January 14th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Open Discussion

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for “Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Trump/Pence presidential victory.


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1,067 Responses to January 14th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Open Discussion

  1. To those interested I updated the Trump Transition Tracker. It has ALL the picks (with CTH links for SD’s analysis on each pick). Confirmation status and hearing dates added as well.

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  2. zephyrbreeze says:

    Robert David Steele*, former CIA, now Intelligence Community (IC) reformer.

    Robert Steele: Donald Trump’s Future — Over Reince Priebus’s Dead Body…

    “As things now stand, Donald Trump will not finish his first term. This will be Donald Trump’s fault — and Reince Priebus’ fault.

    “I explicitly accuse Reince Priebus of betraying Donald Trump by sacrificing the protection of Donald Trump and the longer-term healing of the country to Preibus’s own vested interests in protecting the short-term triumph of the Republican Party, and the pedophile Establishment of which Preibus is at a minimum an enabler and protector if not an actual participant, not only in relation to the nation-wide pedophilia cabal, but the Wisconsin-based coven that will show the Franklin Scandal in Nebraska to be the teaser that it was.”


    *Bio Link http://www.robertdavidsteele.com/

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    • OH MY…. A shot clearly across the bow .. PizzaGate is real…


    • thetrain2016 says:

      Another genius who thinks he’s smarter than Trump, but somehow didn’t make it to become a key advisor, because of the RNC or who the hell knows what. Stop this crap please.

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    • Bull Durham says:

      Steele is obsessed with his Electoral Reform plan.
      Trump already reformed the process. He won.
      The job ahead is to begin the formal, perpetual process of investigating and prosecuting the corrupt and criminal.

      China does it. One of the top Seven in the Standing Committee of leaders is dedicated to going after the corrupt top to bottom (Wang Qishan, Secretary of Central Disciplinary Inspection Committee).

      Imagine if we had a permanent Corruption Prosecutor with the highest level power to clean house. We are down a notch and far less powerful in our institutional approach.

      Putin topples top Federal and Regional corrupt politicians and corporate leaders.

      Who do we prosecute? No one. The Feds go after Tea Party people and small businesses, land owners for using rainwater, and one or two cheats on Wall Street.

      A senator like Feinstein should have been in prison with her corrupt husband decades ago. Harry Reid would not have seen the light of day in a real government.

      The US is a farce of a government. And people need to demand real prosecution, full time.
      The FBI is a joke, and Obama has destroyed the DOJ. Jeff Sessions will be a miracle worker if he can nail anyone before 2018.

      I am hoping for Bannon to help bring down many of the top corrupt figures. And that Project Veritas needs about 20 film teams working, not one.
      Maybe Robert Mercer and Peter Thiel will pump some millions into a robust O’Keefe operation.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      More fake news?


      • zephyrbreeze says:

        I don’t think so…

        “PUBLIC SERVICE: USMCR Infantry, Adjutant, Intelligence 1976-1996; CIA Clandestine Service 1979-1988; USMC Civil Service 1988-1993, #2 civilian in USMC Intelligence, responsible for creating the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity; CEO Open Source Solutions, Inc. 1993-2010, responsible for creating the Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) discipline world-wide, training over 7,500 mid-career officers from across 66+ countries; CEO Earth Intelligence Network, 2006 to date. External Researcher, US Army Strategic Studies Institute (SSI), 1998 to date. Now leading the OSINT* Done Right – Active OSINT movement.”

        *OSNIT – Open Source Intelligence

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    • paulraven1 says:

      I agree on this point — Priebus is not trustworthy.

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  3. Celebrating! says:

    I found a site for ordering products directly from Linda Bean. She runs the restaurant across the street from the original flagship LLBean store. Thought some of you might want to join me in ordering from her and letting her know we support her. There are only a few items … coffee, BBQ sauce, etc.
    I am going to try the coffee and the blueberry BBQ sauce. The email is Sales@LindaBeansPerfectMaine.com and the phone is 207-701-1366.

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  4. nwtex says:

    God fearing Country loving cowboys.
    Toby Keith Telling The Critics To Back Off
    Toby Keith Forget The Critics … Inauguration Show Is For Our Country

    Toby Keith doesn’t give a damn what the haters think … he says his Donald Trump Inauguration performance isn’t a personal favor, it’s for the good ole U.S. of A.

    Keith has faced a ton of backlash since it was announced Friday he’d be part of a show at The Lincoln Memorial the night before Trump is sworn in. However, Keith is sticking to his guns, saying, “I don’t apologize for performing for our country or military,” in an interview with EW.

    In fact, Trump isn’t the only Prez Toby’s played for … he backs up his stance by naming shows he did for both George Bush and President Obama, not to mention the 200 he’s played for the armed forces.


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  5. SteveInCO says:

    05 days, 16 hours, 55 minutes.

    Not that I’m counting, mind you.

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  6. nwtex says:

    ‘I Won’t Apologize’: Toby Keith Defends His Decision to Perform at Donald Trump’s Inauguration
    January 14, 2017

    ” I don’t apologize for performing for our country or military,” Keith said in a statement to EW. “I performed at events for previous presidents [George W.] Bush and [Barack] Obama and over 200 shows in Iraq and Afghanistan for the USO.”


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  7. nwtex says:

    Donald Trump Record Labels, Singer Fears Block Inauguration Performers

    Sources connected with Inauguration preparations tell TMZ … some performers have either agreed or tentatively agreed to sing at various inaugural balls but in some cases their record labels put their corporate foot down and said “no way.”

    There’s a second reason why some stars appear to have been headed to D.C. but then pulled the plug. Our sources say they are convinced some of the singers wanted to perform but felt they needed to float a trial balloon to judge public reaction. When they got blow back, they ran for the hills


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  8. WeThePeople2016 says:

    Winning! Mexicans Begin Self Deporting Before Trump Inauguration


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  9. Bull Durham says:

    What is so sad is so few performers have the moral courage to defy the mob.

    Why would they want these vicious loons as their fans?

    As for being boycotted, there are 65 million Trump voters with probably 100 million other citizens who hate the Left Loons and illegals in the mobs. They will be getting so many fans and customers for the music and concerts, it would be an enormous boost to their career.

    Don’t they see they are insulting the vast majority of Americans by insulting Trump?

    Bad advice, bad decisions. Gutless, too.

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    • SteveInCO says:

      As nwtex pointed out above, it’s possible their record labels are the ones telling them not to do it.

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    • TheTorch says:

      Possible record labels are involved, but I tend to agree with Bull on this.

      They are gutless which ever way you look at it. It is also stupid, because they are being bullied by others and allowing it to happen. By taking a stand against this nonsense, they will likely get many more followers and also that bullying will not be tolerated. Ironically, the very thing most of these celebrities bleat about…

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      • nwtex says:

        If the labels threaten to drop them I say…. so what. Fat chance they would anyway. What would they gain?
        I wish Sinatra was still here. No label would dare put the screws to him.

        As an article I posted a few days ago said …. due to the impact DJT had on Mid America the TV industry is going to re think the way they do things. They will start making programs that appeal to “mid America”. They have realized they are missing a huge audience.

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  10. citizen817 says:

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  11. zephyrbreeze says:

    Scare Pollution: A Review

    “Seve Milloy is one persistent gentleman. Combining his legal and statistical education, he has spent most of his years ferreting out the false use of statistical techniques in the field of epidemiology. He continues the same quest in his latest book Scare Pollution: Why and How to Fix the EPA (2016) Bench Press. This is his sixth such book since Science-Based Risk Assessment: A Piece of the Superfund Puzzle (1995)….

    “I encourage readers to read Milloy’s book and share the dismay attendant to such overt manipulation of science and the political system by an essentially rogue agency. It is a fond hope that the Trump administration will restore science to its rightful place in federal policy making, and restore our trust in the regulations imposed on us.”

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/01/emscare_pollutionem_a_review.html#ixzz4VmkWQt3j
    Follow us: @AmericanThinker on Twitter | AmericanThinker on Facebook

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/01/emscare_pollutionem_a_review.html#ixzz4Vmk3M35I
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  12. NHVoter says:


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  13. Zennalou says:


    Breibart has another article from AP using the word immigrant instead of the illegal border invaders. Disappointed in BB at the moment.

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  14. quintrillion says:

    Clinton Global Initiative is closing effective 4/15/17 ?



  15. citizen817 says:

    Clinton Foundation CLOSED!

    WARN Details

    Date of Notice: 1/12/2017

    Event Number: 2016-0132

    Rapid Response Specialist: Stuart Goldberg

    Reason Stated for Filing: Plant Layoff

    The Clinton Foundation
    1271 Avenue of the Americas, 42nd Floor
    New York, NY  10020

    County: New York | WIB Name: NEW YORK CITY | Region: New York City

    Contact: Veronika Shiroka

    Phone: (646) 775-9184

    Business Type: Social Advocacy Organization – Clinton Global Initiative

    Number Affected: 22

    Total Employees: —–

    Layoff Date: 4/15/2017

    Closing Date: —–

    Reason for Dislocation: Discontinutation of the Clinton Global Initative

    ERNUM: 86-83268

    Union: The affected workers are not represented by a Union.

    Classification: Plant Layoff



  16. Howie says:

    Where is Rove hiding out from the mega donors he fleeced?

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  17. Vince says:

    Has anyone on CTH noticed this? From Mike Cernovich: https://labor.ny.gov/app/warn/details.asp?id=5801

    If true, this is bad news as they can shred freely until AG Sessions can get bank accounts frozen and documents seized.

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  18. Bull Durham says:

    When you hear that Russia is an invader of Ukraine or that Russia does not keep its word, or it violates International rules, or violates Treaties, comprehend this:

    Ukraine gets to enter Russia’s Rostov area (right next to Donbass) and inspect the vast military zone in compliance with scheduled inspections of nuclear weapons.

    This goes on with NATO nations and others, including the US, that by treaty do overflights of the entire country. It is a mutual thing. Russia overflew the US last year. It’s a good thing the nuclear powers do. Russia is an open book. We are told otherwise.

    This is a Yandex translation from Russian Spring article.
    “Russia allowed Ukraine to conduct a military inspection in the Rostov region”
    15.01.2017 – 1:38

    On the area of 16 thousand square kilometers will be held from 16 to 19 January.
    Ukrainian inspectors are allowed to visit military formations and units of the Russian army stationed on the territory of the Rostov region in the period from 16th to 19th of January this year, reported Monday the Russian defense Ministry.
    “The Russian Federation has consented to the inspection”, — told reporters the head of the Russian national Centre for reducing nuclear danger Sergey Ryzhkov.

    According to him, “Ukraine defined the specified area is located in the Rostov region and occupies an area of about 16 thousand square kilometers.”
    Ukraine, said Sergei Ryzhkov, has requested of the Russian Federation on holding on its territory the inspection of the specified area in the framework of the Vienna document 2011 on confidence-building measures and security.

    Similar events are held in order to determine the scope of implementation within a specified district and subject to prior notification of military activities (or confirm the absence of such notice of military activities).

    During the work, inspectors receive briefings from the commanders of military formations and units located within the specified area.
    “The briefings of commanders contain General information about the structure and tasks of subordinate military units,” — said Ryzhkov.


    Not exactly what McNutcase, Waterboy Rubio, closet sister Graham, and all the loons and lunatics say.

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  19. sunnydaze says:

    Diamond & Silk coming up on FNC! Jesse Waters.

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  20. Katherine McCoun says:

    Wore my Trump hat to Costco, hardware store, Whole Foods, etc., today. Got the usual “like your hat” comments. Surprised at the number of comments in the direction of “hope he actually gets in”. Many people are watching the corruptions and know what is going on!

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    • lastinillinois says:

      Visited my 86 year old father today, he is on top of everything as well.
      He’s not quite as informed as we are here regarding the depths of depravity with the intelligence agencies, but I was very impressed overall with his awareness after he’s had two extended hospital stays over the last 18 months.

      He lives in the middle of corn and bean fields in north central Illinois but stays dialed in via his internet connection.

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    • Yes I changed from my MAGA red hat and now wear my red USA Trump hat when I go out. Don’t get as many comments as you do but then I’m in that little blue snippet in CO that was Hillary country. Got a like yesterday in Villlage Inn by a Vet.


  21. wyntre says:

    Ex CIA and Counter-terrorism operatrive Larry Johnson agrees American Intelligence is attempting to topple Trump.

    ” . . .senior members of the intelligence community, including Jim Clapper and John Brennan and other senior leaders are engaged in a concerted international effort to discredit and delegitimize Donald Trump as President. If they could have their way, Trump would be forced to step down before taking the oath of office next Monday.

    I realize how crazy it sounds to assert such a thing (i.e., that the leaders of our nation’s intelligence services are conspiring and scheming to try to prevent Donald Trump from taking office), but it is true. Here is the latest example courtesy of a report in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz:”


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  22. Lucille says:

    Like President-Elect Trump is intimidated by domestic terrorist groups pretending to be “moderate”:

    “CAIR Demands Trump Drop Rev. Franklin Graham from Inauguration”


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  23. theil may run in california for governor

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  24. citizen817 says:

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  25. Old article but hopefully still true. Would like to see Trump unleash our energy potential and ban Saudi/OPEC oil. Maybe he will address our coal exporting decline since 2012, when he negotiates our trade deals.


    Coal export decline since 2012


    • SteveInCO says:

      I agree we should produce as much energy as possible.

      Once we’ve done that, however, banning Saudi oil would do no good, and the reason for that depends on the situation 1) if we aren’t importing any oil any more because we’re energy independent, banning Saudi oil has no effect because we need none. 2) If we still need oil, banning Saudi oil would simply mean we buy it from somewhere else. The other customers of that country would find, suddenly, that Saudi is willing to sell oil and switch to them. Oil is fungible; once it’s out of the ground it enters a global marketplace and is basically indistinguishable from other oil.

      If Saudi is to be taken down (and it should be) we need to do a lot more than just refuse to buy their oil, unless we can get everyone to refuse to do so (what are the chances of that?).


  26. dianeax says:

    First, Lara Trump on live with Judge Jeannine coming up next.

    Second, our new POTUS is not wasting any time getting important things done. He’s meeting with Putin!



  27. Dora says:


  28. sunnydaze says:

    Iranian immigrant stands up for Free Speech at Milo UC Davis event, calls out Lefties as Street Thugs, compares them to the nutcases he left behind in Iran.

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  29. Finalage says:

    More fake news

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  30. I really wanted to get to D.C. for this historic event.
    I truly hope P.E. Trump V.P.E. Pence and families get to really enjoy and revel in their accomplishments. Despite the fake news and all. They worked so very hard for many hours, dealt with slander, made up scandals and the like. Even now P.E. Trump handling all these unfounded attacks with the utmost grace and strength. I know we did right electing him and he will be the most successful and beloved of Presidents America has ever had.

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  31. fred5678 says:

    Continued fallout from San Bernardino attack by jihadis — immigration crimes:



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