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« Reply #350 on: August 17, 2017, 11:25:00 AM »

Interesting article on Steve Bannon, one of the voices competing for the President's sense of direction, if you can wade through the bias of the writier.

Bannon is partly right in his assessment of trade and China.  (More so than the BS over NAFTA IMHO)  WHy do we allow them to steal our intellectual properties?  The President's willingness to take a stronger stance with China and his threat to go further is empowering the US in negotiations over N.K. for one thing.

http://prospect.org/article/steve-bannon-unrepentant
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« Reply #351 on: August 17, 2017, 11:36:42 AM »

Reading two sides of this story and with VDH on his side, I will just keep an open mind about the value of this guy.  Here is the Jerusalem Post with military opinion that McMaster is a friend to Israel:  http://www.jpost.com/American-Politics/Former-top-Israeli-security-officers-McMaster-is-a-friend-to-Israel-502294

And I notice a Powerline post taking a second look at what was written previously:

"I continue to have reservations about him. However, I now believe that one of my posts on the subject was unfair and needs to be revisited. "  http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/08/mcmasters-obama-holdovers-a-second-look.php

If nothing else I think we can assume he is hundreds of times more competent and more right thinking than whoever would be in that position if the other side had won.
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« Reply #352 on: August 17, 2017, 11:40:37 AM »

Reading two sides of this story and with VDH on his side, I will just keep an open mind about the value of this guy.  Here is the Jerusalem Post with military opinion that McMaster is a friend to Israel:  http://www.jpost.com/American-Politics/Former-top-Israeli-security-officers-McMaster-is-a-friend-to-Israel-502294

And I notice a Powerline post taking a second look at what was written previously:

"I continue to have reservations about him. However, I now believe that one of my posts on the subject was unfair and needs to be revisited. "  http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/08/mcmasters-obama-holdovers-a-second-look.php

If nothing else I think we can assume he is hundreds of times more competent and more right thinking than whoever would be in that position if the other side had won.

Very good point.
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« Reply #353 on: August 17, 2017, 06:36:08 PM »

Bannon goes on major NYC liberal's show and gives to  him the next big smash into his boss's face.  Here is Kuttner .  The rest is all over the news.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Kuttner

and completely contradicts Trump on NK

obviously to cover his own back side:

to tell the world  he is not a white supremacist..........
and he does not want to kill Koreans ..........

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A world with a Korea and an Iran capable of ICBMs?Huh

No biggie.

It is looking more and more Trump will have to step aside

He can't do this alone.   

It is becoming every man for himself it seems.

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« Reply #354 on: August 26, 2017, 10:53:25 AM »

Another underling who basically undercuts and disqulifies the President's statements.
Like Bannon undercutting N Korea who he stated won their their nucs and it is over .

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450831/donald-trump-afghanistan-plan

maybe we should have a threat "the cognitive dissonance of the Trump administration"



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« Reply #355 on: August 26, 2017, 11:18:34 AM »

https://conservativedailypost.com/security-advisor-mcmaster-soldiers-kiss-koran-honor-muslims-deployed/?utm_source=Push&utm_medium=OneSignal&utm_campaign=21_August-1
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« Reply #356 on: August 28, 2017, 03:09:23 PM »

I don't know what to make of Tillerson frankly.
when i hear him on TV like the weekend interview with Chris Wallace he sounds very reasonable but then i read very negative things about how he has not really taken over the State Department and just defers to Obama philes
that many positions are simply still not being filled
perhaps he has too much on his plate
I just am not sure .

Tillerson's job is talk and Mattis' job is action.

Trump "speaks for himself" is only controversial if people want it to be:
http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/28/opinions/tillerson-trump-values-miller-sokolsky-opinion/index.html

The incident did not affect him, why be drawn into it?
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« Reply #357 on: August 28, 2017, 05:53:41 PM »

Caroline Glick endorses this article


https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/08/27/name-calling-critics-fail-to-refute-zoas-concerns-about-mcmaster/
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« Reply #358 on: August 30, 2017, 08:29:37 AM »

basically contradicting him.  We need ANOTHER panel of EXPERTS to discuss this:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/transgender-members-u-military-may-serve-until-study-001743003.html

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« Reply #359 on: August 30, 2017, 08:31:21 AM »

Maybe-- and maybe just politically and legally astute. 
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« Reply #360 on: September 14, 2017, 12:55:23 PM »

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/kushners-white-house-role-crushed-efforts-to-woo-investors-for-nyc-tower/2017/09/13/723a9732-82c8-11e7-ab27-1a21a8e006ab_story.html?undefined=&utm_term=.2d0fc3179412&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1
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« Reply #361 on: September 14, 2017, 04:56:51 PM »

"family’s network of federally subsidized apartments"

whaaaa HuhHuh

Sounds like a Charles Kushner scam
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« Reply #362 on: September 25, 2017, 06:14:02 PM »

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/25/jared-kushner-private-email-investigation-243117
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« Reply #363 on: September 25, 2017, 07:26:03 PM »


Now it matters! Not like before, for some reason.
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« Reply #364 on: September 26, 2017, 01:23:40 AM »

"They're privately hoping Kushner's attorney was correct that there were fewer than 100 emails sent and received on his personal account. That would suggest, the source argued, that Kushner's email wasn't created to dodge federal record keeping laws — particularly if he was simultaneously using a work account and forwarding those emails to his work email address."
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« Reply #365 on: September 29, 2017, 04:23:28 PM »

https://www.spartareport.com/2017/09/secretary-tom-price-resigns/

I would think that Price's inability to help get any healthcare legislation through didn't help in his situation any.

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« Reply #366 on: October 03, 2017, 02:36:29 PM »

Jeanine made an error.  She neglected to ask Jason the obvious question  WHY?  Why is Sessions Trump not pursuing these issues?

https://www.spartareport.com/2017/10/jason-chaffetz-sessions-told-hillary-democrats-will-not-prosecuted/
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« Reply #367 on: October 03, 2017, 10:47:50 PM »

Normally I don't watch JJ because a) her voice is really fg grating on my ears, and b) she is a mental mediocrity.

However I did catch exactly this segment because it happened to be on when I turned the TV on and I heard what Chaffetz was saying.  Overall, I like him and given his Congressional background I think he brings quite a bit to FOX.
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« Reply #368 on: October 04, 2017, 02:33:56 AM »



https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/03/us/politics/epa-scott-pruitt-calendar-industries-coal-oil-environmentalists.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fpolitics&action=click&contentCollection=politics&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0
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« Reply #369 on: October 04, 2017, 05:44:32 AM »

POTH = Pravda on the Hudson

The scandal of it all!  Wined and dined at a steakhouse inside the Trump hotel conniving to destroy the environment.    rolleyes

He must have blown off the the *Green's lobbies* dinner offers to  go to the local vegetarian salad bar for dinner.   grin

Just think of all the trees that were murdered by that stinking genocidal POTH over the years.    cry
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« Reply #370 on: October 05, 2017, 06:37:46 AM »

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/353963-stephen-miller-solidifies-influence-in-white-house
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« Reply #371 on: October 10, 2017, 12:38:43 AM »



http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/09/trump-aides-guard-rails-243608
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« Reply #372 on: October 11, 2017, 10:33:22 AM »

The message vs. messenger.
Victor Davis Hanson, always worth a read.
https://amgreatness.com/2017/10/09/message-v-messenger-the-trump-enigma/

VDH: "...did any recent past Republican nominee—forget Trump’s motivations or questions about his relative sincerity—even run on the premise that working Americans were ignored and losers in the redirects of globalization, open borders, and outsourcing and offshoring? Or that consequently they deserved empathy and a second-chance at the American dream? Was there a chance that Trump saw not just a political opening but an injustice perpetrated against political outcasts deserving of concern in a way that other more politically qualified and supposedly empathetic candidates of 2016 did not?"
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[Doug] I supported Rubio and others supported Cruz.  There is  a very good chance neither would have broken the 'blue wall'  as Trump did, or run the table on the swing states to win.  The obstacles to restoring this country right now are a few easily identifiable individuals in the Senate.  Trump, with all his warts, is not the problem (at this point).

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« Reply #373 on: October 12, 2017, 09:01:18 AM »

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-neilsen-dhs-secretary-20171011-story.html#nws=mcnewsletter
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« Reply #374 on: October 12, 2017, 09:18:47 PM »

New Trump strategy to send everything over to Congress with a order to fix or come up with a plan? 


http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/iran-decertification-trump-friday/2017/10/12/id/819390/
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« Reply #375 on: October 21, 2017, 09:34:40 PM »

https://amgreatness.com/2017/10/21/how-the-state-department-is-undermining-trumps-agenda/

How the State Department is Undermining Trump’s Agenda
By The Editors| October 21, 2017



Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has isolated himself from his own department and allowed subordinates to fill a handful of top positions with people who actively opposed Donald Trump’s election, according to current and former State Department officials and national security experts with specific knowledge of the situation.

News reports often depict a White House “in chaos.” But the real chaos, according to three State Department employees who spoke with American Greatness on the condition of anonymity, is at Foggy Bottom.

Rumors have circulated for months that Tillerson either plans to resign or is waiting for the president to fire him. The staffers describe an amateur secretary of state who has “checked out” and effectively removed himself from major decision making.

Hundreds of Empty Desks
About 200 State Department jobs require Senate confirmation. But the Senate cannot confirm nominees it does not have. More than nine months into the new administration, most of the senior State Department positions—assistant and deputy assistant secretary posts—remain unfilled.

What’s more, the United States currently has no ambassador to the European Union, or to key allies such as France, Germany, Australia, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. Meantime, Obama Administration holdovers remain ensconced in the department and stationed at embassies in the Balkans, Africa, and the Middle East.

The leadership vacuum has been filled by a small group opposed to the president’s “America First” agenda.

At the heart of the problem, these officials say, are the two people closest to Tillerson: chief of staff Margaret Peterlin and senior policy advisor Brian Hook, who runs the State Department’s in-house think tank.

Peterlin and Hook are longtime personal friends who current staffers say are running the department like a private fiefdom for their benefit and in opposition to the president and his stated policies.

‘Boxing Out’ Trump Supporters
The lack of staffing gives the duo unprecedented power over State Department policy. Since joining Tillerson’s team, Peterlin and Hook have created a tight bottleneck, separating the 75,000 State Department staffers—true experts in international relations—from the secretary. As the New York Times reported in August, “all decisions, no matter how trivial, must be sent to Mr. Tillerson or his top aides: Margaret Peterlin, his chief of staff, and Brian Hook, the director of policy planning.” In practice, however, that has meant Peterlin and Hook make the decisions.

More important, sources who spoke with American Greatness say, Peterlin and Hook have stymied every effort by pro-Trump policy officials to get jobs at the State Department.

Margaret Peterlin
Margaret Peterlin

“Peterlin is literally sitting on stacks of résumés,” one national security expert told American Greatness. Together, Peterlin and Hook are “boxing out anyone who supports Trump’s foreign policy agenda,” he added.

Peterlin, an attorney and former Commerce Department official in the George W. Bush Administration, was hired to help guide political appointments through the vetting and confirmation process. She reportedly bonded with Tillerson during his confirmation hearings, and he hired her as his chief of staff.

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Brian Hook

Peterlin then brought in Hook, who co-founded the John Hay Initiative, a group of former Mitt Romney foreign-policy advisors who publicly refused to support Trump because he would “act in ways that make America less safe.” In a May 2016 profile of NeverTrump Republicans, Hook told Politico, “Even if you say you support him as the nominee, you go down the list of his positions and you see you disagree on every one.”

Hook now directs the department’s Office of Policy Planning, responsible for churning out policy briefs and helping to shape the nation’s long-term strategic agenda.

NeverTrumpers on Parade
In September, Peterlin and Hook hired David Feith, a former Wall Street Journal editorial writer and the son of Douglas J. Feith, one of the architects of the Iraq War. Feith shares with Peterlin and Hook a deep dislike for President Trump. Feith, according to one State Department employee with knowledge of the hire, had been rejected by the White House precisely because of his opposition to the president and his policies. Peterlin and Hook forced him through anyway.

Incredibly, even the State Department’s spokesman, R.C. Hammond, was an outspoken NeverTrumper before the election, frequently tweeting jibes and barbs at the candidate. Hammond, a former aide to Newt Gingrich, is now the face and one of the leading voices of U.S. public diplomacy.

Many of these anti-Trump hires have occurred in the face of a hiring freeze Tillerson imposed earlier this year following an executive order to review agency and department staffing, along with the White House’s request to cut the State Department’s budget by 30 percent. But rather than put a check on untrustworthy career bureaucrats, the move had the opposite effect of empowering the president’s opponents.

State’s anti-Trump climate has shut out several top-notch foreign policy hands.

Kiron Skinner, founding director of the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University and a fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, worked on Trump’s national security transition team and was hired as a senior policy advisor. She was considered for the job Hook now has in the Office of Policy Planning. But she was isolated from career staffers and quit after a few days.

At least Skinner managed to get into the building. Another former Reagan Administration staffer with decades of experience in U.S.-Russian affairs and international economics had spent months in 2016 campaigning for the president in critical battleground states, including Pennsylvania and Ohio. As soon as Trump won the election, this experienced analyst and several other pro-Trump associates were passed over for State Department jobs. It’s to the point that even internship candidates are being rejected if they volunteered for the Trump campaign.

Tillerson or No, Personnel is Policy
When he agreed to take the top diplomat’s job, Tillerson reportedly asked President Trump for autonomy‚ and got it. Unfortunately, his leadership style has changed from his days running ExxonMobil. In his definitive history of ExxonMobil, journalist Steve Coll described Tillerson’s approach as open and informal. By contrast, Tillerson’s modus operandi at state has been described as isolated, unapproachable, even “draconian.” 

In government today, the maxim that “personnel is policy” is truer than ever. As a result, the State Department mirrors the management style not of its leader, but of Tillerson’s chief aides who are at odds with the president’s stated foreign policy agenda.

Tillerson this week told the Wall Street Journal he would remain on the job “as long as the president thinks I’m useful.” But whether it’s Tillerson behind the secretary’s desk, or CIA Director Mike Pompeo, or any other foreign policy hand, a State Department staffed with opponents of the president is hardly useful to Americans who voted to reject the failed foreign policies of the past two administrations.

President Trump made “draining the swamp” a cornerstone of his campaign. How can he drain the swamp if the swamp dwellers control his administration and drown out voices of his most innovative supporters?
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« Reply #376 on: October 26, 2017, 09:19:16 PM »

This is the fork in the road, tax reform.  (I have written plenty about it on the tax thread.)

The preliminary bill is now passed, setting the table for Senate passage with 50 votes, and I am optimistic.

Their is a chance that Republicans will get it; this is their defining moment.  And there is a chance they won't.

This is not a great bill, but it may be a clever bill - clever enough to get passed and to set off rapid economic growth.  If we can get 4% sustained growth, well that changes everything.  Also the appointment of John Taylor to head a rules-based Fed.  [Did I jump the gun announcing that?]

[Economic growth coming out of] tax reform will be the determinant in the 2018 elections, the future of the country and of our lives.  Pass it, we win.  Fail to pass it and it joins the swamp dump of failed reform efforts (Obamacare repeal?) and this country turns leftward into a downward, crashing spiral.

No pressure.
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« Reply #377 on: November 03, 2017, 08:56:37 AM »

I say this with sadness but I agree with Trumps questions here:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/03/donald-trump-justice-department-hillary-clinton/
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« Reply #378 on: November 04, 2017, 06:51:32 AM »

Sessions' recusal status appears to be preventing the initiation of necessary investigations/prosecutions.
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« Reply #379 on: November 13, 2017, 01:41:29 PM »

I thought this as worth a watch; she is sharper than your average Presidential offspring.  Also note it was her daughter speaking Mandarin to the Chinese leaders.

http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/11/13/ivanka-trump-optimistic-about-tax-reform-helping-american-businesses-families

Ivanka Trump: Tax Reform Is Critical to Growing the Economy & Helping the Middle Class
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« Reply #380 on: November 30, 2017, 11:17:59 AM »

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/us/politics/state-department-tillerson-pompeo-trump.html?emc=edit_na_20171130&nl=breaking-news&nlid=49641193&ref=cta&_r=0
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« Reply #381 on: November 30, 2017, 09:29:00 PM »

On Tillerson and some other thoughts

obviously he is not on inside anymore and was railroaded by the LEFT with false accusations ( because he very much like Trump was a real warrior )  but I like to get his take on these things:

https://www.newsmax.com/Newsmax-Tv/rex-tillerson-deep-state-secretary-of-state-palace-intrigue/2017/11/30/id/829149/
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« Reply #382 on: December 01, 2017, 11:23:17 AM »

I don't know enough about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's views to have an opinion of him in his job.  The Sec State is supposed to have more of a diplomatic lean than the Sec of Defense and that contention can be healthy.  But from (fake?) news reports, his relationship with the President is lousy.

The president deserves someone in that role that can bring the President's view to allies and foes, not fight the President's views in those venues.  For example, look at the great job Nikki Haley is doing at the UN.

Reports (fake?) are saying Tillerson will be out in January and Mike Pompeo will be in.  According to NYT that trades a moderate out for a hawk in. 
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/us/politics/mike-pompeo-state-cia.html

Sounds good to me.

But putting the CIA Director in at State and making Tom Cotton CIA Director leaves another opening in the Senate.  At least it's in a now-red state (and hopefully no Roy Moore there).  Appoint Arkansan Sarah Huckabee Sanders to the Senate?  Or elevate Nikki Haley to the chain of succession and put Sanders over there, and Ivanka Trump to be the President's spokes(man).
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« Reply #383 on: December 01, 2017, 02:43:43 PM »

Gee .......

Flynn leak on same day as tax bill vote..........

no coordination there, eh Mueller?



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