September 13th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #237

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  1. fleporeblog says:

    Folks I am a glutton for pain but I think that September 13, 2017 will go down in the history books as the day that Democrats put the final nail in Barry’s one domestic accomplishment’s coffin. Crying Chuck is absolutely furious that Crazy Bernie and 17 other Democrat Senators decided to introduce their Single Payer Bill to the nation today. This also happens to be the day that Graham/Cassidy/Heller/Johnson rolled out their Bill that would kill 99% of Obamacare once and for all.

    The contrast between the two bills couldn’t be any greater. Single Payer means the Federal Government controls all Healthcare for every single American. The Graham/Cassidy/Heller/Johnson Bill gives all Healthcare decisions back to the state and out of the Federal Government for its constituents.

    Fellow Treeper, LBB, shared the following with me:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-13/greenspan-backs-bid-to-replace-obamacare-with-grants-to-states

    From the article linked above:

    “The latest long-shot bid to undo Obamacare got a boost from Alan Greenspan, a former Federal Reserve chairman who served under presidents from both parties.

    Greenspan, who held office from 1987 until 2006, said in a statement that a measure proposed by four Senate Republicans on Wednesday represents a “giant step forward” because it provides grants to states to provide health coverage. The measure — sponsored by Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Dean Heller of Nevada and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin — “as best I can judge, will make health care more affordable, more accessible, and I believe it will lead to better outcomes for patients,” Greenspan said in a statement.”

    Suspicious Cat would be wondering right now if our President got Democrat Senator, Heidi Heitkamp from ND, to see the light. See dined with 5 other Senators (3 Democrats and 3 Republicans) at the WH last night. She decided to announce today that she will run for reelection in 2018 in ND. Maybe she is ready to flip because her state would receive a windfall of money for ND if she agrees to the bill Graham released today. How the hell will she be able to fight the Republican candidate saying if you vote for her, say HELLO to Single Payer.

    Sarah Sanders laid the slap down on Democrats and their Single Payer dream beautifully today during her press conference.

    They are trying to say that our President really isn’t fully supporting this bill! It is a COMPLETE LIE!

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      Thanks for updating on this. I am hoping, hoping, hoping they can pull this off.

      Liked by 8 people

      • fleporeblog says:

        The good news is that we will know one way or the other by the end of the month.

        Liked by 4 people

        • trumpmaga says:

          Thanks Flep. Great update. Let’s hope and pray healthcare gets done.

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        • WeThePeople2016 says:

          If they don’t, the GOP is going to pay a heavy price for not getting this done. The Dems are going to run on they promised you for 7 1/2 years they would repeal/replace it, and they didnt’ get it done. Unfortunately for the GOP, there are many videos out there showing them saying this over and over again. Bet some of them will end up in ads for 2018. It is their own fault – they brought this on themselves and they will feel the wrath of the GOP voters next year.

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          • Victor Laszlo says:

            Excuse me, but I’m so sick of hearing this “they’re gonna get theirs come election time” garbage. Are you suggesting we all don’t already know what scum they are? Are you saying if they go along with MAGA, we shouldn’t vote them out? Maybe you think the next elections won’t be rigged, and our votes will count. Sorry, I’m frustrated and getting impatient. PT better be faking them out, or there will be a call to arms.

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            • LafnH2O says:

              Your excused, Victor.
              Bit ansy myself!!
              We have come far..
              We Deplorables!!

              New arrivals..
              Here @ CTH.
              All the time..
              The Big Ugly…
              Uni-party…

              Sharp learning curve.
              I “Linger” and try to “Keep up”.
              Many are new..
              A gentle reminder…
              We have work to do..

              Neer hurt.

              Just sayin

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          • dekester says:

            W 2016.

            You are spot on, maybe they want to see PDJT fail, and simply do not care. Surely though the RNC and many individual Congress and Senate persons want to keep there jobs.

            Watching Hannity at the minute. Dr Gorka was just on.

            I sure enjoyed hearing him trash the G.O.P. and praising PDJT.

            If the RINOS don’t change there ways. President Trump will ensure his agenda is pushed forward, or will die trying.

            Likely spin involved but also on Hannity it was stated that PDJT and Dems have some kind of deal on DACA. Of course there is Spin involve by Schumer.

            But the Republican Party must be really struggling for relevancy.

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    • wyntre says:

      Why do you say Schumer is furious about the Sanders proposal?

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      • fleporeblog says:

        Because of a few reasons! The timing is one reason. Why couldn’t the Moron wait until October 1st. By introducing on the same day as the Republicans throws it in the Republicans faces. It gives Republicans a reason to rally behind their latest proposal. The two bills are on opposite ends of the spectrum. Graham is saying this is our chance before Single Payer becomes the push. Many Democrats live in big cities and work for the cities that provide really good healthcare as part of their job. Democrats in fly over states will have Single Payer as a thousand pound anchor around their necks as they run for reelection. It saves Republicans the embarrassment because the decision in an election will be for or against Single Payer.

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  2. roccoboy1 says:

    The Hollywood Reporter did interview with Bill O’Reilly. Right in the intro they outright lie – state that O’Reilly “…chides President Trump for his comments about some Neo-Nazis being “very fine people”….
    This kind of stuff burns me up. He never once said any such thing. They are not stupid. They know he didn’t. He was speaking about some of the protesters, not the Neo-Nazis, being fine people.
    The outright effort to malign using falsehoods is just beyond belief. I suggest you call out the writer in the comment section.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/bill-oreilly-unrepentant-his-fox-news-firing-trumps-missteps-a-tv-return-1038086

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    • paulraven1 says:

      Here is what I wrote there:

      Trump never said neo-Nazis were “very fine people.” Another lie. He said that some of the people marching to preserve the integrity of history and of statues and not tear them down were not neo-Nazis but very fine people (which they were and are). And it’s O’Reilly who doesn’t know history and speaks emotionally without thinking things through. The Nazi movement grew out of the Left. Naxism, Fascism, Stalinism or Sovietism were all, at their essence, leftist authoritarian movements that believed in consolidated, encompassing State power. And it was Trump who brought reason and sobriety to the table after Charlottesville by condemning ALL hate groups. And currently in this country the organized movements of Leftist hate and violence like Antifa and BLM massively eclipse the pathetic, threadbare “white supremacist” movement. It is the Left that is causing all the social disruption and violence today.

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      • roccoboy1 says:

        Well-said!

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        • Judith says:

          I agree completely, Paul Raven! EneMedia constantly puts words in Trump’s mouth. Most of the reporting that triggers the Snowflakes are out-and-out fabrications, for example: “All Mexicans are rapists.” Same idea as Charlottesville. Trump spoke of a subset of illegals bringing crime and violence across the border- a truth. He also states that “some, of course, are good people.” But the media twisted his words on purpose. The fake news media has lead an unrelenting assault on our President to prevent his MAGA initiatives.

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          • Kaco says:

            Good grief, they still spout the “All Mexicans are rapists” lie. Obviously, some Hispanics saw through the bullcrap the media was pinning on him and voted for him.

            Another atrocious lie and Hillary made a campaign ad out of it- claiming he made fun of a disabled reporter.

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  3. Sylvia Avery says:

    Attorneys Suspect Motel 6 Is Calling ICE On Undocumented Guests

    This article from a Phoenix paper opens with the story of an ILLEGAL 33 year old man who got into an argument with his live in GF and decided to go to a motel for the night to cool off. Of course he was asked for ID, and “all he had was a Mexican ID card.” Six hours later, there’s a knock on his door and there are ICE agents come to take him away. Because he is here illegally.

    It’s all boo hoo hoo these poor undocumented peoples. However, the guy is identified as a landscaper but he has no ID except for this Mexican ID card. Huh. I wonder how it is he can work here without a green card or a fake US ID? If his job, or his employer, were legit he’d have to produce ID.

    There’s not nearly enough of them self deporting. Not nearly enough. And weeding them out one by one is a really long prospect. Still, it was interesting to read about.

    FTA:

    “…A Phoenix New Times review of court records found that between February and August, ICE agents made at least 20 arrests at Motel 6s, showing up roughly every two weeks. (Since many of the documents we reviewed contained only vague details about where ICE encountered an individual, the actual number is likely even higher.)

    All took place at one of two Motel 6 locations: 4130 North Black Canyon Highway or 1530 North 52nd Drive. Both are in predominantly Latino neighborhoods…”

    http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/motel-6-calling-ice-undocumented-guests-phoenix-immigration-lawyers-9683244

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  4. Sylvia Avery says:

    TRex has clamped down on four countries who refuse to take their riff raff back when we deport them. We are limiting visas for their people to come here. They should be glad it is TRex they are dealing with. I’d be much harsher.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-visas-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-wont-issue-some-visas-in-four-nations-in-deportation-crackdown-idUSKCN1BO1W4

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    • LBB says:

      There is a list of uncooperative countries , but only two countries previously received these type of sanctions. What do we do with individuals then? Eventually they have to be released , per SC ruling. Snips

      “While the US has regularly kept a list of countries considered recalcitrant, only two countries have previously received sanctions under the law: Guyana, in 2001, and The Gambia, in 2016. In both cases, US visas were restricted for certain government and diplomatic employees.
      Twelve countries have been designated as recalcitrant as of July, Lapan said, including China and Cuba.”

      “After a Supreme Court ruling in 2001, immigration authorities have been forced to release after a period of time undocumented immigrants from countries that refuse to accept their repatriation.
      Between 2013 and 2016, more than 8,000 undocumented immigrants were released, some after serving time in prison for violent crimes, according to data from the House committee on oversight and government reform.”

      http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/23/politics/trump-visa-sanctions-immigration/index.html

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  5. Janie M. says:

    ABOUT TIME!!! No more selling of our IP to Chinese entities. From the NY Post:

    Trump admin blocks Chinese buyer from taking over US tech firm
    By Bob Fredericks September 13, 2017 | 4:55pm

    [snip]
    Citing national security concerns, President Trump on Wednesday blocked a Chinese-backed investor from buying Lattice Semiconductor Corp. — only the fourth time a president has stopped a foreign takeover in 27 years.

    The would-be buyer, Canyon Bridge Capital Partners LLC, is a private-equity firm backed by a Chinese state-owned asset manager, Bloomberg reported.

    “Consistent with the administration’s commitment to take all actions necessary to ensure the protection of US national security, the president issued an order prohibiting the acquisition,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement.

    The Trump administration has maintained the US’s tough stance against Chinese takeovers of American businesses even as it seeks the country’s help to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis.

    http://nypost.com/2017/09/13/trump-admin-blocks-chinese-buyer-from-taking-over-us-tech-firm/

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  6. Sylvia Avery says:

    According to this Daily Caller article, there have been 11 mayors across the US who have been accused of child sex crimes in the last year and a half. This includes Seattle’s Dim Mayor Ed Murray.

    It is kind of shocking when you see it all together like this in a short period of time as opposed to just reading a story here and a story there. You kind of forget, or some you don’t ever hear about.

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/13/at-least-11-mayors-accused-of-child-sex-related-crimes-since-2016/

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  7. rashamon says:

    “The Pentagon’s $2.2 Billion Soviet Arms Pipeline Flooding Syria” suggests, merely by the sheer size of tab, many people in Congress (read: McCain) and theillustrious CIA knew and benefited from trafficking arms. Don’t forget that human and drug trafficking always accompanies such activities as they are excellent methods of money laundering when skimming takes place to run a Deep State budget. Just how many secrets have our politicos been hiding to keep the military-industrial-congressional complex alive and thriving for their own benefits.

    I don’t see where this has benefited the citizens of the U.S. or Syria or the countries besieged with refugees. From Clinton in Bosnia…to Bush in Iraq and Afghanistan…to Obama and the Cabal throughout his Levant, our leaders have been acting as if they were playing the War Game videos from their youths rather than running up trillions in debt while sacrificing our men and women in the real battle.

    meh Russia, anyone? ‘T’ain’t Trump’s misbehavior, folks.

    http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/the-pentagon-s-2-2-billion-soviet-arms-pipeline-flooding-syria-09-12-2017

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  8. nor'easter says:

    This has gone largely unreported.
    This guy was nominated in April.

    http://dailysignal.com/2017/09/13/meet-the-trump-nominee-key-to-implementing-immigration-agenda/

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      I know some of you dislike clicking on links. I read it and found it quite interesting, especially for all those having heartburn over DACA.

      FTA: “…A Trump administration nominee key to implementing the president’s tough immigration agenda is still awaiting Senate confirmation despite having little trouble clearing committee.

      Lee Francis Cissna, nominated to serve as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services back in April, sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 17-2 vote in mid-June…”

      *******

      This guy was a staffer for Chuck Grassley and supposedly was a ghost writer for some of Grassley’s strongly worded immigration statements. His recent position is within Homeland Security.

      La Raza, who has conveniently changed their name after all these years in an attempt to rebrand and obfuscate, hates the guy so that makes me think he is golden.

      Senator Tillis of NC had put a hold on his confirmation for some time in an attempt to leverage more H1B Visas from the Trump Administration. Tillis has released his “hold.” (Coincidentally there was that story about 15k more H1B visas being allowed several weeks ago….and we all wondered WHY.)

      Anyway, he sounds like a good candidate for the job and as near as I can tell it sounds like he has his head screwed on straight regarding immigration. Maybe the Senate will get around to confirming him, some day…..

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      • nor'easter says:

        Thanks for expanding, Sylvia Avery. I am lacking in the skills necessary to do it efficiently myself, and therefore rely on the skills and knowledge of the authors, posters, and moderators on this incredible site, as you are all collectively a wealth of knowledge, combined with critical thinking, much needed in these crazy times.
        I’m pretty sure the Moderators vet the links.
        I try to be a “cautious clicker”, but I worry much less on this site.

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        • Sylvia Avery says:

          You are so welcome! I’m really pleased to think this was helpful.

          I struggle with posting videos. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. Almost always someone comes through for me and posts it. Treepers are so helpful!

          I’m with you, I feel pretty safe clicking on links here most times, but I know some are more cautious than I am.

          I thought this was a really interesting article and I wanted to be sure people got a sense of what it was about. Really glad you shared it; I wouldn’t have seen it otherwise.

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  9. NJF says:

    Posted this in the Shillary thread, but too good not to post here as well.

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  10. Sylvia Avery says:

    Am I making too much of this? Weirdo Pharma Bro posts on FB that he’d pay five grand for a lock of Hillary’s hair hinting that he’d like to clone her from it. Weird, creepy, so odd. He claimed it was a lame attempt at humor.

    He gets locked up for that. But what about all the Trump deranged fools threatening him all day long and twice on Sunday? None of them have been getting locked up.

    FTA:

    “Pharma cad Martin Shkreli was decreed a “danger to society” Wednesday and jailed by a federal judge following Facebook posts in which the loudmouth said he’d cough up $5,000 per strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair.”

    http://nypost.com/2017/09/13/pharma-bro-jailed-after-judge-declares-him-a-danger-to-society/?

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  11. citizen817 says:

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  12. treehouseron says:

    Breitbart says Ryan says he isn’t funding the border wall.

    I saw Ryan on t.v. today say he IS fully funding the border wall, this week.

    I do not trust Breitbart anymore. Haven’t in a long time. Gives the rest of us Trump supporters a bad rap.

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    • fleporeblog says:

      Ryan knows damn well that the bill that they passed will be almost impossible to get 60 Senators to agree to it. They put it into the military appropriation bill. It is a game they play.

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      • trumpmaga says:

        Flep I don’t understand. Are you saying no funding for wall from Ryan?

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        • fleporeblog says:

          The exact opposite! The House already passed the military appropriation bill that includes our President’s request of $1.6 billion dollars. He has every right to claim victory for doing his part for the Wall.

          However, this is the game that is played. He knows Mitch will never find 60 votes. He claims victory and there is no Wall funding.

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      • treehouseron says:

        Still, he did fund the border wall. He did what he said he was going to do, games and all… and of course the Senate won’t pass it, they wouldn’t pass a clean border wall bill. Just like they won’t pass an Ocare repeal.

        My point is just, Breitbart makes stuff up. they have for a long time, they’re now telling me that the words coming out of peoples mouth were the opposite words coming out of their mouth.

        They give Trump Supporters a bad name with all their Infowars Lite nonsense they constantly spread.

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      • mimbler says:

        Absolutely. If Ryan was funding the wall, the wall would be funded. He is a despicable liar.

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    • The Breitbart story is about something Ryan said much earlier in the year, spring I think. I think that his statement today was made because the BB story came out and he was taking incoming. Ryan is not nearly as smug as he was before POTUS started giving him a reality check.

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    • Sharon says:

      That Breitbart article on Paul Ryan was at the beginning of this year! A lot can happen since then!!!

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  13. jtomka says:

    Bradley Manning has been named as a visiting fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. I have no comment.

    http://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2017/09/13/chelsea-manning-named-visiting-fellow-at-harvard/

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  14. Pam says:

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  15. Minnie says:

    Unsure of which thread on which post this comment, so here it is – made a call to Chase today on behalf of a client.

    Typical recorded statement (press “1” for English”, etc) but it began with;

    “If you’re a victim of the disaster, press 0 to be immediately connected to a representative”

    The “disaster” 😐 ??

    To which one are they referring?

    Harvey?
    Irma?
    West coast fires?

    I’m not sure why it affected me the way it did, other than perhaps they meant to include all the gut wrenching, heart breaking “disasters” our great Americans are dealing with at the moment.

    I feel they could have worded it more carefully.

    That’s all, needed to vent.

    Prayers continue unceasingly for ALL affected 🙏❤️🙏

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  16. citizen817 says:

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  17. wyntre says:

    For the most part I have kept my thoughts about the Trump DOJ, WH staff and congressional RINOS to myself.

    I am down to one broadcast news source: Lou Dobbs. He’s the only one I have any trust in.

    On tonight’s program he laid out many of the swamp’s infiltrations and DOJ’s failures and it was grim.

    From Marc Short, former Koch and Rubio lobbyist/supporter and current current WH Director of Legislative Affairs (WHY?), to DOJ refusing to allow the Senate Intel Committee to investigate FBI members, to Ryan saying only one man wants the wall, Goehmert stumbling over his words more than usual in his inability to explain the status of DACA and the wall, it was deflating.

    Greg Jarret, who has offered excellent analysis the past few months and is generally fair and objective, basically said Sessions punked Trump by not disclosing he intended to remove himself from any HRC investigation, tying POTUS hands from the beginning and leading to the Comey/Mueller/McCabe triumvirate doing everything they can to destroy POTUS and/or stymie his agenda.

    Before Jarrett, Dobbs spoke to Chris Farrell from JW and he said the same about the Sessions’ DOJ poisonous affect on POTUS.

    Farrell said that if Sessions wanted to keep a low profile, that would be fine as long as there was a press department in place to keep the information flowing but Sessions has not even set that up.

    I wonder if Sessions is being blackmailed.

    I wonder why the Democrats were so anxious to block Sessions appointment when he’s become such a nonentity.

    I wonder if it was all a bait and switch.

    As always I adore POTUS and admire his never-ending optimism and the way he barges ahead regardless of the obstacles thrown up before him but I also wonder where he will get support from within the administration.

    Anyway, this is why I usually keep my mouth shut about this stuff.

    But when Dobbs questions (NOT Trump) the swamp with what approaches despair, It has an affect.

    Of course Lou is prone to histrionics, too, but at least he has always championed POTUS.

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    • gamecock123 says:

      I am the same. I question some of same folks. Trump is surrounded by admins, and staffers with sketchy motives. I am not questioning Trump’s judgement, but he is one man. He cant watch everybody 24/7. I am glad Lou is looking out and and informing him. . It’s going to take more than Trump to fight these sneaky dirty rats. All hands on deck.

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    • mimbler says:

      Yes, Goehmert was really stuttering over DACA like he’d been caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

      I have thought he’s one of the white hats, but that was disturbing.

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      I admire sunny optimism in people. It isn’t a strength of mine. I also don’t want to infect others with my doubts and worries.

      I have faith in PDJT. He is amazing. But it seems like he is out there doing battle alone. I’d like him to have a full complement of astounding deputies. He has a great Cabinet overall with a few disappointments.

      There are some personnel selections I have wondered about. However, Nicki Haley was one of those and she seems to be serving PDJT well.

      Sessions is a topic I try not to touch on too much because there are deep emotions here around that subject, and the truth is I don’t know what goes on behind closed doors.

      I hope and I pray that Sessions is a dark horse who astonishes me with his actions and I will happily post a photo of myself eating crow, or my hat, or something.

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    • If Sessions was a man of honor, he would resign.

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    • ALEX says:

      Nothing you listed has anything to do with what the President is and has done..Sure DACA is yet to play out, but going full bore negative like Dobbs tonight over Sessions and things dealing with past Administration is irrelevant..

      How many of Bush people were prosecuted after Obama won…I don’t remember many..How many of Clinton and all of them had tons of people and issues like Obama now..Hell,,.There was talk of prosecuting Bush people on Iraq war and they never did it..

      I’ll let Breitbart and all the rest worry about what Obama and his crew did…It never gets prosecuted because it never has been and it’s not going to be much different now..It’s the way it’s always been…Whether I like it or not, so you all can have it and all the negativity that goes with it…

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    • MadeMan says:

      Dobbs is the best. No games with him. Love Hannity but he refuses to call out Jared, Ivanka and even Trump when warranted. Dobbs doesn’t give a F and will call out everybody and anybody and has done so many times before. No games with Dobbs.

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    • Kaco says:

      Here’s another one:

      https://pjmedia.com/davidsteinberg/exclusive-gen-mcmaster-sparked-row-israeli-delegation-white-house-meeting-hezbollah/

      EXCLUSIVE: Gen. McMaster Sparked a Row With the Israeli Delegation at a White House Meeting on Hezbollah

      During the week of August 27, an Israeli delegation met with members of the National Security Council (NSC) at the White House to discuss the current threat to Israel by the terror group Hezbollah.

      Israel believes this threat is currently dire. This meeting preceded a two-week long Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) exercise to rehearse for possible war with Hezbollah. The Jerusalem Post described this exercise, which commenced on September 4 and is ongoing, as the IDF’s largest in 20 years.

      Hezbollah has been a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization since 1997. However, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster reportedly brought NSC Senior Director on Counter-Terrorism Mustafa Javed Ali to the White House meeting with Israel. Ali, a McMaster appointee, is described by a senior administration source as being “opposed to Hezbollah’s designation as a terrorist organization.”

      What then transpired at the meeting has been confirmed to PJ Media by several administration sources, by members of non-governmental organizations involved in national security, and by a source within the Israeli government.

      The Israeli delegation demanded that Mustafa Javed Ali leave the room.

      This demand was made despite the clear likelihood that Ali would later be privy to the meeting’s materials and discussion. As such, sources speculated that Israel intended the demand to serve as a message to President Trump that McMaster’s behavior has constituted a subversion of Trump’s stated Middle East policy.

      None of the several sources were aware if Trump had been made aware of the incident.

      As has been widely reported, Trump’s Chief of Staff General Kelly has instituted tight restrictions on information and contacts reaching the president. Additionally, Kelly has been said to be working closely with General McMaster on issues related to the flow of information within the administration.

      Friction between General McMaster and the Israeli delegation did not end with Israel’s demand that Ali leave the room.

      Sources reported that McMaster went on to explicitly dismiss the Israelis’ specific concerns about Hezbollah.

      In particular, the Israelis expressed concern that the “safe zone” currently being established within Syria — an idea that had been vociferously supported by Hezbollah’s sponsor, Iran — would immediately become a safe zone for Hezbollah to operate.

      McMaster was said to “blow off” this major Israeli concern, and to be “yelling at the Israelis” during the meeting.

      (more on link)

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      • wyntre says:

        Yes. I read that. Caroline Glick, usually reputable Israeli reporter, made similar remarks in a recent article.

        But I didn’t want to pile on HRM without more evidence.’

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  18. gamecock123 says:

    I don’t believe a word Susan Rice says, I know she lies when she talks. That’s what liars do. What infuriates me is the House doesn’t see anything she’s done wrong. Sorry, that dog don’t hunt.
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/09/13/politics/susan-rice-house-investigators-unmasked-trump-officials/index.html

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  19. duchess01 says:

    WHAT’S HAPPENING – 09/13/2017

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog

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  20. Pam says:

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  22. citizen817 says:

    Steyn on Tucker re:Hillary

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  23. Sandra-VA says:

    😎

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  24. Pam says:

    Hillary isn’t the only one bellyaching and whining.

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  25. Sylvia Avery says:

    Last night Hannity had Oliver North on for a few minutes chiefly to discuss the UN Sanctions against North Korea.

    What interested me about Col. North’s take on our NK situation is seems to agree with Sundance that North Korea is a proxy for China. China is behind the curtain and it is China we need to convince.

    He spoke briefly about the sanctions and how we have had sanctions against North Korea before, but that previous administration didn’t enforce them. We allowed cheating. Thus, China doesn’t take the sanctions seriously. They aren’t comprehending, yet, that PDJT is not going to allow them to cheat.

    Col North had a list of military actions that the US could take to impress upon China that we mean business this time. I was interested by this.

    He suggested actions like: ordering delivery of a bunch of bio hazard and chem warfare type protective gear be delivered to our base in Korea; loudly and publicly asking Israel to purchase Iron Dome technology for Seoul to keep Seoul and our base safe from NK artillery; asking China if they would let us station our Search and Rescue units in China to be ready to be deployed to rescue our guys if war occurs. Of course they wouldn’t let us, but the point is it might impress upon China that we are going to enforce sanction and if North Korea (China) doesn’t shape up we have consequences in mind.

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    • LBB says:

      It’s nice to hear some of the options, but I still like not announcing any scenarios ahead of time. Let China and others try to anticipate what those may be on their own.

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        Yes, I agree. I think that is really smart of PDJT and I have admired that since the first time he said that.

        But not being a military mind, I enjoyed hearing some of the sneaky strategy the military could employ to send a message to China that we mean business.

        When people talk military action my mind immediately jumps to a shooting war, not these kinds of strategic things.

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  26. Pam says:

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  27. Sylvia Avery says:

    Poor President Trump. Dinner with Chuck and Nancy tonight. The things that man does for us.

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  28. ALEX says:

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  29. Pam says:

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  30. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Despite Liberal Wishes To The Contrary, Trump’s Home In The Caribbean Survives Virtually Unscathed
    https://www.weaselzippers.us/356968-despite-liberal-wishes-to-the-contrary-trumps-home-in-the-caribbean-survives-virtually-unscathed/

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  31. Pam says:

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    • ALEX says:

      Now the talking heads and ‘sources’ run wild tomorrow. They are huddled in their pajamas thinking up the next nonsense as I type…The outrage posts soon to begin after morning coffee and a quick scan through Drudge and the rest of Fake News…Let the click bait fly…

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      • Janie M. says:

        Alex, THIS is the headline over at the NY Post tonight (their source AP). Given the LSM is prone to lying, I will reserve my comments until President Trump addresses this:

        Schumer, Pelosi say deal reached with Trump for DACA protections
        By Associated Press September 13, 2017 | 10:02pm | Updated

        The top House and Senate Democrats have announced agreement with President Donald Trump to protect certain immigrants brought illegally to this country as children — along with some border security enhancements.

        The agreement would specifically not include Trump’s long-sought border wall. It would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants who benefited from a program created by former President Barack Obama that Trump has announced he is ending.

        The agreement was announced in a joint statement from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, following a dinner the pair had with Trump at the White House.

        It marks the second time in two weeks that Trump has bypassed Republicans to deal with Pelosi and Schumer.

        http://nypost.com/2017/09/13/schumer-pelosi-reach-deal-with-trump-for-daca-protections/

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    • 4sure says:

      Hope he didn’t give them two scoops of ice cream.

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  32. Pam says:

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  33. WSB says:

    Just wanted to repost a head-shaking piece on how the Awan family was completely unvetted. Another Treeper posted this last night, and I was just able to read it.

    Astonishing. We are not a country at the moment.

    “Former FBI McMahon said USIS forged as many as 665,000 federal security clearances.”

    Read for yourself:

    http://truepundit.com/fbi-awans-security-clearances-forged-granted-access-to-congressional-intel-despite-falsified-vetting/

    S. M. H.

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    • Jimmy Jack says:

      Thank you. I hadn’t seen this story.

      I’m am all over this Awan Contra story. I literally pray for it all to be exposed. The implications of how far reaching this is cant be overstated. It’s seismic.

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      • WSB says:

        Our country was invaded, just by this one story alone. Everyone associated with this should hang for treason. Start emailing that to Debbie and friends.

        I still find it ironic that the Awans were installed the year that Obama became a Senator. There may be no connection, but then again there may be.

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    • mimbler says:

      Years ago when I realized I was getting interviewed for security clearances by non-government contractors, I spoke up as to that being a security risk.

      The less time the contractor spends vetting a clearance, the higher his profit is. It was and is just too big of a conflict of interest.

      And, if it is typical of these things, the conscientious contractors who did it right were probably put out of business trying to compete with the ones cutting corners.

      If you have a game with non-enforced rules, the cheaters always win.

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  34. Pam says:

    LOL

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    • ALEX says:

      He reminds me of my grandfather in that you could listen to him tell stories or joke all night..He has a gift..

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      • Jimmy Jack says:

        I bet he’s a wonderful father. I just love him

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        • treehouseron says:

          He seems like such a warm person too. On his Huckabee show one time he had Neil Sedaka on. It was almost too sweet & nice to handle both of them on stage at 1 time… but I suffered through and it’s one of my favorite Huckabee memories.

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        • mopar2016 says:

          I like Huckabee too, but a lot of people don’t remember that he signed off on releasing some pretty bad apples from prison when he was governor of Arkansas.

          Wayne DuMond should’ve never been released to rape and kill again.
          Maurice Clemmons should’ve never been released either, he ambushed, shot, and killed four police officers as they ate lunch on a picnic table. I’ll bet that their families remember.

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  35. ALEX says:

    Democrats as nasty as ever…

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/09/democratic-party-smears-neil-gorsuch-as-a-bigot.php

    I am not easily shocked these days, but an email sent by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee an hour and a half ago shocked me.

    That’s it. The Democrats’ claims in their email are simply insane. The Court obviously did not “give racial gerrymandering the green light,” or “allow racial gerrymandering in Texas,” or “destroy our right to vote,” or “rule that racially gerrymandered districts in Texas were constitutional,” or issue a “blatant endorsement of voter suppression,” or make a “disgusting attack on our voting rights.” Nor does this plain vanilla order, which preserves the status quo until an appeal can be heard on the merits, mean that “We need laws that protect voting rights from bigots like Trump and Gorsuch.”

    It has been a long time since I have been a fan of the Democratic Party. But the hate speech to which the Democrats–not a few renegade party members, but the Democratic Party itself–now resort, is utterly beyond the pale. The leaders of the Democratic Party must understand that the wild charges they fling against people like Neil Gorsuch are not just false, but crazy. But they don’t care: power is their sole object.

    We are living through a sad epoch in the history of our republic.

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  36. Pam says:

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  37. Jimmy Jack says:

    When the Scaramucci story broke and people criticized him for not going to the birth of his son I said it may not be his son. I got some flak for that comment.

    Lo and behold he is asking for a paternity test. I had a feeling something was off bc most people would not skip such an event, especially if they are a high profile person. Who knows, he could be doing this as a legal strategy.

    Interesting either way.

    http://pagesix.com/2017/09/13/anthony-scaramucci-wants-paternity-test-for-newborn-son/?_ga=2.231873372.25536966.1504520104-1693295383.1478623616

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  38. The most shocking video of a white child being lynched by a black rapper. Alex Jones warns that this is part of efforts by globalists to condition the masses to this kind of violence.

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  39. patrickhenrycensored says:

    WASHINGTON – House Democrats Schumer, Pelosi announce deal with Trump to protect young immigrants; will include border security, but no wall.

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  40. lastinillinois says:

    Soooooooo in Chicago today ……
    CPS (Chicago Public Schools) announced “The John Burge Lesson Plan” for 8th and 10th graders.

    John Burge was a Chicago cop who allegedly tortured confessions out of ‘victims’.

    John Burge is a white man, the ‘victims’ were ‘of color’.

    https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170913/pullman/jon-burge-torture-eigth-grade-eighth-lesson-plan-cps

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    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      Stirring the pot

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    • rashamon says:

      Thanks, Democrats, for costing the Chicago taxpayers over $100 million to prosecute this cop with a resulting sentence of 4-1/2 years for perjury with early release to a Florida half-way home and, now, making reparations a topic to further divide residents starting with 8th grade students in the public schools. Smart move.

      Let no crisis, no matter how old, go to waste, Rambo. No wonder the divide between the LEOs and the gangsters is getting more dangerous to the public at large.

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  41. psadie says:

    11 Mayors accused of child sex crimes since 2016…OMG when does it stop?

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/13/at-least-11-mayors-accused-of-child-sex-related-crimes-since-2016/

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  42. Pam says:

    You want the truth, thank you Sarah Huckabee Sanders!

    Liked by 6 people

    • Bouchart says:

      That’s a bit reassuring.

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      Thank you for this as I saw the breaking story and high tailed it for the treehouse immediately!!

      At most, I want DACA AFTER wall is built. Congress builds wall, all others deported then DACA and no other family of DACA! I actually want no DACA either but would compromise to win wall. But wall has to come first!!!

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      • Katherine McCoun says:

        We already had the amnesty for a secure border deal under Reagan and the secure border never materialized. Agree that deals might need to be made. But wall first this time!!!!

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        • AmericaFirst says:

          I would not agree that “deals might need to be made” but for the fact that we are dealing with the Uni-party. President Trump won on this issue. His coattails carried a lot of congress-critters who were marginal, because we all thought we needed to give him a majority to get the things done that were on his agenda. And we all know that McConnell could just do away with the 60 vote margin and would if he were loyal to the country.

          Enforcing the law, including immigration law, and our national defense, which includes protecting the borders, is not only his job, but it is specifically one of Trump’s winning issues.

          I believe that demographically we cannot give anything away. American citizenship once had value; for each person who acquires it via illegal behavior, whether DACA or “Anchor Baby” or some other unconstitutional means, it is devalued a little more. The more of America we are forced to give away, the less America is America.

          If we let that happen, the Poser really did win.

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      • liberty, not license says:

        Katherine, just like you I immediately came here when I heard that news as a Fox alert. I almost bolted upright when I heard it!

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    • Oldschool says:

      Exhale. . . . . .thanks Pam

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    • Jerzy2GA says:

      Fox News late night reporter, Jackie Ibanez, Interrupted Hannity with the same basic message with an agreement on the border wall that BOTH sides can agree too so indeed the border wall was brought up if FOX News reporting is correct.

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    • janc1955 says:

      I’m not really reassured by this. What’s she actually saying? If what Chuck & Nancy said is NOT true, just say it FGS.

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    • WSB says:

      Ha! PT may actually be able to influence DEMS voting against their swamp in primaries!

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  43. JustSomeInputFromAz says:

    Off topic, but anyone know if Howie is OK?

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