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  1. Post of the day for comic relief... Thanks for the chuckles... B/A
  2. NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of Americans who believe President Donald Trump should be impeached rose by 8 percentage points over the past week as more people learned about allegations that Trump pressured Ukraine to smear his top Democratic political rival Joe Biden, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday. The Sept. 26-30 opinion poll found that 45% of adults believe Republican Trump "should be impeached," compared with 37% in a similar poll that ran last week. Another 41% said that Trump should not be impeached and 15% said they "don't know." Among Democrats, 74% said Trump should be impeached, up 8 points over the past week, while 13% of Republicans said they supported impeachment, up 3 points. It was unchanged among independents at 37%. The poll findings mirror several other recent opinion polls, which have shown that public support has increased recently for an impeachment inquiry into Trump. Full poll results: The American public has been increasingly focused on the question of impeachment following a whistleblower complaint about a July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The U.S. House of Representatives initiated an impeachment inquiry of Trump last week after a whistleblower report raised concerns that Trump tried to leverage nearly $400 million in U.S. aid in exchange for a political favor from Zelenskiy involving an investigation of Joe Biden, the former vice president and leading Democratic presidential contender. The poll of more than 2,200 U.S. adults found that 34% had heard “a great deal” about the Ukraine scandal this week, about twice the number of people who had been paying close attention when compared with last week. Another 30% said they have heard “some” details about the Ukraine call. When asked what they thought about the news, 43% said “president Trump is trying to smear Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign,” up 4 points from last week. The poll also found that 66% of American adults said any elected official "should be removed" from office if they work with a foreign government to attack a political rival. That included 46% of Republicans, 88% of Democrats and about two-thirds of independents. The fact that a smaller number of respondents - 45% - said that Trump should be impeached, however, suggests that many of them did not believe allegations against Trump or had yet to conclude Trump had indeed worked with Ukraine to damage Biden. Public opinion may continue to shift as more information is revealed. But University of Michigan political scientist Nicholas Valentino said that support for Trump’s impeachment should level off unless Republican leaders join Democrats in publicly criticizing the president. “People aren’t constitutional scholars,” Valentino said. “They trust their elected officials from their party to know the rules of politics. And when members of their own party say that someone has broken the rules, that’s when public opinion will really begin to change.” The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online, in English, throughout the United States. It gathered responses from 2,234 adults, including 944 Democrats and 855 Republicans. It has a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of 4 percentage points.
  3. WASHINGTON Fox News' senior judicial analyst, Andrew Napolitano, said Thursday that the summary released by the White House of a July 25 phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky demonstrates "both criminal and impeachable behavior" by Trump. Though the president has said it was a "perfect call" and that the summary exonerates him, Napolitano said in an opinion piece that the call showed that Trump was guilty of violating campaign finance law, bribery and intimidating witnesses. The former New Jersey judge's opinion made a social media splash because he works for a cable news networkthat is home to pro-Trump media figures like Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Jeanine Pirro and the hosts of "Fox & Friends." The article repeated several points Napolitano has made on-air since the scandal broke. Napolitano has bucked his conservative colleagues before, particularly with his viewthatspecial counsel Robert Mueller also revealed impeachable offenses. Perilous times for Trump: By 45%-38%, Americans support impeaching him over Ukraine allegations, poll finds "The criminal behavior to which Trump has admitted is much more grave than anything alleged or unearthed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and much of what Mueller revealed was impeachable," Napolitano wrote Thursday about Trump's call toZelensky. The call is at the center of an impeachment inquiry after a whistleblower complaint accusedTrump of"using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election." Trump is alleged to have used approved military aid as leverage to demand that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, who has generally led in Democratic primary polling. Though the president and his defenders have denied evidence of a "quid pro quo" in the phone call,Napolitano said that Trump's request for a "favor" afterZelensky spoke of his need for anti-tank missiles was a "clear unmistakable inference" that approved military aid "would be held up until the favor was delivered." "The favor he sought was dirt on Biden." Impeachment pressure: Trump says China should investigate Joe Biden, family Napolitano also said the "president need not have committed a crime in order to be impeached, but he needs to have engaged in behavior that threatens the constitutional stability of the United States or the rule of law as we have come to know it." The judge decried Trump's verbal attacks on the whistleblower and "suggesting that the whistleblower and those who have helped him are spies and ought to be treated as spies were in 'the old days'(Trumps phrase) that is, by hanging." He called Trump's "allusions to violence are palpably dangerous" and said they "will give cover to crazies who crave violence, as other intemperate words of his have done." And he said that Trump's retweet of a pastor's suggestion that impeachment could lead to civil war was "a dog whistle to the deranged." Napolitano expressed shock that Trump would try to engage a country to interfere in the 2020 election immediately after Mueller's investigation, which outlined a "sweeping and systematic" Russian campaign to sway the 2016 election. "Now he has attempted in one phone call to bring the Ukrainian government into the 2020 election! Does he understand the laws he has sworn to uphold?" Napolitano asked. "It was to remedy just such reckless, constitutionally destructive behavior that impeachment was intended." Napolitano's opinion sparked the ire of many Fox News viewersas well as Fox News contributor and former U.S. AttorneyJoe DiGenova who calledNapolitano "a fool" during an appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight." "Nothing that the president said on that call or what we think he said on that call constitutes a crime,"DiGenova said. "And even if he had said you're not going to get the money it would not be a crime." Says the constitutional expert. B/A
  4. Most of those people are Trump people.. Some are from before, but it seems he didn't do a good job vetting... B/A
  5. Sorry Pitcher, but I'm more likely to believe aliens planted us here on earth, than the idea millions of government workers are in on a conspiracy to take down America. The idea of government workers wanting to destroy their means of making a living is as unlikely as my dog saying no to that T-Bone left over from dinner last night. B/A
  6. I've said it many times... Anyone who is found guilty of breaking the law, should go down. This is not a question of politics or party, or it shouldn't be. It should be justice for all... Unlike so many here who refuse to admit or accept Trump is a criminal and has been in life for many years and call him out, I would accept prosecution for anyone in any party. So people here who want to rag me, need to be honest and admit if they are willing to accept criminals to control their government. If cannot admit you accept criminal activity, then you really shouldn't say much. JMHO B/A
  7. I'm implying, the grand conspiracy concept is laughable. Most people who work in government could care less who is in the White House as long as they get their paycheck. I don't think my mailman is out to sink the government. I don't believe millions of government workers are out to change to world. So that leaves those who are in charge. Now if Trump or any president hires bad people, well that's on them. And although all employees are not replaced with a new administration. The heads of said agencies are replaced and expected to run them... So it is not combative to expect someone appointed to do their job. B/A
  8. Candidates can not receive help or money foreign governments...
  9. These comments sound like something out of Mein Kampf… That's a lot of paranoia. B/A
  10. Does this mean Trump is so stupid he appointed spies? I don't see it. You should have a little more faith in the leader you follow. B/A
  11. Those agencies are being run by his people... So who should you blame? Trump for bad hires, or the people for being super duper secret spies for the Democrats? B/A
  12. No I mean ones being run by Trump's appointees. Did you miss the fact he has his people running the agencies? B/A
  13. I haven't seen the evidence but would love to see anyone breaking the law go down and be held accountable. Comments from Twitter twits and conspiracy youtubers is not evidence. Again, I pledge no allegiance to a party, so I hope all who break the law get what's coming to them. As Biden, I personally don't think he'll be there in 2020. JMHO B/A
  14. I like it... Let's get rid of these corrupt and lying people on both sides and get back to America. Trump has proven to be just another opportunist. The swamp is as healthy as ever, and it's not going to change until people stand together against the two party system. JMHO B/A
  15. That is really a good commercial. B/A
  16. But as a candidate it's not his job to do that and it is illegal... We have agencies who handle such things. So if you love America and the Constitution, you would be better off to let this one go, or you will be endorsing criminal activity. B/A
  17. Am I to understand, now people are okay with politicians asking foreign governments to interfere with our elections? Is that the new norm? B/A
  18. Under the threat of impeachment over his request for Ukraine to look for damaging information about Joe Biden and his son Hunter, President Trump on Thursday called on China to also investigate the former vice president. When asked what he was seeking from Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky in the July 25 phone call at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, Trump said he wanted the country to investigate the Bidens, then added that China should do the same. “Well, I would think if they were honest about it, they’d start a major investigation into the Bidens,” said Trump. “It’s a very simple answer. They should investigate the Bidens because how does a company that’s newly formed and all these companies, and by the way, likewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidens because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine. So I would say with President Zelensky, if it were me, I would recommend they start an investigation into the Bidens, because nobody has any doubt that they weren’t crooked.” Trump calling on a foreign government to investigate a political opponent is currently why Democrats are investigating him for potential impeachment. When Trump was asked what he wanted Zelensky to do at a Wednesday press conference, the president melted down. Trump has been focused on the fact that Hunter Biden received a $50,000-a-month job on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma and that his father, who was vice president at the time, helped to push out a prosecutor who was investigating the firm for corruption. Trump has also raised accusations of corruption over Hunter Biden’s partnership with a Chinese private equity fund, exaggerating the scale of China’s investment from $4.2 million to $1.5 billion Asked if he had requested President Xi Jinping of China to help investigate the Bidens, Trump replied: “I haven’t, but it’s certainly something we can start thinking about.” Representing the Obama administration, as vice president Biden had pushed for the removal of a Ukrainian prosecutor accused of corruption, a position shared by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. The prosecutor had previously investigated a Ukrainian energy company on whose board Hunter Biden sat. But the allegations against the company, Burisma Holdings, predated Hunter Biden’s appointment to the board, which was described as an effort to provide international oversight in the notoriously corrupt Ukrainian energy industry, and a Ukrainian prosecutor cleared the Bidens of any wrongdoing. Joe Biden’s efforts, which were not secret, formed the basis of a complex conspiracy theory advanced by Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and echoed by Trump himself. One potential embarrassment arose Thursday when CNN reported on a February, 2016 letter to the Ukrainian president urging the same reforms being pushed at the same time by Biden — signed by members of the “Senate Ukraine Caucus” including Republicans Rob Portman of Ohio, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, as well as several Democrats. Trump has been talking up the allegations about Hunter Biden’s dealings with China for some time. The Washington Post reported last week that Trump had raised the matter with Stephen Schwarzman, the CEO of Blackstone, who’s been working as an intermediary in trade talks with China. According to a video obtained by the Post, Trump alleged that Hunter Biden got $1.5 billion from the Chinese and asked Schwarzman, “Steve, is that possible?” Trump said he asked Schwarzman how that could happen, to which Schwarzman said: “Maybe I shouldn’t get involved, you know it’s very political.” Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, received approval from the Chinese government for a number of valuable trademarks last year, around the same time the president pledged American help for a troubled Chinese telecommunications company. The sister of Jared Kushner, Ivanka’s husband and White House adviser, has been under scrutiny over her efforts to secure Chinese investors for a family real-estate project with the offer of prized American residency permits. Bloomberg reported Thursday that a company partly owned by Jared Kushner is discussing an investment of at least $100 million from a private fund that receives much of its capital from the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
  19. As it should be... Of course when I say things like that I get negged.... LOL 😎 B/A
  20. I agree bigwave… This is a show just like big time wrestling. They act like they all hate each other in public while they all party together and cash in... This big impeachment show is just a distraction while the banksters, get ready to crash the markets and cash in. JMHO B/A
  21. You guys keep talking about the great reveal.... What? When? Who? How?... did I leave anything out? B/A
  22. As Steelmaker Shuts Plant, Governor Points to Tariffs (Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. Bayou Steel Group filed for bankruptcy Monday, threatening hundreds of jobs after the company ran low on cash and defaulted on its debt. The steelmaker idled most of its operations and sought Chapter 11 protection in Delaware, it said in a statement. Close to 400 workers may be impacted by the shutdown of Bayou’s plant near New Orleans, Natalie Robottom, a local government official, said. The company sought protection from creditors after a “severe lack in liquidity” led to a default on its senior secured debt, according to the statement. Bayou, which produces steel products like reinforcing bars and beams, will offload its remaining inventory and hopes to sell its assets to a buyer who will restart operations, the company said. Bayou Steel is “particularly vulnerable” to tariffs because it uses imported scrap metal, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said in a statement following the layoffs. Scrap steel was not included in the broad steel tariffs imposed by the Trump administration last year. But the administration has hiked tariffs on a wide range of scrap metal products from China as part of its trade war. “Louisiana is among the most dependent states on tariffed metals, which is why we continue to be hopeful for a speedy resolution to the uncertainty of the future of tariffs,” said Edwards, who last year wrote a letter to President Donald Trump about the way tariffs would hurt Louisiana. “Meanwhile, we will do everything within our power to help those displaced workers.” The company will also close its operations in Harriman, Tennessee, affecting 72 workers, according to a filing from the Tennessee Department of Labor. Bayou listed liabilities of as much as $100 million in its bankruptcy petition. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the impact of tariffs on its business. The case is Bayou Steel BD Holdings LLC, 19-12153, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware B/A
  23. I'm a capitalist... Too bad our government including our president are debt mongers. You always call me out, but I don't hear you complaining that our president just created over a TRILLION dollars in debt in the last nine months? If a democrat did that you would be shouting it from roof tops. So why aren't you bothered by a republican doing it? I'm just asking. B/A
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