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  • John Kerry on Trump: This is the ‘walk-away presidency’

    01/20/2019 8:59:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    KPAX-TV ^ | January 20, 2019 | CNN News
    Former Secretary of State John Kerry says President Donald Trump’s actions on the international stage do not help the United States and show he is not a negotiator. “This is the pull-out, walk-away presidency, and it is not enhancing the interest of the United States of America,” Kerry told David Axelrod on “The Axe Files,” airing on CNN on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. “This President is not negotiating; he doesn’t negotiate. This is a man who claims to be the world’s greatest negotiator. What is he negotiating?” Kerry said, citing Trump’s decisions to pull troops from Syria and Afghanistan,...
  • Freshman Democrats Turn on Pelosi Over Border Wall, Seek Deal with Trump

    01/15/2019 8:47:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 15, 2019 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Several freshman Democrat members of the new House of Representatives majority have turned on Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her steadfast refusal to fund President Donald Trump’s planned wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and are instead seeking for Democrats to cut a deal on the wall with Trump. The ongoing partial government shutdown, which affects a quarter of the federal government and is now the longest shutdown in the history of the United States, began late last year just before Christmas. It dragged through New Years into the new Congress, and Pelosi–after she won the Speakership vote after fending...
  • Ocasio-Cortez picks a new fight, this time with the Democrat dinosaurs

    01/13/2019 4:57:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 12, 2019 | Monica Showalter
    So far, so good. Far-left socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, has managed to P.O. more Democrats with her tweets, her latest one going after the age of Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, 76, who said he didn't think she was the future of the Democratic Party. With characteristic class, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted this to Lieberman: "New party, who dis?" To be fair, Lieberman started it: "With all respect, I certainly hope she's not the future and I don't believe she is," said Lieberman, who was the Democratic Party's vice presidential nominee in the 2000 election. All respect? I didn't read any "all...
  • Stop Freaking Out About Trump’s State of Emergency Threats

    01/11/2019 9:08:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Politico Magazine ^ | January 9, 2019 | Zachary Karabell is a contributing editor
    Though betting odds had a 20 percent chance that Donald Trump would use his brief prime-time Oval Office address to declare a national emergency at the Mexican-U.S. border, he did not. Instead, he dedicated his time to a hodge-podge of lurid descriptions of violence juxtaposed to a plea for humanitarian aid. In no way does that mean the issue is settled, and a national emergency declaration remains very much in the mix as one way to break the logjam, appeal to the Republican base, reopen the government, and, oh, trigger a legal crisis. Just Wednesday, Trump claimed an “absolute right”...
  • Former New Mexico Gov. Martinez defends Trump's border wall

    01/10/2019 8:13:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Star ^ | January 10, 2019 | The Associated Press
    Former New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez defended President Donald Trump's call for a border wall as part of a deal to end the government shutdown and said Thursday "it's disgusting" not to call the situation on the U.S. Mexico-border a crisis. The Republican, who was the nation's first Latina governor, told Fox News that Democrats should come to the table and agree to Trump's wall in exchange to fund the federal government. "I think the president's plan is smart, and it's multi-faceted," Martinez said. "It includes a fence, but not for 2,000 miles."
  • Ocasio-Cortez: Trump Needs To Explain Why ICE Should Still Be Funded

    01/08/2019 10:23:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 9, 2019 | Mike Brest
    Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used her appearance on MSNBC — following President Donald Trump’s Oval Office address on Tuesday night — to demand the president explain why ICE shouldn’t be abolished. Ocasio-Cortez began, “No one should feel unsafe in the United States of America. And that includes our amazing and beautiful and productive immigrant community and moreover, the one thing the president has not talked about is the fact he has systematically engaged in the violation of international human rights borders — human rights on our border.” During the president’s speech, he explained why he felt the border wall was...
  • Trump won’t lose in a long shutdown

    01/03/2019 4:38:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 3, 2019 | Henry Olsen
    We’re into Day 13 of the partial government shutdown, and there’s no end in sight. Common wisdom says the longer this lasts, the worse the politics will get for President Trump. I disagree. Trump isn’t likely to suffer politically because he’s not doing anything his supporters find objectionable. A Quinnipiac poll last month found that 43 percent of Americans, including 86 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents, support building the wall. Support for the wall is so high among Trump supporters that even Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said this week that he supports it while blasting the president’s...
  • Elizabeth Warren Made One Mistake and Will Never Be President Because of It

    01/02/2019 11:46:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 112 replies
    The Portland Mercury ^ | January 2, 2019 | Katie Herzog
    Elizabeth Warren would have made an excellent president. Warren, who announced her intention to run for the presidency this week, spent much of her career before entering politics in law, which she taught at universities around the country, including UT-Austin, Harvard, and Penn. Particularly expert in bankruptcy, middle-class personal finance, and consumer protection, since entering Congress in 2013, Warren has spent much of her time pushing for better regulation of financial institutions. She was, for example, essential to the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP), a federal agency designed to protect Americans from unfair, deceptive, or predatory financial...
  • Trump invites congressional leaders to White House for wall briefing

    01/01/2019 11:01:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 1, 2019 | Rachael Bade and John Bresnahan
    The meeting would be the first time the president has sat down with Democrats since the shutdown started. President Donald Trump has invited congressional leaders to a Wednesday afternoon briefing on the border wall at the White House, according to three congressional sources familiar with the invitation. White House officials on New Year’s Eve asked House and Senate leaders in both parties to attend the meeting. The session, which will include a briefing by top Homeland Security Department officials, comes as a partial government shutdown over Trump’s border wall reaches its eleventh day. The meeting would mark the first time...
  • Trump-Pelosi showdown over shutdown first battle of new era

    12/30/2018 11:23:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Index-Journal ^ | December 31, 2018 | Lisa Mascaro and Zeke Miller, The Associated Press
    Nancy Pelosi often quotes Abraham Lincoln saying public sentiment is everything. It's a theory that will be put to the test when the new House Democratic majority gavels in this week and votes to end the government shutdown without money for President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico. The high-stakes move to reopen the government will be the first big battle between Trump and Pelosi as Democrats come into control ready to reassert the power of the legislative branch and confront the White House. Trump is counting on public support as he holds out for $5 billion to build the...
  • Trump: Democratic oversight of my administration could amount to 'presidential harassment'

    12/27/2018 5:27:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | December 25, 2018 | Kevin Liptak
    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Democratic attempts at oversight in the coming Congress could amount to "presidential harassment." Speaking from the Oval Office, Trump again denied any collusion between his team and Russia when he was questioned about the investigative powers Democrats will assume come January. "It's probably presidential harassment and we know how to handle that. I know how to handle that better than anybody," Trump said. "There's been no collusion, after two years," he added. Trump has used the term "presidential harassment" multiple times in the past to refer to the investigation into Russian interference in the...
  • Women Who Love Trump

    12/19/2018 4:29:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 19, 2018 | Daniel Henninger
    A truism of the midterm elections is that women in the suburbs revolted against Donald Trump—or were revolted by Mr. Trump—and took it out on Republican candidates. Surveying the carnage among incumbent Republicans, there is little reason to challenge this conventional wisdom. Still, some of us on principle don’t feel at home with the conventional wisdom, even as we admit its undeniable reality. So this week we are going to spend some time with what may be America’s most determined political outliers—the women who love Trump....
  • Hey, Trump haters (on both sides) could you just admit that this is a successful presidency?

    12/18/2018 6:33:53 PM PST · by entropy12 · 54 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 12/17/18 | Steve Hilton
    "All he had time for was celebrities, and now suddenly he's acting like he's a populist out there," former President Obama once said. "'Man, I'm going to fight for working people.' ... Come on, man!" And former Vice President Joe Biden said the following at the Democartic National Convention in 2016: "He’s trying to tell us he cares about the middle class. Give me a break! That’s a bunch of malarkey!” "Malarkey?" I want Joe Biden run in 2020 just so we can hear more of that word. Look, America's poverty rate was lower in President Trump’s first year than...
  • Democratic leaders urge Trump to drop border wall proposal

    12/10/2018 4:54:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 10, 2018 | Alexander Bolton
    Democratic leaders are urging President Trump to drop his proposal to spend $5 billion on a border wall and avoid a partial government shutdown, saying the proposal does not have enough votes to pass Congress “This holiday season, the president knows full well that his wall proposal does not have the votes to pass the House and Senate, and should not be an obstacle to a bipartisan agreement,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said in a joint statement issued before their meeting with the president scheduled for 11:30 am Tuesday. The leaders...
  • Trump advisers fear 2020 nightmare: A recession (Media daydream)

    12/07/2018 2:58:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 7, 2018
    President Donald Trump’s economic officials are reassuring investors about recent white-knuckle stock market volatility, while Trump’s political advisers are increasingly alarmed that the economy could present a stiff 2020 campaign headwind. Many of Trump’s political allies acknowledge that his reelection prospects hinge in large part on how Americans judge their economic prospects at the time of the next election. And many independent analysts say that recent market turbulence is a warning sign that the U.S. economy will likely slow and maybe even tip into recession by 2020. At the moment, that scenario could be the biggest threat to Trump’s chances...
  • What progressives need to defeat Trump: populism and religion

    11/25/2018 10:02:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | November 24, 2018 | Luke Bretherton and Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins
    Together the two have generated some of the most vital moments of democratic change in the modern era Religion and populism have become dirty words in progressive circles, but despite common assumptions, their combination could serve as a resource for the sort of democratic renewal many societies need. There is plenty of evidence to support the view that religion and populism are bad enough in themselves and even worse when combined. The so-called “Christian-Democracy” of Viktor Orbán’s Hungary, widespread support of Donald Trump by white evangelicals in the United States, the Hindu nationalism of Modi, and the Islamo-Kemalism of Erdoğan...
  • Thanks to Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ big secret is out: They too hate migration.

    11/23/2018 10:47:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | November 23, 2018 | Fabiola Santiago
    Thanks to a rare unscripted moment for Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ big secret is out: It’s not only President Donald Trump and his supporters who loath immigrants knocking at our doors. Too many Democrats also reject “migration,” she reminds us. How could I forget? Before Bill Clinton was president, we were called Cuban refugees. Even during the unruly Mariel boatlift of 1980 that brought 125,000 people to South Florida during Jimmy Carter’s presidency, it remained so. But as Clinton faced the challenge of thousands of Cubans taking to the seas in rickety homemade rafts — 35,000 by the exodus’ end...
  • Here's Hillary Clinton With a Truly Horrible Take On the 'Migration Issue'

    11/23/2018 12:40:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Splinter ^ | November 23, 2018 | Jack Crosbie
    Hillary Clinton popped back into the news cycle on Thanksgiving in the worst possible way, after the Guardian quoted her as saying, basically, that Europe needs to get harsher on migrants and refugees or else people like Donald Trump will keep winning elections. Just to reiterate this is a bad and terrible stance that only some kind of ultra-warped center-think could come up with. The interview took place before the midterms, according to the Guardian, and was published as part of the paper’s new “The New Populism” series, which might explain why they decided to drop the quotes on Thanksgiving...
  • Trump calls Schiff "Adam Schitt" in best Tweet ever!

    11/18/2018 10:44:26 AM PST · by JonPreston · 100 replies
    Twitter ^ | Trump
  • At Trump Rallies, Women See a Hero Protecting a Way of Life

    11/15/2018 12:31:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 3, 2018 | Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Katie Rogers
    COLUMBIA, Mo. — Standing in an airplane hangar in the mid-autumn chill awaiting the arrival of President Trump, Joan Philpott said she was angry and scared. Only Mr. Trump, she said, can solve the problems she worries most about. “He wants to protect this country, and he wants to keep it safe, and he wants to keep it free of invaders and the caravan and everything else that’s going on,” said Ms. Philpott, 69, a retired respiratory therapist. Ms. Philpott was one of thousands of women who braved a drizzle for hours to have the chance to cheer Mr. Trump...