Saturday, March 25, 2017

Trumpcare Dies as Ryan - Trump Give Up

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One of Trump's campaign promises was to "Repeal and Replace" Obamacare, and this week he pushed and pushed for Speaker Paul Ryan and the House of Representatives to get a bill together that the GOP members could get behind. But all they came up with after years of bashing Obamacare was a terrifying mish-mash known as the "American Health Care Act" or "AHCA" or "Trumpcare," a bill that led to grassroots uprisings even among those who voted for Trump.

But there was still a chance that it could pass, since the GOP has a majority in the House.

Instead, as the day went on, it became clear the votes weren't there. Even while spokesman Sean Spicer was announcing that there would be a vote at 3:30 ET, GOP members were announcing that they would vote no. Paul Ryan went to the White House and told the President the votes weren't there, but he ordered them to vote anyway. GOP members did not want to go on the record for such an ill-fashioned draconian bill. Paul Ryan went to the White House again, and this time Trump told him to pull the bill from the floor.

It was a huge failure of the GOP to govern, and especially for Trump, author of "Art of the Deal." It was Bad Day at Black Rock for Paul Ryan, whose career is now in the dumpster, loathed even more by Democrats and the Tea Partiers alike.

It was a sweet victory for Democrats and The Resistance because Obamacare will stay in place for now and President Obama's legacy remains intact.

There's no other way to characterize it. This is a stunning and humiliating defeat for Donald Trump and Paul Ryan. And by the time the dust settles, that may be too kind.
~ Dan Rather on Facebook

From UPI
Several Republicans have said the president is finished negotiating on the matter and will now just leave the ACA on the books as the healthcare law of the land.
"The best thing we can do, politically speaking, is let Obamacare explode," the president continued. "Bad things are going to happen to Obamacare. There's not much you can do to help it.
"It's not a question of, 'gee, I hope it does well.' I would love it to do well. I want great healthcare for the people of this nation. But it can't do well. It's imploding and will soon explode. And it's not going to be pretty."
Trump also chastised the conservative Republicans who would not get on board with the replacement plan.
"We learned a lot about loyalty," he said.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Nunes Goes Nuts Over Trump-Russia

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Representative Devin Nunes, R-California, is head of the House Intelligence Committee which has been looking into the connection between the Trump campaign and Russian hacking of the DNC last year.

But suddenly, he decided to have a press conference the other day, discussing secret material he had allegedly seen that would be damning to the Trump White House. He seemed to be tipping-off the members of Trump inner-circle that things they have said are on the record in secret documents.

Nunes did not share these revelations with the others on the Intelligence Committee, and it is probably illegal for him to discuss such matters at an open press conference. So why did he do it? Do the Russians have something on him? Was he threatened by Putin or others?

Stay tuned - we will hear more about this in the future for sure.

Then Nunes Gave a Vague Apology

Comey Hearing Connects Trump to Russia

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#RussiaGate Heats Up for Trump
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Trump and the Russian - DNC - Wikileaks Connection


A hearing on Capitol Hill for FBI Director James Comey connected the Trump Administration to Russian hackers who infiltrated both the DNC and RNC last year during the election, but only used the information to attack the campaigns of Democrats. Comey seems to be trying to redeem himself after his shocking press conference last fall when he mentioned new emails belonging to Hillary Clinton as if she was under investigation, but later admitted they were nothing. Many believe that Comey's actions were a misuse of power to sway an American election, even if he didn't seem to anticipate that he was ruining his own credibility along with the rest of the FBI.

But now it seems that it was Trump and his cronies under investigation since last July for their possible collusion with Russia and Wikileaks in hacking the DNC servers and releasing their emails. This revelation followed Trump's strange accusation that President Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower last year, which Comey disputed. It wasn't Obama, but the FBI which had FISA warrants to listen to Trump Tower because of possible treason going on with Putin.

Maybe Comey can finally do something good for his country by setting in motion the impeachment of President Trump.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Flynn Flap a Big Flop for Trump

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So Mike Flynn, Trump's pick for National Security Advisor, was a paid lobbyist for a foreign government and lied about it!

Does this shock anyone at this point? No. Everyone's lying, but they aren't really getting away with it anymore.

From NBC News
Flynn was fired last month after it was determined he misled Vice President Mike Pence about Flynn's conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States. His security clearance was suspended.
When NBC News spoke to Alptekin in November, he said he had no affiliation with the Turkish government and that his hiring of Flynn's company, the Flynn Intel Group, had nothing to do with the Turkish government.
But documents filed this week by Flynn with the Department of Justice paint a different picture. The documents say Alptekin "introduced officials of the Republic of Turkey to Flynn Intel Group officials at a meeting on September 19, 2016, in New York."

"Happy the wheels are coming off a little bit. If the wheels themselves are not yet off, you're starting to hear the sound of lugnuts stripping their threads and pinging across lanes of traffic while the wheels start to wobble. There's a little bit of a freakout going on right now in Washington..."
~ Rachel Maddow, March 10, 2017

Heated Exchange About Flynn via Yahoo News:
(Sean Spicer, Trump spokesman:) There are certain private citizen's activities that you conduct and you seek counsel on or professional advice. That's not up to the government. And that's exactly how the system worked."
Fox News' John Roberts then asked how that didn't raise a red flag.
Spicer cut him off and said, "You already had your question, John."
But Roberts continued.
"You have an attorney calling the transition that the person who is in line to be the national security adviser may need to register as a foreign agent," Roberts said. "And that doesn't raise a red flag?"
"It's not a question of raising a red flag, John," Spicer said. "It's a question of whether or not they gave them the advice they're supposed to, which is it is not up to them to make decisions as to what you need to do or not do. As you know, there are certain activities that fall under each of these requirements as far as what the threshold is, what activities, who the funding source was, etc. etc....
Another reporter then asked a follow-up question, pointing out that "this was an issue of judgment about who you guys wanted in your administration."


Sunday, March 5, 2017

#RussiaGate Heats Up for Trump

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Things are getting stranger as more facts as well as speculation are being tossed around about the Trump Administration's connection to Russia both after the election as well as long before. Everyone in his Cabinet seems to have had some contact with Russian operatives, even Jeff Sessions who is now Attorney General who last week recused himself from any future investigations. And it is pretty clear that the FBI and NSA are looking at the situation as a grave matter of National Security.

From GuardianUK: "Will Russia connection become the Trump administration's Watergate?"
The US president’s joint address to Congress this week was well received but was rapidly overshadowed by revelations that his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, had twice spoken with the Russian ambassador during last year’s presidential election.
As it has emerged that other members of the Trump campaign – including his son-in-law Jared Kushner – also met with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, the Kremlin connection seems destined to be the putative scandal that will not go away for the White House.
...Congressman Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, has called for Sessions to quit, saying he “clearly misled” the Senate about contacts with Russian officials, and demanded that a special prosecutor be appointed.
Schiff also accused the FBI director, James Comey, of withholding crucial information about its investigation into Russian meddling in the election, and raised the prospect of subpoenaing the agency.

From Washington Post:
Sessions failed to tell the truth during his confirmation hearings about meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and allegedly no one in the White House knew of those meetings until The Washington Post broke the story last Wednesday.
During his confirmation hearing, Sessions was asked one question but answered another, and in so doing, did not tell the truth. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) asked Sessions, “If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?”
This was a prospective question, with Franken asking the likely next attorney general how he would handle such allegations if intelligence officials produced such evidence. Sessions chose to answer it this way: “I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.”


Trump himself wondered about possible government wiretaps inside Trump Tower, which would mean that the government definitely has suspicians of espionage. Trump wrongly aimed the blame on former President Obama, who never could have planted bugs anywhere because Presidents don't have the power to order wiretaps. Strangely the one taking up for Obama is James Comey, who just swayed the election to Trump with his erstwhile investigation of Hillary's emails.