February 17th – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #759

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914 Responses to February 17th – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #759

  1. linda4298 says:

    From 2016, just to show you the feckless congress on Obama https://freebeacon.com/national-security/obama-admin-hid-details-multi-million-dollar-cash-payout-iran-congress/ The Obama administration took steps to withhold from lawmakers the details of a $400 million cash payout to Iran and continues to rebuke inquiries from Congress for information about how another $1.3 billion in taxpayer funds was awarded to the Islamic Republic, according to multiple conversations with congressional sources apprised of the matter.

    U.S. officials familiar with the recent transfer of $400 million in hard currency to Iran withheld details of the exchange from Congress during briefings in classified and unclassified settings, the Washington Free Beacon has learned. The republicans bark and don’t bite.

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  2. czarowniczy says:

    Kamala Harris, during a 2020 presidential campaign kickoff, was talking about how: ” In America today a mother or a father has to sit down with their 12-year-old son and talk to him about how he may be arrested or may be shot because of the color of his skin”.

    Try again, Kamala. We in New Orleans had to sit down with our sons AND DAUGHTERS (conveniently left out of her speech) in the 80s and 90s and discuss with them how to protect themselves in school from black thugs who were murdering other students for clothes, backpacks or just the hell of it. All of my kids went back to my ex, who lived in a more civilized school environment where you didn’t have to worry if your child would not be shot, stabbed or beaten on the way to, while in or coming home from school. We won’t even mention the busses.

    And things only seem to be better in the way that students are less likely to be shot or stabbed due to metal detectors, on-site LEA and jail-like random shakedowns. MY GGS’s school he started in this year is 52% black, 37% white while his new school (Thanks be, his mom moved) is 58% white and 32% black.

    The kids, my GGS included, aren’t afraid to go to school at his new school, there are almost no complaints by kids and parents about kids fighting out in the hallway at the new vice the old school. Both are in the same overarching school district vand use the same curriculum but my GGS finds he’s behind at his new school due to the need at his old school to constantly slow down to bring up the laggers. Test scores are better and the new school’s teachers don’t have such a large turnover. Then again, that may go to explain Harris’s voter base to a large degree.

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  3. citizen817 says:

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    • andyocoregon says:

      She’s reading government statistics fabricated by loony liberal government employees with a liberal agenda.

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      • andrewalinxs says:

        Its not false just being misused.

        OF course 80% of drugs are confiscated at points of entry their the strong points for drug detection. The real question is how much total drugs are smuggled over the southern border vs what is seized and stoped?

        We honestly don’t know but it is billions of dollars worth of drugs. As cartels are billionaires and they only get paid with the drugs that they sell.

        That is the flaw to the talking point.

        Someone is buying the drugs which means to the tune of billions a year so that means they have to be getting through somewhere and if 80% are being grabbed at points of entry it cant be the points of entry where they are being smuggled across.

        Only D.C pukes would say this is proof a wall isn’t needed when in fact it is the proof more security like what we see at border entry points is needed.

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        • jeans2nd says:

          ^^^^^^Yes. ^^^^^This. The alternative is the gubmint interdicts the drugs, and then allows the drugs in anyway, as the fact remains, the drugs are here and people are dying.
          So which is it???
          They all think we are dummies.

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        • nimrodman says:

          “The real question is how much total drugs are smuggled over the southern border vs what is seized and stoped?”

          To quote Rummy Rumsfeld:
          “That’s an unknown unknown”

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          • bofh says:

            Actually, I think that one may be a known unknown, since we know that smuggling exists but we don’t know the actual numbers.

            But I always liked Rumsfeld’s use (maybe he even coined it?) of the term “unknown unknown”.

            Sort of a Heisenberg uncertainty principle kind of thing – an unknown unknown stops being that when you identify or name it, and the very act of trying to conceptualize it changes its status. You have to sort of sneak up on it and be sure that you don’t ever actually look at it, which makes it quite difficult to examine. Or something like that..

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            • facebkwallflower says:

              We do have stats saying (per latest headlines) that up to 95% of confiscated drugs at border is at ports of entry. How does the difference compare to confiscated off the streets in busts around the country and determined to be from South of the Border? It really is an unknown unknown but is something to ask those equating the headlines to no need for wall because headline stats prove minimal drugs coming across. Crazy thinking, fo’ sure.

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              • facebkwallflower says:

                That is some gobblygook I wrote. Simpler put, We know some of what is getting across by what is being confiscated around the country as well as deaths. The streets AND rural America gives a good picture of what is coming through. It is enough to create a opiad crisis, a heroin crisis, a cocaine crisis, a meth crisis, a pot crisis, a crime crisis, a human trafficking crisis, a gang crisis………..

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                • nimrodman says:

                  no, not gobbledygook – you introduced a key descriptor:

                  “up to 95% of confiscated drugs at border is at ports of entry

                  Yes, the proportion of confiscated drugs can be known and can be contrasted between drugs confiscated at ports of entry and drugs confiscated elsewhere along the border.

                  Fine so far.

                  What is unknown are the amounts of drugs NOT confiscated, both at ports and elsewhere.

                  I suspect we’ll not see Leftys highlighting that distinction.

                  They convey the impression that hardly any drugs are coming across the wider border, so we don’t have to devote more effort there, be it wall or personnel.

                  Words matter
                  You introduced a key one

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        • Sundown says:

          How many invaders does it take to consider this an “occupation?”

          And at what point do the invaders get to demand citizenship and install their own dictator?

          Will illegal alien Representatives be allowed to hold office? (Hint: they already hold office in CA)

          How much fluoride is needed to keep people in a Soma-like trance?

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        • TPW says:

          Idiotic isn’t it?…..The democrat base swallows that hook line and sinker,,,,,,,,and what about the fact that tens of thousands are dying…..port of entry folks doing a great job if their premise is true/sarc. We can not let the idiots rule this country……we have to fight this and it starts with the corruption.

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      Of course, more drugs are caught where there are fences, guards and tech. Of course, not much is caught where there are no guards, tech and fencing/gates.

      The stats are true. The spin is not.

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  4. H. Hawke says:

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  5. Eva Hewlett says:

    Hello Treepers, praying you’ve all had a blessed Sunday. I love my President Donald J. Trump, I support and trust his decisions. I believe we the people now have the insight to make a difference in what happens to our great country. We can choose as we have, sadly in the past, to be complacent, moan, groan and complain (myself included), or we can choose to make a difference. It amazes me that WE can’t do anything legally to these corrupt politicians that are holding our most treasured offices. They work for US…WE the people pay them with our hard earned tax dollars. I don’t know the answers or where to start . I pray daily for our great President and those who are advising him. I pray daily that those who are trying so hard to destroy our country to have their hardened hearts be changed. God bless America…..MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. #KAGA

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  6. H. Hawke says:

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    • BebeTarget says:

      Wonder what his IQ is . . . to think you could get away with such a story. And to think of all the people who jumped on his wagon defending him and attacking us . . . the MSM and those running for President . . . . boy, so many low IQ people in one political party.

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    • montanadi says:

      Judge Bates made those remarks on a “Lawfare podcast”. Does anyone think he would have said they acted illegally? He also said this based on what he had seen but did not indicate he had seen anything. It is absurd to think there was nothing wrong with those FISA warrant applications. Remember the first warrant was secured in October 2016 and in his December 2017 testimony before the HPSCI, McCabe testified that the only item in the dossier that they had been able to verify was that Carter Page made a trip to Russia.

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      • Robert Smith says:

        The FISA Court & judges have been completely silent. This makes me think a couple of things: 1) the corruption that some have proposed of the FISA court is true, and 2) the Pain is coming real soon and they are trying to PR/narrative their way to a soft landing.

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  7. gsonFIT says:

    You know the true National Emergency is that Congress continues to use Immigration as a political/campaigning issue and has not addressed since 1986. This happens on both sides of the isle. All PDJT is doing is executing the legislatures’ laws. If they would pass real immigration reform we could avoid Emergency declaration. DC is dysfunctional

    Always remember Adam Schiff sucks!
    MAGA

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  8. H. Hawke says:

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  9. paulraven1 says:

    We’re so good at being outraged, at itemizing and classifying the outrages, even mongering in them. But no one can do anything about them, or their root causes. We own three arms of the operative government for two years and do nothing. We own the DOJ for two years and do nothing (not quite accurate — we actually and substantially enabled the treason that has led to our outrage). We’re unsurpassed at tweeting and podcasting and commiserating in our outrage, even more while in power than out of power. But nothing is done to ameliorate the outrage, to vindicate the injustice behind it. We just keep soaking up and spewing out the outrage.

    I can only conclude we either have a political inferiority complex with no measurable bounds or live in a fear of moral action against the manifest totalitarianism springing up around us that has no end-point of tolerance.

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    • soozword says:

      So what is your suggestion on how we should get organized to fight this manifest totalitarianism, PR? I tried my heart out for years with the Tea Party but 98% of those who showed up just wanted to be validated and entertained, much like passive talk show audiences. Getting them to actually DO anything was like pulling teeth. Our comfortable lifestyle breeds complacency.

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    • sDee says:

      “We own three arms of the operative government for two years and do nothing.”
      “We own the DOJ for two years and do nothing”

      Who do you mean by “we”?

      It was the Republican Party’s politicians who held full control of the Legislative Branch and faithfully executed the globalists agenda for America’s demise.

      It was “we” who voted Donald Trump to control the Executive Branch..

      It was “they”, the Republican Party politicians under the leadership of Ryan and McConnell, who voted against “us” and the Executive Branch.

      What “we” need to face, before anything changes, is that the Republican Party is fully aligned with same the globalist agenda that owns the Democrat Party.

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    • TPW says:

      2 things paulraven……no evidence made public …no organization. Once the first thing is done per PT then I suspect the second thing will happen in response. We could flood DC and even do it in revolving waves our numbers are so big but wouldn’t it be glorious for most of us to show up at once. Pray for a good leader/organizer to come forth. Someone like Rush could organize but I am afraid he is more concerned for his pocketbook. Little does he realize they will come for his as well.

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  10. Perot Conservative says:

    I was speaking yesterday with a Latino man in a taqueria out west. He was the one who showed me links of Mexicans and Central Americans carrying suitcases of drugs across our borders. Mules.

    He claimed the movie “The Muke” with Clint Eastwood is lifelike. (I have yet to see it.)

    He says night time in Fresno, Los Angeles, Oakland “just like Tijuana”.

    He claimed children and young people are now being kidnapped in Mexico for their organs. I find this hard to believe, but everything else he said matched up. We spoke about coyotes, rampant rape, drug cartels, etc. He said sometimes the young girls are raped, killed, and just left in the desert.

    FWIW

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  11. snarkybeach says:

    60 Minutes is starting off with a lie. McCabe is a life-long Republican.

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  12. Michelle says:

    McCabe is on 60 minutes spewing lies unopposed. I guess he hates Trump because McCabe is so weak and Trump is so strong.

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  13. Katherine McCoun says:

    Have you all seen this? Someone posted it on fb and I asked if I could copy and share. He said it wasn’t his original work and I was welcome to it so I have no idea who wrote it to give them credit.
    Great illustration about the costs of illegal immigration and its unfairness

    Joe Legal vs. Jose Illegal – an example of why hiring illegal aliens is not economically productive for the State of California …

    You have 2 families…”Joe Legal” and “Jose Illegal”. Both families have 2 parents, 2 children and live in California. “Joe Legal” works in construction, has a Social Security Number, and makes $25.00 per hour with payroll taxes deducted.

    “Jose Illegal” also works in construction, has “NO” Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash “under the table”.

    Joe Legal…$25.00 per hour x 40 hours $1000.00 per week, $52,000 per year. Now take 30% away for state federal tax, Joe Legal now has $31,231.00

    Jose Illegal…$15.00 per hour x 40 hours $600.00 per week, $31,200.00 per year. Jose Illegal pays no taxes… Jose Illegal now has $31,200.00

    Joe Legal pays Medical and Dental Insurance with limited coverage $1000.00 per month, $12,000.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $19,231.00. Jose Illegal has full Medical and Dental coverage through the state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00

    Joe Legal makes too much money is not eligible for Food Stamps or welfare. Joe Legal pays for food $1,000.00 per month, $12,000.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $7,231.00

    Jose Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for Food Stamps and Welfare. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

    Joe Legal pays rent of $1,000.00 per month. $12,000.00 per year. Joe Legal is now in the hole minus (-) $4,769.00. Jose Illegal receives a $500 per month Federal rent subsidy. Jose Illegal pays rent. $500.00 per month. $6,000.00 per year Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00

    Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work. Jose Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.

    Joe Legal’s and Jose Illegal’s children both attend the same school. Joe Legal pays for his children’s lunches while Jose Illegal’s children get a government sponsored lunch. Jose Illegal’s children have an after school ESL program. Joe Legal’s children go home.

    Joe Legal and Jose Illegal both enjoy the same Police and Fire Services, but Joe paid for them and Jose did not pay.

    Don’t vote/support any politician that supports illegal aliens…Its PAST time to take a stand for America and Americans!

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    • Publius2016 says:

      how much goes to the “home” country? what about car and insurance expenses…please change name from Joe and Jose to John and Ahmed…the invasion is not from Latin America only but africa and middle east!

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    • Joemama says:

      Thank you so much for this parable. I read a similar story about 3 years ago, except that it was a true story, written by a man who had a construction business in PA. He went through the math to show why his business had contracted. He used to employ many US construction workers, paying all the taxes, disability, etc. payments a US employer must pay. He had to lay off all of his American workers, because his competition was using illegal alien workers that were subsidised with food stamps, welfare, earned income tax credit, section 8 housing subsidies, etc.

      I wish I had saved a link to that dialog, but I didn’t.

      Your post is similar and will help me spread the message to people who are unaware of what the uniparty is doing to destroy the US.

      Thanks.

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    • Hsssssss says:

      Think about this the next time you need tile work done, trees trimmed, yard work, concrete work, construction and on and on….. Just Say No To Hiring Illegals — Pay The Extra $$$ and KEEP The Jobs For US Citizens
      I just paid more for tile work but felt great about it when the guys told me that they constantly get underbid by illegals

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      WIC doesn’t ask about legal status/citizenship. All pregnant women and mothers of children 5 and under qualify. Just 1 of the freebies illegal aliens receive at taxpayer’s expense.
      The wall/secured borders will pay for themselves in a matter of years. And we need to deport many already here.

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      • Hsssssss says:

        They walk around in the hospital and sign you up even if you don’t need it – no questions asked – they asked my sister years ago and even though she said no – they kept trying

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  14. MainceCoon says:

    Sundance was right.

    Wonder what tales she’s divulged thus far.

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  15. MaineCoon says:

    Sundance is creative. I hadn’t thought about Weiner’s release from his perspective. Weiner is creepy. Did he and Huma ever officially divorce?

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  16. gsonFIT says:

    Setting up his position for a lawsuit against the feds for wrongful termination. 60 minutes producer is trying to sell commercials. Interview of convenience.

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  17. Michelle says:

    This 60 minutes interview of McCabe is so annoying. He is allowed to say “oh I didn’t mean to lie to Congress, I was confused and distracted.” Meanwhile other people are getting arrested for the same! And they are not allowed to say “oh I was confused.” And his wife said she had no connections to the Clintons. And we are just supposed to accept that. Yet they can’t accept it when Trump says he had no connection to the Russians (the “most feared enemy” according to McCabe. Is he really that stupid??)

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    • snarkybeach says:

      McCabe & wifey got to keep the bulk of the $600,000 though…

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    • LBB says:

      Yes, a bit annoying that he was allowed to state it all as it was gospel truth. Yet, baffling too. Surely McCabe would be familiar with all the resources we have been able to see. IG report, Strzok/Page texts, transcripts of testimony, etc.
      What convinces someone that no one knows their secret? Same with Smollett and the like.

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    • TPW says:

      Most straight forward lie out his mouth tonight….he said PT asked Comey to stop the investigation of Flynn…..no follow up question….even though Comey said something different……60 minutes is a joke.

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  18. MaineCoon says:

    Great news. I asked this very question in an earlier post. I’m glad to see Whitaker is staying. about times the Ds see that Rs are running and hiding after their mudslinging lies.

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  19. Sandra-VA says:

    Jared Kushner is being praised for his Peace Plan for ME:

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/israel-gulf-states-commend-kushners-peace-effort-11550182508

    Excerpt:

    “WARSAW—President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, said that a show of unity among Israeli and Arab officials at a U.S.-backed conference here made him feel “optimistic” about prospects for peace in the Middle East, according to officials who witnessed the presentation behind closed doors on Thursday.

    But Mr. Kushner provided no details of the Trump administration’s peace plan, which he has been developing for more than two years, the officials said. Mr. Kushner said in public comments later Thursday that he planned to present the document following Israeli elections in April.

    During Thursday’s session, U.S. officials including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of causing instability and conflict across the Middle East, bringing together a group of countries including Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf nations that share that view.”

    Another Excerpt:

    “Mr. Netanyahu congratulated Mr. Kushner in response to the presentation during the session, and for being “crazy enough” to “come up with ideas.”

    The “normalization” of relations with the Arab world would help, Mr. Netanyahu continued, adding, “I am happy to say there is progress on that.”

    Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, echoed his assent and offered assistance for Mr. Kushner’s plan. “We strongly believe it’s time to find a solution to this long-running conflict,” Mr. Jubeir told the session, officials said.

    Mr. Netanyahu’s meeting with senior Arab officials a day earlier was the first such appearance by an Israeli premier in more than two decades.

    “We want this to be collaborative,” Mr. Kushner told participants, according to the officials present, who also said he praised Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel for their cooperation.

    Dennis Ross, a veteran U.S. diplomat with expertise in the Middle East who chaired a panel at the conference, said he was hopeful after the direct interaction between Israel and Arab countries in Warsaw. “There were actual exchanges. That was new and different,” Mr. Ross said.”

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  20. MaineCoon says:

    And this is just this month…

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  21. carterzest says:

    OMG, McCabe Just was lead story on 60 minutes gaslighting away. Can’t even look at him. Softball questions with zero fact or follow up.

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  22. JX says:

    Feb 15, 2019 – Judicial Watch: Docs Reveal FBI Cover Up of ‘Chart’ of Potential Violations of Law by Hillary Clinton

    Judicial Watch announced today it received 186 pages of records from the Department of Justice that include emails documenting an evident cover up of a chart of potential violations of law by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Judicial Watch obtained the records through a January 2018 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed after the DOJ failed respond to a December 4, 2017 FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-00154)). Judicial Watch is seeking all communications between FBI official Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page.

    The newly obtained emails came in response to a May 21 order by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton to the FBI to begin processing 13,000 pages of records exchanged exclusively between Strzok and Page between February 1, 2015, and December 2017. The FBI may not complete review and production of all the Strzok-Page communications until at least 2020.

    https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-docs-reveal-fbi-cover-up-of-chart-of-potential-violations-of-law-by-hillary-clinton/

    The slow walk continues.

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    • mimbler says:

      Amazing how Judicial Watch is more effective than all the congressional committees put together.

      I guess actually wanting to get the facts gives them an advantage.

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      • Joemama says:

        Please adjust your worldview. Almost all of the people elected to congress are criminals working to maximize profit for their families and themselves. Almost all are members of the criminal uniparty. Do not expect a democrat or republican politician to do anything beneficial for the American public.

        Once you view the world in the correct frame of reference, most things make sense.

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  23. stats guy says:

    ok, you guys wanted a freak show? Here

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  24. Robert Smith says:

    What do you think Politico is trying to do with this article (and picture)?

    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/02/09/cory-booker-single-president-224934

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    • LBB says:

      Dems don’t want to repeat history. They all know H was a horrible candidate & very unlikable, unrelatable. Expect to see PR clips making them more human. Like the shopping and showing out with girlfriends. Doing everyday stuff.

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  25. Blue Moon says:

    This happened this weekend here in our town:
    Man accused of pulling gun on victim wearing MAGA hat

    https://www.wbko.com/content/news/Man-arrested-after-alleged-incident-at-Sams-Club-in-Bowling-Green-505971901.html

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  26. jX says:

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  27. JX says:

    Dershowitz on 25th Amendment

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    • Robert Smith says:

      The more these coup losers speak the worse it gets for them. Which means when we get to see the information (the declassified info), it must be really bad if they feel compelled to go out and tell lies that easily verified to be false.

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  28. Hsssssss says:

    https://nworeport.me/2019/02/17/judge-throws-out-butterfly-sanctuarys-lawsuit-against-trump-over-border-wall/
    Butterfly sanctuary lawsuit thrown out…but they are still trying to fight it

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    • Robert Smith says:

      Those butterflys would perish flying through and over the slat barriers?

      Anyway the article shows chicken wire fences up in the sanctuary!

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  29. Great Folks of Charlotte, North Carolina need to have this Idiot woman Primaried! Next Election.. I’m speaking of Rep Alma Adams, “another” crazy hat Wearer.. (Like the one in Florida) ..
    Do Diamond & Silk reside in Her area? LOOK at what Her “Policies have wrought!
    6 illegal immigrants linked to Mexican cartel arrested in NC for drug trafficking operation, officials say..
    https://www.foxnews.com/us/6-illegal-immigrants-arrested-in-nc-for-drug-trafficking-operation-officials-say

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