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#1511971 --- 01/05/18 04:05 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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They play nasty in Alabama.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/arson-inves...linkId=46638789

An arson investigation is underway after the Alabama home of one of the women who accused former GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore of inappropriate behavior burned down, according to a report in AL.com.

The Etowah County Arson Task Force is investigating after Tina Johnson's Gadsen home burned down Tuesday while Johnson and her husband were at work and her grandson was at school. Johnson and her family lost everything they owned, according to the AL.com report.

"I am devastated, just devastated," Johnson told the news outlet. "We have just the clothes on our backs."
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#1511982 --- 01/05/18 07:03 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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Wolff, in an exclusive interview on NBC's "Today," said that everyone he spoke to for the book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," described the president the same way.

"I will tell you the one description that everyone gave, everyone has in common: They all say he is like a child," Wolff explained. "And what they mean by that is, he has a need for immediate gratification. It is all about him."
That is so obvious to anyone that follows politics as all. You can see it in virtually everything he says every day. I don't see how Republicans in congress can sleep at night having to support him and wondering what type of outrageous statement he will make the next day. This is so disgusting. Wolff confirmed what the majority of public already knew. And his base still support him? It is disgusting beyond words. What is going to happen to this great nation? I am so scared for our future.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/12/politics/donald-trump-cabinet-meeting/index.html

June 13, 2017

At first, I thought Trump was just going to have the new members of the Cabinet spend a few minutes praising him. NOPE! It soon became clear that Trump planned to have every Cabinet member speak. And when I say "speak" what I really mean is "praise Trump for his accomplishments, his foresight, his just being awesome."

You think I am exaggerating. I am not. Here's what White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said about Trump: "We thank you for the opportunity and blessing to serve your agenda."

I mean, WHAT?!?

The whole thing reminded me of a scene directly from the boardroom of "The Apprentice." A group of supplicants all desperately trying to hold on to their spots on the show by effusively praising Trump -- each one trying to take it a step further than the last. And Trump in the middle of it all, totally and completely pleased with himself. (Reminder: Around that Cabinet table are hugely accomplished generals, billionaires and political people with long track records of success.)

What those contestants knew is the same thing Trump's Cabinet has now realized: Flattery will get you everywhere. Donald Trump's favorite topic of conversation is Donald Trump. The best way to talk about Donald Trump, if you want to keep working for Donald Trump, is to praise Donald Trump. The more over-the-top, the better.
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#1511983 --- 01/05/18 07:21 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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Wolff writes that in an early meeting with Mr. Trump after becoming chief of staff, John Kelly had Mr. Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and Kushner "on his agenda," with the hope of eventually discussing how to encourage their departure from the White House. But Kelly discovered, according to Wolff's book, that the president was pleased with their performance, and was open to even bigger hopes for Kushner.

"In an early meeting with the president, General Kelly had Jared and Ivanka on his agenda — how the president saw their role; what he thought was working and not working about it; how he envisioned it going forward. It was all intended to be a politic way of opening a discussion about getting them out," Wolff's book says. "But the president was, Kelly soon learned, delighted with all aspects of their performance in the West Wing. Maybe at some point Jared would become secretary of state — that was the only change the president seemed to foresee. The most Kelly could do was to get the president to acknowledge that the couple should be part of a greater organizational discipline in the West Wing and should not so readily jump in the line."
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#1511998 --- 01/06/18 07:07 AM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/05/opinions/m...onio/index.html

A Trump biographer reviews 'Fire and Fury'

By Michael D'Antonio

Updated 7:57 AM ET, Sat January 6, 201


Editors note: "Michael D'Antonio is the author of the book "Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success" (St. Martin's Press). The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. "

In "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," author Michael Wolff offers a caricature of the President as "an idiot surrounded by clowns," as one unnamed source puts it. It's an incomplete and unsatisfying sketch. But consider that his subject, Donald Trump, has described himself as a character in a comic book and Wolff's work can be regarded as truer than the President would have us believe.
Wolff is at his more accurate, and incisive, when he observes that "many of the accounts" of events offered by the President's team, "in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue." He then argues for our indulgence as he tries to describe reality.

The President's own lies and distortions, which are key features of his leadership style, make it impossible for anyone to rely on him and his aides in a normal way.
As a private citizen, Trump developed this squid-ink method so that he could sell himself like a human product. In falsely claiming that various starlets pursued him for dates, or the British royals were eying Trump real estate, he played a game with reality.

In a super-salesman, this habit was amusing. In a president, it is both frightening and dangerous. But while the distortion obscures Trump, it doesn't make him invisible and Wolff has spotted the outlines of his target. Among the broad strokes that seem accurate to me, based on my experience as a biographer of Trump and other sources:

Trump often fails to deal with the subject at hand, preferring to tell and retell anecdotes and stories that sound rehearsed. (He did this with me, many times.)
Trump is bored by briefings and uninterested in details. (He has long shown this trait.)
Trump demands extreme personal loyalty. (Also a Trump hallmark.)
Trump's leadership has created a battle royale environment with White House factions in constant conflict. (Consider the news of the past year.)
Trump believes "expertise" is "overrated." (He has said so to me.)
Sadly, Wolff's reporting on the disparaging things the President says about women and his effort to understand the appeal of white supremacy also seem true to the man.
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#1512020 --- 01/06/18 12:55 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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Hey Donald. Are you reading this? When do your lawyers tell when this will be over now? If they told you the truth you would fire them won't you? Since you are such a very smart and stable guy.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/report-mue...for-questioning

Special counsel Robert Mueller has recalled for questioning at least one participant in a June 2016 meeting between then-candidate Trump’s aides and a Kremlin-connected lawyer at Trump Tower, the Los Angeles Times reports. The identity of the person called back for further questioning has not been released, but the investigation’s renewed focus on the meeting is widely viewed as a sign Mueller is seeking to charge Trump or his aides with obstruction of justice.

The meeting between Trump’s closest aides and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya has been a source of intrigue since The New York Times first reported it in July, revealing that Donald Trump Jr. had allegedly agreed to the sit-down after being promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton. Mueller’s team is reportedly looking into whether Trump or other members of his administration knowingly lied when the White House issued a statement saying participants of the meeting only discussed an adoption program. Investigators are also reportedly scrutinizing Ivanka Trump’s involvement.

The president’s daughter did not attend the meeting but briefly interacted with Veselnitskaya and lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin as they were leaving the building, according to the report.
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#1512021 --- 01/06/18 01:03 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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Palmer Report
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Donald Trump’s day so far:

- Says he’s “like, really smart”
- Says he’s a “stable genius”
- Everyone is laughing at him
- #StableGenius is trending
- Fredo Corleone is trending
- Trump needs a straitjacket
- Mueller targeting Ivanka
- SEC targeting Kushner
- It’s still only noon
12:00 PM - Jan 6, 2018

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#1512022 --- 01/06/18 01:06 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.yahoo.com/news/mueller-charge-ivanka-trump-russia-171300529.html

Will Mueller Charge Ivanka Trump in Russia Investigation in 2018?
Newsweek Christianna Silva,Newsweek 1 hour 48 minutes ago

Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues to make his way through the Trump family as his investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election continues—and Ivanka Trump might be next.

Based on reports, it’s possible that President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, could be engulfed in Mueller’s investigation. A Los Angeles Times investigation shows that Mueller’s team is looking into an interaction between a Russian lawyer and Ivanka Trump that took place during her fathers 2016 presidential campaign.

Ivanka didn’t attend the 30 minute meeting in June with Russian lawyers, so she’s been largely left out of the investigation until now. But she did, according to what a person familiar with the exchange told the LA Times, “briefly [speak] with two of the participants, a Russian lawyer and a Russian-born Washington lobbyist.”
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#1512142 --- 01/07/18 06:10 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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Wow. This is quite an admission. Did he run this by Trump first?

https://www.yahoo.com/news/russia-meddling-mexican-election-white-house-aide-mcmaster-212207196.html

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Russian government has launched a sophisticated campaign to influence Mexico's 2018 presidential election and stir up division, a senior White House official said in a video clip published by Mexican newspaper Reforma.

U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said in a speech last month to the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation that there was already evidence of Russian meddling in Mexican elections set for July.

"We've seen that this is really a sophisticated effort to polarize democratic societies and pit communities within those societies against each other," said McMaster in a previously unreported video clip from Dec. 15 that was posted on Twitter by a reporter with Mexican daily newspaper Reforma on Saturday.

"You've seen, actually, initial signs of it in the Mexican presidential campaign already," said McMaster, a former Army general. He did not elaborate in the clip on how Russia was seeking to influence the election.

Reforma published a story on Saturday on the comments, which have since been shared many times on social media.

President Donald Trump's senior national security aide added in the clip that the U.S. government was concerned by Russia's use of advanced cyber tools to push propaganda and disinformation.
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#1512143 --- 01/07/18 06:12 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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Former Congressman Joe Walsh has slammed Stephen Miller’s dramatic appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, accusing the White House senior policy adviser of being “there to filibuster.”

The show saw host Jake Tapper cut Miller off before he had finished answering questions on Donald Trump, the media, and the recent revelations from Michael Wolff’s tell-all book on the White House, featuring quotes from Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Defending the president, whom Miller described as a “political genius,” the policy adviser said: “It's tragic and unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments so out of touch with reality and obviously so vindictive and the whole White House staff is deeply disappointed in his comments, which were grotesque.”

Joe Walsh
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Stephen Miller was there to filibuster and hurl personal insults.@jaketapper was there to ask questions and dialogue.

Miller looked small. Tapper looked professional.

I like Stephen Miller, but he was afraid to debate Tapper this morning. Which is why he filibustered.
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#1512144 --- 01/07/18 06:14 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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Rachel Maddow MSNBC Retweeted
Roy Moore's Horse
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Roy Moore's Horse Retweeted Donald J. Trump

IM A HORSE THAT LEARNED TO TYPE

I THINK THAT MAKES ME A STABLE GENIUS

Roy Moore's Horse added,
Donald J. Trump
Verified account @realDonaldTrump
....to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that!
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#1512146 --- 01/07/18 07:15 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politic...ng-heat-n835396

I guess that Conservatives aren't allow to think for themselves but must first get a general consensus. wink

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#1512179 --- 01/08/18 06:25 AM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: Formermac]
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http://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/3676...ump-and-the-gop

Republicans on the run: Retirements could be trouble for Trump and party
By Michael Artime, opinion contributor — 01/07/18 11:30 AM EST The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill
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#1512181 --- 01/08/18 06:49 AM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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http://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/3676...ump-and-the-gop

Republicans on the run: Retirements could be trouble for Trump and party
By Michael Artime, opinion contributor — 01/07/18 11:30 AM EST The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill



https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/...m=.9e33fa358f2c









The fact that Mueller is talking to several individuals indicated not supposition or suggestion of crimes but the fact that someone is making a deal to stay out of jail. Trump's dilemma outside of his immediate family, who exactly are making these deal and to what extent. As of this morning, Trump's lawyers hint at talking to Mueller and you can bet your money that it's not to "clear" things up but possibly Daddy making a deal to minimizing punishment toward his Sons and Son-in-law. Hopefully this would be the first time he's done something honorable in his life, placing someone before his own selfish needs.


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#1512193 --- 01/08/18 12:45 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: Formermac]
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https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-h...r-trump-n834806

WASHINGTON — The number of federal workplace safety inspectors has fallen under the Trump administration, according to new data obtained by NBC News, raising questions about the government's efforts to protect workers and the long-term impact of the White House's move to slow hiring.

In the months after President Donald Trump took office, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration lost 40 inspectors through attrition and made no new hires to fill the vacancies as of Oct. 2, according to data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The departing inspectors made up 4 percent of the OSHA's total federal inspection force, which fell below 1,000 by early October.

OSHA's reduced staff reflects Trump's broader effort to slow the growth of the federal bureaucracy and is a part of the mass departure of civil servants across the government, from the Internal Revenue Service to the Environmental Protection Agency.

OSHA is one of the many federal agencies where hiring has stalled in Trump's first year and mounting vacancies remain unfilled. Some worker advocates and former officials worry that staffing delays are undermining the work of a small but critical institution responsible for protecting the health and safety of American workers.

OSHA inspectors are the ground troops that enforce federal health and safety requirements in the workplace. Inspectors flag potential hazards, investigate employee complaints, and document apparent violations, which can result in citations, fines and other penalties against employers. Since the agency has limited resources, OSHA prioritizes high-risk workplaces like construction sites and manufacturing plants that have elevated rates of fatal accidents, illnesses and serious injuries. (Twenty-one states run their own comprehensive OSHA programs with state inspectors.)

Though the president has repeatedly stressed the need to shrink the federal workforce, OSHA has acknowledged in recent months that it needs more manpower to do the job.

Since early October, the agency has hired "several additional inspectors" and is currently recruiting over two dozen more, according to Labor Department spokesman Eric Holland. (The department declined to specify how many new inspectors it has hired.) The new hires will "ensure that OSHA has the necessary personnel to carry out its important work," Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said in November.

But, as with many other federal agencies, OSHA has faced headwinds in hiring in Trump's first year: A government-wide hiring freeze; a push to reduce the workforce through attrition; proposed budget cuts; and deep uncertainty about future funding. That's bogged down the hiring process in a bureaucracy that's already notorious for taking its time, making it more challenging to staff up even when administration officials believe that new additions are warranted.

In Mississippi, which has one of the country’s highest worker fatality and injury rates, the number of federal OSHA inspections fell by 26 percent from Trump's inauguration in January to the end of September, according to public data.

Though lawmakers never passed a full 2018 budget, last year the House proposed cutting more than $21 million from OSHA, and Trump wanted a $9.5 million cut. (The Senate proposal kept funding level.) This year, Republicans may push for bigger cuts across the federal government to offset the sweeping tax bill they passed in December, which added $1.5 trillion to the deficit.

Even if agencies get the funding and approval to increase staff, last year's hiring delays could continue to affect the federal government's performance.

Jordan Barab, an OSHA official under Obama, said that it typically takes months of training and experience in the field for agency inspectors to get up to speed.

"Even after OSHA hires someone, they can't just send them out to do an inspection by themselves," Barab said. "This will have an impact for years.
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#1512217 --- 01/09/18 02:44 AM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/08/opinions/border-wall-cartels-trump-opinion-driver/index.html

Trump's Mexico wall would be a gift to the drug cartels

By Alice Driver Updated 1:29 AM ET, Tue January 9, 2018
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#1512219 --- 01/09/18 02:53 AM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-apos-feared-dead-apos-200419711.html

Trump Was ‘Feared Dead’ and Targeted by ‘Deep State’ in Minor Trump Tower Fire, Conspiracy Websites Claim
Newsweek Ryan Sit,Newsweek 12 hours ago

A small fire at Trump Tower on Monday exploded into a giant fake news hoax as conspiracy theory websites pushed false stories about President Donald Trump being targeted by the "deep state" or even killed in the blaze.

One headline on the website Neon Nettle—a popular site notorious for publishing phony political stories—read, "Donald Trump Feared Dead As Huge Fire Breaks Out in Trump Tower," while a second story on the same site reported, "Trump Tower Fire Was a 'Deep State' Assassination Attempt On The President." Trump himself has often alleged that there is a "deep state" network of government officials plotting against his administration.

Alex Kaplan, who researches far-right media and fake news for the nonprofit group Media Matters for America, was among the first to pick up on the articles, which appeared about an hour after the fire occurred.

"Case study in how quickly fake news websites can exploit situations for clicks: a Facebook-verified fake news website has already published a fake story that Trump may have died in the Trump Tower fire," Kaplan tweeted.

The second article claimed, "The President still has yet to be counted for as many fear the fire was 'deliberate.'" It is true that emergency officials would not have been able to locate Trump at the scene—because he was about 230 miles away, in Washington, D.C.

Neon Nettle has about 550,000 followers on Facebook and more than 44,000 on Twitter.

The fire broke out around 6:40 a.m. on the roof of the Fifth Avenue high-rise. Two civilians suffered minor injuries and refused medical attention at the scene, New York City Fire Department spokesman Jim Long told Newsweek. A firefighter also suffered a minor injury and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Neither Trump nor the White House commented on the fake news stories, despite the president's fixation on finding "fake news" from news outlets covering him. Trump even plans this month to give a "Fake News Award" to a mainstream media outlet.

"The Fake News Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media, will be presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, rather than this coming Monday. The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!" he tweeted.

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#1512224 --- 01/09/18 04:36 AM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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A GREAT IDEA!

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Visitors should replace all the Bibles in Trump Hotels with copies of "Fire and Fury."
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#1512225 --- 01/09/18 04:37 AM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/08/opinion/trump-stable-genius.html?smid=tw-nytopinion&smtyp=cur

Count me among those who found the revelations from the new Michael Wolff book not all that shocking, because they just confirm what many reports have told us about this White House. The really important news from last week, as I see it, involved indications that leading Republicans in Congress are increasingly determined to participate in obstruction of justice.

So far, the implosion of our political norms has had remarkably little effect on daily life (unless you’re living in hurricane-battered Puerto Rico and still waiting for electricity thanks to an inadequate federal response). The president spends his mornings watching TV and rage-tweeting, he has wreaked havoc with the government’s competence and his party doesn’t want you to know if he’s a foreign agent. Yet stocks are up, the economy is growing and we haven’t gotten into any new wars.

But it’s early days. We spent more than two centuries building a great nation, and even a very stable genius probably needs a couple of years to complete its ruin.

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We've had mediocre presidents, but they were usually surrounded by competent people -- and faced with a Congress that would check their excesses. Not this time
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#1512226 --- 01/09/18 04:43 AM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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George Takei
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As much as Donald would like to pretend otherwise, those who are questioning Donald's fitness for office in Fire & Fury are not Hillary Clinton or CNN or the DNC, it's White House staff who work with Donald every single day.

Face it, Donald, it's coming from inside the house.
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#1512238 --- 01/09/18 11:37 AM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/08/politics/2018-midterm-elections/index.html

4 scary numbers for Republicans in 2018

Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
Updated 8:50 PM ET, Mon January 8, 2018

Over the weekend at Camp David, Republican congressional leaders huddled with President Donald Trump to talk about, among other things, the 2018 election.
It was a "constructive" discussion that was "grounded in reality," according to a source familiar with the talks, report my colleagues Phil Mattingly, Jeff Zeleny and David Wright.

The reality -- and I'm not sure how much of this was accurately conveyed to Trump -- is that every leading indicator points to a wave headed Republicans' way that could well deliver control of the House to Democrats in 2019.
Here are four numbers that tell the story (with a special thank you to super-lobbyist Bruce Mehlman's always terrific quarterly PowerPoint):

40: That's the average -- AVERAGE -- seat loss for the president's party in midterm election since 1962 when the president's approval rating is under 50%. Trump's approval rating in the Gallup weekly tracking poll released Monday afternoon? 37%.

12: That's the average Democratic lead in the generic congressional ballot as of late December. ("If the election were today, would you vote for a Republican or a Democrat to represent you?") That's worrisome when you compare it to where the generic stood in other major wave elections. At this time in the 2014 election, a very good election for Republicans, Democrats had a nearly 2 point edge on the generic ballot. In 2006, the midterm election where Democrats won back control of Congress, the party's generic ballot edge was only 10 points.

3: There have only been three midterm elections -- 1934, 1998 and 2002 -- in the last century where the president's party didn't lose House seats. In all three of those elections there were major extenuating circumstances -- Great Depression, Clinton impeachment and September 11 terrorist attacks -- that upset the historical trend. Short of that sort of cataclysm, however, the president's party usually gets walloped.

0: Exactly none of the past five presidents have seen their job approval numbers go up in the year before their first midterm election. (Shout out to Republican pollster Lance Tarrance for this data point!). President Obama went from +13 in approval in 2009 to +1 in 2010. Ronald Reagan went from +18 in 1981 to -3 in 1982. You get the idea. Barring a massive unforeseen event, it's very unlikely Trump's approval rating gets much better between now and November.

The Point: Yes, there are exceptions to every political rule. And Trump proved he could buck conventional wisdom by winning in 2016. But Trump's current approval numbers and the massive weight of electoral history suggest that Republicans are in very deep trouble heading into the 2018 midterm. Very deep trouble.
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