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    Quote Originally Posted by worstblogever View Post
    His presidency might not survive his 9 day global trip. HE TOLD THE RUSSIANS FIRING COMEY WOULD BE THE END OF IT AND THEY WERE ALL SMILES.

    He's delusional/mentally ill, and it's unraveling faster and faster because he's out of his mind. The GOP cannot prop him up, or play defense for him anymore, either, with the tape of McCarthy and Ryan admitting they KNEW Trump was getting money from Russians. He's too toxic, if they stick up for him now, they'll be tarred going into 2018, and the voters will be waiting with bags of feathers to finish the job.
    Oh let's add onto that! New bombshell with the Russian Probe...

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    Quote Originally Posted by InformationGeek View Post
    From Trump himself...




    Also, from Roger Stone...
    Technically, Roger, THIS president WAS beaten at the ballot box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by worstblogever View Post
    His presidency might not survive his 9 day global trip. HE TOLD THE RUSSIANS FIRING COMEY WOULD BE THE END OF IT AND THEY WERE ALL SMILES.

    He's delusional/mentally ill, and it's unraveling faster and faster because he's out of his mind. The GOP cannot prop him up, or play defense for him anymore, either, with the tape of McCarthy and Ryan admitting they KNEW Trump was getting money from Russians. He's too toxic, if they stick up for him now, they'll be tarred going into 2018, and the voters will be waiting with bags of feathers to finish the job.

    So this mess may end soon?

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    Trump said to favor move that could destabilize Obamacare

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...bsidies-238616

    President Donald Trump has told advisers he wants to end payments of key Obamacare subsidies, a move that could send the health law's insurance markets into a tailspin, according to several sources familiar with the conversations.

    Many advisers oppose the move because they worry it will backfire politically if people lose their insurance or see huge premium spikes and blame the White House, the sources said. Trump has said that the bold move could force Congressional Democrats to the table to negotiate an Obamacare replacement.
    He really thinks if he does this that the American people will blame the Democrats/Barack Obama. (Because let's be honest, this is all about undermining Obama's legacy.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gryphon View Post
    So this mess may end soon?
    Doubtful.

    If you read the article that was posted earlier *ahem* by InfoGeek, you still have discovery, collection, and trial.

    Trump might make it to the end of the year but I have feeling it will be shortly after the 2018 mid-terms before you see the good stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gryphon View Post
    So this mess may end soon?
    It still will drag on for weeks, probably months while Trump claims all the news is fake, and the investigation into Trump/Russia keeps accelerating. He'll try to grift whatever money he can to himself, without fear of retribution, because politically, he's already moving towards "nothing to lose" territory. He might fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and think that saves his ass... but the longer this drags out, the more he loses GOP support, the more people start realizing a traitor is in the West Wing, and the more he starts taking the GOP down with him.

    When his approval rating drops into the 20s, those Republicans probably move to impeach to try to save their own asses politically. Because if the sentiment from the public is he needs to go, and they won't act, they're going to put a Congress in place who WILL remove him.
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    White House Faces New Pressure Over Comey Firing, Russia Probe: Reports on comments to Russians, person of interest come as Donald Trump leaves on trip

    “By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia. The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations,” Mr. Spicer’s statement said.
    Not denying it now I see.

    What path forward for the GOP agenda? The window for Republicans in Congress to make significant progress on their agenda is closing fast, and White House crises aren't helping. What to do? Experts point to lessons from the Clinton era.
    Republicans on the Hill are “putting out fires,” said a chagrined Sen. John Thune (R) of South Dakota, adding that “most of the damage is self-inflicted.” The senator, the No. 3 in the chamber’s GOP leadership, told reporters that his colleagues “want to move on to the agenda.”

    Doing so is actually not that complicated say those in and out of Congress. But it requires discipline to stay focused on legislating and to resist getting sucked into the crisis of the day. It also requires a willingness for Republicans to cast off their moorings from the White House and go it alone if necessary.

    “I know that the White House is in a complete shambles right now, but that does not stop the machinery of a separate branch of government from going forward,” says Ray Smock, director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

    He points out that President Bill Clinton was under investigation for much of his presidency, but that did not stop Congress from working or legislation from being passed.
    Operate independently

    Lawmakers, however, must decide to act, and not use White House dysfunction or scandal as an excuse, says Mr. Smock, who is also the former House historian. This is Congress’s moment to rediscover its historical independence from the White House as a co-equal branch of government and do its work. It’s only the modern era that has made the presidency so all-important, he says.

    In this light, Congress doesn’t have to wait for the White House to flesh out its tax reform talking points; it can come up with its own plan. Neither does it have to tap its toes while the administration gets its ducks in a row on infrastructure – or any other GOP goal.

    Indeed, Republicans look like they’re trying to move ahead regardless, kicking off hearings this week on tax reform and trying to fashion their own health-care bill in the Senate.
    My tip would be to run out the door or start a new party.

    It's also a bit sad that the party that is the majority and in control of the whole government can't get anything done.
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    Holy s**t, it never ends!

    Then there's...


    Investigators into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential elections are now also probing whether White House officials have engaged in a cover-up, according to members of Congress who were briefed Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

    That avenue of investigation was added in recent weeks after assertions by former FBI Director James Comey that President Donald Trump had tried to dissuade him from pressing an investigation into the actions of Trump’s first national security adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, members of Congress said, though it was not clear whom that part of the probe might target.

    Even as members of Congress were mulling over the expansion of the case into possible cover-up, and its reclassification from counterintelligence to criminal, the scandal appeared to grow. The Washington Post reported Friday afternoon that federal investigators were looking at a senior White House official as a “significant person of interest.” The article did not identify the official, though it noted that the person was “someone close to the president.”
    Then to Spicer...
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    Quote Originally Posted by InformationGeek View Post
    Holy s**t, it never ends!
    Called it.

    Quote Originally Posted by InformationGeek View Post
    Then there's...




    Then to Spicer...
    Point of order: I think this thread needs some moderation or the Russia stuff needs it's own thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeastieRunner View Post
    Called it.



    Point of order: I think this thread needs some moderation or the Russia stuff needs it's own thread.
    If you need a break from Russia related stories, here's a story that's getting buried currently due to all the craziness happening:

    While the country has been fixated on President Trump’s firings, leaks, and outbursts involving the Department of Justice, that agency has itself been stealthily attacking our democracy by telling good lawyers to stop representing people. Four weeks ago, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)—a respected nonprofit in Seattle that represents immigrants in deportation proceedings—received a “cease and desist” letter from the DOJ threatening disciplinary action. The letter demanded that NWIRP drop representation of its clients and close down its asylum-advisory program. The reason: a technicality, perversely applied. NWIRP is accused of breaking a rule that was put in place to protect people from lawyers or “notarios” who take their money and then drop their case.

    Last week, NWIRP filed a lawsuit to defend itself against the DoJ’s order—and on Wednesday, a judge granted a restraining order. So for now, the organization can keep helping immigrants who need legal advice. But what’s at stake extends far beyond NWIRP and the 5,000 people it serves every year. The outcome of this legal battle will profoundly impact access to legal representation for the tens of thousands of immigrants who apply for asylum in the United States every year and the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants whose cases are currently in front of an immigration judge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by InformationGeek View Post
    I'll be more direct.

    Please read other people's posts and comment on them before you dump the same links and articles.

    This thread is going to get cluttered if that continues (don't worry, I did that same thing, too).

    But I do think we might need a separate thread for the Russian Probes.

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    On topic, I read about that and can't really comment on it as it pertains to my work.

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    The needle has moved with Republican support for Trump. He's lost 8% support from his own party in the latest Reuters poll, from their previous one. It's still at 75%, but the more the news cycle keeps giving Trump/Russia news or "obstruction of justice" news or "Trump administration f***ed up again bad" news or "Trump administration breaks another promise" news...

    He's got more support to bleed out. But the first gushing has started. Going to Saudi Arabia to sell them $110 billion in arms (possibly illegally) and what looks to be a foreign trip filled with embarrassing moments... yeah, it's going down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by worstblogever View Post
    The needle has moved with Republican support for Trump. He's lost 8% support from his own party in the latest Reuters poll, from their previous one. It's still at 75%, but the more the news cycle keeps giving Trump/Russia news or "obstruction of justice" news or "Trump administration f***ed up again bad" news or "Trump administration breaks another promise" news...

    He's got more support to bleed out. But the first gushing has started. Going to Saudi Arabia to sell them $110 billion in arms (possibly illegally) and what looks to be a foreign trip filled with embarrassing moments... yeah, it's going down.
    8% already? That sounds familiar ...

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    Nixon went down to 85% after the first week with Rs after the big news. 6% drop.
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    Recapping a stunningly bad two weeks for the Trump White House


    Two weeks ago Thursday, President Trump delayed his trip back home to New York — or, really, back to his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. — because he wanted to have a few dozen friends over from Capitol Hill for a celebration in the Rose Garden. House Republicans, after an embarrassing failure in March, had cobbled together enough votes to pass the American Health Care Act, the GOP’s planned overhaul of Obamacare. It was a celebratory moment, the high-water mark to-date of Trump’s policy agenda.
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    Trump told advisors ousting Flynn was mistake: report

    rump has also reportedly told those around him that he wishes the investigation into Flynn would go away.

    “A lot of people in the White House don’t want anything to do with Flynn,” a White House official told Politico. ”But Trump loves him. He thinks everyone is out to get him.”
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