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

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

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

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

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

    04/24/2017 4:49:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | April 22, 2017 | David Atkins
    The recent release of the Clinton campaign expose Shattered is causing yet another round of introspection about what Democrats did wrong in 2016 and how to fix the problem. The Clinton campaign’s own failures of targeting and messaging are already the subject of much discussion and have been rehashed ad nauseam. Matt Taibbi’s take on the navel-gazing, operative-centric view of the pundit and consultant classes is probably the best of the book’s reviews so far and well worth reading. A large number of powerful people still have a difficult time accepting the movements that coalesced behind Sanders on the left...
  • Trump supporters don't have buyer's remorse but some Clinton voters do: Poll

    04/23/2017 10:18:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | April 23, 2017 | Aaron Blake, The Washington Post
    Anecdotal stories about disillusioned supporters of Donald Trump are overdone. The fact is that, on a broad scale, Trump supporters say they aren't disappointed. In fact, a poll showed they were more pleased than disappointed, by about 5 to 1: "...The Pew Research Center released a poll showing very little buyer's remorse among Trump voters. The poll showed just 7% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say Trump has performed worse than they expected him to. Fully 38% - five times as many - say he has performed better." A new Washington Post-ABC News poll confirms this - in spades. And,...
  • I never want to hear from Bernie Sanders again

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

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

    04/21/2017 7:21:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 21, 2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Didn’t Barack Obama brag about this three months ago, calling himself “the father of the Tea Party“? Not exactly, as DNC deputy chair Keith Ellison explains in this exchange on a panel at the University of Minnesota. Ellison argues that Obama failed to rebuild the party’s ground apparatus after his two presidential elections, and that this failure has put his “wonderful achievements” at risk. The truth, however, lies somewhere in between:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) “Look I’m a great fan of President Obama. I totally voted for many of the things he supported — Dodd Frank, Affordable Care Act, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act...
  • This Is How Trump Won (Pizzagate?)

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

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

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

    04/18/2017 9:02:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The New York Post ^ | April 18, 2017 | John Podhoretz
    So guess what? In the last weeks before the election, the Hillary Clinton campaign did no polling. No. Polling. Whatsoever. Oh, it had data. Lots and lots of data. Analytics, even. Data analytics! But it had no independent information on the overall field of battle in states like Florida, Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. So when the election began to turn Donald Trump’s way, the Clinton campaign had no idea. This is one of the thousand revelations in “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign,” the new book by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes that, for political junkies, redefines the...
  • Trump voters discontented? So far that's not what polls say.

    04/18/2017 3:01:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 18, 2017 | Peter Grier
    President Trump’s rocky first months in office haven’t much bothered his voters. At least, not yet. Yes, there have been lots of stories from the Rust Belt about stirrings of discontent among the Trump faithful. But those are mostly anecdotal and so far data – meaning polls – don’t back that thesis up. For instance, in a big new Pew Research survey fully 92 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say Mr. Trump has done as well or better than they expected. Only 7 percent say he’s done worse. What this means is that Trump’s base remains intact. In turn,...
  • Analysis: Beware the myth of the disillusioned Trump voter

    04/17/2017 2:10:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | April 17, 2017 | Aaron Blake, The Washington Post
    The New York Times reported Monday that a key congressional district in Pennsylvania isn't thrilled with its choice of voting for Donald Trump for president. The 8th District outside Philadelphia is a quintessential suburban swing district that has the unusual distinction of voting for both Trump and Mitt Romney by the narrowest of margins the past two elections. Hence the New York Times Treatment. The headline of the piece is "Trump Voters in a Swing District Wonder When the 'Winning' Will Start." A sampling: Usually, this pathway outside Parx Casino is reserved for self-flagellation, a private lament at the last...
  • Small donors dominate giving to Trump 2020 re-election campaign

    04/17/2017 12:35:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | April 17, 2017 | George Bennett
    Three committees supporting President Donald Trump‘s 2020 re-election campaign raised $12.6 million during the first quarter of 2017 — with most of it coming from supporters writing checks for $200 or less — according to Federal Election Commission reports filed over the weekend. •Donald J. Trump For President collected $3.1 million during the quarter, with $2.4 million coming in the form of “unitemized contributions” from those giving $200 or less. •Trump Make America Great Again Committee reported $9.5 million in fundraising during the quarter, with $8 million coming from small donors. The committee transferred $3.3 million to the Donald J....
  • Tom Frank: On the Road in Trump Country: How Trump won, and why Clinton lost.

    04/14/2017 8:45:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Nation ^ | April 14, 2017 | Jon Wiener
    JW: You wrote Listen, Liberal before the 2016 election. In it, you argued that the Democrats had detached themselves from their historic constituency: ordinary, working-class Americans. Your recent tour took you through the red states—you went to Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis— TF: You want to know the biggest lesson I learned touring Trumpland? People hated Hillary Clinton. To a degree that even I, with my cynicism, did not understand. I did not hate Hillary Clinton. I voted for her, and I agreed with Obama that she was very qualified. She deserved to be president. I didn’t think she’d be a...
  • Trump Will Win Bigly in 2020

    04/14/2017 8:19:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 13, 2017 | Roger L. Simon
    I have bad news for the mainstream media and the Democrats. Time to stock up on absinthe or hightail it down to the medical marijuana store -- Donald Trump is going to be president for eight years. Not only that, he will win reelection much more comfortably, easily winning the popular vote as well as the electoral college. I'm not saying this because I am in the slightest bit psychic. I always lose in Vegas -- and don't even ask about the track. I'm also not saying it because Trump just had a good week, getting his Supreme Court pick...
  • Don’t Fall for Morning Joe’s Propaganda on Bannon

    04/12/2017 7:36:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    American Greatness ^ | April 12, 2017 | Chris Buskirk
    Morning Joe has a mission: Take down the President. Watch the show—if you must—and you will get the idea rather quickly. Every story and every guest are carefully crafted to create a sense of chaos and inevitable failure around the Trump White House. And they have allies. Scarborough and company are actively aided and abetted by the coterie of D.C. media stalwarts who regularly appear on the show. We shouldn’t be surprised. The destruction of Republican presidents has been the white whale of almost every Washington journalist since 1974. Scarborough warned President Trump in February, “And as I always say,...
  • Hillary Clinton is Trying Really Hard to Make You Think She’s Okay

    04/12/2017 2:44:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Heat Street ^ | April 11, 2017 | Emily Zanotti
    Hillary Clinton is enjoying retirement. Really enjoying retirement. I mean, really enjoying retirement. Or, at least, that’s what Hillary Clinton wants you to think. Over the past week, since she’s crawled out from the woods near her Chappaqua home to rejoin society, Clinton has been so visible, you almost forget she suffered a major electoral defeat just a few short months ago, and is now forced to watch while her opponent, a real estate mogul turned reality television star turned politician, handles the job she wanted. Clinton lost the election, we now know, largely because she was unable to convince...