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  • Poll: Trump controversies make him more popular among supporters

    03/23/2017 7:34:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 23, 2017 | Olivia Beavers
    Some of President Trump's supporters expressed a more favorable view of him following a number of recent controversies surrounding his administration, according to an online poll released Thursday. In a handful of cases, while most registered voters expressed a negative view of Trump after the controversies, a plurality of Trump voters felt more favorably toward him, according to the Politico/Morning Consult poll. Nearly 20 percent of respondents said the polled controversies did not change their opinions of the president. Some of the controversies in the poll include the resignation of Trump's first national security adviser Michael Flynn last month, Attorney...
  • Poll: Just Over 3 Percent of Trump Voters Regret Their Choice

    03/23/2017 1:51:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    NewMax ^ | March 22, 2017 | Jeffrey Rodack
    Just over 3 percent of those who backed Donald Trump for president now regret their vote, according to a Mood of the Nation poll from Penn State's McCourtney Institute of Democracy. "Of the 339 poll participants who originally voted for Trump, only 12 (3½ percent) said they would do something different," Michael Berkman, director of the institute and Eric Plutzer, who directed the poll, wrote in The Washington Post. Here are some of the reasons given by those surveyed, according to Berkman and Plutzer: •"I don't like his decisions so far." •"Trump's actions since the inauguration." •"… Trump cannot get...
  • The House Intelligence chief just tossed a huge wrench into Trump-related investigations

    03/22/2017 11:09:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 22, 2017 | Allan Smith
    Rep. Devin Nunes on Wednesday threw a huge wrench into the middle of the investigations surrounding President Donald Trump, his claims of being wiretapped by his predecessor, and Russia's meddling in the election. And he now finds himself in a central role after making Republicans and Democrats alike scratch their heads over what appeared to be an unprecedented move. Nunes, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, called for a sudden 1 p.m. press gathering Wednesday, with its subject unclear. But once it began, he fired off what sounded like a bombshell revelation: The intelligence community, he said, had "incidentally...
  • Trump's Core Supporters Remain Loyal

    03/22/2017 4:55:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | March 22, 2017 | Kenneth T. Walsh
    President Donald Trump's core supporters are staying with him in his hour of need. Polls by Gallup and other survey researchers indicate that at least 80 percent of fellow Republicans approve of his job performance, even though the latest Gallup tracking survey finds that Trump has poor ratings with the general electorate. Only 39 percent of Americans approve of his job performance and 55 percent disapprove. But because his core supporters remain committed to him, it's unlikely that his overall job approval rating will decline much more, political strategists of both major parties say. This is particularly important now because...
  • Michael Moore Urges Democrats To ‘Declare A National Emergency’ Amid FBI Trump Probe

    03/22/2017 12:55:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | March 22, 2017 | Ron Dicker
    “Bring a halt to all business being done in the name of this potential felony suspect, Donald J. Trump.” Filmmaker Michael Moore on Wednesday urged the Democratic Party to declare a national emergency after the FBI said it was investigating whether members of Donald Trump’s campaign team had worked with the Russian government to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. Of course, Moore made his point in a most engaging way on Instagram, using a red light — specifically, that of sentient computer HAL 9000 from “2001: A Space Odyssey” — to call on Democratic leaders to respond with...
  • Democrats still haven’t faced their God problem

    03/20/2017 4:45:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The New York Post ^ | March 15, 2017 | Salena Zito
    PHILADELPHIA — The Democratic Party has a God problem. And over the last couple of decades, as its base became more educated, less religious and more urban, this problem has only grown. Some of this has to do with lower church attendance in cities versus rural areas, and the Democratic Party’s increasing reliance on urban voters. Some of it is the divisiveness of social or cultural issues like abortion and gay marriage. And the divide has seemingly sapped Democrats’ ability to communicate to religious Americans. Especially if those people of faith are white, according to Brad Chism, a longtime and...
  • Trump's Rallies Give Boost to President, His Supporters

    03/20/2017 2:25:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Voice of America ^ | March 20, 2017 | The Associated Press
    NASHVILLE, TENN — President Donald Trump is returning to the road, rallying supporters to recapture the enthusiasm of his campaign and reassuring them about his tumultuous early days in the White House. It's a welcome distraction for a president whose first months in office have been dominated by self-inflicted controversy and roadblocks, courtesy of federal courts and a divided Congress. "We have done far more, I think maybe more than anybody's done in this office in 50 days, that I can tell you,'' Trump said to cheers from thousands of supporters at a campaign rally in Nashville, Tennessee....
  • Trump: Elizabeth Warren running against me would be 'a dream'

    03/18/2017 6:36:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 18, 2017 | Jesse Byrnes
    President Trump said in an interview broadcast Saturday night that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) launching a presidential bid against him would be "a dream come true." “I think she’d lose so badly," Trump said during an interview on Fox News' "Watters' World." Trump claimed Warren, a top surrogate for 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, “was getting up with that craziness and that anger” in speeches on the campaign trail....
  • Trump OKs changes in GOP health care bill, winning support

    03/17/2017 9:59:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Lockport Union-Sun and Journal ^ | March 17, 2017 | Erica Werner and Alan Fram, The Associated Press
    President Donald Trump agreed to add fresh Medicaid curbs to the House Republican health care bill Friday, bolstering the measure with support from some conservative lawmakers but leaving its prospects wobbly. House leaders discussed other amendments calibrated to round up votes and scheduled a showdown vote Thursday. “I just want to let the world know I am 100 percent in favor” of the measure, Trump said at the White House after meeting around a dozen House lawmakers and shaking hands on revisions. “We’re going to have a health care plan that’s going to be second to none.” While the rapid-fire...
  • Meghan McCain slams a possible Chelsea Clinton run for office: 'What fresh hell am I living in?'

    03/17/2017 7:05:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 17, 2017 | David Caplan
    Meghan McCain didn't mince words Thursday when expressing her disdain of a possible run for political office by fellow political offspring Chelsea Clinton. "What fresh hell am I living in where I am going to have to sit through Chelsea Clinton running for office?" McCain said on Fox News' "Outnumbered," which she co-hosts. "What do I have to do to make a Clinton stop running for office?" The daughter of Republican senator John McCain was addressing unconfirmed and unsubstantiated reports that the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was eyeing a...
  • ‘He’s my middle finger to you,’ NBC’s Chuck Todd recalls Trump voters explaining their 2016 vote

    03/17/2017 6:30:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 16, 2017 | Ken Shepherd
    Many Donald Trump voters cast their votes for the president because he’s “authentically inauthentic” and serves as a “middle finger” to the mainstream news media, according to NBC’s Chuck Todd. The “Meet the Press” host made those remarks during a recent interview of former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, who found herself in the national spotlight in 2013 for her efforts filibustering a bill to regulate the Lone Star State’s abortion clinics. Ms. Davis suggested to Mr. Todd that both her failed 2014 gubernatorial run and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential loss can...
  • Trump on the House’s health-care bill: “We will take care of our people or I’m not signing it”

    03/16/2017 8:43:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 16, 2017 | Allahpundit
    A pregnant answer at 7:40 below in response to an excellent question by Tucker Carlson: How can a populist president support an ObamaCare bill that would mostly benefit the well-off at the expense of older, blue-collar, rural Americans — the very people who put him over the top against Hillary? Is he even aware that the bill does that? “Oh, I know,” says Trump, before emphasizing that everything’s negotiable. Well … yes, but all of the negotiating that’s been done so far has been designed to please conservatives, in particular accelerating the rollback of ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion by starting it...
  • Steve King: Blacks & Hispanics 'will be fighting each other' before overtaking whites in population

    03/16/2017 5:44:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | March 14, 2017 | Chris Massie
    Iowa Rep. Steve King said Monday that blacks and Hispanics "will be fighting each other" before overtaking whites in the US population. King, a Republican, was on the radio responding to a question about Univision anchor Jorge Ramos' comment to Tucker Carlson on Fox News that whites would become a majority-minority demographic in America by 2044, a point Ramos used to make the argument that it is a multiracial country. "Jorge Ramos' stock in trade is identifying and trying to drive wedges between race," King told Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson on 1040 WHO. "Race and ethnicity, I should say...
  • Key Democratic Officials Now Warning Base Not to Expect Evidence of Trump/Russia Collusion

    03/16/2017 12:46:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Intercept ^ | March 16, 2017 | Glenn Greenwald
    From MSNBC politics shows to town hall meetings across the country, the overarching issue for the Democratic Party’s base since Trump’s victory has been Russia, often suffocating attention for other issues. This fixation has persisted even though it has no chance to sink the Trump presidency unless it is proven that high levels of the Trump campaign actively colluded with the Kremlin to manipulate the outcome of the U.S. election — a claim for which absolutely no evidence has thus far been presented. The principal problem for Democrats is that so many media figures and online charlatans are personally benefiting...
  • Months After Win, Trump Rips Clinton, Crowd Chants, ‘Lock Her Up!’

    03/15/2017 11:17:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 15, 2017 | Ali Vitali
    Nashville, Tenn. — President Donald Trump railed against a judge's order blocking his immigration restrictions on Wednesday, saying the ruling made America "look weak" — and drew chants from supporters of "lock her up!" when he attacked his former rival. The second version of Trump's travel ban, which would temporarily halts immigration from six primarily Muslim nations, was set to go into effect Thursday until it was stopped by a federal judge in Hawaii. The first executive order shortly after Trump took office was replaced by what the president, during his campaign-style rally in Nashville, called a "watered down" version....
  • Bannon credits Kellyanne Conway for saving Trump campaign after lewd tape scandal

    03/15/2017 1:54:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    AOL News ^ | March 15, 2017
    President Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon has credited Kellyanne Conway for helping to save the businessman's campaign after the release of the Access Hollywood tape where Donald Trump could be heard making obscene comments about women. In a recent profile on Conway by The Atlantic, Bannon is quoted as saying, "If Kellyanne had not been there when the firestorm hit, I don't know if we would have made it. She literally became a cult figure during that time period, just because of her relentless advocacy for Trump on TV." The media broke news about the tape on October 7....
  • Trump’s Utah point man calls out voters, Mormons who didn’t back the new prez

    03/14/2017 5:21:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | March 14, 2017
    Don Peay says the 54 percent of Utah voters — especially Mormon Republicans — who didn't cast their presidential ballots for Donald Trump need to do at least one thing: repent. The former head of the Trump campaign in the Beehive State told the Utah County Republican Women group Monday night, according to Provo's Daily Herald, that "the people who did not get behind Trump probably need to look at themselves in the mirror and say, 'Maybe I need to show a little bit of humility and ask for forgiveness, because I was wrong.' " Peay, a Latter-day Saint and...
  • Ted Cruz finds a way to bury Obamacare once and for all

    03/13/2017 8:06:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Blasting News ^ | March 13, 2017 | Mark Whittington
    Who would have thought that Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas, would find the Gordian knot that will change the #Obamacare impasse from a grinding campaign to try to pass a repeal and replace bill that no one is entirely satisfied with? The senator seems to have found a way to avoid a filibuster entirely in the effort to reform health care reform and pass a new, free-market law. Thus far the problem has been what and what not can be included in a reconciliation bill that only needs 51 votes to pass the Senate. The bill being presented does not contain...
  • Cruz Works Behind Scenes to Change Obamacare Repeal Bill

    03/12/2017 1:53:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 10, 2017 | James Arkin
    Sen. Ted Cruz’s unyielding opposition to the Affordable Care Act and his willingness to publicly take the fight to fellow Republicans helped cause a brief government shutdown four years ago. But now, with a Republican in the White House and repeal legislation working its way through Congress, the Texas Republican is keeping a low profile, putting his head down and working back rooms to influence the legislation. Cruz has expressed serious concerns about the bill, the American Health Care Act, released by House Republicans this week and approved by two committees Thursday. His fellow Senate conservatives Rand Paul and Mike...
  • Could you change your opinion of Trump? We ask Bay Area voters

    03/11/2017 11:02:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Mercury News ^ | March 11, 2017 | Annie Sciacca, Tatiana Sanchez, Julia Prodia Sulek and Ethan Baron
    Chaos and uncertainty have defined the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency, and it appears there is nothing more American these days than having a baked-in opinion about our brash, unpredictable tweeter-in-chief. So, halfway through Trump’s first 100 days in office, we thought it was a good time to ask: Can you ever see yourself changing your mind about President Trump? Never, said Claudia Corona, a 25-year-old hydrogeologist from Oakland. “I will continue to oppose him until he steps down or gets impeached,” she said. “I want nothing to do with this man. I am frankly ashamed to speak the same...
  • C’mon, President Obama—Time to Start Returning Fire

    03/11/2017 9:59:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 10, 2017 | Barrett Holmes Pitner
    Trump’s outrageous tweets have drawn silence from the sometimes over-dignified former president. But Mr. Ex-President, your half of the country needs you. President Barack Obama doesn’t have any official engagements on the horizon and hasn’t said much since returning from vacation, but we should still probably brace ourselves for another 6 a.m. tweetstorm this weekend from President Donald Trump accusing the former president of undermining his presidency. In less than a week, Trump has accused Obama of wiretapping his phone and releasing 122 Gitmo detainees, and he has given oxygen to the conspiracy theory of an Obama-empowered “deep state” or...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Jr. dine in Dallas

    03/11/2017 2:34:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    WFAA-TV ^ | March 11, 2017 | Hannah Davis
    DALLAS -- Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Jr. will headline the Reagan Day Dinner hosted by the Dallas County Republican's Party Saturday evening. The event will take place at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas and includes a meet and greet with Republican leaders and dinner. Attendees have to purchase tickets starting at $150 and going up to $25,000. This is the second meeting between the Trump family and Ted Cruz in recent weeks. Senator Cruz and his wife recently had dinner with President Trump, tweeting a photo of the Cruz family's children with the President afterwards.
  • Trump Cracked the Firewall: Can it happen again?

    03/10/2017 10:56:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | March 10, 2017 | Ron Faucheux
    Donald Trump’s compulsion to exaggerate the magnitude of his election victory––talking about a landslide that didn’t happen and miscounting electoral votes––has distracted from the true strategic importance of his triumph. From one perspective, the size of Trump’s win wasn’t so impressive. He received 45.9 percent of the popular vote––two points less than his opponent and four points shy of a majority––and he captured fewer electoral votes than the winners of seven of the last nine elections. From another angle, Trump’s win was very impressive. He won the battleground states of Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Iowa––states that swing back and...
  • Election turnout was abysmal in L.A., and that means trouble for Democrats nationwide

    03/10/2017 2:14:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | March 9, 2017 | Mike Madrid
    Los Angeles County had a dismal turnout rate in the March 7 election, the first chance for voters to express themselves at the ballot box since Donald Trump’s stunning victory. People here seem more political than in the past — they go to a lot of protests and town halls, and they fill their social media accounts with anti-GOP screeds. But less than 12% of eligible voters showed up. This suggests that hatred of our new president isn't sufficient to get out the vote. Granted, the election was a local affair. The most controversial questions for voters involved measures to...
  • Pelosi: Trump wiretapping claim ‘couldn’t possibly be true’

    03/10/2017 1:13:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 10, 2017 | Mike Lillis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) dismissed President Trump's wiretapping charges against President Obama Friday as a smokescreen designed to cloud potential ties between Trump and Russia. “It couldn’t possibly be true, because that is not how our system works,” Pelosi said during a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington. “We do not investigate, through a FISA court, Americans — here or abroad.” Pelosi noted that she was among the architects of revisions to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA Court, enacted after 9/11. The clandestine court overseas surveillance requests from the nation’s intelligence agencies. “There’s much more accountability...
  • Nancy Pelosi: American People Have Right to Know What’s in Healthcare Bill Before It Passes

    03/10/2017 12:54:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 10, 2017 | Alex Griswold
    Presented without comment: Dear Speaker Ryan, This week, the Committees on Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means will be marking up Republicans’ long-feared bill to dismantle affordable health care. The GOP legislation will have life or death consequences for tens of millions of families across America, and extraordinary impacts on state and federal budgets long into the future. The American people and Members have a right to know the full impact of this legislation before any vote in Committee or by the whole House.
  • KING: The Democratic Party doesn't get why it's so unpopular

    03/10/2017 12:59:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | March 9, 2017 | Shaun King aka Talcum X
    A troubling new poll was just released showing that the Democratic Party is significantly less popular than both Donald Trump and Mike Pence. My gut tells me that Democrats will ignore this poll, or blame it on bad polling, and continue down the same course they are currently on: being funded by lobbyists and the 1%, straddling the fence or outright ignoring many of most inspirational issues of the time, and blaming Bernie Sanders for why they aren’t in power right now. As a general rule the Democratic Party doesn’t listen well and struggles to hear the truth about itself....
  • Hillary to Goldman: Americans Who Want to Limit Immigration Are ‘Fundamentally UnAmerican’

    03/09/2017 11:34:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    David Icke ^ | October 17, 2016 | Jaymie Icke
    Hillary Clinton told Goldman Sachs executives that Americans who want to limit immigration are “fundamentally un-American,” according to the leaked transcript of her private October 2013 speech made public by WikiLeaks. Clinton’s statement is significant because it suggests that, according to polling data, Clinton views an overwhelming majority of the American electorate to be “fundamentally un-American.” According to data from Pew Research Center, 83% of the American electorate would like to see immigration levels frozen or reduced. Clinton’s declaration describing those who want to limit immigration as “unAmerican” came in the context of her urging action on “immigration reform.” “Immigration...
  • Trump Woos Lawmakers With Flattery and White House Bowling

    03/09/2017 8:47:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Bloomberg Politics ^ | March 9, 2017 | Billy House
  • Intelligence Committee Dems: You know, this Russia collusion story may not be going anywhere

    03/09/2017 7:22:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 9, 2017 | John Sexton
    The investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia is probably going to disappoint a lot of people, and by people I mean partisan Democrats. That’s the thrust of a report at Buzzfeed based on conversations with half-a-dozen people involved in the investigation, both Republicans and Democrats: Even some Democrats on the Intelligence Committee now quietly admit, after several briefings and preliminary inquiries, they don’t expect to find evidence of active, informed collusion between the Trump campaign and known Russian intelligence operatives, though investigators have only just begun reviewing raw intelligence. Among the Intelligence Committee’s rank and file, there’s a...
  • Wow: Two new polls show massive majorities favor new infrastructure spending

    03/09/2017 12:57:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 8, 2017 | Allahpundit
    Man alive. How often do you see poll results like this anymore?That’s from Quinnipiac. CNN asked the same question and got a slightly less enthusiastic response — but note the partisan numbers: Republicans are now more gung ho to spend on infrastructure than Democrats are, huh? Gotta be “the Trump effect” at work, with the right rushing to embrace Trump’s priorities as the left inches away from them. Here’s a famous bit from an interview Steve Bannon gave last November, 10 days after Trump’s victory: “The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The...
  • NRSC chair: Trump's wall 'not the right way' (National Republican Senatorial Committee)

    03/09/2017 12:15:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 9, 2017 | Olivia Beavers
    The chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee is rejecting President Trump’s keystone proposal for border security, saying “a wall is not the right way to proceed.” During a Wednesday telephone town hall with constituents, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Col.) said building a wall is neither the most cost-effective nor the most secure way of closing the southern border. "As far as the wall goes, I believe we have to have border security, but I do think billions of dollars on a wall is not the right way to proceed," Gardner said. "I don't support a tariff to pay for any...
  • This Day in Trump, Day 48: Dinner with the Cruz family

    03/08/2017 6:05:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | March 8, 2017 | Jordan Rudner, Washington Correspondent
    President Donald Trump had a busy schedule Wednesday but stayed out of the public eye and kept his tweets to a minimum. Press secretary Sean Spicer emphasized Trump’s support for the House Republicans’ bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Tonight, the president and first lady dined with Sen. Ted Cruz, his wife Heidi, and their two daughters. And Jon Huntsman may be the next ambassador to Russia. Here’s what you need to know. Highlight of the day Trump spent most of the day in private meetings. In the morning, he met with education activist Laurene Powell Jobs, who is...
  • Trumps, Cruzes to dine at White House on Wednesday

    03/08/2017 10:05:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | March 8, 2017 | By Ashley Killough and Betsy Klein
    President Donald Trump will sit down for dinner Wednesday night with Sen. Ted Cruz, roughly a year after the two men waged a deeply personal and ugly primary fight for the Republican presidential nomination. The White House meal comes as the President and the Texas senator potentially find themselves in yet another tense face-off. Trump endeavors to push a health care plan through Congress, but conservatives like Cruz have expressed serious concerns about the trajectory of the repeal and replace effort. Cruz has not gone as far as other colleagues, such as Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Mike Lee, in...
  • Tim Kaine's son forcefully arrested at Trump rally at Minnesota Capitol (2nd Degree Riot)

    03/07/2017 9:57:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Pine and Lakes Echo Journal ^ | March 7, 2017 | The St. Paul Pioneer Press
    ST. PAUL—The youngest son of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's 2016 running mate, was one of six people arrested Saturday after counter-protesters disrupted a rally in support of President Donald Trump at the Minnesota State Capitol. Linwood Michael Kaine, 24, and four others were arrested on suspicion of second-degree riot after the "March 4 Trump" rally in St. Paul; a sixth person was cited for disorderly conduct. Counter-protesters clashed with Trump supporters in the Capitol rotunda after they attempted to disrupt the proceedings with air horns, whistles and chants. At one point, someone set off a smoke bomb....
  • Trump approval rating gets big bounce: It’s thanks to millennials and minorities

    03/07/2017 9:45:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | March 7, 2017 | Ryan Girdusky
    Despite wall to wall negative coverage from the press, President Trump’s approval ratings have risen over the last two weeks even among millennials. According to a polling report by Quinnipiac University, Trump’s approval rating has enjoyed a slight bounce from 38 percent on Feb. 22 to 41 percent on Tuesday. Meanwhile, his disapproval rating dropped from 55 percent to 52 percent over the same period. Among millennials, the change has been even more drastic. Trump’s approval rating was a dismal 21 percent, and his disapproval was 69 percent two weeks ago. In the latest poll, however, his approval went up...
  • Academics swap gender of Trump, Clinton for restaged presidential debate, the results surprised them

    03/07/2017 5:16:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 7, 2017 | John Sexton
    This is fascinating. A professor of economics named Maria Guadalupe was watching the presidential debates last year and had a thought. What if Trump were a woman and Hillary were a man? How would that change people’s perceptions of the exchanges in the debates? With the help of Joe Salvatore, a professor who specializes in something called ethnodrama, Guadalupe set up a recreation of sections of the original debates using actors to play the roles of Trump, Clinton and the moderator. All the words the actors spoke were taken from transcripts. The candidates’ body language and delivery were studied and...
  • Vermont Elects Nation’s First Muslim Party Chair, Sends ‘Strong Message to Trump’

    03/07/2017 1:50:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 6, 2017 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    Two days before the Trump administration rolled out the new version of what critics call a Muslim ban, Vermont Democrats elected the nation's first Muslim state party chairman. Faisal Gill, who was elected Saturday, said the decision of the Democratic State Committee to name him interim chair is a clear rebuke of Trump. "To have a Muslim and immigrant to be the state party chair sends a really strong message to Trump and his type of politics that this is not where the country is at," he told NBC News. The White House released a new executive order Monday restricting...
  • The Coming Democratic Majority? Not So Fast.

    03/06/2017 11:23:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Slate ^ | March 6, 2017 | Yascha Mounk
    The right fears it. The left dreams of it. But both may be deceived in assuming demographics will change how America votes anytime soon. Last summer, an anonymous writer by the pseudonym of Publius Decius Mus wrote in the Claremont Review of Books that electing Donald Trump was the last chance to save the United States from certain doom. Invoking one of the planes hijacked by al-Qaida terrorists on 9/11, he argued that: 2016 is the Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die. You may die anyway. You—or the leader of your party—may make it into the cockpit...
  • Obama’s signature move: unsealing private records(2012 Article)

    03/06/2017 4:16:37 AM PST · by tired&retired · 12 replies
    Human Events ^ | Aug 1, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    Mitt Romney presents one enormous problem for Barack Obama’s campaign: No divorce records. That’s why the media are so hot to get their hands on Romney’s tax records for the past 25 years. They need something to “pick through, distort and lie about” — as the Republican candidate says. Obama’s usual campaign method, used in 100 percent of his races, has been to pry into the private records of his opponents. Let’s take a romp down memory lane and review the typical Obama campaign strategy. Obama became a U.S. senator only by virtue of David Axelrod’s former employer, the Chicago...
  • Chris Wallace to Sen. Coons: McCarthyism to Accuse Trump Of Russian Collusion, Where's Evidence?

    03/05/2017 9:49:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 5, 2017 | Ian Schwartz
    FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace tells Democratic Senator Chris Coons that continued talk of collusion between Trump and Russia has a whiff of McCarthyism. He asked if the point of this continued talk, that has gone on for months, is an attempt to derail Trump's agenda. Coons would concede to Wallace that he has "no hard evidence of collusion." CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Why would you suggest in that clip that I just played for Senator Cotton that there are FBI transcripts that show, and I want to get your words, "provide very critical insights" in the collusion...
  • Sabotage is All They Have Left on the Left

    03/05/2017 5:22:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The DiploMad 2.0 ^ | March 3, 2017
    Sabotage is All They Have Left on the Left Like a retreating occupation army, the Democrats and their enablers seek to destroy all before the advancing liberating forces can use it. Sabotage is all they have left on the left. In the wake of Trump's "shock" victory last November, their failure to prevent him from taking office through a variety of loopy legal/political moves, the Democrats, reeling, once again, from the hammer blows of Trump's uplifting and magnificent agenda-setting address to Congress, now openly seek no less than the destruction of the country's ability to govern itself. They offer no...
  • EXCLUSIVE: President Trump will go “full Irish” on St.Pat’s events at the White House

    03/05/2017 5:31:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Irish Central ^ | March 5, 2017 | Niall O'Dowd
    President Donald Trump will carry out the “full Irish” list of engagements this St.Patrick’s season despite concerns to the contrary, IrishCentral.com has learned. He will have a full schedule of events on Thursday, March 16 at the White House. In addition, Vice President Pence will be the honoree at the American Ireland Fund dinner on March 15 in D.C. Fears that the new president would cut back on the traditional Irish day in the White House and Capitol Hill – or even cancel them – have been quashed after diligent work by the Irish Embassy and key Irish Americans in...
  • Can Millennials Save the Democratic Party?

    03/04/2017 9:48:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 4, 2017 | Ronald Brownstein
    Facing a bleak electoral landscape after 2016, the brightest spot for Democrats may be President Trump’s continued weakness with members of the Millennial generation—who are poised to surpass the more Republican-leaning baby boomers in 2020 as the largest generation of eligible voters. Polls early in his presidency consistently show Trump facing lower job-approval ratings, and greater resistance to his key ideas, among Millennials than among any older generation. Those findings are fueling Democratic hopes that Trump’s agenda of bristling nationalism on issues like immigration will stamp the GOP as a party of racial exclusion, not only for the increasingly diverse...
  • USA! USA!: Pro-Trump crowd voices support at N.J. rally

    03/04/2017 5:59:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Times of Trenton ^ | March 4, 2017 | Craig McCarthy
    MIDDLETOWN - Chanting "USA! USA! USA," a crowd of about 150 men, women and some children rallied at an intersection on Rt. 35 on a frigid, blustery afternoon in support of President Donald Trump Saturday. In response to the cheers, drivers blared their horns in support, triggering waves of screams. The crowd, holding Trump signs and waving American flags, gathered outside the ShopRite Plaza at noon in conjunction with nationwide rallies organized by the Main Street Patriots, a conservative activist group started by one of the grassroots organizers of the Tea Party rallies. (VIDEO-AND-TWEET-AT-LINK) "We are the silent majority," said...
  • Keith Ellison Suggests Jail Time For Jeff Sessions

    03/03/2017 9:46:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 3, 2017 | Chuck Ross
    Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the new deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, suggested Thursday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions deserves jail time for failing to mention his meetings with Russia’s ambassador during his confirmation hearing in January. In a statement issued Thursday morning, Ellison asserted that Sessions “lied under oath” in his Jan. 10 Senate confirmation hearing about the meetings with Kremlin’s diplomat, Sergey Kislyak. “Since it has now come to light that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath about meeting with Russian officials during the campaign, we must be entirely clear on one thing: perjury is a...
  • Fox News Poll: A majority says 'move on' from protesting Trump

    03/03/2017 9:32:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | March 2, 2017 | Victoria Balara
    Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets since Donald Trump won the presidential election. But a majority of voters would tell protesters: “it’s time to move on.” That’s according to a Fox News Poll of registered voters released Thursday. The poll asks, “What message would you like to send to people who are protesting President Trump and his policies?” Over half, 53 percent, would tell them “it’s time to move on,” while 44 percent would implore them “don’t give up the fight.”(continued)
  • The Jeff Sessions Attack Is a Nothingburger

    03/02/2017 1:46:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Resurgent ^ | March 2, 2017 | Erick Erickson
    First, let’s get this out of the way. It is not a coincidence that within twenty four hours of Donald Trump giving a well received speech to congress that the New York Times runs a hit job on Jeff Sessions to distract from it, particularly after admitting the Obama Administration has been behind much of this disruption. Let’s review what happened. During Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing, he had this exchange with Senator Al Franken. “FRANKEN: OK. CNN has just published a story and I’m telling you this about a news story that’s just been published. I’m not expecting you to...
  • In Spanish-Language Response, Activist Says Trump Is Inspiring Discrimination ("Racial profiling")

    03/02/2017 1:28:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WCQS-FM Public Radio ^ | March 1, 2017 | Adrian Florido
    President Trump took a hard-line stance on illegal immigration during his first address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday, restating his promise to build a wall along the Southern border and speaking of the government's ongoing deportation efforts, saying that "as we speak, we are removing gang members, drug dealers, and criminals who threaten our communities." Notably absent from the president's remarks was any indication that he would support a path to legalization for the millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, despite reports that he had signaled an openness to a legalization plan during a meeting with...
  • Dem says party made 'mistake' with pick for Trump rebuttal

    03/02/2017 1:16:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 1, 2017 | Nikita Vladimirov
    Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) is criticizing the Democratic rebuttal speech to President Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress, calling it "a mistake" to have chosen former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. "You're asking about thinking, and that didn't happen," Cleaver said Wednesday when questioned on MSNBC about the diner-set rebuttal speech. "Look, the governor did a fabulous job in terms of healthcare when he was in Kentucky ... but I would love to have had [Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián] Castro as giving the response or somebody like [Rep.] Cedric Richmond from New Orleans," Cleaver said....