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Trump making his 10th visit to Ohio, part of a 2020 strategy

Source: Associated Press

By ZEKE MILLER an hour ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is returning to the state that foretold his 2016 victory and serves as the linchpin of his re-election effort.

Trump’s visit to Ohio on Wednesday marks his first trip to the state since last year’s midterm election campaign , when the state was a rare bright spot for Republicans in the upper Midwest. But with Trump’s path to another four years in the White House relying on a victory in the state, his nascent campaign is mindful of warning signs that Ohio can hardly be taken for granted in 2020.

Perhaps no state has better illustrated the re-aligning effects of Trump’s candidacy and presidency than Ohio, where traditionally Democratic-leaning working-class voters have swung heavily toward the GOP, and moderate Republicans in populous suburban counties have shifted away from Trump. It’s for that reason, administration officials said, that Trump keeps returning to Ohio — this week’s visit marks his 10th to the state since taking office.

The visit is part of a 2020 Trump strategy to appear in battleground states in his official White House capacity as much as possible this year, said a person with knowledge of the plans who was not authorized to speak publicly. Trump is expected to make similar trips throughout the year as he seeks to boost enthusiasm to counter an energized Democratic base. It’s a strategy employed by previous presidents, both to leverage the prestige of office for political purposes and to offset the steep costs of presidential campaign travel with corresponding taxpayer-funded events.


Read more: https://apnews.com/4d62899f5d3845e3b9a7ce94218295e8



Hey Ohio, really ask yourself what this traitor has done for you, with his new fucking budget proposal, that he just submitted to Congress?

Any money for jobs in your neck of the woods, nope.
Any money for infrastructure work for bridges and roads, nope.
Any proposals for health care coverage, nope, but his son n-laws brother Josh Kusher has a plan for you called OSCAR.
That just for starters.

So what has he really done, whine about this and that ego of his, and him standing in front of a mirror saying, mirror, mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all, you know like a narcissistic psychopath.


But you have done one of many things for him....................
You get to pay for his plane rides down to Mar a Lago to play golf, and you get to pay for his plane rides to your neck of the woods, 10 fucking times, while his cronies at GM just fucked 14,000 workers because this asshole says among other things electric cars shouldn't get a tax break.
Maybe you can bring him to a fish fry, after all the EPA says the fish coming out of the Cuyahoga River are now just fine and dandy to eat, after all his EPA "guy" says its a-okay , because his EPA "guy" is a coal "guy"..........................

And just maybe there will be some people protesting this asshole being in your state................one can only hope so.................

GOP senators dodge voters after backing Trump over the Constitution

By Emily Singer - March 19, 2019

Congress is out on recess this week. But three vulnerable GOP senators up for re-election in 2020 appear to be hiding from their constituents.

This week is a district work period for members of Congress — better known as a recess week, when lawmakers head home to meet with constituents and get a feel for what the voters who sent them to Capitol Hill want to see them work on in the nation's capital.

Yet three vulnerable Republican senators up for re-election in 2020, who just voted to ignore the Constitution and uphold Trump's fake national emergency, have no public events listed for constituents to attend, according to a review of senators' official websites, campaign websites and social media accounts.

They include Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), who at first came out strongly against Trump's national emergency declaration before fully capitulating to Trump and voting to uphold the emergency in an embarrassing flip-flop for the ages.

https://shareblue.com/vulnerable-senators-hide-from-voters-trump-fake-emergency-constitution/

November 3, 2020 cannot get here fast enough......................

White House lied for months about cost of new Air Force One

By Emily Singer - March 19, 2019

The cost of two new Air Force One planes is $1.4 billion more than the White House initially said.

Trump has long touted his ability to lower the cost of two new Air Force One planes, puffing his chest and bragging that he got the cost of the new jets down to $3.9 billion.

However, Government Executive reports that the actual price tag for the Air Force One project is $5.3 billion, according to the fiscal year 2020 budget proposal the Pentagon submitted this week.

That's far, far higher than the $3.9 billion price Trump claimed to negotiate for the planes, and is actually higher than the initial $5 billion estimate the White House said the project would cost before Trump helped "negotiate" the price down.

Back in February 2017, when Trump first announced the deal, he bragged about his negotiating skills and how they helped save taxpayers money on the new Air Force One planes.

https://shareblue.com/white-house-lied-air-force-one-cost/

Appeals Court Gives Hostile Treatment To Trump Emoluments Lawsuit

By DENISE LAVOIE
March 19, 2019 3:30 pm

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday grilled lawyers for the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia about their claims that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by accepting profits through foreign and domestic officials who stay at his Washington hotel.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court Appeals expressed skepticism about claims in a lawsuit that alleges Trump is violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prohibits federal officials from accepting benefits from foreign or state governments without congressional approval.

The judges repeatedly questioned lawyers for Maryland and the District about what they seek as a solution to their concerns about Trump’s business interests.

Judge Paul Niemeyer said Trump has pulled back from active management of the Trump International Hotel and questioned whether Trump divesting himself of the business would have any effect on whether dignitaries stay there, since it would likely remain in the Trump family.

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-emoluments-lawsuit-hearing

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Racine said that if Maryland and the District lose the appeal before the three-judge panel, they would seriously consider asking for a rehearing by the full court. He said it wouldn’t surprise him if the case ended up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

All three judges on the panel were nominated to the 4th Circuit by Republican presidents: Niemeyer, by George H.W. Bush; Shedd, by George W. Bush, and Judge A. Marvin Quattlebaum, by Trump.

Two other lawsuits accusing the president of violating the emoluments clause have been filed in other federal courts.


This is what happens when you pack courts with Federalist Society members: because after all, this is what Shedd said from the bench.....................

"Shedd also seemed skeptical of the lawsuit’s claim that Maryland and the District have suffered harm because more people would stay at their hotels if they weren’t eager to curry favor with the president by staying at Trump’s hotel. He said many people visit Washington to protest the Republican president’s policies and would be more likely to stay at his competitors’ hotels."

This is about corruption of a foreign power, which is in the Constitution........................

Peter Parker, Bruce Wayne Among Student Interns Listed On WH Economic Report

By Josh Boak
March 19, 2019 6:40 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — This year’s Economic Report of the President credits an unusual group of interns that includes the alter egos of Batman, Spider-Man and Captain America, Monty Python alumnus John Cleese, Kathryn Janeway from “Star Trek: Voyager” and the corpulent Star Wars villain Jabba the Hutt.

These names are credited with helping to assemble the 711-page report issued Tuesday on the health of the U.S. economy and President Donald Trump’s economic agenda.

The names appear to be following a similar prank in the intern listing for the 2018 report, in which “Star Trek” luminaries James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard worked for the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

The Twitter account maintained by the council acknowledged the joke Tuesday afternoon.

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/peter-parker-bruce-wayne-listed-among-student-interns-listed-on-wh-economic-report

This is not fucking funny........................right wing assholes.................

Lawmaker: Bill would extend the statute of limitations if a president is charged with a crime

The Supreme Court is about to kick America's democratic death spiral into overdrive

Democrats are running out to time to save the Constitution from itself.

IAN MILLHISER
MAR 19, 2019, 1:50 PM

Somewhere, in an alternative universe where the winner of the 2016 presidential election lives in the White House, partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional. Justice Merrick Garland provided the key fifth vote in Gill v. Whitford to strike down the Wisconsin Republican Party’s aggressive effort to immunize itself from elections. Lower courts are busy dismantling gerrymanders in states like North Carolina, Ohio, and Maryland. And in 2018, Wisconsin held its first competitive state assembly elections in years.

Meanwhile, here in this universe, the picture is much more grim. In 2018, Democratic Wisconsin state assembly candidates won 54 percent of the two-party popular vote, beating their Republican counterparts by 8 percentage points. Yet Republicans won 63 of the state’s 99 assembly seats.

With Republicans in firm control of the Supreme Court in 2018, the high court decided not to decide Gill, leaving Wisconsin’s gerrymander in place. Then Republicans gained an even tighter grip on the Supreme Court when Justice Anthony Kennedy — the court’s occasional swing vote and the only member of its Republican majority who appeared open to striking down partisan gerrymandering — left the bench.

All of which is a long way of saying that the outcomes in Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Benisek, two partisan gerrymandering cases that the Supreme Court will hear next Tuesday, are practically preordained. The Court will almost certainly vote 5-4 to hold that such gerrymanders cannot be dismantled by federal courts. Republicans will keep the profound advantages they gained in 2010, thanks to the coincidence of the fact that the GOP had a strong electoral year immediately before a redistricting cycle. States like Wisconsin will remain sham democracies.

https://thinkprogress.org/supreme-court-partisan-gerrymander-electoral-norms-c83345c150b3/

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Democrats, meanwhile, cannot merely hope to hold onto power until America’s anti-democratic fever breaks. According to a University of Virginia analysis, just under half the country will live in only eight states by 2040 — so half the country will have just 16 senators while the other half has 84. About 70 percent of the country will live in only 16 states.

If Democrats remain popular in population centers while Republicans continue to over-perform in sparsely populated states, in other words, Republicans will soon gain a permanent supermajority in the United States Senate — and with it, permanent control of the Supreme Court and a permanent power to reinterpret the Constitution.

So Democrats have no choice but to confront the Constitution’s anti-democratic pathologies head on. If they allow Senate malapportionment to continue, they will cease to exist as a viable political party.


November 3, 2020 cannot get here fast enough.....................

Warren calls for 'right to vote' constitutional amendment, abolishing electoral college

Source: Think Progress

"We need a constitutional amendment that protects the right to vote for every American citizen."
Addy Baird
Mar 19, 2019, 1:27 pm

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) endorsed a constitutional amendment enshrining the right to vote, which she said would bring some “federal muscle” to repealing voter suppression laws around the country.

She made her remarks at a town hall late Monday in Mississippi, the state that disenfranchises more people with felony convictions than any other in the United States.

Being convicted in Mississippi of any one of 22 different offenses can result in a lifetime ban on voting, and according to The Sentencing Project, as of 2016, about a full ten percent of people in Mississippi have been disenfranchised due to a previous conviction.

“How will you expand voting rights to the formerly incarcerated, ensure online voter registration, and non-excuse early voting?” an attendee asked Warren.



Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/warren-town-hall-right-to-vote-70987b9ddbbf/






November 3, 2020 cannot get here fast enough.................

Warren calls for 'right to vote' constitutional amendment, abolishing electoral college

"We need a constitutional amendment that protects the right to vote for every American citizen."
Addy Baird
Mar 19, 2019, 1:27 pm

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) endorsed a constitutional amendment enshrining the right to vote, which she said would bring some “federal muscle” to repealing voter suppression laws around the country.

She made her remarks at a town hall late Monday in Mississippi, the state that disenfranchises more people with felony convictions than any other in the United States.

Being convicted in Mississippi of any one of 22 different offenses can result in a lifetime ban on voting, and according to The Sentencing Project, as of 2016, about a full ten percent of people in Mississippi have been disenfranchised due to a previous conviction.

“How will you expand voting rights to the formerly incarcerated, ensure online voter registration, and non-excuse early voting?” an attendee asked Warren.

https://thinkprogress.org/warren-town-hall-right-to-vote-70987b9ddbbf/


Fish in river that famously caught fire now OK'd for dinner

By JULIE CARR SMYTH 2 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fish in an Ohio river that became synonymous with pollution when it caught fire in 1969 are now safe to eat, federal environmental regulators say.

The easing of fish consumption restrictions on the Cuyahoga River in northeast Ohio was lauded Monday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine as an important step toward ultimately delisting the river altogether as an area of concern. Seven impairments remain to be addressed before that can happen.

“This is an example of the progress that can be achieved when you collaborate and dedicate resources to improving the quality of water in our state,” DeWine said in a statement. “We need to continue to invest in our water resources so that we can see additional improvements.”

The announcement came as DeWine is pushing a state budget that includes nearly $1 billion for water quality projects aimed at cleaning up toxic algae in Lake Erie and protecting other lakes and rivers in the state.

https://apnews.com/b393042b02914506a8b8170ed4b21704

And who is running the EPA now, a fucking lackey from the coal industry.............that pollutes waters.................lets give him a fish and not tell him where it came from..............................and then after he eats it, tell him.......................
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