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Trump unhappy Jared Kushner took a powder on the ski slopes as health care bill floundered

Source: CNN

While the rest of his senior staff scrambled all day Thursday and Friday morning to squeeze votes for President Trump's flailing health care package, one person remained notably absent: Jared Kushner.


Along with this wife, Ivanka Trump, another key cog in the president's inner circle, Kushner was on vacation, skiing with family in the posh Colorado town of Aspen. Paparazzi caught Jared and Ivanka taking leisurely strolls, enjoying ice cream cones with their three kids and winding their way down the slopes.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, Trump was fuming. According to a source close to the president, " is upset that his son-in-law and senior adviser was not around during this crucial week."

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Kushner's plan to stay out-of-office this week while the health care package faltered could mean he'll get some of the blame from his father-in-law. Trump is reportedly already pointing fingers at his top staffers for what he considers shoddy support. Or, Kushner could perhaps avoid the entire debacle; the Orthodox Jew typically stays away from work after sundown on Fridays. We've asked the White House if Kushner will be back to work at his office by Monday -- so far, no word.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/24/politics/jared-kushner-aspen-ski-trip-obamacare/index.html



SOMUCHWINNING

Happening right now.

Dolt 45 has issued his ultimatum to House Republicans.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-freedom-caucus-health-care-236418

President Donald Trump is demanding a vote Friday in the House on the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said. If the bill fails, Trump is prepared to move on and leave Obamacare in place, Mulvaney said.


Credible threat--his attention span has reached its limits.

I favored Ellison, but if the 'establishment' is a progressive Latino who worked

as a garbage collector to put himself through an Ivy League college, maybe the establishment has been transformed from within.

Netanyahu rejected a regional peace initiative this time last year

Remember when it was the Palestinians who supposedly never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity?

http://theweek.com/speedreads/681229/netanyahu-rejected-regional-peace-initiative-time-last-year

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly met with Jordan's King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi in 2016 to consider a regional peace initiative negotiated by then-Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Sunday. The covert talks took place in Jordan last February, and terms of the agreement Netanyahu would ultimately reject included renewed peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leadership as well as Arab nations' recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

Netanyahu confirmed Sunday that the meeting took place and said in a gathering of Likud ministers that it occurred at his initiation. He did not accept the conditions Kerry proposed because he did not believe he could win approval from his coalition government.

History will "definitely judge the magnitude of the opportunity as well as the magnitude of the missed opportunity," tweeted Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog in response to the news on Sunday.


Bibi gave the part in bold up so he could keep Herzog out of his coalition.

Top PA negotiator floats single state as US casts doubt on Palestinian independenc

And away we go. Palestinians--the smart ones anyways--have been planning for the post-two-state solution era.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/top-pa-negotiator-floats-single-state-as-us-casts-doubt-on-palestinian-independence/

The only alternative to the creation of a Palestinian state is a one-state solution in which all Palestinians will get the right to vote, Palestine Liberation Organization Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said Wednesday, hours after a senior White House official appeared to withdraw the US’s traditional support for a two-state solution.

“Contrary to Netanyahu’s plan of one state and two systems, apartheid, the only alternative to two sovereign and democratic states on the 1967 border is one single secular and democratic state with equal rights for everyone, Christians, Muslims, and Jews, on all of historic Palestine,” Erekat said during a meeting with the speaker of the UK House of Commons, John Bercow, in Ramallah.


Lots of negotiating to be done, starting with what to call the new state.

Trump nixes war criminal Elliot Abrams for State Dept. (for predictable reason)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/10/politics/elliott-abrams-trump-state-department-tillerson/


Elliott Abrams, who served Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, will not get the No. 2 job at the State Department, three Republican sources told CNN.


But Abrams was nixed from the list of contenders after President Donald Trump learned of Abrams' biting criticism last May of his fitness to become president, the Republican sources said.


The President found out about Abrams' outspokenness against Trump after meeting with him on Tuesday to consider him for the position, which would have made him Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's deputy. The meeting went well, but Trump could not get past Abrams' past criticism, the sources said.

Abrams, Bush's deputy national security adviser, had emerged as the top contender to become Tillerson's right-hand man.


"This is a loss for the State Department and the country and, for that matter, for the President," said one Republican source.

Another Republican source with knowledge of what happened said Abrams would not get the job because of "Donald Trump's thin skin and nothing else."


I'd be appalled if this were a qualified, responsible individual, but fuck Elliot Abrams.

New Israel Fund's Vice President Delayed and Questioned at Airport by Israeli Officials

Liberal American Jews are approaching "enemy of the state" status over in the least awful state in the Middle East.

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.770601

A vice president of the New Israel Fund, Jennifer Gorovitz, was detained for questioning at Ben-Gurion Airport on Wednesday by Immigration Authority police.

Gorovitz, who had arrived in Israel to attend the fund’s executive committee meeting, told Haaretz that she was detained for about 90 minutes and underwent three rounds of questioning, during which she was asked to give details about the New Israel Fund’s activities and the funding that it transfers to Israeli NGOS. This is the first time a senior NIF official has been detained at the airport.

Gorovitz, 50, joined the NIF in 2015, after serving for a decade in various positions in San Francisco’s Jewish community, the most senior of which was director of the San Francisco Jewish Federation. Gorovitz serves as the NIF’s vice president for operations and administration, and is responsible for budget issues, among other areas.
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Gorovitz said that she asked the border control official if there was any problem, saying that she was Jewish and a Zionist, but that the officer made a sarcastic remark about her Zionism. He made her wait 10 minutes and then asked her to wait in a nearby room, where she underwent further questioning.

While she was questioned, Gorovitz saw that her interviewer was holding a document with a considerable amount of information about her. One of the words highlighted on the document was BDS.



Netanyahu regime must have Trump envy.
Posted by geek tragedy | Wed Feb 8, 2017, 08:42 PM (2 replies)

We thought a woman would be the leader of the free world in 2017, and we were right.

In a bitter turn of fate, however, that woman turned out to be Angela Merkel and not Hillary Clinton.

A world without the USA playing a role of leadership is such a radical change, the entire planet is still trying to process it.


In historic first, Israel legalizes West Bank outposts with sweeping new legislation

The annexation of the West Bank just got turbocharged.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-historic-first-israel-legalizes-west-bank-outposts-with-sweeping-new-legislation/

Following months of coalition wrangling, damning criticism from internal and international opposition, and bleak warnings from legal experts, Israel on Monday legalized all West Bank outposts with sweeping legislation that aims to prevent future demolitions of settler homes built on private Palestinian land.

In a late-night session, the Knesset passed the final readings of the controversial so-called Regulation Bill, which paves the way for Israel to recognize some 4,000 illegally built settler homes.


Barack Obama is the last US President to support a two-state solution. The debate going forward will be between apartheid and a bi-national state.

History has shown us how that debate ends.
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