WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump enlisted the services of Risa Heller, a New York City public relations figure known for her work with Democrats — including former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Gov. David Paterson (D-NY) — when they came to Washington to take up their official posts in the Trump White House, according to a report in Buzzfeed. The revelation came amid reports that a New York City set with a history of friendly ties to the Democratic party is gaining traction in President Donald Trump’s White House, much to the
If true, it´s time to stop being a Trump fan. I voted for Trump - I didn´t vote for Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner. I don´t like nor trust New York City "Democrat Yorkies". Actually, I am tired of Ivanka´s whiney voice. She sounds so affected! Young lady - get real. Trump - those NYC "Democrat Yorkies DIDN´T VOTE for you. Mid-America did. Don´t forget it.
The truth is even Breibart has it´s agenda. It is currently pushing a negative Kushner narrative because Bannon has had a few missteps and Kushner seems to have the President´s ear. Personally, I am not going to go wobbly on Trump like some of you seem to be doing. I actually agree with everything this POTUS has done to date, and I see him as a remarkable man of his word. This Weiner story is a huge stretch, (pun intended) and I thought better of the Lucianne crowd than to have so many folks Chicken Little over this nothingburger. That is all.
I trusted the Uniparty Republicans for 20 years. I can give President Trump more than 3 months.
Our President, and is family by extension, is not an ideological “conservative” (whatever that means anymore), nor is he an ideological “liberal” (whatever that means anymore). His goal is to Make America Great Again and that cannot happen, as long half the nation is at war with the other half. It is possible to hire someone highly capable to do a specific job without the requirement you must sign on to all of their personal political beliefs. I doubt that Jared and Ivanka Kushner are as malleable and easily led as some posters appear to assume.
The “right” often criticizes the “left” for their ideological-purity litmus tests that leave qualified people out of consideration for jobs that have no bearing on one’s political persuasion. I find that assumption as distasteful among “conservatives” as among “liberals”.
The greatest lesson I’ve learned during the Time of Trump is to be patient, and that second-guessing according to the old Uniparty playbook is a loser’s bet. He defeated both the Bush and Clinton Family Cabals. Everything else is icing on the cake. To paraphrase Melanie Wilkes to Rhett Butler when he brought home the wounded Ashley, “President Trump, this is not the first time you have stood between me and disaster. I will not question any device of yours.”
The thing that is frustrating about all these palace intrigue stories is that its far too easy to feel like Trump actually could become the opposite of what we voted for. He does seem to flap in the breeze. His conservative bona fides are soft, at best. Lately he´s been giving us more and more reason to get nervous, regardless of what Breitbart.com´s agenda is. I believe he was sincere during the campaign, but that sincerity was not rooted in decades long conviction, but a seemingly new-found awakening. Perhaps the resistance he´s gotten from the establishment is having it effect.
We won´t know for a while, but its not unreasonable to be concerned at this point.
I am so happy that Sessions is AG -- he knows what needs to be done. Same with Mattis at Defense as well as a few other cabinet members who should do the right thing, unless somehow Trump stops them (which I doubt will happen).
Before I get my knickers in a twist, I want to know is it everybody at Breitbart, or just one or two mucking it up for the Breitbart brand. As far as using something Weiner touched first, I´d worry except that usually in Trumpville, Business-is-Business.
This is a person who worked for some Democrats, including Weiner (who used to be a Dem rising star before he shot himself down)?
Here’s how this very successful young woman ended up with Weiner:
Now, as president of her own shop since 2011, she manages a roster of high-profile clients like Major League Soccer´s New York City FC, Airbnb, the Metropolitan Opera and SHoP Architects, among others. Revenue has doubled each year, and she recently added two full-time employees. Her stint as communications director for ex-Gov. David Paterson, who copped to infidelity and drug use soon after taking the reins from Eliot Spitzer, led to other "politicians-in-crisis" work. Most recently, she advised Anthony Weiner in the wake of his sexting scandal.
"I can manage big problems," Ms. Heller said. "A lot of people are not born with the temperament to say, ´You have a huge problem and here´s how we´re going to try to fix it.’ “
She’s not related to them, or married to them. She worked for them. And Buzzfeed made the “revelation” while trying to put together a story on Democrats’ taking over the White House.
Some of us see a pattern here. It involves the media, not any White House “takeover”.
The thing that is frustrating about all these palace intrigue stories is that its far too easy to feel like Trump actually could become the opposite of what we voted for.
That is what we are supposed to believe. If we do, the media and whomever they work for win. Having won the election fair and square, the Trump presidency will now be defeated by the media and those of us who give in to its stories and choose to be complicit in the defeat.
P. Trump is neither conservative or liberal, he is a pragmatist. He sees a problem, looks for the desired outcome, and selects the best course of action to achieve that outcome. For example the ice rink in NYC. The problem with the media,(that includes the Washington corridor insiders in and out of govt), is that they are measuring PDT in political milimeters and miligrams and he is acting in miles and tons
It sure seems as though the angst around here is based on one of two things: 1) somebody (not Trump) is talking to somebody else I don´t like; therefore, I´m dumping Trump, and 2) this COULD lead to Trump going off the rails sometime soon; therefore, I´m dumping Trump.
One is what you hear among middle school students who haven´t grown up yet; the other is all speculation about a "could be" that will probably never happen.
In short, neither position is based on sound reasoning, reality, or maturity.
I´m one that will hold my opinions until I see what happens in the future. So far, President Trump has, IMHO, the things that we elected to do. And if any of his aids start giving him advice that is not what he wants, I´m sure that he will put them in their place.
I continue to support President Trump - with increasing trepidation. IMO there are three groups in the Trump camp:
1. Believers in the man, who will support him ´even if he stood in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shot somebody´. These deserve the pejorative ´Trumpbots´ and need to wake up. George Washington warned us about electing ´kings´. 2. Believers in the principles that Trump has expressed, and his promises to give them voice and put them into action. Steve Bannon (and Breitbart.com in general) is the most reliable trumpet of those principles. To suppress Bannon is to mute that trumpet. (I place myself among this group.) 3. Hangers-on who hope to "turn" President Trump to their advantage. These are among the Goldman-Sachs and NY Democrat crowd who have worked their way into the WH via Ivanka and Jared, and include Gary Cohn and Dina Powell. Heller is a member of this liberal secular Jewish ´tribe´. And yes, I´ll say it: Jews - like Middle Easterners in general - are very, very ´tribal´ - the Bible tells me so. It´s part of the culture of the region. Time to deal with this ´inconvenient truth´.
So far it has been somewhat of a mixed bag, with the main ´function´ (cabinet picks, pressing Congress, the Gorsuch confirmation, fiscal promises, the tweets, and demonstrating willingness to use military assets) remains positive, while the ´derivative of the function´ (increasing G-S influence and sidelining of Bannon) has turned decidedly negative.
President Trump must choose between G-S Wall Street and populist Main Street paths. He cannot serve both.
We continue to wait and see with fingers crossed at this point.
Hector Rodriguez Sr., his wife and his son fled Venezuela on July 16, 2016, seeking political asylum in the United States. It offered a comforting safety net from the chaotic unrest in their home country. They spent the first 20 days in Miami, all the while looking at other places to live. Most importantly, they wanted to find a good high school to allow Hector Jr. to nurture his skills as a gifted swimmer. They picked Central Florida, specifically Winter Park High School, with that purpose in mind. Today, in this land of hope and dreams, the Rodriguez family still
CARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolas Maduro has angrily blasted Venezuela’s classical music maestro Gustavo Dudamel, accusing his one-time supporter of being duped into criticizing the government that has for years been one of his biggest promoters. “I hope God forgives you,” Maduro said in a televised appearance on Friday, swiping at the Venezuelan-born conductor for roving around Madrid and Los Angeles while his compatriots build a revolution that he once helped glamorize. “Welcome to politics, Gustavo Dudamel. But act with ethics, and don’t let yourself be deceived into attacking the architects of this beautiful movement of young boys and girls,” the socialist
Katie Couric has described how two of her producers were hit by a ´urine bomb´ while she was covering the protests in Charlottesville last week. The broadcast journalist, 60, was filming the violent Virginia rally as part of a six-hour documentary series she is working on for National Geographic. Couric wrote an op-ed that was published Friday by the outlet as a way for her to ´reflect on her experiences´. In the op-ed titled ´Being in Charlottesville Broke My Heart. It Also Filled Me With Hope´, Couric said two of her producers were splashed with a mixture of mud and
BANYUWANGI, Indonesia: If there’s a place on Earth that could be snapshot of another planet from distant space, this is it. With its wickedly steaming cyan lake, pulsing exhausts of burning sulphur and jagged peaks, Ijen Crater in East Java is entirely otherworldly. During the night, a deep and malevolent energy burns the noxious gas in the crater, creating what locals call “blue fire”. Hundreds of tourists form a snaking line of light as they traverse slippery makeshift paths deep down into the belly of this volcanic cavity.
“Both my husband and I were youths in Mao Zedong’s era,” says 63-year-old Wang Aiying. “We abided by the Party’s words, answered the Party’s call of duty and supported the Party’s policy.” Among other things, that meant adhering to the one-child ruling, an act of obedience that would, in 2015, leave Wang in deep despair. After her son died, she became a shidu fumu, one of a growing number of bereaved Chinese entering their twilight years without the emotional and financial support of a child. Her son, Chang Jia, was nearly not born at all. In 1980, having been pregnant for
Ahead of a Friday Camp David meeting at which President Trump is expected to discuss the long-awaited way forward in Afghanistan with his team, the Taliban issued an open letter to Trump telling him that if the U.S. military hasn´t won the peace so far "you shall never be able to win it with mercenaries, notorious contractor firms and immoral stooges." Erik Prince, the founder of the former Blackwater security firm, has been lobbying heavily for a plan to shift reliance on the Afghanistan fight to private contractors. Prince is Education Secretary Betsy De Vos´ brother. Friday's meeting will include Secretary of State
An Australian woman experienced her third European terrorist attack in just three months, after being caught up in Thursday’s horrific events in Barcelona. Julia Monaco was in London during the deadly London Bridge attack and in Paris when an assailant claiming to be a ‘soldier’ of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) attacked a police officer with a hammer. Monaco, who only left Australia three months ago, had her narrowest escape Thursday when a van rammed into a crowd on Las Ramblas, killing 14 people and injuring more than 100. The 26-year-old Melbourne woman hid in a shopping mall in Placa de Catalunya during
Police were forced to intervene as scuffles broke out between far-right anti-Islam protesters and participants of a counter demonstration in Barcelona, following Thursday’s terrorist attack in the city. Anti-fascist and far-right groups organized simultaneous protests in Barcelona just one day after a terrorist attack claimed the lives of 14 people and injured 100 more. The Spanish far-right group La Falange assembled close to the La Boquería marketplace in the city center, just 500 meters from where a van plowed into a crowd of pedestrians on Thursday. The Spanish far-right group La Falange assembled close to the La Boquería marketplace in the city
Elections: American democracy has a problem — a voting problem. According to a new study of U.S. Census data, America has more registered voters than actual live voters. It´s a troubling fact that puts our nation´s future in peril. The data come from Judicial Watch´s Election Integrity Project. The group looked at data from 2011 to 2015 produced by the U.S. Census Bureau´s American Community Survey, along with data from the federal Election Assistance Commission. As reported by the National Review´s Deroy Murdock, who did some numbers-crunching of his own, "some 3.5 million more people are registered to vote in
BOGOTA, Colombia A handful of Venezuelan soldiers — armed and in uniform — were caught in neighboring Guyana last week begging for food, local police reported, another sign of Venezuela’s deepening hunger crisis. Guyanese Police Inspector Christopher Humphrey said he’d gone to the border along the Amacuro river, which divides the two nations, to investigate reports that the Venezuelan military was stealing food from locals. But the three soldiers he encountered — two carrying military assault rifles — said they had come to beg for meals and hadn’t harmed anyone. Humphrey said the men had crossed into Guyana on a wooden
Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, returned home on Tuesday from South Africa after failing to turn herself in to police in Johannesburg to face charges of assaulting a model in a hotel room. There was no immediate public comment on the case from Grace Mugabe, 52, a possible successor to her husband President Robert Mugabe, 93, who has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980. But Zimbabwe government sources confirmed she had returned home. “Yes, she is back in the country. We don’t know where this issue of assault charges is coming from,” said a senior government official, who declined to be named
Socialism has long been associated with shortages and nowhere is that more evident than in California, land of surf, sun, skiing, skateboarding and other youth-oriented pursuits. The socialists have managed to chase out the youth. Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox report: Let’s start with the millennials, the population that was aged between 20 and 34 in 2015. Since 2000, the growth of this segment of the population has been, for the most part, very slow along the coastal regions, well below the 6 percent national average. In Los Angeles and Orange County, the youth population grew by roughly 3 percent,
An internal civil war is tearing at the fabric of Fox News. The events of the past week have brought the long-simmering conflict closer to the surface. The legitimacy and viability of President Trump are under constant assault in the mainstream media as never before – and that is saying something. Fox News Channel executives, staff, and on air talent are taking sides. The future direction of the right-of-center, fair and balanced Fox News approach to presenting the news may well be in serious doubt. (snip)James Murdoch, 21st Century Fox’s new CEO, is one of the “Murdoch Boys” – the
Monday´s solar eclipse is already tying up traffic in areas along the path of totality, or the vein of regions along the US where people can view the full eclipse. Oregonians so far are seeing the brunt of the traffic as revelers have started pouring into central Oregon, clogging roadways and draining gas supplies in rural towns, all in hopes of catching the full splendor of this once in a lifetime celestial event. The nightmare scenario for locals in the state started emerging Wednesday when traffic backed up for 12 miles on US Highway 26 as people began to set
Durham — The new president of Duke University has ordered the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee after it was vandalized earlier this week. “I took this course of action to protect Duke Chapel, to ensure the vital safety of students and community members who worship there, and above all to express the deep and abiding values of our university,” President Vincent Price said in a statement released Saturday morning. “The removal also presents an opportunity for us to learn and heal,” Price said, adding that the statue will be preserved so students “can study Duke’s complex past
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a statement today declaring her support for the Congress to pass a resolution censuring President Donald Trump for “the repulsiveness” of his “words and actions.” “Every day, the president gives us further evidence of why such a censure is necessary,” said Pelosi. The censure resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives today by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D.-N.Y.), Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D.-N.J.) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D.-Wash.). The resolution immediately gathered 77 co-sponsors, all of whom are Democrats. “The President’s remarks following the violence in Charlottesville over the weekend are a moral outrage,”
WASHINGTON – Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) said many federal employees are leaving the Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration over “fear” that the Trump administration is going to “suppress their viewpoints” or move them to irrelevant positions. Beyer, ranking member of the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Oversight, was asked if he would have full access to the “unfiltered” final version of the latest federal government report on climate change. The New York Times published a leaked draft of the report, which was submitted to the Trump administration for review. “The majority members of my committee may
I just did something fascinating. I just watched the President’s entire 14-minute impromptu news conference at Trump Tower on Monday that sparked all the latest barrage of anti-Trump screeds from the left media that will criticize him every day, no matter what he does, augmented by the “Never Trump” Republicans and neo-conservatives who will not rest until they can re-conquer the political party they lost because of three terms of two failed Bush presidencies, followed by the two failed Presidential candidacies of Sen. John McCain and of Gov. Mitt Romney. Not the reportage about the conference, but the entire 14 minutes
Federal authorities are investigating whether sensitive data was stolen from congressional offices by several Pakistani-American tech staffers and sold to Pakistani or Russian intelligence, knowledgeable sources say. What started out 16 months ago as a scandal involving the alleged theft of computer equipment from Congress has turned into a national-security investigation involving FBI surveillance of the suspects. Investigators now suspect that sensitive US government data — possibly including classified information — could have been compromised and may have been sold to hostile foreign governments that could use it to blackmail members of Congress or even put their lives at risk.
Yvette Felarca, the Berkeley area school teacher and militant left-wing protester responsible for organizing the riot at the University of California, Berkeley in February 2017, claims that violence against the far-right is “not a crime.” Felarca, who belongs to “By Any Means Necessary,” a far-left group, is currently facing assault charges after she was caught on video assaulting a white supremacist during a July 2016 rally in Sacramento, Cali. (Video) The school teacher and her compatriots engaged in violent clashes against members of the far-right Traditional Worker’s Party, which had a permit to march in the city. The violence between
The chairman and president of the Kennedy Center said they were “grateful for this gesture” after it was announced President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump would not attend the Kennedy Center Honors in December. “The Kennedy Center respects the decision made today by the office of the president of the United States,” chairman David M. Rubenstein and president Deborah F. Rutter said in a joint statement. “In choosing not to participate in this year’s Honors activities, the administration has graciously signaled its respect for the Kennedy Center and ensures the Honors gala remains a deservingly special moment for the
As the “Russian Collusion” excuse for Hillary’s loss fails for want of evidence (and common sense) as did her “misogyny” claim before it, Hillary’s pal, Governor Terry McAuliffe, obviously thought he had another keen plan to keep his party from utter ruin. Instead, he is more likely to have stirred up a whirlwind, which will sink his party even further in the voters’ eyes. Led by Charlottesville Deputy Mayor Wes Bellamy (a McAuliffe appointee to the local school board now on leave for racist, sexist, homophobic tweets, the city council narrowly approved removing a statue of Robert E. Lee from
NEW YORK -- A former New York City police officer, whose claims of police corruption in the 1970s were chronicled in an Al Pacino movie, joined dozens of current and former officers Saturday at a rally in support of getting quarterback Colin Kaepernick a job in the NFL. Kaepernick, the former starting quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, became a controversial figure last year after he refused to stand for the national anthem in what he called a protest against oppression of people of color. He opted out of his contract in March and became a free agent, but so
Ever since Six Flags opened in 1961, the six flags that have flown over Texas have been a staple of the park.No more. As of Friday morning, the five flags other than the United States flag — representing Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas and the Confederacy — are being left to the history books.The park received criticism following last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Va., from TMZ, Fox News and others for flying the Confederate states flag. As a result, Six Flags Over Texas decided to take down all but the U.S. flag. Staff has split headline, added more text and spelled byline correctly.