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  • Berks certifies election results; 'We're done' (Pennsylvania)

    12/02/2016 12:29:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    WFMZ-TV ^ | December 1, 2016 | Alexandra Hogan
    READING, Pa. - Results of the November 8 election are being recounted in Wisconsin, a movement led by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Stein has questioned the integrity of votes cast in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, but she hasn't presented any proof of wrongdoing. She's already raised more than $5 million for the recount. Election officials in Berks County moved forward Thursday and certified the votes that were cast in the election. "The election results are the election results," said Berks County Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt. Not everyone, however, is ready to accept them. "With the recount being done now, and...
  • Trump and Clinton campaign managers clashed angrily, compared war stories at Harvard conference

    12/01/2016 7:58:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | December 1, 2016 | John Yang and James Blue
    CAMBRIDGE, MA — Would a fourth presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton closer to Election Day have changed the outcome? Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri thinks so — and she regrets not asking for one. Palmieri said Clinton did best directly comparing herself with now President-elect Trump. “It was Hillary unfiltered and the clarity of the choice,” she said. If she had asked, the Trump campaign would have agreed — and it wouldn’t have changed anything, said Trump’s deputy campaign manager David Bossie. After a shaky first debate, he said, Mr. Trump only got better and needed less...
  • 'Mnuchin played key role in Aab Ki baar Trump Sarkar campaign' (1.7 million more votes)

    12/01/2016 11:54:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Business Standard ^ | December 1, 2016 | The Press Trust of India
    Steven Mnuchin, US President- elect Donald Trump's pick for Treasury Secretary, played a key role in organising the 'Aab Ki baar Trump Sarkar' ad campaign close to the election, a Republican Hindu organisation said. Indian-American Shalabh Kumar, founder and president of the Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC), met with Trump in July at the residence of Mnuchin in Southampton, New York where he discussed his vision for the campaign. "Trump agreed to participate," RHC said in a statement. Kumar, who played a leading role in mobilising Hindus for Trump has been appointed to the Transition Finance and Inauguration teams, the media...
  • Donald Trump Expected to Contest Michigan Vote Recount

    12/01/2016 11:27:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Patch ^ | December 1, 2016 | Beth Dalbey
    President-elect Donald J. Trump is expected to officially object Thursday to Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s request for a laborious hand-recount of the state’s nearly 4.8 million ballots. Trump was declared the winner of the state’s 16 electoral votes by a margin of 10,704 votes on Monday. Fred Woodhams, a spokesman for the Michigan Secretary of State Office, said the objection would be filed by the end of day Thursday. Stein filed her recount request Wednesday, along with a check for $973,250 to cover the costs to recount ballots in Michigan’s 6,300 precincts. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said Wednesday...
  • Get Ready: Hillary rumored to be considering another go at the White House in 2020

    11/30/2016 10:23:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | November 29, 2016 | Cassy Fiano
    Since Hillary Clinton was defeated in her second run for the presidency, many have assumed that she’ll finally be going away for good. If they think that, though, then they don’t know the Clintons. Not only is Hillary not leaving the public eye, she’s already considering another run for the White House in 2020… or so the rumors go. Sources say that Hillary’s recount efforts are just part of her long-term plan to run again in four years. And the person floating this idea is Ron Fournier, member of the White House Press Corps. (TWEETS-AT-LINK) Does Hillary think that she...
  • Lindsey Graham Working on Bill to Protect Dreamers if Trump Revokes Obama Executive Actions

    11/30/2016 5:09:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 30, 2016 | Justin Baragona
    President-elect Donald Trump ran on a platform of being extremely tough on immigration. One of his vows to voters was that he’d get rid of President Barack Obama’s executive actions, which could include those that provided protections to young undocumented immigrants from being deported. One Republican lawmaker and Trump critic is now prepping legislation that would keep those protections in place in case Trump moves forward with his pledge. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has said he is working with both Democrats and Republicans in order to protect immigrants, known as Dreamers, who willingly came forward to give their information in...
  • Jill Stein officially requests Michigan recount by hand

    11/30/2016 1:22:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Global News ^ | November 30, 2016 | David Eggert, The Associated Press
    LANSING, Mich. – Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein on Wednesday requested a full hand recount of Michigan’s presidential vote, making it the third state where she’s asked for another look at a race narrowly won by Republican Donald Trump. Stein had previously requested recounts of the presidential votes in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. President-elect Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by 10,704 votes out of nearly 4.8 million ballots cast in Michigan, but Stein alleges that irregularities and the possibility that vote scanning devices could have been hacked call the results into question....
  • Obama: Trump had a 20 percent chance of winning

    11/30/2016 12:45:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 29, 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama says he wasn’t all that surprised by Donald Trump’s upset victory in the presidential election. “So I think the odds of Donald Trump winning were always around 20 percent,” Obama said in a Rolling Stone interview published Tuesday. “That [doesn't] seem like a lot, but one out of five is not that unusual. It's not a miracle." Obama spoke to the magazine’s publisher, Jann Wenner, the day after Election Day, when the level of shock at the White House seemed very high. Dozens of stunned staffers, many of whom had tears in their eyes, stood in the Rose...
  • (November 2, 2016 Redux) Coverup Clinton Foundation Fails to Disclose Latest Donor Report, Tax Retu

    11/29/2016 9:36:22 PM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 2, 2016 | Richard Pollock
    Clinton Foundation officials have yet to disclose the charity’s third quarter 2016 donors — which ended September 30 — thus insuring voters won’t know who contributed in the final months leading up to the Nov. 8 presidential election. Also late is the 2015 990 tax return for the former president’s charity. The Clinton Foundation pledges on its website that “for maximum transparency … we update our donor web-page each quarter that we receive the contributions.” But officials there have yet to post the latest quarterly donor report and they’ve offered no explanation. The third quarter period is from July 1...
  • MI certifies Trump's win, Stein sticks to recount plans in WI, PA but nothing will change

    11/29/2016 12:38:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Merco Press ^ | November 29, 2016
    Electoral officials for the state of Michigan certified Monday that Donald Trump won by 10,704 votes out of nearly 4.8 million to claim all of its 16 electoral votes. Green Party nominnee Jill Stein said she would continue with her petitions for vote recounts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, although it would have taken a reversal in all three states for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to reach the presidency. Questions raise as to how Stein got so quickly all her new funding, which largely surpasses her total campaign expenditures. There are leads pointing at billionaire George Soros. Although Donald Trump's victory...
  • The Latest: Former VP Dan Quayle visits Trump Tower

    11/29/2016 12:25:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    WBRC-TV ^ | November 29, 2016 | The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump and his administration (all times EST): 2:17 p.m. Former Vice President Dan Quayle is among those visiting Trump Tower on Tuesday. Quayle entered the Manhattan high-rise that's home to President-elect Donald Trump accompanied by Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to the incoming commander in chief....
  • Trump has already defeated the news media. And it’s unclear what we can do about it.

    11/29/2016 11:45:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Washington Post's The Plum Line ^ | November 28, 2016 | Paul Waldman
    Donald Trump is either a mad genius who has cracked the media code in a way no politician before him was able to do, or he’s a kind of political Mr. Magoo, stumbling randomly about yet achieving one success after another. We may never know which it is. But if we’re going to maintain our democracy, we have to figure out how to deal with the way Trump successfully manipulates the media. Perhaps, as some have suggested, Trump tweeted his ridiculous lie about millions of fraudulent votes on Sunday in order to distract people from this lengthy investigation in the...
  • Election officials not seeing Jill Stein's recount volunteers in Pennsylvania

    11/28/2016 6:34:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Patriot News ^ | November 28, 2016 | Christian Alexandersen
    Green Party's Jill Stein needed thousands of volunteers to help with a voter-initiated recount of Pennsylvania's election results. But, officials are not seeing it. In a video Sunday, Stein asked volunteers to print, complete and get notarized affidavits in an attempt to force an election recount in Pennsylvania. Election officials from around the state said they had received some calls about affidavits but not the thousands Stein needs. While Stein said volunteers were needed to submit their documentation by Monday, Wanda Murren, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of State, has said the deadline for a voter-initiated recount was Nov. 21....
  • How the Pennsylvania recount is going so far in Philly (not good)

    11/28/2016 5:01:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Billy Penn ^ | November 28, 2016 | Anna Orso
    Updated 5:30 p.m. — As of close of business on Monday, the Philadelphia Board of Elections had received petitions from 74 (out of more than 1,600) divisions. Updated 3:45 p.m. — Jill Stein officially filed a lawsuit in a bid to force all of Pennsylvania’s votes to be recounted. Jill Stein’s effort to recount presidential votes in three swing states already appears to be sputtering in Philadelphia. While Stein, a former presidential candidate, has raised millions of dollars and filed for a recount in Wisconsin, the process in Pennsylvania is much more complicated. Candidates cannot file for a recount themselves....
  • It's Official: Donald Trump Wins Michigan; President-Elect Could Fight Recount

    11/28/2016 11:48:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Patch ^ | November 28, 2016 | Beth Dalbey
    Updated. President-elect Donald Trump, who was certified Monday as the winner of Michigan's 16 electoral votes, could contest a request for a recount of Michigan's nearly 4.8 million votes in the Nov. 8 general election. If he does, he could stretch the latest drama in a stunning election cycle well into December and close to the Electoral College vote. In the certified results, Trump led Michigan by 10,704 votes — 2,279,543 compared with 2,268,839 for Clinton. Trump hasn't said that he will take the step of contesting the recount, but he has been critical of the effort by Green Party...
  • The race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination is now open

    11/27/2016 8:55:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | November 27, 2016 | Chris Cillizza
    By Election Day, ambitious Democrats had already resigned themselves to an eight-year wait for their chance in the national spotlight. Hillary Clinton was an overwhelming favorite against Donald Trump and, assuming she won, running a primary challenge against her in four years would be a fool’s errand. Then Clinton lost. Although this most stunning upset in modern presidential history has produced (and will produce) a thousand aftershocks, one of the most unlikely and important is that the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 is now open. That opening is made all the more remarkable by the fact that there is simply...
  • 2016 Recount: Stein Cannot File Direct Request For Recount In Pennsylvania, Must Take It To Court

    11/27/2016 7:35:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 26, 2016 | Tara West, The Inquisitr
    Jill Stein posted to her Jill2016 website that she had raised enough money to “file” for a recount in Pennsylvania. However, the Green Party candidate left out some key details about the filing of recounts in Pennsylvania that many of her supporters likely would have wanted to know before donating. For example, candidates cannot file a direct request for a recount in the state and instead must appeal the election in court. (TWEET-AT-LINK) According to the Recount 2016 initiative and donation page posted by failed Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, the Stein/Baraka Green Party Campaign launched an effort to...
  • Barack Obama could run for Congress in 2018 — and he might be the Democrats' best hope

    11/27/2016 6:44:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 26, 2016 | Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate
    Ohio congressman Tim Ryan is campaigning to replace Nancy Pelosi as the House minority leader. In an interview with the Washington Post, he argued that Democrats need a strategy for appealing to voters that doesn't rely on President Obama's personal popularity. “If we don’t have Barack Obama at the top of the ticket, we can’t win elections. That is an unsustainable model. He can’t run again, so it’s not even like we can say, well, every four years we’ll win.” Indeed, Barack Obama can't run again ... OR CAN HE??? Such is the question posed by this Change.org petition, which...
  • Trump claims ‘serious voter fraud’ in 3 states

    11/27/2016 5:39:03 PM PST · by entropy12 · 106 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/27/16 | CYRA MASTER
    President-elect Donald Trump alleged Sunday evening that there were “serious voter fraud” issues in three states during the election, calling out results from Virginia, New Hampshire and California.
  • Trump's secret supports come clean now that the election is over

    11/26/2016 6:22:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    News Chief ^ | November 26, 2016 | James Rosen McClatchy Washington Bureau
    ORLANDO — Along the Interstate 4 corridor in the heart of Florida, the biggest swing region in the nation's biggest swing state, Donald Trump had a lot of backers. Many of them kept their enthusiasm to themselves. "I was guarded," Carol Foushi, a retired nurse, told a McClatchy reporter at the Millenia Mall in Orlando, a few miles from her home near Disney World. "People were passionate. They wanted Hillary; they wanted the first woman president. It was more for historic than for personal reasons." Her husband, John Foushi, used gallows humor in explaining his vote for the New York...
  • Jill Stein a Clinton Pawn in Push for Recount?

    11/25/2016 10:37:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | November 25, 2016 | Matthew Wisner
    Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has raised nearly $5 million to fund efforts to push for a recount in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. This has led to speculation over what Stein hopes to gain from a potential recount or if she is being used by billionaire investor George Soros or Bill and Hillary Clinton. ‘Stacy on the Right’ Show Host Stacy Washington weighed in on the potential factors driving the push for a recount. “I saw something interesting this morning on ‘The Hill’ by writer Mary Chastain and she talked about the big deal with Donald Trump saying...
  • Something Feels Really Off About Jill Stein's Recount Effort

    11/25/2016 9:14:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Pajiba ^ | November 25, 2016 | Dustin Rowles
    Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote has increased now to 2.1 million votes and counting. She has received more votes than any other white or female candidate in the history of the United States. Indeed, Donald Trump may have garnered more votes than any other Republican in history, but he’s getting trounced in the popular vote. By the time counting has finished, Clinton’s 2+ million vote lead over Donald Trump will be a bigger vote lead than 28 eventual Presidents had over their opponents. It’s not exactly a landslide (Obama beat McCain by 9 million votes, and Romney by...
  • The numbers are in: Trump wins Michigan by 10,704

    11/23/2016 3:01:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    The Detroit Free Press | November 23, 2016 | Kathleen Gray, Lansing Bureau
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2016/11/23/donald-trump-wins-michigan-votes/94360852/
  • Joe Scarborough argues Trump will benefit from low expectations: 'Obama came in as black Jesus'

    11/23/2016 8:54:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 23, 2016 | Maxwell Tani
    Joe Scarborough argued Wednesday that Donald Trump is benefiting from low expectations. During a "Morning Joe" panel, the MSNBC host implied that President Barack Obama disappointed many voters who had high expectations for his presidency. "Obama came in as black Jesus. I don't want to come in as redneck Jesus, if I'm a president of the United States. You want to come in like Ronald Reagan where people underestimate you," Scarborough said. Scarborough also argued that left-leaning writers had "done Donald Trump a favor" by highlighting support for Trump from white supremacists, including a video that showed members of a...
  • Trump critic Mark Cuban stays mum on sitdown with Steve Bannon

    11/23/2016 8:32:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 23, 2016 | Jacob Pramuk
    Mark Cuban, one of Donald Trump's most vocal critics, met with the president-elect's key advisor Steve Bannon, according to reports. They met Tuesday at the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel in New York, according to TMZ, which first reported on the meeting and published a picture of the pair. (TWEET-AT-LINK) Asked whether he could confirm the meeting or give details on what was discussed, Cuban told CNBC that he would "have to pass." The billionaire entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. He repeatedly criticized Trump in appearances on CNBC during...
  • Rangel Introduces Bill to Abolish The Electoral College

    11/22/2016 10:44:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Charles Rangel Website ^ | November 17, 2016 | Press Release
    Washington, D.C. - Congressman Charles B. Rangel introduced, H.J. Res 103, a bill today that would allow Congress to vote to eliminate the Electoral College system and decide future presidential elections by the outcome of the popular vote. This legislation is the House companion bill to S.J.Res.41, introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) on November 15, 2016. “I came to Congress on the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, and I know how hard we fought for the sacred right to vote,” said Rangel. “To protect it, everyone should have access to the vote, and every vote must count. The...
  • Gov. Nikki Haley picked to become UN ambassador, sources say

    11/22/2016 10:18:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Post and Courier ^ | November 22, 2016 | Andy Shain
    COLUMBIA -- President-elect Donald Trump is picking South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to become his U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, The Post and Courier has learned. The move, expected Wednesday, continues the steep political rise of the daughter of Indian immigrants that started six years ago when the Bamberg native was elected as South Carolina’s first female and minority governor. The planned nomination to the cabinet-level post, confirmed by multiple sources with knowledge of the decision, is likely to raise questions about Haley’s qualifications for a major foreign policy role since she has little diplomatic experience as state lawmaker...
  • Trump: Son-in-law Kushner could help broker Israeli-Palestinian peace

    11/22/2016 6:11:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 22, 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    President-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday he may tap his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to help broker a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians. Trump told a group of New York Times journalists that Kushner likely wouldn't take a formal role in possible Middle East peace talks, but could nonetheless serve as a player....
  • 3 Reasons Trump Could Put Cruz on the Supreme Court

    11/22/2016 3:21:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 185 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | November 22, 2016 | Ciro Scotti
    On the list of surprising visitors calling on president-elect Donald Trump last week, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas ranks right up there with alleged Secretary of State candidate Mitt Romney. While Romney who called Trump a “phony” and talked openly about derailing his candidacy during the campaign had an actual job attached to the meeting with his former nemesis on Saturday, Cruz’s visit was billed as more of a drop-by. It’s true that after the name-calling between Cruz and Trump (who tagged him “Lyin’ Ted’) during the primary campaign; after Trump’s derogatory comments about Cruz’s wife; after Trump’s suggestion that...
  • HAMILTON STAR AMBUSHES VP-ELECT PENCE

    11/22/2016 9:14:49 AM PST · by MostlyAnti-Lib · 4 replies
    11-22-16 | TEDWINT
    The rude ambush of Vice-President elect Mike Pence by a cast member of the Broadway Musical, “Hamilton”, has outraged a large cross-section of the American citizenry. The actor expressed alarm and anxiety that the Trump-Pence Administration will not protect and defend “a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations”, and uphold their inalienable rights. The liberal left likes to preach that there should be a “conversation” between both sides to settle our differences. But when a cheap shot is taken in a venue where a response is not practicable, THAT AIN’T CONVERSATION, BUDDY, THAT’S “BULLYING”....
  • Can You Spot a Trend in New Jersey’s 10 Credit Rating Downgrades Under Christie?

    11/22/2016 7:45:36 AM PST · by ChessExpert · 6 replies
    Reason ^ | November 22nd, 2016 | Eric Boehm
    Christie says he doesn't pay attention to credit ratings, but maybe he should have. They've been trying to tell him (and other states) something. Since Gov. Chris Christie took office in 2010, New Jersey has seen its credit downgraded 10 times by the "big three" credit rating agencies. Seriously, though, the state's pension systems are a total mess. When Christie came into office in 2010, New Jersey was facing a $54 billion funding shortfall to pay for current and future retirees. He immediately set about tackling the problem—to his credit—and in 2011 the state passed a pension fund rescue plan...
  • Trump's victory: the night a machine predicted humans better than the humans

    11/22/2016 1:45:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Campaign ^ | November 9, 2016 | Lisa De Bonis
    President Donald Trump. It's fair to say pollsters, political commentators and experts on both sides of the Atlantic didn't believe they would ever see that. And neither did I. If you listened to us all on the airwaves it was clear that most believed common sense would prevail and prevent someone so polarising and unpredictable being elected to the most powerful office in the world. But there was one expert in a TV studio that, if it had had a voice, would have been saying something like "I told you so". EagleAi was designed and built by Havas for ITV...
  • Trump Towercam - Kellyanne Conway impromptu presser on CSPAN

    11/21/2016 7:27:33 PM PST · by bigbob · 10 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 11-21-16 | CSPAN
    CSPAN pool feed from the lobby of Trump Tower with sporadic interviews and comments from Trump staff and visitors. Replays of specific comments may be available on the CSPAN site.
  • SPIEGEL Interview with US President Barack Obama: 'We Could See More and More Divisions'

    11/21/2016 11:06:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | November 18, 2016 | Klaus Brinkbäumer and Sonia Seymour Mikich
    ARD/SPIEGEL: Mr. President, Donald Trump won the election, revealing massive discontent and rifts within American society. Did the amount of anger actually surprise you? Obama: I think it's important not to overstate what happened. The truth is that America has been closely divided politically for quite some time. That was reflected in some of the challenges I had with the Republican Congress. What was unusual in this election is that my approval in the United States is as high as it has been since I was elected. And the economy is going relatively well. I think what is true is...
  • Democrats want their leaders to stand against Trump, even if it means gridlock

    11/21/2016 9:14:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | November 21, 2016 | Lesley Clark
    Most Democrats want their party leaders to stand up to incoming President Donald Trump rather than work with him, says a new survey that reflects a deeply divided nation. Nearly two-thirds – or 65 percent – of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters agreed that congressional Democrats should “stand up” to the president-elect on issues important to Democratic supporters, “even if it means less gets done in Washington,” the Pew Research Center poll found. Just 32 percent want party leaders, who are now in the minority in the House of Representatives and Senate, to work with Trump if it means disappointing Democrats....
  • SR 1356 – Trump Brings the Strongest Republican Party in History!

    11/20/2016 9:21:04 PM PST · by bigbob · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11-20-16 | Bill Still
    Good evening, I’m still reporting on Trump Brings the Strongest Republican Party in History! Good afternoon, I’m still reporting on Trump. Newt Gingrich’s assessment of Donald Trump’s coattails is that Trump brings the strongest Republican party ever to Washington. [insert] However, Gingrich says he does not want to join the administration: [insert] I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books...
  • Schumer: Trump should pick 'mainstream' candidate to fill Supreme Court vacancy

    11/20/2016 2:26:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 157 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 20, 2016 | Ryan Lovelace
    Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he wants President-elect Trump to select a "mainstream" candidate to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Asked by NBC on Sunday whether he was comfortable filibustering any Trump nominee for the court, Schumer dodged answering the question directly. "I hope that President Trump picks a mainstream candidate," Schumer said. "A mainstream candidate is somebody you may not agree with on every issue, but basically believes in precedent." NBC's Chuck Todd interrupted Schumer and asked, "What does that mean? Can he nominate somebody in your mind...
  • The Pennsylvania Upset: Trump and Toomey’s Different Paths to Victory

    11/20/2016 1:15:27 PM PST · by ChessExpert · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | November 19th, 2016 | Jon Lerner
    If Republicans could merge the two approaches, they could continue to win demographically changing swing states. Two of the most consequential elections of 2016 took place among the same voters in the same state. Pennsylvania effectively put Donald Trump over the top of the 270 electoral-college votes needed to win the presidency, and Pat Toomey’s reelection helped secure a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate for at least another two years. Both of these results were remarkable. Trump succeeded in a state where Bob Dole, George W. Bush (twice), John McCain, and Mitt Romney all failed. Toomey won a second...
  • Keep crying wolf about Trump, and no one will listen when there’s a real crisis

    11/20/2016 1:09:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The New York Post ^ | November 20, 2016 | Kyle Smith
    It’s contrary to the laws of nature for a tabloid writer to tell the gentry media not to go berserk. It’s like a cat telling his owner to stop coughing up hairballs or Iron Man asking Captain America to be less arrogant. Here at The Post, our mission statement does not include understatement. We provide journalistic Red Bull, not Sominex. Nevertheless, a word of neighborly advice to our more genteel media friends, the ones who sit at the high table in their pristine white dinner jackets and ball gowns. You’ve been barfing all over yourselves for a week and a...
  • Jim Webb: Poor White People "Don't Think Democrats Like Them"

    11/19/2016 2:57:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 16, 2016 | Tim Hains
    Former Senator, Democratic candidate for president and Secretary of the Navy under President Reagan, Jim Webb, says that in recent years the Democratic Party has grown more and more hostile towards the white working class. In this interview with FNC's Tucker Carlson, Webb says that, "in the last eight years, the Democratic Party has moved into interest group politics and in many cases white working people have become the whipping post." JIM WEBB: The base of the Democratic party used to be working people, regardless of race, ethnic, or ethnic identity, sexual orientation, et cetera. That was a Roosevelt agenda....
  • Trump opponents try to beat him at the Electoral College

    11/19/2016 10:31:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    WECT-TV ^ | November 19, 2016 | Kimberlee Kruesi and Bill Barrow, The Associated Press
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Grassroots campaigns have sprung up around the country to try to persuade members of the Electoral College to do something that has never been done in American history - deny the presidency to the clear Election Day winner. Activists are circulating online petitions and using social media in hopes of influencing Republican electors to cast their ballots for someone other than President-elect Donald Trump and deprive him of the 270 Electoral College votes needed to become the next occupant of the White House. "Yes, I think it's a longshot, but I also think we're living in...
  • [Patty] Murray elected to third-ranking position in Senate Democratic leadership

    11/18/2016 8:32:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Peninsula Daily News ^ | November 18, 2016 | Staff
    U.S. Sen. Patty Murray has been elected by the Democratic caucus to serve as assistant Democratic leader, the third-ranking position in Senate Democratic leadership. Murray, a Democrat from Seattle, was elected Wednesday. In this post, Murray will work with Sen. Chuck Schumer, Democratic leader, to shape the Democratic agenda and strategy, and will play a critical role in implementing it on and off the Senate floor with the rest of the leadership team and caucus. Murray has served as the conference secretary, the fourth-ranking position, since 2006. “We have a tough road ahead of us with Republicans in control of...
  • De Blasio staffer under fire over '(expletive) whiteness' sign

    11/17/2016 7:14:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 17, 2016 | Rebecca Savransky
    A senior adviser to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has come under fire after posting a photo on Facebook that included his sister holding up a sign that said "F--- Whiteness," The New York Daily News reported Thursday. Lincoln Restler posted a photo earlier this week of his parents and sister. His father held a sign that said "Black + Brown + Immigrant Lives Matter," and his mother held a sign that said "Love." His sister's was more profane. Restler said he took the photo when he and his mother "took to the streets to stand in solidarity...
  • Rep. Ryan Gives Himself Thurs. Deadline to Challenge Pelosi

    11/17/2016 6:25:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 16, 2016 | James Arkin
    Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan hasn’t decided whether he will challenge Nancy Pelosi as House Democrats’ leader, but he said in an interview Wednesday night that if someone were to make such a move, it would have to come in the next 24 hours. That would mean he’d have to make a decision to take on the powerful, longtime leader by Thursday. “Somebody’s got to make a decision, I would think, in the next 24 hours or so if they want to have a realistic shot at winning,” Ryan told RealClearPolitics. There have been consistent rumblings among some House Democrats since...
  • Trump Trumps Clinton

    11/17/2016 1:47:19 PM PST · by Yogi60 · 21 replies
    The 11th Hour Online ^ | 11-17-2016 | Bill Knowles
    We’re finally done with Election 2016 and to almost everyone’s surprise the new President-elect does not wear a pantsuit. How did Donald Trump pull off the biggest political upset in modern history? Does anyone really know for sure why and how it happened and how nobody saw it coming? Here are the reasons in my opinion, anyway, in no particular order. The email scandal that continued to dog Hillary finally bit her in the ass completely when FBI director James Comey found the Weiner-grams that linked back to her and her lack of good judgment. Comey ultimately wussed out on...
  • Bernie Sanders: It Would Be ‘An Outrage’ If Donald Trump Prosecuted Hillary Clinton

    11/17/2016 10:32:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 17, 2016 | Jennifer Bendery, White House & Congressional Reporter
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Thursday it would be an “outrage” if President-elect Donald Trump followed through with threats to prosecute Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server as secretary of state. “It would be almost beyond comprehension to think that a new president would be involved in the prosecution of his opponent who ended up getting some 2 million more votes than he did,” Sanders told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. “It would completely divide this country. It would be an outrage,” he said. “I would hope very, very, very much that Mr. Trump...
  • Congressional Clinton probes will go forward post-election, GOP lawmakers say

    11/15/2016 4:31:39 PM PST · by RayofHope · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/15/2016 | Catherine Herridge, Pamela K. Browne
    The probes, which cover allegations that Clinton lied to Congress about her email practices in October 2015 and that government records were destroyed, are ongoing and not dependent on the election's outcome, two senior Republican senators said. "I still don't have the information I need," Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, told Fox News. Johnson said the work of his committee, with jurisdiction over government records and the mishandling of classified information, would be careful not to disrupt President-elect Donald Trump’s priorities.
  • Cuomo Launches Hate Crime Hotline After Trump Win

    11/15/2016 2:45:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Observer ^ | November 15, 2016 | Will Bredderman
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a statewide emergency call-in system today to deal with a burst of racially and religiously-motivated incidents following the incendiary election of Donald Trump to the presidency. The Democratic governor rolled out the toll-free number—(888) 392-3644—in Rochester this afternoon, and encouraged New Yorkers who think they may have been the victim of a bias crime to ring. Since Trump’s shocking victory one week ago on a fiercely anti-immigration platform, spray-painted swastikas have proliferated at college campuses like the New School and the State University of New York at Geneseo, in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish enclave of Crown Heights...
  • No, the Electoral College won’t make Clinton president instead of Trump

    11/15/2016 12:44:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Vox ^ | November 11, 2016 | Andrew Prokop
    Donald Trump won Tuesday’s presidential election. But many liberals and progressives have begun clinging to one faint hope that he could still be stopped — through the Electoral College. Tuesday’s vote was technically not to make Trump president, but only to determine who the 538 electors in various states across the country will be. It is those electors who will cast the votes that legally elect the president on December 19. In modern times, the casting of electoral votes has been a purely ceremonial occasion where the results in the states have been rubber-stamped. But one idea spreading on left-leaning...
  • TRUMP TRAIN - Transition Thread - 10 weeks +/-

    11/15/2016 5:07:34 AM PST · by RayofHope · 1,029 replies
    Deplorable-Elects ^ | 11/15/2016 | RayofHope
    Good morning to all, rumors/leaks abounding on Trump's cabinet/staff choices. Should be hearing about them soon.