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Feds…Christie KNEW about the Bridge Closure….

Well I guess EVERYONE was right about this , eh?

Nobody believed that he didn’t know about when it happened no matter what he tried to sell us…..

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey knew that three of his top officials were involved in a plan to shut down lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge as it was happening and that the closings were intended to punish a local mayor for declining to support him, federal prosecutors said on Monday.

The assertion was an unexpected and startling beginning to the trial of two former Christie administration officials charged with closing the lanes in 2013 and then covering it up. And it was a surprising claim because of the side of the courtroom it came from, as lawyers made opening statements.

Defense lawyers have long argued that Mr. Christie, a Republican, and his top advisers were well aware of the lane closings and that they directed the cover-up as they tried to protect the governor’s political aspirations — saying their clients were “thrown under the presidential bus,” as one lawyer argued on Monday.

But this was the first time a prosecutor had pointed a finger at Mr. Christie. And it directly contradicts the governor’s statements in the three years since the lanes were mysteriously closed, paralyzing the borough of Fort Lee, N.J.

Mr. Christie, a former top federal prosecutor in New Jersey, has consistently denied that he knew about the lane closings as they unfolded, and argued that the United States attorney’s office had “exonerated” him when it declined to indict him along with the defendants now standing trial.

The prosecutor, speaking for the United States attorney’s office, said that two of the alleged co-conspirators in the case, David Wildstein and Bill Baroni, had “bragged” to the governor about the lane closings at a memorial service for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, on the third day of the closings, and that they had been done to “mess” with Mayor Mark Sokolich of Fort Lee, a Democrat, because he had declined entreaties to endorse the governor’s re-election….

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Clinton tells Senate Republicans take Garland or gamble…

Hillary Clinton has let it be known that if she wins?

She might not keep Merrick Garland as her Supreme Court choice…

That essentially means that the Republicans in the Senate will have a choice to make after election day and before January 20, 2017….

If the Democrats pull off a tie or thin majority in the Senate on election day ?…The Republicans would probably have to hold their noses and confirm Garland in fear for a Clinton more left leaning choice…

While Clinton didn’t specifically rule out the possibility of re-nominating Garland, her stance raises the stakes for Republicans in the Supreme Court fight. Senate Republicans have refused to consider the Garland nomination during Obama’s presidency, saying they won’t even take it up during a lame-duck session. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said this week that the seat “will not be filled this year.”

Should they maintain their opposition in the face of a Clinton victory over Donald Trump, Republicans could find themselves with a nominee they consider even more objectionable than Garland.

Clinton repeated past criticism of the Republicans’ strategy, calling it a “disgrace.” The court vacancy, created by Justice Antonin Scalia’s Feb. 13 death, is the longest since 1970….

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Senator Hatch…TPP WILL get done during Congressional lame duck Session…

I have ALWAYS believed that President Obama would GET the Trans Pacific Partnership deal done….

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said Wednesday that Congress will pass a sweeping Asia-Pacific trade agreement before the end of the year.

The Utah Republican said he is working with the Obama administration to resolve several lingering issues that could ultimately pave the way for a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the lame-duck session after the November elections.

“I think we’re going to get it done in lame duck,” Hatch told The Hill.
First though, the White House needs to calm his concerns over the truncated length of patent protections for high-tech medicines called biologics, Hatch said.

Hatch and other pro-trade Republicans want 12 years of data exclusivity, which is the U.S. standard, whereas the TPP provides up to eight years.

“There are ways of doing it, they’ll just have to do it,” Hatch said of the White House’s efforts.

Hatch said he is getting assurances from the White House that a solution is in the works that will address the trade deal’s problems….

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Political Roundup for September 13th, 2016…Trump will have to live with Lester Holt moderating…RRH Elections…

President:

Clinton: We’ll start off with a few good political jokes. The New Yorker’s take on the 9/11 rally, and the Onion’s look at the repercussions for Pneumonia.

Clinton-2: It’s a bad sign when someone like David Axelrod is openly criticizing the Democratic nominee’s campaign strategy, but honestly it’s something Clinton should probably have taken to heart about a year ago. A huge reason why people don’t trust her is that she always seems to be making the maximum effort possible to hide things from the public, an attitude that has cost her dearly in the last year and a half.

Minnesota: Trump will be on the Minnesota ballot. I’d call his campaign the most incompetent one of the year by far . . . if not for something later on in the roundup. Sadly, this robs Gary Johnson of his best chance to be relevant to the Electoral College.

Trump: Trump has called for a moderator-less debate with Hillary Clinton, implying that the moderators will be biased against him and that the whole debate system is rigged. While this has become a theme of Trump’s entire campaign, I actually kinda want to watch a moderator-less debate with Trump and Clinton now, and honestly the inevitable shouting match that would devolve into probably plays nicely into Trump’s strengths. Say what you want about the man, but no one can talk over Trump….

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Hillary Clinton’s comments about Biases where a good start….

While the topical media narrative has been about Hillary Clinton’s being sick for few days….The REAL meat should be in her comments last week in which she called out Donald Trump and at least half of the Right/Republicans for THEIR views on race, religion and sexual freedom….

I have said here several times …She UNDERCOUNTED…..

Her adjustment was to probably not lose ALl Republicans that might have thought about voting for her…..

But…

Donald Trump has brought the spector of fear in addressing race, religion and sexuality to his advantage in the 2016 primary race and win…..

He regularly goes back to these points to keep his numbers up in the general election for President….

Hillary Clinton gets props as far as I’m concerned for these addressing things 

And even MORE PROPS running as America’s first serious Woman candidate for President….

Some conservative critics of the “basket of deplorables” comments have accused Clinton of calling some large swath of Americans “racist.” Ironically, that wasn’t her point at all: Her point was to protect even half of Trump supporters from being called “deplorable.”

The point of Clinton’s comments on Friday was to sort Trump supporters into two baskets: the racist, sexist “basket of deplorables,” and a second basket full of people who “don’t buy everything (Trump) says” but support him because they simply feel “desperate for change” and abandoned by the government. In other words, there was one basket of racists, attracted to Trump because of his racism, and another basket of nonracists attracted to him in spite of it.

When she apologized on Saturday, she tweaked the relative size of each basket but essentially kept the idea that Trump’s racist supporters could and should be separated from the “hard-working Americans who just don’t feel like the economy or our political system are working for them.”

What Clinton was doing, in other words, was drawing a bright line. She was saying that there are certain ideas that it is unacceptable to express in public debate, and that things like questioning the impartiality of a Mexican-American judge because of his heritage, or the open racism and anti-Semitism of the online “alt-right,” need to be shunned along with the people who espouse them….

Hardworking Americans can have deplorable beliefs. Hardworking Americans can prop up systems with deplorable outcomes. Even people who think they are trying not to be racist can do these things.

Do the 65 percent of Trump supporters who told Public Policy Polling in May that they believe Obama is a Muslim go in the irredeemable “basket of deplorables,” or are some of them hard-working Americans too?

What do you do with the downwardly mobile Americans who started out feeling that nobody cared about them, but have since gravitated toward an explanation for their suffering that pins the blame on black beneficiaries of “affirmative action” and refugees? What do you do with the Trump supporters who have taken the term “deplorables” as evidence that Hillary Clinton doesn’t care about them, not as a statement about their racial beliefs?

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How about those Trump supporters that LIKE Bill Clinton?

The Washington Post does a piece on how Bill Clinton appeals to white , working class voters in the Rust Belt …

Those same  mostly old time white guys  will mark their ballots for Donald Trump though….(There ARE some woman who say they don’t want a woman President also)…

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“I really liked Bill Clinton. He triangulated. It worked,” said Trump supporter Jerry Bernard, 61. “He got welfare reform done. It seems like we’ve gone backwards as a country since that time.”

Bernard, a chaplain at a local hospital, grew up here as a Democrat and recalls how much everyone in his Catholic family adored John F. Kennedy when he was a boy. He proudly voted for Bill in 1992 and again in 1996. He now considers himself “an anti-establishment independent,” and he really dislikes Hillary Clinton.

“You just can’t go with her,” Bernard said, using words like “carpetbagger” and “pathological liar” to describe the Democratic nominee. “Benghazi is a big concern of mine. I blame her. We lost men we should never have lost.”

Drinking a Coors Light as he waited for the start of the Pittsburgh Pirates game against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night, Bernard said he forgives Trump’s “verbal blunders” because “he’s not a politician like her.”

“Who’s perfect? Let’s give him a shot,” he added. “What the hell do we have to lose? He’s definitely better than a 30-year incumbent who hasn’t done crap.”

I have been struck during recent interviews by how many Trump voters go out of their way to tell me they abhor Hillary but admire Bill. They believe Bill felt their pain; they see Hillary as heartless. They thought of Bill as an Arkansas outsider taking on the established order; they think Hillary embodies that order. (A surprising number of folks talk about the former secretary of state as if she’s a sitting president seeking reelection…)

In a Washington Post/ABC poll last month, 56 percent of Americans had a favorable impression of Bill. For context, our most recent survey finds that 41 percent view Hillary favorably….

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Asians don’t find the spotlght in American Politics…They should…

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They are the fastest growing non-white  block of  American’s…

Laino numbers have leveled off due to less immigration…

But Asian Americans are now rising faster than Latino’s….

Yet few Asaina Amarican are seen in American politics….

Asians in America, a diverse, polyglot bunch, and a growing share of the electorate, remain mostly invisible in the American political debate. Like nearly every other electoral subgroup in U.S. polling, “Asian” is a label that masks the diversity among its peoples—perhaps even more than “Hispanic” belies the significant variances between the cultures designated as such. Asians also combat American laissez faire: They are widely (if falsely) viewed as independent, non-ideological and economically successful. They may be voters, but they aren’t understood to be broadly influencing party platforms, the handful of prominent Asian-American elected leaders notwithstanding.

For a long time, minority voices have been the least voluble in the room, (if they were in the room at all), but this election has seen a sharp focus on traditionally marginalized communities, whether Latino, Black, or LGBTQ. On Saturday, Donald Trump visited Great Faith Ministries in Detroit, a black church, in a bid to ease tensions with the African-American community after a series of questionable remarks, as well as to signal to critical white swing voters that he is not, in fact, a racist….

Amid this targeting of minority voters, why don’t Asian Americans count more, in the landscape of American politics? On its face, the answer is a simple matter of mathematics: Asians make up a much smaller slice of the electorate (An estimated 4 percent in 2016, according to Pew) compared to Blacks (12 percent) or Hispanics (12 percent). But that’s changing: Pew also concludes that the largest growth in the voting public is among Asians, who grew four times faster than any demographic group from 2000 to 2010.

Clinton’s campaign is focused on the Hispanic vote to carry her to victory, but Asians, too, will cast crucial and potentially tie-breaking votes in swing states like North Carolina, where the number of Asian Americans registered to vote statewide increased 130 percent between 2006 and 2014, and in Virginia, where they make up 7 percent of the population and wielded considerable power in the 2014 midterms….

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Asian Aamerican HAVE been increasingly voting Democratic….

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Political Roundup For September 12, 2016…“The Deplorables,” Pepe The Frog …RRH Elections…

Well, that was quite a weekend. Unfortunately, the Hillary health scandal took the focus off of the brave Americans and first responders who lost their lives 15 years ago. Our hearts go out to their families, and our determination to never forget their loss continues.

Presidential News:

Clinton: As you know by know, Clinton had what appeared to be a fainting spell yesterday morning after leaving the 9/11 memorial ceremony early. The video looks awful for her. Clinton’s health now becomes a central issue in the campaign. Worse for her, it appears her campaign directly lied to the public about it being merely an “overheating” incident. Instead, Clinton has full-blown pneumonia, but obviously wasn’t going to tell *that* to the public until she absolutely had to. Clinton has since cancelled a West Coast fundraising trip and will be in bed for a few days.

Polling (no link): The polls over the weekend showed a mixed picture, with NBC/WSJ/Marist polls showing a rosy picture for Trump in battleground states, but with national polls showing Trump down 5 to 8 points among likely voters. Throw these polls away. It is impossible to determine right now how Hillary’s fainting spell will affect the voting population. My guesses? Some Johnson voters come home. A sliver of indies move toward Trump. Two to three points of movement in Trump’s direction.

Contagious?: If Hillary really does have pneumonia, here she is possibly infecting a little girl who ran up to her in front of Chelsea’s apartment. As Ben Shapiro put it on Twitter, Hillary’s campaign is frantically looking to explain how her pneumonia might not be contagious.

Trump: Hand it to Trump for staying on message yesterday, posting only about 9/11, and nothing about Hillary. Trump is probably realizing he can go without Tweeting if it means he gets to be President.

Pepe the Frog: Try to follow this if you can. There’s an internet character named Pepe the Frog. He used to be innocuous, and was referenced by Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry. But lately he’s become a white nationalist mascot. And in a separate meme, called “The Deplorables,” Pepe The Frog is included, along with Trump and some of his sons. Donald Trump Jr. retweeted the image, saying he’s proud to be among the deplorables–an obvious reference to Hillary’s comment–but now the “scandal” is that Trump Jr. is retweeting white nationalist memes. Clearly this will move a lot of swing voters. /Snark.

Stein: Jill Stein says Obama broke international law by killing Bin Laden, and that she would have made the decision to apprehend and try him, as opposed to killing him in Pakistan. I wouldn’t mind if Stein carved out more of a niche for herself as a centrist, as Gary Johnson is doing on the other side of the aisle. With this comment, she further narrows her base….

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Donald Trump to Visist ‘Oz’ Next week…

He, he, he….

The Dr. Oz show that is…..

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump will appear on “The Dr. Oz Show” next week, where he will discuss his “personal health regimen,” the day-time television show announced Friday.

“In this hour-long interview, Dr. Oz will ask the important questions that affect your health and the security of America,” reads the announcement on the show’s website.

“He addresses why the health of the candidates has become such a serious issue in this campaign, plus Mr. Trump reveals his own personal health regimen.”

The Trumps will appear on the show on Thursday….

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Ok….

Can anyone quess what show they’re gonna send Hillary Clinton to sitdown on TV after this?

Oh, and Dr. Oz is gonna get the once over from the Media for some criticism of his medical advice in the pass…He’s been before Congress to take some heat….

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Political Roundup for September 8th, 2016…Hannity and Assange…RRH Elections

President:

Trump: One of the worst aspects of Donald Trump’s rise has been watching the moral and ideological rot of the Republican party. There is perhaps no better example of this than Sean Hannity’s embrace of Julian Assange. It is the latest incident of Republicans replacing right and wrong with what is good for Trump is right. It is the opposite of everything conservatives should stand for and it is disheartening to see someone like Sean Hannity team up with an anti-American criminal like Julian Assange.

Trump: Goldman Sachs senior employees can’t contribute to Donald Trump. One of the insanities of campaign finance and banking regulatory laws causes many banks to prohibit their employees from donating to state or local office holders who have influence over municipal bond underwriting. Since Mike Pence is the Governor of Indiana, Goldman Sachs issued new rules that prevent its partners from contributing to his campaign as a way of avoiding the appearance of pay to play or conflict of interest.

Stein: Make that 3 presidential candidates facing potential legal proceedings! North Dakota authorities plan to pursue charges against Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein for spray-painting construction equipment at a Dakota Access Pipeline protest. Gary Johnson seems to be the only candidate running that no one is currently suing or investigating.

McMullin: Looks like Evan McMullin will be stuck with his placeholder running mate as his official running mate. With 60 days to election day Evan McMullin still has not picked an official Vice Presidential running mate. But to be on the ballot McMullin needs a running mate. So in all nine states where McMullin has officially qualified for the ballot he has listed a “Nathan Johnson” as his vice presidential nominee. Johnson was suppose to be a placeholder but now 8 states have informed him it is too late to withdraw Johnson’s name from the ballot. Exactly who Nathan Johnson is is a bit of a mystery and so far the McMullin campaign will not provide the press with any information about who Johnson is or which of the thousands of Nathan Johnsons is the man listed on the ballot for Vice President of the United States in 9 states.

McMullin: Evan McMullin has received the backing of the South Carolina Independence Party and will be on the ballot in the November ballot there. McMullin failed to make the ballot in Florida and North Dakota….

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Hillary Clinton to convene an internal National Security Summit…

The top of the list has former CIA director David Petraeus and former George W. Bush Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff…..

Others on the list — which is not yet final — include former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; John Allen, the former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL; former acting Homeland Security Secretary Rand Beers; former acting deputy CIA director Michael Morell; former National Counterterrorism Center director Matt Olsen; and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Europe James Stavridis, who Clinton briefly considered as a running mate earlier this year.

“She’s convening this working session of bipartisan national security leaders and experts to work on concrete solutions that will deal with the threat of terrorism at home and abroad and keep our people safe,” said senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan…..

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Do NOT be surprised to see SEVERAL of the people at this meeting ending up in Hillary Clinton’s National Security staff in the White House….

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Donald Trump has alleged that his security briefer’s showed ‘body language’ that gave him the impression that the briefers did NOT agree with their Commander-in-Chief…..

You can bet that the people doing the briefing HAVE been called in to give some answers to their bosses and the White House….

Giving this answer is out of protocol by someone being briefed ….Trump does NOT have any experience about these things….

The Briefers probably won’t be briefing anyone anymore in the future….

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Senator’s Sanders and Warren Question Aetna on it’s Obamacare dial down…

Insurance giant Aetna had wanted to merge with Huma Insurance …

The Senators are questioning if there is a connection with the Government declining to approve the merger and Aetna very public negative action against the Federal Health Program…

Five progressive senators are pressing Aetna to account for its decision to scale back its participation in Obamacare and questioning the company’s assertion that a Department of Justice review of a pending merger is reason enough to bail on the nascent marketplace.

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) joined Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Ed Markey (Mass.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Bill Nelson (Fla.) in penning a letter to Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini on Thursday.

The lawmakers demand an explanation for the insurer’s sudden shift in strategy about competing in the health insurance exchange marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act after the Justice Department announced it opposed the company’s merger with Humana.

Aetna’s decision to exit 11 of the 15 states where it had sold policies on the exchanges happened abruptly, after the company had publicly committed to remaining in those states ― and even floated plans to expand its presence in this segment of the health insurance market.

And the company’s declaration that it would abandon those exchanges came after it warned the Justice Department that if President Barack Obama’s administration took an unfavorable position on the merger, Aetna would reconsider its commitment to Obamacare….

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President Obama has nominated a Muslim to be a Federal Judge…

The present GOP controlled Senate isn’t likely to do anything with nomination with Trump doing his rants against Muslims and Latino’s….

President Barack Obama made history on Tuesday by nominating the first Muslim person to the federal judiciary, Abid Qureshi.

“I am pleased to nominate Mr. Qureshi to serve on the United States District Court bench,” Obama said in a statement. “I am confident he will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice.”

It’s unlikely Qureshi’s nomination to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will go anywhere. With just months left in Obama’s term, Senate Republicans have all but stopped confirming his judicial picks.

But the nomination carries a symbolic value: It lands in the midst of a chaotic presidential campaign in which GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has said that a Muslim federal judge wouldn’t treat him fairly because of his calls for banning Muslims from entering the country. Trump made similarly bigoted charges that a Latino federal judge would be biased against him because he has advocated for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Muslim advocates hailed Qureshi’s nomination….

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President Clinton vs Speaker Ryan…How would it work?

Someone out there pointed to a Clinton mandate is Hillary Clinton can garner the Obama Electoral College numbers…

Mandate ?

I SERIOUSLY doubt That …..

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The same intransigence shown to President Obama will probably be future for Clinton and US House under Rep. Paul Ryan’s leqadership…

The last six years in Washington are on track to look like a golden age of cooperation compared to what’s coming if Hillary Clinton wins the White House and Paul Ryan keeps his GOP majority in the House.

The 2016 races are far from over, but the trends, if polls are right, might be irreversible. And for the Clinton and Paul insiders now drafting their bosses’ 2017 agenda, a realization is dawning that the dynamic between these two could determine whether any actual lawmaking happens.

For Clinton, who seems poised to win the presidency with her position on major Democratic policy priorities squishy at best and unknown at worst, progressives are pre-programmed for disappointment. And on Ryan’s side, while handicappers still show him retaining a Republican majority, the 2016 season will have delivered a different kind of conference after Democrats pick off many of the moderates who gave him the leeway to keep the Freedom Caucus in check, even as he says privately and publicly that he believes rebuilding his party is about passing bills again.

They’re interested in making moves and have all the political reasons to do so. But while sources close to both camps say Clinton and Ryan would probably get along and might even agree on a handful of priority issues, they would be coming into their shared mission with a relationship that so far has been nothing more than handshakes and pleasantries and a few conversations about State Department funding while she was secretary and he was running the Budget Committee.

Add in Ryan’s expected run for president in 2020 and the thought that either the first-term president or her likely future challenger would share credit with the person who might soon be starring in the other’s campaign commercials leads to rapid onset depression for some of the aides closest to these two principals.

“The next four years are going to totally suck,” said a person close to Ryan….

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With Congress back…How much can get done?

With a General election coming in just 60+ days?

Don’t expect much….

Capitol Hill is back in session on Tuesday after resembling a ghost town for the last two months.

Members of Congress are returning for the first time after the seven-week summer recess with one primary task looming: keeping the government’s lights on past the end of this month.

Republicans in both the House and Senate are expected to discuss their options this week regarding the length of a stopgap funding bill, also known as a continuing resolution (CR).

Senate Democrats are pledging to block a short-term spending deal that stretches into next year, effectively ruling out the six-month proposal preferred by the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
“We are not doing anything into next year and the Republicans should be made aware of that right now,” Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters last week.

Conservatives have pitched a longer spending measure in an effort to skip a post-election lame-duck session. They worry President Obama, and Democrats, will use the end-of-the-year stretch to push through 11th hour proposals in a catchall omnibus spending package.

Reid noted that his staff have been discussing with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) staff on how to find the government, but didn’t offer details on the talks.

With just three weeks left until the funding deadline, the Senate is expected to continue pushing forward with individual spending bills….

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Economy shows low job growth for August…Jobless rate stays @ 4.9%

Anybody Surprised?

After two consecutive months of hearty jobs gains, hiring eased in August, with the government reporting on Friday that employers expanded their payrolls by 151,000 workers.

The official unemployment rate, based on a separate survey of households, remained at 4.9 percent. Average hourly earnings grew slightly, bringing the 12-month increase in wages to 2.4 percent — a modest gain that still keeps most workers ahead of inflation.

The temperate performance and the absence of any wage pressure are expected to bolster the position of those within the Federal Reserve who favor a wait-and-see approach toward raising the benchmark interest rate when the central bank meets this month.

This report reflects only a single month of the labor market’s performance, but it aroused particular attention because it offers the last major piece of economic news before the central bank’s scheduled gathering on Sept. 20 and 21.

“This morning’s report is good but probably not good enough” to persuade the Fed to raise interest rates in September…..

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