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  • Democrats Can’t Ignore Trump Voters

    07/23/2017 3:06:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 23, 2017 | Josh Kraushaar, Politics Editor
    A new report by a prominent Democratic think tank argues that the party needs to look beyond the suburbs to win back power. The centrist Democratic think tank Third Way reliably supports socially liberal, fiscally sensible policies that are catnip to the cosmopolitan wing of the party—and as a result, the group often aggravates the party’s base of populist progressives. But a new study of last year’s election results, provided exclusively to National Journal, underscores the idea that Democrats need to win back working-class Donald Trump voters before they chase moderate Republicans who defected to Hillary Clinton. The analysis comes...
  • Pew: Majority Of Dems Feel ‘Stressed’ Talking To Trump Supporters

    07/23/2017 2:33:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 21, 2017 | Ted Goodman
    A majority of Democrats find it stressful to talk with supporters of President Donald Trump, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Thursday. The latest national survey by Pew, conducted June 27 through July 9 among 2,505 adults, found that 68 percent of both Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents find it “stressful and frustrating” to talk about politics with people who have a different opinion of Trump. Just 28 percent of the two groups found it “interesting and informative.” Republicans in the same poll were more split on the question. Only 52 percent of Republicans or Republican-leaning independents said that...
  • Schumer Rips Hillary: Don’t Blame Comey or Russia, ‘Blame Yourself’

    07/23/2017 2:19:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 23, 2017 | The Washington Post
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer ripped his former colleague, Hillary Clinton, over her election loss to President Donald Trump and her subsequent efforts to explain why she lost. “When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things—Comey, Russia—you blame yourself,” Schumer told The Washington Post. “So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that.” Schumer’s comments—referring to Clinton blaming Russian meddling and the former FBI director for her loss to Trump—come as Democrats are trying to re-brand ahead of the...
  • 'This is going to be a long ride': Jeb blasts Trump & GOP over their handling of Russia

    07/22/2017 7:37:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 23, 2017 | Maxwell Tani
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush criticised his former 2016 presidential primary foe President Donald Trump on Saturday over his first six months in office. Speaking at OZY Fest in New York, Bush slammed Trump’s chaotic style of governance and failure to focus on his policy goals. He singled out reports that Trump recently suggested that he may attempt to pre-pardon himself to preempt a federal investigation by independent counsel Robert Mueller. “You get disciplined when your team says, ‘No, Mr. President, let’s stay focused on these policy objectives,'” Bush said. “Don’t disparage people, don’t go after Mueller, don’t say you’re...
  • The Democrats' performance as an opposition party? Pathetic

    07/22/2017 7:00:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | July 22, 2017 | Steven W. Thrasher
    Six months into Donald Trump’s term, and Democratic politician’s ability to be an opposition party is, in a word, pathetic. When the poll came out saying that “Democrats stand for nothing more than opposing” Trump, I thought to myself, ‘If only that were true!’” But they can’t even do that well. When House Democratic Caucus chairman Joe Crowley was asked by the Associated Press just what his party’s core message was, he “hesitated” and then said, “That message is being worked on.” It was as tone deaf (but honest) an answer as when Mother Jones writer Kevin Drum – as...
  • Scaramucci: Trump ‘on Missile Lock to Keep’ Border Wall Promise

    07/22/2017 3:44:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    PoliZette ^ | July 22, 2017 | Kathryn Blackhurst
    White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci reaffirmed President Donald Trump’s commitment to stand for “the people that need the most help in the United States,” during an interview on SiriusXM’s “Breitbart News Saturday.” The new communications director told Breitbart’s Matt Boyle that the shake-up within the White House in the aftermath of Scaramucci’s hiring and White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s unexpected resignation will serve to “refine” the message the president wishes to deliver to the American people. He said Trump is focused on fulfilling his campaign promises and corralling Congress into passing his legislative agenda. “We’ve got to get...
  • Without John McCain, the Senate could move further to the right

    07/22/2017 12:27:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Circa ^ | July 20, 2017 | Kellan Howell
    One of the Senate's strongest voices will be quieter this week following Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) diagnosis with brain cancer. The six-term Arizona Republican was in his home state recently having surgery to remove a blood clot from above his eye when doctors found a brain tumor. McCain, 80, received an outpouring of support and well wishes from his colleagues in Washington on Thursday following news of his condition, with many saying they expected to see him back on Capitol Hill as soon as possible. (TWEETS-AT-LINK) McCain's absence could spell more trouble for the fate of the GOP's health care...
  • Eight months after the election, Democrats and Republicans say it's hard to move on.

    07/22/2017 11:47:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    CNN Politics | July 21, 2017 | Vanessa Yurkevich, Natalie Austin and Masuma Ahuja
    The intense emotions surrounding the 2016 campaign were apparent to me during the last month of the race. I spent those final weeks criss-crossing the country with the CNN #myvote campaign camper, talking to voters about who they would pick and why. Most people my colleagues and I talked to were deeply set in their convictions about their candidate and easily overlooked any shortcomings. I rarely met an undecided voter. At the time, I expected that -- like most previous elections -- passions would eventually ease after the race was called and the country had time to process the results....
  • Krishnamoorthi Calls On WH Counsel To Publicly Disclose All Pardons Issued By President Trump

    07/22/2017 12:33:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today wrote to White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn, calling on him to publicly disclose all pardons issued by President Trump. Rep. Krishnamoorthi's letter comes in response to the Washington Post’s report that President Trump and his legal team have explored his power to pardon as a means of disrupting Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The signed letter is available here and the text follows: July 21, 2017 The Honorable Donald F. McGahn, II Counsel to the President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20006...
  • How the Democrats Fell for Trump’s Trap

    07/21/2017 3:30:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Vanity Fair | July 19, 2017 | Ken Stern
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  • Hollywood producer to Maxine Waters: Time for you to go

    07/21/2017 10:36:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 21, 2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Fact check: Absolutely true, at least to many people outside of California’s 43rd Congressional district. Maxine Waters has been in the House for twenty-six years as one of its most extreme progressives, and has spent much of the past year agitating for Donald Trump’s impeachment. On the other hand, the 78-year-old Waters has gotten a surprising amount of buzz on the Left as a potential 2020 presidential candidate, at least according to The Hill: Waters is emerging as the president’s harshest congressional critic, enraging Trump’s conservative supporters and electrifying the Democrats’ liberal base, some of whom are pushing –– only...
  • Dem leaders vow ‘overwhelming’ opposition to Trump border wall

    House Democratic leaders on Wednesday offered a stern warning to Republicans hoping to put hundreds of millions of dollars toward President Trump’s border wall next year: You’re on your own. “They know that the majority of the Democrats don’t support funding for that wall,” Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus, told reporters in the Capitol. “If they choose to include it, then they are basically saying, ‘We have the votes among the Republican Party to pass this without a single Democratic vote.’ And if they’re not successful, the blame lies squarely at their feet, because they...
  • Dems launch ‘no confidence’ resolution against Trump (La Resistance .... LOL)

    07/19/2017 12:26:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 19, 2017 | Mike Lillis
    A group of liberal House Democrats stepped up criticism of President Trump on Wednesday, introducing a “no confidence” resolution that officially questions Trump’s fitness to serve as commander in chief. It logs a laundry list of controversies swirling around the president — including his campaign’s many contacts with Russian officials, his refusal to release his taxes, his verbal attacks on women and the press, and his firing of FBI Director James Comey. Sponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), the resolution has been endorsed by 23 more Democrats, including Reps. John Lewis (Ga.), a civil rights icon; John Yarmuth (Ky.), ranking...
  • Trump says he needs more Republicans in Senate — and he might just get them

    07/19/2017 12:02:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Market Watch ^ | July 19, 2017 | Jeffry Bartash
    Democratic dreams of seizing Congress appear to be exactly that Some Democrats dream of recapturing control of Congress in 2018 and impeaching Donald Trump, but the odds are stacked against them despite the president’s early troubles and historically low approval ratings. Seizing the House of Representatives, where Republicans hold a 46-seat advantage, would be tough nut to crack. Yet Democrats might run into a brick wall in their bid to win back the Senate even though Republicans only hold a slender 52-48 edge. How come? An extremely unfavorable Senate map. Of the 33 senators up for reelection in a year...
  • Vanity - Citizen speaks out: Senate kill the "sixty vote"...TODAY!!!

    07/19/2017 5:46:54 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 17 replies
    Totally useless, "Never Trumper:, Republican Senate Leader, Mitch McConnell should call for a Senate vote today to eliminate the "Sixty Vote" rule in the Senate. Simple, folks...Fifty One votes makes for a majority. End of story!!! Let's see if this weak sister of a back stabbing, lie telling, Republican leader has any spine or loyalty to his party, country and the American people. McConnell pass that law ...NOW, or resign this complete failure and Trump traitor to boot!!! You could lead your way out of a cardboard box.
  • Where did white voters back Hillary Clinton?

    07/19/2017 12:07:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 18, 2017 | Michael Barone
    Where did whites vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump? Not all that many places, if you take a look at this map from the Amazing Maps twitter account (h/t Patrick Ruffini's Twitter feed). When you look more closely, however, you will see that this geographically dispersed group of counties includes lots of heavily populated places, from New York City through Chicago's Cook County to Los Angeles County. According to the exit poll, whites voted 58 to 37 percent for Trump over Clinton; there's no indication who drew the map, or on the basis of what data, but from my...
  • Why Hillary Clinton Is Really Unpopular – Again

    07/18/2017 8:11:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 18, 2017 | Emily Peck
    Hillary Clinton is even less popular now than when she was running for president. Just 39 percent of Americans view Clinton favorably, according to a Bloomberg national poll conducted last week and released on Monday. A year ago, when Clinton was the presumptive Democratic nominee, her favorability was at 43 percent. The former secretary of state is viewed slightly more negatively than President Donald Trump, who has historically low poll numbers for a president this early in his administration. That puts Clinton at odds with every losing presidential candidate since 1992. Except for Clinton, the defeated candidate saw an increase...
  • Trump to nominate Huntsman as Russian ambassador

    07/18/2017 6:07:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 18, 2017 | Cristiano Lima
    The White House formally announced its plans to nominate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman as the ambassador to Russia, signaling its intent to put the one-time Trump campaign critic in a leading diplomatic role. Huntsman, who sharply criticized President Donald Trump during the 2016 Republican primaries for his statements and rhetoric about women, previously served as ambassador to Singapore under former President George W. Bush and the ambassador to China under former President Barack Obama. He was reportedly offered the position back in March, a move the Trump administration publicly solidified Tuesday....
  • Don’t Allow Maxine Waters’ Impeachment Crap To Stick

    07/18/2017 4:39:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 18, 2017 | Lloyd Marcus
    For our 40th wedding anniversary, Mary and I have been experiencing the grandeur and majestic beauty of God’s creation in Alaska. Did you know bald eagles are brown for 5 or 6 years before their head turns white? I was surprised by Alaska’s bountiful foliage and multicolored flowers. From towering glaciers to skies, mountains and seas painted in gorgeous blues by God, we saw numerous breathtaking beautiful scenes. In 1867, Secretary of State William H. Seward purchased our 49th state for only $7.2 million. It was a Trump-of-a-great-deal. Critics called the deal “Seward’s folly.” In our cabin, I was jolted...
  • Steve Bannon Reportedly Attacked Paul Ryan As ‘A Limp-expletive expletive’

    07/18/2017 3:45:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 18, 2017 | Marina Fang
    Steve Bannon reportedly called House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) “a limp-dick mother****** who was born in a petri dish at the Heritage Foundation,” referring to the think tank whose fiscal conservative policies the representative espouses. The detail is one of many bizarre nuggets in Devil’s Bargain, a new book on White House chief strategist Bannon’s role in President Donald Trump’s political rise, by Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Joshua Green, who has extensively covered the former Breitbart chairman. Green wrote that Bannon’s comment on Ryan came during the spring of 2016, when it became increasingly possible that Trump would become the GOP...