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Trump’s base IS shrinking…FiveThirtyEight…

For those who keep says Trump’s base is holding?

Read the below….

(Republicans should be worried if this holds)

Trump endured a lot of turbulence in the general election but stuck it out to win the Electoral College. The media doesn’t always guess right about which stories will resonate with voters.

But the theory isn’t supported by the evidence. To the contrary, Trump’s base seems to be eroding. There’s been a considerable decline in the number of Americans who strongly approve of Trump, from a peak of around 30 percent in February to just 21 or 22 percent of the electorate now. (The decline in Trump’s strong approval ratings is larger than the overall decline in his approval ratings, in fact.) Far from having unconditional love from his base, Trump has already lost almost a third of his strong support. And voters who strongly disapprove of Trump outnumber those who strongly approve of him by about a 2-to-1 ratio, which could presage an “enthusiasm gap” that works against Trump at the midterms. The data suggests, in particular, that the GOP’s initial attempt (and failure) in March to pass its unpopular health care bill may have cost Trump with his core supporters.

These estimates come from the collection of polls we use for FiveThirtyEight’s approval ratings tracker. Many approval-rating polls give respondents four options: strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove and strongly disapprove. Ordinarily, we only estimate Trump’s overall approval and disapproval. But we went back and collected this more detailed data for all polls for which it was available, and then we reran our approval ratings program to output numbers for all four approval categories instead of the usual two.1 Here are Trump’s strongly approve and somewhat approve ratings from shortly after the start of his term2 through this Tuesday….

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The Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program could be up in the air…

Some of us are  in the program for loans we have to help our kids…

It’s not bad enough that the company handling the loans are playing games…

Now we find that the Government under Trump and the Republicans COULD try screw hundreds of thousands  of people out of a program they THOUGHT they had?

The program has been shrouded in some uncertainty for months.

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the Department of Education is planning to propose ending the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

The article was based on budget documents obtained by the Post. A public version of the department’s budget is expected to be released next week. Congress would have to approve the department’s proposed changes for them to take effect.

It’s unclear whether the Trump administration may propose ending the program for future graduates, or end it for those who have already applied and made qualifying payments.

The Department of Education did not respond to CNNMoney’s requests for comment, and “had no immediate comment” for the Washington Post.

“It would be absolutely detrimental to those of us who have planned our lives around this program. It would be the equivalent of pulling the rug out from under us,” said Daniel J. Crooks III, a government attorney who is expecting loan forgiveness from the public service program in six years….

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Jeb Bush on Trump…I told you so…

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Yes he did….

Former GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush suggested Friday that his predictions on the campaign trail that President Trump would bring “chaos” to the White House had been validated.

“When I ran for office, I said he is a chaos candidate and would be a chaos president,” Bush said at the Skybridge Alternatives (SALT) hedge fund conference in Las Vegas, according to CNN.

“Unfortunately, so far chaos organizes the presidency right now,” he added.

Bush, a former Florida governor, fought bitterly on the 2016 campaign trail with Trump, labeling the real estate mogul a “chaos candidate” and arguing he would make a “chaos president.”

Bush, who was considered in the early days of the GOP race to be a favorite, ended his bid for the Republican nomination after a disappointing finish in the South Carolina primary in February 2016.

His comments Friday come in the wake of a series of controversies for Trump over the past 10 days, beginning with his abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey last week….

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Some Republican House members defect from Trump…

Ain’t a lot…..

Buy House Republicans  in some blue states and some who have their seats due to the 2010 and 2012 GOP wave’s are putting distance between themselves and Trump….

Alarmed by falling poll numbers,  the healthcare protests and Trump’s on going Russian connection problems?

They going out on their own….

House Republicans facing tough reelection bids are running for cover from Donald Trump — an early sign that they believe the president’s deepening scandals could cost them their seats and even put the House in play.

More than 10 centrist Republicans over the past 48 hours have criticized Trump for reportedly sharing classified information with Russian officials or allegedly trying to quash an FBI investigation. Many joined Democrats in calling for a special prosecutor to take the reins of the Justice Department investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. (The DOJ named a special counsel on Wednesday.) Others want a select congressional committee to be appointed.

One swing-district lawmaker, Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida, raised the possibility of impeaching Trump if it turns out to be true that he leaned on FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. But in case it wasn’t clear how Curbelo felt about the matter, his office called reporters to make sure they emphasized Curbelo was the first Republican lawmaker to utter the “I-word.”

“Obstruction of justice is an impeachable offense, so that is an allegation that we have to take very seriously,” Curbelo told a Miami CBS affiliate. “That does not mean it happened, but if this story is accurate, it may have happened. Whatever the case is, we need to get the facts.”

The break from Trump among centrist Republicans is especially notable because some of them had stuck by the president through the brutal fight over Obamacare repeal legislation two weeks ago, backing an unpopular bill despite great political risk at home….

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Democrats STILL have problems…

In most of the special elections held  since Trump won November’s election?

They have lost……

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How about a ‘Snap Re-Election’ for America?

….twitter….

It would be a bit unprecedented but the best Trump solution would be for the Governor-General to dissolve parliament and do a snap election.

Replying to

Gary Cohn or Jim Mattis could probably serve as Prime Minister of a caretaker government until the election is held.

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13 Things that Politico says the media gets wrong about Donald Trump….

The piece is from different people on each of the points…….Anybody think editiors at any of the cable networks or political desks at the nations leading newspapers are gonna read the linked piece below?….or change the way they cover Trump?

1. We forget what has always driven Trump.
Gwenda Blair, author of The Trumps: Three Generations of Builders and a President

Too often, the press forgets the very lessons Trump himself has taught us about how he operates and why it often works. For example, journalists often imply that Trump’s reliance on cable news is a liability because it leaves him ill-informed. And so it does—but it also leaves him highly attuned to that medium and able to respond to what he sees there with immediate, pitch-perfect tweets or other comments that come across as direct, authentic and trustworthy…..
2. Trump. Won’t. Change.
Kurt Bardella, president and CEO of Endeavor Strategies

Anyone who thought Trump would pivot and become a more conventional political figure after he took the oath of office was completely misreading him and his psyche. Trump is, and always will be, a promoter. Facts and specifics are secondary to tone, style and strength. In the immediate aftermath of his first address to Congress, the political and media community was quick to point to that speech as a turning point. For one hour, Trump acted presidential—“acted” being the key word. Days later, he took to Twitter and remarkably and falsely accused his predecessor of wiretapping his offices. So much for turning over a new leaf. And that’s the point: No matter what happens, how far his numbers plummet or how often his statements are fact-checked, Trump is not going to change, and his audience doesn’t want him to. For almost a decade now, the American people have been bombarded with messaging from campaigns that highlight how Washington is broken,….

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Will Trump holdup funding for Black College building programs?

He says continuing to provide the money might be against the Constitution…..

Let’s see if he follows thru on this?

Others haven’t….

President Donald Trump signaled Friday that he may not implement a 25-year-old federal program that helps historically black colleges finance construction projects on their campuses, suggesting that it may run afoul of the Constitution.

In a signing statement on the $1.1 trillion omnibus government spending bill, Trump singled out the Historically Black College and University Capital Financing Program as an example of provisions in the funding bill “that allocate benefits on the basis of race, ethnicity, and gender.”

Trump said his administration would treat those programs “in a manner consistent with the requirement to afford equal protection of the law under the Due Process Clause of the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment.”’

Previous presidents, including Barack Obama and George W. Bush, often issued such statements when they signed legislation to signal they may ignore or disregard parts of laws passed by Congress….

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Trump 2020 Campaign already trying to neutralize the media…

For those who haven’t been listening?

Donald Trump….

Like any authoritarian person in power is trying to take out media/press opposition in order to control the information going to the public….

The media has from the start of his campaign focused on comments from Trump that have little to no basis in fact….

Trump has resorted to calling any media view that doesn’t mirror his as ‘Fake News’….

His effort IS already in motion for 2020….

The President’s 2020 campaign is escalating a public relations war with broadcasters over airing a 30-second TV ad with a “Fake News” banner overlaid on the faces of well-known anchors. On Friday, Trump’s camp trotted out an incendiary “censorship” claim over the refusal of CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS to air its “First 100 Days” clip.

“Apparently, the mainstream media are champions of the First Amendment only when it serves their own political views,” said Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law of the President and a campaign consultant, in a statement. The ad was paid for by the campaign, titled Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.

Trump added: “Faced with an ad that doesn’t fit their biased narrative, CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC have now all chosen to block our ad. This is an unprecedented act of censorship in America that should concern every freedom-loving citizen.”….

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif) is pushing for the impeachment of Donald Trump…

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The California Democrat House member is going around pushing for the impeachment of the 45th President of the United States….Donald J. Trump…..Who has been in office for just over 100 days…

And she has increasing crowds coming out here her message….

“Donald Trump is someone that found his way to the presidency of the United States of America — I still don’t know how,” she said, drawing boos at the mention of the president’s name. “But he’s someone that I’m committed to getting impeached!”

The crowd exploded.

“He’s a liar! He’s a cheat! He’s a con man!” she said, each declaration punctuated by cheers. “We’ve got to stop his ass!”

Waters has become the voice of a new generation of restless citizens. At age 78, the congresswoman’s political career is older than many of her new admirers. Her decades of forceful confrontation of institutional discrimination, inside and outside the political arena, has attracted fans far beyond the boundaries of her Los Angeles congressional district.

But much of her newfound celebrity can be credited to one word: impeachment….

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Trump Admin dumping the campaign loyalists embedded in agencies….

It is customary for Presidential winner to reward campaign people with government jobs….

Donald Trump THOUGHT he could do that….

But it won’t be l;ike that….

His campaign guys have caused him seveal headaches and little  political progress up to now….

Trump REALLY wasn’t supposed to actually win the election….

So in doing so?….. He had to scramble to put a transition team together….

The first boss of that effort was Chris Christie….

He didn’t last too long….

As the Trump swearing in approached he had LOT os off the wall stuff being leaked by ‘true believers’ who had NOT experience running anything like a White House operation and it showed….

Daily leaks of ‘pie-n’sky’ action for Trump where showcased as ridiculous , impossible and sometimes troublesome…

Trump people spend weeks answering postion paper idea’s that would never see the light of day since they where dreamed up with NO consideration for how the political process works in Congress and the Courts…

At some point saner heads began to get Trump, White House Chief Staff Peribus and Trump son-in-law Kushner and advise that things had settle down and that the campaign rhetoric was just that…

Campaign stuff….

Even sendimng Trump loyalist’s to OVERSEE Department heads began to come apart as the people who had to get Senate confirmation began to chaff at the oversight aspect of people who didn’t even know the political system work double guessing them…

And so the Trump White House has begun to bring in old Bush and even Regan admin hands, holding on to some Obama people, and reaching out non-political big money business types to run things….

Now the White House seems inclined to let Cabinet secretaries decide whether they want their minders to stay. A White House official said the advisers were hired on 120-day assignments that were never intended to be permanent, serving as points of contact for the White House while the administration has staffed up but officially reporting to the Cabinet secretaries or their chiefs of staff. The official pointed out that at some Cabinet departments, the advisers have already been hired for permanent jobs, while other advisers have moved elsewhere in the administration or left altogether.

“Most individuals serving in the temporary positions during the present transition will have the opportunity to move into a more permanent role within the administration – either in the agency they now serve or in another area of the federal government,” the official said.

But sources outside the White House said that many of the senior advisers made it clear that they saw themselves as much more than temporary liaisons, claiming a mandate to ensure that Trump’s wishes were being carried out throughout the government….

The tension between the senior advisers and Cabinet secretaries has put the White House in a tricky spot….

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About those Trump Excutive Orders?

Politico points out that even though Donald Trump has signed more of them than ANY president since FDR?

Most of them do NOT change a thing…

They mostly announce that his admin will look and maybe change previous Obama policies…

Just a little behind the scenes look at Donald Trump’s political show that has been running nonstop for over a year ….Carried to you in screaming headlines by your local cable news channel…

In reality ?

Donald Trump has NOT actually done much of anything in the governing of America….

…days into his presidency, Trump’s high-profile orders have not actually undone Obama’s health reforms, financial regulations, or carbon restrictions. They’ve merely allowed him to announce his intentions to undo those policies in official documents. Trump’s first 30 executive orders will create a lot of federal reviews and reports, along with some new task forces and commissions, but not a lot of substantive change. So far, they’ve been more about messaging than governing, proclaiming his priorities without really advancing his priorities.

The White House is making Trump’s flurry of executive orders the centerpiece of his 100-day legacy, in part because he hasn’t yet signed any major new laws or made much specific progress on his Make America Great Again policy agenda. And his orders have echoed his rhetoric about trade, regulations, crime, and other policy issues, which has given them the appearance of promises kept. But a close look at the language of his orders shows that most of them are basically press releases with presidential signatures, plus instructions to his Cabinet secretaries to look into the issues at hand.

Trump’s order on reorganizing the government simply directed his budget director to devise a plan for reorganizing the government. His order on the opioid crisis set up a commission. His orders on rebuilding the military, streamlining permits for manufacturers, and preventing violence against law enforcement instructed Cabinet secretaries to devise plans to achieve those goals—which they were presumably supposed to do anyway. His orders on trade deficits, drug cartels and burdensome tax regulations called for reports on those issues, essentially homework assignments issued on national television. Yesterday, as he signed an order regarding aluminum imports, he complained that foreign dumping was destroying the U.S. industry. But his order—like a similar one he signed last week about steel imports—did not impose any retaliatory duties; it just called for expediting an ongoing investigation of the issue….

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Obama 2008 100 days?

Obama had to deal with the American and World serve financial crisis...

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[2] The bill passed in the House on January 28, 2009, by a 244–188 vote,[3] and it passed in the Senate on February 10 by a 61–37 margin.[4][5]

Obama stated that he should not be judged by his first hundred days: “The first hundred days is going to be important, but it’s probably going to be the first thousand days that makes the difference.”[6]

Wki….

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Open Thread for April 29th, 2017…Trump’s 100th Day….

Which features a new President that seems to be in over his head…..

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The Mike Flynn story has just gotten more legs…Pentagon has a probe running…

…drip...Drip...DRIP...

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Documents released by lawmakers show President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was warned when he retired from the military in 2014 not to take foreign money without ‘‘advance approval’’ by Pentagon authorities.

Also, the Defense Department inspector general’s office confirms in a separate document that it is investigating whether Flynn failed to obtain prior approval….

President Donald Trump fired Flynn in February for misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other top administration officials about Flynn’s postelection conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the United States…

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Trump Tax Plan for the Rich is gonna be a heavy lift…

Trump is trying to his version of ‘Trickle Down Economics’?

It’s 100 days week and Trump is throwing everything and the kitchen sink down to try to show he’s make some progress in office….

Republicans greeted President Donald Trump’s splashy tax rollout Wednesday with muted enthusiasm — hopeful that the tax code could be reformed but eager to hear a lot more details as well as the president’s strategy for success.

Democrats didn’t hold back, slamming the tax outline as a giveaway to the wealthy, which suggests that Trump will have to pass his plan with only the GOP’s narrow majorities.

In the hours after Trump’s principles were unveiled for “the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of our country” as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told reporters, it was clear the administration has a lot of work to do on Capitol Hill.

Perhaps the biggest unanswered question facing Republicans is how they can work with Trump on a tax plan that is expected to pay for itself with massive economic growth. Independent analysts worry about the administration’s math. And adding to the deficit presents a politically perilous choice for many Republicans as well as significant legislative complications.

“I’m very sensitive to the deficit and the $21 trillion worth of national debt,” said Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.).

Mnuchin and other Trump officials said they want to work with Congress on shaping a bill that can pass by the end of the year. But the White House is already spurning a key piece of Speaker Paul Ryan’s tax plan — a proposed tax on imports that would help pay for cutting the corporate tax rate to 15 percent, as Trump has proposed.

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Senate Trump Russian Connection probe to start running…Mike Flynn being held back…

Hearings on Trump’s aides and friemds connections to Russian approaches has gone silent for the past month or so….

Starting next week it will come full center ….

Drip…Drip….DRIP..….

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates, fired from President Donald Trump’s Justice Department in January, and former director of national intelligence James Clapper are set to testify on Russian meddling in the 2016 election at a May 8 hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Yates and Clapper testimony, announced Tuesday morning, comes as the House intelligence committee continues to work on rescheduling previously slated testimony from the duo that its chairman, California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes, canceled before announcing he would cede control of the panel’s probe of Russian intervention in the 2016 election. Yates and Clapper are expected to appear in an open House intelligence panel hearing sometime after May 2, the date that the committee is set to hear from FBI Director James Comey in a closed session.

The Senate intelligence committee has held one open hearing on Russian involvement in American elections during the Trump administration, featuring outside experts, but has yet to schedule testimony from the key players in its investigation of Russia’s electoral disruption. Democrats on the panel are starting to publicly air their frustration with that slow pace….

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Mike Flynn is having more problems….

Both Rep Chafeetz and Cummings are looking for info…

And Flynn may end up having him defending himself in court….

This is the same Flynn that during the campaign was saying ‘Lock her up’  about Hillary Clinton….

The Trump administration has denied a request from the House Oversight Committee for more information on payments that former national security adviser Michael Flynn received from foreign governments, including from the Kremlin-backed television station RT and other Russian firms….

Flynn did not list the payments from Russian companies in his original financial disclosure forms submitted in February. He filed an amended disclosure last month reporting payments for speeches from three Russian-linked companies, including RT, but the move has remained under scrutiny amidst the FBI’s ongoing investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia during the election….

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American’s want MORE Government…Not Less…

The Republicans mantra is LESS government…

THAT isn’t what American want….

Is the Republican Partygoing the WRONG way with the majority of American voters who voted AGAINST Donald Trump

RIP, Tea Party: A record number of Americans say government “should do more”

And this is another striking finding from the NBC/WSJ poll: 57% of the public says that the government should do more to solve problems and meet the needs of Americans, versus 39% who said the government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals. That’s the highest share yearning for a more active government since the poll began asking voters about the role of government in 1995. And it’s a significant shift even since 2015, when 50% said that the government should do more while 46% complained that it was too active. More NBC/WSJ poll numbers are coming out later today….

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In November, voters gave control of the White House and Capitol Hill to the party traditionally associated with reducing the size of government. But now, a record number of Americans say that the government should do more — not less — in order to solve the nation’s problems.

A new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll finds 57 percent of the public saying that the government should do more to solve problems and meet the needs of Americans, versus 39 percent who said the government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.

That’s the highest share yearning for a more active government since the poll began asking voters about the role of government in 1995. And it’s a significant shift even since 2015, when 50 percent said that the government should do more while 46 percent complained that it was too active….

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