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  • Ellison could help Trump win an even bigger majority

    02/24/2017 10:13:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2017 | Preya Samsundar, senior editor, Alpha News
    Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison appears to be the odds on favorite to win Saturday’s election to head the Democratic National Committee. That seems like good news for Republicans seeking to expand their congressional majority in 2018, a fact President Trump seemed to gleefully acknowledge this week. “One thing I will say about Rep. Keith Ellison, in his fight to lead the DNC, is that he was the one who predicted early that I would win!” Trump said in a Wednesday message on Twitter. It’s no secret that incumbent presidents usually have a tough time in midterm elections. President Obama lost...
  • Michael Moore endorses Ellison for DNC chair: Party needs 'fresh blood'

    02/24/2017 9:23:29 PM PST · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | February 24, 2017 | Leinz Vales
    As the race for the Democratic national chair comes down to the wire, filmmaker Michael Moore said Thursday the Democratic Party needs "fresh blood," new people like Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison. "The Democrats have a real chance to change things," Moore told CNN's Don Lemon on "CNN Tonight." "The old guard, God bless them, they've got to go. We need Keith Ellison as the DNC chair."
  • Hillary Clinton Promises Democrats: I’ll Fight With You "Every Step Of The Way"

    02/24/2017 4:44:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | February 24, 2017 | Ruby Cramer
    The Clintons’ role in the Democratic Party has been a source of debate since the election last fall. On Friday, in a video for DNC members, the former nominee tied her campaign and 2016 party platform to the so-called resistance movement. ATLANTA — Wading back into politics for one of the first times since the end of her campaign, Hillary Clinton promised Democrats meeting here in Atlanta that she will stay active in the party’s efforts to rebuild and to oppose President Donald Trump. “We as Democrats must move forward with courage, confidence, and optimism, and stay focused on the...
  • Obamacare replacement plan "dangerous," top Democrats say.

    02/24/2017 1:49:47 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 66 replies
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi slammed a leaked draft plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, saying it cuts coverage and amounts to a tax break for the wealthy. "While Republicans hide from their constituents, they are moving down an increasingly cruel path to raise taxes on middle-class families and dismantle Americans' right to affordable health care," she said Friday. Pelosi's statement comes a few hours after leaked draft legislation was released by Politico Friday. The draft, dated Feb. 10, would cut Obamacare's mandates and taxes and pay for a replacement by capping tax breaks on employer-sponsored health plans. "The latest...
  • George Soros Denies He Is Funding Townhall Protests

    02/24/2017 10:59:03 AM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2-24-2017 | Tyler Durden
    In response to reports of the coincidental geographical location to one of George Soros' largest funded activist groups, the Democratic mega-donor has felt it necessary to make a statement denying he is funding protests at GOP lawmakers’ town hall meetings. As we noted yesterday, Jimmy Dahman, a former field organizer for the Clinton campaign in Iowa, founded the Town Hall Project. Dahman claimed on CNN that the town hall events are "all organic and happening at the grassroots level." Dahman's group is closely involved with MoveOn.org, a major progressive activist group that recently launched a website, called ResistanceRecess.com, to encourage...
  • Bernie Sanders, Dems Propose Investment Gains Tax Hike to Pay for Social Security Expansion

    02/24/2017 10:47:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/24/2017 | Nicholas Ballasy
    WASHINGTON – Congressional Democrats introduced a bill that would increase the investment gains tax by 6.2 percent for households with adjusted gross income of $250,000 and above to pay for an expansion of Social Security. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), sponsor of the Social Security Expansion Act in the Senate, said the proposed “net investment income tax” increase from 3.8 percent to 10 percent would make “millionaires and billionaires” pay more in taxes to expand Social Security and extend the life of the program. The investment gains tax originally became law as part of Obamacare. “Everybody in this room knows that...
  • Study: Democrats can't base comeback on non-white voters

    02/24/2017 10:29:49 AM PST · by GonzoII · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/24/17 | David M. Drucker
    ATLANTA — Democrats may be their own worst enemy when it comes to trying to rebuild their party into a more inclusive entity that can take back Congress and the White House, according to a new study. The centrist Democratic think tank Third Way released a study called, "Why Demography is not Destiny," which argued that the Democrats' strategy of building durable majorities with the support of rising non-white demographics is simply not viable.
  • NYT: Beleaguered Democrats abandon compromise, opt for ‘total war’ with Trump

    02/24/2017 10:17:38 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 31 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/24/17 | Robert Laurie
    Choosing your poison As we all know, Democrats lost. To employ a misquote that they seem to love, they lost “bigly.” In fact, a combination of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders ended up decimating their party. Overreach, a misguided agenda, and insular thinking have left them at their lowest level of power in several generations. So, they’re trying to figure out what to do next.
  • Bernie Sanders Loyalists Are Taking Over the Democratic Party....

    02/24/2017 9:16:33 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/22/2017 | REID J. EPSTEIN and JANET HOOK
    In Washington, Democrats are grappling with what it means to be a minority party in the age of Donald Trump. In the rest of the country, populist followers of Sen. Bernie Sanders are mounting a sustained effort to answer the question from the bottom up.
  • Radical DNC Chair frontrunner: Trump has already done things that ‘warrant impeachment’

    02/23/2017 10:57:18 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/23/17 | Robert Laurie
    Dems, please, put him in charge According to The Hill, Keith Ellison is currently the frontrunner in the race to take over as the chairman of the DNC. That may have changed a bit since they presented their findings, but here’s what they said yesterday: Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) has the edge over former Labor secretary Tom Perez in The Hill’s new survey of DNC members. But while both men claim they are close to securing commitments from the majority of the 447 voting members, neither candidate is assured victory.
  • Can the Democratic Party Win Back Voters It Lost to Trump?

    02/23/2017 11:00:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | February 23, 2017 | Clare Foran, Associate Editor
    Liberals may need to decide whether to focus on energizing their base or expanding their coalition. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, who is up for reelection in the red state of Missouri in 2018, recently told a St. Louis radio host she may face a primary challenge. “I may have a primary because there is, in our party now, some of the same kind of enthusiasm at the base that the Republican Party had with the Tea Party,” she said during an interview earlier this month. “Many of those people are very impatient with me because they don’t think I’m pure,”...
  • Weakened Democrats, Opting for Total War on Trump, Bow to Their Voters

    02/23/2017 9:03:20 PM PST · by detective · 22 replies
    MSN News ^ | February 23, 2017 | JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEXANDER BURNS
    Reduced to their weakest state in a generation, Democratic Party leaders will gather in two cities this weekend to plot strategy and select a new national chairman with the daunting task of rebuilding the party’s depleted organization. But senior Democratic officials concede that the blueprint has already been chosen for them — by an incensed army of liberals demanding no less than total war against President Trump. Immediately after the November election, Democrats were divided over how to handle Mr. Trump, with one camp favoring all-out confrontation and another backing a seemingly less risky approach of coaxing him to the...
  • If Democrats Want to Challenge Trump, They Need a New Strategy

    02/23/2017 9:02:49 PM PST · by WonkyTonky · 17 replies
    Harvard Business Review ^ | February 23, 2017 | Gautam Mukunda
    Understanding Trump’s Pillars of Support The loyalty Trump has earned from some of his supporters may be virtually unbreakable, resulting from appeals that Democrats cannot and should not seek to match. But to win in the 2018 midterms and the 2020 presidential election, the opposition does not need to convince everyone who voted for Trump. It does not even need to convince most of them. Democrats just need to peel away Trump’s marginal voters without losing the support of the majority of Americans who voted for other candidates. To do so, they need to understand the four reasons those marginal...
  • Lagerfeld: Meryl Streep Passed On Oscar Dress When Chanel Refused to Pay

    02/23/2017 7:46:42 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 44 replies
    WWD.com ^ | 2/23/2017 | Bridget Foley
    What might Meryl Streep wear to the Oscars? Cross Chanel off the list. It seems that Streep was quite taken with an embroidered gray silk gown from Karl Lagerfeld’s most recent couture collection for the house. The dress was ordered, with Streep requesting an adjustment to the design — a higher neckline. Done. Such personalization is what couture is all about, along with exquisite execution, and, in the case of Chanel, Lagerfeld’s design brilliance. What more could the world’s greatest living actress want for Hollywood’s biggest night? Turns out, she wants a paycheck. With work on the dress well underway...
  • Obama Could Be a Highway Star, But Should It Be I-55 or I-294

    02/23/2017 3:22:57 PM PST · by PBRCat · 80 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 23, 2017 | Sam Charles
    Should it be the Barack Obama Expressway or the Barack Obama Tollway? Democratic state legislators seem to agree that the hometown state senator made good should take his place alongside Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy and others immortalized in Illinois highways. Two Illinois state representatives have competing plans to rename different Illinois highways after Obama. On Jan. 26, state Rep. Robert Martwick, D-Chicago, submitted House Joint Resolution 0017 that would designate “the entirety of Interstate 294 of the Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways as the “‘President Barack Obama Tollway,’” state legislative records show. The move to...
  • ABC 7 suspends Mark Giangreco for ‘lunatic’ Trump tweet (finally)

    02/23/2017 3:21:41 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 22 replies
    Robert Feder.com ^ | 2/23/2017 | Robert Feder
    WLS-Channel 7 has slapped sports anchor Mark Giangreco with a multi-week suspension for a tweet in which he called President Donald Trump a “cartoon lunatic” and referred to Trump voters as “simpletons.” Management of the top-rated ABC-owned station released the following statement Thursday: “Mark Giangreco’s Twitter comments are not in line with ABC 7 Chicago’s non-partisan editorial standards. We’ve reviewed the matter and are taking the appropriate action.” An ABC 7 spokeswoman would not elaborate on the action. Sources said Giangreco would be suspended without pay for “multiple weeks,” starting Monday. Reached Thursday, Giangreco declined to comment. His agent, Joel...
  • NY Times: Move Left, Democrats (Rats need to elect Ellison and pander more to minorities alert)

    02/23/2017 3:07:53 PM PST · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 21, 2017 | Steve Phillips
    The Democratic National Committee will choose its next leader on Saturday, and when it does it should choose a leader who will resist the pressure to pursue the wrong white people. ... The way to win [Whites] back is by being more progressive, not less. [Snip] Keith Ellison, a D.N.C. chairman candidate, has a proven record of engaging core Democratic voters rather than chasing the elusive conservative whites, and the party would be in good hands under his stewardship. [Snip] Whoever prevails as chairman must resist the pressure to follow an uninformed and ill-fated quest for winning over conservative white...
  • Pritzker Calls for Bizarre Protest After Trump Strips Transgender Protections (They're CRAZY!)

    02/23/2017 12:12:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    WMAQ-TV ^ | February 23, 2017 | Tom Schuba
    Prospective Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker slammed President Donald Trump Thursday for stripping federal protections that allowed transgender students to use school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, but his idea for a protest raised some eyebrows. “As a protest against Trump’s rescinding protections for trans kids, everyone should use the other gender’s bathroom today,” Pritzker tweeted alongside the hashtag #protecttranskids....
  • Boehner: Republicans won't repeal and replace Obamacare

    02/23/2017 10:11:44 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 57 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/23/2017 | DARIUS TAHIR
    Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replace of Obamacare is “not going to happen.” Boehner, who resigned in 2015 amid unrest among conservatives, said at an Orlando health care conference that the idea that a repeal-and-replace plan would blitz through Congress is just “happy talk.” Instead, he said changes to former President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement would likely be relatively modest. “[Congressional Republicans are] going to fix Obamacare – I shouldn’t call it repeal-and-replace, because it’s not going to happen,” he said. Boehner’s comments come as Republican lawmakers across the country are...
  • Is a Chuck Schumer-Elizabeth Warren feud breaking out?

    02/23/2017 8:36:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/23/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    If I were Elizabeth Warren, I would have to restrain myself to avoid responding in kind to an insult delivered by her own Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer. The Hill reports: Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is dismissing the GOP's efforts to make Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) the face of the Democratic Party. "It's not going to work," Schumer said of the strategy, according to Politico. The publication reported that Republicans are looking for someone to drive their conservative base to donate and turn out to vote. Politico quoted GOP strategists who said Warren is viewed negatively outside the coasts, adding that she could...
  • Keith Ellison Supporters Warn Of Fallout If He Loses DNC Chair Race

    02/23/2017 2:26:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 21, 2017 | Daniel Marans
    Days after the November election, the progressive wing of the Democratic Party was ascendant. There was no greater sign of its rising stature than the momentum Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota was enjoying in his race to chair the Democratic National Committee. Ellison, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the 2016 presidential primary, was racking up endorsements not only from Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), but establishment figures as well, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers — both of...
  • Schumer to GOP: Stop promoting Warren as face of Democrats

    02/22/2017 7:59:17 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 57 replies
    Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is dismissing the GOP’s efforts to make Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) the face of the Democratic Party. “It’s not going to work,” Schumer said of the strategy, according to Politico. What prompted this retort? The NRSC is rolling out digital ad campaigns in states where incumbent Democrats face votes who put Donald Trump in the White House. They clearly want to make Warren the face of the Democratic Party: ... Red State Democrats’ Record of Voting with Warren: • Florida Senator Bill Nelson has voted with Warren 92% of the time. • Michigan Senator...
  • Opinion: FALN killed my father — don’t name street for its leader

    02/22/2017 1:12:13 PM PST · by PBRCat · 10 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 21, 2017 | Joe Connor
    Chicago plans to honor unrepentant terrorist leader Oscar Lopez Rivera by naming three blocks of a city street for him, Oscar Lopez Rivera Way. The final vote by Chicago’s 50 aldermen on this horrific proposal by Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) is scheduled for Wednesday of this week. In this age of constant terror threat, the words “disgrace” and “outrage” do not come close to describing the insanity, the insult and the pain that honoring the leader of Puerto Rican Terrorist group, Armed Forces for National Liberation National Liberation, brings to our family, the families of all FALN victims and all...
  • Veterans have a real problem with the new term used to describe election-depressed liberals

    02/22/2017 5:05:41 AM PST · by kevcol · 14 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | February 21, 2017 | Samantha Chang
    Mental health professionals say they’re seeing more instances of a type of depression they call “post-election stress disorder” among Democrats who are still upset over Donald Trump‘s victory. . . . “There was a big missed opportunity in naming it ‘Post-Election Stress Disorder,'” Mast joked on Fox News. “I would have preferred they name it ‘Post-Inauguration Stress Disorder.’ That way they could have called it ‘PISD.'” Mast, an Army veteran, is a double amputee who lost both his legs and a finger in Afghanistan. He feels bad for depressed liberals who say they have post-election stress disorder, but hope they...
  • The Left: False Premises and Suicidal Actions

    When Trump won the last election by running circles around the media-political complex, fifty million liberals went stark raving mad, and they haven't come down yet. You always pay a price for living in a world of lies. ​Germany's ​Angela Merkel, a bona fide leftocrat, tells us that Muslim hate propaganda and violence have nothing to do with Islam. Apparently she hasn't read the Qur'an lately, or she believes that the Crusades (which ended in the 12th century) show how violent Christianity really is. But being stuck in ​self-delusion won't solve the threat of jihad, and Mutti Merkel is now...
  • Congressional Computer Admins In Criminal Probe Owed Money To Hezbollah-Connected Fugitive

    02/22/2017 12:06:27 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 21, 2017 | By Luke Rosiak
    Congressional aides suspected of criminally misusing their access to House computer systems owed $100,000 to an Iraqi politician who is wanted by U.S. authorities and has been linked to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Middle Eastern terrorist outfit. Imran Awan and four of his relatives were employed as information technology (IT) aides by dozens of House Democrats, including members of the intelligence, foreign affairs and homeland security committees. The aides’ administrator-level IT access was terminated earlier this month amid a criminal probe by U.S. Capitol Police of a suspected security breach, including an off-site server housing congressional data. The Daily Caller News...
  • Podesta: 'Forces within the FBI' may have cost Clinton election

    02/21/2017 5:17:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 21, 2017 | Aidan Quigley
    Former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said Monday that “forces within the FBI” may have sought to elect Donald Trump as president. “There are at least forces within the FBI that wanted her to lose,” Podesta said during an interview with John Heilemann hosted by NewCo. Podesta offered no evidence to back-up his speculation. “I’m not sure they really understood the alternative, but they wanted her to lose. I think that’s one possibility.” These “forces” could have played a role in FBI Director James Comey’s controversial decision to alert Congress 11 days before the election that the FBI was...
  • Chilling New Scandal Hits Democrats

    02/21/2017 9:14:45 AM PST · by KyCats · 58 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | February 21, 2107 | Cassy Fiano
    It turns out that congressional staffers have been taking money from an Iraqi politician. These staffers just happen to be the ones who were fired for attempting to access sensitive information. Imran, Abid, and Jamal Awan took $100,000 Dr. Ali al-Attar, money that — according to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group — was “funneled through a company with ‘impossible’-to-decipher financial transactions that the congressional information technology (IT) staffers controlled.” All three of the brothers are now under a criminal investigation. Imran Awan provided IT services for Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the disgraced Democrat who was forced to resign as...
  • Heilemann: Trump's War On Media "Incitement" For An Oklahoma City Bombing

    02/21/2017 6:54:59 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 49 replies
    Heilemann: Trump's War On Media "Incitement" For An Oklahoma City Bombing Posted By Ian Schwartz On Date February 20, 2017 Former Bloomberg TV host John Heilemann said Monday on MSNBC's Morning Joe that he is worried that President Trump is inciting "elements in our country that may go ahead and do something" on the scale of the Oklahoma City bombing. Heilemann is afraid that when Trump calls the media the "enemy of the people," that someone may take that "seriously" and use it as a motive to commit an act of domestic terror. "He has been waging war on the...
  • Move Left, Democrats

    02/21/2017 4:17:30 AM PST · by Jim Noble · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 21, 2017 | Steve Phillips
    The Democratic National Committee will choose its next leader on Saturday, and when it does it should choose a leader who will resist the pressure to pursue the wrong white people. Hundreds of articles have been written about the imperative of attracting more support from white working-class voters who supported Barack Obama in 2012 but then bolted to back Donald J. Trump. The far more important — and largely untold — story of the election is that more Obama voters defected to third- and fourth-party candidates than the number who supported Mr. Trump. That is the white flight that should...
  • Trump supporters see a successful president — and are frustrated with critics who don’t

    02/20/2017 11:41:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 19, 2017 | Jenna Johnson and David Weigel
    MELBOURNE, Fla. — Many of President Trump’s most dedicated supporters — the sort who waited for hours in the Florida sun this weekend for his first post-inauguration campaign rally — say their lives changed on election night. Suddenly they felt like their views were actually respected and in the majority. But less than one month into Trump’s term, many of his supporters say they once again feel under attack — perhaps even more so than before. Those who journeyed to Trump’s Saturday evening event on Florida’s Space Coast said that since the election, they have unfriended some of their liberal...
  • Democrats Question Trump's Sanity: Invoke 25th Amendment Unless He "Gets a Grip"

    02/20/2017 4:42:48 PM PST · by ReformedMedia · 54 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 02-20-2017 | Tim Brown
    The real party that should have their sanity questioned has now begun to talk about invoking the 25th Amendment against President Donald Trump. The are so desperate to tank Trump's presidency that they are going to stop at nothing to do so. The Hill reports: Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) in a floor speech this week called for a review of the Constitution's procedures for removing a president. He warned the 25th Amendment of the Constitution falls short when it comes to mental or emotional fitness for office. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) during a weekend interview with CNN’s “State of the...
  • Democrats Invoke 25th Amendment, Question Trump’s Mental Health

    02/20/2017 2:38:54 PM PST · by detective · 104 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Feb 2017 | Adelle Nazarian
    Democratic lawmakers are openly questioning President Donald Trump’s mental health, and a growing number of them are invoking the 25th Amendment as a springboard to introduce legislation that would allow former presidents and vice presidents to determine if Trump is mentally unfit for office. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) are among several of these Democrats, according to The Hill. Franken reportedly said “a few” Republican colleagues have expressed concerns to him about Trump’s mental health, and Lieu plans to introduce legislation that would require the presence of a psychiatrist or psychologist in the White House.
  • Obama going after Trump - Democrats will be lost in the desert for a very long time

    02/20/2017 7:43:11 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    Lou Dobbs interviews Representative Chris Collins (R) New York, regarding Obama and Democrats going after Donald Trump.
  • Audit finds huge cost overruns at Wisconsin DOT, some road project costs triple

    02/19/2017 9:58:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    FOX 6 Now ^ | January 26, 2017 | Theo Keith
    <p>MADISON -- A new audit shows huge cost overruns at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, with dozens of projects costing double or triple their original estimates.</p> <p>The Legislative Audit Bureau report finds that estimated costs for 19 major projects completed between 2006 and 2016 were $1.5 billion, double the initial projection. The audit also finds that the estimated costs of 16 ongoing major highway projects have increased by $3.1 billion.</p>
  • Dems Plan to Block Trump's Immigration Policy [semi-satire]

    02/19/2017 9:44:53 PM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 Feb 2017 | John Semmens
    In a move likely to prove even more futile than the repeated GOP Congress' attempts to repeal Obamacare while Obama was president, Senate Democrats have introduced legislation that would negate Trump's executive order to toughen up enforcement against those in the country illegally. The bill's sponsors, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev), Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill) and Sen. Mazie Hironio (Hawaii), characterized the proposed law as a measure "to keep immigrant families intact." Speaking for the trio, Sen. Cortez Masto complained that "the assumption that a deportation program focused on removing those with criminal records is something no one could object...
  • Gutiérrez On Being Asked To Leave ICE Meeting In Capitol By Speaker Ryan And Chairman Goodlatte

    02/19/2017 9:25:06 PM PST · by blueyon · 39 replies
    gutierrez.house.gov ^ | 2/16/17 | Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL)
    Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement in response to being excluded from a meeting in the U.S. Capitol with Acting Director Thomas Homan of ICE. Rep. Gutiérrez was asked to leave the meeting by staffers for Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) at the request of Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Speaker Ryan. Several other Members were excluded from the meeting with the ICE official, including Reps. Nanette Barragán (D-CA), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Lou Correa (D-CA), Ruben Kihuen (D-NV), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Norma Torres (D-CA), and Juan Vargas (D-CA). Rep. Gutiérrez was...
  • Thelma and Louise and the Democrats

    02/19/2017 3:22:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | February 19, 2017 | Glenn K. Beaton
    In the movie “Thelma and Louise,” a bullied Arkansas housewife and a harried waitress ditch their mundane lives for a road trip in their 1966 Thunderbird convertible. It doesn’t end well. In fact, it doesn’t even start well. Thelma, played by Gina Davis, gets drunk and is sexually assaulted. Louise, played by Susan Sarandon, rescues her. But then the assaulter insults them, so Louise shoots and kills him. Their road trip turns into a getaway. They figure they’ll escape to Mexico, but Louise won’t travel through Texas because she’d once been raped there. They loop north to Arizona by way...
  • It’s Time To ‘Primary’ Joe Manchin And Heidi Heitkamp And For Democrats To Have Guts

    02/19/2017 2:02:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 18, 2017 | Richard Greene, Author of "Words That Shook The World"
    My Democratic Party believes there is man-made climate change. My Democratic Party believes in science. My Democratic Party believes in protecting the environment. On February 17, 2017 two Democratic United States Senators voted for a man who is a climate denier, a science denier and a destroyer of the environment to head The Environmental Protection Agency. For that alone, Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp must be “primaried” in 2018 and we should start finding qualified, principled, Progressive candidates in their states today who can take them on and represent true Democratic values in Congress. I don’t care that West Virginia...
  • Hillary Clinton's staffers are keeping up the fight

    02/19/2017 1:31:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 18, 2017 | Eric Bradner
    Zac Petkanas thought he was done with politics after the 2016 election. He was ready to move into the private sector -- or maybe chase a dream job in the art world. Then his boss, Hillary Clinton, lost. Within 48 hours -- infuriated by the Cabinet prospects being floated by Donald Trump's transition team, like Wisconsin sheriff David Clarke for homeland security secretary -- Petkanas had decided he couldn't change careers yet. "Tuesday was the election. Wednesday I was sleepless and tired and very sad," he said. "And Thursday I got extremely angry." Petkanas quickly transitioned from Clinton's director of...
  • The Solution To Donald Trump Isn’t Impeachment (Lib tries to speak truth to basement people)

    02/18/2017 6:54:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Good Magazine ^ | February 18, 2017
    The fantasies abound, don’t they? Visions of that day in some not-so-far-off future, where President Donald J. Trump finally pulls some outrageous, undeniably unconstitutional Easy-D, and gets his executive comeuppance. In any number of imaginary, #NotMyPresident fan-fic plotlines, he’ll be charged, tried, and told “You’re fired!” by the required two-thirds majority of the Senate, then deported to Russia, living out his remaining years in a Twitter-less Siberian gulag. (TWEET-AT-LINK) Hey, your Trump impeachment fantasy may be different, of course (and the complicated process of how impeachment actually works can be found in far better detail here) but the outcome is...
  • Secretary of State Tillerson Fires Most of the Shadow Government

    02/18/2017 6:37:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Black Sphere ^ | February 17, 2017 | Kelly Beasley
    The State Department Swamp was partially drained today. Secretary of State Tillerson fired Clinton’s rogue, self-described Shadow Government. trump-welcomes-tillersonMaking good on a Trump campaign promise, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson drained the Clinton swamp snakes, aka Obama administration holdovers. Thus the personnel responsible for the corrupt handling of Clinton’s emails and the Benghazi cover-up have left the building. Lurking in the Shadows In the Clinton State Department, a rogue shadow government existed in secret from the 7th floor. These policy makers publicly boasted about their secretive operations. And you can bet that some of them have been responsible for much...
  • Who Really Rules The United States?

    02/18/2017 5:16:27 AM PST · by vannrox · 16 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 18FEB17 | Submitted by Matthew Continetti via FreeBeacon.com,
    Who Really Rules The United States? by Tyler Durden Feb 17, 2017 10:30 PM 0 SHARES Submitted by Matthew Continetti via FreeBeacon.com,How bureaucrats are fighting the voters for control of our countryDonald Trump was elected president last November by winning 306 electoral votes. He pledged to "drain the swamp" in Washington, D.C., to overturn the system of politics that had left the nation's capital and major financial and tech centers flourishing but large swaths of the country mired in stagnation and decay. "What truly matters," he said in his Inaugural Address, "is not which party controls our government, but whether...
  • Protesters Demand That Trump "STOP Attacking Women, Muslims, Immigrants, LGBTQ+, Journalists..."

    02/18/2017 8:45:22 AM PST · by blam · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2-18-2017 | Tyler Durder
    Following yesterday's "Day Without Immigrants Boycott" in which immigrants all around the country were encourged to skip work/school, shut down their businesses and/or boycott restaurants and retail stores, America's disaffected, millennial youth have decided that they too would like to participate in an anti-Trump protest whereby they could exercise their skills in extreme laziness while also extending their 3-day weekend to 4 days...BONUS! Deemed the "Strike4Democrary", anti-Trump protesters took to the streets all around the country today to demand that Trump "STOP attacking and victimizing women, Muslims, immigrants, racial and ethnic groups, the LGBTQ+ community, working families, journalists, and all...
  • The Great Wailing.

    02/18/2017 5:12:04 AM PST · by vannrox · 2 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 18FEB17 | Authored by Bonner & Partners' Bill Bonner, annotated by Acting-Man's Pater Tenebrarum,
    The Great Wailing by Tyler Durden Feb 17, 2017 9:40 PM 0 SHARES Authored by Bonner & Partners' Bill Bonner, annotated by Acting-Man's Pater Tenebrarum,Regret and Suffering BALTIMORE – Victoribus spolia…So far, the most satisfying thing about the Trump win has been the howls and whines coming from the establishment. Each appointment – some good, some bad from our perspective – has brought forth such heavy lamentations. Oh no! Alaric the Visigoth is here! Hide the women and children! And don’t forget the vestal virgins, if you can find any… You’d think Washington had been invaded by Goths, now raping the vestal virgins...
  • National Guard memo is ‘reminiscent of what led up to World War II,’ a top House Democrat says

    02/17/2017 6:42:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | February 17, 2017 | Mike DeBonis
    The chairman of the House Democratic Caucus said Friday that reports that the Trump administration had considered deploying tens of thousands of National Guard troops to apprehend undocumented immigrants were “outrageous” and “very reminiscent of what led up to World War II.” Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) made the statement in an interview for C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program shortly after the Associated Press broke news of the draft Department of Homeland Security memo. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the memo was “not a White House document” and that “there is no effort at all to round up, to utilize the...
  • The Tea Party

    02/17/2017 6:29:54 PM PST · by 12chachacha · 48 replies
    Vanity
    I need to get something off of my chest. I talked to an old friend today. Had not talked to her in years. The subject of the election and politics came up and I informed her that I was an ardent Tea Party supporter. I am a true believer in the Tea Party and its stated mission and endorsement of a smaller less powerful federal government that adheres and limits itself to the powers granted to it by our constitution. Back to the conversation and here is where it got ugly fast. Her response to my admitted preference for the...
  • Trump’s Inroads in Union Ranks Have Labor Leaders Scrambling

    02/17/2017 6:07:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 17, 2017 | Noam Scheiber, Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush
    Donald J. Trump redrew the electoral map with his rousing economic nationalism and evocation of a lost industrial age. It was a message that drew many union members to his cause. And now it is upending the alliances and tactics of the labor movement itself. In early November, workers at the Momentive chemical plant in upstate New York went on strike to beat back pension and health care concessions. By January, the workers were invoking some of Mr. Trump’s populist campaign themes — but with a twist. They planned to picket outside the Manhattan home of the billionaire Stephen A....
  • Anti-Trump protest held Friday in Mason City (Over 20 people!)

    02/17/2017 5:28:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Globe Gazette ^ | February 17, 2017 | Mary Pieper
    MASON CITY - More than 20 people carrying signs stating "Love Trumps Hate," "Black Lives Matter" and "Where's Canada's Wall?" gathered in Central Park late Friday afternoon. "This is what Democracy looks like!" they chanted. Those who were at the protest against President Donald Trump, organized by the community action group Where Do We Go From Here and the Fourth District Green Party Chapter, also carried signs in support of protecting the environment. One sign stated, "I've Seen Better Cabinets at IKEA." After walking around the sidewalks on the perimeter of the park, protesters lined up along Washington Avenue. Some...
  • The Second American Civil War: An Historical Prequel

    02/17/2017 4:58:07 PM PST · by The_Harlequin · 92 replies
    Thought Crimes; The Trump Diaries ^ | 02-16-17 | Chris Shugart
    The Second American Civil War is gradually coalescing into an observable phenomenon. The lines are being drawn and people are taking sides in noticeable ways. As it now stands, we have something of a "cold war" going on as it once existed between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Espionage, intelligence breaches, clandestine black bag operations, fifth column saboteurs, and the like. But important questions remain: As the war continues, how will the conflict evolve? Will it escalate? If so, what will be the flashpoint that puts it in full motion? Will it turn into a full-fledged armed conflict? As...