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‘Shattered’…The story of how Hillary Clinton LOST AGAIN….

I have REPEATEDLY emphasized here at the PDog the fact that Hillary Clinton NEVER liked campaigning….

Hillary Clinton put it off for as long as she could each time she ran …

And that Hillary Clinton lacks the basic political sense of feel that her husband, George Bush, Barack Obama and Yes…Even Donald Trump has….

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Despite her negative’s though?

She WAS able to beat Trump by almost THREE MILLION votes last November….

Everyone agreed that Clinton WAS qualified to BE President….

But that is only part of the deal….

Ya gotta win the job, and on her second try?

Hillary Clinton lost AGAIN….

(No ONE could say with a passion that they wanted to vote her)

This time by less than a 100,000 votes out of roughly 130,000, 000 votes…..

The underlying problem ‘Shattered ‘ points out is….. Her misteps from her 2008 try…. Were still there in her 2016 run,  8 years later….The authors lay the blame mostly on Clinton….

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In their compelling new book, “Shattered,” the journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes write that Clinton’s loss suddenly made sense of all the reporting they had been doing for a year and a half — reporting that had turned up all sorts of “foreboding signs” that often seemed at odds, in real time, with indications that Clinton was the favorite to win. Although the Clinton campaign was widely covered, and many autopsies have been conducted in the last several months, the blow-by-blow details in “Shattered” — and the observations made here by campaign and Democratic Party insiders — are nothing less than devastating, sure to dismay not just her supporters but also everyone who cares about the outcome and momentous consequences of the election.

In fact, the portrait of the Clinton campaign that emerges from these pages is that of a Titanic-like disaster: an epic fail made up of a series of perverse and often avoidable missteps by an out-of-touch candidate and her strife-ridden staff that turned “a winnable race” into “another iceberg-seeking campaign ship.”

It’s the story of a wildly dysfunctional and “spirit-crushing” campaign that embraced a flawed strategy (based on flawed data) and that failed, repeatedly, to correct course. A passive-aggressive campaign that neglected to act on warning flares sent up by Democratic operatives on the ground in crucial swing states, and that ignored the advice of the candidate’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, and other Democratic Party elders, who argued that the campaign needed to work harder to persuade undecided and ambivalent voters (like working-class whites and millennials), instead of focusing so insistently on turning out core supporters.

“Our failure to reach out to white voters, like literally from the New Hampshire primary on, it never changed,” one campaign official is quoted as saying….

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The guy who’s good at predicting President’s says Trump WILL be impeached…

We KNOW he is working HARD to let this happen…..

But….

How long do we gotta wait for Donald Trump to leave the stage?

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A professor who correctly predicted the result of every US presidential election since 1984 has claimed Donald Trump is certain to be impeached.

 Allan Lichtman, a history professor at American University, uses a system of measures he calls “keys” to predict political outcomes and is now so convinced Mr Trump will face impeachment that he is writing a book on it.

The text, titled “The Case for Impeachment”, will be published in April by HarperCollins. It will include Professor Lichtman’s assessment of how Mr Trump could be impeached, based on analysis showing how his actions make him “uniquely vulnerable” to disciplinary proceedings.

 “Professor Lichtman has correctly predicted every Presidential election since 1984, including the election of 2016”, said a spokesperson for HarperCollins.

“Now, he focuses on the 45th President of the United States and his next forecast, that it is not a question of if President Trump will be impeached, but a question of when.”….

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Trump/Ryancare Bill pulled…No Vote….

Sensing  that Republicans did NOT HAVE THE VOTES and not wanting to throw GOP House members to dogs in next years Midterm elections,,,,

Trump has asked Speaker Ryan to NOT  do a vote that would  be politically hurtful…

Donald Trump losses another ‘deal’….

Immigration was the first one….

The Republicans  have spend years knocking Obamacare

They now have taken a hit and do not know WTF to do

Barack Obama has to be smiling

The Republicans have made the program more popular THEMSELVES….

House Republican leaders abruptly pulled a rewrite of the nation’s health-care system from consideration on Friday, a dramatic acknowledgment that they are so far unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“We just pulled it,” President Trump told The Washington Post in a telephone interview.

In a news conference shortly after the decision, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) conceded that his party “came up short.”

The decision came a day after Trump delivered an ultimatum to lawmakers — and represented multiple failures for the new president and Ryan.

“I don’t blame Paul,” Trump said, referring to Ryan….

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How long does Trump stay?…and does Hillary Clinton get a ‘Do Over’?

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 …drip….Drip….DRIP.….

It is becoming increasing apparent that Donald Trump had a YUGE helping hand in winning the elecgtoral vote last November….

He did NOT win the actual total vote by MILLIONS….

For all the criticism thrown at Hillary Clinton the facts remain….

I REPEAT….

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She BEAT Trump in the OVERALL votes by MORE than 2.5 Million….

Trump can wiggle and dance but THAT isa fact….

For all those who point out that TRump won by spending HALF of the Billion Dollars Clinton raised and spent?

Bull Shit….

Everyday we learn that Trump’s Russian help spent money, time and political influence worth who knows what to mount THEIR campaign help to a guy who NOBODY thought would win , not even himself….

And it shows why he shouldn’t have won EVERYDAY….

So with the American intelligence community out maneuvering Trump & Co. for the good of 300 million plus, and the rest of the free world?

How long will Trump be able stay in the White House at a job the Russian government helped him get?

And does Hillary Clinton deserve a ‘Do Over’?

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Federal Judge in Hawaii halts Trump No Enter Muslim Ban 2.0 before it starts…

FEATUREDThey KNEW they where trying to do the IMPOSSIBLE with the history of Donald Trump sticking to the basic that the ban IS in FACT and Muslim ban…

In looking at the body of the judge’s ruling?

He threw tha BOOK and the KITCHEN Sink at the Trump & Co. second try….

At this rate there will be NO Ban approved….

A federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday issued a sweeping freeze of President Trump’s new executive order hours before it would have temporarily barred the issuance of new visas to citizens of six Muslim-majority countries and suspended the admission of new refugees.

In a blistering 43-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson pointed to Trump’s own comments and those of his close advisers as evidence that his order was meant to discriminate against Muslims and declared there was a “strong likelihood of success” that those suing would prove the directive violated the Constitution.

Watson declared that “a reasonable, objective observer — enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements, and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance — would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion.”

He lambasted the government, in particular, for asserting that because the ban did not apply to all Muslims in the world, it could not be construed as discriminating against Muslims.

“The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable,” Watson wrote. “The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.”

At a rally in Nashville, Trump called the ruling “terrible” and asked a cheering crowd whether the ruling was “done by a judge for political reasons.” He said the administration would fight the case “as far as it needs to go,” including up to the Supreme Court, and rued that he had been persuaded to sign a “watered-down version” of his first travel ban….

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Trump/Ryancare would drop 24 Million Americans from Healthcare rolls…Congressional Budget Office report..

THAT is a loss of healthcare to almost 10% of Americans….

And 14 million would lose their insurance within  a year….

But House bill would save $337 Billion  projected out to ten years…

Oh, and healthcare insurance premiums could rise by 10 to 19% right away….

The White House called the report ‘Bogus’ …

It certainly has NOTHING to do with Donald Trump campaigning  on a promise that ‘NOBODY’ would lose their Healthcare Insurance….

The House Ryan crew focused on the budget savings without answering for the millions who would NOT have health insurance that Obamacare makes available…

The bill the way it is written will NEVER get the 60 votes needed in the US Senate. as several Republican Senators have come out against….

House Republicans’ proposal to rewrite federal health-care law would more than reverse the gains the Affordable Care Act has made in the number of Americans with health insurance, while curbing the federal deficit, according to a widely anticipated forecast by congressional analysts.

The analysis, released late Monday afternoon by the Congressional Budget Office, predicts that 24 million fewer people would have coverage a decade from now than if the Affordable Care Act remains intact, nearly doubling the share of Americans who are uninsured from 10 percent to 19 percent. The office projects the number of uninsured people would jump 14 million after the first year

But the GOP legislation, which has been speeding through House committees since it was introduced a week ago, would lower the deficit by $337 billion during that time, primarily by lessening spending on Medicaid and government aid for people buying health plans on their own.

The report predicted that premiums would be 15 percent to 20 percent higher in the first year compared with those under the Affordable Care Act but 10 percent lower on average after 2026. By and large, older Americans would pay “substantially” more and younger Americans less.

The 37-page report provides the most tangible evidence to date of the human and fiscal impact of the House GOP’s American Health Care Act. It also undermines President Trump’s pledge that no Americans would lose coverage under a Republican remake of the Affordable Care Act, which was enacted by a Democratic Congress in 2010.

The report’s arrival produced starkly different tacks from the White House and Capitol Hill — with top aides to the president immediately seeking to discredit it while the House’s Republican leaders praised the report for reinforcing their argument that the plan curbs federal spending and gives Americans the freedom to be insured or not — their choice…..

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How Barack Obama failed Democrats…

It wasn’t ALL Hillary Clinton’s fault she lost ….

No it wasn’t….

If you read the personal stories about those who voted for Trump enough to get him over in those Rust Belts states and Florida ?

Someone else’s name comes up as much or more that Hillary….

Barack Obama

In countless comments?

People who voted FOR Obama TWICE ?

Moved to Donald Trump…..

Why?

Because President Obama NEVER REALLY worked at building a support system under his actions….

Campaigning for change and going at that change was fine….

But NOT Nearly enough….

Making promises and NOT thinking far enough to build the underpinnings  has left American’s naked to the efforts of Trump and the Republicanbs efforts to erase gains done by Obama….

And this should be NO surprise….

The warning signs have been evident since 2010….

The idea that Obama left his legacy to chance JUST with Hillary Clinton’s win was just as bad as Hillary Clinton’s lack of true campaign moxie…

There IS a LOT of blame to go around….

And again?

It should NOT be about just Hillary Clinton vs Bernie Sanders….

As we now know, that grand vision for a postcampaign movement never came to fruition. Instead of mobilizing his unprecedented grassroots machine to pressure obstructionist lawmakers, support state and local candidates who shared his vision, and counter the Tea Party, Obama mothballed his campaign operation, bottling it up inside the Democratic National Committee. It was the seminal mistake of his presidency—one that set the tone for the next eight years of dashed hopes, and helped pave the way for Donald Trump to harness the pent-up demand for change Obama had unleashed.

“We lost this election eight years ago,” concludes Michael Slaby, the campaign’s chief technology officer. “Our party became a national movement focused on general elections, and we lost touch with nonurban, noncoastal communities. There is a straight line between our failure to address the culture and systemic failures of Washington and this election result.”

The question of why—why the president and his team failed to activate the most powerful political weapon in their arsenal—has long been one of the great mysteries of the Obama era. Now, thanks to previously unpublished emails and memos obtained by the New Republic—some from the John Podesta archive released by WikiLeaks, and others made available by Obama insiders—it’s possible for the first time to see the full contours of why Movement 2.0 failed, and what could have been.

Obama joins volunteers in Brighton, Colorado, a week before Election Day in 2008. He had built an unprecedented army of foot soldiers, but the future of his campaign machine was still uncertain.Photograph by Scout Tufankjian/Polaris

In the midst of the 2008 campaign, the idea for Movement 2.0 seemed both obvious and inevitable. Obama himself recognized that he was sitting atop an organizing juggernaut. Speaking to hundreds of his core staffers in June, Obama praised them for building a campaign machine that had just taken down Hillary Clinton. “Collectively, all of you—most of whom are I’m not even sure of drinking age—you’ve created the best political organization in America, and probably the best political organization that we’ve seen in the last 30 to 40 years,” Obama told them. “That’s a pretty big deal.”…

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One would hope that Barack Obama could pay for mistake by doing over the next four years what he failed to do over the LAST eight years….ORGANIZE the base of the party….

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Clinton on what she’d change about 2016: ‘I’d win’

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Democrat Hillary Clinton says the only thing she would change about her 2016 presidential campaign is the outcome.

“I’d win,” Clinton said Thursday when asked at Wellesley College what she would alter about her White House run, according to the Wellesley News.

In a question-and-answer session talk at her alma mater, Clinton opened up on the challenges of being a female candidate for office.

“You know you’re going to be subject to unfair and besides-the-point criticism,” said Clinton, the first woman nominated for the presidency by a major political party.

“Compromise is not a dirty word in democracy,” she added….

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Day by Day it becomes evident that Russia has had an extensive campaign to steer Trump & Co. their way….

As one learns of the extensive contacts by the Russian Ambassador with Trump Admin and Trump friends and advisors you begin to get a picture of what’s at work here….

It is NORMAL for Ambassadors of foreign countries to interact with the people of the country try they are assigned to….

The Russian’s do it…

The Brit’s do it…

American’s do it…..

Chinese do it…..

But there is one caution …..

The political arm of the Russian Government seeks to manipulate more strongly than most if not all of the other countries collectively….

It is a well know fact that the Russian President was NOT happy with actions taken By American President Obama….Furthermore ?

Sec of State Hillary Clinton, who worked for Obama , was well know to Putin as someone who would continue Obama’s Foreign Policy against Russia….

It no wonder that what seems to be a Russian campaign to tip the American election to Donald Trump was taken….

It is now becoming evident that the scope of the Russian efforts to ingratiate themselves to the Trump people was MUCH..MUCH larger and complex than anyone except the FBI/CIA and NSA knew…

The problem maybe that the Trump people where NOT smart enough to realize what was going on and the ramifications of their contacts…..

Donald Trump seems to have swallowed the bait….Trying to advance Russian interests against a wall of resistance from those in the government who have NOT forgotten that Russian President Putin is NOT someone that an American President should relax about…..

As the pieces of the puzzle begin to become public?

Things seem a bit unnerving that Republicans are turning a blind eye to this to protect Trump & Co. even if the guy is their adopted meal ticket….

To some of us?

The Russian action worries are bigger than blind loyalty to Trump….

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Someone thinks Hillary Clinton IS running for President in 2020…

A former Bush speechwriter lays out a view that he thinks Hillary Clinton IS following to postion herself for a third run at the American Presidency and a chance to be the first woman to do get the job….

She’d be 73 years old and year younger than Donald Trump who has already filed the paperwork for a second term…..

Trump v Clinton round 2?

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Impossible?

I don’t think so….

The Democratic party is now rudderless…

There is NO strong voice among the angered base….

Wherever Hillary Clinton goes these days she greeted with warm applause and standing ovations…Her pol numbers are bound to rise back up to the pre-campaign ones….

The issues that she had in 2008 and 2016 seem quaint in looking at Donald Trump and his people….

Trump’s display of iqnorance of how things work could paly nicely to a country that will be looking for someone to calm the waters and repair the damage done around the world…

She WILL have to work hard on her interactions with the media….

She WILL have to navigate the joining of a progressive base and the supporters that gave here a almost 3 million vote margin OVER Trump….

But most of all?

She will have to figure out how to shed the policy wonk thing?

A display a STRONG heartfelt character that makes people FEEL that they CAN vote for her as a LEADER…..

Everybody KNOWS she’s qualified….

Last week, Clinton signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster. That alone isn’t noteworthy. This, after all, would be her seventh book, if you count her campaign policy venture/insomnia cure, Stronger Together. But added to all the other activities afoot, it raises few questions. Does she really have that much more to say? Or might there be another reason, besides money that she does not need, to go on a book tour, answer humiliating questions about losing to Donald Trump and stay in the headlines?

And just days ago, Clinton trolled Trump on Twitter over the courtroom defeat of his executive order banning citizens from seven majority-Muslim nations. She didn’t have to do that, of course. Most defeated rivals disappear after their loss. Instead, Clinton sounded very much like she was still on the campaign trail. (Because, of course, she is.)

Finally, consider last November’s concession speech to Trump. Absent in her remarks was any indication, as one might have expected, that she was going gentle into that good night, handing the baton to a new generation or even to a new leader. Instead, Clinton talked more about the future—explicitly including herself in that future—than she did about the past.

“I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day, someone will,” she said, adding, “and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.” She then quoted a line of Scripture: “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” And she concluded, tellingly, with this: “So my friends, let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary, let us not lose heart, for there are more seasons to come. And there is more work to do.”

This was not Richard Nixon’s bitter “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore” when he lost a race for governor in 1962, and thought his political career was over. This was someone looking ahead. More seasons to come….

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Second Thought?

How about an old school Democratic ticket of Hillary for President…

Bernie for VP …

….and Warren for Treasury?

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Federal 9th Circuit Appeals Court continues the suspension of Trump No Enter ban…

The Court maintains the stay of the Federal Government’s ban of people from seven Middle Eastern and African countries that are Muslim majority countries…

The court threw Trump’s own words back at him…. that the ban IS A ‘Muslim Ban’…

It probably did NOT help that President Trump dissed the judges…

President Trump and his guys Bannon and Miller just had a door slammed in their faces….

We are sure to have a reaction on twitter from Trump….

The vote was 3 to 0 against Trump….

A three-judge federal appeals panel on Thursday unanimously refused to reinstate President Trump’s targeted travel ban, delivering the latest and most stinging judicial rebuke to his effort to make good on a campaign promise and tighten the standards for entry into the United States.

The ruling was the first from an appeals court on the travel ban, and it was focused on the narrow question of whether it should be blocked while courts consider its lawfulness. The decision is likely to be quickly appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

That court remains short-handed and could deadlock. A 4-to-4 tie in the Supreme Court would leave the appeals court’s ruling in place….

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Federal immigration law undeniably gives the president broad authority to bar people from coming into the U.S., stating that if the president finds “the entry of any aliens” would be “detrimental” to the country’s interests, he can impose restrictions. But lawsuits across the country have alleged that Trump’s particular order ran afoul of the Constitution in that it intentionally disfavored Muslims.

Flentje did offer the judges a fallback option: they could, he said, limit Robart’s order so that it only applied to foreigners previously admitted to the country who were abroad now or those who wished to travel and return to the United States in the future. Purcell said the government had not demonstrated how they could practically implement such a solution.

Trump and his supporters have pressed the case that the short-term stoppage on refugees and immigrants from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen is necessary for national security reasons. Trump went so far as to suggest on Twitter that if an attack were to happen, the judiciary were to blame. On Wednesday, he denounced arguments about his order as “disgraceful” and said “a bad high school student” would understand the broad authority the law gives him to impose immigration restrictions.

A day earlier, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told Congress he thought judges might be considering the issue from an “academic” perspective instead of the national security lens through which he views the world.

“Of course, in their courtrooms, they’re protected by people like me,” Kelly said.

Federal courts in New York, California and elsewhere already had blocked aspects of the ban from being implemented, although one federal judge in Massachusetts declared that he did not think that challengers had demonstrated that they had a high likelihood of success. The case before the 9th Circuit, though, was much broader than the others, because it stemmed from a federal judge’s outright halting of the ban. It was decided by Friedland, Clifton, and Judge William C. Canby Jr., who was appointed by President Jimmy Carter….

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President Trump is up ALREADY on twitter….

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SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!

The Full Appeals Court decision Here

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Justice Roberts,  who issued the tempory injunction, STILL has a hearing on actually making the injuction permenate….

U.S. District Judge James L. Robart had granted the states of Washington and Minnesota only a temporary restraining order on the ban, and the parties are set to file briefs on the East Coast arguing for a more permanent, preliminary injunction through next Saturday. The appeals court judges noted their ruling was a “preliminary one,” and they were deciding only whether the government had “made a strong showing of its likely success” in getting the restraining order thrown out.

The ruling, though, is critically important — as Trump’s ban on refugees lasts only 120 days, and his ban on those from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen lasts only 90 days. The judges also said that while the states of Washington and Minnesota had made serious allegations, the government had not pointed to any substantive evidence to support its need for the ban….

“The Government has pointed to no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the Order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States,” the judges wrote. “Rather than present evidence to explain the need for the Executive Order, the Government has taken the position that we must not review its decision at all.”

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Howard Stern …”Donald Trump will HATE being President’…

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Howard Stein has revealed on his talk show something I believed  from the Jump….

Donald Trump has adopted a LOT of the Republican views soley to win the Presidential Election….He played the Grand Ole Party well Stern seems to be saying?

Stern says the Trump he knows was Pro-Abortion and actually likes Hillary Clinton as a person…..

Stern thinks that as has been said out loud?

Donald Trump just wants to be liked and that being President is NOT gonna be good for his ‘mental health’….

There’s more….

Howard Stern said on his program Wednesday that Trump will hate being president and the role will be detrimental to his mental health.
Stern and Trump are long-time friends, with Trump making numerous appearances on Stern’s radio show over the years.

“I personally wish that he had never run, I told him that, because I actually think this is something that is gonna be detrimental to his mental health too, because, he wants to be liked, he wants to be loved,” Stern said. “He wants people to cheer for him.”

“I don’t think it’s going to be a healthy experience. And by the way, he’s now on this anti-Hollywood kick. He loves Hollywood. First of all, he loves the press. He lives for it. He loves people in Hollywood. He only wants hobnob with them. All of this hatred and stuff directed towards him. It’s not good for him. It’s not good. There’s a reason every president who leaves the office has grey hair.”

“I remember saying to him when he announced his presidency, I remember being quite amazed, because I remember him being for Hillary Clinton,” Stern added.

“And I remember him being very–I mean he was pro-abortion. So the new Donald Trump kind of surprised me.”….

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Americans Think Trump Will Be Worst President Since Nixon…Poll

Donald Trump is gonna have a canary when he reads this….and he WILL….

A new Public Policy Polling  poll has some REAL bad feeling for him….

He has a 50% NEGATIVE rating by those polled….

Trump must have thought he was out of the woods with the Politico /Morning Consult poll out recently about his first speech in which he got pretty good numbers…

But those who actually WATCHED his speech where most  probably leaning his way anyways….

This poll by PPP (labeled as a Dem leaning outfit to be fair) is NOT good news and reinforces that narrative that President Donald Trump maybe doing what he said he’d do…To shake things up….

But just as in the election vote….

Most Americans really do NOT like or trust him to do a good job as President….

And THAT is grinding on Trump’s ego…..

PPP’s newest national poll finds Donald Trump continuing to fare poorly with the public in his first week in office. Voters split evenly in their appraisals of his job performance with 44% approving and 44% disapproving of him. These are historically awful numbers for a newly elected President. When it comes to Trump’s favorability rating, only 44% of voters see him positively to 50% with a negative opinion. By contrast the women who participated in marches across the country last weekend against Trump are seen positively by 50% of voters, to just 41% who see them poorly.

There are a number of reasons for Trump’s continuing unpopularity. One piece of it is that voters don’t like the policies he wants to enact:

-We find that only 34% of voters want to build a wall with Mexico if American taxpayers have to pay up front for it, compared to 53% who are opposed to doing that.

-We find that with Trump in office now, the Affordable Care Act is reaching record levels of popularity with 45% of voters supporting it to 41% who are opposed. Only 30% of voters think the best plan is to repeal the act and start over, while 61% would prefer Congress to keep the Affordable Care Act and fix parts that aren’t working.

Another set of reasons that Trump’s struggling right now are concerns about his transparency and conflicts of interest:

-59% of voters think Trump needs to release his tax returns, to just 32% who don’t think it’s necessary for him to. In fact, 54% of voters would support a law requiring candidates for President to release 5 years of tax returns in order to appear on the ballot, to just 34% who would be opposed to putting that requirement in place.

-61% of voters think Trump needs to fully divest from his business interests, to only 28% who don’t think it’s necessary for him to do that…..

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Donald Trump’s worst fear…..

Rep John Lewis voices it out loud…..

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In an exclusive interview with NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said he does not believe Donald Trump is a “legitimate president,” citing Russian interference in last year’s election.

Asked whether he would try to forge a relationship with the president-elect, Lewis said that he believes in forgiveness, but added, “it’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.”

When pressed to explain why, he cited allegations of Russian hacks during the campaign that led to the release of internal documents from the Democratic National Committee, and Hillary Clinton’s campaign co-chairman, John Podesta.

“I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” Lewis told NBC News’ Chuck Todd…..

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Trump spokesperson…No Changes to Obamacare until 2019!

This is NOT REALLY funny…..

The Republicans are REALLY in a pickle….

In their rush to prove a political point?

They are making themselves look like dummies and could be scaring the public and the entire Heathcare Industry…

And…..Their adopted leader is going to continue to undermine them….

While the Media is broacsting all these stories from the Republicans that they will repeal the Affordable Helathcare Law known as Obamacare IMMEDIATLY!

The Trump people are smartly out with a pronouncement that any changes won’t be coming for YEARS….

There will be NO Chnages in the plan BEFORE the 2018 Midterm elections something I have pointed out here would be foolish for Republicans to do….

Voters should not expect to see any changes to their health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act for two years after the law is repealed, a senior official on Donald Trump’s White House transition team said Thursday.

“Immediately, what we’re saying, is we’re not going to pull the rug out from under anyone. There’s not going to be any changes in 2017. There’s not going to be changes in 2018,” Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), the transition team’s congressional liaison, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“Those products have already been approved by the state insurance agencies, or for the 2018 time, are in negotiation right now,” he went on, saying new plans won’t be available until “2019 or later.”….

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Key Calendar Date’s for 2017….

The Washington Post  lists Political, Governmental, Sports and what else dates to mark on your calander if ya much care….

The liberal world order faces existential threats in the year ahead, as Donald Trump tries to eviscerate Barack Obama’s legacy, Vladimir Putin maneuvers to install additional allies in other western capitals and Angela Merkel seeks to survive the continuing populist backlash.

The Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal are in danger. The future of Syria, Ukraine and the South China Sea hang in the balance.

The stock market is surging and consumers are more confident, but the economy is fragile and CEOs are terrified that the new president might target their business next. The Federal Reserve increased interest rates for the second time in a decade last month, and the board plans to do so again in 2017. But how much and when remains unclear.

There are many other “known unknowns” about the coming 12 months. Congress will vote to “repeal Obamacare,” but what comes next? Will conservatives cave on a trillion-dollar infrastructure package, ballooning the deficit? Will the Wall Street guys who Trump has stocked his government with be able to stop him from launching destructive trade wars? How young will Antonin Scalia’s replacement be?

There are also “unknown unknowns.” The hard truth is that more terrorist attacks, perhaps on American soil, are inevitable. There are scandals we can foresee, but many others we cannot. And we’re being careful not to offer firm forecasts after so much conventional wisdom turned out to be so wrong last year. As Yogi Berra said: It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.

Since the start of the decade, I’ve produced an annual list of notable dates to prepare for in the upcoming year. It’s a useful exercise that forces planning and facilitates longer-term thinking. The 2016, 2015 and 2014 versions hold up well. Continuing the tradition, here is what I am putting on my calendar for 2017…..

Jan. 3: The 115th Congress convenes today. Republicans have control of both chambers and the presidency for the first time since 2006 and now plan to push the most ambitious conservative policy agenda since the 1920s.

Jan. 4: Dueling Obamacare rallies. President Obama visits the Capitol for a photo opp/pep rally with congressional Democrats about the importance of defending the Affordable Care Act, while Mike Pence visits his old stomping grounds to discuss repealing it.

 

Jan. 5: John McCain holds a hearing on Russia’s election-year hacking. Liberated by his reelection, the 2008 Republican nominee may emerge once again as the main maverick in the Senate. Trump wants to move onto “bigger and better things,” whatever that means, but the former POW still has scars from his service on the frontlines of the Cold War. Literally. So he’s not about to look the other way as an ascendant Russia wages a quiet war against the United States just because his party now controls the White House. The Director of National Intelligence and the head of the National Security Agency are among the witnesses that Mack the Knife is hauling before his Armed Services Committee. (Walter Pincus has more in his new column this morning.)

Jan. 10: Obama delivers his farewell address. The White House said yesterday that the speech at McCormack Place, where Obama spoke on election night in 2012, will “offer some thoughts on where we all go from here.” Since George Washington began the practice in 1796, farewell addresses have often been among a president’s most memorable speeches, often played on a loop in their libraries. Recall Dwight Eisenhower’s prescient warning about “the military-industrial complex” and Ronald Reagan’s inspiring paean to “the shining city upon a hill.

 

Jan. 20: Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. Watch for a flurry of executive orders and bill signings during the hours after he’s sworn in. The transition team will huddle this week to discuss which ones will get top billing.

Jan. 21: Demonstrators will gather on the National Mall for the 2017 “Women’s March on Washington,” protesting the newly-minted President Trump. The event is expected to attract thousands….

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