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    Quote Originally Posted by worstblogever View Post
    Reading that Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be out by the end of the month.

    Rumors are that even though the Office of Special Counsel recommended Kellyanne Conway be outright fired for repeatedly violating the Hatch Act, that she'll be given the Press Secretary job.
    Well, Kelly Anne of Green Goebbels has had no issue at all with telling the most outrageous lies on behalf of Our Mussoliniest President, so that's a move that makes a twisted form of actual sense.
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    The Trump 2020 campaign is now channeling Trump himself by refusing to pay cities and stiffing them when they seek recompense for services provided in terms of security and lawsuits that follow in the wake of MAGA rallies.

    https://splinternews.com/trump-keeps...aga-1835481743

    Gotta wonder if any non-red state would want a visit and end up paying for Mango Mussolini's hate rallies.
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    I dont think Iranians attacked that Oil Tanker. I dont know who did but the Trump administration will use any attempt to start a conflict with Iran.

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    Quote Originally Posted by worstblogever View Post
    The Trump 2020 campaign is now channeling Trump himself by refusing to pay cities and stiffing them when they seek recompense for services provided in terms of security and lawsuits that follow in the wake of MAGA rallies.

    https://splinternews.com/trump-keeps...aga-1835481743

    Gotta wonder if any non-red state would want a visit and end up paying for Mango Mussolini's hate rallies.
    When having any financial dealings with Trump the rule should be "payment required in advance."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Lensman View Post
    Ted Cruz isn't as vulnerable as people like to think he is. The man is a very disciplined campaigner in a state that is set up to favor whoever the Republican is - Cruz almost never goes off message, even when asked to find something about Beto he liked in a debate, he managed to turn it into an attack. Nobody seems to like him, but by the time people go to the polls, they will like his opponent even less most of the time.


    In other news - New study shows that how much welfare money goes to cash payouts in any given state is decided by the percentage of brown people who live in it above any other factor.
    Cruz won by a little over 2% in 2018 with 200,000 less votes than he got in 2012. For an incumbent in a State that went big forTrump, that is not strong.
    Add in the heavy voter suppression in TX and it's not a good showing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby101 View Post
    Cruz won by a little over 2% in 2018 with 200,000 less votes than he got in 2012. For an incumbent in a State that went big forTrump, that is not strong.
    Add in the heavy voter suppression in TX and it's not a good showing.
    Texas is looking pink but ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby101 View Post
    Cruz won by a little over 2% in 2018 with 200,000 less votes than he got in 2012. For an incumbent in a State that went big forTrump, that is not strong.
    Add in the heavy voter suppression in TX and it's not a good showing.
    Yes, but Cruz is like Trump in one very important way - they are human cockroaches that always seem to turn up alive and well after things that should have been their political demise. Count either one out only after the votes are tallied (or they have actually died) - there is always the possibility of a comeback.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Lensman View Post
    When having any financial dealings with Trump the rule should be "payment required in advance."
    QFT. His business history is full of times he stiffed people or companies out of payment. His most frequent excuse would be to complain about the product or service and refuse to pay. If it was a small business, he knew most of the time they didn't want to get into a protracted law suit and they'd have to settle for a much smaller amount instead of the agreed price.

    Here's a link to an old article I recall reading in USA of the hundreds of times he weaseled out of payments.
    It's why he is really hated around NY (Hillary won both the state and city of New York, his home turf) and New Jersey. They know him all too well.

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    During the Atlantic City casino boom in the 1980s, Philadelphia cabinet-builder Edward Friel Jr. landed a $400,000 contract to build the bases for slot machines, registration desks, bars and other cabinets at Harrah's at Trump Plaza.

    The family cabinetry business, founded in the 1940s by Edward’s father, finished its work in 1984 and submitted its final bill to the general contractor for the Trump Organization, the resort’s builder.

    Edward’s son, Paul, who was the firm’s accountant, still remembers the amount of that bill more than 30 years later: $83,600. The reason: the money never came. “That began the demise of the Edward J. Friel Company… which has been around since my grandfather,” he said.

    Donald Trump often portrays himself as a savior of the working class who will "protect your job." But a USA TODAY NETWORK analysis found he has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades — and a large number of those involve ordinary Americans, like the Friels, who say Trump or his companies have refused to pay them.

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    Accounting for that she isn't getting a fair shake, Rep. Omar needs to seriously get up to speed on how to dot an "I" and cross a "T".

    - https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-m...t-500-gun-dea/

    Rep. Ilhan Omar's claim is high: There aren't 500 gun deaths per day in the US, it's closer to 100
    - http://www.startribune.com/ilhan-oma...hit/511152612/

    Ilhan Omar's credibility takes another hit
    There is enough out that that only serves to undercut being able to make any progress. You don't need to be lending those things a hand by not getting the details right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Lensman View Post
    When having any financial dealings with Trump the rule should be "payment required in advance."
    And get that promise in writing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by worstblogever View Post
    The Trump 2020 campaign is now channeling Trump himself by refusing to pay cities and stiffing them when they seek recompense for services provided in terms of security and lawsuits that follow in the wake of MAGA rallies.

    https://splinternews.com/trump-keeps...aga-1835481743

    Gotta wonder if any non-red state would want a visit and end up paying for Mango Mussolini's hate rallies.


    El Paso, Texas.| Feb. 11, 2019.| $470,417.05

    “I’m hopeful they’ll pay. I’m hopeful they’ll do what’s right. People that don’t pay their bills — that’s a character integrity issue.” — El Paso Mayor Dee Margo

    Tucson, Ariz.| Ma. 19, 2016.| $81,837.00

    “In connection with these events, we will always provide the law enforcement and public safety support and response that is necessary to ensure the safety of the public. But [in the future] we intend to use revised agreements that identify certain costs that we expect the campaign to cover.” — Tucson Chief of Staff Lane Mandle

    Spokane, Wash. |May 7, 2016.| $65,124.69

    “I would expect anyone who is billed for police services to pay their fair share.” — Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart … Police officials are attempting to collect payment from the Trump campaign and “councilmembers have urged them to be proactive in collecting that bill.” — Spokane City Councilmember Breean Beggs … “Let’s be honest, when does Trump ever pay his bills?” — Spokane City Council member Kate Burke

    Mesa, Ariz.| Oct. 19, 2018. |$64,467.56

    “It is our hope that the organization will do right by the taxpayers of Mesa and provide payment in a timely manner.” — Mesa Deputy City Manager Scott Butler

    Eau Claire, Wis. |Apr. 2, 2016. |$47,398.00

    No comment

    Billings, Mont. |Sept. 6, 2018. |$42,811.00

    “The chief of police made an in-person request to Trump’s campaign manager for the Billings office for reimbursement. No payment received and no communication.” — Billings Police Chief Rich St. John

    Erie, Pa. |Oct. 10, 2018. |$35,129.27

    “We believed that the level of security that was required was costly and that it was reasonable for us to be reimbursed given the fact that it was a campaign rally, and the president was also here conducting a high-end fundraiser.” — Renée M. Lamis, chief of staff for Erie Mayor Joe Schember

    Lebanon, Ohio. |Oct. 12, 2018. |$16,191.00

    “There’s a lot of benefit when a president comes here: economic benefits, more visibility for our community. It’s exciting and great for the community. But I would hope and believe the Trump campaign would pay its bills. It’s our taxpayer dollars.” — Lebanon Mayor Amy Brewer

    Green Bay, Wis. |Aug. 5, 2016. |$9,380.00

    “We appreciate, and we feel honored, when the candidates come to Green Bay. We are also very appreciative when they honor their debts.” — Celestine Jeffreys, chief of staff for Mayor Jim Schmitt

    Burlington, Vt.| Jan. 7, 2016. |$8,464.27

    “Mr. Trump’s failure to cooperate with local law enforcement officials and lack of communication with the public and ticketholders put undue strain on the City’s police, and unnecessarily hurt downtown businesses. Paying the invoice remains the right and honorable thing for Mr. Trump to do.” — Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, in June 2016

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    It's the Republican way.

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    "Top Republican admits the GOP tax bill was mostly a lie"

    Rep. Brady was one of the authors of the tax bill.

    "The Trump administration said before the tax bill passed that any addition to the deficit would be paid for by economic growth.

    “We think we can pay for the entire tax cut through growth over the cycle,” former White House economic adviser Gary Cohn told CNBC in November 2017.

    Republicans in Congress made the same argument. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) said at the time that “The bottom line is we will be able to fill any deficit hole with additional revenues.”

    If they had paid attention to several estimates published around the bill’s passage, the fact that the bill, which largely focused on tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, actually lowered federal revenue would not have been a surprise. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimated in December 2017 that the bill would add $1.5 trillion to the deficit over 10 years. Trump’s own Treasury Department acknowledged a $1 trillion budget hit even with wildly optimistic assumptions of economic growth. The Congressional Budget Office estimated in May 2018 that the law would add $1.9 trillion over the same period when taking into account $600 billion in debt service costs and a projected $550 billion increase in tax revenue.

    “There’s going to be a hundred estimates,” Brady said when he was asked about the CBO estimate, and said he was more optimistic than that.

    “The reforms I think in the tax reform area is something I think will even pay off more over time. I still think the best is yet to come.”

    Ten years ago, Rep. Brady was not so sanguine. Shortly before President Barack Obama came into office amid the global financial collapse, he introduced a bill that would place an annual spending cap on the federal budget and eliminate agencies wholesale. He argued that these cuts were needed to avoid a situation where future generations will be in an inescapable financial hole.

    “We are at a crisis point and Congress just continues to spend like there’s no tomorrow,” Brady said in a press release on January 9, 2009. “Unless we act now to get our financial house in order, families will face higher tax burdens and our grandchildren will find themselves in a deep hole they can never climb out of.”

    Ten years later, the nation’s deficit continues to grow, despite the thriving economy trumpeted by the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress.

    “The federal budget deficit was $738 billion for the first eight months of fiscal year 2019, the CBO estimates, $206 billion more than the deficit recorded during the same period last year,” said the most recent CBO budget review.


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    Quote Originally Posted by worstblogever View Post
    Reading that Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be out by the end of the month.

    Rumors are that even though the Office of Special Counsel recommended Kellyanne Conway be outright fired for repeatedly violating the Hatch Act, that she'll be given the Press Secretary job.
    I'm not shocked. It's been the rumor for a while now that Sanders wasn't happy there.

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    So this doesn't get lost in the shuffle...

    - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/13/u...s-dropped.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by numberthirty View Post
    So this doesn't get lost in the shuffle...

    - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/13/u...s-dropped.html
    I understand that some WTBleep new evidence turned up so they want to start from scratch. They think they can do better than their predecessors who might have been biased.
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