December 14th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #694

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848 Responses to December 14th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #694

  1. FofBW says:

    Not only does Soros need to be in Guantanamo, but his entire organization has to be shut down and assets frozen, or not much is gained.

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  2. kea says:

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  3. Never seen anyone going up to the residence!

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  4. Marygrace Powers says:

    Trump picks Mick Mulvaney to serve as acting chief of staff
    By Joe Tacopino December 14, 2018 | 5:34p

    MORE ON:
    MICK MULVANEY

    “President Trump on Friday named Mick Mulvaney, current head of the Management and Budget office, to serve as his acting chief of staff.”

    https://nypost.com/2018/12/14/trump-picks-mick-mulvaney-to-serve-as-acting-chief-of-staff/

    Well, this MADE MY WEEK. LOVE MULVANEY!

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  5. Zippy says:

    What’s this Friday theater about?

    There Was Drama At Court Today And Maybe It Involved Mueller’s Investigation But Who Knows
    A federal appeals court heard arguments Friday in a case with a reported possible link to the special counsel investigation, leading to absolute mayhem as reporters were blocked from the area
    14 Dec 2014

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/amphtml/zoetillman/robert-mueller-sealed-grand-jury-court-drama

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  6. SandraOpines says:

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  7. CorwinAmber says:

    Well, on another note, by a strange coincidence, The Weekly Standard announced its demise today…which also happens to be the 75th birthday of the founder of The American Spectator: Mr. Bob Tyrrell. Ironically, many of those who wrote for TWS cut their teeth at TAS since Bob has always encouraged and sought out young conservative writers and journalists. TWS, however, decided to cast their lot with the Never-Trumpers and, for that, their fate was foretold IMHO. In fact, it was exactly one year ago this month that I canceled my subscription to TWS and sent the savings to the Conservative Treehouse…which I shall do again this year.

    Bob Tyrrell is the original mischief maker and agent provocateur of the conservative movement for the past 50 years…he recognized the potential of a President Trump long before most others did. I still remember receiving an email from Bob in Oct 2016 in which he stated that he was on the plane with Donald Trump helping him campaign and he told me that he expected Hillary to lose. As far as I’m concerned, Bob Tyrrell picked up the mantle when William F. Buckley passed and has carried it forward ever since. He has written a number of enjoyable books, full of wit and wisdom – please pick one up some time…always a great read.

    HAPPY 75TH BIRTHDAY BOB!

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  8. jeans2nd says:

    My two fav econ people, in the same day!
    Dr Peter Attack Wolverine Navarro, discussing the markets 8:50

    CFR Takedown Wolverine Kevin Hassett – now Fox Biz Takedown Wolverine as well. Never ever argue in the weeds with this guy. 3:49

    Both economist say no inflation. Period.
    Dr Navarro is incorrect about the market drop. The market drop is a planned takedown by the Chamber of Commerce, to attempt to influence Pres Trump through the media (they cannot). Prove me wrong (you cannot)

    The Iron Triangle
    Trumponomics baby!

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    • Hollywood Bungalow says:

      The market drop is due to concerns about slowing global growth (France 1, UK 1a), uncertainty about the U.S./China trade spat, and other geopolitical issues.

      I believe the market will ultimately move higher but we may move lower before we move higher and that is why a lot of “buy the dip” traders are on the sidelines currently.

      I think the Fed will go thru with a rate hike next week and then old off for at least the first quarter of 2019.

      Time will tell…

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  9. patrickhenrycensored says:

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  10. jeans2nd says:

    Merry Christmas 2018 from The Daily Caller

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  11. Historical perspective which illustrates just how desperate the forces of evil are by grasping at campaign finance infractions regarding PDJT

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2008/08/obamas_donor_contributions_sil.html

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  12. spoogels says:

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  13. linda4298 says:

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/cohens-punishment-had-little-to-do-with-campaign-violations-sentencing-ex Paperny added that U.S. District Judge William Pauley is tough on white-collar defendants in positions of authority, including lawyers.

    “I think the tax evasion and the lying was the driver in this sentence, especially with this judge,” Paperny said.

    John Webster, a sentencing expert and the managing director of National Prison and Sentencing Consultants, said that it’s difficult to determine how much each crime accounted for in Cohen’s total sentence, but opined that the campaign-finance violations accounted for “very little” of the three-year term.

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  14. Peoria Jones says:

    Does anyone know details of the merging of The Blaze with Mark Levin’s CRTV?

    Mr. Levin has come around to being a forceful Pro-Trump voice, thankfully. He’s talented, experienced, and can be taken seriously. He serves a great purpose in this media fight.

    Glenn Beck, on the other hand, is a nut with a lot of problems – and has surrounded himself with other never-Trumping losers. Will Beck’s people be featured? I wonder what is being constructed here.

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  15. Trump was right about “raking” Finnish forests

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/12/12/trump-was-right-about-raking-finnish-forests/
    “Heavy machinery “rakes” Finland’s forest floors after tree cutting, greatly reducing fire risks”

    Liked by 8 people

    • Sandra-VA says:

      And he was mocked for making that statement… and as per usual he is proven right once again 😀

      Liked by 9 people

    • Jason Ross says:

      Such a non-story from the outset….

      Trump’s original conversation with the Finnish PM was through a translator, where the verb allegedly originated..
      Then, his conversation with Jerry Brown was translated back AGAIN by Finnish media, and this is where ridicule for “raking” first appeared. No one else besides Finnish media quoted Trump directly, the U.S. media simply referred to this Finnish source.

      I imagine a verb like “cultivate” or “clear away” could turn out as “rake” after being translated multiple times. The media know this. The Finnish people know this. But because it’s Trump the hysteria ensues….

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  16. WeThePeople2016 says:

    YES!!!!!!!!

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  17. formerdem says:

    By the way I looked up the supposed US role in the Honduran mess and guess what: It was Hillary. https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/us-role-honduras-coup-and-subsequent-violence. there WAS a coup, it happened in 2009, the military threw out some guy who had the temerity to provide school lunches and light bulbs. Everybody from the UN onward said the coup was a great wrong but Hillary, Hillary stood behind the military. Lord above, we dodged a bullet not electing that madwoman. She has some thrill she gets from violence. She stood behind the coup. Apparently from then forward is when Honduras turned into a major mess nobody can straighten out. Hillary drinks blood,

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    • Sandra-VA says:

      You should watch Clinton Cash by Peter Schweizer… He has a chapter on what she did there… Plus a heck of a lot more. Lots of rainforest being chopped down by her friends too…

      Liked by 2 people

  18. jeans2nd says:

    Federal judge in Texas rules Obamacare is unconstitutional, per Tucker Carlson. Since the individual mandate is eliminated, it is no longer a tax, and therefore unconstitutional.
    Whoopee! Here we go.
    Thanks, President Trump!

    Liked by 6 people

    • patrickhenrycensored says:

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    • WeThePeople2016 says:

      Yes, this is HUGE news (see our posts above). I have been waiting for a ruling like this since this disaster was signed into law!!!!!

      Liked by 4 people

  19. linda4298 says:

    I always remembered this when they go after the Pres and Sarah Sanders.
    NewsBuster Picks Retweeted

    Sean Davis

    @seanmdav
    Your CNN colleague @jeffzeleny asked Obama what “enchanted him the most” about being president.

    Yes, really. https://twitter.com/CillizzaCNN/status/1073282013505949696

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  20. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  21. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  22. patrickhenrycensored says:

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  23. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  24. Not quite what we want but it’s a start. I f the President hadn’t scrapped the individual mandate this would never have happened.

    “DOJ attorneys urged Judge O’Connor to strike down the individual mandate and pre-existing condition mandate, however they asked the judge to spare the rest of the law – including Medicaid expansion, health exchanges, the employer mandate, federal healthcare reimbursement rates for hospitals and premium subsidies. ”

    Obamacare Gutted: Core Provisions Ruled Unconstitutional By Texas Judge
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-14/obamacare-gutted-core-provisions-ruled-unconstitutional-texas-judge

    Liked by 8 people

    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      Roberts is boxed in and the new democrat House will have to come up with the new law.
      zero’s buzz got killed for Christmas.

      Liked by 5 people

      • lawrencepaul1 says:

        Yep, all eyes will be on Roberts and also Kavanagh. Nasty Pelosi has to get her next “we won’t know what’s in it until we pass it” pap past a real President this time though. What are her chances do you think?

        Liked by 3 people

        • patrickhenrycensored says:

          This ruling will keep them busy with something other than harassing Trump.
          Very few people (by percentage) on o’care, though.
          those enrolled in Obamacare represent a small percentage of the more than 329 million Americans.

          “Last year about 11.8 million people signed up for subsidized private health insurance during the ACA’s open enrollment period. Some 10 million are still enrolled,” AP reported

          Liked by 3 people

          • lawrencepaul1 says:

            Anyone part of the 11.8 million that are paying double what they once were, and have a $12,000 deductible as my friends in Atlanta have has got to be pleased that this is coming to an end.

            Liked by 3 people

        • kyblue says:

          The former prez was all in for the Affordable Care Act It was his baby. His goal was aimed toward government care completely. More control over the populace & the gov gets control 1/6th of the economy.

          Why can’t people understand what’s happening. Many are almost oblivious to the government is taking freedoms, one freedom at a time.

          Liked by 1 person

          • lawrencepaul1 says:

            It’s what they do. It’s pretty much all they do.

            Liked by 1 person

            • kyblue says:

              Lovely. Work feverishly to get us all under the government’s thumb. What a noble effort/s.

              Power.

              Liked by 1 person

              • lawrencepaul1 says:

                Surfs is what they want. It’s the system that people have lived under for the whole of civilization. Most people alive think that the freedom and prosperity that enjoy now is the norm and god given, when actually if is an anomaly in the history of mankind. People fought and died to gain what is now considered normal. Before the American rebellion against a foreign dictator and the forming of a Constitutional Republic the common people of the world were surfs. We are going to return to that state of affairs if the globalist have their way. Surfs under a ruling elite. Same as it ever was.

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              • lawrencepaul1 says:

                Read “The Road to Serfdom” by Friedrich Hayek,
                Yeah, I know, more stuff to read. Well worth it though.

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      • kyblue says:

        Am I in the minority who thinks government needs to keep its bungling claws out of health Care?

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  25. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  27. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  28. Hollywood Bungalow says:

    Oh Nancy, what have you wrought! Dems finally take back the House. You’re going to hang on and be Speaker once again.

    And that privilege allows you the conundrum of how to save face on the Wall and now you have to figure out a replacement for ObamaCare.

    Best Wishes and Happy Holidays!

    -The Deplorables

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  29. Hard to believe that people actually fell for this pap. And more alarmingly still do.

    TRUST SESSIONS
    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2018/12/14/trust-sessions/

    Liked by 3 people

    • Katherine McCoun says:

      The link contains tweets from wikipedia that frame the “trust Sessions” and “trust The Plan” talk as the “pacification of the Trump base”….EXACTLY!!! I have been saying this for a while.

      All this “sit back and trust that it is all going to work” stuff lead to months and months of inactive, passive, quiet, silenced “support” of Trump voters and MAGA supporters.

      We did not actively support President Trump and let the DC complex, the RNC & the GOP know that we are HUGELY & BIGLY behind President Trump and MAGA all the way. We were lax in the ’18 election.

      Trust be verify at the very least.

      Be encouraged and buoyed by the posts if you like. But be encouraged in the direction of political action not lulled into watching and waiting for the fairy tale ending.

      President Trump can not and should not have to do it all by himself. There are Few MAGA in Congress and in DC. He has few true blue allies in DC — but MILLIONS across the nation. Do not become pacified by the entertaining Trust… storylines!

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  30. Peoria Jones says:

    If you weren’t sure you hated Lyin’ Leakin’ Comey before, please watch him in the vid within this article. OMG he’s a sanctimonious POS! It’s as if this is all a joke to him.

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/12/14/robert-mueller-gives-michael-flynns-302-to-judge-agents-thought-he-did-not-lie/

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  31. kyblue says:

    Hillary Clinton is screeching about the tragic death of the illegal child at the border. She gets obliterated for her remarks.

    https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2018/12/14/thank-god-you-lost-conservatives-light-hillary-the-eff-up-for-exploiting-death-of-7-year-old-migrant-girl-at-the-border/

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    • Michelle says:

      What about all the young innocent children and adults that have been killed by illegal aliens in our country? The only people responsible for this girl’s death are the people who illegally dragged her to our border.

      Liked by 5 people

    • treehouseron says:

      If that poor little girl had been found by the border Patrol a day earlier, she’d be alive, thanks to the border patrol. This shit where these liberals attack our men and women who are serving our country and call them killers is the same shit they did during the Vietnam war.

      Liberal politicians are evil.

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  32. sunnydaze says:

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    • I am an independent, and voted for Trump as an independent, as did many millions of others. I will vote for him in 2020 as an independent as will many millions of others.
      Trying to scare people into joining the uni-party ain’t going to work.

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      • sunnydaze says:

        There are many states where you have to be registered R to vote Trump in the Primaries.

        Seriously doubt the GOPe will let Trump run w/o Primary opposition.
        Dems do that, Repubs normally do not.

        IMO, this is NOT a “scare tactic” (not sure why you’d label it as such), it is common sense.

        If you live in a state where you can vote Trump in the Primaries wether your registered R or not, consider yourself lucky.

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      • Katherine McCoun says:

        In many states one simply can not vote for President Trump in the primary without being registered as a Republican. If President Trump does not win the GOP primary then Independents will not have the opportunity to vote for him in the general election come Nov ’20.

        South Carolina has open primaries so Independents can vote for him in the primary without being registered Republicans.

        However, in the following states Only Registered Republicans can vote in the primary for the GOP candidate for President: Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana (sort of closed primary), Maryland (mostly closed primary), South Dakota & Utah. (this list according to the below link)
        http://www.investmentwatchblog.com/list-of-closed-primary-states-only-voters-registered-for-the-party-which-is-holding-the-primary-may-vote/

        here is an easier link
        https://ballotpedia.org/Closed_primary

        Tennessee may be a closed primary system by ’20 but for now it is an open system.

        Notice that NV is closed and it is an important primary because it is one of the early primaries. Florida is closed and it is VERY important as the GOPe/swamp tends to run deep (home of both Rubio & Jeb in the ’16 primary).

        Also, the video was focused on registering new voters who will then vote but also get involved in the local party politics. Those who don’t get involved will not influence who runs and will often not be an impact player in the primaries in closed states. He was not stressed, fearful or using scare tactics but was just sharing something important in many states and was enthusiastically upbeat.

        If the reader does not live in a state that is closed or semi closed then registering as a Republican does not pertain to you so don’t wear that shoe and scroll on….

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        • sunnydaze says:

          Thanks for listing the Closed Primary States, katherine.

          These states would be the most important to get out and register people in.

          And it’s easy to do!

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        • lawrencepaul1 says:

          If he is primaried in 2020 then yes of course register R if need be. I certainly would, and would have in 2016.
          If he is not primaried the there is no reason aT all to register R.

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      • SandraOpines says:

        I live in an area where many of the D’s are conservatives. I explained that to vote in the Primaries (we have closed primaries) they must change their party to R 30 days before the election, then can change back after the election if they choose.

        Just know your state and work the peeps as needed.

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    • sunnydaze says:

      Look at how easy this is in so many states! No wonder everywhere I went in some of these states there’d be tables set up to register Dem Voters. Repubs just never did this, outside of the Repub. Booths at County Fairs, once a year.

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      • Katherine McCoun says:

        I do not anticipate an easy primary. The field probably won’t be as crowded but I do expect a strong effort from Never Trumpers & the Neocons/globalists. Without a win in the primary but registered Republicans in the closed states we will not have President Trump on the ballot in Nov. The primary is the first Win that makes all other wins possible.

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  33. Is anyone else having trouble seeing their replies and likes on WordPress?
    I see the bell and I see a dot but when I click on it I get nothing.
    When I go to the WordPress app I can see the replies and likes, but not at the the conservativetreehouse.com.
    Did I offended someone at WordPress?
    This happen after I made the following comment.

    “Elizabeth Warren is elevating herself on the bitterness and misery of other people by making false accusations of racism and prejudice.
    Elizabeth Warren’s false accusations of racism and prejudice, is actually worse than racism and prejudice she is claiming.
    That is just one reason I think that Elizabeth Warren has low character”

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  34. Blue Collar Worker Shortage Turns U.S. Labor Market on Its Head

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-13/blue-collar-worker-shortage-turns-u-s-labor-market-on-its-head
    “A surprise shortage of blue collar workers is changing the contours of the U.S. labor market, boosting their pay, narrowing wage inequality and drawing more women into those jobs”.
    ~
    “’The divergence between blue collar and white collar supply is going to persist and even become bigger through 2030,” Gad Levanon, chief economist for North America at the New York-based research group and one of the authors of the report, said in an interview.”

    As Glenn Reynolds says: UNEXPECTEDLY!

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  35. linda4298 says:

    Josh Kraushaar

    Verified account

    @HotlineJosh
    6h6 hours ago
    Great scoop. McSally lost because she couldn’t win over McCain Republicans. Trying to make amends…Josh Kraushaar added,
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    Verified account

    @yvonnewingett
    BREAKING #AZSEN NEWS: Martha McSally met with Cindy McCain Friday afternoon at her north Phoenix home, according to Republicans familiar with the conversation. STORY: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2018/12/14/jon-kyl-resign-senate-seat-arizona-john-mccain/2309788002/ … via @azcentral

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  36. Vor Daj says:

    Trump Warns Erdogan Not to Wipe Out Syrian Christians. Will Turks Defy America?
    Turkey Seeking to Exterminate Ethnic and Religious Minorities, U.S. Allies

    This is what Turkish President Erdogan thinks makes him great: bombing minorities and killing girls and grannies. Why? Because they’re not yet under Turkish Islamist control. Turkey paid bounties to mercenaries linked to al Qaeda for hunting down Christian Kurds.

    Meanwhile Turkey is threatening to invade North-East Syria. That would mean direct defiance of President Trump. He called the Turkish leader and warned him not to endanger U.S. forces or attack American allies. The local Syrian Democratic Forces, which include Christian militias, and which protect Christian churches, did most of the fighting against ISIS. So U.S. soldiers didn’t have to.

    The Christians of North-East Syria are rightly afraid of Turkey and its jihadist proxies. Sanherib Barsoum, an Assyrian Christian leader, has warned the world. He said that Turkish aggression would result in the ethnic cleansing of Christians from a region that now has freedom of religion and full rights for women. This is the region where Kurds, Arabs and Syriac-Assyrians share control and where their Syrian Democratic Forces cooperate with the U.S.

    Bounties Paid for Killing Evangelical Christians. Who’s in the greatest danger? Evangelical Christians, who have joined new churches planted for converts from Islam. (Such converts face the death penalty in most of the Middle East, except for the Kurdish regions of Syria.) See the video appeal below from one of those churches, recorded in January when the Turks last attacked Syrian Christians.

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