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  1. Hard to understand this, his endorsement in Pennsylvania was the kiss of death for Saccone. Considering how robust the economy is, 39% is pretty pitiful, but Independents seem to be reconsidering. TRUMP REMAINS UNPOPULAR BUT APPROVAL RATING RISES Source: Newsweek "President Donald Trump still isn't popular, but his approval rating did rise in the latest survey published by the American Research Group on Wednesday. The firm found 39 percent of Americans approved of his performance as president while 56 percent disapproved. That's not a stellar rating, but it did represent an uptick from the month prior. In February, just 36 percent approved while 60 percent disapproved. The 39 percent approval rating overall was Trump's highest level of support in the American Research Group survey since he hit the same number in May. The upward shift was largely due to some independent voters changing their feelings about the president. Thirty-seven percent approved of his job performance in March compared with just 31 percent in February. There was also, somewhat obviously, a stark divide among party lines when it came to evaluating Trump's performance. Eighty-seven percent of Republicans approved compared with just 3 percent of Democrats. The American Research Group interviewed 1,100 adults from March 17 through March 20 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points." Read more: http://www.newsweek.com/trump-unpopular-approval-rating-rises-independent-voters-support-president-855924
  2. The Guardian article is long but well worth reading. Cambridge Analytica presentation to Russian Lukoil in 2014 "focused on election disruption"
  3. JUST IN: Senate Judiciary Cmte. member Sasse says the US Justice Dept. has opened an investigation into allegations that dept. attorneys "may have committed professional misconduct in the manner in which the [Jeffrey] Epstein criminal matter was resolved." 12:59 PM - 6 Feb 2019 Bill Clinton too, if you did the deed, do the time.
  4. BREAKING: Three Shot, Including Two Police Officers, In Dallas Source: NPR April 24, 2018 6:51 PM ET Two police officers were shot and critically wounded Tuesday in Dallas, police said. The suspect has not been captured, reports TV station WFAA. A civilian was also shot, but police said the person's condition was unknown. The incident happened as the officers helped a security guard "responding to an incident" at a Home Depot store, WFAA says.
  5. How will you vote? Washington, January 4, 2019 On Thursday, the first day of the 116th Congress, Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD), and Congressman John Katko (R-NY) introduced a bipartisan constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics and restore democratic power to the American people. The Democracy for All Amendment affirms the right of states and the federal government to pass laws that regulate spending in elections, reversing the concentration of political influence held by the wealthiest Americans and large corporations capable of spending millions of dollars in our elections. This legislation comes days before the ninth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous ruling in the Citizens United case. For more information on the amendment, click here for a background summary and click here for a section-by-section and answered FAQs. “Years after the Citizens United decision, election spending has exploded into billion-dollar races that corrupt our elections by drowning out the voices of American voters," said Congressman Deutch. "Meaningful political participation cannot be reserved for individuals with extreme wealth and special interests, and we cannot continue to allow those who spend the most to dictate public policy that is out of step with our country. From climate change to gun violence, the issues that are most important to the American people are dominated by the will of the bottomless pockets that fund elections rather than the will of voters. We need to overturn Citizens United to get big money out of politics, strengthen our democracy, and restore power to the American people.” Read more: https://teddeutch.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=399461
  6. U.S. and China announce new tariffs in escalation of trade war Source: The Washington Post By David J. Lynch and Emily Rauhala June 15 at 8:36 AM BREAKING NEWS: China announced retaliatory tariffs designed to hit President Trump’s supporters in farm states and the industrial Midwest. The measures, announced barely an hour after the White House went ahead with 25 percent import tax on $50 billion of Chinese imports to the United States, brought the world’s two biggest economies closer to the tit-for-tat trade war that business leaders and Republicans in Congress fear. This is a developing story and will be updated. President Trump followed through Friday on his threat to crack down on China for its “very unfair” trade practices, announcing that he is imposing a 25-percent tariff on $50 billion in Chinese imports. Beijing already has promised to retaliate with equivalent measures of its own, designed to hit the president’s supporters in farm states and the industrial Midwest. If that occurs, the president said, the United States would “pursue additional tariffs,” raising the specter of the tit-for-tat trade war that business leaders and many congressional Republicans fear. Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-imposes-import-taxes-on-chinese-goods-and-warns-of-additional-tariffs/2018/06/15/da909ecc-7092-11e8-bf86-a2351b5ece99_story.html
  7. "So much ink has been spilled for so long on the national debt, it might be nice if that $22 trillion plus on the red side of the US balance sheet just didn't really matter. That's exactly the thinking behind a new school of economic theory that the government should be spending more, not less. The status quo is that Republicans promised strong growth kickstarted by the tax cuts they passed without Democratic help would help "pay for" the tax cuts themselves. That's a question mark in any case, but it will only really work with so-called entitlement reform to curb the growth in spending of Medicare and Social Security. They passed the tax cuts -- the easy part -- without addressing the spending, the hard part. The end result is that the US deficit -- the amount of money the US government takes in from taxes and other things subtracted from the amount it spends -- is projected to be more than a trillion dollars this year. In total, it'll be $22 trillion any day now and it's going to get a lot bigger. Cue the annual-ish political fight over raising the US debt limit -- the top amount the government is allowed under law to borrow. By the way, lawmakers don't even raise the debt limit any more. Recently, they've just suspended the idea of a debt limit for a year. Democrats indicated this year they want to create an automatic mechanism to raise the debt ceiling, but Republicans aren't sold on the idea. Growing debt has caused more than its share of distress among politicians who warn about the dangers of the US essentially being in hock to its creditors. But no amount of warning has stopped each successive recent president from finding a way to add their own spending projects, but never enough belt-tightening to offset new spending. The last time the US didn't spend more than it took in was in 2001. George W. Bush spent big on the war on terrorism and also his prescription drug addition to Medicare. Barack Obama spent big on stimulus during the Great Recession and on Obamacare. And Donald Trump spent on his tax cuts. When Democrats took power in Congress, a new wave of of lawmakers wanted to scrap nonbinding so-called "paygo" -- pay as you go -- rules so that they could introduce and vote for new government programs to give free education and better health care and deal with climate change without having to pay for them by either raising taxes or cutting spending elsewhere in the budget. Democratic elders prevailed, for now, on that front, but it's clear that more progressive Democrats who helped land their party the majority and who are more in line with the Bernie Sanders wing of the party than the Hillary Clinton one have big plans for the government to help people and no desire to balance the budget. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the poster child for the new Democrats, has spoken freely about her desire to impose a marginal tax rate upward of 70% on the wealthiest Americans. That sounds politically crazy after Republicans just lowered taxes on the wealthiest Americans. But it's not exactly unprecedented -- similar rates were in place under Republican and Democratic administrations in the '50s and '60s. Nor is it out of step with what a lot of economists have been saying, according to an approving column by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives like Sanders aren't afraid to talk about spending trillions on new programs without cutting other programs, debt be damned. "You can pay for it by saving costs on expenditures that we're already doing," Ocasio-Cortez recently told Business Insider. "We can do it by saving money on military spending. We can pay for it by raising taxes on the very rich. We can pay for it with a transaction tax. We can pay for it with deficit spending." The school of thought that allows such dreams -- Modern Monetary Theory -- suggests seriously that if a government that controls a currency needs more money, it just prints more. It can't go bankrupt if it's printing its own money. Just print more, essentially. The idea is that the deficit actually equals wealth in the private sector and that's a good thing. What are the treasuries securing that debt if not the promise of newly printed money? And as long as there's a market for them, they should be used by the government to improve society." More at the link: https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/13/politics/debt-spending-mmt/index.html
  8. Is it too much to ask the boss to get off his fat ass and do some work? The massive leak of President Trump’s private schedules “set off internal finger-pointing and speculation more fevered than any since the New York Times‘ anonymous op-ed,” Axios reports. “White House insiders said the leak sowed chaos.” Said Cliff Sims, author of Team of Vipers: “There are leaks, and then there are leaks. If most are involuntary manslaughter, this was premeditated murder. People inside are genuinely scared.” Maggie Haberman: “A White House aide is weaponizing his schedules, which says a lot about how people in the White House feel about the man they work for.” https://politicalwire.com/2019/02/04/big-leak-rattles-the-white-house/
  9. Just before the hearings got underway, NBC anchor, Stephanie Rhule passed on 4 Tweets sent to Trump or the GOP. The people who sent the Tweets at up in arms over their taxes. Below is a summary and the tip of an iceberg: Bh@distorion12345 Replying To: @realDonaldTrump I just did my taxes and paid in/made the same as last year. I owe 4K more. I voted for Trump. But will not be next election. David Hoffman@jtDavidHoffman Last year I got a tax refund. This year, with an unchanged salary, I owe $1300. I'm middle class Yet the very wealthy got huge cuts. #ThanksRepublicans Dee Nelson @deeebeeezz @realDonaldTrump just did my taxes and thanks for increasing mine!! No change in income and got back $400 less than last year. That campaign promise was one of the only two reasons I voted for you. I am rethinking that decision now. Dennis Jordan @DennisMJordan Replying to @GOPChairwoman and @GOP I am a Republican voter I just did our taxes. The @GOP tax bill cost my family THOUSANDS of dollars this year on our return due to changes, thereby hitting us with the LARGEST tax increase in our lives. We are middle-class homeowners, and you raised our taxes. Infuriating!
  10. "They had spent years on the staff of Donald Trump’s golf club, winning employee-of-the-month awards and receiving glowing letters of recommendation. Some were trusted enough to hold the keys to Eric Trump’s weekend home. They were experienced enough to know that — when Donald Trump ordered chicken wings — they were to serve him two orders on one plate. But on Jan. 18, about a dozen employees at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, N.Y., were summoned, one by one, to talk with a human resources executive from Trump headquarters. During the meetings, they were fired because they are undocumented immigrants, according to interviews with the workers and their attorney. The fired workers are from Latin America. The sudden firings — which were previously unreported — follow last year’s revelations of undocumented labor at a Trump club in New Jersey, where employees were subsequently dismissed. The firings show Trump’s business was relying on undocumented workers even as the president demanded a border wall to keep out such immigrants. Trump’s demand for border wall funding led to the government shutdown that ended Friday after nearly 35 days. In Westchester County, workers were told Trump’s company had just audited their immigration documents — the same ones they had submitted years earlier — and found them to be fake. “Unfortunately, this means the club must end its employment relationship with you today,” the Trump executive said, according to a recording that one worker made of her firing. “I started to cry,” said Gabriel Sedano, a former maintenance worker from Mexico who was among those fired. He had worked at the club since 2005. “I told them they needed to consider us. I had worked almost 15 years for them in this club, and I’d given the best of myself to this job.” “I’d never done anything wrong, only work and work,” he added. “They said they didn't have any comments to make.” The mass firings at the New York golf club — which workers said eliminated about half of the club’s wintertime staff — follow a story in the New York Times last year that featured an undocumented worker at another Trump club in Bedminster, N.J. After that story, Trump’s company fired undocumented workers at the Bedminster club, according to former workers there. President Trump still owns his businesses, which include 16 golf courses and 11 hotels around the world. He has given day-to-day control of the businesses to his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. In an emailed statement, Eric Trump said, “We are making a broad effort to identify any employee who has given false and fraudulent documents to unlawfully gain employment. Where identified, any individual will be terminated immediately.” He added that it is one of the reasons “my father is fighting so hard for immigration reform. The system is broken.” Eric Trump did not respond to specific questions about how many undocumented workers had been fired at other Trump properties and whether the company had, in the past, made similar audits of its employees’ immigration paperwork. He also did not answer whether executives had previously been aware that they employed undocumented workers. More at the link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/donald-trumps-demand-for-a-border-wall-shut-down-the-government-at-the-same-time-his-company-was-firing-undocumented-workers/2019/01/26/8cf75d66-20c5-11e9-8e21-59a09ff1e2a1_story.html?utm_term=.a7d7d323e152
  11. Come April; the pain will be everywhere. Average Tax Refunds Down 8.4 Percent As Angry Taxpayers Vent On Twitter "Average tax refunds were down last week 8.4 percent for the first week of the tax season over the same time last year, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Dipping refunds are inflaming a growing army of taxpayers stunned by the consequences of the Trump administration’s tax law — and the effects of the partial government shutdown. The average refund check paid out so far has been $1,865, down from $2,035 at the same point in 2018, according to IRS data. Low-income taxpayers often file early to pocket the money as soon as possible. Many taxpayers count on the refunds to make important payment or spend the money on things like home repairs, a vacation or a car. The IRS had estimated it would issue about 2.3 percent fewer refunds this year as a result of the changes in the federal tax law, according to Bloomberg. MSNBC reports that 30 million Americans will owe the IRS money this year — 3 million more than before Trump’s tax law. “There are going to be a lot of unhappy people over the next month,” Edward Karl of the American Institute of CPAs told Politico. “Taxpayers want a large refund.” Some 71 percent of taxpayers received refunds last year worth about $3,000 on average, according to Karl. Scads of taxpayers are complaining on Twitter that they have always received a refund — but now owe the IRS instead.
  12. I'll let ABC News answer for me. <snip> "Passed in 1997 with the strong backing of the NRA, the so-called "Dickey Amendment" effectively bars the national Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from studying firearm violence -- an epidemic the American Medical Association has since dubbed "a public health crisis." The amendment, which was first tucked into an appropriations bill signed into law by President Bill Clinton, stipulates that "none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control." A similar provision was included in the Appropriations Act of 2012. Named for Republican Rep. Jay Dickey of Arkansas, a self-proclaimed "point man for the NRA" on The Hill -- the Dickey amendment does not explicitly ban CDC research on gun violence. But along with the gun control line came a $2.6 million budget cut -- the exact amount that the agency had spent on firearm research the year prior -- and a quiet wariness. As one doctor put it, "Precisely what was or was not permitted under the clause was unclear ... but no federal employee was willing to risk his or her career or the agency's funding to find out." Critics argue that the government should not try to limit the collection of scientific information, which is by nature apolitical. "Facts are facts," Amalia Corby, the American Psychological Association's senior legislative and federal affairs officer, told ABC News. "Public health researchers do not have a vested interest in the outcome." Besides, experts say, non-partisan research could uncover a plethora of suggestions to help stem the tide of violence -- education strategies, guns storage solutions, etc. -- that don't include limiting access to guns. "Violence prevention researchers are invested in less violence, not fewer guns," Corby said. "Their end game is not to take away guns." Though President Obama formally directed the CDC to "the causes of gun violence and the ways to prevent it" shortly after the Newtown mass-murder in 2012, the chilling effect had already taken hold, and the CDC has consistently declined to allocate money to study the issue. In fact, to this day, CDC policy states the agency "interprets" the language as a prohibition on using CDC funds to research gun issues that would be used in legislative arguments "intended to restrict or control the purchase or use of firearms." Thus, researchers remain "afraid to even delve into that area of research because they're afraid of having their funding pulled," Corby said." https://abcnews.go.com/US/federal-government-study-gun-violence/story?id=50300379
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    A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

    I would tell that I am sorry, but I have bone spurs.
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    The Sad Truth About Trumponomics

    Ivanka has a very big problem. New evidence shows that Trump was skimming money off of his inaugural committee by having his daughter Ivanka overcharge for hotel rooms. ProPublica reported: A spokesman confirmed that the nonprofit 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee paid the Trump International Hotel a rate of $175,000 per day for event space — in spite of internal objections at the time that the rate was far too high. If the committee is deemed by auditors or prosecutors to have paid an above-market rate, that could violate tax laws prohibiting self-dealing, according to experts. Tax law prohibits nonprofits from paying inflated prices to entities that are owned by people who also control or influence the nonprofit’s activities. Ivanka Trump set the rates for hotel The inaugural committee was spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a day for space when the average DC hotel room rate is $250. Reporting in December 2018 revealed that it was Ivanka Trump who negotiated the contracts and set the rates with the inaugural committee. Ivanka Trump negotiated with her father’s inaugural committee a rate that was ten to one hundred times more expensive than the average for space at a hotel that she and her father own. This is a classic example of a conflict of interest that opened the door to criminal graft. Since Trump didn’t separate himself from his businesses after he won the election, which sent a clear signal that he and his family were looking to make money off of the presidency. There are tens of millions of dollars missing from Trump’s inaugural committee, and it looks like at least some of that money found its way into the pockets of Donald Trump and his kids. https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-inc-new-evidence-emerges-of-possible-wrongdoing-by-trump-inaugural-committee New Evidence Emerges of Possible Wrongdoing by Trump Inaugural Committee
  15. Jake Tapper‏Verified account Before Khashoggi’s disappearance, U.S. intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture him, according to a person familiar with the information.” I asked ODNI: Why wouldn’t the US warn him? ODNI: No comment. "Stopping arms sales to Saudis would be a "very tough pill to swallow for our country" says Trump. Evidence suggests that Mohammed bin Salman, a recent darling of the D.C. foreign policy crowd and the young crown prince of Saudi Arabia, ordered the capture of Jamal Khashoggi, a self-exiled Saudi writer and regular Washington Post contributor, who went missing in Turkey. Cameras outside the Saudi consulate in Instanbul show Khashoggi arriving there on October 2, but do not show him leaving. Before he went missing, U.S. intelligence agents "intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture him," the Post reported yesterday. Since Khashoggi's disappearance, "Turkey's government says it has seen no evidence supporting the Saudi claim that Khashoggi ever left the consulate alive." The U.S. and many other countries generally ignore what the Saudi government does to Saudi Arabians while they're in Saudi Arabia. But the Saudi government possibly abducting and harming a dissident writer living in Istanbul is a different thing altogether. This move could rile Turkish authorities, sour Saudi ties with allies outside the Middle East, and shift relations with some neighbors." "Confirmation of any state-sponsored violence against Khashoggi would make it even harder for Saudi leadership to portray Iran as the ultimate villain of the region," writes Maysam Behravesh at Reuters. It would also "increase international pressure on the Trump administration, which has thrown its weight behind the young prince to execute his so-called reforms and helped set the stage for his ascension to the throne," as well as "backed the controversial Saudi-led intervention in Yemen with advanced weapons and political cover in international institutions." As Behravesh notes, Khashoggi had been critical of Prince Mohammed and Saudi-led actions in Yemen. "He lamented that Saudi Arabia's repression was becoming unbearable to the point of his decision to leave the country and live in exile in Washington," his editor at the Post, Karen Attiah, wrote yesterday. Like way too many in U.S. politics, "Trump's foreign policy toward Saudi Arabia is compromised by deep financial conflicts of interest," points out Post contributor Brian Klaas. Asked yesterday about cutting of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, President Trump told Fox News' Shannon Bream that "what we are doing with our defense systems" meant "everybody is wanting them and, frankly, I think that would be a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country." Asked about Khaskoggi's disappearance on Monday, he had told White House reporters:
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    The Sad Truth About Trumponomics

    There will be fewer Trump fans running about after tax season. How do you get excited when you have to spend your refund at the Dollar store? Meanwhile, people's dollars are going to dubious causes. "President Trump’s campaign spent nearly $100,000 of donor money to a law firm representing Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, ABC News reported Friday. Campaign finance records from the reelection team made two payments — $55,330 and $42,574 — to the Winston & Strawn firm. A source told the outlet that the payments to Kushner’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, were for legal fees. A Lowell spokesman and Trump campaign officials declined to comment to the outlet about the decision to use campaign money for Kushner’s legal fees. Kushner’s net worth has been estimated at more than $300 million.The husband of Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, Kushner is a real estate mogul who earned more than $1.7 million in 2015 before working in the White House, according to The New York Times." https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/429172-trump-campaign-spent-nearly-100k-of-donor-money-on-law-firm?fbclid=IwAR1BbW20hTq_ijw79elfDA0GNz7nIqIqVnnrEjaXJQpdeJ5z7WvtJgyZaeY
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    Trump's confidence.

    I agree and I didn't see that flaw until Bent brought it up.
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    Trump's confidence.

    Interesting. I hope Olsonist answers also, I believe he is an electrical engineer as well.
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    Trump's confidence.

    Electrical engineer?
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    Say Stiyu to Liz Warren

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    Trump's confidence.

  22. badlatitude

    Say Stiyu to Liz Warren

    Oh, stop. You'll say the same for any left side female politician.
  23. badlatitude

    Say Stiyu to Liz Warren

    I say we nominate her to see how many of you old farts have a stroke.
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    Say Stiyu to Liz Warren

    Reading the comments, I am astounded that so many on the right are scared to death of powerful white women.
  25. "Four-and-half billion dollars in direct cash payments from taxpayers. Special court privileges. Kicking homeowners out of their houses using eminent domain. Shifting large amounts of cash away from the public sector. Given the numerous ways in which Wisconsin politicians convinced electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn to build its first plant in the Badger State, you’d probably assume the payoff would be millions of jobs for local workers and a fantastical return on investment in the near-term. But you would think wrong! Instead, Donald Trump’s “incredible” deal has turned out to be one of his biggest scams yet. And, apparently, the hits just keep coming: