Donald Trump, with all his well-known flaws, has won the 2016 election and has defeated both the Clinton machine and the news media. Please forgive me for being poorly prepared for this outcome. This page is a collection of news articles about Mr. Trump that was initiated six months before Election Day, and originally it was a collection of opinion pieces with one common theme: Is this the best we can do? I still don't think Mr. Trump was the best available candidate, but he was good enough to defeat Hillary Clinton (and the heavily biased news media), and that's really all that matters for now.
As I said weeks ago, at least Mr. Trump appears to want to make America a better place, even if he doesn't have political experience, whereas Mrs. Clinton appears to have sought the presidency strictly to advance her own personal power trip. Mr. Trump comes across a loose cannon, whereas Mrs. Clinton was inclined to be a ruthless dictator.
Overview of (and reaction to) Trumps' victory:
Democratic Party Bullies try to Scuttle Trump's Inauguration. This morning [1/15/2016] on Meet the Press, Democratic Party hack John Lewis said that he will not attend Donald Trump's inauguration because Trump is "not a legitimate president." Shocking though it may be, this anti-democratic rhetoric is common in the Democratic Party, and many have taken it to an even lower level. Never before in our history has one party been so petty as to try to interfere with the traditional celebrations that accompany a presidential inauguration, but that is what the Democrats are doing now. Every performer who has agreed to participate in the inaugural has been bullied mercilessly by the Democrats, and most are unable to take the heat, or to sustain the financial loss that could result from a boycott. One after another, they have either dropped out or declined to appear in the first place. Opera singer Andrea Bocelli has withdrawn, saying he has gotten death threats from liberals.
The Inauguration War. According to Gallup, the average presidential honeymoon lasts seven months. This is a window when the losing party declares a partisan peace, allows the incoming president to pick his cabinet and launch the agenda his victory mandates. Presidential honeymoons are not only a venerable American tradition they are one of democracy's pillars. For generations they have been ceremonial supports for the peaceful transition of power, and the peaceful resolution of partisan conflicts. Not this election year.
Obama accused of wrecking Trump's transition. A leading House Republican charges that President Obama is implementing a "scorched earth" exit strategy aimed at undermining President-elect Trump first months while cementing his own legacy through a frenzy of midnight regulations. California Rep. Darrell Issa also hit Obama's post-campaign effort to blame Russia for the outcome of the election, which has sparked some Democrats to suggest that the results are illegitimate.
Opera star Andrea Bocelli backs out of singing at Trump's inauguration after receiving death threats. Opera star Andrea Bocelli backed out of singing at Donald Trump's inauguration after receiving death threats, The Mail on Sunday has learnt. The revelation came as another singer — Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday — last night pulled out of the President-elect's festivities after being threatened and branded an 'Uncle Tom'. When blind tenor Bocelli announced he would not sing at this Friday's celebration, it was widely reported it was because fans had said they would boycott his concerts and records.
Jennifer Holliday Pulls Out of Trump's Inauguration After Backlash. Jennifer Holliday will not be among the performers during Donald Trump's upcoming inaugural festivities in Washington, D.C. [...] A day after the announcement, Holliday, 56, confirmed to ABC News that she would not be performing. In an open letter addressed "To My Beloved LGBT Community," the "Dreamgirls" star apologized for her "lapse in judgment."
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Why the left hates Trump so intensely. The intensity of the hatred for a newly elected president faced by Donald Trump is equaled only by the reaction of the Confederacy to the election of Abraham Lincoln. That ended up in civil war, a precedent that one hopes will not be equaled. But there has been a remarkable fury at people who do not shun Trump: boycotts of a company whose shareholder contributed to a PAC supporting Trump, attempts to pressure the president of a historically black college to prevent its marching band from performing at the inaugural, and hateful rhetoric at Hollywood awards ceremonies. With much more to come.
The Real Reason Trump Won: Part 1 of 4. Trump and Hillary finished first and second in every state, even Utah, where Evan McMullin cleared 20 percent of the vote as a pure protest. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein both gained votes from their 2012 campaigns, but mostly due to voter disenchantment with the existing options. Trump ran what amounted to a third-party campaign, but he did so in the traditional American fashion of capturing control of one party. And so, as unconventional as Trump was, he was the receptacle for the votes of most partisan Republicans as well as many voters who were open to a cyclical swing away from the party in power. The gravitational forces of the two-party system proved larger than Trump himself.
Liberals Awake From an 8-Year Moral Coma. We are awash in leftist, progressive, liberal mystics, telling us through tears and in panicked tones exactly what Donald Trump's presidency will look like and how it will end, before he has held the job for even one second. In hysterics, they speak of the un-American things Trump will do in the future, and how "afraid" the leftists are of someone whose personal history shows no hint of the things they predict. Bruce Springsteen expresses his concerns about competence, and the newly dark dynamic that Trump allegedly brings to politics. Robert Reich produces instructional videos for mindless liberals about how Trump controls the media message, which is a harbinger of tyranny. Where have these people been for eight years?
For Democrats, 2017 Will Be The Year of Living Stupidly. As 2016 ends, progressives enter the new year terrified that Donald Trump will continue to run circles around them, and their epic meltdown is only going to get more epically meltdownier. They've been shrill, stupid, and annoying for the last two months, but brace yourself for the next 12. Fear is going to make them go nuts — not the fear that Trump will be a failure, but the gut-wrenching, mind-numbing fear that Donald Trump will be a success.
10 Things The Right Can Teach The Left About Accepting The Reality Of Trump Conservatives. The media never for a moment considered how heartbreaking [Mitt Romney's] loss was for many Americans worried about the direction of the country. But as the media overwhelmingly tend to the political left and chose not obscure their bias so much this round, we've been given daily examples of the difficulty folks on that side of the political divide are having with the reality of Donald Trump. The crying, the protests, the riots, the subway art installations, the artist boycotts, the recount efforts, the organized and funded push to have the Electoral College do ... something, the media-fed conspiracy theories about Russian vote hacking. Pundits on TV shake their head at everything Trump says and does, and journalists on Twitter react like rabid Pavlovian dogs to every utterance the president-elect makes. Folks on the Right, regardless of how they feel about Trump, have been enjoying this meltdown.
Man Of The Year: Chief Trump Strategist Stephen K. Bannon. Trump won the primaries and eventually the election because, unlike Republicans before him, he refused to be intimidated by leftist witch-hunters and their reputation-burning attacks. But Trump's very fearlessness, self-confidence and disregard for progressive bigotry — his indisputable strengths — came with a downside that threatened to undo him. Even as he responded to the defamation from whatever quarter it came, his campaign message was pushed into the background until it was in danger of being altogether lost. Questions began to be raised and not only by opponents. Could Trump be presidential? Could he stick to a winning message?
The Vast Cognitive Gulf between the Left and the Right. From the top of the legacy media chain, the New York Times, Washington Post, New Yorker, CNN, MSNBC, there is nothing but anger and accusations. Someone must be blamed for their loss and it must not be their candidate. No way. There has to be a nefarious, outisde-of-the-campaign cause. It was Comey, it was Russia, it was Wikileaks.
What Are They Afraid Of? Now that Donald Trump has been elected, hope is gone. That's more or less what Michelle Obama told Oprah Winfrey in a recent interview. "We are feeling what not having hope feels like," she said. There are millions of liberals feeling hopeless these days. The left's fear of a Trump administration is like nothing seen since the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, which reversed 50 years of liberal politics. Not only are they bawling in public, threatening to relocate to Canada, and cuddling up with therapy dogs, but they've tried every undemocratic trick in the book to deny Trump the election. Trump obviously threatens something of crucial importance to the left, but what is it?
Evidence emerging that Dems' disparagement of Trump victory is backfiring. Sorry Dems, but you no longer have the ability to control the national discussion, even with the full-throated, near-unanimous support of the legacy media. They, and you, have lost credibility, and are being ignored and rejected by enough people that you only harm yourselves. Salena Zito, one of a handful of pundits to understand the Trump phenomenon, clearly sees what is going on as the Democrats continue their spiral into marginality. Writing in the New York Post, she finds polling signs as well as anecdotal evidence that the Dems are driving away support.
Hope is dead. Since the election of Donald Trump, America's confidence in the future has skyrocketed. For the first time in years, people feel hopeful about the direction of the country. But for Michelle Obama, hope is dead. In her interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michelle declared an era of hopelessness has begun. Ironically enough, it coincides perfectly with she and Barack vacating the White House. For Michelle and Barack, America's sense of hope is directly tied to their own.
U.S. Economic Confidence Surges To The Highest Level That Gallup Has Ever Recorded. The "Trumphoria" that has gripped the nation ever since Donald Trump's miraculous victory on election night shows no signs of letting up. Tens of millions of Americans that were deeply troubled by Barack Obama's policies over the last eight years are feeling optimistic about the future for the first time in a very long time. And it is hard to blame them, because what we have already seen happen since November 8th is nothing short of extraordinary. The stock market keeps hitting record high after record high, the U.S. dollar is now the strongest that it has been in 14 years, and CEOs are personally promising Trump that they will bring jobs back to the United States.
The United States Of Crybabies. The hyper-emotional reactions to Donald Trump's election occasioned much commentary about the state of America's millennials. On college campuses across the country there were "cry-ins," group "primal screams," and designated "healing spaces." The general mood was captured in a tweet from the student body president at American University: "For those who viewed [the election outcome] as unfavorable, anger, sadness, grief, and frustration were brought to the fore. It's important to note that those feelings are valid and justified. People are scared and people are worried about their futures and their lives."
Gay Editor on NPR: LGBT Community More Scared After Trump's Election Than Pulse Shooting. On Tuesday's [12/20/2016] edition of NPR's All Things Considered, the editor of Orlando's LGBT newspaper Watermark Billy Manes said that he and his community were more on edge and more likely to hide their identities after the election of Donald Trump than they were in the aftermath of the massacre at the Pulse gay nightclub. In an end-of-the-year retrospective, host Ari Shapiro asked if Manes still felt the kind of fear he said he felt after the June shooting. "I think almost more so," Manes responded.
Two Jackies and John. Fresh on the heels of its scoop about women who cut off their hair to teach Trump a lesson, New York magazine is back with Phase Two in its stirring Stress-and-Grief-Management series, this time with eight therapists dealing with cases of Trump-Based dementia, as afflicting their clients and them. All, it appears, can barely stop sobbing, including the doctors. "Trump's election was a death of a sort to me and my clients," said one of them.
Democrats Descend into Madness. It's been more than six weeks since Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election and Democrats are not yet fully reconciled to the prospect of a Trump presidency. By endorsing just about every daft conspiracy theory that crosses their transom, liberals appear set on delaying that process of reconciliation for as long as possible. Depending on how inclined toward charitability you are, former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's op-ed in the Washington Post on Friday [12/16/2016] claims that the FBI is either partisan, corrupt, or just plain riddled with incompetents.
Podesta refuses to say election was 'fair and free'. Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta on Sunday [12/18/2016] refused to say the presidential election was "free and fair." Asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" if the [sic] he thought the election was "free and fair," Podesta demurred.
The Associated Press: Still Bitter That Trump Won. Democrats are still anguished over Hillary Clinton's defeat at the polls, and that includes the Democrats at the Associated Press. Today's complaint is that Donald Trump isn't doing enough to unify the country: "On victory lap, few signs Trump focusing on unified nation." [...] Remember the beginning of the Obama administration, when Obama said "I won," and "elections have consequences"? And when the Democrats rammed Obamacare and the ill-fated "stimulus" bill through Congress with zero Republican input and zero Republican support? Remember how the AP criticized Obama for not doing more to "unite a divided nation"? No, I don't remember that either.
Maine Gas Distributor Won't Deliver to Trump Supporters. An owner of a propane dealership in Maine is refusing to deliver gas to anyone who voted for President-Elect Donald Trump. Michael Turner, owner of Turner LP Gas in Skowhegan, Maine, recorded a voicemail greeting that leaves little question as to his feelings for those in his community who supported Trump. "Thank you for calling Turner LP Gas. If you voted for Donald Trump for president, I will no longer be delivering your gas — please find someone else," the message states.
The most amazing Trump Derangement Syndrome meltdown yet. The American Left is clearly in crisis, with mental health becoming an issue on a mass level. Watch the whole thing. You won't be sorry: [Video clip]
CNN's Rye: Trump's Election 'Far From Legitimate,' 'That Guy Is Not My President'. On Friday's [12/16/2016] broadcast of CNN's "AC360," CNN Political Commentator Angela Rye stated that "Donald Trump's election, in my mind, is far from legitimate." Rye said, "Donald Trump's election, in my mind, is far from legitimate, at this point. I have every issue with the world that the fact that Hillary Clinton gets closer and closer every day to three million vote — to a three million vote lead against Donald Trump. I have every issue in the world with the fact that electors feel like they can't, in some instances, in good conscience, support this man as president. I have every issue in the world with the fact that the intelligence community is questioning the legacy of legitimacy of this election. If someone can hack into, not just our process — ."
Disgrace under pressure. A month after the surprise election of Donald Trump in November (surprising to no one more than to Trump and Clinton), the losers are still working through the stages of anguish in ways that seem strange to many observers but of which they appear oddly proud. Not only do they brag of the length and intensity of their bouts of sobbing — "crying as if someone died" was a common description — but, as New York magazine reported days later, professional women all over the country are making a brave stand to protest Trump's election by doing hideous things to their hair. Because "the election results felt like an attack on minorities, women, and marginalized people in general," a "vegan chef" cut her hair off to send Trump a "message." Others like her got buzz cuts, flat tops or tossed out their extensions, and went platinum, or black.
Trying to overturn a free and fair election. The world has turned itself upside down. Only yesterday the liberals and the left (the "progressives," as they want to be called) regarded the CIA as the locus of evil, the gang that couldn't shoot straight, forever poisoning gentle minds with a diet of conspiracy and tall tale. [...] Now the CIA, in the liberal/left's fevered dreams, is the last bulwark of the republic, the last remaining hope to turn the 2016 election result on its head and deprive Donald Trump of the victory he won. The Russians, it now turns out, are just as bad as the conservatives said they were.
The Democrats' Days of Rage and Denial. Donald Trump won while being relentlessly attacked with negative media coverage of his every lie and scandal. He received a variation of every criticism ever thrown at a Republican presidential candidate — the alleged nuclear warmongering of Goldwater, the alleged ignorance of George W. Bush, the alleged erratic temperament of John McCain, the alleged plutocratic greed of Mitt Romney — and was elected anyway. It's fascinating to see what infuriated partisans define as "fighting dirty." Apparently the entire Trump victory can be attributed to this moral flexibility; it couldn't possibly reflect President Obama's record, a national appetite for change, or Hillary Clinton's agenda, character, and record.
Activists Tell Scientists To Download Climate Change Data Before Trump Deletes It. Environmental activists are afraid the Trump administration will alter or delete data sets scientists use to track global warming after the president-elect takes control in January. The accusation, first reported by Mashable, has gotten at least one climate scientist to create a list of climate data sets his colleagues don't want to see deleted.
Retired Female Marine Breaks Down Why Trump Won The White House. Jessie Jane Duff is an energetic retired Marine who campaigned for President-elect Donald Trump and believes the new administration will turn America from President Barack Obama's dangerous, failed national security and foreign policies. A senior fellow at the London School for Policy Research and a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC discussing national security, veterans, military and economic issues, this Marine finds it "appalling" when "racist" epithets are cavalierly thrown at Trump supporters.
Hillary Clinton: hail to the thief. Arguably at no time since the aftermath of the Civil War has there ever been a time when unity in America was more critical. In a unique position to facilitate that unity, Hillary Rodham Clinton decided instead to champion divisiveness by actively questioning the outcome of the election. For those who intimately know and understand the Clinton Playbook, this is business as usual. There are never any real surprises with Hillary. For the President-elect who has been remarkably magnanimous concerning his erstwhile opponent, this divisive tactic will make his enormous job all the more difficult. And that is precisely the point.
You Imagine How Defrosted President Stompy Feet Is? Nothing makes a miserable blame-casting leftist more filled
with angst and teeth gnashing rage than to see people enjoying life. The professional white-paper analysts are calling
it the Trump effect:
All This Silliness about Abolishing the Electoral College. "How could this have happened?" the media pundit bemoans, as he looks over the foolproof election data that he disseminated prior to the election. "How do I tell my daughter that America elected a racist, sexist bully?" the self-loathing, white-privileged mother cries, as she glances at her previous article about how a state law prohibiting confused men from entering what may be a little girls' bathroom is somehow tantamount to misogyny. "Love trumps hate!" reads a banner among the rioters in the street, as they visit violence and destruction upon innocent people and businesses in their community. Perhaps sillier than all of that, however, is the incessant mantra amongst all of these people about how Hillary may have actually won the election because she garnered more of the popular vote than Trump.
President-elect Donald Trump 'beats Hillary Clinton in Michigan by just 10,704 votes'. President-elect Donald Trump has defeated Hillary Clinton in the swing state of Michigan by just 10,704 votes, according to local reports. According to unofficial results released on Wednesday by the Michigan secretary of state, Trump received 2,279,543 votes compared to Clinton's 2,268,839 in the closest race for President in Michigan's history. The midwestern state gave Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson 172,136 votes, while Green candidate Jill Stein was selected by just 51,463 voters.
We Are in Good Hands with Trump. For those of you pearl-clutchers on the right who haven't understood why Donald Trump is president-elect, here it is. The man known for the phrase "you're fired" should actually be known for another talent, which is to size up people well and hire them to get things done well. He's not just pretty good; it's a gift that needs to be seen for what it is, which is simple excellence in a time of mediocrity.
Donald Trump Will Prove to Be One of the Greatest and Most Consequential Presidents. Will he get everything he wishes accomplished? Of course not. But he is wasting no time in moving forward and willing to make smart compromises to get things done. On healthcare, he would keep two popular features of Obamacare — the guarantee of insurance for preexisting conditions and the ability to keep children on the family plan to age 26. On immigration, he is open to some of the wall being a fence. None of these things should be faintly surprising to anyone paying the slightest attention. Trump has indicated, even told us at times, his stances are negotiating positions. That's what businessmen do, in case you haven't heard. And there's nothing America needs more right now than a businessman who can finally get things moving.
Scenes from the liberal meltdown. Anti-Trump protests have spread to more cities and continue to turn violent. In Portland Thursday night, rioters stoned police and vandalized businesses and cars. Anyone expressing support for Trump has become the target of unrestrained venom: There are calls to boycott New Balance — its sneakers have been publicly burned — because an official said Trump would be better on trade issues. Meanwhile, the CEO of Grubhub, the online food-delivery service, demanded that employees who agree with Trump resign, because "you have no place here." (He had to retreat: His lawyers read him the First Amendment and noted that political discrimination also violates California law.)
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Anti-Trump Protesters and Their Five 'Demands'. CNN has done America a great service by cataloging what it is exactly that the anti-Trump protesters want now that The Donald has gotten himself elected president. Most of these same people were baying about accepting the results of the election when Donald Trump hinted he might not want to concede. Well, these folks not only don't want to concede that Trump won fair and square, they want an entirely different result.
Dow posts best week since 2011 after Donald Trump election win. U.S. equities closed mostly higher on Friday [11/11/2016], with the three major indexes posting their best weekly gains of the year on the back of a surprise Republican sweep. "I think you're seeing a transition from a government that had its thumb on growth to a free economy," said Bruce Bittles, chief investment strategist at Baird. "We're now looking at an economy that can reach its full potential." The Dow Jones industrial average closed about 37 points higher, with Goldman Sachs contributing the most gains. For the week, the Dow rose around 5.4 percent, marking its best weekly performance since December 2011.
5 Ways Trump Shows How To Win Elections. [#3] Go Right Young Man: Obama was much closer to Bernie Sanders than to Bill Clinton. He promised to destroy coal jobs, defended wealth redistribution and turned "You didn't build that" into his mantra. It was a long way from Hillary's ultra-cautious campaign. And it worked. Obama's left-wing base turned out for him. Trump won by unapologetically going to the right and infuriating the left. And it also worked. Hillary hired plenty of Obama's people, but it was Trump who had truly learned the lesson of Obama's victories. American elections are no longer won by going to the center. Some of the most endangered senators had been centrists. The Republican moderate strategy cost them two presidential elections.
Female Muslim immigrant who said she voted for Trump because she was tired of 'Obama dancing around radical Islam. A Muslim woman who immigrated to America from India as a child has spoken out about why she decided to vote for Donald Trump — and has received threats and hate in the process. Asra Nomani, 51, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, [...] said she knows Trump can be ineloquent at times but said she has no fears for herself in Donald Trump's America. 'The checks and balances in America and our rich history of social justice and civil rights will never allow the fear-mongering that has been attached to candidate Trump's rhetoric to come to fruition,' she wrote.
Quit Whining, Liberals. You Brought Trump on Yourselves. Last month, Project Veritas released a bombshell video about the violence at Trump rallies. The Clinton campaign and Democratic Party operatives planned to incite that violence, and it backfired. The Democrats intended that violence to dissuade Trump supporters and convince most Americans that there was something very wrong with him. Instead, it merely convinced millions of Americans that Trump stands for something, in spite of strong opposition. Just as liberal attacks that Trump is a "fascist" convinced Republicans that he was their champion, so the violence at his rallies convinced Americans he was a real political force.
How Trump won the presidency. [Scroll down] Clinton was a terrible traditional campaigner. Her proposals were often detailed and small picture, intentionally tailored to appeal to the Democratic coalition's countless micro-communities. That might work if Clinton had a gram of charisma. Turns out, Barack Obama was too tough an act to follow. So, despite his help, her money, his political veterans and her grassroots army, millions stayed home or switched sides. When Clinton did break through in media, it was usually bad news reinforcing her wealthy insider image. Constant coughing, then collapsing on camera on 9/11 didn't help. And when Gallup said her name, the overwhelming response was "email." She set up a private, unsecured email server in early 2009 to avoid government archiving and public scrutiny of her secretary of State and lucrative family Foundation connections. That decision with its compounding lies, leaks and FBI probes has hemorrhaged for 20 months. In that sense, the 2016 election outcome was indeed rigged — by Hillary Clinton.
RIP Clinton, Inc.. [Scroll down] We conservatives do not think very much of Donald Trump either, and many of us expect to think less of him the more we get to know him. His election may very well prove to be the equivalent of using a neutron bomb to clear out a cockroach infestation, or a ball-peen hammer to remove an achy tooth — but what a human toothache we had in Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Trump beat Clinton by spending less than half of the $521 million she plowed into contest. Relying heavily on an unorthodox mix of social media, unfiltered rhetoric, and a knack for winning free TV time, the New York real estate magnate likely paid less than $5 per vote during his insurgent White House bid, about half what Clinton paid, according to a Reuters analysis of campaign finance records and voting data.
President-Elect Trump Did Not Create the Movement, It Created Him. I don't know what the Trump years will bring, but I think there is a lot we can learn from how he made his way to the White House. Meantime, though there is lots of water under the bridge, let's remember that he ran as a conservative. Whether that is because he has become one or because he recognized he needed to adopt some conservative positions to be viable, we will find out in due course.
How Donald Trump broke the old rules of politics — and won the White House. Donald Trump ran against himself and won. The Manhattan billionaire who for decades boasted of his playboy lifestyle, stiffed contractors and vendors, hired illegal immigrants, eschewed churchgoing, embraced liberal causes, and counted Hillary and Bill Clinton as friends and allies pulled off one of the most brazen pivots in American history, selling himself to American voters as a populist hero who understood their frustrations and guaranteed a blizzard of wins.
Trump's victory is no surprise except to deluded elites. Trump's victory is not just a revolt of the political Right. Huge numbers of Democrats were appalled that Hillary Clinton was forced upon them by their own party establishment. Bewildered elites in democracies everywhere are being rejected. If they don't change tack, they consign themselves to oblivion.
Trump's triumph has crushed the lefty luvvies, useless pollsters, multicultural mafia and gender Nazis. I was right. Donald Trump won. Not only did he win, he won by a convincing margin — turning America red with patriotic pride and the faces of commentators ever redder as they tried to explain how they had been so spectacularly wrong. The news came as a shock to all those who have failed — yet again — to understand the feelings of regular Americans — people who want to work hard, keep their family safe and secure for the future. Real people. Not the loud voices in wealthy cities. Not the multicultural mafia in the liberal heartland of LA or New York. But in the towns, rural outposts and forgotten homes across the States.
Understanding Legislative Priorities Through the Eyes of the UniParty. One of the more complex nuances to understand in this election cycle is the construct of the DC UniParty. When it comes to substantive legislative priorities the Republican and Democrat parties are ideologically aligned. It has been this way for decades and until recently almost everyone ignored the evidence. Donald Trump's campaign for the presidency is the first time anyone has ever challenged the modern UniParty, essentially presenting a second party option.
Drudge, Breitbart See Massive Traffic Surges as NRO, Weekly Standard Melt Down. Whatever you might think of Donald Trump as a candidate, it's clear there's a significant chunk of the American population with whom his message resonates. For ostensibly conservative- and/or Republican-leaning sites like National Review and Weekly Standard to utterly reject Mr. Trump is curious, to be sure. For the pro-life constituency, embracing the #NeverTrump position is to, in effect, support partial-birth abortions. That is because rejecting Trump is tacit support for the ultra-progressive Obama/Clinton doctrine that states a baby can be ripped to pieces in the womb one second before birth.
Donald Trump vs. the Sleepwalkers. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the world should hope for the election of Donald Trump next Tuesday. American policy has become a fetid morass in which ideology and influence-peddling jointly serve to insulate its leaders from the real world. It is not simply that America's leaders are out of touch, but that they are in continuous touch with a fictitious construct of the world that excludes the possibility of policy course correction. America's policy elites are sleepwalkers in the way that historian Christopher Clark described Europe's leaders in August 1914 on the eve of the First World War.
British establishment eats its words after Donald Trump victory. British politicians stand divided after Donald Trump's US presidential victory, with several being forced to eat their previous words and offer diplomatic gestures of congratulations. Some UK lawmakers are being unusually candid about Trump's election, while others are carefully backtracking on comments made at a time when the idea of a Trump presidency seemed ludicrous.
David Brooks: Trump Will 'Resign or Be Impeached within a Year'. In his Friday [11/11/2016] column, New York Times columnist David Brooks speculates about a new political dichotomy and writes that President-elect Donald Trump will "resign or be impeached within a year."
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Donald Trump's Astounding Victory: How and Why. It didn't help that Clinton called half of Trump supporters "irredeemable" and "deplorables" and infected with "implicit racism." They may have been shy in responding to telephone or exit polls, but they voted in unanticipatedly large numbers, at a time when turnout generally sagged. At the same time, Clinton was unable to reassemble Obama's 2012 51 percent coalition. Turnout fell in heavily black Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee. Millennial generation turnout was tepid, and Trump carried white millennials by 5 points. Unexpectedly, Trump won higher percentages of Hispanics and Asians than Mitt Romney did in 2012.
'Prediction professor' who called Trump's big win also made another forecast: Trump will be impeached. Allan Lichtman uses a historically based system of what he calls "keys" to predict election results ahead of time. The keys are explained in-depth in Lichtman's book, "Predicting the Next President: The Keys to the White House 2016." In our conversations in September and October, he outlined how President Obama's second term set the Democrats up for a tight race, and his keys tipped the balance in Trump's favor, even if just barely. At the end of our September conversation, Lichtman made another call: that if elected, Trump would eventually be impeached by a Republican Congress that would prefer a President Mike Pence — someone whom establishment Republicans know and trust.
After Donald Trump victory, Oregonians submit ballot proposal to secede from the union. The petition for this ballot measure has been withdrawn after overwhelming positive and negative responses. Two days after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, two Portlanders have submitted a petition for a 2018 ballot initiative to have Oregon secede from the United States. On Thursday morning, Jennifer Rollins, a lawyer, and Christian Trejbal, a writer, filed the Oregon Secession Act.
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White House Correspondents Association Circles Echo-Chamber Wagons Against Trump Administration. The White House Correspondents Association held a closed-door Town Hall event last Thursday to unite behind a singular ideological political narrative. According to published reports of the event [via CNN ] the Association's prevailing theme was a rallying call there must be "unity" against the Trump administration. [...] Ah yes, the herd mindset must be retained if the echo-chamber is to battle united against a singular ideological adversary, President Donald Trump.
The AP Spins Lewis vs. Trump. Start with the headline: "Trump unleashes Twitter attack against civil rights legend." Most people only read headlines, and this one gives no clue that it was Lewis, not Trump, who started the fight by saying on Meet the Press that Trump will be an illegitimate president. And Lewis is identified as a "civil rights legend," not as a hyper-partisan Democratic politician, which is what he is.
Drug testing floated for White House press corps. One proposal on dealing with the media that was pitched to President-elect Donald Trump's transition team calls for drug testing the White House press corps. Trump's attacks on the mainstream media were a cornerstone of his campaign and last week he called BuzzFeed a "failing pile of garbage," but forcing reporters to undergo random drug tests would provoke a media meltdown. The pee-in-a-cup proposal was one of 13 ideas one candidate for White House press secretary wrote in November in a confidential memo to members of the Presidential Transition Team's Executive Committee.
NY Magazine: Trump 'Owns The Press' At First Press Conference. Gabriel Sherman writes in New York Magazine that President-elect Donald Trump got the upper hand against the media on Wednesday [1/11/2017] by turning his first post-election press conference "into a debate over journalistic practices."
Trump Just Had the Best Press Conference in the History of Press Conferences. Having watched the media destroy innocent people and move along, and conversely let a corrupt administration slide, Mr. Trump's indictment of the press is welcome. There will be a time to worry about press freedom, but today is not that day. Today, the media should do some soul searching and consider their own careless behavior. Being loose with the facts, shamelessly biased (these were the people crying at Obama's last speech), and ideologically extreme leftist does not inform so much as alienate people who are trying to be informed. Media reformation is necessary and if it takes Mr. Trump's stick and carrot to move them in the right direction — well, it's a start.
Left-wing media stunned that Trump hits back. [Scroll down] But here's what the corrupt media will not tell you: BuzzFeed is nothing more than a political propaganda arm of the Democratic Party. In June, the website terminated an advertising deal with the Republican National Committee because, as their CEO said, "The Trump campaign is directly opposed to the freedoms of our employees in the United States and the world." Two days later, BuzzFeed's chairman, Kenneth Lerer, hosted a $33,000-a-ticket Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York City that President Obama attended. Lerer already had a long history of donating to Democrats — since 2004, he's contributed almost a half a million dollars to Democrats, including $2,700 to Hillary Clinton in 2016. It should be no surprise that, even after being exposed by President-elect Trump, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith is standing by the decision to publish what amounts to fake news in a desperate attempt to smear the next commander-in-chief.
Brzezinski Slams CNN and Buzzfeed For Letting 'Their Bias Get in the Way' With Russia Reports. MSNBC's Morning Joe on Wednesday [1/11/2017] has been wrestling with how to handle unverified reports that surfaced in the media yesterday evening, and cohost Mika Brzezinski called out two key media outlets for taking part in what she calls the same sort of behavior that many wrongly engaged with before the election. Before President Barack Obama gave his farewell address in Chicago Tuesday night, there was a dizzying array of reports regarding President-elect Donald Trump and his connections to Russia. First, it a four-byline story from CNN: "Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him," from Evan Perez, Jim Sciutto, Jake Tapper, and Carl Bernstein. In it, CNN reports that both President-elect Trump and President Obama were presented with classified documents last week that suggested Russian intelligence had "compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump."
CNN Laments Being Unable to Hear a Good Speech 'Like This' from Trump. Almost minutes after President Barack Obama concluded his farewell address Tuesday night, CNN jumped into whining about not being able to hear such deep speech from President-elect Donald Trump. "Also as we think about the next president about to take office, I mean, their speaking styles could not possibly be any more different," noted moderator, Anderson Cooper, as unseen members of his panel laughed. "We're not going to be hearing a speech LIKE THIS from a sitting president for the next four or eight years," he continued to bemoan, as CNN's chief political correspondent Dana Bash chimed in to glorify Obama's speech delivering acumen: [Video clip]
WaPo writer ponders how to "remove Trump from office" before he's even sworn in. Just in case you were wondering whether the owners of the Washington Post learned anything from the last election and their failure to stop America from voting for Donald Trump, fear not. They haven't. If there was any sort of change coming to the editorial board, they probably wouldn't have given a green light to Richard Cohen's column this week which carries the not very ambiguous title of, "How to remove Trump from office."
Reporters Obsessively Try to Get McCain to Say Trump Election Was Illegitimate. Thursday afternoon [1/5/2017] on CNN, reporters from several networks surrounded Republican Senator John McCain and attempted to get him to call Donald Trump's election illegitimate. McCain spoke to the reporters in the hallway immediately following a Senate hearing where Intelligence officials testified about the Russian hacking of the DNC this past Summer. Ever since Clinton lost the election, the media has been desperately trying to pin her loss on Russian influence. While the only thing that has been made evident is that Russia was able to access private DNC e-mails after DNC officials clicked on a phishing e-mail, somehow that means that Russia hacked the U.S. election, at least according to the media. Immediately following the Senate hearing, reporters from CNN, CNBC, CBS and MSNBC swarmed around McCain and obsessively tried to get the Republican Senator to confirm their bias.
57 Days Later, Broadcast Morning and Evening News Haven't Called Obama 'Lame Duck'. On November 5, 2008, the day after the election, CBS Evening News correspondent Chip Reid said of then-still-president George W. Bush, "he is now not only deeply unpopular, he's a full-fledged lame duck." But in the 57 days after the 2016 election, the morning and evening news shows of ABC, CBS and NBC haven't used the term "lame duck" even once. By avoiding this phrasing, the networks are giving post-election Obama a legitimacy they denied post-election Bush. Instead of downplaying President Obama's role, the networks hyped disagreement between him and Trump, calling it a "turf war."
Zero Self-Awareness: Chuck Todd Whacks Trump's 'Concierge Media Friends'. On NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday [1/1/2017], Chuck Todd devoted a whole hour to analyzing Trump vs. the Press, but he worked energetically to avoid the notion the media lost trust because it's seen as part of the Democratic National Machine. There were no questions about whether they failed in being too soft on Hillary Clinton, because they never think they've been too soft on Democrats.
Midnight meltdown as tipsy Trump-hater Don Lemon has mic cut off by CNN. CNN anchor Don Lemon has copped the honor of the first on-air Trump-hater meltdown of 2017, year one of the Trump presidency. Sour Lemon's behavior was so disgraceful and out of place during a celebration of the New Year that the network brass cut his audio feed just after midnight when he began speak of "awful" 2016.
The Biggest Media Trend of 2016? Abject Humiliation of the Media. For lots of high-profile media personalities, from Nate Silver to Nick Denton, 2016 dealt an enormous reckoning. Michael Moore made some startling predictions, but few other liberal commentators saw what was happening. Much of the pundit industrial complex spent the calendar year standing athwart history, yelling "It can't happen here" or "Trump is going to pivot any day now." Clinton lost.
Top Ten Most Under Reported Stories of 2016. [#3] The disappearing women — Trump accusers. Isn't it interesting how the manufactured and promoted claims of dozens of women simply disappear once their usefulness is exhausted. Where's the media follow-up stories on what, who, why and where are they now? It's as if the entire media apparatus knew from the outset the story only held value in the short-term goal of taking down candidate Donald Trump. Now, they simply just disappear as quickly as they originally surfaced.
Seven times the media compared Trump to Hitler. The ultimate shutdown in politics is to compare a political opponent to Adolf Hitler. And while Donald Trump may have changed much of what we know about politics, that truth lived on in 2016, even if it didn't stop the president-elect from winning. Here are seven times, in no particular order, the national media compared Trump to Hitler. [...]
Anyone Who Reads About Russian Hacks And Donald Trump Should Read This First. The reports on the intelligence community's (IC) alleged conclusion that Russia wanted President-elect Donald Trump to win the election have been, in a word, schizophrenic. They're also drawing on some odd sourcing.
Kurt Eichenwald Further Explains His Claim That Trump Was Institutionalized. [Scroll down] So: Eichenwald was making a joke, and "signalling to a source," but he also really believes that Trump was institutionalized in 1990. The problem is that he can't prove it — it's merely "reporting process" — so he hasn't said so publicly. Except for when he did say so publicly, but that doesn't count because he really doesn't like Tucker Carlson. Now we know. If Eichenwald genuinely believes that Tucker prevented him from explaining all of this on the air, then I'm glad to help make things right.
Democrats Already Accusing Trump Of "Treason" A Month Before He Takes Office. This weekend you can catch a preview of what the next four years of mainstream media coverage of the Trump presidency will look like by checking in at the Boston Globe. They've decided to run an op-ed piece penned by John Shattuck, a professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Clearly not wanting to pull any punches or inject a level of nuance into the discussion, the title blares out at us, Donald Trump raises specter of treason.
This Insane Interview Between Newsweek Writer Eichenwald and Tucker Carlson Goes OFF THE RAILS. Thursday [12/15/2016], Newsweek journalist Kurt Eichenwald appeared on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight to talk about his unsubstantiated accusations that Donald Trump was on amphetamine derivatives, and had a nervous breakdown in 1990. Within seconds, the interview began to go off the rails. Carlson asked Eichenwald if he had any evidence to substantiate a tweet he sent on September 13, 2016, which reads: "I believe Trump was institutionalized in a mental hospital for a nervous breakdown in 1990, which is why he won't release his medical records." The tweet was deleted shortly after it was posted, but not before numerous screenshots were taken. Eichenwald never substantiated his claim regarding Trump, and on Thursday, Carlson tried to get to the bottom of it: [...]
Why the Media Can't Tell the Truth about Trump. President Obama repeatedly trashed fossil fuel companies, banks, investment banks, insurance companies, drug companies, physicians, and others. He intentionally bankrupted coal companies and for-profit colleges. He and the Treasury Department unilaterally rewrote tax law to try to prevent companies from moving their headquarters. The media and Democrats never had a problem with any of this, but if Trump jawbones companies that is unheard of. Now that Trump has ripped into Boeing and Lockheed for costs, Democrats and the media all of a sudden care deeply about them. This is the first time I can recall that the media and Democrats are worried about government interference with corporations.
CNN's Robert Baer: We Should Have Another Election. Well, that didn't take long. The morning after the Washington Post's Friday evening [12/9/2016] story that a "Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House," a "deeply disturbed" Bob Baer, appearing on CNN Newsroom, when questioned as to whether "we should have another election," said that if it's true, "I don't see any other way than to vote again."
Reince Priebus Destroys Chuck Todd Over Russia Conspiracy Theories. As the corrupt Democrat media complex continues to meltdown down, even a month after the election, Chuck Todd is still looking like the jackass he really is. NBC of course is a leftist clown show ever since GE bought them. The media's last gasp is to go back to pushing the Russia hacking conspiracy theories. Fake News outlets like The New York Times and Washington Post are spreading fake news that the RNC was hacked and that Russia sat on the information. Problem is for the media, The RNC was NOT hacked.
CNN's Stelter: Trump Win a 'National Emergency'. Those who expected the mainstream media to pause and reflect on its own biases following President-Elect Donald Trump's victory are surely disappointed. It has become inescapably clear that rather than attempt to break free from the ideological echo chamber in which they exist, liberal journalists in the mainstream media are only doubling down on progressive propaganda — descending ever further into self-parody.
Russian "Meddling" In Election: Most Overblown Story Ever? It is certainly the most overblown story in a long time. The casual reader of newspaper headlines might well believe that the Russian government hacked into voting machines, or something of the sort, to influence the presidential election. But that is not the case. If you read the Washington Post story, they are merely talking about the well-known hacks of Democratic National Committee and John Podesta emails. The only news here is that someone at the CIA thinks the Russian government carried out the operation and did so in order to help Donald Trump win the election.
Trump's Chumps. The common thought is that Trump uses Twitter to go over the heads of the reporters who cover him to reach the public unfiltered. Just as often, though, the reporters are his primary audience; the secondary audience is the general public, few of whom obsessively check a Twitter account the way reporters do. But the public can distinguish between a tweet and the reaction to it. For an ordinary person, the news isn't merely what Trump tweets, it's also the hyperventilation he provokes from the press. The second is usually crazier than the first.
Did Russia Help Trump Get Elected? Consider The Source(s). There used to be a rule in journalism that reporters should consider the source before running with a story. Like many other rules of journalism, that seems to have gone out the window when it comes to covering Donald Trump. But "consider the source" should be the watch word when reading about news over the weekend that Russia interfered with the U.S. elections to get Donald Trump elected, particularly since the sources of this story are so unreliable. The first source to be cautious about is the newspaper that published the bombshell story over the weekend: the Washington Post.
Anonymous Leaks to the WashPost About the CIA's Russia Beliefs Are No Substitute for Evidence. The Washington Post late Friday night [12/9/2016] published an explosive story that, in many ways, is classic American journalism of the worst sort: The key claims are based exclusively on the unverified assertions of anonymous officials, who in turn are disseminating their own claims about what the CIA purportedly believes, all based on evidence that remains completely secret.
The Stock Market vs. The Media — Whom Do You Trust? While the stock market rockets to new highs virtually every twenty minutes, the media continues to gasp with more and more dismay at Donald Trump's picks to fill his cabinet. Today, as the Dow approaches 20,000, the Washington Post is moaning about the president-elect's choosing too many generals for important positions, as if all military minds automatically think alike. The Post certainly wouldn't say that about, say, Muslims. Nor would anybody who'd actually read a history book.
Remember when Obama had three generals on his team? he nomination of Gen. John Kelly (USMC-Ret) for Secretary of Homeland Security has caused elite members of the DC and New York media to harrumph their way through deeply concerned opinion pieces about the disturbing influence of the military in President-elect Donald Trump's nascent administration.
Trump Owes The Media Nothing — Here's Why. The media dropped the ball during the last campaign with its overwhelmingly negative coverage of the major candidates, especially Donald Trump. That's not the conclusion of some disgruntled conservative media watchdog, but of a new report from Harvard University's impeccably liberal Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. You know when left-of-center media watchdogs see media bias against a conservative candidate it must be really egregious. And the respected Shorenstein Center's report found that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took their share of hard hits by the media. But Trump came in for especially vicious treatment.
WaPo: Trump Was Right About Overwhelmingly Negative Press Coverage. One of the hallmarks of both the McCain and Romney presidential campaigns was the candidates' weakness in the face of hostile press coverage. As has been mentioned many times, Romney essentially threw an entire election because he let debate "moderator" Candy Crowley lie for President Obama. For many Republicans who weren't enthusiastic Trump supporters but wanted something to like about him, his refusal to give the media a free pass on their combative bias was the thing. It was practically otherworldly to see a Republican presidential candidate expressing frustration over something that GOP voters have been angry about for decades.
An Orgy of Double Standards. While the mainstream media was willing to excuse Barack Obama for everything he did, it is in full attack mode with Trump. To be more precise, the press declared everything Obama did to be genius. It seems to believe that everything Trump does signals incompetence and an absence of qualification. Have you noticed that no one questioned the absurdly thin resume of Barack Obama? Some of us have questioned the Trump qualifications, but how many people pointed out that Obama had no qualifications to speak of? He had a few years as a backbench U.S. senator who accomplished nothing. Trump has no experience in government but he has worked as an executive and has dealt with foreign countries for decades. Trump's antics managed to make Obama look presidential, but Obama's resume makes Trump look qualified.
Who's More 'Authoritarian'? Trump or the Media Elite That Wants Him to Shut Up? When Harry Truman said "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen," he was probably talking to politicians, and not to the press. But it's become quite obvious in the nascent Trump era that the press simply cannot take the heat. Criticizing the press isn't fair game. It's a dangerous sign of an undemocratic temperament. On Sunday's [12/4/2016] edition of the CNN Trump-trashing show called Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter insisted that the media needed to define Trump as a dictator, not a president: "I talk to international correspondents who say to you, 'This is exactly what authoritarians do. This is what strongmen do. This is what happens in authoritarian regimes.' I think we need to start using those words on TV, at least, to discuss the possibilities before us."
Flashback: When The Media Swooned Over Obama's Phone Call With Terror Sponsoring Iranian President. Over the weekend President-elect Donald Trump took a phone call from the President of Taiwan. The move set off a mainstream media firestorm of criticism, with many news anchors and pundits warning the acceptance of the call could damage U.S. relations with China. [...] Back in 2013 President Obama made direct contact with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with, you guessed it, a phone call. The call was initiated by President Obama, not Rouhani. Iran is listed as the world's largest state sponsor of terror by the State Department and before 9/11, its terrorism offshoot Hezbollah was responsible for more American deaths than any other terrorist organization in the world. The outrage from the same media players panicking over Trump's call with Taiwan was absent.
Lies, [...] and LA Times editorials. The Left, having no value for truth, honesty, integrity, or anything else besides getting their way of course, has no problem with printing absolute falsehoods like the ones in this editorial bemoaning the prospect of national concealed carry reciprocity. It seems the Times is aggrieved that liberty and greater ability to self-defense might soon be coming[.]
Zakaria: 'Working-Class Whites' Vote On Emotion, Not Policy. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign did not fail as a result of its subscription to unpopular left-wing policies, said left-wing CNN's Fareed Zakaria on Sunday's [12/4/2016] GPS. As is his custom, his introductory monologue was a reading of his weekly column at left-wing news outlet The Washington Post. Despite declaring Hillary Clinton's victory as inevitable on October 16 ("Let's be clear. Donald Trump will lose the election."), Zakaria now claims to understand President-elect Donald Trump's appeal. He also now claims to know what Clinton could have done to win the presidency. American voters aren't driven by policy, said Zakaria, but by emotion: [...]
How Trump Turned the National Media Into Impotent Hecklers: Savor it. It finally happened. The national media no longer matters. The entire institution has been rendered as irrelevant as a drunken fan in the cheap seats pretending to know more about the game than Kobe. Sure, the media might still have the power to annoy. But as far as how the players play, the institution is now just, well, belligerent jerks with no power, no sway, no influence. Much of the credit does not belong to President-elect Donald Trump. The media did this to themselves.
The Twin Pillars of Progressive Prejudice. In media land, Donald Trump risked world peace by accepting a phone call from the democratically elected president of Taiwan; Barack Obama's talks with dictators and thugs such as Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and Raul Castro were long overdue. In media land, jawboning Carrier not to relocate a plant to Mexico is an existential threat to the free market; not so when Barack Obama tried to coerce Boeing to move to Washington State to produce union-made planes, or bullied a small non-union guitar company, or reordered the bankruptcy payouts of Chrysler and essentially took over the company. In campus land, the election of 2008 was cause for ebullition; in 2016, elections by nature were traumatic as students were reduced to whining toddlers who needed cookies and milk.
At Walter Reed: NYT Hailed Obama's 'Sacred Duty' to Troops, But Bush Staged Photo Op. Presidential visits to wounded soldiers at Walter Reed should be non-political events worthy of non-partisan coverage, but the New York Times manages to shows its colors even in those solemn moments. In the half-page "Obama's Sacred Duty: Visiting the Wounded — Trips to Walter Reed Take Toll and Inspire" for Wednesday's [11/30/2016] edition, reporter Gardiner Harris brought a somber, emotional, personalized tone to the proceedings. [...] Yet the tone was quite more brusque and abrupt, almost guilt-tripping, when it came to former President George W. Bush's visits to the wounded at Walter Reed during the Iraq War, even down to the terse headlines, like this one from November 2004: [...]
They can dish it out but they can't take it.
NYT Columnist Calls Trump 'Least Successful' Candidate Of Our Time. New York Times columnist Gail Collins calls President-elect Donald Trump one of the "least successful" presidential candidates in American history in an op-ed Thursday [12/1/2016]. Although Trump pulled off an unprecedented comeback in the polls to win the election, Collins points to his loss in the popular vote as evidence he's actually one of the least successful candidates ever. "The one positive effect of the recount, besides reassuring people who worry the Russians might be capable of hacking a massive American vote tally, is the way it reminds the nation, every day, that Donald Trump is one of the least successful successful presidential candidates in American history," she writes.
Tom Friedman, Apparently Straight-Faced, Claims Most of the Media Support Trump. Chalk it up to the rigors of a book tour, if one is inclined to be charitable. Otherwise this comes across as delusional. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, making the media rounds to flog his new book, [...] made an assertion on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook on Nov. 22 that surely set off guffaws coast to coast.
Tensions rise at CNN as the network aims for Trump. CNN is taking an increasingly negative approach toward its coverage of President-elect Trump, causing at least some tension within the network, inside sources told the Washington Examiner. Trump, according to a New York Post story, told the network he wasn't happy with their coverage during an off-the-record meeting at his headquarters in Trump Tower this week. Trump critiqued the news media at large during the meeting, but CNN was one of the top targets, according to the Post's report.
32 Times Establishment Media and Pollsters Assured the People of Donald Trump's Defeat. From the time Donald Trump announced his White House bid, there has been no shortage of establishment media outlets predicting his defeat. Indeed, as the weeks and months marked Trump's ever-apparent political preeminence, the pundits, pollsters, and prognosticators doubted and declared his collapse inevitable. Even as Trump, a real estate mogul-turned-reality TV star, clinched the Republican presidential nomination, the affirmations of his failure kept coming. The very establishment media and pollsters who benefitted from Trump's celebrity before branding him leader of a deplorable political base will stand against his governance.
Hannity calls on Trump to freeze out the press. Fox News commentator Sean Hannity said that until journalists admit to colluding with Hillary Clinton's campaign, President-elect Donald Trump should reconsider granting traditional access to reporters. [...] Pointing to stolen emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, Hannity said those assigned to cover the former secretary of state's campaign had failed to uphold the most basic requirements of their jobs. "So until members of the media come clean about colluding with the Clinton campaign and admit that they knowingly broke every ethical standard they are supposed to uphold, they should not have the privilege, they should not have the responsibility of covering the president on behalf of you, the American people," added Hannity.
Trump begins implementing his presidential media strategy. Donald Trump summoned a group of "30 to 40" television executives and anchors to the Trump Tower yesterday and began a sophisticated media strategy. Naturally, he is already being underrated, and his enemies do not understand what is about to happen to them.
Amanpour: Media Should Fight Trump Because He Might Start Putting Us In Cages. CNN's chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour urged journalists Tuesday night to protect their profession from the "existential threat" of President-elect Donald Trump, who she implied might try to put the media in "cages." Citing Trump's tweet about the media "inciting" some of the protests against him following the election, Amanpour warned gravely of authoritarian leaders who dismantle the free press and imprison journalists.
Flashback: Trump-Trashing Journalists Oozed Over Obama's '08 Transition. During the campaign, the liberal news media did everything they could to prevent Donald Trump's election — including 91% negative coverage from the broadcast networks — but he won anyway. Now, journalists are trashing the way Trump is handling his transition, as well as his early Cabinet picks. But eight years ago, viewers heard a very different tone coming from the media, as journalists celebrated the election of Barack Obama, cheered the "brain power" of the "team of geniuses" he was assembling for his Cabinet, and tingled over how "cool" Obama seemed as he assumed the responsibilities of office. With Trump, the media are touting the "continuing turmoil" in his transition, as ABC's Tom Llamas claimed on the November 16 Good Morning America.
Biased Press Continues To Misinform Public About Trump. When the Pew Research Center asked the public who conducted themselves worst during the presidential campaign, the answer was ... the press. But after promising to shape up after the election, the mainstream media are already back to their old games.
Press fumes as Trump breaks tradition. Since he was elected two weeks ago, Trump has spent most of his time at his New York home in Trump Tower and at one of his golf clubs in New Jersey, where he has met with a steady stream of people who might join his administration. But the press has bristled at the idea that the comings and goings are being broadcast.
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Trump's supposed 'Muslim registry' is just more fake news. The first thing to know about Donald Trump's alleged proposal for a Muslim registry is that it isn't a Muslim registry. This has been lost in a freakout that has some brave souls already promising acts of civil disobedience to disrupt and overwhelm the prospective registry. The controversy tells us much more about how the media will cover the Trump administration — i.e., through the lens of fact-free hysteria — than about the administration's immigration enforcement agenda. The source of the fracas is a comment from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Trump immigration adviser and (excellent) candidate for homeland security director, to Reuters.
The Press Suddenly Realizes a President's Life Is Opulent and Expensive. Wait, now there are complaints about the expenses surrounding the security bubble around the president-elect? [...] Yes, we did go through a variation of this when Obama was elected. Except the local papers had to file a FOIA request, and the complaints from the Chicago city government seemed pretty muted.
Why does the Wall Street Journal hate capitalism? The Wall Street Journal today [11/18/2016] in an editorial demanded that President Trump hold a fire sale by selling off everything he owns in the next 73 days. [...] When George Washington accepted the job as president no one in their right mind demanded that he liquidate Mount Vernon. President Trump already sacrificed for his country. He donated up to $100 million to his campaign. On top of that, he sacrificed potential earnings that, by the end of his first term, should easily top $1 billion. Economists call this opportunity cost.
ABC, NBC Smear Trump's Cabinet Picks as 'Really Old White Group'. As President-Elect Donald Trump's cabinet selection process continued move along Sunday morning [11/20/2016], the liberal media's claims of chaos behind the scenes seemed to give way to cries of racism on the network morning shows. "So, there's a concern about lack of diversity so far in the hiring," bemoaned ABC's Paula Faris on Good Morning America, "We saw that he brought in Michelle Rhee and Nikki Haley, but is there really any likelihood of a pick who is not a white male at this point?" Faris had posed her ridiculous question to ABC's Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, who on election night almost broke down in tears from Hillary Clinton's loss.
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Trump must ignore the media and trust his gut. Here's my advice to President-elect Donald Trump: When it comes to the media, don't listen. Ignore the haters. These are the same people who, as WikiLeaks exposed, were openly colluding with Hillary Clinton's campaign in violation of every ethical standard they are supposed to honor and uphold.
Trump goes to dinner without media; wailing about 'lack of transparency' produces comedy gold. How dare this madman simply "go" to the 21 Club and order a steak? Who does he think he is? Does he not know about the glorious "tradition" whereby the media is privy to the commander in chief's every move?
Emerging media narrative on Donald Trump: Disarray and families torn apart. By the way, President-elect Obama ditched his [media] pool in Hawaii eight years ago, and it wasn't treated as a national calamity.
Trump and the media. Trump can't get anything right so far as the press is concerned, and can this be because this Conservative betrayed those Liberals by winning? Yes it can — and already we can see where this is going for the next four to eight years. Trump will have no choice but to give as good as he got, and he got it pretty bad from the moment he announced himself a candidate. The tweet has been Trump's revenge, and it will have to remain so. That's his news media against theirs.
Ritual of Ever-Present Coverage May Not Pass Muster With Trump. Since Election Day, Mr. Trump has refused to let reporters accompany him to the White House, accused the media of inciting protests and tweeted accusations that The New York Times fabricated stories about his transition. As a candidate, he vilified journalists by name and blacklisted news outlets that displeased him. So when Mr. Trump ducked out to dinner Tuesday night without informing the journalists assigned to cover him, it struck White House reporters as a small but significant omen that cordial relations between the president and his press corps, a hallmark of the West Wing, were under threat.
Press dig in for long battle against Trump. The national media appear to be digging in for a long fight with President-elect Trump, and are already issuing stern warnings about how the Trump administration should behave weeks before Trump officially takes office. A group of press freedom and government transparency groups sent an open letter to Trump on Wednesday to call on him and his incoming administration to abide by the rules that traditionally govern the press-White House relationship. "A great America depends on having sunlight on its leaders," said the letter, signed by the heads of the National Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists, among others. "We expect the traditions of White House press coverage to be upheld whether in Washington or elsewhere."
Former Obama Spokesman Threatens Trump Over Media Access. In the continuing media saga/melt-down over President-Elect Donald Trump's audacity to eat a meal in a restaurant with his family we find the following quote from former Obama administration spokesperson Tommy "Dude" Vietor: [...] What's the media going to do Tommy, stop reporting on Trump? Ignore Trump?
President Trump 1, WHCA 0. President [elect] Trump trumped the press last night [11/15/2016], ditching them so he could have a nice steak with his family and friends (and maybe Ted Cruz). The boo-hoo bears in the media complained. [...] We remember the 2011 White House Correspondents Association dinner in which the Washington Post invited The Donald, only to laugh at him as the president of the United States mocked him — live on national television. Who's sorry now?
Hypocrisy: Nets Fret About Bannon; Gave Catholic-Hating Podesta a Pass. Prior to the election, WikiLeaks produced e-mails in which Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta and other staffers denigrated conservative Catholics. Clinton aide Jennifer Palmieri suggested people became conservative Catholics because, "Their rich friends wouldn't understand if they became evangelicals." Wow. Sociology. Aide John Halpin wrote to Podesta that conservative Catholicism is "an amazing bastardization of the faith. They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy."
Media ready for Trump to fail. Five days after Donald Trump was elected the next president, the national media that misread his popularity are now anticipating his likely failures and shortcomings. And he hasn't even made it into office yet.
The New York Times can't improve until it admits bias. The New York Times is so, so very sorry that its presidential election coverage was so, so very wrong. Please have pity on them, Times publisher Arthur "Pinch" Sulzberger Jr. begged his paper's readers the other day. "We aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism. That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor...," Sulzberger said in a letter. Tell me, how is the paper going to "rededicate" itself to "honesty" if it can't even admit that it was dishonest during this past election? The Times' coverage was blatantly slanted against Republican Donald Trump, so much so, in fact, that even its own Public Editor — who is supposed to be the referee of ethics — slammed her employer.
CNN still pushing fake story about Muslim attacked by Trumpsters. CNN is the poster child for media bias and once again they don't disappoint. [...] This woman claimed that the men drove up, got out and attacked her. That one was wearing a Trump 'Make America Great Again' cap and they beat her and robbed her, stealing her belongings and hijab. She also said they hurled racial slurs at her. She didn't realize there were cameras there and that they prove it never happened. There were no other witnesses and it was labeled the hoax that it was.
ABC's Stephanopoulos: Trump Civil Suit Conviction Could Be 'Impeachable'. ABC's George Stephanopoulos raised the prospect of the impeachment of President-Elect Trump on Thursday's [11/10/2016] Good Morning America, as the morning show spotlighted the multiple civil lawsuits against the billionaire. The former Clinton administration communications director underlined that "if he takes the risk of going to trial and he's convicted, that could be seen as an impeachable offense." ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams corrected Stephanopoulos's faulty take: "You can't impeach someone for stuff that they did before they became president."
Really? Do you have 'Hundreds' of pictures?
There Is No Violent Hate-Crimewave in 'Trump's America'. [W]hile all sorts of horrible incidents are being reported on Twitter and Facebook... well, anyone can say anything on Twitter and Facebook. The bulk of these stories are "friend of a friend" told me types. But if men were really going around pulling knives on Muslim women on public buses in Trump's name, there would at least be local or campus news reports of it. Same, too, for the alleged wave of transgender teen suicides which keep getting mentioned in media but for which no one can offer any evidence.
What Betsy DeVos Should Tell the Senate. One week from today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will hold its confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's pick for U.S. secretary of education. [...] Her confirmation provides a golden chance to sketch out a principled vision of school reform and explain to a national audience just where school choice fits into that vision. On the national stage, conservatives have long had trouble articulating a coherent, winning approach to education policy. This is strange, because they have a sensible, appealing prescription to offer. Here's what DeVos could say: [...]
Ted Cruz Challenges Media, Champions Truth Through Far-Left's Smear of Jeff Sessions. Texas Senator Ted Cruz challenged the news media during Tuesday's confirmation hearing to tell the truth about his colleague Jeff Sessions' record on championing civil rights and fighting bigotry — in particular Sessions' role in sentencing a well-known Klansman to death and helping to financially bankrupt the Klan in the state of Alabama.
Cabinet hearings' only 'surprise' is Democrats' grandstanding. Confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump's Cabinet picks are now under way and — despite some Democratic posturing — the nominees are acquitting themselves well. The most blatant pandering came from New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who essentially launched his 2020 presidential campaign with a broadside against Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions. It was the first time a senator has ever testified against a sitting colleague at a confirmation hearing, but Booker sanctimoniously claimed he had to defer to his "conscience and country." (As if Republicans don't care about either.) Then again, the Cory Booker who accused Sessions of "hostility" to civil rights is the same senator who last year declared he was "blessed and honored" to work with Sessions in honoring '60s-era civil-rights activists.
Watch Ted Cruz Obliterate Leftist Senator Al Franken In Defense Of Jeff Sessions. Al Franken attempted to paint Senator Jeff Sessions as a liar and a racist — accusations which are in direct opposition to the actual facts of Senator Jeff Sessions' remarkable law enforcement and legislative career. Sessions was fighting against real racism when Franken was a third-rate comedian and writer on SNL. How refreshing is it to see a conservative like Ted Cruz, a man who intellectually laps the likes of Franken many times over, come so quickly and forcefully to Senator Sessions' defense. Perhaps the persistent rumors of a Cruz nomination to the Supreme Court remains a very real possibility in a Trump administration. If so, America would be better for it.
'We Know in Alabama Who Jeff Sessions Is': Black Pastors Defend Trump's AG Pick Against Charges of Racism. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is a "very decent man" who has "served well and whose track record speaks for itself," an Alabama pastor said on Capitol Hill Monday, as he and other black pastors spoke out in support for President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Attorney General. "We know in Alabama who Jeff Sessions is," Bishop Kyle Searcy, senior pastor of the multi-racial, nondenominational Fresh Anointing House of Worship in Montgomery, Ala., told CNSNews.com.
Sharpton Promises 'Season of Civil Disobedience' in Response to Sessions Nomination. National Action Network president Rev. Al Sharpton promised a "season of civil disobedience" in reaction to the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general in the Trump administration. Sharpton, an MSNBC host, said activists have planned a march in Washington on Jan. 14 during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend to protest the Sessions nomination. Sharpton recalled spending 90 days in jail for protesting on U.S. Navy land against military exercises on the island of Vieques in 2001 when George W. Bush was president, adding that civil disobedience usually works because it changes policy.
How Jeff Sessions would change the Justice Department. On Tuesday morning attorney general-designate Jeff Sessions will become the first Trump nominee to undergo a Senate confirmation hearing. It could be rough. Democrats have spent weeks noting that Sessions — their colleague in the Senate for the last 20 years — was denied a federal judgeship in 1986 over charges he was "racially insensitive." The outside groups and journalists that support Democrats have been less tactful; just Google "Sessions" and "racist." But the key questions in confirming Sessions are not about what happened, or didn't happen, in the 1980s. They are about what Sessions would do as attorney general.
Reaction To Trump's Team Proves Climate Alarmists Are The Real Deniers. Today is the Day Against Denial, where climate change activists around the country are protesting President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks. Activists will supposedly converge on U.S. Senate offices and demand that their senators "reject Donald Trump's reckless climate-denying cabinet nominees" particularly secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, and Energy secretary pick Rick Perry.
The Sessions Smear. NAACP officials have already been arrested in an anti-Jeff Sessions protest and his confirmation hearing as attorney general is not until next week. The Sessions confirmation battle is sure to generate lots of heat and very little light. Sessions will likely prevail, but not before his name is dragged through the gutter in an execrable exercise in contemporary racial politics. At least Sessions is familiar with how this works. He went through the experience in 1986 when his nomination to a federal judgeship was rejected by a U.S. Senate committee on spurious grounds.
Scott Pruitt Applying Our Constitution Will Rein In Bureaucratic Abuses at the EPA. Passions are exploding over Oklahoma's Attorney General, Scott Pruitt, becoming the Secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Particularly, the Sierra Club is furious and has started an Alinsky-style assault of vilifying the nominee.
The Case for Scott Pruitt to Serve as EPA Administrator. Scott Pruitt has established himself as a bold and principled conservative, unable to rest easy while the separation of powers is violated and legislative authority is taken away from the hands of Congress. He has a unique understanding of the unconstitutional regulatory branch and he would surely be pleased to see an environmental policy that works not only for the environment of the natural world, but also the environment of the American worker and consumer. Voters sent a loud message to Washington: Americans want change. The status quo is not working and America can do better. Regulatory overreach has become the status quo and has proven to have negative effects on Americans of every state and every class. A country that respects the rule of law needs a law that is clear, realistic, and stable.
Pray for Jeff Sessions. Everyone who believes in prayer should say some for attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions. Senator Sessions is experiencing the full wrath of the worst hateful lies that the modern Left and Democrat Party can conjure. Lies, half-truths, and smears have become the strategy to attack his nomination. The age of Obama has seen the rise of bricks-and-mortar operations with deep cash reserves designed to permanently transform the nation, and the Justice Department has been ground zero. That's why Jeff Sessions is the perfect pick for attorney general, and that's why the liars on the Left are willing to smear this good man. They've served up all their familiar charges against him from their phobia smorgasbord: homo-, xeno-, Islamo- or trans-. That's why the NAACP decided to trespass and occupy his Senate office — an action far worse than the one that landed James O'Keefe in jail. Don't expect Loretta Lynch to do anything. Who commits the crime is sometimes more important than what they did. O'Keefe played for the wrong team.
National Sheriffs' Association Supports Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. A little known fact most are not familiar with — within your local jurisdiction, unless removed by State legislative construct, the County Sheriff is the highest recognized constitutional officer in your area.
Schumer: "Democrats Will Resist Trump's Picks Vehemently!" According to [a report in The Washington Post], Schumer told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he will target Trump's pick for the head of State, Sen. Jeff Sessions for head of the Justice Department, and two other notable appointees. Democrats will also target picks for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, Treasury and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Democrats target eight cabinet nominees, threaten to drag out process. Senate Democrats are vowing to stall action on eight of Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees tasked with carrying out his economic, law enforcement and regulatory agenda, a senior Democratic aide told CNN Monday. If carried through, the threat that could delay confirming the President-elect's choices for months. Those targeted include secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, attorney general pick Jeff Sessions and health and human services secretary hopeful Tom Price.
Time for Trump's EPA pick to rein in the agency. When Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is confirmed as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, he will inherit an agency that should be declaring victory in its 46-year battle for a cleaner, healthier environment. The next administrator must focus on reining in an agency that has far exceeded its original mission.
Dissecting Slander: The Untold Story of Jeff Sessions' 1986 'Borking'. Decades-old racially charged allegations against Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) parroted by the establishment media and a handful of far left Senate Democrats do not hold up under scrutiny, an extensive investigation conducted by Breitbart News has found. There are essentially three central allegations the left levels against Sessions. The first pertains to his involvement in a 1980s voter fraud case, which, evidence shows, Sessions prosecuted to ensure a fair elections for black Democratic citizens of the county. The second involves allegations from a former assistant attorney, who was described by co-workers as a "disaffected" employee with a "bad attitude problem" and whose testimony was vigorously debunked by highly credible witnesses. The third involves accusations from an ex-Department of Justice attorney whose credibility was brought into question after he was forced to recant portions of his testimony, in which he fabricated false allegations against Sessions.
Mucking Out the Justice Department. Of Donald Trump's most prominent allies in the presidential campaign, Jeff Sessions is the last one standing. Newt Gingrich is an outside adviser to Trump and occasional critic. Chris Christie works full-time as governor of New Jersey. Rudy Giuliani didn't get the position he wanted — secretary of state — and turned down several he didn't want. Sessions, as Trump's choice for attorney general, has the job of draining the swamp at the Department of Justice and making DoJ great again. It's going to be a grueling job with many facets. The good news is that Sessions, a former U.S. attorney and Alabama attorney general before he was elected to the Senate in 1996, is familiar with all of them.
Freezing Cold? Time to Rename the EPA the Conservation Agency. As many have noted, global warming and, more generally, environmentalism have become the religion of the liberal. Gaia has replaced God. Whatever your opinion of the theological implications, scientific blindness and bias have been the results. The economy has also suffered, especially for the working class. What do we do about it? Donald Trump has nominated someone more realistic — Scott Pruitt — for head of the Environmental Protection Agency currently dominated by climate totalitarians.
Donald Trump's Cabinet is awesome. One of the many unprecedented things about the election of Donald Trump is what a black box he is. The day after the election, I pinned the following message at the top of my Twitter profile: "We still don't know what President Trump is going to do." And it's true: Trump likes being unpredictable. He thinks of himself first and foremost as a dealmaker, and one of his key dealmaking tactics is to keep as many options on the table as possible. This is why watching who he appoints to various Cabinet positions is so important. They give us some flavor of what his administration is going to be like, and what his priorities might be.
Here's Why A Military Officer Might Be A Terrible Pick For The Next VA Secretary. President-elect Donald Trump is considering a military flag officer to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), but a career military person would likely lack experience dealing with the civil service rules that have been the department's primary barrier to ending scandals. Trump has said that he's taken longer to fill that department's top slot because its life-or-death challenges and long-running scandals make it so important. But now there are only four Cabinet posts left to be chosen, and there is pressure to use the slot to shape a larger image of the administration.
John Brennan is completely unqualified to be Director of Central Intelligence. Allegations that Brennan is a convert to Islam are based upon firsthand reports of those who served with him in Saudi Arabia. Those allegations include that Brennan was the target of a Saudi intelligence influence operation, one outcome of which was Brennan's conversion to Islam. At that time, Brennan was chief of station, a billet that is designed for an operationally trained officer with experience in the CIA's Directorate of Operations, which Brennan was not. Brennan's background is that of an analyst, which may explain why he lacked the sophistication and experience to understand that he was being played by the Saudis in an influence operation. Anyone so inept as to be oblivious to basic hostile intelligence tactics such as this influence operation is unqualified to be DCI.
Trump appoints even more skeptics. Mazin Sidahmed at The Guardian has posted a handy list of Trumps Cabinet Picks. The times have changed so much that it's not a case of "spot the skeptic" but a hunt to find any believers in the climate doctrine. Make no mistake, things are very, very bad for the fans of human-caused-weather. Almost every name on this list would be the "top target" of green protests if they had been the one appointee among the standard Obama-Clinton picks. But almost all of them are drawing fire.
G.O.P. Resistance Builds to John Bolton as State Dept. Deputy. President-elect Donald J. Trump's extended deliberations over assembling a team to run the State Department are reviving some of the same debates that consumed the years of war and strife in the administration of George W. Bush. And in some cases, the cast of rivals is even the same. The conflict has come to a head over choosing a deputy to serve under Rex W. Tillerson, the Exxon Mobil chief executive whom Mr. Trump selected this week to be secretary of state. Mr. Trump is weighing whether to choose John R. Bolton, a combative and strident advocate for an expansive American foreign policy who was closely aligned with Vice President Dick Cheney in the Bush administration.
Democratic Researchers Descend On Trump Nominees. A leading Democratic opposition group, American Bridge, is gearing up to play a critical role in an effort to take down, or publicly taint, President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet nominees by enlisting backup from Hillary Clinton's transition team and sharing in-depth research in meetings with key senators. The super PAC, which also has a nonprofit arm, is digging into nominees' past statements, voting records, tax documents, and business ties in detail, passing along their findings to a group of senators and their staff members in an effort to coordinate attacks on Trump's nominees in confirmation hearings, the group's founder David Brock told BuzzFeed News, laying out his plans in an interview.
Perry, make Yucca Mountain great again. The Obama White House made an unfortunate and ungracious choice in launching a preemptive attack on Rick Perry's nomination this week. Spokesman Josh Earnest did his best deadpan as he disparaged the choice as one based on politics and not merit. But what about President Obama's appointments of Ken Salazar, Kathleen Sebelius, Tom Vilsack and Janet Napolitano? They were all lawyers without specific expertise in the issue areas of the departments they led. But each, having experience as elected Democratic statewide officials, knew enough about their respective issue areas that their status as non-experts never really mattered.
Democrats Have No Room to Claim People Are Unqualified. Eight years ago the Democrats nominated a man who had not even served a full term in the United States and whose primary job had been as a failed community organizer in Chicago. He got elected President of the United States then promptly surrounded himself with career bureaucrats and non-profit devotees who had never had real jobs in their lives in the private sector. And he used those people to try to regulate the private sector they neither understood nor had worked in. Now, eight years later, their party is in ruin, the majority of states are held by Republicans, the House and Senate are held by Republicans, and the man they allowed into their party to seek their nomination this time left it once he lost.
Liberal media's hypocrisy about conservative women on full display in Politico hit piece. She's unqualified. She's a policy lightweight. She worked as a typist. She's not a thinker. She's been raising kids since the '80s ... and at 65, does she even have the stamina for the office? If the president-elect were Hillary Clinton and journalistic breadcrumbs like these were written about one of her female appointees, the howling accusations of ageism and sexism would be deafening. But while the mainstream media and what passes today for the women's movement wasted no time lobbing such accusations at Donald Trump when he called Clinton's stamina into question, there has been only silence this week after Politico published a story by Michael Crowley about incoming Deputy National Security Adviser KT McFarland, entitled "Flynn deputy raises more doubts about Trump team." It seems virtuous indignation is reserved for women of the liberal order exclusively.
Trump picks his Interior chief, a supporter of more drilling. Edging closer to completing his Cabinet, President-elect Donald Trump announced his choice of Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke as Interior secretary Thursday, picking a man who should fit smoothly into an administration favoring more energy drilling and less regulation.
Rex Tillerson, Carbon-Tax-Backing Climate Change Believer. What do you know about Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson based upon the coverage of him so far? [...] Has any of the coverage so far pointed out that Tillerson believes in climate change and supports a carbon tax?
A big 'whoops' for Donald Trump. Arguably for the most important cabinet position, that of the secretary of state, third in line of succession for the presidency, Mr. Trump chose someone who may well have been Hillary's pick: Rex Tillerson, supporter of Planned Parenthood, wrecker of the Boy Scouts of America, and a medal recipient from the KBG thug Vladimir Putin. The nominee has no military or diplomatic experience. [...] Mr. Trump appears to have picked someone in his own image: a tycoon and a deal-maker, a social liberal who succeeded in business.
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Trump nominees face brutal hearings, but Senate rarely rejects Cabinet picks. President-elect Donald Trump's nominees are headed for brutal confirmation hearings, and his choice of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state is shaping up to be the most grueling, but history shows that the Senate rarely musters the nerve to reject Cabinet picks. Only nine Cabinet nominees in U.S. history have been defeated in committee or Senate votes, although 12 others have been withdrawn in the face of strong opposition. The last time a nominee was defeated outright came in 1989, when former Sen. John Tower, President George H.W. Bush's pick for defense secretary, went down in a party-line vote in a Democrat-majority Senate.
Awkward: Dem critics of Jeff Sessions spent 20 years praising him. A growing number of key Democrats raising questions about Attorney General-nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions have spent 20 years praising his character and bipartisanship, leading to a potentially awkward and hypocritical challenge at his upcoming Senate confirmation hearing. A review of past public statements that show support and admiration for the Alabama senator includes words from Labor Secretary Thomas Perez who plans a spirited bid for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee.
Trump taps Montana congressman Ryan Zinke as Interior secretary. President-elect Trump has tapped GOP Rep. Ryan Zinke, who has represented Montana's at-large congressional seat for one term, to serve as secretary of the Department of the Interior, according to an individual with first-hand knowledge of the decision. Zinke, who studied geology as an undergraduate at the University of Oregon and served as a Navy SEAL from 1986 to 2008 before entering politics, campaigned for his House seat on a platform of achieving North American energy independence. He sits on the House Natural Resources Committee as well as the Armed Services Committee.
Tillerson's Assault on Scouting. [Scroll down] Unless one takes a "Progressive" view of his faith or adopts some fringe religion, homosexual activity is forbidden. If it is forbidden, how can one be "morally straight" or do one's duty to God while embracing it? President-Elect Donald J. Trump recently announced he is considering Rex Tillerson to lead the State Department. Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, was, among other things, the former head of the Boy Scouts of America and one of the people responsible for opening the BSA to homosexuals. It was Tillerson who lobbied to end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy of the BSA.
Tony Perkins pans Rex Tillerson pick to lead the State Department. Evangelical leader Tony Perkins is raising concerns about Rex Tillerson, calling the nominated secretary of state the "greatest ally" liberals would have in the forthcoming Trump administration due to the oil and gas executive's stances on social issues. President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday morning [12/13/2016] named Mr. Tillerson to be his secretary of state. The Senate then decides whether or not to confirm. Mr. Perkins, who heads the Family Research Council, pointed specifically to Mr. Tillerson's advocacy to allow openly gay youths to join the Boy Scouts of America and donations made by ExxonMobil, where Mr. Tillerson is CEO and chairman, to Planned Parenthood.
The DOE vs. Ugly Reality. Over at the Washington Post, Chris Mooney and the usual suspects are seriously alarmed by a memo sent out by the Transition Team at the Department of Energy. They describe it in breathless terms in an article entitled "Trump transition team for Energy Department seeks names of employees involved in climate meetings". [...] Oh — you mean like say the Attorneys General of a bunch of states holding up their lists of known "denier" organizations and tacitly urging the public to go after them? You mean like government officials of a variety of stripes ranting about how "deniers" should be brought to trial or otherwise penalized?
Rand Paul Explains Why John Bolton Should Be 'Nowhere Close' to the State Department. Former Republican presidential candidate and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has a strong opinion on John Bolton's candidacy to serve in Donald Trump's State Department. The former UN ambassador is being considered for the No. 2 spot in the agency, yet Paul argues that Bolton's endorsement of the Iraq War disqualifies him from working in the administration.
Why on earth does Trump want Rex Tillerson at the State Department? Up until this historical moment, the great powers have been unable to act in concert to help Islam find its way back to something resembling peaceful coexistence with the infidels of the world, and with modernity itself. The reason is simple: oil. The Islamic nations have so far controlled so much of it that the West had no choice but to accept their funding of a jihad war for global dominance, as scripturally mandated but only intermittently acted upon by Muslims worldwide. But now fracking and related technologies have lessened the chokehold, especially of Gulf nations, on the world's energy supply. Maybe it is time for a new grand bargain. The Gulf potentates stop supporting fundamentalist clergy, publications, and mosques overseas. In return, they be allowed to continue a very profitable industry, one that their own citizens mostly do not directly manage.
Pruitt to Dismantle EPA Climate Agenda. The goal is to use climate change as a means to increase government power over every aspect of our lives, what we make, how we make it, what energy we use, what cars we drive, even what food we eat. The scientific record, as IBD notes, shows that climate change is a scam: [...] And now the high priests of the global warming religion are demanding what other false religions have demanded — human sacrifices upon their altar. Pruitt is the right man to expose climate fraud and end the job and freedom-killing actions of the EPA.
How Can You Tell A Good Trump Pick? By The Establishment Freakout. An easy way to tell whether one of Donald Trump's leadership picks is a good one is to gauge the freakout level among the left. By that measure alone, the person Trump is considering as head of the Food and Drug Administration would be an outstanding choice. Jim O'Neill, whose name got floated this week, is a managing director at of Trump pal Peter Thiel's Mithril Capital Management. In addition to private sector experience, O'Neill worked at the Department of Health and Human Services under President Bush. But he's also — gasp! — a libertarian!
Trump's EPA pick is causing green heads to explode. From E&E Legal: "We are delighted with President-elect Trump's selection of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Mr. Pruitt has led the charge in recent years to confront head on the enormous federal regulatory overreach proposed by the EPA as epitomized by the Clean Power Plan and Waters of the U.S. rule. As a litigator, he also understands how environmental fringe groups like the Sierra Club and the NRDC — who are bankrolled by renewable energy tycoons like Tom Steyer and George Soros — use the state and federal court systems to essentially create new laws through such schemes as 'sue & settle.' It is also reassuring that President-Elect Trump has chosen someone from the state ranks, particularly a state so important to energy production, since it's the states and their citizens who are suffering the most by this Administration's out-of-control EPA. [...]"
Flashback: Obama had three 4-stars on his team and no one seemed to mind. News outlets ran a spate of articles and columns in recent days reflecting a level of anxiety over President-elect Trump choosing a number of retired generals for top positions in his White House. But in January 2009, President Obama appointed the same number of retired high-ranking officers to posts that Trump has so far. Trump has reportedly named retired Marine Gen. John Kelly as his secretary of homeland security, which brings the number of retired generals to three. Kelly would join retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn as national security adviser and retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as secretary of defense.
Trump's EPA Pick Spooks Liberals and the Environmental Lobby. Liberals and the environmental left have gone into a tizzy over the selection of Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt as Donald Trump's pick to head of the Environmental Protection Agency. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi says the Pruitt nomination must be blocked "for the sake of the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the planet we will leave our children." New York AG Eric Schneiderman says Pruitt is a "dangerous and an unqualified choice." Independent socialist senator Bernie Sanders declares the Pruitt pick is not only dangerous but also "sad." The League of Conservation Voters calls Pruitt not just a global warming skeptic but "an outright climate denier."
We Looked at Cabinet Picks Over the Last 40 Years. Here's How Trump Stacks Up So Far. A Daily Signal analysis of Cabinet nominations dating back 40 years reveals that President-elect Donald Trump is outpacing all of his predecessors, including George H.W. Bush, who was a sitting vice president at the time of his election. Trump's selection of Jeff Sessions as attorney general on Nov. 18 made him the second-fastest president-elect in recent history to pick a Cabinet nominee. He added another on Nov. 23 with Besty DeVos as education secretary. In the fourth week of the transition, Trump has named five nominees: Rep. Tom Price at the Department of Health and Human Services, Elaine Chao at the Department of Transportation, Steven Mnuchin at the Treasury Department, Wilbur Ross at the Commerce Department, and retired Marine Gen. James Mattis at the Department of Defense.
The Left's Panic Attack Over Dr. Ben Carson. The progressive Left's opposition to President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Ben Carson to be the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is predictably condescending, biased and hypocritical. For example, out-of-touch Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Carson a "disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified choice."
Reports: Oklahoma AG tapped to lead Trump EPA. President-elect Trump has picked Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a vocal opponent of the Obama administration's environmental policies, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, according to multiple reports. Pruitt has opposed EPA climate rules and the Clean Power Plan for power plants, the signature policy of the president's agenda to combat global warming. Pruitt is one of 28 attorneys general opposing the EPA plan in federal appeals court.
Donald Trump's Environment Chief Could be his Best Pick Yet. Since Richard Nixon founded the EPA in 1970 — presumably as a cynical bid to greenwash his tarnished image at the height of the last eco-craze — the organisation has been run by a string of useless placemen and placewomen, who've done little that actually helps the environment, but plenty to burden the economy, consumers and business alike with more pointless regulation. Typical of these was its first Administrator William Ruckelshaus. A lawyer, by training, not a scientist, Ruckelshaus was the man responsible for instituting the America-wide ban on DDT. He did this on no scientific basis whatsoever. [...] But the knock-on effects of the near worldwide ban that followed meant that DDT could no longer be used to control mosquito populations, which in turn led to an explosion in malaria, causing the death of millions.
Donald Trump hit for assembling team lacking executive experience to run massive federal agencies. Forget "Team of Rivals." President-elect Donald Trump is instead assembling what critics are calling a team of novices — government outsiders or politicians who have little executive experience at the helm of the kinds of massive federal agencies they'll be running. Mr. Trump's pick of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the latest to rankle Democrats, who said the doctor's skill with a scalpel doesn't translate into managing an 8,300-person department that oversees fair lending, subsidized housing and neighborhood revitalization.
Democrats Prepare to Bork Tom Price. Until a week ago, the adjectives most frequently applied to Georgia Rep. Tom Price were "mild-mannered" and "low-key." This isn't surprising. Like his father and his grandfather, he is a physician and thus trained to approach problems in a calm, analytical fashion. However, now that President-elect Trump has picked Price to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Democrats and their accomplices in the media have suddenly discovered that he is a wild-eyed radical, an extremist who will use HHS to launch a "war on seniors," escalate the "war on women," and declare "war on the poor."
A Chance for School Choice? Outraged liberal ideologues and the teachers' unions are reassuring themselves that Betsy DeVos won't be able to accomplish much as secretary of education. They shouldn't be so sure. Since Donald Trump tapped her for the job last week, the rumblings from the left about DeVos have been loud enough to signal that the public education establishment understands that it has something to fear. Not since William Bennett led the Department of Education in Ronald Reagan's second term has the nation had a person in this position who could be counted on to push back against the unions in a manner that might actually make a difference.
How James Mattis As Defense Secretary Could Bust Our Deathly Political Correctness About Islam. Is political Islam in America's best interests? This question should be central to our strategy of fighting ISIS and Islamist terrorism in general. Yet it's one that many political leaders would rather not answer, because of our politically correct climate. But since Trump's transition team announced last week that it's considering retired Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense, this reluctance might fade. In a speech given at the Heritage Foundation last year, Mattis spoke about America's position vis à vis political Islam. Rather than equivocating on the matter in order to avoid saying something uncomfortable or politically incorrect, Mattis simply pointed out that America needs to make a decision about its stance toward this ideology.
Calling Jeff Sessions "racist" conveniently ignores the work he's done for Alabama's black community. As liberal pundits continue their drumbeat against President-elect Trump, they have targeted some of his Cabinet selections, including Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Some of the attacks against Sessions hinge on hearsay from decades-old conversations that included racist terms. If Sessions did use this language, it would obviously be reprehensible. But disqualifying Sessions based on these words alone would ignore the hard work Sessions has done for more than 15 years to uplift the poor and vulnerable.
Veterans Affairs leader must be more than political ally. In just about every one of his campaign rallies, how many times did we hear Donald Trump pledge, "We've gotta take care of our veterans, folks." Now the former host of "Celebrity Apprentice" and future host of the White House is floating the names of Sarah Palin and Scott Brown, two of the most attractive and vacuous cabinet suggestions ever, for the post of secretary of Veterans Affairs. The news did not sit well with either Tom Lyons or Dan Magoon, two veterans who endured combat on opposite ends of the generational divide.
Senate Democrats plan to 'Ashcroft' their good friend Jeff Sessions. [Scroll down] Sessions has, of course, seen it all, from both sides. He was famously rejected by the committee in 1986 when he was nominated to a seat on the U.S. District Court in Alabama. (Many Republicans believe that Sessions' confirmation fight was a Democratic trial run for attacking the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork the next year, meaning Sessions was borked before Bork.)
Chuck Grassley wants hearing on Trump attorney general pick before inauguration. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday he intends to move quickly to hold a hearing on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Sen. Chuck Grassley said he intends to schedule a hearing on the nominee ahead of President-elect Donald Trump's Jan. 20 swearing in, noting that hearings were previously held before inaugurations for Eric Holder and John Ashcroft.
Trump to pick Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary. President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary, he announced late Tuesday [11/29/2016]. Chao, a Washington insider who met with Trump on Monday, was the first Asian-America woman named to a president's cabinet when George W. Bush made her secretary of labor in 2001.
Border hawks riled after Trump meeting with Texas' McCaul for Homeland post. Donald Trump's interview Tuesday with Rep. Michael T. McCaul for secretary of homeland security set off alarms for illegal immigration opponents who view the congressman as weak on border security and latently pro-amnesty. Mr. McCaul, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has repeatedly riled conservatives with what they describe as ineffective posturing against President Obama's lax enforcement of immigration laws. His chief offense was co-authoring the 2015 Secure Our Borders First Act, which conservatives and activists reviled as a fig leaf to Democrats that included tough language but ignored the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. and kept too much decision-making in the hands of the Obama administration.
Trump to Nominate Georgia Rep. Tom Price as Health Secretary. President-elect Donald Trump has selected Georgia Rep. Tom Price, a leading critic of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law, to head the Department of Health and Human Services.
Trump to name Obamacare critic as health secretary. President-elect Donald Trump says he plans to nominate Georgia Representative Tom Price, an ardent critic of Obamacare, to head the Department of Health and Human Services. In a statement early Tuesday, Trump called Price "exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible healthcare to every American." One of Price's top priorities as health secretary will be to dismantle the sweeping health reform law that his two predecessors spent six years implementing.
Trump Nominating Betsy DeVos To Be Education Secretary. Donald Trump announced Wednesday [11/23/2016] he has selected Michigan education activist and political megadonor Betsy DeVos as his nominee for secretary of education. The pick will please backers of school choice initiatives, but has the potential to upset grassroots activists against Common Core. DeVos was one of two major education figures who met with Trump over the previous weekend. The other, former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, announced Tuesday she was not seeking a job in the Trump administration. DeVos, a billionaire businesswoman, is also the chairwoman of the American Federation for Children, a conservative non-profit that promotes school choice around the country.
Betsy DeVos, the Right Choice for Education Secretary. First under George W. Bush and the No Child Left Behind Act, then under Barack Obama and a long list of intrusive initiatives, the federal government's role in education has metastasized, growing more and more aggressively in recent years. The Department of Education has bribed states with "Race to the Top" funds to adopt its standards, established prohibitive teacher-licensing requirements that keep competent teachers out of the classroom, and even inserted itself into the prosecution of on-campus sex crimes. And what is there to show for it? In October 2015, the semi-annual National Assessment of Educational Progress, the "nation's report card," showed no student progress in mathematics for the first time in 20 years and reading scores dropping for the first time in a decade. Betsy DeVos will be a desperately needed shock to this inept system.
A Proper Contempt for the UN. In the announcement that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will accept the role of American Ambassador to the United Nations under President Donald Trump, there is plenty to celebrate. The foremost of which is perhaps the contempt for the prevailing diplomatic culture in Turtle Bay inherent in the selection.
Obama Team In Despair Over Flynn Pick. If you thought the handwringing among the cast of Hamilton over the impending Trump presidency was bad, it apparently does not compare to the growing despair among the Obama White House team. What has them most upset? The elevation of Steve Bannon or Jeff Sessions? No, it turns out that the most "devastating blow" was the selection of a fellow Democrat, Lieutenant General Michael Fynn, as national security adviser.
Trump appoints Betsy DeVos to education secretary post. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday said he intends to appoint west Michigan GOP mega donor and philanthropist Betsy DeVos to be his education secretary, putting an ardent supporter of school choice in charge of the nation's education policy.
Trump picks Betsy DeVos to be education secretary. President-elect Donald Trump has selected a charter school advocate and GOP donor from Michigan to be education secretary.
Here's why Jeff Sessions is the perfect pick for attorney general. President-elect Donald Trump has picked Sen. Jeff Sessions to serve as the 84th Attorney General of the United States — and he couldn't have made a better choice. Throughout his career, Sessions has demonstrated unshakable commitment and fidelity to the Constitution, the rule of law, and protecting the freedom and liberty that is our birthright as Americans. He has almost the perfect professional background to be the attorney general. As the former U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Alabama under President Ronald Reagan, he gained practical experience in the most important prosecutorial work that the Justice Department is supposed to do every day: enforce the criminal and civil statutes of the United States.
Mike Pompeo: A Great Appointment. So far, Donald Trump's appointments are going a long way to reassure observers like me, who worried that the GOP had nominated a candidate who was not a conservative. Let's just say that anyone who puts Jeff Sessions in charge of the Department of Justice is no liberal. A less high-profile but equally stellar appointment is Trump's selection of Congressman Mike Pompeo, from Kansas, to head the CIA. Pompeo is a brilliant guy who was valedictorian of his class at West Point, spent five years as an Army officer, went to Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review, made money in business and then ran for Congress.
In Alabama, Jeff Sessions Desegregated Schools and Got the Death Penalty for KKK Head. Now that Jeff Sessions is Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, you're going to hear a lot of people dig up old accusations that Sessions is a racist. In fact, CNN did so last night. However, between the nature of the accusations and Sessions's actual record of desegregating schools and taking on the Klan in Alabama, it strains credulity to believe that he is a racist. These accusations all center around the bruising judicial nomination process Sessions went through in 1986.
Mark Levin Takes Jeff Sessions' Leftist Borkers to the Woodshed. Mark Levin made much of Trump's new pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., on his radio show Friday night [11/18/2016]. The Alabama lawmaker has already come under intense scrutiny from the Left, having been labeled a racist. But Levin quickly dispelled this heinous notion. "He is a thoroughly decent human being. He does not have a racist bone in his body. He is a soft-spoken man. He is an extremely intelligent man ... and he would make an outstanding attorney general of the United States," Levin said. He then went on to say "we cannot tolerate" the witch hunts employed by the Left.
Democrats honed the dog whistle of racism on Sessions. It all began with Jeff Sessions from Alabama. Even before they coined a term for it — Borking — they did it to Jeff Sessions, a decent man with a stellar legal reputation as a fearless and tough but fair federal prosecutor down South. In 1986, President Reagan nominated Jefferson Beauregard Sessions to the federal bench. The son of a general store keeper, Mr. Sessions was highly regarded for his intellect and devotion to the Constitution. The American Bar Association deemed him "qualified" for the post. But then he came to Washington and met the United States Senate for confirmation hearings. [...] Sen. Edward M. Kennedy — 17 years removed from leaving Mary Jo Kopechne to die her watery death on Chappaquiddick Island — smelled injustice. Liberal special interest groups in Washington had hatched a plan for Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to begin smearing Republican nominees to the federal bench.
The Borking Bullies of the Left. [Scroll down] [T]he Borking bullies of the left [are] gearing up for a savage trashing of Sen. Jeff Sessions. Newspapers under their control are publishing glorious reminiscences of Sen. Ted Kennedy's opposition to President Ronald Reagan's appointment of Sessions to the federal court. But anyone who bothers to study that Borking can quickly see what a Soviet-style show trial Sessions suffered. Ted Kennedy's opening statement against Sessions was pitiful in its crudeness. Kennedy thundered against Sessions on the most nebulous of charges — that he had the wrong "attitude," that he criticized the NAACP (so what?), that he made a handful of comments which liberals in the pocket of Kennedy construed willfully as racist.
Trump Cabinet Picks Incite Liberal Backlash. President-elect Donald Trump's picks for three key Cabinet positions incited a chorus of denunciations from Democrats and liberal groups Friday [11/18/2016]. After announcing former Breitbart News executive Stephen Bannon would be a top adviser earlier this week, Friday's selections further confounded conjectures that Trump would return to his moderate roots as he assembled his Cabinet.
Justice is served by the appointment of Jeff Sessions. Donald Trump's appointment of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as attorney general does a lot to signal the president-elect wants a no-nonsense, by-the-book Justice Department. Sessions has been my friend for 30 years and my senator for 20 years. His Justice Department will not meddle with local governments, it will be respectful and deferential to state legislatures and it won't look to make trouble with universities, school systems or private businesses. Importantly, Sessions's appointment tells the United States' beleaguered law enforcement agencies help is on the way. It also shows Trump wants to strike a blow to the corrosive, pretentious, sanctimonious political correctness his voters soundly rejected on Nov. 8.
Rep. Rohrabacher, Afghan expert, Putin friend, emerges as State pick. With confirmation concerns increasing for President-elect Trump's top two picks to run the State Department, Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton, top officials are now considering California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a top House foreign policy expert, according to sources. Rohrabacher, once a Reagan speechwriter and a House member since 1989, emerged Tuesday night as a possible Trump pick. His views jive closely with Trump's on foreign policy, immigration and global warming.
Firings and Discord Put Trump Transition, Team in a State of Disarray. ne week after Mr. Trump scored an upset victory that took him by surprise, his team was improvising the most basic traditions of assuming power. That included working without official State Department briefing materials in his first conversations with foreign leaders. Two officials who had been handling national security for the transition, former Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan and Matthew Freedman, a lobbyist who consults with corporations and foreign governments, were fired. Both were part of what officials described as a purge orchestrated by Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump's son-in-law and close adviser.
Trump vows to cut all lobbyists from transition team. President-elect Trump's White House transition team has vowed to go lobbyist-free, after coming under criticism for staffing up on lobbyists despite campaign promises to fight the influence of special interests in Washington. Vice President-elect Pence and the White House transition have signaled plans to clear out any lobbyists serving in official roles as they begin the 10-week transition process until Trump's inaugration on Jan. 20, according to a report from Fox News.
Michael Savage Warns Donald Trump: 'Rinse' Reince; He's 'Everything the Voters Rejected'. President-elect Donald Trump should not select Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as his Chief of Staff, says Michael Savage, the national talk radio host and author of the new book Scorched Earth: Restoring the Country After Obama. Priebus is "the enemy within," Savage warns. "He's the RNC! Everything the voters rejected," Savage tells Breitbart News. "He will steer Trump away from every policy we sent him to D.C. to change. He is the enemy within. He is [Paul] Ryan, [Mitch] McConnell, and the Old Guard. They do not want change. 'Out with the old, in with the new.'"
RNC's Reince Priebus Enlists In Democrats' War on Whites. When Republican National Committee Chairthing Reince Priebus heard about a "War on Whites," he immediately enlisted. Priebus condemned a Congressman in his own party, calling Mo Brooks's comments about Democrats waging a "War on Whites" as "obviously a pretty idiotic thing to say." [...] Indeed, if the GOP or the USA are to even have a future, it depends on overcoming political flunkies like Priebus and his unhinged anti-white allies in the Democratic Party. Priebus has never won a campaign, losing a run for the Wisconsin state Senate ten years ago despite enjoying a fundraising advantage. In the words of the man who beat him, Democratic state Senator Bob Wirch, "He was like a Paul Ryan without the charm... He played very well with businessmen, but they didn't like him at McDonald's.
John Bolton for secretary of state. John Robert Bolton is the right person to take the helm of the State Department. Donald Trump himself has praised Bolton and suggested him for the post. Here I am going to tell you why his hunch was right, and why he must stay on that track. Bolton is best for three reasons. First, he is well versed in security matters, and we live in volatile times when security issues have come to overwhelmingly dominate U.S. foreign affairs and thus should be adeptly tackled in foreign policy. Bolton is quite familiar with security threats, as he has been studying them and working to neutralize them for the greater part of his career.
Tea Party Patriots warn against Priebus for chief of staff. President-elect Donald Trump hasn't yet publicly named a chief of staff, but already, a major tea party group is warning him against naming one of his reported top choices. The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund warned against a "Washington insider" to run Trump's White House, specifically naming Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who is said to be one of Trump's top two choices. Jenny Beth Martin, the co-founder of TPPCF, told CNN in a statement that the group wants Trump to "drain the swamp."
Donald Trump Cabinet: Anti-Black Lives Matter Sheriff David Clarke Eyed For Department Of Homeland Security. Donald Trump's ascension to the White House means one of the president-elect's top priorities will be to name a cabinet to help lead the U.S. forward. With the lingering threat of terror attacks in the U.S., the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security may take precedence for Trump. One person reportedly under consideration for the position is David Clarke Jr., the Milwaukee County sheriff who made a national name for himself after speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer. The 60-year-old African-American law enforcement official's reinforced his support for Trump by describing the protesters demonstrating against the president-elect "radical anarchists" Wednesday night [11/10/2016].
Myron Ebell Perfectly Suited for EPA. Over the last eight years the Obama administration has abandoned this successful approach to environmental protection as envisioned by Congress. Instead, they have turned to special interest groups to drive centralized planning. Prime examples include the 2015 EPA Power Plan and the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. These rules contain illusory flexibility to states when in reality they represent a huge shift of control from states to the federal government. Even the current administration acknowledged that the power plan was symbolic and would do little to improve air quality. The power plan would be expensive and shut down energy plants that have not yet been paid for, thereby stranding those costs with ratepayers. It would harm the industrial sector by significantly increasing electricity rates, which would throttle manufacturing industries that require low energy prices to compete.
Donald Trump On D.C.: 'The Whole Place is One Big Lobbyist'. President-elect Donald Trump says he wants to drain the swamp of Washington D.C., but he admits in a recent interview that he might have to rely on lobbyists to help his transition team. During an interview with CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl, Trump admitted that he did have lobbyists on his team, but explained that it was the current state of the culture in Washington D.C.
The next great battle for conservatives: Keeping RINO insiders out of the administration. [For example,] Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) — potential pick for DHS Secretary: There is no doubt that the issues of immigration and Islamic terror are the two biggest factors in Trump's win. This is why it's so important to keep McCaul away from DHS. As we've chronicled in this column, McCaul has done nothing to fight the open borders crowd, and in fact, proposed terrible immigration bills as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. This is the exact sort of "bad experience" the voters want Trump to reject. More importantly, McCaul has been a leader in the promotion of "Countering Violent Extremism," which is subversion agenda advanced by North American Muslim Brotherhood affiliates to obfuscate any mention of Islamic terrorism. This is the very willful blindness that Americans so desperately wanted to change with the outcome of this election.
Obama Fades Away As Trump Laughs At His Enemies. While the helpless mainstream media frets over its irrelevance, Obama is left urging his minions to throw little tantrums out in the Deep State, trying to do just a little more damage to this country before he is finally exiled to comfortable obscurity. But payback is a Pelosi; soon Trump's pen and phone are going to be wielded by the guy who Team Integrity has been calling "illegitimate" since the moment Hillary lost and it again became patriotic to question election results. All that last-minute regulatory nonsense is getting overturned. America will be a beacon of freedom to Cubans once again. The Western land thefts will be undone. We'll drill, baby, drill. It's going to be awesome, as will the tsunami of liberal tears.
What Exactly Is Trumpism? Donald Trump is hated by liberal Democrats because, among other things, he is likely to reverse the entire Obama project. And, far worse, he probably will seek fundamental ways of obstructing its future resurgence — even perhaps by peeling off traditional Democratic constituencies. The proverbial mainstream media despise Trump. Culturally, he has become a totem of their fears: coarseness, ostentatiousness, flamboyance, and the equation of big money with taste and success. His new approach to the media may make them irrelevant, and they fear their downfall could be well earned.
Winston Churchill bust set for Oval Office return by Donald Trump. Donald Trump has made no secret of the fact that he intends to rip up Barack Obama's legacy when he takes office — ending the Trans-Pacific Partnership, redrawing Obamacare and loading up Guantanamo with "some bad dudes". However, one expected action is likely to be less controversial, certainly in Britain: that of restoring the bust of Winston Churchill to the Oval Office.
10 Ways That Donald Trump Could Try To Reverse The Curse That Obama Has Put On America. So it looks like we are stuck with UN Security Council Resolution 2334, but that doesn't mean that Trump can't do anything to try to address this matter. Recently, a Breitbart article suggested five steps that Trump should take regarding Israel once he becomes president, and I would like to add another five to the list.
The Hunt for Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Should Start in the Executive Branch. Last month, Washington Post reporters obtained confidential memos from the Department of Defense detailing an internal study from January 2015, which found $125 billion in administrative waste. (Senator Jeff Flake's Wastebook, an annual catalogue of absurd federal spending, recently revealed one particularly egregious example: The DOD spent $2 million to teach robots how to play jazz.) And yet officials chose to bury the study and ignore its recommendations, said the Post, "amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget." Trump would be wise to revisit the report's findings and implement the reforms it suggested, which are designed to reallocate funding to troops and weapons.
Facing North Korea and Iran, Trump Must Strengthen Nuclear Deterrence. Like Big Brother in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un holds absolute power. And Kim, the same as his father and grandfather, wants to forcibly unify the Korean peninsula under a xenophobic ideology of self-sufficiency. Since the end of the Korean War, the Kims' wacky "Juche" ideology has sparked Western laughter as much as fear. We have rightly assumed the Kims are deterred by their understanding that a conventional-arms conflict with America would destroy them. While the U.S. has had to occasionally reinforce this conventional deterrence, it has been sustained for 60 years. Unfortunately, the status quo is shifting.
Claiming mandate, GOP Congress lays plans to propel sweeping conservative agenda. For six years, since they took back the House of Representatives, Republicans have added to a pile of legislation that moldered outside the White House. In their thwarted agenda, financial regulations were to be unspooled. Business taxes were to be slashed. Planned Parenthood would be stripped of federal funds. The Affordable Care Act was teed up for repeal — dozens of times. When the 115th Congress begins this week, with Republicans firmly in charge of the House and Senate, much of that legislation will form the basis of the most ambitious conservative policy agenda since the 1920s. And rather than a Democratic president standing in the way, a soon-to-be-inaugurated Donald Trump seems ready to sign much of it into law.
Trump Should Have a Celebrity-Free Inauguration. By inviting talented unknowns to perform instead, the president-elect would send a powerful message.
Here We Go! Republicans In Congress Turn On Trump — Make Move To Stop Border Wall. And here come the charging RINOs! Intent on stopping President-elect Donald Trump from building a wall on the border. You'll recognize the names... it's the same [people] every single time: Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake and Lisa Murkowski. They join Turban Durbin on drafting a measure that would allow illegal alien children to stay in the US. Uh, no. In this particular instance, the sins of the father and mother are the sins of the child. You cannot justify breaking the law because they are children. They should stay with their family in their country of origin until they come here legally... the right way... through the front door, not the back.
Fix Immigration. It's What Voters Want. Donald J. Trump smashed many orthodoxies on his way to victory, but immigration was the defining issue separating him from his primary opponents and Hillary Clinton. President-elect Trump now has a clear mandate not only to stop illegal immigration, but also to finally cut the generation-long influx of low-skilled immigrants that undermines American workers. Yet many powerful industries benefit from such immigration. They're arguing that immigration controls are creating a low-skilled labor shortage. "We're pretty much begging for workers," Tom Nassif, the chief executive of Western Growers, a trade organization that represents farmers, said on CNN. A fast-food chain founder warned, "Our industry can't survive without Mexican workers."
Shocker! Trump Plans To Privatize The VA Just Like He Promised On The Campaign Trail. News headlines this week screamed about how President-elect Trump is considering a plan to partially privatize the Veterans Health Administration. Did nobody read his campaign website during the election?
Appeals court vacancies could give Trump the chance to transform judiciary. When Donald Trump enters the White House on Inauguration Day, he will be able to fill more seats on the courts of appeals than President Obama did when he took office eight years ago, which could give him the chance to transform the judiciary into a more conservative branch of government. The president-elect's preparation to fill the Supreme Court's vacant seat may be getting the most attention, but it's just "the tip of the iceberg," said Lena Zwarensteyn, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy's strategic engagement director.
Dem attorneys general threaten lawsuits, if Trump repeals climate plan. A coalition of Democratic state attorneys general warned President-elect Trump on Thursday that he will face scores of lawsuits if he follows "misguided" advice to repeal President Obama's climate rules. "We advocate that you reject misguided advice that the Clean Power Plan be discarded; advice that, if followed, would assuredly lead to more litigation," a group of 14 attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, said in a letter to the president-elect Thursday [12/29/2016]. The Clean Power Plan is the centerpiece of President Obama's climate change agenda, which nearly 30 states are challenging in federal appeals court with more than 100 industry groups. A 10-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is reviewing the arguments against the Environmental Protection Agency's plan, which directs the states to cut their carbon pollution a third by 2030.
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Trump Could Bring Home $2.6 Trillion in Offshore Profits. At least $2.6 trillion in American corporate profits are parked outside the country, and President-Elect Donald Trump's major tax reform plan could bring it back into the United States — which could provide a big boost to the economy and federal revenue. Trump's plan is part of his larger business tax plan to lower the corporate tax rate from a top rate of 35 percent down to 15 percent.
Trump considering 'public-private option' for VA reform. President-elect Trump is considering a "public-private option" at the Department of Veterans Affairs that would allow all veterans to choose whether they want to receive care from the VA or from private doctors. "We think we have to have kind of a ... public-private option, because some vets love the VA ... some vets want to go to the VA," a transition official told reporters at Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday [12/28/2016]. "So, the idea is to come up with a solution that solves the problem. And it's not the easiest thing in the world because you've got all these little kingdoms out there, which is hard," the official said. "You know, in the federal government, it's hard to break things up and start over. So, those are the types of things that people are talking about."
Cotton: Trump earned 'clear mandate' to stop illegal immigration. Sen. Tom Cotton argued Wednesday [11/28/2016] that President-elect Trump has a 'clear mandate' to weed out illegal immigration and reform a system to prioritize American workers over unskilled, foreign workers. In an op-ed in The New York Times, Cotton pressed that a large part of Trump's victory in November was due to his stance on the issue. "President-elect Trump now has a clear mandate not only to stop illegal immigration, but also to finally cut the generation-long influx of low-skilled immigrants that undermines American workers," Cotton said, arguing that the immigration system skews toward the rich and powerful and their ability to bring in cheap, migrant workers in order to drive down wages.
Abolish the Department of Energy. Why would anyone want to abolish the DOE? According to one liberal commentator, it was because the department "was established during Jimmy Carter's administration and it perhaps sounds like it might have something to do with solar panels." Jimmy Carter created it, all right, but solar panels were only a symptom of the real problem. The DOE was conceived in dark and pessimistic beliefs and forecasts that have proven totally wrong. As Obama might say, the DOE is on the wrong side of history. As it stands the department needs to either be rethought or retired.
Republican attorneys general eager to dismantle Obama climate agenda under Donald Trump. As soon as President-elect Donald Trump assumes office Jan. 20, Republican attorneys general who have spent the past eight years battling the Obama administration's climate change agenda will have a new role: supporting the Republican president's complex legal effort to roll back that agenda. By contrast, states with Democratic leadership — such as California, where Gov. Jerry Brown has promised all-out war against Mr. Trump on global warming — will go from being environmental partners with the federal government to legal aggressors on their own.
Trump is the Exorcist of Political Correctness. Ron Aledo, a retired U.S. Army officer and former senior analyst for the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), has written a provocative analysis of the U.S. election results, saying that Trump's victory was economic but also cultural. He says that the Trump victory was "not only an incredible miracle as he won basically against all and everything, from CNN to furious non-stop (and something ridiculous) attacks from the Washington Post, the New York Times, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, Hollywood, 90% of all U.S and European journalists, the establishment of both the Democratic and Republican parties and millions of brainwashed naive Millennials; but furthermore, Trump's victory is a real Counter-revolution of the Silent Majority against the brutality of the witch hunt of Cultural Marxism and Political Correctness."
Trump Should Quickly Rescind Obama's Drilling Ban. In his enviro-extremism, President Obama is attempting to tie President-elect Trump's hands by blocking vast swaths of the Arctic Ocean and stretches of the Atlantic from oil and natural-gas drilling. The gambit, announced by the administration on Tuesday, is part of an eleventh-hour wave by which Obama is flooding the regulatory zone: Promulgating so many rules — of the unpopular, hard-left variety that Democrats dare not unveil before Election Days — that he hopes the Trump administration will find it too cumbersome to undo all of them. The incoming president should not let his predecessor get away with it. Obama's lawyers apparently believe they've found a loophole that could make the anti-drilling ban stick. President Trump, however, will have the power to rescind it, and should do so promptly.
Gingrich: Obama's legacy will disappear within a year. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich predicted that most of President Obama's policies, and thus his legacy, will disappear within the next 12 months under the Trump administration. "What you're watching is a man who realizes all of a sudden 90 percent of his legacy is going to disappear, because he didn't do the hard work of passing legislation," Gingrich said on Fox News. Gingrich's comments were in response to Obama's recent advice to President-elect Trump, when he said Trump should go through the legislative process, "in part because it is harder to undo."
Trump team asks State Dept. what it spends on international environmental efforts. Donald Trump's presidential transition team has asked State Department officials to disclose how much money it provides each year to international environmental groups. It's the latest example of how the incoming administration is reassessing the U.S. government's approach to tackling climate change and other environmental priorities. As part of a list of questions posed last week to the department's Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, according to multiple people familiar with the matter, the Trump landing team asked, "How much does the Department of State contribute annually to international environmental organizations in which the department participates?"
Schumer Says Trump's Trillion-Dollar Infrastructure Plan 'Sounds Good to Me'. Incoming Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer says he likes the sound of President-elect Trump's proposal of a major infrastructure plan as long as it meets certain Democratic criteria. "We think it should be large. He's mentioned a trillion dollars, I told him that sounded good to me," Schumer told ABC News' Jon Karl and Rick Klein during their podcast "Powerhouse Politics." But Democrats will insist that the package not be, for example, all tax breaks to investors.
Judicial Watch Wants Sessions to Root Evil Out of DOJ. "When it comes to public policy, the Justice Department is a locus of evil," said Tom Fitton, who heads Judicial Watch. He said he hopes the agency will follow his group's advice and put it through a cultural overhaul. "It's just an aggressively ideological and 'what is it we can get away with' Justice Department," Fitton said. "Sessions has a big fight ahead of him." Fitton hopes the senator will "stop the war on police" — meaning, roll back the agency's intervention when police departments face steep public criticism, like in Chicago and Baltimore. And if the department doesn't root out what Fitton believes is intractable internal corruption, his group will keep pushing.
Why Building the Wall Should Not Be Trump's No. 1 Immigration Priority. Ironically, Donald Trump's marquee immigration proposal — a border wall, which Mexico will pay for — is the part of his immigration platform least likely to make much difference. This is not to say it's infeasible or even ill advised. Only about one-third of the border with Mexico has any kind of fencing, and half of that consists merely of low-rise vehicle barriers intended to stop truck traffic; anyone can easily climb over or under them (as I myself have done on many occasions). And the president doesn't need further authorization from Congress to build a physical barrier, although he would eventually need additional funding.
The DOE vs. Ugly Reality. Over at the Washington Post, Chris Mooney and the usual suspects are seriously alarmed by a memo sent out by the Transition Team at the Department of Energy. [...] In any case, the Post put up a copy of the memo in the most idiotic form ever — ten separate individual pages, in image form without searchable text, printed sideways. Thanks, guys, it's clear you've only posted them because you have to. [...] Here are the memo questions and my comments. [#1] ["]Can you provide a list of all boards, councils, commissions, working groups, and FACAs [Federal Advisory Committees] currently active at the Department? For each, can you please provide members, meeting schedules, and authority (statutory or otherwise) under which they were created?["] If I were at DOE, this first question would indeed set MY hair on fire. The easiest way to get rid of something is to show that it was not properly established ... boom, it's gone.
Say, What Are Warmists In Obama Administration Hiding? They do not want their data and methods exposed for the junk science they are. They don't want their cushy positions of prognosticating doom on the taxpayer dime threatened. [...] Team Trump will be digging in to the waste, fraud, junk science, cost over-runs, orphan departments with no accountability, and so forth, not just at the DOE, but other departments. Business likes to run smoothly, without the massive redundancy and such. Warmists had a good run on the public dole, but, that looks like it will soon end.
Two dozen states beg Donald Trump to abandon Barack Obama's plans to combat climate change. Officials in 24 states have urged President-elect Donald Trump to kill the centrepiece of President Barack Obama's strategy to combat climate change and shut down coal-fired power plants. The coalition requested the incoming Republican government undo the Clean Power Plan enacted by the current Democratic administration. The law was designed to lower carbon emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants by 2030 to 32 percent below 2005 levels.
Trump's Urgent Job: Clean Up the VA. In 2014, the nation was horrified to learn that vets were dying while waiting for medical appointments, and VA staff were concealing wait times. Now new patients are waiting even longer. Recently, a vet with heart troubles died while waiting for a cardiology appointment at the Washington, D.C. VA. Investigators concluded he would likely have survived had he been seen. Meanwhile Democratic senators are still blocking a bill to hold VA executives accountable for these deadly failures. What's wrong with firing liars and incompetents? Democrats would rather side with the public service unions that fill their campaign coffers and turn out the vote.
From catfish to kombucha: It's not just Obamacare that conservatives want Trump to repeal. House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., gave Trump's transition team a 21-page document listing the federal rules, regulations and executive orders implemented under Obama that the caucus wants either revoked or revised. "These last 8 years, we have seen a disturbing trend of the federal government unnecessarily inserting themselves more and more into the lives of hardworking Americans — and the results have been economically disastrous," Meadows said in a statement. "When the American people spoke on Nov. 8, they provided conservatives with an opportunity to restore order in our government and to remove the out-of-control bureaucratic red tape that so often stunts the growth of otherwise successful American [businesses]."
Trump: 'We Are Going to Say Merry Christmas Again'. Tuesday [12/13/2016] at a stop on his "Thank You" tour in West Allis, WI, President-elect Donald Trump opened up his appearance by fulfilling a campaign promise regarding the use of "Merry Christmas" as a holiday greeting.
Go Big: Eliminate the Energy Department. When created in 1977, DOE was given the responsibility for "the design, constructing, and testing of nuclear weapons, and ... a loosely knit amalgamation of energy-related programs scattered throughout the Federal Government." Prior to DOE, the federal government played a very limited role in energy policy and development. Presumed scarcity, excessive dependence on OPEC nations, distrust in markets, and the search for energy independence became the foundation for what is now a $32.5 billion bureaucracy in search for relevance. A series of energy policies have done little to contribute to the abundance of affordable energy that fuels a growing economy. What DOE has done is squander money on the search for alternative energy sources. In the process, it enabled Bootlegger and Baptist schemes that enriched crony capitalists who are all too willing to support the flawed notion that government can pick winners and losers. For 2017, a large chunk of DOE spending — $12.6 billion, or 39 percent — is earmarked to "support the President's strategy to combat climate change."
A How-to Guide for Rolling Back Obama's Regulatory State. One of President-elect Trump's most encouraging campaign promises was his vow to tackle the regulatory state. For hard-working Americans, it's essential that he keeps this promise. The ever-growing regulatory state has harmed economic growth, job growth, and wage growth. Since 1980, regulations have cost the economy $4 trillion, or about $13,000 per American. During the Obama administration, over 600 major regulations have been issued, with a total cost exceeding $700 billion over his eight years. But unraveling these regulatory burdens is not as simple as waving a pen or picking up a telephone. That's why it's critical that Trump and Congress adopt a workable strategy to repeal harmful regulations from the Obama era.
It's refreshing to watch Trump mock the media and political correctness. Wealth is created when governments get out of the way and let people trade as they please, within borders or across borders. I don't want a "strong leader." I want a president of this constitutional republic to preside over limited government and leave us free to lead our own lives.
U.S. Steel CEO: If Trump Eliminates Crazy EPA Regulations, We're Ready To Hire 10K in USA. U.S. Steel CEO Mario Longhi is Ultra Bullish on the Trump Administration and bringing back new jobs to the United States. Longhi said the steel industry is very confident and optimistic on Trump. He said U.S. Steel could bring 10,000 jobs back to America if nonsensical environmental regulations are tweaked and scrapped. [Video clip]
Trump Day One To-Do List: Repeal $1.7 Billion Of Dodd-Frank Rules. The Dodd-Frank financial "reform," passed by Democrats and signed into law by President Obama in 2010, is arguably the most misguided and economically harmful piece of legislation ever imposed on the country (the second, arguably, is ObamaCare). As we've noted in this space before, one of the main reasons the economy has been stuck in neutral for the past six years has been the millstone of a 2,300-page law that has spawned multitudes more pages of costly and economically foolish regulations. The law has calcified the credit markets, forced community banks out of business, and unleashed an unaccountable, out-of-control agency that goes by the innocent-sounding name of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Memo to Ben Carson: Push for a Repeal of the Community Reinvestment Act. [Scroll down] One idea, in particular, could signal that Carson understands the failure — not just in practice but philosophically — of the department he will head. He could push for the outright repeal of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which mandates bank lending to low-income communities and low-income households. Implicated by some in the 2008 housing-finance crisis, the problem with the CRA — and its much further-reaching regulatory progeny, the affordable-housing goals of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which are directly overseen by HUD — is not its cost but its theory that capital markets will, by their nature, not serve the poor, and that the poor and poor neighborhoods are better off when lending to both is required. Both ideas are wrong and ill serve those in whose name they are invoked.
How Trump Could Create Millions Of Energy Jobs. President-elect Donald Trump wants to create millions of jobs by removing restrictions on American energy development, and the numbers seem to add up. Trump pledged in late November to "cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy — including shale energy and clean coal — creating many millions of high-paying jobs." A study found that the removal of drilling restrictions on federal lands and water could create 2.7 million energy jobs, while another 1.8 million could be created by encouraging hydraulic fracturing or fracking. Since most of the damage to the coal industry has already been done, coal jobs are less likely to be created and only tens of thousands could potentially be generated.
Judge Jeanine: Clinton Foundation is 'Bubbling Beneath the Surface'. President-elect Donald Trump has said he likely won't appoint a special prosecutor to go after Clinton despite promising to do so during the campaign. However Judge Jeanine Pirro, host of Fox News' Justice with Judge Jeanine, says there are plenty of reasons to move forward with a case.
Trump supports completion of Dakota Access Pipeline. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday [12/1/2016] said for the first time that he supports the completion of a pipeline project near a North Dakota Indian reservation, which has been the subject of months of protests by tribes and environmentalists. A communications briefing from Trump's transition team said despite media reports that Trump owns a stake in Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the pipeline, Trump's support of the pipeline "has nothing to do with his personal investments and everything to do with promoting policies that benefit all Americans."
Apoplectic Liberals Furious Over Trump's Proposed Economic Freedom. It is going to take years to break through the false constructs of radical left-wing economic principles which have been sold by modern academia and corporate media. However, eventually people will recognize once again that being allowed to keep their own money, the outcome of their own labor, is not an expense on government.
Donald Trump transition team mulling "Muslim registry" says immigration adviser. Donald Trump may push through a controversial registry for immigrants from mostly-Muslim countries without seeking congressional approval, a member of his transition team has said. Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and adviser to Mr Trump said the president-elect's immigration team are drafting executive orders that would allow the new White House to secure the rapid construction of wall along the border with Mexico. Mr Trump's staff are ensuring that the department of homeland security could "hit the ground running" on issues that were key in the Republican's election campaign, Mr Kobach said.
Judge: FBI must indict Clinton. Fox News Channel's senior judicial analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano, said on Monday the FBI has collected enough to prosecute Clinton on one of the most serious charges of all: espionage. Napolitano said the evidence the FBI has could be used to make a case for "failure to safeguard state secrets," and that's only the charges she would face for her private email server, which experts believe could have been penetrated by foreign hackers. Napolitano admits he was concerned when Trump said he was willing to let Clinton slide. "I don't think the decision to prosecute or not to prosecute should be a political one," he said. "It should be a legal one." That legal case is still growing as Clinton reportedly faces at least two other investigations: a public corruption case involving pay-for-play allegations from her time as secretary of state... and a probe into the shady activities of the family's charity.
Trump's Latest Cabinet Appointment Seeks To Dismantle Obamacare ASAP. Republican Rep. Tom Price from Georgia is both a politician and a highly experienced orthopedic surgeon who has been among the most vocal and consistent critics of Obamacare, a legislative monstrosity that Price feels is denying Americans access to healthcare and forcing them, under fear of penalty, to pay for increasingly expensive health insurance they don't want or need. Today [11/29/2016] it is being reported Congressman Price is to be the nation's next Secretary of Health and Human Services — a Trump pick that should send an undeniably clear signal to Congress and the American people that Donald Trump is very serious about taking on the trillions of dollars Obamacare mess.
Most Americans think Trump will keep his promise to repeal Obamacare and deport immigrants. According to the survey, a joint effort by Harvard University's Center for American Political Studies and the National Research Group, 64 percent of registered voters said they believed Trump will be very or somewhat effective in fulfilling his campaign promises on immigration, infrastructure, taxes and healthcare. A smaller group, 40 percent, believe he'll be successful in building a border wall between the United States and Mexico, an oft-repeated campaign promise with Trump telling his large crowds that America's southern neighbor would foot the bill.
A Memo for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The most urgent matter that Attorney General Sessions will face is that of deciding the fate of FBI director James Comey. Comey was appointed in 2013 for a statutory term of ten years. In principle, however, he can be removed by the president at any time. President Bill Clinton removed FBI director William Sessions about halfway through his term on charges that Sessions had misused official resources. Although President Clinton discharged Sessions for cause, the statute creating the FBI director does not limit the grounds for termination, and we believe that the president's constitutional authority of removal would allow him to fire Comey for any reason. Rather than firing the FBI director, however, it is more likely that the president would first request his resignation. We think that Director Comey should leave office for the good of the FBI and the nation.
An Infrastructure Agenda for the New Administration. The best way for the new President to improve the nation's infrastructure is to remove the federal government from the equation through deregulation and funding reforms, not to follow his predecessor down the path of more government spending.
Federal workers worried about Trump plan. In terms of policy, Trump has suggested a federal hiring freeze and hinted at eliminating or sharply curtailing an entire Cabinet agency, the Department of Education.
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Build The Wall: It Will Save Americans Trillions Of Dollars. Each year, illegal Mexican migrant workers send $24 [billion] back to Mexico in cash transfers. American employers paid them under the table and off the books with fraudulent identification. They never paid taxes, FICA or Social Security on that money. Their employers wrangled financial murder for the past 40 years. While illegal alien workers transfer THAT much money annually, all legal and illegal immigrants account for $120 [billion] sent back to Mexico, South America, Africa and Asia. In other words, immigrants from all countries bleed America financially to death. At the same time, Mexico smuggles $50 billion annually of drugs into America across a non-guarded, non-existent border. I've traveled the 1,952 mile Mexican-American border three times to witness that it allows anyone at any time to enter the USA in thousands of unguarded locations.
Donald Trump will never let Argentina take the Falkland Islands, veteran says. Argentina will never be able to reassert its sovereignty claims over the Falkland Islands under the watchful eye of Donald Trump who will back Britain, a leading academic has claimed. The UK is set to gain some very major assurances from the new President-elect, who will stand against sabre-rattling Argentinian officials in their desperate attempt to wrestle back control of the remote British Overseas Territory. Ian Shields OBE, international relations lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and former RAF Group Captain, said the South American country will "absolutely not" be able to reach out to the US for help.
Lands activists urge Trump to revoke Obama's national monuments. Western lands activists are urging Donald Trump to test the limits of executive power by revoking millions of acres that President Obama set aside as national monuments, setting up a landmark legal battle over one of the nation's most frequently used environmental protections. Such a step would be historic. No president has undesignated a national monument created by his predecessor, and it's unclear whether he has the authority to do so. But Obama administration critics say now is the time to try to establish a precedent. They say Mr. Obama has wildly abused presidential power in using the 1906 Antiquities Act to cordon off huge swaths of land and sea — mostly along the West and East coasts — to prevent energy exploration. In total, he has earmarked at least 553 million acres of land and water as national monuments, far more than any other president.
Trump Says He Won't Take Clinton Investigations Off the Table. In a meeting with New York Times reporters, President-elect Donald Trump said he would not take the investigations of the Clintons off the table. Two reporters tweeted from inside the meeting, as Trump also expressed the view that Clinton "suffered greatly" and that it would be "very, very divisive for the country" to prosecute the Clintons.
Lock Her Up. If there is anything more to Donald Trump than bluster, we have yet to see it. Trump has not even been sworn in as president, and he already is walking away from campaign promises that are too hard to keep, starting with his pledge to pursue the case against Hillary Rodham Clinton, who violated national-security laws, lied about it, and very likely suborned criminal acts by others, including obstruction of justice. Speaking in the jabberwocky that is the lingua franca of Planet Trump, Kellyanne Conway says that the president-elect already has turned his back on his swaggering campaign promise to put his opponent in jail for what are — let us keep in mind — serious crimes.
Trump Won't Pursue Charges Against Hillary: "She's Been Through Enough". After Trump stunned the nation during the second presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, in which he quipped that under a Trump presidency "she would be in jail", and suggested that he would demand a special prosecutor probe into Clinton's email server and the Clinton foundation, moments ago MSNBC's Morning Joe reported, citing a source, that president-elect Donald Trump will not pursue any investigations into his former political rival Hillary Clinton "for her use of a private email server and the Clinton foundation."
Trump announces plan to kill regulations, spark coal production. President-elect Donald Trump on Monday presented his plan to build a wall against new regulations and kill many of President Obama's energy-stifling rules. In a video statement he said that a Trump administration would eliminate two regulations for every new one. [Video clip]
Trump's Path to Obamacare Repeal. On the stump, Donald Trump promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now obstacles are emerging on the left and right. Democrats are sowing panic, falsely predicting that 20 million will lose coverage. Newly elected Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer claims Trump will "rue the day" Obamacare is repealed. Meanwhile, on Trump's right flank, House Republicans are pushing Medicare "reform" and taxes on workers' health benefits — unpopular ideas that will undermine Trump's political support and derail his agenda. Here's the real deal about repeal.
REPORT: Trump Will Not Pursue Clinton Investigations; She's 'Been Through Enough'. Morning Joe is reporting today [11/22/2016] that president-elect Donald Trump will not be pursuing any criminal investigations into his former political rival Hillary Clinton. The report, first announced by Mika Brzezinski, comes just a week after a 60 Minutes interview where Trump indicated that he may not launch a full investigation into the Democratic nominee. "I'm gonna think about it," he said at the time to Leslie Stahl. "I don't wanna hurt them. They're good people," he continued of the Clintons.
Trump Signals He Won't Pursue Legal Charges Against Hillary Clinton. In order for the Trump agenda to gain quick passage, a Trump White House will need the help of at least some Democrats to do so. That does not mean the matter of the still-ongoing FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation is concluded, though. In fact, that investigation is rumored to be far-reaching and will continue regardless of the Trump administration's statements regarding Hillary Clinton's private email server, though Conway wants to make certain the investigation maintains a the appearance of being entirely independent of any influence from a Trump White House.
Trump backs away from some of his strident campaign promises. President-elect Donald Trump abruptly abandoned some of his most tendentious campaign promises Tuesday [11/22/2016], saying he does not plan to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email system or the dealings of her family foundation, has an "open mind" about a climate-change accord from which he vowed to withdraw the United States and is no longer certain that torturing terrorism suspects is a good idea. The billionaire real estate developer also dismissed any need to disentangle himself from his financial holdings, despite rising questions about how his global business dealings might affect his decision-making as the nation's chief executive.
Trump letting Hillary off the hook his biggest mistake yet. At first blush, Donald Trump's decision to swear off criminal investigations of Hillary Clinton didn't look like a good idea. At second blush, it looks like a terrible idea. The decision, dribbled out in a TV report and then confirmed by aide Kellyanne Conway, is too momentous to come in bits and pieces and from anyone other than Trump directly. He made the pledge at a debate to appoint a special prosecutor, and it smacks of Washington-as-usual for the reversal to slither out the back door.
Source: Trump will not seek to prosecute Hillary Clinton. This is just coming out this morning and it's only attributed on background to "a source" with knowledge of the transition team's thinking, but Donald Trump is supposedly not going to pursue any prosecution of Secretary Hillary Clinton over her email transgressions or even the pay to play activities of the Clinton Global Initiative. The story popped up on MSNBC's Morning Joe during the first hour and it immediately prompted questions as to why this would be coming out now. (To be fair, there wasn't a rush of other folks confirming the veracity of the source.)
Trump's climate plan might not be so bad after all. Even ardent supporters acknowledge that the Paris treaty by itself will do little to rein in global warming. The United Nations estimates that if every country were to make every single promised carbon cut between 2016 and 2030 to the fullest extent and there was no cheating, carbon dioxide emissions would still only be cut by one-hundredth of what is needed to keep temperature rises below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius). The Paris treaty's 2016-2030 pledges would reduce temperature rises around 0.09 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century. If maintained throughout the rest of the century, temperature rises would be cut by 0.31 degrees Fahrenheit. At the same time, these promises will be costly. Trying to cut carbon dioxide, even with an efficient tax, makes cheap energy more expensive — and this slows economic growth. My calculations using the best peer-reviewed economic models show the cost of the Paris promises — through slower gross domestic product growth from higher energy costs — would reach $1 trillion to $2 trillion every year from 2030.
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Trump aide Kellyanne Conway: No plan to pursue charges against Clinton. During the presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump pledged to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton, would join crowds of his supporters in chants of "lock her up!" and said to her face during a debate that if he were president, "you'd be in jail." But now that he actually will be president, Trump says he won't recommend prosecution of Clinton, who he told New York Times reporters has "suffered greatly." What's more, he said the idea of prosecuting Clinton is "just not something I feel very strongly about."
To 'Drain the Swamp,' Start With the Department of Justice. As we approach the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, we can only hope that the Department of Justice under a Trump Administration is one that believes and, more importantly engages, in pursuing justice ethically, legally and with lots of common sense; and one that will institute department-wide accountability from both the top-down and bottom-up. As someone that has worked in the criminal justice field for close to 35 years and strongly believed that I knew and understood our criminal justice system more than most, I am saddened to admit that I was wrong, but I am optimistic that with the right leadership and management accountability, for positive change in the Justice Department is in fact possible.
Hidden Ipsos Poll: Public Strongly Backs Donald Trump's Plan To 'Pause' Legal Immigration. A just-released poll shows that Donald Trump's campaign-trail immigration and labor policies have overwhelming public support, and strong opposition from just one-sixth of voters. The Ipsos poll shows that only about one-in-six Americans strongly oppose Trump's policies towards immigrant labor, repatriations, sanctuary cities, Islamic migrants, employer oversight and his ground-breaking proposal to reduce legal immigration.
Repeal, Replace, Resist. Republicans should have no trouble repealing the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. They can invoke the procedure known as reconciliation, which means only 51 votes in the Senate will be needed to kill the unpopular health insurance plan. Since there will be 52 Republicans in the new Senate in 2017 and a Republican in the White House, repeal is a safe bet. As for Obamacare itself, Republicans won't waste their time negotiating over saving any of it. Senate Democrats want to keep the entire program alive by tinkering with its parts and bailing it out with billions in new funding. Forget that. Republicans are committed to a total replacement that emphasizes free-market incentives and patient choice. Both of those features are anathema to Democrats.
Donald Trump Has 47.5 Million Bad Reasons To Support Obamacare Bailouts. Last Friday afternoon [11/11/2016], Donald Trump caused a minor uproar in Washington when he signaled a major softening in his stance towards President Obama's unpopular health-care law. "Either Obamacare will be amended, or it will be repealed and replaced," Trump told the Wall Street Journal — a major caveat heretofore unexpressed on the campaign trail. Why might Trump — who not one month ago, in a nationally televised debate, called Obamacare a "total disaster" that next year will "implode by itself" — embark on such a volte face about the law?
Will Donald Trump channel Ronald Reagan to put an end to sanctuary cities? More than 300 cities and counties have sanctuary policies. For some, it is simply a political statement. They have taken no real action to give sanctuary to people who are there illegally. But other cities like San Francisco actively protect illegal immigrants. They refuse to turn over people who committed low-level crimes to federal agents for deportation. And when ICE asks for a "hold" on a prisoner, the city ignores it. Often they walk free. That is what led to the tragic shooting death of Kate Steinle in July of last year. Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez of Mexico was in the U.S. illegally. He had 7 felony convictions and was deported 5 times. He kept slipping back through our border, seeking refuge in the safe haven of San Francisco.
How Trump Can Defeat the Establishment Bureaucracy. Trump defeated the GOP establishment, won more primary votes than any Republican candidate in history, defeated the Democrat Party establishment, and the media establishment[.] He has one more establishment he must defeat: the Washington bureaucracy and its nationwide administrative infrastructure. This establishment was not elected. It owes its existence and political influence to the manipulation of the Democrat Party. So while he can appoint agency heads and try to execute his policy goals through them, he has an army of bureaucrats against him.
Trump Has Repeatedly Flirted with Ending the EPA — He Absolutely Should. The $4-trillion-per-year federal government works incessantly against the private sector. Likely no wing is more pernicious than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On his way to prison for defrauding taxpayers out of more than $1 million, former high-level EPA official Jon Beale said that while at the agency he was: "working on a 'project' examining ways to 'modify the DNA of the capitalist system.' He argued that environmental regulation was reaching its 'limits' ... so he began working on his plan." Thankfully that plan was eventually scrapped. But how obnoxious is the EPA — and how much free time does it have — to even consider, let alone work on, such a plan?
Unified GOP to target Obama payday, retirement advice rules. A top House Republican said Wednesday he is aiming to work with President-elect Trump to undo President Obama's pending rules on retirement advice and payday lending. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, outlined his priorities for the next Congress during a speech in downtown Washington and said he would aim to shutter Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Reform of the Federal Reserve also "remains a top priority," Hensarling said.
Obama has just suffered one of the harshest repudiations on record. Despite Obama's continued insistence on his own masterful handling of the economy, working class Americans handed the keys to the candidate who pledged to undo just about all of Obama's so-called achievements. Trump vows to repeal ObamaCare, do a 180 degree turn on Obama's tax policy, undo Dodd-Frank, reverse course on his immigration policy, walk away from Obama's global warming agreements and heavy-handed regulations.
Top Trump immigration adviser predicts immediate change. A key member of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team and a top adviser on matters involving immigration told FoxNews.com Monday the incoming administration will likely move to deport illegal immigrants upon arrest. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a key player in several high-profile immigration measures and court cases, advised Trump on immigration during his campaign and will likely have a key role in shaping the new president's policies. Kobach said Trump is likely to scrap the Obama administration's approach of deporting only those who have been convicted, a policy he said releases dangerous people back into U.S. communities.
Little-noticed law gives Trump unexpected power to undo the mischief of bureaucrats. Nobody was counting on this. Barack Obama infamously said that he would govern by a "pen and a phone." He has circumvented Congress and the laws for years. The Democrats (and much of the media, but I repeat myself) have not only given him a pass, but cheered him on. Now it appears a seldom-noticed law might be a powerful tool that Trump can use to eviscerate much of the Obama legacy.
Trump Horrifies Liberals With Plans To Immediately Deport/Jail Up To 3 Million Illegals. Leftists are trying to make a case that there aren't that many with criminal backgrounds, even when considering that crossing the border illegally is illegal. They forget that roughly 40-45% of the illegals in the country overstayed their visas, which is even more criminal than those who jumped the border. Regardless, this gives a good view into how Liberals will respond to the era of Trump, meaning meltdowns and severe opposition to everything he proposes, regardless of whether it is good policy or not. Deporting those with criminal backgrounds? How dare he!
Draining the Swamp Won't Be as Easy as You Think. Consider what happened at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice in 2000 as a case study. The Civil Rights Division is the most powerful and radical part of the most powerful and radical federal agency. In 2000, Clinton political appointees at the Justice Department did all they could in the two months between the election and the inauguration to sabotage any incoming agenda of the Bush administration. These problems will manifest across the federal government, but this agency was the engine of the most radical Obama policies, so it deserves special attention.
Trump's Plan For Coal Country Is To Hollow Out The EPA. President-elect Donald Trump's campaign to jump-start the coal industry is predicated on hollowing out the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to members of his transition team. The EPA will be dialed back to focus solely on pollutants posing harm to public health and will cease its present extracurricular focus on agenda-centered pollutants supposedly causing man-made global warming, Kathleen Hartnett-White, a member of Trump's transition team, told reporters Monday [11/14/2016]. "He's very much for clean air and clean water," she said. "But the better home for considering this discussion about carbon dioxide and climate is in the Department of Energy."
Kerry: 'American People are Committed' to Keeping Paris Climate Agreement. Secretary of State John Kerry wouldn't guess where the next administration would go with environmental measures, but said the American public would continue to demand action to combat climate change. At a Sunday [11/13/2016] press conference with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Kerry said he didn't want to "speculate on what President-elect Trump's presidency is going to mean with respect" to the Paris climate agreement. Trump said on the campaign trail that he wants U.S. participation in the agreement scrapped.
Brexit2 Signals the End of the Green Age. Donald J. Trump comes into office with a plan to toss out most of what President Obama achieved on energy and the environment. While vowing to "cancel" the international Paris climate accord Obama championed, Trump would also rearrange domestic energy and environmental priorities. He wants to open up federal lands to oil and gas drilling and coal mining. He wants to eliminate regulations he calls needless. He would scrap proposed regulations for tighter methane controls on domestic drillers. And he wants to shrink the role of the Environmental Protection Agency to a mostly advisory one and pull back the Clean Power Plan, Obama's proposed plan to push utilities toward lower carbon emissions.
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Obamacare Repeal: Trump Has a Mandate. Indeed, according to the first major post-election voter survey, "Seventy-four percent of Republicans say they want to repeal the Affordable Care Act when Donald Trump takes the White House." And the desire to deep-six Obamacare is by no means limited to Republicans. Recent public opinion polls indicate that a majority of Americans want to be rid of it.
Nuke 'Em: Priming the Senate for Necessary Action. If you're puzzled by the conflict between the Democrats' proclamations that they're willing to give President-elect Trump a chance and the many riots against Trump taking place every night since the election, don't be. The fact that none of the Dems' leadership from Hillary Clinton on down have asked for calm and condemned the rioting is enough to prove that they've not missed a beat between Hillary's campaign and Mr. Trump's imminent presidency. They're still in the "no justice, no peace" frame of mind. Justice, to them, consisted of Hillary winning the election, and they won't allow anything resembling political peace because she didn't.
Now the Mexican President is Willing to Negotiate About Border Wall. I guess Mexico isn't as opposed to the wall as the media would have us believe. Mexico's President, Enrique Peña Nieto, was one of the first world leaders to reach out to President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his election victory. Nieto also seems very interested on meeting with Trump to speak about a few issues involving our two countries — so interested, in fact, that he would like to begin negotiations before Trump takes office!
Trump re-affirms plan to immediately deport 2 to 3 million illegal aliens. President-elect Donald Trump said that he will incarcerate or deport up to three million illegal aliens upon taking office in January. In a Sunday [11/13/2016] interview, Trump told "60 Minutes" that he is going to "get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate."
Trump: Criminals will be deported first. Donald Trump will begin tackling the issue of illegal immigration by rounding up and deporting undocumented immigrants with criminal records, a group that he estimates at 2 million to 3 million people, the president-elect said in an interview to air Sunday night. "What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate," he said in the interview, to air on "60 Minutes" on CBS. "But we're getting them out of our country; they're here illegally."
A mandate means you can ... and you'd better. Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell need to get to work quickly, and they need to consider themselves mandated by the voters to make big things happen. They need to repeal and replace ObamaCare. They need to replace the tax code. They need to make Washington a friend to domestic energy producers. They need to adopt business-friendly economic policies and sensible monetary policies. And they need to get spending under control, [...] Our national debt is approaching $20 trillion and unfunded entitlement mandates are more than $100 trillion.
Trump to Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Terror Organization. Donald Trump will work to pass legislation designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, said Walid Phares, a foreign policy advisor for the president-elect. Speaking to the Egyptian news outlet Youm7, Phares said the legislation, which was already approved by the House Judiciary Committee earlier this year and referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was held up due to the Obama administration's support of the group. Clarion Project spearheaded a campaign to educate legislators and move the bill forward over the past year. The bill currently has bipartisan support.
Trump victory is the end of the line for Obama judicial nominees. Donald Trump's victory in Tuesday's presidential election makes it unlikely that dozens of President Obama's judicial nominees will ever take the federal bench. Fifty-nine of Obama's nominees to the federal courts still haven't been confirmed by the Senate. Thirty of these have already cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee and are awaiting a vote on the Senate floor. Three of the pending nominees — Julien Neals of New Jersey, Mary Flores of Florida and Edward Stanton III of Tennessee — have been in limbo for more than a year and a half.
Trump says he will 'immediately' deport two to three million illegal immigrants with criminal records. President-elect Donald Trump has said he plans to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants with criminal records from the country immediately — and has insisted that he will build his wall. In his first extensive interview since he won the White House, Trump is reassuring his supporters that he will deport or incarcerate up to three million 'gang members' and 'drug dealers.'
Blue Nation Protesters. This is a nation that has been held captive to the liberal dominated media, now discredited by the President-elect. This is a nation that has been held captive to lies about "global warming." The massive amount of commerce that has been denied and restrained by efforts of the Obama Administration are waiting to be unleashed by a President-elect that simply removes the restrictions. The arguments of the left will have no purchase among those who voted for Trump and who will support him as he makes these changes to government policy.
Trump's Looking For Quickest Way Out Of Paris Climate Accord. [Scroll down] So, you have a global elitist scooting around the world on fossil fueled vehicles telling us how dangerous Hotcoldwetdry is while positioning an agreement crafted by global elitists as a mandate for action. It was so important that it wasn't even put up for debate by Obama and Kerry to the duly elected legislative body of the U.S. Many global elitists are thinking (praying, hoping?) that Trump will come around to their (global elitist) Warmist point of view. They surely have another thing coming. And we'll have a good laugh at the ensuing Cult of Climastrology meltdown when Trump negates U.S. participation in the Paris climate agreement.
Graham wants Trump to nominate Cruz to Supreme Court. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., recommended on Friday [11/11/2016] that President-elect Trump nominate fellow former GOP presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat. "I'm here to tell my Democratic colleagues that I voted for Obama's nominees. I expect them to give Trump's nominees a fair shake. He won this election. He will pick a conservative. I would put Ted Cruz on that list," Graham told WYFF-TV on Friday, while at a Veterans Day ceremony at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Will Trump Launch Investigation Into Clinton's Many Crimes? With FBI director James Comey again declining to recommend indictment of Hillary Clinton for her numerous crimes involving her illicit use of a private, unsecured e-mail server to send and receive classified information, many — including Clinton and Comey — seem to think the issue is settled. Moreover, Clinton's defeat in the presidential election seems to be taken as a sign by many that it's time to move on and put the Clinton scandals behind us. But neither Comey's cowardly blindness nor the election results set aside the fact that Clinton broke the law and endangered national security. Candidate Donald Trump promised that President Donald Trump would have Clinton investigated by a special prosecutor.
Trump taps climate-change skeptic to oversee EPA transition. President-elect Donald Trump has made no secret of his disdain for the Environmental Protection Agency, saying the regulations it has put out under President Obama are "a disgrace." He has vowed to roll back Obama's signature effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, known as the Clean Power Plan, and to scrap a litany of other "unnecessary" rules, especially those imposed on the oil, gas and coal sectors. The man planning how a Trump administration can obliterate Obama's environmental legacy is Myron Ebell, a Washington fixture who has long been a cheerful warrior against what he sees as an alarmist, overzealous environmental movement that has used global warming as a pretext for expanding government.
It doesn't get better than this. Trump is one hundred percent skeptic, no pandering. Finally, a leader says No to refueling the Global Green Gravy Train. It will still take years to slow and unpack, because it is a pagan religion and a 1.5 Trillion Dollar industrial freight machine. [...] No wonder they are in tears. The two main weapons of carbon-believers are the free money from government treasure chests, and coercion through namecalling. Trump has control of the biggest treasure chest in the world and isn't afraid of being called names.
Trump can eviscerate Obama's policies by dropping lawsuits, revoking memos. Forget about waiting for Congress — Donald Trump can eviscerate Obamacare and cripple President Obama's global warming framework all on his first few days in office by directing policy from the White House and ordering his Justice Department to drop lawsuits that the current administration is pursuing. Lawyers said getting rid of the government's mandate that schools allow transgender students to choose their bathrooms could be as simple as retracting an Education Department letter, then letting judges know that is no longer the administration's position.
Trump Reveals Policy Goals: "Building That Wall", End "War On Coal", Repeal Obamacare, Dismantle Dodd-Frank. On his transition website GreatAgain.gov, the Trump team has laid out the framework of his initial policies with policies focused i) on American Security including as Defense and National security, Immigration Reform and Building That Wall, and Energy Independence; ii) Getting America Back to Work Again including Tax Reform; Regulatory Reform; Trade Reform; Education; Transportation & Infrastructure and Financial Services Reform; and iii) Government for the people including Healthcare Reform (Obamacare), Veterans Administration Reform and Protecting Americans' Constitutional Rights.
Roll Up Your Sleeves, Deplorables. We do not have time to sit on our hands in our basket and bask in the thrill of victory. We must begin right now to crystalize and articulate what we will demand of our newly elected Republican government — from the White House to the Congress — and be prepared to hold all of their feet to the fire. Come January, it will be time for them to deliver. A Supreme Court justice like Scalia? The end of Roe and judicial games with marriage, "gender," and toilets? Abolishing the Department of Education? A patriotic, non-interventionist foreign policy? A border? Gun-owner rights? An attorney general who doesn't persecute state and local law enforcement? Trade deals that benefit Americans?
Mexico and Canada Announce Willingness to Renegotiate NAFTA. Donald Trump is not yet president, and yet within 24 hours of winning the election both Mexico and Canada announce they are willing to begin renegotiation's of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). [...] This is EXACTLY what happens when you put a Titan of Industry back in charge of the biggest economy in the world. As a non-politician industrialist Donald Trump has said for decades, the U.S. holds all the leverage in these negotiations. He's right.
This Is Not Your Government. Those who reside within the borders of the United States live under a despotic rule of Supreme Court justices, regulators, random judges, presidential decree and Fed policy. There is no politician in the land responsive to the people. This is how Donald Trump gained the Republican nomination, because folks were fed up with calling their congressperson seeking redress only to be sold out as soon as the votes were counted. US citizens are not constituents in the normal vernacular, they are simply voters, you know, those folks who come around every two to four years and validate all of the larceny that has taken place in the past two to four years.
How to rebuild U.S. military might. In order to rebuild the U.S. military the next president is going to have to do the following things with the economy. The next administration must design a growth plan that will allow the U.S. economy to expand at a 3 percent to 6 percent rate per year. Only Donald Trump's plan has the opportunity to do this.
Trump calls climate change 'hoax,' as Clinton vows to fight it. Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offer Americans starkly different views on global warming: Clinton sees it as an urgent concern, while Trump dismisses it as a minor problem at most. "There's never been a bigger contrast between the two candidates and the two platforms," said Tiernan Sittenfeld, senior vice president of the League of Conservation Voters.
Donald Trump Declares Gay Marriage Debate 'Settled,' Uninterested in Overturning Supreme Court Decision. President-elect Donald J. Trump recently stated that he considers the debate over same-sex marriage resolved due to the United States Supreme Court's 2015 ruling legalizing it nationwide. In a Sunday [11/13/2016] interview with Lesley Stahl of CBS' "60 Minutes" program, Trump was asked about his views on the marriage definition debate. "It's irrelevant because it was already settled. It's law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it's done," stated Trump.
Video shows anti-Trump activists plotting to set off stink bombs, sprinklers at inaugural fetes. Anti-Trump protesters are plotting to derail an inaugural ball by setting off stink bombs and the sprinkler system to force the evacuation of celebrants, according to an undercover video released Monday [1/16/2017]. The D.C. Anti-Fascist Coalition, part of the anti-inauguration umbrella group #DisruptJ20, plans to "ruin" the DeploraBall, a sold-out black-tie gathering Thursday night at the National Press Building, according to the Project Veritas investigation.
More than 30 Democratic lawmakers now skipping Trump's inauguration. A growing group of Democratic lawmakers will boycott President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration Friday as a protest of Trump's worldview and his criticism of civil rights icon John Lewis, congressman of Georgia[.] There are now more than 40 House Democrats — 42, at last count — who have declared that they will not attend the inauguration on Capitol Hill this week. The number rose sharply after Trump tweeted Saturday that Lewis is "all talk, talk, talk" and should "finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities."
Not much legitimate about more Dems bashing Trump. Since Donald Trump's unexpected victory, Democrats have been trying to delegitimize his historic upset. U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who sent shock waves through the media echo chamber this weekend when he said in an NBC interview, "I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president. I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton." Former Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon went on CNN Friday [1/13/2017] to chime in as well.
A pattern of deeming Republican presidents 'illegitimate'. It's a free country, and the nineteen (and counting) members of Congress who are planning to boycott President-elect Trump's inauguration are certainly within their rights. So even is Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who said over the weekend that Trump's election (or his presidency) is "illegitimate." [...] But this is also part of a pattern. Lewis and Lee, along with some other Democratic lawmakers at the time, also boycotted to make a point when President George W. Bush was inaugurated in 2001. The Washington Post reported at the time that Lewis "thought it would be hypocritical to attend Bush's swearing-in because he doesn't believe Bush is the true elected president."
Inasmuch as Trump hasn't been sworn in yet, Mr. Lewis is correct.
I'll Pay Liberals To Fulfill Their Promises To Leave. As ministers go, Al [Sharpton] is unusual in that he has over $4 million in tax liens against him. It seems the offering plate he passes around at the White House stays pretty empty. Anyway, Al announced last year that if Donald Trump were elected, he would leave the country. But he's still here. I care about Al and want to help him with his travel plans. So I hereby offer to buy him a one-way ticket out of the country if he promises never to return.
What no one wants to tell the anti-Trump celebrities (but should). Whether you like it or not, Donald Trump will become the 45th President of The United States on Friday, January 20, 2017. That's as much a fact as the sky being the color blue and the grass being green. Similarly, you wouldn't argue that the Denver Broncos weren't the Super Bowl Champions or that the Chicago Cubs didn't win the World Series, and you can't argue that Donald Trump didn't win the election. Trump won and there's nothing you nor anyone else can do to change that. Asking people to sign a petition that urges congress to stand up to Donald Trump is childish and accomplishes absolutely nothing. Instead of trying to fight the inevitable, how about giving the guy a chance?
Restaurant Won't Add Trump to Its Mural That Depicts Every President Since Eisenhower. Mama Ayesha's in Washington D.C. has been serving Middle Eastern food in the Adams Morgan neighborhood since 1960. Over the last seven years, however, it's become known for something other than its food. In 2009, artist Karla "Karlisima" Rodas finished a mural that it took him two years to paint that depicts the restaurant's founder, "Mama" Ayesha Abraham with every U.S. President since Dwight Eisenhower. A quick location search on Instagram for the restaurant turns up more photos of the mural than of the food.
DC Private Schools Won't Take Kellyanne Conway's Kids. Kellyanne Conway is worried establishment elites in Washington, DC, are so prejudiced against President-elect Donald Trump that she won't be able to get her kids into private school in the nation's capital. [...] Conway, who was Trump's campaign manager, is moving to DC to be counselor to the president. Her husband, George, happens to be the lawyer who wrote the Supreme Court brief when Paula Jones sued Bill Clinton for sexual harassment.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir singer resigns, compares Trump to Hitler. From the pages of the Salt Lake Tribune comes word of a distraught Mormon Tabernacle Choir singer. Jan Chamberlin has resigned from the famed choir — rather than perform for Donald Trump's inauguration. "Since 'the announcement,' I have spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony," she wrote in her resignation letter to the choir.
'You cannot eat here': Hawaii café riles residents with ban on Trump voters. Honolulu's Café 8½ gets rave reviews on Yelp for its "Radiatore Verde" and "Italian stir fry," among other popular dishes at the eclectic mom-and-pop restaurant — but the response to its new 'policy' barring pro-Trump patrons has been decidedly more mixed. A bright yellow, handmade sign posted on the restaurant's front glass door declares: "If you voted for Trump you cannot eat here! No Nazis."
Skowhegan propane dealer with anti-Trump message is not licensed to sell fuel. A local propane dealer who said in a recent message that he won't sell to anyone who voted for President-elect Donald Trump has been delivering and dispensing gas without a state license for at least two years, state officials said this week. Michael Turner, who operates of Turner LP Gas Service on Canaan Road, left a message for would-be customers on his company's voice mail, saying "If you voted for Donald Trump for president, I will no longer be delivering your gas. Please find someone else." That message was left on a Friday, when the weather was bitterly cold. The message goes on to say that the cost of gas remains $110 a bottle, with payment due on delivery.
Oracle employee resigns after CEO sides with Trump. An Oracle employee has publicly announced his resignation via LinkedIn after learning that Safra Catz, CEO of the software firm, joined U.S President-elect Donald Trump's transition team. In a post addressed to Catz on Monday [12/19/2016], George A. Polisner, who managed Oracle's Cloud services, described how he refused to help Trump "in any way." Fierce opposition to Trump's retirement, social and economic policies led Polisner to resign from Oracle, which he referred to as "a once great company."
Why are Hollywood Libs such Poor Losers? [T]hese real-life "play actors" who get paid outrageous amounts for pretending to have skills they don't have appeared in a PSA calling themselves "Unite for America" — really. The PSA should be called "Sore Losers." With the sound turned off, it looks like a Medicaid ad, but turned up, it is a bunch of whiney liberal "play actors" urging the members of the Electoral College to ignore the law, centuries of fair play and tradition, and do what they say, because Hollywood actors know what's best for us rabble. What qualifies these people who have personal assistants, makeup artists, stand-ins, stunt men, plush motor homes, and their specific brand of chilled sparkling water and treats to even think for a second that they are qualified to comment on "real life" issues, much less subvert a longstanding election process?
Democratic women most likely to block 'friends' on social media over politics. A survey shows a significant number of Democratic women are reacting to Hillary Clinton's unexpected election loss by blocking, "unfollowing" and "unfriending" people on social media who express political opinions they don't like. Thirty percent of Democratic women reported cutting off online communication with someone for political reasons since the Nov. 8 election, according to a Public Religion Research Institute poll published Monday. They are more than twice as likely to blot out dissenting points of view from their social media timelines as Democratic men, who reported doing so at a 14 percent rate.
Hillary Supporter Admitted Himself To The Psych Ward On Election Night When He Realized She Was Losing. A Hillary Clinton supporter admitted himself to the psychiatric ward on election night because he realized she was going to lose to Donald Trump. Benjamin Ryan — considered a "Hillblazer" because he raised over $100,000 for the former Democratic nominee — detailed his suicidal nervous breakdown for the Huffington Post on Wednesday [11/30/2016]. He said he was "catatonic, plagued by involuntary jerking motions, speech patterns disjointed, weeping uncontrollably."
SPLC Has Perfected the Politicization of Hate Crimes. After Hillary Clinton lost the election, she, her staff, and her supporters were sent reeling. Many have yet to recuperate. In times past, such distraught persons would be attended to by priests, ministers, and rabbis, but today they have been replaced by grief counselors and puppies. Coloring books and playdough were given to soothe the anguish of law students at the University of Michigan, and therapists of every shade of grey were summoned to talk to the afflicted. Others rioted. They baited the police, beat up Trump supporters, destroyed property, and tied up traffic. Some were pros — veterans of Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter. Others were brats: affluent young men and women so bored with life that they spend most of their waking hours microanalyzing perceived microaggressions against them. For relief, they take to the streets, providing it is not raining or too chilly.
Obama: If only young people voted, 'Hillary would have gotten 500 electoral votes'. President Barack Obama told Rolling Stone in an interview the day after the election that was published Tuesday [11/29/2016] that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would've won if only young people voted. "If you look at the data from the election, if it were just young people who were voting, Hillary would have gotten 500 electoral votes," Obama said. "So we have helped, I think, shape a generation to think about being inclusive, being fair, caring about the environment." He said young Americans "will have growing influence year by year, which means that America over time will continue to get better."
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Gitmo Prisoners 'Thought It Was the End of the World' on Election Night, Asked for Tranquilizers. Prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba "thought it was the end of the world" the night of the presidential election and asked their guards for tranquilizers and sleeping pills, CBS correspondent Margaret Brennan reported Thursday. David Remes, the lawyer of one of the prisoners at Guantanamo, recounted to Brennan what his client told him about election night. "He said that many detainees thought that it was the end of the world and felt terrible and that many detainees asked for tranquilizers, sleeping pills because they were so distraught," Remes said.
Spice retailer says Republicans embraced racism by electing Trump. "The open embrace of racism by the Republican party in this election is now unleashing a wave of ugliness unseen in this country for decades," wrote Penzeys CEO Bill Penzey in an email to customers. "The American people are taking notice." [...] Penzeys operates dozens of retail outlets in 29 states — along with a popular mail order business. And many of their customers were outraged by the insinuation that people who voted for Trump are racist.
Trump and College Chaos. If one needed more evidence of the steep decay in academia, Donald Trump's victory provided it. Let's begin by examining the responses to his win, not only among our wet-behind-the-ears college students, many of whom act like kindergarteners, but also among college professors and administrators. The University of Michigan's distressed students were provided with Play-Doh and coloring books, as they sought comfort and distraction. A University of Michigan professor postponed an exam after many students complained about their "serious stress" over the election results. Cornell University held a campus-wide "cry-in," with officials handing out tissues and hot chocolate. One Cornell student said, "I'm looking into flights back to Bangladesh right now so I can remove myself before Trump repatriates me." The College Fix reported that "a dorm at the University of Pennsylvania ... hosted a post-election 'Breathing Space' for students stressed out by election results that included cuddling with cats and a puppy, coloring and crafting, and snacks such as tea and chocolate." The University of Kansas reminded its stressed-out students that therapy dogs, a regular campus feature, were available. An economics professor at Yale University made his midterm exam "optional" in response to "many heartfelt notes from students who are in shock over the election returns."
Tucker Carlson Confronts Business Owner Who Won't Do Business with Trump Supporters. Tucker Carlson tonight faced off with a business owner who publicly declared that he won't do business with Donald Trump supporters. Mathew Blanchfield, the CEO of 1st in SEO, wrote online, "If you are a Republican, voted for Donald Trump or support Donald Trump, in any manner, you are not welcome at 1st in SEO and we ask you to leave our firm." Carlson pressed him tonight on why he would say something like that. Blanchfield argued this is about the "moral principle" at hand and said he is not tolerant of bigotry or fascism. He went on to say he strongly believes Trump is a fascist and while he would allow a Trump supporter into his home, a lot of what Trump does alarms him.
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Democrat Goes Unhinged Over Trump On House Floor! I've seen a lot of bad reactions to Trump becoming President, but this is by far the worst. [...] Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) couldn't stand it that Donald Trump has won the Presidency, so he has reverted back to a third-grade style of expressing himself where he is slinging insults and stomping his feet.
Scott Baio Tells Liberal Celebrities to Pack Their Bags and Move to Canada. Scott Baio known for his role as Chachi Arcola in Happy Days has had enough. In a video posted to Facebook he said[,] "I promise you something," "if you want to watch the best television that's on television right now, watch MSNBC. You'll have a ball. It's amazing. The crying, the literal crying, the anger, the rage." [Video clip]
Protesters get a lesson in democracy. Have you noticed how many of the riff-raff can't wait to go in front of the TV cameras to announce in broken English that the reason they hate President-elect Trump is because they're illegal aliens. Then they hold up their signs saying "NOT MY PRESIDENT!" Well then, of course he's not your president. You're from Guatemala, or maybe Honduras. Last night, as a public service to the viewing public, Fox News Channel started running English-language subtitles under the anti-Trump sound bites. I'm serious.
Boss tells pro-Trump employees to resign. If you voted for Donald Trump, you may not feel welcomed at Grubhub. The CEO of Grubhub, an online food delivery service, sent a company wide email Wednesday suggesting employees who agree with President-elect Donald Trump's behaviors and his campaign rhetoric should resign. "If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here," wrote Matt Maloney, Co-Founder of Grubhub. "We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team."
Stars urge their fans to 'fight' after Trump win. Many stars criticized Donald Trump for suggesting he might not accept the election results. But now it's Hollywood who is having trouble accepting the results since the real estate mogul was elected president. Lady Gaga, for one, is pushing for her fans to sign a series of petitions that would hand the presidency over to Hillary Clinton.
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Celebrities Melt Down: Protests, weeping, snarling, and sadness as stars 'grieve' over Trump victory. [Actor James] Woods was one of a handful of celebrities in Donald Trump's camp all along. For much of the election, Hollywood's liberal elite stars took opportunities to bash him and to swear they'd leave the country if he were elected. Reaction now is ranging from anger to sadness.
Plot to impeach President Trump has already begun. It is just one day since Donald Trump was elected President - but thousands of furious liberals are already plotting ways to remove him from office. Within hours of the Republican's unexpected win over Hillary Clinton, people were calling for him to be impeached over claims of sexual abuse, fraud and racketeering. Online searches for 'How to impeach a president' surged hours after the result, with the question seeing a 4,850 per cent rise on Google.
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Anti-Trump protests erupt across the US. Thousands of people took to the streets Wednesday night [11/9/2016] to protest Donald Trump's election, chanting anti-Trump slogans and wreaking havoc in major cities, according to Fox News, despite Hilary Clinton's call for unity and affirmation that she accepted Donald Trump as her president. In Chicago, several thousand people marched in the streets, gathering outside Chicago's Trump Tower and chanting "Not my president!" Similar protests erupted in New York City, Philadelphia and Boston, with thousands more flooding the streets chanting anti-Trump slogans.
Hollywood Leftists, Stop Being Racist And Move To Cuba. A wide variety of entertainers (I use the term loosely) and other left-leaning Americans announced during the run-up to the election that they would leave the country if Donald Trump won the presidency. It has become something of a standard campaign ploy for the Democrats; they actually think they can shock voters into choosing their candidate by posing the question: "How can America survive without Alec Baldwin?" Of course this election the stakes were even higher. More famous people than ever banded together in their opposition of Donald Trump, promising to flee the Trump reign of terror. They screeched about it desperately to anyone who would listen. This is where things get complicated. You see, none of the lefties thought Trump had a chance [...] of winning.
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Beleaguered Small Businesses Set For Big Rebound Under Trump. Small businesses and entrepreneurs have had a rough time of it for these past eight years. New startups and entrepreneurial activity have pretty much been stagnant, weighed down by heavy regulation, high taxes and an economy that's just been stumbling along. But in recent weeks, there are signs of renewal that could mark a turnaround in the fortunes of small business.
Wealthy Obama Bundlers' Lives 'Upended' by Trump Move. A group of wealthy elites who bundled millions for Barack Obama's presidential campaigns are having their lives "upended" because their ambassadorships at plum posts will end when Obama leaves office. The New York Times reported that President-elect Donald Trump's transition staff has informed the State Department that politically appointed ambassadors must leave by Inauguration Day. The Times called it a "break with precedent" to remove political ambassadors, many of whom received their posts by fundraising for Barack Obama, on schedule by Jan. 20.
We Found 15 Celebs Who Threatened To Leave After Trump's Win — Guess Where They Are!. Dozens of celebrities threatened to leave the country if Donald Trump was elected president, but after his stunning upset on November 8, many of them rescinded their claims. Since his win, Miley Cyrus, Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer and all their cohorts have been spotted still residing in the United States.
American Optimism Over Economy Surging with Trump Presidential Win. A National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index revealed Thursday [12/15/2016] that "Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes" rose to its highest level since July 2005. This most recent index jumped seven points to 70. "This notable rise in builder sentiment is largely attributable to a post-election bounce, as builders are hopeful that President-elect Trump will follow through on his pledge to cut burdensome regulations that are harming small businesses and housing affordability," said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady.
The Case of the Leftie Who Actually Left. We're used to the dreary quadrennial spectacle of various lefties declaring they will leave the country if this or that conservative wins the White House (even the compassionate variety of conservative puts them off, as we saw in 2000). But, as we're also used to, the bums never do it. Never follow through. Never live up to their word. They continue to hang on in what they consider to be the hateful US of A because they can't be as privileged, as plain fat, dumb, and happy, anywhere else. They know it; we do too.
These 18 Celebrities Who Promised To Move If Trump Was Elected Can Get On That Now. Like clockwork, every four years, in addition to hearing about how it's "the most important election of our lifetimes," we learn that this-or-that comedian or starlet will move elsewhere if the Republican candidate wins. This year, of course, that angst reached Trumpian proportions. [...] Yet they never leave, do they?
Still waiting for the 19 celebrities who promised to leave America if Trump was elected to get out. So far as I know, not a single celebrity, even from the D-list, has left the United States, as promised, if Donald Trump were elected. Fair is fair: Lena Dunham alone must have motivated thousands of voters to choose Trump, in order to be rid of her. Let the Canadians deal with her. I am a hard liner on getting them out of the country. Every time one of these people appear in public, they should be asked why they are still inhabiting the United States. Have they decided that Donald Trump is not so bad? Or have they decided that nobody should ever pay attention to their promises and threats?
Democratic donors tell losing party they're not giving any more after it burned through their millions with nothing to show for it. Donors to the Democratic Party burnt out after last month's catastrophic electoral losses. Democrats lost the White House and failed to take enough seats in the House and Senate to constitute a majority, and their top donors have had enough. 'I may very well be done with political giving entirely,' John Morgan, a top Clinton fundraiser in Florida told The Hill. 'My message to anyone reading this is, "Don't call me, I'll call you."
Donors on Hillary Blowing The Election: We Basically Lit Our Money on Fire. Supporters of Hillary Clinton are still licking their wounds after her epic and unexpected loss to Republican Donald Trump. In the aftermath we've seen the civil war in the Democrat Party re-emerge. Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was challenged for her House minority leader position this week. The DNC is searching for a new leader after interim Chairman Donna Brazil was allegedly screamed at during a staff meeting for losing the election and helping to rig the primary against Bernie Sanders.
Tired Dem donors feel like their money got burned. Democratic donors stung by Hillary Clinton's upset loss in the presidential race feel like they just set their money on fire. The sore feelings are a huge problem for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which is trying to rebuild its image and reinvigorate a defeated party in time for challenging midterm elections in 2018. It's also a worry for top liberal activists as they prepare for war with President-elect Donald Trump and a GOP Congress that is hell-bent on rolling back President Obama's accomplishments.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is Democrats' nightmare. President-elect Trump's transition team knew that nominating Jeff Sessions for Attorney General would set off controversy. Democrats and their allies in the press have at key times in the past called Sessions a racist — they're now using the Alabama senator's full name, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, to heighten the Old South effect — and now, as they oppose Trump at nearly every turn, they've turned to race again. Here's why the effort to stop Sessions is likely to intensify as his confirmation hearings near. Sessions is the Senate's highest-profile, most determined, and most knowledgeable opponent of comprehensive immigration reform. Democrats are particularly anxious about immigration because of the unusually tenuous nature of President Obama's policies on the issue.
More Winning — Univision Lays Off 200 As Profits Collapse. President-Elect Donald Trump did not start the credibility decline of main stream media, he simply greased the rails to speed up their irrelevance.
EPA, DOE Workers Post-Trump Election: 'Employees Were in Tears,' 'Downright Panic'. People who work at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy are having a hard time coping with the election of Donald Trump as president, with many reporting depression and some being advised to take sick leave, according to an article published Friday [11/11/2016] by Environment and Energy Publishing (E&E). "U.S. EPA employees were in tears," the article stated. "Worried Energy Department staffers were offered counseling. "Some federal employees were so depressed, they took time off," it stated. "Others might retire early. "And some employees are in downright panic mode in the aftermath of Donald Trump's victory," the article said.
Hillary Clinton will never be president. In the biggest electoral upset of living memory, unlikely Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump will be elected president of the United States, defeating his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. AP, Politico, and Fox News have called the race. With victories in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and even Pennsylvania, Trump won the key swing states to pull off the victory over the favored Clinton. His Rust Belt victories in the Midwest pierced the Democratic firewall many thought would elevate Clinton to the presidency.
Celebs who said they'd leave country if Trump won. Dozens of celebrities vowed to leave the country if Donald Trump won the White House, saying they'd flee to everywhere from Canada to Jupiter. The threat is a common one after any election outcome: Canada's immigration website crashed from heavy traffic as it looked increasingly likely that Trump would win. But after the real estate mogul clinched the presidency in a stunning victory early Wednesday morning, some of those stars will face questions about making good on their promise.
Still Waiting On Amy Schumer, Rosie O'donnell, Spike Lee to Leave the Country After Trump Win. At least twenty three so called "celebrities" promised to leave this country if Donald Trump won on Tuesday, which he did. Here's a list of who promised to leave.
Celebrity Meltdown!. One of the most gratifying aspects of this post-election morning is witnessing the (predictable) celebrity-meltdown in action. Those in the entertainment industry who vowed to leave the country should Donald Trump be elected president include: Cher (who vowed to move to Jupiter), Samuel L. Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Amy Schumer, Jon Stewart and the entire cast of The View, to name but a few.
Mexico's Slim clobbered as richest lose $41 billion on Trump victory. Mexico's wealthiest person lost $5.1 billion in the wake of Donald Trump's stunning upset over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Carlos Slim, who is fifth-richest in the world, shed 9.2 percent of his fortune after the peso dove as much as 12 percent on the news.
Photos: L.A. street artist 'moving sale' posters for anti-Trump celebrities. Los Angeles street artist Sabo didn't waste any time celebrating Donald Trump's victory on Tuesday night. He took to the streets to post parody Sotheby's ads for celebrity "Election Day Sales" overnight. Several leftist entertainers have vowed to move out of the country if Trump won the presidency, and Sabo is doing his part to help them keep their word.
7 celebrities who said they will leave the US if Trump is elected. On Thursday pop superstar Will.i.am announced in an interview with CNBC that if Republican nominee Donald Trump wins the election, he plans to move to London. And he is not the first celebrity to come forward with this claim. Here are 7 other celebrities who've announced they would be so bothered with President Trump that they would leave America. Trump supporters are likely willing to help them pack.
Mrs. George Stephanopoulos: We Will Move to Australia If Trump Wins. The wife of ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos declared that if Donald Trump wins, the couple is moving to Australia. That's according to the Hollywood Reporter in a piece from Tuesday [11/1/2016] on how celebrities will react to the election. Ali Wentworth is an actress, notable for appearing on Seinfeld and marrying Stephanopoulos. She declared, "If Trump wins, we'll start looking at real estate in Sydney, Australia. No crime, no guns." The ABC anchor, it should be reminded, worked for Bill Clinton and secretly donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
George Stephanopoulos's Wife: We're Leaving America if Trump Wins. The wife of prominent ABC news anchor George Stephanopoulos, Ali Wentworth, has claimed the couple will leave the country should Donald Trump become president of the United States. Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Wentworth said that "If Trump wins, we'll start looking at real estate in Sydney, Australia. No crime, no guns."
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A Democrat's Guide to Moving to Canada. If you were one of the registered living or deceased Democratic voters who made a pledge that if Trump wins, you would be heading north of the border to escape the horrendous possibility of fewer taxes, less government intervention, and fewer handouts, this guide's for you. A few tips before you head north. First, if you do keep your promise, bundle up; 22 below zero isn't uncommon in some cities, but the frostbite scars and missing appendages will make you a living testament to your integrity and show all those people in the lower 57 states you are a person of conviction. Summer isn't that hot, although highs of 113 degrees have been recorded, but the intense humidity helps you sweat and keeps you more comfortable. Also, watch out for the state bird: it is actually a mosquito. Once you have crossed the highly secure border — if your paperwork is in order — great things await you. If you are polygamous, each one of your wives can get welfare, too.
Defeat likely spells the end of Clinton Dynasty. Hillary Clinton's second defeat in her quest for the White House — capped by a humbling concession speech Wednesday — may be the farewell for a family that has been Democrat royalty for nearly three decades. The comeback kid, now 69 years old, is unlikely to get off the mat following her knock-down, drag-out battle with Donald Trump, Democratic strategists told The [New York] Post. "Over," a party insider said of Bill and Hillary Clinton, who between them have held public office for nearly 30 years. "No one wants to see anyone named Clinton ever again."
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Sorry America, we're not leaving! It is the first broken promise of the incoming Trump administration — and he didn't even make it. Celebrities who had said they would quit America if he won have abandoned their promises before President-elect Donald Trump is even inaugurated. Some dismissed what they pledged as a 'joke' and others simply went to ground when asked by DailyMail.com when they were packing up and heading to Canada or other countries.
Amy Schumer will stay in the US despite promise to leave if Trump wins election. Amy Schumer said she was just joking when she said she'd leave the country if Donald Trump was elected president. Schumer, a distant cousin of Senator Chuck Schumer, told BBC Newsnight in September she would move to Spain should Trump win. "My act will change because I will need to learn to speak Spanish because I will move to Spain or somewhere," she said. "It's beyond my comprehension if Trump won. It's too crazy." However, Tuesday morning [11/8/2016] she took to Instagram to inform fans she was staying in America.
Celebrity Meltdowns. What are all these celebrities still doing here? Didn't they promise us they were gone if Trump won? So many of them said they were heading to Canada, street artist Sabo created a fake real estate company to help them move. Now that it's time to make good on their promise they're strangely silent. Amy Schumer has been the only one to comment and she says she was "just joking."
Celebrities, Have the Grace to Fulfill Your Promises. Before any election, some celebrities threaten to leave the country if a Republican is elected. Barbara Streisand, Whoopi and Cher are perennials, but they always weasel out. Cher threatened to move to Jupiter — more dramatic, but easier to gainsay. Miley Cyrus, whose fame results from being the example usually cited when someone speaks of the decay of society and examples of bad taste and no manners. Samuel L. Jackson is famous for being in every movie ever made. Other than that, there were some comedians I've never heard of, actors in dramas I have never seen. All are welcome to depart, they will not be missed, and if they would refrain from giving their political opinions publicly, it would be deeply appreciated. We really don't care what you think.
Al Sharpton: I Was Just Kidding About Leaving The Country If Donald Trump Won. Al Sharpton said he was just kidding when he said he was leaving the country if Donald Trump became president. Just days after the Republican nominee was declared the winner, the civil rights activist said comments he made previously like that "he was reserving his ticket to get out of here if he wins" was "all in jest."
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Brace Yourselves: America is Losing 10 Celebrities. Not for the first time, many distinguished actors, performers, and otherwise notable figures promised they would do the unthinkable if the wrong candidate got elected: they'd remove themselves from America and move to Mexico. Check that, I guess it's Canada. Anyway, it's an unusual threat if for no other reason than it's palpably narcissistic. The implication, of course, is that if Americans are not careful, they'll lose the inestimable talents of these celebrities, some of whom actually have talent.
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Good News: Streisand Says If Trump Wins, She'll Move to Australia. Thanks, Babs, for reason #499 to vote for Donald Trump. And Bon Voyage!
Streisand: I'll Leave The Country If Trump Wins. Acclaimed singer Barbra Streisand is joining the list of disgruntled celebrities threatening to leave America if Donald Trump is elected president. She made the comments during an interview with Sydney-based journalist Michael Usher during an Australian news program broadcast on Sunday.
Barbra Streisand claims she will relocate to Australia if Donald Trump beats Hillary Clinton in US election. Barbra Streisand revealed during an Australian TV interview that she will move Down Under if Donald Trump is elected President of the United States in November. The 74-year-old actress, a lifelong Democrat who endorses Hilary Clinton in the US election, made the admission during an interview with 60 Minutes. Barbra told Sydney-based journalist Michael Usher on Sunday she would consider relocating to Australia or Canada in the event of a Trump presidency.
And the award for the worst election loser goes to ... every deluded millionaire celebrity who can't deal with the fact that America couldn't care less what they think. [Scroll down] My favourite was Chelsea Handler, who broke down and wept on live television in abject misery at the result. One of the reasons for this despair may have been her pre-election pledge on Live with Kelly and Michael to go and live in Spain if Trump won. 'So all of these people that threaten to leave the country and then don't....' she clarified, emphatically, '...I WILL leave the country.' No wriggle room for any ambiguous doubt there, right Chelsea? Well, unless you're all mouth and no Hillary pantsuit, which is precisely what you turned out to be.
Lena Dunham won't move to Canada despite Trump win, blasts those calling on her to keep word. Add Lena Dunham to the list of anti-Trump celebrities who won't be moving to Canada after all. Miss Dunham, star of the HBO comedy series "Girls," took to Instagram to slam those calling for her to make good on her promise to leave the country if Republican Donald Trump won the presidency.
Irony: Liberals can't move to Canada because of their tough immigration laws. Every presidential election, liberals threaten to move to Canada if their candidate doesn't end up in the Oval Office. This year's election was no different with liberal celebrities like Raven-Symoné, Lena Dunham, and Bryan Cranston threatening to head to the Great White North if Hillary Clinton didn't take the presidency, or, rather, if Trump did. Many liberal millennials made the same claim and a surge in traffic actually knocked Canada's immigration website offline after Trump was declared the winner. There's just one problem with their plan: Canada probably doesn't want them.
That makes one: Hollywood's George Lopez insists he really will leave the country due to Trump. It looks like comedian George Lopez may go where no other anti-Trump celebrity has gone by actually leaving the United States. Unlike stars like Miley Cyrus, Lena Dunham, Chelsea Handler and Amy Schumer, who have since reneged on their vows to exit the country if Republican Donald Trump were elected, Mr. Lopez is doubling down, indicating he's in the process of buying a home elsewhere.
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No It's Not Cool To Be 70 Going On 14. It's really rich to hear Democrats rail on about Trump's indefensible womanizing talk (and actions). But they have a point. If the Republican Party is aligned with Godliness, what have we done nominating this clown as the paragon of family values and virtue? They could just say "you guys are stupid" and be right.
This Is No Way To Elect A President. Trump isn't stupid. He personally may be a pig, but he's a smart man. He's just shown himself to be stubborn when it comes to taking advice, undisciplined when it comes to messaging and unprepared (and either oblivious or delusional) for the level of scrutiny he'd face when it comes to running against a Democrat.
The Biggest Blunder of the 2016 Campaign. [T]he members of the Republican National Committee had to know that the primary aspect of the Democrat' game plan was to crucify Trump with women. Certainly Trump had to know, as a forty-year tabloid headliner, a 15-year reality TV star, books and interviews in which he boasted about his female conquests, and his own upbringing in a world of male chauvinism that hours of tapes and videos existed that would be used against him.
The coming Trump vs. Clinton sex scandal showdown. Consider Trump's reaction to reports on his lewd hot mic moment. "This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close," he said in a statement. "I apologize if anyone was offended."
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The Sun Is Setting on America as Founded. The Party's current standard bearer, Donald Trump, has proposed further expansion and maintenance of the current central government as he has declared his support for 1) expanded government paid maternity leave and child care, 2) mandatory increases in the minimum wage, 3) punitive tariffs on imported goods, 4) retaliatory steps against business who relocate overseas, 5) taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, 6) leaving Social Security, medicare and all welfare programs in place with no reforms although all are heading for insolvency, 7) doubling the infrastructure spending as proposed by Hillary Clinton, 8) unilaterally abrogating treaties and agreements, 8[$frac12;]) the continued unfettered use of executive orders as he sees fit, and 9) limitations on free speech and changes to libel laws. The Republican Party, regardless of whether Trump wins or loses, appears irreversibly committed to cementing its status as the socialist-lite party versus the Democratic Party's staunch socialist status. There is little difference between them.
Trump Has Not Read The Constitution, Or The Bible. In Trump's America, nobody gets the benefit of the doubt, except Trump. And that's why I (like many others more important than myself) am willing to suffer losing some friendships or professional hardship to expose him as the shallow, small, corrupt man he is.
Never Trump, Now More Than Ever. [Scroll down] Ideas matter, and supporting Trump means advancing ideas I find not just wrong, but destructive. I've defended the unborn my entire career; he praises Planned Parenthood. I believe that marriage is a sacred covenant between husband and wife; he's a serial adulterer. I believe America should lead the world in defense not just of its territorial integrity but also of civilization itself; he would retreat into glorified isolationism. I believe that free trade has made America more prosperous and enriched the lives of its citizens; he threatens to start ruinous economic conflicts.
Trump's final humiliation of the GOP. When the news hit on Tuesday that the Trump campaign has washed its hands of fund-raising efforts two weeks before the election, the humiliation of the traditional Republican Party at the hands of Donald Trump was all but complete. His refusal to help fill party coffers just as the last push for voters commences — which is an expensive process and requires cash on hand — is the perfect capper to 16 months in which Trump has gleefully terrorized weak-kneed Republican officials, forced them to comply with his wishes and then screwed them.
10 Signs That An All-Out Attempt Is Being Made To Sabotage The Trump Campaign. We always knew that politics in America is a dirty game, and that the Clintons are the dirtiest players in the game. And we always knew that the mainstream media was going to be in Clinton's corner, although it has been a shock to what degree they have completely abandoned any pretense of objectivity during this election cycle. So it was always going to be an uphill battle for Donald Trump, but what he didn't anticipate was blatant and widespread sabotage of his campaign from within his own party. In recent days it has become clear that the worst sabotage to the Trump campaign is being done by people that are supposed to be on his side. It is being called "the Republican civil war," and I don't think that is overstating the case at all.
The GOP civil war is finally here. And Trump is winning. With the release of the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape and Donald Trump's subsequent drop in the polls, many already reluctant Republicans are now running for cover from him and his campaign. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain are the most prominent among them, and Trump has responded by calling them out individually on his Twitter feed. The GOP civil war so close to erupting so many times during the course of the Trump campaign is finally here. All because of a new drop in the polls that may or may not last very long. There may be no winners in the end of this intramural battle, but the only one who can win is Trump. And that's why Trump should not just continue to play up this growing rift with the establishment, he should play it up as much as possible.
Shedding Light On Years Of Terrible Blindness Among Conservatives. Republicans [...] face a boatload of challenges and divisions that arose with the nomination of Donald Trump as the GOP presidential nominee. Trump secured the nomination by being the outsider candidate who would take on the "establishment" and the political "ruling class" in Washington DC. There is considerable irony in the fact that 14 million primary voters believed a Manhattan-based real estate billionaire who aligned himself with Democratic policies and politicians for three decades is the ideal person to fight the "ruling class," but it is where the GOP found itself. Trump's nomination has created deep divisions within the party that may never be healed.
Trump's Curious Habit of Denigrating Fellow Republicans. Donald Trump, who last week accepted the presidential nomination of the Republican party, suggested in an interview Tuesday with Bill O'Reilly that Republicans don't like to help people. Trump made the claim during a discussion of the minimum wage, in which he said he'd both maintain the minimum wage and would raise it to $10 per hour.
Donald Trump Is Crazy, and So Is the GOP for Embracing Him. Both Cruz and his father have vehemently — and repeatedly — denied any suggestion that the man in the photograph is the elder Cruz or that he was an associate of Oswald, contrary to Trump's claim. That hasn't stopped Trump's innuendo. In May, when he first raised questions about the elder Cruz, Trump said: "What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the shooting?" The Kennedy assassination is one of the most heavily investigated events in the past century. Cruz's father was not implicated. There is no evidence to support claims that he was ever in the presence of Lee Harvey Oswald or had a role in the Kennedy assassination. And scholars who have studied those events have said without qualification that Cruz wasn't involved. But Trump peddles his nonsense anyway.
Trump doubles down on anti-Cruz JFK assassination slander. Sen. Ted Cruz was roundly condemned for not endorsing Trump in his convention speech. But if it is true that the Texas firebrand doomed his political future, then Trump would have been wise to heed the advice of the Chinese military leader Sun Tzu, who said never to disturb your enemy when he is destroying himself. Instead, Trump proved to be a sore winner and showed why Ted Cruz was right in withholding his endorsement. There are few among us who, if someone slandered their fathers in a similar way, would not simply deck the miscreant. Methinks Trump protested his innocence too much even as he defamed his opponent's father.
Carrier Announces Deal With Trump To Keep 1,000 Jobs In Indiana. The bigger story here is that: A.) A U.S. President-Elect actually cares about blue collar jobs, and B.) United Technologies, ie. Carrier's parent company, recognizes their best interests are now to focus on "America First".
Trump to reveal deal to keep nearly 1,000 Carrier jobs in Indiana. Carrier had planned to move production from a key factory in that state to Mexico, taking with it the roughly 1,400 jobs of those who work at the Indiana plant. But shortly after CNBC revealed that Donald Trump was expected to travel to Indiana on Thursday to announce that a deal had been reached, Carrier itself confirmed the agreement.
Trump Cuts Another Deal to Keep Jobs in America. Earlier this month, Ford Chairman Bill Ford notified Trump that Lincoln scrapped a plan to move production of the MKC crossover south of the border, a decision that Ford acknowledged was influenced by the Republican's victory on Election Day. On Tuesday evening, another target of criticism during Trump's run to the White House announced that an Indianapolis factory will remain open for business. Carrier, maker of air conditioners and commercial refrigeration products, revealed on Twitter that it "reached a deal" with Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence to "keep close to 1,000 jobs" in Indiana.
Flashback June 2016: Obama Says Trump's Plan To Keep Carrier In U.S. Is Unrealistic. At a town hall event hosted by PBS in June 2016, President Obama said it was unrealistic to try to neogtiate with companies to keep jobs in the U.S. Obama was responding to a question from an empoyee of Carrier Air Conditioners, who had announced months earlier that they were closing a factory in the U.S. and moving to Mexico. Six months later, President-elect Donald Trump announced a deal with Carrier's parent company to keep the factory open.
Judge Dismisses Cheri Jacobus "Dummy" Lawsuit Against Trump. In a decision made public Tuesday [1/10/2017], a New York judge dismissed a lawsuit filed last year against the Republican president-elect by a political strategist who said her reputation was trashed when he called her a "dummy" on Twitter.
Anti-Trump Derangement in Los Angeles Schools. As Inauguration Day nears, "Post-Traumatic Trump Disorder" is ubiquitous. Many of the president-elect's supporters "suffer" from excessive jubilance, bordering on ecstasy, while many of his detractors are wallowing in angst, panic, and rage, and the latter, PTTD group is making life miserable for children across the country. Los Angeles may be ground zero for the disorder. The United Teachers of Los Angeles — or, more aptly, the United Trump-Loathers Association — led by its radical, agenda-driven president, Alex Caputo-Pearl, is planning a major demonstration before school on January 19, the day before the new president is sworn in. The demonstrators are being instructed to launch a tweetstorm to Trump (#schooltrump) and hold symbolic shields at school sites, to show that "educators are united with our students and our communities against Trump's racially charged and anti-immigrant proposals and that we will continue to fight attempts to privatize public education."
Why Trump is spot-on about the Russians and the election. President-elect Donald Trump has recently questioned President Barack Obama's finger pointing at the Russians for election-related cyberattacks; and the current media and pundit frenzy alleging a Russian cyber-strike targeting Secretary Hillary Clinton in order to assure a Trump presidency. President-elect Trump plans to press U.S. intelligence agencies to defend their conclusions, stating, "I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don't know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation." Having worked since 1995 as a first-responder to cyber-attacks, including serving 11 years as Chief of the SEC's Office of Internet Enforcement, I whole-heartedly agree with President-elect Trump. His skepticism is not only appropriate and warranted — it's spot-on.
Hayden: Intelligence report a 'brick short of a load'. Michael Hayden, a former head of the CIA and National Security Agency, said Saturday that the newly-released intelligence report describing Russia's efforts to undermine the US election was "a brick short of a load." The report, released Friday [1/6/2017], outlines how Russian President Vladimir Putin aimed to hurt Hillary Clinton and help President-elect Donald Trump by using by "an influence campaign" which included hacking Democratic groups and figures.
Ford cancels Mexico plant. Will create 700 U.S. jobs in 'vote of confidence' in Trump. Ford is canceling plans to build a new plant in Mexico. It will invest $700 million in Michigan instead, creating 700 new U.S. jobs. Ford CEO Mark Fields said the investment is a "vote of confidence" in the pro-business environment being created by Donald Trump. However, he stressed Ford did not do any sort of special deal with the president-elect. "We didn't cut a deal with Trump. We did it for our business," Fields told CNN's Poppy Harlow in an exclusive interview Tuesday [1/3/2017].
Eichenwald: My Trump Mental Hospital Accusation Was A Joke And A "Signal" To A Source To Contact Me. In his interview with George Stephanopoulos this morning [12/20/2016] [Newsweek senior writer Kurt] Eichenwald said his accusation that Trump was in a mental hospital was really a way to respond, in a joking matter, to FOX News Channel's coverage of Hillary Clinton's health. Clinton was the 2016 Democratic nominee for president. However, he did say there was a "reporting purpose for that tweet going out." Eichenwald also said his joke, made on national cable news, was a "signal" to a source to contact him.
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Trump Is Already Ditching His Movement. Beyond Capitol Hill, Trump has stocked his staff and his cabinet with establishment fixtures and billionaires. His chief of staff is Reince Priebus, the former head of the RNC. His cabinet nominees include long-serving generals, the longest-serving governor in the history of Texas, the CEO of ExxonMobil, and a former Goldman Sachs partner. Sure, he has a sprinkling of insurgents in the ranks, but his early supporters — insiders in outsiders' clothing, such as Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giuliani, and Chris Christie — are notable mainly for their absence. Not one has yet earned a significant place by his side. They hitched a ride on the Trump Train and were ushered off before the last stop. If Trump didn't "burn it down," he sure didn't "drain the swamp." In fact, just today Gingrich, interviewed by NPR, said, "I'm told he now just disclaims that. He now says it was cute, but he doesn't want to use it anymore." Well, how could he? Government by Goldman Sachs and ExxonMobil is government by the swamp, of the swamp, and for the swamp. This isn't a revolution, it's a thoroughly conventional changing of the guard.
The NeverTrump crowd is still a nuisance, and still wrong. On issue after issue, for the last 20 years or so, the bipartisan Establishment has delivered policies that were not moderate, or even safe. No rallying around the White House, or lectures about unity, for [Peter] Wehner. Instead, in a column in The New York Times, he continues his attacks on the president-elect while celebrating what he calls the "ancient virtue" of moderation. He fears that moderation is "out of step with the times, which are characterized by populist anger and widespread anxiety." He's right about the anger and anxiety. But, as usual, he's wrong in his diagnosis. The voters didn't turn on the Clinton/Bush Establishment because it was too moderate — instead, they turned on it because it was too radical.
Obama warns Trump not to overuse executive orders. With about one month to go before he leaves office, President Barack Obama gave some exit interview-type advice to his successor Donald Trump: Don't rely too heavily on executive orders. In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep on Thursday [12/15/2016] that aired in its entirety Monday on Morning Edition, Obama said it's preferable to work with Congress.
Psychiatric Professors Wonder If Trump Is Mentally Ill, Call For Neuropsychiatric Evaluation. Judith Herman, M.D. is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Nanette Gartrell, M.D., was once at Harvard Medical School, too, in an assistant professor of psychiatry role. Dee Mosbacher, M.D., Ph.D., on the other hand (read: coast), was an assistant clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco. What do they have in common? Well, these high-ranking professors in the psychiatric field have all banded together to write a letter to President Barack Obama about their concerns that President-elect Donald Trump might have a mental illness that should preclude him from the office.
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Obama warns Trump on briefings: 'It doesn't matter how smart you are'. President Obama urged President-elect Trump on Monday night to take as many security briefings as he can, no matter how smart he is. On Sunday [12/11/2016], Trump dismissed criticism that he gets intelligence briefings only once a week, and said he only needs to be briefed when the situation changes. "I'm, like, a smart person," he said. "I don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years."
Suddenly Obama cares about Intel Briefings. Am I to understand that the President who avoided intel briefings at an alarming rate for eight years suddenly cares about intel briefings? [...] In case you've forgotten, let me remind you. The Government Accountability Institute reported back in September 2014 that Barack Obama attended only 42.09% of his daily briefings since the day he was inaugurated. The GAI also pointed out that in 2014 alone, Obama missed 62.5% of his Presidential Daily Briefings.
Donald Trump sold all stockholdings in June, spokesman says. A spokesman for Donald Trump said the president-elect sold all of his stockholdings in June, which could help him avoid potential conflicts of interest. The announcement comes after Trump on Tuesday morning said he wants to cancel the government's order for the development of a new Air Force One, citing a $4 billion cost.
Trump sells his stake in Dakota Access Pipeline developer. Donald Trump has sold his entire stake in Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company overseeing construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, a Trump spokeswoman told NBC News. Trump's shares of the company created a possible conflict of interest for the president-elect, as his administration may determine the project's fate amid ongoing protests from Native Americans and climate activists. Trump has supported the 1,172-mile pipeline and broader efforts to produce more fossil fuels in the United States.
'Panic in Progressive Park' — What If Trump Is Actually Good? Reason for the panic — the dawning realization, repressed and often unrecognized though it may be, that Donald Trump may even a be a good president, possibly a great one. Then what? If anything could cause panic among liberals, progressives, and the media (apologies for the redundancy), that's it.
The latest parlour game — what will Trump do with his business? In the 19th century, "parlour games" (yes, that's how it was spelled) were a popular way for gentlemen and ladies of leisure to amuse themselves. The games often involved suspense, intrigue and a healthy dose of conjecture. And so it remains today among the Washington elite as they speculate on what President-elect Donald Trump will do on December 15 when he reveals how he intends to avoid conflicts of interest by "leaving my great business."
Where are Trump Foundation Funds Actually Going? A new 2015 IRS filing calls into question just how charitable the Donald J. Trump Foundation really is. The forms, posted late Monday [11/21/2016] on nonprofit tracking site GuideStar and first discovered by the Washington Post, reveal the foundation has admitted to violating the legal ban on "self-dealing," meaning the charity's funds were improperly used by an insider, their friends or family members. Representatives for the foundation checked "yes" on the section of the form asking whether assets had been transferred "to a disqualified person" in 2015 and in previous years. In the case of the Trump Foundation, a disqualified person could include Trump himself, people close to him or even his businesses.
Experts: Trump's Conflict-of-Interest With His D.C. Hotel Raises Impeachment Concerns. Steven Schooner, a law professor at George Washington University, raised serious legal concerns about Donald Trump and his ongoing interest in Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C., especially after a report in The Washington Post that said foreign diplomats felt pressure to stay there. He's not the only legal expert to raise constitutional questions. "Why wouldn't I stay at his hotel blocks from the White House, so I can tell the new president, 'I love your new hotel!' Isn't it rude to come to his city and say, 'I am staying at your competitor?"one Asian diplomat told The Post. During an appearance on MSNBC Monday morning, Schooner not only raised issues about the ethics of the situation, but also said that Trump could have an "impeachment issue because you have foreign states basically paying money to the Trump Organization by using their hotels."
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