Sunday, February 19, 2017

Trump’s ‘Winter White House’: A Peek at the Exclusive Members’ List at Mar-a-Lago

At NYTIMES by   

JS:This is how the Leftist NYTIMES see Mar-A-largo

On any given weekend, you might catch President Trump’s son-in-law and top Mideast dealmaker, Jared Kushner, by the beachside soft-serve ice cream machine, or his reclusive chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, on the dining patio. If you are lucky, the president himself could stop by your table for a quick chat. But you will have to pay $200,000 for the privilege — and the few available spots are going fast.

Virtually overnight, Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump’s members-only Palm Beach, Fla., club, has been transformed into the part-time capital of American government, a so-called winter White House where Mr. Trump has entertained a foreign head of state, health care industry executives and other presidential guests.

But Mr. Trump’s gatherings at Mar-a-Lago — he arrived there on Friday afternoon, his third weekend visit in a row — have also created an arena for potential political influence rarely seen in American history: a kind of Washington steakhouse on steroids, situated in a sunny playground of the rich and powerful, where members and their guests enjoy a level of access that could elude even the best-connected of lobbyists.

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Finally – Forgotten No More !…It’s Not Trump That Needs Rallies, It’s Us



 

Conservative Treehouse by sundance -- 

It’s Not Trump That Needs Rallies, It’s Us….  Sometimes pictures just speak for themselves.  There’s a disconnect amid the proletariat class that just simply don’t understand; and unfortunately, they probably never will:

 

“Forgotten No More!”



Exceptionally astute comment.
“You know what the best thing about all this is? Trump supporters aren’t starstruck. They’re not there to see a celebrity or a political icon. They’re there to see one of their own, just a man who’s fighting for them.
The deplorables enthusiasm; emotional zeal comes from the heart, it comes from the absolute excitement of hearing an actual warrior who fights for them & stands on principle, honor & integrity.
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Barack Obama Is Tied to a Five Nation Spy Ring

At Independent Sentinel by S.Noble --
image Shaw/net 

This is a developing story.

On February 16th, Wikileaks released the first in a series of documents that promise to show Barack Obama’s CIA spied on the 2012 French elections, possibly to influence them.
One could speculate Obama planned to influence the elections in the direction of the Socialist Party.

Central Intelligence Agency documents released by WikiLeaks Thursday list Canada as one of several countries asked to assist the United States while they spied on the 2012 French presidential election.

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News Trump’s new travel ban won’t affect green-card holders


At NYPOST/Reuters -- 

A new version of a Trump administration travel ban will not stop green card residency holders or travelers already on planes from entering the United States, U.S. Secretary for Homeland Security John Kelly said on Saturday.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s initial attempt to clamp down for security reasons on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and on refugees snarled to a halt amid a judicial backlash and chaos at airports.

“The president is contemplating releasing a tighter, more streamlined version of the first (order). And I will have opportunity to work (on) a rollout plan, in particular to make sure that there’s no one in a sense caught in the system of moving from overseas to our airports,” Kelly said at the Munich Security Conference.

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Trump Supporters Rally In Downtown Atlanta With Semi-Automatic Weapons

At Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden -- 

As Trump was preparing to address an audience in Florida on Saturday afternoon, in a speech which Reuters summarized as "returning to the campaign trail to attack the media again and tout his accomplishments in the friendly atmosphere of a rally with supporters", a group of supporters gathered for a pro-President Trump rally in downtown Atlanta armed with semi-automatic weapons.

The crowd met at Centennial Olympic Park. Those there told Channel 2 Action News that they are part of an area militia group, III% Security Force, which was also serving as security for the event.

As WSB-TV reports, members of the militia group said they were there to protect President Trump supporters. 
"We're using our second amendment rights to protect the first amendment rights," Chris Hill said.
"Throughout the day we're going to have more people, more Trump supporters come to this corner, showing their support for President Trump. We are going to make sure that these people are safe and have the right to have their voices heard without fear of violence or intimidation from any opposing groups." 


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Miami Dade Abandons Sanctuary Policy After Trump Threat



At Frontpage mag by Daniel Greenfield -- 

The dominoes are beginning to fall. Under pressure, Miami Dade is no longer a sanctuary for illegal aliens in defiance of the law.

Miami-Dade formally abandoned its status Friday as a “sanctuary” for unauthorized immigrants, backing Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s recent decision to mollify President Donald Trump by detaining jailed inmates sought for deportation by the federal government.

“Shame on you!” members of the crowd cried after the 9-3 vote, hurling bits of paper and white carnations at the dais and standing up to stomp out of the chambers.

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Trump administration drafts plan to Raise asylum bar, Speed Deportations

 
At OAN.com By Julia Edwards Ainsley

The Department of Homeland Security has prepared new guidance for immigration agents aimed at speeding up deportations by denying asylum claims earlier in the process.

The new guidelines, contained in a draft memo dated February 17 but not yet sent to field offices, directs agents to only pass applicants who have a good chance of ultimately getting asylum, but does not give specific criteria for establishing credible fear of persecution if sent home.

The guidance instructs asylum officers to “elicit all relevant information” in determining whether an applicant has “credible fear” of persecution if returned home, the first obstacle faced by migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border requesting asylum. (Graphic: http://tmsnrt.rs/2m4aPAs)

Three sources familiar with the drafting of the guidance said the goal of the new instructions is to raise the bar on initial screening.
The administration’s plan is to leave wide discretion to asylum officers by allowing them to determine which applications have a “significant possibility” of being approved by an immigration court, the sources said.

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Congressmen Seek to Cut Off Millions in Taxpayer Money to Soros Network




At Frontpagemag by Daniel Greenfield -- 

Under Obama, Soros had a free hand to conduct his usual plots. And he was doing it with taxpayer funds. Now some members of Congress want to put a stop to his slimy ways.

Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., led a group of House lawmakers in writing to Ambassador Jess Baily -- an Obama appointee -- demanding answers. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, also expressed concerns about USAID money going to Soros' Open Society Foundations as part of a broader concern that the U.S. Embassy has been taking sides in party politics.

“I have received credible reports that, over the past few years, the US Mission to Macedonia has actively intervened in the party politics of Macedonia, as well as the shaping of its media environment and civil society, often favoring groups of one political persuasion over another,” Lee said in his letter.

Together, the concerns reflect growing conservative pushback against Soros' operations in Europe.

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Report: Senior White House Officials Favor John Bolton for National Security Adviser


At PJMEDIA by Debra Heine -- 


On Sunday President Donald Trump plans to interview four candidates to replace ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn: acting adviser Keith Kellogg, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, and Lieutenant General Robert Caslen, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
The president said that he expects to make a decision in the "next couple of days."

Ambassador John Bolton has emerged as the favorite among senior White House officials and members of the National Security Council, according to The Washington Free Beacon:

Among Bolton's most vocal supporters are senior administration officials loyal to Flynn and who are upset at the general's firing. Multiple sources described an effort by these Flynn loyalists to ensure that Bolton is selected as his replacement.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Comey meets Intel senators amid uproar over Trump-Russia ties



At The Hill by KBWilliams --

JS The Senate Intelligence Committe is a large part of the SWAMP. The same Senators have been on that committee for many years. Pres Trump shld tell Mitch McConnell to get fresh faces on this committee to get a  new outlook. This old group has much more power, inluence than a SENAtor should.

FBI Director James B. Comey met with lawmakers from the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Friday, amid an uproar over alleged contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.

Committee members and Comey spent nearly three hours Friday afternoon in a secure room in the Senate basement used for classified briefings, known as a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF).

Lawmakers tersely refused to comment upon exiting the meeting, declining even to confirm that Comey met with them.

The Intelligence panel’s chairman, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), called the meeting “just a normal classified briefing.”

“I won't talk about it at all,” he told a pack of reporters surrounding him by the subway to the Russell Senate office building — one of whom had leapt across the train tracks to get into the scrum. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) stood on the opposite side of the open tracks, surrounded by a separate mob of reporters, and similarly declined to offer any information on the meeting.

Byron York: 25th Amendment chatter: Dems, pundits mull ways to remove Trump




WExaminer by Byron York -- 

President Trump finishes his fourth week in the White House, a number of opposition lawmakers, political commentators, and self-styled members of The Resistance are discussing ways in which the president might be quickly removed from office.

Some have talked about impeachment for quite a while, even before the Trump inauguration. But that could take a long time, and it would require Trump to commit, and then be charged with and convicted of, "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors" to meet the Constitution's standard for removing the president from office.

That's too long term, say some. So now, there is increasing discussion of the 25th Amendment

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The #Resistance is pushing Republicans to back Trump

NYPOST

Sure, it matters that President Trump has a historically low favorability rating. Then again, disliking the president isn’t exactly a courageous act. Plenty of Americans, many who supported the president during the general election, don’t like him. They do realize that politics is a trade-off.

Here’s a more revealing question pollsters might ask: Do you “like” any better Sens. Chuck Schumer or Elizabeth Warren, pussy-hatted marchers griping about the patriarchy or the totalitarians blocking Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from walking into a public school?

That’s the choice #TheResistance has created for many moderate Republicans, right-leaning independents and movement conservatives concerned about Trump. That is to say, they offer no choice whatsoever. They offer plenty of hysteria, hypocrisy and conflation of conservatism with Trumpism for political gain.

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How immigration will change the electoral power of states Trump needed to win election

At NYPOST by Salena Zito --

With or without a huge wall along the southern border, states far from Mexico will continue to feel the effects of immigration — just not in the way most Americans might think.
That’s because immigration will change the demographics — and electoral power — of the states Donald Trump depended on to win the presidency.

Trump — who focused throughout the campaign on curbing illegal immigration — won after flipping an entire region from blue to red, from Wisconsin to Michigan and into Ohio and Pennsylvania. Paul Sracic, a political science professor at Youngstown (Ohio) State University, explains that Trump “could have lost Florida and still won, something the last Republican president, George W. Bush, never could have done.”

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McCain tells Europe that Trump administration is in ‘disarray’

At NYPOST/Reuters -- 

Republican Senator John McCain broke with the reassuring message that U.S. officials visiting Germany have sought to convey on their debut trip to Europe, saying on Friday that the administration of President Donald Trump was in “disarray”.

McCain, a known Trump critic, told the Munich Security Conference that the resignation of the new president’s security adviser Michael Flynn over his contacts with Russia reflected deep problems in Washington.

“I think that the Flynn issue obviously is something that shows that in many respects this administration is in disarray and they’ve got a lot of work to do,” said McCain, even as he praised Trump’s defense secretary.
“The president, I think, makes statements (and) on other occasions contradicts himself. So we’ve learned to watch what the president does as opposed to what he says,” he said.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

White House Plans to Have Trump Ally Review Intelligence Agencies-Stephen A. Feinberg?

NYTIMES by

President Trump plans to assign a New York billionaire to lead a broad review of American intelligence agencies, according to administration officials, an effort that members of the intelligence community fear could curtail their independence and reduce the flow of information that contradicts the president’s worldview.

The possible role for Stephen A. Feinberg, a co-founder of Cerberus Capital Management, has met fierce resistance among intelligence officials already on edge because of the criticism the intelligence community has received from Mr. Trump during the campaign and since he became president. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump blamed leaks from the intelligence community for the departure of Michael T. Flynn, his national security adviser, whose resignation he requested.

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