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  • The biggest story of Trump’s first 100 days? His survival

    04/25/2017 5:50:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The New York Post ^ | April 25, 2017 | Michael Goodwin
    Unless the world ends before Saturday, most assessments of Donald Trump’s first 100 days will include a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly. The emphasis will reveal more about those doing the grading than Trump himself. If you liked him from the start, you can cite real progress, such as growing economic confidence and Trump’s successful meetings with foreign leaders. He is trying to keep faith with his campaign promises, though he failed at repealing ObamaCare. If you were immune to his message and the messenger from the beginning, you still are. You see stumbles that suggest...
  • Women Made The DNC & Bernie Sanders Realize Reproductive Rights Are Non-Negotiable

    04/24/2017 7:43:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Bustle ^ | April 24, 2017 | Natasha Guzmán
    Over the past few days, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez have faced criticism for endorsing anti-abortion lawmaker Heath Mello and for suggesting that Democratic legislators don't all need to hold pro-choice views in order to be embraced by their party. And it looks like the backlash from (mostly) women made Perez and Sanders backtrack on reproductive rights being negotiable. On Friday, Perez insisted that all Democratic lawmakers should support pro-choice legislation, and on Saturday, Sanders was joined by Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards at a rally in Las Vegas to discuss reproductive rights. Last week,...
  • Obama launches Chicago trip with visit to South Side job training group

    04/24/2017 12:01:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | April 23, 2017 | Katherine Skiba
    Former President Barack Obama, on a two-day visit to Chicago that began Sunday, met privately with at-risk young men on the South Side to talk about gang violence, jobs skills and employment, a spokesman said. The meeting was with participants in a program created by Obama's longtime friend and former education secretary, Arne Duncan — and signified a return to Obama's roots as a community organizer 30 years ago on the South Side. "He said he grew up during that time because of the work he was doing," Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said. Now the former president wants to solicit...
  • [FLASHBACK] Crime Bill Politics: A Flash Point In Democratic Race

    04/24/2017 5:15:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    National Public Radio ^ | February 26, 2016 | Tamara Keith
    Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are both trying to explain their positions on the 1994 crime bill, a touchstone of the tough-on-crime attitudes that are blamed for the mass incarceration of people of color now. TRANSCRIPT: AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: South Carolina holds its Democratic primary tomorrow. And during their events in the state, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have been talking about ways they would change the criminal justice system of today, but they're also being challenged on their positions on the issue as far back as 20 years ago. NPR's Tamara Keith reports. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Hillary Clinton was...
  • Clearing the Field for Clinton Was Democrats’ Biggest Mistake in 2016

    04/24/2017 4:49:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | April 22, 2017 | David Atkins
    The recent release of the Clinton campaign expose Shattered is causing yet another round of introspection about what Democrats did wrong in 2016 and how to fix the problem. The Clinton campaign’s own failures of targeting and messaging are already the subject of much discussion and have been rehashed ad nauseam. Matt Taibbi’s take on the navel-gazing, operative-centric view of the pundit and consultant classes is probably the best of the book’s reviews so far and well worth reading. A large number of powerful people still have a difficult time accepting the movements that coalesced behind Sanders on the left...
  • Poll: Trump would beat Clinton in a rematch among 2016 voters

    04/23/2017 9:17:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 23, 2017 | Allahpundit
    Good lord. It’s one thing to blow an election once, but to lose hypothetically to a guy with a 42 percent approval rating again? Is there no limit to the humiliation the Clintons will suffer at Trump’s hands? We’ll have our answer when Ivanka and Chelsea inevitably square off in 2024. The same ABC/WaPo poll found that when 2016 voters were asked who they actually did vote for last November, 46 percent said Clinton versus 43 percent who said Trump — the same number he gets in this hypothetical rematch. In other words, given the option of a do-over, virtually...
  • Nancy Pelosi: Border Wall Is ‘Immoral, Expensive, Unwise’

    04/23/2017 11:26:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 23, 2017 | Kailani Koenig
    While a deal to fund the government this week won't necessarily include funding for the construction of a complete border wall, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Sunday said there will be "enough to get going" — even as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called it "immoral." Asked by "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd in an exclusive interview whether the Trump administration would push a government shutdown if border wall funding is not included in a bill to fund the government this week, Priebus said, "it will be enough in the negotiation for us to either move...
  • Trump supporters don't have buyer's remorse but some Clinton voters do: Poll

    04/23/2017 10:18:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | April 23, 2017 | Aaron Blake, The Washington Post
    Anecdotal stories about disillusioned supporters of Donald Trump are overdone. The fact is that, on a broad scale, Trump supporters say they aren't disappointed. In fact, a poll showed they were more pleased than disappointed, by about 5 to 1: "...The Pew Research Center released a poll showing very little buyer's remorse among Trump voters. The poll showed just 7% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say Trump has performed worse than they expected him to. Fully 38% - five times as many - say he has performed better." A new Washington Post-ABC News poll confirms this - in spades. And,...
  • Congressman Tells Girl That Trump Is More Dangerous Than A Terrorist

    04/22/2017 3:15:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 22, 2017 | Jonah Bennett, National Security/Politics Reporter
    Democratic Rep. Mark DeSaulnier told an 11-year-old girl at a middle school in California Wednesday that President Donald Trump is more dangerous than a terrorist. While speaking at a town hall at Stanley Middle School in Lafayette, Calif., DeSaulnier moved to the Q&A portion of the event after his talk and answered the final question from Eden, an 11-year-old girl, with a bang, East Bay Times reported Saturday. “From the mouths of babes,” DeSaulnier said. “I think you should be concerned. This is dangerous stuff. I’ve said a few times, the most dangerous person in America isn’t a terrorist, it’s...
  • I never want to hear from Bernie Sanders again

    04/22/2017 2:14:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    deathandtaxes ^ | April 22, 2017 | Steve King
    I was always a big Bernie Sanders fan. In the darkest days of the Bush administration, he was a big deal. I still remember in 2006 when he won his U.S. Senate seat and thinking it was just the beginning; democratic-socialism was finally blowing up the way it should and that he was a legend in the making. Last year I learned some things that made me question why I always loved Bernie Sanders. He was playing dumb about knowing or helping up-and-coming populist Democrats such as himself, and was instead letting the DSCC and the Obama administration pick safe,...
  • Stop Lying to Yourself About Donald Trump

    04/22/2017 1:48:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Yahoo! Celebrity ^ | April 21, 2017 | Charles P. Pierce, Esquire
    WASHINGTON-Here inside the Beltway bubble, we don't really know what's happening in real America. (To that end, the satellite radio monopoly has given a radio show to Salena Zito, chronicler of the salt of the earth for those people for whom Hillbilly Elegy is too heavy a lift.) Unlike many of the cynics and elitists hereabouts, I maintain an optimistic view of my fellow Americans out in the boonies. I think they're all going to get together next October and announce that it's all been an elaborate prank. I hope that's the case because, otherwise…yikes. From The Buffalo News: "I'd...
  • Deputy DNC chair: Obama’s to blame for the state of the party

    04/21/2017 7:21:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 21, 2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Didn’t Barack Obama brag about this three months ago, calling himself “the father of the Tea Party“? Not exactly, as DNC deputy chair Keith Ellison explains in this exchange on a panel at the University of Minnesota. Ellison argues that Obama failed to rebuild the party’s ground apparatus after his two presidential elections, and that this failure has put his “wonderful achievements” at risk. The truth, however, lies somewhere in between:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) “Look I’m a great fan of President Obama. I totally voted for many of the things he supported — Dodd Frank, Affordable Care Act, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act...
  • Trump Isn’t A Do-Nothing President

    04/21/2017 6:49:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | April 21, 2017 | Ben Casselman, Kathryn Casteel, Anna Maria Barry-Jester and Maggie Koerth-Baker
    In the whirlwind first weeks of President Trump’s administration, it often seemed as though he was trying to enact his entire agenda within his first 100 days in office. On Day 1, he moved to undo parts of the Affordable Care Act. Within his first week, he instituted a federal hiring freeze; issued orders on abortion, immigration and manufacturing; and took the first steps toward building his signature border wall. And on the one-week anniversary of his swearing in, he issued the first iteration of his ban on travel from certain Muslim-majority countries. In retrospect, the travel ban looks like...
  • This Is How Trump Won (Pizzagate?)

    04/21/2017 6:30:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | April 21, 2017 | Larry Harris, Jr.
    I have observed many ideas about and reactions to the election since November that perplex me. One idea that stands out among Hillary fans is that Bernie was too dirty in the primary and has a lot of ground to make up if he is to win the support of the Clinton wing of the Democratic Party going forward. I will not address the absurdity of this idea here, but I highlight it to make a point: Hillary fans still have no idea what happened in 2016 that led to Donald Trump being president. This is particularly troubling given the...
  • Hillary Clinton blasts Trump on LGBT rights

    04/20/2017 8:57:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | April 20, 2017 | Eli Watkins
    Hillary Clinton on Thursday warned that President Donald Trump could roll back progress on LGBT rights. "We may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues," Clinton said in a speech in New York. Clinton was addressing a fundraising dinner for The Center, an LGBT community organization, where she received an award and thanked members of the audience for supporting her unsuccessful 2016 presidential bid. But she told those gathered there to watch out for "the progress that we fought for, that many of you were on the front lines for." "It may not...
  • Democrats' Georgia blunder: 'Resist Trump' is not a winning strategy

    04/20/2017 6:52:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Fox News Opinion ^ | April 19, 2017 | Douglas E. Schoen
    In the special election for Georgia’s Sixth District Congressional seat, Democrat Jon Ossoff has fallen short of the 50 percent threshold needed to win the seat out-right, triggering a runoff in June. Ossoff’s candidacy and failure to secure the seat in the first round of voting, despite holding an $8.3 million war-chest, is the quintessential example of why the Democrats’ strategy of resisting Trump at every step is imprudent and that the more effective way to win in a solidly Republican district is with a positive agenda of change. Today, the Democratic party is deeply fractured. While some pragmatic leaders...
  • JON OSSOFF: A VICTORY FOR THE AGES!!

    04/20/2017 7:10:26 AM PDT · by MostlyAnti-Lib · 30 replies
    04-20-17 | TEDWINT
    JON OSSOFF: A VICTORY FOR THE AGES!! Well, not exactly… What he actually won is the opportunity to get defeated in a runoff election by Karen Handel on June 20. This appears to be a slam dunk assuming the Republican voters of District 6 in Georgia will be intelligent enough to get behind their candidate and vote Ms. Handel in. This may be a bit presumptive. There seems to be an unhealthy attitude that has crept into the psyche of some Republicans lately: “If my guy can’t win, I’ll stay home.” If Ossoff wins the seat that has been in...
  • DNC chair: Heck yes, we’re pouring more money into Ossoff

    04/19/2017 10:29:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 19, 2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Heck? Darned? Tom Perez doesn’t work blue on cable TV, especially in the early hours, apparently. “I’d rather be Jon Ossoff right now than Karen Handel,” the DNC chair told Morning Joe earlier today after $8.3 million and a fractured Republican field failed to keep their special-election candidate from a runoff in June. “He’s already at 49% of the vote, and there’s a heck of a lot of energy out there,” Perez bragged after Joe Scarborough questioned the strategy of Democrats in investing heavily in TV spots. Perez pledged full Democratic Party support, saying that they had a “darned good...
  • There is no real evidence that Trump voters are turning on Trump

    04/19/2017 12:13:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Week ^ | April 19, 2017 | Edward Morrissey
    We are nearly 100 days into Donald Trump's presidency, and the most remarkable aspect of it thus far is that the political environment hasn't changed much at all. The same media that largely ignored the widespread dissatisfaction with the political establishment and wrote off Trump's electoral chances continue looking for evidence that the president has lost traction with the people who elected him. The effort to write the Trump-remorse narrative began in the Republican primaries, when analysts and the media expected GOP voters to eventually rally around a Trump alternative, and continues even now. But still, reality continues to confound...
  • Let’s Talk About What’s Happening To The Democratic Party

    04/18/2017 9:37:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 18, 2017 | John Daniel Davidson
    The mainstream media is obsessed with how Trump is changing the GOP. But the real transformation in American politics is happening in the Democratic Party. This week, newly minted Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez will travel cross-country with Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Keith Ellison on a Democratic Party “unity tour” that will take them to Maine, Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Nebraska, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada—mostly red states that Trump won. The purpose of their road trip, dubbed the “Come Together And Fight Back Tour,” is to shore up a badly fractured Democratic Party and present some semblance of a...