January 27th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #373

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1,301 Responses to January 27th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #373

  1. AmericaFirst says:

    Late last evening someone posted a link which I read, didn’t see if anyone responded to it, and if so, what you all think about this site? I went to bed thinking about it, and decided that if it was for real, that the people who were responsible for creating this completely unnecessary SC nightmare need to repay the millions spent for this exercise in futility dreamt up just to create havoc for a President they preferred not to have. Because they could.

    http://allnewspipeline.com/Smoking_Gun_Deep_State_Private_Chat.php

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    • mikep says:

      Sorry didn’t see this post. Reposted below.

      Ya, I found it very interesting and explosive if true. The original article on this was posted in May 2017 so long befor the secret group talk from the strouk page texts.

      P.S. Every time I try to like a post I get a message to log in to google or wordpress, I don’t have either and don’t want them so I guess I can not like a post.

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      • piper567 says:

        mikep…just do what others do, post:
        cannot like., so: I like!
        happens quite a bit.

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        • mikep says:

          Thanks piper567, I will do that. I really like this site. I understand why it is set up that way. I once had a site with a board using phpbb3 and it was a real chore to keep out the bots and spam posters, so this system makes sense.

          cheers.

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  2. yucki says:

    ‘It’s a cover-up from the FAA at the highest level’: Cockpit voice recording can’t be used in investigation, source says

    A top Federal Aviation Administration official has forbidden inspectors who are trying to determine why a Horizon Air commercial jet mistakenly landed on a Pullman, Washington, airport taxiway from reviewing “critical” evidence: recorded cockpit conversations between that flight’s pilots, a federal official familiar with the investigation said.

    The directive came straight from John Duncan, FAA’s head of flight standards who is in charge of the agency’s flight inspectors across the country, said the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the probe. Despite the cockpit voice recorder being quarantined by Horizon Air, inspectors investigating the incident have been prevented from listening to the audio of the pilot discussions.

    “It’s a cover-up from the FAA at the highest level,” the source said. “We don’t want this to happen again because next time they could hit someone and people will die.”

    https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/01/26/its-a-cover-up-from-the-faa-at-the-highest-level-top-official-ordered-investigators-to-not-use-critical-evidence-source-says/

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I don’t know if you saw the movie Scully, about the pilot who landed the plane in the river. This reminds me of the last half hour of that movie where it becomes clear they actively tried to set up Scully.

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      • rf121 says:

        The government approved two engine planes on the belief that a double engine failure could never happen. So when one did it had to be pilot error.

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  3. AmericaFirst says:

    This can’t be right! Why would Mueller have anything to do with this request?

    http://thegatewaypundit.com/2018/01/congress-left-dark-robert-mueller-makes-redactions-strzok-page-texts/

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    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      The ‘ongoing investigation’ (legalized obstruction of justice) card.

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    • rf121 says:

      No matter. The IG has them.

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      • AmericaFirst says:

        But why would the Special Counsel, whose mission is to investigate alleged Trump campaign/Russian collusion, have ANY say over what text messages the House Intelligence Committee sees? That is outside of his purview. And you know they are investigating the pretense of the very appointment of the SC, so, these messages may be relevant to that.

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        • rf121 says:

          I believe that the SC is there to help mask the corruption of the past administration and the efforts made to sabbotage PT. They will do what they can but ultimately the IG has control in this matter.

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  4. RAC says:

    This seems to throw a lot of theories out, apparently Paddocks room was not his own choice if this article is factual.
    https://www.intellihub.com/stephen-paddock-requested-a-suite-on-another-wing-before-being-internally-reassigned-to-32-135/

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  5. senda72 says:

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  6. kinthenorthwest says:

    Ok guys slam me all you want….But any DACA amnesty bill will screw America and Americans. The numbers that are on file are skewed way way lower than they actually are. During the Obamacare era they were saying the number of illegals were around 20 million accounted for, with a possibility of over 30 million or more unaccounted for due to illegals keeping identities under raps. No way has that number gone downl
    There is no way to prove when or how any of them came into the US. Many, if not most of the DACA people don’t even have creditable birth certificates, school records, job records and/or income records. Majority of the DACA families have worked under the table and numerous IDs to keep their kids in the US & support family members in their homeland.
    If any of this is even half-way true then America is being sold down the river royally and the wall will be built in the same manner as the Reagan Wall was.

    Trump’s Draft Amnesty: Unlimited, Forever, and Before a Wall Is Built
    http://www.breitbart.com/2018-elections/2018/01/27/trump-draft-amnesty-unlimited-forever/

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    • They get $25 Billion in a trust fund for the wall up front. The idea of an overall cap is good.

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      • kinthenorthwest says:

        If I remember right there was supposed to be a trust for Reagan’s wall….Hmmm wonder where it is .

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        • What? The IRCA doesn’t mention a wall or even border security. Who told you this?

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          • dilonsfo says:

            It is a Breitbart story. They claimed the received a copy “that represents what is coming out of the White House”. It is just another click bait story with nothing that demonstrates it is even accurate or comes from any source other than themselves.

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            • IRCA is Reagan’s amnesty. I’ve seen people associate it with a broken wall promise, but after researching it, there was never a wall mentioned. Trying to figure out if that was a myth or people were intentionally misled about a wall in the 80’s.

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              • Conservativeinny says:

                In 1986, Reagan signed the Immigration and Reform Act into law. It was an agreement which traded amnesty for enhanced border security and penalties for employers who hired illegals. Amnesty occurred millions more came and continue to come.

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            • piper567 says:

              someone help me here…
              what we got from the WH, i.e. Trump, was a Framework, right?
              Is BB a recipient of a leak? cannot imagine.
              WHY are some here seemingly just waiting for Trump to screw us?
              I do not get it.

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        On a par with our Social Security money going into a “lock box.” Yup. Government is never trustworthy.

        When is a wall a wall? When it is built, complete, finis, and I can go look at it, touch it, and pose for a selfie next to it!

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        • You can’t trust the democrats. That’s the point of the trust fund. The money would be authorized and appropriated.

          The wall would certainly be built before the 10-12 year wait for path to citizenship, but after whatever status they are given in the interim.

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          • Sylvia Avery says:

            I don’t trust the democrats. Or the Rinos. Or the “trust fund.” It wouldn’t be the first time the money was magically gone from a place as secure as say, the gold at Fort Knox.

            I read what happened to the money for the Bush era fence authorized fifteen years ago or so. Little by little, through the years, amendments to the original funding legislation were passed that changed the language until the Homeland Security Secretary was able to kill the fence, and the money went away.

            Doubtless I am just too cynical, but the trust fund has a fabulous name, so trustworthy, so legal, redolent of wealth and powerful lawyers and it just reeks of solidity and respectability, but I’m certain there are ways to violate it. There always are.

            The only good wall is a completed wall.

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    • 4beagles says:

      FTA;
      The Trump amnesty bill was provided to Breitbart News by someone close to the negotiations. It is expected to be released to the public on Monday or Tuesday, perhaps by Trump’s congressional outreach aide, Marc Short. He is a former top aide to the pro-amnesty Koch brothers.

      The 250-page draft received by Breitbart News matches the one-page description released this week by White House officials.
      …………………………………………..

      I’ll wait for the actual bill to be released. Irregardless of what is in it, I think the odds are very low that it passes. Too much hate on both sides of the aisle for a deal.

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      • kinthenorthwest says:

        I sure as the H3LL hope it doesn’t pass, but if Trump is behind the farce that is being released, then I am deeply shocked & disappointed in him.

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        • singingsoul says:

          If it is true what I am reading then Trump is committing political sue cite just as Bush did with going to war in Iraq, Somehow Presidents are not well served by some of their advisers. Lets hope for the sake of the country it is not true.

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        • kroesus says:

          even if it is a ploy to show the Dimm’s true motive and lack of concern for the issues presented just the TALK of a possible amnesty encourage another SURGE at the border of hopefuls looking to cash in….we have seen a return to Bammy level border crashers over the last 5 months as DACA and amnesty talks have heated up

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          • kinthenorthwest says:

            IT seems that the initial pickups have diminished and it looks like it is back to pickup & release.
            Right now I think e-verifiy all, & if you not a legal resident of the US you and your children get NO governmental benefits, even education.

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    • 4beagles says:

      Just heard the dupy press sec on Water’s World with Jessie and didn’t like what I heard.

      The DACA immediate family gets in on the deal too.
      So, the criminal parents that brought these kids here get in on the deal…WTF

      I’m going to rewatch and double check.

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    • Michelle says:

      I want to know how 250 pages of anything got released to Breitbart.

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    • osugagal says:

      I did not understand the white house proposal either, but Schumer has already rejected it. He came out and said it was bad and “went back on our ideals” blab, blab, blab. Maybe it was just a negotiation tactic for Trump knowing that Schumer would never agree to building the wall, limiting chain migration, and ending the lottery.

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    • Gary says:

      I think these things are floated to sway the leftist base knowing that the Dems can not let this issue get resolved. If they take a deal they are sunk more than they already are because the lie that Trump and the Republicans don’t care will be obvious. So no deal or wall will be coming unless the Dems get shellacked in the mid terms. One can say POTUS is giving close races the ammo to push them red.

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      • kinthenorthwest says:

        When I started hearing Trump take pitty on the dreamers I was a bit shocked. H3LL majority of the people in some of the crazy riots were dreamers. H3LL it is still dreamers who are threatening people and creating damage to property to emphasize their cause.

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  7. phoenixRising says:

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  8. Concerned Virginian says:

    OK, looks like Hannity is back on Twitter (h/t Gateway Pundit).
    GP had an article earlier today about Hannity’s last tweet before he was taken down, about Form Submission 1649. GP opines that there’s some tie-in to the 1649 beheading of Charles I and asks if there’s some danger to our POTUS at the SOTU speech. Don’t know about that.
    That said, I would suspect that security will be very tight for the speech.
    Will be praying for the safety of everyone at the SOTU speech while it is going on, especially for our POTUS.

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    • phoenixRising says:

      Form Submission 1649 also has to do with child adoption (or trafficing?)
      Messages often have double meaning…
      The 1649 beheading also refers to “submission” – in 2018 could refer to Obama being charged w/ treason by Congress…

      Prayer is a winner no matter what occurs.

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      • ltravisjr says:

        I had seen someone’s tweet thread suggesting that 1649 is some sort of program code for getting data into a server, and its appearance in Hannity’s thread was an inadvertent fingerprint of someone tying to hack his account.

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  9. phoenixRising says:

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  10. phoenixRising says:

    How can she possibly “respond”?If she doesn’t attend or watch? She’s dumber than a rock.

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    • AmericaFirst says:

      Yes but she feeeeeeeeeels so strongly about impeaching President Trump, so anything he says must be bad. And to leftists, feelings are really all that matter. Her response won’t have any logic to it, but you can be sure it will be impassioned.

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    • Concerned Virginian says:

      It’s the people who keep re-electing her who are dumber than a rock. She can’t help herself.

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      • phoenixRising says:

        from wiki [Maxine Waters]

        “Barack Obama[edit]
        In August 2011, Waters criticized President Barack Obama, saying that he was insufficiently supportive of the black community. Waters referred to the high unemployment rate for African-Americans (which was hovering around 15.9 percent at the time).[51] At a Congressional Black Caucus town-hall meeting on jobs in Detroit, Waters said that African American members of Congress were reluctant to criticize or place public pressure on Obama because “y’all love the president”.[52]

        In October 2011, Waters took her criticism of Obama to a ‘new level’ by confronting the White House with racial issues it had worked hard to avoid. She loudly expressed a sense of frustration that Obama, whose election, once hailed as a crowning achievement in African-Americans struggle for equality, had not resulted in any sweeping changes”.[53]

        —————–
        I take it back… she’s smart enough to know Hussein didn’t do anything for black Americans…

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        • patrickhenrycensored says:

          Translation: Didn’t feel she got a good enough cut of the spoils.

          Liked by 4 people

        • 4beagles says:

          I’m sure if PDJT was black she’d be hailing his black unemployment #s. Who’s the Racist?

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        • Concerned Virginian says:

          Maybe. But she’s said so many idiotic things that her criticisms of Obama may well have been scripted for her. Got’s to put out the right talking points to keep the lofo’s getting their ObamaPhones and free pizza and free rides to the polls on election day, you know.

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    • BakoCarl says:

      I think there are usually a number of advance copies sent out (as a courtesy?). So a bunch of rabid DemonRats get together and whip out an inflammatory “response” to PTrump’s SOU, and Mindless Maxine reads the response on her tell-lie-prompter.
      Easy Peasy.

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    • kinthenorthwest says:

      will it go something like this..(couldn’t resist cause that picture reminded me so much of the Wicked Witch in the movie).

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  11. mikep says:

    Here is something I found that is very interesting if it is real from the dark web. A meeting talking about mueller appointment. What do you guys think? Also, this is the open thread right? If not sorry.

    http://allnewspipeline.com/Smoking_Gun_Deep_State_Private_Chat.php

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  12. Ivehadit says:

    We all know what this means….KABOOM! I wouldn’t want to be a Taliban in Afghanistan right now!!

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  13. Nchadwick says:

    Wow. The first time in my life I am prochoice… /s

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  14. phoenixRising says:

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  16. kinthenorthwest says:

    Thank You Judge Jeannie

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    • Honest Abbey says:

      Judge Jeanine continuously refers to “Anchor Babies” as “Dreamers”. She did it again last night in her opening statement. She said “Dreamers were born here”.

      Why hasn’t anyone corrected her? She’s been repeating this false narrative ever since DACA hijacked President Trump’s agenda.

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  17. phoenixRising says:

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  18. Nchadwick says:

    What is John McCain up to?

    Clearly not representing the people of the state of Arizona — ..

    Jan 22, 2018 12:30 p.m. — Vote
    Motion to Invoke Cloture: Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 195 with Further Amendment

    Sen. McCain [R-AZ]: Not Voting

    Jan 22, 2018 4:05 p.m. — Vote
    H.R. 195: Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018
    Sen. McCain [R-AZ]: Not Voting

    Jan 23, 2018 2:33 p.m. — Vote
    Motion to Invoke Cloture Re: Jerome H. Powell, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System: Jerome H. Powell, of Maryland, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of four years
    Cloture Motion Agreed to 84/12

    Sen. McCain [R-AZ]: Not Voting

    Jan 23, 2018 5:12 p.m. — Vote
    On the Nomination PN1353: Jerome H. Powell, of Maryland, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of four years

    Sen. McCain [R-AZ]: Not Voting

    Jan 23, 2018 5:40 p.m. — Vote
    Motion to Invoke Cloture Re: Alex Michael Azar to be Secretary of Health and Human Services: Alex Michael Azar II, of Indiana, to be Secretary of Health and Human Services

    Sen. McCain [R-AZ]: Not Voting

    Jan 24, 2018 2:17 p.m. — Vote
    On the Nomination PN1371: Alex Michael Azar II, of Indiana, to be Secretary of Health and Human Services

    Sen. McCain [R-AZ]: Not Voting

    Jan 24, 2018 2:51 p.m. — Vote
    Motion to Invoke Cloture Re: Samuel Dale Brownback to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom: Samuel Dale Brownback, of Kansas, to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom

    Sen. McCain [R-AZ]: Not Voting

    Jan 24, 2018 5 p.m. — Vote
    On the Nomination PN1341: Samuel Dale Brownback, of Kansas, to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom
    Nomination Confirmed 50/49

    Sen. McCain [R-AZ]: Not Voting

    Jan 25, 2018 1:40 p.m. — Vote
    On the Nomination PN1079: R. D. James, of Missouri, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army

    Sen. McCain [R-AZ]: Not Voting

    I’m not concerned because Jeff Flake is there representing us. /s

    Speaking of Jeff Flake –

    Jan 23, 2018 — Introduced
    S. 2330: Earmark Elimination Act of 2018
    Sponsor: Sen. Jeff Flake [R-AZ]

    This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration which will consider it before sending it to the Senate floor for consideration.

    2 cosponsors are on that committee.

    Not that i know anything about S2330 — I just see anything that McCain or Flake introduce as suspect until proven otherwise….

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  19. Donna in Oregon says:

    America deserves a break from immigration. So does the Trump admin. Let’s have a moratorium for the next 3 years and put the wall up and deport the illegals and Visa overstays.

    “At the federal, state, and local levels, taxpayers shell out approximately $134.9 billion to cover the costs incurred by the presence of more than 12.5 million illegal aliens, and about 4.2 million citizen children of illegal aliens. That amounts to a tax burden of approximately $8,075 per illegal alien family member and a total of $115,894,597,664. The total cost of illegal immigration to U.S. taxpayers is both staggering and crippling. In 2013, FAIR estimated the total cost to be approximately $113 billion. So, in under four years, the cost has risen nearly $3 billion. This is a disturbing and unsustainable trend. The sections below will break down and further explain these numbers at the federal, state, and local levels.”

    The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers
    https://fairus.org/issue/publications-resources/fiscal-burden-illegal-immigration-united-states-taxpayers

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    • William F Buckley's Ghost says:

      They left out the cost of local school taxes on property owners. In the towns around New York City including Connecticut and New Jersey that comes to $20,000 per child. So, an illegal immigrant family with four kids in public school will cost taxpayers an additional $80,000 a year. In lower cost states like Florida the cost is around $10,000 per child.

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    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      Never mentioned in the conversations about dreamers is the fact that even though they may have been brought here as minors, when they legally became adults; it was their decision to continue to break the law by remaining here.
      A condition of any path to future citizenship should require reparations for their cost to the taxpayer.

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      • seekingthetruth2 says:

        Reparations? Whatever the term, this means my tax money (and yours too) being extorted and then rerouted to the various programs/503s/groups to “pay” for the reparations for a bunch of criminal illegal aliens to continue to extort my tax money ad infinitum.

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    • Oldschool says:

      Just imagine what our roads would look like, our airports, the education system, medical system, crime rates, jails, towns, cities, drug use and just about everything else in our daily lives if we could rid ourselves of these invaders and use all that money towards these things. We let this go for too long. It is irreversible. They brought their sh!thole cultures with them. That’s their preferred lifestyle. They want to come to America but they don’t want to be Americans.

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  20. blognificentbee says:

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    • Nchadwick says:

      Just got the visual – and can’t NOT stop laughing…

      BTW great idea Pelosi — remember the time they turned on YOU — LMFAO – Yes, bring them, fill the balcony — show every American Citizen how unruly and ungrateful they are – speaking and screaming from the balcony during the SOTU — throwing things, sounds like a WONDERFUL PLAN to BACKFIRE AGAIN

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    • Landslide says:

      Sounds like common sense to me. Better yet, surround the entrances with them. This is normal law and order behavior. Do it.

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  21. 6079 Smith W says:

    Super Maxine Pads: Official Rag of the “Resistance”

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  22. patrickhenrycensored says:

    THINGS TRUMP THOUGHT ABOUT DOING BUT DIDN’T

    * fire Mueller
    * spray paint the White House “luxurious” gold
    * throw wadded up paper at Schumer then point at Ryan
    * annex Canada
    * just kidding, nuke Canada because boredom
    * make rapper ad dishing out $1000 bills
    * waterboard Wolff

    — Razor (@hale_razor) January 26, 2018
    https://www.citizenfreepress.com/column-1/robert-mueller-leaked-firing-story-to-divert-attention-away-from-fbi-scandal/

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  23. BREAKING: NOW FBI Says They Can’t Find Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s Text Messages!
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/01/breaking-now-fbi-says-cant-find-deputy-director-andrew-mccabes-text-messages-video/

    Tom Fitton: We sued back in September for the text messages of the number two at the FBI, Andrew McCabe. And they just told us this week, they gave us everything they’re going to give us, and not one text message was turned over. They lost all of Andrew McCabe’s text messages! I don’t believe it. There’s still gamesmanship going on.

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  24. rf121 says:

    Here we go for all you doubters.

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  25. W-D says:

    I am no longer a Trump supporter or a Republican. All my voting will be for Independent candidates from here on in.

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  26. ledygrey says:

    What about the DACA parents?
    How come there is no discussion of them?
    Aren’t they here illegally?
    Are they being deported?
    Have they been deported?

    (I apologize for my ignorance but I never hear or read anything about them!)

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    • rf121 says:

      Obama tried to protect them under DAPA. It was tossed by the courts. They are here illegally along with probably 30 million others. As each one gets a hearing before deportation then good luck coming up with a practical solution. How many judges are there to process all that. Cannot due a mass deportation like Ike did due to law changes.

      The best move is E-Verify for ALL employers. So if someone cannot clear that then they can’t work then they have to make a choice. Self deportation. Assuming the State does not give them welfare such as CA, NY, IL etc.

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    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      DACA is about minor child illegal immigrants.
      zero tried to expand it, but was blocked by the courts.
      No mention of the parents being included in Trump’s proposal that I’ve read, but only the framework of that proposal has been released thus far.

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    • ledygrey says:

      Thanks to everyone who replied!

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  27. jeans2nd says:

    You all have heard that Pres Trump reduced regulations last year at a rate of 22 regs deleted for every 1 reg added.
    How did this come about? Do you suppose every single Executive Agency followed orders, instantly complied, and immediately starting slashing regs?

    Not likely. Gov Regulators exist to 1) make certain their jobs remain critical and 2) write regulations.
    Pres Trump issued several EOs https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaEO13771, requiring agencies to reduce regs by a 2 to 1 ratio,and to impose zero regulatory costs for 2017. Then Pres Trump nominated Neomi Rao as OIRA Administrator. Never heard of OIRA? Ya, me neither.

    What is OIRA?
    The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, under OMB (Mick Mulvaney) https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/information-regulatory-affairs/.
    Odds are you’ve heard of OIRA’s previous Adminstrator under Obama 2009-2012 – Cass Sunstein, husband of UN Unmasking Amb Samantha Power.

    OIRA does oversight of Gov Regulatory Agencies, conducts cost/benefit analyses on proposed regulations, requests and reviews public comments on proposed regs, compares a proposed reg to Congressional laws and mandates, determines if a reg will be written, among other things. You all know how that mission went under Obama-Sunstein.
    https://www.reginfo.gov/public/

    A practice Obama-Sunstein encouraged using OIRA was Guidance Documents, where an Agency’s existing regulation or rule was given a written “interpretation” of existing regulations/rules, essentially used to replace and/or enhance an existing regulation/rule, or to bypass making another reg/rule. Every Agency used this practice to maximum effect; these Guidance Documents were even used in court cases.

    Who is Neomi Rao? Neomi Rao came from George Mason Univ, Antonin Scalia Law School as a Real Constitutional Assoc Professor, where she founded the Center for the Study of the Administrative State. Before that Rao clerked for SC Justice Clarence Thomas, served as Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Cmte under Sen Orin Hatch, and served as Associate Counsel and Special Asst to Pres GW Bush. This small, quiet, smiling, unobtrusive lady has some chops.

    Ms Rao came in like a Real Wrecking Ball – take that, Cass Sunstein. Ms Rao somehow convinced her staff and employees to work w/her, and you all see the results for 2017.
    (rumor is, cass sunstein may be suicidal. homicidal?) Ms Rao believes that all those cost/benefit ratio reports were mistaken, w/too much emphasis placed on benefits and too little emphasis on costs. Ms Rao has set out to prove herself correct. Done well so far, has she not?

    On 26 Jan 2018 Ms Rao ventured into the belly of the beast, the Brookings Institute, for a speech and Q & A w/the VP and Dir of Economic Studies, Center on Regulation & Markets. A hostile interviewer w/a hostile audience. Part 1 Speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDbIs99qgP4
    Part 2 Q & A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDbIs99qgP4

    Brookings did not fail to deliver. The SJWs showed up, complete w/environmental and human rights lectures from deranged lunatics. Ms Rao smiled throughout while she told the SJWs that her job was to protect the American people, not police the world. ‘Splodey Heads ensued. SJWs left speechless.

    25 Jan 2018 DOJ AAG Rachael Brand “issued a new policy that prohibits the Department of Justice from using its civil enforcement authority to convert agency guidance documents into binding rules” https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/associate-attorney-general-brand-announces-end-use-civil-enforcement-authority-enforce-agency
    based on AG Jeff’s 16 Nov 2017 Memo https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1012271/download

    This is a Major Win.

    At Brookings, Ms Rao said the next set of EOs will be a 3 for 1 ratio. Stay tuned for another winning year. And keep half an ear on this lady. She is a keeper for us. We need her, and many more just like her.

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  28. StuckInBlue says:

    For those in Illinois and St. Louis that need some non-liberal sustenance, may I suggest a Treeper retreat at Alto Pass Winery, or an outing at Giant City State Park?

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  29. kinthenorthwest says:

    Did the Clintons and/or the Obama people give out another tombstone??

    FBI Docs Claim RT Founder Beat Himself to Death in His Hotel Room
    https://freedomoutpost.com/fbi-docs-claim-rt-founder-beat-death-hotel-room/

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  30. rsmith1776 says:

    I was am and will be a fervent Donald Trump supporter.

    My vote for him is not a matter of blackmail. It will be there, in 2020. I admire so much of what he did and does.

    That being said, I don’t understand “The Offer” myself.

    What if Democrats “reluctantly” accept, after obtaining even more or even without?

    The legalization + citizenship of these aliens mean Eternal Democratic Majority.

    Rather than going on and on about how brilliant this all is, shouldn’t we offer the President, through protests, cover to say “I tried but neither the Democrats nor my base were happy about the proposed deal so offer withdrawn” ??

    I am willing to listen to counterarguments.

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  31. kinthenorthwest says:

    happy Birthday Ronald Reagan

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