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John Oliver’s latest on the Trump’s latest controversies….

An, The Mooch is added to list of those dropped out….

John Oliver returned to Last Week Tonight after a four-week hiatus to address the latest news out of the White House, including Donald Trump’s proposed ban on transgender troops, Republicans’ failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci’s potty mouth.

He began: “We have been away for most of July, so we have clearly missed a lot, from Kid Rock possibly running for the Senate to OJ Simpson getting parole, finally, to Jared Kushner actually speaking out loud following his testimony before a Senate committee.”

“That happened this Monday,” he continued, “and if it feels like that happened a month ago, that’s all thanks to President Trump, who seems to be bending the space-time continuum in order to fill a week with more news than it can scientifically contain.”

Oliver went on, “We may already be entering the Mad-Libs portion of Trump’s presidency, where he just persecutes groups at random: transgender people banned from the military, Pacific islanders can no longer use the postal service and Jews can no longer high-five.”

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Oliver then recapped the GOP’s failure to repeal Obamacare after Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and John McCain voted against majority leader Mitch McConnell’s healthcare legislation. “All this drama somehow took a backseat this week to the one unfolding within the White House,” Oliver explained, “where both Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus have resigned following the appointment as communications director of Anthony Scaramucci, a former hedge-funder and Long Islander of the frickin’ month for 643 months in a row.”

“All this drama somehow took a backseat this week to the one unfolding within the White House,” Oliver explained, “where both Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus have resigned following the appointment as communications director of Anthony Scaramucci, a former hedge-funder and Long Islander of the frickin’ month for 643 months in a row.”….

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Wall Street has begun to doubt Trump’s ability to do ANYTHING…

The Wall Street Journal reports that that investors are giving up their early view that Trump & Co would pull off American economic growth and profit for them….It’s early…..But things don’t look good….

As with Trump’s Real Estate ventures?

Things don’t stay rosy for long under his watch….

Markets are flashing red on growth as investors begin to return to pre-election bets on the “new normal”—a persistently weak economic expansion.

The shift back is far from complete. And the assessment is muddied by geopolitics and the uncertain French election.

But there are signs that the sugar rush of Donald Trump’s victory and global-growth hopes has faded, raising doubts among some investors about whether stocks can stay high.

 The sharp drop in government-bond yields is the most obvious signal that something is amiss. It is backed up by ominous signs from raw-materials markets, where copper and iron-ore prices have tumbled, and a swing in leadership of the stock market away from go-go bank shares and cheap “value” stocks to safety-first utilities, real estate and companies with high-quality balance sheets and reliable earnings. All this has come as inflation expectations priced into bonds have fallen and as some weak data has led to downgrades of economic forecasts.

Technology stocks’ return to favor also suggests investors are looking for companies able to deliver growth even if the economy is weak.

“The new normal’s still with us,”…

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Red State Democrat Senator’s actually HAVE voted mostly against Trump….

Politico takes a behind the scene look at the US Senator’s from states that Trump well in …..

And though you might think they would bend to vote more WITh Trump and Ryan to preserve their seats?

They haven’t…..

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Donald Trump carried Missouri by 19 percentage points on his way to the presidency. But Sen. Claire McCaskill, who faces a fight for reelection next year in the conservative-leaning state, isn’t exactly voting like Washington, D.C.’s idea of a red-state Democrat.

McCaskill has sided with Democratic leaders against all of Trump’s most contentious Cabinet nominees and six of the eight regulatory rollbacks teed up by the Senate GOP since Inauguration Day, according to a POLITICO analysis. She is not alone among red-state Democrats who lately have remained in their party’s fold: On the Senate’s highest-profile votes since the president took office, eight of the 10 most vulnerable Democrats on the ballot next year voted with their party at least four-fifths of the time.

 Even famously GOP-friendly Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has sided with Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren more often than he aligned with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

It’s obviously still early in Trump’s presidency to draw sweeping conclusions. But the voting behavior of Senate Democrats — particularly the 10 from states Trump won in November — suggests that the president has a lot more bridge-building to do with red-state Democrats. Their support could prove critical to the success or failure of his legislative priorities, such as infrastructure and tax reform.

So far, Trump has mostly fostered Democratic unity by tweeting combatively and sparking protests around the country with his order barring travelers from majority-Muslim nations.

“The Trump administration has been so outrageous in its early stages that it’s probably made it easier for Democrats to hang together,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said in an interview. “It’s not hard to be united around the United States not discriminating against people based on religion.”….

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