Is There A Trump Russian Connection?…

Flynn, Yates, and now Comey gone. All fired by Trump. All related to, or involved in the alleged Trump /Russian connection or its investigation.

Lets connect the dots and see just where the trail takes us. Likely right to the top… Donald J. Trump.

  • Russian government releases photos of private meeting

  • FBI’s Comey had led probe of Russian meddling in U.S. election

Donald Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House on Wednesday, a day after firing the FBI director who was heading an investigation into the U.S. president’s Russian connections.

The White House didn’t let U.S. reporters witness the meeting, intended as a prelude to Trump’s first face-to-face talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, expected within months. But after the Russian government released photos of Trump greeting Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, who’s been at the center of intrigue about the Trump campaign’s contacts with Moscow, reporters were suddenly ushered into the Oval Office. They found Trump sitting there with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The Russians had left.

“We had a very, very good meeting with Mr. Lavrov, and I thought it was very good,” Trump said. In a later statement, the White House said Trump “further emphasized his desire to build a better relationship between the United States and Russia.”

More BELOW THE FOLD.

Trump Fires Comey…

Are Trump’s true motives obvious on this? or is it just me?

WASHINGTON – President Trump has fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, the White House said on Tuesday.

Mr. Comey’s dismissal was a stunning development for a president that benefited from the F.B.I. investigation of the Democratic nominee during the 2016 campaign. Separately, the F.B.I. also is investigating whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the election.

The abrupt firing raised questions over whether Mr. Trump was trying to influence the Russia investigation. But he said he was following recommendations from the Justice Department, which criticized how Mr. Comey concluded the investigation into Mrs. Clinton.

“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau”, Mr. Trump said in a letter dated Tuesday to Mr. Comey.

Mr. Comey broke with longstanding tradition and policies by publicly discussing the Clinton case last July and chastising her “careless” handling of classified information. Then, in the campaign’s final days, Mr. Comey announced that the F.B.I. was reopening the investigation, a move that earned him widespread criticism.

Yet many of the facts cited as evidence for Mr. Comey’s dismissal were well known when Mr. Trump decided to keep him on the job. Mr. Comey was three years in to a 10-year term.

“It is essential that we find new leadership for the F.B.I. that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission,” Mr. Trump wrote.

In the final days of the campaign, Mr. Trump said that it “took guts” for Mr. Comey to reopen the Clinton investigation. “What he did brought back his reputation,” Mr. Trump said. Those very actions are now at the heart of Mr. Comey’s firing.

Full New York Times article BELOW THE FOLD.

Republican Senate Okay With Big Cuts…

As the senate wrestles with the healthcare debacle that republicans have thrust on the country an opportunity lays in waiting. An opportunity for democratic senators and reasonable and rational republican senators to craft a bill that Americans would be comfortable with, that would control cost, AND, would not toss millions “to the dogs”.

Of course if the senate succeeded in doing this, putting America and all of its populace first (populism), the bill would need to be reconciled with the house’s “abortion” health care bill. Setting up a battle that could very well result in America going blue again in 2018 and 2020 if republicans are so foolish as to give the American people the middle finger.

If that happens America may just join the rest of the western democracies that already understand the ethical and moral issues surrounding health care and the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in or modern world.

TPM … Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) signaled that the Senate may pursue similarly deep cuts.  “We’ve got to get it under control. Right now it’s out of control”  he said of Medicaid’s budget. “It’s going to be really out of control if we don’t do something.”

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Gutting Medicaid is easier said than done, even with a Republican-controlled House, Senate and White House. Twenty of the Senate’s 52 Republicans represent states that expanded Medicaid, and Republicans can only afford to lose two votes when a health care bill finally comes to the floor.

“We have a very narrow Republican majority”, noted Cruz.  We are going to have to find legislation that can command the support of 50 senators. We need senators across the ideological spectrum, senators from Medicaid expansion states and non-Medicaid expansion states to all have their concerns heard and reflected in the final bill.”

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Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) stressed the importance of  “not pulling the rug out from under people”, but floated the idea that the a more generous system of tax credits could “pick up some of these people” that lose Medicaid.

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“Our concern is that we need a softer landing to give states time to pick up the slack and continue to provide coverage”, he said (Portman).

Full TPM article BELOW THE FOLD.

As Spicer (and Trump) Deflects…

POLITICO – The White House on Tuesday defended its pace in firing former national security adviser Michael Flynn, suggesting former acting Attorney General Sally Yates may have had an agenda when she warned the administration about the embattled adviser in January.

Yates put the Trump administration back in the hot seat this week when she testified on Monday that she had warned White House officials that Flynn had been compromised and susceptible to blackmail after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

The stark warning came 18 days before President Donald Trump ultimately fired Flynn.

But on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer painted Yates as an anti-Trump partisan who was not only appointed by former President Barack Obama (emphasis mine)…

Of course Trump (and his lackeys) will deflect rather than confront  the ineptitude and gross incompetence of both himself and his administration.

Trump time and time again during the campaign was notoriously ill informed as well as consistently inaccurate with many of his statements. So much so one doing the due diligence would have to conclude Trump is actually a liar a significant share of the time. Con man extraordinaire would be an appropriate description of the, cough, man.

Yates has more honesty and integrity in the tip of her pinky finger than the “POTUS” has in his entire bloated body. BTW, a fish rots from the head down. So do organizations and countries.

America anointed as its leader a con man that is inept, unqualified, dishonest, lacking in what heretofore was considered good character, a xenophobe, a misogynist, a narcissist, and so much more.  Now the only thing left is whether America itself has the character and integrity to rid itself of the cancer that is Trump and his fake populism.

Complete POLITICO article  BELOW THE FOLD.

 

Trump, The Fake Populist…

 

Something for the Trump admirers to consider. Analyze the rhetoric as you observe the actions and search the truth rather than accept his BS.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio

True populism unites. A true populist tells people the truth. Our president divides

Donald Trump is a populist. So are Marine Le Pen and Steve Bannon.

Really?

Populism does not divide our society into these people here or those people over there. It doesn’t fan resentments and exploit grievances. Populism never excludes based on race or gender or religion. It doesn’t appeal to some by pushing others down; it embraces everyone.

Populism speaks out against a church shooting, or a threat against a Jewish center, or the bombing of a mosque. A populist stands in solidarity against all acts of hate.

Populism is a belief that you build the economy from the middle class out, not by demanding tax cuts for the most affluent, with the long-discredited argument that prosperity will trickle down.

Populism is a trade policy that puts American workers and small businesses first, but never pits foreign workers against our country’s workers. We never confuse populism and jingoism.

Populism doesn’t preach hate. Populism preaches hope – hope that all workers will have the opportunity to build better lives for their families.

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If you want to call yourself a populist, you better be ready to stick up for the little guy – whether she punches a time clock or earns tips. Whether she works in a call center or a hospital or on a factory floor. Whether he is a contract worker or a temp.

And you better be willing to be straight with the people you serve. A true populist tells the truth, because she respects people’s intelligence.

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A populist recognizes that no one is less important or of less value. That’s the heart of populism: respect for all people — their work, their dignity, their intelligence. Our spiritual leaders embrace everyone. So must we.