Saturday, February 25, 2017

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7-Year-Old Has More Common Sense Than These Trumpsters: Don’t Let Trump Cut PBS Kids Just To Fund A Wall

During a town hall on Wednesday evening in Arkansas, a 7-year-old made his voice heard after he questioned Trump’s way of perceiving Mexican people. “Trump makes Mexicans not important to people who are in Arkansas who like Mexicans,” he said, “like me my grandma and all my people.”

The 7-year-old Toby Smith was met with cheers and applause from the crowd for being brave enough to question the president.

Toby’s main concern was the border wall. He told Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), that Trump plans to defund PBS in order to build the wall.

“He’s deleting all the parks and PBS Kids just to make a wall,” he said. “And he shouldn’t do that. He shouldn’t do all that stuff just for a wall.”

Toby seems to know his facts. One of the Trump administration’s plans to cut federal spending includes privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which is what funds television networks that includes NPR and PBS.

Cotton responded to the kid by saying we need the wall to protect our citizens, according to the Washington Post.

“We want Mexico to be a healthy, strong partner,” Cotton said. “But we also have to protect our own citizens, and that’s where the wall comes in.”

The People Win: Former GOP Speaker Just Announced Obamacare Repeal ‘Not Going To Happen’

After thousands of angry citizens made their voices heard at town halls, lashing at the Republican party for taking away their healthcare, former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare is “not going to happen.”

Boehner spoke at a healthcare conference in Florida, where he assured people that the Obamacare repeal will not happen.

“[Congressional Republicans are] going to fix Obamacare — I shouldn’t call it repeal-and-replace, because it’s not going to happen,” Boehner said, according to Politico.

Boehner said that the plan is to make small changes to the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it. This comes as a surprise since the man let the Republican opposition to Obamacare for years.

“Most of the framework of the Affordable Care Act … that’s going to be there,” Boehner reportedly said at the conference, adding that “Republicans never ever agree on healthcare.”

Republicans seemed to have finally realized what the people actually want when it comes to healthcare. Thanks to the people who have spoken up Republicans have listened.

Here’s What Trump Was Doing As Navy SEALS Fought For Their Lives In Yemen

Every day something new is revealed that confirms Donald Trump is unfit to be president. As a team of elite U.S. commandos found themselves under unexpectedly heavy fire in a remote Yemeni village last month, eight time zones away, their commander in chief was not in the Situation Room.

What was he doing? Well, his Twitter account was busy promoting an upcoming appearance on the Christian Broadcasting Network.

“I will be interviewed by @TheBrodyFile on @CBNNews tonight at 11pm. Enjoy!” read a tweet from President Donald Trump’s personal account on Saturday, Jan. 28, sent out that tweet at 5:50 p.m. ― about half an hour into a firefight that cost a Navy SEAL his life.

The Tweet was deleted 20 minutes later. It’s not clear who deleted the tweet, or why the new president, just a week on the job, chose not to directly monitor the first high-risk military operation on his watch.

As The Huffington Post notes, the CBN interview did not actually air until the following night, Jan. 29, and Trump may have realized the error and deleted the tweet for that reason.

Or, Trump’s aides might have realized that the Yemen operation was going badly and deleted the tweet to avoid looking callous.

The timing of the CBN tweet and its deletion is the latest detail in the story of a military special operation that went not at all as planned.

Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens was killed in the raid, and four U.S. service members were wounded. A $75 million Osprey aircraft was damaged and had to be destroyed to keep it from falling into enemy hands. An eight-year-old American girl was also killed during the failed operation.

Subsequent reports pointed out that Trump did not participate in a formal National Security Council review of the plan, but instead was briefed over a dinner meeting three nights before the raid.

In the initial aftermath, Spicer said the raid had killed 14 fighters with the group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. But as reports of civilian deaths spread, Spicer said the whole point of the mission was “intelligence gathering,” in the form of laptops and cellphones that were taken.

By the following week, amid reports that Yemen had withdrawn permission for U.S. troops to conduct raids there and that the purported main target of the raid, AQAP leader Qassim al-Rimi, had escaped and was now taunting Trump, Spicer denounced criticism of the raid of any kind.

“The life of Chief Ryan Owens was done in service to this country and we owe him and his family a great debt for the information that we received during that raid,” Spicer said on Feb. 8. “I think any suggestion otherwise is a disservice to his courageous life and the actions that he took, full stop.”

The White House did not respond to The Huffington Post’s requests for comment on the issue.

WATCH: Louisiana Senator’s Town Hall Goes Completely Off The Rails, Voters Angry As Hell

Republican Senator Bill Cassidy was heckled and booed by hundreds of angry constituents for the better part of an hour during a Town Hall meeting yesterday.

Cassidy had intended to present a PowerPoint on his proposed legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and respond to written questions selected from index cards. That didn’t go well.

The senator was greeted with shouts of “shame!”

When he attempted to show his PowerPoint slides, the crowd shouted “we’ve already read it, we want to ask questions!” Then followed with chants of “do your job.”

Cassidy, who denies the human role in climate change, has been touring tornado damage around southern Louisiana as he holds town halls. Kenny Francis, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Schaumburg Elementary in New Orleans, found Cassidy’s professed concern about tornado victims “offensive.”

“He had the nerve to talk about how he wants to help with the tornado recovery,” Francis told ThinkProgress.

“It is offensive to me to hear him talk about how he wants to help those families when you want to take away their health care that literally allows them to be able to make sure their kids stay healthy,” he said.

Watch the video below:

‘You Work For Us!’: GOP Senator Tom Cotton Flees Town Hall As Constituents Erupt In Anger Over Trump’s Agenda

Voters nationwide are fed up with Donald Trump and the Paul Ryan agenda. First Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley took it on the chin at a town hall yesterday, then Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is on video fleeing a town hall after the crowd erupted in anger chanting “Do your job!”

Cotton (R-Ark.) faced hundreds of angry constituents at a town hall Wednesday night who grilled him for two hours on the Affordable Care Act, immigration, President Donald Trump’s administration and other issues.

The town hall, held at a high school in Springdale, Arkansas, was raucous throughout. About 2,000 people packed the auditorium and frequently drowned Cotton out with boos and jeers.

Making a case for the Obamacare, a woman stood up and explained she suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition that affects the body’s connective tissues and blood vessels.

“Without coverage for preexisting conditions, I will die,” she said. “Will you commit today to replacement protections for those Arkansans like me who will die or lose their quality of life or otherwise be unable to be participating citizens, trying to get their part of the American dream? Will you commit to replacement in the same way that you’ve committed to repeal?”

The auditorium erupted in cheers as the crowd gave her a standing ovation. Cotton then attempted to dodge the question and asked for others in the audience to offer comments before he gave an answer.

That didn’t go over well with the bulk of the crowd, which began booing and chanting, “Do your job.”

Watch part of the town hall in the video below:

Other Republicans have faced similarly tense crowds at town halls across the country during the congressional recess.

Some Republicans are avoiding the meetings altogether, turning to conference calls. Some are threatening to cancel public appearances if people disrupt them.

In Iowa, meanwhile, Sen. Joni Ernst is on video fleeing a town hall after only a handful of questions.

Here’s another even more dramatic video of Ernst and team fleeing after a question about Russia and Trump!

Trump has attempted to dismiss the town hall demonstrations as “planned out by liberal activists.” His remarks only made the people even more angry.

LEAKED: Private Prison Investors Behind Trump’s Immigration Crackdown

The Trump administration is giving private prison investors a gift for their support: More prisoners.

On a call with investors Wednesday, George Zoley, the chief executive of GEO Group, one of the largest private prison corporations in the world, hailed President Donald Trump’s newly-announced immigration plans Wednesday, saying the move will boost the company profits.

“The Trump administration’s announcement on Tuesday that it will end so-called “catch-and-release” policies — effectively requiring longer detention times for certain undocumented immigrants arrested at the border — guarantees new business for the firm,” he said.

Zoley, a Trump campaign donor, added that even more business is on the way as Republicans push legislation to expand the incarceration of certain immigrants make it into law, according to The Intercept.

“With the respect to detention services, in support of border security, we would continue to be the largest provider of detention services to the three largest government agencies, that is ICE, the Bureau of Prisons, and the U.S. Marshals Service,” Zoley boasted.

“ICE has been visiting various facilities to expand its capacity,” Zoley noted. Undocumented immigrants arrested in other parts of the country will likely be detained in Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities; the firm manages 26 federal prison centers

Zoley also raised the prospect of “Kate’s Law,” a legislation proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, that would impose a mandatory five-year minimum sentence for aliens who illegally re-enter the country.

“If that passes, that creates certain additional bed capacity that we haven’t contemplated yet,” Zoley said, noting that federal officials may be “doing their planning work” to prepare for the proposal.

The Geo Group isn’t the only company celebrating the Trump/GOP immigration agenda. As The Intercept reports:

“CoreCivic, the private prison firm formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America, announced on its earning call earlier this month that the firm expects new business. “When coupled with the above average rate of crossings along the southwest border, these executive orders appear likely to significantly increase the need for safe, humane, and appropriate detention bed capacity that we have available,” CoreCivc chief Damon Hininger noted.

In addition, contractors that serve law enforcement say they are expecting a flood of new border security contracts. Unisys, L-3 Technologies, CACI International, and Motorola Solutions have mentioned in recent weeks that they view border security as a growth area.

“In general, we feel bullish that our focus is increasingly the focus of the new administration,” said Peter Altabef, the chief executive of Unisys Corporation, on a call with financials analysts last earlier this month. “So clearly on things such as border security, which is our largest client in the federal government, I would say we’ve become increasingly bullish about that,” he added.

Andy Teich, the president and chief executive of FLIR Systems, which makes specializes cameras used on the U.S.-Mexico border, said on a call with investors last week that he feels “pretty good” about Trump’s southern border security initiatives. “Border Patrol likes us. We’ve got a very good reputation and track record with CBP. And I think no matter what ends up going on, if there’s more money being spent on the border, it’s reasonable to think that thermal imaging and FLIR will be a part of that,” he added.

Geo Group was one of the first large publicly-traded firms to make significant campaign contributions to the Trump election effort last year. The firm gave $50,000 to a pro-Trump Super PAC and $45,000 to the Trump campaign via its joint fundraising committee with the Republican National Committee. CoreCivic also donated $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration, recent filings show.”

Well, the political investments have paid off for these bloodsuckers. The stocks for both companies have rebounded substantially. Last year, after reports that the Obama administration might end most federal government contracting with private prison firms led to record lows. But thanks to their pal Donald Trump,  the stock price for both Geo Group and CoreCivc are again on the rise.

If You Think Donald Trump Should Be Impeached Take A Look At This

It is fair to say that Donald Trump is an unorthodox president and a lot of the things he’s done could potentially lead to his impeachment. Let’s look further into it.

Trump is a businessman first and a president second, and that shows as he’s actually profiting from his business while serving as the President of the United States.

ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.Org has, as of 8:11 pm EST, February 22, 2017, 887,832 signers and counting who have joined the campaign to Impeach Trump Now.

In their website it states that Trump was “given the opportunity ten full weeks between the election and the inauguration to divest his business interests, Mr. Trump chose instead to announce, just nine days before inauguration, a wholly inadequate plan to step away from operations, but not ownership or income streams, of the Trump Organization. Instead, he has chosen to profit from the presidency at public expense, in violation of the United States Constitution.”

Richard Nixon’s White House Counsel John Dean has told reporters: “I don’t think Richard Nixon even comes close to the level of corruption we already know about Trump.”

But what else has Trump done that is certainly a violation of the US Constitution and will lead to his impeachment?

Well, Trump used his executive power to ban countries of a Muslim-majority population from the US. This violates multiple parts of the Constitution, from the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the First Amendment.

With Trump’s impeachment process coming closer and closer to actually happening raises that question; is Pence any better than Donald Trump?

The video below answers that question and more. Take a look.

Connecticut Governor Just Urged Law Enforcement Officials To NOT Follow Trump’s Immigration Order

Connecticut’s Democratic governor, Dannel Malloy, is encouraging his law enforcement officials to not comply with federal requests to detain residents who are in the country illegally. This comes a day after the Trump administration detailed plans that could lead to millions of deportations.

Molloy sent out a memo to state law enforcement and school district officials Wednesday, which stated that Connecticut officials should not detain anyone solely on the basis of their immigration status.

“Putting all opinions about this presidential executive order aside, its enforcement is going to have a local impact, especially given the constrained resources and financial impacts this will have on state and municipal budgets, which we already know are stretched to their limits, in addition to giving rise to serious concerns in affected communities,” Malloy said in a statement.

Connecticut is one of the few states which offers sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. They passed a law in 2013 that allows them to only detain immigrants if they have been convicted of a felony, are a known gang member, are on a federal terrorism watch list or face criminal charges and have not posted bond.

Malloy is attempting to make schools a safe haven for immigrants by urging education officials to develop a plan in the event that immigration agents show up at schools. He also hopes the Trump administration to adhere to the same guidelines as the Obama administration, which put schools, courthouses and other “sensitive locations” off limits to immigration enforcement actions.

REPORT: Conway Loses TV Appearance Privileges After Controversial Statements

Kellyanne Conway has recently been sidelined from appearing on television and speaking for the White House. This is because of her multiple on-air statements contradicting the Trump administration’s official stance, CNN reported Wednesday.

Conway’s last appearance on national television was last Monday, where she argued that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had the “full confidence” of President Trump.

According to a source from the White House Conway was “off message.”

This isn’t the first time Conway has said a contradicting statement. In an attempt to defend Trump’s Muslim ban she citing a non-existent “bowling green massacre.” She also used her on-air time on “Fox and Friends” to promote Ivanka Trump’s clothing line.

Conway did attempt to give a reason as to why she hasn’t appeared on television lately, saying that Trump is his own best “communicator and connector,” and did not need her to be a constant presence on television. “None of us do it like he does,” she said.

One source close to the White House told CNN that the Trump administration has seen fewer controversies in Conway’s absence.

“Clearly they’re having much more of a drama-free week,” CNN quoted the source as saying. “Having Kellyanne off television is helping them.”

Although one person from the White House, Deputypress secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said that claims that Conway had been sidelined from television were false, calling the accusations “another wild goose chase.”

“Kellyanne has a number of media appearances this week and also has a large portfolio at the WH and is spending significant time focusing on it,” she told CNN.

Could Trump Reach New Lows In Approval Ratings? New Poll Reveals The Answer

Donald Trump entered his presidency with the worst approval rating in polling history. The poll done by Gallup showed that only 44% approved of him while 51% disapproved.

A new poll was recently done by the Quinnipiac University survey that was released Wednesday. The poll revealed that Trump’s approval ratings have reached remarkable new lows. Trump’s approval rating has plummeted to 38%, while 55% percent showed disapproval of the president.

“President Trump’s popularity is sinking like a rock,” Tim Malloy, the assistant director of the poll, said in a statement announcing the findings.

“He gets slammed on honesty, empathy, level headedness and the ability to unite. And two of his strong points, leadership and intelligence, are sinking to new lows. This is a terrible survey one month in.”

No president has every reached such low numbers, making Trump the most disliked president in polling history.

Quinnipiac University surveyed a pool of 1,323 voters between Feb. 16 and 21. The margin of error is 2.7 percentage points.

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