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Arizona GOP Senator Flake compares Trump’s media comments with those of Stalin of the Soviet Union…

Jeff Flake isn’t gonna let up on Donald Trump….

He makes a point’s out that Donald Trump has gone on to use a quote from Stalin and Mao, to communist dictators

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s declaration that media is “the enemy of the people” is a throwback to Josef Stalin that should have no place in political discourse.

“I’m saying he borrowed that phrase,” Flake told MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt of Trump’s choice of words. “It was popularized by Josef Stalin, used by Mao as well — enemy of the people. It should be noted that Nikita Khrushchev who followed Stalin, forbade its use, saying that was too loaded and that it maligned a whole group or class of people, and it shouldn’t be done.

“I don’t think that we should be using a phrase that’s been rejected as too loaded by a Soviet dictator.”…

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You can NEVER Trust what Donald Trump says from one moment to another…

I watched on TV how Donald J. Trump, the President of the United State’s said SEVERAL times that he would sign ANYTHING that was brought to him to legislate the Dreamers/DACA issue…

ANYTHING….The man said’I’ll take the heat’…..

48 hours later?

Donald Trump isn’t gonna do what he said he’d do…

And has lit a firestorm with his views of people of color and where they come from…

A bipartisan group of six senators has reached a deal that would shield Dreamers from deportation and make other changes to immigration laws and border security — but the framework has yet to win over the White House and other key players on Capitol Hill.

The package negotiated by the senators includes $2.7 billion for border security, which includes Trump’s $1.6 billion request for wall planning and construction, as well as $1.1 billion for security infrastructure and technology, three sources directly familiar with the negotiations confirmed to POLITICO.

The legislation would also include a 12-year pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, although people who have already been approved for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would have effectively a 10-year path because they would get two years of credit for holding DACA permits, sources said.

The plan would also delay green card holders from being able to sponsor their adult children until they obtain citizenship, according to three sources. That’s a population of about 26,000 people who would have to wait longer until they could be sponsored for permanent residency, one of the people said….

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This is the Trump Admin view of the ‘deal’ the guys in Congress ‘say’ they have….

Congress has not yet reached a deal on immigration legislation to shield so-called dreamers from deportation, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday, contradicting Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who said earlier in the day that such an agreement had been struck.

“There has not been a deal reached yet. However, we still think we can get there,” Sanders said during the White House press briefing. “And we’re very focused on trying to make sure that that happens. The president’s been clear about what his priorities are in that process. And we’re going to continue working with members of the House and the Senate, Republicans and Democrats, to make sure that we try to get that deal done.”…

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For those of you who have short memories?

Doing this ‘deal’ is the payback for Flake’s vote for the tax bill….

Warning…Tax cuts for the Middle Class expire a few years in the proposed tax cut bill…

The cuts for the rich and corporations mostly do not….

If there is just 3 GOP Senators against the tax bill ?

It’s a goner…

Congressional Republicans have implanted nearly 50 expiring provisions in their tax-cut bills that, if left unaddressed, would transform what Republicans promised would be middle-class tax relief into a law that raises taxes for tens of millions of Americans.

More than 80 percent of the tax breaks set to go away would be taken from households. The perks for corporations are generally permanent, including the biggest single benefit in the bill: a permanent reduction of the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent.

Democrats have accused the GOP of offering only illusory benefits for families, but White House and Republican leaders in recent days have repeatedly insisted that lawmakers in future sessions of Congress would extend the cuts or make them permanent. Future lawmakers, they argue, would be unwilling to let large-scale tax increases targeting the middle class take effect.

“We have a lot of confidence that Congress will do the right thing,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News. “And, again, the priority for the moment is middle-income tax cuts.”

But in Congress’s current polarized state, no congressional action can be guaranteed, even if both parties agree on its merits. And if Congress were to let the cuts expire, the total bills aimed at individuals would be massive.

The issue, since it came to light a week ago, is causing consternation with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who thinks the party has designed the bill to get around Senate rules but in a way that could add much more to nation’s debt in the future.

Because of these concerns, Flake told Fox News Radio on Wednesday that he is undecided on whether he will support the bill….

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Trump goes after Sen. Flake on the tax bill….

Typical Donald Trump….

When in doubt attack….

He knows the Republican Senator from Arizona does NOT like him …..

He needs his vote though for any tax cut bill…

So what does Donald Trump do?

He disses the guy….

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Donald Trump and perhaps his top congressional GOP critic are sparring again, this time with Sen. Jeff Flake’s office disputing the president’s claim that the Arizona Republican plans to oppose the party’s tax overhaul plan.

The president started the duo’s latest back-and-forth with a Sunday evening tweet predicting the retiring Flake — whom he mocked by referring to him as “Flake(y)” — will “be a NO on tax cuts because his political career anyway is ‘toast.’”

Losing Flake would put the bill in serious jeopardy of failing, robbing Trump of a year-end legislative victory.

Trump wrote that Flake is “unelectable in the Great State of Arizona (quit race, anemic polls) was caught (purposely) on ‘mike’ saying bad things about your favorite President…..

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The Republican ‘Last Hurrah Caucus’….

FiveThirtyEight puts a name on the Republican Senators that actually have veyo power of the Trump and fellow Republican’s in their chamber of Congress….

The piece rightly points out that the unoffical group doesn’t really act in concert ….

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But have been able to stop healthcare repeal efforts in it’s tracks several times…(They all have bona fided Conservative credentials..Their problem is with Trump…)

The next big test will be tax reform cuts, then immigration….

Republicans still have a majority of seats in the U.S. Senate. But they may no longer have a real governing majority on every issue.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-electionin 2018 — an acknowledgement that his more moderate stances on issues like immigration and his sharp criticism of President Trump had made him a heavy underdog in the state’s Republican primary. Freed from the need to satisfy a conservative base, Flake can now vote and act however he wants for the next 14 months.

And he’s not the only Republican with this kind of freedom. Tennessee’s Bob Corker is retiring rather than seeking a third term next year. Arizona’s other senator, John McCain, was recently diagnosed with brain cancer and seems unlikely to run for reelection when he’s up again in 2022.

These three men are now effectively free-agents — electorally unbound from GOP voters and interest groups — at a time when Republicans have only a narrow 52-48 majority in the Senate.1 If any of the three becomes more likely to break with the party, passing legislation gets that much harder for Trump and the GOP leadership. And any bill on which all three join with Democrats is dead.

Corker, Flake and McCain, moreover, are Republicans more in the mold of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney than the president. All three seem to really hate Trump.

Or, as Susan Hennessy of the legal blog Lawfare put it after Flake’s announcement: “Corker, Flake, McCain. It would seem that, for most intents and purposes, Trump has lost McConnell his majority.”

Here are some of the big issues on which this new Corker-Flake-McCain bloc could cause the party problems. (Note: “Could” is the operative word there — Flake’s announcement makes the math work so that these three senators have the power to block legislation; that doesn’t mean they will. There are also a great many things Trump can do without congressional input.)…

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image of GOP Senator’s Corker, McCain and Flake….The Hill.Com

Would Arpaio run against Sen Jeff Flake?

Crazy shit, eh?

Controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio said Monday that he is considering another run for public office, including a potential primary challenge against Sen. Jeff Flake.

Arpaio, a vocal supporter of Trump’s during the campaign, was unseated last November from his position as Maricopa County sheriff. But with his name in the spotlight once again following a pardon from Trump last week, Arpaio said he could mount another bid for public office.

“I could run for mayor, I could run for legislator, I could run for Senate,” the former sheriff told The Washington Examiner. He said “I’m sure getting a lot of people around the state asking me” to challenge Flake (R-Ariz.), who refused to endorse Trump during last year’s election and has been among his most vocal GOP critics.

“All I’m saying is the door is open and we’ll see what happens. I’ve got support. I know what support I have,” he said.

Arpaio gained notoriety as sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County for his hardline stance on illegal immigration and the harsh conditions he maintained at the jail he oversaw. He was found guilty last month of criminal contempt of court, a case that stemmed from his office’s continued racial profiling of Latinos in violation of a court order….

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Is Donald Trump secretly working to get Democrats elected next year?

Sure does seem like it on face value since he got elected…..

I often repeat here something the media leaves out when talking about Trump these days and his adopted party in Congress….

DONALD TRUMP CAMPAIGNED AGAINST HIS PARTIES LAWMAKERS….

Folks?

He has changed that one bit…..

The guy does NOT like it when things don’t go his way, and his idea of deal making seems to be ?….Hit’m over the head until they give in….

But with Midterm elections coming in a little more than a year and Trump throwing so much at his Grand Ole party people that has the Republican Senate Majority leader not speaking to him ( he attacked McConnell AGAIN last night )  and other Senator’s , who the party needs to vote FOR him….

Could Trump be ‘helping  Democrat’s in next year’s elections ?…..

President Donald Trump put the Republican Party on notice on Tuesday evening — implicitly attacking two Republican senators on their home turf, threatening a government shutdown over his border wall, and demanding that senators kill the filibuster because it’s impeding his agenda.

In an often-angry speech here that stretched on for well over an hour, the president returned to many of the same targets he went after on the campaign trail. He spent more than a half-hour lambasting the media, which he accused of misrepresenting his comments after the Charlottesville violence. Yet he also turned his weaponry on fellow Republicans, going after Arizona’s two GOP senators who’ve been a thorn in his side.

“If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” he said. “We’re going to have our wall. The American people voted for immigration control. We’re going to get that wall.”

While Trump’s nationalist supporters cheered Trump’s conviction — the wall has been advocated by his former chief strategist Steve Bannon — it faces objections from the more establishment wing of the GOP. Mainstream Republicans worry about the political fallout from a shutdown heading into the 2018 midterms, especially given the dearth of other legislative accomplishments under an all-GOP government so far.

At another point, the president demanded again that the Senate ditch the legislative filibuster, complaining that the 60-vote threshold is impeding his agenda. (The Obamacare repeal legislation needed only 50 votes, though Trump noted there are other provisions that need 60 votes that he would like to enact.)

Intentional or not, the renewed call was a barb at McConnell, who has repeatedly said the Senate GOP has no appetite for scrapping the filibuster.

“For our friends in the Senate, oh boy. The Senate, we have to get rid of what’s called the filibuster rule,” Trump said. “If we don’t the Republicans will never get anything passed. Eight Democrats are controlling all of this legislation.”

Trump’s supporters, many of whom interrupted his speech with cries of “Drain the Swamp,” ate it all up. As the president lashed Flake, they yelled “flush Flake.” When he bashed McCain, they booed. When he suggested a pardon is on the way for former Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio, an immigration hardliner who was recently convicted of criminal contempt, they yelled “pardon!”….

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Trump Arizona post election campaign rally doesn’t have barbs thrown at GOP Sen. Flake…

The political media was a buzz at Donald Trump’s visit to Arizona today….

The story was Trump was going there to throw down against Republican Senator Jeff Flake , who is running for re-election and has been critical of Trump in the media….(The other Arizona Senator is Republican John McCain , who helped derail the Healthcare Repeal bill effort)

That story didn’t play…

Instead Donald Trump got a chance to recharge his batters with a large crowd that was supportive….

Oh, and changed directions on the Charlottesville violence and comments he made for the third time….

Of course he attacked the media….

President Donald Trump was back in his natural element on Tuesday night, revving up a stadium of supporters in Phoenix, launching attacks on the media and defending last week’s response to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the day after a scripted, sober address about an increased American military presence in Afghanistan.

Trump seemed to be reveling in the crowd’s love from the moment he entered, clapping his hands as he made his way slowly to the podium, and before long he was enticing the crowd to rain boos on reporters.

“Wow, what a crowd, what a crowd,” were Trump’s first words when he stepped to the microphone.

“There aren’t too many people outside protesting, that I can tell you,” Trump quickly added, before going on to marvel at the size of the crowd, and noting that some people were still in line waiting to get in.

Trump then issued a call for unity.

“We all share the same home, the same dreams and the same hopes for a better future,” he said. “A wound inflicted on one member of our community is a wound inflicted upon us all. When one part of America hurts, we all hurt. And one American suffers an injustice, all of America suffers together. We’re all together.”

But quickly, Trump became animated and began a broadside against the “very dishonest media,” as the crowd booed loudly. Apparently lifted by the energy of the crowd, Trump quickly moved off script.

“I have a home in Charlottesville,” Trump quipped, before attacking the media and re-reading his initial statements from after Charlottesville, claiming repeatedly that he was misrepresented by the press. He did not repeat his call for blame on “many sides.”

Trump derided The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN — the crowd chanted “CNN sucks!” — and “little George Stephanopoulos” of ABC.

The crowd roared along with each attack, as Trump was repeatedly interrupted by protesters, one of whom he berated for not having a “powerful voice.”…

Large protests were planned near the Phoenix Convention Center, where Trump appeared.

Arizona is not exactly friendly territory for Trump to begin with. He carried the state in November by less than four points, a slim margin in a state that hasn’t gone Democratic in a presidential race since 1996. Neither of the state’s Republican senators, Jeff Flake and John McCain, supported him on Election Day. Flake never endorsed Trump, and McCain withdrew his support after a tape surfaced in October in which Trump bragged about groping women.

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Sen. Jeff Flake on the Republican denial about Donald Trump…

Slowly?

Grand Ole party people are awaking to what they have chosen to carry on their backs….

Image result for trump….’It was we conservatives who rightly and robustly asserted our constitutional prerogatives as a co-equal branch of government when a Democrat was in the White House but who, despite solemn vows to do the same in the event of a Trump presidency, have maintained an unnerving silence as instability has ensued. To carry on in the spring of 2017 as if what was happening was anything approaching normalcy required a determined suspension of critical faculties. And tremendous powers of denial.

I’ve been sympathetic to this impulse to denial, as one doesn’t ever want to believe that the government of the United States has been made dysfunctional at the highest levels, especially by the actions of one’s own party. Michael Gerson, a con­servative columnist and former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, wrote, four months into the new presidency, “The conservative mind, in some very visible cases, has become diseased,” and conservative institutions “with the blessings of a president … have abandoned the normal constraints of reason and compassion.”

For a conservative, that’s an awfully bitter pill to swallow’…

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Donald Trump will NEED Senate Republicans to be Happy…

The Republicans now control both houses of Congress…..

Come the third week in January they are on line to have the Presidency also….

But the guy moving into the White House will need the help of his parties members in the US Senate to get want he wants in the US Congress….

THAT may prove to be a  difficult endeavor ……

While the Republican’s hold a slim majority there…..

There are several GOP Senator’s who have ALREADY indicated that they are NOT gonna go along with everything a Trump White House might want….

This couldn’t Make the Senate Democrat’s (And other DEmocrat’s) happier…..

While much of the attention in Washington is on who will fill the Trump cabinet, it is already clear who some of the most important people will be when it comes to fulfilling the Trump agenda.

One group will be particularly well positioned to either accommodate or infuriate Donald J. Trump: a handful of independent-minded Republican senators who have shown a willingness to break with the president-elect and have readily split with their own party on issues in the past.

Given the narrower divide in the Senate after the election, these senators must be kept on board if Mr. Trump and the Republican majorities in the House and the Senate want to advance legislation and nominations in the face of Democratic opposition.

Some are already making known their readiness to take on the new administration. “There will be some areas where I don’t agree, and it will be my job to represent a coequal branch of the government,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, who was outspoken in his criticism of Mr. Trump during the campaign.

Other senators who will be prominent in the “will-they-or-won’t-they” caucus include Mr. Graham’s longtime ally, John McCain of Arizona; Jeff Flake of Arizona; Susan Collins of Maine; Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; Lamar Alexander of Tennessee; Ben Sasse of Nebraska; and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

They will differ issue by issue, and they will certainly side much more often than not with the Republican majority. And don’t count on them to block cabinet nominees such as their Republican colleague Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Mr. Trump’s choice for attorney general, despite criticism of his civil rights record. They know and like Mr. Sessions.

They are poised to challenge the new administration and their colleagues on policy areas in which they deeply disagree or on some of the more extreme proposals that arose from the Trump campaign.

“If the president came forth with a legislative proposal that would ban all Muslims from coming into the United States, I would obviously oppose something like that,” said Ms. Collins, a centrist who wrote an op-ed article in August announcing that she would not vote for Mr. Trump because he did not represent historical Republican values……

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