Odds and Ends

Who does the President’s planning? Why would they have Chris Christie in the WH high fiving the President on the day and time his two top aides are being sentenced for Bridgegate? A media disaster.

Gallup today: “Trump’s Approval Rating Unusually Low, Unusually Early”.  The story says: “As the first president in Gallup’s polling history to start his term with a job approval rating below the majority level, Donald Trump has already received the all-time lowest approval ratings of any president in his first year.”
Other polls Rasmussen, PPD, CBS all show his disapproval to be 12+ points higher than his approval rating. The MSM  beat down is having an impact.

WSJ today writes this: “Democrats now have a “realistic” chance of taking back the House in 2018, writes Josh Kraushaar of National Journal: “Re­pub­lic­ans, with con­trol of the White House and Con­gress, look em­bar­rass­ingly in­cap­able of gov­ern­ing. The polit­ic­al con­sequences are severe: GOP voters are likely to be de­mor­al­ized in the run-up to next year’s midterm elec­tions, es­pe­cially if Pres­id­ent Trump is un­able to achieve any oth­er le­gis­lat­ive vic­tor­ies.”
Imagine that. Pelosi and Schumer as leaders in house and senate.

Is Freedom Caucus running scared now? We keep hearing that intense negotiations are going on to raise the healthcare bill again.
The whole healthcare issue is a loser. It divided the Republican party. The bill was judged to raise costs and lower the number covered. It dented Trump’s image as a deal maker and made Republican congress look inept.

The MSM continues to blow up and express indignation over the Russian involvement in the election. Yet, no evidence of any connection to date. But, not a word about the illegal leakers and how they broke the law. Why is that?

Yet, more than half the Democrats in the Senate now say they will vote against Judge Gorsuch. Can you believe that? For no reason other than Trump nominated him. Will they pay for this? Watch how media plays it. They would bury the Republicans in reverse.

Are we saying the media is anti? Look at today’s NYT lead stories. You judge:

Top News
Civilians in Mosul waited for aid this month. American forces have stepped up airstrikes in support of Iraqi forces’ fight for the city.U.S. War Footprint Grows in Middle East, With No Endgame in Sight
By BEN HUBBARD and MICHAEL R. GORDON
Two months after President Trump took office, indications are mounting that the military is deepening its involvement in complex wars that lack clear outcomes.
Burning coal at an unauthorized steel factory in Inner Mongolia in November. China consumes as much coal as the rest of the world combined.China Poised to Take Lead on Climate After Trump’s Move to Undo Policies
By EDWARD WONG
For years, the United States pushed China to commit to limiting its use of fossil fuels. The countries now look likely to switch roles.
Senators Richard Burr of North Carolina, chairman of the Intelligence Committee, and Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat, updated reporters about their ongoing investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Wednesday. Senate Intelligence Committee Leaders Vow Thorough Russian Investigation
By MATT FLEGENHEIMER and EMMARIE HUETTEMAN
The top Republican and Democrat on the committee pledged to forge ahead, while seeking to distance themselves from the troubled House inquiry.
OPINION | OP-ED
Why Democrats Should Work With Trump 
America doesn’t have room for two parties of “no.”

News
Coal miners in Welch, W.Va., in Appalachia. The coal industry has been replacing workers with machines and explosives.Coal Mining Jobs Trump Would Bring Back No Longer Exist
By HIROKO TABUCHI
The jobs the president alluded to – hardy miners in mazelike tunnels with picks and shovels – have become vestiges of the past.

Business:
Valdese Weavers in Burke County, N.C., is hiring, but can’t always find the right employees. Little Sign of a ‘Trump Bump’ in the Economic Forecast
By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ
Despite upbeat sentiment among consumers and investors in the new year, actual growth estimates are modest for the quarter and beyond.

 

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