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  • In Georgia, two Trumps exist across urban, rural divide

    01/16/2017 9:44:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Aiken Standard ^ | January 16, 2017 | Bill Barrow, The Associated Press
    LULA, Ga. ó Patti Thomas owns a flower shop in the north Georgia town of Lula. Xavier Bryant runs an independent pharmacy just outside Atlanta. Looking toward the inauguration of an entrepreneur as president, the two share this expectation: Donald Trump will be good for business. "He's already proven he can turn things around," the 52-year-old Thomas said, crediting Trump with Ford Motor Co.'s recent announcement that it would scrap a planned Mexico plant while expanding in Michigan. "Just his business enthusiasm, we've been lacking that." "My intuition," the 33-year-old Bryant agrees, "is telling me that small business owners will...
  • Rep. Maxine Waters Struggles To Explain Why Trump Should Be Impeached [VIDEO]

    01/16/2017 5:25:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 16, 2017 | Christian Datoc
    Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters had difficulty explaining why she thinks Donald Trumpís campaign attacks against Hillary Clinton are impeachable offenses while being interview by MSNBCís Chris Matthews Monday night. Waters, who will join Georgia Rep. John Lewis in boycotting Trumpís inauguration on Friday, first ran into difficulty when Matthews asked why some Democrats still view Trump as ďillegitimate.Ē (VIDEO-AT-LINK) "If thereís some sort of ó as you call it ó collusion,Ē the Hardball host noted. ďThen what? Does that make Trump subject to impeachment? Just generally, tell me what you mean by the term.Ē ďWell hereís what Iím trying...
  • John Lewis 'a saint,' Andrew Young tells Trump in surprise phone call

    01/16/2017 4:08:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Tennessean | January 16, 2017 | Jason Gonzales
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/davidson%20/2017/01/16/john-lewis-saint-andrew-young-tells-trump-surprise-phone-call/96509990/
  • John Lewis, Donald Trump Is The Legitimate President Of The United States

    01/15/2017 10:03:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Post News Group ^ | January 15, 2017 | Zennie Abraham
    John Lewis, the famed Democratic Georgia Representative and civil rights leader, said that President-Elect Donald Trump is not a legitimate President. As much as I would like to reverse the clock and change the outcome of the election, everytime I think about that, I am reminded in my memory of how we, Democrats, failed to really come together under one unifying message.A lot of us were ignored by those in the DNC who achieved power-positions. Even long-time credentialed bloggers like me (Zennie Abraham, Zennie62.com, Zennie62 on YouTube) were ignored by the Clinton-controlled DNC brass, and left out of covering the...
  • California senator Feinstein says Russian hacking altered outcome of the election

    01/15/2017 7:26:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | January 15, 2017 | Sean Cockerham
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said Sunday that Russian hacking altered the outcome of the presidential election. ďThat's what I believe. I've had all of the major classified briefings. I have been astonished at what has been a two-year effort at Russia to spear phish, to hack, to provide disinformation and propaganda wherever it really could,Ē said Feinstein, who until recently was the highest ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. ďIt's pretty clear that the hacking was of both political parties but with the aim of hurting Hillary Clinton and then, if Hillary Clinton were to win, the aim...
  • Jeb Bush Goes from Low Energy to No Energy with Announcement GOP's Been Waiting For...

    01/14/2017 11:59:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Inddependent Journal Review ^ | January 13, 2017 | Michelle Ray
    In the event that you've been wondering what former Florida governor and GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush has planned for the future, you can rest easy now knowing that it ó probably ó won't involve running for office again. The Associated Press reports that Bush has joined The Foundation for Excellence in Education, an organization he founded to focus on pushing for ďchanges in education policy that often drawn opposition from teacher unions and Democrats.Ē Of his loss in the GOP race, Bush is quoted as saying: ďI just think this was my chance. The conditions of this election weren't...
  • How Cruz and Trump learned to like each other

    01/13/2017 11:07:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 13, 2017 | Eliana Johnson
    Ted Cruz was once one of Donald Trumpís most vocal critics. Now he's one of the president-elect's most important Senate allies. Ted Cruz met with Donald Trump exactly one week after Election Day. As it turned out, Cruzís tete-a-tete with the president-elect he had spurned from the stage of the Republican National Convention just months before wasnít the most consequential meeting he would have that day. After his talk with Trump, the Texas senator and his chief of staff, David Polyansky, then sat down with his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, who sounded him out about his interest in filling the...
  • BBC: Jeb Bush Supporters Hired Former MI6 Spy to Create Trump Dossier

    01/12/2017 5:04:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 12, 2017 | Reuters
    Christopher Steele, who wrote reports on compromising material Russian operatives allegedly had collected on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, is a former officer in Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, according to people familiar with his career. Former British intelligence officials said Steele spent years under diplomatic cover working for the agency, also known as MI6, in Russia and Paris and at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. After he left the spy service, Steele supplied the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation with information on corruption at FIFA, international soccer's governing body....
  • Rep. Brooks: Dems' 'war on whites' behind some criticism of Sessions

    01/11/2017 5:29:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 11, 2017 | Chris Massie
    Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks said in a radio interview on Tuesday that criticism of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who is Donald Trump's pick to be attorney general, is part of an ongoing "war on whites" by Democrats. "It's really about political power and racial division and what I've referred to on occasion as the 'war on whites.' They are trying to motivate the African-American vote to vote-bloc for Democrats by using every 'Republican is a racist' tool that they can envision," the Republican congressman said on "The Morning Show With Toni & Gary" on WBHP 800 Alabama radio. "Even if...
  • Jeb Bush: I hope Melania takes Trump's phone away

    01/11/2017 8:28:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 10, 2017 | Mallory Shelbourne
    Jeb Bush said Tuesday he hopes incoming first lady Melania Trump takes her husbandís cellphone away so he can focus on leading the country. The former Florida governor and GOP rival to Donald Trump quipped during a lecture at the William Waldon Cameron Forum in Texas that he hopes "Melania steals his phone," noting the president-elect has been known for tweeting at odd hours of the night. Bush said Tuesday he hopes the president-elect is successful. The two famously sparred during the 2016 Republican presidential primary debates and on the campaign trail before Bush dropped out in February. Others have...
  • Trump laying the groundwork for 2020 reelection bid

    01/10/2017 8:09:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 10, 2017 | Alex Isenstadt and Kenneth P. Vogel
    Donald Trump plans to keep his Manhattan-based campaign headquarters open as he assumes the presidency Ė a move that represents a sharp break from his predecessors, and one that positions him to begin running for reelection in 2020. According to three people briefed on the plans, Trump intends to retain a skeletal campaign staff of around ten people with a senior aide at the helm. They will work in Trump Tower, the Midtown skyscraper that Trumpís 2016 campaign was based out of. The office will be overseen by Michael Glassner, a veteran Republican strategist and top campaign adviser who has...
  • Former Pro-Clinton Super PAC Staffer Says Sanders Backers Were Threatened

    01/10/2017 7:39:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 10, 2017 | Lachlan Markay
    Leaders of a pro-Hillary Clinton political group threatened to fire employees who questioned its founderís criticism of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, according to a former staffer. Employees of American Bridge 21st Century, an opposition research-focused super PAC that backed Clintonís candidacy, ďhad their employment threatened when they complainedĒ about the treatment of Sanders, said Will Urquhart, formerly an American Bridge video tracker. Urquhart revealed the groupís treatment of Sanders supporters in a pair of tweets on Tuesday. He was responding to statements by American Bridge founder David Brock, who publicly apologized on Tuesday for his treatment of Sanders. ďI recognize...
  • Trump Supporter Looks Ahead to New Administration (Asian-Americans for Trump)

    01/10/2017 5:12:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Rafu Shimpo ^ | January 9, 2017 | Matthew Ormseth
    Where many Asian Americans saw an exclusionist whose views on immigration evoked past injustices, Lisa Shin saw a pragmatist unafraid of addressing national security issues head-on, and whose economic savvy could create jobs and return America to the fore of the global economy. Shin, the daughter of South Korean immigrants, was one of President-elect Donald Trumpís most vocal advocates among the Asian American community during the election, and was invited to speak at the Republican National Convention earlier this year. Shinís father came to the U.S. to study mechanical engineering, and her parents became naturalized citizens shortly after. Her father...
  • Sanders: ĎI give Donald Trump his dueí

    01/09/2017 7:45:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 9, 2017 | Cyra Master
    During a CNN town hall style interview Monday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was challenged to compliment Donald Trump. Sanders was asked a variety of questions, including from a student at George Washington University who noted that Sanders has called the president-elect a pathological liar and asked, ďin an effort to inspire a cohesive front,Ē if Sanders could name Trumpís ďstrongest attribute.Ē ďYou think I should say something good about him now?Ē Sanders asked with a smile. ďThatís not a hard question for me to answer,Ē he added. ďTrump took on the Republican establishment, he took on the Democratic establishment,...
  • Conservatives plan $10M ad campaign to back Trump's Supreme Court nominee

    01/09/2017 7:31:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 9, 2017 | Lydia Wheeler
    The conservative Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) is planning to launch a $10 million national ad campaign to push Democratic senators to confirm President-elect Donald Trumpís Supreme Court nominee. JCN said itís planning to air ads in states that have vulnerable Democrats up for re-election in 2018, particularly those where Trump won by large margins. Senate Democrats have vowed to fight back against any Trump pick that they see as too conservative. ďWe are not going to settle on a Supreme Court nominee," Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer(D-N.Y.) said last week in an interview on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. "If they donít...
  • Rhode Island's governor: Democrats need to be 'obsessed with job creation' in the age of Trump

    01/07/2017 4:35:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 7, 2017 | Maxwell Tani
    It's not every day that the Wall Street Journal's right-leaning opinion section swoons over a Democratic politician. Gina Raimondo's outspoken championing of tax and regulator reform have made her the rare exception. Gushing over the Rhode Island governor in a November article titled, "An Island of Rationality in Blue-State New England," opinion writer Allysia Finley praised Raimondo's focus on regulatory and tax reform, painting her as a wonky, business-friendly Democrat at odds with a left-wing base committed to fighting battles over social justice issues. "This yearís election has spurred soul-searching within the Democratic Party," she wrote. "A debate rages between...
  • Obama and Clinton loyalists grapple with Trump recession (May have to find real jobs)

    01/07/2017 2:48:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 7, 2017 | Sarah Wheaton
    Trumpís unexpected win has Democrats coping with a vastly smaller job market for their skills. The job market is about to get even more crowded for Washington Democrats, as thousands of Obama appointees join the hundreds of Clinton campaign staffers looking for employment. Thereís rarely been less demand for their services....
  • Indian-Americans to celebrate Trumpís inauguration with a ball

    01/07/2017 1:35:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Hindustan Times ^ | January 7, 2017 | The Press Trust of India
    Eminent Indian-Americans from across America are gearing to celebrate inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the US with a presidential ball along with other Asian American community on January 19. The only presidential inaugural ball of its kind, among others, would also felicitate Indian-Americans who have been nominated by Trump to key positions in his administration. Prominent among them being South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who has been nominated to the position of US Ambassador to the United Nations, which is a Cabinet level post. ďAsian Pacific American Presidential Inaugural Gala 2017Ē being organised by Trump-Pence Asian...
  • Early Results From Wisconsin Recount Increase Donald Trumpís Margin Of Victory

    WISCONSIN Trump had widened his victory margin over Clinton in Wisconsin by 146 votes, with 23 of the stateís 72 counties having finished their recounts as of Tuesday. In those counties, Trump gained 105 votes and Clinton dropped 41 votes. Trump defeated Clinton in Wisconsin by about 22,000 votes. A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for Friday in a lawsuit filed last week by a Trump voter and two super PACs seeking to stop the recount.
  • Obamas to host one final White House bash

    01/06/2017 5:47:40 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    <p>Their East Room parties have been known to stretch into the wee hours of the morning, and on Friday, the Obamas plan to wrap up their term in similar fashion, hosting celebrities and friends for a final blowout...</p>
  • Mrs. Janna Little Ryan: A Liberal running the show from the family kitchen table? (May 2016)

    01/05/2017 9:13:10 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 14 replies
    Drrichswier.com ^ | 1/5/2016 | Geoff Ross
    The marriage between a man and a woman is a mutual political-spiritual co-joining of forces and ideologies including love. The man will support and encourage his wife and the wife her husband. So to fully understand a man and or a woman in their decision making processes one must first understand that its a team effort working together for the good of the family unit. This includes all external decision making processes too. A solid marriage will have the man supporting the wifeís decisionís and vice versa. So if you are scratching your head and rubbing your rabbit foot in...
  • Jesse Watters Confronts Man Who Harassed Ivanka Trump on AirplaneJesse Watters Confronts Ivana Trump

    01/06/2017 11:15:28 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 33 replies
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  • Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee Refuses to Certify Trump's Electoral College Win

    01/06/2017 12:53:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The East Bay Express ^ | January 6, 2017 | Nick Miller
    Congress met today to put a stamp on Donald Trump's electoral college win, but local Rep. Barbara Lee and other House members disputed his victory. "Congress is convening for a joint session to certify the votes of the electoral college. Given the deeply troubling incidents of disenfranchisement and the overwhelming evidence of Russian interference, I am challenging the electoral vote certification," Lee wrote on Facebook about a half-hour ago. The representative was joined by several house members who opposed Trump's win due to voter-suppression tactics in states. "During this presidential cycle, hundreds of thousands of voters ó primarily voters of...
  • Clinton Not Finished? Hillary Considering NYC Mayoral Run

    01/05/2017 7:17:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Heat Street ^ | January 5, 2017 | Emily Zanotti
    Ôāö Ôāô ÔɆ ÔäĀ After losing her second Presidential election, Hillary Clinton was, reportedly, set to retire from politics and use her time for more industrious pursuits, such as haunting the woods near her Chappaqua estate like some sort of pantsuitted Yeti. But it turns out that while her Presidential aspirations may have passed, she may be considering other political offices, including New York City mayor. Sources told Newsmax that Clinton has been discussing the possibility with close friends and strategists, and that her prospects look good¬ómuch better than if she were to take a third crack at a Democratic...
  • Why one side of Puget Sound became Trump country in 2016

    01/05/2017 6:36:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KUOW-FM ^ | January 4, 2017 | David Hyde
    When you first hit the road from Seattle on your way to Mason County there are lots of signs that the economy is buzzing, like construction cranes, shiny new buildings and hybrid cars. But when you wind around past Olympia into Mason County, you're more likely to see a pickup truck with a gun rack than a Prius. And the average wage in Mason in 2015 was about half as much as in King County. The political contrast is also dramatic. Whereas Seattle is Hillary Country, in Mason County voters bolted on a 13-point swing from Barack Obama in 2012...
  • House Dems begging off formal challenge to Trump's Electoral College win when Congress meets Friday

    01/05/2017 4:22:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | January 5, 2017 | Geoff Earle, Deputy US Editor
    House Democrats are backing away from a last-ditch effort to muddy President-elect Donald Trump's win by raising objections when Congress meets to count the electoral votes Friday after failing to get a senator to go along. Several House members have been considering raising objections to the official vote certification Ė an act that wouldn't have halted Trump's win but could have forced debates in each chamber that would have kept the spotlight on the intelligence community's claims of Russian interference in the elections. Without a senator, the objections will go nowhere, since a member of each chamber must sign a...
  • Inside How Trump Won the White Working Class

    01/05/2017 3:55:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Vanity Fair | January 5, 2017 | Ken Stern
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/01/how-trump-won-the-white-working-class
  • New York Councilman Hunts for Anti-Trump Staffer As Democrats Plan Resistance

    01/04/2017 12:25:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Jewish Forward ^ | January 4, 2017 | Daniel J. Solomon
    Brad Lander is a city councilman in New York. But thatís not preventing him from setting his sights nationally, as he casts about for a new staffer who will take the fight to President-elect Donald Trump. According to the job posting, the Brooklyn Democrat is looking for a communications director to ďresist the threats of the Trump regime to American democratic values and vulnerable constituencies.Ē Other responsibilities include more ho-hum tasks such as organizing press conferences and talking to reporters. Lander, who is Jewish and represents a swath of northern Brooklyn including Park Slope, has been out front since the...
  • Can the Democrats Win Back Trump Voters?

    01/03/2017 11:00:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Newsweek ^ | January 3, 2017 | Neil Buchanan
    As we face the new year and the realities of politics in a post-Obama world, the Democrats understandably feel the need to act as if some things are still normal. That is, even if they suspect that Donald Trump and the Republicans will soon turn the U.S. into a one-party state in all but name, the Democrats need to avoid admitting as muchóto themselves or anyone elseóto prevent their fears from become a self-fulfilling prophecy. This means that, in the hope of being able to win elections in the future, Democrats are trying to think through the various reasons that...
  • Democrats to Fight Almost Any Trump Supreme Court Nominee: Schumer

    01/03/2017 9:37:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    MSNBC ^ | January 3, 2017 | Alex Johnson
    Suggesting that turnabout is fair play, the Senate's new top Democrat said Tuesday night "it's hard for me to imagine" Democratic senators' supporting a Supreme Court nomination submitted by President-elect Donald Trump. In a measured but blunt interview on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York took on Trump over a number of issues, calling him a "fake" populist who was "dumb" to continue squabbling with the U.S. intelligence community. But it was the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February that led to Schumer's strongest...
  • Senate Republicans just introduced an Obamacare repeal plan Democrats canít stop

    01/03/2017 9:15:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Vox ^ | January 3, 2017 | Dylan Matthews
    The new Congress was sworn in on Tuesday, and the first thing it did was prepare to repeal Obamacare. Senate Budget Committee Chair Michael Enzi (R-WY) introduced a budget resolution Tuesday that includes "reconciliation instructions" that enable Congress to repeal Obamacare with a simple Senate majority. Passing a budget resolution that includes those instructions will mean that the legislation can pass through the budget reconciliation process, in which bills cannot be filibustered. That means Republicans will only need 50 of their 52 members in the Senate, and a bare majority in the House, to pass legislation repealing the Affordable Care...
  • Short list forming for the Supreme Court ó now and in the future?

    01/03/2017 5:42:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 3, 2017 | Ed Morrissey
    If Politicoís correct about the new administrationís Supreme Court strategy, Ted Cruz might have a long, long wait for a phone call. Donald Trumpís first major act as President will almost certainly be to fill the opening left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, which has remained open for a year while Republicans blocked efforts at a lame-duck appointment of Merrick Garland. However, the focus of Trumpís strategists is not this opening, but the next one to come ó likely from the liberal wing of the court: While Scaliaís seat is the only current opening, Trumpís advisers are plotting...
  • Blue-state lawmakers want to keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases tax returns

    01/03/2017 2:37:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | January 3, 2017 | Fenit Nirappil
    Lawmakers in several deep-blue states want to require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the ballot in those states, a sharp rebuke of President-elect Donald Trump's ongoing refusal to make his tax records public. A pair of Maryland Democrats on Tuesday announced they would introduce a bill mandating the release of five years of tax returns, mirroring similar proposals in New York, Massachusetts, California and Maine. If approved, the proposals could keep Trump from appearing on some ballots in 2020 if he continues breaking with the decades-long tradition of financial transparency and decides to...
  • Democrats' Trump Nightmare Could Get Significantly Worse in 2018 ó One Look at This Map Shows Why

    01/03/2017 12:52:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Inddependent Journal Review ^ | January 3, 2017 | Jason Howerton
    If Democrats were hoping for an epic rebound in 2018, similar to the stunning tea party wave of 2010, they could end up being very, very disappointed. There are 33 Senate seats up for reelection in 2018 ó and just eight are held by Republicans....
  • Former Dem Staffer: Thereís A ĎReligious Illiteracyí Problem In The Party

    01/01/2017 2:50:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 30, 2016 | Amber Randall
    The Democratic Party has a ďreligious illiteracyĒ problem that prevents them from reaching out to evangelicals, according to a former Democratic staffer. Michael Wear, a former Obama White House staffer, explained three reasons why the Democratic Party fails to reach out to evangelical voters or voters with different theologies. Wear, speaking with The Atlantic, pointed out that many young Democrats donít know how to discuss or deal with religious topics. This ďilliteracyĒ contributes to why Democrats fail to reach out to evangelicals, Wear explained. ďItís tied to the demographics of the country: More 20- and 30-year-olds are taking positions of...
  • Senator McCain says U.S. stands with Ukraine against Russia (When did he become president?)

    12/31/2016 5:42:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Thomson Reuters Foundation News ^ | January 1, 2017 | Reuters
    KIEV, Jan 1 (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator John McCain promised on Saturday continued support for Kiev in the face of aggression from Moscow, as he spent New Year's Eve on the front line in Ukraine's eastern conflict zone. McCain was one of a bipartisan group of 27 U.S. senators who sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump in December, urging him to take a tough line against Russia over what they termed its "military land grab" in Ukraine. "I send the message from the American people - we are with you, your fight is our fight and we will...
  • 9 times the media attacked Trump supporters

    12/31/2016 11:45:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 31, 2016 | Eddie Scarry
    There probably isn't one particular thing that paved the way for a billionaire businessman-turned-reality TV star with no government experience to become the next president of the United States. But reporters and political commentators took turns pointing to nearly every possible lead to explain what "created" Donald Trump: the Tea Party, CNN, talk radio, the Republican Party and the Left, among them. Perhaps most notable was the blame placed on voters for exercising their right to select the next leader. Here are nine times, in no particular order, the national media blamed the voters for Trump's rise to the White...
  • Clay says he won't remove painting in Capitol tunnel that's drawn criticism from police, others

    12/31/2016 11:06:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | October 29, 2016 | Chuck Raasch and Christine Byers
    The St. Louis County Police Association is calling a painting placed in the U.S. Capitol complex by Rep. William Lacy Clay a ďpunch in the mouthĒ for depicting police officers as animals. Clay, D-St. Louis, said he would not take it down, despite criticism from conservative bloggers and a call from a Fox News commentator for it to be taken down. The painting, which has hung for months in a tunnel that connects House office buildings with the U.S. Capitol, was chosen the winner of Clayís annual art competition for St. Louis students last spring. It was done by then-Cardinal...
  • Elizabeth Warren is readying for a presidential run in 2020, but it might be too late: News analysis

    12/31/2016 10:03:41 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | December 30, 2016 | Douglas Perry
    "It appears we're going to have an old folks' home." That's the ever-outspoken Harry Reid, Nevada's retiring senior senator, talking about Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders being the unofficial early front-runners for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Warren, at 67, is the youngest of the Big Three, and she's the only one who excites both establishment Democrats and progressive activists. But is the senior senator from Massachusetts game for a presidential run? Some pundits believe she's already positioning herself for it. Warren, the former guiding light of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, recently announced she's joining the Senate's...
  • Be Careful What You Wish For. Impeach Trump And You Get Pence

    12/30/2016 4:49:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | December 30, 2016 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    Put this in the category of be careful what you wish for. The instant that Trump won the White House, the chatter about impeaching him has been non-stop. The reasons many legal scholars, ethics experts, and political analysts give boil down to this. He has business dealings with foreign governments, most notably Russia, his family management arrangement still presents business conflicts, his possible violation of the Emoluments Clause, which prohibits presidents from buying influence with federal officials or receiving special treatment, and influence peddling and gift taking from foreign governments. These are all sticky points that Trump hasnít done much...
  • McCain, Graham say they will seek 'stronger sanctions' on Russia

    12/29/2016 5:31:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 29, 2016 | Jacob Pramuk
    Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, two hawks on U.S. policy toward Russia, said they will lead the push in the upcoming Congress for sanctions on Moscow that are stronger than those the Obama administration announced Thursday. "The retaliatory measures announced by the Obama administration today are long overdue. But ultimately, they are a small price for Russia to pay for its brazen attack on American democracy. We intend to lead the effort in the new Congress to impose stronger sanctions on Russia," the senators said in a joint statement Thursday. The Obama administration issued an executive order Thursday...
  • Top Democrats tested cocaine attacks on Obama

    12/29/2016 3:15:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 14, 2016 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Hanna Trudo
    A big-money group that included some of Hillary Clintonís top allies tested the effectiveness of attacking her 2008 rival Barack Obama for his admitted use of cocaine and his connections to Islam, hacked documents released Friday show. In the early stages of the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, a group known as Progressive Media commissioned a poll that asked more than 800 likely swing state voters about a number of possible lines of attack against Obama, but also against Clinton and the eventual Republican nominee, John McCain. The poll results and emails discussing the questions were among a batch of documents...
  • Who Will Do What Harry Reid Did Now That Harry Reid Is Gone?

    12/28/2016 12:00:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | December 27, 2016 | Jason Zengerle
    Nevada’s departing senator would have fought Trump with a ruthlessness perhaps no other Democratic leader has. Harry Reid was searching for someone to take a stand. It was a Tuesday morning in early December, three days before his three-decade congressional career would effectively come to an end, and Reid had summoned about 20 of his staffers to his Capitol office just off the Senate floor. Although it’s reserved for the leader of the Senate’s minority party, it’s still a ­magisterial space, with soaring ceilings and mosaic floors. As a cold rain pelted the windows, the Nevada senator sat in a...
  • Hillaryís Delusion: ĎIím Going to Run Again in 2020í

    12/26/2016 10:57:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    Edward Klein's Blog ^ | December 20, 2016 | Edward Klein
    Hillary Clinton intends to keep her campaign organization together for the next four years and run again for president in 2020. ďSheís convinced that, sooner than later, the voters will come to their senses and realize they made a horrible mistake by putting [Donald] Trump in the White House,Ē a source close to Hillary told Ed Klein Confidential. ďSheís sure the voters will beg her to get in the race and she says, ĎIím going to run again in 2020.íĒ Not all her advisers agree. In fact, several of them believe Hillary is in a bad wayódeeply depressed, drinking too...
  • President Obama claims he is 'confident' he could have beaten Trump in 2016

    12/26/2016 7:23:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Week ^ | December 26, 2016 | Jeva Lange
    President Barack Obama defended his vision of America on David Axelrod's The Axe Files podcast, claiming he is confident "that if I had run again and articulated [this vision], I think I could've mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it." The interview was the latest in Obama's post-election and pre-exit analysis, and he told his former senior adviser that despite Donald Trump winning, "what I would argue is, is that the culture actually did shift, that the majority does buy into the notion of a one America that is tolerant and diverse and open and full...
  • Minnesota Rep. Susan Allen Is Two-Spirit, a Lesbian, and She Wonít Be Assimilated

    12/24/2016 8:56:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Slate ^ | December 21, 2016 | Stephanie Weber
    When Susan Allen was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012, she became the first openly lesbian Native American woman to win office in any state legislature. But framing that achievement as one for the lesbian community alone obscures another aspect of Allenís identity, and one that is directly connected to her Native American ancestry: Allen also identifies as ďtwo-spirit.Ē While Americans are increasingly familiar with the elements that make-up our modern LGBTQ abbreviation, other, often older queer identities like two-spirit remain unappreciated to the point of erasure. But if Allen and other two-spirit folks have their way,...
  • Stein pushes Justice Dept. for investigation of electoral system

    12/24/2016 4:42:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 24, 2016 | Brooke Seipel
    Jill Stein is continuing her push to investigate the integrity of the U.S. electoral system, with lawyers for the former Green Party presidential candidate asking Attorney General Loretta Lynch to probe the issue. "We write to urge the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into the integrity of our nationís election system generally, and our nationís voting machines specifically, based on the information we discovered in the course of this representation," reads the letter from Stein's counsel dated Friday. "The attempted recount process has uncovered that voting machines relied on in these states and across the country are prone...
  • Cataloguing How Clinton Lost: Ignoring Sanders people's labor, data, and insights

    12/23/2016 3:04:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 20, 2016 | T. Becket Adams
    A thousand explanations have emerged since Election Day of how Hillary Clinton lost. The Russians and the FBI, two popular culprits, may have contributed in their own way to her defeat, but Clinton's own campaign deserves tons of blame. Since Election Day, remarkable reports have come out, alleging jaw-dropping errors by Clinton's team. We're trying to keep a running tally. The latest in the growing list of Clinton's reported campaign mistakes involves her chief primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his supporters. Here's the gist: Clinton's campaign reportedly ignored advice and counsel from Sanders' people during the general election,...
  • Hillary Clinton Really Shouldnít Have Told Voters That Trump Wasnít a Normal Republican

    12/23/2016 1:42:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | December 23, 2016 | Eric Levitz
    Hillary Clinton spent much of last summer arguing that Ronald Reagan would never vote for Donald Trump. At the Democratic National Convention, a series of speakers ó including Barack Obama ó argued that the patron saint of the conservative movement would recoil at Trumpís authoritarian ethos. At a September press conference, the Democratic nominee suggested that the Gipper would be incensed to see the Republican nominee praise Vladimir Putin while disparaging the American president. One of her super-PACsí final campaign ads cast Reaganís ghost as a Clinton surrogate. The point of all this nostalgia for the man who killed off...
  • Bitter Clintons consider staying away from inauguration & Bush hasn't yet RSVPedĖCarter WILL attend

    12/23/2016 11:45:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | December 23, 2016 | David Martosko, US Political Editor
    Bill and Hillary Clinton haven't committed themselves to attending Donald Trump's inauguration, which looms less than a month away, after a bruising campaign that left the Democratic nominee and her former-president husband with bloodied reputations at Trump's hands. So far Jimmy Carter, age 92, is the only former president who has said he will be there on January 20. George H.W. Bush, just four months younger, has said he will not come to the inauguration, and cites his old age as the reason why, according to Politico. George W. Bush won't make up his mind until January, his spokesman Freddy...