netanyahu for talks for the first time since Trump took office on January 20. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Can the incompetent asshole hold on to his core base?

The popular-vote loser is a supremely unlikeable person. Sure, he snuck into the White House thanks to an antiquated electoral system designed to protect the interests of slaveholders, but he didn’t get off to a rousing start. He got no honeymoon period. And somehow, he’s finding new depths of unpopularity to explore, with Pew clocking his favorabilities at 39-56. Of those, 46 percent disapprove “strongly,” which is higher than anything President Barack Obama saw, ever.

Now, lest anyone think that Trump is an anomaly, and not really representative of the GOP (an argument we’ll hear more and more in the months and years ahead), there’s this, “84 percent of Republicans and Republican leaners approve of the way he is handling his job as president.” He’s unambiguously their president.

Now it’s clear that there’s a dramatic racial divide in our nation’s politics, but there’s a dramatic difference among whites based on whether they have a college degree or not:

Approve Disapprove
White 51 48
Black 12 80
Hispanic 25 72
White, College 38 61
White, non-college 57 41

And that white, non-college-educated cohort is Trump’s firewall. He’ll bleed support among all those other groups, but there’s relatively not much room to drop. So if he’s going to end up in the low 30s or even high 20s, very possible within six months, it’ll be because non-college whites start abandoning him. And if Trump loses those guys, there’s nothing else propping up the GOP. And 2018 will be a political bloodbath.

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Political Roundup for February 15, 2017…Obamacare Repeal Not so fast…RRH Elections…

President/National

Flyover Country:  In case some of our readers were wondering as they are worrying about President Trump from their homes on the respective flanks of the country, Trump is still popular in middle America.

Obamacare:  As I predicted months ago, the Republicans are running into serious internal issues regarding the repeal of Obamacare.  If a repeal happens at all, you got to wonder if it will take as long as it took the Democrats to pass Obamacare.

DNC:  Tom Perez claims to have enough votes to win the race for DNC Chairman.  A Perez win would continue Obama control of the DNC.

SBA:  Linda McMahon was confirmed as SBA Director.  She received strong support from both parties by today’s standards.

MI-Sen:  With a dearth of interested candidates, Republicans in Michigan are floating the idea of Kid Rock running for US Senate.  Crazy to think that Kid Rock as a candidate is not that far outside the realm of possibility….

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Trump has another ‘new plan’ that was used by the Nazis against Jews in the 1930s…Daily Kos…

 By Walter Einenkel   @ Daily Kos….
Donald Trump and Steven Bannon with antisemitic Nazi newspaper Der Stürmer

Der Stürmer will just be called “The New York Post” or “Breitbart” or “Fox News.” Something catchy like that. 

On the White House website, inside of the press releases concerning Trump/Bannon executive actions you will find this “Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.” In it, a list of immigrant crimes to be made and updated regularly and given to the public for consumption is ordered.

(b)  To better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions, the Secretary shall utilize the Declined Detainer Outcome Report or its equivalent and, on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens.

Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman interviewed author Andrea Pitzer about her upcoming book concerning Hitler and the history of Concentration Camps in the world.

ANDREA PITZER: Well, this weekly report that he has called for recalls a number of things from the past that we have seen before, which is this move to isolate and identify and then vilify a vulnerable minority community in order to move against it. When he—I just went back last night and reread his speech from when he declared his candidacy, and the Mexican rapist comment was in from the beginning, and so this has been a theme throughout. And we see back in Nazi Germany there was a paper called—a Nazi paper called Der Stürmer, and they had a department called “Letter Box,” and readers were invited to send in stories of supposed Jewish crimes. And Der Stürmer would publish them, and they would include some pretty horrific graphic illustrations of these crimes, as well. And there was even a sort of a lite version of it, if you will, racism lite, in which the Neues Volk, which was more like a Look or a Life magazine, which normally highlighted beautiful Aryan families and their beautiful homes, would run a feature like “The Criminal Jew,” and they would show photos of “Jewish-looking,” as they called it, people who represented different kinds of crimes that one ought to watch out for from Jews.

So this preoccupation with focusing in on one subset of the population’s crimes and then depicting that as somehow depraved and abnormal from the main population is something we’ve seen quite a bit in the past, even in the U.S. Before Japanese-American internment, you had newspapers like the San Francisco Chronicle running about the unassimilability of the Japanese immigrants and also the crime tendencies and depravities they had, which were distinguished from the main American population….

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Daily Kos Morning Digest 2/2/17…: Democrats romp in special election, but too soon to say if Trump’s offering a boost

Iowa Democrat Monica Kurth

Iowa Democrat Monica Kurth

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Special Elections: An interesting thing happened on Tuesday night, in a special election for Iowa’s 89th state House District: Democrats didn’t just win—though they were expected to—they won big. This, suffice it to say, is an outcome Team Blue does not typically see in oddly timed elections, so here’s a little background.

 Late last year, Democratic state Rep. Jim Lykam won a previous special election for the state Senate, thus setting off a second special election—the political equivalent of musical chairs. Democrats, who nominated retired community college instructor Monica Kurth, were favored to retain Lykam’s seat, which is located in the city of Davenport and backed Hillary Clinton by a 52-41 margin.

But you never know with these kinds of races, which so often see turnout among Democratic voters drop disproportionately, compared to elections when there’s a presidential contest on the ballot. What’s more, Clinton’s performance represented a huge drop from four years earlier, when Obama racked up a huge 63-36 win. That falloff seemed to mirror Democrats’ misfortune statewide, and should have been cause for concern.

Kurth, however, completely smashed her Republican opponent, police officer Mike Gonzales, winning by a 72-27 margin, and that’s certainly a positive sign. At the very least, a lot of Trump voters either didn’t show up or switched sides…..

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Political Roundup for February 2, 2017…Cruz debates Sanders on Obamacare…RRH Elections…

President/National:

Price/Mnuchin: Senate Republicans have changed the rules in the Senate Finance Committee to allow HHS Secretary nominee Tom Price (R) and Treasury Secretary Nominee Steve Mnuchin to be sent out of committee n a party-line vote. The decision was necessitated by Dems on the committee staging a walkout in an attempt to deny a quorum.

DeVos: Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos (R) now looks like the Trump cabinet nominee in the most danger after Sens. Susan Collins (R) and Lisa Murkowski (R) announced yesterday that they would vote against her. DeVos now needs every other Republican to stay on board to be confirmed by a 50-50 tie vote.

DNC Chair: Former US Labor Secretary Tom Perez (D) scored a major coup in his bid to become DNC chair when he picked up the endorsement of Joe Biden. Perez is considered one of the two front-runners for the job, along with Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (D), with South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttgieg (D) also having a base of support.

Media Circus: You thought the 2016 campaign was behind you? Think again. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I/D) and Ted Cruz (R) will engage in a fantasy presidential debate to stroke their egos debate the future of Obamacare next Tuesday….

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Open Thread for January 30, 2017…How long will President Trump last in Office?

Really?

Anyone out there think this guy is gonan make it in office for FOUR YEARS?

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Will he ba able to deal with Hillary Clinton beating him in the vote?

Will be able to deal with crises ..or just be be fixated on the latest slight thrown his way?

Will he be able to deal with the first time his ywitter account is hacked and he has to give THAT up?

Will he be able to deal with the move by the Media to commonly call hiom a liar when he does?

Will he want to stay if someone DOES get a hold of his taxes and spreads them across the front pages of America?

Will be want to stay if someone leaks those ‘secret’ bits and pieces that the Russian’s , MI5 and FBI have in the files about him?

Will be able to get over the fact that people NOW regualrly laugh AT HIM?

And that the media, which he plays?

Is helping Democrats (and Republicans) define him as a one dimentioanl egomatic , who lives in “alternate Universe”?

And finally?

Will he stick around if SOMEHOW he gets ordered to give up his BUSINESS enterprises?…ALL OF THEM?

Or will he say?

I’m out…I ain’t giving up my money and then pimp his White House job for even MORE MONEY????

Oh, I forgot….

Will he be able to want to stay if his efforts to get tight with Russian Leader Putin are dashed?

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FiveThirtyEight does the poling review of Trump’s Muslim refugee/visa ban…

Foreign Policy is NOIT about poll numbers…

But…

Here IS a FiveThirtyEight polling review…

……Here’s what we do know….

1. In the context of terrorism, at least a plurality of Americans are OK with immigration bans.

The Trump administration has argued that this is not a ban on Muslims. Rather, they’ll likely argue, as the order itself does, that the policies are meant “to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States.” It’s not at all clear these policies will actually improve national security, but the American people have been more supportive of immigration restrictions in the name of counterterrorism. In a Quinnipiac University poll conducted in January, 48 percent of voters supported “suspending immigration from ‘terror prone’ regions, even if it means turning away refugees from those regions.” Forty-two percent were opposed. And a December Politico/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll found 50 percent of Americans were in favor of “banning future immigration from regions where there are active terrorist groups.”

2. But a majority of Americans oppose a religion-based immigration ban.

Just 41 percent of Americans supported a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country who are not U.S. citizens, according to an August 2016 ABC News/Washington Post poll. A slight majority (52 percent) were opposed. A July CBS News/New York Times survey, which asked a similar question, found only 35 percent of voters thought the U.S. should temporarily ban Muslim immigration.

It’s possible, however, that these polls understate support for Trump’s plan. The surveys by ABC News and CBS News were conducted by live interviewers and called cell phones — generally the most accurate way to conduct a poll. But given that banning Muslim immigrants could be seen as a politically incorrect position, some Americans may feel uncomfortable voicing support for a ban to a stranger in a telephone poll. Morning Consult and YouGov, which conduct surveys over the internet, found a small plurality of Americans support temporarily banning Muslims from entering the U.S.

How long these policies are left in place could also play a role in how the public responds to them. Trump’s immigration and refugee restrictions, at the moment, are only temporary. But his executive order opens the door to more bans in the future, which could prove more unpopular. In the December Politico poll, just 18 percent were in favor of “banning future immigration of people who are Muslim.” The longer Trump’s immigration restrictions remain in place, the more pushback he might encounter.

3. Americans seem OK with lowering the number of refugees accepted by the U.S., but outright bans are not likely to be popular.

Americans think the U.S. accepts too many refugees, whether Syrian refugees specifically or all refugees. In July 2016, when the U.S.’s goal was to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees in per year, an Associated Press/GfK Knowledge Networks poll found that 53 percent of Americans thought the U.S. should allow fewer Syrian refugees to enter the country. Only 11 percent thought we should accept more, and 33 percent thought that level was about right….

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Russian crime bosses kept Trump empire afloat?

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the Trump Soho Hotel in New York on June 22, 2016. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

In 2008, Donald Trump Jr. attended a real estate conference, where he stated that

Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.

As it turns out, that may have been an understatement. Human rights lawyer Scott Horton, whose work in the region goes back to defending Andrei Sakharov and other Soviet dissidents, has gone through a series of studies by the Financial Times to show how funds from Russian crime lords bailed Trump out after yet anther bankruptcy. The conclusions are stark.

Among the powerful facts that DNI missed were a series of very deep studies published in the [Financial Times] that examined the structure and history of several major Trump real estate projects from the last decade—the period after his seventh bankruptcy and the cancellation of all his bank lines of credit. …

The money to build these projects flowed almost entirely from Russian sources. In other words, after his business crashed, Trump was floated and made to appear to operate a successful business enterprise through the infusion of hundreds in millions of cash from dark Russian sources.

He was their man.

Yes, even that much seems fantastic, and the details include business agencies acting as a front for the GRU, billionaire mobsters, a vast network of propaganda sources, and an American candidate completely under the thumb of the Kremlin.

It reads like the a B-grade spy novel, a plot both too convoluted—and too bluntly obvious—for John le Carré. The problem is it may not be a conspiracy theory. It may be a conspiracy.

 Horton’s analysis comes from piecing together information in three Financial Times “deep reports.” One of these focused on Sergei Millian, the head of the Russian American Chamber of Commerce in the US at the time of Trump Jr.’s “money pouring in from Russia” claim….

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There are reports that President trump will make his first trip out of the country to Iceland to meet with Russian President Putin….

Update….

I guess that was too much…

The report has been denied....

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Bernie Sanders will help Democrats rally against Medicare/Medicaid cuts

 By Meteor Blades   @ Daily Kos
ESSINGTON, PA - JULY 27:  Senator Bernie Sanders exits the stage after addressing the New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont delegation breakfast at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on July 27, 2016 in Essington, Pennsylvania. The convention officially began on Monday and is expected to attract thousands of protesters, members of the media and Democratic delegates to the City of Brotherly Love.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Bernie Sanders doing the Democratic Party job of persuading congressional colleagues to help organize nationwide pre-inaugural protest rallies over potential cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other health matters Republicans are likely to take up in Congress come January.

In what Tim Fernholz at Quartz calls the Democrats’ “first major gesture of opposition” to the incoming Trump regime, Senator Chuck Schumer, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Bernie Sanders have put their signatures on a letter to congressional colleagues Wednesday that might have come as a surprise to many of them. It encourages them to join with Sanders to help organize pre-inaugural rallies in their states to rouse opposition to a Republican-driven budget bill “that will severely undermine the health needs of the American people.” Leftover money from the Sanders campaign will fund the organizing effort.

The expected budget bill provisions, as you see in the full letter below, are a direct attack on Medicare and Medicaid, the three say, and will likely include hikes in prescription drug prices and a threat to nursing home care for millions of Americans.

Called “Our First Stand: Save Health Care,” the resistance rallies are slated for Sunday, Jan. 15. Here’s Fernholz:

Sanders, whose run for the Democratic presidential nomination this year emboldened the left wing of the Democratic party, has seen his cachet rise in a party looking for leadership following Hillary Clinton’s defeat in November. Amidst the recriminations and a messy race to head up the party’s national committee, it hasn’t been clear who would be the face of Democratic opposition to Trump. Now, we have an answer.

While Sanders’ harsh critique of the millionaire and billionaire class turned off professional Democrats who benefit from the global economy during his primary run, the election results have convinced party leaders that they need to better articulate how their economic policies will lead to broadly shared prosperity.

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‘We the People’ Concert to counter to Trump Swearing-In?

The ‘Resistance will continue…..
By Walter Einenkel   @ Daily Kos

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 08: A performer dances during Mangueira performance at the Rio Carnival in Sambodromo on February 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Despite the Zika virus epidemic, thousands of tourists gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the carnival. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images)

Maybe not this “awesome,” but equally so in a different way… 

Politico’s Playbook is reporting that a concert promoter is putting together a “we the People” concert to compete with Donald Trump’s inauguration.

MARK ROSS, a concert promoter and the son of the late Time Warner CEO Steve Ross, is in the process of putting together a large-scale concert called “We the People” to DIRECTLY compete with Donald Trump’s inauguration. The organizers are looking to hold the event in Miami on Inauguration Day. “The talent is banging on our doors to do this,” according to a source familiar with the planning, although not a single act has been revealed as of yet. Ross is in the midst of lining up funding, according to a source.

If true, it would definitely make Donald Trump sad. The bad news is that it might speed up his administration’s plans to ban public gatherings. Of course, that fight seems to have already begun.

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Political Roundup for December 15, 2016…When is Trump bringing those jobs he promised to Ohio?….RRH Elections

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Trump-Ohio:  Ohio voters are confident President-Elect Donald Trump (Who Knows?) will bring the change they desire.  The voters surveyed seem to be expecting all things from Trump including cutting the deficit, which he has no problem blowing up from his own statements.  Trump is a transactional guy.  Everything is negotiable.

Trump-Bulldozer:  Conrad Black describes President-Elect Trump as a bulldozer heading at 6omph towards a pile of destruction caused by decades of mismanagement and misgovernance.  I do not disagree with Black in his assessment.  I think Trump is going to get a lot of leeway from his supporters because the situation is viewed as being so bleakly by them.

Trump-Tech:  The technology world is warming up to Trump as leadership from Tesla and Uber are getting on board the Trump economic advisory group.  It will be interesting to see if a”newer tech” is breaking from the existing “new tech”.

Celebrities:  If anyone wanted to enrage the Great Unwashed and get me to jump in front of their angry mob, it is the celebrities who think since they try to entertain us (emphasis on try) that they have the right to blabber their incoherent ideological garbage everywhere all the time.  Now some are trying to directly appeal to electors to get them to vote against Trump.  Cannot we all just cut the cord, stop going to theaters, and ignore them?

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The Potential firewall against Tillerson getting Sec of State Confirmation…

The fight to STOP President-Elect Donald Trump from cahnging America’s adversarial relationship with a Putin led Russia will be tested in the confirmation fight for Rex Tillerson to be Donald Trump’s Sec of State…..

Five Thirty Eight games out the list of Senator’s that could vote against confirmation….

…….there’s the investigation into possible Russian meddling in the election, which today was (somewhat grudgingly) endorsed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. I searched news accounts and each senator’s Twitter feed and came up with a list of 16 Republican senators or senators-elect1 who have expressed support for such an investigation, including 13 who have done so since the Nov. 8 election.

The list isn’t necessarily comprehensive, since many senators have not been weighing in on the idea of an investigation until the past few days. It’s hard to find senators who are openly opposed to such an investigation, in fact, although a few, such as Texas Sen. John Cornyn, have downplayed the potential importance of Russia’s influence on the campaign.

Still, the senators who both called for an investigation and signed the Ukraine letter make for a preliminary list of Russia hawks. Seven Republicans fit this bill:

SENATOR STATE SIGNED UKRAINE LETTER? SUPPORTS INVESTIGATION INTO POTENTIAL RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE?
John McCain Arizona Yes Yes
Cory Gardner Colorado Yes Yes
Marco Rubio Florida Yes Yes
Pat Roberts Kansas Yes Yes
Rob Portman Ohio Yes Yes
Lindsey Graham South Carolina Yes Yes
Ron Johnson Wisconsin Yes Yes
Jerry Moran Kansas No Yes
Mitch McConnell Kentucky No Yes
Rand Paul Kentucky No Yes
Susan Collins Maine No Yes
James Lankford Oklahoma No Yes
Bob Corker Tennessee No Yes
Chuck Grassley Iowa No Yes, before election
Deb Fischer Nebraska No Yes, before election
Ben Sasse Nebraska No Yes, before election
John Boozman Arkansas Yes No clear public position
Johnny Isakson Georgia Yes No clear public position
Jim Risch Idaho Yes No clear public position
Jim Inhofe Oklahoma Yes No clear public position
John Barrasso Wyoming Yes No clear public position
Which Republicans are Russia hawks?

Highlighted senators are members of the Foreign Relations Committee

There aren’t a lot of surprises on that list. It includes three of the most well-known Russia hawks in the Senate — Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John McCain of Arizona and Marco Rubio of Florida — along with Cory Gardner of Colorado, one of the few Republicans to represent a state won by Hillary Clinton. There’s also Portman, Pat Roberts of Kansas and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin…..

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Political Roundup for December 13, 2016…RRH Elections…

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Trump:  President-Elect Trump postponed a news conference where he planned on detailing the efforts to still enrich the Trump empire avoid conflicts of interest with his business assets.  Trump promised this news conference for December 15 way back in November.  Now he promises to have it by January 20.

DNI:  In a real WTF moment, avoid Trump hater Carly Fiorina is in consideration for Director of National Intelligence.

Pennsylvania:  Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein (Con Artist, weirdo, hippy, criminal, etc…) received a strong rebuke from U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond who dismissed the Green Party’s scam to raise funds demand for a recount of Pennsylvania’s paper ballots and an examination of Pennsylvania’s voting machines.  I have not spoken much about Pennsylvania’s voting machines despite some weird comments in the press about them being hackable.  Considering the machines are not hooked up to any external means of communication and are slightly more sophisticated than the ten plus year old elliptical bike in my basement, anyone saying the machines have been hacked should be placed under a mental health evaluation hold at the local hospital.

Wisconsin:  Speaking of Green Party lunacy, Wisconsin completed its recount and discovered El-Presidente-Elect Trump widened his lead by 162 votes.  Rigged!

Colorado:  A Clinton appointed U.S. District Court judge has tossed an attempt to unbind Colorado’s presidential electors.   Judge Wiley Daniel denied two Democratic electors injunction request on the basis such a request would undermine the democratic process.

Electoral College:  Speaking over undermining the democratic process, Representative Jim Himes (Limousine Liberal) wants electors to vote against El-Presidente-Elect Trump as he is “completely unhinged”.  Maybe if the Democratic Party nominated a better candidate we would not be facing a Trump presidency….

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