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05/12/2017 – Trump’s warning to Comey deepens White House crisis:  President Trump added fuel to the fire engulfing his White House on Friday by warning now-fired FBI Director James Comey not to reveal anything about their conversations.   In an early-morning tweetstorm Friday, Trump suggested there might be recordings of his conversations with Comey that could be used to undercut anything the former director might tell the public.   “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump tweeted.   The stunning pronouncement gave more ammunition to critics who say Trump fired Comey to thwart his bureau’s investigation into whether Trump associates colluded with Russia in the 2016 election.


05/12/2017 – Trump threatens to cancel press briefings after spokeswoman Sarah Sanders gives inaccurate information:  President Trump on Friday threatened to cancel press briefings and release all information from the White House in written releases after excusing a spokeswoman for giving inaccurate information during a Wednesday briefing.  “As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!” Trump tweeted, justifying White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders’ inaccurate statements in a press briefing Wednesday as being the result of his fast-moving presidency.  “Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future ‘press briefings’ and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???”


05/12/017 – -White House refuses to say whether Trump taped Comey talks:   The White House on Friday refused to say whether President Trump recorded his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.   “I’ve talked to the president. The president has nothing further to add on that,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.   Spicer was pressed three times to reveal whether the president taped the conversation but repeated his answer.   The spokesman denied that Trump was trying to warn Comey to stay silent about the circumstances surrounding his firing.   “That’s not a threat. He simply stated a fact. The tweet speaks for itself,” Spicer said.


Spicer said he is “not aware” of any recording that exists of the conversations between Trump and Comey. Spicer also declined to comment when asked whether Trump is recording any conversations in the Oval Office. 
05/03/2017 – Was Trump Right? NSA Sought to ‘Unmask’ 1,934 Americans in Intelligence Reports:  Government officials requested to know the identities of more than 1,900 Americans whose information was swept up in National Security Agency surveillance programs last year, according to an intelligence report issued Tuesday.  The identities of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents were found in 3,914 intelligence reports the NSA distributed last year, the report said. The annual report comes just weeks after President Donald Trump accused former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser of possibly committing a crime when she asked government analysts to disclose the names of Trump associates documented in intelligence reports.   Most names in such intelligence reports are masked to protect privacy, but last year government officials requested that 1,934 identities — not initially revealed in the NSA reports — be unmasked in order to understand the intelligence being conveyed.
05/03/2017 – THE MEMO: Trump seeks to wipe away the Obama brand:  President Trump is going in with all guns blazing in an effort to eradicate Barack Obama’s legacy. The push encompasses everything from the attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to unwinding smaller initiatives that are primarily identified with former first lady Michelle Obama.  On Monday, the Trump administration targeted two of the former first lady’s signature programs.  Sonny Perdue, the former Georgia governor who is now Agriculture secretary, announced he would relax some of the rules that had been placed around federally funded school lunch programs.
04/262017 -Trump to let Pentagon set troop levels in ISIS fight: report:  President Trump is delegating a major responsibility to Defense Secretary James Mattis.  Buzzfeed reported Wednesday that Trump has authorized Mattis to set the Force Management Level (FML) in Iraq and Syria, allowing him to decide the maximum number of troops to be deployed to the conflict zone.That means the Pentagon now has direct control over the process that previous military leaders said hampered their ability to deploy troops during a war. One defense official supporting the move said it would give “more flexibility” to U.S. commanders in the fight against the Islamic Stat in Iraq and Syria. But critics worry the move will make it harder for transparency advocates to determine how the Trump administration decides to deploy the armed forces.
04/26/2017 – Top commander in Pacific: US needs to strengthen missile defense: The top U.S. military commander in the Pacific told lawmakers on Wednesday that the country needs to do more to bolster its missile defense systems amid heightened concerns over North Korea’s rapidly advancing weapon program.  “I believe that across the range of integrated air missile defense – IAMD – that we can and need to do more,” Adm. Harry Harris, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said at a House Armed Services Committee hearing.   Harris said the U.S. could improve on the number of radar and interceptors — defense systems designed to take out incoming missiles — particularly in Hawaii. The U.S. currently has interceptors in California and Alaska.
04/24/2017 – Sessions: Dems will pass anything ‘as long as it doesn’t work’:  Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that Democrats will be to blame if the government shuts down at the end of the week.  If funding for a wall on the southern border is included in the bill and Democrats block it, Sessions said they should get the blame.   “It will be the Democrats who shut this government down to block the funding of the wall. That’s what the question is. Are they going to shut the government down?” he said in an interview on “Fox & Friends.”  He also accused the minority party of not being interested in solving the nation’s problems.
04/24/2017 – Trump to Set New Executive Orders on Environment, Energy This Week”:President Donald Trump this week will sign new executive orders before he completes his first 100 days in office, including two on energy and the environment, which would make it easier for the United States to develop energy on and offshore, a White House official said on Sunday.”This builds on previous executive actions that have cleared the way for job-creating pipelines, innovations in energy production, and reduced unnecessary burden on energy producers,” the official said on condition of anonymity.
04/19/2017 –  To mark the 105 anniversary of the birth of regime founder Kim Il Sung. The regime showed off several new missile designs. Halfway through the two-and-a-half hour military parade that took place in Pyongyang on Saturday, North Korea showed off its next-generation military hardware. One commentator said “This is the first time North Korea has ever displayed such a range of their missile arsenal. We can see from today that North Korea’s missile technology has advanced far more than we had previously thought.”  This is North Korea, so the fact that a “missile” is on display does not necessarily mean they are operational, or even that that they are in development. One observer suggested “I’m also sure that the missiles are not ready yet, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that North Korea is now developing ICBM’s. It might take a little more time than they want to, but there is no show of just models to deceive anyone.” But this is silly. During the 1960s, the Soviets were quite fond a dragging their rockets [aka “Rattling Their Rockets”] through Red Square. It turned out that possibly half of the displayed rockets were not what the West believed them to be. Frequently, the Soviets displayed prototypes that had lost competitions, while hiding the winning design that had entered production.
04/19/2017 – Chaffetz won’t run for reelection:  Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) will not seek reelection in 2018, he announced in a Facebook post Wednesday morning.  “After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018,” the House Oversight Committee chairman said.
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04/19/2017 – National security issues multiply for Trump:  National security issues have multiplied for President Trump in recent weeks, with complex conflicts and problems abroad competing for his attention.  Trump’s strike against a Syrian airfield prompted questions about his long-term strategy in the region. But those questions were usurped a week later when the military dropped the “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan, giving new attention to America’s longest war. Days later, attention shifted to North Korea, with fears mounting that the country could conduct its sixth nuclear test.  The confluence of hot spots around the globe is testing Trump as he nears the 100-day mark of his presidency.
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04/08/2017 – Battle over sanctuary cities escalating   Immigration hardliners are threatening to hold potentially billions of dollars in state grants hostage as they seek to compel so-called sanctuary cities to cooperate with federal law enforcement officials.   Legislators in 33 states have introduced measures to limit or prevent cities from acting as sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. Only one state this year, Mississippi, has enacted a ban on sanctuary jurisdictions, but several others, including Texas, Indiana, Iowa, Florida and Georgia, are advancing their own bills.
04/09/2017 – Tillerson: Russia ‘Incompetent and Out-Maneuvered by Assad’  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says there’s no “hard evidence” of Russian involvement in Syria’s chemical bomb attack, but charges Moscow’s been “incompetent” and “out-maneuvered” by Bashar al-Assad.   In an interview with ABC News’ “This Week” aired Sunday, Tillerson said in his visit to Russia this week, he’ll call upon Moscow “to fulfill the obligation it made to the international community when it agreed to be the guarantor of the elimination of the chemical weapons.”  “Why Russia has not been able to achieve that is unclear to me,” he said. “I don’t draw conclusions of complicity at all. But clearly, they’ve been incompetent, and perhaps they’ve just simply been out-maneuvered by the Syrians.”
04/02/2017 – Citing research, Democratic Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh turns against $15 minimum wage Standing behind a podium emblazoned with her city’s logo, last week Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, a liberal Democrat, reversed her position on increasing the minimum wage and announced her decision to veto legislation that would raise it. In a union questionnaire signed during her campaign for mayor, however, Pugh addressed the very initiative she would come to reject, writing at the time, “I am aware of the current initiative to raise the minimum wage in the City Council to $15 per hour and when it reaches my desk I will sign it.”  It did, and she did not.
04/02/2017 – McConnell: Gorsuch will be confirmed this week ;  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday said President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, will be confirmed in the coming week.   “Judge Gorsuch deserves to be confirmed,” McConnell said on “Fox News Sunday.”  “Unanimously well-qualified by the American Bar Association, my counterpart, Sen. [Charles] Schumer [D-N.Y.], once called that the gold standard.”  McConnell continued to praise Gorsuch, saying the nominee will “ultimately” be confirmed.  “Exactly how that happens … will be up to our Democratic colleagues,” he said.  “I think it is noteworthy that no Supreme Court justice has ever, in the history of our country, been stopped by a partisan filibuster — ever.”  When pressed on whether Gorsuch will have a confirmation vote by Friday, McConnell remained confident.  “We’re going to confirm Judge Gorsuch this week,” he said.  THE HILL – -CLICK HERE TO READ ON>>>>>
04/02/2017 – Schumer: It looks like Gorsuch will not reach the 60-vote margin:   Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said it does not appear President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, will get the 60 votes needed to overcome a procedural hurdle to his nomination.  “It looks like Gorsuch will not reach the 60-vote margin,” Schumer said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”  “So instead of changing the rules — which is up to [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell [R-Ky.] and the Republican majority — why doesn’t President Trump, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate sit down and try to come up with a mainstream nominee?”  Schumer said when a nominee doesn’t get 60 votes, the nominee should be changed instead of the rules.  Schumer said the Republicans are “acting like they’re a cat on the top of a tree.” THE HILL – CLICK HERE TO READ ON>>>>>
04/01/2017 – Under Trump, Pentagon Seizing More Control Over Warfighting:  Week by week, country by country, the Pentagon is quietly seizing more control over warfighting decisions, sending hundreds more troops to war with little public debate and seeking greater authority to battle extremists across the Middle East and Africa.  This week it was Somalia, where President Donald Trump gave the U.S. military more authority to conduct offensive airstrikes on al-Qaida-linked militants. Next week it could be Yemen, where military leaders want to provide more help for the United Arab Emirates’ battle against Iranian-backed rebels. Key decisions on Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan are looming, from ending troop number limits to loosening rules that guide commanders in the field.  The changes in President Donald Trump’s first two months in office underscore his willingness to let the Pentagon manage its own day-to-day combat. Under the Obama administration, military leaders chafed about micromanagement that included commanders needing approval for routine tactical decisions about targets and personnel moves.   NEWSMAX – CLICK HERE TO READ ON>>>>>
04/01/2017 – Bill Last Week Was NOT Obamacare Repeal or Replacement: Congressman Louie Gohmert – Republicans have been promising to repeal Obamacare for seven years now. Some of us have proposed bills that had good provisions that would repeal Obamacare. In fact, we voted on a bill that would have been more of a repeal than this one through the House and Senate last year and put it on then-President Obama’s desk for signature. He vetoed the bill. But let’s be clear: the bill last week was NOT a repeal. It was NOT a replacement. It was an Obamacare tweak giving additional power to the federal government in hopes that our Republican Health and Human Services Secretary could make good changes.   CLICK HER TO READ REST OF STORY>>>>>


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