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Old Today, 05:05 PM   #53976
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Re: The Presidency of Donald J. Trump

Oh, and this "Build the Wall" budget threat. Trump is like a hostage taker with a gun to his own head. Pretty soon the crowd will be like, "Just Do IT, don't be a Wuss!" and "Pull the trigger!". The guy does not have a strategic bone in his body. It's laughable to see people like Skalansky/Dilbert try to impose some sort of rational framework on him. He's a bloated moron who is just mashing buttons.
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Old Today, 05:13 PM   #53977
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Re: The Presidency of Donald J. Trump

Act II is going to be fun:

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The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises.

What was once an uneasy governing alliance has curdled into a feud of mutual resentment and sometimes outright hostility, complicated by the position of Mr. McConnell’s wife, Elaine L. Chao, in Mr. Trump’s cabinet, according to more than a dozen people briefed on their imperiled partnership. Angry phone calls and private badmouthing have devolved into open conflict, with the president threatening to oppose Republican senators who cross him, and Mr. McConnell mobilizing to their defense.

The rupture between Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell comes at a highly perilous moment for Republicans, who face a number of urgent deadlines when they return to Washington next month. Congress must approve new spending measures and raise the statutory limit on government borrowing within weeks of reconvening, and Republicans are hoping to push through an elaborate rewrite of the federal tax code. There is scant room for legislative error on any front.

A protracted government shutdown or a default on sovereign debt could be disastrous — for the economy and for the party that controls the White House and both chambers of Congress.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/22/u...ell-trump.html
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Old Today, 05:45 PM   #53978
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The conflict with McConnell is pretty major development.
McConnell already bent the knee, though

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Old Today, 05:47 PM   #53979
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Trump's whole team had all those interactions with a foreign enemy over 2 years, and not a single one ever listed it on their forms or went to the authorities.

Now these same people CREATE the forms and they ARE the authorities.
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Old Today, 05:49 PM   #53980
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That model doesn't look right at all. It has Dems as greater than 95% to take the house, which seems way too high. Looks like it's based on historical data, so it probably misses the gerrymandering advantage that Republicans have.
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Old Today, 05:51 PM   #53981
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Re: The Presidency of Donald J. Trump

Guess I can't blame Trump for not knowing since I didn't or can I?
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Old Today, 05:51 PM   #53982
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MSNBC said earlier that McConnell denied the reporting about Trump pressuring him. I can't find it in Google though. Anyone else hear the same?
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Old Today, 05:57 PM   #53983
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That model doesn't look right at all. It has Dems as greater than 95% to take the house, which seems way too high. Looks like it's based on historical data, so it probably misses the gerrymandering advantage that Republicans have.
It does, they admit this without using the word "gerrymandering." I forget how they worded it, geographical something or other.

A couple years ago I read that Democrats need to win the national Congressional popular vote 54-46 to win enough seats to take the house. I've seen estimates that this number could be as high as 56-44. That website has it at 55-45, which means it would likely be close.

I continue to think the GOP is nuts for not impeaching now, cutting their losses, enjoying the SCOTUS seat they stole, and hoping that a year-plus of Pence and sanity is enough for people to forget the chaos, thus enabling them to hold the House, gain in the Senate (if Pence approval was around 45% they'd have an outside shot at a filibuster-proof majority), and ram through their agenda. I guess they fear a party split and Trump fighting them tooth and nail for retribution? I think he's way more likely to go start Trump TV and kick back and golf and enjoy the view from Trump Tower, while charging his lifetime protection detail like 1M/month in rent.

If I was them I'd take my chances fading Trump retribution as opposed to fading an approval rating in the 30's, fading an impeachment on the eve of the election, and/or fading Mueller bombshells dropping in the leadup to the midterm elections.
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Old Today, 05:58 PM   #53984
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I would go with Donald Duck over Trump


It's not particularly close.
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Old Today, 06:40 PM   #53985
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Trump's whole team had all those interactions with a foreign enemy over 2 years, and not a single one ever listed it on their forms or went to the authorities.

Now these same people CREATE the forms and they ARE the authorities.
No, they do not create the forms or anything else. You just do not understand how law and regulations work.

You are like Trump, who thought he could actually do what he wanted as president. Read the recent New Yorker article on Carl Icahn to learn something about laws and regulations. The president is required to ensure that the laws of the US are faithfully executed--he does not make law.
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Old Today, 07:01 PM   #53986
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Old Today, 07:18 PM   #53987
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Re: The Presidency of Donald J. Trump

CNN reports that investigators have an e-mail from a Trump aide trying to set up a meeting between Trump campaign officials and Putin.
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Old Today, 07:21 PM   #53988
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