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Trump asks his Atty Gen to draw up plans to stop the sale of ‘bump stocks’….

Ok lets get a grip on the above….

Donald Trump didn’t say he’d ban the auto rifle firing devices….

He merely asked for a write up for banning the devices….

Let me remind people out there…

Donald Trump changes his mind on MOST major issues….

He’s the guy who said he’d sign anything on immigration and was the guy to deep six any kind of a deal last week…….

Having Jeff Sessions do the writing assure Trump that he has a guy who isn’t gonna produce ANYTHING that will cause Trump heartburn….

Of course if the whole gun control thing dies out in a month or two?

Who thinks Sessions isn’t gonna put Trump’s request in an in an  inactive file in the basement of the Justice building filed under ‘do something…but make sure it’s NOTHING?’……

President Trump announced Tuesday afternoon that he has signed a memorandum directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose regulations to ban “bump stocks” and other devices that turn semiautomatic firearms into “machine guns.”

The device was used by the shooter who opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas in October, killing dozens and immediately prompting calls for lawmakers or the administration to ban such devices through legislation or regulations. At the time, the White House and the National Rifle Association made clear that they were open to the idea. The Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced in December that they had begun the process to possibly change federal regulations and outlaw bump stocks, which involves posting a public notice and soliciting comments from those with an interest. As gun-control issues are once again being discussed nationally, following a mass shooting at a high school in Florida last week, Trump was pushed to act.

“I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized … very soon,” the president said during a medal ceremony at the White House on Tuesday afternoon….

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Under pressure to actually produce?

Look for a finished product that has enough holes in it to drive cement truck thru…

Trump helps Putin gain popularity with American Republicans….

Overall he isn’t popular among Americans…

But the Russian leader does better with Trump people…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favorability among Americans is at its highest point since 2003, with Republicans behind his gains, according to a new Gallup poll released Tuesday.

Twenty-one percent of Americans have a favorable view of the Russian president in the survey — up from 13 percent in 2015 — while 72 percent have an unfavorable view.

Putin’s favorability is up 20 percentage points among Republicans, with 32 percent holding a favorable view of him today, compared to 12 percent in 2015.

Ten percent of Democrats have a favorable view of Putin today, compared to 15 percent in 2015. The Russian leader’s favorability among independents is up 11 percentage points, with 23 percent having a favorable view of him today compared to 12 percent two years ago.

Some 28 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Russia itself, while 70 percent hold an unfavorable view of the country….

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This poll is a year old…There are NO current polls on this question that I could find….

 

Trump is now a Conventional Republican…Forget the draining the swamp stuff…

With firebrand Steve Bannon gone and his buddy Stephen Miller under the thumb of John Kelly?

Donald Trump has had to slow his roll….

Added to that is the realization that Trump HAS TO work WITH his parties conservative wing to get anything done….

And what do you get?

You get a typical Conservative guy in the nations White House…

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Whatever middle to left leanings that Donald Trump displayed before he got his new job (or even that slip out from time to time) have been erased….

The same guy who ran against the Republican Establishment now lies in bed with them…..They are one….

If they squint hard enough, Republicans looking at President Trump can almost see George W. Bush.

Government spending and the debt are soaring, provoking grumblings about fiscal recklessness. Taxes were slashed at the expense of balanced budgets. Thousands of additional troops have been deployed into war zones half a world away. And with the exception of some highly specific tariffs, international trade remains free and unfettered.

For all the ways Mr. Trump has defied and flouted the norms of his office, many policies that he has approved are downright ordinary by the standards of modern Republican administrations. It is a far cry from the mold-shattering approach he talked about before he became president, insisting he would punish China for “ripping us off,” pull out of Afghanistan because “we waste billions there” and slash the debt because it was “bad for the country.”

Many Republicans say that what has unfolded so far is not the Trump administration they were expecting.

“The biggest metaphor for this is that in Trump World, Steve Bannon is a smoldering ruin while the president has a good working relationship with Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan,” said Rich Lowry, editor of National Review. “A year ago, I think very few people would have thought that.”….

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Donald Trump endorses Mitt Romney for the Utah Senate seat…

Well?

If ya can’t beat’m?

Join’m….

Donald Trump hasn’t been doing good at all in backing people…

This time I guess he wanted his name on a probable winner…

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President Trump endorsed Mitt Romney as he runs for US Senate in Utah, sending a tweet Monday night in which Trump said Romney “will make a great Senator and worthy successor” to Orrin Hatch.

Romney announced Friday that he was running for Senate, confirming expectations. Hatch had previously said he would not seek an eighth term and had personally recruited Romney to run for his seat.

How Romney would regard Trump has been a question, and he has previously been critical of the president….

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Worried…Conservative’s want Trump to pardon his way out of Mueller’s prying….

Wait?

Please reread what I just wrote as a header to this piece….

I took my cue from a Politico piece this morning….

The idea that people want Donald Trump , The President to pardon the guys who are charged with crimes BEFORE there are trials  and to re-pardon ANYBODY that could implicate Donald Trump’s wrong doing is just about the prime definition of ‘obstruction of justice’….

Let’s not beat around the bush here….

These people calling for this want to stop a criminal investigation by any means after and before the crooks and liars are brought to justice….

It HAS come to this….

There is something VERY WRONG with people who by their comments are admitting that a criminal enterprise that might have been at the to of the American government should just be allowed to walk away untouched?

After months of criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, President Donald Trump’s supporters are issuing increasingly bold calls for presidential pardons to limit the investigation’s impact.

“I think he should be pardoning anybody who’s been indicted and make it clear that anybody else who gets indicted would be pardoned immediately,” said Frederick Fleitz, a former CIA analyst and senior vice president at the conservative Center for Security Policy.

The pleas for mercy mainly extend to the four former Trump aides who have already been swept up in the Russia probe: former campaign manager Paul Manafort, former deputy campaign manager Rick Gates, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. But they don’t stop there.

“It’s kind of cruel what’s going on right now and the president should put these defendants out of their misery,” said Larry Klayman, a conservative legal activist. “I think he should pardon everybody — and pardon himself.”

But many conservatives note that the new indictment shows no evidence of collusion between Trump associates and the Kremlin. That reinforces their view that Mueller’s real target, if any, should be Russian President Vladimir Putin — not Trump’s circle. “[H]ow long will the leftist witch hunt against @RealDonaldTrump continue,” the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted hours after the indictment’s release….

Trump’s lawyers and aides insist it’s premature to discuss even the possibility of pardons. “There have been no pardon discussions at the White House,” Ty Cobb, the White House attorney who leads the president’s official response to the Russia investigation,…

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Trump to support improved background checks law?

Well lets see on this…

There has been the Federal Compliance with Criminal Background check bill sitting in Congress going nowhere….

Under media pressure Donald Trump has someone say that he’ll support the bill advancing on the calendar in Congress?

Maybe?

I’m kinda doubtful on this guys word ….

Didn’t he say he’d sign ‘anything’ Congress brought to him on Immigration?

Didn’t they take him in the room and make him change his mind to extent that he made sure he derailed ANY effort on Immigration reform?

This guys word doesn’t mean much…

A White House spokesperson said Monday that President Trump would back improving the federal background check system.

“The president spoke to Senator [John] Cornyn [R-Texas] on Friday about the bi-partisan bill he and Sen. [Chris] Murphy [D-Conn.] introduced to improve Federal Compliance with Criminal Background check Legislation,” the White House said in a statement.

“While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system.”

The comments come after a gunman opened fire at a Florida high school, killing 17 people and wounding more than a dozen others.

Multiple students and lawmakers have called for Congress to act following the shooting to prevent a future tragedy.

Last year, Trump overturned an Obama-era regulation restricting certain people from buying guns…..

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Let’s face it….Donald Trump had help from the Russians…Open Thread for Feb. 18, 2018…

Anybody who believes Donald Trump’s wet dream that he A LONE crafted a win against Hillary Clinton needs to have their head examined…

Robert Mueller’s Grand Jury inducements of 13 Russians for working WQITH the Trump campaign is is the latest, but NOT the solo evidence of the ties to the Trump campaign from Russian interests dead set against Hillary Clinton becoming President….

Trump tweeted another bull shit counter to the idea that his win was  helped by a foreign power….

But he’s NEVER gonna get the feeling off his back that he somehow isn’t legit…

Trump’s lucky that this country doesn’t actually have a fool proof way to get rid of a crooked President…

….for the first time, Americans were shown in granular detail how Russian spies worked to sway the election in Trump’s favor, with everything from social media campaigns and ad buys to the organization of rallies and payments to demonstrators dressing up as Hillary Clinton in a cage….

Trump’s retreat into a defensive crouch was quick, as he posted on Twitter Friday afternoon: “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong — no collusion!”

The White House also released a statement from press secretary Sarah Sanders that said there was “NO COLLUSION between the Trump campaign and Russia and that the outcome of the election was not changed or affected.”….

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Mueller isn’t fininished yet…

But by working this the way he HAS?

He give’s himself and Rosenstein a lifeline for now….

Will Rosenstein release ALL of Mueller’s final Report to the public?

The top House Intelligence Committee Democrat has come out  questioning if Donald Trump will seek to quash r from the public some to  all of the findings from the Mueller investigation…..

Mueller’s technical boss is Rob Rosenstein and Rep. Adam Schiff  (D-CA) is afraid that Trump might try to surpress anything negative about himself or information about his financial dealings that has been hidden from the public….

His co-chair on the committtee Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is an unabashed supporter of Trump and has been continually working to undermine the Mueller investigation…

Earlier inquiries, including by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, who began investigating President Bill Clinton’s financial dealings but ultimately ended with a probe of the president’s affair with a White House intern, operated under a 1978 law. That law, which expired in 1999, allowed Starr to be independent of the Justice Department and gave him the authority to decide whether to release findings on his own.

Under current rules, Mueller’s recommendations must go to Rosenstein, who then has the authority to countermand those proposed actions. Mueller is reporting to Rosenstein because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the probe.

Separate from criminal prosecutions being pursued by Mueller and his team, Schiff said he feared the special counsel’s office may have information “that we don’t have and we’ll be in possession of information that Bob Mueller may not have. The public should get all that information” pertaining to Russian involvement in the 2016 elections.

The House Intelligence Committee is one of three congressional panels investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Schiff also said he continues to worry that Trump may fire Rosenstein, and anyone who replaces him could end up restricting Mueller’s probe and how the findings can be made public….

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Republican Senator’s knock Trump for not helping on a Immigation deal…

Donald Trump is working against any compromise from HIS position on a final Immigration bill….

Trump’s bill got less votes then the other bills the Senator’s worked on…

As senators began leaving the Capitol for a week-long recess, many expressed fear that no action would be taken before legal protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants expire on March 5, leaving them unable to legally work and subject to deportation.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), a leading cosponsor of the compromise bill, who for weeks hosted a large bipartisan group of senators in her office for negotiations on the issue, said she was “disappointed in the administration’s response” to their legislative efforts.

“I don’t know how anyone could seriously say that this is somehow weakening border security,” she said before the vote. “This is the President’s own plan. Unfortunately this administration has resorted to spreading a lot of misinformation about the bill, and that makes it harder.”

She added that the DHS statement “has a lot of points that are absolutely false.”….

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Is Donald Trump A Traitor?

A To The Point question that many do NOT want broght up in lieu of the Robert Mueller investigation of all things Trump….

…from the Intercept…..

I FIND IT hard to write about Donald Trump.

It is not that he is a complicated subject. Quite the opposite. It is that everything about him is so painfully obvious. He is a low-rent racist, a shameless misogynist, and an unbalanced narcissist. He is an unrelenting liar and a two-bit white identity demagogue. Lest anyone forget these things, he goes out of his way each day to remind us of them.

At the end of the day, he is certain to be left in the dustbin of history, alongside Father Coughlin and Gen. Edwin Walker. (Exactly – you don’t remember them, either.)

What more can I add?

Unfortunately, another word also describes him: president. The fact that such an unstable egomaniac occupies the White House is the greatest threat to the national security of the United States in modern history.

Which brings me to the only question about Donald Trump that I find really interesting: Is he a traitor?

Did he gain the presidency through collusion with Russian President Vladimir Putin?

One year after Trump took office, it is still unclear whether the president of the United States is an agent of a foreign power. Just step back and think about that for a moment.

The fact that such an unstable egomaniac occupies the White House is the greatest threat to U.S. national security in modern history.

His 2016 campaign is the subject of an ongoing federal inquiry that could determine whether Trump or people around him worked with Moscow to take control of the U.S. government. Americans must now live with the uncertainty of not knowing whether the president has the best interests of the United States or those of the Russian Federation at heart…..

U.S. law – 18 U.S. Code § 2381 – states that “[w]hoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere” is guilty of treason. …

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Note from the PDog….

The above linked piece gives an extensive lay out of information from an intelligence point of view of the extensive Russian program to throw the 2016 election AWAY from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump….

The Russian effort WAS a success….

The effort to tie Trump to it from my read is NOT anything close to slam duck that would be needed to actually PROVE Trump participated in a treasonable way….Trump HAS tried to deny that the Russian’s did what we KNOW they did…That is NOT a crime…To stop the investigations would be for 99% of anyone the DOJ was going after…But the President of the United States gets a get out of jail free pass unlkike any other place…

It is my view that Robert Mueller’s best case against Donald Trump is going to be along the financial path….It has not been floated….But Mueller probably COULD charge Trump with financial indiscretions Civilly…..

The impossible job as Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff…..

Reince Priebus  met with Obama’s staff during the transition….

He had been given briefing books on how things run….

They where never touched….

Priebus had been talked to by former Republican Chief’s of Staff….

The talks went in one ear and out the other….

Preibus was given advice by President Obama….

That too went nowhere….

Reince Priebus lasted on the job 6 contentious months….

Trump’s present Chief of Staff John Kelly , a former Marine General, is having a bad month….

His coming from the military has not served him well as the gatekeeper for his boss….

He has continually failed to make good political calls, while joining Priebus as being unable to manage his boss….

The political knives are out for him and we’ll see how long he lasts….

Being the Chief of Staff to an American President is tough job and not all can handle it…Those that do not listen to advice and warnings about the job do worst…..

On day one, instead of going to war with Donald Trump, Priebus had gone along.

Adapted from a new edition of The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency, by Chris Whipple, published in paperback on March 6, 2018, by Crown.

Priebus cannot say he wasn’t warned. Just a month before the inauguration, he had been invited to lunch by Barack Obama’s outgoing chief of staff, Denis McDonough. Following the example of a memorable breakfast hosted eight years earlier by George W. Bush’s chief Josh Bolten—when 12 former White House chiefs had come to give advice to Obama’s incoming chief, Rahm Emanuel—McDonough was joined by 10 chiefs, Republicans and Democrats, in his West Wing office. And as they gathered around a long table, none doubted the enormity of the challenge facing Priebus. “We wanted to help Reince in any way we could,” said Jack Watson, who served President Jimmy Carter. “But I don’t think there was a chief in the room that thought he was going to be able to do the job, given Trump as his president.” Most of the former chiefs believed Trump was intellectually and temperamentally unfit for office—and few thought Priebus could rein him in or tell him hard truths. “We were thinking, God bless him. Godspeed. Good luck,” said Watson. “But he doesn’t have a prayer.”….

From the beginning, Priebus would face a challenge unique to this presidency: how to curb the commander in chief’s tweets. “We can get thrown off our message by tweeting things that aren’t the issues of the day,” he told Trump. At first Priebus thought he had succeeded in wresting Trump’s phone from him. “I talked about the security threat of having your own cell in the West Wing and got the Secret Service to go along with me to mothball his phone.” Priebus had managed to silence one device. But it turned out Trump had another….

Still, expectations were high that Kelly would be the “grown-up in the room,” who would smooth over Trump’s authoritarian edges. And yet, week after week—during the president’s fulminations against “fake news,” his sympathetic comments toward white supremacists who marched through Charlottesville, his taunting of “Rocket Man” before the U.N. General Assembly, and his racist slurs against “shithole countries”—Kelly stood at Trump’s side. He not only reinforced the president’s worst instincts; he doubled down on them. He maligned Congresswoman Frederica Wilson from the White House Press Briefing Room with a false story after she criticized Trump’s handling of a Gold Star widow. In early February, the news broke that Kelly’s deputy Rob Porter—accused of beating both of his ex-wives (Porter denied the allegations)—had served in the sensitive post of staff secretary for more than a year without a permanent security clearance. The debacle surrounding his abrupt resignation showed that Kelly could not manage the West Wing, let alone Trump.

Suddenly Kelly’s future looked uncertain. And Priebus looked more effective in hindsight. “Reince was better than his press,” said Bannon. “If Reince had the exact track record that Kelly has, he would be deemed the worst chief of staff in the history of politics—and that’s not a slam on Kelly. . . . Folks felt [Priebus] didn’t have the gravitas. He’s always the little guy from Kenosha, right?”

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Trump is forced to take a stand on Domestic Abuse….

Donald Trump was forced to make a statement against domestic abuse in the wake of the continued media mess his Chief of Staff has made of the Rob Porter situation …..

The recently fired close Trump aide has been the subject of domestic violence compliantrs from two ex-wife’s and girl friend….Because of the situation’s Porter was unable to get security clearance from the FBI , which notified the White House in November of the situation …..

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Trump Chief of Staff  played off the incident and had his boss, Trump praising Portman, who had been up for a raise ….

Worst?

It seems that Porters’ current girlfriend , Hope Hicks, a close Trump White House aide wrote a White House response to the situation praising Portman also….

Double Worst?

The White House people, with Kellys ok announced that Kelly only knew about the security clearance problem recently?

THAT led to the new FBI Director announcing to-a Senate committee that NO, The FBI unofficially told the Trump about Porter BEFORE November and officially made that known in November….

This whole thing is NOT something people beyond the Washington Beltway could care about…

But IT HAS let the media keep the story going as clueless Kelly simply tries his best to get his boss pissed and lose his job…..

President Donald Trump at last broke his silence Wednesday to explicitly denounce domestic violence in the wake of allegations that a top White House aide had abused two former wives. Chief of staff John Kelly, under fire for mishandling the matter, stayed largely out of sight, his future in doubt and the White House in tumult.

The chaos surrounding the departure of aide Rob Porter put a harsh spotlight on Kelly, the retired general who was brought on last summer to instill military-like discipline in the free-wheeling West Wing. Questions persisted about what and when Kelly knew about the abuse allegations against Porter, who resigned as staff secretary last week after the accusations became public….

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The House Oversight Committee has annouced a probe into the security clerance aspect of this whole thing…

image of Kelly and Porter…cnn.com