Poll shows Democrats have midterm intensity advantage, but no ‘knockout’ yet – NBC News

Frankly, I’m happy to do poll says that it isn’t a knockout. I hope it stays this way until the election. We don’t need complacency to take over the Democratic party. We don’t need people to think that we’re going to win and they don’t need to go out and vote. Let’s face it the Republican party has made it very difficult to go vote. Where do you only country in the world that votes on a Tuesday. And countries that vote during the week have that day off. We should be voting on Saturday and Sunday, but the Republicans would hate that because it would allow people who work to be able to go out and actually vote. Sure there’s absentee ballots but those numbers never are enough to swing an election.

We need to get this Orange Madness out of the white house before he gets us into a real war. The Republicans have shown that when they feel like they’re about to lose an election they start a war, usually an unnecessary one, remember Iraq?

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Oversight chairman probes Pruitt’s $50-a-month condo deal – TheHill

You know Scott Pruitt is done, and I don’t mean medium rare. I mean chared to the Bone done, when he gets a republican member of Congress to go against Trump. He spent Millions on his personal security. Went to Morocco of all places to sell natural gas. Why does the EPA administrator need to go to Morocco to sell natural gas? Is that in the EPA administrator job duties? He built a soundproof booth because he thinks he’s Get Smart. The Washington Post now is saying that three White House officials have confirmed that Pruitt lied on Fox News to Ed Henry when he said he knew nothing about the ridiculous pay raises he gave to his friends from Oklahoma. In fact he’s the one who approved them. He’s turned the EPA into the environmental pollution Administration and I just plain don’t like him.

I feel like he may be let go over the weekend when less people are watching the news although the president may be too occupied with watching the Masters on Golf Channel like he was doing wow on a flight on Air Force One. Can you imagine if President Obama was caught watching the Golf Channel on Air Force One? It would be full confession investigations right now. Fox News would be blowing up. We did watch his cabre of people chowing down on our food and it was disgusting, especially Steven Miller.

Aren’t we all tired of winning, this winning has to stop. Now everything we buy from China is going to go up in price a nice tax increase for the poor and the middle class. Winning that’s all we do is win. I can’t wait till this winning is over.

Trump said he was ending catch-and-release, I didn’t know it was going to be in his cabinet.

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Madeleine Albright Warns: Don’t Let Fascism Go ‘Unnoticed Until It’s Too Late’ – NPR

I have lived in the United States 59 of my almost 64 years on this planet. I was born in the United States. I am Jewish. And for the first time in my life I’m afraid to admit that. Jews have always been the scapegoats of demagogues.

First a little bit about how I see why people believe that Jews Run the World in some way. Of course it’s not true. But Jewish families put a premium on education of their children above all. My parents moved back to France so that I could get an education in the European sense. When I came back to United States I was far ahead of my counterparts here. I remember starting Junior High School in Texas and thinking that I was back in elementary because we were doing algebra in France and they were doing Simple mathematics. Education is and always has been a pathway to wealth. So, Jews have always been looked upon as difference and Elite. That’s far from the truth.

In her book Madeleine Albright says that the world is going towards Fascism and I’m afraid of that. She also says that Trump is the most undemocratic president we’ve ever had and I believe that. His attack of the media is frightening. The media is the fourth estate. In other words a fourth branch of our governmental system that oversees and make sure that the government is run truthfully and for the people. You can see how it’s working right now. It’s funny at a time when newspapers were in the Klein and people were worried that they would be closing in groves subscriptions to the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and I could go on have gone through the roof in the last few years. Trump’s perceived enemies are benefiting from his collusion with Russia, inept White House and continuous lying to the American people.

Yesterday then Wisconsin there was an election for a supreme court judge. Normally this would not bring out a huge voting electorate but it did because people are energized. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker immediately put out an email message to his supporters that he fears a Blue Wave. I think it’s going to be a blue Tsunami. The Democrat won and one so quickly. It was announced on the Rachel Maddow Show.

What I fear the most is the dumbing-down of America. It’s amazing that I party that claims to be right to life doesn’t want anything to do with the life that they claim they so care for once it is born. The protests by teachers across the country are indicative of what’s happening in our educational system. Instead of imposing tariffs on China we should be putting money into our schools. Having Betsy DeVos as the secretary of education is ridiculous. In her testimony to Congress she actually admitted she said she avoids going to low test score schools. Does she not want to see the problem and try to fix it?

Yes fascism is spreading across our globe and we must be aware of what’s happening and make the necessary changes to our policies. Even members of NATO like turkey are becoming autocratic Nations. China’s president just made himself president for life. Putin ran without opposition because he killed them or put them in jail. The president of Egypt just won by 97% because again he did the same thing Putin did and in both cases our president called them and congratulated on an electoral Victory. What a sham!

I’m an optimist and I believe that the United States will survive this regime. I hope I’m right.

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Madeleine Albright served as secretary of state under President Clinton from 1997-2001.

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Trump administration moves on two fronts to challenge California environmental protections – LA Times

How dare they?

On a recent town hall meeting over the phone with my representative Jimmy Gomez he told us about something that runs in the Republican party in Congress. It’s called ABC or anybody but California. we are the largest state in the Union in population. We are the largest economy in the Union. We are if an independent country the fifth largest economy in the world. And it seems that they hate us for it. They hate us for our clean air, clean water and beautiful way of living. I don’t want to leave the union I just want to make a more perfect union.

Scott Pruitt when he worked for the state of Oklahoma sued the EPA countless times. He has publicly said that the EPA should be dismantled, and let’s not forget the fact that he takes bribes. He’s living in a condominium one block from the Capitol building in Washington in some of the most pricey real estate. He has every right to live there if you paid for it. Instead he’s paying 1/3 of the going rate for that apartment that he leases from an oil company that he’s given special permissions to drill in preserved lands. Sure he takes first class flights, he says he doesn’t like the people in coach telling him what they think about him. I guess he feels more comfortable with the millionaires who he kowtows to. If he acted like a real governmental official he would be looking after the best interest of our country and our planet but he doesn’t care.

It’s time that we fire him and his boss, end of discussion.

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to agency employees in Washington. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

‘I don’t know how you survive this one’: Chris Christie on Pruitt’s condo deal – ABC News

The absurdity of putting someone in charge that wants to dismantle the organization he or she is put in charge of. That seems to be the continuing theme of the present White House. Rex Tillerson disemboweling the state department. Scott Pruitt hell-bent on destroying the planet that is his job to protect. A Secretary of the Interior that rides in on a horse on his first day but then turns precious Lambs over to gas producers. The secretary of education that hardly knows anything about a school. She said that she’s never been to a poor performing school and she tries to avoid them. That’s like saying if you’ve got a stomach ache you don’t go to the doctor cuz you really don’t want to know what’s going on. That’s how you get cancer. Like I said it’s a recurring theme.

The scary thing is that as scary as Scott Pruitt is who knows who’s going to replace him. This revolving door of mediocrity that is this White House and cabinet begins to fade away once faith been a government of the people and by the people. And I think that’s the point of this whole thing. Make us not believe in our government and they will have one. So we need to March, register to vote, and go out and vote in the primaries to make sure that the right candidates are leading the progressive agenda and then in November and turn out in numbers that we haven’t seen in Generations. This is a seminal moment in our country and unless we want to go down the road to Fascism we need to make sure that we take the reins of power back.

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Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie from a screenshot of ABC News

Behind the chaos: Office that vets { THE BEST PEOPLE} Trump appointees plagued by inexperience – The Washington Post

Trump supporters, and by inference the American people, were promised the best people.

Instead we got a clown car full of the most inept individuals ever to work in a White House. The true Republicans that we see now on MSNBC criticizing this White House are right. Those Republicans who stay quiet or support the machination of this White House are traitors. Some may say the traitors is a harsh word for partisanship but we are watching the dismantling of the US government and it seems that it’s being guided from the Kremlin. All the policies of this Administration has helped the Kremlin. The trade Wars, the appointments, and the continuous fear of War looming on our country is exactly what the Kremlin wants.

Russia has the 29th largest economy in the world. Just to put this into perspective California has the fifth largest. Russia’s military is basically gone other than four people. Their Navy and Airforce is no longer what we think of as the Soviet Union’s powerful Strike Force. Russia can only real Power by having influence over the president of United States in a way that is sickening.

So that’s when we see the office that vets future candidates is filled with 24 year old campaign operatives and volunteers and is fraction of the size from any other White House we understand why we see this clown car happening everyday. From the Secretary of the Interior writing into his office on a horse on the first day to his $116,000 set of 3 Doors. Or the Secretary of Hud ordering a $31,000 dining set, seemingly doesn’t know about Ikea. Or the one that hits me the most is the head of the EPA having a soundproof booth in his office, does he think he is Get Smart? Why does the EPA need to have a soundproof booth?

We did not get the best people instead we got the swamp on steroids.

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White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, White House personnel director Johnny DeStefano, and National Security Council Chief of Staff Keith Kellogg follow President Trump as they walk to board Marine One from the Oval Office, Feb. 16, 2018. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

EPA poised to scrap fuel economy targets that are key to curbing global warming — setting up clash with California – LA TIMES

Under Scott Pruitt, EPA should be renamed to the Environmental Destruction Agency.

I remember a time when the Republican Party thought that states rights overrule the federal government’s. I remember during the Obama Administration when President Obama was signed executive orders because the Republican Congress would not pass legislation he was attacked for over reach. This president and this EPA administrator have a special place in hell. They don’t care about our children because the NRA tells him not to care and they don’t care about the air and water we breathe and drink because corporations don’t want to have regulations imposed upon them so they can poisonous to save a penny.

The American car companies are short-sighted. If they don’t build fuel efficient cars there will be no American car companies. The rest of the world is not sitting and waiting to see what do United States is doing and they are in the Forefront of producing the most fuel efficient cars available.

Everyday I have to see cornerstones of what makes America great being dismantled by this violin ministration. This is becoming untenable.

California wolf fights and we’ll fight hard because we are people of conviction hands we will not let the federal government destroyed our state.

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Vehicles at a BP gas station in Hoboken, N.J. (Julio Cortez / Associated Press)

NRA says violent radicals are behind the March For Our Lives – PolitiFact

Los Angeles March for our lives, ©PolisciJunkee.com 2018

As you can tell from the pictures it was filled with violent political radicals, not.

If there are violent radicals in this fight it is truly the NRA.

You can click the link below and it will lead you to the fact checking of the claims by the NRA.

The NRA is full of lies and will do everything to hold their grip on power. They’re only grip on power is to have gun owners believing that we are out to get their guns. That’s not the intention here and it never has been. Sensible gun laws are necessary in any stable Society. Having background checks which can be gone around by going to a gun show is not having background checks. Not putting people who are on the no-fly list on background checks is not having background checks. Allowing military grade weapons on the streets of our country he’s not good policy. My first day in law school my constitutional law professor said something which I always will remember, he said a bad law makes all other laws weaker. Truth.

So yes I was at the March and it was a wonderful expression of love for our children and the future of our country. It was truly of March for our lives. I didn’t get to see the stage because I didn’t want to push in front of the young people who are really the ones putting this on and I was a supporter and almost an interloper so my picture show crowds but not the stage.

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Now I hear the pundits question whether or not we will be talking about this in 2 months I say what we talkin about it in two years, I say we talked about this for as long as it takes until this country is like Massachusetts. They have sensible gun laws and if we had the same laws across the country 27,000 people’s lives would be saved each year. That’s almost as many as died in car accidents and I bet you no one would be mad if we made laws that saved people in car accidents.

This was a great day, a historic day and one led by young people and I am so proud of them. They give me hope in a hopeless time. They give me joy in a joyless your last time. They speak truth when truth is spoken by our leaders.

Bravo to the young people that organized this wonderful event.

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Solar space sails are real, and Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson are stoked

This is your chance to help the future come a little quicker. The Planetary Society has set up a crowdfunding account to get the final costs of the solar sail so that it can be launched and the concept proven. What’s amazing about the solar sails is that once deployed the Sun Light hitting them accelerates them continuously. They start off very slow but never stop accelerating and will reach planets much quicker than what we’re using right now which are chemical rockets.
Watch the video, get stoked and make a small donation for the future of our planet.

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