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MoveOn going after Schumer on his anti-Iran deal vote….

The effort will be wasted money…

New York Democratic Senator Chuck is only going to worry about his base in Brooklyn….Which is why he’ll vote against the deal knowing it WILL go thru and his base had him ‘do the right thing’ in their eyes….

Schumer will also go on to lead the Senate come January 20017….

Other politician’s KNOW why Schumer is voting the way he is…They understand and won’t hold it against him….

MoveOn wants to get New Yorkers moving against Sen. Chuck Schumer, their senior senator and the highest-ranking Democrat to oppose the controversial nuclear agreement.
According to details shared first with POLITICO, the liberal advocacy organization’s political action arm will next week launch a member-backed mobile billboard, dubbed the “SchumerMobile,” that will drive around New York City for five days in an attempt to publicly admonish Schumer and other Democrats who are pondering how they will vote next month on the resolution.


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Iran deal support ignites a fight among American Jews….

American Jews who support the deal, and their President, have been put under pressue from American Jews who support Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s efforts to derail Obama’s actions….

The attacks on Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York, since he announced his support for the nuclear accord with Iran have been so vicious that the National Jewish Democratic Council and the Anti-Defamation League both felt compelled this week to publicly condemn Jewish voices of hate….

Beyond the name-calling is real concern about geopolitical implications. With momentum on Mr. Obama’s side, the chances that Congress can scuttle the deal appear remote, and Mr. Engel, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said leaders in both parties needed to look at new security policies for Israel and the Middle East if the accord goes into force.

The agreement is likely to foreclose Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon for at least 15 years, even many opponents say, but the lifting of economic sanctions will give Iran more cash that it could use to destabilize the region, support terrorism and assert its authority.

“Whether this passes, whether this fails, we always have to be looking at next steps,” Mr. Engel said. “And there has to be a rapprochement between the United States and Israel. There just has to be.”

But the bitterness of the current debate will make that difficult. Mr. Israel said that Republican leaders had begun exploiting the rift among American Jews when Speaker John A. Boehner invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to address Congress in March, and that “partisan Republicans will continue to squeeze the sponge.”

“Republicans who barely knew where Israel was on a map are the new David Ben-Gurions,” he said, referring to Israel’s first prime minister….


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Add Christie to those sending government email ‘s from a private server…

Just to be clear?

THEY ALL HAVE or ARE doing what the Republican’s are after Hillary Clinton for…..

Gov. Chris Christie has criticized Hillary Clinton in recent days over her use of private email to do State Department business. But the only email he provided to the Legislature last year came from his private Yahoo account.

Christie turned over just one set of emails to the New Jersey Legislature in response to its subpoenas about Bridgegate. That email conversation contained edits that Christie made to a statement announcing the resignation of Port Authority official David Wildstein, who has since pleaded guilty for his role in the lane closures.

Democratic Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who led the investigation, told WNYC that Christie sent those emails in December 2013 from his personal Yahoo account. The public documents had previously been released but the email address was blacked out.

Christie has said Clinton’s use of a private email account was done to avoid public scrutiny.

“Can you imagine, if after the bridge investigation began, I came out and said ‘Oh, I’ve done all my business as governor on a private email server. And, I’ve deleted now 30,000 of those emails. But trust me none of it had to do with the bridge.’ Give me a break,” Christie said Monday on CNN….


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US Economy up a healthy 3.7 percent in the second Quarter…

Good news for America, President Obama and yes…Hillary Clinton….

The U.S. economy grew more quickly than originally thought in the second quarter of the year, providing some good news amid a shaky stretch for U.S. financial markets.

After initially believing the economy grew just 2.3 percent, the Commerce Department reported Thursday that it now estimates the economy grew 3.7 percent in the second quarter of 2015. Thursday’s estimate was the second of three the government will provide for that time period ending in June.

The government said the uptick in economic activity was thanks to increased business investment, stronger exports and reduced imports. An increase in state and local government spending also added to the stronger number….


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US sending Stealthy F-22’s to Europe for ‘training’?

The US has begun to more and more combat aircraft over to the European Baltic States as a show of force against the Rusian movement on troops and quipment on the borders of the Baltic States and the Ukraine….

The given reason is’ training’…..

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said the deployment would allow the F-22 pilots to interact and train jointly with the Eurofighter Typhoons, which have been flying air patrols over the Baltic states.

“The F-22 deploying to Europe is just a continuation of deploying it everywhere we can to train with our partners,” he said. “We’re going to be doing a training deployment, we’ll operate with a number of different air forces.”

Welsh added, “We’ll get the F-22 into facilities that we would potentially use in a conflict in Europe, things like the bases where we do aviation attachments, to places where we do air policing missions. They’ll train with some of our European partners. They’re there primarily for an exercise, training with our European partners.”

The F-22s will join a growing number of U.S. aircraft that have been sent the region as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, including the A-10 Warthog attack aircraft and F-15 Strike Eagles.


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Trump kicks out Top Univision Anchor from presser….

Trump in Charge, eh? 

His comments sounded like a slur…

‘It’s HIS Mike.’…(Sound  familiar?)….’Go back to Univsison”?

This will go over like a lead ballon in the Latiino Media (I wonder how OTHER media will react)

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Tuesday evening had Univision’s Jorge Ramos escorted out of his press conference after Ramos interrupted with a question.

When Trump began the event by calling on another reporter, Ramos stood up and began questioning the candidate about his immigration policies.

“Excuse me, sit down, you weren’t called,” Trump replied. “Go back to Univision.”

A moment later, security escorted Ramos out of the press conference. Ramos could be heard saying “I have the right to ask a question” as a security guard led him out of the room…..



Trump has been fighting with Univision , which pulled his programs after his anti-Mexican/Latino comments…

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GOP House Committe going after Clinton has had classified data on their unsecured server…

Geee Wiz?

Anyone surprised at this?

Hillary Clinton’s campaign, under fire over the ongoing emails controversy, is pointing a finger at House Republican Benghazi investigators, accusing the panel of having classified documents on an unsecured system just like Clinton did.

On a phone call Friday afternoon, campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said the House Select Committee on Benghazi had on an unsecured computer system at least one Clinton email that State did not consider classified — but which the intelligence community now considers classified.
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“[Benghazi Chairman] Trey Gowdy treated emails, in this case, in the same way Hillary Clinton did, considering them unclassified and … storing them on unclassified computer systems,” Fallon said. “So in light of this I don’t really see what leg Congressman Gowdy has to stand on in his criticisms of Secretary Clinton on this point.”

A spokesman for Democrats on the Benghazi panel said the committee was “instructed that it needed to move the document from unclassified computer systems and files to classified computer systems and files,” after the FBI discovered a line that they wanted classified.

The staffer said the panel isn’t to blame — just as Clinton isn’t. “[L]ike Secretary Clinton, Committee members and staff could not have known to treat that document as classified when we received it, because it was not marked or easily identifiable as classified information.”


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Democrats have fallen on hard times even as their numbers grow….

Here at the PDog we all gloated over the demographics of a changing America….

Oh, we lall thought even after the 2008 elections…..

The Republicans are on the run…..

Maybe for the Presidency…..

But NOT anywhere else….

From the day Barack Obama was elected Republicans have captured MORE political offices than ever….

Some might want to hang this demise on Barack H. Obama’s doorstep….

But I think that just way too simple…..

The more responsible  answer is Democrats NOT voting I believe…..

From the moment President Obama got into office Democrats have expected things to go their way….

Without doing the heavy lifting….

Obama’s election glavinaized the right and others to focus against the first Black (Mixed) President …..

No matter what he touched?

Republicans and others had a clear target….

Healthcare still is rallying cry by the right, although the Affordable Healthcare Law, hasb been shortened to Obamacare, to remind people WHO they should blame for their BETTER healthcare coverage….

The troops are home from Iraq and Afghanista, although the Republicans  want to send them back there and to Iran…..

This President has tried to help Black, Brown and Yellow people on immigration and other programs….But in last years Mid-term elections Latino’s wher encouraged NOT to vote because Obama couldn’t do more?…..The Republicans NOT Obama was holding things up….


The President can only do but so much…..

Expectations can be enormous….

But the Republicans, worried about a country marching to the left on Gays, Immigration, Abortion, Hewalthcare and other 21st Century changes have siomply outflacked Democrats who are of a older generation also…

Under Obama, the party started strong. “When Obama was elected in 2008, Democrats were at a high water mark,” says David Axelrod, who served as one of Obama’s top strategists. “Driven by antipathy to George W. Bush and then the Obama wave, Democrats had enjoyed two banner elections in ’06 and ’08. We won dozens of improbable congressional elections in states and districts that normally would tack Republican, and that effect trickled down to other offices. You add to that the fact that we would take office in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression, and it was apparent, from Day One, that we had nowhere to go but down.”

The party’s record over the past six years has made clear that when Barack Obama leaves office in January 2017 the Democratic Party will have ceded vast sections of the country to Republicans, and will be left with a weak bench of high-level elected officials. It is, in fact, so bleak a record that even if the Democrats hold the White House and retake the Senate in 2016, the party’s wounds will remain deep and enduring, threatening the enactment of anything like a “progressive” agenda across much of the nation and eliminating nearly a decade’s worth of rising stars who might help strengthen the party in elections ahead.

When you look at the states, the collapse of the party’s fortunes are worse. Republicans now hold 31 governorships, nine more than they held when Obama was inaugurated. During the last six years the GOP has won governorships in purple and even deep blue states: Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio. In the last midterms, only one endangered Republican governor—Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania—was replaced by a Democrat. (Sean Parnell in Alaska lost to an independent.) Every other endangered Republican returned to office.

Now turn to state legislatures—although if you’re a loyal Democrat, you may want to avert your eyes.

“We are fooling ourselves,” says one well-placed Democratic operative, “if we think we can advance a progressive agenda in Washington, if half the Congress and half the states are controlled by a Republican Party enthusiastically working to undo every trace of progressive policy.”


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Obamacare has NOT caused mass job cuts in New York….

So much for the doom and gloom warnings….

Obamacare hasn’t caused most factories across New York State and service firms in the metropolitan region to cut jobs, reduce employee compensation or outsource work, though some have increased prices, according to two surveys released Tuesday.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York found employer responses to the Affordable Care Act of 2010 have been muted so far….

More from a paywalled Newsday piece…

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We want Bush!…The Clinton Team looks for Another Bush vs Clinton contest…..

The Hillary Clinton 2016 Presidential Campaign people agree with the Republican Establishment …..

(So do I)

Jeb Bush for President…..

The Clinton’s think they can go 2 and 0!.*…..

There is an obvious subtext to the panicked effort to purge the GOP of Donald Trump: to allow the party’s true hero to emerge to vanquish Hillary Clinton and restore peace and justice throughout the land. To most GOP elites, of course, the savior is Jeb Bush, complete with the Clark Kent glasses and aw-shucks good guy demeanor. The Chamber of Commerce crowd is so convinced that Jeb is the man that it (so far) has placed a more than $100 million bet on that proposition.

There’s just one problem—the Clintons want Jeb Bush to be the GOP nominee, too.

It was Trump himself who picked up on this fact when Hillary Clinton singled out Bush for criticism over his remark that “I’m not sure we need a half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.” Bush later said he “misspoke.” (This is supposed to be the safe, gaffe-free candidate, right?) By going after Jeb directly, and far from the first time, the Clintons want to “elevate” him, Trump charged, because they know they can beat him.

Here’s something you don’t hear, well, ever, in Washington: Donald Trump is right.

Regardless of whether Clinton survives her primary battle with an ever growing list of potential foes—that before long may include Joe Biden, blast-from-the-past Al Gore and heck, at this rate, maybe even Michael Dukakis—Republicans ought to think hard about the reasons why Bush might be the easiest of the serious GOP contenders for the Clintons to beat. And it’s not just because they’ve done it before.




Bill Clinton and George HW Bush are the Best of friends these days….

Back in the day….Clinton, Bush and Perot debate….Clinton won the job….
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Bush White House 2007 email controversy…

A bit of History for everyone…..

Especally the Republicans…..

The Bush White House email controversy surfaced in 2007 during the controversy involving the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys. Congressional requests for administration documents while investigating the dismissals of the U.S. attorneys required the Bush administration to reveal that not all internal White House emails were available, because they were sent via a non-government domain hosted on an email server not controlled by the federal government. Conducting governmental business in this manner is a possible violation of the Presidential Records Act of 1978, and the Hatch Act. Over 5 million emails may have been lost or deleted.Greg Palast claims to have come up with 500 of the Karl Rove lost emails, leading to damaging allegations. In 2009, it was announced that as many as 22 million emails may have been deleted.

The administration officials had been using a private Internet domain, called gwb43.com, owned by and hosted on an email server run by the Republican National Committee, for various communications of unknown content or purpose. The domain name is an acronym standing for “George W. Bush, 43rd” President of the United States. The server came public when it was discovered that J. Scott Jennings, the White House’s deputy director of political affairs, was using a gwb43.com email address to discuss the firing of the U.S. attorney for Arkansas. Communications by federal employees were also found on georgewbush.com (registered to “Bush-Cheney ’04, Inc.”) and rnchq.org (registered to “Republican National Committee”), but, unlike these two servers, gwb43.com has no Web server connected to it — it is used only for email.[

The “gwb43.com” domain name was publicized by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), who sent a letter to Oversight and Government Reform Committee committee chairman Henry A. Waxman requesting an investigation. Waxman sent a formal warning to the RNC, advising them to retain copies of all emails sent by White House employees. According to Waxman, “in some instances, White House officials were using nongovernmental accounts specifically to avoid creating a record of the communications.” The Republican National Committee claims to have erased the emails, supposedly making them unavailable for Congressional investigators…..

More from Wiki…..

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Sanders…We Need people to Vote….

Pointing to a basic issue for Democrats …..

The Senator from Vermont makes a VERY good point….

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on Sunday that that “Democratic are losing because voter turnout is abysmal.”

“I think we can change that,” Sanders said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Sanders rejected criticisms that his status as an independent lawmaker makes him incapable of winning the Democratic nomination next year.

“I think it is an advantage,” he said of his political affiliation. “Because when I speak to 28,000 people in Portland, Ore., and 27,000 people in Los Angeles, the vast majority of those people, they’re not quote, unquote, ‘registered Democrats.’”

“They are ordinary people who are sick and tired of politics as usual,” he said. “And by the way, one of the real advantages, I think, of me winning the Democratic primary, is that we get a lot of young people, a lot of working people involved in the political process, getting them out to vote in a way that establishment politicians can’t.”


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Why do Jews Think bad of the two American President’s that have done Good for Israel?

A piece in Politico points to the President  Carter peace agreement with Egypt, a country that Israel almost lost a war to and President Obama , whose efforts to  prevent a war between Israel and  Iran.

Both American President’s where vilified by Israel, even though they worked tirelessly, against heavy odds to help Israel….

American HAS had Israeli’s back ever since the Seven day War with Egypt and from the comments for the Present Israeli Prime Minister you’d think things are different….

What gives?

The views of American Jewry are hardly monolithic; indeed despite the things being said about him by some conservative Jews Obama continues to have a higher approval rating among American Jews than he does among the public at large. Liberal Jewish groups like J Street have added to the debate, raising serious questions about Israel’s behavior. And yet many American Jews would concede there is a hard-line orthodoxy that prevails in Washington and demands total devotion to Israel. It is one that Netanyahu exploited in March when he spoke to thundering applause in Congress about Obama’s “very bad deal,” a deal that at that point didn’t even exist. It is this hard-line lobby that writer Peter Beinart found himself permanently at odds with after he dared to argue, in his essay “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment” in The New York Review of Books in May 2010 and later in a book, that many young, liberal American Jews are disengaging from Zionism and the pro-Israel orthodoxy in this country because they cannot support much of what Israel does.

Obama is thus only sharing the fate of most modern U.S. presidents who have dared to cross official Israeli policy—and the American Jewish community. Somehow it seems that the ones who have worked hardest to preserve Israel have managed only to earn Israeli and Jewish mistrust and contempt.


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The FBI is NOT after Hillary Clinton concerning emails….

No they are NOT….

They are looking for HOW certain things classified as secret (Drones? and a few other things …no more then 10 in tens of thousands so far)

F.B.I. agents investigating Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email server are seeking to determine who at the State Department passed highly classified information from secure networks to Mrs. Clinton’s personal account, according to law enforcement and diplomatic officials and others briefed on the investigation.

To track how the information flowed, agents will try to gain access to the email accounts of many State Department officials who worked there while Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state, the officials said. State Department employees apparently circulated the emails on unclassified systems in 2009 and 2011, and some were ultimately forwarded to Mrs. Clinton.

They were not marked as classified, the State Department has said, and it is unclear whether its employees knew the origin of the information.

The F.B.I. is also trying to determine whether foreign powers, especially China or Russia, gained access to Mrs. Clinton’s private server, although at this point, any security breaches are speculation.

Law enforcement officials have said that Mrs. Clinton, who is seeking the 2016 Democratic nomination for president, is not a target of the investigation, and she has said there is no evidence that her account was hacked. There has also been no evidence that she broke the law, and many specialists believe the occasional appearance of classified information in her account was probably of marginal consequence….


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Political Roundup for August 13, 2015…Waiting for Hillary to stall?….RRH Elections


Clinton: National Journal provides the best description I have seen in awhile of the Clinton campaign… it is a colossus and a catastrophe.  They highlight how Clinton seems to be getting more engulfed in the email scandal, but she still remains on top waiting for someone to push her.

More Clinton: In one of the first signs the Clinton campaign views the email scandal being problematic, the campaign is trying to calm supporters that she is not under criminal investigation.  Clinton tuned over her email server to the FBI this week.  This is in light of news that Clinton’s server contained top secret information….



The Republicans are praying for Hillary to stumble as Sanders stall, Biden thinks about it and the other two guys remain invisible…..

Oh, and they make things up about the email thing that keeps coming up withy nothing but looks at  Hillary’s personal day to day life….

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President Obama will probabaly get his Iran deal….

Politico is reporting that the President has enough backing for Democrats in the House to assure his expected veto of the Republican led House and Senate majority no vote won’t be overridden…

This would hand the President another history making legacy….

……Obama’s backstop in the House, where the Democratic Caucus is dominated by liberals, is holding firm.

Close to 40 House Democrats have come out in favor of the deal since it was first announced in mid-July, while 16 senators have voiced their support. And there are dozens of additional Democrats who’ve signaled in interviews and statements that they are inclined to back Obama’s deal, which aims to stop Tehran’s development of a nuclear weapon in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. Most notably, not one of the 151 House Democrats who signed a May letter in support of the broad outlines of the agreement have announced opposition to the final product.

Obama needs at least 144 House Democrats to stick by him to sustain a veto of any GOP legislation that would undermine or dismantle the deal with Iran.

Growing Democratic support comes despite fierce opposition from Republicans and a huge, multimillion dollar effort by anti-deal groups like the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Republicans are planning to pass legislation this September that would disapprove of the deal and prevent the lifting of key sanctions, a move that would scuttle the agreement.

And opposition from Schumer is a significant blow for the administration, given his power and prominence in the party — he’s expected to be the leader of the Democratic Caucus after Harry Reid retires at the end of this Congress. But Schumer’s not expected to push other Democrats to oppose the deal. And even if enough swing Democrats followed Schumer and threatened to override a veto, the House would still serve as a bulwark for the agreement.


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