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      Trump bet all his chips on this one last gasp and lost. The entire problem is this. Trump is used to getting his way and with his Wall, that is not the case at all. Trump is making a demand and is not trying to work on a bipartisan solution, or compromising in the least or is he even negotiating, he is DEMANDING. Even the day before Trump's oval office lie fest Lindsey Graham was on Fox having what is all to common with him lately, one of his hissy fits screaming that it is all the Democrats fault because they won't negotiate and give Trump his wall. What a bunch of cr@p that is. There are no negotiations. There is simply one demand that is presented over and over again and the Democrats will not budge.

      Trump’s aides fear he has given himself no way out. “The president put himself in a box,” the former official in touch with the White House told me. “The problem is there’s no endgame. Right now the White House is at a seven on the panic scale. If this thing goes on past the State of the Union they’re going to be at an 11.”

      Trump has screwed the pooch and has backed himself into a corner and can't seem to see a way out of his self made dilemma. All his usual ruses will not work. He can't very well blame the Democrats for shutting down the Government when he publicly admitted this is something he did and was proud of it. Trump's legacy is becoming more and more apparent.


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      Why Trump's Lies Endure Within His Base: One Night At A Neighborhood Bar


          A couple of times a week I stop at a local watering hole. Bar on one side, restaurant on the other. I meet friends there. Quite often I stay to just listen to the conversations going on around me. My county voted 82 percent for Trump in 2016. The county has vote "Trump" ever since. Trump's approval rating remains very high.

          Given all that has happened and is happening HOW does this continue?

          EZ.....they want Trump to WIN! Because they believe, in spite of the facts, that if HE WINS then THEY WIN.

          My neighbors include lots of farmers who are being shafted in trade as crops sit unsold. There are people whose jobs have been affected by the impact of tariffs on the factories where they work. My neighbors include people who have their healthcare because of Obamacare but won't admit it. I have neighbors who are on "food stamps" and other assistance which is not flowing now "because the democrats are playing politics.

          It comes down to the power of three emotions: hate, anxiety, and anger. They are fuel that feeds the irrational furnace that heats their minds.

          And the fevered brow eventually sickens the rest of the body.

          Trump, the MOST SUCCESSFUL of WHITE MEN, shares in those emotions with them and provides justification for their thinking and their feeling. He says and does what they want said and done...

          I do not know how they change as every challenge to Trump is seen as proof that he is being unfairly treated....just as they are.

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          Progressives Will Get Their Debate On Medicare For All


              This is what is desperately needed. An open discussion and a hard look at Universal Healthcare or as otherwise known, Medicare for all. Already the Congressional Budget Office has predicted that Medicare for all would have substantial savings over a ten year period. As of now ACA is barely holding on as the Republicans continue to chip away at the program and remove funding from different parts of the program.

              One of the major complaints by people is their concern about keeping their doctors. How many people right now are part of an HMO program or an Advantage program where the insurance company limits one's choices of doctors and hospitals? Where is the choice in those programs? I personally joined an Advantage program one year and received a booklet that had a listing of hospitals and doctors in my area from which I can choose. (I live in Chicago and none of the best hospitals like University of Chicago, Northwestern Hospital or Rush Medical was on the list. Just a bunch of smaller 2nd rate hospitals.) First of all you have to choose a primary doctor who will check you and and make recommendations as to which specialist you will see. Within a week of joining an advantage program I called up a doctor to be my primary doctor who was listed in the book given to me by the insurance company to find out he no longer was in the program. Then I decided to call a hospital, Swedish Covenant Hospital near where I live which was listed in the insurance booklet to get a recommendation for a primary doctor. Guess what? The hospital was no longer in the program. WTF? I gave up and weathered out the flu without any medication and relied upon soup, orange juice and plenty of rest.

              I am glad that the Democrats have taken it upon themselves to not only start talking about Universal Healthcare but also to start investigating implementing the program and to look to see how it can be funded. To all those nay sayers within the Party. Good luck keeping your job when the majority of people would like to move in the direction of medicare for all.

              By the way, drug prices are going to rise about 6% in 2019 including generic drugs. Also, I just got my drug plan booklet for 2019 and noticed a few drugs stopped being covered and some co-pays went up.



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              Trump Rages; Calls CNN "Opposition Party" For Reporting TSA Mass Sickout


                  Trump rages at CNN as the 'opposition party' for reporting on TSA sickout as government shutdown continues

                  (DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen/Released)


                  American citizens are not taking this partial shutdown with good grace. Many (most?) see it as a bully trying to get his way at their expense; so they resist!

                  Just as the new Congress is sworn in, with democrats in control of the House, Trump decides to continue his massive temper tantrum to get millions of tax payer money to fund a wall he promised boastfully that Mexico would pay for. He partially shuts down the government, and threatens to use his "emergency powers" to get the wall if Congress won't give it to him, leaving over 800,000 Federal workers hung out to dry by expecting them to work for no pay. Surprise: many balk, and CNN reports on the resulting TSA "sick out."

                  Now he is carrying on hysterically and calling CNN the "opposition party" because they have reported on actual events caused by Trump's tyrannical behavior and verbal threats. Hundreds of TSA Screeners are calling in sick rather than to work for nothing.

                  It is long past time to do something about this juvenile man at the helm. What is next?

                  President Donald Trump on Saturday lashed out at CNN for reporting that hundreds of TSA screeners are calling in sick rather than work without payduring the government shutdown.

                  “The mass call outs could inevitably mean air travel is less secure, especially as the shutdown enters its second week with no clear end to the political stalemate in sight,” CNN reported.

                  “Great tweet today by [DHS spokesperson] Tyler Q. Houlton on the fake news being put out by CNN, a proud member of the opposition party,” Trump claimed.

                  “TSA is doing a great job!” he added.

                  Despite the president’s claim, Houlton has not tweeted yet on Saturday.

                  But on Friday, Houlton attacked CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins for reporting on the sickout.

                  More from @CNN. Security operations at airports have not been impacted by a non-existent sick out. CNN has the cell numbers of multiple @TSA public affairs professionals, but rather than validate statistics, they grossly misrepresented them. https://twitter.com/kaitlancollins/status/1081301319787466759 …



                  CNN has pushed back against Mr. Trump by directly addressing many of his accusations on Twitter.

                  “Make no mistake, Mr. President, CNN does not lie. We report the news. And we report when people in power tell lies. CNN stands by our reporting and our reporters. CNN tweeted.


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                  SCANDAL: AOC Dances Like A Common Harlot!


                      I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous.

                      Loading Tweet ... https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1081234130841600000?s=19

                      Imagine, this is one of the worst things they can hit her with: she had fun in college!

                      Wait till I run for something again and they hit me with my gang ties and FBI record!

                      I'd love to hang with her at a karaoke bar.


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                      The Wall Is Coming... Uh... Was Coming... Uh... Already Came


                          Another Big-Brother-Is-Watching-style poster from Donnie's Twitter feed.

                          Donnie's the one who wants us to believe that Walls Work! And here he is, big as life, telling us the Wall is Coming, right above a photo of the Wall.

                          The one that's already here.

                          And was already here before Donnie ever rode down his golden escalator to announce he was running to protect us from all those Mexican rapists and murderers that the existing Wall never kept from crossing our border in the first place.

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                          Harry Reid Blasts Trump "Worst President We've Ever Had"


                              Harry Reid Blasts Trump

                              "Worst President We've Ever Had"

                              ASSOCIATED PRESS

                              Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on President Donald Trump:

                              “He’ll lie. He’ll cheat. You can’t reason with him.”

                              By Ray Cunneff

                              January 2, 2019

                              In a rare interview with the New York Times Magazine's Mark Leibovich published today, former Senate Majority leader Harry Reid held nothing back in a scathing assessment of President Donald J. Trump.

                              In the past, Reid had merely dismissed Trump as a “spoiled brat,” a “con man” and a “human leech”, but in retrospect had nonetheless underestimated him. Always outspoken, Reid had in early 2016 characterized Trump as “a big fat guy” who “didn’t win many fights”, but still hadn't taken the full measure of Trump as President of the Untied States.

                              Now, diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, Reid did not mince words about the president. “I think he is without question the worst president we’ve ever had,” he said. “We’ve had some bad ones, and there’s not even a close second to him.” He added: “He’ll lie. He’ll cheat. You can’t reason with him.”

                              Reid objected to the oft-repeated comparisons made of Trump, most notably by former FBI Director James Comey, to the head of a Mafia crime family, with "omerta" codes of silence and loyalty, and a fear-based leadership style.

                              Having served as Chairman of Nevada's Gaming Commission in the 1970's, Reid had known the "piranha bowl" of Las Vegas politics well. (Some of the plot of the film “Casino” was based loosely on Reid’s experiences.) There were numerous threats to his life and at least one actual attempt (a bomb discovered under the hood of his family car).

                              Once in the mob cross-hairs himself, Reid said,“Organized crime is a business and they are really good with what they do. But they are better off when things are predictable. In my opinion, they do not do well with chaos. And that’s what we have going with Trump".

                              Reid added: “Trump is an interesting person. He is not immoral but is amoral. Amoral is when you shoot someone in the head, it doesn’t make a difference. No conscience.”

                              To read the full article:


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                              The Presidents Wall


                                  It is what Government refuses to fix that causes those walls to go up in the first place. Governance is the problem not the people. The wall will solve nothing . Stop glorifying poverty, starvation, death, greed, racism, lack of healthcare, famine, ignorance, religion intolerance, war, inflation, and violence, because all of this is related to governance for which is why Government is bent on building walls instead of fixing their glorified excuses for people leaving countries with the issues. The people leave theses areas just to be treated worse than dogs. Instead of help they are abused and neglected. Ask why they are leaving their countries and fix that.

                                  and for gods sake fix the borders and their centers so they are humane.


                                  ...Remember this. Throughout the ages some things NEVER get better and NEVER change. You have Walls and you have Wheels. It was ALWAYS that way and it will ALWAYS be that way! Please explain to the Democrats that there can NEVER be a replacement for a good old fashioned WALL!

                                  — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2019

                                  and I have to say Trumps words are cruel. He has no intentions on fixing anything. He only wants to cover it up.


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                                  Everyone Gets Sick, And Everyone Deserves Quality Health Care.

                                      Dealing with hospitalizations and terminal illness is tough enough without having to worry about insurance. CreditCreditKevin D. Liles for The New York Times
                                      One of the most glaring issues/problems/concerns for many of us here in the United states, is our lack of affordable health care for everyone. Every child, every young or old person, every human in the United States should be able to access health care without going bankrupt to do so.

                                      The majority of us see heath care as a right, one that all other developed nations agree everyone deserves, so they are providing it; while our Republican legislators prefer to support the insurance companies, the wealthy, and THEMSELVES - since they will always be able to get the health care that they need.

                                      We hear excuses galore. "Our health care wouldn't be as good; or we might have to wait for procedures that are not life threatening; or taxes would be too high, etc;" but what we are constantly bombarded with is that we can't afford it - that there isn't money to pay for it, even though many leading economists have shown us that we could actually SAVE money using such plans as Medicare for All or other plans that provide needed care for everyone, no matter their status or income level.

                                      Most Americans want universal coverage - and it is time we did everything we can to encourage our legislators to make this issue a top priority.

                                      The following edited opinion is from one of my Senators, and I believe she will be one of the ones we can count on to keep this issue before the Congress front and center until we get the health care plan that every one of us has a right to have.


                                      Everyone Gets Sick. And We deserve Better

                                      By Kamala D. Harris

                                      Ms. Harris is a Democratic senator from California.

                                      Dec. 29, 2018

                                      In 2008, our mother asked my sister, Maya, and me to meet her for lunch. When we arrived, our mother didn’t seem like herself. We wondered what was going on. Then she took a deep breath and reached out to us both across the table.

                                      “I’ve been diagnosed with colon cancer,” she told us.

                                      I know that many can relate to the emotions I felt in that moment. Even just reflecting back on it now fills me with dread. It was one of the worst days of my life.

                                      The hard truth is that every one of us will go through an experience like that sooner or later, whether it is coming to terms with a loved one’s terminal illness or experiencing our own. My mother was a breast cancer researcher. She understood, from a career of looking at cancer cells under a microscope, that no matter who we are or where we are from, our bodies are essentially the same. They work the same way — and they break down the same way, too.

                                      I remember thanking God she had Medicare. I am so grateful my mother had Medicare, and I will fight for it to be guaranteed to all. There should be nothing partisan about wanting a system where health coverage and care are based not on how much money you have or where you live. We need a system with the goal of good outcomes rather than the goal of high profits. It would save countless lives, and according to recent studies, could trim as much as $5 trillion in health care costs over 10 years.


                                      Image result for pictures of Medicare


                                      I believe that health care should be a right, but the reality is that it is still a privilege in this country. We need that to change. When someone gets sick, there is already so much else to deal with: the physical pain for the patient, the emotional pain for the family. There is often a sense of desperation — of helplessness — as we grapple with the fear of the unknown. Medical procedures already have risks. Prescription drugs already have side effects. Financial anxiety should not be one of them.

                                      Logistics, alone, can be overwhelming. I remember that as my mother’s condition worsened, she needed more care than we could provide. I wanted to hire a home health care aide for her. But my mother didn’t want help.

                                      “I’m fine. I don’t need anybody,” she would say, even though she could barely get out of bed. There was a fight to be had, but I didn’t want to have it. Her body was giving out. The medication was making it difficult for her to function, to be herself. I didn’t want to take her dignity away.

                                      So, we muddled through. I cooked elaborate meals for her, filling the house with the smells of childhood, which reminded us both of happier times. When I wasn’t at the office, I was most often with her, telling stories, holding hands, helping her through the misery of chemotherapy. I brought her hats after she lost her hair, and soft clothes to make her as comfortable as I could.

                                      The doctor asked me if I had heard of “anticipatory grief.” I hadn’t, but the term made perfect sense. So much of me was in denial. I couldn’t bring myself to believe that I was going to have to say goodbye. But underneath it, I was aware. And I had started grieving for my mother already.

                                      She ended up in the hospital not long after that. That was when I started to see another change. For as long as I could remember, my mother loved to watch the news and read the newspaper. When Maya and I were kids, she’d insist we sit down in front of Walter Cronkite each night before dinner. But suddenly, she had no interest. Her mighty brain decided it had had enough.

                                      My mother died on Feb. 11, 2009, two months after her 70th birthday. One of the last questions she asked the hospice nurse was, “Are my daughters going to be O.K.?” She was focused on being our mother until the very end.

                                      And though I miss her every day, I carry her with me wherever I go. I think of the battles she fought, the values she taught me, her commitment to improve health care for us all. There is no title or honor on earth I’ll treasure more than to say I am Shyamala Gopalan Harris’s daughter. As I continue the battle for a better health care system, I do so in her name.

                                      Kamala D. Harris is a Democratic senator from California and the author of the forthcoming book “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey,” from which this essay is adapted.


                                      I have edited this essay for length, but the entire adapted essay can be read by clicking the link above.

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                                      Fact Checking Steel Slats


                                          Fact Checking "Steel Slats"

                                          Trump's efforts at re-branding his wall hit a speed-bump

                                          (of his own making)

                                          Jose Luis Gonzalez | Reuters

                                          Trump's tariffs make his "transparent" barrier much more expensive

                                          By Ray Cunneff

                                          December 21, 2018

                                          The Trump White House efforts to win broader support for a border wall by describing the project as “border security” with “steel slats” serve as a reminder that the president’s steep tariffs on steel and aluminum would make such a project much more expensive.

                                          So far this year, the price of milled steel products is up roughly 25 percent, which matches the level of import duties Trump applied in March to all steel products made outside the U.S., according to a CNBC analysis by John Schoen:

                                          "Despite congressional Democrats’ opposition to Trump’s demands of $5 billion for a border wall, the president Friday seemed determined to force a government shutdown."

                                          But, should Trump actually get his $5 billion, it would merely be a down-payment on an estimated (average) overall cost of between $20 billion and $40 billion. (The high-end estimate by the Brookings Institution came to over $60 billion.) And all of these estimates were made before Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum increased their cost by 25 percent.

                                          The "steel slats" design is a response to Trump’s call for “transparency” and the need for “openings because you have to see what’s on the other side of the wall,” in remarks he made to reporters in July 2017.

                                          “I’ll give you an example,” he said. “As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don’t see them — they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It’s over. As crazy as that sounds, you need transparency through that wall.”

                                          He actually imagines drug smugglers throwing sacks of drugs over his wall as he demands a 7th Century technology to solve a 21st Century problem while, as Nicolle Wallace said on MSNBC's "Dateline:White House" yesterday, "Taking six sides of a two-sided issue".

                                          Why the DHS believes that a 30–foot tall wall cannot be scaled or overflown

                                          and that a tunnel cannot be built deeper than six feet below ground is unclear.

                                          His wall, or as he now tries to re-brand it "steel slats", is preposterous in virtually every respect, not just fleets of drones able to fly over it carrying drugs or other contraband, but that it would need to be at least as deep as it is high to limit tunneling. (The deepest tunnel dug by the drug cartels found thus far was 70 feet below the ground level.)

                                          But all of that aside, a wall, any wall, would only impede a tiny fraction of illegal entries. As Mick Mulvaney, Trump's incoming "acting" Chief of Staff, once described Trump's wall a "simplistic" solution and Trump's grasp of the situation on the ground "absurd and almost childish" in a 2015 interview.

                                          He added, "And by the way, the bottom line is the fence doesn't stop anybody who really wants to get across. You go under, you go around, you go through it. And that's what the ranchers tell us, is that they don't need a fence".

                                          The keys to real border security are technology and manpower. A wall is the least effective and most expensive reflexive action and one that fails to address the underlying issues. Such a wall would indeed be a symbol, an enduring monument to hubris and to Trump's real motto, "Strength Through Stupidity".


                                          BROOKINGS INSTITUTION FINDINGS:

                                          The wall would not stop smuggling

                                          The wall would hurt the U.S. economy

                                          The wall would not reduce crime in the U.S.

                                          The wall would create severe societal and environmental impacts

                                          The wall could prevent the renegotiation of water-sharing agreements critical to water and food security as well as to farming

                                          LINK TO FULL REPORT:

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