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Senator Gillibrand would like to have hearings featuring Trump’s sexual misconduct accusers….There are 19 of them…

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…by subir  @ Daily Kos….

The White House sent out Kellyanne Conway to respond to Sen. Gillibrand’s demand:

“Those accusers have had their day on your network and elsewhere,” Conway said to George Stephanopoulos in response to Gillibrand’s tweets. “They were trotted out again late last year.”

“I don’t need a lecture from Kirsten Gillibrand or anybody else who protected and defended and harbored a sitting president who had sexual relations in the Oval Office and was impeached for lying. I don’t need a lecture from her or anybody else.”

— thinkprogress.org/…

As a reminder, there are 19 courageous women who have accused the president of harassment and/or sexual assault. The accusations include rape, groping, forcible kissing, sexual harassment and invasion of privacy (peeping tom). These 19 brave women are…..

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Don’t hold your breath for this….

There was an attempted terror attack last Friday on a U.S. airport, and no one is talking about it.

By RETIII  @ Daily Kos
The North Florida Survival Group teaches “patriots” of all ages to handle weapons and survive in the wild.

This is pretty amazing.  As explained by Shaun King at the Intercept, a terror attack on a U.S. airport was narrowly foiled just this past Friday:

On past Friday morning, at 12:39 a.m., security footage from the Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina showed a man walking through the front doors wearing black clothing and a black cap, while carrying a bag. “Based on a review of the video, the individual walked near the entrance to the terminal, went out of sight momentarily, and was then seen departing the area without the bag,” according to the criminal complaint.

Following the Transportation Security Administration’s protocols, airport security allowed a bomb dog to sniff the bag for explosives and the dog signaled to the team the presence of dangerous materials in the bag. The concourse was then shut down. The street leading to the airport was shut down. And Asheville Regional Airport officials found themselves in a dangerous emergency situation.

What investigators eventually found in the bag was AN/FO (Ammonium Nitrate/Fuel Oil) explosives that, according to the criminal complaint, have been used “in a number of terrorist-related incidents around the world. When AN/FO comes into contact with a flame or other ignition source it explodes violently. Nails or ball bearings are often items added to the device so as to increase the devastation inflicted by the explosion.”

This bomb was meant to cause multiple deaths:

In fact, sharp nails and bullets were found in this improvised explosive device. Whoever built it designed the bomb to cause horrific bodily harm. Before disarming it, authorities discovered that the alarm attached to it was scheduled to go off at 6:00 a.m. that morning just as a fresh round of travelers was scheduled to arrive at the airport.

The man who planted it, it turns out, openly admitted to authorities that he was “preparing to fight a war on U.S. soil” and that this bomb was but one part of that war.

Holy cow!  Where is the wall-to-wall media coverage?  Why hasn’t President Trump been tweeting about this?  How is this story uncovered?

Well, as Shaun King points out, the answer appears to be because the bomber — who has been arrested — is not Muslim.  No, he is a White guy.  A militia type who wanted to kill Americans and start a war on U.S soil….

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Democrats continue to flip State legisaltive seats from Republicans…

Democrats are making gains in state legislative races…
Reversing their loses from the obama years,,,,

Democrats still aren’t tired of winning.

On Tuesday, Democrats flipped yet another seat from red to blue—the fifth Democratic pickup this cycle. (Republicans have yet to flip a seat in a contested election.)

This win further extends the trend of Democratic victories and electoral over-performances this cycle. Tonight’s victory in New Hampshire not only brings the total number of Democratic pickups to five, but it brings the number of races in which Democrats have outperformed the party’s 2016 presidential results in these same legislative and congressional districts to 25 (out of 35 held since last November, with special elections 36 and 37, also held on September 12, results to come.).

Democrat Charlie St. Clair, an avid motorcyclist and small business owner, won today’s New Hampshire House special election 56-44 percent, becoming the first Democrat to win this district since 2012. He’ll replace Robert Fisher, a Republican who resigned in May after he lied under oath about his involvementwith the deeply misogynistic Reddit forum known as “The Red Pill,” which he founded and posted terrible things on frequently. Trump won this district 56-39 percent last fall, making tonight’s win a 28-point swing towards the Democrat.

This dramatic shift tracks with the massive improvement in Democratic performance in the majority of special elections at both the congressional and state legislative level since Trump’s election last November. The greatest of these swings—48 percent!—was in Oklahoma in May.

This pickup follows two dramatic flips in the Oklahoma House and Senate in July. In May, Democrats flipped another state House seat in New Hampshire and a state Assembly seat in New York. In all four of these pickups, the Democrat not only won but also over-performed the presidential numbers numbers last fall by double digits, by margins that range from 11 percent to 39 percent. And while everyone loves a sexy pickup, Democrats have also defended key seats—many of them very difficult holds—in the IowaVirginia,Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, and South Carolina legislatures….

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Could a Democrat dispose Nevada GOP Senator Dean Heller?

The guy wanted to do the right thing on Healthcare Repeal…

In the end he backed own….

He now has issues….

Democrats need to any and ALL US Senate seat wins they can get next year….

RENO, NV - APRIL 17: Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) listens at a town hall with Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) inside the Reno-Sparks Convention Center on April 17, 2017 in Reno, Nevada. Heller and Amodei spoke with constituents for over two hours on key issues including immigration reform and healthcare.   (Photo by David Calvert/Getty Images)

Dean Heller

Sen. Dean Heller cannot be having a good day. A new poll shows the Nevada Republican in serious trouble as he heads for his 2018 re-election bid. Public Policy Polling has zero good news for Heller, and some very good news for Democrats looking to unseat him.

  • Heller’s job performance approval is just 22 percent, with 55 percent disapproving.
  • Heller trails a generic Democratic opponent, 31 percent to 50 percent.
  • The poll was taken July 26 to 27, just before Heller voted (again) for Republican healthcare repeal plans. Asked if they approved or disapproved of “the Senate Republicans’ health care repeal and replace plan that is currently being debated, 54 percent of people said they disapproved. Again, and it can’t be emphasized enough, Heller voted for that plan.

To recap: Nevada voters don’t approve of the job Dean Heller is doing in Washington. They didn’t approve of it before he went to the mat for a healthcare repeal bill they also don’t approve of. And if the election were held today, his Democratic opponent would take 50 percent of the vote to Heller’s 31 percent.

Heller is beatable, but he will benefit from a lot of Republican dark money between now and Election Day 2018,…

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Trump orchestrates his First ‘atta boy’ cabinet meeting…Schumer makes fun of it….

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23:  U.S. President Donald Trump (R) hosts a reception for House and Senate Republican and Democratic leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House January 23, 2017 in Washington, DC.  Attending were Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (L) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).  (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

Schumer talks with the great and glorius tweeter

This morning Donald Trump hosted his first full Cabinet meeting. In a bizarre and unprecedented move, Trump assembled his squad and went around the room, allowing each person a moment to praise Donald Trump before the cameras. Weird, right? Here’s a glimpse of Reince Preibus and his particularly cringeworthy praise:

Showing off their sense of humor, Sen. Chuck Schumer and his staff released a short video this afternoon that is A++ trolling of our great and glorious tweeter-in-chief and his possibly soon-to-be-unemployed chief of staff. Watch it below:

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Republicans defend Donald Trump: He’s too ignorant to be responsible for his abuses

KENOSHA, WI - APRIL 18:  President Donald Trump speaks to workers at the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-On on April 18, 2017 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. During the visit, Trump signed an executive order to try to bring jobs back to American workers and revamp the H-1B visa guest worker program.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Republicans have their excuse for Donald Trump’s abusive, inappropriate behavior: he just doesn’t know any better.

“Of course there needs to be a degree of independence” between federal law enforcement and the White House, Ryan said. But he added, “The president’s new at this. He’s new to government, and so he probably wasn’t steeped in the long-running protocols that establish the relationships between [the Justice Department], FBI and White House. He’s just new to this.”

Ryan later said he was “not saying it’s an acceptable excuse,” except that of course he totally was. His initial answer wasn’t just Ryan spitballing. Expect to hear variations on this from Republicans, because … what else are they going to say?

“It has to still be legal and right and all that, but I think a lot of it is — he’s used to being the CEO,” Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), an early Trump endorser, said Wednesday after Comey’s preliminary statement was published.

“And all that.” Laws, ethics, yada yada blah blah blah. When you’re the CEO, you get to bully and intimidate whoever you want! But guys. Guys. Even if all this is true, does a 70-year-old man who runs a long campaign for a job and then spends a couple months preparing to start that job not have some kind of responsibility to learn what that job entails? If someone gets thrown headfirst into a pool unexpectedly, “he didn’t know how to swim” is a reasonable excuse for what follows. If someone begs to be allowed onto the swim team and then is told “okay, you can be on the swim team starting in two months” and at his first swim meet it turns out he hasn’t bothered to learn to swim, that is on him. Except here, Trump’s sin isn’t against a swim team, it’s against the rule of law.

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Healthcare Repeal would screw Texas (And other Southwestern states) BIG Time….

And isn’t that Ted Cruz’s State?

(And the other state’s mostly Republican territory?)

The guy sitting on the Senate Republican Healthcare re-write team?

Percentage of people without health insurance coverage by state before the ACA, according to the United States Census Bureau (2009). Lighter states how high rates on insured, darker ones show lower coverage rates.

Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes the numbers of people without comprehensive health insurance. Whether it’s total numbers or highest percentage of uninsured, the Lone Star State stands with the worst of them. And if republicans in Washington, DC, have anything to say about it, Texas will likely keep that lead and remain the undisputed king of the uninsured, by kicking as many people as possible off whatever health insurance they’ve managed to find in droves, and pricing those who need it the most out of the market and right into an early grave:

It’s unclear whether the latest version of Speaker Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act will garner enough support from moderate Republicans to pass the House. But what’s certain is the measure could have a major impact on Texas as a new amendment would allow states to opt out of key Obamacare regulations governing how much insurers can charge people with pre-existing conditions and the services they must offer. … But critics, already concerned over previous findings that the American Health Care Act would result in millions of low-income Americans dropping coverage, worry the changes could mean states like Texas return to pre-ACA days when people with pre-existing conditions suffered…..

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Trump thinks he can make a Trump/Ryancare deal with Schumer and McConnell?

 By Joan McCarter  @ Daily Kos….
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23:  U.S. President Donald Trump (R) hosts a reception for House and Senate Republican and Democratic leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House January 23, 2017 in Washington, DC.  Attending were Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (L) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).  (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

Popular vote loser Donald Trump was in a buoyant mood Tuesday at a White House reception for the Senate. He was so pleased that “A lot of people showed up” that he was optimistic and generous, promising that there would be a “deal” on Trumpcare, “very quickly.”

“A lot of people showed up,” Trump said of the crowd, which included more than half the Senate and their spouses. “People we weren’t expecting. I know that we are all going to make a deal on health care. That’s such an easy one.”

He added, “I have no doubt that’s going to happen very quickly.”

Never mind that massive, catastrophic collapse of his premiere legislative effort and the thing he’d been promising to do “day one” for the whole of the presidential campaign—repeal Obamacare. But hey, it’s just “such an easy one.” Because they all showed up to his party, apparently, and he had “some very special friends in the room,” a “shockingly … bipartisan” crowd. He even happily greeted the man he had called “Fake Tears Chuck Schumer”—whose great-grandmother died in the Holocaust—for opposing his Muslim ban. “I think we are going to have some very good relationships—right, Chuck?” he called out Tuesday night. “I see Chuck. Hello, Chuck.”

“Nobody ever told me that politics was going to be so much fun,” said the man whose campaign is under investigation by the FBI for potential treason and who has the lowest approval rating of any new president since polling began. Fun times.

For the record, a deal is not going to happen…..

GWB White House lawyer: ‘FBI uncovering evidence of treason. There is no other word for it’

 By Jen Hayden   @ Dily Kos….
Screenshot of George W. Bush ethics attorney Richard Painter on ABCNews talking about the Trump Transition.

And given Breitbart’s role in all of this, what a coincidence that key Breitbart players are now playing key roles in the White House:

Breitbart, which has drawn criticism for pursuing a white nationalist agenda, was formerly led by Stephen Bannon, who became chief executive officer of Trump’s election campaign last August and now serves as Trump’s strategic adviser in the White House. The news site’s former national security editor, Sebastian Gorka, was a national security adviser to Trump’s campaign and presidential transition team. He now works as a key Trump counterterrorism adviser.

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Trump blames Obama for Resistance protests…

US President Barack Obama laughs as he arrives to hand out treats to children trick-or-treating for Halloween on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, October 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB / AFP / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Popular vote loser Donald Trump led up to his big speech to Congress with an interview on Fox and Friends, and offered his own personal explanations for why things are going so poorly. It’s not that he’s doing a bad job, see, it’s just a messaging problem and also a problem of Barack Obama secretly working against him.

In fact, according to Trump, Trump is doing a great job:

“In terms of messaging, I would give myself a C or a C plus,” Trump said in an interview with “Fox and Friends.” “In terms of achievement, I think I’d give myself an A.  Because I think I’ve done great things, but I don’t think I have — I and my people, I don’t think we’ve explained it well enough to the American public.”

Wait a second. I thought he was this great communicator, so good at branding that if he’s not careful he’ll give his opponents an edge. But now the whole problem he’s having is because of poor messaging skills? Hmmm. Maybe the problem is that your message has been accurate and people don’t like it.

But no, Trump’s view of the widespread protests is that there’s a powerful force working against him:

“I think that President Obama is behind it because his people certainly are behind it,” Trump said. “In terms of him being behind things, that’s politics. It will probably continue.”

Boy, that Obama sure is a hell of an organizer—he was on vacation when Trump signed his Muslim ban but was somehow still able to turn out tens of thousands of people to show up at airports across the country in protest.

Donald, Donald, Donald. It’s not a messaging problem, it’s not about a popular former president working behind the scenes to oppose you. America is just not that into you…..

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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On Clinton vs Sanders and the Democratic Party Future….

Kos @ Daily Kos puts Populism above the two above….

Movements work when people feel empowered to take charge of their own destiny. My wife and 9-year-old daughter had a blast yesterday coming up with a slogan for the sign they’ll carry at this Saturday’s Women’s March in Oakland (I’ll be at a soccer game with my son, regrettably). There was no notion of sitting around waiting for someone to tell them what to say, or showing up at the protest expecting someone to hand them the sign. And sure, it means there’ll be some nutpicking, like we did with tea party protesters and their frequent lunacy (“Government hands off my Medicare” or “Get a brain Morans”), but when people are empowered, they can accomplish amazing things. That has always been an organizing principle of the Netroots—don’t look for people to lead you, take charge yourself! It worked really well for Occupy until they decided they didn’t want to engage electorally, thus making it safe for the powers-that-be to ignore them. And it’ll work great for the Trump Resistance Movement.

Too many people are still caught up in the Clinton vs. Sanders bullshit from back during the primaries….

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