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Fly your flags today. Be Proud to be an American.

Remember THIS is OUR country. We have worked hard in this country to make it what it is. We are doing it right.

Fly your flags proudly. Show your pride.


Dont let whats going on in the world today stop you from showing your love for America and flying the flag.

I know its hard, I have a hard time going outside with my red USA shirt i got from Walmart 4 years ago because I feel like im a trump supporter but we have to show this is our country.. we are flying the flag.

Will We Ever Return to Normal After Trump?


There is plenty of ugly fight left in Donald Trump’s presidency, which has already warped American culture. But it’s not too soon to contemplate a post-Trump challenge: tyrant-proofing the country, in case the next one isn’t such a clown.

t is my dearly beloved hope (yours too, I trust) that it won’t take another presidential election to expel the Desecrator in Chief from the premises, to liberate us from the otiose spectacle of Donald Trump tramping over the Constitution in his golf spikes and exercising his tweeting thumbs at the expense of decency, democracy, and basic spelling (“Somtimes you need protest in order to heel, & we will heel, & be stronger than ever before!”). The frantic tempo of his cruel, petty fits of pique—the pardoning of the sadist sheriff Joe Arpaio, the transgender ban, the decision to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program simply to inflict pain and roll back any vestige of the Obama-stamped compassionate policy—and the Agatha Christie elimination of assistant warlocks such as Mike Flynn, Steve Bannon, and Seb Gorka (could Stephen Miller be next on the skewer?) signal an administration heading toward a crescendo, not one buckling down for the duration and plotting new coordinates. It’s stuck in a dead man’s float.

All Trump has to show for his first year in office is a whole lot of nada. No border wall. No tax reform. No infrastructure package. His sole bragging point—the installation of Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court—was a gimme, owing everything to the Republican Senate’s obstruction of Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, not to any exertion of his own. His spats with congressional chieftains (Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Paul Ryan) reek of sour grapes and frustrated stalemate. Meanwhile, in the background is the ominous sonar beep of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference, a run-silent, run-deep probe drawing upon a lode of legal brainpower that ought to make any finky operator nervous. (And Mueller’s reported Batman-Robin team-up with New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman takes the magic pardon wand out of Trump’s little hand.)


In the sorriest days of the Watergate scandal, the iconoclastic journalist and 60 Minutes commentator Nicholas von Hoffman compared the Nixon presidency to “a dead mouse on the American family kitchen floor. The question is: who is going to pick it up by the tail and drop it in the trash?” It would be premature to write off the Trump presidency as a deceased rodent lying on the linoleum. In its nasty defensiveness, it is closer to a cornered rat. It still has plenty of ugly fight left. But we are at the beginning of the endgame and it is not premature to start imagining how to pick through the damage the Trump presidency will leave behind and future-proof the republic so that It Can’t Happen Here never happens again. So much headspace will be opened up once Trump is no longer occupying it that we must make the most of it.


[link:https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/10/will-we-ever-return-to-normal-after-trump|

Example of right wing hate and division.

Saw this tonight and it shows the typical right wing hatred of democrats.

I rarely see any democrat actually hate like this.

Funny thing is all of my trump supporting friends/family think exactly the same way.

Talk about being thoroughly programmed by Fox News.

They are all the same.

https://twitter.com/RobertsRooms/status/864978119240941569

Spy chief's move for Trump detente is derailed, via tweet

Source: www.politico.com

A top U.S. intelligence official tried this week to make peace with Donald Trump.

But the president-elect isn't quite ready for that just yet.


Hours after Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Trump spoke on the phone, each emerged with very different views of how the conversation had gone — different enough that one former CIA official said it appeared to be a "hardening of positions."

Clapper, in a conciliatory but cautious statement late Wednesday, said he'd expressed to Trump his "profound dismay" over leaks to the media about an unverified private dossier containing damaging material that Russia allegedly had gathered on the president-elect. Clapper insisted, however, that the intelligence community had not passed judgment on the credibility of the dossier itself. He also said he did not believe intelligence officials were behind the leaks.

On Thursday morning, Trump offered his own readout of the call, using his favorite medium: Twitter. The president-elect claimed the spy chief had dismissed the contents of the private dossier, not simply the leaks to the media. “James Clapper called me yesterday to denounce the false and fictitious report that was illegally circulated. Made up, phony facts. Too bad!” Trump wrote.

The divergent takes on the conversation will likely exacerbate the extraordinary tensions between Trump and the intelligence community. Trump has frequently derided the intelligence community's work, while U.S. spy officials and others in the national security world have been worried about Trump's apparent fondness for Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin.

The mood may calm down once Clapper and other spy leaders step down in a few days and Trump's nominees move into their new positions, but the episode is likely to linger in the intelligence world's psyche for years.

Vice President Joe Biden also talked of big consequences. Sitting down with reporters on Thursday, Biden said Trump’s frequent statements disparaging the U.S. intelligence community “play into the Russian narrative” of a weakened America that allies can’t rely on.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-james-clapper-leaked-report-233526

Jason Chaffetz vows to continue Clinton email investigation

Source: cnn.com

Washington (CNN)House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said Monday he will continue to investigate Hillary Clinton's use of a primary email server while leading the State Department, but claimed he "won't be a cheerleader" for President-elect Donald Trump.

"Just because there was a political election doesn't mean it goes away," the Utah Republican said of the Clinton investigation.
He called the classified emails that surfaced on the server "the largest breach of security in the history of the State Department."
The FBI decided not to recommend charges against Clinton, though their months-long investigation -- and last-minute reopening of it -- cast a pall over her campaign.
Chaffetz also told reporters his committee will continue its executive oversight role ‎and said that could include probing issues arising in the Trump administration.

"My job is not to be a cheerleader for the president," he said.
When asked about Trump's potential business conflicts the chairman noted that the law‎ exempts the president of the United States, calling the push from Democrats to launch a committee investigation on Trump's business ties "premature at best."
Chaffetz also sidestepped a question about potential conflicts for Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, tapped to be a senior adviser, saying he just learned about his role. But he said he planned to talk to the incoming White House Counsel, Don McGahn, soon.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/09/politics/jason-chaffetz-hillary-clinton-email-investigation/index.html



Do these guys realize that George W Bush had some 22,000,000 emails lost and the entire admin did all their email on servers hosted by the RNC.

[link:http://www.newsweek.com/2016/09/23/george-w-bush-white-house-lost-22-million-emails-497373.html

What went wrong with the Democratic Party? Three big failures that led to the current debacle

To an extent that is rarely true of an opposition party, Democrats can claim a mandate of resistance. Donald Trump lost the popular vote by a large margin, he’s incredibly unpopular and the Republicans have broken norms around using any tools available to gum up the opposition party’s agenda. In a welcome development, Democrats have largely avoided their classic debate about whether they should throw women or people of color under the bus in order to remain electorally competitive (though some pieces in this genre have slipped through).

But while “resistance” is a welcome posture for Democrats, it’s one that very few have clearly defined. Most autopsies have focused on Hillary Clinton’s campaign failures and messaging, but these are ancillary to the more structural failures of the Democratic Party over the last few years and offer only limited help to understand what’s coming next. Next week, I’ll discuss some principles for Democrats going into the future. But before Democrats can go forward, it’s worth understanding what’s been going wrong.

Mistake 1: Focusing on Perception, Not Power

Throughout Barack Obama’s time in office, Democrats have proved incapable of fighting back against Republican subterfuge because of their commitment to “respectability politics.” For example, James O’Keefe released a selectively edited video which he claimed showed that ACORN (a nonprofit organization that organized, mobilized and advocated for low-income communities) had advised him on how to buy a house and use it as a brothel. Rather than rallying in defense of ACORN, “an overwhelming majority of Democrats” voted with Republicans to cut off funding for an organization that had been “instrumental” in campaigns for living-wage ordinances, increasing the minimum wage and ending predatory lending.


[link:http://www.salon.com/2017/01/08/what-went-wrong-with-the-democratic-party-three-big-failures-that-led-to-the-current-debacle/|

What went wrong with the Democratic Party? Three big failures that led to the current debacle

Source: www.salon.com

To an extent that is rarely true of an opposition party, Democrats can claim a mandate of resistance. Donald Trump lost the popular vote by a large margin, he’s incredibly unpopular and the Republicans have broken norms around using any tools available to gum up the opposition party’s agenda. In a welcome development, Democrats have largely avoided their classic debate about whether they should throw women or people of color under the bus in order to remain electorally competitive (though some pieces in this genre have slipped through).

But while “resistance” is a welcome posture for Democrats, it’s one that very few have clearly defined. Most autopsies have focused on Hillary Clinton’s campaign failures and messaging, but these are ancillary to the more structural failures of the Democratic Party over the last few years and offer only limited help to understand what’s coming next. Next week, I’ll discuss some principles for Democrats going into the future. But before Democrats can go forward, it’s worth understanding what’s been going wrong.

Mistake 1: Focusing on Perception, Not Power

Throughout Barack Obama’s time in office, Democrats have proved incapable of fighting back against Republican subterfuge because of their commitment to “respectability politics.” For example, James O’Keefe released a selectively edited video which he claimed showed that ACORN (a nonprofit organization that organized, mobilized and advocated for low-income communities) had advised him on how to buy a house and use it as a brothel. Rather than rallying in defense of ACORN, “an overwhelming majority of Democrats” voted with Republicans to cut off funding for an organization that had been “instrumental” in campaigns for living-wage ordinances, increasing the minimum wage and ending predatory lending.

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2017/01/08/what-went-wrong-with-the-democratic-party-three-big-failures-that-led-to-the-current-debacle/

Toilets, Trials, and Tolls: Cleaning Up After Pat McCrory

Source: The Huffington Post

We all know that North Carolinas Gov. Pat McCrory hastily signed HB2 only to acknowledge that pre-existing state law discrimination remedies should not have been eliminated by that bill. Unfortunately, HB2 (which did much more damage than just eliminating previous private law causes of action) wasnt his or his partys only blunder. By the Charlotte Observers tally, his partys legislature is losing an embarrassingly ever-growing number of matters in court including voter restrictions, abortion ultrasounds, preschool caps, retention elections, gerrymandered state legislative districts, gerrymandered congressional districts, Wake County school board districts, Wake County commissioner districts, teacher tenure, annexation, same-sex marriage, Planned Parenthood cuts, and coal ash. Were all that not bad enough, the legislature has ended the year by passing controversial Senate Bill 4 (which includes changing the board of elections & making other elections changes; making Supreme Court elections partisan; and modifying appellate review of cases) and by passing controversial House Bill 17 (which includes requiring senatorial advice & consent for certain gubernatorial appointments; reducing the governors exempt employees from 1500 to 425; and otherwise limiting gubernatorial powers). These bills were hastily passed in special sessions that were initially publicized to provide relief for victims of Hurricane Matthew with little other notice and without reasonably-sufficient time for thorough legislative and public review. True to form, departing Gov. Pat. McCrory signed both pieces of legislation even though he found one bill in part wrong and short-sighted. North Carolinas government is obviously broken.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/harold-lloyd/toilets-trials-and-tolls_b_13914446.html



This guy is really despicable and portrays the kind of people many republicans are becoming (not all). He had sour grapes after he lost the election and decided to pass new legislation to strip away his successors power that he enjoyed through out his term.

In fact using some of those powers to appoint friends to various boards on his final days.

[link:http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article123877334.html

Three former White House press secretaries issue warnings for press relations under Trump

Source: Politico

Trump and the press are going to be at odds this year. Spicer is saying he might not even have to do press conferences.

Now three former white house press secretaries issue warnings about the potential interaction between the press and the Trump admin.

This may not end well but its certainly going to be an interesting ride.

excerpt from former Bush communications director Nicolle Wallace.

"I think we're staring at trees and missing the forest, Wallace said. "We've just elected a man who bullies female reporters at his rally as an applause line. We have just elected a man who started a hot war with a female anchor instead of attending a debate she moderated. We are in a new place. And I don't think it's good. And I don't think it has any parallels to the past."



Read more: http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2017/01/three-former-white-house-press-secretaries-issue-warnings-for-press-relations-under-trump-233084
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