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McCain goes after Trump like Corker has…

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In an event that John McCain made with Joe Biden?

The Arizona Republican Senator joins Sen Corker and Sec of State Rex Tillerson and using strong comments to deride Donald Trump as President….

An emotional Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) launched a thinly veiled critique of President Trump’s global stewardship Monday night, using a notable award ceremony to condemn “people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems.”

McCain said that “some half-baked, spurious nationalism” should be considered “as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”

The 2008 Republican presidential nominee spoke with Independence Hall in his line of sight, having just been awarded the Liberty Medal by the National Constitution Center, a nonpartisan institution built across the street from the spot where the Founding Fathers debated the nation’s future.

The award was presented by Joe Biden, the former vice president who served 22 years in the Senate with McCain. Biden is now chairman of the Constitution Center.

In his remarks, Biden paid tribute to McCain’s commitment as a captured Navy pilot refusing early release from his Vietnamese captors, to his bipartisan work in the Senate….

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Trump warns McCain….

Ah….Add McCain to the increasing group of Senators have little reason to support their party leader?

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Could Democrats actually have Senate Majority chances?

Politico does a piece on a Democrats quiet hopes thatb they could actually squeak out enough wins next November to get a narrow majority in the US Senate….

In Reality?….The chances are VERY SLIM….

But hope springs eternal and ya never know with Trump and Bannon  running also against Senate Republican lawmakers what could happen…

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……Senate Democrats, once all but resigned to staying in the minority until at least 2020, say the door to retaking the chamber in next year’s midterms has cracked — just barely — if everything breaks their way. And instead of boasting about how many more seats they’re about to pick up, Republicans are now pondering the once-unthinkable possibility of losing the Senate, and with it, the ability to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominees.

While Republicans have been locked in bruising internal battles all year, legislatively and in GOP primaries, Senate Democrats in recent days scored a prized recruit in Arizona and saw a Republican titan in Tennessee, Bob Corker, retire. Public polls in the Alabama Senate race have shown Democrat Doug Jones within single digits of bomb-throwing Republican Roy Moore — forcing national Democrats to wrestle with whether to spend money in one of the most conservative states in the nation.

Democratic senators are loath to boast too publicly about their recent spate of political fortune. But they’re starting to see a path, however narrow, that hadn’t existed before.

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The 2018 map nonetheless heavily favors Republicans, who are defending just eight seats next fall compared to 25 for Senate Democrats. For Democrats to take the majority, they would have to successfully defend all their incumbents in conservative territory while picking up Nevada, Arizona and then a deep-red state such as Alabama, Tennessee or Texas….

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White House: Trump is the one ‘keeping the world from chaos’…Open Thread for Oct. 6, 2017

Folling a well established routine ….

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has made sure everyone, but mostly her boss Donald Trump KNOWS that HE is the man in charge of the American Government….

Not Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly whom Sen. Bob Corker named as the guys who “help separate our country from chaos.”…..

Asked about the comments from Corker, Sanders on Friday reminded the White House press corps at the daily briefing who’s in charge.

“Look, I think that the president is the one that’s keeping the world from chaos,” she said. “He has an incredible team around him that’s helping him lead that effort, and he’s had tremendous accomplishments on the international stage by working with allies and confronting enemies.”

“We’re gonna continue doing that,” she added. “We’re gonna continue doing that as a team with the president leading that effort.”….

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Forget the Democrats…Could the Republican majorities disappear because of the Right?

No Repeal of Obamacare….

No Tax Cut….

No Wall…..

Dreamers staying….

Conservative ‘true believers ‘ banned from the White House?

Sure Donald Trump HAS the support of most Republicans….

But even THAT is dropping….

But hardcore rightwingnuts got in bed with Donald Trump because they believed he would DO what THEY wanted….

Things haven’t turned out that way…..

Could the Republicans be on the way to running a batch of crazies like Roy Moore?…Could those same rightwingnuts be SO pissed at their parties inactions that they stay home…or put guys in place could turn out to be strident that even in Red state’s they lose?…..WOULD THIS SPLIT THE GRAND OLE PARTY creating a whole for Democrats to walk thru?

Could Donald Trump and the crazies be the best thing that Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer could have helping him get Mitch McConnell’s second job?

Republican leaders are facing a conservative backlash if their latest effort to repeal parts of ObamaCare this week fails — or even if it passes.

GOP base voters are frustrated with the lack of accomplishments, and their frustration is on full display in the Alabama Republican primary runoff, where former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has a substantial lead in the polls over incumbent Sen. Luther Strange.

Conservative activists say the latest GOP health-care bill sponsored by Sens. Bill Cassidy (La.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) falls short of the promise to repeal ObamaCare “root and branch,” but it’s better than nothing.

If that fails this week, as expected, Republican primary voters will have even less confidence in the GOP establishment — a rift that could spell trouble for incumbents in next year’s primaries.

“The backlash for the members of Congress more than the president could be significant if they truly can’t get their ducks in a row and get repeal accomplished,” said Chip Roy, former chief of staff to Sen. Ted Cruz(R-Texas), warning of danger for Republicans up for reelection next year.

“They would be in a much stronger position if they had done what they said what they were going to do and should have done, which was repeal it at a date certain and then have a series of discussions and debate about how to reform health care,” he said.

“We’re now staring at a much messier 2018 if Republicans continue to fail to get the job done,” he said.

Republican strategists and conservative activists predict that combined with Moore’s projected victory over Strange, an ObamaCare defeat will embolden conservative challengers to take on Senate and House GOP incumbents…..

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Trump supporters want him to keep beating on GOP lawmakers…

Those supporters feel that Donald Trump should continue a ‘scorched earth’  policy aimed at those who he needs to get anything done in Congress….It really hasn’t been effective recently and going into the fall Trump will need even more from those he is attacking daily as they deal with legislation to keep the country running….

Steve Bannon and now Roger Stone will continue their efforts to ‘shake things up’, which plays to Trump’s penchant to swing at anything that gets in his way of not getting what he wants…

The guy seems unable to adjust to the to the fact that he is President and needs to work with his fellow adopted party leaders to get things done…

He always gave on that he liked Putin and Saddam types of guys, eh?

Republicans on Capitol Hill lament President Trump’s aggressive behavior toward them, but some people in the president’s orbit are urging him to up the ante even further.

They say that, far from making nice, Trump needs to instill fear so that lawmakers do not feel at liberty to thwart him.

“Most members of Congress are arrogant, and until a scalp is actually taken they are going to continue to be defiant,” longtime Trump friend Roger Stone told The Hill. “All he needs to do is punish one incumbent and I think you’d see a sea-change.”

Advice like Stone’s feeds the president’s instincts to hit back hard against those whom he believes have wronged him: a list that at present appears to include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as well as GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.).

Trump’s biggest defeat to date, on his attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act, came at the hands of McCain and Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska.), who joined Democrats to sink a Senate bill.

Other Trump loyalists join Stone in arguing that the president should neither forgive nor forget.

“He is 100 percent correct to go after McCain, Flake, Murkowksi,” said Sam Nunberg, who worked as an aide to Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Nunberg also expressed the hope that Trump would be able to engineer the defeat of Collins in a GOP primary if she sought to become Maine’s governor.

But Nunberg drew a distinction between those senators who have been critical of Trump and the GOP leadership on Capitol Hill.

“I do think it is counterproductive for him to have a strained relationship with Leader McConnell,” Nunberg said, citing both the danger to Trump’s legislative agenda and the widespread support McConnell enjoys among his colleagues.

Steve Bannon, recently ousted as Trump’s chief strategist, does not appear to be in a compromising mood, however. He promised to keep up his own attacks on McConnell in an interview published by The Economist on Friday…..

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While he checks the media everyday?

In order to protect him from the crazies?

John Kelly is further isolating  the man….

And Trump’s support numbers continue to inch DOWNWARD as he continues to try leverage those supporters possible votes  against Republicans across the country who are NOT happy with him and must decide what to do…..

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Senate has agreement on New Sanctions against Russia…

Donald Trump has tried to change America’s relationship with the Russian’s….

It has gotten him and his people a LOT of trouble that is gonna continue and is getting serious….

The Congress and Republican’s Trump ran against have moved to check Trump’s ability to deal with Putin & Co……

A few months  ago?

The Republicans wouldn’t have doing this…

The Senate has clinched a wide-ranging bipartisan agreement to slap new financial penalties on Russia and limit President Trump’s ability to lift sanctions without giving Congress a chance to weigh in.

“It’s as comprehensive as we could make it, and it’s going to be a very good piece of legislation,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters on Monday night, shortly after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) formally filed the deal.

The agreement imposes new sanctions including “malicious cyber activity” on behalf of Moscow, individuals supplying weapons to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government or individuals tied to Russia’s intelligence and defense sectors.

The deal would also give Congress 30 days—or 60 days around the August recess—to review and potentially block Trump from lifting or relaxing Russia sanctions. ….

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It would also codify the sanctions on Russia imposed by executive order by the Obama administration and allow the Trump administration to impose new sanctions on sectors of the Russian economy.

Senators filed the deal late Monday night to a separate Iran sanctions bill currently being debated on the floor.

Both are likely to be voted on this week, marking a significant shift from even last month, when top Republicans appeared wary of moving forward with such sanctions. ….

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The Bill hasn’t been voted on yet…And Trump COULD veto it…..

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Clinton VP choice Tim Kaine has GOP admiriers’…

If in fact the 2017 US Senate winds up like the present polling numbers suggest and the upper US legislative body forms up as basicly 50%/50% Dem’s and GOPer’s?

Time Kaine as the tie breakers will be welcomed to step in by many in the GOP….He is looked as a guy Rubibaicans MIGHT be able to work with…..

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While Republicans are loath to praise Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, some GOP senators have kinder words for her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

Several GOP senators have welcomed Kaine’s record of bipartisanship and said they would be willing to work with him on a number of different issues, Politico reported on Saturday.

“He could be a tremendous asset,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said. “He understands the issues, he cares about having an outcome and I think he could be very effective with working with people here.”

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Kaine is widely liked by the whole party and maintains his focus on substance.

“I don’t know anybody on the Republican side who has a bad thing to say about him. He doesn’t go out of his way to go after people politically and he’s all about policy,” he said.

However, while some may have positive things to say about Kaine, others in the GOP are skeptical that he will remain bipartisan under pressure…..

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‘Houseshit’ Obama tells lawmakers who go at him on Syria inaction…

This Politico piece is actually about a President who has taken TONS of shit from Congress and has at times slipped into using expletives in his off the record comments….

You GO Mr. President…..

President Barack Obama reportedly lashed out at lawmakers for speaking out against him on Syria in a private meeting two weeks ago, calling their criticism “horsesh—.”
The incident, first reported by The Daily Beast on Monday evening, occurred at a July 31 meeting between the president and a bipartisan group of congressional leaders. Two individuals in the meeting said that several lawmakers — including Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Corker of Tennessee — criticized the president’s slow movement on providing arms to Syrian rebels.

Obama proceeded to defend his policy on Syria, adding that their suggestion that arming the opposition earlier would have been a better policy was “horsesh—.”
The White House reportedly confirmed the back-and-forth over Syria but didn’t confirm Obama’s use of the word.

The report came just days after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized the president for failing to take swifter action in Syria, a pointed critique from a major Democratic leader and former high-level Obama Cabinet secretary. In an Atlantic interview published over the weekend, Clinton said that Obama’s “failure” to help arm and organize a rebel fighting force “left a big vacuum, where the jihadists have now filled.”

The president pushed back against his Syria critics again in an interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, saying that it was a “fantasy” to believe that arming the poorly trained and disorganized opposition could have helped topple Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime. He added that his administration has long struggled to find reliable partners within the opposition to safely supply arms.

Oddly enough, the president has also come under fire for his use of a separate expletive used in regard to foreign policy. In her interview, Clinton jabbed at the White House’s foreign policy quip that its major foreign policy doctrine is: “Don’t do stupid sh—.”

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Volkswagen plant in Tennessee votes down union…And notes interference…

Please read the reason given for the vote totals….

The vote is NOT as clear cut as one might think with the outcome….

Outside the factory politics played a significant part in this….

Union officials praised Volkswagon but blamed politicians who had warned workers that by joining they union, they could hurt their own economic interests.

“We commend Volkswagen for its commitment to global human rights, to worker rights and trying to provide an atmosphere of freedom to make a decision,” UAW Region 8 Director Gary Casteel, who directs the union’s Southern organizing, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, politically motivated third parties threatened the economic future of this facility and the opportunity for workers to create a successful operating model that that would grow jobs in Tennessee.”

UAW officials vowed they would not give up in their effort to organize workers in the South, a region that historically has been much more difficult to unionize.

“While we’re outraged by politicians and outside special interest groups interfering with the basic legal right of workers to form a union, we’re proud that these workers were brave and stood up to the tremendous pressure from outside,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer Dennis Williams. “We hope this will start a larger discussion about workers’ right to organize.”

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Labor offered praise for Volkswagen…..

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Congress and the Admin never really clicked with the selling on Syria….

The President’s selling of military action aginst Syria was a flop…..

It simply did not move very many in Congress….

There where a LOT reason’s why…..

Some….

American’s are tired of military action oversea’s….

The Admin really didn’t know and expleain what their goal was in any action…..

The Admin already had begun ‘mission creep’ in the Syrian thing….

Congress while intially FOR action….Did a 180 once it became apparent American’s where NOT for action…

And of course the Republicans as usual have defied their leadership and just will do ANYTHING to NOT agree with President Obama….(and fundraise already)

The briefings helped solidify a decision in the Democrat’s mind: The White House’s plan to launch a military strike in Syria was precisely the wrong way to go.

“It never did rise to the level that the threat was imminent to the United States of America,” said Manchin, who drafted an alternative Syria plan with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.). “And the reaction from our actions would have been a much greater risk to our country than an inaction at this time.”

Over the past two weeks, senior White House officials mounted the most intense bipartisan lobbying campaign they have ever conducted on Capitol Hill — with Obama administration officials speaking with more than 370 House members and at least 93 senators — to persuade lawmakers to back the president on Syria.

But according to many House and Senate members from both parties, the briefings were a flop: They raised more questions than answers and failed to persuade skeptical lawmakers to back a use-of-force resolution.

Congress is off the hook — for now — as Obama is pursuing diplomatic options with Russia before seeking any vote on military force in Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Geneva on Thursday to meet with his Russian counterparts. If diplomacy fails, the Senate may resume consideration of a resolution, calling for “limited and tailored” strikes of up to 90 days while prohibiting the use of combat forces on the ground.

But the lingering questions from lawmakers span the gamut. Many express frustration that there is no clear answer on what would happen if the U.S. were to launch a “limited” military campaign against Syrian President Bashar Assad. The failure to win over lawmakers in both chambers underscores the bind the White House finds itself in: If diplomacy fails, Congress is unlikely to go along either.

Even supporters of military action in Syria are frustrated that the administration’s sales job floundered…..

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