February 20th – 2020 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #1127

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  1. History Teaches says:

    If you think about it, the President could be much more explicitly critical of Obama. He is at times, but mostly in an indirect or off hand way.

    He knows there is personal hatred from Obama over citizen Trump’s birth certificate cynicism. The correspondents dinner also revealed the tip of the iceberg of contempt.

    Not to mention his post election shenanigans before leaving office.

    The President knows full well that he was active with coup logistics. And probably still is.

    I think that there are a couple of reasons he is holding back currently. Both election factors.

    One is the optics of criticizing his predecessor. Even though fully deserved it would be spun as jealousy or bad form. Even though Obama was nasty himself about his predecessor and continues to sniper at his successor.

    The other is the black vote. Alienating those who worship Obama would compromise all the progress made along those lines.

    It’s a delicate path he has to take. Hopefully enough swamp draining will expose Obama to some degree though the MSM would protect him at all costs.

    Maybe things stay on simmer through the election. But heat up intensely after a resounding landslide. It’s up to Barr and any other investigators to deliver the facts and show all the linkage. But considering what unintended consequences may erupt from exposing Obama I doubt even the President is willing to go that far. Even knowing the truth.

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    • WSB says:

      Plenty of ways to gain voters in this campaign without spilling out all before the election.

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    • Gary says:

      All roads lead to Obama, after re-election he pounces. With 42% of the black vote he is “unstoppable” hence all the deep state drama.

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      • pyromancer76 says:

        Not in my opinion. Pouncing would be revenge. While it is sweet, even more tasty is criminality and treasonous behavior revealed through “normal”, criminal investigations. This is what our Justice Department is for in a Constitutional Republic.

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        • Gary says:

          By the time the names we want to see are indicted and trials begin, President Trump will have served his second term and be “citizen” Trump. It will take that long through “normal criminal investigations” to reach that point without burning this country to the ground. Maybe pounce was a poorly chosen word?

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  2. citizen817 says:

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  3. WSB says:

    The headlines at CFP are hysterical!


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  4. Tiffthis says:

    The rally was epic and the debate memes and clips are hilarious. Trump has a lot to repost before next rally 🤣😊👍🏼😎

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  5. FL_GUY says:

    President Trump’s rally was great tonight. RSBN crashed and burned so I had to switch to Fox10 to see the main speakers.

    Don Jr., who I feel appeals to the young people who attend the rallies, had one of the funniest lines I’ve heard lately. Don Jr. talked about his mother being from Czechoslovakia and that he knew all about the horrors of that system.He was talking about the D-rat events promoting socialism and how very few people show up. Then he said the D-rats have not been able to find one person from Cuba, Venezuela or China that will come up on stage and tell the audience: “We need to bring that shit here!” (Direct Quote, LOL)

    I LMAO and the people in the arena went wild. It was classic.

    The momentum continues to build and more and more people are on the President Trump train. It’s truly historical. The media-rats are no longer the king makers or king destroyers, they are a bunch of lying clowns. It’s clear the people who attend the President Trump events have no respect for the media-rats. And let me tell you, a LOT of people attend President Trump events. Up to this point, literally MILLIONS of people have attended President Trump events and the numbers keep growing. They are larger than in 2016 and they were YUGE in 2016.

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    • gabytango says:

      Thanks for sharing, FL Guy! Don Jr is so right! Anyone that has escaped those communist countries will tell you the truth, and here in Miami, there are so many Cubans, Venezuelans, Bolivians (they just thankfully overthrew their communist) that know the horrors of Communism and all its deception.

      I’m hoping the tide will turn in Miami from Blue to Red this year against the Commie-crat party! (and am looking forward to a Don Jr 2024!)


  6. hawkins6 says:

    This fake aboriginal was the nastiest of the nasty in Nevada. Too bad P Trump and her won’t likely have a debate.

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  7. Bigly says:

    Let’s review the moment we elected Donald J Trump as president, shall we? Best debate performance ever. Period. He simply is one of US.

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  8. Robert Smith says:

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  9. boomerbeth says:



    Pinned tweet by potus

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  10. getfitnow says:

    Writer does a wonderful job characterizing each dem nitwit

    FTA – Wednesday night’s Democrat debate in Nevada allowed for a sharp focus on the candidates’ personalities. It wasn’t pretty. They were the six unappealing dwarfs — Supercilious, Shrill, Angry, Confused, Smug . . . and that unpleasant nameless something that is Klobuchar.

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    • Bigly says:

      Enjoyed this truth Bomb in the comments under American thinker article:

      The race will be Bernie Vs Peter Buttcrack and the rest are just fill dirt. Bloomberg knows how to use mass wealth as an tool, but leadership requires more than merely buying loyalty and silence.

      Rush made a good point Monday; the Democrats are looking for a way to gracefully lose.

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      • steph_gray says:

        Rush is correct except for the gracious part – which hasn’t applied to the DementoRats for – well, for ever since their KKK days.

        Wait…that was their beginning wasn’t it? 😆


    • Betty says:

      As I listened to Amy Klobuchar wheezing and hitching from stress as she tried to take part in the debate I wondered if that was going to be her campaign strategy should she win the nomination. Wheeze, hitch, show stress and maybe even pass out so that people would elect her out of sympathy.

      Can you imagine her even managing to put one foot in front of the other to walk onto the same stage as our Donald Trump?

      Or here is another take away from last night. Who in their right mind will trade our Donald in for Mike Bloomberg.


  11. Angus D says:

    Proof is mounting that this ‘pandemic virus’ is just a yearly flu outbreak, and a minor one at that. Which leaves China to explain the massive number of deaths inside China ???

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    • thedoc00 says:

      Forget the disease (yes it is likely not as bad as stated) and look at all the closing factories and businesses where US and EU financiers have massive amounts of cash invested. The financial impact if the objective of China Inc. and their Western Financier allies. They are going to induce some sort of major upheaval to counter President Trump and then all will be well in December 2020.

      While everybody likes to disavow watching TV, it is worth the time to watch Bloomberg Business after 9pm as that is when the Asian and Middle East desks are active. They have unwittingly laid out the objectives with their reporting. Those same sessions are the same ones exposing little Mike’s love of China Inc., which mirrors Wall Street.

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      • nimrodman says:

        Yeah, I’ve been wondering when the great stock-market takedown will occur to monkeywrench PresTrump’s re-election

        They tried last year with the “slipping into recession, yada yada” ploy, but positive economic performance and numbers blew that to the side of the road pretty damn quick.

        I wondered how they’ll do it and this may be a clue … they’ll crash Asia then the US by “asian contagion”, a knock-on effect of China’s economy crashing

        Yesterday or so there were reports of various Chinese industries faltering and being “unable to pay their workers” (insufficient incoming positive cashflow?)

        Crash Asia and then the US – yeah, yeah that’s the ticket …

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        • thedoc00 says:

          They are closing businesses across Asia daily and now there are “cases” appearing in South-Central America and the EU. Crash the off shore investments of US Wall Street as well as the export markets buying US made stuff.

          China Inc. is even causing issues in minerals markets with greatly reduced orders for raw materials, blamed on the virus.

          Look for US Silicon Valley to start having issues, which is a major step given their impact on the DOW and NASDAQ.

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        • Betty says:

          “… they’ll crash Asia then the US by “asian contagion”, a knock-on effect of China’s economy crashing.”
          Will only strengthen President Trump because his wisdom in calling manufacturing home will be manifest.

          Another thing that will be manifest is the American people’s anger at money grubbing politicians and business leaders who allowed China to become a manufacturing hub once they knew China was a bad actor who stole intellectual property (patents), forced business to transfer patents or hand over controlling interest in their companies as a condition of using the Chinese slave labor pool to manufacture their t-shirts, tennis shoes, ipads, etc.

          After it was evident that China, Mexico and Canada were colluding to give China even greater access to our markets with their “assembled in” scam.

          Especially when they knew China was a unreliable faith-faith actor.

          I know every time I hear about shortages here because China is not manufacturing any more I get angry at those idiots and grateful to President Trump for what he managed to bring home already.

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  12. citizen817 says:

    Marsha Blackburn is full of shit. Nothing but praise for Barr, and pushing the Durham report via more hearings…
    Starting at 1 minute of 5 min interview


    • Per contra, maybe there IS merit to what she is saying in this piece. I think that way too many people “did not see him snap his fingers and start arresting people,” and because they do not know (and, by law(!), cannot know) about pending investigations, indictments or other actions, presume that “nothing is being done.”

      Both Barr and Trump are attempting to do extremely difficult jobs under openly hostile circumstances. When Barr says that the President’s tweets are making his job “impossible,” I think that he has a legitimate point. (As does the President.) You are going to see from time to time the evidence of the tremendous pressure that all of them are under. And, in the case of criminal prosecutions, you won’t hear a damned thing until the day it happens.

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      • Pegm says:

        Mike R. Thank you for a voice of reason. The wheels of justice grind exceedingly slow. Any indication of what is going on is jeopardizing any legal action. Barr has one chance, and one chance only, to get this right. All the ducks have to be in a row. The slightest mistake in procedure could void everything. I’m willing to give Barr time. I hope my faith is not misplaced.


    • L4grasshopper says:

      The one full of it is not Marsha, who is a tremendous upgrade from that tool Corker.

      Maybe take a look in a mirror?

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  13. nimrodman says:

    “Russia! Russia! Russia! is interfering in Western democracies!”
    Russia is Europe’s “partner” now

    I guess we can declare cold-war victory, cut way back on NATO expenses, close some US bases in Germany, and bring a bunch of military back home, right?

    Vector of the European political agenda is changing: Russia is becoming a necessary partner

    “I would like a breakthrough in bilateral relations. Russia has undergone a huge transformation, in many areas it has become a modern country. We are ready and really want to continue and improve our economic relations. Russia is a necessary partner for Germany in our quest to solve the problems of the world”, – Peter Altmaier expressed his opinion.


    • nimrodman says:

      … article has much to say about the Russia-Germany Nordstream gas pipeline project

      … writer is also unhappy about “aggressive” US policies, of course


      • Greg1 says:

        Wait til Russia cuts of their natural gas again, in the dead of winter, to get what Putin wants.

        In all seriousness, Putin HAS to look at these people and laugh.

        You really can’t fix stupid.


  14. Publius2016 says:

    Mini Mike Madoff has no path to Dimm Nomination…

    His affect was similar to 41 in 1992…Mini Mike thinks he’s too important to be at the Debates…a real News service would compare his performance with all time worse debate performances!

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  15. Snellvillebob says:

    When I looked at the stage for the non-democratic debate last night, I saw a criminal, a fascist and three commies. All five are deepstate. All five will strive to eliminate voting as a way to pick our leaders. As Adam Schiff told us during the impeachment farce that Americans are too stupid to pick their leaders.

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    • sDee says:

      So…”pile on Bloomberg”, keeping as many delegates possible, selling them to him later?


    • steph_gray says:

      The Americans that did not vote for PDJT are a solidly shrinking minority. And yes they are stupid or in many cases, book smart but mentally ill.

      The rest of us are no fools!


  16. IGiveUp says:

    Flynn aide K.T. McFarland Says Mueller Interrogators Put Her Through ‘Hell’ and Left Her ‘Traumatized’

    “Because of these unanswerable bureaucrats, the United States is now in “a very dangerous place,” McFarland warned.”



  17. gsonFIT says:

    I watched the first hour of the dem debate. It was fun! They all suck pretty bad. My wife thought I had on a Saturday Night Live prime time special. I have observations about all participants but I will make only two

    1) The fact that Bloomberg was so ill prepared with the financial/digital groundwork of 1/2 of $1B should be disqualifying. If he cant beat Pocahontas not a chance with Putin etc… Very poor performance. He mumbles and cannot deal with conflict

    2) Black vote is going to leave the dem party and should

    I thought the last few years dem strategy had given a history lesson in some obscure American political high jinx and abuse of our system of governments. I am now almost certain that we will see a brokered dem convention this summer.


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  18. David Mitchell says:

    Some enterprising soul or organization should mail the open letter contained in this article to everyone of the 2,000 ex DoJ employees who signed onto the original complaint. Then send it to all 50 State Bar Associations. Then send it to each Justice on the Supreme Court. Then send it to every member of the House and Senate. Send it certified, make someone sign for it. It would be cool to see if a conservative organization could buy a full page ad in the NYT and publish it. Since Sundance has such command of the facts and efficiency of writing, a summary of what’s gone on so far in this debacle would be cooler yet..a full page ad in the NYT goes for around $150k. I’d put up $100 if anyone wants to try and crowd strike it…


  19. Publius2016 says:

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    • Publius2016 says:

      45 always throws out a lifeline…never closes door…Mini Mike Madoff its not too late…come back There is no path to Dimm Nomination…Electoral College 2020 Steal Plan is unConstitutional…give it up…

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    • steph_gray says:

      Oh my – how to make leftist heads splodey!

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    • Robert Smith says:

      Donald Trump is a NYC ICON forced out of NY State and NYC by TDS infected governor and legal system.

      Liked by 1 person

      • TarsTarkas says:

        BTW, what exactly happened at the Trump-Cuomo meeting regarding immigration a week ago? I’ve seen everything from ‘productive’ to ‘difficult’ to ‘insulting’ out there without being able to trust any of the spinning.


        • Robert Smith says:

          My guess is they didn’t agree on anything. Trump said I’m going to cut off Sanctuary cities, but I’m doing that to all Sanctuary cities. If you feel you must, you don’t have to help us more than you are required – your citizens might disagree, but that’s your poor choice.

          But right now you are actively working against the federal government and you can’t do that. The federal government won’t allow it. It’ll stop you in whatever way necessary.


  20. Stillwater says:

    ***Today’s WeBuildTheWall / Fisher Industries posts***
    (Previous posts: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/02/19/february-19th-2020-presidential-politics-trump-administration-day-1126/comment-page-1/#comment-7866398)

    – – – – –
    Wednesday night update – 2/19/20

    – Drone photo at Project 2.

    – BorderReport article/video: Hot ticket: Private border wall bolsters demand for South Texas riverboat tour

    – BorderReport article: Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall
    – This could be good news for Fisher’s wall projects, possibly bypassing the swamp’s stalling tactics in the Army Corps of Engineers.
    – Rep. Thompson’s letter to DoD IG’s office is what initiated the audit of the $400M contract USACE awarded Fisher Sand & Gravel Co.; So if he is against the waiver authority(as mentioned in the article, then it is probably good news for Fisher.

    – – – – –
    ***Praise: 🧱 (Project 1: May/June 2019)… WBTW/Fisher Industries was able to build a half mile wall up the side of a mountain in 11 days (with zero safety incidents), cutting off 19 major drug cartel trails, and closing off one of the worst areas along the border… (Began building over Memorial Day weekend in Sunland Park, NM., just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, TX.)
    ***Praise: 👍 (11/20/19)… DHS Secretary Chad Wolf & CBP Chief gave a huge endorsement to WeBuildTheWall while visiting Project 1. CBP Chief called it a “Game Changer”. It’s the only time CBP or DHS have ever endorsed a wall builder.
    ***Praise: 🧱 (12/2/19)… Fisher Sand & Gravel was awarded a $400M border wall contract to build 31 miles of wall in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in Yuma County, Arizona.
    (Fisher receives $268M of this $400M project)(Estimated contract completion date is Dec 30, 2020.) (2 days of posts here & here.)

    ***Praise: (12/4/19)… Brian Kolfage & his family were given the opportunity to visit the White House.
    ***Praise: While the Temporary Restraining Order(s) were in place, Fisher Industries and crews were still able to keep working on some aspects of Project 2 from the Dec. 5th hearing to Dec 12th (after which they were off for the holidays).
    ***Praise: (Jan 3)… Judge Crane lifted/removed section 8b from the TRO so that Fisher was able to continue to shave, grade, or cut the riverbank.
    ***Praise: (Jan 9)… Judge Crane lifted/removed the TROs from both the Federal government’s lawsuit (on behalf of the IBWC) and the North American Butterfly Association’s lawsuit (on behalf of Marianna Trevino-Wright’s National Butterfly Center) against Fisher Sand and Gravel Co.
    ***Praise: 🧱 (Feb 17)… Project 2 is complete. (Wall, concrete road, & lighting complete. Not sure if they finished the planting/seeding of the last stretch of the river bank yet though; also, there probably is some cleanup left.)

    ***Praise: Fisher has taken the lead on Project 2, covering most of the money for the wall($22M bank loan; total cost is ~$42M). (Haven’t heard any more about other investors with the exception of WBTW as a minor investor. Fisher plans to sell Project 2 back to the government for $14M per mile, or $16.5 million with 10 years of complete upkeep included.)
    ***Praise: 🔍 (Reported on 12/18/19)… Senator Kevin Cramer was able to complete his in-depth review of the USACE’s procurement process and send a letter with his findings and recommendations to President Trump on 12/6/19.
    ***Praise:🇺🇸 (12/22/19)… Brian Kolfage was awarded Patriot of the Year award by Turning Point USA at their Student Action Summit for his work with WBTW in helping to securing our border.
    ***Praise: (Reported on 1/22-23/20)… WBTW gained a major construction equipment company as a corporate sponsor & are looking for more. (See prayer below for specifics.)
    ***Praise: (Jan 22)… Rep. Warren Petersen’s (R-AZ) bill, HB 2084, making it easier to build border wall on private property in Arizona, moved out of the Federal Relations committee with 4-3 vote in favor.
    (Feb 6)… The bill passed house on reconsideration with 31-29 party line vote. Next, it goes to the Senate.

    🙏 Prayer for the work crews. 🙏
    Heavenly Father, we pray in Jesus’ name:
    – for safety and good weather for the work crews as they work on Project 3 & 4; that they would be able to continue uninterrupted until completion.
    – for WBTW / Fisher Industries regarding the ongoing lawsuits; that the lawsuits would be dismissed.
    (Feb 5)… Judge Randy Crane granted a 60-day extension to all parties. The three sides will reconvene on April 8.
    – that WBTW would be able to find corporate sponsors for Project 3. (They already have a major construction equipment manufacturer and are looking for a solar LED security lighting manufacturer or supplier next who wants to be involved.)

    – that the DoD IG’s office audit of the $400 million border wall contract which the USACE awarded Fisher Sand & Gravel would show everything is fair and above board; that the swamp in DoD and USACE wouldn’t be able to corrupt the process; & that Fisher would be authorized to proceed with the project as planned.

    – that Rep. Warren Petersen’s (R-AZ) bill,HB 2084, making it easier to build border wall on private property in Arizona would get passed.
    (Jan 22)… Bill passed out of Federal Relations committee with 4-3 vote in favor.
    (Jan 30)… The bill failed on the house floor as one Republican sided with the Democrats.
    (Feb 6)… The bill passed AZ house on reconsideration with 31-29 party line vote. Next, it goes to the Senate.

    – for the bi-national summit with the Mexican IBWC and American politicians that WBTW will be hosting; for open lines of communication/understanding; and that WBTW/Fisher Industries would learn what they need to know to facilitate the sign off and approval of their projects by the Mexican IBWC.

    – for 100% safety/health/guidance/direction for the work crews, security personnel, legal team, CBP, DHS, Army and all involved in Project’s 2, 3, 4, and other projects; and for WBTW/Fisher Industries as they work with private landowners to secure more property to build on
    – that work would go smoothly with continual, innovative improvements in method/process/efficiency and quality of construction; and with transitioning as they scale up capacity(manpower, equipment, etc.) to build larger projects
    – that there would be no outside interference (cartels, IBWC, courts/judges, protesters, swamp, etc.) and that if outside interference takes place that it would only work toward WBTW/Fisher Industries/USA’s benefit (exposing corruption, raising awareness, fundraising, etc.)

    – that Project 2’s wall will prove that WBTW/Fisher Industries can rapidly complete large sections of wall, with a superior build, at the lowest price
    – that this wall would prove that the design is sound and they are able to safely and effectively build it on a large scale in the Rio Grande Valley (Project 2’s “water wall” design is the first border wall that’s ever been built inside the flood plain)
    – that the federal government would provide funding for WBTW/Fisher Industries to build 250+ miles of wall on Private Property in Texas

    – that the Government would purchase all of WBTW/Fisher Industries projects so the funds can be rolled into future projects and Fisher Industries will be able to scale up with additional equipment and manpower as needed.
    (This, in addition to ongoing fundraising from public/investors, will allow WBTW/Fisher Industries to continue to self fund projects, build their reputation/resume, while they continue to pursue other avenues which could lead to government contracts down the road.)

    🌟 “The more that a broken system tells you that you’re wrong, the more certain you must be that you must keep pushing ahead. Because it’s the outsiders who change the world and will make a real and lasting difference. Nothing worth doing ever came easy. Treat the word impossible as nothing more than motivation.” ~ President Donald J. Trump 🌟

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    • Stillwater says:

      Tweet with drone photo at Project 2.

      Jeff Rainforth: Flying home to Cali now after a month in Texas. Ready for border wall project 3. This is project 2 in Mission, Texas. Took the pic with a drone. Can you see me? Lol. 😁 Lots of great videos & pics to share when I get back. Thanks for everyone’s continued support! 🇺🇸

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    • Stillwater says:

      Tweet with article which includes videos. (The BorderReport link skips advertisements.)

      Hot ticket: Private border wall bolsters demand for South Texas riverboat tour – 2/19/20

      Excerpts (emphasis added):
      – The Riverside Club is a popular South Texas hangout for retirees and Winter Texans who want to enjoy a taste of Americana while gazing at another country from the banks of the Rio Grande.
      – But nowadays, a surprising number of patrons are packing the restaurant’s riverboat tours — many eager to see a newly built private border wall just upriver.
      – In years past, the restaurant operated one daily ride on the “Riverside Dreamer,” a 55-foot-long, 44-passenger pontoon boat. But the afternoon trip up and down the river often got canceled if the weather was bad or there weren’t enough riders. On Tuesday, however, at least four riverboat tours were completely booked — including two, two-hour rides.
      – Tommy Fisher, the Fisher Sand & Gravel Company CEO who built the controversial 3-mile-long private border wall, said the restaurant owners have told him business is booming, in part because of curiosity about the wall.
      – Fisher wants to sell the border wall to the Department of Homeland Security for $14 million, or $16.5 million with 10 years of upkeep included. So far, they have not made an offer.
      – That could change, however, because the Trump administration on Tuesday announced it was waiving federal procurement rules relating to border wall construction. How, and if, that pertains to purchase of a private border wall, however, is yet to be seen.
      – If Fisher manages to sell this showcase private border wall to the government, he said he has 50 to 100 private landowners that have given him “firm commitments” for him to build private border walls on their property up and down the Rio Grande.
      – “We’ve signed option agreements with them so the moment the government signs on we’ll be ready to go,” Fisher said Tuesday, adding that this includes landowners in the Texas counties of Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Zapata. “We’re working our way all the way to Del Rio.”
      – With 176 patrons riding on Tuesday, it’s clear that the river tours are now a viable business. One waiter said there is such demand to see the border wall that the boats are even filling up in cold and rainy weather.

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    • Stillwater says:

      Article discussing the recent DHS authority waiver. I’m not sure of the full extent of its implications but this could open the door for Fisher to build much more private border wall. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

      Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall – 2/19/20

      Excerpts (emphasis added):
      – The Trump administration said Tuesday that it is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, moving the president closer to fulfilling a signature campaign promise in an election year…
      – The Department of Homeland Security said waiving procurement regulations will allow 177 miles (283 kilometers) of wall to be built more quickly in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The 10 waived laws include a requirement for open competition and giving losing bidders a chance to protest decisions.
      – The acting Homeland Security secretary, Chad Wolf, is exercising authority under a 2005 law that gives him sweeping powers to waive laws for building border barriers.
      – Critics say the waivers do away with key taxpayer safeguards. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said the president’s “cronies are likely to be the beneficiaries.”
      (Note: Rep. Thompson’s letter to DoD IG’s office is what initiated the audit of the $400M contract USACE awarded Fisher Sand & Gravel Co.; So if he is against the waiver authority, then it is probably good news for Fisher.)
      – Charles Tiefer a professor at University of Baltimore School of Law who specializes in government contracts, said the government “can just pick the contractor you want and and you just ram it through … The sky’s the limit on what they bill.”
      – Scott Amey, general counsel at the Project on Government Oversight, said waiving a law for contractors to provide the government with certified cost data — such as how much they pay for labor or parts — could lead to grossly inflated prices.
      – Administration officials say providing cost data can be onerous and difficult.

      – The waivers, to be published in the Federal Register, apply to projects that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will award in six Border Patrol sectors: San Diego and El Centro in California; Yuma and Tucson in Arizona; El Paso, which spans New Mexico and west Texas, and Del Rio, Texas.
      – The administration said the waivers will apply to contractors that have already been vetted. In May, the Army Corps named 12 companies to compete for Pentagon-funded contracts.
      – Those shortlisted companies are Fisher Sand & Gravel Co. of Dickinson, North Dakota, whose leader has sought publicity on conservative media…

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  21. Reserved55 says:

    Warner is not pleased

    5 tweets

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  22. Sherri Young says:

    Oh Good Grief! Listen to this trash that is being spewed on MSNBC. It is worthy of our attention simply because this interview is with an Obama strategist and the ideas will gain traction with the Dimms. Expect talking points along these lines.



    • The Democrats want to believe that “absolutely nothing happened in 2016.” They’re becoming an embarrassment to themselves. They still don’t have a candidate. But they’re full of “strategies” which come from the sycophants with which they daily surround themselves.

      “Everybody already knows that you’re gonna get crushed in November. But, please at least try to put up a fight!”

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    • Tess from Philly says:

      Interesting. If Obama is laying low for now so that he can unify the party after the Dems settle on a candidate, they must be really worried about the Black vote. I don’t think there’s tremendous love for Obama outside the Black community, is there? He doesn’t have enough pull to convince the Bernie Bros to vote for someone else, does he?

      In my own world, I’m not seeing a huge exodus from the Dems to Trump among the Black people I know. What I am seeing is milder cases of Trump Derangement Syndrome among all but the most hardcore libs of every race. Whether that’ll translate into votes I don’t know. Personally, I can’t see a lot of men, Black or White, voting for Elizabeth Warren. She’s got that annoying shrillness to her voice that grates on lots of people (like me), but grates especially men. I don’t think even Obama could energize the Black male vote to go out for Warren.

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      • Sherri Young says:

        I don’t know.

        During convention week for the Dimms, Obama likely will come out with speeches that will be against Donald Trump and everything Trump has done or proposed or has not done or has not proposed. He will infer that “We cannot be a country that tolerates hatred and division, inferring that Trump is a racist and divisive. He will again take credit for Trump’s accomplishments and rewrite history about all of his own negatives…and the people who want to believe will be relieved to have been given talking points with which they can agree.

        Obama will stir up Dimm-leaning or legacy Dimm voters to inspire them to get to the polls and vote against Trump, no matter who the Dimm candidate might be.


      • TarsTarkas says:

        I don’t think there’s tremendous love for Obama in the black community either. The Temple of Obama being built on parkland in Chicago certainly has soured that city’s minority community on him. And the more knowledgeable know that he egged on BLM, ANTIFA, and other black-killing movements and organizations and did nada for them economically. They have stopped drinking the Flavor-Aid.


        • Tess from Philly says:

          Yesterday I ran into one of the Black moms from my neighborhood at our kids’ school. She was wearing a Michelle Obama Becoming t shirt. I think there is very strong support for Obama in the Black community. Chicago is a local thing – I don’t think it implies anything about the Black community at large.

          I always liken the Black sentiment for Obama with my Irish Catholic mother’s sentiment for JFK and Bobby Kennedy. Long after the world knew and acknowledged JFK was ho dogging around on Jackie, my mother would say it couldn’t be true because he had a bad back. And I witnessed her openly weeping in the Bobby Kennedy room at the JFK library. It was the mid eighties and I was 15 years old and I’d never seen her cry before. To this day, I’ve never seen her cry as hard as that day and that includes the time when my Dad (her husband of 40 years) died suddenly. I think Obama approaches that same depth of feeling in the Black community. Perhaps the affection is somewhat mitigated, because unlike the Kennedys, Obama had eight long years not to match his peoples hopes and expectations.


  23. David Mitchell says:

    POTUS controls his narrative on Twitter, conservative TV and talk radio now, next and toughest media to conquer is the written press. A series of open letters to the nation, signed by POTUS presented as full page ads in the NYT would be cool. A written fireside chat–“My fellow Americans…” Could have a couple with foci such as the economy, immigration/border control, national security…extoll what’s been achieved so far, and layout the plan for the future.

    Publish 1 a month between now and Nov. A full page ad costs around $150k, 9 months left equates to $1.35M. Less than what the Super Bowl ad cost. I’d even consider running it in prominent conservative print media. Hell, while we are at it, seek a full page ad in Politico and other left leaning print.

    There might still be some independents out there needing convincing, and these publications might reach them and it’ll piss off the liberal readers to no end…either/or is good with me.

    Alternatively, if something prevents POTUS from doing this, an endorsement by a couple of prominent conservative media figures coupled with a wide spread Crowdstrike fund raising effort could probably generate enough funding for a couple of ads. Focus would narrow to whats been achieved so far and I’d gladly donate.

    If ya wanna narrow the focus, the single most compelling narrative history would be of the Mueller investigation/Ukraine collision farce, persecution of Flynn, Stone, Manfort, Pappadopolus and ongoing efforts of the Deep State to sabotage POTUS.

    In this case, we’d need an excellent writer with full command of the history and the ability to distill all this down to just the facts. One could probably cut and paste from what Sundance has published here…or I’m sure Sundance would be up to the task to do a one-off.

    And, the best part, if anyone refuses to publish, off to court we go. There are tons of attorneys on here, a little pro bono work is not a bad thing.

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    • Sherri Young says:

      Going with the WSJ may be better than the NYT. Ad buys in the NYT would be a way to feed the beast. It would provide funding for two full-time writers to do their best to trip up PDJT.

      Absolutely should do a big ad buy from the Epoch Times. Absolutely.

      OANN would be another important outlet for ads.

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  26. Reserved55 says:

    No wonder Faux let her go


  27. Zippy says:

    Milo Yiannopoulos promises leaked documents in upcoming book on Roger Stone trial

    He’s donating all royalties to Stone. Milo sat through the court cases and said he’d never directly witnessed the Deep State in action in person until he had done that.

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    • I am so glad to see Milo back on the scene. He has always been one of our President Trump’s biggest supporters and a very effective one at that.
      He has been SEVERELY PUNISHED by Big Tech including having all his money stolen from him by deplatforming, demonetizing all his blogs.

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  29. jeans2nd says:

    Last night we were all treated to the Daily Beast Fake News that Pres Trump, through former Rep Dana Rohrbacher, had offered Julian Assange a pardon, should Assange lie about the source of the DNC “hacked” emails.

    Jimmy Dore is a comedian, a Socialist Progressive who has supported Bernie Sanders for years, but has supported Julian Assange for much longer.
    Dore knows the truth about the DNC “hacked” emails, and last night he uploaded a vid explaining the truth to his 267 million youtube subscribers.
    Warning – language, non-Trump supporter. 7:45


  30. youme says:

    New Jersey Cities Are Still Cutting Those $599,877 Retirement Checks
    Report finds localities borrowed millions to cover payments
    Englewood Cliffs, with about 5,400 residents living 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) from the George Washington Bridge, paid $599,877 to its retiring police chief last year, investigators found. That included $119,401 in terminal leave, according to the report.



  31. I made this comment last night but thought I’d give it another try this morning to see if anyone thinks it would provoke McConnell to become a team player:

    “Hello Mitch? Donald here. Listen, I just want to give you a heads up I am WITHDRAWING every nomination I have sent to the Senate for confirmation for open Federal judgeships. Also, I will NOT be resubmitting them or any new nomination for ANY Federal judgeship, including for the SCOTUS that should unexpectedly come upon due to a death or resignation until EVERY SINGLE ONE of my nominations previously submitted to fulfill positions within my administration are acted upon by the Senate. Oh, and if the Senate happens to go into recess – enjoy it. Later. PDJT”


    • FofBW says:

      IMO, PT has to hit McConnell in his pocket book and threaten his power base.


      • I don’t know. I think the Turtle does not have to worry about cash and understand he is unbeatable in Kentucky. Hence, my thought that McConnell’s self-made legacy was to confirm judges would be the only way to get him.

        Wait a minute, they had a Whiskey Rebellion in Kentucky, didn’t they? Perhaps a little armed insurrection on a state level might have merit after all. Piss off the coal miners could be a start…………..

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      • IGiveUp says:

        Don’t get it. Then all Mitch has to do is tell Nancy to start the impeachment thing back up.

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        • Now that the Senate has accepted an unconstitutional Bill of Attainder, and did not reject the Articles that failed to identify a crime for which the accused could actually face a criminal conviction, we know already that Trump will be impeached again and again, all summer long.

          The Senate acknowledged that the Articles were unconstitutional but did nothing about it. Instead, they voted to convict on party lines, exactly as the House did.

          According to them, the very thing which our Founders feared is the new reality: “the President, and Supreme Court Justices, serve at the pleasure of Congress.” The House will not investigate, will not bother to call witnesses. They will enact another Bill of Attainder, thumbing their nose at Sec. 1.9.3, and take it back to the Senate. Again, and again, and again, and again … until Hillary is demolished again in November.

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          • litenmaus says:

            If Nancy Pelosi can rewrite the House rules to openly attack the President using the Senate as her firing squad, then Mitch McConnell should be able to rewrite the Senate rules to counter another piece of unconstitutional garbage.

            McConnell should be able to rewrite the rules, but I’m guessing he won’t and you will be proven correct Mike.


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    “To lend credibility to the $2 trillion savings number, one would have to argue that we can cut payments to providers by about 40 percent at the same time as increasing demand by about 11 percent,” Blahous said.

    The main point of his study is being ignored by Democrats — that even by generously accepting Sanders’s assumptions that he could squeeze providers so much, the plan would still raise government expenditures by $32.6 trillion. This is in line with a 2016 estimate by the Urban Institute of an earlier version of the M4A plan — that it would cause federal expenditures to increase by $32 trillion. (Without the provider cuts, Blahous estimated the additional federal budget cost at nearly $40 trillion over 10 years.”

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    • Reserved55 says:

      The Myth of the ‘Moderate’ Public Option
      The Biden and Buttigieg plans would bust federal budgets, hurt patient care and gut private insurers.

      “Beyond fiscal considerations, the public option would quickly displace employer-based and other private insurance. This would force some private insurers to exit the market and encourage greater consolidation among remaining insurers. Consumers seeking coverage would be left with fewer insurance options and higher premiums.

      Meanwhile, many health-care providers would suffer a dramatic drop in income, while at the same time experiencing greater demand for their services. Longer wait times and narrower provider networks would likely follow for those enrolled in the public option, harming patients’ health and reducing consumer choice. Declines in provider payments would also affect investment decisions by hospitals and may lead to fewer new doctors and other medical providers.

      Politicians like Messrs. Biden, Buttigieg and Bloomberg like to market the public option as a less dramatic and cheaper alternative to Medicare for All. That’s far from the whole story. A politically realistic public option would produce dramatic fiscal costs and harm the U.S. health-care system. Policy makers may yet find the middle ground in health reform, but a government-run public option isn’t it.”


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    • To me, this talk … and these numbers … is utterly meaningless: it’s nothing more than a sign. If any one of those now-sitting Senators actually wanted to do something, then they would be using the Senatorial powers and prerogatives which they right-now have. They would not be wasting our time “telling us how good it’s going to be” when they no longer have the powers that they do right now.

      No one has ever attempted such a thing for 320 million people. When we do it (and I do think that eventually we must …), we have to do it better than anyone has ever done it before. And it is not at all obvious what this will entail, therefore what it will cost. Nor how we would deploy it and manage it nor anything else. These politicians are brazenly trivializing an issue that they themselves could be addressing in a meaningful way right now, but are not. It isn’t any ‘reach’ to realize that, given that they are doing nothing now, they also will do nothing later.

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  35. linda4298 says:

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/02/another-promise-kept-back-in-2000-donald-trump-said-he-would-appoint-gays-in-a-trump-administration-on- Would we see gay people in a Trump administration?
    I would want the best and brightest. Sexual orientation would be meaningless. I’m looking for brains and experience. If the best person for the job happens to be gay, I would certainly appoint them. One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government. I’d want to change that.

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    • TarsTarkas says:

      I don’t think any of us here care what color the cat is as long as it catches mice. Superficial appearance is all Leftists any more seem to care about, which is why mice are running the place.

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    • Mary Van Deusen says:

      Hurrah, Linda! Agree completely. I’m thrilled that a strong Trump supporter is in that position, and he gives me the first hope in a long time that information will be declassified that could force some hands in DoJ. And he knows that he’ll be around only long enough to wreck their mostly liberal positions and not long enough to buy into those positions as management needing to “understand” their underlings. If he can wreck enough havoc, then send him on to another tough job as a portable wrecking ball.

      With any luck, yet another of the Dem splintered groups will see that the REAL “large tent” has a Republican sign out front, not a Democratic one. I’m a strong conservative Republican and I don’t try to peek behind bedroom doors of consenting adults. Not my business. I save my upset to help protect children from abuse by predators of either sex. Like encouraging real jail sentences for teachers that slime a fine profession.


  36. Jim in TN says:

    I saw this morning a report from Heritage about a staffer leaving to go work for Nikki Haley.


    What is this group advocating? There is a WP article, but I won’t pay them.

    The article claims this guy’s predecessor became Rubio’s Chief of Staff in 2018. He seems suited to begin advocating for Haley, not for charities. Maybe for Haley’s policies? Is this what Presidential candidates do before launching exploratory committees?

    Can we expect him to be a ghost author on her pre presidential run books? Or am I way off?


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  39. jeans2nd says:

    Victoria Coates is out of Nat Sec Council, moved to Energy Dept.
    Raheem Kassam War Room 2020 radio.

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  40. Zippy says:

    Mike Bloomberg: Trojan Horse For Clintonista Revival
    17 Feb 2020



    • I’ve said it before and now maybe you see it too … Hillary Clinton is going for her re-match. The Democratic Party has no other idea. They refuse to believe that she actually lost in 2016 and maybe they think that electronic voting-machine fraud will let her win this time. “Like a moth to a flame …”

      “Aww, Mike, they’re not that stupid!” Oh yes, they are!


  41. sunnyflower5 says:

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  42. jeans2nd says:

    Sen Mark Warner is whining that Amb Ric Grenell cannot be DNI as Grenell had no national security or intelligence experience.

    And yet, it was just fine for UN Amb Samantha Powers to sit on Obama’s Nat Sec Council and unmask people included in Intelligence reports.
    And let’s talk about UN Amb Susan Rice, who became Obama’s Nat Sec Advisor, shall we?

    More hypocrisy and double standards from the Swamp. Two-tiered justice, two-tiered evaluation standards.

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    • vladdy says:

      More DT news….at the rally, they just announced that the Bureau of Land Mgmt has been moved to Colorado….and the Space Force, they’re saying now, will be based there….with the Dept of Agriculture (part of it at least) in KC, MO—-It’s a start at moving the damn swamp,.


  44. Reserved55 says:

    🤡🤡 show


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  46. sunnyflower5 says:

    Communist Bernie’s 3rd home. His summer camp. Paid in Ca$h to Islands Trust — hmmm 🧐🤔


    • Troublemaker10 says:

      Socialism/Communism/Marxism sucks. Brings everybody down to poverty level (and oppression) except the ruling class who become untouchable millionaires and billionaires .

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