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‘Sleeping Giant’ is getting companies to delist ads on Breitbart….

They are invisible but up to now pretty effecive in notifing companies that their ads go to the conservative Breitbart blog site which has championed views that some find racially and relgiously ‘insensitive’…..

Over 1,000 of those companies have pulled their ads from the sites rotation, which has caused alarm for the site which Steve Bannon has retreared to after leaviong the Trump White House….

The Breitbart site looks at the actions as going against it’s ‘free speech rights’….But I guess you could turn that around also….

Sleeping Giants is a mysterious group that has no address, no organizational structure and no officers. At least none that are publicly known. All of its leaders are anonymous, and much of what it claims is difficult to independently verify. A spokesman for the group wouldn’t identify himself in interviews for this story.

But the group does have a singular purpose, pursued as relentlessly as Ahab chasing a whale: It aims to drive advertisers away from Breitbart. “We’re trying to defund bigotry,” the spokesman says.

Sleeping Giants’ basic approach is to make Breitbart’s advertisers aware that they are, in fact, Breitbart advertisers. Many apparently don’t know this, given that Web ads are often bought through third-party brokers, such as Google and Facebook. The brokers then distribute them to a network of websites according to algorithms that seek a specific target audience (say, young men) or a set number of impressions.

As a result of such “programmatic” buying, advertisers often are in the dark about where their ads end up. Advertisers can opt out of certain sites, of course, but only if they affirmatively place them on a blacklist of sites.

So when an ad appears on Breitbart, Sleeping Giants or one of its 109,000 Twitter followers and 35,000 Facebook followers flag the advertiser, often accompanied by an image of the sponsors’ ad next to a Breitbart story…..

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Hillary Clinton regrets not going ‘BIG”….

Never mind that the stuff wouldn’t work….

Obama and Trump and others ALWAYS throw out BIG crazy shit that they KNOW won’t work , but that people want to hear….

Clinton was NEVER THAT person….

She now relializes that she made a mistake….

Policy papers don’t get ya to the White House….

Dreams DO….(It is what defines candidates running for office)

(Like Single Payer Health Insurance?)

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A cash payment to guarantee a basic income for every American. A nationwide “carbon-dividend program” to tax fossil fuels and redirect the revenue to citizens. Taxing an individual’s net worth instead of their annual income as a way to reduce income inequality.

Hillary Clinton considered proposing each of these transformative ideas during her ill-fated presidential campaign last year, she writes in What Happened, the memoir she is releasing Tuesday. The former secretary of state discarded all of them, however. They were too costly, she writes. Her campaign “couldn’t make the numbers work.”

“We decided it was exciting but not realistic, and left it on the shelf. That was the responsible decision,” Clinton writes about the cash-payment proposal, which was based on Alaska’s program of distributing the state’s oil royalties in dividends to its residents. She is now having second thoughts. “I wonder now whether we should have thrown caution to the wind and embraced ‘Alaska for America’ as a long-term goal and figured out the details later.”

Another reason Clinton does not list, but that is left in the reader’s mind, is this: She didn’t need to go big to defeat either Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary or Donald Trump in the general election. She didn’t need to mimic their embrace of bold but unachievable ideas, to risk making promises she knew she wouldn’t be able to keep. Clinton, both she and seemingly everyone else knew, was going to win the presidency anyway….

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Running for office and telling people what you can actually DO in office are TWO DISTICTLY different things ….

Hillary Clinton has just figured that out….

It has cost her….

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We have never let Hillary Clinton speak for herself….

Amen….

By DiesIrae  @Daily Kos…..

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Say what you want about her politics — love her, hate her, oranything in between — throughout her career one thing is constant. No one has ever accepted Hillary Clinton’s right to speak for herself.

In the early 90s, it was all about how she was too liberal. It was the conventional wisdom that she was far more liberal than her husband. I still remember all the attacks on her for being an outspoken feminist, and the refusal to accept her desire to work for the public interest.

In the late 90s, she was attacked relentlessly for choosing to stay with her husband despite his affair. Never mind that being her personal choice. Then when she got into politics, she was smeared with all the usual tropes against strong women in politics: ambitious, calculating, ruthless.

(Is it any wonder that she reacted by forming a shell? The media, led by certain outlets we all know and love, spent a decade tearing her to shreds not just as a politician, but as a person. She emerged with a siege mentality which arguably handicapped her for the rest of her political career).

In 2008, she lost a heartbreaking primary. She dealt with defeat in an incredibly graceful way, endorsing her opponent unambiguously, with passion, and working her heart out to get him elected. After the election, she accepted an offer to serve as his Secretary of State.

What did she get in return? She became a lightning rod for grievances against the president from the left. All of Obama’s deviations from perfection — not to mention her husband’s — became her responsibility. In late 2015 and early 2016, she was accused at every turn of being a secret Republican. Of being against universal health care despite having proposed it and fought for it in the early 1990s. Of being singlehandedly responsible for Iraq, Afghanistan, and every other foreign policy mistake over the last 25 years (say what you want about her decisions, some of the criticism was far over the top). Of being a tool of Wall Street. Hell, she was accused of being anti-choice.

The fact that these criticisms were the exact opposite of the criticisms thrown at her in the 1990s was irrelevant. Neither narrative really matched reality. Clinton has been a fairly mainstream Democrat for her entire political life…..

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The House follows the Senate in swiftly approving Trump’s Disaster/Debt Ceiling deal Bill…

Congress has voted for bill to aid the disaster reliefe for Texas and probvably Florida, while increasing the countries debt ceiling allowing the Treasury to borrow more money to pay the countries bills….

President Trump gets a ‘deal’ he made by working WITH the Democrats and his adopted Republican party members….

Trump will sign the bill shortly….

The Senate vote was 80 to 17 for passage…

The House vote was 316 to 90 for passage …

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Hillary Clinton takes shots at Joe Biden also in her new book…

The women IS getting a LOT off her chest , eh?

Politics IS a contact sport….

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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in her new book openly questions former Vice President’s Joe Biden‘s assessment that the Democrats did not focus on the middle class during the presidential race.

“Joe Biden said the Democratic Party in 2016 ‘did not talk about what it always stood for — and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class,'” Clinton said in her new book, “What Happened,” which was obtained by CNN.

“I find this fairly remarkable, considering that Joe himself campaigned for me all over the Midwest and talked plenty about the middle class,” she continued.

Clinton was referring to comments made by Biden, in which he criticized Democrats’ strategy to win over working-class voters that used to be a safe voting bloc for the party.

“Because of the negative campaign that [Donald] Trump ran, how much did we hear about that guy making 50,000 bucks on an assembly line, the woman — his wife — making $28,000 as a hostess?” Biden said in May.

“They have $78,000, two kids, living in a metropolitan area, and they can hardly make it,” Biden continued, adding “When was the last time you heard us talk about those people?” ….

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Interesting how Clinton is open now that she lost, eh?

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Trump didn’t Really understand the ‘Dreamers’ Program move he made…Open Thread for Sept. 5, 2017…

Donald J. Trump promised that he would take care of the ‘Dreamers’….

Then he decided to throw the decesion to Congress and didn’t even make the announcement…The call to give the call to Congress wasn’t his idea..It was hius Cheif of Staff guy John Kelly’s…..

A few hours ago Trump updated his first condition , by saying that he would ‘revisit’ his threat of cancelling the program in 6 months ….

Presumerily indicatingb that he was afraid that Congress would get bogged down in trying make side deals on extending the protections he ACTUALLY want s extended to those involved and let the prgram run out and have Sessions going after the 800, 000 people an d their families involved….

Now we found out that Trump ACTUALLY DID NOT UNDERSTASND WHAT HE DOING when he went ahead with the call to shut down the program….

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Why is this man the President of the United States?

….The announcement was an effort by Mr. Trump to honor the law-and-order message of his campaign, which included a repeated pledge to end Mr. Obama’s immigration policy, while seeking to avoid the emotionally charged and politically perilous consequences of targeting a sympathetic group of immigrants.

Mr. Trump’s decision came less than two weeks after he pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who drew intense criticism for his aggressive pursuit of unauthorized immigrants, which earned him a criminal contempt conviction.

The blame-averse president told a confidante over the past few days that he realized that he had gotten himself into a politically untenable position. As late as one hour before the decision was to be announced, administration officials privately expressed concern that Mr. Trump might not fully grasp the details of the steps he was about to take, and when he discovered their full impact, would change his mind, according to a person familiar with their thinking who was not authorized to comment on it and spoke on condition of anonymity.

But ultimately, the president followed through on his campaign pledge at the urging of Mr. Sessions and other hard-line members inside his White House, including Stephen Miller, his top domestic policy adviser…

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Barack Obama said in response to the Trump’s reverasl action….. it was soley ‘Political’…NOT legal and’ Cruel and Self Sefeating ‘….

He was right…..

Now Trump seems stuck….

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Trump’s budget director brags about snowing Trump into cutting Social Security

And with that, Mulvaney moves to the top of the watch list for next White House firings

From Politico, here’s White House budget director Mick Mulvaney publicly bragging about how he snowed Donald Trump into accepting Social Security cuts because Donald Trump is just that dumb.

“Look, this is my idea on how to reform Social Security,” the former South Carolina congressman began.“No!” the president replied. “I told people we wouldn’t do that. What’s next?”

“Well, here are some Medicare reforms,” Mulvaney said.

“No!” Trump repeated. “I’m not doing that.”

“OK, disability insurance.”

This was a clever twist. Mulvaney was talking about the Social Security Disability Insurance program, which, as its full name indicates, is part of Social Security. But Americans don’t tend to think of it as Social Security, and its 11 million beneficiaries are not the senior citizens who tend to support Trump.

“Tell me about that,” Trump replied.

“It’s welfare,” Mulvaney said.

“OK, we can fix welfare,” Trump declared.

Got it? So Mulvaney is bragging about how Trump wouldn’t cut Social Security, but all Mick had to do was change the phrase to dodge the fact that he was talking about cutting Social Security, and boom—the twit bought it. The plan to cut $70 billion from the Social Security program was approved.

And he’s telling this story in public because, well, who can say? Apparently Mick Mulvaney thinks making Trump look like a chump will work out better for him than it has for any of the other top staffers that peeved Trump with criticism, or insufficient flattery, or the inability to control CNN camera angles so as to best flatter the pretzeldent.

The episode suggests Trump was either ignorant enough to get word-gamed into attacking a half-century-old guarantee for the disabled, or cynical enough to ditch his promise to protect spending when it didn’t benefit his base.

Well, at least we’re all on the same page here. Yes, yes it does suggest that….

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Trump on the ground at Houstan Convention Center relief site…

Donald Trump gets a chance to show how ‘feels the pain’ of those displaced…..(Pence did so already)

Trump seldom spends time with average American’s and this effort is sure to be a media plus for him…He posed for pictures with storm victims , and with hbis wife handed out food stuffs…His wife wore flats….

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet children at a centre for flood survivors of Hurricane Harvey, in Houston, Texas,

President Donald Trump visited a relief center in Houston on Saturday to meet with victims of Harvey, the catastrophic storm that triggered severe flooding in Texas and presented his young administration with its most challenging domestic crisis.

Trump earlier landed at Ellington Field military base in Houston after a flight from Washington, dressed in a black rain jacket with no tie.

On his second visit to the devastated state this week, the president was accompanied by his wife Melania Trump, who wore a baseball cap emblazoned with the word “Texas,” green khaki trousers and walking shoes.

The visit gave the president an opportunity to show a warm and empathetic side to victims of the worst storm to hit Texas in 50 years. Some have criticized him for staying clear of the disaster zone during a visit on Tuesday, when he said he did not want to hamper rescue efforts…

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Donald Trump doesn’t get his hands dirty…Mike Pence did…..

Maybe it was just a photo op….

But ex-Governor Vice President Mike Pence  went down to Texas after his boss did and seems to have lent a small symbolic hand in helping the effort  down there….And giving hugs….Something that is a alien concept to New York Real Estate turned President guy Donald Trump….

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Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday offered up a playbook for President Donald Trump’s follow-up visit to hurricane-ravaged Texas this weekend, hugging storm victims, directly offering words of encouragement, and dripping sweat as he helped clear debris.

Pence — who is always cautious about upstaging the president — literally followed in Trump’s footsteps, flying with his wife to Corpus Christi, Texas, two days after the president and first lady Melania Trump had flown there and received updates from officials on the response effort to Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall late last Friday.

But while Trump courted controversy by barely mentioning the victims and boasting about the crowds who greeted him, his No. 2 took a more classic approach to offering comfort in the wake of a widespread natural disaster.

Pence’s trip was no-frills and low key. There was no buzz over second lady Karen Pence’s footwear — she was photographed wearing black flats — or the vice president’s headwear — he didn’t wear a hat, let alone one being advertised on the Trump campaign website.

Unlike Trump, who claimed Wednesday to have witnessed “first hand the horror & devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey,” it was Pence who actually met with storm survivors and slipped on blue gloves to help remove branches from fallen trees outside a battered home in Rockport. And unlike the first lady, the second lady didn’t release a statement on the storm. She instead led a group in prayer….

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Sen Kamala Harris will join Sanders effort on a single-payer healthcare bill…

She join’s Sen. Cory Booker and others in a doomed effort, under a Republican  majority Congress ,to approve Sanders “Medicare for All”  legislation….

The push has political postives for Democrat going into the 2020 Presidential nomination campaign…

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California Senator Kamala Harris (D) announced during a town hall on Wednesday that she would support Sen. Bernie Sanders‘s (I-Vt.) “Medicare for All” bill, which would institute a single-payer health insurance system.

“I intend to co-sponsor the ‘Medicare for All’ bill because it’s just the right thing to do,” Harris announced Wednesday at a town hall in Oakland.

“It’s not just about what is morally and ethically right, it also makes sense just from a fiscal standpoint,” she said.

The decision to co-sponsor Sanders’s bill is Harris’s first instance of publicly supporting single-payer.

In July, Harris said, “as a concept” she supported single-payer, but that lawmakers still needed to “work out the details.”

Sanders said earlier this week that he was building support for his “Medicare for All” bill.

“You’re seeing more and more movement toward ‘Medicare for All,” Sanders said. “When the people are saying we need healthcare for everyone, as more and more Americans come on board, it will become politically possible.”

The former presidential candidate’s backing for the policy has raised questions about whether he and his supporters might launch primary challenges against Democrats who do not back a single-payer plan.

Sanders on Wednesday tweeted thanking Harris for her announcement as well.

“Thank you Kamala Harris for your support. Let’s make health care a right, not a privilege,” he tweeted….

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Focus Group…Trump losing his voters support due to their disappointment with his actions…

The media and others keep harping that Donald Trump has voter support that he is trying to leverage against establishment Republicans ….

But the true picture on that support has been reported and glossed over by the media….

In poll after poll and now in a focus group?

Donald Trump’s support is slowly and steadily DISAPPEARING of his OWN accord, following a pattern the guy has had for years…..

He IS in self promotion and ego his own worst enemy….

With each crisis of the young Trump administration, reporters and pollsters have documented the steady support he continues to get from his most ardent backers, the roughly one in four Americans who consistently tell pollsters that they approve of his performance in office, agree with him on most issues and like his personality.

Tuesday night at a focus group in Pittsburgh, a group of reporters heard from a different slice of Trump voters — ones he’s lost for now.

“Outrageous,” “disappointed,” “not ready” were among the adjectives that focus group members tossed out when asked for a single word to describe the president — and those were from the participants who had voted for him.

“He has got to be his own worst enemy,” said Tony Sciullo, a lifelong Pittsburgh resident and a registered independent who works for an insurance agency and described Trump as an “abject disappointment.”

“He’s such an incredibly flawed individual who has articulated so many of the values that I hold dear,” Sciullo said, adding that he almost wished Trump were on the other side of the political divide because of the damage he sees him doing to conservative causes.

Brian Rush, a registered Republican who works as a sales representative, voiced a slightly more supportive view.

“I’m still going to hold off judgment,” he said. “I’m hoping things can turn around.”

Trump “does want this country to be great,” Rush said. He likened the administration to a once-new car that now has several dents and is “not running the way it should” while the mechanics “don’t know exactly why.”….

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Defense Sec Mattis…The Adult in the Trump Cabinet….

James Mattis was confiremed by every US Senator except Kirtsen Gillibrand….

Those Senator thought Mattie would be able to stand up and hold things together over at the Pentagon, but morever they thought the ex-Gneneral would be a moderating influence on Donald Trump, his boss….

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So far their gamble seems to be working…(Some Conservatives are grumblibg though)

General’s ARE politicians and Mattis has shown why he rose to the highest miltary rank with four stars….

Away from the cameras and apart from the nonstop drama of the White House, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has come to play a role unlike any other Cabinet member.

The retired Marine general has become a force for calm, order and, in the eyes of the president’s critics, quiet resistance to some of President Trump’s most combative and divisive instincts.

In perhaps his greatest political feat, Mattis has maintained this air of independence without directly provoking a president who demands absolute loyalty.

The latest example came Wednesday morning when Trump vented his frustrations with North Korea after its latest missile launch.

“Talking is not the answer!” Trump tweeted only a few hours before Mattis met at the Pentagon with Song Young-moo, South Korea’s defense minister, and delivered a very different message to reporters.

“We’re never out of diplomatic solutions,” Mattis said.

On Tuesday night, Mattis seemed again to be in mitigation mode when he announced that he would be pulling together a “panel of experts” to provide advice on how to implement Trump’s ordered ban on transgender troops….

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Texas Harvey storm will come back on land soon…Recovery will be long and slow…

…from the NY Times….

As one of the most destructive storms in the nation’s history pummeled southeast Texas for a fourth day, forecasts on Tuesday morning called for still more rain, making clear that catastrophic flooding that had turned neighborhoods into lakes was just the start of a disaster that would take years to overcome.

Local, state and federal officials conceded that the scale of the crisis was so vast that they were nowhere near being able to measure it, much less fully address it.

Across a region that is home to millions of people and includes Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, no one has a clear idea how many people are missing, how many evacuated, how many hunkered down or were trapped in their waterlogged homes, or how many inundated houses and vehicles are beyond saving.

President Trump landed in storm-brushed Corpus Christi on Tuesday morning to see for himself some of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Harvey and demonstrate his personal commitment to a region still in the grips of a historic natural disaster.

Mr. Trump, who pushed aides to schedule a visit to Texas as early as possible after Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, on Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane, initially considered touring San Antonio, which is outside the most hard-hit areas. But he settled on Corpus Christi because it was 30 miles away from the most severely impacted parts of the Gulf Coast, and suffered relatively light damage from the initial impact of the storm.

“It’s a real team, and we want to do it better than ever before,” Mr. Trump said of the response effort during a meeting with officials from local, state and federal agencies in a Corpus Christi firehouse. “We want to be looked at in five years, in 10 years from now as, this is the way to do it.”

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Local officials reported 10 deaths possibly related to the storm, six of them in Harris County, which includes Houston. But the painstaking and heartbreaking work of clearing streets, going door to door, assessing damage — and finding victims — has not yet begun.

Scenes of people and pets being rescued from the roofs and upper floors of houses revived memories of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when early estimates vastly understated both the material devastation and the death toll, and recovery efforts lasted years.

The administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, said on Monday that he expected more than 450,000 people to apply for federal assistance.

“We’re going to be here for several years helping you guys recover,” he said. “The state of Texas is about to undergo one of the largest recovery housing missions the nation has ever seen.”

For the time being, efforts are focused on the most basic elements of keeping people alive — plucking stranded survivors from the flood, providing shelter, food and water, and restoring electricity to hundreds of thousands of people who were left without power…

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President Trump landed in storm-brushed Corpus Christi on Tuesday morning to see for himself some of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Harvey and demonstrate his personal commitment to a region still in the grips of a historic natural disaster.

Mr. Trump, who pushed aides to schedule a visit to Texas as early as possible after Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, on Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane, initially considered touring San Antonio, which is outside the most hard-hit areas. But he settled on Corpus Christi because it was 30 miles away from the most severely impacted parts of the Gulf Coast, and suffered relatively light damage from the initial impact of the storm.

“It’s a real team, and we want to do it better than ever before,” Mr. Trump said of the response effort during a meeting with officials from local, state and federal agencies in a Corpus Christi firehouse. “We want to be looked at in five years, in 10 years from now as, this is the way to do it.”….

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Republicans working on cutting middle class tax benefits to give more to the rich…

Ya gotta read this….

There is broad consensus, according to five sources familiar with the behind-the-scenes talks, on some of the best ways to pay for cutting both the individual and corporate tax rates.

The options include capping the mortgage interest deduction for homeowners; scrapping people’s ability to deduct state and local taxes; and eliminating businesses’ ability to deduct interest, while also phasing in so-called full expensing for small businesses that allows them to immediately deduct investments like new equipment or facilities….

In addition to the revenue raisers such as eliminating the deduction for state and local taxes — a benefit that disproportionately hits taxpayers in high-cost states like California, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts — the tax negotiators are scouring former Republican Rep. Dave Camp’s 2014 tax plan for other ideas.

One idea quietly being discussed would be taxing the money that workers place into their 401(k) savings plans up front: an idea that would raise billions of dollars in the short-term and is pulled from the Camp plan. This policy idea is widely disliked by budget hawks, who consider it a gimmick; the financial services industry that handles retirement savings; and nonprofits that try to encourage Americans to save….

White House officials, for example, have been holding weekly calls with outside conservative groups to keep them informed of the progress of tax reform. Lately, the White House has been urging conservatives to stress in high-level talking points that any tax plan would help the middle class and average families and help to keep jobs in the U.S., according to a conservative activist familiar with the calls….

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House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Town Hall….

Same night as Donald Trump walking back into a  renewed Afghan War effort…..Making sure to knock  his parties leader on his Charlottesville response….

President Trump “could have done better” in his response to the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Monday, though he rejected a Democratic push to censure Trump for his remarks.

Ryan’s comments at a CNN town hall in Racine, Wis., were the first he made directly criticizing Trump for saying that “both” white supremacists and counter-protesters were to blame for the violence and that there were some “very fine people” among the white nationalists chanting racial slurs and carrying Nazi flags.

Trump “made comments that were much more morally ambiguous, much more confusing, and I do think he could have done better,” Ryan said of Trump’s second press conference on the matter.

“I do believe he messed up in his comments on Tuesday [Aug. 15] when it sounded like a moral equivocation or, at the very least, a moral ambiguity, when we need extreme moral clarity,” Ryan added.

The Speaker, however, said Trump struck the right tone in a speech Monday night where he called for unity and in remarks over the weekend praising the thousands who turned out in Boston to peacefully protest hate groups…..

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Monday said he wishes President Trump would tweet less, noting there are posts on Twitter he would prefer not to see from the commander-in-chief.

“Do I wish there would be a little less tweeting? Of course, I do. But I think, I don’t think that that’s going to change,” Ryan said at a town hall when asked how he reconciles Trump’s tweeting with what he teaches his children. …

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The Putin-Trump thing is OVER……

While Donald Trump tried  hard to get in bed with the guy?

The actions of the Obama, American Intel community,  Congress and the Mueller investigation have stopped THAT effort dead in its tracks…

It appears that the Russian President has returned back to form….

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Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed a hard-line critic of the U.S. who’s blacklisted by the European Union over the Ukraine crisis as his new ambassador to Washington.

Deputy Foreign Minister Anatoly Antonov will succeed Sergey Kislyak, the Russian envoy embroiled in controversy over contacts between the Kremlin and members of Donald Trump’s campaign team in the 2016 presidential elections. Antonov will also be Russia’s permanent observer at the Organization of American States, the Kremlin said in a website statement Monday.

The appointment, which had been expected for some time, comes amid growing Kremlin disillusionment with Trump, who campaigned on pledges to improve ties but has failed to deliver as president amid investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the elections.

As relations have soured, Russia and the U.S. have engaged in punitive tit-for-tat measures involving their embassies. The U.S. announced on Monday that it’s slashing visa services in Russia after the Kremlin ordered it to cut two-thirds of staff at its embassy and consulates. Russia said it took that step in reaction to new sanctions legislation passed by the U.S. Congress last month, as well as over Trump’s failure to reverse a December order by then President Barack Obama to expel 35 Russian diplomats and seize two embassy compounds in response to the alleged election interference…..

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