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Barack Obama warns of Nazism in a “complacent” democracy….

Any wonder were he was pointing to

Former President Obama warns what happens when democracies become “complacent” in a speech to the Economic Club of Chicago on Tuesday. Obama made a comparison to the rise of Nazi Germany if you do not “tend to [the] garden of democracy.

“I do think because we’ve been so wealthy and so successful that we get complacent and assume that thing continues the way they have been, just automatically. And they don’t. You have to tend to this garden of democracy, otherwise things can fall apart fairly quickly. And we’ve seen societies where that happens,” the former president said in Q&A remarks that were captured on video and posted on Facebook.

He then warned that led to the deaths of 60 million people.

“Now, presumably, there was a ballroom here in Vienna in the late 1920s or ’30s that looked and seemed as if it, filled with the music and art and literature that was emerging, would continue into perpetuity. And then 60 million people died. An entire world was plunged into chaos. So you got to pay attention and vote,” Obama said….

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Republicans want this country closed off and back to the 1950’s…Open Thread for Dec 8, 2017….

No more immigrants….

Hunt down those who came here illegally , cuff them and ship them out

No more abortions…

Black and poor people denied the right to vote….

Guns for everyone….

Give your money BACK to your boss…

Gays are denied their civil rights….

War….Not Peace….

More guns and tanks….

Get rid of social safety net programs…

Tell OTHER countries…They are on their own…

Tell American exporters….You can only sell in this country….

Threaten to take away a healthcare program that has enrolled almost 10% of Americans who had NO healthcare except the emergency room…

Added to all this is the idea that it’s all right to put people (guys) into office that lie, cheat and steal from those less fortunate…..

All that excitement about Barack Obama being the first black/mixed race President and a Democrat has made the Republicans hard pressed to ‘take back’ a country that IS  into second decade of the 21st Century….

In order for the above to be stopped?

Democrats and some Republicans are gonna have to NOT accept resignation and rise up and VOTE….In local , state and Congressional election next November and in 2020….

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They could get some help from the Robert Mueller final throw-down which will show a New York Real Estate guy who fell into the Presidency of the United State ill equipped to handle it and has tried to get in bed with a foreign power’s people that have done a masterful job of penetrating a start-up American Presidential admin and  tried to get even with American winning the ‘Cold War’…..

In addition ?

At what point does the fear of replacing an American President over come the fear of leaving the guy in to wreck just about everything he touches as he has with past business dealings?…

Donald J. Trump IS the Grand Ole Party these days…He stole it in broad daylight last year and continues make it follow his outlandish and ill conceived action’s…..

Those actions listed above, and more?

Done by guys who MOST America’s do NOT approve of or Support…

Point to a country looking to go BACKWARDS….

Not to contiune being ‘Great’….

 

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The first year dropout’s from the Trump Admin begin…Nina Powell…

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….from Axios….

…Powell was one of the few senior West Wing officials with previous White House experience, and the coming brain drain could leave President Trump with key holes. The administration has always been thinly staffed, and bringing top people in will be hard, in part because of uncertainty surrounding the Mueller investigation.

Why she’s leaving: Powell told me she had committed to one year of service, and her family remained in New York.

Why she matters: Powell was among the aides who communicated well with Trump, and accompanied him on all his overseas trips. She helped with White House efforts on a restart of Middle East policy….

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Powell and Hope Hicks are two fo the few women working as senior staff in the Trump admin….

She likely to be replaced by Dr. Nadia Schadlow, who has a connection to Defense Sec Mattis

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Donald Trump IS very unpopular…

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The Gallup polling outfit has a running averages poll about President Donald Trump’s approval with the American people…..

While Trump might have the support of Republicans locked up?

He is breaking new records in NOT having the approval of MOST Americans….He took the record from Beorge W. Bush….

In the Gallup tracking poll as I type this (12/3/17)?

Donald Trump’s approval number is 33%…..

His disapproval number is 62%…..

Republicans seem to own this dishonor, eh?

Days to hit 62% disapproval (Gallup)

Carter: Never

Reagan: Never

H.W. Bush: Never

Clinton: Never

W. Bush: 1,932

Obama: Never

Trump: 316

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It appears that Sec of State Tillerson is headed for the exit…Soon…

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News accounts breaking is that Trump will replace RexTillerson with  current CIA Director former Rep Mike Pompeo….

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Arkanas GOP Senator Tom Cotton is said to be in line for the CIA Director job….

This would probably make Tillerson happy, since he has voived the view that he never wanted the Sec of State job in the first place and he has be up front in his view of his boss….

Tillerson has been cutting the balls out of his agency  and many in Congress are VERY unhappy with this…Pompeo has been following the President line in public, but has NOT tangled with the CIA which distrusts Trump….

This will open up a US Senate seat in Arkanas….

The White House has developed a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, whose relationship with President Trump has been strained, and replace him with Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, perhaps within the next several weeks, senior administration officials said on Thursday.

Mr. Pompeo would be replaced at the C.I.A. by Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas who has been a key ally of the president on national security matters, according to the White House plan. Mr. Cotton has signaled that he would accept the job if offered, said the officials, who insisted on anonymity to discuss sensitive deliberations before decisions are announced.

It was not immediately clear whether Mr. Trump has given final approval to the plan, but he has been said to have soured on Mr. Tillerson and in general is ready to make a change at the State Department. John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, developed the transition plan and has discussed it with other officials.

Under his plan, the shake-up of the national security team would happen around the end of the year or shortly afterward. But for all of his public combativeness, Mr. Trump is notoriously reluctant to fire people, and it was not known if Mr. Tillerson had agreed to step down by then. Public disclosure of Mr. Kelly’s transition plan may be meant as a signal to the secretary that it is time to go….

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Why Mike Flynn is gonna open a lot of doors for Robert Mueller…

For a period of time during the early Trump Admin Flynn was the inside man on things Russian….

That while he was, like others making side money….

He is probably trying to make a deal with Mueller…

That means that Mueller gets another inside look that Trump & Co. works so hard NOT to give to anybody…

I negotiated a cooperation deal for a target with Mueller’s office when he was US Atty and lemme tell ya, he’s not gonna give one to Flynn unless he implicates someone up the ladder. That means Kushner, Don Jr., or Big Daddy. They are all having indigestion tonight.

One more thing I learned about Mueller. When I was at State & he was at FBI we worked together on an investigation, & he loves surprises. Kushner, Donnie Jr. and the rest of the Trump crime family better keep their ….

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Trump’s top economist argues for more Government Jobs…

Huh?

BIGGER Government PAYROLL???

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Does this guy know he’s working for a REPUBLICAN President?

Wait?….He’s a Conservertive also?

Bigger Governement is a curse to Republicans….

President Donald Trump’s top economist has an unusual idea for dealing with the problem of long-term unemployment: Just have the government hire people.

That’s a New Deal-style idea more closely associated with highly progressive Democrats. But Kevin Hassett, the conservative chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, believes some Americans are so disconnected from the workforce that the best idea to get them working again could be a federal jobs program that would ultimately lead to private-sector employment.

“We’ve not done a good job as a society at thinking about how do we take people who have become discouraged and reconnect them,” Hassett said in the latest edition of the “POLITICO Money” podcast. “And it’s such an urgent problem that government programs that directly hire people might be part of the solution.”

This and other unusual ideas could emerge next year when the White House hopes to pivot from its current tax cut push to an infrastructure bill aimed both at rebuilding crumbling roads, bridges, ports and other national assets and at addressing the shrunken size of the labor force.

To Hassett, long-term unemployment often leads to family breakdown and descent into addiction and other maladies. “People who have been unemployed for more than a year very often don’t ever reconnect to the labor force,” ….

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Are Anti-Trump Republicans Really Anti-Trump?

A VERY good look at the Republican lawmakers in Congress ….

The FiveThirtyEight crew discuss how the GOP Congressionsl people(They focus on the Senators really)  SEEM to be on hold against Donald Trump HIMSELF, but vote mostly WITH Trump requests for legislation….

They point to the fact even those mentioned as the most anti-Trump?

Actually very seldom vote against him and his base GOP policy wants….

The overriding fear I would agree with the crew is politicans worry about NOT losing their seat in Congress….That self preservation has been the saving grace for Trump, and is the thing Steve Bannon  and Trump use to whipsaw their party people….

A bit long , but worth the read….

Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s weekly politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited.


micah (Micah Cohen, politics editor): Today’s topic: If you’re a Republican elected official, what qualifies you as anti-Trump?

Why are we talking about this? Well, there are plenty of GOP senators — Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, John McCain, Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, etc. — who have been critical of the president but haven’t necessarily done much about it legislatively. So many people on the left call the whole narrative that they’re standing up to Trump BS.

So, to start us off: How much do you think these elected Republicans are doing to restrain Trump?

natesilver (Nate Silver, editor in chief): Well, they weren’t doing very much at first. Then more signs of resistance emerged over the summer.

In some ways, we’re still waiting for the pivotal tests, though.

What if Trump fires special counsel Bob Mueller, who’s investigating his campaign and potential Russian collusion? What if he pardons Jared Kushner? What if he tries to appoint to his Cabinet someone who’s an obvious hack?

perry (Perry Bacon Jr., senior writer): The Russia sanctions bill was significant in that Congress passed it despite administration objections. The hearing with fired FBI Director James Comey was too. So was prominent GOP senators basically all-but-ordering the president not to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Republicans, particularly in the Senate, are doing more to resist Trump than the liberal conventional wisdom seems to hold….

natesilver: People are also within their rights to be skeptical of Republicans standing up to Trump based on how the 2016 primaries went down. Trump, famously, received very few endorsements from Republican elected officials. But as we learned, there’s a big difference between failing to endorse and actually resisting someone.

harry: By the way, Flake has not signed onto a bill that would make it harder for Trump to fire Mueller.

micah: I think what we’re seeing is a number of Republican senators who are anti-Trump on non-policy issues (protecting Mueller/rule of law/etc.) and pro-Trump on policy (which is basically just pro-GOP). … BUT they’re active on the policy things and passive on the non-policy things.

That’s the key: active vs. passive.

natesilver: Right. There’s been an impressive amount of passive resistance to Trump and not (yet) very much active resistance.

perry: I guess it’s somewhat hard to be active on non-policy things, since Congress doesn’t really vote on those, right?

micah: Couldn’t they, though?

perry: Is active resistance politically possible in the Republican Party of today?

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Republicans running the Government……..

Election wins have consequences….

Corporate penalties have plunged at SEC since Trump took office…

Publicly traded companies have been hit with fewer and much less costly penalties by the Securities and Exchange Commission since Donald Trump became president.

From February through September, the agency, now headed by Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton, collected $127 million in corporate civil penalties in 15 cases, according to a POLITICO review of SEC data. That compares with $702 million in 43 cases from February through September 2016….

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The First FBI Crime Report Issued Under Trump is Missing a TON of info….

Since Trump took office, government watchdog groups have been concerned about access to government data and maintaining the integrity of that data. Before Trump’s inauguration, Louis Clark, the executive director and CEO of the Government Accountability Project, an organization that protects whistleblowers, told FiveThirtyEight that he worried that the public information offices in various agencies could interfere with transparent sharing of information with the public.

The fact that the FBI Office of Public Affairs rather than the Advisory Policy Board determined which data tables to remove hearkens back to patterns of suppression from the George W. Bush administration. “They set up all these PR operations,” Clark said about the Bush administration’s tactics. “If a reporter called up and wanted to know about the Arctic, the scientists getting the question couldn’t answer and were required to send the reporter to the government PR person.”….

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Zinke: ‘I had absolutely nothing to do with’ Whitefish contract

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke forcefully denied that he had any involvement with Whitefish Energy Holdings’s utility repair contract in Puerto Rico and lambasted accusations to the contrary.

“I had absolutely nothing to do with Whitefish Energy receiving a contract in Puerto Rico. Any attempts by the dishonest media or political operatives to tie me to awarding or influencing any contract involving Whitefish are completely baseless,” Zinke said in the Friday afternoon statement.

“Only in elitist Washington, D.C., would being from a small town be considered a crime.”

Zinke has been ensnared in the ongoing controversy over how Whitefish landed a $300 million contract to repair Puerto Rico’s electric grid after Hurricane Maria. The company had two employees and little experience in utility work before Maria, but still got the no-bid contract.

Zinke and Whitefish CEO Andy Techmanski are both from Whitefish, Mont., a town of around 6,000. His office told The Washington Post earlier this week that the two know each other, but only because “everybody knows everybody.”

In addition, Zinke’s son briefly worked for Whitefish on a project during one summer….

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Betsy DeVos Reverses Obama-era Policy on Campus Sexual Assault Investigations

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday scrapped a key part of government policy on campus sexual assault, saying she was giving colleges more freedom to balance the rights of accused students with the need to crack down on serious misconduct.

The move, which involved rescinding two sets of guidelines several years old, was part of one of the fiercest battles in higher education today, over whether the Obama administration, in trying to get colleges to take sexual assault more seriously, had gone too far and created a system that treated the accused unfairly…..

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Trump notices big money effort to start impeachment proceedings against him…

This is the second piece on the effort….

California billionaire Tom Steyer’s $10 billion campaign pushing for Donald Trump’s impeachment has apparently gotten under the president’s skin.

Trump lashed out at Steyer Friday morning, calling him “Wacky & totally unhinged” in an early morning tweet that came four days after the Farallon Capital founder released an ad that calls on lawmakers to kick Trump out of the Oval Office because he is mentally unstable.

“A Republican Congress once impeached a president for far less. And today, people in Congress and his own administration know that this President is a clear and present danger who is mentally unstable and armed with nuclear weapons,” Steyer says in the ad.

Trump also used his tweet to land a blow on Steyer, noting that he “never wins elections!” in which he gets involved.

Steyer typically does that via his checkbook — he reportedly spent $75 million with the goal of motivating the millennial generation to support “progressive causes.”

Trump’s tweets can push the limits of facts, but the president had a point Friday morning: Despite Steyer’s 2016 investment in Democratic candidates, it is Republicans who control both chambers on Capitol Hill and the White House….

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Trump says he’ll pay at least $430K of his Staff’s lawyer fee’s due to Russian probe…

Good Luck people….

Donald Trump has a history of NOT rememebering what he pledges to pay and actually sending the money….

$430,000 isn’t gonna be nearly enough to cover the spread….

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President Trump has pledged to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help cover legal fees for White House aides and campaign staff related to the probe into Russia’s election meddling.

A White House official told Axios and The Washington Post on Saturday that Trump’s pledge is not meant as a reimbursement to the Republican National Committee (RNC), which has spent a nearly identical amount on lawyers representing the president and his eldest son Donald Trump Jr.

The official told Axios that the money would be used to “to defray the costs of legal fees for his associates, including former and current White House aides.”

The official said Trump’s pledge did not preclude him from increasing the amount available for aides in the future, according to the Post….

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Arizona US Senator Jeff Flake kicks back at Donald Trump his party leader…Again…

The men do NOT like each other…

And Senator Jeff Flake  (R-Ariz) is running for re-election…

Most Republicans running in next years elections do NOT cross Donald Trump, their party leader , even though they think he’s NOT the guy who should be their party leader and President….

Flake has aired his displeasure to Politico , something that Trump will probably read and not be happy with, which will probably generate some harash twitter comments from Trump….

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The Arizona senator is the rare incumbent running as an underdog in his own primary and just might be the most vulnerable Senate Republican on the ballot in 2018. But the first-term senator, who refused to support Trump last year, hasn’t backed away since, even as the president threatened to get behind a primary challenger against him.

If anything, Flake is determined to make his campaign against Trump-aligned candidate Kelli Ward a referendum on the future of the Republican Party.

“You can always eke out an election victory here and there,” he told POLITICO in an interview this week. “But … resentment is not a governing philosophy.”

The GOP has “deviated,” Flake added. “We’ve taken a banner that is not familiar to us as Republicans. And I don’t know how long this will last.”

Flake chastised Trump’s protectionist trade positions and his party’s attempt to “scapegoat” immigrants for the country’s economic problems. And unlike other GOP senators, Flake publicly agrees with the sentiments of retiring Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who recently blasted the president for potentially leading the country toward “World War III” with his erratic tweets and foreign policy pronouncements…..

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Billionaire will float ads calling for Trump’s Impeachment

Is he laying the ground work for the Mueller Throw-Down?…

California billionaire Tom Steyer announced Friday that he will dump at least $10 million into a national television advertising campaign calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

In the ad, Steyer argues Trump should be ousted from office because he has edged the country toward nuclear war, obstructed justice at the FBI and threatened to shut down news organizations he does not like. He urges viewers to call their members of Congress and tell them to bring articles of impeachment.

“People in Congress and his own administration know this president is a clear and present danger who is mentally unstable and armed with nuclear weapons,” Steyer says in the ad. “And they do nothing.

Steyer plans to spend eight figures to air the television ads nationally, but he would not give an exact amount. His investment comes as he considers running against U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a fellow Democrat, and as Democrats in Washington argue over whether efforts to impeach Trump are smart or worthwhile.

“If Democrats want to appease the far left and their liberal mega-donors by supporting a baseless, radical effort that the vast majority of Americans disagree with, then have at it,” said Michael Ahrens, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee….

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Trump hire’s and send’s people to work without Congressional confirmation…

He’s Donald Trump….

The King….

He doesn’t need Congress to ok his hires, right?…That just the Law….

The Trump administration is pushing the limits of an obscure federal law that restricts nominees from serving in federal positions before they’re approved by the Senate.

A POLITICO review has identified four officials at three different agencies doing substantially similar work to the position for which they have been nominated – despite not yet getting a green-light from the Senate.

The hires reflect increasing impatience in federal agencies that key jobs remain unfilled nine months into the new administration.

President Donald Trump has complained repeatedly that Democrats are moving too slowly to confirm his nominees, though he’s also said he intends to leave many jobs empty. Democrats counter that the onus is on Trump, who has not yet announced nominees for a slew of key positions across the government.

Either way, lawyers and other experts said the moves – including by the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department and the White House Office of Management and Budget – to have unconfirmed nominees show up for work appears to skirt the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, which prohibits most people who have been nominated to fill a vacant government position from performing that office’s duties in an acting capacity.

It’s unclear whether the officials in question are in direct violation of the law, but some experts said the administration appears to be defying its intent…..

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Donald Trump has no idea how run to the United States Government…

The Forbes piece reveals a New York Real Estate guy who NEVER ran anything as complex as the American Executive Branch (for 300 million people) and who thinks that he is the Master of the Universe…

Image result for trumpTrump’s transactional mindset, however, doesn’t see it that way (nor do many of his core supporters, who expect radical change above all else). If previous policies were bad deals, he sees no reason to honor them, even at the cost of America’s reputation or the perception of stable American policy.

Take Obamacare. “It’s a total mess,” Trump says. Fair point. But doesn’t Trump, as the CEO of America, have an obligation to operate it as well as he can until he has an alternative, rather than threaten to withhold payments to insurance companies, shrink the enrollment period and slash the advertising budget?

“What we’re doing is trying to keep it afloat, because it’s failing,” he says. “I mean the insurance companies are fleeing and have fled. They fled before I got here. But with that being said, no, Obamacare is Obama’s fault. It’s nobody else’s fault.”

But isn’t it now his administration’s responsibility? “Yes. But I’ve always said Obamacare is Obama’s fault. It’s never going to be our fault.”

The same approach comes through in foreign policy, again and again, whether it’s the Iran deal, the Paris climate agreement or, especially, free-trade deals. Doesn’t he feel a responsibility to honor agreements from previous administrations?

President Trump has a quick response: “No.”

It’s a dangerous precedent: an America where each administration, rather than building on the agreements of its predecessors, undoes each other’s deals—effectively undermining the authority of any American head of state. Again, Trump shrugs.

“I happen to think that NAFTA will have to be terminated if we’re going to make it good. Otherwise, I believe you can’t negotiate a good deal… . [The Trans-Pacific Partnership] would have been a large-scale version of NAFTA. It would have been a disaster. It’s a great honor to have—I consider that a great accomplishment, stopping that. And there are many people that agree with me. I like bilateral deals.”

Of course he does. Trump has been doing bilateral deals his whole life. But bilateral deals are just that—one-on-one bargains carrying the implicit prospect of a negotiation that will create a winner and a loser. Doesn’t this fly in the face of our multilateral world?

“You can have it this way and do much more business. And if it doesn’t work out with a country, you give them a 30-day notice, and you either renegotiate or not.”

Trump’s bilateral world, of course, explains why foreign aid gets cut. It comes with a huge downside. Deals score points, but deals don’t create long-term investments. It’s impossible to think of something like the Marshall Plan, which teed up more than six decades of peace and prosperity, coming out of the Trump White House. To that, he shrugs again.

“For me, it’s America first. We’ve been doing that so long that we owe $20 trillion, okay?”

Trump intends to run the country more like the Trump Organization in other ways. Much has been made about how slow he’s been to nominate people to key positions. In the State Department, for example, he has failed to put up names for more than half of the comfirmable positions. That’s apparently not an accident.

“I’m generally not going to make a lot of the appointments that would normally be—because you don’t need them,” he says. “I mean, you look at some of these agencies, how massive they are, and it’s totally unnecessary. They have hundreds of thousands of people.”

And how does this man, who’s never really had a boss, feel about now having 330 million of them, to be exact? He acknowledges the fact, but then answers in a way that is perfect, consistent Trump:

“It doesn’t matter, because I’m going to do the right thing.”….

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Yet ANOTHER Poll showing Trump losing steam….

The man’s approval ratings are going in the garbage across the country as a whole…..

But it appears that polling shows he’s STILL got people that WOULD vote for him in traditional Red states….

President Trump’s approval rating has fallen in all 50 states since his inauguration in January, according to a new poll.

A Morning Consult survey found that Trump’s national job performance numbers have has also dropped since January. In September, 43 percent of respondents said they approved of Trump’s performance, and 52 percent disapproved. In January, 49 percent of voters approved of Trump’s performance, compared to 39 percent who disapproved.

According to the new poll, a majority of voters in 25 states said in September they disapproved of Trump’s job performance.

Some of these states included those Trump carried during the 2016 election, such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Pennsylvania.

Fifty-one percent of voters in Nevada and Arizona also disapproved of Trump’s job performance….

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