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Republican Senate Leader McConnell puts his foot in Trumps rectum

“Today and every day I miss my good friend John McCain. It was a blessing to serve alongside a rare patriot and genuine American hero in the Senate. His memory continues to remind me every day that our nation is sustained by the sacrifices of heroes.”

Captain Marvel heads toward a billion

Captain Marvel' Tops $760 Million Worldwide
Mar. 17 - For a second weekend in a row Disney and Marvel's Captain Marvel topped the weekend box office as it has now posted over $760 million worldwide in just twelve days in global release.

Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: $264,884,063 34.8%
+ Foreign: $495,869,447 65.2%

Hey Mexicans, stop stealing our border barrier

“Concertina wire stolen from border fence and used for home security in Tijuana, authorities say”

The concertina wire installed by the Trump administration to reinforce the U.S. Mexico-border is now being stolen and used to protect Tijuana residences as the city grapples with a surge in crime, officials confirmed Monday.

Thieves are stealing and selling the same concertina wire installed in November along the U.S. Mexico border by the Department of Homeland Security and 15 to 20 arrests have already been made, city officials said.

Contractors were seen Monday at a border fence on the U.S. side of the Colonia Libertad neighborhood of Tijuana, replacing some of the stolen wire.

Some homes in the same area had identical wire installed in front of their homes, as an added layer of protection to their property lines and fences, but residents declined to comment about how they obtained the material.

Trump Foundation probe: FBI Raids Trump fundraisers office

The Trump Foundation investigation is looking for evidence of money laundering. It looks like information provided by Michael Cohen is paying dividends.

“Federal Authorities Raided Trump Fundraiser’s Office in Money Laundering Probe”
A sealed search warrant obtained by ProPublica shows federal agents scoured Elliott Broidy’s office for documents related to China, Saudi Arabia and a Miami Beach club promoter.
by Robert Faturechi and Justin Elliott March 18, 5 a.m. EDT

Federal authorities raided the office of Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy last summer, seeking records related to his dealings with foreign officials and Trump administration associates, according to a sealed search warrant obtained by ProPublica.

Agents were authorized to use the megadonor’s hands and face to unlock any phones that required fingerprint or facial scans.

The Washington Post reported in August that the Justice Department was investigating Broidy. The sealed warrant offers new details of federal authorities’ investigation of allegations that Broidy had attempted to cash in on his Trump White House connections in dealings with foreign officials. It also shows that the government took a more aggressive approach with the Trump ally than was previously known, entering his office and removing records — just as it did with Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

Broidy served as a major Trump campaign fundraiser and was the national deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee until he resigned in April 2018, when it was revealed he had agreed to secretly pay off a former Playboy model in exchange for her silence about their affair.

The search warrant cites three potential crimes that authorities are investigating: conspiracy, money laundering and violations of the law barring covert lobbying on behalf of foreign officials. To obtain a search warrant, authorities have to convince a judge that there’s a probable cause they will find evidence of those specific crimes.

The search warrant also for the first time links Broidy to a globe-trotting Miami Beach party promoter.

Gallup: Trump approval on the economy hits new high

Trump's Rating on Economy Still Top Strength, Hits New High

President Donald Trump's rating for handling the economy, 56%, is the highest of his presidency and the highest of his approval ratings on any of 14 domestic and foreign issues tested in the latest Gallup poll. Americans' approval of his handling of unemployment is nearly as high, at 54%. At the same time, his overall 43% job approval rating is essentially unchanged since earlier in February but appears to be stabilizing at a higher level than it had been in late 2018 and early 2019.

Still, his overall approval rating is likely dragged down by some of the issues that garner his lowest ratings -- relations with Russia (39%), race relations (38%), corruption in government (37%) and the situation in Syria (35%).

The poll, conducted Feb. 12-28, found Trump's only other approval rating above the 50% mark was his handling of the situation with North Korea. This 51% approval rating is up five percentage points since August and is the highest Trump has received on the issue during his presidency. Most interviews in the poll were conducted during the runup to his second denuclearization summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on Feb. 27 and 28, which ended abruptly when the two could not reach a deal. Other Gallup polling earlier in February found that Americans' perceptions of North Korea as the greatest enemy of the U.S. had plummeted in the past year.

As the summit with North Korea was taking place, Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified publicly in a congressional hearing which Trump has blamed, at least in part, for the failed denuclearization agreement. Cohen alleged that the president is a "con man" and a "racist" and shed doubt upon his campaign's relationship with Russia -- issues on which Trump earns his lowest approval ratings.

The president's approval ratings on a range of other issues are at or below 50%. These include national defense, relations with China, foreign trade, taxes, immigration, foreign affairs and the federal budget.

Few Americans see savings from Trump's tax reform

Reuters/Ipsos poll
Only one in five U.S. taxpayers expects to pay less income tax this year as a result of the tax reform law passed in 2017 by Republicans who promised big savings for everyday Americans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday.
The poll suggested that the tax overhaul, mostly geared to helping businesses, may not be as strong a 2020 campaign talking point as Republicans and President Donald Trump had hoped. The U.S. Treasury Department insisted that most Americans were paying lower taxes under the new law.

Just prior to approval of the tax reform by the Republican-controlled Congress, Trump said, “This is going to be one of the great gifts to the middle-income people of this country that they’ve ever gotten for Christmas.”

The tax overhaul temporarily lowered federal income tax rates for individuals and raised the standard deduction that people can use to reduce their taxable income.

But it also capped certain deductions, such as for state and local taxes, that can be claimed by taxpayers who opt to itemize instead of taking the standard deduction. Historically, a majority of U.S. taxpayers have claimed the standard deduction on their federal tax bills.

The March 6-11 survey found about 21 percent of adults who had either filed their taxes or planned to said “the new tax plan that Congress recently passed” would let them pay less this year; about 29 percent said they would pay more; 27 percent said there would be no impact; 24 percent said they were not sure.

The responses differed along party lines, with Republican taxpayers more likely than others to expect a tax benefit.

According to the poll, about 33 percent of Republicans said they would pay less tax, 17 percent said they would pay more.

Among Democrats, about 8 percent said they would pay less; about 45 percent said they would pay more.

The $10,000 cap imposed on the deduction of state and local taxes, which was previously unlimited, has been seen having the greatest effect on taxpayers in high-tax states, including New York, New Jersey, Illinois and California, which are all largely Democratic.

Top ten metropolitan areas with the lowest unemployment rate

Metropolitan Statistical Area population of over 1 million
1) Nashville, Tennesee metropolitan area: 2.7% unemployment, Mayor: David Briley, Democratic
2) Salt Lake City, Utah metro: 2.8%, Mayor: Jackie Biskupski, Democratic
3) San Jose, California metro: 3.0%, Mayor: Sam Liccardo, Democratic
4) San Francisco, California metro: 3.1%, Mayor: London Breed, Democratic
5) Boston, Massachsetts metro: 3.2%, Mayor: Marty Walsh, Democratic
6) Austin, Texas metro: 3.3%, Mayor: Steve Adler, Democratic
7) Richmond, Virginia metro: 3.3%, Mayor: Levar Stoney, Democratic
8) Milwaukee, Wisconsin metro: 3.4%, Mayor: Tom Barrett, Democratic
9) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma metro: 3.5%, Mayor David Holt, Republican
10) Minneapolis, Minnesota metro: 3.6%, Mayor Jacob Frey, Democratic-Farmer-Labor
10) Orlando, Florida metro: 3.6%, Mayor Buddy Dyer, Democratic
10) San Antonio, Texas metro: 3.6%, Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Non-partisan
10) Virginia Beach, Virginia & North Carolina metro: 3.6%, Mayor Bobby Dyer, Republican

White nationalists and houses of worship

What is it with white nationalists and houses of worship?
Dylann Roof kills 9 blacks in a South Carolina Methodist Church.

Robert Bowers murders 12 Jews in a Pittsburgh Synagogue.

And now Brenton Tarrant slaughters at least 49 in a New Zealand Mosque.

Where Americans get their televised news

NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll Finds Half of All Regular Media Consumers Still Watch Broadcast Network Regularly

Cable might seem like king these days, but Americans still turn to broadcast network news when they want to know what’s happening in the world of politics. At least that’s according to one recent poll.

According to a February 2019 (Feb. 24-27) NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey of 900 Americans asked about media consumption along with general questions about politics, half said they watch broadcast network news regularly; 34 percent watch Fox News; 32 percent watch CNN; 25 percent watch MSNBC; 20 percent read conservative outlets; and 19 percent read progressive outlets.

The pollsters used the viewership info to examine the divide in what people believe about President Trump and Russia. The question asked: Has Trump “been honest and truthful when it comes to the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election and related matters?”

Among the self-described regular Fox News viewers, 84 percent said yes, he’s been truthful. Among MSNBC viewers, only 21 percent said yes. Among CNN viewers, only 1 percent said yes.

“Look, these are small samples,” Chuck Todd said on the March 3 broadcast of Meet the Press when he cited the study. “But that does tell you something major.” Democratic pollster Fred Yang added: “It tells us that you get your reality from what channel you watch.”

Gallup: Trump approval rating falters

after a month of higher ratings.
Approve: 39% Disapprove: 57%

After a strong February, President Donald Trump's job approval rating has dipped four percentage points, to 39%, matching his rating from December at the start of the 35-day partial government shutdown.

The latest poll was conducted March 1-10, just after Trump's second denuclearization summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to produce an agreement. At the same time, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was front and center as Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, provided potentially incriminating evidence during testimony on Capitol Hill. A weaker-than-expected jobs report toward the end of the polling period also may have contributed to a more tepid approval rating for the president, whose greatest perceived strength has been his handling of the economy.

On a relative basis, Trump's average approval rating since taking office is the lowest of any U.S. president dating back to Harry Truman. Trump's personal high rating, 45%, has been achieved twice in his presidency -- in the first week of his term and in June 2018, after his first meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. His lowest rating, 35%, was seen several times throughout 2017, his first year in office.

Approval of Trump remains sharply polarized -- 90% of Republicans, 33% of independents and 4% of Democrats currently approve. Republicans' and Democrats' ratings have not deviated much over the course of Trump's presidency, but independents have been somewhat more variable in their views.

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