Saturday, April 29, 2017

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1--Trump Has Flip-Flopped. But His Supporters Aren’t Upset — Or Haven’t Noticed.

-- Barely over a tenth of Trump voters think his policies have changed for the worse

2--The West lives in debt - Putin  you tube

3--Trump: First 100 days were a huge success

President Trump on Friday touted the accomplishments of his first 100 days in office, calling his administration one of the “most successful” in history.

“My fellow Americans, I truly believe that the first 100 days of my administration has been just about the most successful in our country’s history,” Trump said during his weekly address. “Our country is going up, and it’s going up fast.”

Trump’s comments echoed those he made earlier Friday at the White House, saying, “It’s a false standard, 100 days, but I have to tell you, I don’t think anybody has done what we’ve been able to do in 100 days.”

Trump has seen historically low approval ratings in the early days of his administration and faced several setbacks on his agenda. Republicans are still looking for a way to repeal ObamaCare after a legislative defeat last month, and courts have halted Trump’s executive orders dealing with immigrants and refugees.

4--PEW Explains Who Voted for Trump and Why

5--Middle class gets crushed

Middle Class Contracted in U.S. Over 2 Decades, Study Finds

6--Poll: 67% Of Americans Say The Democrats Are Out Of Touch With Their Concerns

7--Only 16% americans have "great deal or "quite a bit " of confidence in national news media

8--Freedom Rider: Do Americans Have No Shame?

Most liberals want to be flag waving patriots and they are loath to concede the wrongdoing which goes on in one presidency after another. They refuse to admit their own complicity in excusing war crimes with vapid talk of lesser evils.
If Americans are so upset about the prospect of being treated the way their government treats millions of people they should always condemn these violations. They ought to foreswear support for the wars of aggression committed in their name...

It is time for people in this country to stop acting like aggrieved children. The temper tantrums about their sovereignty and their democracy are not just hypocritical but also tell lies about how this political system really works. There isn’t any democracy left for the Russian government to damage. And even if there were America’s guilty behavior abroad makes a mockery of it.
If Vladimir Putin hatched a plot to get Trump into office he didn’t do anything worse than American presidents have done. People in this country ought to reflect on their history instead of behaving as if they are entitled to rights they routinely disregard elsewhere. The Russia haters must stop whining about their supposed grievance. But first they should apologize to people around the world and fight to stop America’s attacks on them

9-- Obama’s New Job: Guardian of Official Lies

it is the Russians, along with the Syrians and the Iranians, that continue to be the main obstacle to the spread of jihadist terror in the world, today – while the Americans, the Saudis and Pakistan remain the bulwarks of Islamic terror, providing billions in arms and training for Islamic fighters all around the region. The United States and its NATO allies provided the air force for jihadists in Libya, and then did the same thing in Syria for al Qaida, which became so powerful that it split, with one branch becoming ISIS. ISIS now vies for influence and territory in Afghanistan. The ISIS fighters that the U.S. targeted with the biggest conventional bomb in its inventory, a MOAB, in Afghanistan, this month, came from Pakistan, Washington’s longtime ally, which is also continues to be the home base for the Afghan Taliban. So, when the United States makes the outrageous charge that Russia is aiding the Taliban, it’s like the Mafia complaining about organized crime

he same labels of dictator and regime used to describe North Korea and Syria were thrown around by the likes of Democracy Now, giving even more impetus for progressives to support intervention in Libya. Obama's presence so intensified the left's rightward lurch that not even a GOP-driven administration has been able to reverse the trend. In fact, Trump has been embraced by the corporate media and ruling class liberals who see his assault on the DPRK and Syria as essential tenants of the "American way of life."

10--Purity Over Principle: The Left's State of Purgatory

He’s turned his back on that constituency.
Three out of four Americans approve of one thing Donald Trump has done. And that is forcing companies to keep jobs in the United States. That was the populist theme. That was something that no other president has won the White House on. And he, under the pressure of the 100-day deadline, which he kept disdaining and then genuflecting before and feverishly pursuing, Donald Trump came up with a one-page tax plan that turned his back totally on the people who elected him.
And his secretary of the treasury could not even tell you what a family making $70,000 a year with four — two children, whether they would pay more or less in taxes.
But he could tell you one thing, that Donald Trump’s Cabinet would pay and Donald Trump in that plan would may measurably less. It was a plan designed for the deserving rich....

He did — he turned his back on the people who elected him. What Donald Trump did that no Republican had done since Ronald Reagan was to break through among blue-collar white voters, working-class voters in this country, who Democrats had kind of assumed were part of their constituency, had taken for granted, and who had paid the price of globalization, whose own fortunes had suffered, the shrinking of the middle class, established once again this week by Pew in its research in this country.

And Donald Trump said, I recognize you, I’m with you.
And whatever else has happened, I mean, the virtue of Donald Trump as a candidate was, he says what he means. And it turns out, he didn’t mean what he said.

11-- 'No Logic' to West’s Middle East Moves: Trump Talks Syria With Jordan’s King  (invasion brewing?)

Jordan not only supported the armed insurgency in neighboring Syria, Jordan is a part of that coalition which is now destroying Yemen, basically bombing that country. Jordan also provided direct support for the American-led coalition in its so-called war on ISIS [Daesh], which still looks more like a war on the Syrian government army."

12-- Russia hopes that the Syrian armed opposition will take part in the upcoming talks in Astana on the crisis settlement in Syria, however its delegation has not been formed yet, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Saturday  (invasion brewing?)

We expect that they [the Syrian armed opposition] will arrive [at the talks]… We do not have a composition of their delegation yet,” Bogdanov said.
The official also did not exclude that UN Special Envoy Staffan De Mistura could arrive in Moscow in the near future to discuss the Syria crisis.

Kazakhstan's capital of Astana hosted three rounds of talks on Syrian settlement brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran, held on January 23-24, February 15-16, March 14-15 with the next round scheduled for May 3-4. During the talks, the participants agreed to set up a ceasefire monitoring group, among other issues....The next round of Astana talks on Syria is scheduled to take place on May 3-4.

13-- He also said that Moscow would like to know Jordan’s view on the fight against the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terror groups (both outlawed in Russia). (invasion brewing?)

"We will pay special attention to the issues most important for us which concern the situation on the Jordan-Syria border," the Russian top diplomat said. "We know that IS militants are strong in southern Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra has also strengthened its capabilities," Lavrov added.:

14--  Russia, Iran, Syria discuss redeployment of US weapons to Jordan’s border

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A number of media outlets reported Jordan, Britain, the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia have some plans for opening a new front against the Syrian army in the south of the country

15-- Moscow is ready to cooperate with Washington on Syria — Lavrov

He also said that Moscow would like to know Jordan’s view on the fight against the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terror groups (both outlawed in Russia).
"We will pay special attention to the issues most important for us which concern the situation on the Jordan-Syria border," the Russian top diplomat said. "We know that IS militants are strong in southern Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra has also strengthened its capabilities," Lavrov added.

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