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Whittling 'em down!

When Trump was nominated for president there were 54 Republican Senators, 44 Democrats and 2 Independents who caucus with the Democrats.
When Trump was elected president there were 52 Republican Senators, 46 Democrats and 2 Independents who caucus with the Democrats.
When Congress reconvenes next week there will be 51 Republican Senators, 47 Democrats and 2 Independents who caucus with the Democrats.

The Electoral College Is Rigged

Against President Trump in 2020.
The Democrats need to win many fewer states to get to 270 Electoral votes than the Republicans do because traditionally blue states tend to have more Electoral votes than traditionally red states.
Here's one Democratic path to victory using only states that Barack Obama won twice. Retake Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and its over. Clinton lost in Michigan (47.50%-47.27%), Pennsylvania (48.18%-47.46%) and Wisconsin (47.22%-46.45%) each by less than a point.
1) California: 55 Electoral votes
2) New York: 29
3) Illinois: 29
4) Michigan*: 20
5) Pennsylvania*: 20
6) Virginia: 14
7) New Jersey: 14
8) Washington: 13
9) Massachusetts: 11
10) Maryland: 10
11) Wisconsin*: 10
12) Minnesota: 10
13) Colorado: 9
14) Connecticut: 7
15) Oregon: 7
16) Nevada: 6
17) New Mexico: 5
18) Hawaii: 4
19) Rhode Island:4
20) Delaware: 3
21) Vermont: 3
22) Wash. D.C. 3
271 Electoral votes
*states won by Trump.

Obama & Clinton Finish First Again

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Retain Most Admired Titles

Barack Obama edges out Donald Trump as most admired man
Hillary Clinton wins narrow victory over Michelle Obama
Clinton has won the past 16 years; Obama the past 10

Americans once again are most likely to name Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as the man and woman living anywhere in the world they admire most, as they have for the past 10 years. The pair retain their titles this year, although by much narrower margins than in the past. Obama edges out Donald Trump, 17% to 14%, while Clinton edges out Michelle Obama, 9% to 7%.

The 2017 survey marks the 16th consecutive year Clinton has been the most admired woman. She has held the title 22 times in total, more than anyone else. Eleanor Roosevelt is second with 13 wins. Obama has now been named the most admired man 10 times, trailing only Dwight Eisenhower, who earned the distinction 12 times. Obama won all eight years he was president, plus 2008 -- the year he was first elected -- and this year, his first as a former president.

But Clinton's and Obama's standings this year are more tenuous than in the past. The 9% who name Clinton is the lowest percentage she has received since 2002, when 7% named her in another close first-place finish. Clinton won the title this year in the same poll she registered a personal low favorable rating. This indicates she remains top of mind for enough people who like her to be named more than any other woman in response to the open-ended question, finishing ahead of some women who may be better liked overall but are not as prominent in people's minds.

The percentage of adults naming Obama as the most admired man is down from 22% last year, but he has been at or near 17% in several other years.

A quarter of Americans cannot name a man or a woman they admire most. Nine percent name a relative or friend as the most admired man, and 13% do so for the most admired woman.

Ken Starr versus Robert Mueller

Just for fun, let's contrast the current seven month length of the Mueller investigation with the major events of the Bill Clinton/Whitewater/Lewinsky investigations that led to the Clinton impeachment.
Five years from initiation to conclusion.
Jan. 20, 1994 Robert B. Fiske Jr., a New York attorney, is appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno as independent Whitewater counsel.
Aug. 5, 1994 Former Bush Administration Solicitor General Kenneth Starr is appointed as replacement for Fiske.
July 22, 1995 Hillary Clinton testifies before Starr's now expanded "Travelgate" investigation.
June 20, 1996 Attorney General Janet Reno asks Starr to expand his investigation to the FBI files controversy.
Oct. 25, 1996 -- A federal court authorizes Starr to investigate whether former White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum lied to Congress about the missing FBI files.
Feb. 17, 1997 -- Provoking speculation over the future of the Whitewater probe, officials of the Pepperdine University School of Law announce that Kenneth Starr will become dean of the school effective Aug. 1, 1997.
Feb. 22, 1997 -- After intense criticism, Starr flip flops and announces he will stay on the Whitewater investigation until any resulting prosecutions are "substantially completed."
April 8, 1997 His objectivity under fire, Starr defends his decision to keep private law clients while working on Whitewater.
October 10, 1997 Starr issues his report on the suicide death of deputy White House counsel Vince Foster.
January, 1998 Starr expands his investigation to include the Monica Lewinsky allegations.
September 11, 1998 Starr issues the Starr Report which led to impeachment.
December 19, 1998 Clinton is impeached by the House of Representatives.
February 12, 1999 Clinton is found not guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice by the Senate.
So what started out as an investigation of an Arkansas land deal was expanded to Vince Foster's death, the firing of White House Travel Office staff, missing FBI files, the Paula Jones sexual harrassment trial, and a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky. All of which took five years and cost $70 million with no criminal indictments or convictions of Bill or Hillary Clinton.

Former Republican U.S. Attorneys Back Mueller

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President,
We are former federal prosecutors with extensive experience in complex investigations. We understand just how critical it is to the interests of justice and public trust to ensure that those charged with conducting complex investigations are allowed to do their jobs free from interference or fear of reprisal. That is why we were gratified by your statement on Sunday that you do not intend to seek the removal of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
We do not know where Mr. Mueller’s investigation may lead but, from our own experience, we know that Mr. Mueller must be permitted to continue the difficult job with which he has been charged. Seeking his removal would have severe repercussions for Americans’ sense of justice here at home and for our reputation for fairness around the world.
December 22, 2017

Hon. Lourdes G. Baird, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, 1990-1992
B. Mahlon Brown III, U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada, 1977-1981
Donna A. Bucella, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, 1991-2001
Michael Cotter, U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana, 2009-2017
William B. Cummings, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1975-1979
Margaret E. Curran, U.S. Attorney for the District of Rhode Island, 1998-2003
Michael H. Dettmer, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, 1993-2001
W. Thomas Dillard, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 1981; U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, 1983-1987
Edward L. Dowd, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, 1993-1999
Robert B. Fiske, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, 1976-1980 Deborah R. Gilg, U.S. Attorney for the District of Nebraska, 2009-2017
Marcos Daniel Jiménez, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, 2002-2005 Tim Johnson, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, 2008-2010
Melvin W. Kahle, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, 1999-2001 William C. Killian, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 2010-2015 Michael D. McKay, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, 1989-1993 Patrick H. Molloy, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 1977-1981
Patrick O’Toole, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, 2001-2002 James G. Richmond, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, 1985-1991 Daniel F. Lopez Romo, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, 1982-1993 F. L. Peter Stone, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, 1969-1972
Atlee W. Wampler III, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, 1980-1982

Conservatives/Republicans Back Mueller

Open Letter from Republican and/or Conservative Former Elected and Senior Officials Defending Mueller

Special Counsel Robert Mueller deserves the support of all Americans. As Republicans and/or conservatives, including those who have served in elected and appointed positions, we reject recent efforts to discredit him. These efforts undermine the institutions that protect the rule of law and so our nation. Mueller must be allowed to complete his investigation without interference.

Director Mueller has a stellar record of service to our country. Mueller served in the United States Marine Corps and earned a Bronze Star with Valor, two Navy Commendation Medals, and a Purple Heart while leading a rifle platoon in Vietnam. After gaining twelve years of experience as a prosecutor, Mueller held Senate-confirmed positions under four Presidents—two Republicans and two Democrats. Mueller's appointment was hailed by those on both sides of the aisle. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was recently asked whether he had seen good cause to fire Mueller, and he gave a straightforward answer: “no.”

We understand concerns about a senior FBI agent detailed to Mueller’s team who sent anti-Trump texts with an attorney who had also worked on the team. But when Mueller learned of the texts, he ousted the agent. The attorney had already departed. That is evidence of the high standards that Mueller has imposed. Some have also argued that Mueller’s hiring of individuals who have made donations to Democrats is a sign that his team is partisan. But the Department of Justice is prohibited from considering the political activity of personnel when it makes employment decisions. Many of the undersigned donated to candidates of one or another party in or around our government employment. It never impacted our faithful adherence to our oath to support and defend the Constitution. We have worked with the Department of Justice, including the FBI, over many years and through both Republican and Democratic administrations. We have faith in those institutions’ ability to ensure that biases are ferreted out and prevented from influencing investigations and prosecutions.

We are above all moved to write because of the vital importance of the Special Counsel’s mission. In January 2017, the Director of National Intelligence released the collective assessment of the CIA, the NSA, and the FBI that “Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election.” Special Counsel Mueller was appointed to “ensure a full and thorough investigation of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election…including any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.” It is critical that the Special Counsel be allowed to complete his review with the full support of DOJ and without interference, for the benefit of the country as well as for that of the Administration.

We urge the Administration, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, and the American public, to support the work of Special Counsel Mueller to its conclusion, whatever it may be. Conversely, we believe that impeding the Special Counsel’s investigation would be a dangerous attempt to obstruct an investigation of a serious attack on our free institutions. Our concerns include not only firing Mueller, but other efforts to impair his work. For example, any attempt to remove the Deputy Attorney General or the Attorney General in order to replace them with individuals who would impede the Special Counsel's activity must be rejected.

We note, finally, that we do not prejudge the outcome of Mueller's investigation. We hope that the country will give the Special Counsel’s findings the respect they deserve, whatever they may be, just as we now call for everyone to allow his investigation to proceed.

Arne Carlson
Former Governor of Minnesota, 1991-1999

Mike Castle
Former member, U.S. House of Representatives 1993-2011; former Governor of Delaware, 1985-1992

Bill Clinger
Former Chair, House Oversight Committee and member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-PA), 1979-1997

Eliot Cohen
Former Counselor of the State Department, 2007-2009

Thomas Coleman
Former member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-MO), 1976-1993

Mickey Edwards
Former Chair, House Republican Policy Committee and member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-OK), 1977-1993

Wayne Gilchrest
Former member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-MD), 1991-2009

Chuck Hagel
Former Secretary of Defense, 2013-2015; former member, U.S. Senate (R-NE), 1997-2009

Amo Houghton
Former member, U.S. House of Representatives, (R-NY) 1987 - 2005
Bob Inglis
Former member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-SC), 1993-1999; 2005-2011

David Jolly
Former member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-FL), 2014-2017

William Kristol
Chief of Staff to the Vice President, 1989-1993

John LeBoutillier
Former member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-NY), 1981-1983

Pete McCloskey
Former member, U.S. House of Representatives, (R-CA) 1967 -1983

Richard Painter
Former Associate Counsel to the President and chief White House ethics lawyer, 2005-07

Larry Pressler
Former member, U.S. Senate (R-SD), 1979-1997; former member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-SD), 1975-1979

Claudine Schneider
Former member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-RI) 1981-1991

Christopher Shays
Former member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-CT), 1987-2009

Peter Smith
Former member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-VT), 1989-1991

Matthew Waxman
Former Deputy Director of Secretary of State's Policy Planning staff, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council staff member

Christie Whitman
Former EPA Administrator, 2001-2003; former Governor of New Jersey, 1994-2001

Dov Zakheim
Former Under Secretary of Defense, 2001-2004

Trump Is Worried About Global Warming

Trump Resort in Ireland Will Build Seawalls to Protect Against Climate Change
President Donald Trump’s golf resort will build two seawalls to protect three holes on the golf course from rising sea levels and water erosion.

President Donald Trump will finally get the wall he's after. However, it won't be along the U.S.-Mexico border. An Irish council on Thursday granted approval for a wall to be built around part of Trump's golf course in Doonbeg, Ireland to protect it from water erosion, The New York Times reported.

Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland previously applied to the Clare County Council for a continuous 1.7-mile long wall, but withdrew the application last year. Now, the resort will build a line of two low, concealed seawalls on the landward side of a public beach to prevent storm waters from eroding three holes of the course. One wall will be 2,000 feet long and the other 840 feet long.

In the first application, Trump cited "global warming and its effects," including rising sea levels and water erosion, as reasons for the wall, Politico reported, despite his statements calling global warming and climate change "a total hoax." Global warming was not listed as a reason in this application.

Papa Johns Founder To Step Down As CEO After Backlash

over NFL comments
NEW YORK (AP) — Papa John’s founder John Schnatter will step down as CEO next month, about two months after he publicly criticized the NFL leadership over national anthem protests by football players — comments for which the company later apologized.

Schnatter will be replaced as chief executive by Chief Operating Officer Steve Ritchie on Jan. 1, the company announced Thursday. Schnatter, who appears in the chain’s commercials and on its pizza boxes, and is the company’s biggest shareholder, remains chairman of the board.

Earlier this year, Schnatter blamed slowing sales growth at Papa John’s — an NFL sponsor and advertiser — on the outcry surrounding players kneeling during the national anthem. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had kneeled during the national anthem to protest what he said was police mistreatment of black men, and other players started kneeling as well.

The controversy is polarizing the customer, polarizing the country,” Schnatter said during a conference call about the company’s earnings on Nov. 1.

Papa John’s apologized two weeks later, after white supremacists praised Schnatter’s comments. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company distanced itself from the group, saying that it did not want them to buy their pizza.

Ritchie declined to say Thursday if the NFL comments played a role in Schnatter stepping down, only saying that it’s “the right time to make this change.”

Shares of Papa John’s are down about 13 percent since the day before the NFL comments were made, reducing the value of Schnatter’s stake in the company by nearly $84 million. Schnatter owns nearly 9.5 million shares of Papa John’s International Inc., and his total stake was valued at more than $560 million on Thursday, according to FactSet. The company’s stock is down 30 percent since the beginning of the year.

8.8 million sign up for Obamacare

Some 8.8 million people have signed up for Obamacare for 2018, the first year the Trump administration has run the entire enrollment process.
That's only 400,000 fewer than signed up on the federal exchange during open enrollment a year ago.
The administration has yet to provide details about the figures.
The 8.8 million figure covers the 39 states that participate in the federal exchange,
This is not the final figure. Many states that run their own exchanges are giving residents more time to pick plans. Also, residents in several Southern states affected by hurricanes have until the end of the year to sign up.

Virginia court tosses out one-vote victory that briefly ended GOP majority in House

A three- judge panel declined to certify the recount of a key House race, saying that a questionable ballot should be counted in favor of the Republican and tying a race that Democrats had thought they had won by a single vote.

“The court declares there is no winner in this election,” said Newport News Circuit Court Judge Bryant L. Sugg, after the judges deliberated for more than two hours.

He said the ballot in question contained a mark for Democrat Shelly Simonds as well as a mark for Republican Del. David Yancey but that the voter had made another mark to strike out Simonds’ name.

Election officials presiding over the five-hour recount on Tuesday had discarded that ballot. But Republicans challenged that decision in court Wednesday, saying the voter had selected every other Republican on the ballot and intended to vote for Yancey.

The court’s decision leaves the race for the 94th District tied at 11,608 votes each for Yancey and Simonds.

And it leaves the balance of power in the state legislature at 49-51, in favor of Republicans - at least for now.

In the case of a tie in a House race, state law says the winner is chosen by lot – essentially, a coin toss.

James Alcorn, the chairman of the state board of elections, said the winner will likely be chosen by drawing a name out of a glass bowl. He said he is conferring with staff to figure out the date and method.

But it doesn’t end there. If the loser of the coin toss is unhappy with that result, he or she can seek a second recount.

Two other recounts are taking place this week - at least one of which may further reshuffle politics in Richmond.

On Wednesday, officials were recounting ballots cast in Richmond’s District 68, where the Democrat leads by 336 votes. And a recount is set for Thursday in Fredericksburg’s District 28, where the Republican leads by 82 votes. Democrats have challenged that race in federal court, where they are seeking a new election because more than 100 voters were mistakenly given ballots for the wrong legislative district.
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