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The government shutdown looks like it will hinge on Trump's border wall

Whether the federal government shuts down Friday could hinge on whether Congress includes funding for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall in legislation to keep the government funded.

Trump and administration officials have spent recent days talking up the possibility of including funding for a wall, which could set up a showdown with Democrats and even members of his party as the clock ticks toward a shutdown.

Asked by The Associated Press on Friday whether he would sign a bill that did not include funding for the wall, Trump was noncommittal.

"I don't know yet," Trump said. "People want the border wall. My base definitely wants the border wall. My base really wants it - you've been to many of the rallies. OK, the thing they want more than anything is the wall."


I am convinced this clown is working for Putin.

His first 100 days have been spent using every power of office he has to dismantle and disrupt the funtion of the government our taxes pay for.

"Fake News Ale" - it's a real thing!

It’s here, of course, to “Make Beer Great Again.”
A brand-new Toronto brewery wants to give President Trump something else irritating, Canadian, and hard to grab. This time, though, it’s a 16-ounce beer mocking the increasingly unpopular leader to the immediate south. Dubbed Fake News Ale, possibly to up Northern Maverick Brewing Company’s odds of getting on CNN or in the New York Times, it’s said to pair well “with small hands, striking comb overs, HUUUGE egos and all things Mexican.”

Northern Maverick describes it as a session ale meant to facilitate easy drinking and “long discussions” of politics, but the brewery also explains it’s legitimately trying to do more than score easy advertising by making fun of the sitting U.S. president — 5 percent of sales are being set aside to “help reverse a questionable policy.” In true democratic form, which policy will be decided by popular vote; the brewery says that in the coming weeks, it will let people nominate a nonprofit or charitable group on its website, and the one that racks up the most votes will get the donation.


Wow - the popular vote actually counts in Canada!

North Korea surprises with display of new missiles

North Korea put its adversaries on notice Saturday, when it showed off a bevy of new missiles and launchers at its annual military parade.

Pyongyang showed off two new intercontinental ballistic missile-sized canisters as well as displaying its submarine-launched ballistic missile and a land-based version of the same for the first time, according to analysts.

If North Korea has ICBMs, it could give it the ability to strike targets in the mainland US and Europe. The shorter range ballistic missiles displayed Saturday, meanwhile, are a threat to countries in the Asian region.

North Korea's display comes as tensions on the Korean Peninsula have spiked to alarming levels.


Kim Jong-un orders evacuation of Pyongyang: report

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered 25 percent of Pyongyang residents to leave the city immediately, according to a Russian news outlet on Friday.
The Pravda report said that in accordance with the order, 600,000 people should be urgently evacuated. Experts note that the evacuation will most likely be conducted due to extremely strained tensions in relations with the US.

Reportedly, Pyongyang's bomb shelters will not be able to accommodate the entire population of the North Korean capital. Therefore, 600,000 people - mostly individuals with criminal records - will have to leave Pyongyang to let others use bomb shelters, the report added. (khnews@heraldcorp.com)


Rethugs Go Into Overdrive to Destroy Elizabeth Warrens Consumer Financial Protection Agency

A sweeping Republican rewrite of the Dodd-Frank Act would significantly reduce the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) power and subjected it to greater White House and congressional oversight.

The bill would turn the CFPB into an executive agency with a removable director, drastically limited powers and a budget controlled by Congress.

House Republicans are preparing major changes to the Dodd-Frank Act, the post-recession banking regulation long reviled by the GOP. House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) will release a comprehensive rewrite of the bill by the end of April, a Republican committee aide said Tuesday.

President Trump said Tuesday morning that Republicans are working on "a major elimination of the horrendous Dodd-Frank regulations, keeping some obviously, but getting rid of many."

The new version of Hensarling’s 2016 CHOICE Act would rename the CFPB as the Consumer Financial Opportunity Agency and rein in its powers, according to an outline sent to Financial Services Committee Republicans. These changes in the new version of Hensarling's bill are similar to those proposed in a February memo from the chairman.


The coup rolls onward...

Betsy DeVos! Making America Great Again - for Grifters

"Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is inexplicably backing away from rules that are meant to prevent federal student loan borrowers from being fleeced by companies the government pays to collect the loans and to guide people through the repayment process.

On Tuesday, she withdrew a sound Obama administration policy that required the Education Department to take into account the past conduct of loan servicing companies before awarding them lucrative contracts — and to include consumer protections in those contracts as well.

The department is doing the loan industry’s bidding at a time when student debt has crippled a generation financi2ally and the country’s largest loan servicing company, Navient, is facing several lawsuits accusing it of putting its own interest before that of the borrowers it is supposed to help."


Another Trump appointee, working to destroy protections for Americans, and put the profit in their pockets.

To wit -

"In a Office of Government Ethics report that was completed January 20, DeVos agreed to divest from a long list of companies that pose a conflict of interest

Among them is LMF WF Portfolio, a company which helped finance a $147 million loan to a debt collection agency that does business with the Department of Education, called Performant Financial Co. ...

Performant recently lost out on a U.S. Department of Education contract and is appealing the decision with the Government Accountability Office. Performant desperately needs that contract because it represents 24 percent of its business, according to the company's SEC report, and its stock is tanking to $2 a share. If confirmed as Secretary, DeVos would be in a position to influence the awarding of these contracts and would have oversight responsibility for private debt collectors working for the government, explains the Washington Post.

And Performant clearly needs oversight.

Performant racked up 346 complaints with the Better Business Bureau. The company is accused of applying wage garnishments for debt already paid, calling debtors at work, calling family members of debtors at work, and other inappropriate and potentially illegal behavior. One consumer complaint posted online says Performant repeatedly pestered a 90 year old World War II vet for a nonexistent student loan with Wells Fargo."


"The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the financial watchdog agency that Senator Warren helped to create during the financial crisis of 2009, also has numerous complaints against the company registered in its public database.

A student in Massachusetts filed a complaint with the CFPB against Performant for its continued attempts to collect debt that was already paid.
A student in Georgia filed a complaint against Performant for using "obscene/profane/abusive language".
A student in South Carolina filed a complaint with the CFPB because Performant attempted to collect the wrong amount.
A Connecticut student filed a complaint against Performant for "continued attempts to collect debt" that was not theirs.
A student in Illinois filed a complaint against Performant because they did not receive a right to dispute notice."


Making 'Murica great again - for grifters!

Did he or didnt he? Trump contradicts himself on whether he knew Steve Bannon

"President Donald Trump wavered in his support for White House aide and strategist Steve Bannon in an interview with The New York Post on Tuesday, following stories of a rift forming between Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

"I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late," Trump said."

Trump announced the hiring of Bannon and adviser Kellyanne Conway as part of the Trump campaign on Aug. 17, 2016. Here’s what he said at that time:

"I have known Steve and Kellyanne both for many years. They are extremely capable, highly qualified people who love to win and know how to win," Trump said. "I believe we’re adding some of the best talents in politics, with the experience and expertise needed to defeat Hillary Clinton in November and continue to share my message and vision to Make America Great Again. I am committed to doing whatever it takes to win this election, and ultimately become President because our country cannot afford four more years of the failed Obama-Clinton policies which have endangered our financial and physical security."

So, in Trump’s own words he either "didn’t know Steve," or he has "known Steve … for many years."

One of those claims is clearly wrong."


The weasel on Trumps head whispers in his ear on these occasions.

FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor Trump adviser Carter Page

The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said.

The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page’s communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to the officials.

This is the clearest evidence so far that the FBI had reason to believe during the 2016 presidential campaign that a Trump campaign adviser was in touch with Russian agents. Such contacts are now at the center of an investigation into whether the campaign coordinated with the Russian government to swing the election in Trump’s


I really like the second paragraph.

Update on Russian Election Hack Suspect from Spanish Source

"A Russian computer expert was remanded in custody in Spain on Monday on suspicion of involvement in alleged hacking of the US presidential election campaign, a legal source said.
Piotr Levashov, who was arrested at Barcelona airport on Friday, has been singled out by the United States for extradition in a request which is due to be examined by Spain's national criminal court, the source said.

Levashov is "suspected of having participated in hacking the election campaign in the United States," the source said.

From the date of arrest, Washington has 40 days to present its legal case for extradition to the Spanish authorities."


Interesting that this release quotes its own "legal source", independent of the wifes statement to RT.

I think this is the real deal.


"Gallup's daily tracking poll showed no movement in the days following the airstrikes ordered by Trump Thursday. The president's approval stood at 40 percent Tuesday and held steady at 40 percent through Monday. Gallup noted it found that just 50 percent of the country approved of Trump's decision to bomb the Syrian air base, the second-lowest such figure for the 11 military actions it had polled since 1983."


Trumps son in law is probably calling Putin for the next brilliant idea...

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