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Nancy Pelosi re: Trump's Health Care being "SO Complicated": "Nobody knew? No. He didn't know."


Obama's Last Budget & Trump/GOP Budget

The main purpose of the budget request is to formally lay out the administration’s stance on fiscal policy. It details specific policy changes the administration wants, how much those changes will affect spending and tax revenue over the next 10 years, and how individual agencies will be affected along the way.

For example, President Obama's last budget called for $312 billion in new infrastructure spending, $150 billion for universal pre-K and child care, and $60 billion to expand access to community colleges, paid for (and then some) by cuts in prescription drug spending, a cap on the value of tax deductions, new taxes on investment income, and more. The budget gave relatively precise estimates for how much each of these proposals was expected to cost or raise, respectively, and estimates of how this would affect the overall trajectory of the deficit (down) and spending and revenue levels (both up).

WASHINGTON — President Trump has signed off on top-line numbers in a budget outline that seeks to make good on his campaign promises to bolster military spending while making deep cuts to other federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency.

"This budget will be a public safety and national security budget, very much based on those two with plenty of other things but very strong," Trump said Monday. "And it will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it."


LOL! Trump to Breitbart: Oscars mix-up happened because they'd been too focused on attacking me


CREW: How far did Priebus/FBI contact go? We just FOIA'd them to find out.


Washington, DC—The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Inspector General needs to investigate apparent improper communications between the leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus about the FBI’s pending criminal investigation of Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 election and links between Russian officials and associates of President Trump, according to a complaint filed today by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

Under current DOJ directives, the only people who may discuss pending investigations between the DOJ and the White House under most circumstances are the Attorney General or Deputy Attorney General and the President, Vice President, White House Counsel and Deputy Counsel. White House officials today confirmed news reports that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Priebus recently discussed the pending criminal investigation, and Priebus asked the FBI to dispute news reports about the investigation which reflected poorly upon the president.

“The DOJ directive is clear and exists to protect our system of justice from political meddling,”CREW Executive Director and former DOJ corruption prosecutor Noah Bookbinder said. “These communications threaten, in the words of the directive, the ‘evenhanded administration of justice,’a key tenet of our democracy.”

The communications raise the possibility that the FBI’s investigation, which involves President Trump’s campaign aides and associates, will be tainted by political pressure from the White House. As the DOJ’s policy states, “[t]he legal judgments of the Department of Justice must be impartial and insulated from political influence. It is imperative that the Department’s investigatory and prosecutorial powers be exercised free for partisan consideration.”

“The Inspector General must immediately commence an investigation into these communications and into whether more improper communications have occurred with the White House,”Bookbinder said. “The FBI is investigating whether a foreign country interfered with the very fabric of our democracy. That investigation must proceed untainted—especially by those who may be implicated in it.”

Click here to read the complaint

Kamala Harris bringing biomedical researcher & 1st DACA recipient to earn PHD to Trump's Address

Kamala Harris is bringing Yuriana Aguilar, a biomedical researcher & the 1st DACA recipient to earn a PhD, to Trump's Congressional address.


Breitbart said today's pro-Trump rallies would be "MASSIVE." The photos I've seen so far:


Shaking My Head - Too


Kiss up, kick down

'Angry white men': the sociologist who studied Trump's base before Trump
Michael Kimmel, one of the world’s foremost experts on masculinity, examines its role in men’s adherence to – and departure from – far-right movements


Let me give you two examples. The first: how come men use a biological argument when they are angry and they beat up someone smaller or older than they are or they beat their wives – yet they don’t beat their bosses?

I mean, my boss would likely piss me off more than my wife would, right? Why don’t I beat him up? Because you have to feel like you have permission. You have to believe that the target of your violence is “legitimate”.

There is a famous experiment by a primatologist at Stanford. He takes five monkeys and measures their testosterone. Then he puts the five monkeys in a cage. The monkeys immediately establish a hierarchy of violence – number one beats number two, number two beats number three, number three beats number four, number four beats number five.

Of course, number one has the highest testosterone, and so on.

So the experiment is: he takes monkey three out of the cage and he shoots him up with testosterone, off the scale, and puts him back in. What do you think happens?

When I tell this story my students always guess that he immediately becomes number-one monkey. But that’s not true. What happens is that when he goes back in the cage he still avoids monkeys number one and two – but he beats the shit out of numbers four and five. So what any reasonable biological researcher would conclude is that testosterone does not cause aggression, it enables it. The target of the violence must already be seen as legitimate. You have a biological argument and a sociological argument. So the answer to your question is that it is never either/or. It is always both. Always.


TRUMP: "I haven't called Russia in 10 years"


Brilliant Tweet re: Rubio & town halls

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