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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…..



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….


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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North Carolina Strict Voter Law vacated by the Supreme’s…

The Courts have been systematically throwing out Republican voter restrictive laws passed by Republican majority state legislatures…

Add North Carolina to the list….

U.S. Supreme Court rejects bid to reinstate North Carolina voting limits

By Lawrence Hurley @ Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a bid by North Carolina to reinstate for November’s elections several voting restrictions, including a requirement that people show identification at the polls.

The eight-justice court, divided in most part 4-4, rejected a request made by Republican Governor Pat McCrory after an appeals court ruled last month that the 2013 law discriminates against minority voters. Five votes are needed for an emergency request to be granted.

“We’re thrilled. Elections in North Carolina this fall are going to be conducted under a fair and nondiscriminatory election law scheme,” said Allison Riggs, a lawyer with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, one of the civil rights groups that challenged the law.

The U.S. Justice Department, which has also been involved in fighting the law, did not immediately comment on the decision.

McCrory said in a statement that the state “has been denied basic voting rights already granted to more than 30 other states to protect the integrity of one person, one vote through a common-sense voter ID law.”

The brief order noted that three of the court’s conservatives, including Chief Justice John Roberts, would have allowed the voter identification provision and limits on early voting to be in effect for the election. Justice Clarence Thomas agreed on that point, but was the only justice to say he would have also allowed a requirement blocking pre-registration of 16-year-olds to stay in place….




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Healthcare Insurers CAN work the Affordable Healthcare Law…

Five Thirty-Eight offers a way for Insures to be FLEXIBLE and make the law work for American’s….

The Media focus has been on the BIG Insures , who want to the GOVERNMENT to adjust…NOT THEM….

Congress and the insurers SHOULD be  working TOGETHER….

But of course it’s Obamacare, Right?

Can’t help President Obama adjust things for the sake of the American uninsured public , Right?

Politics come FIRST….

The stakes are high now, and they will get much higher if the problem festers. Since Aetna, United and Humana serve at least 2 million people who buy individual coverage through Obamacare, those companies’ shrinking role in the ACA marketplace means lots of people need new 2017 coverage. More fundamentally, if insurers can’t make money, that could undercut Obamacare’s goal of using America’s existing private insurance system to achieve near-universal coverage. Even executives who have been critical of the details of the law don’t want to see it fail.

“People seeking care through these exchange products need this care,” Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said in an earnings call with analysts. “These aren’t people running off to get services that they don’t need.”

Fixing Obamacare’s exchanges will take three main steps: First, companies need to adjust their strategies to the real economics of Obamacare, which are just now becoming clear. Second, regulators need to make changes to accommodate insurers that are facing sicker patients than expected and, especially, a wave of extremely expensive drugs concentrated in the treatment of hepatitis C. Finally, Congress needs to make fixes, the most important being subsidizing more of the premiums paid by middle-class customers — the kind of midcourse adjustment that Congress routinely makes for Medicare but which has been politically impossible for Obamacare.

First, insurers have to get their own act together and control costs where they can.

It’s a manageable problem: Obamacare losses aren’t that big, considering that health care is a $3 trillion-plus business. Aetna, UnitedHealthcare and Humana collectively earned $5.5 billion in the first half of 2016 on $150 billion in revenue. According to Credit Suisse, the three companies’ total Obamacare losses won’t top $2 billion this year.

Insurers aren’t all struggling equally. Some, such as Molina Healthcare and Centene, are actually making money on the exchanges…..


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President Obama will campaign for Hillary Clinton and to Get Out the Vote….

While Clinton has a 4 to 1 chance to win the November General Election…

She STILL needs people to show up and VOTE….

President Obama will try to help seal the deal….

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Mr. Obama’s task is not to try to persuade independents or Republicans that they should choose Mrs. Clinton over Donald J. Trump, the Republican nominee, according to White House officials and the Clinton campaign. Instead, he will urge his most enthusiastic supporters — young voters and African-Americans — to register or to be sure to turn out to vote for Mrs. Clinton.

“The president’s focus is on getting the Obama coalition to the polls,” said Jen Psaki, the White House communications director.

Most of his appearances will be timed to coincide with voter registration deadlines and the start of early voting, White House officials said. On Sept. 13, for example, Mr. Obama will appear at a rally in Philadelphia, four weeks before the last day that Pennsylvanians can register to vote.

Neither the Clinton campaign nor the White House has announced any more appearances, in part because they want to be able to send Mr. Obama where they think they need him most. But his visits are likely to be concentrated in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Nevada and Iowa, campaign officials said. Mr. Obama will generally campaign without Mrs. Clinton…..



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Trump will fly to Mexico in the morning….

Then he’ll do a speech  against people IN Mexico?

When will the stunts end?

Donald Trump is jetting to Mexico City on Wednesday for a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, just hours before he delivers a high-stakes speech in Arizona to clarify his views on immigration policy, according to people in the United States and Mexico familiar with the discussions.

Peña Nieto last Friday invited both Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to visit Mexico, his office said in a statement provided to The Washington Post on Tuesday night.

Trump, sensing an opportunity, decided over the weekend to accept the invitation and push for a visit this week, according to the people familiar with the discussions.

Late Tuesday, Trump and the Mexican president confirmed that they will be meeting Wednesday.

“I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow,” Trump tweeted Tuesday night. Shortly later, Peña Nieto’s office tweeted that “El Señor” Donald Trump has accepted the invitation and will meet Wednesday privately with Peña Nieto….


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Sen. Grassley keeps possible Garland Supreme Court vote alive for this year…

With the numbers not looking good for Donald Trump , and the prospect of Democrats winning control of the Senate?

Republican  Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is keeping his option to present a vote on Merrick Garland ascending to the US Supreem Court alive….

The Republican’s are probabaly a bit worried that with a win, Hillary Clinton could ask President Obama to cancel Garland and let her pick a more liberal judge to back fill Scalia’s open chair. after she gets in office ..That …..with a Democratic majority after January, would NOT make Republican’s happy at all…

Holding a Q-and-A at a meeting of the Sioux City Rotary Club, Grassley on Monday said there’s a widely accepted “understanding” that no Supreme Court vacancies be filled in the final year of a presidential term.

“It had nothing to do with Garland,” Grassley said, according to the Globe Gazette, referring to the Senate’s commitment not to give any SCOTUS nominee a confirmation hearing before a new administration takes over in 2017.

While unlikely, he added that Senate Republicans could change their position if enough senators push for a hearing after the November election, leaving the door open for Garland’s confirmation before the new Congress takes office should Donald Trump lose to Hillary Clinton.


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A Look at the Syria refugee life in America….

The Atlantic Magazine takes the time to actually humanize the lives of Syrian refugee’s who have come to America for a new star in their lives….

A very human look at people who Donald Trump wants you and me to be afraid of….

But, who are trying g to start a new life like Donald Trump’s family members did way back in the day….

The response to refugees in Erie [Pa.] didn’t surprise me. As we’ve traveled the country, we’ve found that the more immigrants or refugees settled in the communities, the less concern there was about the upsets or risks they might bring. In fact, the words we became used to hearing—in Sioux Falls, or Burlington, which both have similar refugee populations as Erie, or in Dodge City, which is newly 60 percent Hispanic—were “We embrace each other” or “They make our community stronger.”

Both the refugees and those who help them describe the advantages of Erie as a good place to start new lives. It is a small town, easy to navigate. The schools and neighbors are welcoming. It is safe.

I went to visit the Zkrit family in their modest house on the east side of Erie, a few blocks east of State Street, which is the socioeconomic dividing line in Erie. The fancier folks live on the west side. Arriving at the doorstep of their new home is often the hardest moment for the refugees, Jackson told me, especially for those who were lawyers, doctors, or other professionals in their previous lives. They were suddenly walking through the door to their new reality and a more humble life that would be at least temporarily permanent….


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Third and 4th Party Candidates aren’t on the ballot in all 50 States…

…from 270toWin….

For third party candidates, ballot access is crucial if polling support is to translate into votes on Election Day. As of now, Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is on the ballot in 43 states + DC, with efforts underway to get access in the remaining seven states. Green Party nominee Jill Stein is on the ballot in 35 states + DC.

Johnson’s ballot access represents 487 of 538 electoral votes, while Stein is at 425. Although clearly less desirable, it is worth noting that some states allow limited access via write-in for names not printed on the ballot…..

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Trump wants ‘Tough Cops’ going after Crime….

A guy who has NO IDEA WTF Crime is like is advocating what?

Check Trump’s comments to Bill O’Reilly….(Mostly about Cops in Chicago where there IS a serious crime problem)

In the end he wants them to ‘counterattack’ to raise their ‘spirits?

“You have unbelievable—how? By being very much tougher than they are right now,” Trump said. “They are right now not tough. I mean, I could tell you this very long and quite boring story but when I was in Chicago, I got to meet a couple of very top police. I said, ‘How do you stop this? How do you stop this? If you were put in charge,’ to a specific person, ‘Do you think you could stop it?’ He said, ‘Mr. Trump, I would be able to stop it in one week.’ And I believed him 100 percent.”

Further efforts to clarify what exactly this “specific person” would do and what “tough police tactics” are did not get far.

“You have to have a warrant to arrest people,” O’Reilly said. “You can’t beat them up.”

Trump replied that he didn’t ask for an exact plan because he’s “not the mayor of Chicago.”…



Beautiful. Remember Donald Trump’s claim that he’d talked to an unnamed but “very top” and “rough, tough” Chicago police official, and said rough, tough man had assured Trump that he could put a stop to violence in a week if were just allowed to use the right “tough police tactics”? The Chicago police department could have swatted that story down in a couple different ways. They could have said “our people did not say that,” for instance. But they went another direction—a direction Trump-watchers will find familiar:

“We’ve discredited this claim months ago,” CPD spokesperson Frank Giancamilli said in a statement. “No one in the senior command at CPD has ever met with Donald Trump or a member of his campaign.”

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President Obama in Louisiana

….from Daily Kos….

President Obama speaks on Louisiana flooding from Baton Rouge

President Obama is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he’ll make a statement on the deadly and damaging floods that have hit the area. Noted disaster expert Donald Trump has assailed the president for not going to Louisiana sooner, but Gov. John Bel Edwards had specifically asked Obama not to visit until the situation was well enough controlled for presidential staffing and security needs not to detract from the disaster response.

The federal government has been actively involved in monitoring and assistance:

  • More than 979 housing inspectors are on the ground in Louisiana verifying damages reported by survivors who have registered for assistance. The number of inspectors is expected to increase rapidly over the next several days.
  • FEMA established an Incident Support Base in Camp Beauregard in Pineville, Louisiana to distribute supplies such as water, meals, cots and blankets to the state of Louisiana. These include over 800,000 liters of water, over 800,000 meals, over 20,000 cots, and 42,000 blankets.
  • FEMA Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) personnel and equipment are deployed to the Incident Support Base in Pineville to support the state with secure and non-secure voice, video and information services to support emergency response communications needs.
  • After the state requested a Federal Urban Search & Rescue task force, FEMA has deployed Texas Task Force 1 to Louisiana.
  • Six FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams are deployed to Louisiana to support response activities and ensure there are no unmet needs.


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Political Roundup For Tuesday, August 23, 2016…Trump Sick?…RRH Elections

Presidential News:

Clinton/Trump: On Monday, Trump did a fair job hitting Hillary on her email scandal, using the FBI’s discovery of 15,000 new emails that were never produced and the fact that Colin Powell won’t take a bullet for Clinton against her.

Judicial Watch: Conservative organization Judicial Watch released a treasure trove of over 700 emails yesterday, many of which show cozy relationships between Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of State and Clinton Foundation donors. Busted!

Huma: It also appears that Clinton aide Huma Abedin left classified materials in the front seat of her vehicle in India. Whoops!

Trump sick?: Trump has cancelled events in Colorado, Nevada, and … Oregon for this week. It’s a little strange, the speculation is that Trump must be sick. Hopefully his health is ok.

Johnson: Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson isn’t much of a libertarian. He’s now endorsed a carbon tax as a means of stopping carbon emissions and tackling global warming. While there is disagreement as to whether taxes are a legitimate part of a libertarian utopia, there aren’t many who suggest that new taxes are a good way of paternalistically changing social and commercial behavior. Frankly, Johnson is just a moderate, not a libertarian.

McMullin: Surprisingly, independent candidate Evan McMullin failed to turn in the required 275 signatures necessary to get onto the Tennessee ballot. This seems like a low threshold to miss…..


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