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Trump Is Wrong: Germany Does Not
Owe ‘Vast Sums of Money to NATO’
Daily Beast, by Allison Graves    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 3/20/2017 6:32:55 AM     Post Reply
Less than 24 hours after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Germany for not keeping up with its defense payments to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the United States. “Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel,” Trump wrote in a tweet March 18. “Nevertheless, Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!” Trump has repeatedly called on NATO member countries to contribute

Here´s what Trump supporters mean
when they talk about the ´deep state´
Los Angeles Times, by Kurtis Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 3/20/2017 6:30:46 AM     Post Reply
Leaks to reporters. Supposed wiretaps of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign. Federal court rulings against the ban on travel and refugee resettlement. For allies of Trump — aides, politicians and right-wing news sites — these are evidence of the existence of a “deep state,” a secretive, coordinated network inside the government dedicated to undermining the administration. Asked by reporters recently whether the deep state exists, Sean Spicer, the president’s press secretary, offered this observation: “I don’t think it should come as any surprise that there are people burrowed into government during eight years of the last administration and may have

Was Trump Golfing? White House Shrouds
Time at His Clubs in Mystery
New York Times, by JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 3/20/2017 6:28:46 AM     Post Reply
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump spent seven hours this weekend at Trump International Golf Club here, where a crisp breeze and cloudless skies beckoned golf lovers to the manicured 27-hole course.Did he play any golf?“Very little,” Mr. Trump told reporters traveling with him on Sunday on Air Force One back to Washington, recounting what he said had been a busy weekend of meetings to sell the health care bill and strategize about the nuclear threat from North Korea. The White House refused to provide any details.

  


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ABC News Crank Terry Moran Claims Trump
White House Is ‘Laughingstock in Capitals
of Europe’
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/20/2017 6:28:03 AM     Post Reply
ABC News reporter Terry Moran told the Sunday panel this morning that President Donald Trump is a laughingstock in the capitals of Europe. Obama flooded the continent with millions of third world illiterate migrants but TRUMP is the laughingstock. These are the things that keep liberals up at night. (Photo) Breitbart.com reported: Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” while discussing President Donald Trump’s tweets accusing former President Obama’s administration of wiretapping Trump Tower prior to the election, ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Terry Moran said the White House was “a laughingstock in the capitals of Europe.’ Partial transcript as follows: MORAN:

Obamacare: It’s ‘Nut Cuttin’
Time for the GOP
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 3/20/2017 6:23:11 AM     Post Reply
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) has cleared three of the four committees whose approval it must have to be considered by the full House, and GOP leaders are confident enough in its prospects with the Rules Committee that a floor vote has been scheduled for Thursday. In other words, the time for posturing at press conferences, making passionate speeches to C-SPAN cameras, and concocting sound bites for cable talk shows is over. Before the end of this week, House Republicans will have to cast actual votes for or against Obamacare repeal — and the American people will be watching.

What does it take to be a
librarian in San Francisco?
American Thinker, by Ed Straker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/20/2017 5:24:01 AM     Post Reply
San Francisco librarians checking out overdue heroin addicts -What does it take to be a librarian in San Francisco? 1) You have to know how to shelve books. 2) You have to know how to check out books..and 3) You have to know how to inject heroin addicts with anti-narcotics drugs. In addition to checking out and re-shelving books, San Francisco library staffers may soon be trained to give lifesaving medication to reverse overdoses among the growing number of heroin users mixing in with the homeless in and around the Main Library. The idea surfaced after an addict was found dead

Well, No, But I Did Fly Over It Once
Weekly Standard, by The Scrapbook    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 3/20/2017 5:14:48 AM     Post Reply
Princeton economics professor emeritus and Nobel laureate Angus Deaton has been running around making an extraordinary claim: “Being really poor in America is in some ways worse than being really poor in India or Africa," he recently told the National Association for Business Economics. Asked about those comments in an interview with the Atlantic, Deaton doubled down: "If you had to choose between living in a poor village in India and living in the Mississippi Delta or in a suburb of Milwaukee in a trailer park, I´m not sure who would have the better life." This claim was qualified—Deaton is referring

  


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Who Is Going To Save The
Democrat Party? Chelsea!
Townhall, by Kurt Schlichter    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 3/20/2017 5:10:11 AM     Post Reply
Can you feel the pulse-pounding sense of excitement that’s sweeping the nation in the wake of the sudden rise to media prominence of superwoke everywoman Chelsea Clinton? I sure can, but then I’m a conservative Republican. I totally support the Democrats making Chelsea the face of their party. Please, please, please make her the face of your party. Let’s be clear – Chelsea is not an embodiment of malignant evil, as is her harpy mother. I am aware of acts of great kindness she has personally performed; she does not appear to be a morally bankrupt monster like her parents. Nor do I

LA prosecutors throw cold water on
Polanski’s demands to return to the US
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 3/20/2017 4:43:43 AM     Post Reply
Last week we talked about a rather ludicrous set of demands made by attorneys for confessed pedophile and child rapist Roman Polanski, laying out his “terms” for conditions under which he might return to the United States. His long overdue date in court would apparently only happen if he could be assured that he would not spend one more night behind bars. While I remain sure that this criminal would dearly love to get back for a few more rounds of parties in Hollywood with his friends before he dies, prosecutors in Los Angeles issued a resounding “not so fast”

Why It’s So Hard for Democrats
to Pick Off Trump Supporters
National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 3/20/2017 4:40:41 AM     Post Reply
Fo­cus groups can be self-ful­filling Rorschach tests, with prac­ti­tion­ers cherry-pick­ing the parts that fit their pre­con­ceived nar­rat­ive. But it’s non­ethe­less use­ful to pay close at­ten­tion to Demo­crat­ic poll­ster Stan­ley Green­berg’s find­ings from a group of Ma­comb County, Michigan sup­port­ers of Pres­id­ent Trump, all in­de­pend­ents and Demo­crats. The fine print of these swing voters’ re­ac­tions is as sig­ni­fic­ant as Green­berg’s con­clu­sion that Demo­crats can win back some Trump voters by pivot­ing left­ward on eco­nom­ic is­sues. The full re­port should be read by any Demo­crat in­ter­ested in for­ging a path back to power with Trump in of­fice. For all the anti-Trump sen­ti­ment cours­ing

Chuck Schumer calls for chaos
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 3/20/2017 4:34:57 AM     Post Reply
It’s right out of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”: The ghost of Chuck Schumer past issuing a dire warning to today’s Senate minority leader. Back in 2013, recall, a GOP effort to defund ObamaCare in a federal spending bill led to a 16-day shutdown of the federal government. Democrats were irate (as they always are when Republicans advance their policies), and none more so than Schumer, who explained how his party was above the fray. “You know,” he said on ABC’s “This Week,” “we could do the same thing on immigration reform. We believe strongly in immigration reform. We could say, ‘We’re

  


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Who is James Comey?
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 3/20/2017 4:30:52 AM     Post Reply
FBI Director James Comey will enter the House hearing Monday on Russian activities during the presidential election as an imposing figure in many ways -- standing 6-foot-8 and having been at the center of numerous, high-profile criminal probes. His law-enforcement career began in the late 1980s. His relatively short time as head of the FBI includes his decision in July 2016 to investigate Hillary Clinton’s use of private email servers as secretary of state. The agency concluded the probe roughly three months later without recommending criminal charges, but it was considered a severe blow to Clinton’s ultimately failed White House bid. Comey,

Sen. Ted Cruz: GOP’s three-phase
health plan ‘ain’t gonna happen’
Washington Times, by Tom Howell, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 3/20/2017 3:27:14 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday said a House plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is fatally flawed because it relies on a three-pronged plan for totally gutting the 2010 law instead of killing it outright. GOP leaders have urged their troops to rally around a bill that repeals Obamacare’s mandate requiring people to hold insurance or pay a tax, replaces its subsidies with refundable age-based tax credits and reels in and caps funding for Medicaid, the government insurance program for the poor. The bill relies on arcane budget rules to avoid a Democratic filibuster in the Senate

Maryland county’s count suggests
noncitizens voting across U.S.
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 3/20/2017 3:21:35 AM     Post Reply
The debate over noncitizens voting was a hot topic a few years ago in Frederick County, a prosperous Maryland suburb wedged between Washington’s urban metropolis and the state’s rural western gateway to the rest of America. Conservative activists went to court to show that noncitizens were registering fraudulently to vote. A court employee met their request by turning over pages of residents’ names disqualified from jury duty because of alien status. When those lists were compared with voting records for just three years — 2007, 2008 and 2011 — nearly 180 noncitizens were found to have registered to vote. Of those, 63

Grassley tweets at Trump:
Call me on H1B visas
The Hill, by Cyra Master    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 3/20/2017 3:10:00 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) tweeted at President Trump Sunday evening, trying to get his attention and support on a bipartisan bill on a certain kind of visa. Grassley tweeted after a CBS News “60 Minutes” report on the H1B visa program that allows foreign workers with “specialty occupations” to work in the United States. The “60 Minutes” report focused on American workers who’ve had to train their replacements before losing their jobs. Grassley seized on the broadcast news program’s report to tout a bill he’s sponsoring with Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) that he says would “correct this injustice.” In subsequent tweets,

  


  

U.S. officials meet asylum
seekers at Australian-run camp,
possibly restarting ´dumb deal´
Reuters, by Colin Packham and Aaron Bunch    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 3/20/2017 2:58:23 AM     Post Reply
U.S. officials began taking fingerprints of asylum seekers in an Australian-run camp on the Pacific island of Nauru on Monday, signaling that vetting of applicants for resettlement in what U.S. President Donald Trump called a "dumb deal" has restarted. Australia agreed with former U.S. President Barack Obama late last year for the United States to resettle up to 1,250 asylum seekers held in much criticized processing camps on Papua New Guinea and Nauru. In return, Australia would resettle refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Trump labeled the agreement a "dumb deal" in a Tweet, but said he would stand by it. Interviews

Trump, Working-Class Zero
New York Times, by Maureen Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 3/20/2017 2:02:15 AM     Post Reply
It’s not unknown, of course. In ancient Egypt, there was the symbol of the ouroboros, the snake that eats its own tail. Nerve-addled octopuses sometimes consume their own arms. But we’ve never watched a president so hungrily devour his own presidency. Soon, there won’t be anything left except the sound of people snickering. Consumed by his paranoia about the deep state, Donald Trump has disappeared into the fog of his own conspiracy theories. As he rages in the storm, Lear-like, howling about poisonous fake news, he is spewing poisonous fake news. The Hirshhorn has a sold-out exhibit of Yayoi Kusama’s

Secret Service removes agent
who didn´t want to take
´a bullet´ for Trump
Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 3/20/2017 1:11:40 AM     Post Reply
The Secret Service will permanently remove a top special agent from her position after an investigation into her Facebook comments that she would rather not defend President Trump or take "a bullet" from him, but some agents are concerned she will simply be transferred to another government job. About two weeks ago, the Secret Service placed the agent´s prior post — the special agent in charge of the Denver District, the top job in that office — on a list of agency openings, according to two Secret Service sources. Kerry O´Grady, the agent in question, is on administrative leave
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North Korea tests new type of
high-thrust rocket engine
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 3/20/2017 12:44:13 AM     Post Reply
TOKYO – North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is calling a revolutionary breakthrough for the country´s space program, the North´s state media said Sunday. Kim attended Saturday´s test at the Sohae launch site, according to the Korean Central News Agency, which said the test was intended to confirm the "new type" of engine´s thrust power and gauge the reliability of its control system and structural safety. Kim called the test "a great event

Trump says Kim Jong Un ‘is
acting very, very badly’
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 3/20/2017 12:31:39 AM     Post Reply
President Trump told reporters Sunday that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was “acting very, very badly” hours after the rogue state test-fired a new type of high-thrust rocket engine. The president made the remark on board Air Force One as he prepared to return to Washington from a weekend at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago. Trump said he had “meetings on North Korea,” but did not specify with whom or what was discussed. “I will tell you he is acting very badly,” Trump repeated before departing the press cabin. In a statement issued Sunday, North Korea claimed the test was

  



Mark Cuban: Amend U.S. Constitution
to Make Healthcare a Right
PJ Media, by Nicholas Ballasy    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 3/19/2017 11:48:48 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Billionaire entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban criticized the Congressional Budget Office’s use of a 10-year score to determine the effects of the Republican’s American Health Care Act and said the U.S. Constitution should be amended to make healthcare a right. Cuban compared the CBO’s use of a decade timeframe to the ABC television show Shark Tank, where he stars as one of the investors that hears pitches from business owners. He said one- to four-year timeframes are better but “marginally predictable.” “You’re not going to be able to predict anything,” Cuban said during a

Trump’s Budget Turns ‘Policies
Into Numbers’
American Spectator, by Debra J. Saunders    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 3/19/2017 11:41:44 PM     Post Reply
President Donald Trump presented a radically different budget blueprint to Congress on Thursday. The new plan would increase defense spending by $54 billion and fund the increase with targeted cuts in other discretionary spending. What makes the $1.1 trillion budget truly unique, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters before the rollout, is that “we wrote it using the president’s own words. We went through his speeches, we went through articles that have been written about his policies, we talked to him, and we wanted to know what his policies were, and we turned those policies into

Devin Nunes´ "Fox News
Sunday" Interview Was Far More
Nuanced Than Reported
Townhall, by Jennifer Vanlaar    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 3/19/2017 11:20:21 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday: “Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No, there never was.” That quote is the one getting the most play in stories about his “Fox News Sunday” appearance, with some outlets suggesting it’s a slam dunk disproving President Trump’s wiretap assertions. If you listen to the entire interview, however, it’s not so simplistic, and the full interview was much meatier than that one quote suggests, covering many issues. Here are eight key points from the interview: 1. While there is no evidence currently that Trump Tower was wiretapped, it’s still

What Was the Point of
Winning the Election?
Townhall, by Derek Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 3/19/2017 11:17:20 PM     Post Reply
There is an interesting phenomenon that happens among red state Democrats in the Senate every six years. They suddenly start sounding conservative when their re-election bid approaches. They talk more conservatively. They act more conservatively. They vote more conservatively, at least until they get re-elected and can go back to holding the Democratic Party line in the Senate. The same phenomenon happens in the Republican Party. Only last year, the American people called their bluff, put them in power, and now expect them to do what they promised. Republicans are terrified at the prospect. Politicians are quite good at making promises

Cornyn: “We didn’t think ahead” on
keeping under-26 insurance policy
Hot Air, by Taylor Millard    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 3/19/2017 11:08:42 PM     Post Reply
Texas Senator John Cornyn is pretty much admitting the GOP put its foot in its mouth with their supposed “fix” to Obamacare. Via Politico (emphasis mine): The under-26 provision has contributed to one of Obamacare’s biggest flaws: Not enough young, healthy people have signed up for coverage in the law’s insurance marketplaces, or exchanges. That’s translated into financial losses for insurers, big premium spikes and dwindling competition. Those are the problems that Republicans repeatedly cite when they argue that Obamacare is collapsing, and that therefore they have no choice but to take drastic action to salvage the health care system. Still, the GOP

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