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. rick says:

    EPA is poised to sabotage the administration.Federal workers can not be fired.Change the rules,federal workers union is out of control,and you pay them to be out of control.

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    • Martin says:

      They can be reassigned then.

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    • The job can be eliminated though or they can get job assignments that do not allow them to enforce regulations.

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    • MfM says:

      They can be fired, it just takes a bit more work.

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    • SeekerOfTruth says:

      most companies get rid of union jobs by restructuring them out of the org chart or outsourcing their entire section. Just removing a few individuals leads to union seniority bumping for the remaining positions.

      In the EPA’s case they can probably restructure the entire organization to remove 50% of them over the course of about 1 year.

      It is called downsizing and the private sector is well aware of how that works to remove both union and non-union jobs. But restructuring must be done carefully to try to remove the people you want. It can get a little tricky but it can be done with a tiered restructuring plan.

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      • KBR says:

        The EPA resistance garbage will get the EPA downsized faster than ever.
        That kind of insuboordination is a firing offense even for government workers, and even with a union.
        They may feel as if they are doing something to save themselves, but they are not.

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        • BakoCarl says:

          I think that for many of the entrenched EPA workers, they are totally committed “tree huggers” that gravitated toward jobs of interest to them so they could pursue their larger-than-life causes. For them, their job is not cost-effective and practical administration of environmental issues, it is “saving the planet” by protecting everything on their agenda-list . . . the monetary cost or practical benefit be damned.

          For many, it’s bigger than their job . . . it’s a life issue . . . hence the resistance.

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    • darrell richardson says:

      Federal workers CAN be fired the reason they have not been is a lack of political willpower and President Trump has that willpower I am sure we will be seeing some new changes very soon. I know they can be fired because I have been in the Federal Government for more then 23 years. It is a myth that they cannot be fired do not buy into it.

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      • R-C says:

        Yep. During my own period of federal civil service, I saw just ONE employee fired. And, wow…did that employee ever deserve it. (And so did that employee’s supervisor–but that did not happen.)

        Firing a federal civil servant IS possible. The issue here is that management rarely has the gumption to pursue that option. The process requires mounds of paperwork recording the malfeasance of the employee, which most managers are unwilling to complete.

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        • Heck why would they? It is not their own money being wasted keeping on a deadbeat employee… It’s your money and my money.

          That’s the problem. No accountability. No incentive to stay or be lean and mean.

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          • R-C says:

            The thing is, not everybody in public service is like that. Even as a lowly non-commissioned officer in the Airborne Infantry, I used to spur myself to action by telling myself to get on with the public’s business. And I always, always looked at the use of supplies, etc, with an eye toward economy. (You see, I was paying taxes, too.)

            I was in the decided minority in this stance.

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            • Yes perhaps I overgeneralized slightly. Not all attorneys are slimeballs either.

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              • R-C says:

                No worries–‘by and large’, the federal employees I have known and worked with do NOT think like I did. Most seemingly had NO clue that they were taxpayers, too.

                And you should have seen me during the annual ‘End of Fiscal Year’ feeding frenzy of wasteful spending: I absolutely refused to be a party to it. “No, my group doesn’t need new office chairs–you stuffed these down our throats LAST year. Go find somebody else to waste the taxpayers’ money.” (People used to gape at me, unsure if I was serious. I was.)

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      • Kay Emig says:

        Let’s see ’em fire the EPA people responsible for the recent river disaster??

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    • ladypenquin says:

      They can be reassigned to watching paint dry. Posted to Alaska, etc. etc. Many would take their retirement and go home. All duties can be taken away from them and they can count paper clips. That’s how it’s done.

      Of course, if they dispense with the EPA completely, then it’s simply a matter of going out of business, and they either go elsewhere in the Federal system or go home. We can have a new small, very, very limited agency for environmental oversight in its place.

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    • Not fired, but they can still lose their jobs. In the early 90’s, the IRS stopped having taxpayer specialists. My brother had held that job for about 4 years. Those with seniority, and the skills, transferred to other departments. Everyone else was let go. If there is no Department, then there is no job.

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    • Somebody says:

      They absolutely can be fired.

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    • Dave Radetsky says:

      Federal workers, while very protected in their employment, can be fired for cause. It’s a tough process but if the administration can find that they are disobeying orders and doing things to go against the directives they are given, they could be fired. The problem with even that, beside the fact that it would mean having to deal with them one by one, is that the union would drag every one of the cases to court to overload the administration with other problems and, thereby, slow down the speed with which the administration could move forward.

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    • Deploy them throughout the country – WITHOUT cell phones – along our rural roads and highways to remove trash and other environmental hazards.

      Isolate each Undeployable at a simple table with a folding chair in an empty Rubber Room with zero communication equipment and zero interactions with anyone else: 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.

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    • NJ Transplant says:

      Government workers can be fired. Insubordination and revealing classified information can break any tenure. I am retired but have a lot of experience with government unions, including the teachers union.

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    • John Cesaro says:

      They cannot be fired but they can be reassigned. Build facilities in the northern most part of Alaska and another in Death Valley. Then transfer everyone with less than 9 years service. Let them work in Alaska in the winter and then move them to Death Valley in the summer. Then considering the CIA is not supposed to have operations on U.S. soil move their headquarters to Guantanamo Bay. Just keep the people that you can trust in D.C.

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  2. Pam says:

    Marine one is now landing at Andrews AFB.

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  3. Mickey Wasp says:

    Watch Ryan’s hand picked successor Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee – Kevin Brady (R-TX) 8th District. Brady is already playing a ‘tit-for-tat’ game with tax reform with a campaign promise that President Trump made to the Christian community. The Johnson Amendment (JA) – President Trump has stated he wants this eliminated and Brady is burying the JA within the committee’s tax reform bill, when the JA could be a stand-alone action.

    Sundance, can you do an in-depth analysis of US House Rep Kevin Brady?

    Another important issue, in my estimation is, – voter irregularities (fraud) investigated and exposed. This really needs to be done well before the next election cycle (2018) and the pressure to bear needs to be on the local precinct level, as well as the state. AG Sessions can appoint Kris Kobach to this assignment, with plenary powers to issue subpoenas, investigative interviews and offers of immunity. The career political class (swamp monsters), both R & D’s sweat these reforms.

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    • Oldschool says:

      I really hope that Trump tells us when these huge bills contain the hidden garbage they ram through. So many are unaware of so much. Trump has more people tuned in. A great opportunity for him to educate us.

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      • Mickey Wasp says:

        Brevity in any legislation is a key of assurance that the lawyer lobbyist hands are kept from lacing bill’s with hard to find and semantic loopholes.

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      • Catinflorida says:

        Here is a juicy tidbit hidden in Rand Paul’s “healthcare” bill: Rand Paul would like for all health care providers/negotiators to be exempt from anti-trust laws. The reason we have out of control healthcare in the first place is because the anti-trust laws are not being applied to them. They increase prices through collusion, price fixing, and monopoly practices. Now, Rand Paul would like to make this behavior entirely legal. Wonder who bought Rand Paul?

        S.222 SEC. 601. QUALITY HEALTH CARE COALITION.

        (a) Application of the Federal Antitrust Laws to Health Care
        Professionals Negotiating With Health Plans.–
        (1) In general.–Any health care professionals who are
        engaged in negotiations with a health plan regarding the terms
        of any contract under which the professionals provide health
        care items or services for which benefits are provided under
        such plan shall, in connection with such negotiations, be
        exempt from the Federal antitrust laws.

        Text – S.222 – 115th Congress (2017-2018): A bill to repeal provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and provide private health…
        CONGRESS.GOV
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        • NJ Transplant says:

          Rand Paul should recuse himself. He is a health care provider, or was. He may have to go back to it. His father is also a doctor.

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      • Every bill should be stand alone imo. Too many opportunities to hide bad things and wastefulness otherwise.

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    • Bull Durham says:

      Trump needs to turn the Evangelicals onto Brady like a pack of dogs.
      JA has nothing to do with tax reform. It has to do with restriction of first amendment rights under tax classification of a non-profit org. Cynical Congressional crap from Brady.
      Short man with a big mouth and ego. Swamp creature.

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    • chojun says:

      Well the Johnson Amendment IS part of the tax code. That’s how it’s enforced – by holding hostage church tax exempt status. Repealing the amendment via the tax code is appropriate in my opinion, unless I’m missing something.

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      • Mickey Wasp says:

        There is some truth in your post. The JA is part of the tax code, but it’s like a ‘three-card-monty’ in its legislation technique. What few realize the original JA was carried over and re-labeled in 1986 in Title 26 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Which gives an opportunity to change the JA by Executive Order and allow all 501(c)(3) organizations to support political candidates.
        Me-Thinks, President Trump is following closely what the GOPe career politicians are doing and will out them in a very public obstinate way, if they attempt their backdoor crony lobbyist shenanigans.

        My concern is – that churches will become nothing more than political action committee’s (PAC) and nefarious ‘leaders’ of churches will see this as nothing but a ‘tele-evangelist’ way of appropriating funds for their coffers, rather than an ‘America First’ agenda for fellow travelers in the faith.

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    • Betty says:

      Mickey Wasp says:
      February 17, 2017 at 11:09 am
      “Another important issue, in my estimation is, – voter irregularities (fraud) investigated and exposed.” There are some things we should be prepared to do ourselves, this is our fight.
      We could all be working right now to at least get the dead people off our voter lists.

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      • Mickey Wasp says:

        Betty, you are absolutely correct – it is our fight and we all should be active in our local election process. In my small community in East Texas, several of my family and friends, have run for local offices (won and lost) and been poll-watchers (me), and attended our district and state rep’s ‘town-halls’, plus we have the voluminous voter rolls of our area and have kept on top of ‘irregularities’ …

        True the Vote, is an organization that every concerned citizen should be involved with or at the very least make a contribution to. I know of the King Street Patriots and Catherine Engelbrecht, as they are my fellow beloved Texans.

        My point was the extension of the fight – into the courts and investigative qualities that I do not have. The local cheaters need to be ousted by prosecutorial means and pressure from serious investigations that will be presented nationally. IMO – the members of congress will only scream ‘voter suppression’ and know how to insulate themselves from actual ‘fingerprints’ of the voter fraud issue. Therefore, the ones in the precinct levels need to feel the possibility of going to prison or hefty fines, even being publically shamed in their communities and know it is them taking the risk and not the ones they are cheating for. It is as much a top-down effort, as a bottoms-up effort.

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    • decisiontime16 says:

      Brady and Ryan –

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  4. Pam says:

    Jared and Ivanka are now boarding the plane with Arabella and Joseph. They are too cute.

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  5. Humble Soul says:

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  6. Humble Soul says:

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Senility has set in.

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    • majorstar says:

      He’s caricature of himself. What goes on in AZ that this puke get re-elected all the time?

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      • John Galt says:

        When an emergency situation requires all hands on deck, somebody has to watch on TV in the lounge below.

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      • Dave Radetsky says:

        Many Arizona Republicans are traditional Republicans who vote for the party, not the man., although they do vote for him in part because of all the money he brings them from Washington (a lot of retirees in Arizona). These older folks don’t realize that the Republican Party, in many ways similar to the Democrat Party, has been stolen and is not their parents Republican Party. McCain was in a war and was a POW and they think that makes him a great man. They don’t know the full story of any of it or pay any attention to what he does. The list of McCain’s faults and failures is so long you couldn’t post it all here, but the voters in Arizona see him as a patriot that makes sure they have their Medicare and Social Security. That’s why the keep electing him.

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    • Paco Loco says:

      Isn’t this a Logan Act violation! McCain is making foreign policy. The fact that he falls for this ruse reveals how naive he is. The man needs to be recalled or arrested for treason as he’s messing with national security.

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      • John Galt says:

        Songbird might be a prime canary trap candidate.

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      • Joe Knuckles says:

        Good point. For all McCain knew, he could have been promising weapons to members of Isis. Oops, he already did that.

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      • Lack is not all says:

        I would consider him not naive but extremely conceited. He will talk to anybody who gives him some importance. I bet you that if I call him right now he gives me an interview just to show somebody, anybody alive, that he is “important”. In my opinion those are the most dangerous people to have around. This man should be unmasked right away.

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      • NJ Transplant says:

        I think it is a Logan act violation. McCain and Graham were in the Ukraine on New Years Eve trying to get the Ukraine to start a war with Russia. They know President Trump does not want a war with Russia.

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        • Blade says:

          A simple question to Barry Hussein can clear this up …

          Did you authorize McCain or Graham to speak to Ukraine on behalf of the USA government?

          Will he save them or leave them hung out to dry? Same thing about tampering with the French election ( as if that’s the only one ) …

          Did you authorize USA Intelligence Agencies to spy on or tamper with the French election?

          Exactly who in the USA is empowered to authorize spying on or tampering with foreign elections?

          Let’s see him fast talk his way out of those questions 😉

          This is a no-brainer really. He should be sworn under oath and asked all these and more questions, especially …

          What did you know and when did you know it?

          😉

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    • andi lee says:

      Senator Burr, Chairman of Intelligence Cmte., might like to see that video of Sen. McCain!

      Senator Burr, also on DJT campaign cmte. 😁

      Any twitter treeps to tweet-help Sen. Burr get the video?

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    • gamecock123 says:

      Un freaking believable. A 5th grader could pulled that off.

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    • I wonder if he ever found out that it was a prank call! Lol!

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    • Blade says:

      Friends and Patriots, for the first time in a very long while we have a chance at wounding the enemy severely, and it is actually a relatively easy thing to do. This “thing” is only possible when a righteous person sits at the top of the Department of Justice and such a time has returned now with Jeff Sessions.

      Between James O’Keefe and his Project Veritas video sleuthing, and now these “Russian Hackers” punking videos we should be able to clearly see the most simple and efficient path forward to liberating the USA from the cancer that riddles her … radical surgical removal of corrupt members of Congress using good old-fashioned time-tested policing techniques … Public Corruption investigations.

      Get involved! Contact AG Sessions and ask for 535 ABSCAM-style sting investigations for members of Congress and further stings for high ranking officials in all three branches. ABSCAM was a very successful effort, review the cases to acquainted with its history. They need only avoid entrapment ( I know, imagine FedGov hypocrites ever worrying about entrapping civilians ). By targeting all members they avoid criticism of partisanship. Suggest he hire James O’Keefe as a consultant. Suggest he review the “Russian Hacker” spoof videos of members of Congress for proof that these alleged public servants are useless bureaucrats who are easily fooled and vulnerable to everything from bribery to blackmail. And that is exactly what must be 100% purged: bribery and blackmail implemented via sex and money.

      Web Contact Form: https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice

      Department Comment Line: (202) 353-1555

      Snail Mail:
      Attorney General Jeff Sessions
      U.S. Department of Justice
      950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
      Washington, DC 20530-0001

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  7. Humble Soul says:

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    • LBB says:

      “Crossroads Media founder Mike Dubke is expected to be named White House communications director, CNN, NBC and Fox News reported, a move that could help spokesman Sean Spicer, who has handled both duties since Trump took office last month.”

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  8. Great start to the day, in hospital imaging center waiting for wife and a 60ish woman walked by my chair and glowered at my MAGA red hat. The look was unmistakable, cold icy. But this is in No. CO. Think I ruined her day.

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  9. Marygrace Powers says:

    Trump Considers Mobilizing 100,000 National Guard Troops To “Round Up” Illegal Aliens/

    by Tyler Durden
    Feb 17, 2017 10:20 AM/

    “In what was shaping up to be a relatively drama-free day, moments ago the AP reported that the Trump administration is considering the mobilization of as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants. The move is part of an alleged “surge” in detention of illegal immigrants, as discussed last weekend.

    A draft memo obtained by The Associated Press outlines a Trump administration proposal under consideration to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border. If implemented, the impact could be significant. Nearly one-half of the 11.1 million people residing in the U.S. without authorization live in the 11 states, according to Pew Research Center estimates based on 2014 Census data.

    Assuing it will be the most discussed topic over the coming long weekend, the 11-page document calls for the “unprecedented militarization” of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana. Four states that border on Mexico are included in the proposal – California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas – but it also encompasses seven states contiguous to those four – Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.”

    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2017/02/17/trump-considers-mobilizing-100000-national-guard-troops-to-round-up-illegal-aliens/

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  10. rashamon says:

    I have worked in journalism and PR (much!!! better paying) for CEOs — specifically– a very long time and have never seen such an entertaining press conference as the one yesterday.

    Seriously, just tune into DJT for all your humor, thrills and jollies to survive your next stroke or heart attack. The man is a master. Sucks in the most skilled and, betcha, the media have no idea what step to take next. Don’t sweat over the written docs because he never sticks to anything. His speech writers must go nuts!

    I am enjoying this ride enormously, The foreign press are the most entertaining. Trumpsters? Mais oui.

    Rallies? Yes. The people love them. That’s Trump up front and real.

    BTW, Sundance…are we CTH or TCTH? Need to define when I share your excellent site.

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    • NYGuy54 says:

      The part that intrigued me was Pres Trump’s facial expressions. He has such disdain for the media in a superior way, it triggers them. He’s turned it into a battle of egos and they are losing. His use of Twitter pisses them off to no end. I love it, What an alpha male.

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      • rashamon says:

        DJT was a competitor of several clients, so I have tracked him for years. You are right: his facial expressions and body language intrigue. The media must hate it.

        Alpha males or females who appreciate their limits and expertise…and are willing to share what makes them excel…need to craft a better place for our kids at risk. It is NOT money. It’s engaging youth into their future. Good choices. Supportive family and community.

        Have a good day.

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      • Oldschool says:

        What bothers all these lefties is that to their way of thinking, Trump, with all his wealth and success, doesn’t fit their mold. No different than a pro life woman or a conservative black. Trump’s genuine connections to laborers, faith, family, law enforcement, military, patriotism simply not allowed in their world and beyond their understanding or ability to ever achieve such character. Our POTUS truly is a lion among men. 12:00 prayer

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        • smartyjones1 says:

          That a billionaire real estate mogul connects to and understands better the American working man and woman is killing these Leftstream media elites.

          We’re literally watching them rot alive as their insides are spewing and chewing on their guts. It’s literally killing them to be forced to listen to President Trump decimate them right from the podium of the White House.

          Was watching some of the body language of the nearby reporters especially standing on the sides and you can see they’re cringing and suffering with every moment. Then President Trump comes over the top, again and again.

          When he says he won’t call CNN Fake News anymore but Very Fake News, they all broke out in spontaneous laughter. They know it’s true, they know the Leftist agenda is eternal and they’ve doubled and tripled down to destroy him but they can’t help but laugh.

          It’s that real recognition they know President Trump is effective and that he’s not going to back down to them one iota. He’s disciplining them. Just like a little brat, he’s doing it for their own good whether they like it or not.

          Yesterday was a takedown for the ages. We’re cheering and more proud to be Americans today and the enemedia is in disarray.

          Good times.

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        • Deb says:

          Exactly. They think he must be mentally unstable because he’s a well educated billionaire who refuses to toe the liberal line. He simply calls it like he sees it, and speaks like a regular Joe. They think it’s either phony or crazy.

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  11. gamecock123 says:

    McConnell news conference is about exciting as watching paint dry…

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  14. Pam says:

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  15. Dora says:

    I wish I could be there. (Sigh)

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  16. Pam says:

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  17. burnett044 says:

    What with so much Fake news these days …I have realized we Treepers need to stay sharp…so here is a brain teaser to help…..a little exercise…
    Try to spot the libtard in this photo….

    hang tuff and have a great week end all

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  18. NHVoter says:

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    • darrell richardson says:

      LMAO there is absolutely nothing this guy could do he is no longer active in the government. The only thing this guy could rebel against is his kids soccer coach.

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  19. NYGuy54 says:

    Fascinating. If you click on Pergram’s mail chimp link you see the House working document on the Obamacare Repeal and Replace document.

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    • Jason says:

      Is this Ryan’s proposed replacement, or is it a collaboration from POTUS and House? The “better way” screams it’s Ryan’s version. This rat needs to be removed.

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  20. Pam says:

    Cuteness factor alert.

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  21. Texasranger says:

    Draining of The Washington Swamp Continues…

    State Dept. carries out layoffs under Rex Tillerson

    February 17, 2017,

    While Rex Tillerson is on his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, his aides laid off staff at the State Department on Thursday.

    Much of The 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.

    These staffers in particular are often the conduit between the secretary’s office to the country bureaus, where the regional expertise is centered. Inside the State Department, some officials fear that this is a politically-minded purge that cuts out much-needed expertise from the policy-making, rather than simply reorganizing the bureaucracy.

    There are clear signals being sent that many key foreign policy portfolios will be controlled directly by the White House, rather than through the professional diplomats.

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

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    • Bull Durham says:

      Tell me when the firing squads and hangings begin. Then we’ll know it’s getting serious.

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      • redlegleader68 says:

        And I’ll book my plane tickets to be there in person! Maybe volunteer to help? I did qualify Expert in several classes of weaponry. Just sayin’ … 😉

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      • Marygrace Powers says:

        Kim Jong Nam’s dying words: ‘Very painful, very painful’
        By Jamie Schram February 17, 2017 | 11:45am/

        “Poisoned and left to die, the playboy half-brother of North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un staggered through the fourth floor of a Malaysian airport looking for anyone to help him.

        He desperately ambled about 50 feet, and found a receptionist at the airport service counter.

        Clinging to life, Kim Jong Nam managed just a few words that would turn out to be his last: “Very painful, very painful, I was sprayed liquid,” according to reports citing the China Press, a Chinese language paper in Malaysia.”

        http://nypost.com/2017/02/17/kim-jong-nams-dying-words-very-painful-very-painful/

        NO/ A firing squad is too fast/
        I want the last words of these traitors to be the same as
        Kim Jong Nam’s/ “VERY PAINFUL, VERY PAINFUL”/

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    • rich33y says:

      There are clear signals being sent that many key foreign policy portfolios will be controlled directly by the White House, rather than through the professional diplomats.

      They act like this was a surprise to them. I still find it amazing that some people think they are necessary and critical Federal Employees when really they’re just another layer of silt in the swamp.

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    • TheseTruths says:

      “some officials fear that this is a politically-minded purge”
      I understand this. If it were Obama firing lots of people, I would think the same thing. But the government needs to be cleaned out. When the Trump administration does it, we know it’s to restore America, not transform her.

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  23. Lumina says:

    The Washington state DACA kid in custody after ICE raid at his father’s house may have gang affiliation.
    http://www.king5.com/news/local/differing-accounts-emerge-in-arrested-dreamer-case/409155664

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  24. Dora says:

    Leaky John Brennan

    American Spectator, by George Neumayr

    Will the former CIA director be hoist by his own petard?

    https://spectator.org/leaky-john-brennan/

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  25. NHVoter says:

    Re the supposed memo that Trump considered using the National Guard to deport illegals.

    This is former FEMA director Michael Brown FYI (‘heckuva job Brownie!’).

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    • rich33y says:

      This guys on the leading edge of breaking news………..

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    • DebbieUK says:

      It shouldn’t take them long to root out who may have leaked it surely .Is pretty specific.

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    • KBR says:

      So as a pre-decisional remark, some frustrated person says:
      “Can’t we just use drones?”

      And the MSM goes nuts, right? NOT!

      Oh, right,
      never mind that was a former SOS, talking about a different non-US-citizen.

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    • Blade says:

      It looks crystal clear to me that Trump’s loyal team of personal lawyers and private security have a counter-espionage operation underway. At least that’s what I would do.

      Act all sloppy and chaotic with random juicy memos and strategic plans and let them trickle out through the fifth column of nincompoops who watch more TV and movies than read history books. Make the content of these memos self-serving with things like “Deportation Force!” so they frighten the enemy into urgency thus making further mistakes oooh, this is scary stuff, gotta get it out to the resistance. Roll up these sleeper cells at your leisure.

      A lot of the firings of the nailed perps we may never hear about, at least at first because they will be pleading out to keep their pensions and thus voluntarily resigning rather than firing for cause, signing new NDA’s, all the while giving up useful information on their friends. Most won’t give up their pension or go to prison to shield Dumbo, $hillary, Kerry and the middle level management of the domestic enemy cabal.

      Love to be a fly on the wall for the interrogations of the Intel leakers when they get pinched.

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  26. Bull Durham says:

    The Tax cuts: It is clear that POTUS gave in to Ryan on 20% not 15% for corporate rate. What did he get in return? There is no certainty that the rates will be retro’d to Jan 1, 2017. It might not go into effect until 2018. When that is known, if it is a fact, the markets will tank and momentum will stop.

    Also, Repatriation? That is a slam dunk. Could be passed in 15 minute session. And Trillions coming back now, in the spring and summer would be huge for the economy. But what do we get?
    Nothing.

    So, I ask again: what did POTUS get for giving Ryan his tax rate schedule and not insisting on 15%?

    Where’s the deal?

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      You talk like he has agreed to it. Did he. Or is Ryan just talking like he did?

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    • Martin says:

      How do you know he gave in?

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    • chojun says:

      I think markets are responding to the change in the regulatory environment, not potential corporate tax rates. If my assumption is correct, then the market will continue to grow for some time.

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    • Jason says:

      Seems to me (admittedly being completely ignorant as to the workings of Congress) that Trump has prioritized working on Obamacare repeal and replace and allowed tax reform including repatriation to be put on back burner until the prior is done. He even mentioned in the PC yesterday that this was the case and how this must be the order of things.

      Perhaps he’s making excuses and perhaps he’s giving ground when he shouldn’t be. But seeing how completely useless at least the Senate is with confirmations, I can see why trying to push through multiple large policy changes at once might be doomed to failure.

      But like I said, I haven’t got a clue. Maybe Trump is getting mired in the swamp but seems like he’s quite focused just takes a bit to drag these swamp creatures along while they’re actively kicking and screaming.

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    • singingsoul says:

      When POTUS says it is so that is when I believe.

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    • feralcatsblog says:

      Trump likely had 20% in mind all along.

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  27. Pam says:

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  28. fedback says:

    The President to speak at Boeing plant

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  29. StuckInBlue says:

    When I read the mission of the US Dept of Education – “to collect stats about teaching and disseminate info about teaching methods”, I think: “This sounds like the job of a simple web server, not an entire Governmental Department.” #ShutItDown

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  30. sunnydaze says:

    Anti- Illegal speech at Town Hall Meeting in Cudahy, CA. This woman has had it!:

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  31. Dora says:

    What a sweet picture. 🙂

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  32. KitKat says:

    at the boeing show, what flag is that next the to us flag?

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  33. KitKat says:

    the stream that I’m watching, the audio so horrible

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  34. Trumppin says:

    WTF! I do not like this guy one bit!

    Who Is Alexander Acosta? Trump Labor Nominee Supports Amnesty, Cheap Foreign Labor
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/02/16/alexander-acosta-department-labor/

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  35. paulraven1 says:

    I just saw the full press conference from yesterday. I didn’t think it was the barn-burner many said it was. I thought Trump was quite reasonable. I would have preferred less sarcasm and bantering with these vicious posturing fools and more attack. But I’m mean, and Trump isn’t. I also wish he had been tougher on the idiot from CNN, especially when the latter brought up the First Amendment. The media has contempt for the First Amendment; by supporting Hillary and allowing her a pass on her Benghazi comments about free speech, they proved it.

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  36. Pam says:

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  37. sunnydaze says:

    France has completely and utter lost the battle. Riots continue and seem to be worsening. This has been going on now since Feb. 7? ugh.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/02/video-french-police-run-armed-violent-protesters-country-loses-control/

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  38. Pam says:

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  39. Pam says:

    The White House feed is on but we don’t have a live shot inside of the Boeing plant just yet.

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  40. NHVoter says:

    Is Keith Kellogg a good choice to be National Security Adviser? Trump tweeted this morning that Kellogg is a finalist and is spending the weekend with him. I don’t know much about Kellogg that’s why I ask.

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  41. Pam says:

    Fox 10 Phoenix is already on. We are just waiting for President Trump.

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  42. KitKat says:

    switched to fox 10 a million times better audio

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  43. NHVoter says:

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    • KBR says:

      So, could the Dhimmiocrat Community be rebelling against their former favorite Community Organizer?

      Liked by 3 people

      • auscitizenmom says:

        I have been thinking about that. He was a failed community organizer in Chicago. Failed at the Senate, or actually just didn’t do the job. In my opinion, he failed as President. I have great hopes that as a national community organizer that he will succeed every bit as well.

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      • KitKat says:

        the Sadim touch

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    • KBR says:

      Aren’t Dhimmiocrats used to grade A bull$hit by now?

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    • Deb says:

      This article defends OFA and their “track record,” while state and local Dem party officials say it has decimated the grass roots and left local and state politics behind. It also hurts the local parties by siphoning donations and setting up their own infrastructure at the expense of a state and local ground game.

      Sounds like the broader struggle in our society. The elitist, top down Oligarchs at OFA trampling the little guys, the local and state party reps who need grass roots efforts to succeed. Urban vs. rural, local vs. federal, it’s all the same basic struggle.

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  44. cheekymeeky says:

    Surprise.

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  45. Binkser1 says:

    Here’s an example of the complete and utter stupidity, ignorance, and idiocy of the media and the Washington Establishment: So, I’m flipping through the channels and come across “Outnumbered” on FoxNews. They were discussing when President Trump asked the reporter (can’t recall her name, I think the first name is April) if she could set up a meeting between Trump and the CBC. So, the one lady on Fox asks, “Does he really think that’s what reporters do?” And John Bolton, like a total nimrod states, “Well, I think President Trump may have been confused and thought the reporter was with with them (CBC).” So, either the press is completely clueless or they have such a low opinion of us, that they think we are stupid enough to actually believe this drivel (probaby a combo of both). Is there any wonder why Trump runs circles around these idiots?

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    • Windy Day says:

      I think it’s something much more sinister than just mere stupidity on their part–more like planned stupidity in that they’re acting all innocent and perplexed so they can make President Trump appear stupid to the uninformed masses (which, by the way, are dwindling day by day, I think)!

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    • KBR says:

      John Bolton wanted to be in the administration. Now he acts like a jealous child, constantly pouting and saying bad things.

      Are these idiots saying that a reporter (April) doesn’t have sense enough to ask the Congressional Black Caucus “Are you willing to meet with President Trump?”

      The story she was chasing was reversed. She should follow it now until she gets answers. “Why won’t Trump meet CBC,” has become “Why won’t CBC meet Trump?”

      And yes, if she had any sense, she would know that line of questioning would, likely, set up a meeting, whether gave an CBC a direct invitation to do so or not.

      More squirming away from the obvious, by pretending not to know the obvious.

      Quite typical. Quite leftist.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I think Pres. Trump used the opportunity to point out that they wouldn’t meet with him. And, he just suggested that she go to them to set up the meeting. Not that he thought it was her job, but if she wanted it to happen she had to approach them. I thought he was pretty clear. The media just takes things out of context and are……….well, stupid. I was surprised at Bolton, though.

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  46. andi lee says:

    Hee!

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  47. Pam says:

    I see they have the teleprompters set up on the stage on both sides of the podium.

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  48. Jason says:

    the White House youtube channel at Boeing is not live
    lnk:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxhEv5U8Nnk

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  49. Pam says:

    Vote going on now for final confirmation for Pruitt to the EPA. Only a simple majority (51) is needed.
    https://www.c-span.org/video/?424132-1/us-senate-voting-scott-pruitt-epa-confirmation&live

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