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Democrats signal they’ll fight against Trump Border Wall funding…

Senate Minority Leader Schumer has chosen a place to fight where he could get a good amount of support against Trump’s campaign promise from Republicans even….

And the Mexican’s of course…

Senate Democrats are warning GOP leaders not to include funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in a funding bill to keep the government open, saying it could jeopardize the measure’s passage.

“We believe it would be inappropriate to insist on the inclusion of such funding in a must-pass appropriations bill that is needed for the Republican majority in control of the Congress to avert a government shutdown so early in President Trump’s Administration,” the Democrats said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).

The signers of the letter, released Monday, include Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), as well as Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

The government is currently being funded through April 28 by a stopgap spending bill that was passed in December.

Already, President Donald Trump’s secretary of Homeland Security has directed his agency to look for funding sources it might already have available as the administration looks for ways to fulfill one of the the president’s top campaign promises. A Morning Consult/POLITICO survey in January found 47 percent of Americans support construction of the wall, while 45 percent do not.

The Democratic senators said the wall could be expensive and “raises considerable issues that have not been resolved by the Congress or the Department of Homeland Security.”

Another Morning Consult/POLITICO survey in January showed that support for the wall dropped considerably when the issue of cost was raised….


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ACLU and attorneys general on Trump’s Muslim ban 2.0: ‘We’ll see you in court, 2.0’

 By Kerry Eleveld   @ DailyKos…..
SEATTLE, WA - FEBRUARY 03: Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks at a press conference outside U.S. District Court, Western Washington, on February 3, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Ferguson filed a state lawsuit challenging key sections of President Trump's immigration Executive Order as illegal and unconstitutional. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson called Donald Trump’s rescinding of the original ban “total capitulation.” 

Moments after Donald Trump’s new Muslim ban was announced, the legal group that feverishly worked to combat the original ban issued its assessment of Trump’s new Islamophobic masterpiece:

“The only way to actually fix the Muslim ban is not to have a Muslim ban,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.

The ACLU is now “moving quickly” to amend existing lawsuits that will still apply to the new ban in order to block it from moving forward. In a new blog post titled “We’ll see you in court, 2.0,” the ACLU further explained its rationale:

If a Muslim Ban is cleaned up to exclude Iraq, exempt lawful permanent residents and other current visa holders, is it still a Muslim ban? […]

First, it continues to target only countries that are predominantly Muslim. All of the six countries targeted for the immigration ban are over 90 percent Muslim. Second, it does so without a valid security justification. Trump’s own Department of Homeland Security recently concluded that an individual’s “country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity” and that “few of the impacted countries [under the EO] have terrorist groups that threaten the West.” Third, on February 21, White House advisor Stephen Miller explained that any changes to the first executive order would be “mostly minor, technical differences … Fundamentally, you are still going to have the same, basic policy outcome for the country.” Exempting lawful permanent residents and others with visas does nothing to alter the purpose or design of disfavoring a specific religion. […]

President Trump, we’ll see you in court.

That sentiment has been echoed by the Yale Law School Clinic (which filed one of the first legal challenges to Trump’s ban), New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and Bob Ferguson, the attorney general who filed the boldest challenge to Trump’s ban, effectively grinding it to a halt.

By rescinding his earlier Executive Order, President Trump makes one thing perfectly clear: His original travel ban was indefensible — legally, constitutionally and morally. The President has capitulated on numerous key provisions blocked by our lawsuit, including bans on Green Card holders, visa holders and dual citizens, an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, and explicit preferences based on religion. We are carefully reviewing the new Executive Order to determine its impacts on Washington State and our next legal steps.

In his off-camera press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer denied that revoking the first ban was an admission that it wasn’t lawful. For his part, Ferguson called Trump’s move a “total capitulation” at his briefing.

But it seems pretty clear now that Ferguson and others overwhelmingly won 1.0. Stay tuned.

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New Trump No Enter Ban still has problems….

The Muslim No Enter Ban 2.0 was supposed to be out LAST week….

It hasn’t moved….

As the people over at the Dept. of Justice and Homeland Security try to tweak it?

It has become clear that they WILL have trouble with Federal Judges no matter how much they try to please the President and his guys  Bannon and Miller….

Another week is slipping by without a revised travel ban – the same travel ban that, when delayed, the president claimed was critical for immediate national security. If and when that new order comes, it’s already looking significantly different – although the Trump White House is not and will not be admitting that. For starters, one of the seven countries – Iraq – is coming off the list entirely, according to U.S. officials, apparently at the behest of several Cabinet secretaries who identified how problematic that stance is for relations with a close ally where there are military urgencies. And the idea that it may exempt all current visas holders from all of the countries listed is a major reversal. What started as a Muslim ban could end up being tighter restrictions on those coming from six predominantly Muslim countries, with current visa holders unaffected….


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Trump gets Media ‘tone’ plus…Schumer points to NO change in action…

The media narrative for Donald Trump’s speech was pure Trump showmanship…

Style over Substance just like the campaign…..

While there was floats of moderation on Dreamers and Gang of 8 immigration moves….

THAT did NOT happen……

Donald Trump made sure he gave the Republicans in Congress what THEY wanted……

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It was up to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to go on TV and point out that Trump actually changed NOTHING in policy on immigration, and other things….And that his call for increased spending across the board in defense at the cost of EVERYTHING else won’t fly in Congress….

‘Tone’ isn’t action ……

Trump’s address before a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, a State of the Union-type event, has been generally well-received for its optimistic tone, a stark contrast from the darker language he has used in the past. But Schumer said the president’s remarks will ultimately amount to little because they do not match the way he has governed.

“This president’s speech matters a lot less than the speeches of just about any other president because they’re detached from his reality. He talks one way and does another,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday morning, adding on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that Trump “talks to the working folks of America, they were his main constituency, but the way he’s governed has been totally with the hard right special interests against the working people.”

While Trump billed himself in his remarks as a promise-keeper, Schumer said the new administration has thus far failed to keep up its end of the bargain with voters.



One assumes Trump said little about Foreign Affairs and the Military due to those policies being run by the General’s and Bannon….

image…NY Post

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Republican lawmakers will return home to growing ‘Resistance’ protests and demonstrations…

In the weeks since Donald Trump lost the vote but won the election grassroots  protests have sprung up around the country against Trump himself and the Republican lawmakers policies on Trump’s No Enter Muslim ban and possible Obamacare cuts…

Republican lawmakers find their email and phone lines jammed with messages and any town hall meeting they have are the scenes of protests that some need police escorts to leave…

The number of organizations participating in these actions has steadily increased…

Most Republican lawmakers are shrugging the movement off….

But if these actions result in increased American’s signing up to vote in next years Midterm elections?

There could be unexpected trouble on the Grand Ole Parties numbers in Congress….

“It’s going to be intense,” said Emily Tisch Sussman, who leads the political arm of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington. “All every group wants to know is how to find out where the town halls are going to be.”

The recess, traditionally a time for lawmakers to take the temperature of their constituents, comes at a surprisingly vulnerable moment for Republicans. They are struggling to gain traction on a legislative agenda despite controlling both congressional chambers and the White House, as the new administration remains mired in controversy over its targeted travel ban and pre-election contact with Russia, among other issues.

While complaints about the health care act — high premiums in particular — helped elect Mr. Trump, polls show it has become more popular as voters realize that repealing it would mean that an estimated 30 million people lose health insurance.

There are few indications at this point that the conservative base of the Republican Party is mobilizing for action on a large scale during the recess. FreedomWorks, the Washington-based libertarian group that in 2009 nurtured Tea Party groups to rally against the legislation that became the health care act, said it was planning a Washington rally next month to let lawmakers know that there remained significant opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

But just as the energy after Mr. Obama’s inauguration seemed to be on the right, this year it seems to be on the left….


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Breaking…Trump Admin memo calls for 100,000 National Guard Immigration deportation force…Update

This is from a leak sent to the Associated Press….

This only from a suggestion sent to the Trump White House….

State Governors would to ok if their troops where to be used…

A response to this will be spread like wildfire….

So would legal push backs….

A draft memo obtained by The Associated Press outlines a Trump administration proposal under consideration to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants. Millions of those who would be affected in 11 states live nowhere near the Mexico border.

The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana. If the proposal is implemented, governors in the affected states would have final approval on whether troops under their control participate…




Benjy Sarlin ‏@BenjySarlin
. @seanspicer tells @kwelkernbc immigration plan is “100%” false: “There is no effort to utilize the national guard to round up immigrants”

Update #2….


Benjy Sarlin Retweeted
Jamie Dupree ‏@jamiedupree
Jamie Dupree Retweeted Dorey Scheimer
DHS confirms that the memo reported by AP did exist; but they said it was “never seriously considered”

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Tech Companies will be hurt by Trump’s bans and Immigration crack down…

AmericanTech Companies and Multi-National companies employ people from ALL over the planet….

Those people tarvel back and forth all the time…

They have families all over the world also….

Donald Trump’s ‘No Enter’ order will affect this organizations negatively ….

Oh, and the Trump jawboning protectionism isn’t making them happy either….

Fear is rippling through corporate boardrooms from Silicon Valley to Wall Street over the new White House’s erratic approach to policy, with damage mounting from a travel crackdown, trade protectionism and a persistent habit of singling out individual companies for stinging public criticism.

The latest wave of worry is now focused mainly on President Donald Trump’s executive order hitting immigrants, but the concerns are far broader. Companies dependent on global supply chains worry about new tariffs. Exporters hoping for greater access to Asian markets see those hopes fading. And just about everyone is afraid of saying anything publicly that could provoke presidential ire.

The backlash comes after a few months of hope across much of the business world for an economic boom driven by cutting taxes and shredding regulations.

“It’s just a very confusing time for corporate America, which hates to be blindsided by things and then doesn’t want to say anything very critical because they will get hit back twice as hard,” Greg Valliere, chief strategist at Horizon Investments, said Monday. “What’s happened in the last 72 hours has to worry business because the administration looks so incompetent. Big companies notice when administrations seem this amateurish.”

Concern over Friday’s immigration order, which Silicon Valley giant Google said would affect 187 of its workers, helped drive down stocks on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average back below the 20,000 level it finally broke last week.

Big technology companies have the most at stake from the Trump administration’s move to block entry into the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority nations and restrict travel by legal permanent residents and citizens with dual nationalities.

“These tech companies need talent and much of that talent is coming from overseas,”…



Trump moves to save American jobs could backfire and hurt American companies who won’t hire in America and lay off employee’s that owe their jobs to foriegn trade….

The promised tax cuts could never materialze if Trump is stuck fighting for other things…

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Conservatives continue to have doubts about their President…

This Dog does NOT buy into the idea that Republican Conservatives and others in Donald Trump’s adopted party  are gonna roll over for President Trump….

Will Donald Trump coopt conservatives on Capitol Hill, or will he be coopted? This tug of war will be one of the most important storylines of 2017, and after a week of caving to the new president, there were glimmers yesterday that at least some principled conservatives in Congress will assert themselves after all.

The differences appeared on two issues that are definitional to modern conservatism: spending and trade.

Trump is unabashedly not conservative on these matters. He’s a nationalistic populist who believes in big government, as long as it’s doing what he wants (think eminent domain) and he’s the one who controls the spigot (e.g. a trillion-dollar “infrastructure” package designed to reward his cronies).

The president even told Fox News’s Sean Hannity last night that balancing the budget is no longer one of his priorities. “A balanced budget is fine, but sometimes you have to fuel the well in order to really get the economy going,” Trump said.

Imagine how Republicans would have responded if Barack Obama said that.

As Bill Buckley put it when he launched National Review in 1955, “A conservative is someone who stands athwart history, yelling ‘Stop,’ at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.”

That’s what we saw last night after the White House floated (and then awkwardly walked back) a 20 percent tax on all imports from Mexico. The ambiguous announcement from Sean Spicer, described as a way to force our southern neighbor to pay for a border wall, was rushed out in order to retaliate against the Mexican president for canceling his trip to Washington next week.

The president’s tax plan must win approval in Congress. It should go without saying, but just because Trump has Republican majorities does not mean his agenda will make it through. Recall that George W. Bush had GOP majorities in both chambers when his pushes for Social Security and immigration reform failed….


…This from the Conservative Red State Blog…It takes ‘issue’ with a NY Times piece today that implies that Republicans are caving to Trump’s wishes…

The New York Times claims they are. In an article titled Republicans Now Marching With Trump on Ideas They Had Opposed, the Gray Lady paints a picture of a compliant GOP, abandoning core principles willy-nilly to conform to Trump’s policy views:

Republican lawmakers appear more than ready to open up the coffers for a $12 billion to $15 billion border wall, perhaps without the commensurate spending cuts that they demanded when it came to disaster aid, money to fight the Zika virus or funds for the tainted water system in Flint, Mich. They also seem to back a swelling of the federal payroll that Mr. Trump has called for in the form of a larger military and 5,000 more border patrol agents.

They have stayed oddly silent as Mr. Trump and Senate Democrats push a $1 trillion infrastructure plan, larger than one they rejected from President Barack Obama. Once fierce promoters of the separation of powers, Republicans are now embracing Mr. Trump’s early governing by executive order, something they loudly decried during Mr. Obama’s second term.

I’ve worried since May 3 that the Republican party would fall in line behind Trump’s policies, even when they contradicted their own past positions. But the reality is not quite the way the Times portrays it…


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President Trump will NOT get Most of what he’s advertising…

Yea I KNOW he’s gonna just rump over the Republicans and Democrats in Congress is the narrative being sold by Trump & Co……

But you know what?

Talk is cheap….

As the Washington Post piece linked below points out?

President Trump has come out wit SEVERAL things he ‘s gonna do in the last seven days…

Almost ALL of them are going NOWHERE fast…..And may never happen at all…

Many of the sweeping actions President Trump vowed this week through his executive orders and proclamations are unlikely to happen, either because they are impractical, opposed by Congress and members of his Cabinet, or full of legal holes.

The reality — that yawning gap between what Trump says he will do and what he actually can do — underscores his chaotic start, which includes executive actions drafted by close aides rather than experts and without input from the agencies tasked with implementing them.

On a host of issues, from health care to trade to immigration, Trump began his presidency with executive orders intended to both placate and excite his base by keeping his bold campaign promises — in rhetoricif not immediate, tangible results. And the White House says Trump’s executive actions should be viewed as initial moves to enact his agenda…

But the reality is far more complicated. On immigration, for instance, Trump’s call for a border wall paid for by Mexico first has to be funded by Congress. And the possibility that Mexico would pay for the wall — always a long shot — grew even more remote this week after Mexico’s president on Thursday canceled his planned visit to Washington to meet with Trump, citing disagreement over the wall. The White House said that one possible option would be to pay for the project with a border tax on Mexican imports.

On trade, Trump can withdraw from and renegotiate trade agreements, as he promised during the campaign. But there is no guarantee that he will have willing partners with whom to renegotiate better trade deals, and certainly not necessarily with better terms. And change will hardly be instantaneous: Under the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement, for example, the president or any other leaders must give six months’ notice of his or her intention to withdraw….

One national security executive order he is considering would allow the Central Intelligence Agency to reopen “black site” prisons abroad, as well as reconsider the agency’s now-shuttered enhanced interrogation program. But it does not have buy-in from Defense Secretary James Mattis or CIA Director Mike Pompeo, both of whom privately told lawmakers they were not consulted. Many lawmakers in both parties have also expressed strong opposition to the directive….



And President Trump seems to be ONLY wooried about the THREE Million vote loss to Hillary Clinton and the size of his swearing in crowd being smaller than President Obama’s….

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Republicans try to scrub resume of racist tones from Sen Sessions … Trump pick for Atty Gen…

The Republican Senator from Georgia has had rasict comments  in his pass….

He was passed up for a Federal Judgship back in the Reagan days due his thase views….

In going before his colleagues for conformation?

He will be asked about his past history on civil rights, voting issues, gay rights and immigration….

Liberals and Progressive do NOT want him confirmed…

But the feeling is that his chances of confirmation ARE pretty good…..He has tried to sell the Senate that he will NOT look at his job as supporting the words he uttered in the past…..

When the Senate takes up President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to be the nation’s next top law enforcement official in January, allegations of racism that have dogged Sessions for three decades running are certain to be his biggest liability. So he and his allies have mounted an aggressive public relations campaign to refashion Sessions’ image.

The core message: The charges that sank Sessions’ bid to become a federal judge in 1986 don’t represent who Sessions is now, or even who he was at the time. Delivering it is a lineup of prominent black leaders and others with personal ties to Sessions enlisted by Trump’s transition team.

“He knows all of my brothers and sisters,” said one of the character witnesses, William Huntley, who worked under Sessions in the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. Huntley, now a lawyer in Mobile, Alabama, said in an interview that he’s never encountered racial insensitivity from Sessions in the three decades they’ve known each other.

“He came to the hospital when my first child was born,” Huntley said. “He has come to birthday parties at my house.”

Liberal outside groups are unmoved. Alarmed by what they view as a weak legislative record on voting issues, gay rights and immigration policy, Sessions’ opponents are trying to litigate a broader case against him rather than focus solely on the racism questions….


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Senate McCain-Schumer partnership?

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The Democratic Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. John McCain (R-Arz) Republican Chair of the US Senate Armed Services Commitee are going around these day saying the SAME THING…..

They want a Special US Senate Committee set up to investigate Russian meddling in the just past US Presidential Election….

Sens. John McCain and Charles E. Schumer used to have a lousy relationship. The Arizona Republican and New York Democrat came from different backgrounds and focused on distinct legislative priorities. They were two hard-charging senators who were both aggressive in their courtship of the media.

The New Yorker and the Arizonan even broke into an open feud when, during a 2011 debate on defense policy, McCain joked that Long Island was “regrettably part of the United States of America.” Schumer demanded an apology: “All of America saw how heroic Long Islanders were on 9/11.”

Five years later, times have changed. The duo is emerging as a potentially critical force in the new world order of President-elect Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress. In the last 10 days, McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Schumer, the incoming Senate minority leader, led a bipartisan push to create a robust investigation into Russian hacking of political committees that intelligence officials say was designed to promote Trump’s candidacy…..


image of McCain and Schumer…Yahoo

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Democrats will begin pushing back by taking Trump & Co. To court if need be….

Echoing a tactic sussecfully used by Republicans to stop numerious President Obama actions….

Democrat’s….Led by State Attorney General’s around the country, will seek to use the courts to thwart moves to curtail advances by Republicans in Congress and the White House on several policy issues including immigration, healthcare and climate change….

In addition, Democrats , again like Republicans , will work to pass state legilation to counter holes left by moves by Republicans on the Fedewral level….

One attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, is already investigating Donald J. Trump over possible violations of New York State law at his charity foundation.

Another, Maura Healey of Massachusetts, has joined Mr. Schneiderman in an investigation into whether Exxon Mobil — whose chief executive, Rex W. Tillerson, is Mr. Trump’s choice for secretary of state — lied to investors and the public about the threat of climate change.

Ms. Healey also has a new fund-raising pitch: “I won’t hesitate to take Donald Trump to court if he carries out his unconstitutional campaign promises,” she recently wrote to supporters.

A third, Representative Xavier Becerra, who was chosen this month to become California’s attorney general, has dared the Trump administration to “come at us” over issues including immigration, climate change and health care.


As Democrats steel themselves for the day next month when the White House door will slam on their backs, some of the country’s more liberal state attorneys general have vowed to use their power to check and balance Mr. Trump’s Washington.

If the Trump administration withdraws from environmental, antitrust or financial regulations, the attorneys general say they will plug regulatory holes that may gape wide open, deploying state laws like New York’s Martin Act, which allows the state attorney general to pursue wide-ranging investigations on Wall Street.

They have pledged to defend undocumented immigrants, and to combat hate crimes that many believe were unleashed by Mr. Trump’s polarizing campaign.

And if Mr. Trump’s policies veer toward the unconstitutional, several of the 10 current and incoming Democratic attorneys general interviewed recently said they would apply a remedy favored by Mr. Trump himself: a lawsuit…..



How ironic that Democarst are now turning to ‘states rights’ policies  and the courts  that where used against them in the last eight years…..

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Could ‘Dreamers’ get protection from Congress?

There IS a Bipartisan effort to draft a bill that would offer undoucumented young people a protection against being deported….

While Donald Trump has said he would increase deportations….

Trump has moved from his ‘deportation force ‘ to deporting only those who have  committed crimes….But who knows what he would do once in office?

It is unklnow if this bill being drafted would get enough support right now….The vote on the bill would be by the current sitting Congress…

Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are drafting a bill that aims to protect undocumented young people who could be at risk of deportation when President-elect Donald Trump enters the White House.

Durbin confirmed on Thursday that they were working on a bill that they hope to finish by the end of next week, after Graham discussed the plans on Wednesday. Details have yet to be finalized, but Durbin said on the Senate floor that it was a “bipartisan effort to say to the new president, give these young people a fighting chance.”

“At least protect them until we’ve had a chance to act on the larger immigration issues before us,” Durbin said.

Their plan is one of many avenues Democrats are going down to protect undocumented young people, often known as Dreamers. Many of these young people gave their personal information to the government because lawmakers urged them to do so, and now they fear Trump could use it to track them down for deportation.

Some of the lawmakers’ efforts focus on President Barack Obama, who created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, for Dreamers that Durbin, Graham and others are now seeking to protect….


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“Go Back Home’

That’s something that we’re gonna hear more and MORE in America as the underside of this countries move into the 21st Century unwinds with a guy who campaigned on spreading fear and hatred ….

It shouldn’t be America….

But as the country changes?

Some will and have played on those changes to gain power….

Donald Trump isn’t gonna make new people here go home….

Donald Trump isn’t gonna stop MORE New Black, Brown and Yellow people from coming to this place….

There isn’t gonna be a GREAT WALL of Trump erected ……

All of that stuff was Bull-Shit to get Donald Trump elected to a job MOST Americans do NOT think he can handle….

Let’s get something straight….


Even the Native Americans are from peoples that walked across the Bering Straights centuries ago….

‘Go Back Home’?

Yea Right?….

Who is gonna staff Trump’s places?

‘Go back Home’?

Who is gonna do ALL those jobs American’s WILL NOT DO?

‘Go back Home’?

Who is gonna pick the fruits and vegetables ?

“Go Back Home’?

Who is gonna take care of ALL of those kids BORN here when their parents are hunted down and shipped out?

‘Go Back Home’?

Is America gonna become like those places where storm trooper’s show up in the Middle of Night and drag people off?

“Go Back Home’?

Right NOW…..America Cannot handle the LEGAL process of dealing with people HELD before seeing judge before being sent to home that IS NOT a Home anymore….

100,000 people in FOUR state’s have voted to send America BACK to the times when racism, religious bigotry and other hateful things are viewed as acceptable…..


Or Maybe after some soul searching ?

America will shake itself off and move to continue dealing with what is going to be NO MATTER what some old white guys THINK they can drag it back to be…..

Barack Obama becoming President was NOT enough….

People where foolish to think so….

It will take more than that……
“Go back home,” he told Ms. Hamad, who is 15, and an American citizen, and wears a hijab.

The comment, overheard by a friend at Ms. Hamad’s side — though denied by the male student — set off a turbulent week of tears, fury and demonstrations at West High, a large public school in this university town, which prides itself on its openness and progressivism. Minorities make up nearly 40 percent of the student body at West High, a far more diverse mix than the typical Iowan school.

In the hours and days after Ms. Hamad’s encounter in the cafeteria, similar incidents followed, students said. One girl said she was surrounded by heckling students and called a terrorist. Another said she saw people chanting “Trump” in the hallways when they passed black students. In one classroom, a student noted the absence of a Latino classmate and announced to the others, “I wonder if she got deported.”

Like many other schools around the country since the election, West High has become a microcosm of the United States itself, a place roiled by tension, divisions and mistrust. Students in many schools say supporters of Donald J. Trump have felt empowered to lash out at minorities, while outraged backers of Hillary Clinton have been spurred to organize and demonstrate. And teachers have been struggling to provide guidance even as they themselves are processing the election results.

In Ladue, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis, students walked out of a high school twice in a week to protest racist comments made at school after the election of Mr. Trump. Two students were disciplined for telling black students boarding a bus that they should sit in the back.


Swastikas were drawn in a boys’ bathroom at a middle school in Bethesda, Md., which has many Jewish students. Children all over the country, particularly Latinos and Muslims, have fearfully asked teachers and guidance counselors whether they and their families will be deported.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has been tracking thousands of such episodes since the election, said the most commonly reported locations for harassment were K-12 schools.

“It’s impossible to wall schools off from the rest of society,” said Maureen Costello, the director of Teaching Tolerance, a program of the law center. “It’s just seeped into the culture. Kids are hearing it at home and they’re amplifying it.”


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Democrats will have to address the votes they lost in NC, Fla, Pa and Ohio….

Hillary Clinton BEAT Donald Trump by over a MILLION Votes…

Hillary Clinton won the Black, Brown and Yellow vote OVERWHELMINGLY……

She won the Woman’s vote….

She won the College vote….

She even won the White Vote….

But in  just a few states she lost a segment of the white  vote, male and female that cost her the White House…

There are all sorts talks about how Clinton lost….

Me included….

But as the dust settles I believe we have to examine the UNDERLYING reason Hillary Clinton got MORE votes than Trump….

But lost….


From the day Barack H. Obama became the first Black (Mixed ) President Republicans have been engaged in a simple action….

To point to HIM as NOT being America….

Thru Trump and others ‘Birther’ campaign…..

They planted a seed…..

They began to attack ANYTHING Obama set his hands on….

In the first two years Obama had the Presidency Democrats controlled the Congress and helped a young idealistic President move ahead…

He unlike Trump HAD experience in government on the state level and a little as a US Senator….

But Obama made several mistakes that would come back to haunt Hillary Clinton….

Obama NEVER really sold America on the Affordable Healthcare Law….Which HAS been  helpful to tens of Millions of American’s…..

Obama also made promises he could NOT keep on Immigration after setting in motion the LARGEST deportation effort this country has ever seen….


While President Obama has been and continues to be VERY popular across the board?

His actions , even while he won reelection , has caused the Democratic party to lose political power…..

Obama , if we remember was never much interested in working the Congress as he went thru his tenure….This is much like what Republicans remember and want Trump to do….


The fact is?

America turned into the 21st Century with a President who IS Brown, who Republicans where able to portray as un-American….

Added to all this was the fear of even MORE people coming to America who where different in color and religion and who mostly held to themselves as others have don coming to this country….

The mistake was to think that Racial  poltiics went away with the election of Barack Obama…

It just went underground and is NOW back with a vengeance….


American’s who even NOW have family outside this country have become afraid and Donald Trump and Republicans gladly pointed to an American President changing things ….

Added to this was a WOMAN, no less that did NOT really want to campaign for the Presidency, That other younger woman would NOT give a boost for being a Woman and in reality could NOT effectively put to rest her ’email’ trust issue….


Democrats WILL have to get past the Progressive push to go their way and come back to gaining the ‘trust of those voters in the above four states, who where afraid of change and who need to see an economy that has left them come back…..

Trump and Co. are sure to make things easy for Democrats to make a comeback if they get their act together….

Whites are “expressing a desire for identity politics, or at least the beginning of it,” he said.

Spencer has long argued that politicians and the media have falsely convinced whites they should feel “guilty” while encouraging racial pride among blacks, Asians and Latinos.

Few listened. Then Donald Trump began to rise.

“There is no way he doesn’t know of us,” said Spencer, whose group, now housed in home offices, plans to host a conference Saturday at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington.


“We’re coming to the realization that white self-hatred is a sickness,” said Timothy Murdock, a 46-year-old alt-right podcaster from Dearborn, Mich. He said he considers himself “pro-white,” but feels the alt-right movement could get better traction by going to battle against “diversity.”

“There is great attention to the term ‘diversity,’ that it means ‘too white,’ coupled with open borders,”

Some of today’s debates hark back to lawsuits and protests in previous years over such issues as university affirmative action admissions policies. Even then, many Americans were arguing that whites had suffered under policies meant to correct long-standing racial disparities….



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President Obama loses to a Texas Federal Court…Again…

The President has had several incidences of Federal Courts and Judges , sitting in TEXAS,  stop his efforts to use  executive action on several issues…

Another day, another Obama administration regulation blocked nationwide by a federal court in Texas.

A federal judge in Beaumont issued an order Monday night halting enforcement of new rules requiring many U.S. government contractors to disclose labor law violations, including workplace safety violations, when bidding for contracts.

The policy, ordered by President Barack Obama, was to kick in Tuesday for contracts of $50 million or more and next April for contracts worth more than $500,000. The administration’s goal was to deny federal contracts to firms with a history of such infractions.
However, U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Crone blocked the new rules Monday in response to a lawsuit filed by the Associated Builders & Contractors, its southeast Texas affiliate and the National Association of Security Companies. She said the new system went beyond what Congress authorized.

“The Executive Order [and related policies] arrogate to contracting agencies the authority to require contractors to report for public disclosure mere allegations of labor law violations, and then to disqualify or require contractors to enter into premature labor compliance agreements based on their alleged violations of such laws in order to obtain or retain federal contracts. By these actions, the Executive Branch appears to have departed from Congress’s explicit instructions dictating how violations of the labor law statutes are to be addressed,” wrote Crone, an appointee of President George W. Bush.

Crone also said the required disclosures appeared to amount to compelled speech in violation of the First Amendment.

The judge said she “has authority” to impose an injunction “on a nationwide basis and finds that it is appropriate to do so in this case.”
The current deadlock on the Supreme Court makes it particularly attractive for plaintiffs looking to block Obama administration policies to file suit in federal courts in Texas, sometimes directing their cases to particular judges there. Any appeals go to the 5th Circuit, widely viewed as the most conservative federal appeals court in the country.

With the eight-justice high court ideologically split, the federal government could have trouble getting a stay of any injunction, leaving the district court and 5th Circuit rulings to essentially control policy across the nation.

Obama’s 2012 executive actions on immigration were a case in point in this regard. When the Supreme Court split 4-4 on the issue, the 5th Circuit ruling upholding a nationwide injunction was let stand, gutting much of Obama’s immigration legacy.

Another federal court in northern Texas has issued a nationwide injunction barring the Obama administration from enforcing Education Department guidance requiring schools to allow transgender students to use bathroom and changing facilities consistent with their gender identity. That ruling has already been appealed to the 5th Circuit, but appears likely to remain in place for some time, particularly if the Supreme Court remains shorthanded….


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