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…”Trump has found that there are limits to his ability to shape events”

….and so…..Donald Trump has found out what other residents of 1600 Pennslivayan Ave have learned…

There is but so much you can actually control, or even get done as President of the United States…And Trump has begun to step back and let lawmakers ‘do their thing’

Running a governemnt is vastly different then running a New York City based Real Estate business…

When he took office a year ago, President Trump vowed that the “hour of action” had arrived. But as momentous events whipsawed Washington and Wall Street in recent days, Mr. Trump seemed oddly offstage, more of a spectator than the star.

He stayed largely out of sight as the stock market plummeted in its most volatile week in years. He was largely uninvolved as Congress crafted a two-year budget agreement without him, ending a brief, middle-of-the-night shutdown Friday morning after just a few hours rather than allowing the full shutdown he wanted to force an immigration deal. And he angrily chastised aides for keeping him out of the loop on spousal abuse allegations against a top aide.

There are times when it serves a president’s interests to step back and let events play out around him, but it goes against the grain for Mr. Trump, who has always styled himself as the master of his universe. The passive presidency of recent days presumably will not last, but even when he tries to impose his will on the capital and the world, Mr. Trump has found that there are limits to his ability to shape events….

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The 2018 American Congress Polarized….

The American Federal legislature was designed centuries ago to operate on compromise ….

It was set up to NOT let one party, or group completely over run the entire countries other group’s….

The election of 2016 (and 2010 and 2012) has set in motion something the system was supposed to NOT let happen…..One party setting upon ITSELF to lock out the opposing party and by poll results the majority of American views…

While the 2010 elections began this walk to the current problems….Having a different party President, though stymied ….presented some sort of balance…

THAT is gone…

We have a congress that is deaf and blind to what seems are middle and lower class Americans and an uninformed and seemingly irrational President, that behaves like a traditional Republicans at times, an egomaniac child likes others, and displays flashbacks to the days he was a Democrat, while being nursemaided by his staff, who have no idea what he will say from minute to minute….

This is NOT way to run a 300 Million + country…

And so we have what seems to be a kinda rational US Senate creating solutions and deals that a dug-in Republican majority House couldn’t care less about, led by a President who changes his mind form one minute to the next….

Folks?

Could this country be a recurring ‘Government Shutdown’ ride?

Sure….

“We have a chaos presidency and a chaos Congress, and to oppose it, we need a politics that restores people’s faith in public things, including Congress itself,” Mr. Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, said.

Republicans have their own high stakes in November. Losing control of Congress, they say, could mean a highly politicized impeachment of their president. Worse still, a rising tide for Democrats in 2018 and 2020 could put the party in control of the redrawing of House district lines after the next census.

Congress has long been polarized. Republicans complained bitterly of being frozen out of the big legislative pushes of the early Obama administration, not only the Affordable Care Act, but also the Dodd-Frank financial services law and other measures. It was Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic leader at the time, who first used the so-called nuclear option to end filibusters for administration nominees and most judicial ones.

But Ross Baker, a political scientist at Rutgers University, sees something new in the level of vitriol and hyperbole.

“It’s something that I think has only become more intense, more conspicuous, because of the outsize personality and idiosyncrasies of President Trump,” Mr. Baker said. “It has made Democrats feel that they are under a very heavy obligation to defend the norms and the institution. Republicans feel that Congress was elected with a mandate to bring about change, so what had been a kind of pre-existing edgy relationship has simply gone viral.”…

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Romney lets out he’s running for the Utah US Senate seat…

Donald Trump and Steve Bannon lose ANOTHER one….

Mith McConnell is smiling…

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Romney is the odds-on favorite to end up with Orrin Hatch’s current job…

Mitt Romney has informed a top businessman in Utah that he is running for the Senate seat held by retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), The New York Times reports.

The local business leader, Ken Gardner, phoned the governor to inform him of a text message he received from Romney: “I’m running,” it read.

The text-announcement was prompted by anxiety from Utah’s Gov. Gary Herbert (R), who was seeking a replacement for Hatch’s seat in the event Romney decided not to run.

“Let’s not be coy about this,” Herbert told the Times he said to Gardner, which prompted the text. “If he’s going to run, let’s go. If not, we need to find somebody else to run, and there’s people that have been trying to queue up for the opportunity.”

The former Massachusetts governor is the favored candidate of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and has spoken to the Senate leader in past months about running….

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Yea..With Trump and the Republicans running Congress things turn hard right….

Anybody expecting anything different from this doesn’t know America….

The rich New York Real Estate entertained , acting as President and his pimped Grand Ole party are working hard to drop America BACKWARDS, while erasing all things with Barack Obama’s fingerprints on it and closing the doors on people that ain’t white from coming to this country….

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Oh, and they just did something they’ve be trying to do for decades….

Legislate a way to TAKE from the poor and middle class to GIVE to the rich and corporations…..They camlfauged this with a few years of goodies….Of course the Blue states get screwed while the Red states get over….In the end?…This is a movement of wealth ‘to those who know how to spend it’….While running up the nations debt past a TRILLION Dollars….

It’s like cashing out you home with monoply money, eh?

Gonna take the next Democratic Congress and President to undo all this like President Obama had to in 2009…

“Hope springs eternal, but they’d have to be a real reversal from the way they’ve operated now,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader.

Mr. McConnell declared 2017 a year of “extraordinary accomplishment,” a boast that only weeks ago seemed impossible. But a year marred by public spats between the president and Republican leaders in Congress was capped off with a rewrite of the tax code that cut corporate tax rates, favored business owners and reduced income tax rates, at least temporarily, for most families. The same law opened Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, a goal sought by Republicans for decades.

It also eliminated tax penalties in the Affordable Care Act intended to force most Americans to have health care. Ending the so-called individual mandate was Republicans’ most direct blow to President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement after a year of misses and ineffectual attacks.

At least for now, the tax bill remains highly unpopular, according to opinion polls. Nevertheless, Mr. Trump trumpeted those achievements on Sunday.

Those achievements came after the quiet confirmation of 12 federal appeals court judges — the most in a single year since the appeals courts were established in 1891. The confirmations will remake the federal judiciary, stocking it with young and very conservative judges who will serve for decades to come. And those came along with the confirmation of Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

..after a bruising year, Democrats are leery. Republicans and Democrats had detailed plans to lure corporate profits parked overseas back home, and use some of that revenue to finance an infrastructure push. The new tax law ignored those proposals.

“They used it all to reduce taxes on the wealthiest corporations,” Mr. Schumer said.

As for House plans to cut poverty programs, Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat, scoffed: “It is just perfect, isn’t it? Tax breaks for the wealthiest people who haven’t punched a time clock in their lives so that we could cut back food stamps for single moms trying to feed hungry kids. Perfect.” 

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader….CreditZach Gibson for The New York Times

The truth is, even Mr. McConnell acknowledged that 2017 was “pretty partisan.”…

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Looking at the ‘wave’ forming…Some Republicans see a return to working with the Democrats…

The 2018 Midterms are only 10 months away….

The 2018 Budget Bill HAS TO BE voted on sometime next month….

The tax bill has attachments that WILL NEED Democratic votes …..

The Democrats maybe down…But they aren’t out….

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In the last few days Donald Trump and Senate leader McConnell have said out loud what they know to be the case….

They HAVE TO get Democratic votes for legislation to go forward and help the Republicans survive next years elections…

A growing number of Republicans say a course correction is needed to prevent their party from losing the House, Senate or both given strong political headwinds that one veteran lawmaker likened to a “hurricane.”

GOP calls to work more with Democrats next year are becoming more common as Republicans look for ways to win over swing voters.

“One thing you can say about this year is that it was pretty partisan,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters on Friday at a year-end press conference.

“We’re going to be looking for areas of bipartisan agreement because that’s the way the Senate is.”

Republicans spent much of 2017 plowing ahead with a mostly futile effort to repeal ObamaCare before turning to tax cuts in the fall.

The successful tax-cut bill, beyond lowering the corporate rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, also repeals the ObamaCare mandate that most individuals have health insurance, an important victory for President Trump.

Yet polls show weak public support for the tax bill, and Democrats are working hard to cast it as a handout to the wealthy. The ObamaCare repeal effort also was decidedly unpopular in polls, and was seen as playing a role in decisive defeats for Republicans in Virginia’s off-year elections in November.

Public support for the health-care bill dropped as low as 17 percent, and a recent NBC News–Wall Street Journal poll showed that only 24 percent of Americans though the Republican tax plan was a good idea.

Recent polls show that Democrats have their biggest lead over Republicans on the generic ballot question since 2006, when Democrats captured control of the Senate and House.

McConnell has expressed concern to allies that the GOP could lose both chambers of Congress in the midterm elections,…..

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This spells trouble for McConnell who will have to deal with pushback from within his own parties right leaners…And the House which has a 20+ GOP majority and wants to keep dismantling anything that has Barack Obama’s fingerprints on it…

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Senate Democratic Leader gets a earfull from Hispanic lawmakers about DACA stalling…..

NY Senator Schumer along with House Democratic leader Pelosi decided NOT to shut down the government by blocking the budget continuing resolution that holds things together until January 12…..

But a fight IS brewing….

Republicans led, Trump and his chief of staff John Kelly are coming down HARD on illegal and soon legal immigrants…..

Hispanics in America under the DACA/Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ‘Dreamers’ have until March 5th  before the program supported by past Democratic and Republican President’s runs out….Their numbers are anywhere from 800,000 to 1.2 million…..

The once unthinkable is a worry….The Dreamers are in the system….And the Republicans seem to be stalling on this…

It would be simple for ICE to come looking for them and ship out to places they have no knowledge of….

Donald Trump pledged to do something about the Dreamers, but that was then….

Schumer is the cloak point because Republicans will need votes from his party people in the Senate to pass the budget…Pelosi can do little in the House..she doesn’t have the votes…and quite a few House Republicans would have NO problem with every immigrant, legal or illegal shipped out of this country…

Today the members of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus went to visit Senate Minority Leader Schumer and things got HOT real quick….

In a vivid display of growing divisions in the party over how to fight Republicans on immigration policy, members of the Hispanic Caucus — a 31-member group of House and Senate Democrats — walked off the House floor Thursday afternoon and headed across the Capitol to Schumer’s office suite.

With just a few minutes’ notice, they showed up in the lobby of Schumer’s suite across from the Senate floor in hopes of pressing him to persuade more senators to vote against the GOP spending plan that was set to be approved in the coming hours.

Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and members of the caucus met Wednesday to plot strategy — but the group unanimously agreed it needed to meet again with Schumer to press its case…

Several people who attended the meeting, granted anonymity to describe what was expected to be a private exchange, said the meeting with Schumer began with cordial remarks by Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), who chairs the Hispanic Caucus.

But Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) — arguably the most outspoken Democrat on immigration matters — spoke next and unloaded on Schumer, accusing him and Democratic senators of not caring about the fate of dreamers and “throwing them under the bus” in the ongoing spending debate with Republicans, participants said.

In response, Schumer raised his voice, telling Gutiérrez not to insult fellow Democrats.

Gutiérrez shot back, telling Schumer, “Don’t raise your voice.”

Most of the other 16 members of the caucus in the meeting respectfully, if sternly, shared their concerns, the participants said. But a few other caucus members made pointed comments toward Schumer….

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There IS supposed to be a deal in the works on this…..Maybe?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to bring a vote on immigration legislation if a bipartisan group of lawmakers can come up with a deal next month that includes border security as well as protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

 There is support from lawmakers in both parties for the deportation shield in the Senate, but it likely would hit opposition from a group of conservative Republicans in the House that has stymied action on the issue in the past.

“I encourage those working on such legislation to develop a compromise that can be widely supported by both political parties and actually become law,” McConnell said in a statement.

McConnell said that would include improving border security and immigration enforcement in the U.S. and dealing with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program established through executive action by former President Barack Obama.

The Republican and Democratic senators working on an immigration agreement were meeting Wednesday afternoon. They said earlier in the day that they are closing in on a deal, though a final resolution isn’t likely to come until January….

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Polling indicates that a majority of American support keeping the Dreamers program and it’s protections for those affected…

The selling of the new Republican tax bill begins….

One I’ve noticed already?

The media sell that poor and middle class people are gonna take a hit from the new tax law?

THAT has changed in the last 24 hours….

The new story is EVERYBODY WILL get a tax  cut this coming year….

My accountant has said the same thing to me….

I and you wn’t know if this is the story until early next year….

I also know that any tax cut I might get is due to expire in a few years…..

I also know that any cut I get is gonna be times more for the rich guys who pay less taxes than I do….

And I live in New York….

So I’m gonna have the amount ofcredit I aget against the  taxes I pay cut back on my 1040 tax form….

So I’m part of that majority of American’s that will remember how I’m getting screwed in less than  a year form now when the midterm elections come….I’m a ‘No’ sale right now….

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Democrats and progressive groups have scoffed at that claim, releasing a torrent of data that they said showed middle- and lower-income people would be the least likely to benefit from the tax cuts while the major benefits flow to the rich and corporate titans.

Public polling indicates the Democrats’ message may be getting through, with few Americans believing they will benefit.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans are confident those perceptions will turn around once the legislation starts taking effect and puts more money in peoples’ pockets.

“If we can’t sell this to the American people we ought to go into another line of work,” he said after the Senate passed the bill. “We believe that this is something the American people will respond to positively.”

He and Ryan expect the tax cuts to pay political dividends for Republicans heading into the midterm elections next year – and damage recalcitrant Democrats who voted against the legislation.

“The progressive left has gripped their party…,” Ryyan said on Fox. “I do think this is not in their interest, not just politically, but just economically speaking.”

The fight is also likely to continue in Congress, with Democrats taking a page out of Republicans’ Obamacare playbook.

Democrats plan to push targeted bills aimed at undoing certain parts of the legislation rather than blanket repeal approaches, which House Republicans did more than 50 times with Obamacare repeal votes.

“I think the notion that there will just be technical changes is wrong,” said Rep. Sander Levin, a veteran member of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. “We’re going to be in a major battle over this bill.”….

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Will there be a Government Shutdown?

Republican Senate Leader Mitc McConnell doesn’t think so….

Democratic leader Chuck Schumer isn’t so sure….

Mitch needs some of Chuck’s people’s vote….

Donald Trump has been attacking Schumers people….

Hmmmmm?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that there will not be a government shutdown over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, arguing “there is no crisis.”

“Look, there’s not going to be a government shutdown. It’s just not going to happen,” McConnell told ABC’s “This Week.”

McConnell argued that since President Trump has given Congress until March to work on a fix to DACA, there is no emergency that would require a shutdown.

“I don’t think the Democrats would be very smart to say ‘we want to shut down the government over a non-emergency that we can address any time between now and March,’” McConnell said “That’s a very untenable position.”

“I can’t imagine that they want to shut down the government over an issue that’s not an emergency,” he added….

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House Republican leaders are pursuing a two-step strategy to avoiding a government shutdown, but might have difficulty rounding up votes in the caucus for that approach.

Leaders want to vote on stopgap funding in two steps — one continuing resolution keeping government agencies operating through Dec. 22, and then another probably running into January, Rep. Charlie Dent said Friday.

“We obviously have to pass a CR. It looks like they are going to do it in two steps,” said Dent, R-Pa., a senior House appropriator, as he went into a GOP conference meeting to discuss fiscal 2018 spending.

Current stopgap funding expires Dec. 8, and congressional leaders are no closer to agreement on funding levels for the 12 fiscal 2018 appropriations bills let alone the hard slog of actually drafting an omnibus package. With little time remaining before the winter holidays, reality is setting in that at least one more CR will be necessary to buy more time….

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“I don’t think this thing passes,” Walker [R-NC] said. “I think they’re probably going to have to push something into January. At the same time you have defense and military issues when you do that. This is probably going to be a main topic of conversation going into next week.”

Walker confirmed that one option discussed was a CR lasting through December 30.

“We just think that in the throws of tax reform over the next two weeks and then trying to spin out of that and get something done in a day or two there right before Christmas, we just don’t think that puts us in the healthiest place,” he said.

Another member, speaking anonymously to discuss the internal conference deliberations, said the December 30 option was discussed as a way to get more Republicans on board but with the caveat that GOP leaders would not cave to Democrats’ demands on whatever spending bill comes after that….

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McConnell woking hard to get something passable in a Senate tax bill…

Feeling an opening….

Various Senator’s are holding out for what they want ….

While McConnell might promise one senator something?

That same thing might lose McConnell another….

The horse trading is on!

The final compromise may NOT get the votes needed though…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has his work cut out for him to save the Senate tax bill, which stalled Thursday evening after three GOP rebels threatened to effectively kill it.

After weeks of careful negotiations, Senate Republicans are locked in a huge behind-the-scenes fight over what the tax bill should look like.

To pass the bill, McConnell and his leadership team will have to craft substantial revisions, and they have only about 24 hours to do it or otherwise postpone the effort altogether until next week.

To appease Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), McConnell would have to reduce the total size of the $1.4 trillion tax package by $350 billion to $450 billion.

But that approach isn’t sitting well with many Republican senators.

“It’s way too much to give to one person,” grumbled one GOP lawmaker, who asked for anonymity to give his frank opinion of the leadership’s promise to Corker.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said the proposal wouldn’t fly in the lower chamber.

“Obviously we’re not in favor of that,” he said. “I don’t see that as good news.”…

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This dog still thinks the chances of any final tax bill getting done is less than 50%….

Senate puts off tax bill vote…..

Things aren’t going as smoth as people would have you to believe…..

Senate Republicans are pushing work on their tax bill into Friday as they try to address concerns over the deficit.

“For the information of all senators, the Senate will continue to debate the bill tonight. [But] the next roll call votes will be at 11 a.m tomorrow morning,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Thursday night.

The decision to skip a late-night session on Thursday comes as deficit hawks, led by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), push for a guarantee that the Senate tax legislation won’t increase the deficit.

They had demanded the inclusion of a “trigger,” but were told by the Senate parliamentarian on Thursday that it didn’t comply with the Senate rules.

That resulted in a dramatic showdown on the Senate floor as leadership and lawmakers discussed an automatic tax increase as an alternative for the trigger.

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People to watch for reactions from the Mueller Grand Jury charges….

The Key Players – Legal And Political – Whose Reactions To The Indictment You Should Watch

Obviously we’ll be closely watching special counsel Robert Mueller and President Donald Trump. But as this drama unfolds, Perry Bacon says we should also be paying close attention to the reactions of these other players:

  • Rob Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who appointed Mueller
  • Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan
  • North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr
  • The leading Republican men on Trump and Russia: Mike Conaway, Bob Goodlatte, Trey Gowdy, Chuck Grassley, Devin Nunes and Thomas Rooney
  • The anti-Trump wing of the GOP — both inside and outside the Senate
  • Pro-Mueller GOP senators
  • Other Republicans in Congress
  • Democrats

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I will add Donald J. Trump….

His lawyers are going to HAVE TO sit on their client to keep him quiet…Pardon’s at this time would probably be tricky as some lawyers have pointed out that if a pardon is given?…That person loses their 5th admendment rights to NOT answer questions about what they have done and could be counter filed….Manafort is also under investigation by the NY State Atty general’s office whose actions cannot be pardoned…

The Senate has the votes to pass compromise Healthcare fix…The House?

The problem is getting a bill vote….

And getting past Conservatives in the House?

On Thursday afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that every single Senate Democrat would back a bipartisan bill to restore the subsidy payments to health insurance companies defunded by President Trump. Combined with the 12 GOP senators who officially co-sponsored the bill, that gives the measure a filibuster-proof supermajority if and when it comes to the floor for a vote.

But with a powerful committee chairman and several other lawmakers in staunch opposition, hostility to the bill radiating from the House of Representatives, right-wing advocacy groups mobilizing against it, and a President who appears to hourly change his mind on the policy, there is no guarantee the bill will pass.

The list of Republican co-sponsors of the bill unveiled on Thursday includes half a dozen committee chairs, making it more difficult for Senate leaders to refuse to hold a vote. But Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who chairs the Finance Committee that would take up the bill if it goes through the committee process, is not one of them.

“I’m concerned we’re just perpetuating a bad process,” Hatch told TPM. “They want to do it for another two years. I’d rather face the problem now.”

Hatch is referring to the heart of the bill, which provides two years of funding for cost-sharing reduction subsidies to health insurance companies that go towards lowering the cost of care for low-income patients.

Bill co-author Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) told TPM Thursday that if the bill does go through a regular committee markup, an open question at this point, it would go through Hatch’s Finance Committee. Asked if Hatch would commit to holding a hearing and markup on the bill, a GOP aide called the question “premature.”

“He would have to talk to committee members about it to see how they want to move forward,” the aide said…..

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