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  # 2209896 3-Apr-2019 07:14
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This is the sort of thing that annoys me. Colbert an establishment shill grilling Tulsi Gabbard because she's not a war monger.



From Wiki: "Tulsi Gabbard is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Hawaii's since 2013. She became the first Samoan American and the first Hindu member of the United States Congress. She is a member of the Democratic Party."

She's running for president.

Colbert was playing the devil's advocate. She's a soldier, and has taken a firm stand against several conflicts.

He was asking questions to let her air those beliefs.

Considering she's almost completely unknown outside of Hawaii, I think he did her a great favor.

Certainly gives her some much needed recognition in a crowded field.

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  # 2209957 3-Apr-2019 08:28
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@NZGamingIcon: I didn't hear anything about inadequate disaster response. His "good people on both sides" response to what happened in Charlottesville was appalling.

 

 

Did you read anything about the response/actions to the natural disaster in Puerto Rico?

 

@NZGamingIcon: The only good qualities he really has is that he isn't a globalist and that he isn't starting wars. Which are two qualities that a lot of US presidents lacked.

 

 

To make sure we are talking the same thing, perhaps you could define "globalist"? because for me "globalist" is a someone that define their foreign and economical policies taking a world view into account, instead of some "nationalist" policy which is most of the times isolationist, fear inducing of foreigners and some times plain racist.





 
 
 
 


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  # 2209960 3-Apr-2019 08:46
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Yet another flip-flop ...

 

The Washington Post - Trump abandons plan for pre-election vote on health care

 

April 2


President Trump abandoned plans to press for a vote on a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act ahead of next year’s elections following a conversation with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican said Tuesday.

 

McConnell told reporters that he and Trump had “a good conversation” Monday afternoon in which he said that Senate Republicans had no intention of trying to overhaul President Obama’s signature health-care law during a campaign season - a move many in the GOP saw as politically perilous, given that the issue helped Democrats in last year’s midterm elections. ...

 



 

The New York Times - Trump Retreats on Health Care, Saying Republican Plan Will Appear Only After the 2020 Election

 

April 2

 


WASHINGTON — Even as he asked a court to cancel his predecessor’s signature domestic achievement, President Trump reassured Americans last week that they need not worry about the demise of the Affordable Care Act because Republicans would replace it with something better.

 

The fine print came Monday night: They will not have a replacement plan for at least 19 more months - and then only if Republicans win the 2020 election. ...

 



 





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  # 2209963 3-Apr-2019 08:51
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Republicans simply don't have a plan. They had ten years to come up with something but the only they can do is to take away rights from people and replace with nothing. They would if this didn't mean they'll lose an election - they don't care for anyone below a certain economical line - i.e. if you're rich you're an ok person for them.





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  # 2209965 3-Apr-2019 08:54
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freitasm:

 

Republicans simply don't have a plan. They had ten years to come up with something but the only they can do is to take away rights from people and replace with nothing.

 

They would if this didn't mean they'll lose an election - they don't care for anyone below a certain economical line - i.e. if you're rich you're an ok person for them.

 

 





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  # 2209976 3-Apr-2019 08:59
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The Washington Post - House panel votes to subpoena former White House official over security clearances

 

April 2

 


A House panel voted Tuesday to subpoena a former White House official accused of overturning denials for security clearances after a whistleblower complained that the Trump administration had put the nation’s most guarded secrets in jeopardy.

 

The Oversight and Reform Committee voted 22 to 15, along party lines, to force Carl Kline, the former White House personnel security director, to answer questions as part of its ongoing investigation into the security clearance process.

 

The move represents one of the committee’s first compulsory measures aimed at the administration and follows whistleblower Tricia Newbold’s allegation that Trump’s White House has behaved recklessly with national security.

 

Newbold, a nearly two-decade veteran of the security clearance process who still works in the White House, told the panel in late March that Kline, then her direct manager, overruled multiple clearance denials and then retaliated against her when she objected. ...

 



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  # 2210089 3-Apr-2019 13:00
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And then there's this:

 

 

President Trump, in his most recent rebuke of Central American nations for what he says is their failure to address the issue of migration, announced plans to cut off aid to three nations — Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — known as the Northern Triangle.

 

Critics of the cuts say they will target programs aimed at preventing violence, curbing extreme poverty and hunger, and strengthening the justice system — the very problems residents of those countries give for leaving home and pursuing a more stable future elsewhere.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/02/world/americas/trump-funding-central-america.html

 

Apparently it took around two years for the funding of these programmes to actually reach the 'ground' (gotta love a good bureaucracy!), so I understand there's little evidence at this point to show whether the spending had any impact.

 

But, one line I heard this morning suggested the timing is such that, should it result in increasing the numbers trying to get into the US from these three countries, it may do so just in time for next year's primaries and election. Good timing for someone to poke that particular bear even more...


 
 
 
 


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  # 2210175 3-Apr-2019 15:05
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“FOX & FRIENDS” BLAMES OBAMA FOR CREATING ADDITIONAL MEXICOS

 

 

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—After praising Donald J. Trump, on Sunday, for cutting aid to “three Mexican countries,” the cast of “Fox & Friends” blamed former President Barack Obama for creating additional Mexicos during his tenure in the White House.

 

“When Barack Obama took office, there was only one Mexico,” the host Ed Henry said. “He allowed these additional Mexicos to develop.”

 

Henry’s co-host Jedediah Bila agreed that the problem of multiple Mexicos was Obama’s fault. “It was bad enough having one Mexico without Obama going out and creating a bunch of new ones,” she said, noting that there had been a three-hundred-per-cent increase in the number of Mexicos on Obama’s watch.

 

The third host, Pete Hegseth, praised Trump for doing everything in his power to “reduce the number of Obama’s Mexicos.”

 

“Everyone agrees that there are way too many Mexicos right now,” he said.

 

Later in the day, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said that, after watching “Fox & Friends,” President Trump was committed to finding out “just how many Mexicos there are,” and that he had put the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, in charge of counting them.

 

 





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  # 2210224 3-Apr-2019 17:29
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To be fair to el Trumpy, there's Mexico and there's New Mexico. So right off the bat that makes two Mexicos. :P


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  # 2210228 3-Apr-2019 17:36
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Believe it or not there are stories of people being stopped flying because TSA agents wouldn't believe New Mexico was a state.

Also Florida TSA agents stopped people with new drivers licence from District of Columbia because "it is not a state" completely ignoring it is actually Washington D.C.

But hey, Trump.




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  # 2210291 3-Apr-2019 18:37
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freitasm: Believe it or not there are stories of people being stopped flying because TSA agents wouldn't believe New Mexico was a state.

Also Florida TSA agents stopped people with new drivers licence from District of Columbia because "it is not a state" completely ignoring it is actually Washington D.C.

But hey, Trump.

 

But hey, Betsy DeVos, guardian of knowledge and education in the USA.

 

 

 

 





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  # 2210505 4-Apr-2019 07:41
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I was going to say Trump had second thoughts, but that would imply he had thoughts.

He has declared victory, and he likes his personal swamp nice and murky.


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  # 2210536 4-Apr-2019 08:50
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The New York Times - Subpoena for Mueller Report and Documents Approved by House Judiciary Committee

 

April 3, 2019

 


WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee authorized its chairman on Wednesday to use a subpoena to try to force the Justice Department to give Congress a full copy of the special counsel’s report and all of the underlying evidence used to reach his conclusions.

 

The chairman, Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, said he would not immediately issue the subpoena.

 

But the party-line vote won by Democrats who control the committee ratchets up pressure on Attorney General William P. Barr as he decides how much of the nearly 400-page report to share with lawmakers.

 

“I will give him time to change his mind,” Mr. Nadler said in his opening statement. “But if we cannot reach an accommodation, then we will have no choice but to issue subpoenas for these materials.”

 

The committee also approved subpoenas for five former White House aides who Democrats said were relevant to an investigation into possible obstruction of justice, abuse of power and corruption within the Trump administration.

 

They included Donald F. McGahn II, a former White House counsel; Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s former chief strategist; Hope Hicks, a former White House communications director; Reince Priebus, the president’s first chief of staff; and Annie Donaldson, a deputy of Mr. McGahn. ...

 

 

 

 

The Washington Post - House panel votes to authorize subpoenas to obtain full Mueller report

 

April 3

 


A House panel voted Wednesday to authorize subpoenas to obtain special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s full report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, laying down a marker in a constitutional power struggle that could end up in the courts. ...

 

“This committee has a job to do,” Nadler said. “The Constitution charges Congress with holding the president accountable for alleged official misconduct. That job requires us to evaluate the evidence for ourselves - not the attorney general’s summary, not a substantially redacted synopsis, but the full report and the underlying evidence.” ...

 





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  # 2210549 4-Apr-2019 09:13
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He declared his father was born in Germany. Even though his father's birth certificate clearly says New York City.

 

Trump is a liar in every way.

 

 





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