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Summary of Obamagate as far as I can follow:

The DOJ decided to drop the charges against Flynn - who plead guilty to the charges. After that decision, there are allegations that surface that top Obama administration officials requested, or somehow otherwise knew Flynn was the person colluding with Russia for the Trump campaign. The argument now is that any information that was found during the investigation into Flynn is worthless because senior Obama administration officials requested, or knew if was Flynn? Also, since the FBI didn't tell the Trump campaign it was investigating the Trump campaign for collusion with Russia the information and evidence of collusion are worthless because the FBI didn't tell Trump that his campaign was being investigated.

If this summary is correct then all I can say is that the GOP is looking for a reason to explain away the DOJ dropping charges against a person who plead guilty to the charges and the only way the GOP knows how to explain anything is to yell, "Obama".

I get entirely too worked up about political stories like this one.

There are still 320 days until Election day.

That is 87% of a year.

I would be extremely worried if the election was already decided.

In fact we would not have a democracy if that was the case.

To political reporters I have this advice:

Quit reporting elections like races and focusing on who's ahead in poles.
Focus on covering the positions candidates endorse.
Give people information not sound bites.

Mitch McConnell

Speaker Pelosi’s much-publicized efforts to restrain her far-left conference have finally crumbled. House Democrats cannot help themselves. Instead of working together across party lines on legislation to help American families and strengthen our nation, they will descend even deeper into their obsession with relitigating 2016.

From the guy who spent the entirety of President Obama's terms trying to derail any policy the Democrats put forward.

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There's no way to spin this to mean anything other than what it says

We have to be very careful. Everyone needs totally proper documentation because the Bahamas had some tremendous problems with people going to the Bahamas who weren’t supposed to be there.

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These guys have all convinced themselves that to be successful and keep their jobs, they need to stand by Trump. But Trump won’t stand with them as soon as he doesn’t need them. He’s not loyal. They’re very loyal to Trump, but the second he thinks it’s to his advantage to throw someone under the bus, he’ll be happy to do it.

Rep. Justin Amazh (I-M)

I imagine that there is a significantly large group of people who are angry with the current United States administration for not holding to the norms of governing that have been part of American governance more than the actual policies of the curent United States govenment.

If the Drumpf administration held daily, or weekly, press briefings as has been the norm for decades, I imagine that some of the outrage surrounding this administration would not be there. The access to the workings of the administration that press briefings give are one reason why the "leaks" of infighting and back-stabbing in the administration are so prevelant. How do you build and maintain a strong message around specific topics if you have nobody who can step in a fill the role of message point person. Of course it doesn't help that the Tweeter in Chief can't control himself like he's a five year-old in a candy store.

If the Drumpf administration nominated and sent nominees to the Senate to get confirmed rather than letting department heads leave and filling with a temporary unconfirmed individual then much of the outrage at empty or vacant positions wouldn't be there. If the top position of a department is nominated and not confirmed then that's a bit of a black eye on the administration, but its a lot better than the body blows of having a substantional amount of churn and temporary head's of agencies that have little to no idea of how long they will be in positions.

The biggest thing that is different about the Drumpf administration is Donald Drumpf's use of Twitter to be a spoiled man-baby. If he could stop being the whiny self obssessed ecomaniac who has to be correct and show some self control then much of the outrage about his ideas would be weighed and depated in a more normal way on the cable news channels. It is the way that this man acts that is causing much of the outrage at the American government, not what policies are enacted.

Don't believe me? How much outrage have you seen about Mitch McConnell have you seen in the past two years?

He is by far worse than Donald Trumpf in enacting policies that hurt people and help corporations, engaging in political tricks to get what the DOP wants, obstructing the way the American government is supposed to work, and yet from day to day, week to week, the outrage is about what Donald Trumpf tweeted, not what Mitch McConnel allowed to come to a vote in the Senate.

If the current administration acted like the previous administration when it comes to governmental nurms then most of the outrage about the current administration would not exist.

Drumpf on Schultz running for president

Howard Schultz doesn’t have the ‘guts’ to run for President! Watched him on
60 Minutes
last night and I agree with him that he is not the ‘smartest person.’ Besides, America already has that! I only hope that Starbucks is still paying me their rent in Trump Tower!

Me reading about this because it was reported as 'news' since Drumpf tweeted it

I can't believe we elected this idiot

Rinse. Repeat. Daily.

He was playing double-A ball against major leaguers.

Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), quoted by the AP on how President Trump backed himself into a government shutdown with no way out.

An apt description. However, I would say he was playing Little League against Hall of Famers.

Everyone could see that this was going to happen. The shutdown did absolutely nothing to help Drumpf try to reach his goal.

Trump has systematically changed the way the American People view the government. And not for the better. There has always been bitter division in our government. The change has been the open hostility towards the "other" side.

The hostility was always there, just hidden, under the surface. It was not openly spewed in front of cheering crowds. Hidden in calls to check birth certificates. Hidden in repeatly stating a president is outside his mandate.

We got the first open glimpse when Mitch McConnel said the goal was to stop anything Obama wanted to do and make sure he was a one term president. At that point, there was no going back. If the Senate Majority Leader was openly going to say, "It's us versus them and we're going to play dirty to win" ... There really isn't anything there to stop someone like Trump to come along and spout "Fake News" and "Enemy of the People" at the media, call people by belittling nicknames, and ignoring the general decorum of the office.

We can thank the Tea Party for starting us on this journey.

But, it has been Trump who has jumped in with glee.

From Kevin Drum's Mother Jones article We Are All Socialist Democrats Now

American liberalism is simply moving once again in the direction of Europe .This is something that conservatives have been accusing us of for decades, mostly because it’s true.

I love that the entirety of conservativism thinks that the way Europe does things is so horrible we should never emulate them even though the countires with the highest living standards are located there.

The idea that healthcare, an education, and housing are basic human rights and should be available to every person isn't a radical idea. I'm sorry but, it's not. I have a hard time understanding the arguements against these things.

+"If you can't afford a doctor then you should die."
*This s not an arguement that I am willing to consed is a valid arguement about the cost of healthcare in the United States.

+"If you can't afford $100,000 education then you shouldn't be able to learn skills that will increase your hiring potential."
*This is also an arguement I have a hard time understanding. Especially in a Free Market enviroment where an education will increase a person's value to a company.

+"You are too poor to have a dwelling."
*This is just plain stupid. Security is one of the most basic things people need and a dwelling is part of that security. The idea that if you can't afford it you should not be able to have it is violence.

I am not sure about homelessness but, I am pretty sure that most European countries have universal healthcare and access to higher education for their citizens. The fact that we are fighting about these things in America shows that the divide between people in this country is a large space to bridge. How do you try to tell someone that money shouldn't be the thing life is valued on when money is the thing they use to value their lives?