December 11th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #691

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1,004 Responses to December 11th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #691

  1. Katherine McCoun says:

    I love that Hillary keeps getting mocked. Weakens her every times she makes the headlines for failures like the Bill & Hill book tour and this attempt at fundraising

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  2. Yuge!

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  3. rashomon says:

    Update today on grand jury petition on the World Trade Towers debacle by Jason Goodman interviewing the Lawyer’s Committee for 9/11 Inquiry. Note that grand jury inquiries are S.E.C.R.E.T. — just another time this device is used to let the chosen few decide for We the People, deplorables all, what we can understand/handle/digest for the security of our republic.

    Phooey on them! Are we dealing with people who are elected and paid for by The People, in which case the facts need to be exposed to all so we can make the best decisions about our future. OR is our country run by a mafia of unelected, self-selected narcissists who use taxpayer dollars to fulfill their distorted vision of a Strange New World where we citizens are simply fodder in the wars THEY chose to wage to gain more power?


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  4. Sandra-VA says:

    “A judge in the federal case against Paul Manafort told prosecutors that she needs to see more in the way of evidence supporting their claims that the former Trump campaign chairman lied to them in his cooperation agreement relating to the probe of Russian election meddling during the 2016 campaign. ”

    ” The special counsel’s office filed a heavily-redacted court document last week accusing Manafort of providing false information about his contacts with Trump administration officials and interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik, a longtime business associate whom the special counsel has identified as a former Russian intelligence officer.

    According to the document, Manfort also lied about money laundering, a wire transfer to a firm that was working for him, and “information pertinent to another Department of Justice investigation.”

    Manafort’s lies, Mueller wrote, amounted to a breach of his plea agreement.

    Tuesday’s hearing was largely perfunctory, with U.S. Judge Amy Berman Jackson asking both sides how to proceed. The defense will have until early next year to file court documents responding to each allegation of their client’s lies.

    Defense counsel said they did not have enough information from the government about their client’s alleged lies to respond to their allegations Tuesday. ”

    Kinda hard to defend against blacked out text …

    Liked by 9 people

    • mimbler says:

      So Manafort will stay in prison, because the prosecutor hasn’t proved his case.

      That sounds fair, /s

      Liked by 7 people

    • For Eyes says:

      Did the SC team really expect to win this, or where they just running the clock and extending the torture? I think the latter


    • Publius2016 says:

      look at the propaganda! man cant walk and is solitary prison cell!!! here hes pictured in his Armani suit and looking like million dollar man…SAD! this guy was one of the original minds of the Reagan Revolution!! Republican Party failed him!!! lil marco threatened 45 again if he pardons Manafort…

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  5. Concerned Virginian says:

    Regarding the shooting at the Christmas Market in Strasbourg: “the motive was not immediately clear” (Reuters report), which is a crock. UNLESS it can be completely proven otherwise, the perp IS A JIHADI. Period. And the French police and intelligence services KNOW this.

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  6. Concerned Virginian says:

    And in other news:
    JAMES FIELDS was sentenced to life in prison plus 419 years plus a fine of $480,000. after his conviction in the vehicular death of Heather Heyer last August during the disastrous “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.
    NOW, they must go after JASON KESSLER, the leftwing Soros plant who organized the “rally” with the backstory purpose of smearing conservatives and supporters of President Trump.

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  7. What did I you all about Europe? It’s Pap like this that drove me out over 25 years ago.
    And Britain is even worse than Sweden.

    Sweden: Father arrested for beating burglar, who took his 7-year-old son hostage with a gun

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    • lawrencepaul1 says:


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    • FofBW says:

      IMO, Europe is heading for another war, civil or otherwise.

      The European Elitist attitude of the wealthy reach a peak ever century of so it seems. It is their cycle of things.

      The globalist want the same thing here. The Executive Big Club members survive.

      Liked by 3 people

    • FofBW says:

      Do you think there will be big demonstrations again this weekend in France?

      Liked by 3 people

      • lawrencepaul1 says:

        I guess it depends on whether they believe Macron’s promises or not.

        Liked by 2 people

        • FofBW says:

          An OLD English friend of mine said all Marcon is doing is paying them of with their own money.
          Heck of a deal

          Liked by 3 people

          • lawrencepaul1 says:

            All governments do it though. France is gust deeper in the hole than most. They are now the highest taxed country in Europe. And it’s even worse than it looks. The sticker figure is 45% income tax, but then they pat 20% VAT on everything that they by with the little over half of the wages that their government allows them to keep. Plus fuel tax and property tax.
            Still they get to retire at 55 and the next generation can pick up the tag for their retirement because the government has already spent what they had contributed.
            What can’t last won’t last, as the saying goes.

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            • “…the next generation can pick up the tab..” True, so true, except like much of western Eurabia , the next generations are getting thinner and thinner. Those new next generations are starting to look and believe a lot differently than the previous hundred generations. Ahhh, the diversity. Anyone for Christmas shopping in Strasbourg?


      • nimrodman says:


        As I’m reading your question, I’m watching an erudite Frenchman being interviewed by Bret Baer. Baer points out the dichotomy of the French supposedly being leaders in anti-global-warming sentiment yet reacting so strongly to the proposed fuel tax with huge demonstrations in the street.

        The Frenchman says: “Well, as one of them has said:
        ‘Yes, we’re concerned about the end of the world.
        ‘But we’re also concerned about the end of the month’.”

        Best damn line I’ve heard on the topic yet.

        Liked by 11 people

        • Rhoda R says:

          The French were expecting the US to pay for their climate virtue signaling. Not quite so important now that they have to pay for it out of their own pockets.

          Liked by 8 people

      • Sgt Stryker says:


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    • WSB says:

      Hideous. Have the LEO’s been threatened by the Jihadis-R-US or are they just brainwashed?

      Liked by 2 people

    • sunnydaze says:

      There is no limit to how low the Swedes will go. And ONE MP spoke out, ONE:

      …. ” One of several people who has commented on the case is the Swedish MP Hanif Bali.

      In a tweet he writes:

      “If there is a time one with credibility can cite excessive force, it is when some drugged-out trash sticks a gun in the mouth of your 7-year-old boy “……

      How disgusting is it that the whole country doesn’t see a problem here?

      Oh well, kudos to that one MP, anyway. Good Luck Sweden.

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    • FofBW says:

      A planned escape. $10M is chump change to them.

      Liked by 7 people

    • DT2020 says:

      Conditions for bail as laid out by judge

      1) Keep the peace
      2) report to 202 1855 Burrard to supervisor
      3) provide supervisor with telephone and cell numbers. must be able to be contacted to confirm compliance with conditions.
      4) remain in BC
      5) reside at 4005 w 28th ave
      6) be indoors from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m
      7) remain in portion of richmond, North shore and Vancouver outlined by Lions Gate
      8) surrender passports
      9) have Lions Gate provide 24-7 security
      10) comply with Lions Gate employees, allow them access to property
      11) Lions Gate can take her into custody, apprehend her.
      12) Must comply with the ankle bracelet monitoring company
      13) Must agree to pay for all the costs associated with the services of Lions Gate and RSC (ankle monitoring)
      14) Must at all times, when not at residence, carry a copy of recognizance and present to police upon request
      15) Must consent to any police, without notice to home
      16) Must attend court whenever required. Must surrender into custody whenever required.


  9. big bad mike says:

    2020 looks like a repeat of 1972. Beto is the new George McGovern. They even look alike.
    McGovern was 50 when he ran and Beto will be 48. McGovern was a U.S. Senator however and had been elected to a second term in 1968 before he ran for President. Because of the media, the looney states of NY, CA, & IL, and illegal voting by non-citizens, President Trump cannot achieve Nixon’s 515 electoral votes that he got in 1972. But he will get more than 306 this time. Beto may beat McGovern in one category – earliest entry for the Democratic Nomination for POTUS. McGovern set the record by announcing on January 11th, 1971. History does repeat itself. President Trump will bring forth a new relationship with China like Nixon did and unemployment is the lowest since 1970. Beto will run to get us out of Afghanistan like McGovern did to get us out of Vietnam – but President Nixon did get us out by 1972 and President Trump will have us out by 2020. The big thing is that we are now a net exporter of Oil -first time since 1949 and Nixon had to impose a 55 MPH speed limit since we were dependent on OPEC back then.

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  10. kea says:

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  11. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    Prison Reform bill to get a vote this week, says POTUS

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  12. Sandra-VA says:

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  13. Lucille says:

    ‘It’s time that someone stood up to the Left’s ‘Fake News’ media’

    Arpaio’s misdemeanor, which was pardoned by President Trump, was the result of a long running battle with activists who wanted to rein in Arpaio’s law enforcement, especially regarding illegal aliens.

    Liked by 4 people

  14. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    FLOTUS to do holiday visits on Wednesday with service men and women

    Liked by 4 people

  15. Sandra-VA says:

    “Dec. 11 (UPI) — The Trump administration on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to allow it to enforce an asylum ban for migrants who enter the country illegally.

    The court filing came days after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the administration’s request to strike down a lower judge’s order to block the ban.

    The administration called the appeals court’s order “deeply flawed.”

    “The nationwide injunction prohibits the executive branch from implementing an interim final rule adopted to address an ongoing crisis at the southern border, with significant implications for ongoing diplomatic negotiations and foreign relations,” Solicitor General Noel Francisco wrote. ”

    The 42 page filing to the Supreme Court is included at the linked story.

    Liked by 7 people

  16. Sepp says:

    Paul Nachman on VDare has an article about tonight’s deadline to comment about proposed regulation on welfare use by immigrants.

    Liked by 3 people

  17. Sandra-VA says:

    And here is a recent tweet from Strobe Talbott:

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  18. jeans2nd says:

    G’evening fellow Incorrigible Deplorables.
    There were award ceremonies this past weekend at the Hudson Institute and the Reagan Fdn.

    The Global Leadership Award at Hudson was awarded to Nikki Haley and Paul Ryan (phooey). No idea why.
    Haley did mange to give Pres Trump a little credit for a small bit of successful foreign policy. Sundance’s path for Haley’s future is completely accurate, based on the praises showered on Haley from the moneyed elite (more phooey).
    Thankfully Ryan’s speech was not uploaded to Hudson’s youtube channel.

    The Reagan Fdn gave their Peace Through Strength award to Gen Jack Keane, a person who truly deserves such an award. Gen Keane was the architech behind Bush 43’s successful surge in Iraq, and is still an effective leader in Defense policy. Gen Keane also steered and contributed to Pres Trump’s National Defense policy, written during Gen McMaster’s term as NatSec Advisor.

    Gen Keane mentioned Pres Trump approvingly, and expressed the need to continue Pres Trump’s Defense buildup for at least five more years.
    Incoming House Defense chair Adam Smith began his push for sequestration to begin again during the weekend’s panels and discussions.

    The second Reagan Peace Through Strength award was given to Obama’s Homeland Security Sec Jeh Johnson.
    An earthquake was recorded as President Reagan turned over in his grave.

    There were no awards given by any Progressive/Democrat thinktank to any Conservative.
    You didn’t really expect any award to be given to a Conservative from them. did you?

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  19. FBN just reported that President Trump has said that he would be willing to release the Huawei CFO as part of the completed trade deal with China.

    Liked by 2 people

    • MakeAmericaGreat says:

      Leverage, and more leverage

      Liked by 4 people

    • “Jeff Mason, Reuters White House correspondent, reports that Trump would consider intervening in case of Huawei CFO if it would serve national security and help with a China trade deal…

      “If I think it’s good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made – which is a very important thing – what’s good for national security – I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary,” Trump said.

      Trump also said the White House has spoken with the Justice Department about the case, as well as Chinese officials.

      “They have not called me yet. They are talking to my people. But they have not called me yet,” he said when asked if he has spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about the case.”


  20. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Huawei finance chief Meng Wanzhou’s plea to be released on bail was approved by a Canadian court Tuesday.
    Justice William Ehrcke of the British Columbia Supreme Court said the Chinese executive could be released after posting millions of dollars in bail and agreeing to a stringent monitoring program proposed by her lawyers.

    Liked by 3 people

  21. Sandra-VA says:

    Jeff Sessions is still on the Trump Train, that is for sure.

    Liked by 3 people

  22. Sandra-VA says:

    Hmmm…. maybe the new tax package is going to happen before end of year too!

    Liked by 6 people

  23. covfefe999 says:

    I finally got politically polled and wasn’t cut off at the first question like the other time. The Chicago Mayor election is coming up in February. Initially the poll seemed to be generic, but in the latter half it was all about Toni Preckwinkle even though I gave her very low ratings in the first half of the poll. So I suspect that the Dems are paying for this poll and it’s focused on her. The questions and statements about Precwnkle were 100% obnoxious SJW. So many about that worthless POS Laquan McDonald I finally said “I don’t give a crap about Laquan McDonald, we have REAL problems in Chicago that need to be addressed” and later on when McDonald’s name surfaced again, this time in conjunction with police “brutality”, I said “There are thousands of people in those ‘hoods killing each other and the police aren’t even involvedm the police aren’t the problem.” It was partly to vent and partly to educate this young woman who was reading the poll to me. I’m voting for Garry McCarthy, the ex police chief. The election should be interesting. Rahm Emanuel is not running again, and there are some strong candidates. The fact that Toni is doing special polling leads me to believe she’s concerned about her ability to win, and that makes me happy for now.

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  24. Sandra-VA says:

    Interesting tweet:

    I wonder if those Iranian family members are also friends with John Kerry.

    Liked by 3 people

  25. jeans2nd says:

    ICYMI –
    Take one of these every morning for optimal success 44 seconds

    Give to liberals liberally to ward off TDS

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  26. Sandra-VA says:

    80% of the Farm Bill spending is for SNAP???? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

    Liked by 6 people

  27. recoverydotgod says:

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  28. Sandra-VA says:

    This is absolutely disgusting reporting by AP – they imply that Ivanka and Jared “could” gain from the Opportunity Zones while also stating that their company has not applied for the tax breaks… while also giving credit to Ivanka for accomplishing something the Obama Admin couldn’t get done. They compliment then stab in the back over and over… never mind that this is a fantastic program for disadvantaged communities.

    This could have been written much differently… and would have been if this was Obama as President:

    “The Opportunity Zone program promoted by Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner — both senior White House advisers — could also benefit them financially, an Associated Press investigation found.

    Government watchdogs say the couple’s financial interests underscore the ethical minefield they created two years ago when they became two of the closest advisers to the president without divesting from their extensive real estate investments.

    Trump and Kushner jointly own a big stake in a real estate investment firm, Cadre, that recently announced it is launching a series of Opportunity Zone funds that seek to build major projects under the program from Miami to Los Angeles. Separately, the couple owns interests in at least 13 properties held by Kushner’s family firm that could qualify for the tax breaks because they are in Opportunity Zones in New Jersey, New York and Maryland — all of which, a study found, were already coming back.

    Six of the Kushner Cos. buildings are in New York City’s Brooklyn Heights area, with views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline, where a five-bedroom apartment recently listed for $8 million. Two more are in the beach town of Long Branch, N.J., where some oceanfront condos within steps of a white-tablecloth Italian restaurant and a Lululemon yoga shop list for as much as $2.7 million.

    There’s no evidence the couple had a hand in selecting any of the nation’s 8,700 Opportunity Zones, and the company has not indicated it plans to seek tax breaks under the new program. But the Kushners could profit even if they don’t do anything — by potentially benefiting from a recent surge in Opportunity Zone property values amid a gold rush of interest from developers and investors.”

    Just read the whole story… it is one stab in the back after another with NO PROOF of wrongdoing whatsoever… just a possibility.

    Liked by 3 people

    • snarkybeach says:

      “… NO PROOF of wrongdoing whatsoever… just a possibility.”

      Welcome to journalism 2018. if it involves the Trump family in any way, they are allowed to suppose, allege, posit, anonymously source and just plain make stuff up…

      Liked by 2 people

    • Matthew LeBlanc says:

      Investigation finds I would gain pleasure from kicking this reporter in the nuts but no plans currently to do so.

      Liked by 2 people

  29. WeThePeople2016 says:

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    • WSB says:

      Just saw this…and it seems Pompeo had a lame response tonight on twitter…called them two corrupt countries.

      What are we doing about the situation?


    • iswhatitis says:

      I’ve been trying to get all worked up over this. But I just can’t.

      We (the USA) is able to put “nuclear-capable bombers” all over the world, and undoubtedly have some now (although that is a complete guess on my part – haven’t looked up anything).

      With the many “allied” bases, or our own foreign bases and/or carriers.

      I still remember the movie Fail Safe.

      Venezuela’s got much more serious problems for me to get worked up about, if I’m going to get worked up about Venezuela (or Russia).

      So try as I may, I just can’t find myself worked up over this. At all. Zilch.


      • jeans2nd says:

        Ever heard of the Monroe Doctrine? The Cuban Missile Crisis?
        Read up on your history before you go dismissing this. This is a big deal.
        Did you enjoy the Russians sailing right by the Alaska coast during Obama’s tenure?

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        • iswhatitis says:

          I may not be as ‘read up’ as you, but this ain’t no “Cuban missile crisis”.

          Ever heard of MAD? The thing about the Russians (and Chinese), is that, like us, they want to live.

          Unlike a certain ideology, which I would not put past causing a nuclear war just to appease their God – even if they themselves all die.

          I believe that to be a much more likely end-game than what you implicate.


      • spoogels says:

        The US can disable them by remote hacking I’m sure. Otherwise agents on the ground


    • RedBallExpress says:

      We have 19 aircraft carries. Russia has 1.


  30. spoogels says:

    Foreign aid recipients include developing countries, countries of strategic importance to the United States, and countries recovering from war. … As of fiscal year 2017, foreign aid between the U.S. State Department and USAID totaled $50.1 billion, or just over 1% of the budget.

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  31. This should send a few cockroaches scurrying under the stove.

    Kremlin To Release US-Russia Communications On Election Meddling If Trump Agrees

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  32. patrickhenrycensored says:

    ‘Climate Refugees’: CNN Says Migrant Caravan Might Be Caused By Climate Change


  33. Indiangiver says:



  34. WSB says:

    Hannity will be butchering an interview with the First Lady tomorrow as she attends events on the USS HW Bush. Behind the scenes during the day.

    Liked by 1 person

  35. Mormon insider says:

    This makes me sick.

    The FBI is so corrupt.


  36. Ivehadit says:

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  37. Where is Fleporblog? I miss his contributions to TCTH. THANKS


  38. spoogels says:

    Memo: FBI recommended Michael Flynn not have lawyer present during interview, did not warn of false statement consequences

    Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who arranged the bureau’s interview with then-national security adviser Michael Flynn at the White House on Jan. 24, 2017 — the interview that ultimately led to Flynn’s guilty plea on one count of making false statements — suggested Flynn not have a lawyer present at the session, according to newly-filed court documents. In addition, FBI officials, along with the two agents who interviewed Flynn, decided specifically not to warn him that there would be penalties for making false statements because the agents wanted to ensure that Flynn was “relaxed” during the session.

    The new information, drawn from McCabe’s account of events plus the FBI agents’ writeup of the interview — the so-called 302 report — is contained in a sentencing memo filed Tuesday by Flynn’s defense team.


  39. sunnydaze says:

    N.C. Repubs want a possible vote re-do for state’s 9th dist?

    Anyone in NC know anything about this?


  40. spoogels says:

    Iran warns the West of a ‘deluge of drugs, migrants, bombs and terrorism’ as it lashes out at ‘unjust and illegal’ US sanctions

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