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« Reply #1400 on: February 15, 2017, 01:41:43 PM »

This is entirely unprecedented - but then - so is Barack Obama and his efforts as U.S. President to dismantle the nation as founded:

http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/265808/obamas-shadow-presidency-matthew-vadum

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« Reply #1401 on: February 15, 2017, 02:53:33 PM »

This article is about something very important well worth following, but this is the wrong thread for it-- please post in Armed and Unarmed Resistance and/or Politics.  TY
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« Reply #1402 on: February 16, 2017, 01:02:31 AM »

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/319800-gop-senators-unnerved-by-trump-russia-relationship
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« Reply #1403 on: February 16, 2017, 07:55:48 AM »

gop-senators-unnerved-by-trump-russia-relationship

All the usual cast of GOP useful to the Left Senators that are the GOP go to pols for Leftist who do interviews:

Graham McCain sell out Corker and to some extent McConnell.

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« Reply #1404 on: February 17, 2017, 12:05:51 AM »

https://www.jiujitsutimes.com/defend-donald-trumps-arm-drag-handshake/
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« Reply #1405 on: February 17, 2017, 02:26:20 PM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xecEV4dSAXE&sns=fb
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« Reply #1406 on: February 23, 2017, 07:42:34 AM »

 By Daniel Henninger
Feb. 22, 2017 7:19 p.m. ET
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Donald Trump is right that the media is making a mountain out of every Trump molehill. Despite the “resistance,” it also remains true that most Americans want the Trump presidency to succeed.

These Trump Hopefuls, whose number includes people who didn’t vote for him, want the presidency to succeed because they understand that if it fails, the social and economic condition of their country will be in a bad place.

Despite this reservoir of goodwill for the Trump presidency, the degree of anxiety about it is palpable. You have to be living in Netflixed isolation not to have had conversations with people wondering what the hell is going on at this White House.
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Beyond the Beltway bubble, I think most people look upon the pitched battle between Mr. Trump and the news media as they would a playground fight between sixth-graders.

“He hit me first.”

“You hit first.”

“You’re a liar.”

“No, you’re the liar.”

Millions of Americans simply gape.

We could spend the next several years arguing whether Mr. Trump or the dishonest mainstream media started this, but a more productive question is, why is the mayhem happening?

It is happening mainly because the presidential campaign didn’t end last November. The political culture of the 2017 campaign endures inside the White House and among the press and the Trump opposition.

Presidential campaigns are an essential feature of the American political system—long, raucous, fiercely contested. But that glorious tumult is supposed to give way to the more substantial, harder politics of the presidency.

The permanent campaign has been with us a long time, and Barack Obama was the first president who didn’t disband his campaign operation after winning. But we’re in a different dimension today.

Propelled by new media, campaign politics has become a national addiction. It’s similar to the way people drive cars into trees because they can’t stop texting. No one will let go—not the tweeting president, not the surly press and not the hooked, agog public.

Still, there’s a political casualty waiting to happen inside the great American thrill ride—the presidency. Trump the president is looking like he’s trapped inside Trump the campaigner.

To be sure, the Trump presidential machine is executing the president’s orders and making fine appointments. The president’s downward ratchet on the vast Obama regulatory state is the main reason for the upward-bound stock market.

But Mr. Trump himself can revert in an instant to campaign mode—Hillary’s failures, voter fraud and past media transgressions. Or a Florida presidential rally that looks just like a Florida campaign rally. Bill Clinton once said that to win an election you do what you’ve gotta do. But are the tactics of a campaign transferrable to the daily life of a presidency?

Some will say the political world underestimated Donald Trump from day one. That’s true—but as a candidate. The presidency, by contrast, is one part of a large and complicated political system, complicated because the Founders wanted the process to be difficult and to require getting buy-in from unavoidably divided factions.

Mr. Trump and his White House are justified in wondering how it is their politics get hammered, while the factions of the alt-left are generally misrepresented as a benevolent children’s crusade.

A further Trump argument would be that they owe their distraught opposition nothing. That’s mostly true. It isn’t Mr. Trump’s responsibility to provide kumbaya solace to a political left whose street bullies turned Chuck Schumer into a progressive factotum.

The argument here isn’t that Donald Trump as president has to step up to “heal” a divided nation, not least because our age of limitless sentimentality has turned the phrase “heal the nation” into soap bubbles. But it’s obvious that the hyper-hot emotions in the country’s political life now are unsettling many normal people who don’t wish Mr. Trump ill.

There are risks, to the Trump presidency, its goals and the system itself, if the volatile personality-driven politics of the Trump campaign remain the norm for the 45th presidency.

Yes, we know it’s a populist movement. Populism, though, is what gets you elected. The president who tries to govern with populism inside the U.S.’s system of distributed, three-branch authority will fail.

There are going to be tough votes soon in Congress on the president’s tax bill, ObamaCare reform, a Dodd-Frank revision, the budget, infrastructure and the rest. That agenda, intended to raise the U.S. from its doldrums, is the reason so many different kinds of people want this presidency to succeed.

The Trump margin for delivering victory to these hopeful Americans is narrower than it should be. The president’s goals could falter or fail if enough Republicans running for election in 2020 decide their own needs require putting distance between themselves and the permanent volcano of the Trump White House. There will be no moral victories for a presidency that cannot produce 50 votes in the Senate.
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« Reply #1407 on: February 23, 2017, 12:33:53 PM »

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/02/breaking-report-white-house-deputy-chief-staff-nevertrumper-kate-walsh-source-leaks/
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« Reply #1408 on: February 23, 2017, 06:10:05 PM »

This is unprecedented in my memory having people in the same part trying to bring down the President.

What would Joe Stalin do?
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« Reply #1409 on: February 23, 2017, 07:55:02 PM »

Note the subject line "Caveat lector" i.e.  "Let the reader beware"!
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« Reply #1410 on: February 24, 2017, 09:19:28 PM »

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/445185/trump-less-authoritarian-obama
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« Reply #1411 on: February 25, 2017, 04:12:06 PM »

http://www.the-american-interest.com/2017/02/24/trump-isnt-sounding-like-a-russian-mole/
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« Reply #1412 on: March 01, 2017, 12:50:12 PM »


Chris Wallace and Van Jones both (!) said "Last night he became The President".

The opposition party counterattacks:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/02/28/fact-checking-president-trumps-address-to-congress/?utm_term=.91d93d4680af&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

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« Reply #1413 on: March 02, 2017, 09:53:05 AM »

Bigly embarrassing if true!!!!

http://theseattletribune.com/trumps-unsecured-android-device-believed-to-be-source-of-recent-white-house-leaks/
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« Reply #1414 on: March 12, 2017, 03:06:39 PM »

House Committee has asked him to put up or shut up on the wiretapping accusation.

We live in interesting times.
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« Reply #1415 on: March 12, 2017, 03:08:04 PM »

House Committee has asked him to put up or shut up on the wiretapping accusation.

We live in interesting times.


He needs to.

We do.
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« Reply #1416 on: March 19, 2017, 10:30:22 AM »

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/324598-trump-brings-the-boardroom-to-washington
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« Reply #1417 on: March 22, 2017, 11:38:59 AM »


March 21, 2017 7:28 p.m. ET
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If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.

The latest example is Mr. Trump’s refusal to back off his Saturday morning tweet of three weeks ago that he had “found out that [Barack] Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory” on Election Day. He has offered no evidence for his claim, and a parade of intelligence officials, senior Republicans and Democrats have since said they have seen no such evidence.

Yet the President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle, rolling out his press spokesman to make more dubious claims. Sean Spicer—who doesn’t deserve this treatment—was dispatched last week to repeat an assertion by a Fox News commentator that perhaps the Obama Administration had subcontracted the wiretap to British intelligence.

That bungle led to a public denial from the British Government Communications Headquarters, and British news reports said the U.S. apologized. But then the White House claimed there was no apology. For the sake of grasping for any evidence to back up his original tweet, and the sin of pride in not admitting error, Mr. Trump had his spokesman repeat an unchecked TV claim that insulted an ally.

The wiretap tweet is also costing Mr. Trump politically as he hands his opponents a sword. Mr. Trump has a legitimate question about why the U.S. was listening to his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and who leaked news of his meeting with the Russian ambassador. But that question never gets a hearing because the near-daily repudiation of his false tweet is a bigger media story.

FBI director James Comey also took revenge on Monday by joining the queue of those saying the bureau has no evidence to back up the wiretap tweet. Mr. Comey even took the unusual step of confirming that the FBI is investigating ties between the Trump election campaign and Russia.

Mr. Comey said he could make such a public admission only in “unusual circumstances,” but why now? Could the wiretap tweet have made Mr. Comey angry because it implied the FBI was involved in illegal surveillance? Mr. Trump blundered in keeping Mr. Comey in the job after the election, but now the President can’t fire the man leading an investigation into his campaign even if he wants to.

All of this continues the pattern from the campaign that Mr. Trump is his own worst political enemy. He survived his many false claims as a candidate because his core supporters treated it as mere hyperbole and his opponent was untrustworthy Hillary Clinton. But now he’s President, and he needs support beyond the Breitbart cheering section that will excuse anything. As he is learning with the health-care bill, Mr. Trump needs partners in his own party to pass his agenda. He also needs friends abroad who are willing to trust him when he asks for support, not least in a crisis.

This week should be dominated by the smooth political sailing for Mr. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and the progress of health-care reform on Capitol Hill. These are historic events, and success will show he can deliver on his promises. But instead the week has been dominated by the news that he was repudiated by his own FBI director.

Two months into his Presidency, Gallup has Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 39%. No doubt Mr. Trump considers that fake news, but if he doesn’t show more respect for the truth most Americans may conclude he’s a fake President.

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« Reply #1418 on: March 22, 2017, 08:50:15 PM »

Too late now but Trump should have fired Comey:

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsmax-Tv/FBI-James-Comey-investigation-White-House/2017/03/21/id/780018/

Comey's not referring Clinton to the DOJ was grounds enough to be fired but it is all just for the history books now.
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« Reply #1419 on: March 22, 2017, 09:21:28 PM »


March 21, 2017 7:28 p.m. ET
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If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.

The latest example is Mr. Trump’s refusal to back off his Saturday morning tweet of three weeks ago that he had “found out that [Barack] Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory” on Election Day. He has offered no evidence for his claim, and a parade of intelligence officials, senior Republicans and Democrats have since said they have seen no such evidence.

Yet the President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle, rolling out his press spokesman to make more dubious claims. Sean Spicer—who doesn’t deserve this treatment—was dispatched last week to repeat an assertion by a Fox News commentator that perhaps the Obama Administration had subcontracted the wiretap to British intelligence.

That bungle led to a public denial from the British Government Communications Headquarters, and British news reports said the U.S. apologized. But then the White House claimed there was no apology. For the sake of grasping for any evidence to back up his original tweet, and the sin of pride in not admitting error, Mr. Trump had his spokesman repeat an unchecked TV claim that insulted an ally.

The wiretap tweet is also costing Mr. Trump politically as he hands his opponents a sword. Mr. Trump has a legitimate question about why the U.S. was listening to his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and who leaked news of his meeting with the Russian ambassador. But that question never gets a hearing because the near-daily repudiation of his false tweet is a bigger media story.

FBI director James Comey also took revenge on Monday by joining the queue of those saying the bureau has no evidence to back up the wiretap tweet. Mr. Comey even took the unusual step of confirming that the FBI is investigating ties between the Trump election campaign and Russia.

Mr. Comey said he could make such a public admission only in “unusual circumstances,” but why now? Could the wiretap tweet have made Mr. Comey angry because it implied the FBI was involved in illegal surveillance? Mr. Trump blundered in keeping Mr. Comey in the job after the election, but now the President can’t fire the man leading an investigation into his campaign even if he wants to.

All of this continues the pattern from the campaign that Mr. Trump is his own worst political enemy. He survived his many false claims as a candidate because his core supporters treated it as mere hyperbole and his opponent was untrustworthy Hillary Clinton. But now he’s President, and he needs support beyond the Breitbart cheering section that will excuse anything. As he is learning with the health-care bill, Mr. Trump needs partners in his own party to pass his agenda. He also needs friends abroad who are willing to trust him when he asks for support, not least in a crisis.

This week should be dominated by the smooth political sailing for Mr. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and the progress of health-care reform on Capitol Hill. These are historic events, and success will show he can deliver on his promises. But instead the week has been dominated by the news that he was repudiated by his own FBI director.

Two months into his Presidency, Gallup has Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 39%. No doubt Mr. Trump considers that fake news, but if he doesn’t show more respect for the truth most Americans may conclude he’s a fake President.

Appeared in the Mar. 22, 2017, print edition.

The WSJ morphed so slowly into the Huffington Post, I almost didn't notice.
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« Reply #1420 on: March 27, 2017, 03:34:34 PM »

The Outsider Enters Boldly and Trips Over His Own Shoelaces

“There’s a new sheriff in town” is a pretty popular power fantasy. We find ourselves stuck in a circumstance where everyone seems to be running amok, pursuing their own selfish or petty agenda, acting in complete disregard of the needs of others or the community as a whole. Our patience is exhausted, we’re fed up with it, and we make a bold, impossible to ignore, vaguely threatening gesture that demonstrates our supreme power. ENOUGH! Everyone freezes. We declare that order has returned. We begin dictating orders to others, to put everyone in their place. Cowed and intimidated, everyone dutifully returns to their proper place as part of a well-organized machine.

Saturday, Mike Allen shared a rather revealing anecdote about the way the Trump administration is approaching the task of getting legislation passed:
When the balky hardliners of the House Freedom Caucus visited the White House earlier this week, this was Steve Bannon's opening line, according to people in the conference room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building:

“Guys, look. This is not a discussion. This is not a debate. You have no choice but to vote for this bill.”

Bannon's point was: This is the Republican platform. You're the conservative wing of the Republican Party. But people in the room were put off by the dictatorial mindset.

One of the members replied: ”You know, the last time someone ordered me to something, I was 18 years old. And it was my daddy. And I didn't listen to him, either.”

“You have no choice…” Except, the members did. Perhaps at Breitbart.com, Bannon got used to negotiating with people he could fire. The president and his team can’t make a member vote for a bill, particularly one the member thinks is terrible or severely disappointing.

I wrote Friday that one glaring, unavoidable problem for the White House is that the president was trying persuade reluctant members of the House without really understanding why they were objecting. Our old friend Tim Alberta offered a vivid anecdote:

Thursday afternoon, members of the House Freedom Caucus were peppering the president with wonkish concerns about the American Health Care Act—the language that would leave Obamacare’s “essential health benefits” in place, the community rating provision that limited what insurers could charge certain patients, and whether the next two steps of Speaker Paul Ryan’s master plan were even feasible—when Trump decided to cut them off.

“Forget about the little s***,” Trump said, according to multiple sources in the room. “Let's focus on the big picture here.”

The group of roughly 30 House conservatives, gathered around a mammoth, oval-shaped conference table in the Cabinet Room of the White House, exchanged disapproving looks. Trump wanted to emphasize the political ramifications of the bill's defeat; specifically, he said, it would derail his first-term agenda and imperil his prospects for reelection in 2020. The lawmakers nodded and said they understood. And yet they were disturbed by his dismissiveness. For many of the members, the “little s***” meant the policy details that could make or break their support for the bill—and have far-reaching implications for their constituents and the country.

Maybe to Trump these details about the bill were “the little s***.” But to the members in front of him, this was the make-or-break criteria of what makes a good reform bill. You would think the author of The Art of the Deal would have understood the importance of knowing the other side’s priorities. I seem to recall impassioned, insistent assurances during the 2016 Republican presidential primary that Trump was the ultimate dealmaker. Now we’re assured by Trump fan Bill Mitchell, “Trump is prescient and a brilliant strategist; therefore, the death of today's bill was part of his long term strategy.”

We’ve seen the growing enthusiasm for “outsiders” in American politics in recent years. A pratfall like this isn’t the only potential outcome with an outsider, but it’s a strong possibility. They either think they can completely rewrite how the system works, haven’t bothered to study how the system works, or don’t care how the system works. But they don’t actually change how the system works.

Like most of my colleagues, I found AHCA pretty “meh” at best. (With all the bashing going on right now, it’s worth remembering that the bill did offer flexibility to the states on Medicaid, did reduce the deficit, would reduce premiums in the long term if not the short term, and constituted the biggest effort at entitlement reform in a generation.) But because of the impossibility of getting 60 votes in the Senate, it didn’t include tort reform, insurance companies selling across state lines, and a couple of other big elements of the conservative health care reform agenda. It’s quite possible that had this bill been enacted, most Americans would feel like nothing had changed or improved by November 2018.

This was always a thorny, multifaceted problem. But the president and congressional Republicans were quite clear in their promises in 2016. They told us they could handle this, and they made fixing it sound easy. At what point is it fair to conclude their self-assurance was evidence they had no idea what they were talking about?

Could You Guys Stop Finger-Pointing for a Minute?

Historians and students of the presidency love Abraham Lincoln’s “Team of Rivals” in his cabinet. They describe it as messy and complicated but effective and a way to guarantee a diverse range of viewpoints and options are considered. But I’ve always wondered whether the “team of rivals” approach worked because it’s a good system… or whether it worked because Abraham Lincoln was using it.

Because if you have a “team of rivals” in your White House, everybody spends a lot of time jockeying for position and addressing “palace intrigue” instead of, you know, their jobs.

What would be the worst possible way to respond to a defeat? Oh, probably recriminations and finger-pointing, instead of refocusing on common goals and getting everyone on the same page, rowing in the same direction.

With President Donald Trump’s sweeping agenda hitting the rocks as he edges toward the 100-day mark, top aides, political allies and donors are embroiled in a furious round of finger-pointing over who is at fault.

The recriminations extend far beyond the implosion of the GOP’s Obamacare repeal on Friday. Senior aides are lashing each other over their inability to stem a never-ending tide of negative stories about the president. There is second-guessing of the Republican National Committee’s efforts to mobilize Trump’s electoral coalition on behalf of his legislative priorities. At the Environmental Protection Agency, a top official quit recently amid accusations the department is failing to advance the president’s campaign promises. And one of Trump's most generous benefactors, Rebekah Mercer, has expressed frustration over the direction of the administration.

It’s not even April yet.
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« Reply #1421 on: March 27, 2017, 03:37:05 PM »

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Amid Spending Questions, White House Defends Trump’s Golf-Resort Trips
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Mar 20, 2017 3:31 pm ET
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President Donald Trump on Thursday released a budget blueprint calling for sharp cuts to spending on foreign aid, the arts, environmental protection and other areas to pay for a bigger military and more secure border. The next day, he left Washington for his fifth weekend at Mar-a-Lago, his luxurious private golf resort in Palm Beach, Fla.—a trip estimated to cost around $3 million.

The juxtaposition prompted a slew of calculations as to which agencies the president proposed to cut could be saved by reducing the number of weekend trips to Florida for Mr. Trump and his staff. The Washington Post, for example, pointed out that two trips to Mar-a-Lago would pay for a year of funding for the Interagency Council on Homelessness, which Mr. Trump’s budget proposed to eliminate.

Asked at Monday’s White House briefing whether the president would consider reducing his weekend trips “given his feelings about the priorities for Americans’ tax dollars,” press secretary Sean Spicer replied, “That is a vast reach to suggest.” “Presidents always travel,” Mr. Spicer continued. “The president will continue to go and travel around the country and have meetings to solve the nation’s problems.”

Former President Barack Obama also drew criticism for going on golf trips during his presidency — including from Mr. Trump himself. But Mr. Obama didn’t make his first trip to the golf course until four months into his administration. Mr. Trump first traveled to Mar-a-Lago on his second weekend as president.

Pressed on the fact that no previous president had traveled as frequently and as early in his administration—and to a private club—as Mr. Trump, Mr. Spicer pointed out that former President George W. Bush had traveled to his ranch in Crawford, Texas, but did not respond to the rest of the question. “The president’s very clear that he works seven days a week,” Mr. Spicer said. “This is where he goes to see his family. This is part of being president.”

Mr. Trump’s trips to Florida have raised eyebrows not just for their hefty price tag — which, according to a Government Accountability Office report on an Obama trip to West Palm Beach from 2013, is somewhere around $3 million — but for the spotlight they place on a resort he owns. His frequent trips there – sometimes accompanied by foreign leaders – and meetings with the club’s exclusive roster of members have driven up business for the resort, which recently doubled its initiation fees to $200,000.

Last weekend, Mr. Trump held what the White House called “part of a cabinet meeting” in the dining room of his Virginia-based golf resort. And in April, the president is tentatively set to meet at Mar-a-Lago with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who would become the second foreign leader to travel to the club. Meanwhile, White House officials have sought to play down the amount of golf Mr. Trump plays at the resort each weekend.

The White House on Sunday said Mr. Trump might hit a few golf balls, but declined to confirm whether he actually did so. Chris Ruddy, a longtime friend of the president who is also a member of Mar-a-Lago, subsequently tweeted a photo of Mr. Trump wearing a golf glove.

On Monday, Mr. Spicer defended the president’s trips to the golf course. “How you use the game of golf is something that he’s talked about,” he said. Mr. Spicer also challenged the notion that Mr. Trump’s frequenting of golf courses means he’s actually playing golf.

“Just because he heads there doesn’t mean that that’s what’s happening,” he said.
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« Reply #1422 on: March 28, 2017, 10:52:54 AM »

Tom Delay on Trump "working with Dems":

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsmax-Tv/Democrats-left-agenda-Tom-DeLay/2017/03/27/id/781027/
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« Reply #1423 on: March 29, 2017, 08:51:12 AM »

Just over two months into President Trump's presidency, the Leftist media bashing President Trump constantly, Paul Ryan and his failings, Russia, golf, Britain and spying; and I still have absolutely no "buyer's remorse," when I consider what either of the socialist alternatives would have been.
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« Reply #1424 on: March 29, 2017, 10:03:17 AM »

AMEN!!!
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« Reply #1425 on: March 31, 2017, 01:31:33 PM »

 By Peggy Noonan
March 30, 2017 7:21 p.m. ET
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Near the end of the campaign I wrote a column called “Imagine a Sane Donald Trump,” lamenting that I believed he was crazy, and too bad. Too bad because his broad policy assertions, or impulses, suggested he understood that 2008 and the years just after (the crash and the weak recovery) had changed everything in America, and that the country was going to choose, in coming decades, one of two paths—a moderate populism or socialism—and that the former was vastly to be preferred, for reasons of the nation’s health. A gifted politician could make his party the leader toward that path, which includes being supportive and encouraging of business but willing to harness government to alleviate the distress of the abandoned working class and the anxious middle class; strong on defense but neither aggressive nor dreamy in world affairs; realistic and nonradical on social issues while unmistakably committed to protecting the freedoms of the greatest cohering force in America, its churches; and aware that our nation’s immigration reality was a scandal created by both parties, and must be redressed.

You could discern, listening to his interviews and speeches, that this was more or less where Donald Trump stood. If a politician governed along those lines, he could help bring forward a politics more pertinent to the times, end brain-dead fixations, force both parties to question their ways of operating, and possibly push our national politics in a more productive direction. All this in my view would be good.

Undergirding my thinking is the sense that a big bad day is coming—that we have too many enemies, and some of them have the talent to hurt us, and one or more inevitably will. Whatever helps hold us together now will help hold us together then, when we’re under severe pressure.
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Behind that thought is the observation that our country is stressed to the point of fracture culturally, economically, politically, spiritually. We find it hard to hold together on a peaceful day, never mind a violent one. And so right now we must institute as much good feeling and cooperation in Washington as we can. The nation longs for examples of constructiveness and capability. We’ve got to keep the long view in mind.

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The priority is stabilizing and strengthening what we have, and encouraging wherever possible an atmosphere of peacefulness and respect.

That’s where I am, or rather what I think is politically desirable.

Looking at the administration 70 days in, things do not, in these areas, look promising. There’s too much gravitational pull to the president’s accumulated mistakes.

His stupid tweets have now resulted in the Russia probe. That will help opioid addicts in Ohio. This Thursday he may have launched a Republican civil war: The Freedom Caucus had better “get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & the Dems, in 2018!” That will help promote harmony. His staff has failed to absorb the obvious fact that Mr. Trump was so outsized, colorful, and freakish a character that their primary job, and an easy one it was, was to be the opposite—sober, low-key, reassuring. Instead they seemed to compete with him for outlandishness.

Whatever your feelings and views, whatever was said behind closed doors, in the photo-op the president of the United States must shake the German chancellor’s hand. Not only because you are a gentleman, not only because it is your job to represent America with grace, but because a baseline requirement of your office is to show public respect for a great nation with which we have a history, part of that history constituting a jewel in the crown of 20th-century world diplomacy.

It amazes me that in his dealings with the health-care bill Mr. Trump revealed that he has no deep knowledge of who his base is, who his people are. I’ve never seen that in politics. But Mr. Trump’s supporters didn’t like the bill. If they had wanted a Republican president who deals only with the right, to produce a rightist bill, they would have chosen Ted Cruz. Instead they chose someone outside conservatism who backed big-ticket spending on infrastructure and opposed cutting entitlements, which suggested he’d be working with Democrats, too.

A president dealing with a national issue that arouses anxieties has to take time and speak repeatedly on the plan and the goal, with the kind of specificity that encourages confidence. “You win the argument, then you win legislatively,” Newt Gingrich said in an interview this week, paraphrasing Margaret Thatcher.

And a president must always appear to be leading, not meekly tagging leaders within the Congress.

Seventy days is only 70 days. Mr. Trump’s supporters will give him time. During the campaign I spoke often to a friend in north Georgia, a Trump supporter who was a Democrat and voted for Barack Obama. She is unshaken. Mr. Trump is “making the kind of mistakes a new president makes,” she says now. “He’s having growing pains. Because he’s not a politician.”

He’s not. But he is the holder of the highest political office in the land, which requires some political discipline.

Whenever I used to have disagreements with passionate pro-Trump people, I’d hear their arguments, weigh their logic and grievances. I realized after a while that in every conversation we always brought different experiences to the table. I had worked in a White House. I had personally observed its deeper realities and requirements. Their sense of how a White House works came from news shows and reading, and also from TV shows such as “House of Cards” and “Scandal.” Those are dark, cynical shows that more or less suggest anyone can be president. I don’t mean that in the nice way. Those programs don’t convey how a White House is an organism demanding of true depth, of serious people, real professionals. A president has to be a serious person too, and not only an amusing or stimulating talker, or the object of a dream.

Robert Sherwood, the playwright who was Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speechwriter throughout the war, saw him as subtle, high-minded, and one of the great “showmen” of presidential history. Sherwood’s biographer, Harriet Hyman Alonso, quotes Sherwood on how sometimes FDR spoke to him “as if he were an actor who had been reading my lines.” After a speech in Philadelphia, the president asked Sherwood if he thought the timing in a section of the speech was good. Sherwood called it perfect. Roosevelt then gave him “one of his sly looks and asked, ‘Do you think [Alfred] Lunt could have done it any better?’ ” Lunt was the great stage actor of the day.

That is the public part of the presidency, which we see so much now that we think it’s all there is. But there is a private presidency. It is in private that Mr. Trump does his tweeting. It is in private, in the office, that a crisis comes over the transom, and is announced by the national security adviser. Maybe the mad boy-king of North Korea will decide it’s a good day to see if his missiles can hit Los Angeles. Maybe a sleeper cell of terrorists will decide it’s a good day to show it’s woke.

Crisis reveals the character, the essential nature of a White House. Seventy days in, that is my worry.
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By Louise Radnofsky and
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March 31, 2017 6:00 p.m. ET
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WASHINGTON—Ten weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump hasn’t had an easy week yet.

Mr. Trump has hit regular high points—the nomination of a Supreme Court justice, a smooth speech to a joint session of Congress, an active deal-making role in health-care negotiations.

But they have each been punctured, within hours or days, by low points—courts blocking his travel restrictions, an early-morning tweet about wiretapping, and the collapse of those talks to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The result, as captured in Gallup polling, is a constant cycle of slips and rebounds for Mr. Trump. The collapse of the health-care bill last week helped pushed down his approval rating to 35% between Sunday and Tuesday, the all-time worst ratings for any president in his first year, Gallup found.

“Unusually low, unusually early,” the organization concluded in its assessment of the data. “Already a trendsetter by earning the lowest initial job approval rating of any president and falling below 40% approval in record time, Trump’s recent 35% and 36% approval ratings are the lowest of any president in his first year.”

On Thursday, the White House began making adjustments aimed at improving its performance as it turns toward a measure in Congress to keep the government from shutting down and an effort to overhaul the tax code.

The president is likely to bank a win next week with the Senate moving toward approval of his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, though Democrats are threatening a vigorous debate and perhaps a filibuster.

Mr. Trump is in need of a clean victory to shore up his nascent presidency, political strategists said.

“Momentum matters right now, particularly when you have as aggressive an agenda as this White House has,” said Kevin Madden, a longtime Republican strategist who advised 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney. “The core reason that the president got elected was his ability to speak to the frustrations that people have about Washington not getting things done. A lot of those controversies distract attention from that.”

The White House “hasn’t made the gains that they’ve promised, and Congress is motivated by gains,” Mr. Madden said. “Without those, it’s increasingly difficult to create incentives for Congress to provide the support they need to get things done.”

Mr. Trump, for his part, sets little store in polls or unfavorable headlines, as he has made clear in tweet after tweet.

“If the people of our great country could only see how viciously and inaccurately my administration is covered by certain media!” Mr. Trump wrote this week.

Instead, he and spokesman Sean Spicer talk up positive economic indicators, as Mr. Spicer did again Friday. He cited a survey by the National Association of Manufacturers, whose members visited the White House on Friday, in which 93% of respondents said they now had a positive outlook.

“The president was glad to see this report add to the list of measurements reflecting the incredible optimism and positivity that his pro-growth policies have created,” he said.

Other presidents have seen approval ratings significantly worse, but they have all come at later points in their presidencies, Gallup found.

President Bill Clinton hit a low in his first summer in office of 37%, but it marked a bottoming out from which he climbed back to win re-election. Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush each reached the 20s in the latter years in their first, and only, terms of office, and didn’t recover.
Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court comes to a Senate vote next week as two Democratic senators have stepped forward as the first to throw support behind the nominee. WSJ's Byron Tau and Tanya Rivero discuss whether more Democrats are likely to follow suit. Photo: AP

The selection of Judge Gorsuch, who now serves on the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, is a rare case in which the president has managed to clearly fulfill a campaign pledge, as was his promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and expedite approval of long-stalled pipeline projects.

More often, though, the White House has either seen its initiatives blocked or scaled back from the fiery rhetoric of the presidential campaign.

Mr. Trump is expected to seek minor changes in the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, rather than a broad rewrite. He has yet to find a winning strategy for constructing a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border—paid for by Mexico. His travel restrictions on six majority-Muslim nations, intended to diminish terrorism threats, are mired in the courts. His description of the revised ban as a “watered-down version of the first one” already has complicated the government’s arguments in support of it.

On Thursday, a frustrated Mr. Trump lashed out at lawmakers in the House Freedom Caucus who withheld support for the White House-backed health-care bill after deeming it insufficiently conservative. He said he would “fight them” in the 2018 elections, if he had to. The rift, some conservatives have said, is mutual.

“I think the man who came to drain the swamp might have become the creature from the black lagoon,” said Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and a strong backer of Mr. Trump. “He’s got the wrong target. The grass roots thank God for the Freedom Caucus. Trump is separating himself from his own base.”

Since entering the White House, Mr. Trump has not finished a single week without controversy, and all of it has unfolded against a backdrop of probes by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and on Capitol Hill into his team’s contacts with Russia.

This week, the White House announced the departure of Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh to join America First Policies, an outside group that aims to bolster Mr. Trump’s agenda, and which could take a more muscular approach to fighting the president’s former conservative allies.

Trump advisers are interviewing Rick Dearborn, currently a deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs, to succeed Ms. Walsh, according to two people familiar with the conversations. A senior administration official said the White House hopes to decide on her successor by this weekend.

Mr. Dearborn and Ms. Walsh have feuded from the first day of Mr. Trump’s administration, according to a person familiar with their conversations.

Ms. Walsh, in charge of assigning West Wing office space, gave Mr. Dearborn an office he found inferior to the space allotted to his assistant. Mr. Dearborn and the assistant switched offices, which angered Ms. Walsh. Aides loyal to Mr. Dearborn cheered Ms. Walsh’s White House departure, while other insiders—including top Trump adviser Steve Bannon—heaped praise on her.

She is the second high-level Trump adviser to resign. The first was National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, who was forced out after it became apparent that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.

Mr. Flynn’s contacts with Russian officials are now a major part of a much broader, criminal investigation of some of Mr. Trump’s top campaign advisers that has begun to hang over his new presidency.

“Having the Russia [inquiries] taking up time and energy, and add in the congressional oversight role—and it all presents a very real challenge,” Mr. Madden said.
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« Reply #1427 on: March 31, 2017, 07:09:34 PM »

second post

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/31/sources-white-house-leaks-center-discussions-katie-walsh-replacement/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=daily&utm_content=links&utm_campaign=20170331
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« Reply #1428 on: April 01, 2017, 02:28:15 PM »

"Trump is a man who is constitutionally incapable of taking responsibility for his own defects and errors, and as such requires an enemy. The one he has chosen isn’t Schumer — it is congressional conservatives, the Republican true-believers who make up the grandiosely named “Freedom Caucus.”

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446333/trump-democrats-working-together
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« Reply #1430 on: April 13, 2017, 06:43:04 AM »

The Trump Presidency Begins
A presidency that was almost too much fun has taken a clear turn to the serious.
President Trump and Chinese President Xi in Palm Beach, Fla., April 7.
President Trump and Chinese President Xi in Palm Beach, Fla., April 7. Photo: Associated Press
By Daniel Henninger
Updated April 13, 2017 7:19 a.m. ET
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Instead of “The Trump Presidency Begins,” an alternative headline for this column might have been “Trump’s Presidency Begins.” Each describes a different reality.

Until recently, “Trump’s presidency” has been about one thing—Donald Trump. It’s been Trump 24/7. Mr. Trump owned the presidency the way Mr. Trump owns a tower on Fifth Avenue. For better and for worse, Trump’s presidency was all about him.

In the past few weeks—the Gorsuch appointment, the Syrian strike, the meeting with China’s Xi Jinping —we are finally seeing the beginning of the real Trump presidency.
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Like all the others dating back to George Washington, the presidency is not an object captured by one person; it is an office held in trust for the people of the United States.

The Trump-centric phenomenon of these early days is the product of our celebrity-centric times, not least the presidency. He drove it with social media, and the media torrents washed back over him.

There are some realities, though, that the media torrents haven’t washed away yet. America’s institutions, its politics and the distant world are still too large for anyone to hold and command alone. That is the lesson of recent days.

Neil Gorsuch was nominated by Mr. Trump to fill the ninth seat on the Supreme Court. What followed was a mighty political struggle. The opposition to Judge Gorsuch, led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, revealed that the legal philosophies of progressives and conservatives have arrived at incompatibility.

Confirming Judge Gorsuch required the Trump presidency to recede so its political allies could rise and execute. The legislative branch eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees, thereby preserving the president’s prerogatives.

While the Gorsuch drama played out on the Senate floor, Mr. Trump met at Mar-a-Lago with China’s Xi Jinping, who traveled nearly 8,000 miles to meet the American president. Possibly, the Chinese thought that Muhammad going to the mountain would flatter the flatterable Mr. Trump. Instead, the strikingly low-key meeting acknowledged the high stakes for the two nations and the world.

On Wednesday, Mr. Xi called the president to discuss North Korea again. That no doubt had something to do with Mr. Trump’s soufflé surprise over dinner with Mr. Xi—a missile strike against an Assad airfield and chemical-weapons depot in Syria.

Unlike the assassination of Osama bin Laden, when the mission details leaked out overnight, there was no self-congratulatory media dump out of the White House of this presumably ultra-media-conscious president. Just a blow to the Middle East status quo.

For our purposes, the important thing isn’t the strike but what came before. It requires little imagination to guess the import of the conversations about operational and political details between the president and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis —former head of the U.S.’s Middle Eastern Central Command—and his national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster. As Dorothy said to Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.

Days before the Syrian strike, Mr. Trump with little fanfare met two Middle Eastern leaders crucial to U.S. strategy for the region—President Sisi of Egypt and Jordan’s King Abdullah. In March, he hosted a working lunch for Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Salman, creator of the 41-state Arab coalition to fight Islamic State. A successful presidential foreign policy needs allies. Watch this space.

There has been the difficult matter of the Trump-Putin mutual admiration society. Over the past week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Russia may have been “complicit” in the Syrian gas attack. Mr. Tillerson flew to Moscow for a tough chat Wednesday with Mr. Putin. Any Putin investment in the U.S. election is deep in the red right now.

One reads that the Trump White House’s communication shop is up late imagining bullet points for the president’s “first 100 days.” One reads that Mr. Trump is arbitrating disputes between his son-in-law Jared Kushner and his Cromwellian counselor Steve Bannon over the presidency’s proper direction.

This isn’t complicated. There was only one Trump promise—Make America Great Again. If you type that phrase into Google Translate, this is what should appear: Get the American economic engine retuned or pack it in. Every other pet peeve or project is secondary.

There are two levers for achieving this goal: tax policy and deregulation. To get there, the Trump presidency just inserted two key players.

Kevin Hassett of the American Enterprise Institute, an expert on what makes a tax code productive, becomes chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Neomi Rao, director of George Mason University’s gloriously named Center for the Study of the Administrative State, became the Trump White House’s czarina of regulation. A Chicago Law grad.

We have arrived in the foothills of the Trump presidency, and warnings no doubt abound. Not least is the Republican obsession with the sport of cliff-diving over dry land. What’s important is that a presidency that was almost too much fun has taken a turn for the serious.

Write henninger@wsj.com.
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