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It seems, contrary to initial appearances, the original travel ban injunc by the Seattle judge was not on decent grounds, and the Hawaii judge's ruling on the latest one is even worse:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/445832/hawaii-judges-ruling-trump-travel-ban-oversteps-judiciarys-role

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/445842/hawaii-judges-travel-ban-ruling-against-trump-executive-order-dangerous
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President Trump's completely unfounded allegations about being wiretapped by President Obama are continuing to embarrass the country as the White House now has to apologize to the United Kingdom.  It's just great when allegations made by the President of the United States are termed "utterly ridiculous" by his closest foreign allies.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/white-house-wiretapping-allegations-blasted-uk-intelligence/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/17/britains-spy-agency-denies-wiretapping-trump-calls-claims-ridiculous/99295490/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/17/politics/gchq-trump-wiretap-denial/

Trump's budget is getting a cold reception on Capitol Hill, even from his own party.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/capitol-hill-republicans-not-on-board-with-trump-budget/2017/03/16/9952d63e-0a6b-11e7-b77c-0047d15a24e0_story.html?utm_term=.e556b26d4404

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-budget-republicans-capitol-hill-236146

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/16/trumps-first-budget-faces-early-republican-resistance.html

It is being noted that while President Trump's budget is eliminating all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities ($148 million per year), it does continue to fund $183 million per year for security at Trump Tower because the First Lady doesn't want to pull her son out of school and move to the White House. That's the least of the problems with these cuts.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/arts/nea-neh-endowments-trump.html?_r=0

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/03/donald-trump-budget-cuts-214926

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2017/03/16/trump-budget-slashes-billions-from-rural-programs/bP8BKIdo5uSG5UkwD2ylOO/story.html

http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-trump-budget-envisions-big-cuts-for-1489664310-htmlstory.html

http://time.com/4704617/nypd-donald-trump-budget-terrorism/

http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/16/14944084/trump-budget-science-funding-politics-epa-hhs-agriculture-interior

The "Repeal and Replace" of Obamacare is proving to be disastrous as the Ryancare/Trumpcare proposal (both men don't want it called that) seems to be making Obamacare more secure.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/03/17/the-bill-intended-to-repeal-obamacare-has-made-repealing-obamacare-less-likely/

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/445841/obamacare-repeal-health-care-republicans-politically-impossible-entitlement-state

https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2017-03-17/obamacare-repeal-is-a-political-migraine-for-donald-trump-gop

I wonder when we're going to start being "Great Again". [rolleyes]

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The Republican battle cry to repeal and replace Obamacare has collapsed into a shambolic mess as both the moderate and the conservative wings of the Republican party balk at various provisions of the bill.   As it became apparent that the bill did not go far enough for conservatives, and went way too far for the moderates, to justify to their constituencies, Speaker Ryan and President Trump were faced with either holding a vote and face a humiliating defeat, or pull the bill and face further embarrassment.  The President seems to have been eager to hold a vote anyway, and then have representatives held responsible for their votes by voters in 2018.  The Speaker would be understandably less eager, as that could cause him to loose his majority and thus his Speakership in the House.  There was the added element that the bill faced even more difficulty in the Senate.  After 7 years of the GOP vowing to repeal President Obama's signature legislation, and Trump's vow to to make this his top priority, it now seems apparent that the Republicans are deeply divided about how to replace it.  President Trump has directed his ire at conservatives, and Speaker Ryan ultimately pulled the bill proclaiming that "Obamacare is the law of the land" for the foreseeable future.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4347068/House-Speaker-Ryan-yanks-Obamacare-repeal-vote.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/23/politics/trump-health-care-latest/index.html

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/325690-house-expected-to-pull-obamacare-vote-from-schedule

The conservative "Freedom Caucus" in the House of Representatives is being credited with killing the bill.  There are reports that President Trump is being encouraged to keep a list of members for future political retribution.  However, moderates were just as reluctant to consider the bill over the drastic cuts to medicare and coverage of children under their parents plans, and the removal of the guarantee of coverage for people with pre-existing conditions etc. that were being proposed.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/23/politics/what-is-the-freedom-caucus/index.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4345918/Trump-blasts-GOP-s-health-care-gridlocking-right-wingers.html

http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/323511/bannon-trump-shit-list-republicans-dont-vote-healthcare/

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Andrew McCarthy on the politicised hearings on Russian activities in the election.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447457/sally-yates-testimony-partisan-innuendo-overwhelms-facts-about-trump-russia

As he points out, Flynn was rather silly (although the Clintons had just as many and lucrative Russian connections). However, there is absolutely no evidence he colluded with the Kremlin to sway the election. Indeed there is no evidence anyone in Trump campaign did. Heck, if Russia did try to influence the election, the Trump campaign had no need to do the rather stupid thing of colluding with them. They only had to sit back and let it happen.
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Russia is no role model for conservatives:
http://theconservative.online/article/putin_is_no_conservative

On this of all days (well yesterday at least, which was May 9), Russia's whitewashing of Soviet atrocities continues:
http://www.theconservative.online/tC-03.pdf#page=38
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Smith undermines her credibility with her obnoxious republican insistence on denigrating Tsarism.

Anti-Communism is simply a minimum for being a decent human being. It is not enough. Right-wingers must be pro-Monarchy as well.

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So President Trump has fired FBI director Comey for his poor handling of the Hilary Clinton email inquiry on the eve of the election, just days after Comey asks for an increase of funds for his investigation of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, and on the day that Grand Jury Subpoenas were going out to associates of recently fired National Security Chief Mike Flynn, and a day before Russian foreign minister Lavrov was due to pay a high profile visit to the President.  Probably the least well thought out firing by a President since Nixon fired Special Prosecutor Cox.  Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov openly mocked the firing of Mr. Comey during his joint press appearance with Secretary of State Tillerson with a sarcastic show of disbelief.

http://www.npr.org/2017/05/10/527744909/suspicious-timing-and-convenient-reasoning-for-trumps-firing-of-comey

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/10/politics/donald-trump-james-comey-firing/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/10/politics/james-comey-donald-trump-firing-tick-tock/

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/10/trumps-firing-of-comey-endangers-his-entire-presidency.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/james-comey-grand-jury-donald-trump-fire-fbi-director-michael-flynn-russia-links-sack-a7727391.html

http://www.mlive.com/news/us-world/index.ssf/2017/05/putins_top_diplomat_mocks_fbi.html

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with President Trump in the White House along with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak.  Mr. Kislyak has been accused by senior intelligence officials of being a Russian Spy and a recruiter of spies, so his prominent role in this friendly reception at the White House is rising eyebrows in the current situation.  It is also to be noted that no U.S. press were allowed in the meeting, yet Russian news service Tass was evidently allowed in as it released photograps of the event.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/10/politics/trump-lavrov-tillerson-meeting/


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This is typical Trump: he did the right thing in the wrong way and at the wrong time. Comey deserved to go after he allowed political pressure to prevent the legitimate indictment of Clinton - and the gross bungling of the investigation, where the FBI often acted more like her defence counsel - and then the later inexplicably report on Clinton's emails in the last week of the election. But he should have gone when Trump came into office.

There is something absurdly ironic about those baying for Comey's blood in October being so outraged now.
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I think that what happened this week  may be more serious than that. I think that up until now, many people regarded the Trump campaign's ties to Russia (if indeed there were any) as the routine, ordinary dishonesty and corruption that takes place in most political campaigns and dealings, and just shrugged it off. And the same with Clinton's e-mails. However, the abrupt dismissal of the F.B.I. Director at a time that his agency was investigating the Trump campaign and the Grand Jury subpoenas being filed, in many people's perception, goes way beyond standard, everyday corruption, and while legal, seems to be a mis-use of Presidential power and prerogative. In the popular public perception, it smacks of tyranny and dictatorship. And it is indeed reminiscent of President Nixon's dismissal of the Special Prosecutor during the 1973-1974 Watergate Investigation.



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Indeed Windemere.  This is way beyond Wessexman's characterization.  The Trump administration seriously miscalculated the impact of this.  They counted on Democratic resentment of Comey, but instead they have shaken even Republicans on Capitol Hill with the timing of this.  Their explanation about how the President came to the conclusion that he had to fire Comey has been inconsistent.  First they said it was based on the recommendation of the new Deputy Attorney General who oversees the FBI.  Then they said that the President had been talking about firing Comey for a week.  When the Deputy Attorney General balked at being credited with sole responsibility for the recommendation to fire the FBI Chief, and apparently threatened to resign over this explanation, they changed yet again and said that the President had been considering firing Comey since he was elected. The latest is that the President had already decided to fire Comey "regardless of the recommenation from the Deputy AG because "the FBI was in turmoil" and had lost confidence in the director.  This afternoon, the new acting head of the FBI testified in congress that contrary to what the administration stated, the rank and file of the FBI had full confidence in Director Comey during his entire time at the Bureau, and continue to have full confidence in him now a stinging direct rebuke to the President's the administration in regard to the "turmoil" comment.  He has basically said the President has lied about this.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/11/politics/trump-james-comey-nbc/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/11/politics/andrew-mccabe-hearing-senate-intelligence-committee/index.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4496936/Trump-calls-fired-FBI-boss-Comey-SHOWBOAT.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4496526/Vast-majority-FBI-agents-backed-Comey-says-new-boss.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4491184/Author-memo-Comey-overseeing-Russia-2016-probe.html

 Many administration members were caught unaware and unprepared by the firing and they were clearly unprepared for the meltdown in trying to explain it..  To top it all off, Trump excluded all American media from his meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov, but allowed in a man from Russian official press organ TASS. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-to-meet-russian-foreign-minister-at-the-white-house-as-moscows-alleged-election-interference-is-back-in-spotlight/2017/05/10/c6717e4c-34f3-11e7-b412-62beef8121f7_story.html?utm_term=.80e83d1f476c

http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2017/05/10/trump-russia-meeting-media-shut-out-238221



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Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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Except that there is still no evidence of serious ties between Trump and Russia. Even with the likes of Flynn, it was only a few dubious business ties (and lesser ones than the Clintons - whilst his wife was SoS, Bill Clinton accepted a lucrative speaking gig at a Kremlin backed company, right before the State Department made a decision in its favour). 

Clinton's emails are completely different. Clinton endangered national security, breaking laws, department rules, and agreements she had made, for the sake of attempting to prevent congressional oversight of her communications. She deserved to be indicted for that and to have a court decide her fate, at least. Comey, due to political pressure from the Obama Whitehouse and his own wish not to indict a presidential candidate during a campaign, decided to help stifle the investigation (with lots of DOJ hep - such as not granting warrants for the seizing of evidence, as usually would happen, so immunity had to be offered to the likes of Cheryl Mills immunity just to get access to their computers). Comey even allowed two co-accused to sit on Clinton's interview - meaning that it would be likely Clinton could not be indicted, as this ruled out the important possible evidence of these co-accused. This would never happen if he had been running a proper investigation. The FBI officers then gave her more or less a celebrity interview, not the pressuring interview you usually get from the FBI in those situations.

Comey deserved to go. It is simply that Trump seems to have decided it was a good idea to wait to the absolute worst time to do it. Still, in the end, as Trump and his campaign seem to have had no serious ties to Russia, then it isn't really like Watergate. Indeed, the fact the FBI and others seem so proactive in the case of Russia, compared to their investigation of Clinton, is rightfully galling to Trump. It is hard to know what the average person will think, though I doubt the outrage extends to them. Remember, CNN et al. are more or less the official opposition these days. They'd be outraged if Trump ate a chip he'd dropped on the pavement.
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I agree with the editors of National Review:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447475/james-comey-firing-justified-trump-should-explain-timing

As they say, Comey was eminently fireable, and the investigation is not even into Trump campaign ties to Russia (the ongoing investigation is into Russian hacking during the election, not of Trump or his campaign), of which there is no evidence. But Trump needs to explain his timing better, and he obviously hasn't helped dampen the silly Russian ties conspiracies - he's done the opposite.

A much more serious criticism is Trump seems to have been swayed by neocon advisors into silly foreign policy choices, such as on Syria and Russia (the latter in part no doubt to squelch the conspiracy theories). But he even lacks the consistency and statesmanship to have a well thought out neocon foreign policy, so we get what is worse - such a policy in fits and bursts, with little thought to the bigger picture.
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Trump's reason for firing Comey # ... oh, who knows, I've lost count ... in a continuing series. Interestingly, this latest one is what everyone assumed from the beginning was the reason, irritation over the Russia investigation. Doesn't mean that actually was why, though. My own suspicion is a combination of random impulse and a feeling on the jester-in-chief's part that he hadn't done anything outrageous in the last few days and it was time to get back in the centre of the news.

And my reaction is weariness. It was blazingly obvious before the election that here was a man entirely unfit for the position he sought, or any other post of responsibility. And since he gained election anyway he has done nothing except confirm that view. How long can it go on? The entire four years? Doesn't seem possible, but then nor did his election in the first place. What I do know is that in a system with real, working checks and balances, like say the Russian autocracy under the Romanoffs, a ruler who acted as bizarrely and unadvisedly as this one would be lucky to last four months before having his rule (and himself, perhaps a less desirable feature of that system) abruptly terminated.
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Charles Krauthammer has a good article on Comey laying himself open to firing, and yet Trump's inexplicable reason to do it now and his bizarre claims about the reasons:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447557/donald-trump-james-comey

The acting FBI director seems to have poked wholes in the claims of both Trump and his media critics:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447557/donald-trump-james-comey

For example, he claims Comey was not fired right after asking for more resources for the Russia investigation, as many media outlets claimed. Indeed, he claimed that FBI rarely asks for additional resources for individual cases.  He stated that there has been no pressure from the Trump administration to stifle the Russian investigation, and the Whitehouse hadn't even spoken to him about it nor had the Attorney General. He confirmed that the Russia investigation is important, but that it is a national security investigation into Russian hacking and not concerned with criminal questions about collusions between Russia and the Trump campaign. This latter reiterates what Comey said in March (though his comments were misunderstood, wilfully or not, by some).

He did note that Comey has not lost the confidence of the FBI rank-and-file, as Trump claimed.
 
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Just tear up the deal please:
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/tillerson-signaling-change-us-iran-policy-20618?page=show
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