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Meghan McCain Demands to Be Taken Seriously by ‘The View’ Co-Hosts

During Tuesday’s broadcast of The View, co-host Meghan McCain seemed a bit irritated and annoyed with her colleagues for not taking her viewpoints on politics seriously enough, insisting at one point that she comes to the show every day to give a “different perspective” even though it is an “unpopular one.”With the show hitting the air just moments after a House Judiciary Committee hearing adjourned following former White House counsel Don McGahn defying a congressional subpoena, the hosts jumpe...
Tags: News, White House, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Paul ryan, Fox News, Republican Party, Whoopi Goldberg, Trump, McCain, Richard Nixon, House Judiciary Committee, Joy Behar, Montoursville, Meghan McCain, Behar


Both parties choose to ignore the problem of record federal spending and debt

One of the Republican Party’s most compelling arguments against the Obama administration was the endless stream of federal debt-fueled spending that took place under the former president’s watch. His various economic bailouts during the thick of the recession propelled deficits and the federal debt into the stratosphere. By the end of Obama’s terms, his budgets added, by some estimates, $9 trillion in red ink. Uncontrolled federal spending hampers the economy, drives up inflation and imposes gra...
Tags: Obama, Congress, California, Opinion, Washington, White House, Barack Obama, Sport, Nasa, Soccer, Editorials, Social Security, Lausd, Republican Party, Treasury Department, Newsweek


Donald Trump Jr. Set for Interview With Senate Intelligence Committee

David Becker/GettyDonald Trump Jr. and the Senate Intelligence Committee have reached a deal to meet in mid-June for a private interview that will be limited in time to two to four hours, according to a source familiar with the situation. As Monday came to a close, the president’s eldest son was planning on telling Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Co. to take a hike. Trump Jr. had a letter drafted and ready to go to inform the Senate committee that he would not come in for an interview, that he ...
Tags: News, Congress, Senate, White House, Manhattan, Republican Party, Senate Intelligence Committee, Trump, Trump Tower, Mueller, Burr, Richard Burr, Trump Jr, Don Jr, Trump Tower Moscow, Donald Trump Jr Set


Biden (Once Again) Predicts The GOP Will Eventually Have An ‘Epiphany’

While campaigning in New Hampshire on Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke of an impending “epiphany” that the Republican Party will likely have once President Trump is out of office. “I just think there is a way, and the thing that will fundamentally change things is with Donald Trump out of the White House. Not a joke. You will see an epiphany occur among many of my Republican friends,” Biden said, according to several news outlets there. “It’s already beginning in the House now …...
Tags: News, Washington Post, White House, Joe Biden, Gop, New Hampshire, House, New York Times, Party, Republican Party, Republican, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Matt Viser, 2020 Elections


Trump Buddies Like Viktor Orbán Are Sucking the Life Blood Out of European Democracy

Akos Stiller/Bloomberg/GettySIBIU, Romania—European leaders met last Thursday in this picturesque town that, as it happens, was once the capital of Transylvania. They were looking for ways to fight increasingly authoritarian leaders and parties in the European Union that are sucking the life blood out of democracy.In contrast, U.S. President Donald J. Trump embraced one of those leaders at the White House on Monday, praising Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, even as he has been censured by ...
Tags: Europe, News, Vladimir Putin, Congress, France, White House, Germany, Angela Merkel, Russia, Eu, European Union, Vienna, Hungary, Britain, Nigel Farage, Poland


Tariffs: The Taxes That Made America Great

America Fist Free Trade Tariffs U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- As his limo carried him to work at the White House Monday, Larry Kudlow could not have been pleased with the headline in The Washington Post: “Kudlow Contradicts Trump on Tariffs.” The story began: “National Economic Council Director Lawrence Kudlow acknowledged Sunday that American consumers end up paying for the administration's tariffs on Chinese imports, contradicting President Trump's repeated inaccurate claim that the Chinese foot...
Tags: Usa, Guns, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, White House, China, Germany, America, Beijing, United States, Ohio, Fox News, Lincoln, Republican Party, Federal Reserve


Abolish the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) NOW!

Opinion Abolish the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) NOW! USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Imagine there is a group of people in Congress with more influence over whether laws are passed and rules are changed, than any official committee or subcommittee in the House and Senate. Now, imagine the members of this powerful group are not even members of Congress – in fact, they’re not elected officials at all. Finally, imagine this group operates in secret, refuses to explain its decisions in detail to a...
Tags: Guns, Obamacare, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, America, House, Republican Party, Jonathan Gruber, Newt Gingrich, Trump, Bush, Congressional Budget Office CBO, CBO, U S House of Representatives


Trump is impeachable, says Republican former governor taking on president in 2020 election

Donald Trump is "impeachable" and Congress must look at the question again in the wake of the Mueller report, the Republican former governor Bill Weld has said.Mr Weld is running against Mr Trump in the Republican 2020 primary, much to the chagrin of the White House – but when he talks about impeachment he knows more than most.The former federal prosecutor worked on the House of Representative’s 1974 impeachment inquiry of Richard Nixon and contributed to then House’s report on the constitutiona...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, US, New Hampshire, House, Republican Party, Msnbc, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, Richard Blumenthal, Libertarian Party, Richard Nixon, Bill Weld, AG


The Shrinking Constitution of Settlement

For the symposium on Sanford Levinson and Jack M. Balkin, Democracy and Dysfunction (University of Chicago Press, 2019). In the afterword to the 2011 edition of Constitutional Faith and in his 2012 book Framed: America ’ s Fifty-One Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance , Sanford Levinson introduced a distinction between the “Constitution of Settlement” and the “Constitution of Conversation.” The Constitution of Settlement comprises those aspects of the Constitution tha...
Tags: Supreme Court, Congress, California, Senate, White House, America, Hillary Clinton, United States, Ted Cruz, House Of Representatives, John Mccain, Republican Party, District Of Columbia, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Branding


Study: Jon Stewart leaving ‘Daily Show’ helped Trump win presidency

A new study used Comedy Central ratings and political survey data to examine whether the departure of Jon Stewart from "The Daily Show" had a causal effect on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.The researchers found that it had a 1.1 percent effect on voter turnout, an amount that could've proved decisive in such a narrow election.The researchers used causal language in the study, but cautioned that Stewart's departure was one of many factors that decided the election. None Jon Stewar...
Tags: Politics, Comedy, Television, Entertainment, Stephen Colbert, Amy Schumer, Innovation, Colbert, Jon Stewart, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Trevor Noah, Trump, Democratic Party, Stewart, Ethan Portera


Clinton-era politics refuses to die. Joe Biden is its zombie that staggers on

Biden thinks he’s well positioned because after the shock of the Trump years, people want to go back to where we were. Wrong Joe Biden is well on his way to uniting everyone who likes to watch the world burn. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images You cannot understand politics in America until you understand that in the Democratic party, which ostensibly represents the left side of our nation’s political spectrum, there are a significant number of people who genuinely believe that Joe Biden ...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Obama, Washington, White House, Iraq, America, Reagan, Joe Biden, Republican Party, Biden, Donald Trump, Clinton, Trump, Hamilton Nolan, Saul Loeb


‘Slay the Dragon’ Review: A Tough but Necessary Documentary About the Decay of Democracy [Tribeca]

Slay the Dragon  opens with the Flint Water Crisis in 2014, when officials of Flint, Michigan made a costly decision that poisoned the predominantly black residents of Flint. Brown liquid poured from household sinks, deaths occurred, and children were exposed to the contamination. The Flint Water Crisis is still to this day far from resolved. The government leadership’s laxness in fixing the problem attributed to a sense of security over their government seats. If their congressional maps guara...
Tags: Florida, Movies, Documentary, John Oliver, Barack Obama, Features, Movie Reviews, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, Republican Party, Republican, Donald Trump, Tribeca, Flint Michigan, Flint Water Crisis, Film Festivals


A Nation at War With Itself

The future does not bode well for a country that is so deeply divided. U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- President Donald Trump has decided to cease cooperating with what he sees, not incorrectly, as a Beltway conspiracy that is out to destroy him. “We're fighting all the subpoenas,” Trump said Wednesday. “These aren't, like, impartial people. The Democrats are out to win in 2020.” Thus the Treasury Department just breezed by a deadline from the House Ways and Means Committee to deliver Trump's tax re...
Tags: Guns, White House, America, House, Boston Marathon, Beltway, Nancy Pelosi, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Sanders, Democratic Party, Treasury Department, Pat Buchanan


Joe Biden enters 2020 presidential race: 'This is a battle for the soul of the nation'

Former vice president Joe Biden has finally entered the battle for the White House, claiming the 2020 race would be nothing less than “a battle for the soul of this nation”.In one of the most highly anticipated, but widely expected steps of the election cycle, the Democrat from Delaware declared his intention to launch his third presidential bid.If he succeeds in securing the party’s nomination, it would mean the 2020 contest to lead the large and diverse country is a showdown between two white ...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Obama, Washington, White House, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Republican Party, Biden, Donald Trump, Charlottesville, Delaware


The Longstanding Trump-Russia Unknowns That Mueller Finally Answered

Reporting over the past two years surfaced dozens of mysterious interactions between the Trump campaign’s alleged involvement with Russian government officials and businessmen. The Mueller report, at long last, provided some answers.  Here are some of the key unknowns in the Trump-Russia story that the special counsel’s probe helped clear up. Ineptitude or corruption? The tale of Jared Kushner White House son-in-law Jared Kushner drew scrutiny for his contacts with Russian government off...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Russia, Syria, Ukraine, Gop, United States, New Jersey, Moscow, Manhattan, Fifth Avenue, Republican Party, Kremlin, Gates, Trump


Mueller report: Inside the search for answers about Trump's alleged collusion with Russia

On a cloudy day in early November, the last of conservative writer Jerome Corsi's six marathon interviews with the office of special counsel Robert Mueller was about to begin. Sitting in a building in Washington, three prosecutors assigned to his case opened with a lecture.For more than two months, they had been chasing tantalising leads offered by Mr Corsi, an associate of Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone, who had told them that the longtime Republican Party operative sought a back channe...
Tags: Google, Post, New York, Texas, London, News, Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, White House, Russia, US, Barack Obama, Dnc


Mueller report details the evolution of Russia’s troll farm as it began targeting US politics

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images On Thursday, Attorney General William Barr released the long-anticipated Mueller report. With it comes a useful overview of how Russia leveraged U.S.-based social media platforms to achieve its political ends. While we’ve yet to find too much in the heavily redacted text that we didn’t already know, Mueller does recap efforts undertaken by Russia’s mysterious Internet Research Agency or “IRA” to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Florida, Politics, New York, Instagram, Government, Russia, US, Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton, United States, Tennessee, New York Times, Miami


5 theories on why Pete Buttigieg got so popular.

It's a crowded field of Democratic Party candidates, with notables like Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris idling at around 7% and Cory Booker embarrassingly stalled at 3%. So how did Pete Buttigieg break through the pack into 3rd place already? (Only Biden and Sanders outpoll the fast-rising newcomer.)Amber Phillips (at WaPo) has 5 theories, which I'll summarize, interwoven with my commentary.1. He's a "novelty," Phillips says, because he "is from the Midwest, he’s a veteran who served in Afgha...
Tags: Law, California, Washington, Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama, Afghanistan, Hillary Clinton, Republican Party, Biden, Kamala Harris, Trump, Midwest, Sanders, Democratic Party, Phillips, Pamela


The #Astrology of the #MuellerReport

(Astrology Explored) As of today only a handfull of people know what Robert Mueller found in his investigation of the Russia’s involvement with Donald Trump’s campaign for president. As people wait for William Barr to release a redacted version of the report can astrology give a heads up as to what Robert Mueller found? Mueller was tasked with these areas of investigation: The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct the investigation confirmed by then-FBI Director James 8...
Tags: Putin, White House, Russia, Uncategorized, Intelligence, Fbi, Moon, Sun, Leo, Mars, Republican Party, Republican, Saturn, Jupiter, Donald Trump, March


Trump & Co. Are Crossing Big, Bright Red Lines—and They’re Getting Away With It

Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/Photos Getty/Jenny DettrickWhatever revelations the redacted version of the Mueller report may hold, they will not be as disturbing as the behavior of President Trump and his team in the days and weeks leading up to its release. That is not a reference to the president’s panic-tweeting, nor does it refer to his other efforts to distract, obfuscate, or shift blame. Instead, it is acknowledgement of something more insidious that is afoot, something...
Tags: News, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Kentucky, Senate, White House, Russia, America, Gop, Mitch McConnell, Department Of Justice, Republican Party, Department Of Homeland Security, Irs, Trump, Democratic Party


Trump Camp. Fundraising Figures Building Up To Beat Sanders And Harris’ Combined

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is set to report that it raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, edging out his top two Democratic rivals combined, according to figures it provided to The Associated Press. The haul brings the campaign’s cash on hand to $40.8 million, an unprecedented war chest for an incumbent president this early in a campaign. The Trump campaign said nearly 99% of its donations were of $200 or less, with an average donation of ...
Tags: News, Obama, Washington, Virginia, Barack Obama, Ap, Gop, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Republican National Committee, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Rnc, HARRIS, Democratic National Committee


Fiscally-conservative Democrats have declared war on the Green New Deal

The so-called Blue Dog Coalition of centrist Democrats want to prohibit federal deficit – and kill the Green New Deal ‘There’s nothing inherently dangerous about a growing deficit.’ Photograph: J David Ake/AP Utah representative Ben McAdams, a Democrat, warned ominously this week that a “day of reckoning is coming.” It’s the kind of sober language typically used to describe a climate crisis which – if we continue on with business as usual – could end human civilization as we know it. McAdams,...
Tags: Utah, Science, Greece, US, America, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, House, Social Security, Medicare, Republican Party, Deseret News, McAdams, Franklin D Roosevelt, Congressional Progressive Caucus, Ben McAdams


Newtonian and Anti-Newtonian Political and Judicial Polarization

For the symposium on Neal Devins and Lawrence Baum's new book, The Company They Keep: How Partisan Divisions Came to the Supreme Court (Oxford University Press, 2019). The PEW Research Group’s surveys of public opinion in the United States document the fundamental regime change that has taken place over the last half century. Public opinion surveys taken during the Great Society found that elite Republicans and elite Democrats were more likely to agree with each other than with less educated and...
Tags: Supreme Court, Congress, Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama, United States, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Newton, Branding, Democratic, Democratic Party, John Roberts, Roberts, Harvard Law Review, Roe


Mulvaney: GOP’s Health Care Plan Coming ‘Fairly Shortly’

White House aides and officials spent the day on Saturday at Camp David, brainstorming possible policy footholds the Republican Party should adapt to make health care a focus for the party heading into 2020 elections, CNN reported. White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney confirmed to “Fox News Sunday” that a plan is in the works and strategists want to have a platform in place to give Republicans something to run on next year. “I do think you’ll see a plan here fairly shortly,” Mulvan...
Tags: News, White House, Cnn, Gop, Fox News, Republican Party, Trump, Camp David, Mick Mulvaney, Bill Cassidy R La, 2020 Elections, Sens Lindsey Graham R SC, Mulvaney, Republican Health Care, Nicole Lafond


Are more re-enfranchised former offenders now registering as Republicans rather than as Democrats?

The question in the title of this post is prompted by this notable New York Sun piece headlined "Trump’s ‘First Step’ Toward 2020."  Here are excerpts: Could President Trump’s bipartisan criminal justice reform — known as the First Step Act — prove to be a first step in a political revolution?  We ask because of a startling disclosure by one of the President’s shrewdest lieutenants in the campaign for First Step, Jared Kushner.  It turns out, he said, that greater numbers of ex-cons being grant...
Tags: Florida, Law, White House, Mitt Romney, Republican Party, Trump, Mueller, Laura Ingraham, Ingraham, New York Sun, Kushner, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Jared Kushner, Sunshine State Florida


Democrats mock Trump over healthcare delay, prepare for 2020 battle

Trump in recent days had pledged to use court action to end Obamacare, the signature law of his Democratic predecessor President Barack Obama, and said his Republican Party would over the next few months push for a better healthcare plan at lower cost for most Americans. In a series of late-night posts on Twitter on Monday Trump did just that, saying there would be no vote on any healthcare legislation until after next year's election. Democrats gleefully jumped on the delay, saying it showed ...
Tags: Science, Barack Obama, Republican Party, Trump, Twitter on Monday Trump


Trump says vote on healthcare can wait until after 2020 election

(This April 1 story was refiled to add dropped word in paragraph 6) WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he was willing to wait until after the 2020 presidential election to get Congress to vote on a new healthcare plan, giving Republicans time to develop a proposal to replace Obamacare. Congressional Republicans have been unable thus far to draft a proposal to replace Democratic President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act despite frequent vows to do so ...
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington, Barack Obama, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, Reuters U S, Obamacare Congressional Republicans




GOP Scrambles To Deal With Trump’s Decision On Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s decision to revive the fight over the Affordable Care Act has stirred a political and policy debate among Republicans on how best to approach the divisive issue heading into the 2020 election. Failing to repeal and replace the ACA, otherwise known as Obamacare, is one of the biggest shortcomings of the president’s first term. It left Republicans with a broken campaign promise, dismal approval ratings and a narrative they haven’t been able to shake — tha...
Tags: Utah, Florida, News, Supreme Court, Obamacare, Republicans, Washington, Senate, White House, Massachusetts, Politico, Ap, Gop, House, Mitt Romney, Mitch McConnell


Mueller Did the Right Thing

It seems that “13 hardened Democrats” or “angry Democrats” did not deliver a politically motivated, illegitimate hit job after all. Based on what we know so far, the special counsel’s office reported that it did not find evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. This is a fabulous vindication of the integrity of the system.No one is noticing that. Instead, the Trump team is gorging on schadenfreude, and the anti-Trump team is choking on bile.It’s fair to say th...
Tags: New York, News, White House, Hillary Clinton, Republican Party, Justice Department, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Trump University, Jeff Sessions, Mueller, Charles Krauthammer, Team Trump, Curiel, William Barr, Cupp Jeff Bezos



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