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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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Update…

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

Note….

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’….

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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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Immigration as a new life blood for Small America…

While the next American President has grabbed votes by demonizing Muslim’s and Immigration in general?

Small town American cities/twons are reaching out FOR immigrants in efforts to reverse economic declines they haver experienced….

Will Governors, Republicans in particular , fight the fellow Republican efforts in Congress to cut off the means for economic development based ON immigration?

The plan’s fiercest advocate has been the mayor of Rutland, Christopher Louras, who has cited not the moral argument for resettling refugees, but an economic one: This shrinking city, long removed from its heyday as a marble producer and regional railroad hub, needs every new resident it can get. Syrian refugees, he has said, are an opportunity.

“Rutland’s demographic condition right now is not just one of a declining population, but it’s also a graying population,” said Mr. Louras, who became the mayor about 10 years ago as a Republican, but has since become an independent. “We need people,” he added.

The plan, born in a time of national discord over Muslim immigration and criticism by President-elect Donald J. Trump of Syrian refugees, has divided the city: An opposition group, Rutland First, sprang up — as did Rutland Welcomes, to collect donated items, help the new arrivals and watch for job openings that might suit them.

But the preparations are unfolding under a cloud of uncertainty, because it is not yet clear whether, as president, Mr. Trump will make good on his campaign promise to suspend the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States.

Immigration is part of the history of every American city. But experts say that in recent years, some towns and cities, reeling from shifts in the economy and declining populations, have focused anew on potential economic benefits from refugee resettlement, even as immigration has become a subject of partisan political battles.

“Over the last couple of decades, especially in the last 10 years, places have started to develop strategies to attract and retain immigrants and resettle refugees in order to boost their economic activity,” said Audrey Singer, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute who has studied refugee resettlement in American cities….

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Why is America swearing in a guy as President that we knew have so many questions about?

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Donald J. Trump is a enigma…..

We  DO NOT know how much money he ACTUALLY has….

We DO NOT know WHO he owes money to….

We DO NOT know how much in taxes he’s ever paid ….

We DO NOT know the extent of his business holdings….

We DO NOT owe if he personally owes Vladimir Putin a nickel or Billon dollars….

We do NOT KNOW how many people are currently suing him for beating them out of money…

Donald J Trump has NOT met with the Media to say anything extensive about what he will actually try to do as President…

A good amount of things he promised to do he can’t…Congress has to do…

He does not take his security briefings because he doesn’t TRUST his own incoming government’s intelligence and law enforcement people…He DOES seem to TRUST the Russian’s more…

He does NOT allow the media to travel with him , which one could understand, but which gives the view as with so many things listed above that he thinks he ‘s STILL John Q. Private Citizen…He is now…

But in less than two weeks he will be the President of the United States of America…

The LONGER this goes on ?

The more this Dog thinks that Donald J. Trump has THINGS he wants to hide from the American and World ….(Why doesn’t the US Congress investigate his background in same manner you who for a bank teller or a CEO of a Trillion Dollar Organization)

The more this Dog thinks that America has a person that will go into power trying to emulate the autocratic men that caused the people of this planet heartache, violence and hate….

There is little we ‘the people’ can do about this….

While the media has made his win into some gigantic referendum against the march into the 21st Century?

It was in fact a LOSS of the popular vote by Millions….

Trump STILL remains doubtful and unpopular in most American eyes…..

But the Media CONTINUES to fall over itself  headlining every utterance from the 70 year old entertainer/businessman , who has problems dealing with reality….

The sad part of this who situation we find ourselves in that the counter force to this politically is a Democratic party that ITSELF has had problems with reality…

Led by a iconic women qualified to assume the Presidency…

It has forgotten about whole sections of the American public that have reacted by voting against the party people in ever widening states….

America’s MAJORITY does NOT embrace the policies of the guy coming into office under a mysterious background and future….

But his minority owns the political strings in America….

The majority could be slaves under their control….

Which goes back to the first question I ask…..

Who IS Donald J Trump?

Does anybody , besides Russian President Putin,  KNOW?

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Women’s March on Washington January 21…

Women Right’s are doing protest demo’s in 30 Cities around the country on the day Donald Trump gets sworn in….

More than 200,000 people are expected to participate in a mass demonstration the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Women’s March on Washington. Since the idea first emerged with a vision to take over the Lincoln Memorial in the days after the election results, plans have shifted, developed and expanded worldwide.

Will Trump cause progressives to forget about women’s rights?

Here’s what you need to know about protest plans on 21 January.

Where is the Women’s March on Washington?
Many locations on the National Mall in Washington are off-limits to protesters, including the Lincoln Memorial. This is in large part because inauguration equipment including bleachers won’t have been cleared from these areas yet. But march organizers say they have now secured a permit, and the event will start at 10am at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, near the US Capitol. Organizers say they haven’t publicized the route for security reasons….

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Democratic Senator’s Booker, Warren and Gillibrand set up for 2020 Nomination runs?

The moves have just been made in Senate Committee assignments…..

The race for the 2020 Democratic nomination has begun…..

Senator Kristen Gillibrand is wondering around talking to people it’s reported…..

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Booker and Warren very clearly want to seek the presidency for themselves in 2020. Neither wants to be anyone else’s second fiddle. And both recognize the need for some kind of experience in this arena. This week they took big steps to shore up their shared liability: Warren joined Armed Services, and Booker gave up his seat on the Homeland Security Committee to jump over to Foreign Relations.

Both committees carry real cache and bring with them classified intelligence briefings, as well as the chance to travel the world on really cool CODELs. They offer a platform to speak about issues like Russia’s interference in the U.S. election, the atrocities in Aleppo, the Iran nuclear deal and, down the road, sequestration.

Booker, the Stanford-educated former Rhodes Scholar, described himself as “excited” about the assignment because it will “enable me to keep fighting to strengthen America’s national security” in a statement sent by his press office. “I’m looking forward to continuing the work to build bipartisan bridges and deliver for New Jerseyans, while standing by my values and serving as a check and balance on the new Administration,” he said.

“All three of my brothers served in the military,” Warren, the former Harvard Law professor, said in her statement announcing the new role. “I understand the sacrifices America’s servicemembers make to defend our country, and the important work that our Defense Department does to keep Americans safe. As a member of the Committee, I will focus on making sure Congress provides effective support and oversight of the Armed Forces, monitors threats to national security, and ensures the responsible use of military force around the globe.”

It seems implausible that she will refashion herself as a hawk a la Clinton. That’s just too off brand.

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— It should go without saying that there is no obvious favorite for the Democratic nomination in the next election. National polls mean little at this point, but the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling just released a survey that asked voters what they’re looking for in a 2020 nominee. Democrats largely agree that they want a younger candidate who has never run for president before. Six in 10 Democrats want the 2020 nominee to be under 60, and eight in 10 want the person to be under 70. For what it’s worth, Warren will be 71, Biden will by 77 and Bernie will be 79. (Booker will be 51. President Trump, assuming he seeks reelection, will be 74.)*
Most of the likely 2020 presidential candidates are still unknown to a majority of Democratic primary voters. Biden and Sanders are pretty universally well-liked by the base. Warren is viewed favorably by 59 percent of Democrats and unfavorably by 13 percent. The only other person that PPP tested who is even known to a majority of Democratic voters is Al Franken (at 44/15). Pollster Tom Jensen notes that Booker (34/15), Andrew Cuomo (27/20), Julian Castro (20/20), Sherrod Brown (23/14) and Gillibrand (22/13) have less than 50 percent name recognition in their own party…

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*Intalic’s added by me….

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US Government Intelliegence …Russia helped Donald Trump Win…

That IS the report coming out reportedly from the CIA…..

The WikiLeaks actions aimed JUST at the Democrats….

The leaks of Democratic party memo’s….

Other actions where KNOWN to the Obama administration for months….But the conclusions where held in-house ….

Republicans have played down the conclusions with the Donald Trump win in the election….

Trump himself has tried to dismiss the reports , which seem to cast some doubt on his win….and raise troubling questions about the venerability of the American election process…

Trump has cut back on the intelligence briefing’s since being elected…

Trump has made no secret that he looks Russian President Putin as someone he admoires and would like to work with….Several Trump people have associated with Russian business interests that have connections to Putin or the Russian Government interests….

This has caused worries in Congress and The Defense and Intelligence communities…

The Clinton campaign had wanted this information released before the election , but the White House refused….

The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.

Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton’s chances.

“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators. “That’s the consensus view.”

The Obama administration has been debating for months how to respond to the alleged Russian intrusions, with White House officials concerned about escalating tensions with Moscow and being accused of trying to boost Clinton’s campaign….

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Joe Biden for President 2020?

I wouldn’t care if he at 78 was running ahainst Trump at 74….

He’d get MY vote….

Sure would be fun watching Biden mixing it up against Trump…..

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Vice President Biden on Monday raised the possibility of a presidential bid in 2020.

“I am going to run in 2020,” Biden told a group of reporters in the Capitol when asked about his political future. “What the hell man, anyway.”

Asked if he was kidding about running, the 74-year-old paused for four seconds before saying he is “not committing not to run.”

“I am not committed to anything,” he added. “I learned a long time ago, fate has a strange way of intervening.”

It would be surprising if Biden decided to continue his decades-long political career, which many assumed would end once President Obama and he leave the White House next month.

Biden will be 78 in 2020 and would by far the oldest person ever to win a major-party presidential nomination if he became the Democrats’ standard bearer…..

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Democrats may HAVE the Demographics…But they STILL have been losing Elections…

There IS distinct Difference between people who are counted in the number of Americans here and the number who actually vote….

America IS turning less white….

THAT is a fact…..

Satisticly?

Those who are NOT white tend to vote for Democrats….(NOT ALL)….

But of the 300 Million+ Americans?

Only 54% of that population voted.….

Democrat ….Hillary Clinton won more than 2..5 Million votes than  Republican …Donald Trump….

But….

Trump won over 300 Electotoral votes to win the Presidency…..

But…..

Democrats made gains…But could not regain majorities in the US House or Senate legislative bodies they lost SIX years ago…..

Worst for the Democrats?

They are behind in Governorships and State legislative bodies across the country….

Folks?

Among the people who actually VOTE in America?

There IS a CENTER -RIGHT tilt…..

I link a Chris Cillizza piece below that gets most of this right, but simplifies the about numbers…..

Elections are about voters….

Cillizza discounrts that and applies the Center-Right thing to the entire country….

I do NOT agree…..

MORE America voted for Clinton….

Less American’s on the whole actually fit the right demographic ….

No matter….

The reaction by the Democratic supporters of the left and Bernei Sanders was to DEMAND that their party turn MORE to the left….

That is counter productive for political party gains for the Democratic party, which needs to do just the OPPOSITE…..

In looking for VOTES ?

The Democratic party MUST find a way to reach out for white voters that DID vote Barack Obama…But then left…..

Furthermore?

In others area’s of the country?

Democrats must recreuit BETTER candidates and speak to a wider audiance then they have for the last SIX years….

One looks back in amusmnet and worry at the Democrats who carried on after President Obama won in 2008…The jubilant  musing that the Republican part was dead….

How wrong they where…..

The wake call keeps signing louder and LOUDER…..

And it is NOT saying move to left….

It is making a  move to the Middle to caputure votes …..

It is NOT giving up the Democratic core values….

But it is bending  a bit….

The Republicans NOW own it….

And are bound to make mistakes…..

But the Democrats MUST get THEIR OWN house together ……

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack got it exactly right then when he told The Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe that the current state of the Democratic party is like a tree that “looks healthy on the outside but is in the throes of slow and long-term demise.”

This chart built by Philip Bump makes Vilsack’s point in stark terms.

Placed in the context of the last eight years of elections, 2016 looks more like the rule than the exception. The rise of President Obama obscured the fact that the Democratic Party he represented was struggling in virtually every other way in which a party’s health is judged. Clinton’s loss should make that fact plain to Democrats: The country, judging by down-ballot election results nationwide, is center-right — and holding. And the Democratic bench is woefully devoid of major rising stars, itself a function of the party’s down-ballot struggles over the last eight years.

The “why” of this Democratic decline is far more complicated. Vilsack blames an unwillingness to talk to rural voters. “We need to speak more directly to our folks in rural America,” Vilsack told Jaffe. “And we have to spend time there.” Others cite racism, economic anxiety, a national party that has moved too far left.  And so on.

Whatever the why — and there is no single “why” — the reality remains: The 2016 election wasn’t an anomaly. It was consistent with the broader political currents in down-ballot races across the country over the last three elections. That’s a reality Democrats need to wake up to if they don’t want a repeat performance in 2018….

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In Defense of Hillary Clinton….

There are things that NEED to be Said out loud about Hillary Clinton….

Her loss should NOT diminish her efforts and her accomplishments….

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Sometimes I think I have never seen anything as strong as Hillary Clinton. That doesn’t mean that I like and admire everything about her. I’m not here to argue about who she is, just to note what she did. I watched her plow through opposition and attacks the like of which no other candidate has ever faced and still win the popular vote. To defeat her it took an unholy cabal far beyond what Barack Obama faced when he was the campaign of change, swimming with the tide of disgust about the Bush administration. As the New York Times reported, “By the time all the ballots are counted, she seems likely to be ahead by more than 2m votes and more than 1.5 percentage points. She will have won by a wider percentage margin than not only Al Gore in 2000 but also Richard Nixon in 1968 and John F Kennedy in 1960.”

You can flip that and see that Trump was such a weak candidate it took decades of scheming and an extraordinary international roster of powerful players to lay the groundwork that made his election possible. Defeating Clinton in the electoral college took the 2013 gutting of the Voting Rights Act by Republican appointees to the supreme court. It took vast Republican voter suppression laws and tactics set in place over many years. It took voter intimidation at many polling places. It took the long Republican campaign to blow up the boring bureaucratic irregularity of Clinton’s use of a private email server into a scandal that the media obediently picked up and reheated.

It took James Comey, the director of the FBI, using that faux-scandal and his power to stage a misleading smear attack on Clinton 11 days before the election in flagrant violation of the custom of avoiding such intervention for 60 days before an election. It took a compliant mainstream media running after his sabotage like a golden retriever chasing a tennis ball. It took decades of conservative attacks on the Clintons. Comey, incidentally, served as deputy GOP counsel to the Senate Whitewater committee, that fishing expedition that began with an investigation in a messy real estate deal in Arkansas before Bill Clinton’s presidency and ended with a campaign to impeach him on charges related to completely unrelated sexual activities during his second term.

It took a nearly decade-long reality TV show, The Apprentice, that deified Trump’s cruelty, sexism, racism and narcissism as essential to success and power. As the feminist media critic Jennifer Pozner points out: “Everything Trump said and did was framed in a way to flatter him, and more importantly, flatter his worldview.” The colossal infomercial fictionalized the blundering, cheating businessman as an unqualified success and gave him a kind of brand recognition no other candidate had.

It took the full support of Fox News, whose CEO, Roger Ailes, was so committed to him that after leaving the company following allegations of decades of sexual harassment of employees, he joined the Trump campaign. It took the withdrawal of too many Americans from even that calibre of journalism into the partisan unreliability of faux-news sites and confirmation-bias bubbles of social media….

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I know that if Clinton had been elected there would not be terrified and weeping people of color all over the country, small children too afraid to go to school, a shocking spike in hate crimes, high-school students with smashed dreams marching in cities across the country. I deplore some of Hillary Clinton’s past actions and alignments and disagreed with plenty of her 2016 positions. I hoped to be fighting her for the next four years. But I recognize the profound differences between her and Trump on race, gender, immigration and climate, and her extraordinary strength, tenacity and courage in facing and nearly overcoming an astonishing array of obstacles to win the popular vote. Which reminds us that Trump has no mandate and sets before us some of the forces arrayed against us….

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There’s a possibility for Clinton to achieve a status that eluded her during the campaign, and over her last 30 years in public life. If elected president, Clinton would have moved into the White House and had to unpack years of baggage—emails, her husband’s scandals, “super predators,” Benghazi—and then deal with the grueling and unpredictable politics of the next four years. That’s a lot to fit in the Resolute desk. But in defeat, that matters less. Her place in American culture is suddenly very different. Hillary Clinton’s transgressions may be largely forgiven by her supporters and largely forgotten by the public.

As a presidential candidate, Clinton was vanquished. But as a feminist icon, she lives on. She’s the women who withstand the painful misogyny of American society. She’s telling your daughter to raise her hand in class, even if the boys make fun of her. She’s pantsuits and she’s the more than 3 million members of the Facebook group Pantsuit Nation. She’s every qualified woman who had an unqualified man beat her out for a job. She’s the “I Voted” stickers on Susan B. Anthony’s grave. She’s the cracks in the glass ceiling that didn’t break. She’s what could’ve been. She’s the promise of what someday will be.

And as a symbol, she comes right when the American women who supported her most need one…

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Barack Obama has Lot of hand holding to do for Donald Trump…

Donald Trump is used to running a small tight ship….

THAT is NOT what it will be running the American Government….

People may NOT agree….

But Barack Obama it is reported will take Trump under his wing to help him get started …..

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This also points to something else….

As usual?

A LOT of Obama people WILL be left in place in the incoming Trump Administration …

There is simply too many jobs to be changed right away….

That means that a LOT of Obama policies will STAY in place and maybe never be changed….

Old Bush hands that Trump brings end will know how to deal with this….

Donald Trump will not….And he probably won’t have the patience or attention span to care….

Following his meeting last week with President-elect Donald Trump, President Obama decided he needed to spend more time than a president typically would guiding Trump’s transition to the White House, according to a Sunday Wall Street Journal report.

At the meeting, Trump seemed surprised by the duties of the president, and his staff seemed unaware that the entire administration staff had to be replaced, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Per the Wall Street Journal:

During their private White House meeting on Thursday, Mr. Obama walked his successor through the duties of running the country, and Mr. Trump seemed surprised by the scope, said people familiar with the meeting. Trump aides were described by those people as unaware that the entire presidential staff working in the West Wing had to be replaced at the end of Mr. Obama’s term.

After meeting with Mr. Trump, the only person to be elected president without having held a government or military position, Mr. Obama realized the Republican needs more guidance. He plans to spend more time with his successor than presidents typically do, people familiar with the matter said….

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