December 2nd – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #317

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997 Responses to December 2nd – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #317

  1. fleporeblog says:

    What an absolutely incredible week for our President and our country!

    Our President got another Circuit Court Judge with 3 more judges coming next week. Got the Tax Cut and Tax Reform Bill passed in the Senate. Announced the US embassy would be moved in Israel 🇮🇱 to Jerusalem. The end of net neutrality. Charged the animal that killed Kate Steinle so that some form of justice can be served. He also announced a probe into the former Pentagon’s handling of whistleblowers under Obama.

    Sunlight has been shined on the Congressional Slush Fund. The Stock Market absolutely soared. Judge Roy Moore dramatically surged in ALABAMA this past week. Mitch McConnell had to admit they won’t try to stop Roy Moore from being seated. Our beloved President kept his promise by saying “MERRY CHRISTMAS” and acknowledge GOD five times in his Christmas speech.

    GDP was revised up to 3.3% for the 3rd Quarter and the Atlanta Federal Reserve updated their 4th Quarter projection from 2.7% to 3.5%. Two of the largest international shippers has announced purchase of EIGHTEEN giant container ships. This is a stunning testimony to where international business thinks the world economy is heading (especially the USA 🇺🇸). Janet Yellen said the economic indicators are very strong. Our President’s economic policy changes are putting the Economic Train 🚂 on track for the biggest economic boom since 1945.

    Voter registration data continues to show Democrats losing ground in 12 of 15 battleground states. By passing Tax Cuts, Congress has assured that the Republican seats are safe, while some Democrats seats (Manchin, Heitkamp, Brown, Donnelly, McCaskill) are more vulnerable than ever since they were DUMB enough to tow the Democrat line and voted NO in a block.

    Our President is ABSOLUTELY MAGA!

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    • fleporeblog says:

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      • Ken Lawson says:

        I’ve seen nothing that supports the claim that he is definitely moving the embassy to Jerusalem. All I’ve seen is that he’s recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will leave the embassy in Tel Aviv at this point and no commitment about it in the future. It would be great if he did move it to Jerusalem, but I haven’t seen it. If you truly can back up the claim, please post the link because this is bigger news than the tax cuts passing the Senate.

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        • Evelyn says:

          Not to criticize what you wrote, but IMO recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is, by itself, an international and spiritual MOAB. It’s certainly something the Bush/Clinton/Obama cartels worked against on behalf of their globalist sponsors.

          Our POTUS has positioned himself and America to collect on a long-term contract. It simply does not get more MAGA than this:

          2 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

          2 “I will make you into a great nation,
          and I will bless you;
          I will make your name great,
          and you will be a blessing.
          3 I will bless those who bless you,
          and whoever curses you I will curse;
          and all peoples on earth
          will be blessed through you.

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        • Yes, it is not technically a done deal. Again with those “anonymous” sources and speculation. We shall see.

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        • IMO, a lot of speculation and “think there is a chance” here.

          “President Trump isn’t going to announce a decision this week about whether the U.S. will move its embassy to Jerusalem, an administration official tells us. “The President is still considering options,” the official said, noting that Trump already has a full plate with the North Korea missile launch, the tax bill in the Senate, and other issues.

          Yes, but: That still leaves the door open to an announcement in the near future. And the administration official didn’t rule out an embassy move: “The law passed in 1995 states that the Embassy should be in Jerusalem. As the President has made clear, it is a matter of when, not if.”

          What to watch: Israeli officials think there is a chance Trump will sign the waiver and not move the embassy for the next six months, but at the same time declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. If that happens, it will likely cause an angry response from the Palestinians and some Arab states, including Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
          The big picture: The status of Jerusalem is one of the core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A presidential announcement that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel will make it harder for the Trump administration to promote the peace initiative it has been working on for the past few months.”

          https://www.axios.com/wh-no-israel-embassy-decision-this-week-2513909798.html

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        • fleporeblog says:

          Ken I can’t! Should not have included it.

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        • joninmd22 says:

          It was reported by Axios which is a suspect news source at best.

          Moving the Embassy to Jerusalem needs to happen ASAP.

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  2. Donna in Oregon says:

    Researching Uranium One and came up with this article.

    Really don’t know what to make of this. Supported by the Bush and Obama admins. IDK if this is a good idea……

    What’s up with Uranium? Who is watching over this stuff Russia and the USA?

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/russia-central-asia/article/2108942/uranium-bank-just-opened-kazakhstan-stop-spread-nukes

    This doesn’t sound good the Uranium One stuff was crooked as hell…..Kazakhstan especially was shady and crooked.

    “Arms control advocates on Tuesday celebrated the opening of an internationally supported repository for nuclear reactor fuel that its backers believe will dissuade countries interested in nuclear power from developing the capability to make atomic weapons.”

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  3. Regina says:

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  4. fleporeblog says:

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    • PDQ says:

      I get to pay even more taxes…they took away my deductions which were over $24,000.

      So my mortgage interst can not be deducted along with my state and property taxes because they took away the state and property taxes. I have to stiick with the $24k. Is that right? Or do I get to include my mortgage interest with the standard deduction?

      Otherwise I get to deduct less which means I have to send in an even BIGGER check in April. I pay thousands – now I get to pay a few thousand more.

      Gosh, oh gee…thanks Congress.
      No wonder you passed it. Still killing the middle class.

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      • SharonKinDC says:

        Nope. Read the list above your post again.

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      • pegm says:

        Seems unclear, house version addresses new mortgages, but existing mortgages not mentioned. Senate version retains interest deduction on first 1 million. Looks like charitable donations will have a cap. Don’t know your situation, but hopefully you still get some deductions.

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      • As for the mortgage, it looks to me like it just drops the amount from $1M to $500K for new loans. As for personal property tax mine is around $750/year. I don’t know where you live but $10K is a heck of a high limit in my eyes. I am sure there are other conditions that probably affect your taxes in a manner of which I am unaware. But I just can’t see complaining about a limit of $10K for personal property tax. However, I am by no means a seasoned tax specialist – have never filed anything but the EZ form so…..just guessing. And I would think the doubled standard deduction would cover it?

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        • pacnwbel says:

          I like the standard deduction increase. With property taxes currently at $4,250 but expected to leap thanks to blue state political shenanigans, the increase should be somewhat offset.

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      • fleporeblog says:

        The Senate kept the $10K for property taxes. The also kept the medical expenses (2% of your income). If your property taxes ($10K max), mortgage interest and charitable as well as medical expenses are over $24K you will itemize. Otherwise you will take the standard deduction.

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      • joeknuckles says:

        Too bad! You have the option of working to change the tax policy in your state or moving to another one. I’m in the same boat and I have those same options. On the other hand, we will both benefit from an improved economy. We may also benefit from the pressure this will put on state legislatures to reduce state taxes.

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    • Blue Moon says:

      This shows the Standard deduction being increased but it doesn’t show the personal exemption of $4050 per person. If you add those two together for just 2 people it was a total of $15100 standard + $8100 = $23200. Really no difference for a husband and wife retired. If they raise the standard deduction to $24000 and do away with the personal exemption then basically they are not changing anything UNLESS you itemize your deductions. So really no change for most people.

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    • Concerned Virginian says:

      Re the deduction for medical expenses:
      Wait until you start paying out over $12,000 a month for private LPN/CNA coverage for your terminally ill spouse since Medicare/Hospice services won’t pay for these. That’s where my husband is right now. Lifetime of savings going out by the week. Has to happen. Thank God he has the savings.

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      • fleporeblog says:

        I’m so sorry to hear that! Your husband will be in my prayers.

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      • Blue Moon says:

        Concerned Virginia, I am so sorry to hear that. It is awful to end up like that and have your life sucked from you. At a rate of $12000 a month I wouldn’t be able to afford that so I guess we would just wait for the end. I watched my mother and father suffer with cancer and massive stroke. I hope and pray when my time comes I go like my mother-in-law, sitting in her recliner and that was the end of it. Me and husband both know it was pointless to have a retirement account-we knew the government would end up with it. I paid my own insurance for the past 4 years and believe me it was draining my retirement. I see old age as no different.

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      • WSB says:

        So sorry to hear! Prayers for you both! Any way to engage your church or some other option?

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  5. budmc says:

    Click the link below to read the thread

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/937063870488866817

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  6. Joe says:

    YouTube sabotaging RSBN.

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  7. woodstuff says:

    PDTJ speaks about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  8. Dora says:

    Great news.

    ==

    ABC News Suspends Brian Ross for 4 Weeks Without Pay: ‘Effective Immediately’

    “It is vital we get the story right and retain the trust we have built with our audience – these are our core principles,” network says in a statement

    https://www.thewrap.com/abc-news-suspends-brian-ross-4-weeks-without-pay-effective-immediately/

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    • Bert Darrell says:

      So, ABC (All BS Co.) found a ‘convenient” excuse and Brian Ross goes on a Christmas vacation. Unpaid suspension? Give me a break, These guys will find a way to compensate Ross for taking the fall for this epic backfire. There is no way the legal department missed the blatant lie before Brian Ross uttered it. Are they going to be unpaid too? No mention. Shameless!

      If you thought that the MSM were not Gruberites, think again; they are!.

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  9. Chris says:

    Just saw on Fox News that Brian Ross from ABC has been suspended over “serious error” in Trump/Flynn report. What a loser.

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    • mimbler says:

      Got to be a winner,
      All the intelligence, charm and likability of Hillary. What could go wrong?

      A positive, is that she probably -does- carry hot sauce in her purse!

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  10. Regina says:

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  11. Regina says:

    hmm
    Matt Lauer’s wife has reportedly left the country amid harassment scandal

    Amidst the whirlwind of sex scandals that has built up around Matt Lauer since last week, his wife, Annette Roque, has apparently had enough. Page Six is exclusively reporting that she has left their home and headed back to the Netherlands.

    Roque, a Dutch former model, who has been married to Lauer for 20 years now, was last spotted Wednesday at their home in the Hamptons – the same day Lauer’s NBC firing news broke, according to Page Six.

    “Annette has taken their two younger kids out of school and is believed to have left the US and gone to her family in her native country [Netherlands],” a Hampton’s insider tells Page Six. (Roque’s mother is believed to live near Amsterdam).

    So far Annette has remained mum about the scandal. They share three children together, Romy 14, Thijs, 11, and their oldest Jack, who is currently attending prep school near Manhattan. At the time, it was not certain as to whether the children have left with their mother or remained home with Lauer.
    Roque filed for divorce from Lauer back in 2006, citing “cruel and inhumane” treatment, adding that he was controlling and demonstrated “extreme anger and hostility” toward her. However the couple reconciled a month later, and the divorce filing was withdrawn.

    Another Page Six source claims that the reason the divorce papers were withdrawn was due to a post-nuptial agreement by Lauer, offering up an alleged $5 million to stay married.

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  12. citizen817 says:

    The Resistance Speaks

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  13. Zennalou says:

    Illegal Alien Convicted of Sexual Assault Deported from U.S. 20 Times

    A Mexican man convicted of sexual assault and other charges who was in the U.S. illegally had been deported from the U.S. 20 times, court documents show.
    A judge sentenced Sergio Jose Martinez, 31, to 35 years behind bars Friday after Martinez pleaded guilty to sodomy, sexual assault, kidnapping, and other charges for attacking two women on separate occasions, the Associated Press reports.

    Martinez told the two victims in the Portland, Oregon, courtroom that he would see them in hell after he learned of his fate from the judge.

    Martinez attacked two women in Portland on July 24. He threatened and sexually assaulted his first victim, a 65-year-old woman, after he broke into her Northeast Portland home through a window she left open. He then stole her car and her purse.

    Martinez approached his second victim in a parking lot with a knife and forced her to get into her vehicle. She attempted to escape, but Martinez grabbed her and pushed her head into the ground.

    Police who had been monitoring Martinez after he stole the first vehicle apprehended him after he tried to flee the scene on foot.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/12/02/illegal-alien-convicted-of-sexual-assault-deported-from-u-s-20-times/

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  14. Eks Mann says:

    From Imperator Rex:

    ” Sundance’s ( @thelastrefuge2 ) analysis of 0bama’s attempted takedown of Trump, via Flynn, was superb 7 months ago & remains so. Thread below, but also read: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/05/12/president-trump-drops-another-moab-media-missing-sally-yates-and-james-comey-timeline/

    Unrolled thread from I-Rex: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/937086104729034752

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  15. duchess01 says:

    American Intelligence Media – ‘Veeeeery Interesting’

    Mueller Finds No Russia Meddling

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  16. Regina says:

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  18. joeknuckles says:

    Mourning Joe is just mad at Trump because he outed him for having an ongoing affair with Mika, which resulted in him marrying the dingbat. He’s not a happy camper.

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  19. budmc says:

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  20. I hope this hasn’t already been posted but take a couple of minutes and listen to this glorious singing of “The Unreachable Star” by Jim Nabors – so very inspiring!!!

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/01/stop-what-youre-doing-and-watch-this-touching-marine-tribute-to-gomer-pyle/

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  21. Sandra-VA says:

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  22. JustSomeInputFromAz says:

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  23. Deborah @UnTamedInSD says:

    I am glad to see that this has not entirely faded away and there are still voices asking the questions we all deserve the answers too….
    WALSH: 58 People Were Killed In Las Vegas, We Still Don’t Know Why Or How, And Nobody Cares
    http://www.dailywire.com/news/24188/vegas-matt-walsh?utm_source=shapironewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=120217-news&utm_campaign=position3

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  24. Sandra-VA says:

    Methinks something might be a coming… 😀

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    • Deborah @UnTamedInSD says:

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  25. woohoowee says:

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  26. Gil says:

    😁Musical interlude:

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  27. Deborah @UnTamedInSD says:

    PRAGER: If It Damages America, It’s Good for Democrats
    In almost every area of American life, the better things are, the worse it is for the Democratic Party. And vice versa.
    http://www.dailywire.com/news/24202/prager-if-it-damages-america-its-good-democrats-dennis-prager

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  28. jahealy says:

    This article from WaPo supposedly includes quotes from Corey Lewandowski’s soon to be released book about his time with the campaign. The quotes I’m reading from this article on Twitter aren’t making me real happy.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-campaign-big-macs-screaming-fits-and-constant-rivalries/2017/12/02/18bcfa30-d6bd-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html?utm_term=.62b8d69d8d31

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  29. Regina says:

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  30. linda7780 says:

    Truly, the LOVE of Money IS the root of all EVIL.

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  31. jahealy says:

    If anyone wants to see how Comey got beat up on Twitter after his stupid Tweet yesterday, here’s a few examples:
    http://www.dailywire.com/news/24219/james-comey-tweets-bible-verse-after-flynn-ryan-saavedra

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    • Regina says:

      Is that why he went to instagram instead today?

      Former FBI Director James Comey offered a cryptic message on social media Saturday, saying the truth “cannot be long hidden” shortly after President Trump said he fired former national security adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI.

      “Beautiful Long Island Sound from Westport, CT,” Comey wrote in the caption of an Instagram post. “To paraphrase the Buddha – Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun; the moon; and the truth.”

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      • jahealy says:

        Good grief. These people are shameless. Screwed up this country in every way possible and are still riding their high horses, imagining they are “setting examples.” Pffft.

        What part of Just Shut Up and Go Away don’t these people get?

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  32. Regina says:

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  34. Regina says:

    In rare public remarks, Kushner to discuss peace push at DC confab

    In conversation with Clinton supporter Haim Saban, Trump’s senior adviser will speak about efforts to resume Israeli-Palestinian talks
    https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-rare-public-remarks-kushner-to-discuss-peace-push-at-dc-confab/

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  35. Regina says:

    now Here’s one I’ve never trusted – CFR, neocon, probably never-Trumper who made it in the door. Her name was bandied about yesterday, too…this won’t help

    Transition adviser K. T. McFarland sent an email on Dec. 29 that said the sanctions were in retaliation for Russia meddling in the US presidential election.

    McFarland said in the email obtained by The Times that the sanctions situation made it difficult for Trump to ease tensions with Russia “which has just thrown the U.S.A. election to him.”

    McFarland also wrote just hours after the sanctions were announced that Flynn would be speaking with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the Times said.
    https://nypost.com/2017/12/02/trump-transition-official-emailed-that-russia-has-just-thrown-the-usa-election-to-him/

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    • Deborah @UnTamedInSD says:

      where’s the email proof? neither NyPost or the times provided an image of any emails.
      the Times article does go into more detail how ever giving a bit more context.

      IMHO – I think Kt’s comment (if true) from what i read in the times article, I assume it is referencing the democrats claiming the russians influenced the election.

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    • Sandra-VA says:

      K.T is a HUGE fan of President Trump and the email story is liberals taking it “literally” when what she was doing was writing sarcasm snark abut what the left losers were saying. Calling out KT in this way is sad… it means the lying MSM have done their job of spreading their F.U.D. Sad!

      The Transition Team did NOTHING wrong in reaching out to world leaders, or being concerned about the mess Obama was trying to land them in. State Dept spox is on video confirming that they had no concerns and the Transition Team was doing their job.

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