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  • Democrats burned by polling blind spot

    03/27/2017 11:11:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 27, 2017 | Steven Shepard
    As they investigate the forces behind the party’s stunning losses in November, Democrats are coming to a troubling conclusion. The party didn’t just lose among rural white voters on Election Day, it may have failed to capture them in its pre-election polling as well. Many pollsters and strategists believe that rural white voters, particularly those without college degrees, eluded the party’s polling altogether — and their absence from poll results may have been both a cause and a symptom of Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton in several states. . . Determining what exactly happened is one of the...
  • America 2021 (What America will look like after 4 years of Trump) - A Satirical poem

    03/27/2017 8:33:13 PM PDT · by Tony Olson · 3 replies
    100 Percent Fed Up ^ | 3/27/2017 | Tony Olson
    EXCLUSIVE: “AMERICA 2021” Hilarious Poem Describes What America Looks Like After 4 Years Of President Trump By 100% FED Up - Mar 26, 2017 Another brilliant poem from Tony Olson, author of the viral “Twas The Night Before Inauguration” and “Ode To Liberal Lunacy”… AMERICA 2021 Trump is off and running now, and I’m here to confirm, There’ll be a lot of changes by the end of his first term. Let’s put the turbulence on hold and have a little fun . . . Here’s my look at where we’ll be in 2021. Trump’s been re-elected with another strong campaign,...
  • Paul Ryan: House Republicans will continue their push for health-care reform this year

    03/27/2017 7:53:21 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 51 replies
    WaPo ^ | March 27 | Mike Debonis
    House Speaker Paul D. Ryan told Republican donors Monday that he intends to continue pushing for an overhaul of the nation’s health-care system by working “on two tracks” as he also pursues other elements of President Trump’s agenda. “We are going to keep getting at this thing,” Ryan said three days after intraparty opposition forced him to pull the American Health Care Act after it became clear it did not have enough Republican votes to pass.
  • Jeb Bush: Trump a ‘distraction in and of himself’

    03/26/2017 6:10:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 26, 2017 | Cyra Master
    Former Florida Gov. and onetime GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Sunday that President Donald Trump is making life a little more difficult for himself. In an interview with Jim DeFede for "Facing South Florida" that aired Sunday, Bush said Trump "should stop saying things that aren't true, that are distractions from the task at hand." "He's a distraction in and of himself," he said. "He's got a lot of work to do, and some of these things — the wiretapping and all of this stuff — is a complete distraction that makes it harder to accomplish the things I...
  • A Great America Requiem (Mass for the Dead)

    03/26/2017 8:22:56 AM PDT · by street_lawyer · 1 replies
    3/26/2017 | Street Lawyer
    We have already seen the entire media portray recalcitrant conservatives in the Republican party as ideologues. But the real culprits are progressives in both parties whose construct is the primacy of government regulations over free-market principles. While it may be too late for great Senators like Rand Paul to realize a free-market insurance model, it is the only viable solution to a government created catastrophe of immeasurable proportions which has consumed one-fifth (1/5) of the economy.
  • Bernie Sanders, Top Progressives Announce New Medicare-For-All Push

    03/26/2017 1:09:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | March 25, 2017 | Daniel Marans
    In the wake of the Republican failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Friday, leading figures in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party are rallying behind a single-payer health insurance and a raft of other bold reforms. These lawmakers and grassroots leaders have long believed that the problems plaguing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, are rooted in the original health care law’s attempt to accommodate, rather than gradually replace, the private, for-profit health insurance system. Now that efforts to eliminate the law wholesale are effectively dead, they are again arguing that the best way to...
  • The Bush Betrayal

    03/26/2017 1:06:43 AM PDT · by WMarshal · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/26/2016 | jared E. Peterson
    Just a reminder of how perfidious the Bush clad really is. In a better work they Bush clan would have been hanged for treason.
  • Commentary: Oh, how the left hates Trump!

    03/24/2017 11:06:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WITH-TV ^ | March 24, 2017 | Tom Mountain
    It's a given that Newton liberals have little patience for anyone or anything Republican. If candidates are Republican, they must be stopped. If policies are Republican, they must be stopped. If their neighbor, colleague or parents of their kids' friends are Republican, they must be stopped from entering their liberal safe space. They'll sometimes tolerate Republican politicians if they at least appear to bend over backwards to accommodate Democrats. Charlie Baker can be tolerated, for now, and for as long as the Boston Globe approves of him. But their tolerance will stop at his re-election bid next year when they'll...
  • Paul Ryan Takes the Barzini Meeting

    03/24/2017 5:31:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 24, 2017 | Michael Walsh
    And yet Paul Ryan walked straight into the Barzini trap that president Trump set for him. By insisting that the voters desired "Repeal and Replace" when in fact all anybody wanted was "Repeal, full stop," Ryan's inner wonk superseded his duties as the speaker of the House to ensure the votes were there for the "Replace" part of the equation. That they weren't should be the end of his speakership. Apparently, Ryan had been listening to the die-hard never-Trumpers too much, and actually thought he could skate on his opposition to the insurgent outsider, whose entire campaign was based on...
  • Angry About Trump’s Obamacare Repeal? Hillary Said Bernie’s Single Payer Would ‘Never’ Happen

    03/24/2017 3:17:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | March 16, 2017 | H. A. Goodman, Contributor
    My latest Counter Propa article explains why Democrats are blaming the wrong person for Trump’s attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act. I’ve been told I speak too often about Hillary Clinton. Let it go, they say. It’s over, she lost. Bernie endorsed Clinton. Let’s unite and defeat Trump. There’s only one problem. When people like Claire McCaskill label Bernie Sanders as “too liberal” and “extreme” to be president, don’t complain when a Republican who’s too conservative and extreme becomes president. The only reason Democrats are obsessed with Russian hacking (NSA has only “moderate confidence” in the narrative, by the...
  • President Trump surprises supporters with invite to Mar-a-Lago

    03/24/2017 2:52:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    WPTV-TV ^ | March 19, 2017 | Jacqulyn Powell
    Saturday marked a day full of Presidential and Vice Presidential motorcades traveling back and forth across Palm Beach County. For the first time since taking office, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are visiting Palm Beach at the same time. Supporters gathering to watch the President's motorcade return from his golf course to Mar-a-Lago got the surprise of a lifetime Saturday afternoon. A small group had lined up on Bingham Island with signs and flags. "We waved to him, the cars went by really fast, and we were just sitting down talking about the events of the day,"...
  • Poll: Trump controversies make him more popular among supporters

    03/23/2017 7:34:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 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 · 30 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 (3˝ 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 · 15 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 · 39 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...