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Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

It’s been another Make America Great Again week. Same lead story as last week is that Trump just can’t help himself in drawing more and more attention digging himself in deeper and deeper with respect to investigation of possible ties between him, his campaign and advisors and the Russians. “Donald Trump should start every morning with a tweet about what he is doing that day to help working class Americans,” said Republican strategist Alex Conant. “Instead, his morning tweets make it clear how much the Russia story is distracting him and his White House.” A problem with that advice is… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Mother Jones corrected its story GOP Congressmen Suggest Trump May Have Committed Impeachable Offense, indicating that the GOP is beginning to break ranks on Trump. The correction: * Correction: This article previously stated that [Justin] Amash was the first Republican to suggest that Trump’s alleged actions could be grounds for impeachment. Following publication, a spokeswoman for [Carlos] Curbelo contacted Mother Jones to point out that “Congressman Curbelo was actually the first Republican to mention impeachment.” It was important to Curbelo that he be on record as being first, since he represents a district Hillary Clinton easily carried. There are a… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Mentioned because missed because of all the hoopla but something that bears note because it’s indicative of a pattern:

Did you hear that Trump’s personal attorneys say his tax returns show little income from Russian sources? http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-taxes-russia-idUSKBN18827K

You can take that to the bank, just as trustworthy as Trump’s personal physician “unequivocally” stating that fat 70-year old Trump would be the “healthiest person ever elected President” http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/263146-doctor-trump-will-be-healthiest-president-ever

Who are you going to believe anyway, Trump’s paid help or your lyin’ eyes?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Days without a new reason to mock Trump or his administration are becoming a rarity. Mitch McConnell’s wife will soon release to the Senate Trump infrastructure “principles” for $1 trillion dollars in infrastructure spending. http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/17/politics/chao-infrastructure-senate/index.html (Check out the photo: Had Chao been running for President Trump no doubt would have included her when stating, “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that. Can you imagine that, the face of the next President?” that Trump said of Carly Fiorina.) The infrastructure spending principle are unlikely to be more than a page if Trump’s one page long tax plan is a… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

13 white men are engaged in super-secret behind closed doors Trumpcare negotiations in the Senate. Remember when Mitch McConnell promised the nation that the Senate would operate under “regular order” when he took over the majority in 2015? Neither do I.

( http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/02/08/384590663/mcconnells-call-for-regular-order-may-not-mean-what-it-used-to)

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself because of the excitement that we’re great again.

xdog
xdog

AP reports that despite Trump’s protectionist babbling, farmers are OK with NAFTA since it’s boosted their exports to Mexico nearly five-fold since 1994. One of Sonny Perdue’s first tasks was to show Trump a map showing areas that would be hurt most by a pullout, overlapped with many that voted for Trump.
http://onlineathens.com/national-news/2017-05-19/why-trump-s-combative-trade-stance-makes-us-farmers-nervous

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The WSJ reports that Canada is considering restricting US coal moving through Canadian ports to Asia. US governments subsidizing west coast construction of port facilities to ship US coal to Asia is just the sort of economic activity the country needs.

http://www.manufacturing.net/news/2017/05/report-canadian-government-considers-restrictions-us-coal-amid-tariff-spat

Ellynn
Ellynn

Savannah not only has canals (old barge routes from rail heads to the river, now drainage), and the US headquarter for JCB – last week that exact T-Rex in Charleston was riding around Savannah in the back of a pedicab. Our guess, SCAD students.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Comey hid near the curtains? A guy 6’8″? No, really! LMAO! Liberal DC is literally insane. Nothing on “collusion” after a year. Numerous official congressional sources continue to report various versions of “no evidence.” Truly, legitimately and more importantly, humorously unhinged!
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/comey-hid-among-white-house-curtains-to-avoid-trump/article/2623571

davidmac
davidmac

Trump told the Russians, in the Oval Office, that he fired Comey to relieve “great pressure” due to the investigation into his campaign and its Russian ties.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/us/politics/trump-russia-comey.html

Noway2016
Noway2016

“Numerous official congressional sources continue to report various versions of “no evidence.” Receipts, please.” Well, just yesterday – Feinstein This am – Allen Dershowitz. Dershowitz incredulously said, “what actual crime has been committed???” As have many others. And Krauthammer – “Cover up in search of a crime…” This continuous piling on has been and is an effort to remove Trump. This is a modern day Coup attempt. And guess what? He ain’t goin’ nowhere. And this justifiably reinforces and encourages the literal vitriolic hate that Trump supporters have for anything Dem. And – this is my opinion only, to be… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

Noway the ostrich. Did the Russians try to interfere in our election process and promote Trump while diminishing Clinton’s support? Yes. Has direct collusion with the Trump campaign been proven at this point? No. Has the man’s own “unpresidented” actions exacerbated this to a near constitutional crisis? Yes. Has this administration’s amateurish infancy been so bad that it makes the Carter administration look like a well oiled machine? Yes. You claim that 90% of the press is against him yet his own direct baiting of them hasn’t been seen since Nixon. Making his own press secretary look like a clown… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Will, what specifically has been proven, that the Russians actually did? Hack Podesta? They didn’t change one vote. Podesta’s clowish emails may have recealed ehat a literal douchebag he was, with them cheating Bernie. What do we know that the Russians actually did?

Will Durant
Will Durant

How ’bout the NSA, CIA, and FBI? Though we the public have not been given all the proof as yet. However I will submit this for your reading pleasure courtesy of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (James Clapper at the time), which first gives this disclaimer: “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections” is a declassified version of a highly classified assessment that has been provided to the President and to recipients approved by the President.  The Intelligence Community rarely can publicly reveal the full extent of its knowledge or the precise bases for… Read more »

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

To Noway’s point, David Plouffe, Obama’s sr. WH advisor, has ideological cohorts, friends and embeds inside almost all corporate media entities; specifically WaPo and NY Times. Plouffe recently stated “We must destroy Donald Trump totally, so that his kind does not rise again.” “His kind”?? – stated with such disdain for the President of the United States and his supporters. And you’re right about an attempted Coup. It’s very clear that the cabal of celebrities, academics, corporate news media, left-wing politicians, and the Democratic party are giving a full-court press to the goal Plouffe articulated. The DNC is currently beating… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

“The DNC is………set on disrupting and destroying civility in the public square.”

That’s odd……the Man that campaigned on doing it is delivering on the promise, and you want to give the credit to the Dems.

davidmac
davidmac

New anti-Handel ad from the DCCC.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

LOL! So I guess State officials are not supposed to fly on State airplanes or ride in State-owned autos. And our statewide highest elected officials should sit on wooden crates instead of nice chairs inside the State Capitol. Interestingly, the ad says they were “requested” but not whether they were bought.
A little play on words…

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

…but she really should not have done this

https://youtu.be/-_V0qZ2Uox8

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta
Sally Forth
Sally Forth

And also untrue. This nice lady doctor should have fact checked and studied before reading on camera the script handed her.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

I wont call you a liar…just misinformed. You can also say that Karen was responsible for the drastic amount of LOST funding due to the way she screwed the whole thing up. It wasnt that long ago Sally, perhaps you cant remember back to 2012, but here you go regardless. On February 2, 2012, Jeffrey Goldberg reported in The Atlantic that “three sources with direct knowledge of the Komen decision-making process told me that the rule was adopted in order to create an excuse to cut-off Planned Parenthood.” Goldberg further reported that his anonymous sources indicated “the decision to create… Read more »

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Mighty big of you. I simply don’t make my decisions based on what the California libtard papers say – they are entitled to their opinions, but not their own facts. Komen raises millions of dollars every year for *breast cancer research.* All their p/r material is based on that premise. They were (and are) misleading contributors by giving part of that money to Planned Parenthood instead. Handel wouldn’t go along with that falsehood, plus she is anti-abortion and would not be part of contributing money to their budget that could be shuffled wherever P/P wanted. Plus even politifact gave this… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

You got a link to that? I can’t find it.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Just saw a piece on Fox saying that Trump definitely needs a new chief of staff. “An adult in the room” was the characterization? Who might that be to serve him well? Serious opinions? Someone like Newt, although he’d never do it, but someone with gov’t experience? What do you all think of Leiberman for FBI? Who’d be universally approved of and a 100% honest guy?

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

I wondered at the outset how that co-chief thing could work out, with the buck stopping at two desks. It would be great if the prez could get Newt to do it, but with his wife’s new ambassadorship and his own consulting business I don’t see that happening. Who said that Reince and Kelly Anne need replacing, and how valid do you think that was? I’m lukewarm about Lieberman, liked the idea of a strong Repub like Giuliani but don’t know if he’d accept. I just wish Trump could move more quickly to replace all the Obama hold-overs in the… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

I didn’t recognize the guy offering that suggestion of cleaning out the top folks in Trump’s inner circle. But, like most stories dealing with Trump, it was negative. It just got me thinking about a wise Republican mandarin who may swoop in to save the proverbial day.

Ellynn
Ellynn

It should also be noted, that when the West Wing switches administrations, the WHOLE administration staff changes. No one who served in the Obama White House as administration staff is still there. Some of the people who run the building are still in place, although some have been changed out, like the head chief and the head porter. Some of the secret service people also traditionally stay with the people they cover. I noted Michelle’s female agent was with her at an event last month while she was walking to her car. If the West Wing is leaking, it’s Trump… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

The NSC is not the White House staff, just like any cabinet staff member is not part of the White House staff. Most of the upper level people (including multi admin. 20 year plus career staff) in NSA, State, CIA, AG, FDA, HHS were forced to resign outright and each department has have their own set of appointments. The majority of the leaks about the president or meeting he had are coming directly from White House West Wing sources.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Newt? You’ve got to be kidding. You know he’s entered crackpot domain when the Daily Caller is calling him out for spreading a debunked conspiracy theory.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/21/newt-gingrich-spreads-debunked-story-about-murdered-dnc-staffer/

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Newt is headed to the Vatican, one would assume, since his wife is the new Ambassador to the Vatican. Hope for Newt’s sake he isnt enveloped by a pit of fire when he steps on the Vatican grounds.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Newt will not accompany Calista there permanently.

Benevolus
Benevolus

You mean Callista, who has admitted to having an affair with Newt while he was married? For the second time?
Sounds like an appropriate pick.
I wonder if she has to give up her job as President of Gingrich Productions.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Tell me, B, are you equally appalled by Bill’s extra curricular activities?

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

There must be close to tens of millions of people who cheat on a spouse so, with that in mind, I will be equally appalled when Bill is named Ambassador to the Vatican

Benevolus
Benevolus

He wouldn’t be my first choice to be Vatican Ambassador, I can tell you that.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

The story of the murdered DNC staffer has not been debunked – the online blog you linked is simply misinformation, Dave. Of course the family of Seth Rich has been sensitive to speculation that he could have leaked emails damaging to the DNC, since he was murdered in 2016 during the height of the presidential campaign in a police case that remains unsolved to this day. An FBI forensic report of Rich’s computer — generated within 96 hours after Rich’s murder — showed he made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, a now-deceased American investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker, and director… Read more »

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

ACP, I agree – people who spread fake news absolutely disgust me. Case in point, the “Russia! Russia!” conspiracy nuts who monopolize the public square like Dr. Strangelove clones. On the Rich story, two conflicting versions seem to hinge on whether one chooses to believe Newsweek’s 2nd hand and/or anonymous sources, or the Fox News sources. That’s why the public needs a definitive statement from a real, named FBI person regarding Seth Rich’s computer and any information in their hands regarding that. Of course they do not investigate his murder – that’s police territory. Rich, 27, was gunned down while… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

You mean “actual facts ” like a year long investigation by two congressional committees that have provided literally jack
sh*t? That doesn’t stop you lemmings from bellowing 24-7 “Russia, Russia, Russia!” Gotta keep up That Narrative!!!

Noway2016
Noway2016

You do realize investigations into this fake news started during the actual campaign, right?

Noway2016
Noway2016

“Actual, substantive fact” Gasppppppppppppppp…. LOL!
Too-may-to/ to-maah-toh. An official inquiry has been going on since the Summer of ’16. How’s that Mrs. Wormwood? But like Linus, my alter ego with The Pumpkin, “the Great Pumpkin will come!!”….or in your case, “the Collusion will be proven!!!!,” you sobbingly whisper into your pillow each night before bed…

Noway2016
Noway2016

Serious question: Do you think Flynn took the 5th because he’s protecting Trump on the Collusion Hoax – or – because he didn’t disclose his work /payment received by a foreign government and not being truthful about that on his security paperwork?

And do you actually think Trump was on the horn to some Boris Baddenoff during the course of the campaign saying to the effect of “We’d appreciate your help in boning Hillary and throwing public opinion and the election to me?”

Benevolus
Benevolus

I don’t know what happened, but I know what will happen. Even if the (legal) investigations find rock solid, airtight, multiple verifications of collusion, some will still say it is all fabricated and fake.
Which is of course the best case outcome for anyone who would want to disrupt our political system.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I agree with you on Flynn. He’s is deep do-do because of his not listing the cash ge was paid.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Why wouldn’t he take the 5th? If they aren’t going to offer him a deal, he’s got nothing to gain by testifying.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Back at you, ACP. It appears you’re too immersed in the false narrative to recognize a fact when you see one. The “family and Wheeler” are neither the FBI nor the DC Police Dept. Those are the two official entities that can give us facts. And the nuanced language of the articles actually said there is no FBI investigation into Rich’s murder. It did not deny the fact of his computer and its contents, which are in FBI custody. Logic dictates that the feebies are doing something with it – I think the term would be “investigating” the computer and… Read more »

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Link please…
because a fact checker said your story is FALSE

http://www.snopes.com/seth-rich-dnc-wikileaks-murder/

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

And everybody knows snopes is SO reliable….. It’s all over the internet, so just do some actual digging for yourself, my good man! I even read something about in the ajc a while back. It all blurs on me now. But sort out things that are actually verifiable, not just “it was reported” or “according to sources” or “a friend of the family said” etc. etc. etc. Bottom line, a young DNC staffer was murdered a year ago and nobody has been charged with the crime. His computer has communications with WikiLeaks on it, DNC emails transmitted, the exact number… Read more »

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

…and Sally, no one has seen the forensics of the computer nor do they know if any was done. This isnt even an active investigation with the FBI. Oh and about that private investigator… Although the Fox report claims Wheeler is a private investigator, a search for Wheeler’s name on the public lookup tool for licenses in Washington D.C. yields no results. We also checked for a license under his name in Maryland, where his firm Capitol Investigations is based. This search also yielded no results. When we asked MPD whether he was indeed a homicide detective with the department,… Read more »

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Yeah, redstate – that’s ol’ Never Trumper, Eric Erickson and his crew. Reality is that we don’t know what is true, and that’s the problem. It looks like just another cover-up by the libtards, who are using the family to their own purposes. And discussing it on this blog certainly is not affecting anything in Washington; the FBI will make a statement about his computer’s contents when they get good and ready. But sunshine is the best sanitizer, and I’d just like to see some attention given by the Police Dept. toward finding out the facts and reporting them publicly.… Read more »