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USDA staffers quit, refuse to relocate from the Washington swamp

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Two small agencies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) may be moving outside of Washington, D.C. and the federal employees involved are not happy about that. Both agencies are seeing an increase of resignations on a monthly basis.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced his intention to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) from the swamp to the heartland. Perdue said to think of it as moving the department’s scientists closer to its “customers”, the farmers. Perdue thinks the move will improve customer service and agency performance. The majority of staffers will be asked to relocate, but the actual location of the move has not yet been announced.

The ERS provides statistical information on emerging issues in agriculture, food, the environment, and rural America to lawmakers. They also provide information on global trade and food safety. The team of employees includes economists, sociologists, statisticians, demographers, and agriculture experts. NIFA funds hundreds of millions of dollar annually in research in the agricultural sector. So, we’re talking about a research agency and the office that figures out its funding needs. The ERS employs about 330 people.

ERS employees are members of the American Federation of Government Employees. They only just joined the union earlier this month. Employees at ERS voted 138 to 4 to unionize. NIFA workers will hold a vote in June. Union representative Peter Winch said the move doesn’t make sense and the government workers don’t want to move. So far, six employees have quit their jobs with ERS this month. That number may sound small, relatively speaking, but it is enough to cause alarm from observers.

Not everyone will be asked to relocate to continue on in their jobs.

A USDA document known as the “stay-go” list, acquired by The Washington Post, describes 76 positions at ERS that would remain in Washington. All other employees would be assigned to the new site, though the document mentions “planned attrition.” The USDA declined to explain this phrase, and a USDA spokesman said in March that the department has “no assumptions at all about attrition.”

“Morale is pretty poor,” said an ERS economist who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The economist recently calculated resignation rates at the agency: ERS averaged about one non-retirement departure per month during fiscal years 2016 through 2018. Since October, that rate has doubled, the employee said. On a single day at the end of April, six people quit ERS.

Economist Brian Stacy left ERS in February for a job at the World Bank. Stacy, an economist who studied the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, popularly known as food stamps, wrote in his resignation letter that moving out of the the D.C. area for work would be “extraordinarily difficult for my family.”

There are some potential obstacles to the move, too. Does Secretary Perdue have the authority to move the agencies out of Washington and into another region of the country? And, what about the funding for the relocation?

Former Agriculture Department officials, members of Congress and leaders in the agricultural community have warned that the relocation will weaken the agencies and reduce their influence.

The plan faces several obstacles. The USDA’s inspector general is investigating whether Perdue has the legal authority to relocate the agencies. The House Appropriations Committee’s draft bill of agricultural appropriations for fiscal year 2020, released Wednesday, prohibits the department from using funds for relocations outside the capital area.

Besides budget cuts, there may be an intent to shift the agencies from a focus on science to a focus on economics.

Trump’s budget for 2020 would also slash funds for ERS research, particularly in nutrition and rural health. ERS is part of the Research, Education and Economics division, which is the USDA’s science arm and is overseen by a chief scientist. Perdue has said he would like to move ERS into the office of the chief economist, a political branch of the Agriculture Department.

Lots of towns and cities across the country would like to be the site of the relocation. More than 130 sent proposals to the USDA in hopes of being chosen as the new site. In March, Perdue whittled the list down to 68 choices. Then earlier this month he announced the selection of three finalists – Kansas City, the Research Triangle in North Carolina, and the state of Indiana, along with two alternates – St. Louis and Madison, Wisconsin. Swamp creatures expressed disappointment that the sites are all outside of the Washington, D.C. area.

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) expressed disappointment that none of the finalist locations were within the National Capital Region, where the USDA already owns office buildings. A more distant relocation “will disrupt the important work carried out by the ERS and NIFA and undermine morale,” Hoyer said in a statement.

And the union will try to delay the move.

“We will, frankly, be wanting to delay this move,” said Winch of the AFGE. Workers were told they would be given until the end of September to move to the new city, he said. “We would like a lot more leeway than that,” Winch said.

Winch said the union is entitled to see a cost-benefit analysis for the move, which USDA has said it will produce but has not released. If relocation expenses exceed $3 million, then USDA would be required to involve the General Services Administration, the agency that manages federal offices, Winch said.

“GSA is currently assisting USDA in identifying space for its NIFA and ERS offices,” said Pamela D. Pennington, a GSA spokeswoman. “GSA personnel have recently accompanied USDA on site visits.”

Some Democrat senators are getting in on the action. Chris Van Hollen is holding up the nomination of the USDA’s chief scientist and others are introducing a bill to block the move.

The reluctance of staffers to relocate is certainly understandable on a personal level. It may be good for American farmers and the agricultural sector but it’s hard on families making the decision to uproot. To a lesser extent, some elitists in Washington are concerned about a potential brain drain from the USDA.

“On the face of it, the USDA move looks like common sense,” says American Statistical Association President Lisa LaVange. “The cost of living in Washington is high, and there are savings to be made by moving these agencies to places where the cost of living is lower. It’s also good to spread federal government agencies across the US and not have them all based in the capital.”

But, according to LaVange, there is a practical consequence to this relocation. Many of these employees are not going to readily move their homes and families. And their expertise is not something that can be replaced easily. “It’s taken years to build this agency into a world-class center of research filled with world-class experts,” says LaVange. “They can and will take jobs that allow them to stay in their homes and keep their kids in the same schools; they most likely will resign or take early retirement rather than move.”

However, consider that this is what happens in the private sector all the time. Companies have to consider costs and other practical considerations as they look at the bottom line. When relocation of offices are deemed necessary, or simply shifting employees around to offices where they will be better utilized, the employees have to make a very basic decision. Do they stay with the job they currently hold or do they move on to something else? Some people are open to change more than others. These upheavals never satisfy everyone. In the meanwhile, it sounds as though Secretary Perdue is attempting to make some common sense change to two governmental agencies and that’s probably a good thing. Shaking up the swamp and expanding out into the rest of the country, particularly into areas dependent on these agencies, sounds reasonable.

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Deep State in Deep Trouble: Trump Grants AG William Barr Authorization To Release FISA Documents

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Republicans across America tonight are cheering President Trump’s decision to grant Attorney General William Barr the authorization to unseal all documents related to the FBI’s surveillance of his campaign in 2016. The President’s memo said: “The heads of elements of the intelligence community… and the heads of each department or agency that includes an element of the intelligence community shall promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders sent out a statement by tweet on Thursday evening which read:

Today, at the request and recommendation of the Attorney General of the United States, President Donald J. Trump directed the intelligence community to quickly and fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 Presidential election.

The Attorney General has also been delegated full and complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation, in accordance with the long-established standards for handling classified information. Today’s action will help ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions.

I imagine this news has sent shockwaves throughout Washington tonight and sent many Democratic operatives running for cover.

We’ve already seen disagreement among several top Obama administration officials and we can expect that behavior to go into overdrive after this crucial development.

Among many other documents, the American people will finally get a glimpse of the FBI’s FISA Court application (and the three subsequent renewals) for the warrant to spy on Trump advisor Carter Page. This will indicate whether the bogus Steele dossier was used as the primary basis for obtaining the warrant, as it is believed. The heavily redacted state of the documents released last year left Republican investigators with many questions.

At any rate, this is exceptional news and will allow the President to start fighting back.

 

Here is a copy of the full White House Memo: (via LawFare)

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2019

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE
THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY
THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY
THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
THE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

SUBJECT: Agency Cooperation with Attorney General’s Review of Intelligence Activities Relating to the 2016 Presidential Campaigns
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct the following:

Section 1. Agency Cooperation.
The Attorney General is currently conducting a review of intelligence activities relating to the campaigns in the 2016 Presidential election and certain related matters. The heads of elements of the intelligence community, as defined in 50 U.S.C. 3003(4), and the heads of each department or agency that includes an element of the intelligence community shall promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review.

Sec. 2. Declassification and Downgrading. With respect to any matter classified under Executive Order 13526 of December 29, 2009 (Classified National Security Information), the Attorney General may, by applying the standard set forth in either section 3.1(a) or section 3.1(d) of Executive Order 13526, declassify, downgrade, or direct the declassification or downgrading of information or intelligence that relates to the Attorney General’s review referred to in section 1 of this memorandum. Before exercising this authority, the Attorney General should, to the extent he deems it practicable, consult with the head of the originating intelligence community element or department. This authority is not delegable and applies notwithstanding any other authorization or limitation set forth in Executive Order 13526.

Sec. 3. General Provisions.

(a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) The authority in this memorandum shall terminate upon a vacancy in the office of Attorney General, unless expressly extended by the President.

(d) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

(e) The Attorney General is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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Justin Amash Loses a HUGE Donor.

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Is this the beginning of some real fallout for his stance on the impeachment of the President?

Rep. Justin Amash from Michigans 3rd congressional district has started to receive blowback on the financial side of the political decision he made last week on his analysis of the Mueller report. His conclusion was that Donald Trump should be impeached. My colleague Bonchie covered this earlier this week at Red State Justin Amash Should Put His Money Where His Mouth Is On Impeachment

The DeVoss family which lives in Amash’s district in West Michigan announced they had not contributed to Amash this cycle and had no plans to do so in the future.

According to the Detroit News

The powerful DeVos family of West Michigan is ending its longtime support of U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, the libertarian Republican who has repeatedly clashed with President Donald Trump.

The family has not made any political contributions to Amash this cycle, and “they have no plans to do so,” said family spokesman Nick Wasmiller.

The GOP megadonors decided to cut ties with Amash before his latest dust-up with the president and his assertion that Trump engaged in “impeachable conduct,” Wasmiller told The Detroit News.

Amash on Wednesday declined to address the DeVos family’s decision or when he learned of it.

“I don’t have any reaction,” he said outside the U.S. Capitol after speaking to a group of eighth-grade students from his West Michigan district.

If the name sounds familiar that is because Betsy DeVoss is President Trump’s Secretary of Education. Her husband Dick ran for Governor in Michigan in 2006 and they both have had a huge influence in the state GOP and funding of candidates and issues they are concerned about.

Amash in his calculation of announcing the impeachment stance must have known that he would not be getting any type of checks from the family of a cabinet member. However, this could be a signal for other regular donors in the GOP that it is ok to cut ties with him. That, mixed in with that he has two other people already announced to challenge him in the GOP primary will make for an interesting battle through next year.

Plus you never know if the President will chime in during that time. I’m sure Amash does not care but he is in for a rough road here.

Get ready West Michigan, things are going to get interesting.

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Solomon, Hannity Sources: Trump Will Declassify First Batch of ‘Bucket 5’ FISA Documents Within 5-6 Days

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In a Tuesday night appearance on “Hannity,” The Hill’s John Solomon said “the President is going to add to the problems of the deep state when he declassifies these first documents in the next several days.”

Hannity, who apparently had heard the same news from his own sources, interrupted Solomon to say “So, we have similar sources, I’m getting.”

Solomon continued:

Yes. Absolutely. I’ve confirmed that sometime within the next seven to eight days, the President will declassify the first of many documents. This first one, we used to call Bucket Five, the exculpatory statements that the FBI possessed about its targets before it went to the FISA Court.

But let me tell you about one important dynamic that’s changed. Today at the Hill, [we have] a new poll out. For the first time, a majority of Americans support investigating the FBI’s conduct at the start of the Russia investigation. That is a sea change in public sentiment and I think  the American public is on to the scam that was going on.

It’s impossible to determine exactly what material is included in Bucket Five, but “Sundance” over at the Conservative Treehouse put together a document list last September along with the names of the agencies involved in the declassification process for each.

Via Conservative Treehouse

Bucket Five – Intelligence documents that were presented to the Gang of Eight in 2016 that pertain to the FISA application used against U.S. person Carter Page; including all exculpatory intelligence documents that may not have been presented to the FISA Court.

  1. All versions of the Carter Page FISA applications (DOJ) (DoS) (FBI) (ODNI).
  2. All of the Bruce Ohr 302’s filled out by the FBI. (FBI) (ODNI)
  3. All of Bruce Ohr’s emails (FBI) (DOJ) (CIA) (ODNI), and supportive documents and material provided by Bruce Ohr to the FBI. (FBI)
  4. All relevant documents pertaining to the supportive material within the FISA application. (FBI) (DOJ-NSD) (DoS) (CIA) (DNI) (NSA) (ODNI);
  5. All intelligence documents that were presented to the Gang of Eight in 2016 that pertain to the FISA application used against U.S. person Carter Page; including all exculpatory intelligence documents that may not have been presented to the FISA Court. (CIA) (FBI) (DOJ) (ODNI) (DoS) (NSA)
  6. All unredacted text messages and email content between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok on all devices. (FBI) (DOJ) (DOJ-NSD) (ODNI)
  7. The originating CIA “EC” or two-page electronic communication from former CIA Director John Brennan to FBI Director James Comey that started Operation Crossfire Hurricane in July 2016. (CIA) (FBI) (ODNI)

Last September, Trump announced plans to release the documents. There were two theories as to why he failed to follow through. It was rumored that foreign governments (specifically England and Australia) appealed to him to keep the material classified. The other possibility was, as Trump himself said, that his attorneys were concerned that Mueller’s team of angry Democrats might see that as obstruction.

Now that Mueller’s report has been submitted, that’s no longer a factor, although he does have a state visit with the Queen scheduled for early June.

So, we will continue to read the tea leaves and wait.

One indication that seems to support that Solomon’s and Hannity’s sources are correct is that the main subjects appear to be turning on each other. Former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan have publicly argued over whose idea it was to put the Steele dossier into the January 2017 Intelligence Assessment. James Comey and Loretta Lynch are at odds over how to characterize the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling over classified material. Was it a matter? Or was it an investigation?

It’s likely that similar disputes will arise between members of the deep state in the coming months.

In a Wednesday op-ed, scholar and conservative commentator Victor Davis Hanson asks, “So, how can we tell that the former accusers are now terrified of becoming the accused? Because suddenly the usual band of former Obama officials and Trump accusers have largely given up on their allegations that Trump was or is a Russian asset. The end of the Mueller melodrama has marked the beginning of real fear in Washington.”

Hanson writes:

Comey, the former FBI director, has hit the lecture and television circuit with his now-tired moralistic shtick that he alone had a “soul” while others allowed theirs to be eaten away by Trump. Translated, that means Comey is terrified that former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whom Comey attacked as a Trump enabler, knows that Comey himself may have broken the law—and may direct prosecutors on how to prove it.

Comey is also in a tiff with his former deputy, Andrew McCabe. Both know that the FBI under Comey illegally leaked classified information to the media. But Comey says McCabe went rogue and did it. Of course, McCabe’s attorney shot back that Comey had authorized it. Comey also claims the Steele dossier was not the chief evidence for a FISA warrant. McCabe insists that it was. It’s possible that one might work with prosecutors against the other to finagle a lesser charge.

Former CIA Director John Brennan has on two occasions lied under oath to Congress and gotten away with it. He may not get away with lying again if it’s determined that he distorted the truth about his efforts to spread the Steele dossier smears.

In sum, the old leaky vessel of collusion is sinking.

The rats are scampering from their once safe refuge—biting and piling on each other in vain efforts to avoid drowning.

Fingers crossed.

(Note: Solomon’s comments about declassification begin at 10:20 in the video.)

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Pelosi and Schumer Continue Their Charade; But It’s Later Than They Think

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stops on the way to an important meeting with the President on infrastructure. She tells reporters that he is engaging in cover-up activities.

Pelosi had just emerged from a meeting of House Democrats where they had discussed the progress made in their myriad investigations of Trump. After giving reporters an update, she delivered the real message she’d wanted to convey:

We believe it’s very important to follow the law. We believe that no one is above the law including the President of the United States. And we believe that the President of the United States is engaged in a cover-up. (repeats) In a cover-up. And that was the nature of the meeting.

The Speaker did not take questions. She had to run off to her meeting with the President.

In the meantime, Trump is told of Pelosi’s remarks and being human, he becomes angry.

Arriving at the White House, she is “surprised” that the President is furious and has decided to cancel their important meeting. My colleague, Streiff, wrote about this here.

She again speaks with reporters, this time with her buddy Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. With her signature “innocent” demeanor, she first told reporters about earlier negotiations they’d had with Trump on infrastructure. Then, she went in for the kill.

We went in the spirit of bipartisanship to find common ground with the President on this. He came into the room, made a statement that he made, I won’t even characterize it. (Pelosi grimaces, closes her eyes, shudders, smiles, babbles on about Thomas Jefferson’s and Teddy Roosevelt’s infrastructure initiatives, then resumes her attack.)

We were hoping to give this President an opportunity to have a signature infrastructure initiative… (still smiling pleasantly, childlike)

For some reason, maybe it was lack of confidence on his part, (or maybe it was because you just told reporters that he’s engaging in cover-up activities. Pelosi starts again, reaching for words, stuttering) That he really couldn’t…come…match…the greatness of the challenge that we have. Uh, he…wasn’t really respectful of the reason…uh…of the Congress and the White House working together (shrugs). He just (shrugs again, she just can’t figure this out) took a pass. And it just makes me wonder…why he did that.

In any event, I pray for the President of the United States. And I pray for the United States of America.

She then yields to the “distinguished Democratic leader of the Senate, Mr. Schumer.”

“To watch what happened in the White House would make your jaw drop.” (rambles on)

It was surreal to watch Pelosi and Schumer trying to point the finger at President Trump. “And it just makes me wonder…why he did that.”

Why do you think Nancy? Four thorough investigations of Trump have been conducted and zero have found that he engaged in any wrongdoing.

But that doesn’t stop Nancy and Chuck from continuing the charade.

Democrats shouldn’t be able to get away with making such blanket charges. “He’s engaged in a cover-up?” What exactly is he covering up? “He obstructed justice.” How, specifically, did he obstruct justice? Because he was falsely accused of a crime that was ruining his presidency and one day, in anger and frustration, he ordered the White House attorney to fire the prosecutor?

The deep state, in which Pelosi and Schumer play important roles, has tried for three years to manipulate Americans into believing that President Trump is crazy, angry, corrupt, immoral, treasonous and dangerous.

But, guess what? If what investigative reporter John Solomon announced in a Tuesday night appearance on “Hannity” is correct, and he’s been right about a lot of things, Trump will declassify the first batch of “Bucket Five” information (FISA documents) in five to six days. (I will report on it this morning.)

And Nancy and Chuck will be the ones in cover-up mode.

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Does Joy Behar Want Dan Crenshaw And Every Republican Locked up?

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LOCK HIM UP?

You really can never get enough of the chattering gals over at The View if you enjoy pure hyperbole mixed with psychobabble.

Perrenial grump Joy Behar during one of the gal chats The View is famous for, had this to say about a discussion that was comparing Richard Nixon to Donald Trump.

This is an unbelievable corrupt President and corrupt administration and the Republican party is right behind him and they all should be thrown into jail as far as I’m concerned.

The whole video clip is right here from MRCTV.

During this clip, Whoopi also made some nonsensical remarks about denying African Americans the right to vote that I can dive into some other time. The reason I wanted to focus on what Joy said is she wants to throw people in jail for something that is not a crime and people in the audience CHEERED!

That should raise an eyebrow for anyone who cares about the 1st amendment.

I fully understand that Donald Trump is probably the most polarizing President of the modern era. While Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43 were made out to look like villains by the press, Trump flips them off and laughs at them via Twitter and press-conferences. The media and the country have never seen anything like this and it infuriates the lefties on the coasts and Media in general.

However, when you start saying that people who might agree with Trump on some things, not all, should be thrown in jail because of that agreement or because they are of the same political party, that is just plain fascism. I don’t expect Joy to know anything about that term being she has never shown much in terms of her intellect being very deep.

I picked the photo above of Joy sitting next to a true American hero, Congressman Dan Crenshaw on purpose. Under the flat out moronic statement uttered by Behar, then Congressman Crenshaw should be imprisoned because he is not out there swinging from the same stupid tree that Joy is yelling dumb things from.

I bet she never said anything close to that to him while he was on set.

According to Dan Crenshaw’s bio via Ballotpedia

Crenshaw served as a Navy SEAL from 2006 to 2016. He was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and lost his right eye in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. He earned a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Tufts University and an M.P.A. from Harvard.

If I’m reading this right, we should throw someone in jail, who served this country honorably for being a member of the Republican party and not making irrational statements about the President of the United States. Last I checked, Donald Trump has been accused of a lot of stuff ( including being a Russian stooge) and has been found guilty of nada. For those of you who are Joy Behar fans, nada means nothing.

I don’t think Joy should be fired for this kind of over the top statement. I think she should be mocked and or pitied. People who literally use their emotions every day to cover up their lack of depth intellectually and try to sound smart should be hammered for it.

As you can tell, I’m all for the mocking option. All in good fun.

Instead of making really dumb statements about throwing political adversaries in jail, how about just sticking to things that matter. Like facts relevant to the topic you are speaking on.

Who knows, people might actually find you funny again Joy. In a nonironic way.

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Trump targets Pennsylvania, people fainted

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Pennsylvania was Trump country in 2016. The question in 2019 is, will Pennsylvania deliver the votes for a Trump victory in 2020?

In the match-up between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2016, Trump won the state by more than 44,000 votes. The contest turned out to be 48.2% to 47.5% in favor of Trump. With the additions of Wisconsin and Michigan, Trump broke through the blue wall previously responsible for Democrat wins in presidential elections in recent years. The combined margin of votes in favor of Trump in all three states totaled 77,000. So, it was tight in these big states, but he won.

Trump has no intention of losing any of those three states to the Democrat nominee in his bid for re-election. It’s still really far out from election day but his campaign team is lining up a strategy to win re-election even if he loses one or all three of them. With this in mind, President Trump traveled to Montoursville, Pennsylvania to campaign for a Republican running to represent the state’s 12th District. A special election is scheduled for today, the result of Rep.Tom Marino vacating the seat. Trump campaigned for Republican Fred Keller who is running against Democrat Marc Friedenberg.

“There is a crucial election,” he said of Tuesday’s special election before turning to his 2020 reelection bid: “I’ll be here a lot. … Got to win this state.”

“Get out tomorrow. It’s a little bit of a referendum,” Trump said, appearing to refer to his own presidency. “Go get ‘em Fred.”

The 12th District is a solidly Republican district but President Trump isn’t taking any chances. Trump threw some red meat to the enthusiastic crowd and acknowledged the recent polls showing him behind in potential match-ups with some of the 217 Democrats running for their party’s nomination.

“If we’re not smart it’ll end for you the Second Amendment,” Trump said to boos spawned by fears Democrats will enact strict gun-access laws. “No more Second Amendment.”

“The Democrat running for the seat is a radical socialist,” Trump said, referring to Democrat Marc Friedenberg, but never naming him. “The Democrat … wants to open your borders,” he added without providing supporting evidence.

“I don’t know. I think we’re doing very well in Pennsylvania. We won it last time. The polls had us losing Pennsylvania last time and we won,” Trump said on the South Lawn, according to a pool report. “And I expect we’ll win it this time because the coal industry, the steel industry, the car industry, they’re all doing incredibly well.”

This has been described as a quiet race. Neither national party has been actively involved because it is such a strongly Republican district, unaffected by redistricting. It’s a sharp contrast to the election just 14 months ago when Conor Lamb pulled off an upset in Pennsylvania’s 18th District. Something to look for in this special election is what kind of turn-out Independent voters provide. This election is the same day as that of the state’s municipal primaries which are closed to unaffiliated voters. Will Independents be motivated to come out and vote only in the district’s special election? Are Democrats still fired up to get out the vote?

Keller may not have had much support from the national party but he has from GOP leadership in Washington, D.C. and from outside groups.

The outside groups backing Keller include the House Freedom Caucus’ political arm, a PAC affiliated with former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and Freedom’s Defense Fund. The Club for Growth also spent against one of the GOP contenders before Keller was chosen as the nominee at a party convention in March.

While the national party hasn’t been involved, Keller has been in contact with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise, as well as Trump’s 2020 team, according to Keller campaign manager Jon Anzur. Keller has endorsements from the National Rifle Association, the Chamber of Commerce and the Freedom Caucus (although Anzur did not expect Keller to join the caucus).

And, Keller will reap the benefit of Trump’s continued popularity in the district. Monday night’s campaign rally brought out a crowd said to be larger than the population of Montoursville. Montoursville has a population of about 4,777, and while official numbers aren’t available as I write this Tuesday morning, I heard one supporter on television say the number was about 10,000 in the hangar with an overflow crowd of several thousand more outside.

Joe Biden’s kick-off campaign rally in Philadelphia had a crowd of about 6,000.

Adding to the excitement of the crowd in a packed, over-heated airplane hangar, five people fainted during Trump’s speech.

At least five people fainted during the 7 p.m. stop in Montoursville, forcing Trump to stray from his remarks to continually call for medical help.

“We need a doctor, please,” Trump said after the first supporter dropped during the rally, which was held in an airplane hangar as temperatures in the central Pennsylvania hamlet topped 80 degrees.

“Take your time doctor, take your time,” he added.

Another person fainted 15 minutes later, followed by a third person about 20 minutes later. Two other people required medical attention before the president began talking. President Trump blamed the bright lights in the hangar for raising the temperature.

“Are those lights bright enough? I think that’s why people are going down. Those crazy lights,” he said.

We’ll know the results from this race later tonight.

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Dumb And Dumber: Jim Carey And Jeff Daniels Make Ridiculous Claims About Conservatives.

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Some days the jokes write themselves. Some days, the jokes just speak.

Dumb & Dumber cohorts Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels have been vocal lately about the DANGER this country faces if conservatives, the GOP and Orange fella stay in power.

Carey, who seems like he lost his last marble a while ago went first with his moronic tweet that showed the Governor of Alabama being aborted. This crass move seems to have backfired on the Dumber of the Dumb duo as it is a perfect representation of what happens during an abortion.

As if on cue Jeff Daniels decided in an interview today on MSNBC to go and lose some of his bearings also about the state of the nation as well. My colleague Alex Parker covered this earlier today at Red State with this article, Jeff Daniels On MSNBC: Trump Supporters Are Racist, & Trump’s Re-Election Will Mean ‘The End Of Democracy.’

So what gives? Why are two comedians who played dumb in a movie now acting and saying dumb things in public about political issues?

Jim Carey has been showing his Trump Derangement Syndrome since right after the 2016 election. He has been burning the midnight oil on his rantings about Trump and just recently had some more of his “artwork” shown, displaying Trump as cult leader Jim Jones. In a tweet from back in April, he posted this.

Let’s all drink a toast to the new king of lies,
and the minions who help him while democracy dies,
and our kids who’ll be taught that the wicked are wise
because Potus was Jack from ‘Lord of The Flies’.
How much poison are you willing to swallow?!

Real snazzy. This guy is a budding Edgar Aleen Poe and Vincent van Gogh combined. Let’s just hope he doesn’t cut off his ear being he would probably Instagram that and it would be the biggest hit he has ever had.

Jeff Daniels comments are not as vile but just plain alarmist and show a lack of knowledge. From Alex’s piece above…

Jeff also appeared to assert — but perhaps I’m not understanding correctly — that middle America is dumb:

“And I think there are people in the Midwest, between the coasts, who don’t know anything about this, who don’t care about this, who don’t have any time for this, who have to make a decision now. You have to decide whether, like Atticus, you believe that there is still compassion, decency, civility, respect for others — ‘do unto others,’ remember that? — all that stuff you guys believe in, and you still voted not for Hillary, or for Trump. Where are you now?”

Am I interpreting that properly?

Okay, now here’s the classic:

“If the big gamble is to go all the way to November 2020…and lose, it’s the end of democracy.”

Being I’m from Michigan like Daniels I can confidently say this about our fellow “Michiganians”. The people of this state are pissed off, not dumb. That also goes for most of the country. Donald Trump won this state by 10,000 votes and the mitten had not gone for a Republican since 1988. If you think that Hillary was all those wonderful things that Atticus Finch wondered about, then you must be enjoying turning your mind totally off.

Jeff should know this being here but like most people from Hollywood that have had some modicum of success, they seem to forget how the actual people that want to be entertained by them live each day. Living or working on one of the coasts is great yet not exactly the same as working in middle America busting your butt to make a living.

The United States of America has faced many challenges in its short history but we will not be ending (OUR REPUBLIC, NOT DEMOCRACY) if Trump wins reelection or if Joe Biden trips in or Bernie Sanders slumps forward. People who say that to sound witty on Bill Maher or MSNBC are so removed from what is actually happening in this country I feel absolutely embarrassed for them.

You just sound dumb. Please don’t say it anymore and sound dumber.

Also if you see anyone with some rage issues painting and they have a knife, make sure to call authorities for a welfare check.

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Judge Who Upheld Congressional Subpoena For Trump’s Tax Is A Major Democratic Donor

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House Democrats were elated on Monday after U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta ruled in their favor. Judge Mehta concluded that President Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, must turn over eight years of his financial records to the House Oversight Committee, and he also denied Trump’s request for a stay pending appeal.

(Here is a link to Mehta’s 41-page opinion.)

It is well known that Judge Mehta was an Obama appointee, but what is less well known is his extensive history of donations to Democratic candidates and PACs.

GOP Strategist Andrew Surabian has provided a link to a list of Mehta’s political donations from 2007 through 2018.

He did donate to Mitt Romney, but he is not a genuine Republican.

The history shows he made four donations to candidate Barack Obama, five to Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, and a whopping ten donations to a Political Action Committee that looks to be affiliated with his radiology practice. There are 33 donations listed.

Can anyone say “conflict of interest?”

Their given reason for requiring Trump’s financial records is that, during his House testimony in February, former personal attorney Michael Cohen told lawmakers that Trump “routinely manipulated the value of his assets and liabilities on financial statements, depending on what his goals were. For example, Cohen said, he would inflate estimates to obtain loans, but would deflate assets’ value to calculate real estate taxes.”

So, the Committee said it “wants to look at the records so it can see if financial disclosure and ethics laws are working.”

As you might recall, Cohen testified on Capitol Hill at exactly the same time President Trump was meeting with Kim Jong Un at the Vietnam Summit.

Trump’s lawyers have argued that the Democrats’ request is “illegitimate.”

Judge Mehta was not satisfied. He wrote, “To be sure, there are limits on Congress’s investigative authority. But those limits do not substantially constrain Congress. So long as Congress investigates on a subject matter on which ‘legislation could be had,’ Congress acts as contemplated by Article I of the Constitution.”

Trump has no intention of turning over his tax records to House Dems, and his lawyers have already filed an appeal.

The FISA documents, the recordings of George Papadopoulos’ meetings with FBI informants, release them now Mr. President.

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Senator Hirono: President Trump acts like a dictator, you know

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Senator Mazie Hirono is often in the headlines. She isn’t written about because of her hard work in the Senate, though. It is usually because she is responsible for a soundbite or a course remark made during an interview.

Monday Senator Hirono was a guest on CNN’s early morning show. When her interview turned to the subject of escalating tension between the U.S. and Iran, Hirono took the opportunity to slam President Trump, not the Iranian government. Tension in the Persian Gulf region was amplified Sunday night when a Katyusha rocket landed in the middle of the Green Zone in Baghdad. The Green Zone is where the U.S. Embassy is located in Iraq’s capital city, along with Iraqi government headquarters. It is believed the rocket was launched from east Baghdad, home to Iran-backed Shiite militias.

Hours later, two influential Shiite figures in Iraq warned about pulling their country into a war between the United States and Iran, saying it would turn Iraq into a battlefield and inflict much harm.

Iraq’s populist Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said in a statement on Monday that any political party that would involve Iraq in a U.S.-Iran war “would be the enemy of the Iraqi people,” and Qais al-Khazali, the leader of an Iranian-backed group, said he is opposed to operations that “give pretexts for war.”

Fortunately, there were no casualties in the attack. This attack came after reports of an unexplained rise in tension coming out of Iran began to surface earlier this month. President Trump ordered an aircraft carrier with B-52 bombers to the region in response. Non-essential staff from the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and the consulate in the Erbil have been evacuated. Trump also responded to Iran with a tweet.

Apparently, this was too much for Senator Hirono. She said President Trump is acting like “the dictator he wants to be.”

“If the president thinks he can resolve all these problems with military might he’s so wrong. There is something Secretary Mattis said, ‘we need a diplomatic resolution to all these conflicts.’ This is the president once again thumping his chest acting like he is the dictator he wants to be,” the Hawaii Democrat said on CNN’s “New Day” show, responding to the president’s tweet.

Perhaps Hawaii’s junior Senator got a little too comfortable with the less than vigorous responses from President Obama to threatening attacks against America during his time in office. President Trump is well-known for pushing back when attacked, whether it is a personal attack or an attack on America.

President Trump is open to diplomatic talks with Iran, as Hirono wants, but recently Iran has been behind attacks on pipelines and ships and threatening American interests in Iraq. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo canceled a meeting with Putin in Moscow on May 13 and went to Brussels instead for an unscheduled meeting at NATO headquarters. Oil companies have evacuated personnel and Bahrain ordered all its citizens to leave Iraq and Iran.

An Iraqi oil official told the Associated Press on Saturday that employees of energy giant Exxon Mobil have started evacuating an oil field in the southern province of Basra. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said all those who are being evacuated are foreigners or Iraqis who hold other nationalities.

The official did not give numbers but said the first group left two days ago and another batch left early Saturday.

On Saturday afternoon, Bahrain ordered all of its citizens to immediately leave Iraq and Iran, amid rising tensions. Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry cited the “unstable situation in the region and the grave developments and threats that threaten security and stability.”

Iranian reaction to Trump’s tweet came in like fashion.

Hirono reacted to Trump’s dealings with North Korea’s dictator in much the same way. She didn’t like his approach to Kim Jong-un back in 2017.

“This is before he fell in love with Kim Jong-un, I guess. With this president, he is unpredictable. He doesn’t talk to anybody besides — I don’t know. He mainly refers to himself to make decisions on foreign policy, which is why it’s really hard to rely upon, pretty much in my view, whatever the president says both domestically and on foreign policy,” she said.

In June 2018 Senator Hirono told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Trump thinks he is a dictator and a king because of his reactions to the Mueller investigation.

It shows the president is desperate as to what his concerns regarding the Mueller investigation. For him to come out and say that he could pardon himself and some of the other outrageous statements he is making. He should put a crown on his head because he is acting like a king and that is not our country. He thinks he is a dictator and king.

If only she would devote her energy to serving the people of Hawaii and do her work in the Senate instead of chasing television cameras, maybe she would come off as a more serious legislator. She should leave the name-calling as a way of gaining attention in the press to middle school mean girls. Others are taking the situation with Iran more seriously and receiving briefings.

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