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The race to replace Paul Ryan is on – POLITICO

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You have to love Republicans, they are always trying to figure out how to stab another Republican in the back.

If Paul Ryan were to resign the odds are against the Republicans being able to have another Speaker of the House. Right now it certainly looks like it’s going to be a democratic house and maybe even a Democratic Senate if the trends in voting continue.

The two candidates who are considering a run for the speakership are both gun Advocates and are to the Right of where the majority of American people are.

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (left) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy listen as House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks to the press Capitol Hill on Dec. 12. As Ryan’s No. 2, McCarthy has the clearest path to the top job if Ryan retires, but his path is far from certain. | Al Drago/Getty Images

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Todd Brassner, Trump Tower fire victim, was art collector who spent time with Andy Warhol – CBS News

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I only have one thing to say here, Trump vehemently opposed sprinklers in this building.

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How Trump thrives in {No Surprise} news deserts’ – POLITICO

I guess no news has trumped fake news. People with no access willing or unwilling to real news seem to prefer Donald Trump and that is not such a surprise to me. Today on Meet the Press a congressman from one of these areas said that what Scott Pruitt was being accused of was in actuality nitpicking. If a member of the Obama Administration has shown such Reckless abandon with taxpayers money no one on the Republican side would have called it nitpicking. But if you listen to Fox News you believe that it is truly meant picking when you attack a man who is systematically destroying our environment. I guess we get what we pay for.

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President Donald Trump thrived, both in 2016 against Hillary Clinton and compared to Mitt Romney in 2012, more strongly in news-desert counties — the areas with very few news subscriptions. | Steven Senne/AP Photo

Maybe This Explains Why It Took Vanessa Trump So Long? {An Inheritance} America Needs to Know. – Page Six

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This article is classified on the website under dirtbags. I’ve got to be honest, this insults every dirt bag.

He announced that he was going to leave his pregnant wife for some other woman publicly. He complains loudly in the Playboy Mansion that he had to be around all these Playboy Playmates and he had a pregnant wife at home and it wasn’t fair. Does he not understand how pregnancy works? It takes two to tango.

Let’s put it in a perspective. Let’s start for the clintons. Chelsea has turned out incredibly well and is making her family proud. George W Bush’s children equally amazing and let’s not even bring in the Obama’s children as they are bastian’s of everything an American family would want their children to be. Now let’s talk about the trunks. They have kids who seem to think that it’s okay to kill endangered species for their pleasure. They have children who think that cheating on their pregnant wife is okay. I wonder why? Oh yes, what’s the expression, the Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Donald has raised children in his own image.

So normally I don’t talk about politician’s children, but in this case it’s germaine. Trump is not a good man and he’s raised terrible children. I think most of them will end up in jail including his lovely Ivanka.

So I am thrilled that Vanessa Trump got an inheritance which freeze her from the shackles of this sleazeball.

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

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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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Trump threatens new tariffs (Taxes on us) on another $100B in Chinese imports – POLITICO

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Did you ever think why they call it a trade War? One side protects the other side counter-attacks and so on and so on and so on until it becomes a real war. What if China start selling off the trillions of US Treasury Bills they have? Some would say that would not be in their best interest, but in a trade War…

If he’s not directed by Putin then Trump is following along perfectly in the plan that Putin has for us. Dismantle our Partnerships, dismantle NATO, and make our allies mistrust us. So far Trump is doing exactly that.

And what happened to Republicans being all for free trade? It’s amazing how quiet GOP leadership has been, or can we still call it leadership?

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President Donald Trump’s decision to possibly add more tariffs follow up on efforts announced earlier this week. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo

Breaking silence on Stormy Daniels payment, Trump denies knowledge – NBC News

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Even if he really did not know about $130,000 payment from Michael Cohen to Stormy Daniels he is being disloyal. He is always said he’s one of the most loyal friends you could ever have. But he just threw his good friend Michael Kahn and his longtime attorney under the bus.

Giving $130,000 to silence someone two weeks before an election for President to help a candidate is a violation of campaign Finance laws. Michael Cohen is an attorney and he cannot plead ignorance of the law. Michael Cohen is going to lose his ability to practice law and may even get some jail time out of this. Michael Cohen said he would take a bullet for Trump and I guess that’s what they’re doing to him.

The president of the United States is not supposed to be a saint he’s just to be a a human being but one that has a moral compass. Trump does not have a moral compass other than one that points squarely to his self interest. That’s not the president this country deserves and it is disgusting to me that he would do this to a friend. I feel like I need to take a shower after this.

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President Donald Trump talks with reporters aboard Air Force One on a flight to Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland on April 5, 2018.Evan Vucc / AP

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

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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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US Chamber of Commerce criticizes Trump on his attack on American businesses – Reuters

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Wendy us Chamber of Commerce attacks are Republican President you know things are going off the rails in the White House.

I can understand why the White House last week had a press conference but redefined press conference has all it was was a ramble from Trump and no questions from the Press. When questions from the Press are asked of this President he lies, there’s no other way to describe it. Yesterday was and barrage of Lies. I love the one where he said he was the toughest presidents on Russia and said that everyone else agreed about it and said look at them nodding yes. No one in the room was nodding yes. It is so embarrassing to watch this man deface the Office of the President United States.

The reason for the statement from the US Chamber of Commerce his of course Amazon and Jeff Bezos. Jeff Bezos owns Amazon and Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post but they are not related. The Washington Post has said that Jeff Bezos does not have input on editorial content. Further the post office said that day find the business relationship they have with Amazon to be lucrative and not a money-losing proposition as the president miss stated in his press conference. Enough of these lies, they don’t stop. The Washington Post fact-checker said that he lies about 7 times a day. If President Obama had lied 7 times in a year the Republicans would have been calling for impeachment. This kind of behavior is not what we expect from the White House

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Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s future, fake news, and Russian mischief – Vox

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In my humble opinion, Mischief is what a five-year-old does. When Russian operatives buy political ads, against Hillary Clinton in this case, pay in Rubles, it’s not Mischief it’s downright terrorism.

Mark Zuckerberg created this monster and Mark Zuckerberg is denying its existence. Getting talking points from your PR firm and going in front of cameras is not going to fix this. Fundamental changes to the way you do security on Facebook is what’s going to change this.

Honestly nothing in this article makes me want to go back to Facebook. It’s been almost 6 months since I left the social network and honestly I don’t miss it one second. I think as people start leaving he’ll understand that it became a part of their lives but in fact it was a nuisance. Sure it’s easier to get in touch with friends but I have text messaging going to telephone so I don’t use Facebook Messenger. I never used Facebook Messenger when it became its own separate app because it drains resources and power for my phone. And now we find out that they were recording these phone calls so they were so generously Giving To Us for free.

Enough is enough Mr. Zuckerberg. You broke it now you fix it.

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