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Pat Buchanan won after all. But now he thinks it might be too late for the nation he was trying...

‘The Ideas Made It, But I Didn’t’

Pat Buchanan won after all. But now he thinks it might be too late for the nation he was trying to save.

By TIM ALBERTA May/June 2017

His first date with his future wife was spent in a New Hampshire motel room drinking Wild Turkey into the wee hours with Hunter S. Thompson. He stood several feet away from Martin Luther King Jr. during the “I Have a Dream” speech. He went to China with Richard M. Nixon and walked away from Watergate unscathed. He survived Iran-Contra, too, and sat alongside Ronald Reagan at the Reykjavík Summit. He invaded America’s living rooms and pioneered the rhetorical combat that would power the cable news age. He defied the establishment by challenging a sitting president of his own party. He captured the fear and frustration of the right by proclaiming a great “culture war” was at hand. And his third-party candidacy in 2000 almost certainly handed George W. Bush the presidency, thanks to thousands of Palm Beach, Florida, residents mistakenly voting for him on the “butterfly ballot” when they meant to back Al Gore.

If not for his outsize ambition, Pat Buchanan might be the closest thing the American right has to a real-life Forrest Gump, that patriot from ordinary stock whose life journey positioned him to witness, influence and narrate the pivotal moments that shaped our modern world and changed the course of this country’s history. He has known myriad roles—neighborhood brawler, college expellee, journalist, White House adviser, political commentator, presidential candidate three times over, author, provocateur—and his existence traces the arc of what feels to some Americans like a nation’s ascent and decline. He was 3 years old when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and 6 when Harry Truman dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Now 78, with thick, black glasses and a thinning face, Buchanan looks back with nostalgia at a life and career that, for all its significance, was at risk of being forgotten—until Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States.

A quarter-century before Trump descended into the atrium of his Manhattan skyscraper to launch his unlikely bid for the White House, Buchanan, until then a columnist, political operative and TV commentator, stepped onto a stage in Concord, New Hampshire, to declare his own candidacy 10 weeks ahead of the state’s presidential primary. Associating the “globalist” President George H. W. Bush with “bureaucrats in Brussels” pursuing a “European superstate” that trampled on national identity, Buchanan warned his rowdy audience, “We must not trade in our sovereignty for a cushioned seat at the head table of anybody’s new world order!” His radically different prescription, which would underpin three consecutive runs for the presidency: a “new nationalism” that would focus on “forgotten Americans” left behind by bad trade deals, open-border immigration policies and foreign adventurism. His voice booming, Buchanan demanded: “Should the United States be required to carry indefinitely the full burden of defending rich and prosperous allies who take America’s generosity for granted as they invade our markets?”

This rhetoric—deployed again during his losing bid for the 1996 GOP nomination, and once more when he ran on the Reform Party ticket in 2000—not only provided a template for Trump’s campaign, but laid the foundation for its eventual success. Dismissed as a fringe character for rejecting Republican orthodoxy on trade and immigration and interventionism, Buchanan effectively weakened the party’s defenses, allowing a more forceful messenger with better timing to finish the insurrection he started back in 1991. All the ideas that seemed original to Trump’s campaign could, in fact, be attributed to Buchanan—from depicting the political class as bumbling stooges to singling out a rising superpower as an economic menace (though back then it was Japan, not China) to rallying the citizenry to “take back” a country whose destiny they no longer dictated. “Pitchfork Pat,” as he was nicknamed, even deployed a phrase that combined Trump’s two signature slogans: “Make America First Again.”


Why Trump likes his freewheeling Oval Office schedule

The loose set-up allows friends and unofficial advisers to whisper in the president’s ear on policy issues.

By TARA PALMERI 04/22/17 07:28 AM EDT

President Donald Trump leaves large blocks of "private time" on his Oval Office schedule for spontaneous meetings and phone chats with ex-aides, friends, media figures, lawmakers and members of his Cabinet — an old habit he’s carried over from his business days that has frustrated some West Wing aides.

Trump wrote in his 1987 book “The Art of the Deal” that his loose scheduling practices as a real estate magnate at the Trump Organization helped him be “imaginative.” Still, nine White House officials, former aides and personal confidantes interviewed by POLITICO were split on whether the freewheeling set-up, which can allow friends and unofficial advisers to whisper in the president’s ear on policy issues, is productive.

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump’s schedule has fixed linchpins, which include national security briefings, meetings with Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, roundtables with business executives and public bill signings.

"He has very structured things that take place throughout his schedule, but I think to try to change who he is as a person would be a mistake,” Sanders said. “I think it would be a mistake to cut the president off…I think it allows him to be a better president by engaging and having some flexibility."

But other aides said Trump’s free time poses a concern. "There may be a block of time, two hours of staff time, who knows what’s going on during that time, anything could happen,” said one White House official.


History tells us the GOP is taking on too much - and it isn't likely to end well

History tells us the GOP is taking on too much — and it isn’t likely to end well

By Paul Kane April 22 at 11:30 AM
It seems like forever and a day since Congress could walk and chew gum at the same time.

That’s a lesson President Trump and his advisers are struggling to grasp, even those he plucked from Capitol Hill to occupy key posts.

In the week ahead, lawmakers already face an immediate Friday deadline of keeping federal agencies funded through the remainder of the year. Yet Trump’s advisers continue to toss into the mix big items they would like to see accomplished, giving the appearance of a frenzied search for wins ahead of Saturday’s symbolically important 100th day of the new presidency.

Some Trump advisers have pushed for a vote this week on health-care legislation, even though there are no signs that ongoing talks between moderate and conservative Republicans have produced a breakthrough.

Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Trump declared in an interview Friday with the Associated Press that on Wednesday he would unveil his administration’s proposal for a massive overhaul of the tax code. It would result, he said, in the biggest “tax cut ever,” despite ongoing gridlock in Congress over competing tax proposals — in a process that started more than six years ago.


Donald Trump Is Worried About His First Hundred Days - By Kevin Drum

KEVIN DRUM APR. 21, 2017 12:06 PM

I love this tweet:


Trump, of course, has accomplished virtually nothing so far. He's issued a few executive orders that are mostly small beer and signed a few bills that rescinded some of Obama's executive orders. That's it. His health care bill was a fiasco. He hasn't gotten funding for his wall. His immigration order crashed and burned. He has no tax plan. He has no plan to destroy ISIS.

But there's a silver lining here. As always, this tweet should be read as an alert aimed at his base. He's telling them that in a few days they'll see a lot of stories saying he's accomplished nothing. In fact, less than nothing, since the government might well be headed for a shutdown by the end of next week. But it's all lies! Clearly he's concerned about this.

That should give Democrats an opening. Try to strike a budget deal before next week's deadline. Agree to support some money for Trump's wall in return for making Obamacare's CSR appropriation automatic.1 This would be good for Trump in two ways. First, he gets to say that he's started building the wall. Second, Obamacare doesn't collapse on his watch, and agreeing to the CSR appropriation doesn't do anything to stop him from trying to repeal and replace Obamacare later. It just ensures that it will work in the meantime.

In return, Democrats don't really get anything. Agreeing to funding for the wall is unpopular with their base, and CSR funding is something that only a few wonks care about. Keeping the CSR money flowing would help insurance companies and it would help actual people, but politically it does nothing much for Democrats.


Chaffetz, Cummings Ask Trump Org. For More Details On Plan To Donate Profits

Source: Talking Points Memo

By ESME CRIBB Published APRIL 22, 2017, 3:21 PM EDT

The chair and ranking member of the House Oversight Committee on Friday asked the Trump Organization to explain its plans to donate profits from payments made by officials of foreign governments.

In a joint letter to Trump’s attorneys, Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) asked for “additional details of the plan to donate profits derived from foreign government payments.”

Chaffetz in January seemed unconcerned with the possibility that Trump might run afoul of the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, under which “no person holding any office of profit or trust” may “accept of any present, emolument, office, or title” from a foreign leader or government without the consent of Congress. “I’m not going to go on this fishing expedition that they want me to, that the Democrats want me to,” he said.

In their letter Friday, Chaffetz and Cummings asked the Trump Organization to provide further documents by May 12 and schedule a briefing with the committee a week later.

Read the letter:

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/chaffetz-cummings-ask-trump-organization-details-plans-donating-profits

CNN: Mattis Tells Congress Trump Budget Won't Cover Cost Of Rebuilding Military

By ESME CRIBB Published APRIL 22, 2017, 2:28 PM EDT

Secretary of Defense James Mattis told Congress that President Donald Trump’s Pentagon budget plan will not be sufficient to fulfill his campaign promise to “rebuild” the U.S. military, CNN reported on Friday. Mattis made those comments in private, per CNN’s report, which cites four unnamed sources familiar with those conversations.

One unnamed Republican lawmaker told CNN that Mattis said he is “being thwarted getting his message out” that the budget plan “is insufficient to do what Trump has called for.”

CNN also reported that the Trump administration’s Pentagon budget request falls short of what the Pentagon wanted, citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the deliberations.

“We expect Congress will work with the administration to fund much of our additional (fiscal) 2017 budget request,” a Pentagon spokesman said in a statement to CNN. “The secretary and the service chiefs highlighted the readiness needs of the armed forces in their recent testimony. That has not changed.”



Sanctuary City mayors fire back at DOJ over criticism

Source: The Hill


Several mayors of "sanctuary cities" pushed back on President Trump's administration after the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday sent out letters threatening to cut federal funding to cities that do not share immigration information with authorities.

"If anybody in the Trump administration would actually do some research before firing off letters, they would see that the city of New Orleans has already provided the Department of Justice documentation that shows we are in compliance with federal immigration laws," Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans, said in a statement according to CNN.

"This is another example of the Trump administration acting before doing their homework. The New Orleans Police Department will not be a part of President Trump's civil deportation force no matter how many times they ask," he added. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also blasted the DOJ's threat, firmly stating that the city's values and future "are not for sale."

"We've seen the letter from DOJ. Neither the facts nor the law are on their side," he said. "Regardless, let me be clear: Chicago's values and Chicago's future are not for sale."

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/330057-sanctuary-city-mayors-fire-back-at-doj-over-criticism

'Save the world!': Watch Bill Nye's barn burner speech in pouring rain at DC March for Science rally


Trump Announces Plans To Hold 'BIG' Rally On His 100th Day In Office

Source: Talking Points Memo

By ESME CRIBB Published APRIL 22, 2017, 12:37 PM EDT

President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he will hold a “BIG” rally on April 29 on the 100th day of his presidency, which he will likely reach with no notable pieces of legislation to his name.

“Look forward to it!” Trump tweeted.


Also taking place on April 29 is the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

In a tweet posted early Friday, Trump called the landmark date a “ridiculous standard.”

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-announces-plans-big-rally-100th-day

Trump: 'I Think We're In Great Shape' To Avoid Government Shutdown Next Week

By ESME CRIBB Published APRIL 22, 2017, 12:08 PM EDT

President Donald Trump on Friday said that efforts to avoid a government shutdown are “going very well.”

“Now, we have government not closing. I think we’ll be in great shape on that, it’s going very well,” Trump said in an interview with the Associated Press. “Obviously that takes precedent.”

Trump said he has “a great relationship” with all the “various groups” in the Republican party.

“There’s a pretty vast area in there,” he said. “All great people. They’re great people.”


Wikileaks trolls Trump with video of him saying he 'loves' them after threat to arrest Assange


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