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The Senate takes up Obamacare repeal legislation…again

September 18, 2017

  Senate Republicans are working on another plan to repeal and replace Obamacare and they are claiming at this point they only need one or two more votes…sound familiar?

  Here is more:

A last-ditch effort by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace ObamaCare is gaining steam, suggesting lawmakers could face another vote on ending the former president’s signature law later this month.

Supporters do not have the 50 votes necessary to pass the bill yet, but pressure is growing on Republicans to back the measure, which could replace much of ObamaCare with block grants for states.

“Congress has 12 days to say ‘yes’ to Graham-Cassidy. It’s time for them to get the job done,” he said, referring to the bill’s two main co-sponsors, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.).

  The reason the Congress only has 12 days to pass this legislation is because they are hoping to use the budget reconciliation process to pass the legislation with a simple majority vote, after that time it would take 60 votes to pass–unless the Republicans go nuclear.

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Dianne Feinstein says there is no evidence Jared Kushner helped the Russians purchase Facebook ads

September 17, 2017

  You would not know this by watching the mainstream media but Mark Zuckerberg has come under a little scrutiny lately after it was revealed Facebook was accepting advertisements on Facebook during the 2016 campaign which were purchased by the Russians.

  CNN actually decided to cover this story this morning, however Dana Bash tried to link the Facebook scandal to Jared Kushner during an interview with Dianne Feinstein. She was having none of it:

     Not only did Dianne Feinstein say there was no evidence for Jared Kushner helping the Russians place ads on Facebook she also said, and I paraphrase, everybody has to be careful of what they say because nobody wants to be wrong.

  I think she is referring to both the politicians and the media: in a way she was calling out people like Dana Bash for speculating on an issue without any proof, as she obviously did here, in an attempt to push a narrative.

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Sunday, September 17th open thread: ‘Beer’

September 17, 2017

 open-thread Here is the open thread for Sunday, September 17th. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

  Last week we discussed 9 stories, did you miss any of them? If so there is an easy way to make sure it does not happen again. I understand that all of you are busy and cannot always find the time to check the blog for updates so why not subscribe to America’s Watchtower and receive email updates whenever I write a new post? That is the easiest way to follow the blog to ensure you never miss another post.

  In addition to subscribing you can also follow America’s Watchtower on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links on the right. But you will get more than that for I often post links to articles probably will not be writing about so it is a great way to keep up with what is happening.

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  Here is the Ska band Reel Big Fish performing “Beer” live after a couple of false (fake news?) intros:

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Liberals attack Donald Trump for letting an 11 year old mow part of the White House lawn

September 16, 2017

 You have probably heard the story by now: 11 year old Frank Giaccio wrote a letter to the President stating that he is a budding entrepreneur who started his own lawn mowing business in his neighborhood to make a few dollars. He offered to mow the White House lawn for free and Donald Trump agreed to let him mow a portion of the lawn. Yesterday the President made good on that promise and then invited Frank Giaccio into the Oval Office.

  I suppose if you wanted to be critical of this you could say this was nothing more than a photo-op, which of course it was, but some liberals took it way beyond that by attacking Donald Trump on Twitter for violating child labor laws.

  Here are some of the tweets:

  There was much more but you get the idea. The ironic part is that I was joking with a couple of people about the left reacting this way and then they did! They have lost their minds…

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Hillary Clinton’s 43 excuses for losing the 2016 election

September 14, 2017

  To be honest I do not feel like writing anything tonight so I am going to take the easy way out. Gregg Jarrett wrote an article today in which he listed 43 excuses Hillary Clinton has used for losing the 2016 election. You can read that article here.

  Here are all of her excuses to date, however her book tour is just beginning so we might be adding to this list before all is said and done:

  1. Sexism
  2. Racism
  3. Misogyny
  4. Xenophobia
  5. Suburban women
  6. James Comey
  7. FBI
  8. Russians
  9. Vladimir Putin
  10. WikiLeaks
  11. DNC
  12. Barack Obama
  13. Joe Biden
  14. Bernie Sanders
  15. Anthony Weiner
  16. Electoral College
  17. Polling Data
  18. Cable News
  19. New York Times
  20. Fake News
  21. Bots
  22. Facebook
  23. Twitter
  24. Netflix
  25. TV Executives
  26. ‘Anti-American forces’
  27. Democrat documentaries
  28. Low information voters
  29. People wanting change
  30. People who assumed she’d win
  31. Republican Party
  32. “Content farms in Macedonia’
  33. Infowars
  34. Goosefer
  35. DC Leaks
  36. Jill Stein
  37. Steve Bannon
  38. Voter ID laws
  39. Chief Justice John Roberts
  40. KS Sec. of State, Kris Kobach
  41. Citizens United
  42. Colluding Trump officials
  43. Benghazi

  Some of the excuses should be combined in my opinion so the number should be slightly lower, however she neglected to include herself, her corruption, her unlikability, her mismanaged campaign, or her being untrustworthy. These are the real factors but she is blaming everybody but herself.

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Did Donald Trump reach an agreement with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on the DREAM Act?

September 14, 2017

  I woke to the news emblazoned all across the internet that last night Donald Trump reached an agreement with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on the DREAM Act. The deal supposedly grants amnesty to the dreamers while providing for more border security without funding the wall.

  Of course some sites were talking about how Donald Trump caved to the Democrats and this was sure to send the President’s base fleeing. But is there a deal?

  Here is more:

The top House and Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had reached agreement with President Donald Trump to protect thousands of younger immigrants from deportation and fund some border security enhancements — not including Trump’s long-sought border wall.

The agreement, the latest instance of Trump ditching his own party to make common cause with the opposition, was announced by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi following a White House dinner that Republican lawmakers weren’t invited to attend. It would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants brought illegally to this country as kids who had benefited from former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which provided temporary work permits and shielded recipients from deportation.

That certainly sounds like an agreement, but here is more:

“We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement.

  So they agreed to reach an agreement.

  And isn’t that what Donald Trump wanted in the first place when he announced he was ending the DACA program? Despite the way the media and the Democrats portrayed his original announcement–claiming the deportations and internment camps were to start immediately, and families being ripped apart by the White Supremacist in the White House–the original announcement was always designed to get the Congress to act on a permanent and Constitutional solution.

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Senate rejects new war authorization amendment

September 13, 2017

  The headline might be a little misleading at first glance. Rand Paul was spearheading an effort to add an amendment to the defense bill which was designed to bring the war-making power back to the Congress where it belongs, but it was defeated by a large margin.

  Here is more:

The Senate on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan push for a new war authorization against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, electing to let the White House rely on a 16-year-old law passed after the Sept. 11 attacks as the legal basis to send U.S. troops into combat.

Senators voted 61-36 scuttle an amendment to the annual defense policy bill by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., that would have allowed war authorizations, created in the wake of al-Qaida’s 9/11 strikes, to lapse after six months. Paul, a leader of the GOP’s noninterventionist wing, said Congress would use the time to debate an updated war authority for operations in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere before the old ones expired.

  This was not an attempt to end the war in the Middle East but rather an attempt to hold the Senate responsible for any continued war in the Middle East. Here is more on that:

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