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Bit by bit the GOP is slowing dividing over members of Trump’s inner circle during the presidential campaign making illegal contact with Russia.  Also being discussed is if there should be a special prosecutor appointed instead of Attorney General Sessions to investigate all the allegations that are rushing throughout the internet.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY

Corey Lewandowski was on “Fox News Sunday” and he has all the confidence in Sessions – but Sessions is a former Alabama senator and Trump supporter.  Plus Corey Lewandowski was one of the several campaign managers Trump ran with.  In my opinion, neither of these two are non-bias.

LEWANDOWSKI

 “If he wants to investigate this under the Department of Justice, that’s his prerogative to do so,” Lewandowski said. “I have the utmost confidence in Attorney General Sessions. If he believes there is something there, he will investigate that. I think he is completely capable and competent to do so. … and I would leave it in his hands to do so.”  See – this is not a non-bias statement.

REP. DARRELL ISSA

Lewandowski’s comments were followed by California Rep. Darrell Issa telling HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday that neither Sessions nor a deputy, who would both be Trump appointees, should handle such a probe.  Yes, this is going to be a very interesting investigation.

SUNDAY

Sunday, Rep. Issa, who is not only a Trump supporter but former chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told the Fox News audiences that Trump is “a president whom I trust,” but that a special prosecutor should handle the probe so Americans can feel assured.  Probably the most true statement of the Sunday Political Shows.  

INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE

U.S. Intelligence committee have already made the conclusion that Russia did meddle in the 2016 White House race, where Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton whose campaign was targeted with email hacking and leaks by WikiLeaks.

DENY DENY

President Trump has always denied any connection to President Putin although he only says nice things about the Russia president and former KBG member. (Yes, of course I added these as everyone should know all the details).   Putin is a former KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel before retiring in 1991 to enter politics in Saint Petersburg.

LEWANDOWSKI DENIED

Lewandowski on Sunday also denied having any contact with any Russian officials or any knowledge of anyone on the campaign doing so.  But he did not say anything about anyone in contact with WikiLeaks.

FLYNN

Former national security adviser Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn acknowledged having a phone conversation with Russia before becoming Trump’s adviser. However, he was forced to resign a few weeks ago for not telling Vice President Pence about the call.  I have also read in some articles where this is written as “not telling Pence the truth about the call.”

DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY

White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (this person has just been appointed as Deputy Press Secretary and she is Mike Huckabee’s daughter) said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that discussions about Sessions or a special prosecutor wouldn’t be appropriate until congressional committees complete their investigations.

SEN. COTTON

Also on Sunday, Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton, a Trump supporter and member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, admonished against instantaneous calls for a special prosecutor.

“I think that’s way, way getting ahead of ourselves,” Cotton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “There are no allegations of any crime occurring. There’s not even an indication that there’s criminal investigations under way by the FBI.”  Others have written that the FBI does have investigations going on – in fact, supposedly someone from Trump’s inner circle has asked the FBI to drop any investigation about Trump and Russia.

So that is most of what happened in the world of politics on Sunday 2/16.

 

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Posted by: maboulette | February 27, 2017

Happy Birthday Robert


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Today is my son’s birthday – he is such a blessing to me.  Problem is the older he gets, I still think of him as my “baby boy.”

Happy Birthday Son!  And thank you for all you do for me.  Love Mom

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Posted by: maboulette | February 27, 2017

Time to Talk Trump Impeachment – OpEd USA Today


Jason Sattler, a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors, is a columnist for The National Memo. Follow him on Twitter @LOLGOP

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At the Constitutional Convention, James Madison imagined impeachment as a relief from a chief executive who “might lose his capacity after his appointment. He might pervert his administration into a scheme of peculation or oppression. He might betray his trust to foreign powers.”

President Trump might have won Madison’s Triple Crown — in his first few weeks.

This is no exaggeration. The latest but far from only example is the Washington Post report that the White House, having failed to get the FBI director and deputy director to publicly rebut reports about contacts between Trump associates and Russian intelligence operatives before the 2016 election, then enlisted Congress and the intelligence community to knock down stories about the alleged connections.

And the goon squad attempting to limit the president’s PR damage reportedly includes the man Trump picked to lead the CIA and the chairmen of the House and Senate intelligence committees, who were Trump transition advisers and now are the two men most responsible for investigating Trump’s Russia ties.

The pair, Rep. Devin Nunes and Sen. Richard Burr, arguably are already derelict in their duties. They “should have started the investigation in August before the election and showed no interest in doing so,” says national security reporter Marcy Wheeler. Republicans on the House Oversight Committee, meanwhile, instead of investigating what could be the greatest scandal in U.S. history, are focusing on the leaks that led Trump to ask Michael Flynn to step down as national security adviser.

Imagine Watergate with a Congress even more interested than the president in covering up potential high crimes and misdemeanors.

It’s time for Democrats to start talking impeachment, even if it less likely to happen under this Congress than the president giving up basic cable to learn Ancient Greek so he can read some Plutarch.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi has said Democrats should not use the “I” word in reference to Trump until “when and if he breaks the law.” This not only misunderstands the Founders’ design of the ultimate check and balance, it also ignores that besides his foreign entanglements Trump may already be in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.

Most importantly, Pelosi’s abeyance all but absolves Republicans of any responsibility to dig into potential Trumpian wrongdoing.

Let’s allow that Trump’s constant lying — 80 false claims in his first 30 days — and twitchy tweeting indicate that he’s at least no more incapacitated than he was during the campaign. Perhaps Trump’s possible coordination with Russian President Vladimir Putin, reflected in softened language on Russia in the GOP platform and his campaign’s odd associations with pro-Russian forces, merely indicates he’s a huge fan of murderous thugs who compliment him.

But the question of whether Trump is engaged in schemes of self-gain at the expense of actual taxpayers demands thorough investigation, at the very least. Instead, House Republicans are acting as his defense lawyers, refusing to ask for his tax returns and burying investigations into his conflicts.

Meanwhile, members of Trump’s private Mar-A-Lago resort, where the membership fees recently doubled to $200,000, are enjoying direct access to the president and foreign leaders. And all of Trump’s businesses, which are inextricable from Trump’s persona, still benefit the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust — a trust that has been set up for the “exclusive benefit” of our current president.

Ignoring your own party’s transgressions is standard politics, but the GOP has made fine art of it.

When Republicans are out of power they conjure scandals — like #Benghazi, a tragedy in search of a crime. Now that they’re back in charge at the White House, they’re trying to set records for how deeply they can push their heads into the sand.

Ethics watchdogs have already filed dozens of complaints against Trump. If Democrats don’t move swiftly, they may find themselves trailing both their base and public opinion, again.

A recent Public Policy Polling poll found 46% in favor of the House calling up the current president on formal charges, a number that Richard Nixon didn’t see, according to historian Kevin M. Kruse, until 16 months into the Watergate crisis. In contrast, only 35% of Americans backed the actual impeachment of Bill Clinton, in the days after the House had passed two charges against him.

Democrats have to set the stakes now for the 2018 election. A minority president with a negative mandate under a cloud of inscrutable suspicion is pursuing a largely unpopular agenda with possibly irreparable consequences.

If Republicans won’t check him, the voters must.

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Posted by: maboulette | February 27, 2017

Oscar Night Was Great – Until the End


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If you were watching the Oscars and turned the TV off after La La Land was announced – Surprise, lots happened after you stopped watching.

WRONG ANNOUNCEMENT

Someone had the wrong envelope and it was really Moonlight that won best picture – ‘oops my bad’.  La La Land people were already on stage and finishing up their thank you speeches when the mistake was discovered and there was a close up shown of the correct announcement in the red envelope.  MOONLIGHT – Warren Beatty announced the wrong one.  They tried to explain what happened but I was laughing too hard.

Why couldn’t something like this have happened on election night?

RECAP

So for those of you who missed the last part of the show – MOONLIGHT really won.   At first I thought it was one of Jimmy Kimmel’s jokes.  Actually the show was one of the best ones I have seen – well, until the mix-up on the Best Picture!  Of course I blame it on Trump as I have blamed everything else lately.

MY OPINION

Actually my opinion is that Manchester by the Sea was by far the best picture, maybe when I go to sleep it will change and they will have won.  I watched Manchester twice Saturday night since I have no life or anything else to do.  I highly recommend it as great movie for watching with husband, wife or significant other. (None of which I have but my companion cats watched with me). 

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Posted by: maboulette | February 26, 2017

Father of Navy SEAL Slain in Yemen Raid Refused to Meet President


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Navy SEAL who was killed in a recent anti-terrorism raid in Yemen; father demanding an investigation into the planning and is criticizing Trump administration for its timing.

MIAMI HERALD

Bill Owens father of Chief Special Warfare Officer William “Ryan” Owens told The Miami Herald in a story published Sunday  he refused to meet with President Trump when both were at Dover Air Force Base to receive the casket with his son.

RETIRED POLICE

Owens who is a retired Fort Lauderdale police detective and veteran is demanding an investigation.  “The government owes my son an investigation,” said Owens.

VETERAN

Owens who is also a veteran of armed services had trouble with Trump’s treatment of a Gold Star family during the presidential campaign.  Owens is now a Gold Star parent and he has very deep doubts about the way this decision to launch this raid was his made.

ABC’S “THIS WEEK”

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week” that she believes the president would support an investigation.

MISSION

Ryan and as many as 29 civilians were killed in an anti-terrorism mission in Yemen on January 28th.  What was meant to be only a quick raid to grab cell phones, laptops as well as other information about terrorists turned into what became an hour-long firefight in which “everything went wrong,” according to U.S. military officials who spoke to the New York Times.

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Posted by: maboulette | February 25, 2017

Information and Timeline of Trump and Russia Situation


APRIL 2014

Mike Flynn announces his resignation from the Defense Intelligence Agency, a year ahead of schedule, after reportedly clashing with senior management about his chaotic management style and hardline views on Islamist extremism. Flynn had been appointed by President Barack Obama to lead the agency in 2012.

SUMMER 2015

Flynn is invited to meet presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

DECEMBER 2015

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Flynn is pictured attending a Russian state media dinner, sitting two seats away from Russian president Vladimir Putin. He appears regularly as an analyst on US-Russia relations on Russian state TV station RT.

SPRING 2016 

Flynn emerges as a supporter of Trump, leading “lock her up” chants at Trump campaign rallies. 

NOVEMBER  18th, 2016 

President-elect Trump nominates Flynn as his national security adviser.

DECEMBER 29th, 2016  

Obama announces sanctions against Russia and expels 35 Russian diplomats from the Unites States after US intelligence services found that Russia ordered cyber-attacks on the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

The same day, Flynn speaks by phone to the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak. The disputed contents of that phone call will in the end lead to his resignation.

DECEMBER 30th, 2016

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To the surprise of many in the intelligence community, Putin says he will not impose retaliatory sanctions on the US and invites the children of US diplomats in Russia to the annual Christmas party in the Kremlin.

JANUARY 11th, 2017

A Trump “dossier” is made public, revealing alleged links between the president-elect and Moscow after Republican senator John McCain had passed the dossier to FBI chief James Comey.

The dossier, which was subsequently revealed to have been authored by former M16 agent Christopher Steele, claimed, among other matters, that the Kremlin provided Trump with intelligence about the activities of the Democrats. The most lurid allegations were unsubstantiated.

JANUARY 15th, 2017

In an interview with Fox News, US vice-president-elect Mike Pence says that Mike Flynn did not discuss sanctions with the Russian ambassador during his conversations with him in December. “The conversations that took place that time were not any way related to new US sanctions on Russia.”

JANUARY 20th, 2017 

Trump inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States at a ceremony in Washington.

JANUARY 22nd, 2017   

Flynn is sworn in as national security adviser.

FEBRUARY 5th, 2017 

Trump attracts widespread criticism, including from senior Republicans, by appearing to ascribe moral equivalence to the actions of Russia and those of the United States during a prime time interview with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News. When O’Reilly describes Putin as a “killer”, Trump replies: “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?”

FEBRUARY 10th, 2017 

A report in the Washington Post claims that Flynn rowed back on previous assertions that he had not discussed sanctions during his phone call with the Russian ambassador in December. Instead he said that “while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up”.

FEBRUARY 10th, 2017 

When asked about the report on Air Force One, Trump says he “hadn’t seen it”.

FEBRUARY 13th, 2017 

The New York Times and Washington Post report that that former acting attorney general Sally Yates had warned the White House on January 26th –four days after Flynn’s appointment – that Flynn may have misled senior administration officials about the nature of his phone call with the ambassador and could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail.

Yates was fired by Trump on January 30th for “betraying” the White House on her stance on the president’s executive order on immigration. (Yet she was given her old job back – she betrayed the White House and was still kept in a job in the Justice Department).

FEBRUARY 13th, 2017 

Just before midnight, Flynn submits his resignation, conceding in his resignation letter that he had “inadvertently briefed the vice-president-elect and others with incomplete information”. White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirms the following day that Trump had demanded his resignation. (This quote has also been written in articles as inaccuracy information.

FEBRUARY 14th, 2017 

Spicer said that the decision by Trump to seek his national security adviser’s resignation was a matter of trust. “The issue pure and simple came down to a question of trust,” he said, adding that “ironically, the president has been incredibly tough on Russia”. He also confirms that Trump was briefed about concerns about the Flynn phone call on January 26th – 18 days before he sought Flynn’s resignation.

FEBRUARY  15th, 2017  

The New York Times and CNN report that FBI and law enforcement officials had found evidence that senior officials in the Trump administration had been in frequent contact with Russian intelligence officials during the presidential campaign.

The reports, (based on four unnamed sources) name former Trump adviser Paul Manafort, who ran Trump’s campaign before being dismissed in August, as one of the senior Trump officials. Manafort denied the charges.  

Trump sends a number of tweets condemning the New York Times and CNN reports: “This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.”

A second tweet says: “Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?). Just like Russia”

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Reporters from The New York Times, CNN, Politico, and several other outlets were reportedly blocked from attending a press gaggle with the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, on Friday.

The White House Correspondents’ Association protested the decision.

“The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today’s gaggle is being handled by the White House,” the association said in a statement.

“We encourage the organizations that were allowed in to share the material with others in the press corps who were not. The board will be discussing this further with White House staff.”

The Associated Press and Time magazine boycotted Friday’s briefing because the other outlets were not let in.

NY TIMES AND CNN

Both The New York Times and CNN had reported this week that the Trump administration had tried to seek help from the FBI in discrediting media reports about Trump aides’ ties to Russia.

ERIK WEMPLE

The Times’ Washington bureau chief told Erik Wemple of The Washington Post that The Times’ “most experienced” White House reporters had “never seen anything like this.”

SPICER

Spicer later told reporters who were allowed to attend the briefing that he thought the administration had “shown an abundance of accessibility.” He also said that there was nothing out of the ordinary about the no-camera briefing, according to a White House pool report.

Also blocked were the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed, and most foreign press, according to the news outlet Axios.

Fox News anchor Bret Baier noted on Twitter: “Some at CNN & NYT stood w/FOX News when the Obama admin attacked us & tried 2 exclude us-a WH gaggle should be open to all credentialed orgs.”

Mr President – what the hell are you doing?  We have a Constitution with a 1st Amendment:

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, ensuring that there is no prohibition on the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble, or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.

President Trump – you need to spend some time this weekend reading the Constitution because obviously you have no idea what it says.  If you continue to mess with the press, they are going to investigate every, single thing you do.  Remember Watergate?  Do you? In case you don’t remember, Watergate caused the resignation of President Nixon and he had much better election numbers than you did.

WORK FOR US

Remember also you work for the American people – we are your boss – it seems you have forgotten how this country works.  This is not a privately run company.  You have angered the press and that will make them dig deeper into the Trump-Russia scandal.

If you are not happy with this move by the White House then call or email.  Call the President at: 

PHONE NUMBERS
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414

TTY/TTD
Comments: 202-456-6213
Visitor’s Office: 202-456-2121
 

If possible, email the president. This is the fastest way to get your message to President Trump.  Maybe you should also call your Congressional Representative and Senators.  Maybe if all the phone lines are jammed up and email boxes are overflowing someone will get the message not to mess with the 1st Amendment.

 

 

Posted by: maboulette | February 24, 2017

The Investigation of Trump Aides and Russian Officials


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For months, President Trump and his aides have made the claim that they had no contact with Russian officials during the presidential campaign, a denial Mr. Trump repeated last week.

“I have nothing to do with Russia,” he told reporters on Thursday. “To the best of my knowledge, no person that I deal with does.”

The denial is at odds with the statements Russian officials have made.  The Russians maintain that contact was made at least twice with Trump aides prior to the election.  

NOT UNCOMMON

It is not uncommon for a presidential campaign to want to develop contact with foreign officials, which seems to make this dispute especially unusual.  At the same time, any contacts would have been during a period when American intelligent agencies believe that the Russian government was attempting to disrupt the election with a campaign of computer hacking.

DISPUTE

The dispute began two days after the Nov. 8th election, when Sergei A. Ryabkov, the Russian deputy foreign minister, said his government had maintained contacts with members of Trump’s “immediate entourage” during the campaign.

“I cannot say that all, but a number of them maintained contacts with Russian representatives,” Mr. Ryabkov said during an interview with the Interfax news agency.

SWIFT DENIAL 

Mr. Ryabkov’s comments were met with a swift denial from Hope Hicks, spokeswoman for Trump and now a member of the White House press team.

RUSSIAN TO WASHINGTON POST

More recently, Russia’s ambassador to Washington, Sergey I. Kislyak, told The Washington Post that he had communicated often during the campaign with Michael Flynn, a close campaign adviser to Trump who became the president’s national security adviser before being asked last week to resign from that position.

“It’s something all diplomats do,” The Post quoted Mr. Kislyak as saying, though he refused to say what subjects they discussed.

Mr. Trump and his aides denied any contacts occurred during the campaign.

NON-STORY

“This is a non-story because to the best of our knowledge, no contacts took place, so it’s hard to make a comment on something that never happened,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a White House spokeswoman, said on Monday.

The Russian government did not respond to a message over the weekend seeking comment.

NEW YORK TIMES

Separately, The New York Times and other news outlets reported last week that campaign advisers for Trump and other associates of Trump’s in 2016 had made repeated exchanges with Russian intelligence officials. Those reports, citing anonymous former and current U.S. government officials, were vehemently denied by the White House.

TRUMP ANNOYED

On Thursday, Mr. Trump made very clear how annoyed when questioned about contacts with Russia.

“How many times do I have to answer this question? Russia is a ruse. I have nothing to do with Russia,” he said during a White House news conference.

“ILLEGAL” LEAKS

The president also lashed out at “illegal” leaks for bringing down Mr. Flynn, whom the White House has accredited multiple conversations after the election — in late December — with Mr. Kislyak about sanctions being imposed by the Obama administration.

NONE WOULD BLINK

Under ordinary circumstances, few in Washington would blink at the statements by Mr. Ryabkov or Mr. Kislyak. It is quite common for foreign governments to reach out to American presidential candidates, and many foreign diplomats assume it is part of their job to get to know people who may soon be crucial to maintaining associations or repairing broken relationships.

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“They want to better understand policy views of a particular candidate so they can perhaps make their case for certain policies,” said Derek Chollet, who was part of the Obama transition in 2008 and then served in senior roles at the State Department, the White House and the Pentagon.

Mostly, though, “it’s about relationship building — they want to get to know the people who are possibly going to be in important jobs,” he added.

CONTACTS

The closest contacts between campaigns and foreign officials tend to be with allies. Mr. Trump visited Israel during the campaign, the Australian Embassy said it was in contact with the Trump and Clinton campaigns, and British officials said they had extensive contacts with the president’s top aides in the months before the election.

POTENTIAL ADVERSARIES

Contacts with potential adversaries, such as Russia, are also not unusual, but they are more complicated. Michael McFaul, who advised the Obama campaign in 2008 and later served as United States ambassador to Russia, said that he traveled to Moscow during the presidential race that year and that “everyone in Moscow knew that I was advising the campaign.”

The American Embassy even hosted a lunch for him with Russian officials. But “I was not there to discuss Obama policy but to better inform my views on Russian attitudes about U.S.-Russia relations,” Mr. McFaul said.

“ONE PRESIDENT AT A TIME”

He further stated that during the transition, Russian officials wanted to talk about policy issues, but the Obama administration officials refused — in keeping with the tradition that there should be only “one president at a time.”

RECENT REPORTS

This is not the end as today 2/24 it is being reported that the Trump administration has been asking for officials in the FBI to dispute any claims that have been made which FBI has refused to do. Also today it is being reported by several news organizations that Trump is “blasting” the FBI for continued leaks of the investigation to Trump-Russia contacts.

Also today, NBC news is reporting that the FBI is sitting on extensive evidence that Russia was supporting Trump.

 

Posted by: maboulette | February 24, 2017

Thoughts on Alan Colmes


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By Howard Kurtz

It’s somehow fitting that Alan Colmes got his start in stand-up comedy, since he needed a strong sense of humor—and equally strong debating skills—to spar with Sean Hannity and other conservatives at Fox News.

LIBERAL COMMENTATOR

The unabashedly liberal commentator, who died this morning at 66 after a brief illness that has not been disclosed, gained national fame as one-half of the “Hannity & Colmes” show that launched when FNC did in 1996. But his roots were in radio, working for such powerhouse stations as WABC and WNBC in New York. Colmes remained a Fox News contributor and Fox radio host after the channel ended the prime-time partnership and made Hannity the solo host just before the start of the Obama administration.

DIFFICULT CHALLENGE

Colmes faced a tough challenge in his heyday as Fox’s most prominent left-wing voice, doing battle not just with Hannity but with Bill O’Reilly and other hosts. His views were not popular with much of the Fox audience, but liberals sometimes criticized him for not being more forceful against Hannity.

CHEMISTRY WORKED

The reason the duo’s chemistry worked, even as their clashes sometimes turned contentious, is that Colmes leavened his arguments with wit, often flashing a broad grin. “I take some great pride in seeing how I’ve aged you over the years,” he told Hannity on air.

HANNITY STATEMENT

In a statement, Hannity said: “Despite major political differences, we forged a deep friendship. Alan, in the midst of great sickness and illness, showed the single greatest amount of courage I’ve ever seen. And through it all, he showed his incredible wit and humor that was Alan’s signature throughout his entire life. I’m truly heartbroken at the loss of a dear friend.”

From Mary Ann

 (If I could have seen through my tears yesterday, this is what I would have liked to tell my followers about Alan Colmes.  This man was so kind to so many of the callers on his nightly radio show – even if the caller was rude or obnoxious.  He was the true definition of a gentleman.)

Posted by: maboulette | February 24, 2017

A Repeal and Replace Of Obamacare Is ‘Not Going To Happen’


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Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner doesn’t believe the GOP can fully repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law better known as Obamacare.

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Boehner said at a healthcare conference in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday that the Republican plan to overhaul President Barack Obama’s signature law was “not going to happen.” He said the idea of an imminent repeal and replace was “happy talk,” according to a report from Politico’s Darius Tahir.

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Boehner retired from Congress in 2015, and his successor, House Speaker Paul Ryan, announced last week that House Republicans were planning to introduce their Obamacare replacement bill after the legislature’s weeklong Presidents’ Day break.

OBJECT TO PARTS OF HOUSE PLAN

Senate Republicans have objected to parts of the House GOP plan, however, and Boehner said Thursday that those differences would make it hard for the party to come together on a new plan.

“I started laughing,” Boehner said, discounting the possibility of a fast replacement. Republicans never ever agree on healthcare.”

BOEHNER vs OBAMA

Boehner repeatedly butted heads with Obama during his tenure as speaker, but he also drew criticism from conservative factions within his own party saying he was too willing to compromise.

According to the report, Boehner concluded his talk by saying “most of the framework of the Affordable Care Act” was “going to be there” in the end.

 TO-DO LIST OF GOP

The repeal of Obamacare has long been on the to-do list for Republicans, even during Boehner’s tenure. Disagreements on the replacement aspect and unclear communication, however, have led to a slowdown on the change.

PARTS OF LAW POPULAR

Additionally, parts of the law have grown popular with the American public, with the law’s overall popularity ticking to record levels since the election of President Donald Trump. Even in their own districts, Republicans are catching an earful from voters against the ACA’s repeal at town hall meetings.

 

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