February 17th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #29

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1,774 Responses to February 17th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #29

  1. Martin says:

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  2. Bubba says:

    Not sure if this is real or not? Not sure if this is scandalous or just dumb on Sen McCain’s part? McCain apparently got a prank phone call from Russian hackers pretending to be Ukraine Officials. In the Youtube recording, he is heard discussing Ukraine, Russian sanctions, and Trump. There’s another recording on Youtube of a prank on Sen Graham by these guys as well. Same guys that got Maxine Waters last week.

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  3. Martin says:

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  4. recoverydotgod says:

    Sundance,
    Are the layoffs mentioned in the CBSNews report the “Seventh Floor” or “Shadow Government” that you have often pointed out

    (pg. 56 noted at the following link)

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/10/17/fbi-release-100-clinton-investigation-pages-quid-pro-quo-shadow-government-and-more/

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/state-dept-layoffs-under-rex-tillerson-being-carried-out/

    -snip-

    Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the Counselor offices, were told today that their services were no longer needed.

    -snip-

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  5. wyntre says:

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  6. Joe Knuckles says:

    McCain is a dangerous idiot and a traitor. Falling for the fake phone call was bad enough and now he’s deliberately and openly undermining US foreign policy. He needs to be removed from all committees and have his security clearance revoked immediately.

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  7. Katherine McCoun says:

    Anyone else homeschool who knows more about this? Farris of HSLDA was a Never Trumper who continued to be a Never Trumper even in the General Election and I don’t trust him at all. We just renewed with them for another year because we don’t know of another org. that we could call and instantly have help should our county every give us a hard time. Anyway, would love to hear from other homeschool families about this bill
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/02/17/homeschoolers-revolt-republican-school-choice-bill/

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    • Rejuvenated says:

      This is the first I’ve heard of it but I definitely don’t like it after reading that article. I’ll be following this and writing my representatives.
      As far as dealing with your county, try your state Board of Education. I’ve had good luck with mine when my county tried bullying me, but my son is special needs and falls under a few extra protections. The state level workers realize most county educators don’t know all the finer points of the rules and can give you some darn good ammunition. (Funny how quickly they back off when you start citing statutes and subsections).

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    • Sheri Smith says:

      I homeschooled my 3 kids for 10 years in California. They are now in college, so I’m not currently homeschooling. That being said, I never signed up with HSLDA, because I heard too many stories about them not representing homeschooling families that were signed up with them that needed the help. In those 10 years that I homeschooled, half the time I declared myself a private school, which is California’s way to homeschool legally without any ties to any private or public school. The other half of the time, I signed up with a Charter School. This bill sounds like it would be similar to being involved with a Charter School. You would receive back some of your tax dollars, but you need to teach federally selected curriculum. It also sounds like you have the option to not sign up with the Feds, just like in California it is your choice whether you want to join a Charter School or not. If you choose not to sign up, you simply don’t get the federal money.

      It is terrible that homeschooling families are required to pay Federal and State taxes towards education when they get nothing out of it. It’s criminal.

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      • JohnPaulJohnes says:

        Good for homeschooling. I’m sure it’s a lot of work and rewarding.

        For the last part, even people without children have to pay that same tax.

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        • Deb says:

          Yes, it is an investment for society everyone must make. But those of us currently raising and educating children would like more control over how our child’s “portion” is spent.

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    • facebkwallflower says:

      Homeschooled for thirty years. Yes, thirty years. Farris puts out legal lies to get people to pay for the their so-called insurance. They are a scam. No one needs their “protection”. He and his organization feed fear to homeschoolers so they fork over money for his expertise. Scam artists. They have actually hurt homeschoolers more than they have helped via their pushing laws which actually abdicate many rights to the states. To much to go into here but they are Establishment designed to keep tabs on homeschoolers and influence for GOPe. Always has been an avenue to control thought for political gain of the Republicans and garner the evangelical homeschooling phenomenon for votes and monetary support for politicians.

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    • TJ says:

      I homeschool in SC. I have seen alerts to this issue from the State homeschool association and some smaller groups. I am not a member of HSLDA because I think it is expensive and I already spend a lot of money on curriculum. We have to register with accountability groups in SC. We have to turn in specific reports of our curriculum used and days of attendance, especially for high school courses. In turn, the associations do report some data to the state. We do not get any tax breaks or money to spend for curriculum, but we all pay property taxes for the school districts. I understand the concern outlined in the article regarding private schools not wanting the state regulation that could be attached to a voucher. Personally, I would love to get some help with the cost of materials. A tax write off would be great. I am leery of increased federal or state oversight. I taught for many years. Just the additional paperwork created by beaurocrats would swamp classroom teachers and detract from time needed for preparation for actual teaching. I would suggest all of these parties slow down, engage all factions of the Ed community and consider any unintended consequences of the bill. But, I would welcome some kind of financial relief, especially since I pay taxes to support our local schools. I do hesitate at the thought of Federal involvement in homeschool. The last 8 years are proof of how destructive federal over reach can quickly get way out of hand.

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    • Deb says:

      I homeschool one of our children, the rest are in private school. In years past I homeschooled all of them. I am also a former classroom teacher.

      I don’t have much respect for the HSDL, we aren’t members. They have had very questionable tactics and judgements in some of the cases they have gotten involved in, and often they simply make things worse.

      That said, I am leary of this bill. It could create a back door to more oversight and regulation, including have to choose certain curriculum. I live in WI where homeschoolers have a lot of freedom, and I’d like to keep it that way.

      Scott Walker helped implement a tax break here for private school tuition. It would be nice to have some kind of tax break for homeschooling. That might be a solution. But then, how do you prove you homeschool? I abhor the thought of a govt database with the names of every homeschool family. Not sure what the compromise should be.

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  8. gettherejustassoon says:

    This is being circulated: “Secretary Of State Tillerson FIRES the deep state ‘shadow government/7th floor’ traitors from State” http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3526049/posts?page=1

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    • Michelle says:

      “These kids are orphans because they’ve had their parents taken away from them.” First of all, they are not orphans! Secondly, nobody told their parents to leave without their kids. If parents choose to break the law, they and their children have to live with the consequences.

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  9. Howie says:

    And Now….it just gets better…..
    Milo continued.

    “So I’m making a commitment to you (listeners). To celebrate the election of Donald Trump and Vice President Pence, I’m going to be trying gay conversion therapy just as a general experiment.”

    http://www.inquisitr.com/3990908/milo-yiannopoulos-says-he-will-start-gay-conversion-therapy/

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  10. rumpole2 says:

    As Trump weighs up a replacement for Flynn… he ned to be looking for..

    “A War Time Consigliere”

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  11. Christine says:

    I haven’t seen this posted here yet, although it was released yesterday. Apologies if it has been.

    It’s happening! Jason Chaffetz has written to AG Jeff Sessions, asking him to convene a grand jury or file charges against Hillary’s head IT guy, Brian Pagliano, who refused to comply with 2 subpoenas to testify last year.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2017/02/16/house-oversight-chairman-chaffetz-refers-bryan-pagliano-to-doj-for-charges/

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    • WeThePeople2016 says:

      I don’t trust Jason Chaffetz. He is a never-Trumper and does not have the best interest of Trump or Sessions in mind. Chaffetz is the one who immediately sought advice on whether KAC broke ethics when she said to by Ivanka’s clothes. I hope this is not a set up to put the onus on Sessions. Where is Chaffetz and his hearings on this? What has HE done?

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      • Christine says:

        Hi WeThePeople. Yes, I agree he’s a snake in the grass. But, do his loyalties to the Global UniParty outweigh his desire to take down the entire Clinton Operation (of which this is a crucial first step)? Of course, Clinton IS the Global UniParty, so it’s an interesting conundrum.

        Anyway, I’m delighted he’s asked AG Sessions to do this, and would be astounded if he didn’t run with it.

        But, it’s a sad day that we even have to question Chaffetz’ motives + loyalties, isn’t it?

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        • WeThePeople2016 says:

          I hope and pray that you are right.

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          • Christine says:

            Me too, WeThePeople. Me too.

            For the first time in 30 years, the Clintons have been stripped of all power, while owing huge favours to Clinton Foundation’s $2B Donors. Are they disposable to the Global UniParty now? The Clintons’ only bargaining chip now is their ability to take down numerous Globalists, if they’re not protected by the Global UniParty. Intrigued to watch it unfold, with fingers tightly crossed.

            I certainly feel far more comfortable with this matter in AS Sessions’ hands, than Chaffetz.

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    • Lucille says:

      Didn’t President Trump tell Chaffetz to go at it on requesting Sessions investigate, convene, file as necessary? Read that in an article posted in the last week here at CTH.

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  12. Pam says:

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  13. SeekerOfTruth says:

    My hope for the weekend.

    Will we get more Miller Time this weekend for at least some of the Sunday talk shows? Yes I hope so. Got my beer and chips ready to watch if it happens.

    Conway looks like she still need some rest and Priebus needs some rest also. So send in the fresh Stephen Miller. Please!

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  14. TheTorch says:

    I know this has been posted before but it is absolutely WOW – if this is even partially true, Trump and Flynn are absolutely genius:

    LEAKERS BEWARE: DONALD TRUMP HAS UTTERLY DEFEATED THE DISLOYAL COTERIES OF THE US INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY
    http://www.thomaswictor.com/leakers-beware/

    A few nuggets:

    General Flynn also knew he was being recorded. Therefore we can have no doubt that this was a sting operation coordinated between President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, General Flynn, the FBI, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

    February 16, 2017 – Donald Trump gave a press conference in which he admitted to the sting. He said that the leaks are real, but the news is fake.

    Flynn was not fired against his will. For some reason people don’t understand that. I’m very surprised. Do you not grasp that Flynn CREATED this operation? The position of National Security Adviser is almost ceremonial. When the leaks began in September of 2016, it was FLYNN who crafted this sting. He hasn’t been sacrificed. Instead, he’s working behind the scenes to root out corruption in the IC.

    Today at his press conference, Donald Trump said he thinks the leaks will stop. This is because the leakers are looking at very long prison sentences. Like Tom Cruise in The Firm, Donald Trump now knows everything.

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  15. Bob Thoms says:

    Lou Dobbs tonight is asking “where are the GOP congressmen?…..President Trump has been under a fierce attack by a dishonest media and IC that is gunning to bring him down, why have the GOP not come to his defense?

    Time for the Trump Vulgarians to call their congressmen and demand they start speaking forcefully in support of President Trump and against the dishonest media.

    I will be calling Sen. Cornyn and Cruz Monday morning…..How about you? A counter bliz against the media needs to be organized.

    Can you imagine the Democratic Congress sitting by if Obama (or one of theirs) was under this kind of attack?

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    • You can call them, but they won’t be there. On vacation for a week for President’s day….lovely.

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      • Bob Thoms says:

        I wasn’t expecting Ted or John to pick up the phone when I called. But snarky comments aside, The congressional staff isn’t on vacation all week. Besides, my Congressional office has voicemail and email.

        But if you aren’t inclined to demand Congressional support in defense of Trump against this abusive media attacks, so be it.

        For those who aren’t represented in Congress by a GOP player, then call your state GOP party and let them know. Send the word we expect the party to stand up for President Trump.

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  16. Keln says:

    Please “vote your conscience” on this poll…

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  17. Anton says:

    At of this deep state mischief against Trump was forecast in a novel published nearly a year ago. Maybe someone should send Trump a copy.

    http://tinyurl.com/jgvp5nx

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  18. zephyrbreeze says:

    International Adoption Agency raided by FBI in Ohio.

    http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/oh-cuyahoga/fbi-executes-search-warrant-for-european-adoption-agency-in-strongsville

    The FBI refused to comment on the details of the raids, but a source within the Federal Bureau of Investigation did confirm that they were “executing the warrant’; “We do have activity going on there. The matter is sealed, and at this time I cannot provide any additional information,”The adoption agency was accused of soliciting bribes and committing other crimes last month and was debarred by the U.S. Department of State.

    Read more at: http://www.neonnettle.com/features/730-pizzagate-fbi-raids-ohio-adoption-agency-in-huge-child-sex-trafficking-sting
    © Neon Nettle

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  19. soozword says:

    President Trump’s press conference was brilliant yesterday except for one aspect that I found disappointing (something I posted earlier today): he went all mushy on DACA. Admittedly I’m an immigration hardliner and have no sympathy when we have so many needy AMERICAN children here that could use some extra help. It’s the (DACA) parents fault and as a taxpayer I don’t want to spend one more dime on their children/young adults.

    Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies was interviewed on that topic: http://cis.org/TVInterviews/Krikorian-CBS-020217. I would grumble less about it if Pres. Trump took Krikorian’s advice to prohibit DACA recipients that are allowed to legally stay here from being able to qualify relatives for legal immigration in the future. The 750,000 DACA recipients could potentially bring in millions of more immigrants through chain migration but this action could stop that.

    So glad Sen.Tom Cotton is sponsoring a bill to cut legal immigration almost in half by ending chain migration and the incredibly stupid diversity lottery: https://www.numbersusa.com/news/sen-cotton-officially-introduces-raise-act. I listened to Roy Beck, founder of NumbersUSA, on a recent telephone conference call. He said this bill will have by far the most impact of any sponsored immigration bill in years if signed into law.

    Please support NumbersUSA — am sending in my annual donation this weekend for their lobbying fund (not tax-deductible), but they also have a tax-deductible education fund. They also have a free fax system whereby you can encourage your representatives to vote for this fantastic bill.

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    • SharonKinDC says:

      Trump didn’t say WHAT he’d do w/ DACA. He did look convincing about his empathy w/ good ones, while noting there were bad ones in the program (loads of MS13, imo) So…he did NOT give the lying MSM a ‘talking point’ on his ‘heartlessness’ re DACA.

      Trump has plenty of items on his list that are a higher priority than DACA. When he’s ready to get into the nitty gritty, he will.

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      • rich33y says:

        A challenge to the 14th Amendment is long overdue.

        The Federalist papers clearly state the intent of the Amendment.

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      • soozword says:

        I agree he wasn’t specific, but I’m sure DACA recipients are feeling much more comfortable in their expectations he will “take care of them”. So we will spend millions of taxpayer dollars on trying to figure out who are the “good ones” from the “bad ones” given the pool of 750,000 DACA recipients. Much simpler to deport all of them and be done with it. When it comes to illegal aliens, I embrace and celebrate my “heartlessness”.

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  20. SharonKinDC says:

    FBIanon’s predictions this past summer ended up being quite accurate. FBIanon has surfaced again. Here’s the latest reformatted for easier reading:

    https://steemit.com/fbianon/@ausbitbank/fbi-anon-returns-to-4chan

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  21. SharonKinDC says:

    Well, well, well… Looks like our dream might be starting to come true. Congress now looking into Soros funded orgs ‘meddling’ in foreign elections/affairs.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/17/lawmakers-probe-us-funding-for-soros-groups-left-wing-causes-in-europe.html

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    • psadie says:

      It’s about time that Soros is roped into oblivion. He is planning a MASSIVE MAY DAY MARCH on DC with 3 million people bused in! Then when the warm weather breaks you will see “The American Spring.” Looking forward to a long spring/summer of riots, violence, hate, destruction, and hurt…AG Sessions is going to be very busy!

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  22. Martin says:

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  25. Finalage says:

    Now this snake slithers out! What a loser!

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  26. Mike says:

    Good God, Trump has broken CNN’s mind:

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  27. Jason says:

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  28. psadie says:

    I am watching Bill Maher and these fools continue to “bang the drum” on the Russian hacking of our Presidential election BUT not one word on Clinton sabotaging Bernie Sanders for the nomination! As usual crude jokes from Maher. Milo opened his show but the conversation wasn’t all that well done and then Maher cut Milo off to go to other guests. No wonder Maher has lost ratings!!!

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  29. zephyrbreeze says:

    Young boy was hired by our contractors, – but no sex – oh good. 2009

    https://wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/emailid/15526

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  30. Martin says:

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  31. Floridagal says:

    Comey had a meeting today with the Senate Intelligence Committee.
    No one said anything about what transpired when they all came out of the meeting. Very tight lipped.
    http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/senators-silent-meeting-fbi-director-comey

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    • SharonKinDC says:

      I wonder if this has something to do w/ either catching the leakers… or those Pakistani Dem IT spies. After the first couple of articles, which were in DC Caller, Wash. Beacon, and Wash Examiner iirc… it’s been REAL quiet on that charming crew.

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      • SharonKinDC says:

        AND while Schumer was invited as Ex Officio member… Ex Officio McCain was out of town, which is interesting that this meeting was shoehorned in today.

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      • Floridagal says:

        The article also mentioned that the “Senate Intelligence Committee has been investigating the Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 U.S. elections”.
        Whatever was said by Comey must be pretty confidential because the senators are not saying anything. Who knows what was disclosed. Maybe something completely different.

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      • Rejuvenated says:

        I’m wondering if maybe both… Apparently Burr and Warner were real chatty Tuesday about how their colleagues should trust their efforts on the Russia/election crap and Flynn’s phone calls. Add the fact that their committee used those sterling young gentlemen and they’re looking at a pretty shaky future I bet…

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