June 29th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #526

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1,725 Responses to June 29th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #526

  1. phoenixRising says:

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  2. Dora says:

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  3. IMO says:

    Patriots! If we can latch onto the #WalkAway campaign, we could piggyback. There are tons of conservative media writing about it. It’s going Viral – greatawakening

    ‘No policy, just HOSTILITY’! #WalkAway proves Democrats are in SERIOUS trouble and it’s GLORIOUS – twitchy.com
    https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2018/06/28/no-policy-just-hostility-walkaway-proves-democrats-are-in-serious-trouble-and-its-glorious/

    This is making the commie libtard elites poo poo their pants.

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    • sunnydaze says:

      Just please refrain from commenting on the #WalkAway twitter feed, except to say “Welcome!”- you can do that as responses to individual posts,too.- where I think it’s more effective.

      Too many Rs commenting there now w/ not much to say and getting in the way of reading the ex-Dem testimonies and stories- which are MUCH more interesting!

      IMHO

      Pi$$ed off Dem voters have discovered it now too, also mucking up the works w/ their well-worn trash posts.

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      • MfM says:

        The YouTube video that was listed on the previous page of the guy that started this is interesting but at over an hour I’m still not through it. His red pill moment wasn’t one thing but many and he did a lot of reading and watching videos. I’m very happy he has a depth of knowledge on Trump that is pretty good.

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        • sunnydaze says:

          I listened to the whole thing (an hour 20min.) yesterday while cooking a lot of food. So glad I did, cuz it was pretty darn fascinating.

          He went from one the “hyper upset Hillary voters”- crying!- to a big Trump fan.

          So if you’ve got a room to clean, a feast to make, a garage project, whatever- put that thing on!

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      • IMO says:

        Yes I agree with you sunnydaze.

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      • Convert says:

        This☝️☝️☝️ Seriously, it’s important to stay out of the way and let them take front and center.

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      • Deb says:

        But the way the algorithm works is that it picks up any interactions. So every comment gives it more exposure in the trending section.

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      • MAGADJT says:

        Agree. It’s rolling and gaining momentum on its own. Last thing we need are conservatives hijacking their movement or making comments that would push them back the other way. Most of those folks are Trump supporters now, but for many it will take awhile before they will ever vote for a congressional republican. Best to just let the walkaway-ers support one another and let them find their own way. Trump’s economy is the only thing that needs be said right now for a lot of them.

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      • Kaco says:

        Yes, I agree, and please don’t bombard them with Q anon posts! I saw that on those Twitter posts, too. These are just fledgling conservatives! Baby steps.

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    • Just Scott says:

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  4. sunnydaze says:

    Well *this* should be one big #CircleJerk!

    Fake Journalists interviewing Fake Journalists. Love it!

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  5. TheWanderingStar says:

    Péter Szijjártó, Hungary Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade is my favorite European politician.

    Check out SD’s tweet @TheLastRefuge2

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  6. ogoggilby says:

    BREAKING NEWS: Trump says he’s cut his Supreme Court short-list down to five candidates including TWO women and he’ll announce a nominee July 9 – but he doesn’t plan to ask any of them about Roe v. Wade:

    “Donald Trump said Friday that he has narrowed his list of potential Supreme Court nominees to just a handful of candidates including two women.

    ‘I’ve got it narrowed to about five,’ he told reporters aboard Air Force One, adding a promise to make his final choice public on July 9.

    ‘I’ll be anouncing it the Monday after the Fourth of July,’ Trump said. ‘I like them all.’

    ‘We have great people … brilliant, very talented, mostly conservative judges,’ the president said, without tipping his hand.

    Trump added that that he could interview one or two finalists this weekend at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.

    He’s mostly interested in appointing someone young, according to a White House aide, so the new conservative justice can shape the court for at least a quarter-century….”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5902455/Trump-says-probably-wont-ask-Supreme-Court-candidates-overturning-Roe.html

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    • Gil says:

      “President Trump was prank called yesterday at 30,000 feet on Air Force One after “Stuttering John” Melendez pretended to be New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez.

      Trump starts off the conversation by congratulating “Menendez” on his primary win against Lisa McCormick, telling him he “went through a very tough situation.” 

      The two then discussed immigration – with Trump “Bob, let me just tell you I want to be able to take care of the situation every bit as much as anybody else at the top level. I’d rather do the larger solution rather than the smaller solution.”

      On the topic of a Supreme Court pick, “Menendez” tried to bait Trump into exchanging political favors for a less conservative pick:

      “Bob Menendez”: “I promise you, you will have my vote. I will help you if you if you don’t go too conservative, you know what I’m saying?” 

      Trump: Ah… well, we will talk to you about it. We’re gonna probably make a decision Bob over the next two weeks. We have some great choices.”

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      • Navy says:

        Only IC can get through those protocols…. comedians could get away with calling a congressman, but not President on AF1. McCain got pranked by the Ukraine DJ but that was because McCain in late 2016 was looking to support his dossier and he was an easy target at the time (Pee gate era).

        REMEMBER…. Ellen Degeneres got an IC award from Obama for doing his dirty work. She interviewed the Vegas Mexican security guard who gained 75 pounds for her interview, etc.

        The IC enlists comedians, if anyone doesn’t believe it google crying Ellen as she receives her IC award from Obama.

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        • Gil says:

          Very strange that it happened at all.

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        • Niagara Frontier says:

          Melendez (aka Stuttering John) had to have some help from the inside. Perhaps someone from the official White House press corps facilitated? My recommendation would be to require live video confirmation for all phone calls.

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        • jimsung says:

          I worked many years in a USAF command center. It was my job to patch people into the senior leadership.

          This is a funny story from the ’80s. Once, an SR-71 pilot (that I recognized, there weren’t many) called me late at night and wanted to be patched into the Wing Commander. I patched him in. The SR-71 pilot was in a strip club with a stripper on his lap. I was laughing my rear end off at the conversation, especially when the stripper got on the phone. The commander handled it well and I’d say, given that it was an SR-71 pilot, they had a good laugh about it later.

          My point is, somewhere, a command center (command post, operations center) person didn’t properly vet a caller. Given the level it happened at, that’s hard to understand. I would chalk this up to nothing more than very bad judgement. Somewhere, someone is being reassigned.

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        • vladdy says:

          Or use DuckDuckGo — “g0000” looooves it when we use lib-speak and boost their page views and data mining. (getting self in habit of saying “look it up” rather than the other.)

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    • Troublemaker10 says:

      It’s embarrassing that the prank call got through; but it sure makes Trump look good. He treated Menendez really well. Trump sounds like a really nice guy.

      Reminds me when Gov Walker got pranked by someone saying he was one of the Koch brothers. They tried to set Walker up for something and he came across honest and polite instead.

      A lot of past Presidents wouldn’t take calls from Congress directly.

      Remember what Joe Manchin said?

      “I can call Donald Trump now, and he’ll probably pick up. He picks up his phone. If you’ve got his number, he’ll talk to you. Damnedest thing I ever seen in my life,”
      -Sen Joe Manchin-

      This all makes me think Trump was one of those “open door policy” CEOs who was very accessible.

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      • covfefe999 says:

        I don’t remember Walker being pranked but I do remember the hilarious Adam Schiff prrank. What an idiot! When he said “kompromat” I burst into laughter.

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        • CountryclassVulgarian says:

          WLker was pranked back when the unions were making their ruckus in WI. They were trying to claim he “colluded” with the Koch brothers.

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  7. phoenixRising says:

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  8. phoenixRising says:

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  9. phoenixRising says:

    THREAD by techno_Fog

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  10. phoenixRising says:

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  11. sunnydaze says:

    Kristen Gillibrand’s R. opponent in NY. Or ne of ’em at least. Chele Farley:

    https://www.chelefarleyforsenate.com/meet_chele

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  12. Sandra-VA says:

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  13. phoenixRising says:

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  14. phoenixRising says:

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  15. kinthenorthwest says:

    Time for this rep to walk away…Anyone who votes for her has to be mere deranged than she is.

    Maxine Spins Further Out of Control as Video of Her ‘Crying’ on Air Goes Viral
    https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/maxine-spins-control-video-crying-air-viral/

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  16. Donna in Oregon says:

    It’s interesting that both Strzok and Rosenstein appear “smug” in their Congressional Hearing testimonies. So is it a plan? Really?

    The FBI/DOJ Swamp handlers determined, and the general consensus was–to appear arrogant and smug. That is the best advice they could get. Wow. Fire them. Fire them all.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/29/fbis-strzok-smug-and-defiant-in-house-interview-but-regrets-sending-anti-trump-texts.html

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    • kinthenorthwest says:

      Smug look will be wiped off very soon.

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    • Robert Smith says:

      I don’t think they needed to act. Length of time served in government and their status (badges – do they even need a stinking badge?) automatically makes them more equal than – just about anybody. Hopefully, at least some, if not all of them will be held to account.

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  17. America’s MSM trying to “Get Trump” is like
    Munchkins competing in the Pole Vault.

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  18. kinthenorthwest says:

    Man why do they have the need to lie.

    Fact Check: ‘Girl from the Bronx’ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Grew Up in One of Richest U.S. Counties
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/06/29/fact-check-girl-from-the-bronx-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-grew-up-in-one-of-richest-u-s-counties/

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  19. rumpole2 says:

    Lou Dobbs……
    “Obama will hit the campaign trail for the Democrats in September… I don’t think there is any truth to the rumors that the Republicans will finance his travel cost”

    🙂

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  20. Troublemaker10 says:

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  21. Lucille says:

    “Vice President Mike Pence Visits Venezuelan Refugees”
    The White House YouTube Channel

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  22. Obama just CAME OUT of the CLOSET.
    He’s available for campaigns in September.

    Will President Trump trot him out at his RALLIES?
    • After all Obama lost the Dem’s House, the Senate and 1000+ State Officials.
    • Maybe he’ll finish the job.

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  23. kinthenorthwest says:

    Look at all the multiple crimes, probably a bunch of felons too
    VIDEO: Inside a Texas ‘stash house’ where smugglers house dozens of illegal immigrants
    http://dennismichaellynch.com/report-inside-a-texas-stash-house-where-smugglers-house-dozens-of-illegal-immigrants-video/

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  24. snarkybeach says:

    I know most Treepers are anti-Breitbart, but this article has many pics of our FLOTUS leaving for Bedminister:
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2018/06/29/fashion-notes-melania-trump-struts-in-flower-power-cigarette-pants-for-weekend-getaway/

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  25. kinthenorthwest says:

    Damn So How Much of America’s Trillions that Obama Spend Not Go To Our Enemies.
    Judicial Watch: State Department Records Show Obama Administration Helped Fund George Soros’ Left-Wing Political Activities in Albania http://jwatch.us/Rw4Gqi
    https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-doj-records-show-obama-administration-helped-fund-george-soros-left-wing-political-activities-albania/?utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=press%20release

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  26. Trish in Southern Illinois says:

    I was just on FB, and i had a notification from them that they had “fact checked” my post i shared from Treehouse. This is the article:

    Mexico’s Next President Tells Country: They “must leave their towns and find a life in the United States”…

    Here’s what they had to say (LOL)

    “Partisan Websites Spin Mexican Campaign Rhetoric
    By Saranac Hale Spencer

    Posted on June 29, 2018

    302
    Q: Did the front-runner in the presidential race in Mexico call for an “invasion” of migrants to the U.S.?

    A: No. Andrés Manuel López Obrador pledged to “defend migrants … who of necessity have to leave their villages.”

    FULL ANSWER
    Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a presidential candidate in Mexico, did not call for an “invasion” of migrants to the U.S.

    But in the controversy surrounding the separation of families apprehended on the Southwest border, some partisan websites have mischaracterized a statement he made at a recent rally in Northern Mexico.

    Here’s what López Obrador actually said at a rally in Culiacán on June 19 after laying out three proposals to address the treatment of migrant children at the U.S. border, translated from the original Spanish:

    “Soon, very soon, to the triumph of our movement, we will defend migrants from Mexico, Central America, of the entire American continent and all the migrants of the world who of necessity have to leave their villages to go and seek life in the United States; it is a human right that we will defend for all Mexicans and all migrants.”

    The candidate was speaking about the conditions under which migrant children were being held, and he called on the current Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto, to take action, including sending a team of lawyers and psychologists to the border to assist families.

    It’s unclear exactly what López Obrador meant by “human right” in his quote. He was speaking of migrants “who of necessity have to leave their villages,” but he didn’t call for “an invasion” of Mexican citizens, which is how some websites spun his comments.

    The distortion of López Obrador’s quote appears to have begun when the right-leaning Daily Caller reported:

    “Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) called for mass immigration to the United States during a speech Tuesday declaring it a ‘human right’ for all North Americans.”

    Then partisan websites ratcheted up the slant with headlines like, “MEXICO’S NEXT PRESIDENT Calls for An Invasion Of The US By Mexican Citizens: ‘must leave their towns and find a life in the United States’” and “Mexico’s Next President Tells Country: They ‘must leave their towns and find a life in the United States’…”

    The Mexican constitution limits presidents to one six-year term, so Peña Nieto is not eligible for reelection. Four candidates are vying for the seat, and López Obrador, a leftist, is leading the pack, according to recent polls. The election is scheduled for July 1.

    Editor’s note: FactCheck.org is one of several organizations working with Facebook to debunk false stories shared on the social media network.

    Sources
    Kiely, Eugene, et al. “More Bogus Border Claims.” FactCheck.org. 21 Jun 2018.

    Diaz, Cristian and León, Raymundo. “López Obrador asks Peña Nieto to protect migrant children.” La Jornada. 20 Jun 2018.

    López Obrador, Andrés Manuel. “Ask AMLO for Peña to act urgently and immediately on the issue of Mexican children deported from the US.” LopezObrador.org. 19 Jun 2018.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica. Mexico: Government and Society — Constitutional Framework. Accessed 27 Jun 2018.

    “Mexican Election Coverage.” Bloomberg. 27 Jun 2018.

    CategoriesDebunking False Stories
    LocationInternational
    IssueFalse Stories Immigration
    PeopleAndrés Manuel López Obrador”

    They ignore the fact he’s a COMMUNIST

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    • Trish in Southern Illinois says:

      I just fact checked, factchecker dot org:

      “If you wanted to use a devious method to deceive people who are trying to differentiate between truth and lies on the Internet how would you do it? If you were extremely devious and had no conscience, you might set up a Web site with some official and unbiased sounding name that claims to be the encyclopedia of truth to be used as a tool for anyone who has the same biased view and wants to make believe to “back it up” with what they would like you to think is “indisputable fact.”

      That is exactly what Web sites like factcheck.org are. They are biased, politically motivated propaganda Web sites, manned and funded by biased political organizations who set up the sites for the sole purpose of deviously “backing up” the political arguments of those who hold the same views that they do. It’s kind of like you have a friend who is in on your lie, and you use him to back up your story and don’t tell anyone else he is your friend.

      Just because they use a name that implies unbiased assessments, doesn’t mean that they provide them. You can call your Web site anything you want. I can set up a web site called thetruth.org or realfacts.com or stopthelies.org and post any kind of biased political propaganda I want on it. The name means nothing. And in the case of sites like factcheck.org, the name is intentionally misleading and deceptive. But it isn’t the only so called “fact check” site that is a fraud. There are others.

      Think about it. Would you rely on any particular Web site to get the “truth?” Anyone honest would tell you that you should NOT rely solely on them to get your facts. You should get them by considering many different and sources, with different points of view and opinions and arrive at what you believe to be the truth by using your own God given senses. Only con artists purport to be the de facto source of truth.

      If you look behind the scenes at these phony “fact check” sites, you find that they are funded by organizations with political biases. You must always ask yourself. Who is writing about this so-called “truth.” Who funds the site and pays their expenses. What are the origins and history of the funders and who are they associated with. In the case of factcheck.org they receive their funding from the liberal Annenberg Foundation.

      The Annenberg Foundation was originally founded by Walter J. Annenberg, a conservative who supported Ronald Reagan. However, when Walter Annenberg died, his family took over the management of the foundation and it took a turn to the far left and has ties to radical left individuals such as Bill Ayers and his friend and fellow left wing radical collegue Barack Obama. How is factcheck.org associated with these people:

      To start, Ayers was the key founder of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which was a Chicago public school reform project from 1995 to 2001. Upon its start in 1995, Obama was appointed Board Chairman and President of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Geesh, that alone connects all three. Well, it branches out even more from there.

      Ayers co-chaired the organization’s Collaborative, which set the education policies of the Challenge. Oddly enough, Obama was the one who was authorized to delegate to the Collaborative in regards to its programs and projects. In addition to that, Obama often times had to seek advice and assistance from the Ayer’s led Collaborative in regards to the programmatic aspects of grant proposals. Ayers even sat on the same board as Obama as an “ex officio member”. They both also sat together on the board of the CAC’s Governance Committee. Obama and Ayers were two parts of a group of four who were instructed to draft the bylaws that would govern the CAC. Keep in mind that the “A” in CAC is for Annenberg, the owners of FactCheck.org. The funding for Ayer’s projects and those of his cronies was approved by Board Chair, Barack Obama.

      http://theswash.com/liberty/who-fact-checks-factcheck-org

      And by the way, you can find confirmation of the above from many different sources. This is just one. The left leaning bias of the Annenberg foundation has been well established and recognized for many years.

      Don’t believe ANYONE who tells you they have the “facts,” and that you shouldn’t listen to anyone else. Honest people encourage you to listen to many points of view and decide for yourself. They don’t try to prevent you from hearing other points of view. That’s the kind of thing that happens in totalitarian societies. A dictator tells you not to listen to anything except the state sponsored sources of information. Only one version of “the truth” is allowed, the dictators “truth.” They try to shut off access to anything except the propaganda sources controlled by the dictator and soon the false “truth” is the only “truth” that anyone can hear.

      Always consult different sources and make your own decisions. Only a con man tries to get you to ignore other sources and only listen to what they have to say. Don’t allow these devious people to shut off your mind and fill it with their one sided propaganda. Don’t allow them to prevent you from listening to other people’s versions of the truth. Anyone who tries to do that is a fake. And most importantly, don’t take what any so called “fact check” Web site has to say as “truth.” When you drill down to the who actually owns this type of site, you will invariably find connections to the political left. Creating these sites is a tactic the political left likes to use to fool people with gullible minds. Don’t be gullible. Consult many sources, with differing points of view, and make up your own mind. Anyone who encourages you not to do that or to rely solely on a so called “fact check” site is a fraud.
      Copy & paste to friend: (Click inside box; Ctrl + C to copy; Ctrl + V to paste)

      http://www.matchdoctor.com/blog_141905/Factcheck_org_–_A_Fraudulent_Fact_Check_Site_Funded_By_Biased_Political_Group.html

      read more blogs!”

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    • covfefe999 says:

      Are you saying facebook fact-checked something you posted on your facebook page? Are they censoring you?

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      • Trish in Southern Illinois says:

        Yes, they fact checked my post, on my Facebook page.
        They used factcheckdotorg.
        So i fact checked factcheckdotorg, & posted what i found on my FB page, identical to this post you replied to.
        I told FB i didn’t need their help.
        I hope my FB friends read what i found.
        Bill Ayers connection is enough for me to write off, factcheck.

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    • snarkybeach says:

      NPR is softening their description of Obrador by describing him as a Nationalist, which sounds less threatening than Communist.

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      • Concerned Virginian says:

        And then NPR will use the same term, “nationalist”, to describe President Donald Trump. Trying to make AMLO and our POTUS like two peas in the pod. NPR liars.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Having read your comments on Obrador’s comments, they still sound the same to me. Even if he didn’t say right out that they should come here, he says he will back them when they do. Sounds like war to me.

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  27. Troublemaker10 says:

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  29. kinthenorthwest says:

    This is only one of Millions of Americans getting screwed by Identity thief…Good Majority by Illegals
    My sister-in-law went to buy a house and found she already owned several that had been flipped and a couple that were in liens and several cars. By the time she found out it was too late the lady had fled to Mexico with cars and they figure thousands of dollars of other things…Five years and thousands of dollars later she finally brought a house.

    Kamala Harris Refused To Help Disabled Iraq War Vet After Illegal Immigrants Ruined His Life https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/kamala-harris-refused-to-help-disabled-iraq-war-vet-after-illegal-immigrants-ruined-his-life/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=PostTopSharingButtons&utm_content=2018-06-29&utm_campaign=

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  30. I hope Sarah Sanders is doing ok….haven’t seen her most of the week.

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    • Deb says:

      Keep praying for her.

      St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us.

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    • cjzak says:

      Maybe she’s taking a little R&R for the holiday. She sure deserves some down time and to be with her family for a few days.

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      • nbkilgore says:

        cjzak, most likely she is having an orientation from US Secrete Service and their protocols . Not only her, but her family will have to make some adjustment having USSS around their household 24/7. I hope she writes a book about her years as the WH Press Secretary, what a read that would be.

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  31. Troublemaker10 says:

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  32. A2 says:

    Good News!
    Admiral Harry Harris has finally been confirmed by the Senate as the new ambassador to South Korea. (I’m waiting for the inevitable hissy fit from China, they hate him).

    Chairman Xi has told Gen Mattis China will not “give up one inch of territory”.
    (China’s new Maritime Law considers the ocean as a part of the land).

    On the flip side of China, the US State Department has requested a Marine contingent for its ‘unofficial embassy’ in Taipei. Meanwhile Taiwan has taken to trolling the PRC.
    “Taiwan reiterates that there is no plan to lend SouthChinaSea Taiping Island (Itu Aba) to US, adding that Taipei can issue a simplified Mandarin statement if China can’t read traditional characters”
    https://tw.appledaily.com/new/realtime/20180629/1381940/

    😀 😀 😀 😀

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  33. A2 says:

    As Sec Pompeo has cancelled his trip to India to go to NK (Kim Fatty 3 has some explaining to do), UN Amb Nikki Haley went instead and gave a great speech there (by all accounts very well received).

    https://tw.appledaily.com/new/realtime/20180629/1381940/

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  34. Pam says:

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  35. Troublemaker10 says:

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    • Alison says:

      That is awesome !! Candidate John James must be thrilled.

      Traverse City is in a gorgeous part of northwest Michigan (lower Peninsula), and the Cherry Festival is great fun. Glad to see James hitting the western side of the state.

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  36. A2 says:

    Very good article on US/China trade:

    “Trade and investment between China and the US must be based on reciprocity
    William Zarit says the ‘Grand Bargain’ of the past, in which the US became China’s top export market in a mutually beneficial arrangement, is no longer possible. A new deal must be struck to ensure equally open markets on both sides”

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2153042/trade-and-investment-between-china-and-us-must-be-based

    Also important read:

    “Offshore yuan drops faster than onshore currency as trade war fears, central bank policies spook international investors
    Onshore and offshore yuan fall to their lowest level in seven months on Friday after currency records its longest losing streak”
    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/2153087/offshore-yuan-drops-faster-onshore-currency-trade-war-fears

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  37. A2 says:

    Beijing blinked:
    US seafood will be spared Chinese tariffs if it’s for processing and re-export, Beijing says
    http://www.scmp.com/business/global-economy/article/2153191/chinas-tariffs-will-not-hit-us-seafood-exported-processing

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  38. A2 says:

    Sacre bleu!

    Chinese-owned vineyards worth US$64 million seized by French police in tax fraud investigation
    Wineries owned by the conglomerate Haichang are suspected of tax fraud and other crimes
    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/money-wealth/article/2153200/10-chinese-owned-vineyards-bordeaux-seized-french-police

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    • nimrodman says:

      Yeah, taking a page from that book – I’d like to see PresTrump declare uranium a critical strategic resource and take back US control of those Uranium One holdings in the interest of national security.

      A little nationalization and asset forfeiture here and there might be just the ticket.

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  39. A2 says:

    This was rather amusing. Though Gen Mattis declined to sing. 😀

    “Chinese military dips into American songbook to entertain US defence chief James Mattis
    Rare musical gesture eases tensions after a day of tough territorial talks”

    “Macau-based military analyst Antony Wong Dong said it was the first time PLA performers had entertained a visiting top US defence official and his team.”

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2153179/china-dips-american-songbook-entertain-us-defence-chief

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