Wyden Slams Republican FEC Commissioners for Blocking Probe of NRA, Possible Campaign Finance Violations – Newsweek

I hope alarm bells are going off all over the country and ringing loudly in Washington. Our democracy is being attacked and the present administration is walking mean it. They understand that they’re cozying up to dictators means that dictators want Trump to stay in office. This is not a conspiracy theory at all, this is being done in plain sight by Trump. His love affair with Putin, Kim jong-un and even the leader of China Ximakes these people want him to remain in office. What better way to keep him in office but to rig the election.

I watched last night the Democratic chairman of the Federal election commission almost apoplectic almost be apoplectic regarding the fact that her fellow commissioners of the Republican persuasion refuse to look into anything that has to do with Russia and election interference. This is only inviting more interference by every single dictatorship that Trump has weirdly embraced. I think that if you see him getting close to start dealing with Iran it’s because he knows Iran has the ability to rig our elections as well and he doesn’t want any of the players who will attack our democracy in 2020 not be on his side. There should be no his side there should only be the site of America, the United States of America.

There should be no his side there should only be the site of America, the United States of America.

If this is #MAGA2020 I want nothing to do with it.

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Maria Butina, leader of a pro-gun organization, speaks on October 8, 2013 during a press conference in Moscow.

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Netanyahu takes a big loss for Trump’s little win against ‘the squad’ – NBC News

I have a very long history with the State of Israel. First I’m Jewish. My dad worked for the state of Israel for 20 years. I worked for them during my face in college. Most of my extended family has moved from France to Israel. So I have deep roots for my love of Israel and wanted to thrive and survive. All of that being said what happened today is unacceptable.

State of Israel was formed in 1947 because of the tyranny of a Nazi, Adolf Hitler. It was meant to be the vibrant democracy springing other democracies in the Middle East. People who move there in its early days suffered but they knew they were building a future for themselves and their future generations. now we’ve come to a crossroads. Benjamin Netanyahu is under indictment. He was not able to form a government and now it’s facing you elections in a few weeks. He is so closely aligned with the current occupant of the White House that they may as well be Siamese twins. So banning to American members of Congress whatever their views goes against everything that Israel stands for.

Benjamin Netanyahu will regret this move. And when American Jewish lobby, AIPEC, a conservative organization that strives to promote Israel in every way condemned this move that’s huge. Donald Trump kills everything he touches I hope he doesn’t ruin Israel.

Donald Trump kills everything he touches I hope he doesn’t ruin Israel.

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Even AIPAC split with Netanyahu over the wisdom of Israel’s decision to bar half “the squad” from the country.

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Fox News Poll Shows Near-Record Disapproval Rating for Trump After Mass Shootings – Newsweek

If there’s one thing the current occupant of the White House response to is poll numbers. Fox News polls have always been favorable towards him and this must be quite a shock. You couple that with the fact that the stock market fell almost 900 points today, the stories about Mitch McConnell and Russia, the downright falling apart of our foreign policy across the world and you can see a president that’s now in a corner. usually he responds to this by making some Grand gesture which he never follows through with. My prediction is that he’s going to say that he is going to be the one to finally get some sort of law on the books to end gun violence but in the end he will say the Democrats did not agree to some odd thing that he had asked for and pulls away from the agreement.

This is been a week where you have seen him show signs of wear and tear. After not wanting to criticize the Chinese government for its atrocities on the people of Hong Kong today he said that they need to be humane to the people of Hong Kong. he picked the new fed chairman, and picked him, and today he attacked it mercilessly for not lowering interest rates. Does this man understand that interest rates are at an all-time low for an economy of this magnitude and that if it goes south the economy can only be boosted by interest rate adjustments down but if it’s at zero where do we go ? Give more money away from our Treasury?

There’s 550 days before the election so much can happen I just hope that he continues on his path of self-destruction because that’s the only way we’re going to get him out of the White House.

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US President Donald Trump speaks to the press on the South Lawn of the White House before departing in Washington, DC on August 9, 2019. According to a recent Fox News poll, Trump’s disapproval rating increase to near record levels after two mass shootings over the weekend.

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Houston Chronicle calls on O’Rourke to end White House bid, run for Senate – TheHill

Being a son of Houston Texas I grew up with the Houston Chronicle. The Houston chronicle asking Beto O’Rourke to run for Senate is one of the best things I have heard from them in a long time.

Look, just like John hickenlooper who’s about to pull out of the presidential campaign to maybe run for the Colorado senate seat hell by Republican I think it is Beto O’Rourke’s civic duty to do the same to run for that Republican seat in Texas. This time he will win with the wind in his back of a presidential election turnout. They don’t work as a Young Man and in for a years he can run for president again and he’ll have a senate seat on his resume with real foreign policy chops. I really like Beto O’Rourke. I donated heavily to his campaign when he was running against Ted Cruz also known as the Zodiac Killer. But I think it’s time for him to read the tea leaves and do what he does best and show texts that he meant it when he said he was El Paso strong.

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Equifax on the hot seat for running out of data breach settlement funds – BGR

Once again the Trump administration through its Federal Trade Commission screws the American consumer.

Seven hundred million dollars was what we heard as the settlement for allowing people to get access to our private information. I know I was part of this breach because I had to deal with several hacks into my accounts which took hours on the phone and online to get fixed.

But Wait

In fact they’re only giving 31 million dollars in cash the rest is another bait-and-switch by Equifax. Basically they’re giving you three years of free credit monitoring which costs them nothing! They are the credit bureau!

So we were told 700 million but in fact 669 million dollars remains in Equifax has greedy hands.

WOW, what a great settlement for Equifax. American consumers we need to stand up and start protesting, we are not a commodity we are a customer.

I wonder if a President Elizabeth Warren would have agreed with this!

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Protesting coal miners: Mitch McConnell has done nothing for Kentucky | TheHill

Over the last 30 months Trump has transformed himself in the eyes of many of his supporters from a billionaire crusader for there interest to a politician. And that may be his downfall.

The word politician has become a dirty word to those who voted for Trump hoping for some change. Has the jobs that were promised in the Auto industry and the mines are disappearing under his watch this politician thing is going to go viral.

Watch the news report yesterday about a town in Wyoming that relies on mining, coal mining. The mine had been bought and sold and bought and sold IDs vulture investors. two town of 30,000 people and yesterday 600 of them lost their jobs. The trickle-down effect of 600 people losing their jobs in such a small town is devastating.

Beyond the fact that Mitch McConnell has did one of the main architects of disruption in the Congress. The architect of the Giants tax break for the very rich. The architect of not allowing for election fraud funding he’s also not doing anything for those people that thought he was their champion in Kentucky.

I have been wrong before about Trump and the Republicans. I don’t understand how people can vote against their interest and yet they do over and over again. but I hope that this time around I’m correct.

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Protesting coal miner in Kentucky being interviewed for local Kentucky TV station

Alaska defunds scholarships for thousands of university students ahead of fall semester – NBC News

Every time I read a story like this it breaks my heart. every time I read a story like this it’s the same political party that is doing the harm, the Republicans. They will funds unnecessary Wars, unnecessary border walls,but when it comes to students education they claim they’re holding the budgetary line there.

I’ve written about the dumbing down of America has a goal of the Republican party and this illustrates that. these are young people who applied for and received these grants and expected to get to use them in a few weeks and now the money is gone. Can you imagine the stress that this is putting on them and their families? there is absolutely no excuse for this kind of behavior. We are the richest country in the world and we can’t educate our young people?

When you saw Betsy DeVos, a useless imbecile, become the the Secretary of education someone who doesn’t believe in public education you knew that we were going down the bat path and this path is now becoming a superhighway of bad decisions.

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A student walks by the Alumni Drive time and temperature sign on a particularly cold February morning

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MAGA Bomber Cesar Sayoc’s Lawyers Blame Trump, Sean Hannity for His Radicalization – The daily beast

Is it me or is it a right-wing thing to blame others for your actions. I am 65 years old. I live alone with two cats. most of my friends unfortunately have passed away or have drifted away. My closest relatives are in France. And yet here I am not blaming anyone else for where I am. I watch as much MSNBC as my cats will allow and post to my block almost daily. I keep informed but I also keep an open mind.

Reading through mister Sayoc’s pleading is rather telling. He blames being on steroids and living in a camper for his alleged crimes although he’s pled guilty so we may want to drop the word alleged. And now in a Shakespearean turn he is blaming Trump and Hannity for his dilemma or at least that’s what his attorneys are claiming.

As far as I can see there have not been a lot of violent Acts attributed to the left side of the political spectrum. Remember Charlottesville that was another right-wing nut who ran over I’m innocent protester.

I have a theory about people in general. Having lived in large buildings all my life I’ve learned that about a quarter of the population veers towards the insane or at least pretty cray cray. And I venture of that 25%, 23.99% of them are Trump supporters, no scientific backing for what I’m saying it’s just my opinion.

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Mueller last-minute request for aide to appear as witness during his testimony – NBC News

I would say that the statement from the ranking member saying that the Democrats were trying to obstruct the investigation would be as the old adage says the pot calling the kettle black but in this case there’s only one and it’s the Republican that’s the kettle.

We have watched has this administration and its cohorts have done everything to distort the Mueller report. First when Trump’s personal attorney general Barr hijacked the report by misrepresent its findings before it was released. Danner pain releasing it in a terribly redacted way he wants again misrepresented what was in the report. He has lied, his convoluted and he’s not doing the job of attorney general. He’s doing the job that Trump hired him for, Trump’s Roy Cohn.

look I can’t read the tea leaves about what this move means and whether or not this is going to derail tomorrow’s testimony by Robert Mueller. last minute changes always scare me. Especially when the Republicans will say that this is not fair and they have not had a chance to adjust their questioning for this new weakness. I’m hoping that all of the attacks on Robert Mueller by the occupants of the White House has made him angry. My Lord, Robert Mueller is a republican. Perhaps not a trump Republican but then of course that’s not a republican anymore. Republicans used to care about deficits, LOL! I watched one of the interviewers asking the former governor of South Carolina who went on his little 30 day trek screw South America with his mistress if voting in a Democrat would assure fiscal responsibility because the Republicans would do everything in their power to cut back on budgets. He refused to answer.

Having an aide during a congressional testimony is not something that’s outside the realm of what normally happens in Congress. And for the ranking member, to say that this is completely outside of what is normal is again a republican revision of History.

I have one prediction about tomorrow’s testimony, the first our will be spent on Republicans objecting to everything. Because obstruction of justice is the only way they know how to defend the current occupants of the White House. Ask so-called attorney general Barr.

I diverge, I hope and pray that tomorrow’s testimony goes the way our country needs a to be. A fair and balanced hearing but then of course that was what Fox News used to call themselves.

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Attorney Aaron Zebley arrives at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco, on April 21, 2016

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After Epstein fallout, Acosta’s critics warn of ‘troubling’ lack of resources for trafficking victims – NBC News

What is wrong with Acosta? Not only did he make this ridiculous deal for Jeffrey Epstein basically a work-study program instead of going to jail for a lifetime he is now putting all sex trafficking visas on slow motion.

I hope Congress deeps very dig into this man because there’s something very fishy. I understand the Trump administration’s fetish about immigrants, but my Lord, we are not giving people who are subject to sex trafficking Asylum? This makes no sense and please somebody do something about this.

There’s a hashtag that says the Trump administration is a international disgrace to the United States and this proves it.

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The Labor Department is under fire after a slowdown in visas for sex trafficking victims.

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