August 4th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #197

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1,760 Responses to August 4th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #197

  1. Derek Hagen says:

    God speed Mr. President.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. fedback says:

    Publish transcripts of reporters’ private phone calls
    Give them a taste of their own medicine

    Liked by 2 people

  3. JohnP says:

    This one’s for Georgia. Somehow it got missed today in the Sessions hubbub.

    “Let’s face it: Capitol Hill leaks like a sieve,” Hosko said.

    “Ron Hosko, former deputy director of the FBI, said these changes could result in prosecution of members of Congress and Hill staffers. In the past, he said the FBI identified members of Congress who leaked classified information, who the Justice Department then declined to prosecute. Agents were often frustrated by this, Hosko added. Given the attorney general’s announcement, he said, members of Congress and Hill staffers may be more likely to face prosecution.”

    “I think that Sessions is trying to change the calculus,” he added. “He’s issuing a threat to those who leak and he is, perhaps, telling his own investigators and prosecutors to be more aggressive in finding it and in charging it.”

    Liked by 6 people

  4. Hmm moving out desks to fix the AC. I think they are knocking out more walls looking for bugs.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Some one is busted

    Liked by 8 people

  6. Sandra-VA says:

    The craziness going on here at the Treehouse is mindblowing. Lots of new names, lots of hysteria…

    All I can say is if you are listening to/following Cernovich or Prosobiec then you might consider not doing so, for your sanity. They don’t know anything. They are “building a brand”. Even places like Gateway Pundit and Breitbart are off the rails… but I think they are getting material from the aforementioned pair of brand builders. So, consider your mental health and don’t fall into the mud.

    That is all.

    I am taking a short break from the noise 😀

    Liked by 18 people

    • ALEX says:

      The last time I went to Drudge was February and Breitbart as well..I don’t listen to a word of the other two you mentioned..I like Dobbs and have tuned out Hannity most times last month or so…

      It does get old with comment sections and I selectively read them…This latest episode with McMasters shows the coordination of all this and it gets old quick…As the President boarded Air Force one today McMasters was standing next to him…That makes the President an idiot in their twisted world of innuendo and smears…

      I do limit my exposure though and couldn’t imagine waking up every day and clicking on Drudge or Breitbart etc…The campaign is over and hopefully the people posting this negativity constantly will end, but it is the base of right media and it’s what eventually turns people off…

      Liked by 6 people

    • teekay says:

      Tune it out. Scroll right past it. I actually enjoy some of the dumpster-fire days: I get to skip 50%-75% of the comments and thus greatly reduce the reading burden. It can be quite the challenge keeping up with the quality of commentary typically observed here.


    • fedback says:

      It’s nothing new, it happens every time there are problems.
      People also freaked out for several days when Trump picked Pence as VP.
      They all wanted Sessions as VP….

      Liked by 2 people

    • Summer says:

      Since you mentioned Cernovich…

      Liked by 4 people

    • CountryclassVulgarian says:

      I used to say I take anything Cernovich and Prosobiec say with large doses of salt. Unfortunately I can’t imbibe that much salt so yeah I don’t listen.

      Liked by 4 people

  7. Pam says:

    Here is West Va’s Gov interview with Cavuto earlier today. Cavuto is a little hard to stomach here but I was interested in what the Gov had to say.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Summer says:

      CAVUTO: Governor, don’t you think you bet on the wrong horse? Because Muh Russia? And Muh Coup?

      There is no difference between Cavuto, Cernovich and other whores.

      Liked by 2 people

  8. M. Mueller says:

    I TRUST OUR PRESIDENT. Some of the comments on the threads today make him sound like a duffuss who can’t tell who is for him from who is against him. Not buying that.

    First I trust God; then I trust President Trump. I refuse to succumb to the doom and gloom scenario going around today.

    Liked by 11 people

    • I’ve come to the point of realizing that President Trump gets enough criticism from the lying media and Uniparty, therefore he doesn’t need it from me. I understand it’s hard to trust our government, considering how the GOPe has screwed us over time and time again but we have to let go the fears of the past and trust President Trump and his judgement. We need to be supportive as we can.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Dixie says:

      I’ve been noticing this for several days. It is obvious we have been invaded.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Alison says:

    Regarding noise, new names & Chicken Littles in the Treehouse … here’s an interesting pattern I’ve watched for weeks. Will give yesterday & today as examples:

    Yesterday Daily Thread – hundreds of Sessions negativity
    Yesterday McMaster Thread by SD – lots of McMaster bashing with little regard to what SD was suggesting we consider.
    Yesterday VA Shulkin vets telemedicine thread (good news) – a whopping 8 comments.

    Today Daily thread – hundreds of Sessions bashing
    Trump & jobs thread – fewer than 200 comments
    Trump NK sanctions thread – so far, 100 comments

    It is beyond absurd to think most of the new name bashers & repeat bashers don’t have an ulterior motive or aren’t fixated on one issue. They will never be satisfied & and they are markedly absent when good news is reported.

    Liked by 14 people

    • Sylvia Avery says:

      You have quite the analytic mind. Thanks for the info. Makes one think…!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Dixie says:

        Everything Alison said has been obvious to me too. Even considered taking a long break, but I’m afraid I’ll miss something significant and I can’t stand tv news or local news anymore so I’m addicted to CTH and can’t stay away. 🙂

        Liked by 2 people

        • Sylvia Avery says:

          I can’t break for long, and usually it only takes a few hours to clear my head and regain my perspective.

          I rely on CTH for analysis of the daily news. I can’t get this kind of analysis elsewhere, so here I am.

          This is one of the only sites I have ever bothered to read the comments. Most places that is like rolling in the gutter. Here, for the most part, the comments are often as good as the articles.

          But man, I need to learn to hit the eject button instead of getting into the negativity churning around in some of these threads. It brings me down severely.

          Liked by 1 person

    • LBB says:

      The watching of norms is good, then you know when something is amiss. Various outlets dropping their comment sections lately, tweets & searches can change around, the recycling of stories lately, etc.

      The one thing that gave me heads up for incoming. When the “follower” counts have a unusually large daily/ uptick. Someday we will have that “identifier” for known outside disruptors . The ones that have a bankroll behind them.


    • graciegram says:

      Alison, good points. No different than the MSM. Ignore the good.


    • JustSomeInputFromAz says:

      Wish I could do a double like “Alison”!


    • janc1955 says:

      Nice try doing your own bashing, but there’s an easy explanation. There’s a sense of impending doom in the air, coupled with a sense of extreme frustration with PDJTs enemies/media/uniparty, in addition to a lot of cold anger. Human nature dictates that we’ll spend time on the topics that are causing us the most angst. Those of you who can “rise above it all” … more power to ya. How’s the air up there?

      Liked by 1 person

  10. steven says:

    Its a message board, we all want the same thing. We are voicing our frustration that Sessions hasn’t done jack yet at least publicly. I would be 99% including myself would love to eat crow on sessions. I trust Trump…he is the only one I trust.

    Liked by 2 people

    • alligatriot says:

      The frustration is that the Attorney General hasn’t done what “some” consider jack because we would all love to see high profile arrests of what “we” think are obvious criminals. There is certainly reason for such frustration.
      However, a review of DOJ activities since the election indicates an awful lot of activity. The department’s 114,000 employees have been very busy. Their boss, in addition to overseeing their performance, was selected by the President and, although disappointed in some aspects of his work, seems to have faith the guy will perform.
      Time will tell.
      It is disingenuous to say “Sessions hasn’t done jack”.

      Liked by 3 people

    • JohnP says:

      The problem is prosecuting leakers takes years.
      The Obama administration prosecuted eight in eight years.

      Thomas Drake violated the espionage act in 2007.
      He was indicted in 2010.
      The case was dropped in 2011.

      Shamai Leibowitz was prosecuted and convicted in 2010.
      This case was a slam-dunk Leibowitz plead guilty. even the judge didn’t know what he leaked.

      Bradley Manning arrested in 2010.
      Charged and convicted in 2013.

      Stephen Kim indicted 2010
      Entered a guilty plea 2014.

      Jeffrey Sterling indicted 2010
      Convicted 2015

      John Kiriakou charged 2010
      Convicted 2015

      Edward Snowden charged 2013
      Living in Russia.

      So if anybody is expecting speedy convictions, forget about it.

      Liked by 8 people

    • Wiggyky says:

      Perhaps instead of looking at one man, you should look at his Department as a whole, that he has to oversee. They must be doing something right.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Bendix says:

    There was a story today, out of Albany, NY about a rally in support of Mohammed Hossain and Yassin Aref, an immigrant from Bangladesh and a refugee from Iraq. These two men were convicted of terrorism-related charges and are currently in prison.
    I think the reason for the rally making the news today was just an excuse to accuse the Trump administration of Islamophobia or something, but he obviously had nothing to do with this 2004 case.
    The reason I’m posting this here tonight, is that there was a lot of controversy over the arrest and prosecution of these two men, and look who was acting AG when it happened – James Comey.
    It looks as if Comey, and also the FBI, have been up to a lot of funny business for quite some time.

    Liked by 3 people

  12. Pam says:

    It’s official now, SHS now has the @Pressec handle on twitter with a message from Spicer:

    Liked by 7 people

  13. Pam says:

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  14. duchess01 says:

    WHAT’S HAPPENING – 08/03 (2) – 08/04/2017

    Liked by 1 person

  15. psadie says:

    The only thing these Congressional clowns will pay attention to is when they are “personally” sued! I hope this man wins.

    Liked by 2 people

  16. nwtex says:

    Waters: ‘When We Finish With Trump, We Have to Go and Get’ Pence
    4 Aug 2017

    On Friday’s broadcast of ABC’s “The View,” Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) stated that after President Donald Trump is impeached, Vice President Mike Pence won’t be a better president than Trump and should be impeached as well.

    One of the show’s hosts, Joy Behar asked, “Do you think Pence will be better than Trump if he were impeached? ”

    Waters answered, “No. And when we finish with Trump, we have to go and get Putin. He’s next.”

    Behar then asked Waters if she meant Putin or Pence, and Waters clarified that she meant Pence.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. CDuran says:

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    Liked by 1 person

  18. georgiafl says:

    At the White House:

    Liked by 3 people

    • Gil says:

      Whoa…lots of work!!!

      “The work, which will be carried out by the General Service Administration, includes:

      Refurbishing cracked stairs leading into the White House from the South Lawn, which have not been restored in 64 years
      Performing exterior electricity upgrades, power-washing, and resurfacing an exterior door
      Upgrading the HVAC system, which is 27 years old and runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week
      Fixing leaks in the lower press area of the West Wing
      Renovating the kitchen of the Navy Mess
      Painting and renovating to freshen up the colors and switching out curtains and carpets
      Removing temporary stairs by the press briefing room.

      The president is spending the 17 days of the renovation at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey on what will be his first extended vacation since taking office in January.”

      Liked by 1 person

  19. M33 says:

    This is an ad that Twitter is promoting big time

    I simply cannot believe people can be this shallow…
    It’s sad, really…

    Check out @netflix’s Tweet:


  20. trialbytruth says:

    Does any one know who the 4 people charged with leaking are? I have looked everywhere.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. With all this lookin for a crime..
    May I remind Mr. Session of A “coon Huntin Story”..

    Liked by 2 people

  22. ALEX says:

    Good to see Levin is in on this full steam…These folks, including Hannity did this during Gulf War..I’m never going back to that club no matter how hard they try…I’ve basically given up on all of them…At least Levin uses the word Israel…the others are to stupid or just chicken….

    Liked by 1 person

    • ALEX says:

      My point being it’s not about Iran, it’s about the neo-con support of Israel in all matters they deem acceptable…I hope these people go away for good or back to National Review etc…

      Liked by 1 person

    • wheatietoo says:

      Agree about Levin.
      I’ve been amazed to see so many people here quoting him lately and using his Conservative Review as a source.
      Do people not remember what Levin did to Sundance?!

      But Hannity tries to be like Switzerland, and tries to get all conservatives together.
      And Hannity is not even a Republican…he’s a registered ‘Conservative’ with the Conservative Party.

      I still watch Hannity because he is the only one who puts some of these important stories on his show…which forces the others to cover them later.
      But I do it with a healthy sense of skepticism.


  23. ALEX says:

    This is a interesting read if anyone wants something different…It has some rougher language…

    America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.

    Claire Wolfe, 101 Things to Do ‘Til the Revolution (1996)

    I had a very memorable and thought-provoking passenger a while back that I never wrote about because while I found him fascinating, he seemed a little too political for what was always intended to be a fun blog to read and some cheap therapy for your humble driver and writer. But in light of all the scandals that have erupted lately and the EpicClusterSharknadoFuck that is ObamaCare, I have been thinking about a few things he said to me, so I’m going to commit them to paper (or pixels), if only for my own reading. So if you just want to read about moron drunks and belligerent whores, skip this post…

    But if you are interested in catching up on current events that just might personally affect you soon, please read on…

    Liked by 2 people

    • Iron Lady says:

      “America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.” Hah!!!! Gotta try to remember that one!


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  26. This is what Julian Assange said to Mueller – This should be good to see what’s is store

    So Mueller likes leaks?

    I wonder if he likes @wikileaks?

    I guess we will find out soon enough. It’s about to get real Robert. Ready?


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  28. Sedanka

    It looks like your right

    Here is his real link off of wikileaks

    I’ve been fooled


  29. Troublemaker10 says:

    Sessions stopped the slush fund to leftist groups in June. Now he is requesting a 10 year accounting of those payments.

    Exclusive – Jeff Sessions Orders Look into ‘DOJ Slush Fund’ Payments to Leftists


    The new memo, dated July 28, goes further, commanding DOJ attorneys to look back into the history of these settlements and report back every payment that would not meet the new standards laid down in June. Payments agreed to but not yet paid out are also to be identified. Every component is to be reported to Associate Attorney General Brand by the end of the month.

    The exact long-term intent of this data collection effort could not be inferred from the memo, but the assembled information will give a much clearer picture of this practice that estimates claim may have given left-wing activists hundreds of millions of dollars wrenched from the hands of American corporations.


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