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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Democrats selected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez over Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison as their new chairman on Saturday, concluding a hotly contested race to lead a battered party as it tries to channel the anti-Donald Trump energy of its base into an electoral rebound. Perez defeated Ellison in a 235-200 vote among the Democratic National Committee's 435 members who cast ballots Saturday. It took two rounds of voting to select a winner after Perez found himself just one vote shy in the first ballot. The five other candidates, who had amassed 13.5 total votes, all exited the race before the second round began.


A top New York Police Department official said Friday that jumping a subway turnstile -- a minor offense -- will not get you deported if you are an illegal immigrant. "Even if you're a recidivist and jumped a turnstile for the fourth or tenth time, and we arrest you for the misdemeanor crime, that's a misdemeanor -- it's not a qualifying" Larry Byrne, the deputy commissioner for legal affairs, told reporters. "Nobody is getting deported for a minor offense." The nation's biggest city is prepared to challenge President Trump's crackdown on immigrant-protecting "sanctuary cities" with legal action if necessary, New York's mayor said Wednesday, arguing Trump's move could undermine public safety. read more


Officials in President Trump's administration Friday downplayed an intelligence report by the Homeland Security Department that contradicts the White House's main argument for implementing a travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries. The report, which was viewed by the Wall Street Journal and Associated Press, determined that the "country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity." The Trump administration has taken the position that immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries should be blocked from the U.S. due to their terror risk. Trump used terrorism a primary justification when he announced the now court-blocked travel ban in late January. The intelligence report found that in the past six years, foreign-born individuals who were "inspired" to strike in the U.S. came from 26 different countries. read more


President Trump likes Campbell's soup, he told the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

The aside was a humorous reference to his meeting with business leaders on Thursday, when he created another Twitter meme by telling Denise Morrison of Campbell Soup Company, "Good soup."

That was a high point in the speech, a warmed-over broth of poll numbers, self-aggrandizement and grievance over his "bad press."

In the final moments of his rant, he offered a reheated version of his stump speech, vowing without many specifics to fight radical Islamic terrorism, build a wall, deport more "bad dudes" and place "America First."

He also managed to offend another American ally, by claiming that Islamic terrorism in France meant that "Paris is no longer Paris." read more


Friday, February 24, 2017

President Trump may have skipped the annual Conservative Political Action Conference last year, but this year he was the annual gathering's hero who had finally returned the White House to Republicans.

Trump's stem-winder of just under an hour that he delivered to the adoring crowd Friday morning felt more like a campaign speech than a presidential address, reliving many of his greatest hits and applause lines on the campaign trail -- even down to the crowd breaking out in chants of "lock her up" about his vanquished rival, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The president boasted to attendees that "the era of empty talk is over" as he began to tick off each of his campaign promises.

"We're going to repeal and replace Obamacare," he promised, despite the fact that Republicans have not yet settled on an alternative plan.

"We're going to build a wall. Don't worry about it," Trump crowed to the crowd, saying the plans were "way ahead of schedule." read more


Comments

-I'm sure Shawn will let us in on his solution any time now.

#78 | POSTED BY REDIAL

You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We'd all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We're doing what we can

You say you'll change the constitution
Well, you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it's the institution
Well, you know
You better free you mind instead

But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow
But if you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait

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If the solution is in Shawn's head, getting it out may be a different problem entirely.

The partys are are not the same in practical everyday policies, and that list is long. They have similarities in that they have both been to some extent corrupted. One party, howsomever, not only has better practical policies, but also has better overall policies, like opposing Citizens United, and not currently being in the process of "doing a number" on Dodd-Frank.

And were they in office right now, REXXON would not be Sec of State and the Doomsday Clock would not have been set forward after the election.

And it's fine for idealists and ideologues to dismiss those differences as not enough, but then, when would anything be enough for them? It never has been.

When they got the liberal dreamboat Obama, the first thing they did when he ran into real world problems that were difficult to solve and involved OMG! "compromise", that dirty word, they stabbed him in the back. They would have done the same to Bernie, btw.

Shawn sits above us mere humans with no solutions and lots of generalized claims about real problems that other people werk very hard their whole lives to solve rather than merely talking about the problems.

And when you do that, you make it difficult to focus on real solutions that may require time and compromise... given that libs are 25 percent and cons are 36 percent of the voters.

Which is when he usually starts talking about Lock and Load solutions, SO, just another authoritarain who, much like Trump, describes the big picture problems, but not only has not real solutions, but also trashed those who do.

Here's what the Dems would be doing today had millennials voted in the numbers they did in the last election.

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/3/13318750/hillary-clinton-vision-government

Sure, it's not perfect and it doesn't go as far as I would have liked, but it is in many cases doable progress.... which of course is lost on the ideologues.

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