Monday, January 23, 2017

Top Dem comes out AGAINST Tillerson ahead of key vote

    Sen Cardin is ex of why term limits needed. Cardin has been in the swamp for years.
    Politics/Business as usual.

At The Hill by Jordain Carney  --

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md) is coming out against President Donald Trump's choice to be secretary of State, hours before a key Senate committee votes on Rex Tillerson's nomination.
Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Monday that Tillerson's business ties and response to questions from lawmakers "could compromise" his ability to be the country's top diplomat. 
"Tillerson was unwilling to characterize Russia and Syria’s atrocities as war crimes, or Philippine President Duterte’s extrajudicial killings as gross human rights violations," Cardin said. "And he was not willing to dismiss with unqualified clarity a registry for any ethnic or religious group of Americans."
He added that he thinks the former ExxonMobil CEO "misled" lawmakers about the company's lobbying on U.S. sanctions. Tillerson told the Foreign Relations Committee that "to my knowledge" the company never lobbied against placing financial penalties on Iran or Russia. 

Trump, GOP set to battle on spending cuts


At The Hill by

Donald Trump may be headed into a big fight with Republican lawmakers with his plans for dramatic cuts to federal spending.

Trump transition officials are combing through conservative budgets to find ways to save money in an effort to get rid of the “tremendous waste, fraud and abuse” that Trump pledged to eliminate during the campaign.

Many of the proposals that Trump’s team are reviewing would gain support from a majority of conservative House Republicans, who have sought to cut the federal deficit by scrapping government programs they view as unnecessary.

But some of Trump’s targets have fans in the GOP-controlled Congress, particularly in the Senate.

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Updated* – CTH Post Inauguration Suggested Media Guidelines for White House…



At Conservative Treehouse by sundance  -- 

With a citizen-led executive administration, it is time to apply a commonly accepted set of standards for media conduct as customary within private sector:

♦ Request White House Correspondent’s Association (WHCA) voluntarily register as corporate lobbyists under the name of their “for profit” parent corporation; and also conform to the same rules, guidelines and standard restrictions upon all corporate lobbyists.  Registration would not be required for “non profit” media.

♦ Drug test anyone who requests credentials for White House press credentials; and retest randomly throughout tenure. Conduct background checks, criminal checks and credit checks via a third party security vendor. Dismiss any applicant who does not pass a strict background check.

♦ Keep using twitter and facebook daily, or as determined to send direct messaging to a news-consuming public. Keep using social media, and/or any alternate communications platforms to communicate directly with the American People.

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A Preview Of Trump's Seven Imminent Executive Orders

At Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden  -- 

Having already signed a (mostly symbolic) executive order on Obamacare on Friday night, urging US agencies to "waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation" of provisions deemed to impose fiscal burdens on states, companies or individuals, Trump is preparing to unload a volley of many more executive orders. Courtesy of Axios, which quotes "one of the best-wired Republican lobbyists in town", here is a preview of the initial round of Trump executive actions, some of which may hit as soon as Sunday afternoon:
  • Look for a possible hiring freeze at executive branch
  • 5-year lobbying ban on transition and administration officials
  • Mexico City policy, which prevents foreign NGOs from getting U.S. family planning money if they provide abortions with non-U.S. funds. (It's already illegal to use U.S dollars on abortions.)
  • Task the Defense Secretary and joint chiefs to come up with plan to eviscerate ISIS
  • Report on readiness, and something cyber security related
  • Border/immigration: Something on sanctuary cities, expand E-Verify, an extreme vetting proposal
  • Trade: Withdraw from TPP and a thorough review of NAFTA
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Mainstream media has earned every ounce of the “Trump Treatment” and more

Da Tech Guy blog by JDRUCKER  -- 

In college, I learned that generalizing is a bad thing for reporters and commentators. It’s ironic that I’m breaking my own training by generalizing about the craft that I studied all those years ago. Mainstream media in general is unabashedly opposed to Donald Trump. They need to be put squarely in their place. Then deserve the “Trump Treatment.”

I thought it was bad during the campaign. That was nothing. The complete and utter meltdown of respected journalists over Trump’s inauguration, Sean Spicer’s first press conference, and every little move the administration has made in the three days since Trump became President of the United States has placed them even further down on the trust scale. We’re no longer seeing subtle leanings or hidden propaganda. Many of the biggest names in journalism are making mockeries of themselves and the government they’re attempting to cover.

The Trump Treatment is this: disregard their reports, offer an alternative, and allow Americans to choose which truth to believe. In any other situation, this would be the type of Kremlinesque attack on media that I would oppose. Considering how badly the media is botching their jobs, I see it as unfortunately justified.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Pro-Trump TV Network Has Big-League Dreams--it’s coming to D.C., and it’s got the president’s ear.

At Politico by Alfred Miller  --  

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump frequently pointed to the press corps covering his rallies and implored them to pan the audience to show the size of the crowds he was drawing. When the cameras remained fixed on him, Trump labeled the news media “dishonest.”

One camera, however, dutifully began to pan the audience. The clunky, black Panasonic PS2 belonging to Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN), a year-old conservative media startup based in Alabama, made a habit of filming the teeming crowds at Trump rallies and developed a cult following in the process, with Trump supporters regularly holding up makeshift “I love RSBN” signs and seeking out the RSBN cameramen to wave. “The way to tell an RSBN camera is it moves,” says the company’s founder and CEO Joe Seales. “The rest of them stay straight.”

Starting last March, RSBN sent cameramen to film every Trump rally around the country


Report: U.S. Announces Withdrawal From TPP Within 24 Hours of Trump Inauguration…

At Conservative Treehouse by sundance  --  

Making good on a consistent campaign promise, and in absolute rebuke to the best laid plans of Tom Donohue, the Asian Pacific Nikkei reports:
WASHINGTON — Soon after President Donald Trump was sworn in, his administration announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade pact championed by former President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The White House on Friday also wasted no time in declaring a renegotiation of the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. (more)
It would appear the economic plan continued before the actual nomination is proceeding according to a well designed plan.  The elimination of TPP is a complete rebuke of The Big Club.

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Trump defied the polls, press and pundits to win White House


At NYPOST by Micheal Goodwin  -- 

Two images bookend the most remarkable political contest of modern times. In the first, Donald Trump rides an escalator down to the lobby of Trump Tower to announce his fanciful campaign for president. In the second, Election Night maps on television screens flash red as 30 states fall like dominoes into Trump’s column.

Just 17 months elapsed between those unforgettable moments, yet that span stands as an epoch unto itself in the history of America. We were eyewitnesses to a revolution, a rising up of people who felt shunned, betrayed and left behind. They called themselves “deplorables and irredeemables,” turning Hillary Clinton’s slurs into a rallying cry as they threw off the yoke of the old political order and trusted the nation to a true outsider.

Hallelujah for an American tonic and a necessary course correction.

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German Press: "That Was No Presidential Speech; That Was A Declaration Of War"

At Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden  -- 

Following yesterday's openly confrontational, deliberately protectionist presidential address by president Trump, which in various circles has been dubbed the "American carnage" speech for obvious reasons, some of Obama's closest foreign friends are scrambling to find a role in a world that has drastically changed in less than 24 hours.

 One of them is the foreign leader whom Obama spoke to last before vacating the White House, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who vowed on Saturday to seek compromises on issues like trade and military spending with Trump, adding she would work on preserving the important relationship between Europe and the United States.

"He made his convictions clear in his inauguration speech," Merkel said in remarks broadcast live, a day after Trump vowed to put 'America first'.

Speaking at a news conference in the south-western town of Schoental, Merkel - and finding herself in a world where many of her "established" friends have been swept away by the tide of "populist anger" - suddenly struck a more conciliatory tone toward Trump than Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who on Friday said Germany should prepare for a rough ride under the new U.S. president.

"I say two things with regards to this (speech): first, I believe firmly that it is best for all of us if we work together based on rules, common values and joint action in the international economic system, in the international trade system, and make our contributions to the military alliances," Merkel said. Judging by Trump's fiery sermon, he disagrees.

"And second, the trans-Atlantic relationship will not be less important in the coming years than it was in past years. And I will work on that. Even when there are different opinions, compromises and solutions can be best found when we exchange ideas with respect," added Merkel. 


George Soros Behind 56 Groups Running Bizarre Women’s March

At Independent Sentinel by S. Noble  -- 

The women’s march is built on lies and a good deal of the funding comes from George Soros and other leftist groups. It took a liberal feminist – an honest liberal feminist – to uncover the deceit.

It took a liberal feminist

Writing for the New York Times, Asra Nomani quotes The Guardian touting the “Women’s March on Washington” as a “spontaneous” action for women’s rights. The liberal media also spoke of the “huge, spontaneous groundswell” behind the march. It’s a “grassroots effort” with “independent” organizers they bellowed from their pages as if anyone believes it

The author is a liberal feminist but as she admitted, the women’s march didn’t appeal to her because it is not a “women’s march”, it’s a march for women who are anti-Trump. It’s certainly not “grassroots” or “spontaneous”.

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President Trump Speaks at CIA Headquarters

At Lawfareblog by Quinta Jurecic

The day after his inauguration, President Donald Trump addressed CIA employees at the Agency's headquarters. Video of his remarks is available below courtesy of The Washington Post, along with a transcript courtesy of CSPAN. We have also included notable responses to Trump's speech at the bottom of this post.

Thank you.

Well. I want to thank everybody. Very, very special people. And it is true: this is my first stop. Officially. We’re not talking about the balls, and we’re not talking about even the speeches. Although, they did treat me nicely on that speech yesterday [laughter].
I always call them “the dishonest media”, but they treated me nicely.

But, I want to say that there is nobody that feels stronger about the Intelligence Community and the CIA than Donald Trump. [applause]. There’s Nobody. Nobody.

And the wall behind me is very very special. We’ve been touring for quite a while. And I’ll tell you what: twenty … nine? I can’t believe it.. No. Twenty eight. We’ve got to reduce it. That’s amazing. And we really appreciate it what you ‘ve done in terms of showing us something very special. And your whole group. These are really special, amazing people. Very. very few people could do the job you people do.

And I want to just let you know: I am so behind you.


Weekly Standard, CNN say Sean Spicer Lies

Weekly Standard: Trumpism Corrupts: Spicer Edition

by Jonathon V. Last  -- 

The first official White House press conference is on Monday, but Sean Spicer called a Very Special Presser Saturday evening. Why? He had something he wanted to get off his chest. "[P]hotographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way, in one particular tweet, to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall," he said. After trotting out some scientific-sounding numbers, he then insisted that "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration—period —both in person and around the globe." And that "These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong."

Here's what got Spicer so agitated that he had to come out and lie to reporters on a Saturday night—it's side-by-side pictures of the crowds from the Obama 2009 inaugural and Trump's. Go ahead and take a good, long look. I'll wait.


Which leads us to the question of why Spicer rushed out on Day 2 of the administration to begin his relationship with the press by insisting on a blatant, demonstrably false, lie. And please understand: That's what this is. It is not spin, or misrepresentation, or cutting a fine line. It's a deliberate lie.

And the answer is that this isn't about Sean Spicer. He's already been caught lying in the recent past.

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Also CNN Call Spicer a Liar  At Mediate   

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Trump’s inaugural address was as subtle as a punch to the nose

At New York Post by Micheal Goodwin  -- 

What, you expected poetry? Maybe a turn of the other cheek to the boycotters and hooligans and haters?

If so, you haven’t been paying attention for the last 18 months. America’s new sheriff didn’t come to Washington to make friends or make nice.

He came to get things done and make change. Big things and big change.
President Donald Trump showed again yesterday that he is many things, but not — NOT — a politician. He is an outsider, a disrupter, a revolutionary and he made no attempt to disguise his plan to smash the status quo.

His 16-minute inaugural speech was as subtle as a punch in the nose. Its imagery was brilliant in its starkness, as when he talked of “mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities” and “rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape.”

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The Following Words Had Never Appeared In An Inaugural Address, Until Today

At Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden  -- 

That Trump's inaugural address was provocative is putting it mildly. Nowhere was this more obvious than in the initial reaction of the Financial Times. Consider the following excerpt:
For most presidents, a first inaugural address has been the occasion to set out a personal vision of the American idea. You do not necessarily lose points for failing to set out policy in granular detail. You are playing mood-music, making it as stirring as possible and positioning yourself in the grand flow of American history: reminding your audience of an essential continuity. Mr Trump’s theme was the opposite. From his first words, he stressed discontinuity: that his presidency would be a break.

“Today’s ceremony, however, has a very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington DC, and giving it back to you, the people.”

That audience-shaping attempt, at least, had the right idea. Mr Trump made a lot of play with the second and first-persons plural: “This is your day”; “We will bring back our jobs.” But he positioned his “great movement” in a way that suggested not that the Washington government was the expression of democracy but its enemy. It was an unusually rancorous, backward look, given what he said about unity and solidarity. It was a dismissal of, rather than a humble doffing of the cap to, history. 

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World jittery about Trump's 'America first' inaugural speech

At Ap

---President Donald Trump's inaugural speech promised "America first" policy, but offered no specifics about America's place in the world.
The billionaire businessman and reality television star — the first president who had never held political office or high military rank — promised to stir a "new national pride" and protect America from the "ravages" of countries he says have stolen U.S. jobs.

"This American carnage stops right here," Trump declared. In a warning to the world, he said, "From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it's going to be America first."

A look at some reactions from around the world:
Like many in the Afghan capital of Kabul, restaurant owner Mohammad Nahim watched the presidential inauguration ceremonies but was disappointed to not hear any mention of Afghanistan.

"Trump did not mention a word about Afghanistan in his speech and the salaries of the Afghan army and police are paid by the U.S.," he said. He added that if the U.S. stops helping Afghanistan, "our country will again become a sanctuary to terrorists. I hope Trump will not forget Afghanistan."
Mohammed Kasim Zazi, a shopkeeper whose home is in eastern Afghanistan's Khost province, where the feared Haqqani network is prominent, said he expected Trump to stay focused on Afghanistan.

"Trump said he will finish the terrorists in the world and that has to mean that Afghanistan will remain in the sights of the U.S." said Zazi.