Political Cartoons: Michael Ramirez…..”Okay, Republicans, she’s all yours!”

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Trump’s Brilliant Choice of McMaster

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By: Peter Bergen  CNN National Security Analyst

(CNN) President Donald Trump’s appointment of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be his national security adviser is a brilliant decision.

McMaster, 54, is the smartest and most capable military officer of his generation, one who has not only led American victories on the battlefields of the 1991 Gulf War and of the Iraq War, but also holds a Ph.D. in history.
McMaster is, in short, both an accomplished doer and a deep thinker, a combination that should serve him well in the complex job of national security adviser.

McMaster’s views

A key to McMaster’s thinking is his 1997 book, “Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam.” Published two decades ago when McMaster was only a major, “Dereliction of Duty” caused something of a sensation in the US military because it took US military leaders to task for their dereliction of duty during the Vietnam War.
McMaster painted a devastating picture of the Joint Chiefs, who told President Lyndon Johnson what he wanted to hear about how the Vietnam War was going. He described how they went along with Johnson’s ill-considered attempt to find a middle ground between withdrawing from Vietnam and fighting a conventional war there that — divorced from on-the-ground realities — had no chance of success.
The Joint Chiefs never provided Johnson with useful military advice about what it might take to win the war, according to McMaster.
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WHODUNIT? Trump launches bid to find leakers, as speculation surrounds Obama officials

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By: Cody Derespina

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President Trump is setting out to uncover the saboteurs leaking damaging details about his administration, as speculation intensifies over whether current officials or a cabal of Obama lieutenants – or both – are turning the faucets.

One former senior intelligence official told Fox News he suspects ex-intelligence and other security officials, including former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, were in some way involved in revealing details of Michael Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador. Those details contradicted what Flynn had told Vice President Pence and other Trump officials, leading to his resignation as national security adviser earlier this week.

“There were rumors from Day 1 when Mike Flynn signed aboard Team Trump that people were going to come after him,” the source said, suggesting it was part of an effort to preserve the Iran nuclear deal and settle old grudges. “Individuals within the intelligence community that fired him once didn’t want him to come back.”

A Clapper spokesman put out a statement late Thursday appearing to distance the former intel boss from any leaks, voicing support for a probe while urging the new administration to take a sober approach to the investigation.

“Leaks need to be investigated, but those investigations should be conducted in a manner that is not disparaging of our dedicated IC professionals, nor destructive to the entire community,” Clapper spokesman Shawn Turner said.

How exactly Trump’s investigation proceeds is not yet clear. He said during his Thursday news conference he’s called on the Justice Department to “look into the leaks” that have buffeted the start of his White House tenure.

“Those are criminal leaks,” Trump said.

 

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Political Cartoons Michael Ramirez……”State Dept. of Pushovers”

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Trump Starts His Revolution As Reporters and Judges Scream Like Banshees

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By: Conrad Black

Appearances are deceiving, and President Trump, although the launch of the 90-day travel ban was botched, cannot lose on the issue. His opponents, in the United States and the world, have absurdly overreacted; an arriving onlooker would imagine that the president had caused great loss of life in some frightful act of malice or negligence.

The President will eventually almost certainly be upheld legally, given the immigration legislation from 1952 and the constitutional powers of the president, which his six immediate predecessors have used. His abiding by the legal processes, if it does lead to judicial legitimization, will severely undercut his opponents.

Even if he is ultimately unsuccessful, he has made the gesture, which the apparent majority of Americans support as a national-security measure. His opponents will bear the responsibility if there are any incidents that could arguably have been avoided if his measure had not been challenged. Senator Schumer and others will regret their fatuous histrionics (“The statue of Liberty is weeping,” as Mr. Schumer himself pretended to do).

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DeVos confirmed as Education secretary, Pence casts historic tie-breaking vote

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School choice advocate Betsy DeVos was narrowly confirmed Tuesday as the next Education secretary despite deep opposition from teachers unions and other groups, after Vice President Pence intervened to cast a historic tie-breaking vote.

Pence’s vote marked the first time in American history a vice president has broken a tie on a Cabinet nominee’s Senate confirmation – and the first tie-breaking vote by a VP since 2008. Pence was compelled to cast the vote, in his role as president of the Senate, after two Republican senators – Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – came out against DeVos.

With those two Republicans and all Senate Democrats opposing the nominee, she was confirmed on a 51-50 vote.

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Maryland blogger settles defamation lawsuit brought by Melania Trump

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By KELSEY SUTTON

A Maryland blogger has settled a defamation lawsuit filed by First Lady Melania Trump.

Wester Griffin Tarpley, who runs the blog Tarpley.net, has agreed to pay a “substantial sum” and issued a statement apologizing to the First Lady and her family, according to a statement from Trump’s attorneys. In August, Tarpley published unsubstantiated rumors that the First Lady had previously been an “escort” and that she was suffering a “nervous breakdown” because of the presidential campaign.

“I posted an article on August 2, 2016 about Melania Trump that was replete with false and defamatory statements about her,” reads Tarpley’s statement. “I had no legitimate factual basis to make these false statements and I fully retract them. I acknowledge that these false statements were very harmful and hurtful to Mrs. Trump and her family, and therefore I sincerely apologize to Mrs. Trump, her son, her husband and her parents for making these false statements.”

 

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DeVos foes in furious push to defeat nomination, still one vote short

By;  Joseph Weber   FOXNEWS.COM

Teachers unions, advocacy groups and others are jamming Senate phone lines, funding TV ads and rallying on the ground to stop Betsy DeVos from becoming President Trump’s secretary of Education. But their efforts, at least for now, appear to be coming up one vote short.

With her final Senate confirmation vote set for Tuesday at noon, the chamber still seems locked in a 50-50 split on the nomination. If that happens, Vice President Pence is expected to cast a historic, tie-breaking vote to confirm her.

This scenario has DeVos’ critics going into overdrive in a bid to peel off one more Republican to vote nay.

“We are trying to do everything we can to persuade just one more Republican to join us,” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Monday. “Double down on your advocacy. … She’s spent her career trying to destroy public schools.”

The Democrats’ appeals come after GOP Sens. Susan Collins, of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, announced their opposition last week to DeVos, the school choice advocate and wealthy Michigan political donor. Presuming all 48 Democratic senators oppose DeVos, this brings the tally to 50-50.

Several of the major groups rallying against DeVos, including the American Federation of Teachers union, declined on Monday to name which of the remaining Republican senators they are targeting.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/06/devos-foes-in-furious-push-to-defeat-nomination-still-one-vote-short.html

 

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Trump on federal judge: ‘If something happens blame him’

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BY CYRA MASTER

President Trump doubled down on his online criticism of Judge James Robart on Sunday, saying the federal judge and the court would be to blame “if something happens.”

“Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!” Trump tweeted on Sunday afternoon.

A late Friday ruling by Robart temporarily halted Trump’s executive order that denied entry into the U.S. for individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

 

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/317993-trump-continues-criticism-of-federal-judge

 

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Angling for a Supreme Pick

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By Fred J. Barnes

When Donald Trump released his first list of potential Supreme Court nominees last May, Neil Gorsuch’s name was not on it. The inner circle of Trump’s advisers were aware of Gorsuch’s lofty reputation as a judge. Still, they kept him off the list because they hadn’t fully studied his judicial record, his years as a private lawyer, and his personal life. Once they did, he impressed them, in the words of a Trump researcher, as “almost too perfect.”

But the candidate’s advisers—Steve Bannon, lawyer Donald McGahn, and Federalist Society executive vice president Leonard Leo—weren’t ready to single him out. Instead, in September, they expanded the list from 11 to 21 candidates. And a main reason was to put Gorsuch’s name on it. But by adding 10 more names, it didn’t create a stir or look like favoritism.

The list, which had been Trump’s idea, was soon pared to six people, five men and one woman (appeals court judge Diane Sykes). Then it shrank to four men who were personally interviewed by Trump. One of them, district court judge Amul Thapar of Kentucky, had been put on the list by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/angling-for-a-supreme-pick/article/2006666#!

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