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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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Jared and Ivanka’s having dinners with Republicans AND Democrats….

Oooooooh!

Boy are Republican Conservativrs types NOT gonna be happy with THIS!

Consorting with the enmey by Trump’s family?

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Capitol Hill sources told me that last Tuesday night, four senators visited Chez Javanka to talk about criminal justice reform: one Republican senator, Mike Lee, and three Democrats: Dick Durbin, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Amy Klobuchar. A source with knowledge of the event told me a handful of White House officials also attended, including Reed Cordish — a friend of Kushner’s and assistant to the president — as well as White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter.

Between the lines: Kushner describes his role in the administration as helping solve problems that should be above partisan politics: improving government systems, brokering peace in the Middle East, and shepherding through criminal justice reform. Some administration officials privately complain he’s naïve, entitled, and unqualified for such transcendent challenges. Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats on the Hill tell me he keeps pushing for bipartisan wins….

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Trump disses his generals….

In a story NOT widely reported, but talked about by John King on CNN this afternoon?

Donald Trump scolds his cadre of retired general’s who form his national security team for NOT giving him ‘timely’ military options to problems….

Huh?

As far as this Dog can see?

There are NOT military options to be given in the two biggest hot spots today….North Korea and Iran….

The generals under Sec of Defense Mattis have had to go around calming people down from thinking that a military option is the solution to diplomatic problems….

Despite Trump (or whoever wanted to throw down against Mattis) whose last job was selling Real Estate ….. things should stay exactly the way they have been…

Trump can go play golf while the professionals handle the problems…

President Trump told senior military leaders Thursday night that he wants them to give him military options “at a much faster pace” when national-security emergencies erupt around the world.

“I know that government bureaucracy is slow, but I am depending on you to overcome the obstacles of bureaucracy,” Mr. Trump said at a White House meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and others.

The president, gesturing to the military chiefs around a table, told reporters, “Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.”

He didn’t elaborate.

Their agenda included denuclearizing North Korea, putting an end to Iran’s “continued aggression and nuclear ambitions,” and ridding the world of terrorism “as much as it can be done,” Mr. Trump said…..

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Trump Admin broadens employers exemptions to funding contraception…

It will allow almost any company or organiztion to stop funding birth control for it’s employee’s….Religous organiztions were always allowed to withhold coverage…

The Trump administration will immediately soften the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, broadening exemptions for employers who have a religious or moral objection to helping provide birth control to their employees.

What’s happening: Churches and some religious organizations have always been exempt from the contraception mandate, but the Trump administration is broadening the exemptions to all nonprofit organizations as well as for-profit companies, including publicly traded corporations…..

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Courts put the brakes on Trump efforts to throw out environmental regulations…

While Trump and his fellow Republicans can’t seem to get any major legislation passed?

The Trump Admin has be working under the radar thru executive actions in the government departments to water down and throw out Obama Admin rules and regulations….

But they are running into push back from the Federal Courts…..(The same situation Obama faced when the Republicans used the same technique of opposition)

The rapid-fire push by the Trump administration to wipe out significant chunks of the Obama environmental legacy is running into a not-so-minor complication: Judges keep ruling that the Trump team is violating federal law.

The latest such ruling came late Wednesday, when a federal magistrate judge in Northern California vacated a move by the Department of Interior to delay compliance with rules curbing so-called flaring, a technique oil and gas companies use to burn off leaking methane. Flaring is blamed for contributing to climate change as well as lost tax revenues because the drilling is being done on federal land.

It was the third time since July that the Environmental Protection Agency or the Interior Department has been found to have acted illegally in their rush to roll back environmental rules. And in three other environmentalcases, the Trump administration reversed course on its own after lawsuits accusing it of illegal actions were filed by environmental groups and Democratic state attorneys general.

The legal reversals reflect how aggressively Mr. Trump’s critics are challenging the administration’s efforts to rescind regulations enacted during the Obama administration, not only related to the environment, but to immigration, to consumer protection and to other areas…..

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Donald Trump wants an ‘investigation’ of the press….

It’s that what authoritarian leaders do to stiffle the free ideas and looks by the press at what they are doing?…

This IS the guy who said he thought Saddam Hussein and Putin where role models as leaders…..

Chill Donald….

The media comes with the job….(And they DO make mistakes like everyone else….)

You can make them go away by quitting at anytime….

Oh, and wait for Mueller’s throw down….

You ain’t seen NOTHING yet….

President Trump suggested Thursday that the Senate Intelligence Committee investigate media companies that he believes are reporting information that is “just made up.”

“Why Isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!” the president tweeted from his personal account early Thursday.

The president’s tweet comes one day after leaders of the committee announced that their findings confirm the conclusions of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. They also warned that Russian operatives may try to continue to interfere in future elections, including the midterms next year and the 2020 presidential election.

The committee leaders — Sens. Richard M. Burr (R-N.C.) and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) — said they have reached no conclusion on whether Trump’s campaign was colluding with the Russians. That investigation will continue.

On Thursday, Burr said the committee is “not going to investigate news organizations,” but that some of the committee’s findings during the Russia probe contradict some media reports…..

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Could it be that  America’s trust the Media MORE than Trump by an ever widening margin?

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HHS Head Tom Price steps down….

The heat in the kitchen about his travel’s on the government money just got TOO hot to bear….

As a congressman Price had complained about just what he was doing….

Trump wasn’t happy and the story began to eclipse even the misery in Puerto Rico….

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Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price resigned on Friday, after an uproar over his use of private jets for official business.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that Price offered his resignation to President Trump on Friday, and that Trump had accepted.

He is the first official to resign from Trump’s Cabinet.

“I have spent forty years both as a doctor and public servant putting people first. I regret that the recent events have created a distraction from these important objectives,” Price said in his resignation letter.

“Success on these issues is more important than any one person. In order for you to move forward without further disruption, I am officially tendering my resignation,” he continued.

Don Wright, HHS’s acting assistant secretary for health, will serve as acting secretary effective Saturday.

Price’s position appeared to be at risk in recent days after Trump made several remarks about being disappointed in his conduct…..

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253 days of Trump as of 9/29/17…..

Axios reviews President Donald J. Trump’s ‘things done ‘ list….

“Even without delivering on his biggest campaign promises, President Donald Trump has begun to reshape American life in ways big and small,” writes Reuters political correspondent John Whitesides:

Bottom line: “While his administration has been chaotic, and his decision-making impulsive and sometimes whimsical, Trump has made changes that could have far-reaching and lingering consequences for society and the economy”.

Examples:
  1. “[O]il is flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline. Arrests of immigrants living illegally in the United States are up. More federal lands are open for coal mining.”
  2. “Those kinds of low-profile policy shifts are far from the dramatic change promised by the headline-loving Trump, who won the White House with a vow to fundamentally reshape Washington.”
  3. “He has rolled back hundreds of rules and regulations, signed 47 executive orders and used a previously obscure legislative tool, the Congressional Review Act, 14 times to undo regulations passed in the final months of Obama’s presidency. The law had only been used once before, 16 years ago.”
  4. “The Trump administration has withdrawn or delayed more than 800 Obama-era regulatory actions.”
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Acting DEA head who told his people NOT to rough up suspects will quit….

The acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration is planning to leave his post later this month after losing confidence in President Donald Trump’s respect for the law, a source familiar with the decision said Tuesday.

Chuck Rosenberg, a longtime federal prosecutor who was named to oversee the DEA in May 2015, previously served as chief of staff to James Comey, the FBI director fired by Trump in May.

Rosenberg’s concerns about Trumpwent public early last month, after the DEA chief sent an unusual agency-wide memo that essentially rebuked the president. The email followed a suggestion by Trump at a law enforcement-focused speech on Long Island that police were being “too nice” to suspects and might not want to shield their heads from hitting the roof of the police car during arrests.

“The President, in remarks delivered yesterday in New York, condoned police misconduct regarding the treatment of individuals placed under arrest by law enforcement,” said Rosenberg’s email at the time. “In writing to you, I seek to advance no political, partisan, or personal agenda. Nor do I believe that a Special Agent or Task Force Officer of the DEA would mistreat a defendant. I know that you would not.”

Rosenberg was considering resigning at that time, a source briefed on his deliberations said….

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Trump 2.0…’Telfon Don?’

A new sheiff is at the White House these days….

John Kelly, Trump’s new chief of staff has corralled the campaign hanger on’s and sent them packing….

Kelly won’t let the rightwingnut contact Trump unless they get an ok from him first…

Donald Trump has cut back his tweets….

And if you look carefully?

Donald Trump mentions have dropped from the front page on the media by a good amount….

Politico is out with a piece that procliams Trump as ‘Telfon Don’?….

The piece argues that Democrats can’t touch the guy….Huh?

Democrats are actually picking up wins in state races left and right and narrowing Republican wins in specail elections for Congress….

Democrats tried attacking Donald Trump as unfit for the presidency. They’ve made the case that he’s ineffective, pointing to his failure to sign a single major piece of legislation into law after eight months in the job. They’ve argued that Trump is using the presidency to enrich himself and that his campaign was in cahoots with Russia.

None of it is working.

Data from a range of focus groups and internal polls in swing states paint a difficult picture for the Democratic Party heading into the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential election. It suggests that Democrats are naive if they believe Trump’s historically low approval numbers mean a landslide is coming. The party is defending 10 Senate seats in states that Trump won and needs to flip 24 House seats to take control of that chamber.

The research, conducted by private firms and for Democratic campaign arms, is rarely made public but was described to POLITICO in interviews with a dozen top operatives who’ve been analyzing the results coming in.

“If that’s the attitude that’s driving the Democratic Party, we’re going to drive right into the ocean,” said Anson Kaye, a strategist at media firm GMMB who worked on the Obama and Clinton campaigns and is in conversations with potential clients for next year.

Worse news, they worry: Many of the ideas party leaders have latched onto in an attempt to appeal to their lost voters — free college tuition, raising the minimum wage to $15, even Medicare for all — test poorly among voters outside the base. The people in these polls and focus groups tend to see those proposals as empty promises, at best…..

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Some of us would argue that ‘s piece in Politico isn’t based on reality….

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So based on evidence from PEOPLE ACTUALLY VOTING, Trump hasn’t been “Teflon” and GOP problems might be bit *worse* than polls let on.

Dems flipped two very pro-Trump districts in special elections last night, There was a 28-point swing to Dems in NH. A 31-point swing in OK.

In addition to last night….

Daily Kos has pointed out that since the November election last year?

Democrats are on a wave with wins in state legislative elections wins….

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Senate Appropriations Committee Ok’s MORE money for Foreign Affairs than Trump wants…

With Sec of State at the helm the US State Department is under butcher knife actions of cuts….

Donald Trump has made it known that he wants ‘America First’ and he doesn’t really care about working hand in hand with other countries….

The problem might also be the Trump simply doesn’t UNDERSTAND how America interacts with the rest of the world and wants to ‘retreat ‘ from it?

So the US Senate is pushing to have the Trump Admin increase it’s involvement in world affairs…

It is unknown if they can coax Trump and Tillerson to change theri minds…

“The administration’s apparent doctrine of retreat, which also includes distancing the United States from collective and multilateral dispute resolution frameworks, serves only to weaken America’s standing in the world,” the committee said.

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s vote to send the bill and committee report to the floor Thursday was 31-0, meaning the effort to spend just short of $51.4 billion — almost $14 billion more than what the Trump administration requested — had the backing of a broad swath of senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

The subcommittee is currently led by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., and it certainly strikes the rhetorical tone of its chairman.

In the report, the Appropriations Committee blasted the budget request for an apparent lack of due diligence in its drafting by members of the Trump administration.

“The Office of Management and Budget arbitrarily set the topline funding level for the International Affairs budget without input from the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Security Council, or any other national security agency,” the committee report said. “This forced the Department of State and USAID to randomly establish country and program-level allocations that lacked any justification.”

The report details myriad concerns about personnel and prioritization, including the effect of a hiring freeze on potential staff needs related to a renovation of the U.S. Embassy Compound in Moscow. And that’s certainly not the only reference to Russia.

“Key allies and countries of strategic importance were demoted or abandoned [in the request],” the committee wrote. “For example, assistance for Georgia, a repeated target of Russian aggression, is cut by 75 percent, and aid for Sri Lanka, strategically positioned along key shipping lanes and emerging from decades of conflict, is cut by 91 percent.”…

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