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Who woulda thunk it?

ObamaCare becomes political weapon for Democrats | TheHill

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Just a year after worries about ObamaCare premiums were seen as a contributing factor in Hillary Clinton's loss, voter concerns about GOP attacks on the health-care law seem to be bolstering Democratic candidates.

Health care was by far the number one issue in Virginia, where Democrats won races up and down the ballot on Tuesday night with a surprisingly strong showing. Exit polls showed that 39 percent of voters ranked health care as their top issue, with 77 percent of those voters backing Democrat Ralph Northam for governor.

Meanwhile, in Maine, voters overwhelmingly supported a ballot initiative to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare, suggesting strong support for increasing health care access to the poor and lower middle class.
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And the plot turns.


https://www.wsj.com/articles/lifting...ain-1510274070

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Among the dossier’s contents were allegations that in early July 2016 Carter Page, sometimes described as a foreign-policy adviser to Candidate Trump, held a “secret” meeting with two high-ranking Russians connected to President Vladimir Putin. It even claimed these Russians offered to give Mr. Page a 19% share in Russia’s state oil company in return for a future President Trump lifting U.S. sanctions. This dossier allegation is ludicrous on its face. Mr. Page was at most a minor figure in the campaign and has testified under oath that he never met the two men in question or had such a conversation.

Yet the press ran with it. On Sept. 23, 2016, Yahoo News’s Michael Isikoff published a bombshell story under the headline: “U.S. intel officials probe ties between Trump adviser and Kremlin.” Mr. Isikoff said “U.S. officials” had “received intelligence” about Mr. Page and Russians, and then went on to recite verbatim all the unfounded dossier allegations. He attributed all this to a “well-placed Western intelligence source,” making it sound as if this info had come from someone in government rather than from an ex-spy-for-hire.

The Clinton campaign jumped all over it, spinning its own oppo research as a government investigation into Mr. Trump. Jennifer Palmieri, the campaign’s communications director, the next day took to television to tout the Isikoff story and cite “U.S. intelligence officials” in the same breath as Mr. Page. Other Clinton surrogates fanned out on TV and Twitter to spread the allegations.

The Isikoff piece publicly launched the Trump-Russia collusion narrative—only 1½ months from the election—and the whole dossier operation counts as one of the greatest political stitch-ups of all time. Most campaigns content themselves with planting oppo research with media sources. The Clinton campaign commissioned a foreign ex-spy to gin up rumors, which made it to U.S. intelligence agencies, and then got reporters to cite it as government-sourced. Mrs. Clinton now dismisses the dossier as routine oppo research, ignoring that her operation specifically engineered the contents to be referred to throughout the campaign as “intelligence” or a “government investigation.”

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Sounds like Our President had a very successful meeting with his Russian handler. Successful for his Russian handler, Vlad.
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I think Kim has written some pieces that kinda follow along with the Trump narrative. I do not give much credence to the Trump narrative.

I think the Mueller narrative, unlike the Trump narrative, will be supported by facts.

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Another way in which Trump is hurting the USA

World leaders reach agreement on trade deal without United States: report | TheHill

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Top officials from 11 countries said Friday that they had reached a deal on a trade agreement that does not involve the United States, according to a new report.

The Associated Press reported that trade officials from 11 countries have reached an agreement on the “core elements” of the trade deal. Those 11 countries, plus the U.S., signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership in 2016.

“Ministers are pleased to announce that they have agreed on the core elements of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership,” the 11 nations said in a statement.
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As is her custom, Peggy Noonan delivers a good, well-written, thoughtful essay about the meaning of Tuesday's election.

I recommend a careful and thoughtful reading and re-reading of it

Will Virginia Teach Trump Fans a Lesson? A plurality of college-educated whites supported him in 2016. This week a majority went Democratic.

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And although “it was a suburban bloodbath,” it went “well beyond the suburbs. Losing so many seats in our House of Delegates was historic—half of the losses in Northern Virginia, but losses too in Virginia Beach, where we have military population, and the Richmond suburbs.” Gov.-elect Ralph Northam is from the Virginia Beach area.

The official explains: “The female backlash about Trump is in part a response to the resurgence of male chest-thumping following Hillary’s demise and Trump’s victory. Trump has unleashed men to be more oblivious to real sexism at a time when women are feeling liberated by the demise of Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, etc. They can’t vote against Harvey or Bill, but they can vote against Trump and anyone remotely near him.”
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Mr. Trump’s first year has left almost everyone embittered: “Democrats are furious at Trump, and rational Republicans are deeply depressed. Regular Republicans feel nothing is getting done—I heard this everywhere I went.”

The bottom line is that the election was about Mr. Trump: “How do you win when your leader has an approval rating of 35%?”
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He thought Tuesday was also a verdict on Trump’s equivocations after Charlottesville: “Trump and Steve Bannon treated Charlottesville as a nonevent. Virginia voters thought otherwise.” The administration’s “marriage to the alt-right comes with a cost.”
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The parties are each in an existential crisis. The Democrats, split between the Sanders/Warren progressive vision and the old Clinton vision, will fight more passionately among themselves as 2020 approaches. The Republicans are left knowing that day by day, Mr. Trump is crashing. The wiser of them suspect that when he’s gone, what replaces him is nothing. Because the Republican Party is riven and no one knows what it stands for anymore.

In both parties there is too much distance between the top and the bottom. In both, ambivalent leaders are chasing after voters they no longer understand. That is the second big fact since Trump’s election.
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I think this is the most important point (out of what you copied and posted).

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In both parties there is too much distance between the top and the bottom. In both, ambivalent leaders are chasing after voters they no longer understand. That is the second big fact since Trump’s election.
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I think this is the most important point (out of what you copied and posted).
I liked that also!!
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I think Kim has written some pieces that kinda follow along with the Trump narrative. I do not give much credence to the Trump narrative.

I think the Mueller narrative, unlike the Trump narrative, will be supported by facts.
Yeah, I could see why you would want to downplay this as much as possible but the facts speak for themselves. The Clinton campaign paid for the research, leaked it to the government and then when the government showed interest, claimed that the Trump campaign was under investigation. I don't care how one feels about Trump, that right there is some immoral and unethical politicking. No surprise though considering who we are talking about.

Every day, I feel more vindicated for having voted for neither.
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Yeah, I could see why you would want to downplay this as much as possible but the facts speak for themselves. The Clinton campaign paid for the research, leaked it to the government and then when the government showed interest, claimed that the Trump campaign was under investigation. I don't care how one feels about Trump, that right there is some immoral and unethical politicking. No surprise though considering who we are talking about.

Every day, I feel more vindicated for having voted for neither.
Here are the facts as reported

Some of the dossier has been corroborated. Some has not.

We will find out more facts when Mueller reports.

Here is another fact: Our President is acting exactly how we would expect a Russian agent to act

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Some of the dossier has been corroborated. Some has not.
You have made this claim a couple of times now. Could you please list which parts of the dossier have been corroborated and by whom? Thanks.
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You have made this claim a couple of times now. Could you please list which parts of the dossier have been corroborated and by whom? Thanks.
No. Look it up yourself. It has been widely reported in the reliable mainstream press
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No. Look it up yourself. It has been widely reported in the reliable mainstream press
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