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    Quote Originally Posted by random new yorker View Post
    wah WHAT?

    how did you manage to get more Hillary hatred out of your bag?
    She the other week did her first press conference since the lost the election, at which she stated that she would have started bombing Syria earlier than Trump!

    'Nuff said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A Marxist Historian View Post
    She the other week did her first press conference since the lost the election, at which she stated that she would have started bombing Syria earlier than Trump!

    'Nuff said.

    -AMH-
    I agree with her... in fact that was THE reason i got behind her campaign. Although in geopolitical terms it made sense to do it in 2013 to prevent some 300,000 deaths that happened btw 2014 and 2017, millions displaced and the mass exodus out of Syria in the aftermath (as she warned and advocated back then)... I think she was referring to that.

    In 2017 the strategy needs to be different as the pieces in the chessboard have shifted considerably and at this point bombing airfields will not help anyone.

    We also know that Trump has gone mainstream Republican so no surprise he would take action on Syria just to let the world know the Rs have arrived in the WH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Count Bobulescu View Post
    With 52% of the vote counted Ossoff the D leads Hanley the R by 54% to 17.6 % This is for Newt Gingrich's old seat. Been in the R column for ever. Ossoff needs to stay above 50% to win otherwise it's a runoff with 2nd place finisher. Gonna be tight.
    runoff in June for Ossoff...but his chances to win then decrease considerably (i think) cos the R establishment will be throwing money at it .. although so was Trump last night tweeting away into the wee hours in the morn - which is supposed to help the Dem.. it will be interesting to follow

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    Quote Originally Posted by random new yorker View Post
    Yes I know and not usually my style but I suppose I've lost my patience w that one everyday says the same thing my apologies to everyone else reading that might feel offended by that remark.

    But let him have it n whatch him whine.
    fair play for that mate....

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    Quote Originally Posted by A Marxist Historian View Post
    She the other week did her first press conference since the lost the election, at which she stated that she would have started bombing Syria earlier than Trump!

    'Nuff said.

    -AMH-
    in fairness theyre a pair of mad ***** 1 as dangerous as the other....

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    Team not yet appointed...........

    DEPT OF UNKEPT PROMISES -- "Trump's missing 90-day cyber plan," by Isaac Dovere, Eric Geller, and Matt Nussbaum: "President-elect Donald Trump was very clear: 'I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office,' he said in January, after getting a U.S. intelligence assessment of Russian interference in last year's elections and promising to address cybersecurity. Thursday, Trump hits his 90-day mark. There is no team, there is no plan, and there is no clear answer from the White House on who would even be working on what. It's the latest deadline Trump's set and missed - from the press conference he said his wife would hold last fall to answer questions about her original immigration process to the plan to defeat ISIS that he'd said would come within his first 30 days in office." http://politi.co/2pUxnWs



    Trump temporarily loses an "armada" which is how he described it.

    -- "Aircraft Carrier Wasn't Sailing to Deter North Korea, as U.S. Suggested,"by NYT's Mark Landler and Eric Schmitt: "Just over a week ago, the White House declared that ordering an American aircraft carrier into the Sea of Japan would send a powerful deterrent signal to North Korea and give President Trump more options in responding to the North's provocative behavior. 'We're sending an armada,' Mr. Trump said to Fox News last Tuesday afternoon. The problem was that the carrier, the Carl Vinson, and the three other warships in its strike force were that very moment sailing in the opposite direction, to take part in joint exercises with the Australian Navy in the Indian Ocean, 3,500 miles southwest of the Korean Peninsula.
    "White House officials said Tuesday that they had been relying on guidance from the Defense Department. Officials there described a glitch-ridden sequence of events, from an ill-timed announcement of the deployment by the military's Pacific Command to a partially erroneous explanation by the defense secretary, Jim Mattis - all of which perpetuated the false narrative that a flotilla was racing toward the waters off North Korea." http://nyti.ms/2pfz98d
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    I wanted to post this in one of the 47 Wikileaks threads, but none were really appropriate because they are very specific, so it's here because it's a potential change of policy under the Trump admin.

    WaPo..........
    Justice Dept. debating charges against WikiLeaks members in leaks of diplomatic and military files, revelation of CIA cyber-tools
    Prosecutors are examining the 2010 leak of diplomatic cables and military documents, as well as the more recent revelation of secret CIA surveillance tools. It is not clear whether prosecutors are also looking at WikiLeaks’ role last year in publishing emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s account, which U.S. officials have said were hacked by the Russian government.



    The Justice Department under Barack Obama had decided not to charge WikiLeaks for revealing some of the government’s most sensitive secrets — concluding that doing so would be akin to prosecuting a news organization for publishing classified information.
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    Will Melania last the first term? Pun intended.


    IF YOU READ ONE THING - "Inside the Trump Marriage: Melania's Burden,"by Evgenia Peretz in May's Vanity Fair: "[W]oefully pliant as Melania may be, even she may have a breaking point. Over the course of reporting this story, for which her close friends declined to talk, an uneasy picture has emerged of their marital union. Melania's unhappiness and the couple's apparent lack of closeness are becoming more noticeable. Despite assurances from her spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, that Melania is embracing the role of First Lady, most signs point to a distinct lack of interest. And while Grisham says Mrs. Trump plans to move to the White House once their son, Barron, 'finishes out the school year,' there have been indications that she is in no particular rush. ... Barron, 11, who is by most accounts sweet and well behaved, a testament to Melania's devotion as a mother. The two sometimes speak to each other in Slovenian, and until recently she consistently did drop-off and pick-up from Columbia Grammar and Preparatory. ...


    "Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, joined the school's board around eight years ago, and Trump has donated at least $150,000 to the school. ... Cohen's term on the board overlapped that of Caryn Zucker, the wife of Jeff Zucker ... The Zuckers have three kids at the school, and Caryn is said to be one of Melania's friends. ... Despite official statements that Melania will move to Washington at the end of the school year, at press time the Trumps had still not announced a D.C.-area school for Barron. According to a well-placed member of the Washington education community, they had not yet applied to some of the schools one might have imagined. A St. Albans parent notes, 'There's been no "Barron will be going to my school"' sort of dish one might expect. (Grisham says, 'They are still looking at a few schools.')" http://bit.ly/2q1IVal
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    As the 100 day mark approaches this Friday (also the day by which Congress must pass funding legislation to keep the gummint open) lots of polls are showing Donny as the least popular Prez since before Adam was a boy.


    Nearly two-thirds of Americans give President Donald Trump poor or middling marks for his first 100 days in office, including a plurality who say he's off to a "poor start," according to results from a brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
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    Forty-five percent of respondents in the survey believe Trump is off to a poor start, with an additional 19 percent who say it's been "only a fair start." That's compared with a combined 35 percent who think the president's first three months in office have been either "good" or "great."

    Trump's overall job-approval rating stands at 40 percent — down four points from February. It's the lowest job-approval rating for a new president at this 100-day stage in the history of the NBC/WSJ poll.
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    At this same point in time of their presidencies, Obama's overall rating stood at 61 percent in the poll, George W. Bush's was at 56 percent and Bill Clinton's was at 52 percent.


    By party, 82 percent of Republicans approve of Trump's job, versus just 7 percent of Democrats and 30 percent of independents who give the president a thumbs-up.
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    Forty percent of Americans approve of Trump's handling of foreign policy, while 44 percent approve of his economic handling.
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    Trump began with the lowest approval rating since 1953, 45%, and has fallen to 40% today.

    Here's how previous Presidents fared at 100 days.


    Presidential Job Approval Ratings Following the First 100 Days
    Eisenhower - Trump

    Year Interview Dates President %
    Approval
    %
    Disapproval
    % No
    Opinion
    Initial
    Approval
    %
    Change
    1953 Apr. 19-24 Dwight D. Eisenhower 73 10 17 68 5
    1961 Apr. 28-May 3 John Kennedy 83 5 12 72 11
    1969 May 1-6 Richard Nixon 62 15 23 59 3
    1977 Apr. 29-May 2 Jimmy Carter 63 18 19 66 -3
    1981 May 8-11 Ronald Reagan 68 21 11 51 17
    1989 May 4-7 George Bush 56 22 22 51 5
    1993 Apr. 22-24 William J. Clinton 55 37 8 58 -3
    2001 Apr. 20-22 George W. Bush 62 29 9 57 5
    2009 Apr. 28-30 Barack Obama 65 29 6 68 -3
    2017 TBD Donald J. Trump -- -- -- 45 --
    *data includes only presidents inaugurated following election
    data compiled from the Gallup Poll

    Citation: Gerhard Peters. "Presidential Job Approval Ratings Following the First 100 Days." The American Presidency Project. Ed. John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters. Santa Barbara, CA: University of California. 1999-2017. Available from the World Wide Web: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/...s_approval.php.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Count Bobulescu View Post
    Trump began with the lowest approval rating since 1953, 45%, and has fallen to 40% today.

    Here's how previous Presidents fared at 100 days.


    Presidential Job Approval Ratings Following the First 100 Days
    Eisenhower - Trump

    Year Interview Dates President %
    Approval
    %
    Disapproval
    % No
    Opinion
    Initial
    Approval
    %
    Change
    1953 Apr. 19-24 Dwight D. Eisenhower 73 10 17 68 5
    1961 Apr. 28-May 3 John Kennedy 83 5 12 72 11
    1969 May 1-6 Richard Nixon 62 15 23 59 3
    1977 Apr. 29-May 2 Jimmy Carter 63 18 19 66 -3
    1981 May 8-11 Ronald Reagan 68 21 11 51 17
    1989 May 4-7 George Bush 56 22 22 51 5
    1993 Apr. 22-24 William J. Clinton 55 37 8 58 -3
    2001 Apr. 20-22 George W. Bush 62 29 9 57 5
    2009 Apr. 28-30 Barack Obama 65 29 6 68 -3
    2017 TBD Donald J. Trump -- -- -- 45 --
    *data includes only presidents inaugurated following election
    data compiled from the Gallup Poll

    Citation: Gerhard Peters. "Presidential Job Approval Ratings Following the First 100 Days." The American Presidency Project. Ed. John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters. Santa Barbara, CA: University of California. 1999-2017. Available from the World Wide Web: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/...s_approval.php.
    he will never forgive (us) for that !!

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    he will never forgive (us) for that !!
    And he had no idea how big the government is. Bigger than companies even!



    1. Trump: 'I Never Realized How Big It Was'
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    Republican and Democrat leaders of the House Int Comm after reviewing classified docs, both said they saw no evidence that Flynn had not broken the law.
    Vise is slowly tightening, and WH is stalling.


    A FLYNN UPDATE -- " Lawmakers: Flynn did not disclose Russia payments in security clearance application," by Austin Wright: "Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn did not disclose payments for a 2015 speech in Moscow in his security clearance application for 2016, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee told reporters Tuesday. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) sent a request last month to the White House and federal agencies seeking the security clearance applications. Cummings said the White House declined in a letter to provide requested information about Flynn to the Oversight panel. Flynn resigned as national security adviser after it became clear he had misled his colleagues about the nature of his phone calls with Russia's ambassador." http://politi.co/2p1eZNR
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    Consider this remarkable statistic: “The Senate has confirmed 26 of Trump’s picks for his Cabinet and other top posts. But for 530 other vacant senior-level jobs requiring Senate confirmation, the president has advanced just 37 nominees. That’s less than half the nominees Obama had sent to the Senate by this point in his first term."

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    The Trump admin has just announced the bare bones of a proposed tax reform, corporate tax down from 35% to 15% in an attempt to repatriate $2.6T. Might not be good for FDI in Ireland etc. Doubling of personal allowances, which means a zero rate for the first $24,000 for a married couple. Trickle down is gonna pay for it all.......

    One problem is that unemployment is already below 5% and if you're going to restrict immigration where will you find the workers to fill all the jobs you say you will create....
    This is a long way from becoming law.


    -- THE LAFFER CURVE COMES BACK TO LIFE: “A white cloth napkin, now displayed in the National Museum of American History, helped change the course of modern economics,” the New York Times’ Peter Baker writes in his preview of today’s announcement. “On it, the economist Arthur Laffer in 1974 sketched a curve meant to illustrate his theory that cutting taxes would spur enough economic growth … More than 40 years after those scribblings, [Trump] is reviving the so-called Laffer curve as he announces the broad outlines of a tax overhaul on Wednesday. What the first [Bush] once called ‘voodoo economics’ is back, as Mr. Trump’s advisers argue that deep cuts in corporate taxes will ultimately pay for themselves with an explosion of new business and job creation.”




    • Critics have scoffed at the math: “There is not a shred of evidence to support the secretary’s pay-for-itself claim,” said former Obama economics adviser Jared Bernstein.





    • “But one fan of Mr. Trump’s approach is Mr. Laffer, now 76 and still every bit the believer in the virtues of lower taxes as he was the night he went to a restaurant in 1974 with three fellow conservatives named Dick Cheney, Donald H. Rumsfeld and Jude Wanniski and outlined his thinking on that famous napkin. ‘We would bring people back and we would create jobs without tariffs and without protectionism,’ Mr. Laffer said by telephone. ‘I’m a big believer in using honey rather than vinegar, and incentives are much better.’”
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