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Former presidents get together in call for Harvey, Irma relief aid…

The guys from both American political parties are lending an endorsement for private funds to be sent to help those in need from the damages from the major 2017 late summer storms…

Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter are pictured. | Getty Images

All five living former U.S. presidents united in a call for donations to relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey and the looming Hurricane Irma on Thursday.

The online campaign, called the “One America Appeal,” brought together former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter in a singular plea for donations to ongoing recovery efforts in Texas and likely future efforts in Florida and U.S. territories in the Caribbean in the wake of Irma.

“Hurricane Harvey brought out terrible destruction, but it also brought out the best in humanity,” Clinton said in a promotional video by the group.

“As former presidents, we want to help our fellow Americans begin to recover,” added Obama.

The initiative serves as the first joint public effort by the five former leaders since Obama left office in January. According to the group, the campaign will not set up a new organization to for post-disaster efforts, but rather contribute to existing funds, such as the Houston Harvey Relief Fund and the Rebuild Texas Fund….

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Is Trump’s Admin beginning to follow the some of the Hillary Clinton playbook?

Politico makes THAT claim …..

If this sticks?

What will ALL those voters who voted AGAINST Clinton do?

Do they FINALLY understand that Donald Trump might be the head Republican right now?

But he sure has had and still does have vestige’s of Democrt in around him even till today…

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Observers have been waiting for more than a year for Donald Trump to stop acting like a beer hall bouncer and start acting more presidential. On Wednesday, that wish came true, as Baby Donald completed his transformation into a standard chief executive of the United States by espousing many of the hallmark policies one would have associated with President Hillary Clinton.

My Politico Playbook colleagues discerned Trump’s recent policy shift in their Thursday tipsheet. Previously, Trump said NATO was obsolete. Now, he salutes it, Clinton-style, as a “great alliance.” Previously, he lavished kisses on Vladimir Putin and Russia. Now Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have taken a Clintonesque stand against Russia, admitting to low levels of trust between the two nations. Then: No war in Syria. Now, Trump is bombing Syria with the sort of glee Clinton would have brought to the mission. And on and on it goes, with Trump adopting Clintonian stances on Chinese currency manipulation (doesn’t exist!) and the Export-Import Bank (for it).

Hillary Clinton’s presidency would have been a family affair, with Bill and Chelsea mobbing the White House with their advice; Trump has seated daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner at on his roundtable and acts on their guidance. Hillary Clinton would have recruited pros from Goldman Sachs; Trump has brushed the rafters of his administration a beaming gold with guys from Goldman. Hillary Clinton would have gone to war with the Republican Congress, vowing to campaign against them once they refused to pass her legislation; Trump has come close to realizing that goal, telling the leader of the troublesome House Freedom Caucus, “Mark, I’m coming after you.”….

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Democrats need to NOT split themselves apart….Open Thread for Feb. 19, 2017

The Democratic National Committee vote is coming up a week from now…..

It’s really between Rep. Ellison and Tom Perez….

Ellison is a Bernie sanders rep.

Perez is a Obama/Clinton Establishment rep.

Therein lies the problem….

The Democratic party is running in TWO different directions….

The main VOTING part or the party IS establishment …..

The main voice of the party these days is anti-establishment focused on stopping Trump in anyway possible….

The next chance for Democrats to actually gain elective power is next year….

Historically during off year midterm elections the party out of power does well…

But?

The Democrats have a LOT of Senate seats to defend, and good many of them are states that Donald Trump wrestled votes from previous Obama voters…

While ON a WHOLE Trump’s approval numbers are dropping….

In some of those places he won last November he, and therefore Republicans are holding their own….

That’s not all….

While the Democratic base IS energized RIGHT NOW?

Will they be a year and a-half from now when the midterm votes are cast?

Will Democrats beat history and actually come out and VOTE?

How many of those protesting in the streets vote?

How many of these energized Democrats will be pissed at their OWN party elders who KNOW that they will HAVE TO make deals with Republicans for somethings NO MATTER how much their based doesn’t want them to?

Senate Minority Leader is the defacto leader of the Democrats right now….

The New York Democrat started off telling people he WOULD deal…

But THAT did NOT play well with the base, so he changed things up and has fought Trump on his cabinet picks….

It has held up the process…

But it has NOT stopped the most controversial picks from getting confirmed and by NOT making deals Schumer gets NOTHING in return , while the GOPer’s get what they want…

Barack Obama, who is actually responsible for some of this mess because he didn’t get hands dirty in wheeling and dealing with Congress to give cover to his party, is free on the daily grind….

Hillary Clinton, is healing after winning the vote and losing the election that she thought he she had…..Some people think she might even try another run if the party can’t find a young strong candidate ….

So we have the basic’s of the 2016 Democratic primary STILL out there for Democrats…

Who just lost, and have been losing since Obama got into office….

And could lose even BIGGER if they don’t get their shit together SOMEHOW and figure out how to bring some of those Obama voters….

And Bernie Sanders ain’t evn a Democrat….

Go figure?

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Polling Update for July 21, 2016….

It is beginning to look like the 3rd and 4th party people are stealing potenial votes MORE from Trump than Clinton….

Chilton is leading in the bellweather state of Ohio…..

Thursday, July 21

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

Rasmussen Reports

Clinton 42, Trump 43     Trump +1

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

Reuters/Ipsos Clinton 40, Trump 36     Clinton +4

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

LA Times/USC

Clinton 43, Trump 43     Tie

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Reuters/Ipsos

Clinton 39, Trump 35, Johnson 7, Stein 3     Clinton +4

Ohio: Trump vs. Clinton

Suffolk

Clinton 44, Trump     44 Tie

New Hampshire: Trump vs. Clinton

WMUR/UNH

Clinton 39, Trump 37     Clinton +2

Ohio: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Suffolk

Clinton 43, Trump 39, Johnson 5, Stein 1      Clinton +4

New Hampshire: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

WMUR/UNH

Clinton 37, Trump 37, Johnson 10, Stein 5    Tie

President Obama Job Approval

Gallup

Approve 49, Disapprove 47     Approve +2

President Obama Job Approval

Rasmussen Reports

Approve 51, Disapprove 48     Approve +3

President Obama Job Approval

Reuters/Ipsos

Approve 44, Disapprove 49     Disapprove +5

…for more info on the above polls….Real Clear Politics....

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Benjamin Netanyahu chooses the Iron Hand over Diplomacy for Israel…

Politico does an in-depth-piece about the turn to the right by the Israeli Prime Minister that has been in power for over a decade in one way or another….

Netanyahu has done so even has his former military and intelligence advisors have turned and campaigned AGAINST his politics and Foreign Policy….

All this has extinguished any hope for Peace between Israel and the Palestinians , which has in turn caused a major headache for the last two American President and will surely keep that headache for the next American President….

The hard right policy turn of the Israeli Prime Minister has given birth to a strange political move by Israeli’s and even an American Presidential candidate to dear to challenge Israeli leadership out in the open….

Last month, in a move characterized by some Israeli pundits as an act of retaliation against the rebellious security establishment, Netanyahu announced he was appointing Avigdor Lieberman to be the country’s next defense minister. A hawkish civilian politician who was once Netanyahu’s personal chief of staff, Lieberman would be the most inexperienced defense minister in Israel’s history. Lieberman supported an attack on Iran in the years 2009-2012, when the country’s top generals were against it, and has also threatened in the past that Israel could bomb Egypt, despite the fact that the countries have had a successful peace treaty for decades. He is also famous for his blistering criticism of the Israeli military’s conduct, always demanding harsher methods—some bordering on illegal, and some crossing that border—against the Palestinians. His appointment is likely to weaken Israel’s security establishment and make it harder for the country’s top generals and spymasters to challenge the government’s policies.

As difficult as Netanyahu has been for Obama, he’s sure to be even tougher with the next U.S. president.

Netanyahu has recently entered his 10th cumulative year in power, and he’s likely to be around when the next president of the United States begins his or her term in office. The changes he’s brought are going to pose growing challenges for the U.S. as it navigates the treacherous waters of Middle East politics. As difficult a customer as Netanyahu has been for Barack Obama, he’s sure to be an even tougher one for the next U.S. president—in large part because of his successful purging of the Israeli national-security establishment that was keeping him in check.

What this means is that disagreements between Israel and the U.S. on the Iranian issue could resurface very quickly, despite the fact that a nuclear deal with Iran was signed less than a year ago, and also that on the Palestinian front, a new escalation is much more likely than any progress toward peace. Only last October, Netanyahu declared that Israel will “forever live by the sword.”

The Jewish state’s top generals, spymasters and intelligence chiefs have been the fiercest and most outspoken critics of Netanyahu’s policies over the years; unlike in most Western democracies, where the military is usually considered more hawkish than the civilian leadership, in Netanyahu’s Israel, it’s usually been the other way around. Out of the 17 most senior security and intelligence chiefs who have worked directly with Netanyahu during his time in office, no fewer than 13 have strongly criticized his flagship policies or the direction in which he is leading the country (of the four that haven’t, two are currently still in office).

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Polling Update June 17 to June 21, 2016…ALL Clinton….

Check out the last poll here….Good News for Marco Rubio….

President Obama continues his positive approval numbers….

Tuesday, June 21

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

CNN/ORC

Clinton 47, Trump 42 …Clinton +5

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

CNN/ORC

Clinton 42, Trump 38, Johnson 9, Stein 7… Clinton +4

Pennsylvania: Trump vs. Clinton

Quinnipiac

Clinton 42, Trump 41… Clinton +1

Ohio: Trump vs. Clinton

Quinnipiac

Clinton 40, Trump 40 Tie

Florida: Trump vs. Clinton

Quinnipiac

Clinton 47, Trump 39… Clinton +8

Pennsylvania: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Quinnipiac

Clinton 39, Trump 36, Johnson 9, Stein 4 …Clinton +3

Ohio: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Quinnipiac

Clinton 38, Trump 36, Johnson 8, Stein 3 ...Clinton +2

Florida: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Quinnipiac

Clinton 42, Trump 36, Johnson 7, Stein 3… Clinton +6
Monday, June 20

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

CNBC

Clinton 40, Trump 35 …Clinton +5

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

Monmouth

Clinton 49, Trump 41 Clinton +8

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Monmouth

Clinton 44, Trump 37, Johnson 9, Stein 4…. Clinton +7

President Obama Job Approval

Gallup

Approve 52, Disapprove 44 Approve +8

President Obama Job Approval

Rasmussen Reports

Approve 50, Disapprove 49 Approve +1
Friday, June 17

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

Gravis

Clinton 51, Trump 49… Clinton +2

Florida Senate – Rubio vs. Murphy

PPP (D)

Murphy 42, Rubio 41… Murphy +1

Florida Senate – Rubio vs. Grayson

PPP (D)

Rubio 42, Grayson 40 ….Rubio +2

 

…for more detailed information on the above Real Clear Politics…..

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Polling Update June 12 to June 16, 2016…Clinton and Obama…

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are doing good in the polling in the last few days….

Obama is above 50% and Clinton now averaging 5.8+ in the Real Clear Politics average against Trump for the November Presidential election….

Trump’s polling numbers are in a steep dive 4 1/2 months out from th election….

Thursday, June 16

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

Rasmussen Reports

Clinton 44, Trump 39… Clinton +5

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

Reuters/Ipsos

Clinton 41, Trump 32… Clinton +9

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Reuters/Ipsos

Clinton 39, Trump 29, Johnson 6, Stein 4 …Clinton +10

Virginia: Trump vs. Clinton

PPP (D)

Clinton 48, Trump 45 …Clinton +3

Virginia: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

PPP (D)

Clinton 42, Trump 39, Johnson 6, Stein 2 …Clinton +3

President Obama Job Approval

Gallup

Approve 53, Disapprove 44 …Approve +9

President Obama Job Approval

Rasmussen Reports

Approve 50, Disapprove 49 …Approve +1

President Obama Job Approval

Reuters/Ipsos

Approve 48, Disapprove 47 …Approve +1
Wednesday, June 15

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

CBS News

Clinton 43, Trump 37 …Clinton +6

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson

CBS News

Clinton 39, Trump 32, Johnson 11 …Clinton +7

Wisconsin: Trump vs. Clinton

Marquette

Clinton 46, Trump 37 …Clinton +9

Wisconsin Senate – Johnson vs. Feingold

Marquette

Feingold 51, Johnson 42 F…eingold +9

President Obama Job Approval

CBS News

Approve 53, Disapprove 41 …Approve +12

Tuesday, June 14

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson

Bloomberg

Clinton 49, Trump 37, Johnson 9 …Clinton +12

President Obama Job Approval

FOX News

Approve 51, Disapprove 46… Approve +5

President Obama Job Approval

Bloomberg

Approve 53, Disapprove 42 …Approve +11

Sunday, June 12

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Guardian/SurveyUSA

Clinton 39, Trump 36, Johnson 6, Stein 4… Clinton +3

…for details on the above polling….Real Clear Politics….

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Attack in Orlando leaves 50 dead…53 wounded…

In a action that lasted for 3 hours….

A Muslin man born in New York walked into a popular gay club in Orlando Florida and ended up killing 50 of the people inside and wounding another 53 before police ended the standoff….

(Officals are cautioning that some injuries could have been the result of law eneforcement actions)

The subject had been investigated by the FBI 3 years ago after speaking about terrorist ties, but was not deemed a threat…He worked in Florida as a security guard , which enabled him to purchase guns legally….The subject had open talked about his hatre of jews, blacks , women and gays….The subject had been in a abusive marruage which resulted in a divorce ….

It was the worst act of terrorism on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001, and the deadliest attack on a gay target in the nation’s history, though officials said it was not clear whether some victims had been accidentally shot by law enforcement officers.

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida said on Monday that he had asked President Obama to issue a federal emergency declaration for his state.

“Yesterday’s terror attack was an attack on our state and entire nation,” Mr. Scott said in a statement. “This morning, I have asked President Obama to declare an emergency so that the full resources of the federal government can be made available for all those impacted by this horrific massacre.”

In a letter to Mr. Obama, Mr. Scott sought two forms of federal aid: “provision of health and safety measures,” as well as “management, control and reduction of immediate threats to public health and safety.” An emergency declaration by Mr. Obama would give Florida up to $5 million in initial federal funding…..

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The incident has reopened the terror and gun issues….Law Enforecenmet has NOT found any direct connection to terror groups now or before …so far…There is a clear anti-gay part to the incident though…

The politican’s have also weighed in the incident in terms of terrorism….

It sure looks like this was HATE CRIME more than ANYTHING else….

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Trump goes Democratic on calls for Medicare to negotiate drug prices

On this one?

I’m with Donald Trump….

While his adopted party memebers ain’t gonna be happy….(Trump is NOT a Conservative Republican no matter what people may say…)

Trump has a good point in that Medicare  drug prices HAVE steadily risen…

Trump joins President Obama,  Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on this….

Donald Trump is calling for Medicare to be able to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to lower drug prices, a policy long backed by Democrats and opposed by Republicans.

The Republican presidential candidate told a crowd in Farmington, N.H., Monday night that the policy would save billions of dollars, but then took a shot at pharmaceutical companies, which strongly oppose the proposal.
“We don’t do it. Why? Because of the drug companies,” Trump said, according to The Associated Press.

Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, as well as President Obama, have called for the same policy of letting Medicare negotiate prices, which it is currently banned from doing under the 2003 Medicare prescription drug law…..

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President Obama seems to back Hillary Clinton as the best choice…

In talking to Politico the President did NOT endorse Clinton or Sanders….

But he did buy into the Clinton question about ‘is Bernie Sanders just an ideas guy?’

The President also pointed out that Sanders is NOT in the same place he was in back in 2008…..

President Obama said the 2016 Democratic presidential primary will not be a repeat of the race in 2008, when he emerged as a successful insurgent challenger against the established front-runner, Hillary Clinton.

“No … I don’t think that’s true,” Obama said in an interview with Politico, when asked if he sees Clinton’s chief rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), as his alter ego in this year’s race.

In his most extensive comments on the 2016 campaign to date, Obama conceded there are some parallels to the campaign he won eight years ago. He views the race as a contest between Clinton’s experience and Sanders’s novelty and idealism.

Obama said Clinton is “wicked smart and knows every policy inside and out” but said that her years in government are also weakness because it “could make her more cautious and her campaign more prose than poetry.”

“I think Hillary came in with the — both privilege and burden of being perceived as the frontrunner,” Obama said. “And, as a consequence, you know, where they stood at the beginning probably helps to explain why the language sometimes is different.”

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Political Roundup for December 18, 2015…Cruz get focused on…RHH Elections

President:

Trump: Russian President Vladimir Putin endorsed Donald Trump for president of the United States, calling Trump ” a really brilliant and talented person”. And no this is not a story from The Onion!

Sanders: The 700,000 member Communications Workers of America union has endorsed Bernie Sanders for President. Sanders also won the endorsement of Democracy for America a liberal grassroots organization founded by Howard Dean.

Cruz: The investigative reporters over at Buzzfeed have dug deeply into Ted Cruz’s past and uncovered the Senator’s previously hidden criminal record. In 1987 a 16 year old Ted Cruz pleaded guilty to possession of alcohol as a minor. As a high school senior Cruz got pulled over by cops who found a case of unopened beer in his car. He received a ticket for the offense. No word yet if anyone in the main steam media is looking into Hillary Clinton’s alleged criminal gross negligence in the safekeeping of national defense information. Its not as big a deal as a 16 year old hauling beer but maybe someone in the press should keep an eye on that story as well.

Cruz: In other potential Ted Cruz criminal news, it turns out Sen Cruz will not be investigated for allegedly leaking of classified intelligence at during the CNN GOP debate. The Senate Intelligence committee released a statement a few hours after the committee’s chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., had said they were checking Cruz’s comments to make sure no classified information was accidentally leaked.

Huckabee: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign has slashed the salaries of his senior staffer. The salary reductions took place over the past few weeks and it is believed that the abrupt departure of Alice Stewart, Huckabee’s communications director, was partly due to disagreements within the communications shop about the direction of the campaign and partly because of the salary cuts. Huckabee’s struggling campaign now has only 13 full-time paid staffers in Iowa and only raised about $1.2 million in the most recently reported quarter, with roughly $760,000 cash on hand.

GOP Debate: In case you missed it Noah Rothman over at Commentary had a really good column about the dynamic at play during the Wednesday night GOP debate. Its well worth a read.

Obama: Senior White House officials have told reporters that unlike 2014, President Obama will be a “visible campaigner” in 2016 and will actively stump for the Democratic presidential nominee and other Democratic candidates. Top Republican campaign officials responded to this news with fist pumps and by spontaneously screaming “Yes!” at the top of their lungs. No word yet on how much of the President’s travel expenses the RNC, NRSC and NRCC have agreed to pay to insure that President Obama shows up to campaign against them…..

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Political Roundup For September 10, 2015…Obama goes positive in Gallup Approval polling…RRH Elections…

President:

Trump:  After reading this piece, I honestly believe that Trump has a non-zero chance of becoming our next President.  It’s just astounding that America–and GOP voters in particular–are so susceptible to his message.  He is truly a candidate for our era:  an entertainer for people who demand being entertained.  (There is one notable gratuitous swipe at Carly Fiorina’s appearance in the piece).

Bush:  The former Florida governor generally got good reviews on the opening episode of Colbert’s Late Show, but did anyone think Bush was unusually wooden when explaining the exclamation mark in his logo?  It “connotes excitement” is the new Hillary-plans-to-be-more-spontaneous.

Perry:  Things have gotten bleak for the former Texas governor, having to confirm that he indeed does have paid staffers in early states, a prerequisite just to qualify for the next kids table debate.  Also, Perry’s reference last week to a stopped clock being right once a day doesn’t make any sense, even in context.

Obama:  Somewhat surprisingly, Obama’s favorable number in the 3-day Gallup tracking poll is positive for the first time in recent memory.  The President may be enjoying an end-of-term honeymoon with voters….

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Political Roundup for July 20th, 2015…Campaign Fundraising…RRH Elections

President:

Donations: Bernie Sanders may be down in the polls, but he’s ahead in a different metric—he’s scored donations from far more of Obama’s 2012 donors than Clinton has. This isn’t entirely unexpected given that Clinton and Obama donors have unusually little overlap (it’s almost like they ran against each other or something), but it does point to some of the difficulties for Clinton in trying to recreate the Obama coalition. On the GOP side, Rubio is picking up the biggest share of the Romney donors, but his lead over the rest of the GOP field is less impressive than Sanders’s over Clinton. Finally, Rand Paul is struggling to connect with his father’s moneymen.

Trump-1: Trump recently said that he doesn’t consider John McCain a war hero, and that other people only consider him a war hero because “he was captured”. He walked back the comments a bit afterwards, but then accused McCain of selling out veterans. This exchange has produced a number of hilarious comments from Trump, including such gems as “[McCain] spends too much time on television and not enough time doing his job”, and “A number of my competitors for the Republican nomination have no business running for president”. At this point I can’t honestly say whether or not Trump is making an ass out of himself intentionally.

Trump-2: The Huffington Post is putting all their Trump news in the entertainment section rather than politics. I can’t disagree with that.

Walker: Breitbart has a piece on Walker’s tech team, and its attempt to close the tech gap with the Democrats. Of note is the description of the “Silicon Valley Republican Underground”, which I can personally confirm the existence and vitality of….

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President Obama WILL get his trade Bill with GOP help….

The Senate is set to approve fast-track authority for the President ‘Pacific Trade Authority trade pack….

This means that Congress must vote be yes or no on the trade program…No amendments will be allowed…The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) program WILL also passed by Congress , because the trade program involves almost 40% of the world economy, which the US cannot turn down….

The Democrats and Labor will try to fight TPAt, trade-promotion authority,  to get a jobs support bill TAA passed….

President Obama is poised for one of the biggest victories of his second term after the Senate voted Tuesday to advance legislation enhancing his trade powers.

The Senate’s 60-37 vote sets the stage for passage on Wednesday of the trade-promotion authority (TPA) bill, or fast-track, which House GOP leaders ushered through the lower chamber last week. If the Senate approves the measure, as expected, it heads to the White House for Obama’s signature.

After the vote, liberal trade opponents on and off Capitol Hill acknowledged fast-track is all but certain to become law, throwing in the towel after a months-long legislative brawl that saw Obama siding with GOP leaders against his own Democratic base.

The opponents are instead moving the battle lines back in preparation to fight an emerging Pacific trade deal the fast-track power is designed to foster….

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The Fight over President Obama’s Trade Bill….

On this one ?

The Republicans are gonna help the Democratic president win one….

Stranger, eh?

“Not only is there massive opposition to this TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership] agreement, but there is a lot of concern that the American people have not been involved in the process and there’s not a lot of transparency,” Sanders said.

The Finance panel reconvened Wednesday afternoon and was expected to pass the fast-track bill with broad bipartisan support in the evening.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), another liberal favorite, piled on, lashing out at Obama’s recent remarks that she’s wrong to criticize the emerging trade deals.

“The administration says I’m wrong — that there’s nothing to worry about,” Warren, who’s being pushed by the left to jump into the 2016 presidential contest, wrote in a blog post.

“They say the deal is nearly done, and they are making a lot of promises about how the deal will affect workers, the environment, and human rights. Promises — but people like you can’t see the actual deal.”

Sponsored by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the bill would grant Congress a vote on trade pacts negotiated by the administration, but lawmakers would not have the option to amend those deals.

Obama, GOP leaders and other supporters argue that the fast-track authority is vital for sealing trade deals. Liberal Democrats and other critics maintain that the fast-track bill sets the stage for a TPP agreement lacking firm protections for the environment and workers — domestic and foreign alike.

“The negotiating objectives within that TPA bill are almost identical to those of the dead-on-arrival TPA bill that was introduced a year ago and are so broad that they don’t begin to address the outstanding issues within the TPP negotiations,” Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.), ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee, said Wednesday during a hearing on trade promotion authority.

Other Democratic leaders — including Reps. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), chairman of the Democratic Caucus, and Joseph Crowley (N.Y.), vice chairman of the caucus — are also lining up against the bill…..

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The Vaccination issue Update….Politics vs Common Sense

With a measles outbreak spreading across the country …The idea of getting vaccinated against the high contagious disease has entered the political world as a question of Choice….

Some on the Right are pushing for choice to made by parents for their children…

The science and the Democrats are looking at the issue as safety, common sense and a good function for government to protect others…

Governor Christie initially talked about choice when asked , but has back peddled…revealing that his 4 kids have gotten their ‘shots’….

President Obama , who in the past talked about choice, has moved to the point of everyone getting their shots….

Rand Paul today is sticking with choice…

On MSNBC this morning they had a chart up that showed the feeling on mandatory getting vaccination shots has moved for 61% of Americans to 76%…..

Republicans are worried that the choice answer on this is NOT the right one….Politically and Health wise….

An outbreak of more than 100 cases of measles in the United States has opened up a contentious political debate over vaccinations.

Two potential Republican candidates for the White House attracted criticism on Monday after they said it should be up to parents as to whether or not to vaccinate their children.

The comments from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul followed a Sunday interview by President Obama in which he in no uncertain terms urged parents to vaccinate their children.
“The state doesn’t own your children,” Paul said in a heated interview on CNBC. “Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom and public health.”

Christie initially said parents should have a “measure of choice” on vaccinations before he released a second statement that clarified there is “no question kids should be vaccinated.”

Democrats in both cases seized political advantage and cast Republicans as out of step with medicine and science.

“Why is this so hard? When given the opportunity to show leadership in calling for Americans to vaccinate their children to protect our nation from the spread of disease, shouldn’t this be a no-brainer?” the Democratic National Committee said in a statement. “Instead, Republican after Republican is bowing to the rhetoric of the anti-vaccination movement instead of standing up for the science supported by almost all doctors and scientists on protecting our kids and keeping our nation safe.”

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