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McConnell: Republican Agenda 'Is Exactly The Same As The Trump Agenda'

Source: Talking Points Memo

By MATT SHUHAM Published FEBRUARY 27, 2017, 3:35 PM EDT

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Monday that congressional Republicans’ agenda "is exactly the same as the Trump agenda."

McConnell, addressing reporters alongside House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) outside of the White House on Monday afternoon, made reference to Trump’s planned address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday.

“I think for virtually all Republicans, the chance to actually do things we felt would move the country in the right direction and have the President sign them into law is a pretty exciting prospect, so we're looking forward to a positive, upbeat presentation tomorrow night,” McConnell said, “and then proceeding with our agenda, which is exactly the same as the Trump agenda.”

That is a bold commitment, given that parts of Trump’s professed agenda that run against Republican orthodoxy.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-agenda-is-republican-agenda-mcconnell

What Trump's travel ban ignores: Radicalized U.S. citizens pose the greatest threat

By Michael Morell and Robert Pape February 27 at 11:02 AM

Michael Morell is the former acting director and deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Robert Pape is a professor of political science at the University of Chicago and the director of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats.

Good facts and good analysis make good policy. They guide decision-makers toward effective policies and prevent us from acting on ideology or singular events. This is why every meeting of the National Security Council, across multiple administrations, has begun with an intelligence briefing.

What should the intelligence briefing look like at a hypothetical NSC discussion on President Trump’s travel ban? It should address the current terrorist threat to the U.S. homeland as well as the implications of the travel ban.

On the threat, the briefing should draw on something like the detailed analysis being done by the Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST), a research program associated with the University of Chicago. CPOST has studied the 125 individuals who in the past 36 months either were indicted by the Justice Department for Islamic State-related crimes or who would have been indicted had they not died perpetrating a terrorist attack in the United States or fighting for Islamic State on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria.


A split has emerged among Trump's top advisers. It could have major repercussions.

By Greg Sargent February 27 at 10:00 AM

As your humble blogger has argued, there is a risk that President Trump may sell out his working-class, white base by going along with congressional Republicans who want to cut deeply into safety net programs that benefit those voters — including the Affordable Care Act. This, even though Trump repeatedly signaled to those voters that he is not an ideological conservative on economic issues that matter to them.

But now The Post has some important new reporting that suggests a split has opened up among top Trump advisers around this very topic. Some of them appear to be balking at such a course of action — and it’s telling that one of them is Stephen K. Bannon, because he is the keeper of the eternal flame of Trump “populism.”

The Post piece, from reporters Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein, notes that top White House advisers are divided on how far Republicans should go in repealing and replacing the ACA. One key point of disagreement centers on the Medicaid expansion, which would be repealed under the GOP measure, doing away with it as an entitlement and instead restricting funding via a per capita or block grant arrangement.

Conservatives inside the administration want to forge ahead with aggressive repeal-and-replace, but others are wary of the political dangers of doing so, particularly when it comes to Medicaid:


Top Intel Dem: Committee Has 'Reached No Conclusion' Yet On Trump, Russia

Source: Talking Points Memo

By ESME CRIBB Published FEBRUARY 27, 2017, 3:25 PM EDT

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, said on Monday that the committee has "reached no conclusion" about whether members of President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia during the election.

"We have, I think, reached no conclusion, nor could we, in terms of issues of collusion, because we haven't called in a single witness or reviewed a single document on that issue as of yet," Schiff told reporters during a press conference.

"It's very important, I think, that we not prejudge either the conclusions of our investigation or any conclusion that our intelligence agencies may or may not reach without doing our own independent analysis," he added.

Earlier on Monday, however, House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) insisted there was no evidence that members of Trump's campaign were in contact with Russian officials before the election. "The way it sounds like to me is, is it's been looked into and there's no evidence of anything there," he said.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/adam-schiff-house-intelligence-community-has-no-conclusion-trump-russia

Clothing Company Flips Script, Sells 'Lock Him Up' Shirts to Benefit ACLU

Following Campaign Trail Chants, Clothing Company Flips Script, Sells ‘Lock Him Up’ Shirts to Benefit ACLU

by Lindsey Ellefson | 12:07 pm, February 27th, 2017


You might have seen people — like, regular people and famous people — wearing shirts that say things like, “I met god, she’s black,” and “God loves girls who love girls,” but that’s not the trend we’re talking about today. Well, it kind of is, because those RooftopsNYC shirts are extremely popular right now, but the trend we’re gathered here to discuss at the moment is a more philanthropic one.

RooftopsNYC is joining other companies in donating part of their proceeds to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. That’s the biggest trend these days.

You’ll recall that following the implementation of the travel ban that prevented entrance to the United States by people from seven different Muslim-majority countries, the ACLU received six times their annual donation amount in a single weekend. Ride-sharing company Lyft donated $1 million and a popular toy company announced that the proceeds from their Donald Trump action figure would also be getting handed over to the ACLU. Some D.C.-area restaurants donated their profits from Inauguration weekend to Planned Parenthood, which is in danger of being defunded under Trump. So yeah, funneling profits back into these organizations is very much on-trend.

To do that, the clothing company is rolling out a new shirt. It says “Lock him up.”

Get it? It’s a response to the refrain that was so often heard at Trump’s campaign rallies (and at CPAC this year) as supporters demanded that Hillary Clinton be put in jail. RooftopsNYC’s founder, Dylan Chenfeld, flipped the script and is using his popular brand to call for the president’s incarceration.


Go here to get one of the shirts, or maybe pick up a “Stay nasty” or “Pussy grabs back” t-shirt in homage to some of Trump’s most infamous quotes.

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Monday pro-Trump rallies a massive flop as event photos show tiny crowds

27 FEB 2017 AT 15:07 ET

President Donald Trump last week called on his supporters to hold massive rallies on his behalf, and on Monday some of them did their best to meet his demands.


However, although Trump predicted that pro-Trump rallies would be the “biggest of them all,” photos from around the country show sparsely attended events that at most show a couple hundred people in a given location.

Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale posted some photos that he’s seen around Twitter that show tiny crowds at assorted Trump rallies. Dale notes that pro-Trump news website Breitbart predicted the events would be “massive.”




Pentagon reporter: I don't know any military commander who thinks Trump's plan is going to work

27 FEB 2017 AT 14:44 ET

On the heels of President Donald Trump’s declaration that the United States must “start winning wars again,” CNN’s Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr revealed military leaders have a different opinion.

“There are a lot of questions about what the president means,” Starr told Wolf Blitzer. “He said he was taking this from watching the military during his days back in high school and college in his words when perhaps it was a much more clear time for military victories.”

Trump was in high school in the early 1960’s, following World War II and the Korean War. After Trump turned 18, he was eligible to fight in the Vietnam War but received four draft deferments for bone spurs and one deferment for an unknown reason.

Starr said that those wars had “major tank battles” and “major air battles” that delivered “overwhelming firepower.” Starr said that those wars had “major tank battles” and “major air battles” that delivered “overwhelming firepower.”


Republicans will fail in Obamacare repeal bid: top Senate Democrat

Source: Reuters

27 FEB 2017 AT 14:46 ET

The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate predicted on Monday that Republicans would fall short of their stated goal of repealing former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

“The odds are very high we will keep ACA,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters at a news conference, referring to the Affordable Care Act, which is commonly known as Obamacare. “It will not be repealed.”


Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/republicans-will-fail-in-obamacare-repeal-bid-top-senate-democrat/

White House: Yemen Raid Will Undergo 3 Reviews But 'Achieved Its Objectives'

Source: Talking Points Memo

By ESME CRIBB Published FEBRUARY 27, 2017, 2:47 PM EDT

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that a counter-terrorism operation that resulted in the first combat casualty of President Donald Trump's term will undergo three reviews, but that the administration is "very comfortable with how the mission was executed."

"There will be three reviews done by the Department of Defense because of the nature of this," Spicer told reporters during his daily press briefing.

"It is standard operating procedure for the Department of Defense to undergo what they call a 15-6 review," he said, apparently referring to Army Regulation 15-6. "That review, in this case, is three-pronged because there was a fatality and the loss of life, there's that; because there were civilians involved, that's another; and then third is because there is hardware, a helicopter that was damaged."

Spicer said that the White House is "very comfortable with how the mission was executed." He also said that the raid "was successful in helping prevent a future attack or attacks on this nation."

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/spicer-yemen-raid-three-reviews

Spicer Admits WH Connected Reporters With Officials Critical Of NYT Story

Source: Talking Points Memo

By MATT SHUHAM Published FEBRUARY 27, 2017, 2:32 PM EDT

White House press secretary Sean Spicer denied he acted inappropriately when he asked government officials to bat down news reports that members of the Trump campaign had repeated contact with Russian nationals.

During a press briefing Monday, one reporter asked Spicer to comment on a report Monday morning, seemingly from Axios, that Spicer “reached out directly” to CIA Director Mike Pompeo to ask him to knock down a New York Times report that members of the Trump campaign had repeated contacts with Russian nationals, including intelligence officials.

Axios reported Monday morning that Spicer had contacted Pompeo, as well as Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC), to ask them to discredit the Times’ reporting to other journalists. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) also volunteered to give his phone number to journalists, according to Axios.

Spicer began by referencing an another report, that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus had asked the FBI’s deputy director to bat down the same story. The FBI deputy director, Andrew McCabe, reportedly denied the White House’s request.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/spicer-addresses-connecting-reporters-with-government-officials
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