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I'm guessing no news will be released today at the risk it might be taken as an April fool.
What difference would that make?
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Old 02.04.2017, 18:43
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Strange to see Obama supporters and Trump haters plead the 10th.

Obama wasn't exactly a guardian of state's rights.
I do not think so either. But he symbolized (I purposely used that term since I do not think his work actually supported that theory) a popular mindset.

Trump does not symbolize the same. I think that's what makes him unpopular. I think leaders should not symbolize anything else but their own policy. Any other assumptions are added by those who (mis)interpret what he stands for. I do not think a union of many independent states really needs so much of a leadership - they should be given more locally focused responsibility and also accountability. To always expect orders is lazy, costly and gets them rid off accountability. I think Trump can actually make local govs more powerful. It will economize all. But it might cost him his office.
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Weird business about Trump's son-in-law, Kushner and visiting Iraq.

First it was announced last week he would visit Iraq.
Then it was announced this was incorrect and he would not.

Then it was announced he was in Iraq at the weekend, now this is denied and they say he visits Iraq today?

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Not chaotic at all

Interesting that the State Department is apparently ignored again!
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Old 03.04.2017, 17:27
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Not chaotic at all

Interesting that the State Department is apparently ignored again!
Remember the visit by Mexico's Foreign Minister: The state department had not been informed.

Trump is said to think that much of the administration is useless, he intends to let many of the 2000 politically appointed jobs vacant. Of the 549 positions that require the senate's confirmation he had only nominated 44 by early March - roughly half the pace of predecessors. The hiring freeze he issued shortly after inauguration fits quite will into that picture.

You can't leave so many posiitons vacant and not expect major hickups.

Oh and don't forget federal funding: The current resolution ends April 28th. The new budget is still widely disputed, given recent events in the senate and Trump's general opinion on the administration I think there's a fair chance for Government Shutdown 2.0 this summer.

Prepare for a hot spring/summer :/
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Old 03.04.2017, 17:36
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Trump does not symbolize the same. I think that's what makes him unpopular. I think leaders should not symbolize anything else but their own policy.
Therein lies the crux of the problem with President Trump: he does not have a policy, or a program, or direction. He likes to think he does, but he doesn't. It's a whole bunch of "we'll do X and Y" in the abstract, without any actual serious game plan, budget program to accomplish it, backup plan, assessment of policy implications, etc.
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Therein lies the crux of the problem with President Trump: he does not have a policy, or a program, or direction. He likes to think he does, but he doesn't. It's a whole bunch of "we'll do X and Y" in the abstract, without any actual serious game plan, budget program to accomplish it, backup plan, assessment of policy implications, etc.
I'm enjoying watching Trump wing it through the presidency.

He sort of just goes in guns blazing, does whatever the hell he wants and then works his way out from there - all the while tarnishing anybody who dares to call him out on it. Interesting style, you might say he's a pioneer
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Betsy DeVos' brother's shenanigans on the Post.

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You are my sunshine, my only sunshine...
Last time I saw that song performed live was by Jonathan Slinger as Hamlet at Stratford, and we all know who dies at the end of that play. This plot can't thicken any more. Something's got to give soon.
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Weird business about Trump's son-in-law, Kushner and visiting Iraq.

First it was announced last week he would visit Iraq.
Then it was announced this was incorrect and he would not.

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He definitely did his homework before this trip...

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BAGHDAD (The Borowitz Report)—Jared Kushner said on Tuesday that he became “incredibly well-informed” on the Middle East by reading up on the region while waiting for the ski lift on a recent trip to Aspen.

“There would be times when you’d have to wait five or even ten minutes for the ski lift, and that’s when I’d take out my phone and read up on the Middle East,” he said. “I really got into it.”

Kushner said that the Middle East was a “truly fascinating region” because of “all the countries that they have there.”

“There is Israel, and Egypt, but there is also Yemen and places like that,” he said. “Sometimes I would start learning about a new country, but then the ski lift would come.”

Kushner said that, during a meeting on Monday in Baghdad, he “wowed” the Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, with knowledge that he had gleaned about the nation while waiting for the ski lift.

“I told him that Iraq’s main agricultural products include wheat, barley, corn, and rice,” he said. “He seemed really surprised that I would know things like that.”

“Something else that’s interesting about the Middle East is there is a country called Jordan,” he added.

Kushner’s wife, Ivanka Trump, said that her husband’s ability to learn so much about the Middle East while waiting for the ski lift was “nothing short of amazing.”

“Jared is such a quick learner,” Trump said. “He reminds me of Daddy.”
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Remember the visit by Mexico's Foreign Minister: The state department had not been informed.

Trump is said to think that much of the administration is useless, he intends to let many of the 2000 politically appointed jobs vacant. Of the 549 positions that require the senate's confirmation he had only nominated 44 by early March - roughly half the pace of predecessors. The hiring freeze he issued shortly after inauguration fits quite will into that picture.

You can't leave so many posiitons vacant and not expect major hickups.

Oh and don't forget federal funding: The current resolution ends April 28th. The new budget is still widely disputed, given recent events in the senate and Trump's general opinion on the administration I think there's a fair chance for Government Shutdown 2.0 this summer.

Prepare for a hot spring/summer :/
While the White House is ignoring State Department and Tillerson by writing their own Foreign policy we have the side show that the recently appointed US Ambassador to the UN Haley is ignoring both of them and writing her own foreign policy "Trump not stopping me from beating up on Russia’ – UN Ambassador Haley"

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The Commerce Department said on Tuesday the trade deficit declined 9.6 percent to $43.6 billion, also as exports increased to their highest level in more than two years!

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Back on topic, on one hand, we have an absolute doos in the WH who believes global warming is a hoax, couldn't give a flying eff about the environment, and has just rolled back Obama's climate policy.

On the other hand we have Professor Stephen Hawking who believes global warming is the biggest threat to our species.

My money's on Hawking every day of the week.
Trump declares end to 'war on coal,' but utilities aren't listening

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Reuters surveyed 32 utilities with operations in the 26 states. The bulk of them have no plans to alter their multi-billion dollar, years-long shift away from coal, suggesting demand for the fuel will keep falling despite Trump's efforts.

The utilities gave many reasons, mainly economic:
  • Natural gas - coal’s top competitor - is cheap and abundant;
  • solar and wind power costs are falling;
  • state environmental laws remain in place;
  • and Trump's regulatory rollback may not survive legal challenges.

"Utility planning typically takes place over much longer periods than presidential terms of office," Berkshire Hathaway Inc-owned Pacificorp spokesman Tom Gauntt said.

The slide appears likely to continue: U.S. power companies now expect to retire or convert more than 8,000 megawatts of coal-fired plants in 2017 after shutting almost 13,000 MW last year, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration and Thomson Reuters data.
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He definitely did his homework before this trip...

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The really crazy thing is that with this administration, you can't really rule out such a scenario.
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He definitely did his homework before this trip...

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Reading that, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I'm stunned that was passes as 'knowledge' with Jared, reminds me of a school project I did about Idaho when I was 7.
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Reading that, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I'm stunned that was passes as 'knowledge' with Jared, reminds me of a school project I did about Idaho when I was 7.
I suggest to laugh or crack a smile as the article's from the humor section

Another article's headlined "White House Denies Any Ties to United States"
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I suggest to laugh or crack a smile as the article's from the humor section

Another article's headlined "White House Denies Any Ties to United States"
It's strangely plausible though.
When so many people wanted to break the strangle hold of dynastical politics (Kennedys, Bushs, Clintons), what they've got in it's place is like a bad edition of 'Family Fortunes'.
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It's strangely plausible though.
I knew it was a wind-up as soon as I read this totally implausible bit:

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There is no way anyone skiing at Aspen would tolerate a ten-minute wait for a ski lift.
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Trump just keeps doing what he was voted in to do

Illegal immigration down 67 percent under Trump!

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I knew it was a wind-up as soon as I read this totally implausible bit:



There is no way anyone skiing at Aspen would tolerate a ten-minute wait for a ski lift.
It's possible - there's one large cable car. Those only run every 7 - 10 minutes depending on length....
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Illegal immigration down 67 percent under Trump!
They're looking at Trump and deciding they're better off where they are.
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