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The after election purge begins. TOTUS is running the Trumpian method of improvement, That is to get rid of people who are not doing what he wants illegal or not to move his perceived idea of how things should work. This turn over leaves many voids as the replacements according to directions from the “Baby” will ignore what has been done and start fresh on the same old illegalities or suspect directions. This methodology is like examining  a ball to find a flat side. The Constitution is at play here since it is the basis of our Democracy and all laws grew out from it and its interpretation of those laws. To date the turnover in the White House has exceeded previous White House occupants. The chart below is as of Jan 16, 2018

It is no great stretch to think that the administration is doing so poorly and has so many miscreants doing what ever they want.

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The continued denials by a multitude of people from ordinary to extraordinary(?) of their personal beliefs always gives me pause. It has been shown that a persons beliefs are what they are until that person Changes or sees the “light”.

The list:

one  of My best friends is (name an ethnic group)

I love the (name an ethnic group)

You (they) are a credit to your (their) Race

They’re one of the good ones

Those people (name  an ethnic group) are lazy

They (name an ethnic group) bring neighborhood values down

Apply this to the current administration and perhaps parts of Congress. Where don we go from here?

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Unfortunately the Neer do well Senate is  still controlled by the highly partisan GOP. No matter what B***h McConnell says, he will never be partisan as he has not done so in the past. The Turtle is doing what he done throughout his political career and that is take care of himself which includes lying, changing with the winds as it suits him. The existing problem (ongoing) is that the GOP under Trump has generated more liars which directly affects all of us. This administration has given the worst public servants in decades and these choices are and have been abetted by  the partisan GOP      (Dupublicans). Increasingly the Congress has become the silent majority much like Vichy France in WWII and the outcome could be similar.

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This is sure to bring a Tweet Storm (if TOTUS reads it). MA
By Greg Price Newsweek

On 11/10/18 at 6:00 AM
The backing of former President Barack Obama was a far more valuable commodity to a midterm candidate this year when compared to the endorsement of current commander-in-chief Donald Trump.
Obama endorsed 74 candidates in House and Senate races around the country ahead of Tuesday’s midterms and 39 of them, or 52.7 percent, won their respective races. In contrast, only 21 of the 75 candidates endorsed by Trump claimed victory, according to an analysis by The Brookings Institution.
Trump registered a success rate of only 28 percent, lower than his second in command, Vice President Mike Pence. The former Indiana governor endorsed 61 candidates and 27, or just over 44 percent, won.
The success rate for Obama and Trump could increase depending on the results of Florida and Georgia’s contentious elections. Obama heavily backed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams while Trump supported now-former Georgia secretary of state Brian Kemp. Abrams is claiming voters were suppressed and votes are still being counted as a possible runoff looms.
Trump also rallied for Florida Governor Rick Scott in his race against incumbent Senator Bill Nelson, and for Representative Ron DeSantis against Obama’s pick, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. A recount for each race could occur as Trump and other Republicans accuse officials from Broward and Palm Beach counties of potential voter fraud.
The analysts also looked at the success of candidates endorsed by former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, each fairing far better than Trump. Biden got behind 57 candidates and 35 won, and 16 of Sanders’s 24 endorsees won.
Trump called the midterms a “tremendous success” as Republicans improved their hold of the Senate by at least one seat, but the analysis showed the president largely shied away from difficult or close races when campaigning even though he called the midterms a referendum on his first two years in office.

Representative and Senate candidate Jacky Rosen (D-NV) (L) looks on as former President Barack Obama speaks during a get-out-the-vote rally at the Cox Pavilion as he campaigns for Nevada Democratic candidates on October 22 in Las Vegas.
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Using the Cook Political Report’s partisan voter index, or PVI, the analysis showed Trump only offered endorsements to candidates in districts with an average PVI of +7.6 percent in favor of Republicans. PVI is based on how a district voted in the two previous presidential elections and rates which party it likely favors.
In contrast, Pence had much heavier lifting to do. He endorsed candidates from districts with a +1.7 PVI for Republicans. Both Obama and Sanders also focused endorsements in districts that leaned Democratic, while Biden “endorsed in true swing (or purple) districts,” according to the report.
However, the analysis did find that when Trump actually campaigned for a candidate he had a much higher success rate. The analysis defined campaigning for a candidate as “only public appearances where the candidate was present and the principal actually spoke his or her name. ”
The president showed up for 36 of his 75 candidates and 21 of them won for a much stronger rate of 58.3 percent. Pence’s rate dropped to 37.8 percent, or only 14 victories for the 37 candidates he campaigned for.
A candidate with Obama’s public support won at a rate of 54.1 percent if the former president swung through their district, a slight improvement.
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Add another miscreant to the swamp!.MA

By JEFF DONN, AP National Writer
9 hrs ago
WASHINGTON — Matthew G. Whitaker, the nation’s new acting attorney general, repeatedly chided presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in public statements during 2016 while he was speaking for a group that is barred by its tax-exempt status from supporting or opposing political candidates during a campaign.
Before coming to the Justice Department in 2017, Whitaker was president and executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, a charitable organization that styles itself as nonpartisan government watchdog promoting ethics and transparency. The tax-exempt group — known by its initials, FACT — is supposed to serve the public interest under Section 501c3 of the U.S. tax code, without directly or even indirectly supporting or opposing specific candidates for office.
Yet the group has engaged in one partisan pronouncement after another, mostly directed at Democrats. During the last presidential race, Whitaker argued in July 2016 newspaper opinion pieces that Clinton should be prosecuted for her handling of her private email server — a favorite talking point of Donald Trump. The opinion pieces identified Whitaker as FACT’s leader.
In September 2016, Whitaker argued that Clinton had acted shamelessly by appointing her charity’s donors to boards of the State Department when she was secretary of state.
“I don’t think anybody in the history of our country that served in the administration has been this bold in their private fundraising and their sort of giving favors,” he said in a radio interview posted on YouTube by his group.
Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch, a Chicago-based group that monitors the nonprofit world, said that statement appears to violate the IRS ban on engagement for or against a particular political candidate. “It’s highly critical of a candidate, and he ought not to be doing that, because it’s a political partisan comment,” he said.
Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney in Iowa, left FACT in October 2017 to become Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff. He was named this week by President Trump to take over at least temporarily for Sessions, who resigned at Trump’s request.
FACT was founded in 2015, tax filings show. Whitaker drew a sizable portion of its budget as his salary as president and executive director — in 2016 he earned more than twice what leaders of similar groups were paid on average that year, according to data from another watchdog group, Charity Navigator.
In 2015 and 2016, Whitaker earned a total of $654,000 from FACT — 30 percent of its entire spending of $2.2 million over that two-year span. His 2016 salary was $402,000; the average CEO or executive director at 380 advocacy or education charities in that year made a salary of $173,099, according to Matthew J. Viola, a vice president at Charity Navigator.
Borochoff suggested that Whitaker’s board of directors at FACT didn’t appear to be independent enough to apply the brakes on his campaign partisanship. Whitaker appeared to exert tight control over a three-person board of directors that included just one unsalaried member, according to the group’s IRS filings in 2015-16.
Whitaker’s foundation was initially formed and then primarily supported with funds from another organization called Donor’s Trust. That group is a nonprofit built to give conservative and libertarian philanthropists “any level of privacy they want,” according to its marketing materials.
A FACT spokesman declined to provide any details on donors or any on-the-record response to other questions. There was no immediate reply to a request for comment from Whitaker made through the Justice Department.
Though 501c3 groups can legally withhold the identity of their contributors and generally do so, there may be a distinct irony when a group dedicated to transparency keeps its funding sources in the shadows.
In 2014, FACT’s only source of funds was Donor’s Trust, according to IRS filings. In 2015, funds from Donor’s Trust accounted for all but $191 of FACT’s $500,191 in revenue. In 2016, Donor’s Trust provided $800,000 of FACT’s revenues of $1,350,265.
It is clear from IRS filings that FACT has paid outside Republican firms to perform some of its work. One such firm is America Rising LLC, which was given $144,000 for research in 2015.
America Rising LLC formed in Delaware in 2002 and was first registered to do business in Virginia in 2016, but its registration was canceled in May 2018 for failing to pay its annual registration fee, according to Katha Treanor, a spokeswoman for the State Corporation Commission. America Rising LLC did not respond to queries from The Associated Press.
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AP writer Jeff Horwitz reported from Washington.

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This administration has brought us many firsts and most of them not good for us. The extreme liars have persuaded some that they are working for us (them) but fail to see the adage “forest for the trees”. Now the (dis) administration has banned a reporter from the press corps and is threatening another with the same. It is apparent that the White house does not like being questioned or called when lies are presented as fact. What is stopping the media from collectively ceasing coverage of the White House? It is obvious that the trail of lies will not stop as the presenters have no other path. Lies can only be undone by truth and there is none in this administration. I know the media will continue to cover this President and his tawdry administration but what if they didn’t? It so sad that our “child” leader can only attack with lies and continue as if they were truth but when his staff follows the same road with impunity there is a worry factor. When we couple this with the “Seat fillers” in the Senate led by an obvious short-sighted miscreant, it makes for a perfect storm that could possibly drown us in debt and poor decisions that will haunt us for a long time.  The only possible way our for us is voting not impeachment as we would only have less smarter version of our current leader for what time is left. It will take several years of weeding out the current neer do wells in order for us to progress as a country and remember our allies have not deserted us but they have taken a side seat to see what comes next. The current administration and Congress (save a few) are power driven self seekers with no good intentions for any of us no matter what their supporters believe.

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Mike Luckovich Comic Strip for November 09, 2018

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By Jeanne Sahadi, CNN Business
Narcissists are generally self-centered, arrogant, thin-skinned and hostile when challenged. They often lack empathy and exploit others for their own gain.
Anyone with these traits is exasperating. But having a leader who’s a narcissist can have long-lasting negative consequences.
Newly published research from Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley finds self-obsessed CEOs are more likely to get their company named as a defendant in lawsuits. And they’re not inclined to settle, even when their chance of winning isn’t strong, dragging out the time and cost of the suit.
Narcissistic CEOs put companies at greater risk of having lawsuits filed against them.
They’re less likely to settle, dragging out the time and cost of the suit.
They often discount negative feedback and are more likely to bend the rules.
They tend to reward loyalty over expertise.
“People high on the narcissism scale are less sensitive to risk,” said Jennifer Chatman, a professor of management at the Berkeley Haas School of Business and one of the researchers on the study.
They also tend to discount negative feedback and are overly confident in their judgment.
Chatman said the lawsuits brought during a narcissistic CEO’s tenure usually aren’t over headline-grabbing issues so much as basic business practices, like accounting irregularities or patent infringement.
That may be because narcissistic CEOs are more likely to bend the rules and create “low-integrity” corporate cultures that often outlast their tenure, as additional studies by Chatman and others have found.
And they tend to reward loyalty over expertise in appointing deputies, ensuring that they are less likely to get truthful information, she said.
So why do narcissists get hired in the first place?
They are often highly confident and can paint a very appealing picture of the future, which are viewed as traits needed to spur teams to success.
Prior research from the University of Pennsylvania and University of California at Berkeley suggests the corporate playing field may be tilted in favor of narcissists seeking power. They interview well, and their overconfidence can sway search committees.
“We have trouble distinguishing between leadership and narcissism,” Chatman said.
That’s why she advises boards seeking a CEO to look beyond their performance record and charisma. She recommends talking to their direct reports to get a better read on their behavior over time, since the darker side of narcissism may take a while to emerge.
Narcissists can show themselves to be hypersensitive when their decisions or authority are challenged.
“Narcissists are likely to exhibit problematic interpersonal behavior, such as claiming more credit for positive outcomes while failing to give credit to others,” Chatman said.
Not only is that exasperating to talented team members who deserve credit, it’s demoralizing.
AKA: Trump Administration. MA.

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Stuart Carlson Comic Strip for November 05, 2018

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Chris Britt Comic Strip for November 05, 2018

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