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Maxine Waters
"Listen, this chump is just one of the greatest neurosurgeons, and hospital managers to ever live - clearly, these are not transferrable skills"

Democratic Representative Maxine Waters spoke at a town hall rally, telling supporters and a small number of Trump supporters what she planned on doing with Ben Carson, President Trump’s Housing and Urban Development Secretary.

According to a reporter from Los Angeles Times, who was present at the rally on Saturday, in Gardena, California, the Democrat said that it would be better if Carson went back to being a surgeon. Being a ranking democrat on the House Committee for Financial Services, she reassured her supporters that she would not hesitate to “take him apart” when he appeared before the committee.

The vocal anti-Trump congresswoman also took aim at other members of Trump’s cabinet. She criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Education Secretary Betsy Devos, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the LA Times reported.

The rally however, saw its share of protests too. Trump supporters, who weren’t allowed entry into the town hall, used their loudspeakers to hurl allegations at Waters. They also chanted “let us in” in unison, from outside where they could hear the congresswoman’s speech.

Waters’ staff made sure, through an online form, to identify people who lived in her congressional district. The staff ensured that only those from her district were allowed in, and used some help from the police to keep the others out.

Waters has been a controversial opponent of President Trump. She accused Trump of appointing “scumbags” to his cabinet and called for his impeachment too. She also called for former Fox News host Bill O’ Reilly’s imprisonment.

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Healthcare Stalled
Since we have to rely on the GOP to fix this nation's Obama era policies, I guess that just means we are doomed...

Senate Republicans have asked for a delay in the vote on the Senate’s health care bill, till the lawmakers come back from their July 4 break.

Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Senate Majority Leader, said that he has high hopes of “getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place,” regarding the bill.

“We’re going to continue the discussions within our conference on the differences that we have, that we’ll continue to try to litigate,” he told reporters after quite a lengthy discussion with Senate GOP conference.

When asked by a reporter if the delay simply meant the bill was dead, McConnell replied, “No, no.”

“This is a very complicated subject,” he said. “Legislation of this complexity almost always takes longer than anybody else would hope. But we’re going to press on. … We’re optimistic we’re going to get to a result that’s better than the status quo.”

McConnell also told reporters that Republicans have been invited to the White House to discuss their strategies moving on.

On the other hand, Democrats say that efforts to defeat Republicans’ moves to replace and repeal Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) are nowhere near over.

“The Republicans cannot excise the rotten core at the center of their health care bill, no matter what tweaks they may add in the next week and a half,” Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters. “If our Republican colleagues stick to this base bill … we’re going to fight the bill tooth and nail, and we have a darn good chance of defeating it – a week from now, a month from now, a year from now.”

The delay in voting came after Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah.) indicated that he would not approve to move ahead with the debate of the new bill. However, a spokesman for Lee has suggested that the lawmaker has not ruled out voting for the final version of the bill if certain changes are made.

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Sean Spicer
"Well, um, what I'm trying to say is that - uh - I don't know. Can you restate the question?"

Sean Spicer finally opened about what then candidate Trump meant when he had asked the Russian hackers to dig into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

It was back in July, Trump had said in a press conference that, “If they hacked, they probably have her 33,000 emails. I hope they do. They probably have her 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted … Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you can find the 33,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

Spicer stated, that President was joking at the time. We all know that.” He added, “It’s pretty clear they knew all along there was no collusion and that’s pretty helpful to the president.”

“What evidence does [Trump] have to prove that Obama was colluding or obstructing?” a reporter asked.

“they’ve been playing this card on Trump and Russia… If they didn’t take any action, does that make them complicit?” Spicer questioned, while pointing towards the fact that the Obama administration was aware of Russia’s hand in the elections.

“I think there’s a lot of questions about who did what, where, and when,” he added.

The reporter asked, “Is there an element of hypocrisy here, Sean, because this was President Trump on the campaign trail: ‘Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded.’ … How can you accuse President Obama of obstructing when [Trump] was egging Russia on?”

To this Spicer said Trump was “joking, and that “I think the idea was that you had Hillary Clinton with a secret server, that was very clear about what she had done to evade it, and I think that’s probably a bigger concern right now in terms of what they were doing, and the lack of security that they had, ” Spicer said.

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Stern Talk
So, you know what they say about the Trump Train - get on board, or get hit...

This Monday’s, on Fox News, Katrina Pierson gets badly slammed by Fox News host Neal Cavuto, in her efforts to accuse Heller of “governing as a Democrat.”

Pierson is amongst the group that is running ads against Sen. Dean Heller and was of the view that the group solely targeted Heller of his opposition to the President’s Healthcare plan.

“This is the one thing that particularly Republican primary voters care most about…” Katrina stated.

“Wait a minute Katrina,” Cavuto intervened, “He’s looking at something that isn’t markedly different than the one it replaces, he’s he’s just saying I think we can do better, right?”

“And we probably can do better,” she responded, “but here’s the thing…”

“You’re already threatening the guy,” he exclaimed, “saying ‘if you go ahead with this we’re gonna primary your ass,’”

“Obamacare is gone, one way or the other,” she retorted, “Republicans did not have a plan to put up at the very beginning, there is a plan now. This is a vote to move the process forward, this is not the actual plan that’s going to be in place, they’re making revisions as we speak.”

Cavuto responded, “but how can you do that under the threat of ‘we’re gonna primary you if you don’t go along with what we say’? That sounds like a bad Tony Soprano episode.”

“Well actually, it’s just an accountability issue,” Pierson argued.

“You won’t have accountability for all these others and you don’t,” Cavuto said, “You have accountability for him because he’s the most vulnerable. That’s not fair, that’s not right, and you know it.” He then went on to list five other senators that had claimed to not support the bill.

“It looks like you’re picking and choosing who you wanna screw here, and it looks like this guy is fair game!” Cavuto concluded. “And you either go along with us, or we’re going to primary you out, even if it means risking losing the Senate in the process. You oughta look at cutting off your nose to spite your face.”

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Hillary Concession
Blaming your friends, political allies, and wacky conspiracies is a sure sign of responsible leadership.

In an interview on Sunday, with ABC News’ “This Week’s” George Stephanopoulos, Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate Minority Leader, said that you shouldn’t blame anyone but yourself for losing an election.

During the interview, Schumer spoke about how Democrats need to move on following their latest defeat in the Georgia special election, where Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff last Tuesday.

“Democrats need a strong, bold, sharp-edged and commonsense economic agenda,” Schumer said. “Policy, platform message that appeal to the middle class, that resonate with the middle class, and show that, and unite Democrats.”

“This economic message platform is going to resonate,” Schumer added. “It’s what we were missing, and it’s not going to be baby steps; it’s going to be bold.”

Moving on, most probably without even realizing it, Schumer said almost the same thing most people have been saying with regards to the way Hillary Clinton has reacted and responded to her defeat by Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

“But you lose an election, you don’t blame other people, you blame yourself,” he said.

However, the advice given by Schumer to Democrats doesn’t seem to be in line with Hillary Clinton’s response to the defeat and her strategy of consistently blaming everyone and everything but herself for the loss.

Earlier in May, while talking to the New York Magazine, Clinton said that she would have won the election if James Comey, the former FBI Director, and a few others had not acted against her.

“I would have won had I not been subjected to the unprecedented attacks by Comey and the Russians, aided and abetted by the suppression of the vote, particularly in Wisconsin,” Clinton said.

“Whoever comes next, this is not going to end. Republicans learned that if you suppress votes you win,” Clinton added.

Several Democrats seem to be frustrated with Clinton’s never ending blame game. Most are of the belief that the rhetoric will do more damage than good to the party’s long term chances.

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John Podesta
Is it just me, or does he look like he's a little hungry... for some pizza, perhaps?

According to the latest report on Thursday, John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager, is expected to testify before the Congress regarding his role in Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential elections.

The report regarding Podesta’s testimony comes as the House Intelligence Committee continues to investigate the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the Russian government in order to influence the elections.

Podesta is known to be central figure in the 2016 elections, not because of his performance as Clinton’s campaign manager, but because of his leaked emails that were handed over to WikiLeaks. The leaked emails, which amounted to thousands, were used to excoriate the candidate and are pointed at, as the main reason behind Clinton’s downfall.

The leak, which happened due to Podesta’s misunderstanding of another campaign official’s directive to change his password after receiving an email that looked like a phishing scam, also led to the Pizzagate conspiracy. The conspiracy, as peculiar as it sounds, alleged that Clinton and Podesta were at the center of a secret child-trafficking ring being run out of a Washington DC pizzeria.

In an interview back in February, Podesta himself suggested that FBI officials had conspired to bring down Clinton in the elections.

“There are at least forces within the FBI that wanted her to lose,” he told Bloomberg Politics editor John Heilemann “I’m not sure they really understood the alternative, but they wanted her to lose. I think that’s one possibility.”

Additionally, he blamed James Comey, the former FBI Director, for Clinton’s loss in the elections, as a result of his announcement that the FBI will be re-starting the investigation into Clinton’s emails, just a week before voting day.

“[Comey] made a bad judgment, and I think virtually anybody who has opined on the topic … have said it was a terrible mistake of judgment,” he told Heilemann. “And I think it did terrible damage to us. If you look at the polling at that period time, that’s when the race began to tighten in that week.”

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Abandon Ship
Isn't rearranging leadership in the Democratic party a lot like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic?

A new report from Politico has revealed that Democrats recently met to discuss House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s future as the leader of the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party seems to be in disarray especially after the disastrous elections that many had expected to expose Trump’s weaknesses, however, it did quite the opposite.

About a dozen Democrats, led by Representatives Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), and Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), spoke about how the hopes of retaking the House of Representatives from Republicans would go down the drain if Pelosi was still in charge of their group.

“There are many more people today, even from November, who are much more vocal, who have approached us and said, ‘I’m done. We need to move forward and we need to get a new leadership team in place,” Rice said.

Pelosi, in response, rejected criticism by flaunting her achievements, saying, “Well, I’m a master legislator. I am a strategic, politically astute leader. … My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I’m able to attract the support that I do, which is essential to our elections.”

“We don’t agonize, we organize,” she concluded.

Rep. Rice disagreed, saying, “There is a consensus, I think, that we can reach in the caucus that allows for a new leadership team to be put in place in a time that’s well before, hopefully, November of next year.”

The discussions regarding replacing Pelosi comes on the back of the Democrats’ recent defeat in the special election in Georgia. Democrats were of the opinion that Trump’s low favorability might come to show in the special elections; however, all expectations regarding the special elections have been dashed with a clean sweep in four elections.

Most of the blame has been shifted towards Pelosi. Karen Handel, winner of the special election in Georgia, while campaigning, made sure that she clearly showed the connection of her opponent, Democratic candidate Jon Ossof, to the House Minority Leader. Being the most expensive House election in US history, especially for Democrats, it was more painful for them.

The division in the Democratic Party is now more apparent than ever. Even President Trump took to Twitter, to mock the infighting between party members, saying, “I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out. That would be very bad for the Republican Party – and please let Cryin’ Chuck stay!”

Another lawmaker said that the Democrats’ image has become “toxic” in several parts of the country. He further elaborated that this was even worse than Trump’s image.

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Sean Spicer
I have to confess -sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between the Sean Spicer comedy TV skits, and the real Sean Spicer...

The heath care bill that is set to be released this Thursday, has not yet been reviewed by the President Donald Trump.

While, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said on Tuesday afternoon, “I expect to have a discussion draft on Thursday, and we will go to the floor once we have a CBO score, likely next week.”

“We’ve been discussing all the elements of this endlessly for seven years. Everybody pretty well understands it. Everybody will have adequate time to take a look at it. I think this will be about as transparent as it can be,” he said, while adding that Americans shall have “plenty of time” to thoroughly review.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer claims that he doesn’t know if President Donald Trump has reviewed a draft of the Senate Republicans’ health care legislation, “I don’t know that,” Spicer said during a press briefing Tuesday.

Spicer stated that, “I know that there was some chatter today, I know the president has been on the phone extensively with [Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)] and with key senators,” Spicer said. “So I don’t know if he’s seen the legislation or not, but I know that they’ve been working extremely hard, and the president has been giving his input and his ideas, feedback back to them, and he’s very excited about where this thing is headed.”

He went on to add that he is unsure of whether even the White House staff has seen a draft of the health care bill. “I don’t even know where we are in terms of a final plan,” he said.

When, Spicer was asked about a report by CNBC that had mentioned it to tech executive that the Senate bill “needs more heat.” To this, Spicer responded, “The president clearly wants a bill that heart in it.”

It is to be noted that the GOP has just 52 senators, while the bill shall require 50 votes to be passed.

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Secretary Zinke
"Well, listen here Mr. Senator, we don't just don't have the money. In fact, we don't have any money - we are in massive debt to the taxpayer"

Senators, from both Democratic and Republican party are seen expressing their discontent towards President Trump’s budget request that cuts funding for the Interior Department by eleven percent.

The Washington Post states, “Democrats on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources took issue with the $400 million that the national parks would lose in fiscal 2018, which they said would trigger staff reductions at 90 percent of them. They also questioned the $370 million in cuts the Bureau of Indian Affairs would face, including for education and assistance programs, and $163 million in cuts to the U.S. Geological Survey.”

“I find the budget so focused on the oil and natural gas aspect of revenue that I think that you are neglecting the fact that the outdoor economy generates $887 billion a year,” Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the ranking member, said.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that the budget is “better than what we have seen in the last few years,” but that it’s still not going anywhere on Capitol hill. “I don’t expect many of [the cuts] to become a reality, especially those that target popular programs,” said, Murkowski, the chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

“I want to make sure that we are putting pedal to the metal as it relates to the outdoor economy”

ZInke argued that the budget is indeed a great starting point, and that while it cuts funding for other agencies and interior efforts like land acquisition, it the $11.7 billion budget definitely focuses a lot on maintenance.

“This is what a balanced budget looks like,” he said. “There’s tough decisions throughout, but if we want to balance the budget, this is the starting point for what that looks like,” said Zinke.

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Senator Schumer
"Show me the beef, er, I mean... the BILL!!"

Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the US Senate Minority Leader, announced on Monday that Democrats will be looking forward to use a new strategy to protest the Senate health care bill introduced by the Republicans.

Democratic Senator from Connecticut, Chris Murphy declared it a “quintuple red alert.”

“Radical departure from normal procedure on a bill of such consequence,” Schumer announced from the floor, “leaves the Senate minority little choice but to depart from normal procedure as well.”

“Starting this evening,” he added, “Democrats will begin objecting to all unanimous consent requests in the Senate, save for honorary resolutions. We will seek, in as many ways as we can, in as many times as we can, to refer the House-passed health care bill to committee. Where it can be vetted, debated and amended in the open, for the American people to see, as is their right.”

“And tonight Democrats will hold the floor late into the evening in a series of speeches to highlight just how unprecedented this process is,” he continued. “If Republicans are not going to allow debate on their bill on the floor or in committee, Democrats will make opportunities to debate.”

“And these are merely the first steps we’re prepared to take in order to shine a light on the shameful TrumpCare bill, and reveal to the public the GOP’s backroom deal-making,” he concluded.

To protest what they consider secrecy with which the bill is being drafted, Democrats used the hashtag #showusthebill with their tweets as a way to register their criticism.

House Republicans managed to pass their own version of what seems to be an Obamacare replacement bill, by a narrow margin. However, that legislation was met with severe criticism from President Trump, who reportedly called the bill “mean” and another vulgar term in a meeting with congressional Republicans.

Senate Republicans have said they will craft their own health care bill, starting from scratch. But the blanket of secrecy under which they’re drafting the legislation seems to be causing Democrats some serious issues.

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