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Breaking….Hillary Clinton up for CHALLENGING Donald Trump’s Win

YOU READ THAT RIGHT!…..

When asked if she would be up for contesting the Trump win if Special Counsel Mueller is successful in proving that Trump’s win was a result of illegal actions…..

She said  she would NOT RULE OUT contesting his Presidency….

OH SHIT!….

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This has  NEVER happened and has scant to zero chance of ever happening….

But wait until tomorrow morning….

Cause I can’t see how Donald Trump doesn’t take this bait and strike back….(Thus affording Clinton the pleasure of getting a piece of Trump)…..

Wow!!!!

It’s like the 2016 campaign NEVER ended…..

Sanders is pushing his stuff….

Trump is tweeting insults at Hillary Clinton….

And Hillary Clinton is out there knocking Trump……

Here’s the full text of the back-and-forth, courtesy of CNN’s Dan Merica:
Gross: I want to get back to the question, would you completely rule out questioning the legitimacy of this election if we learn that the Russian interference in the election is even deeper than we know now?
Clinton: No. I would not. I would say —
Gross: You’re not going to rule it out?
Clinton: No, I wouldn’t rule it out.
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This a big deal. The 2016 Democratic nominee, who won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, is expressly leaving open the possibility that she would pursue legal action to invalidate the last presidential election.
I’ve paid close attention to what Clinton’s been saying since she lost the election and I have never heard her broach the possibility of a formal challenge of the results.
Knowing what we know of Clinton, it seems unlikely to me that she simply spoke off the cuff here, that this was just an unconsidered remark. She doesn’t really do that sort of thing.
Glen Caplin, a spokesman for Clinton, said after the interview aired that the former secretary of state “has said repeatedly the results of the election are over but we have to learn what happened.”
“I would hope anyone in America concerned about the integrity of our democracy would feel the same way if we got there. But we’re not,” Caplin said. “Right now Bob Mueller and several congressional committees are investigating to what extent the Russians impacted our election and who exactly helped them do so.”
And, context matters too. Clinton floated the idea of formally contesting the election after she said this about how she envisions her role in the party going forward: “I expect to be really active, and my voice, I’m going to keep out there. I’m not going to just go slowly and quietly into that good night.”
Given all of that, it’s logical to conclude Clinton knew what she was doing here.
The harder-to-answer questions are a) how she would go about challenging the election and b) what the prospects for such a challenge actually working might be…..
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Donald Trump’s First Lady….

The third wife of Donald Trump, Melania Trump (Born  Melejia Knavs) , has moved from growing up in Slovenia to become a fashon model  in Europe and America before becoming the wife of the President of United States…..

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In the early days of the Trump White House, the question frequently lobbed about by Washington’s chattering class was, “Where is Melania?”

Now, though, she is providing an answer, taking on a public schedule that is beginning to resemble those of her predecessors.

This week, the first lady flew with her husband to Florida, where they surveyed the wreckage left by Hurricane Irma and handed out FEMA lunches. She returned to Washington that same Thursday evening to host a reception for the White House Historical Association, a venerable group founded by Jackie Kennedy to maintain and protect the executive mansion. The event included a sit-down dinner where President Trump introduced his wife as “the star of the Trump family.”

On Friday afternoon, she traveled to Joint Base Andrews in suburban Maryland to visit a youth center in a show of support for military families. Then she and her husband boarded Air Force One for a weekend at their New Jersey golf resort.

“She is more visible and starting to do some of the more conventional first lady things,” said Katherine Jellison, a professor of history at Ohio University who studies first ladies.

Still, “we don’t see her rushing in to do some public press conference about her cyberbullying project” — a cause Mrs. Trump said during the campaign she hoped to champion.

From the start, Melania Trump has said she would take her own time filling out the contours of the role….

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Trump WILL keep his support….

Anyone who thinks Donald Trump supporters are gonna give a shit about him talking to Democrats is lost….

For his people?

It’s about ‘The Donald’ not anything else….

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The guy does NOT have an ideology ….

He adopted the Grand Ole ‘ party and has consistently dissed them…

And they understand he does pass out a LOT of Bull Shit….

As he does at nearly all his rallies, Donald Trump made a dramatic promise to thousands of his followers at a recent event here.

“We’re going to build a wall, and it’s going to be a real wall — it’s going to be a wall that’s going to make that ceiling look quite low, and it’s fairly high,” Trump said, gripping the sides of his lectern and gazing up at the ceiling of this city’s convention center as the crowd roared with laughter and applause. “And it’s going to get built fast, and it’s going to look beautiful because someday they’ll call it the Trump Wall. Who the hell knows?”

The wall along the Mexican border is one of Trump’s most enduring and popular proposals, prompting raucous cheering and chants wherever he goes. Yet many of Trump’s fans don’t actually think he will build a wall — and they don’t care if he doesn’t.

Many also don’t think that Trump as president would really ban foreign Muslims from entering the country, seize oil controlled by terrorists or deport 11 million illegal immigrants. They view Trump’s pledges more as malleable symbols than concrete promises, reflecting a willingness to shake things up and to be bold.

“Trump says a lot of things right off the cuff. Does he mean it to the ‘T’? I don’t think so,” said Dennis Kerns, 55, a retired ­elementary-school teacher who lives near Albuquerque and came to the rally with his wife. “When he talks about bombing ISIS and all of that — his advisers aren’t going to let him go off half-cocked and bomb here and bomb there.”…

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That support HAS been softening though even if the core remains strong , since Trump got elected…

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While people suffer in Texas and Florida Donald Trump pushes tax cuts….

The Governor of Texas wants Billions for his states recovery…

The Governor of Florida also….

These two guys have been on the for front of cutting taxes, regulations and benefits inn their states…

Now they have their hands out….

The leader of their adopted party has paid their state’s visits and promised help….

Does THAT mean money ?

Where is that money gonna come from if their leaders is simultaneously asking for tax cuts that would decrease the amount of money available for the Federal budget?

President Trump is doubling down this week on his bid to remake the tax code, meeting with Democrats, tying tax legislation to hurricane recovery and dispatching his economic team to Capitol Hill almost daily to prod lawmakers into action.

But he is bringing to the game a relatively weak team — a chief economic adviser whom he has openly disparaged and a Treasury secretary whose counsel he has dismissed — and is promoting quick passage of a new tax code that has yet to be written as members of his party bicker over the details.

The urgency was evident on Wednesday, as Mr. Trump urged Congress to “move fast,” and Republican leaders seemed ready. Representative Kevin Brady of Texas, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, told House Republicans that the administration and congressional Republicans would release a detailed framework of their plan during the week of Sept. 25, with the goal of taking up legislation in late October.

But Republicans remain divided on key details: whether they can meet Mr. Trump’s demand for a 15 percent corporate tax rate; which small businesses and partnerships would qualify for a new low business tax rate; whether tax cuts in the package should be paid for by closing loopholes; and whether hedge fund and private equity managers would continue to see their huge fees taxed at the low rate of capital gains instead of at income tax rates.

Democrats have said they will reject any package that they see as skewed toward the rich, especially if it repeals the estate tax, as the president wants…..

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Rightwingnuts going ballistic over Trump consorting with Democrats…AGAIN!

The media has been ablaze over Donald Trump’as meeting with Democratic leaders Pelosi and Schumer and them coming out to annouce they had a ‘deal’ on the ‘Dreamers ‘……

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It appears that Trump does NOT want them deported….

The deal  would allow the Dreamers to stay in the country, despite AG Sessions  try to send them packing, while Trump would get some border money, but NO WALL.

O fcourse there isn’t any need for a wall at all, nor is there any need for a lot more border security money since the number of reported border crossong and aprehensions have dropped by 41% since last August….

Trump woke up this morning to this….

The hashtag “AmnestyDon” was a top trending topic on Twitter in Washington, D.C., Wednesday following reports of President Trump’s agreement to work with Democratic leaders to give amnesty to nearly 800,000 immigrants who came to the country illegally as children.

“Amnesty Don” is the headline of a Breitbart News story slamming the president for working with Democrats on the deal.

“In a meeting with establishment politicians from the Problem Solvers Caucus and the Blue Dog Coalition, President Trump signaled a full-fledged cave on the issue of giving amnesty to nearly 800,000 illegal aliens currently protected by an Obama-created executive immigration program,” said the top paragraph of the Breitbart report Wednesday night…..

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Trump hasn’t backed away from his ‘deal’….In fact say he’s ‘close’….But is gonna try to hold out for more money for the border and it appears he IS going to continue doing his talking to Democrats and not to the leaders of his adopted Republican party…

President Trump said Thursday he is “fairly close” to a deal with lawmakers to address young immigrants living illegally in the U.S. in exchange for “massive” border-security measures.

“We’re working on a plan – subject to getting massive border controls,” he told reporters at the White House before leaving for a trip to Florida.

“We’re working on a plan for DACA,” he added, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. “People want to see that happen.”

Trump suggested he would not demand funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border as part of the package.

“The wall will come later,” he said. “We’re right now renovating large sections of wall, massive sections, making it brand new.”

The president said that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are “very on board” with the proposal, adding that he discussed the plan with them over the phone.

Ryan’s office, however, said the Speaker “hasn’t spoken” to the president since his dinner with the Democratic leaders.

Trump is seeking to clarify confusion surrounding what he agreed to during a dinner with Democratic congressional leaders Wednesday night…..

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It does appear if he gets this ?

He has effectively  figured out how to bypass his own parties leadership and rightwingnuts AND BEGUN TO MOVE TO THE MIDDLE Politically on some policy….

This IS where he was early in his campaign for the GOP nomination before he moved to the hard right for the Republican nomination….

It is apparent that Trump is betting that his base support will follow him if he continues to campaign AGAINST his adopted parties leadership JUST LIKE he did during last years nomination run….

Donald Trump, the real estate dealing New Yorker may have found ‘the way’…..

But his trouble lay not with Congress, but with Robert Mueller and his investigation  and his grand jury….

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Trump floats higher taxes for the rich to get tax cuts?

This ain’t going to fly…..

Sounds like Steve Bannon talking….

Anyone think Republicans would vote WITH Democrats to RAISE taxes on the rich?

There was a ‘Updated CLARIFICATION’ on Trump’s comment within hour’s….

 Eager to garner Democratic support for a still-emerging tax overhaul package, President Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed a willingness to send larger tax bills to the wealthiest Americans.

During a meeting with lawmakers from both parties, Trump pledged that he wants lawmakers to craft a bill focused on slashing middle-class tax rates and doing things to create jobs — code for a dramatic corporate tax rate cut.

“The rich will not be gaining at all with this plan. We are looking for the middle class and we are looking for jobs — jobs being the economy,” Trump told reporters as the White House meeting began. “So we’re looking at [the] middle class and we’re looking at jobs.

“I think the wealthy will be pretty much where they are, pretty much where they are,” Trump told reporters of tax rates on the wealthiest Americans. “If they have to go higher, they’ll go higher.”

A few hours later, the White House deployed legislative affairs director Marc Short to clarify the president’s statements.

Trump is not proposing to hike rates for the wealthiest – or any – Americans, Short told a handful of reporters.

But the richest Americans could end up paying more to the IRS each year if he signs into law a measure that targets tax deductions Short said , adding: “He is not looking to raise rates.”

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Breaking….Trump, Schumer and Pelosi cut a deal on Dreamers…

He does it AGAIN….

Donald Trump is a on a roll ….

Fed up with the Republican leadership that doesn’t seem to be able to do anything within their party majority…..

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President Trump has again bargained with Democrats to get their votes married with a few Republicans to get around Conservatives and let Trump be able to get another legislative win…..

It has been a good week actually for Trump who has gotten court wins on his banning efforts…

President Trump and top Democratic leaders late Wednesday agreed to work out an agreement that would protect the nation’s “dreamers” from deportation and enact border security measures that don’t include building a physical wall, according to people familiar with the meeting.

The president discussed the deal during a dinner at the White House with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The meal included Chinese food and chocolate pie.

In a statement, the White House described the meeting as “constructive” and that it focused on “tax reform, border security, DACA, infrastructure and trade.”

“The Administration looks forward to continuing these conversations with leadership on both sides of the aisle,” the statement added…..

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AG Jeff Sessions call your office….

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James Comey haunts Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump….

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Hillary Clinton told the Today Show that she was “dumbfounded” when former FBI Director James Comey reopened the investigation into her email server right before Election Day.

Said Clinton: “The determining factor was the intervention of Comey… it stopped my momentum, it drove voters from me.”

She added: “I feel very strongly that he went way beyond his role in doing what he did.”

Mike Allen: “Behind the scenes in the West Wing, President Trump continues to rant and brood about former FBI Director Jim Comey and the Russia investigation that got him fired. Trump tells aides and visitors that the probe now being run by special counsel Bob Mueller is a witch hunt, and that Comey was a leaker.”

“The president’s friends are most worried about Mueller digging into past business deals, which is why his team keeps raising concerns in public and private about the ‘scope’ of the investigation.”

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And Steve Bannon says his former boss made a mistake by firing the guy that COULD cost his boss HIS job….

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon believes President Donald Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey was one of the worst mistakes in “modern political history.”

In a “60 Minutes” interview that was posted online Sunday night, Bannon was asked whether he considered Comey’s dismissal — which ignited a political firestorm and directly led to the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including potential ties to Trump’s campaign — the biggest mistake in political history.
Bannon responded, “That would be probably — that probably would be too bombastic even for me, but maybe modern political history.”
He went on to acknowledge that if Comey had not been let go, it’s unlikely that the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller would have been established…..
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Trump 2.0…’Telfon Don?’

A new sheiff is at the White House these days….

John Kelly, Trump’s new chief of staff has corralled the campaign hanger on’s and sent them packing….

Kelly won’t let the rightwingnut contact Trump unless they get an ok from him first…

Donald Trump has cut back his tweets….

And if you look carefully?

Donald Trump mentions have dropped from the front page on the media by a good amount….

Politico is out with a piece that procliams Trump as ‘Telfon Don’?….

The piece argues that Democrats can’t touch the guy….Huh?

Democrats are actually picking up wins in state races left and right and narrowing Republican wins in specail elections for Congress….

Democrats tried attacking Donald Trump as unfit for the presidency. They’ve made the case that he’s ineffective, pointing to his failure to sign a single major piece of legislation into law after eight months in the job. They’ve argued that Trump is using the presidency to enrich himself and that his campaign was in cahoots with Russia.

None of it is working.

Data from a range of focus groups and internal polls in swing states paint a difficult picture for the Democratic Party heading into the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential election. It suggests that Democrats are naive if they believe Trump’s historically low approval numbers mean a landslide is coming. The party is defending 10 Senate seats in states that Trump won and needs to flip 24 House seats to take control of that chamber.

The research, conducted by private firms and for Democratic campaign arms, is rarely made public but was described to POLITICO in interviews with a dozen top operatives who’ve been analyzing the results coming in.

“If that’s the attitude that’s driving the Democratic Party, we’re going to drive right into the ocean,” said Anson Kaye, a strategist at media firm GMMB who worked on the Obama and Clinton campaigns and is in conversations with potential clients for next year.

Worse news, they worry: Many of the ideas party leaders have latched onto in an attempt to appeal to their lost voters — free college tuition, raising the minimum wage to $15, even Medicare for all — test poorly among voters outside the base. The people in these polls and focus groups tend to see those proposals as empty promises, at best…..

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Some of us would argue that ‘s piece in Politico isn’t based on reality….

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So based on evidence from PEOPLE ACTUALLY VOTING, Trump hasn’t been “Teflon” and GOP problems might be bit *worse* than polls let on.

Dems flipped two very pro-Trump districts in special elections last night, There was a 28-point swing to Dems in NH. A 31-point swing in OK.

In addition to last night….

Daily Kos has pointed out that since the November election last year?

Democrats are on a wave with wins in state legislative elections wins….

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Alex Jones …They are drugging Trump…

The rightwingnut Infowars radio guy says his parties leader is being secretly drugged…and he should have his blood tested…

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Alex Jones on his show:

Ladies and gentlemen, I was told this by high level sources and it was evident and especially after Reagan was shot in his first year in office when he was acting like Trump, and doing the right things, that he never really recovered. They gave him cold blood, and his transfusion that causes brain damage. They slowly gave him small amounts of sedatives. It’s known that most presidents end up getting drugged. Small dosages of sedatives till they build it up, Trump’s such a bull he hasn’t fully understood it yet.

But I’ve talked to people, multiple ones, and they believe that they are putting a slow sedative that they’re building up that’s also addictive in his Diet Cokes and in his iced tea and that the president by 6 or 7 at night is basically slurring his words and is drugged. Now first they had to isolate him to do that. But yes, ladies and gentleman, I’ve talked to people that talk to the president now at 9 at night, he is slurring his words. And I’m going to leave it at that. I’ve talked to folks that have talked to him directly…

Now I’m risking my life, by the way, to tell you all this… They drug presidents because the power structure wants a puppet. The president needs his blood tested by an outside physician he trusts.”….

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Could Steve Bannon help Nanacy Pelosi become Speaker again?

Seems the word is out that Bannon back at Breibart and inching to ‘tear the place down’ is getting ready to go after Grand Ole Party lawmakers that haven’t kowtowed to his ex-bosses ill conceived wishes….

Good Look there Steve!

I never thought you and Donald cared much for the Republican party even though he’s the head of it….

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You guys may turn out to be the Democrats best hope for gaining back a majority in the House next year…Actually?

If ya work hard enough?

You might be able to get Chuck Schumer the Majority leader in the Senate also…

President Donald Trump’s closest allies are planning a slate of primary challenges against Republican senators, potentially undermining the party’s prospects in 2018 and further inflaming tensions between GOP leaders and the White House.

The effort is being led by Steve Bannon, Trump’s bomb-throwing former chief strategist, who is launching an all-out war against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican establishment. Bannon has begun holding private meetings with insurgent challengers, vowing his support. He’s coordinating with conservative mega-donor Robert Mercer, who is prepared to pour millions of dollars into attacks on GOP incumbents. Bannon has also installed a confidant at an outside group that is expected to target Republican lawmakers and push the Trump agenda.

The activity has alarmed senior Republicans, who worry it will drain millions of dollars from the party’s coffers to take on Democrats in the general election. McConnell has repeatedly expressed concern to the White House about the danger primaries pose to his members, stressing that it could imperil his narrow four-seat majority, according to three people with direct knowledge of the discussions.

“The issue is: Do you invest your time and energy in attacking people who are carrying this president’s water in Congress to the benefit of people who are trying to impeach him? That seems like an incredibly short-sighted strategy,” said Josh Holmes, a former McConnell chief of staff.

Bannon is paying little heed to those warnings….

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The US takes over fighter air patrols over the Baltic countries…

Remember all the handwringing over Donald Trump’s comments about NATO and the East European state’s bordering Russia?

Remember all the worrying about Trump giving away the store to Putin?

Some of us did  NOT believe that bulls shit for one moment…

The American general’s that Trump has surrounded himself with simply will NOT allow certain thing to happen….

Another Ukraine type grab is one of them…

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The US will take over the Baltic air policing mission next month in an effort to guard airspace over Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, U.S. European Command said Wednesday.

Air Force F-15C Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, will lead the next NATO Baltic Air Policing rotation at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, EUCOM said.

The F-15s, acting as a quick reactionary force, will surveil the air until the end of the year.

The US last was part of the Baltic Air Policing mission in 2014, the same time Russia annexed Crimea.

The Air Force’s obligations to the Baltic countries — which lack capable air forces — came under scrutiny last year after then-President-elect Donald Trump criticized the U.S. for acting as the backbone to the NATO alliance, and left the door open on whether he would defend countries he deemed as not properly contributing….

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Donald Trump has been locked out of his efforts to ‘dance’ with the Russian President by the American Intelligence l Community, Congress and his generals….

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Trump to talk about race with Black Republican South Carolina US Senator …

Interesting……

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) called out his party leader after his back and forth responses to the Charlottesville , Virginia  violence….

Now he gets a chance to sit down with him and talk about ‘moral leadership’….

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President Trump will reportedly meet next week with Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) to talk about race issues in the country.

The two are scheduled to meet Wednesday for a one-on-one meeting, Axios reported.

During the meeting, Scott, the only African-American GOP senator, is reportedly planning to talk with Trump about his own life story.

He hopes to spur a conversation in the White House about problems in the country, including those affecting historically black colleges and universities.

The meeting comes after Trump faced backlash last month for his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

The president said there is blame on both sides for the deadly violence in Virginia.

In the aftermath of the violent clashes, Scott chided Trump for his response, saying it will be difficult for the president to lead if his “moral authority” is compromised.

“The reality of it is this nation responds to moral authority when we believe that our president has the entire nation’s best interests at heart,” Scott continued….

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Trump and Schumer go way back….

While at a meeting in the Oval Office a group of people got to watch a mercurial Republican President cut a deal with the Democratic Minority US Senate Leader….

Those in the room KNOW that Donald Trump, as a NY  Real Estate guy, and Chuck Schumer as the senior New York US Senator have spent a good amount of time talking to each other…

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As a matter of fact Trump had good things to say about Schumer until his adopted party people leaned on him to ignore Democrats…

As we have seen over the last few months?

THAT has got Trump little from his adopted party….

So Trump, who like to win and doesn’t much care about anything else ,has cut a deal that has  him getting instant gratification and has caused Republican lawmakers in Congress heartburn…

The American political system in Washington D.C. works on compromise…It was designed that way…

A newborn Trump-Dem fellowship? It’s complicated.

President Trump and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D), two New Yorkers with a long and checkered history, joined forces this week on a high-stakes fiscal bargain that shoved aside the wishes of Trump’s Republican allies.

The two party leaders — both Big Apple power-brokers known as sharp-elbowed dealmakers — have sparred throughout the year, trading shots over a host of issues.

But in a move that stunned Washington, the pair, joined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), united on Wednesday to secure a short-term deal to fund the government, raise the debt ceiling and provide aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey — a proposal initially opposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Trump and Schumer built on the nascent alliance by agreeing to seek reforms that would altogether eliminate the need for Congress to hike the debt ceiling — yet another proposal opposed by the president’s Republican allies.

And on Thursday evening, the pair met again as part of a larger group of New Jersey and New York lawmakers gathered at the White House to discuss funding for the Gateway Program, a multibillion-dollar proposal to tunnel a rail line beneath the Hudson River.

Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.), who attended the White House meeting, said there was “very good chemistry” between Schumer and the president, predicting this week’s negotiations are a sign that Trump, after largely ignoring or insulting the Democrats for months, is ready to start reaching across the aisle for the sake of winning legislative victories.

“For me, it goes beyond that particular deal. It’s the president sending a message that he’s going to work across the aisle to get things done. He’s not going to allow any small factions to dominate the Congress,” King told The Hill. “Reagan did it with Tip O’Neil; Eisenhower did it with LBJ. I mean, that’s government.”…

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An argument against Trump JUST playing to his base….

Social scientists have long been familiar with the important concept of the reference group — a group individuals use as the standard against which to compare their own behavior and self-perceptions, whether a part of that group or not.

President Donald Trump has, in recent months, given evidence that his reference group is shifting to the minority of the U.S. population he characterizes as his “base.” In a series of tweets in August, he opined, “Hard to believe that with 24/7 #Fake News … the Trump base is getting stronger!” and, “… Supreme Court pick, economic enthusiasm, deregulation & so much more have driven the Trump base even closer together,” and, “The Trump base is far bigger & stronger than ever before …”

A selective focus on only a portion of the population as one’s reference group is an attractive and tempting alternative for any politician. It reduces the cognitive dissonance that accompanies attempting to deal with the fact that the entire population is more negative than positive (Trump’s current overall job approval rating is 37%), and it produces a stream of positive feedback from that base (as was the case in President Trump’s recent speeches in Phoenix and Springfield, Missouri).

At the same time, a selective choice of a relatively narrow reference group for a president has significant implications. The main consequence stems from the finding that the public, taken as a whole, wants less partisanship, less polarization, and is ultimately not in favor of a strict position of sticking to principles at the cost of getting things done.

Keep in mind that government and the way it operates today is, in the public’s mind, one of the most important problems facing the nation. Although this concern has multiple causes, a good deal of it comes from the belief that government — mainly Congress — is too focused on infighting, bickering, adherence to intransigent partisan allegiances, enslavement to special interests and those with money, and a general lack of willingness to compromise in order to get things done for the public good.

In this sense, Trump’s explicit announcement of the use of his base as the reference group governing his behavior (rather than using the nation as a whole) runs the danger of exacerbating, rather than ameliorating, the public’s concerns…..

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Trump dumps on Ryan again…This time on the failed Obamacare effort…

Donald Trump just KEEPS on kicking his adopted Republican party that he happens to lead….OUTSIDE Congress…

Trump seems to have NO idea HOW Congress works, not trying to help his party leaders in getting things done…Perferrefing to act like he did as  a NY Real Estate guy and just standing on the side and barking orders….THAT has NOT worked…

He DOES like appearing on center stage though….With a WIN….And he just got a few...WITHOUT Ryan and McConnell….

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President Trump reportedly regrets putting repealing and replacing ObamaCare at the top of his legislative agenda and blames House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for assuring him that a health-care overhaul was sure to pass in the GOP-controlled Congress

Trump has privately fumed that Republican congressional leaders, including Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), misled him on health care, among other issues, the Associated Press reported Friday.

The House rejected an initial proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act before finally passing a revised measure earlier this year.

But the effort later floundered in the Senate, and was ultimately upended in July when the chamber narrowly voted down a slimmed-down ObamaCare repeal bill. Trump has voiced particular frustration with McConnell for that failure.

Still, the president’s relationship with Ryan has grown frosty recently, according to the AP. The two men talk less frequently than they used to, and Trump very publicly broke with the speaker this week when he agreed to a deal with House and Senate Democratic leaders on a short-term debt ceiling increase.

Both Ryan and McConnell made clear after that deal was announced that it was not their doing, but that they would nonetheless support it….

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