February 23rd – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #765

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878 Responses to February 23rd – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #765

  1. duchess01 says:

    Ex-Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort ‘repeatedly and brazenly’ broke the law, special counsel Mueller says in massive 800-page filing

    Former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort “repeatedly and brazenly” broke the law, special counsel Robert Mueller said in a court filing unsealed Saturday.

    In the massive 800-page document, Mueller said that federal sentencing guidelines suggest Manafort get between 17 and nearly 22 years of incarceration when he is sentenced in the D.C. court on March 13.

    But Mueller did not recommend that Judge Amy Berman Jackson impose a particular prison sentence on the longtime Republican operative. Jackson can sentence Manafort to a maximum of 10 years in prison due to statutory maximum requirements.

    Kevin Breuninger | Dan Mangan
    Published 3 Hours Ago Updated 1 Hour Ago

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/23/robert-mueller-drops-800-page-sentencing-memo-on-paul-manafort.html

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    • duchess- I was just going to post a link to the same story. 800 pages is a lot for Sundance to read and digest on short notice.

      Guess we’ll be hearing from him later on tonight.

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    • Binkser1 says:

      Well, Mueller would know all about “repeatedly and brazenly” breaking the law, so…..

      Liked by 3 people

    • carole says:

      I can’t help but wonder if all this is not only to go after any prominent person who helped President Trump as a ‘warning’ but also to get Manafort out of the way for 2020. He was brought into the 2016 campaign to round up the electoral votes, which he accomplished with stellar results. Can’t have that in 2020!/sarc

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      • Robert Smith says:

        I take it as a warning to people who might be deciding to get on the MAGA train and participate in the Trump Administration. I also read today that Zinke is before a Grand Jury for whatever.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Somebody says:

        Manafort was rounding up delegates for the nomination. He wasn’t around for the electoral votes.

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      • duchess01 says:

        Nothing having to do with the 2016 election or Russia…Russia…Russia – Molar had to have someone to sacrifice to the wolves – he has nothing else, carole – when he submits his report – not only is the report a nothing burger – but, he is a finished ‘filet de soul’ – period.

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        • dallasdan says:

          That’s a very confidant comment, duchess. It presumes that Mueller and his deep state operatives will produce nothing of consequence to show their handlers after dedicating two years’ work in preparing the foundation to support impeachment proceedings or campaign slander.

          I agree the facts won’t support whatever assumptions, presumptions, and accusations will be hurled at the President, but facts are secondary when the resistance is fighting to take over the country and remove/defeat the President.

          Unfortunately, the corrupt and hateful msm will assure the report is not a nothingburger, but a sensational expose instead. JMO

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  2. Carson Napier says:

    The Founding Fathers were talking about America, but it applies to Venezuela also.

    When a government wishes to deprive its citizens of freedom, and reduce them to slavery, it generally makes use of a standing army.
    – Luther Martin, Maryland delegate to the Constitutional Convention

    A standing army is one of the greatest mischief that can possibly happen … … without standing armies liberty can never be in danger, nor with large ones safe
    -James Madison

    There are instruments so dangerous to the rights of the nation, and which place them so totally at the mercy of their governors, that those governors, whether legislative or executive, should be restrained from keeping such instruments on foot, but in well-defined cases. Such an instrument is a standing army.
    – Thomas Jefferson

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    • dilonsfo says:

      As a poster pointed out earlier: our forefathers had guns, the people of Venezuela don’t. This points out how necessary our 2nd amendment is.

      Liked by 8 people

    • rashomon says:

      I would add that any government entity (DoJ, FBI, CIA, legislative and judiciary) with endless amounts of money and other resources to prosecute a case against the individual with limited resources is as dangerous as a standing army. Whether rule by mob or monarchy. rule of law disappears.

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  3. duchess01 says:

    Social Security expansion bill poised to gain traction in Congress

    The measure, which would expand benefits for current and future recipients, would extend the program’s solvency for 75 years, according to Social Security’s Office of the Chief Actuary.

    To help fund the proposed changes, earnings above $400,000 would be subject to Social Security taxes. In 2019, earnings above $132,900 are not subject to the levy.

    The payroll tax also would gradually rise to 14.8 percent from the current 12.4 percent by 2043, with workers and their employers splitting that tax as they already do.

    Sarah O’Brien | @sarahtgobrien
    Published 7 Hours Ago

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/22/social-security-expansion-bill-poised-to-gain-traction-in-congress.html

    Liked by 4 people

    • rashomon says:

      I’ve never understood why a cap exists for earnings subjected to social security. Those earning $1 million/year are far more capable of living on what’s left over after taxes than those on the bottom rungs of the earnings ladder.

      Increasing the percentage paid, however, is just another Big Government game. Get spending under control and live with a budget, just as every person must do or face bankruptcy. As Walter Williams, economist, reminds:

      “There’s no Santa Claus or tooth fairy giving Congress the money, and members of Congress are not spending their own money. The only way Congress can give one American $1 is to first take it from another American.”

      https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams

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      • duchess01 says:

        Sad, but true, mon!

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      • PS says:

        The “that group doesn’t need the money” argument is a fallacy. Social Security is you put some of your money away over your working years and you get it back when you are ready to retire. Since the return is capped, it doesn’t make sense to take more from your salary, which is why the tax is capped at your first $130k of income. Anything more really is a Tax, with no expectation of return, and we already have an Income tax that serves that purpose.

        We instead need to look at why so much money is paid out relative to those putting in. Different programs have dipped into the funds for years, which should have had separate targeted funds.

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        • Social security started out as purely an old age pension scheme, based on likely average time of drawing benefits, post retirement, of 2-5 years.
          Now we have people living decades on SS, and then there are all the additional components, such as benefits for children of SS contributors, etc.

          In other words, a typical ganglion of Federal benefits.

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      • mimbler says:

        The cap is to keep the illusion that social security is an insurance program, and indeed, with the cap and a squint you can believe that it is.

        Without the cap, it would be a tax supported welfare program for the elderly, and I can easily envision it being abandoned as it would have a huge impact on the wealthy people that buy our politicians.

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      • avi says:

        as long as current recipients are retroactively taxed so they pay the same share as the grandkids they are stealing from

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      • California Joe says:

        The reason for the cap is because benefits are capped at the same earning limit. Somebody earning $400,000 a year and paying the FICA tax on that amount would get $8,000 a month instead of $2,000 which is the typical benefit. It’s insurance so taxing the higher salary would require paying the higher monthly benefit.

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        • rashomon says:

          Yes, I recognize that. The bottom line is the premise of serving widows and orphans has morphed into a nightmare. The SS “trust” doesn’t exist and our government has trillions in undocumented expenditures. They are worse than my mother-in-law regarding balancing a checkbook, but they want more, more, more. Addicts, every single one.

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    • Brant says:

      Manafort should put up the extremely careless instead of gross negligence defense.

      Liked by 3 people

    • trialbytruth says:

      So it will only cost my son anothern6grand ahead on top of the 66grand he’s already paying. Redistribution pigs.

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  4. barnabusduke says:

    I hear tell of many other folks that have “Repeatedly and Brazenly” broken the law. What happens to them I wonder?

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  5. Carrie says:

    Well, looks one of the rats involved in the President Trump dodgy dossier has now been taken care of. Remember Robert Hannigan front he GCHQ who mysteriously quit shortly after delivering the dossier to Brennan? Turns out he was aiding a pedophile Priest! I guess he helped falsify evidence against an innocent party, so no surprise he would do the flip side and help cover for a guilty person as well.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6738081/GCHQ-spy-chief-quit-helped-paedophile-Catholic-priest-avoid-jail.html

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  6. Perot Conservative says:

    Four star General Keene on the Mark Levin show.

    Talking China right now.

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  7. Carrie says:

    This is probably the best article I’ve read decimating AOC and her brain dead economic policies. And it came the WaPo (Marc Thiessen). The good thing is that this means she probably had to read it too. Sorry if someone posted this before.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-is-an-economic-illiterate–and-thats-a-danger-to-america/2019/02/21/ee8c58d8-35f1-11e9-af5b-b51b7ff322e9_story.html

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    • Robert Smith says:

      The Democrats see the huge danger she poses in her popularity with the Media foremost and the brain-dead public at large. Additionally, there is too much exposure in drawing parallels between O-C’s policies and just average-crazy Democrat policies.

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    • George Hicks says:

      Reading some of the article comments (I can’t respond because I’m not a subscriber) shows just how many people no nothing about the deal…I see many people commenting about the unions getting screwed in the deal. This is patently false, Amazon already had a PLA (Project Labor Agreement) with the unions. The unions had ALREADY negotiated with Amazon and reached a pay scale agreement with them.
      I am an estimator for a company that bids on construction projects around the country, I can assure you that no construction projects happen in NYC without 100% union participation.

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  8. patrickhenrycensored says:

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  9. andyocoregon says:

    Proof that gun registration will eventually lead to gun confiscation by the state.

    Liked by 4 people

  10. H. Hawke says:

    Venezuela is a disaster. Maduro has broken with Columbia and Bolivia – so far and is said to be getting assistance from Nicaragua as well as Cuba..

    At least 60 military have defected.

    At least 14 civilians dead.

    Maduro has ordered a massacre of protesters and deserters.

    And next to ZERO coverage on American news.

    Here are some tweets from Venezuela.

    Liked by 3 people

  11. H. Hawke says:

    Statement from Pompeo.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Carson Napier says:

      How about sending the People of Venezuela arms so they can shoot the Army troops who are shooting the People and stealing food from them ?

      Liked by 1 person

    • mr.piddles says:

      It occurred to me… and this is not an original thought, of course…

      Maduro KNOWS he is a powerless and illegitimate despot on the proverbial Wrong Side Of History at this point.

      Consider: if he felt he had a legitimate claim to power, he would go to the U.N. and propose a.) 2-week cessation of violence, b.) holding of an immediate and U.N.-monitored emergency national election.

      His problem: he knows he would lose such an election. Bigly. And he also knows he didn’t really win that first election either. He knows in his heart he is illegitimate. But he’s probably not your garden variety Murderous Dictator… just another Corruptocrat he fell, ass-backward into a Venezuelan Oil Spigot. But he IS cornered, like a wild animal with no escape. And he just might order his military to fire live rounds on his own public. Oops, looks like he might have done just that. All bets are off, cuz he has no other options.

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    • piper567 says:

      There was phone documentation of the aid trucks the madurothugs set on fire, over at T_D, the above picture of fire looks to be part of video of that fire incident.
      People worked in teams to salvage as many aid boxes as they could from these fires.

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  12. Troublemaker10 says:

    Excerpt:

    “I’ve spent days thinking about this,” said one of the soldiers who left his post. The man, whose identity was not revealed, called on other soldiers to join him in abandoning their support for Maduro’s socialist government.

    “There is a lot of discontent inside the forces, but also lots of fear,” he added.

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  13. Troublemaker10 says:

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  14. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    Keep your eyes on Venezuela. Things there may heat up very, very quickly. Will depend on what choices Maduro and his goons make.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  16. Brant says:

    Manafort should put up the extremely careless instead of gross negligence defense.

    Liked by 2 people

  17. citizen817 says:

    Some wasn’t funny at the time; in light of that, this was a good, humorous segment (7:31)

    Liked by 2 people

  18. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    Rubio says member of Venezuelan Assembly was poisoned.

    Pompeo still tweeting on the subject

    Guaido leaving all options open

    President Clinton weighs in

    Liked by 3 people

  19. Troublemaker10 says:

    Sick mind. He should be removed from MSNBC.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. nwtex says:

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  21. Joe says:

    Trump needs to stand up for those who backed him or forget getting fighters and believers for 2020.

    At this point, I couldn’t give two shlts about Manafort’s crimes.

    The idea of him rotting away in solitary because he helped Trump is too powerful a message being sent by the Deep State abortion that is the FBI/DOJ.

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  22. Troublemaker10 says:

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  23. mashall says:

    Suspend Asylum Immediately
    Every World calamity drives more Invasion.
    We send millions to every South American Country,
    Fix your own Country your damn selves.
    US Citizens Taxpayers (Only 50% of the US) have been bled white paying for others not taking responsibility for their own actions or inaction.
    Taxed
    Enough
    Already

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