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GOP Senator: Don’t Tell Me I Shouldn’t Be Concerned About Trump

Source: Huffington Post

“Don’t sit here and tell me, Steve, that I have no reason to be concerned about Donald Trump,” Lee added.

Lee explained there was “no possibility” he’d vote for Clinton, and Trump could certainly still win his vote. But first, Lee said he’d need to believe the businessman would be “a vigorous defender for the U.S. Constitution.”

“I would like some assurances ... that he’s not going to be an autocrat, that he’s not going to be an authoritarian, that he’s not somebody who’s going to abuse a document that I have sworn to uphold and defend and protect,” Lee said.

“I’m sorry, Sir, but that is not an unreasonable demand.”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-lee-donald-trump_us_5774907ae4b0bd4b0b139646



Unbelievable. If you have to ASK for a candidate for President to declare
his support for the U.S. Constitution and assure in essence that he won't
be a dictator, you have a candidate who is totally unsuited for the nation's
highest office.

To even ask these questions, is to answer them.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Thu Jun 30, 2016, 07:56 AM (16 replies)

Donald Trump Compares Trade Deal To Rape

Source: Reuters through Huffington Post

Trump criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement as a U.S. job killer, saying he would be willing to scrap the pact if Canada and Mexico were unwilling to budge. He also tried to link Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to the deal on the eve of a meeting in Ottawa of the “three amigos,” the leaders of the three NAFTA signatories: the United States, Mexico and Canada.

....

But Trump has broken with Republican Party orthodoxy in criticizing trade deals, and has threatened to slap tariffs on Mexican and Chinese imports. His rhetoric has drawn criticism from many economists, who say such practices could spark trade wars.

As Trump spoke, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is usually in sync with prominent Republicans on trade policy, said on Twitter: “Under Trump’s trade plans, we would see higher prices, fewer jobs, and a weaker economy.”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-trade_us_5773230ae4b0eb90355cd21d?section=



Oh good! Republicans are talking about rape again. This usually has legs
and they do themselves a lot of harm.

Trump appeared in front of bales of recycled aluminum. Perhaps he's trying
to erase the Nazi Golf Ball motif that accompanied his golf course speech in
Scotland?
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Wed Jun 29, 2016, 06:49 AM (13 replies)

Top U.S. labor leader blasts Trump on trade in dueling speech

Source: Reuters via Philadelphia Inquirer

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka - a top ally of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton - said at a trade conference in Washington that, at Trump campaign stops in the Rust Belt states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, voters should expect to hear "crocodile tears about lost jobs and shuttered factories."

"Trump embodies everything that is wrong with our current trade policy. He has consistently sent American jobs overseas to line his own pockets," Trumka said, apparently referring to Trump-branded products such as suits and ties that are made abroad.

Trumka's rebuke occurred just hours before the New York businessman was slated to make a speech attacking Clinton's record on trade, followed by a stop in Ohio.

Read more: was the gatekeeper on a lot of things were other justices kow-towing? was the intellectual force of his arguments so persuasive? I think he enjoyed his job and made them laugh, which means they went along with him. Only RBG seemed able to disagree with his methods
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Tue Jun 28, 2016, 03:13 PM (10 replies)

Trump Eyes Executive Orders to Sidestep Congressional Gridlock

Source: Bloomberg

Donald Trump may be one of Barack Obama's toughest critics, but when it comes to the president's use of executive orders to circumvent Congress, the Republican sees him as a role model.

Trump has already promised to be as aggressive as President Obama on executive orders on a wide range of issues. Early in his campaign, for instance, he vowed to use the power of the pen to give all cop killers the death penalty. More recently, in his response to the shooting death of 49 people inside an Orlando gay club this month, he pledged to use executive power to implement one of his signature proposals: A temporary ban on Muslim immigration (even though the shooter was born in New York).

"The immigration laws of the United States give the president powers to suspend entry into the country of any class of persons," Trump said June 16, two days after the shooting. "I will use this power to protect the American people."

...

• Cancel the Paris climate accord and stop paying U.S. tax dollars into UN global warming programs: During a May 26 speech in North Dakota, Trump said he would yank U.S. support from the Paris agreement to slash carbon dioxide emissions that 195 nations endorsed last December. There isn't much Trump could do to kill the accord itself. The deal isn't a treaty, and it doesn't require Senate ratification. Instead, it goes into force automatically when at least 55 parties, accounting for 55 percent of global emissions, have ratified the pact. Still, under Trump, the U.S. could sit out future United Nations negotiations designed to deepen carbon cuts over time. And because individual country commitments are voluntary, Trump could easily walk away from the U.S. pledges at the cost of alienating other world leaders. The most vulnerable aspect of the accord is Obama's commitment to deliver $3 billion into a United Nations fund to help developing countries adapt to rising seas and other effects of a rapidly changing climate. The idea already faces stiff resistance from Republicans on Capitol Hill, so if Trump's State Department refused to cut checks to the UN fund, lawmakers aren't likely to fight him on it.

Read more: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/trump-eyes-executive-orders-sidestep-090004300.html

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Extensive article that shows the scope of policies but ignores the damage that radicalism can do.

Bloomberg seems trying to mainstream Trump, and we must push back on every issue that he
espouses. If you don't call them on it, they can define you or gain some advantage by appearing
middle of the road, which we all know he is not.

The GOP are definitely playing to the meme that there is little difference between the two parties,
or that HRC and Trump are corporatists with little difference. Don't let them sell this snake oil!!

It's a long article, with 8 points that Trump has made. Three journalists wrote it. You must say,
Bloomberg pieces are always well written and meaty.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Mon Jun 27, 2016, 02:06 PM (1 replies)

Trump Eyes Executive Orders to Sidestep Congressional Gridlock

Source: Bloomberg

Donald Trump may be one of Barack Obama's toughest critics, but when it comes to the president's use of executive orders to circumvent Congress, the Republican sees him as a role model.

Trump has already promised to be as aggressive as President Obama on executive orders on a wide range of issues. Early in his campaign, for instance, he vowed to use the power of the pen to give all cop killers the death penalty. More recently, in his response to the shooting death of 49 people inside an Orlando gay club this month, he pledged to use executive power to implement one of his signature proposals: A temporary ban on Muslim immigration (even though the shooter was born in New York).

"The immigration laws of the United States give the president powers to suspend entry into the country of any class of persons," Trump said June 16, two days after the shooting. "I will use this power to protect the American people."

...

• Cancel the Paris climate accord and stop paying U.S. tax dollars into UN global warming programs: During a May 26 speech in North Dakota, Trump said he would yank U.S. support from the Paris agreement to slash carbon dioxide emissions that 195 nations endorsed last December. There isn't much Trump could do to kill the accord itself. The deal isn't a treaty, and it doesn't require Senate ratification. Instead, it goes into force automatically when at least 55 parties, accounting for 55 percent of global emissions, have ratified the pact. Still, under Trump, the U.S. could sit out future United Nations negotiations designed to deepen carbon cuts over time. And because individual country commitments are voluntary, Trump could easily walk away from the U.S. pledges at the cost of alienating other world leaders. The most vulnerable aspect of the accord is Obama's commitment to deliver $3 billion into a United Nations fund to help developing countries adapt to rising seas and other effects of a rapidly changing climate. The idea already faces stiff resistance from Republicans on Capitol Hill, so if Trump's State Department refused to cut checks to the UN fund, lawmakers aren't likely to fight him on it.

Read more: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/trump-eyes-executive-orders-sidestep-090004300.html



Extensive article that shows the scope of policies but ignores the damage.

Food for thought.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Mon Jun 27, 2016, 07:51 AM (4 replies)

Neighborhood in shock after mother fatally shot her two daughters

Source: 6ABC WPVI Philadelphia

Sunday, June 26, 2016 03:35PM
FULSHEAR, TX (WPVI) --
A silence continues to hang over a Fort Bend County, Texas, neighborhood after a shooting rocked the usually quiet street.

Fort Bend County Sheriff's deputies say Taylor Sheats, 22, and Madison Sheats, 17, were shot and killed by their mother Christy Sheats, 42, on Friday around 5 p.m. A Fulshear police officer shot and killed Christy at the home on Remson Hollow Lane when she refused to drop her weapon. Only the husband and father, Jason Sheats, was not harmed.

Read more: http://6abc.com/news/neighbors-in-shock-after-mom-fatally-shot-her-2-daughters/1402342/
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Sun Jun 26, 2016, 09:46 PM (22 replies)

Republican delegate sues to avoid voting for Donald Trump at convention

Source: The Guardian

One of Virginia’s delegates to the Republican National Convention has filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to avoid voting for presumptive nominee Donald Trump at the party convention next month.

The delegate, Carroll Correll Jr of Winchester, Virginia, argued in the suit that being forced to vote against his conscience was a violation of his constitutional rights.

Correll said he would not vote for Trump because he believed the billionaire businessman was unfit to serve as president.

Correll’s suit maintained that state law imposed criminal penalties on delegates who did not vote on the first ballot for the winner of the state’s Republican and Democratic primaries.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/25/donald-trump-virginia-republican-delegate-sues-to-avoid-voting-convention



It is only fitting Republicans are consistent here. They are all for matters
of conscience - bathroom use, birth control under health plans, Speaker Ryan's
advice to Congress - in daily legal life, let's see how they handle
conscience at the RNC!

And while we're at it, just out of curiosity, where is the matter of conscience
when it comes to gun control legislation? Oh, conscience is channeled into
prayers for the dead and their families. Right. But very very wrong.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Sat Jun 25, 2016, 07:09 AM (23 replies)

GOP: Delete your presumptive nominee

Daily News Columnist Will Bunch has Philly Attytood!! I urge you to visit Will's column often and participate in Disqus comments section.


"I write these words as a liberal voter and as a student of political science: I fully believe that a principled conservative coming out of Cleveland would probably -- emphasis on "probably" -- have a better chance of defeating Hillary Clinton than Trump does. So, yes, I'm calling for something that would actually make the vision of a more progressive America, which I share with millions of others, a little less likely. But I've seen America borne backwards by right-wing presidents, and survive. I don't believe America, as we know it, could survive a Trump presidency.

At key moments in U.S. history, political figures have risen to the occasion and become profiles in courage. The bipartisan congressional probes of Richard Nixon is one such instance that some of us still remember. It's not too late for patriotic Republicans to again rise to the occasion. Change the party rules in Cleveland. Allow the delegates to vote their conscience on the first ballot -- and dump Donald Trump this summer. I guarantee that history would remember you as heroes."

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/GOP-Delete-your-presumptive-nominee.html
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Tue Jun 14, 2016, 07:18 AM (0 replies)

Donald Trump Thinks The Mafia Is Libeling That Nice, Safe, Healthy Asbestos. This Is A True Story.

Trump explained the true truth about asbestos in a 1997 book with the catchy, not at all derivative title Trump: The Art of the Comeback, where he told Americans they shouldn’t believe the hype about the supposed health problems associated with asbestos, which is “the greatest fire-proofing material ever used.” While those pussies at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration might insist — as job-killing bureaucrats would — that “asbestos is a known human carcinogen” that “can cause chronic lung disease as well as lung and other cancers,” Donald Trump got straight to the obvious truth: Asbestos is wonderful and perfectly safe, so the only people who would ever say otherwise are either hooked up with or duped by the Mafia:

"I believe that the movement against asbestos was led by the mob, because it was often mob-related companies that would do the asbestos removal. Great pressure was put on politicians, and as usual, the politicians relented. Millions of truckloads of this incredible fire-proofing material were taken to special “dump sites” and asbestos was replaced by materials that were supposedly safe but couldn’t hold a candle to asbestos in limiting the ravages of fire."

http://wonkette.com/602789/donald-trump-thinks-the-mafia-is-libeling-that-nice-safe-healthy-asbestos-this-is-a-true-story
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Fri Jun 10, 2016, 08:38 AM (3 replies)

Elizabeth Warren Just Shredded Trump And Brought The GOP Nominee To His Knees

Source: Politicususa.com

Elizabeth Warren followed up her speech that dismantled Donald Trump with a series of tweets this afternoon that left the billionaire fumbling for childish insult and blown completely out of the water.

In a series of tweets, Sen. Elizabeth Warren unloaded on Donald Trump this afternoon:

If @realDonaldTrump actually believes every stupid lie he reads on the Internet, we’re in for a truckload of trouble if he’s President.

— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) May 25, 2016

-SNIP-

Democrats, like Warren, shrug off Trump’s playground taunts and keep coming and coming and coming after the billionaire. Donald Trump has never faced anything like what Democrats are going to be throwing at him.

Over the last 24 hours, Warren has shredded Trump in a major speech and on Twitter. The Republican nominee’s response has proven her correct. Trump is an empty-headed, selfish, buffoon who is unfit to be president.

Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/2016/05/25/elizabeth-warren-shredded-donald-trump-brought-gop-nominee-knees.html



Go, Lizzie Warren, GO!!

Nicely timed to grab some headlines while the State Dept email topic
was released this morning.

I'm beginning to think we have a Ticket here!
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Wed May 25, 2016, 03:23 PM (40 replies)
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