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On the roster: Russia’s wars sap the credibility of both parties – house is preparing the first volley in the shutdown showdown – Embattled Manchin calls for the Senate campaign of truce – Tit for tat memo-fight ends up in the White house – In-stitches
RUSSIA WARS SAP THE CREDIBILITY OF BOTH PARTIES
Overview when dealing with politicians it is to climb like trying to a light pole in Philadelphia – you can do it, but it will be difficult, greasy and certainly chaotic.
That’s why it was so difficult to keep even for the conscientious Reporter in Washington, an overview of the ongoing probe, which in Russia is meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign and the counter-investigation in the probe itself.
Democrats say they are only interested in the protection of elections itself, you can find anyone, the public showed, as well as any leakage to race ahead to the conclusion, that President Trump is a Kremlin dupe.
Conversely, the Republicans have sworn up and down that they don’t try to interfere with the investigation that has already swept several of Trump’s advisers, some of whom are quite senior. Their claims of impartiality, ring about as true as that of the competitors on the course.
But instead of our wasting time the politicians, in this case, turn on the lock, some of the most energetic spin master in the Congress, we are usually better to focus on actions and their consequences instead of palaver.
A new poll from Quinnipiac University measures the relative success and failure of the President wingmen and women in Congress, according to the situation Russophobic Democrats and the institutions in the field of tension between the two. The first thing is, obviously, a deep partisan split on such questions.
Only 28 percent of Republicans say they approve of how the FBI is handling his job, while 67 percent of Democrats, and the marks transferred to the Agency. We do not have data that are easy to compare, but imagine that this is quite a role reversal of the two parties, as to the FBI agents.
Similarly, Democrats led Republicans by five points in the expression of confidence in the US court system, 70 percent to 65 percent.
But here it is crazy. The Republicans, who fought for the increase of powers for the intelligence services since the 9/11 attacks now express far less confidence in the intelligence of the community, as Democrats, 56 percent to 70 percent. Somewhere, John Ashcroft , is with a good laugh, a.
Less surprising, but more stars the measure of partisan ” trust in the media. Only 9 percent of Republicans expressed any degree of trust for the press, compared to 67 percent for the Democrats.
While these data points are instructive, if it is the ability of the members of the two parties, the Form of the perceptions of your followers and also Vice versa, how these changed perceptions then we are the bigger plans for the two parties, definitely in the Primate house at the zoo here. There is a lot of crying, a lot of fecal matter flying, but no one is exactly the life of Abe Lincoln‘s Second Inaugural…
To decide, while the intensity of the base can help support mid-term elections, it is the opinion of the majority of Americans who shun both party labels, and specifies the direction of the Republic in the long term.
And the independent are really disgusted by what they have seen of Washington, as it relates to the three-ring-Russia-circus.
The independent, yet strongly endorse the work of the FBI, and express a lot of confidence for the Federal court system and U.S. intelligence services. The respondents in the Q-poll sees something wrong, both the media and the President, with majorities expressing distrust in both cases.
So we could say that, in part, to a considerable extent, that all the fulminations, memo theatrics and lots of talk of betrayal has not done much to change the perspective of the persuadable voters.
But there is a place, where you will have a strong negative seem to turn: your appreciation for the members of both parties in Congress.
Quinnipiac, respondents were asked whether they trusted Republicans and Democrats, “the country party”.
Now, it’s no surprise that almost all of the Republicans thought that the Democrats were the partisans, before they were patriots, and Vice versa. But consider this: only 18 percent of independents, who thought that the Republicans of the country before their party. Democrats have ten points better, but still, 28 percent is a pretty frightening result on an issue like that.
In a time in which political expediency was still considered a disgrace for offense, this is the cause for considerable alarm in the parties themselves would pay. The reality is now, that the partisans are increasingly hell of their own realities, fair-voters. The will eventually add up to serious consequences.
As the trench warfare intensified, Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe, members of both parties and Washington would be well to remember that you have far more to undermine your own credibility, as you of their preferred destinations.
THE RULES: WHAT’S THE POINT?
“The main objectives of the response by union are these the common defense of the members; the preservation of the public peace as well against internal convulsions as external attacks; the regulation of Commerce with other Nations and between the States; the superintendence of our intercourse, political and commercial, with foreign countries.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 23
TIME OUT: A SECOND HELPING
New York: “As Thomas Lennon‘s forty-minute Oscar-nominated documentary short, “Knife Skills” begins, it is the opening night at Edwin’s new French restaurant in Cleveland. Just before the show, a sharp-dressed owner of a pink tie, speaks with his staff in the dining room. ‘The opening of the most anticipated restaurant, Cleveland seen,’ he says. … The owner introduces himself as Brandon Chrostowski , and says, ‘The short of it is that a restaurant saved my life. And that’s why I’m here today, and we will do what you see.’ … [‘Knife skills’] is a chance to get to know a group of people in a certain place and time and feel the power of a good idea into action; we, the participants, the hope for their success and worry about the possible defeat. Relapse is common among ex-prisoners, drug-relapse of former drug spoilage are dependent, and the first year of reëntry is a particularly dangerous time. The film portrays this sensitive and straightforward…”
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Trump job performance
Average Level Of Agreement: 40 Percent
The average of the rejection: 54.8 percent
Net Rating: -14.8 Points
Change from prior week: up 1.2 points
[On average contains: IBD: 35% – 58%; Gallup: 40% approve – 57% lean; Monmouth University: 44% approve – 48% reject; Fox News: 45% approve – 53% reject; Quinnipiac University: 36% approve – 58% disapprove.]
Control of the house
Republican Average: 40.2%
Democratic Means: 47.8 Percent
Advantage: Democrats + 7.6 points
Change from a week ago: the democratic advantage down to 2 points
[On average contains: IBD: 46% Dems 41% GOP; Monmouth University: 47% Dems, 45% of GOP; Fox News: 44% Dems 38% GOP; Quinnipiac University: 51% Dems 38% GOP; ABC News/WaPo: 51% Dems, 39% of GOP.]
HOUSE MAKES ITSELF READY FOR THE FIRST VOLLEY IN THE SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN
Weekly Standard: “With only three days remaining until a government shutdown deadline, house Republicans on Monday night moved on to a stopgap measure that is likely to breeze through the chamber on a party-line vote, but face slim odds in the Senate. House Republican leaders laid out their game plan for the members in case of an emergency GOP conference on Monday evening. The continuing resolution/omnibus “mash-up” (as a “cromnibus” by residents of Capitol Hill), would keep the government running until March 23, Fund, community health Center for two years, and includes the rest of the year, the defense financing is worthwhile. To Supplement the Republicans want to bust spending caps as part of the Budget Control Act, defense spending in the amount of $659.2 billion. Government funding runs to midnight on Thursday, and Congress is scrambling to avoid another shutdown just weeks after a January spending lapses, caused in part by the still-unresolved immigration debate.”
Freedom Caucus on Board – The hill: “The house freedom Caucus supports GOP leadership-strategy-pair a year-long defence funding with a temporary spending patch for the rest of the government, the group announced on Monday evening. The expected approval is likely, the funding bill on track for passage in the house on Tuesday, although it is unclear whether the proposal will be able to pass the Senate, where the Democrats demanded the same for the defense and nondefense spending programs increased. Current government funding expires on Thursday. The freedom Caucus adopted a formal position, which will require consensus of 80 percent of its members about the continuing resolution (CR), after a GOP conference, Speaker Paul Ryan(R-Wis.) is added the defence of the CR package to the legislature.”
Trump’s” treason ” to speak out against Dems chills hopes for compromise – WaPo: “President Trump said on Monday that it was ‘un-American’ and ‘treasonable’, if some of the Democrats in Congress applaud during last week’s State of the Union address as he touted the low prices of the black and Hispanic unemployment. … In the very State of the Union address, the Trump is so upset about, the President said that he was ” extending an open hand to work with members of both parties.’ … Not just that Trump’s remarks in Ohio underscore the hollowness of such bipartisan bromides to poison you. Why would cooperate with the Democrats or compromise with someone who questions your loyalty to the country? While the President was certainly not a flip, that was just talk. There seems to be a coordinated effort, the questions about the motives of the opposition. The Republican National Committee pushed you to a web advertising earlier Monday attacking Democrats, during the state of the Union.”
Kelly says Trump may not be able to extend dreamers period – WaPo: “White house chief of staff John F. Kelly said on Tuesday that President Trump is not expected to expand 5. March deadline for to be forfeited if legal protection and work permits for young immigrants known as ‘dreamers’ — the increase of the shares for lawmakers struggling to reach a solution. “I doubt’ Trump would expand the program, Kelly told reporters during an impromptu interview in the U.S. Capitol. He told reporters that he was “not so sure this President has the authority to extend it,” because the Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which was not based protects approximately 690,000 undocumented immigrants, on the law.”
EMBATTLED MANCHIN CALLS FOR SENATE-CAMPAIGN TRUCE
WashEx: “Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., under a promise to the Senate Tuesday signed not to campaign against all of the colleagues currently in Congress, and he hopes that other lawmakers promise to do the same. Manchin said in a Tuesday tweet that he this promise to themselves some years ago, but now it is official because Washington sucks, but it doesn’t have to.’ ‘The time has come for all senators, this promise & oblige ourselves, to us as Americans first,’ tweeted Manchin. Manchin’s commitment under a pre-heated 2018 election campaign, in which a plurality of first time potential candidates campaigns launched against the incumbent.”
Hatch act: old-age pensions Utah senator recruited Romney – the Boston Globe: “A day in March, Mitt Romney , and Senator Orrin Hatch sat together in a hotel suite on the top floor of the JW Marriott hotel in downtown Washington, a few blocks from the White house. After eating lunch, Luke reveals why he’s called had a meeting with Romney, the supply happened to be in town for a keynote speech before the annual Assembly of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. … “I told him it was likely I would retire and I would be sure to said to succeed like him to me,” Hatch, a senator since 1977, in an interview. … This moment planted the seeds for Romney is unlikely to trip in the state of Utah policy almost six years after he won the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, only to lose to President Obama. The seeds Hatch planted would sprout in earnest, for a further nine months, but now Romney is to announce, by all accounts, engaged and ready for the Senate run as an overwhelming favorite on Feb. 15.”
Bachmann is skipping Senate-campaign – MPR news: “Former Minnesota Republican Rep. , Michele Bachmann has ruled out a run for U.S. Senate seat next fall. Bachmann’s reasoning: they had no ‘sense from the Lord that you should try for the seat became vacant after Al Franken resigned following allegations of sexual misconduct. “It was to me very clear that I don’t hear any calling from God to do,” Bachmann told radio host Jan Markell. MPR news confirms Bachmann stay out of the Senate race. Bachmann served four terms in Congress and tried to run for President in 2012…”
Menendez is ready to reclaim top Committee spot – Politico: “Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N. J.) is expected to return to his post as the top Democrat on the Senate foreign relations Committee just a few days after the Ministry of justice fell from allegations of corruption against him, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Monday. Menendez is ready to take back the work of sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who has served as a high-ranking member of the influential body, for almost three years. … But Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is a democratic leader now. The source said that Schumer had to file a claim for Menendez OK, the post office, if the charges were dropped last week.”
TIT FOR TAT MEMO-FIGHT ends up IN the White HOUSE
Fox News: “The House Intelligence Committee, on Monday the release of the Democratic-approved rebuttal to the attention-grabbing GOP memo claims that government surveillance abuse during the 2016 campaign. ‘We believe that this will help inform the public about the many distortions and inaccuracies in the majority memo,” California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the panel, told reporters. The vote was unanimous, he said. Ship said, Democrats have given the Ministry of justice and the FBI with a copy of your counter-memo and you asked to tell you what Bork made tongues, should reasons of national security. On Friday, Republicans on the Intelligence Committee, released the memo from the Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., claiming that the FBI and DOJ would not have tried the surveillance warrants to spy on one-time Trump campaign adviser Carter-page , without the infamous, Democrat-funded anti-Trump-dossier. The White house responded by saying the memo ‘, raises serious questions about the integrity of decisions at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the FBI…'”
Bannon blow off House committee – Reuters: “the Former White House senior strategist Steve Bannon did not testify before the Intelligence Committee of the US house of representatives on Tuesday, two sources said on Monday, despite a subpoena requiring him to appear. The panel wants to BANNERT, to testify, as part of its investigation into allegations that Russia is trying to influence the 2016 presidential elections in the United States, its Jan. 16 appearance, which does not satisfy some of the members in the Committee. Representative Mike Conaway, a senior Republican member of the Committee, told reporters on Monday he expected Bannon with a subpoena and answer questions on Tuesday.”
Trump can push for new special counsel to investigate, special counsel – CNBC: “President Donald Trump’s legal team supports the idea of the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate the FBI and the justice Department, the White House spokesman said on Monday. The President’s lawyers have already signed off on the concept of picking a special counsel to investigate the U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies ‘ actions during the 2016 presidential campaign, Axios reported on Monday, citing White House spokesman Raj Shah. The Ministry of justice would appoint the special Prosecutor. If a second special counsel is taking shape, it would mark perhaps the drastic step of Trump administration, in allegations of misconduct in the FBI and justice Department leveled by the President and the conservative legislators.”
NYT search for documents, behind-the-Carter-file – NYT: “The New York Times asks in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to unseal secret documents in connection with the interception of Carter page, of which the former trump campaign consultant in the centre of a controversial memo written by Republican staff on the house Intelligence Committee. The movement is unusual. No such wiretapping application documents, apparently, the public have since the first Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. The law regulates the electronic surveillance on domestic soil — the interception of telephone calls and E-Mails — conducted on behalf of the surveillance of suspected spies and terrorists, in contrast to the wiretapping for the investigation of ordinary criminal suspects.”
The conservatives are warning of the coming surrender on ObamaCare – National Review
Dems head to Maryland for the annual retreat – Politically
White House rivals to draw a bead on rising star Raj Shah – NY Mag
Government ethics-in-chief warns the Federal workforce of the ‘dangerous times’ – Politico
Noemie Emery: “The Clinton’s” political death due to the delayed reaction’ – WashEx
AUDIBLE: THE OLD RULE OF ” I Know YOU ARE BUT WHAT AM I?”
“I just go by the old rule: whatever they accuse you of doing that, you actually have to do.” –Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., to discredit on “Hannity” to promote his efforts, the study of the Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.
FROM THE STANDS
“In Your 5. Feb mid-term report that you cited did a Washington Post-article comment, the flip always to the left, in California politics and in the fact that each country wide competition will likely feature a November ballot only filled with Democrats. If it was the state very competitive politically, when I first moved here in 1988, I wonder if you can guess what has changed to give us a one-party state? I think I know the answer but would be interested in, if a so-called expert from the other coast can answer the question.” – Lou Segal, Santa Barbara, Calif.
[Ed. Note: Maybe it’s because she asked to many mocking rhetorical questions! Sincerely, a so-called expert.]
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Telegraph: “the Armed police that were sent to a farm, Aberdeenshire, after a farmer, as he thought of his livestock, he discovered a tiger in his cowshed. Bruce Grubb, 24, called the police, fearing the predator would attack, his pregnant cows, but was suspicious, as it failed to move during a 45-minute stand-off. According to the direction of travel it in his truck, he realized that he was looking at a large stuffed animal. By this time, several police vehicles, including an armed unit responded to the incident on the farm in the vicinity of Peterhead on Saturday. Officers even checked with a local wildlife park for tiger was on the loose. When the truth emerged, police Scotland said they were made for a “false call with good intent’. Officers removed the tiger, saying, shame on you, Mr. Grubb, she wanted to keep him as a mascot.”
Chris Stirewalt , the politics editor for Fox News. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. FOX News mid-term report in your Inbox every day wants? Sign up here.
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