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« Reply #375 on: October 17, 2022, 04:05:51 PM »

Hi this is Bret Baier, well what we just heard, was the President making it clear that until all Biological, chemical or Nuclear weapons are not only removed, but destroyed, that North Korea will not only be quarantined, but essentially under occupation and only when North Korea Jihad is not just decapitated, but eliminated, shall North Korea be once again in control of their affairs. Michael Beschloss, your thoughts?
Beschloss : As President's go, this is one, who doesn't hesitate in using very direct, but forceful in his communication style. I noted how he made clear that the United States has no quarrel with the North Korean people, he was showing a conciliatory tone towards North Korea, but firmly stating the goal of the United States was to eliminate all weapons that North Korea has in its arsenal, but also making clear that North Korea Jihad will not be allowed to function or exist.
Baier : Karl, you were at George W. Bush's , side when that President committed U.S. forces to Afghanistan in 2001, similarities and differences?
Rove : Yes Bret, the similarities are stark, DeSantis and Bush both laid out goals and the ultimate objective, in our case, it was to flush out Al-Qaeda and eliminate Osama Bin-Laden, it took nearly another 10 years before we were eventually able to get him, in this case, if you look at North Korea Jihad, their objective is to create terror, they succeeded, but failed, as we found that the missile fired at Yokota, had a nuclear payload, which thankfully didn't detonate. But the president is determined not to give them another opportunity and he's fortunate that Xi Jinping is willing to collaborate in this mission.
Baier : Amy, let's look at this speech, plus the back and fro over Nancy Pelosi , along with Kamala Harris now inserting herself into the story, how do Democrats fare?
Walter : The President is in a position, where all President's like to be, during rally round the flag moment, once again  Democrat brand is being hurt, and no matter what they do or don't do, it's the same result, DeSantis and his party come up smelling like Rose's. Also the fact, that twice within one week Kamala Harris is the subject of criticism for her negative comments directed at Marco Rubio and those supporting Nancy Pelosi , a Democrat lawmaker, suggested that Harris needs to essentially butt out!
Baier : Britt Hume, your thoughts?
Hume : The President I think is now considered the perfect fit for the presidency, this was on display tonight and this speech cements his position as the commander-in-chief we all prefer; as for Kamala Harris , she in the view of many, even within her own party, cements her position as the person who deserved to lose last November; I heard from one Democrat who is also Californian, he stated "Kamala Harris running for Governor, is something like a hole in the head, we don't  need it! We would just sooner have her not run for Governor, for her being Governor would not be good for California!". I think the president hit it out of the ball-park tonight with his speech".
Baier : Well thank you everyone, we will be back at 11, for more in depth analysis of the speech.
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« Reply #376 on: October 17, 2022, 05:26:10 PM »
« Edited: October 18, 2022, 07:40:42 AM by PRESIDENT STANTON »

NEWS REPORTS, AIR RAIDS IN PYONGYANG  UNDERWAY : Within hours of President Ron DeSantis's speech announcing the commencement of military operations against North Korea, Operation Clean Sweep was underway, F-18 aircraft from the aircraft carrier's USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT,  USS RONALD REAGAN as well USS NIMITZ , were delivering payloads of destruction over specific targets along North Korea's Western coasts. Already landing craft were being deployed with Marines from the III Marine expeditionary force, meanwhile units from China's own PLA were beginning their own deployment Eastern coast.

TUESDAY APRIL 15 2025


U.S. Marines landing on the beaches at Wonsan, on the East coast of North Korea; first time since 1953, that U.S. Forces have seen combat in Korea.





Shandong , one of the three aircraft carrier's of the PLAN (People's Liberation Army Navy , in the Yellow Sea, off shore on North Korea's West coast. The  The Xinhau News Agency , announced that units of the PLA (People's Liberation Army , commenced landing operations at T'aet'an-up. The Commander of the III Marine Expeditionary Force, Lt. Gen. James Bierman , reported, "...So far we have engaged with sporadic resistance from what we can conclude, are elements of North Korea Jihad and dissident North Korean People's Army Units, overall they appear not to have the manpower or equpment to offer the resistance we had expected".

PROMINENT REPUBLICAN POLLSTER, IN OVERNIGHT POLLING, INDICATES APPROVAL OF PRESIDENT'S HANDLING OF CRISIS, Kristen Lynne Soltis Anderson , a prominent Republican pollster, state's that Polling conducted overnight since the President's speech, indicates support over his handling of the crisis.
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« Reply #377 on: October 18, 2022, 09:07:21 AM »
« Edited: October 18, 2022, 10:48:25 AM by 2016 »

Tuesday April 15 2025
CHINA MILLITARY OFFICIAL: WE ARE GOING TO BOMB THE HELL OUT OF NORTH KOREA JIHAD
China Defense Department Millitary Official: „We are going to bomb the hell out of North Korea Jihad. They will go nowhere!“

CHINA GOVTM OFFICIAL: PRESIDENT XI HAS SPOKEN WITH PRESIDENT RON DESANTIS AGAIN; COMMENDED HIM FOR HIS ADDRESS TO THE NATION
High-ranking Chinese Govtm Official told Chinese Media that President Xi Jingping had spoken with US President Ron DeSantis again after his address to the Nation, commended him for it.

REPORT: CHINA PRESIDENT XI WILL ANNOUNCE THE MOBILIZATION OF 250,000 CHINESE TROOPS & GROUND FORCES TO COMBAT NORTH KOREA JIHAD DURING HIS FOREIGN POLICY SPEECH TO THE CHINESE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WEDNESDAY
According to a Report Chinese President Xi Jingping will announce the mobilization of up 250,000 Troops & Ground Forces during his Foreign Policy Speech before the Chinese General Assembly Wednesday.

SPECIAL ELECTION DAY IN TEXAS
VOTERS IN TEXAS 5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT HEAD TO THE POLLS TODAY TO PICK A REPLACEMENT TO FORMER REP. JOHN RATCLIFFE WHO BECAME THE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY IN THE DESANTIS ADMINISTRATION
It's Special Election Day in Texas! Voters in the Lone Star States' 5th Congressional District are called upon to pick a Replacement for former Rep. John Ratcliffe who became the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in the DeSantis' Administration.
The overwhelming Favourite is former Rep. Lance Gooden, who possibly will avoid a Runoff should he get over 50 % against some 5 Minor Candidates.
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« Reply #378 on: October 18, 2022, 04:52:13 PM »
« Edited: October 18, 2022, 07:21:36 PM by PRESIDENT STANTON »

TUESDAY APRIL15 2025
TWO FORMER PRESIDENT'S OFFER ENCOURAGEMENT AND WORD OF ADVISE TO THE PRESIDENT:Former President's  George W.Bush and Barack Obama , were fulsome in their  praise for President  Ron DeSantis,  and the tone of his speech, and suggested
that he "clearly  defined the mission"  and offered some bipartisan advise, "Don't sweat the details, that's the job of the military, they know what is required, just be there to offer support...above all don't spend too much time in the Situation Room, but the First Lady will have something to say about that!"



White House Situation Room, the nerve center of the National Security apparatus and where the President will come to deliberate on pending
decisions with field commanders and monitor combat operations of 'Operation Clean Sweep' in the North Korean conflict


WEDNESDAY APRIL 16 2025

U.S. FORCES CONTINUE THERE ADVANCED INLAND : Units of the 2nd and 25th Infantry Divisions steadily advance inland, from Wonsan, where they joined the III Marine Expeditionary Force.  Meanwhile aircraft of the 8th Fighter Wing, offering potential air support, if any North Korean aircraft attempt to launch defensive activities. However current assessments by U.S. Intelligence, is that U.S. have quickly established air superiority, as most, if not all  North Korean aircraft have been destroyed by the earlier bombing campaigns in the days leading up to Operation Clean Sweep . "Have no illusions, as we get closer to Pyongyang, we expect a stiffening of resistance by both North Korean Jihad & those North Korean military units aligned to them, but we intend to prevail" were the comments offered by Lieut. Gen. George W. Smith , Commander of the III Marine Expeditionary Force.

DEMOCRATS HAVE ANOTHER TWO CANDIDATES DECLARING THERE INTEREST FOR GOVERNOR: In New Jersey, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver , will need to see off a challenge from Steve Fulop if she expects to be her party's nominee in facing Jack Ciatarelli . However, many political observers suspect that Fulop might have his eye on the Lieutenant Governorship instead, as Oliver basically has the donor base locked down, and is supported by the party's establishment. Meanwhile in California, Xavier Becerra will have company in the party's primary next year, as the state's Lieutenant Governor, Eleni Kounalakis has thrown her hat into the ring. Meanwhile no word from Kamala Harris and her intentions.
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« Reply #379 on: October 18, 2022, 06:01:07 PM »
« Edited: October 18, 2022, 06:32:51 PM by 2016 »

TUESDAY APRIL 15 2025 AROUND 8:30PM DURING AC360...
Anderson Cooper, Anchor AC360: We have a KEY RACE ALERT for you in the Texas 5th Congressional District Special Election:
TEXAS-5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION
40 % of Expected Vote reported

LANCE GOODEN - 53 %
JASON WRIGHT - 12 %
DANNY CAMPBELL - 11 %
DAVID WILLIAMS - 11 %
KENNETH SHEETS - 9 %
CHARLES LINGERFELT - 7 %

DURING 9PM ON CNN PRIME TIME...
Laura Coates, Anchor Prime Time: CNN can now make a PROJECTION in the Texas 5th Congressional District Special Election:
TEXAS-5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION
65 % of Expected Vote reported

LANCE GOODEN - 58 %
JASON WRIGHT - 10 %
DANNY CAMPBELL - 10 %
DAVID WILLIAMS - 9 %
KENNETH SHEETS - 8 %
CHARLES LINGERFELT - 5 %


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As expected former Rep. Lance Gooden easily defeats 5 other Republicans and goes back to Congress. Demoralized Democrats did not even field a Candidate in this heavily Republican District.

HOUSE COMPOSITION

REPUBLICANS 266 SEATS + 1 Constitution Party (Marjorie Taylor Greene)
DEMOCRATS 164 SEATS
4 VACANT SEATS (FL-19, FL-21, FL-28, UT-2)


Next Week: 3 more Special Elections in Florida!
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« Reply #380 on: October 18, 2022, 11:13:35 PM »

2026 will be like 2002. A conflict in the first year of an incumbent Republican President as well as the rally-around-the-flag effect going on
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« Reply #381 on: October 19, 2022, 04:13:02 AM »
« Edited: October 19, 2022, 05:59:46 AM by PRESIDENT STANTON »

2026 will be like 2002. A conflict in the first year of an incumbent Republican President as well as the rally-around-the-flag effect going on
Perhaps so! 2025 is gonna be a good one electorally too!

POLLING IN FLORIDA'S SPECIAL ELECTIONS, INDICATES REPUBLICAN'S ARE ON TRACK TO HOLD HOUSE SEATS : With less than a week to go before polling day in Florida's three congressional districts, (19th, 21st & 28th), Republican's are on track to hold each of the three district's. Al Cardenas , a prominent political strategist, has stated, "Democrats , are taking on water, and with polling averages this bad, I can understand why the party pulled its spending in all district's...and you know that if they're suffering polling deficits in the 28th of all place's, then you know it's gonna be bad". Cardenas , who is married to Anna Navarro who's known to be hyperpartisan, and was a virulent Anti-Trumperhas been especially muted when it comes to President DeSantis , shares her husband's views on Democratic fortune's as of late, remarked "Unfortunately for the Democrats they have lost the trust of average every day voter's, they're not speaking the language that used to help them, DeSantis is able to, and so too can his party!"

SCALISE SCHEDULE'S A HOUSE VOTE TO RESCIND PELOSI'S CONGRESSIONAL RESOLUTION TO RESTRICT A PRESIDENTIAL WAR POWER'S AUTHORITY : In, what is recognized as a rebuke to Former House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi , current House Speaker, Steve Scalise , has scheduled a house vote, to rescind this binding resolution curtailing Presidential war powers authority, the Bill is expected to easily gain passage  in a vote which will be held on Friday. For her part, Pelosi angrily hit out at Scalise's move, "...this is a vote motivated by spite and vindictiveness, and he (Scalise ), fails to understand my decision was done to primarily curtail presidential abuse of certain powers, Trump was engaging in such activities, for political reasons alone!". The former President, who had his twitter ban removed, as soon as entrepreneur Elon Musk purchased Twitter, took to his twitter account, to slam Pelosi as well, "Nasty Nancy hates the idea that she was a failure as Speaker, good job Sleepy Joe couldn't do things that real President's could do #MAGA"
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« Reply #382 on: October 19, 2022, 09:44:04 AM »
« Edited: October 19, 2022, 11:06:28 AM by 2016 »

Wednesday April 16 2025
TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY NICOLE NASON URGES AMERICANS TO HAVE PATIENCE, FACTOR IN MORE TIME WHEN TRAVELLING THIS SUMMER
Having met with President DeSantis and some of his National Security Team this Morning in the Oval Office Transportation Secretary Nicole Nason released a Statement urging Americans to have patience, factor in more time when travelling for vacation/holidays this summer given the high Security Alert the Country is currently facing.

WHITE HOUSE SOURCES: WITH „OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP“ IN FULL SWING PRESIDENT DESANTIS PLANS TO PIVOT BACK TO HIS DOMESTIC AGENDA
This was eoched by CNN's Chief White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega & NBC's Chief White House Correspondent Kristen Welker, both working at different Networks coming to the same conclusion with Welker telling NBC NEWS Anchor Kate Snow: „Look Kate, there is only limited stuff the President can do now. He is basically in a Wait-And-See Mode and let the Generals do the work so I can understand the President wanting to pivot back to his Domestic Agenda“.

US ECONOMY ADDS ANOTHER 770,000 PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS IN MARCH; UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DOWN TO 4.4 %
The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced today that the US Economy has added another 770,000 Private Sector Jobs in the Month of March after having also added 750,000 in the Month of February.
Labor Secretary Blake Masters: „With Inflation ticking down more and more from the Record high during the Biden Administration our Job Growth is back. President DeSantis said he would be a Jobs President on the Campaign Trail and he is now delivering“.
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« Reply #383 on: October 19, 2022, 02:37:13 PM »

@President Stanton,
Keep in mind that in New Jersey Candidates for Lieutenant Governor are running on "Tickets" with the Governor Candidate. There is no seperate Lt. Gov Race in the Garden State.
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« Reply #384 on: October 19, 2022, 02:41:46 PM »

THURSDAY APRIL 17 2025

COUNTDOWN TO SPECIAL ELECTIONS IN FLORIDA AND THE UNVEILING OF RUBIO-SINEMA BORDER SECURITY LEGISLATION: With both the three Florida Special Election's and the unveiling of Rubio-Sinema Border Security Bill around the corner, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on legislation that will restore presidential war powers authority, which was rescinded in January, 2020 by a House vote instigated by then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi .
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« Reply #385 on: October 19, 2022, 03:33:30 PM »

@President Stanton,
Keep in mind that in New Jersey Candidates for Lieutenant Governor are running on "Tickets" with the Governor Candidate. There is no seperate Lt. Gov Race in the Garden State.
I know that @2016, but referring to Steve Fulop deciding to challenge Sheila Oliver for the nomination for Governor, he's likely angling to getting chosen by Oliver   as there's almost two months to primary day.
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« Reply #386 on: October 20, 2022, 06:50:35 AM »
« Edited: October 20, 2022, 11:37:03 AM by PRESIDENT STANTON »

FRIDAY APRIL 18 2025

UNITS OF 2ND INFANTRY DIVISION HAVE CAPTURED ELEMENTS OF NORTH KOREAN JIHAD AT PUNGGYE-RI , The 2nd Infantry Division, advanced into Punggye-ri in the North East part of North Korea and after a longer than expected engagement with elements of North Korean Jihad, divisional units captured and isolated the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. IAEA inspectors will conduct an inspection of the site and establish if there is weapon grade material at the site.
The Pentagon has stated, "...the objective of Operation Clean Sweep, is to ensure that we not only eliminate  North Korea Jihad, but also acquire control of all known facilities, involved in the research, development, manufacture and testing of nuclear weapon grade material"

IAEA INSPECTORS AT PUNGGYE-RI,  REPORTS THAT PUNGGYE-RI WASN'T JUST A NUCLEAR TESTING FACILITY, BUT ALSO A MANUFACTURING & STORAGE FACILITY : At a press conference in Washington DC, Secretary of Energy, Jon Huntsman , reacting to the news out of Punggye-ri in North Korea, "...The fact that North Korea Jihad happened to be in the area and now the discovery of the mother lode in what IAEA Inspectors just found, tells me our intelligence regarding North Korea's nuclear capacity illustrates we knew a lot less than what we knew". IAEA has further confirmed that Punggye-ri is a treasure trove, regards how advanced North Korea were, not only in their testing, but their manufacturing and resource sharing". Sources now indicate a "smoking gun" regarding North Korea's partnership with Iran. "The documentation relating to Iranian acquisition of weapons grade uranium over the last ten year's is alarming", so responded Secretary of State, Robert O'Brien , who also added, "What we're now discovering, now helps us understand why North Korea was so tolerant of North Korea Jihad's presence in the country...it will be interesting what else turns up!".

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES VOTE TO RESTORE THE PRESIDENT'S WAR POWER'S AUTHORITY,  in what was seen as a rebuke of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ,the House voted roughly along party lines to restore the President's War Powers authority, which had been usurped by a vote of the then Democratic controlled House of Representatives in January, 2020.
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« Reply #387 on: October 20, 2022, 10:01:14 AM »
« Edited: October 24, 2022, 02:07:45 PM by 2016 »

CAMPAIGN NEWS 2026 (April 14-20)

Pete Ricketts
Former Nebraska Governor

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Nebraska City, Nebraska Monday April 14 2025
Former Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts as expected launched his long anticipated Senate Campaign to succeed former Senator and current Education Secretary in the DeSantis' Administration Ben Sasse. Ricketts humorously told the Crowd in his Home Town of Nebraska City „The last time I launched a Senate Campaign was in 2005 for the 2006 Midterm Elections. That turned out not so well but I am hopful 2026 will turn out better“.
The Nebraska Senate Race is considered to be rated as SOLID REPUBLICAN.

RATINGS CHANGE: FOLLOWING THE RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT OF SENATOR JEANNE SHAHEEN POLITICAL HANDICAPPERS SHIFT NEW HAMPSHIRE SENATE RACE TO TOSS UP
Political Handicappers such as the COOK POLITICAL REPORT, INSIGHT ELECTIONS shift New Hampshire Senate Race to TOSS UP following Senator Shaheens Retirement Announcement last week.

Candidate for California Governor

Congresswoman Young Oak Kim
California

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Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis
California Lieutenant Governor

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Sacramento, California Wednesday April 16 2025
California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis launched her own bid for California Governor to succeed termed out Governor Gavin Newsom Wednesday in her Home City of Sacramento. Interestingly she did not mention either former Vice President Kamala Harris nor her boss, Governor Newsom in her Announcement Speech. „Unlike California Republicans, who have cleared the Field for a Congressional backbencher California Democrats will offer a choice between former HHS Secretary Becerra and myself“.

Meanwhile the Campaign Spokesperson for the Republican Candidate for California Governor, Young Oak Kim released the following Statement following the Kounalakis Announcement:

„The Lieutenant Governor really has some guile to call Congresswoman Kim as a backbencher. Rep. Kim has been working Day in Day out tiredlessly for the constituents in her District for the last four years and she will do the same as Governor of California. Californians will not stand for another 4 years of the failed policies of the Newsom-Kounalakis Administration. It's time for a fresh start again.“

Washington D. C., Friday April 18 2025
RGA ANNOUNCES IT HAS RAISED 50M $ SINCE THEIR ANNUAL WINTER MEETING SIX WEEKS AGO IN LOS ANGELES
Spokesperson for the Republican Governors Association today announced that the RGA has raised 50M $ since their annual Winter Meeting in Los Angeles six weeks ago where Oregon Governor Christine Drazan was installed as RGA Chairwoman.
„We will do whatever we can to help Governor Winsome Sears in Virginia and our Republican Candidate Jack Ciattarelli in New Jersey.“ As for next year the Spokesperson admitted that the two most vulnerable Governors next year will be Michigan Governor Tudor Dixon and Pennsylvania Governor Doug Mastriano. However he also said that the Approvals of both Governors have been on the upswing since the Election of President Ron DeSantis citing the Policies of the Administration after having really low Approvals in 2023 and 2024.

TEXAS STATE LEGISLATURE PASSES TERM LIMITS
In a significant move the Texas Legislature today passed Legislation to invoke Term Limits on the Lone Star States Row Offices such as Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, Land Commissioner, Railroad Commissioner and Agriculture Commissioner limiting them to two 4-Year Terms. It also limits Texas State Legislators for four 2-Year Terms. This Legislation is pending signature by Governor Greg Abbott.

WHITE HOUSE SOURCES: PRESIDENT DESANTIS IS PRIVATELY LOBBYING FORMER RNC CHAIRWOMAN RONNA MCDANIEL TO RUN FOR SENATE NEXT YEAR; WILL HOLD FUNDRAISER FOR THE MICHIGAN REPUBLICAN PARTY NEXT WEEK
On CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell Chief White House Correspondent Ed O'Keefe told the audience that according his White House Sources President Ron DeSantis is privately lobbying former Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel to run for Senate next year. DeSantis will hold a Fundraiser for the Michigan Republican Party next week in Warren, Michigan.
Unclear at this Point if McDaniel will be there.
„We haven't gotten to the First 100 Days of the DeSantis' Presidency and there is already Politics in play“ O'Keefe said promting a LAUGHTER from O'Donnell.

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Alexandria, Virginia Saturday April 19 2025
Senate Minority Whip Mark Warner (D-Virginia) stunned Democrats Saturday Afternoon in Alexandria, Virginia unexpectedly announcing his Retirement.
„After three terms representing the voter's of the commonwealth of Virginia, plus four years as Governor, I have decided not to seek another term, as U.S. Senator, it has been a privilege to serve the voter's of Virginia, God bless the United States.“
Three Democratic Names have already being mentioned who could replace Warner on the Democratic Side: Former Rep. Elaine Luria and Reps. Jennifer Wexton, Donald McEachin who are currently vying for the Democratic Nomination for Governor. On the Republican Side former Rep. Scott Taylor is expected to run for this Seat.
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« Reply #388 on: October 20, 2022, 01:36:08 PM »
« Edited: October 20, 2022, 01:55:01 PM by 2016 »

Friday April 18 2025
PENNSYLVANIANS CASEY; CARTWRIGHT AND FITZPATRICK TO TOUR SOUTHERN BORDER AS RUBIO/SINEMA SET TO INTRODUCE BORDER SECURITY LEGISLATION
Pennsylvanians Bob Casey, Matt Cartwright and Brian Fitzpatrick released a Joint Statement today announcing that they will visit the Southern Border this weekend as Senators Marco Rubio and Kyrsten Sinema set to reveal and introduce Border Security Legislation to Congress.

EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW: WHAT'S IN THE BILL? SENATE MAJORITY LEADER URGES PATIENCE
The Announcement that Border Security Legislation was set to be introduced in Congress sparked a frenzy by the Media who kept asking Senate Majority Leader John Cornyn and his Leadership Team: What's in the Bill? Cornyn, who calmly held his weekly Press Conference though urged patience. „The most important thing is getting it right, not introducing it too fast. Senators Rubio & Sinema doing incredibly hard work and they are going to determine ultimativly when to reveal it“.
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« Reply #389 on: October 20, 2022, 02:27:29 PM »
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SENATE MINORITY LEADER, CRITICIZES FELLOW DEMOCRATS : In his Friday press conference, Senate Minority Leader, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) , criticized the decision by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) to visit the southern border, "Senator Casey , is wasting his time and taxpayer dollars, visiting the Southern border, and it raises the question of where his loyalties lie...Republican's are engaging in needless hysteria about much ado about nothing!", Mike Emanuel for Fox News, asked Schumer , if he has gone down to the Southern border, "...I have nothing to see, this Southern border hysteria has been manufactured by your friends within the Republican party, and we heard before that there's nothing wrong down there!". Emanuel's follow up question, "Who said that Senator? Your friend Kamala Harris?" Laughter broke out.
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« Reply #390 on: October 20, 2022, 10:47:32 PM »

Excellent work, 2016 and Stanton! Also glad to see Lance Gooden back in Congress after finishing second in the battle for the Senate on the GOP side...

Shall mention that across the pond, Prime Minister Liz Truss is going to be no more. Looks like Boris Johnson is back, and apparently turned things around in time for the 2025 election where his Tories defeat Keir Starmer and Ed Davey, for whom the latter effectively aligns with Johnson to form a coalition government given the LibDems have a niche amongst upper-middle-class suburban voters in the UK; they would do well in a lot of inner suburban upper-crust areas in the U.S. if we were to convert congressional districts to constituencies and import the UK parties to America, leaving Labour with a coalition of socialists, young lefties, Trump Democrats and poorer, non-working class minorities. (The Hispanics and Asians would still be swing votes.)

Also pretty much know, given what I know about Texas politics, that there have to be term limits on state legislators, too. Or is that completely separate? Certainly it would be hypocritical of the Lege to impose term limits on the statewide office row and not do the same for themselves...

GO ASTROS!
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« Reply #391 on: October 20, 2022, 11:06:39 PM »

Excellent work, 2016 and Stanton! Also glad to see Lance Gooden back in Congress after finishing second in the battle for the Senate on the GOP side...

Shall mention that across the pond, Prime Minister Liz Truss is going to be no more. Looks like Boris Johnson is back, and apparently turned things around in time for the 2025 election where his Tories defeat Keir Starmer and Ed Davey, for whom the latter effectively aligns with Johnson to form a coalition government given the LibDems have a niche amongst upper-middle-class suburban voters in the UK; they would do well in a lot of inner suburban upper-crust areas in the U.S. if we were to convert congressional districts to constituencies and import the UK parties to America, leaving Labour with a coalition of socialists, young lefties, Trump Democrats and poorer, non-working class minorities. (The Hispanics and Asians would still be swing votes.)

Also pretty much know, given what I know about Texas politics, that there have to be term limits on state legislators, too. Or is that completely separate? Certainly it would be hypocritical of the Lege to impose term limits on the statewide office row and not do the same for themselves...

GO ASTROS!

I told you all of you that Liz Truss wouldn't be Prime Minister by this point. Can't see it being Johnson either, if only because that would mean the Conservatives getting crushed at the next election.

I'd go with Rishi Sunak or Priti Patel instead.
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« Reply #392 on: October 21, 2022, 03:48:26 AM »

@GM Team Member NewYorkExpress, well British politics is a strange beast! The likely contest for leadership contest will be Boris Johnson & Rishni Sunak, I think Johnson might get it! Priti Patel announced that if Johnson gets back in, she will support him. Last time I heard, was he was on holiday in the Caribbean and had chartered a flight to return to London. As for the General election, its not scheduled until 2024, and given the conservative majority, they are going to wait until then. As things stand now, it's a mess, so Conservatives will wait till then, when things might be better. The reason why Keir Starmer desperately wants an election now, because his Labour Party is polling extremely well; he knows if it doesn't occur now, and has to wait another 18 months, and either Rishni Sunak or Boris Johnson are at No. 10, he could be a dead duck! The only thing Starmer and the Labour Party has going for them, is that they can claim they are not the Conservatives, not a good policy position, I actually don't know what they stand for, apart from the fact, they claim they'd manage things better. They know if they do anything too dramatic, they'll make things worse. In other words, Keir Starmer would be Tony Blair lite. There's no guarantee they can win either, especially if it comes down to a policy debate. They had a chance, when it was a clear Right/Left choice, with either Johnson or Sunak at the helm, it gets fuzzy again, Starmer knows that, so for him Truss calling it a day, is the worst possible outcome for him. He knows if it's Johnson or Sunak at the dispatch box during PMQ he's back to treading water again and that in turn impacts his current polling advantage. Also if Labour doesn't get their general election now, they're toast!
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« Reply #393 on: October 21, 2022, 05:32:06 AM »
« Edited: October 21, 2022, 08:38:45 AM by PRESIDENT STANTON »

SATURDAY APRIL 19 2025

REMERGENCE OF POLITICS AS CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR DECLARE THERE INTENTIONS IN SEVERAL STATES: WITH THE HOUSE HAVING VOTED TO RESTORE PRESIDENTIAL WAR POWER AUTHORITY . With the Texas state legislature having voted to impose term limits on all elected state officials, George P. Bush , the state's former Land commissioner and nephew of former former President, George W. Bush and grandson of George H.W. Bush , has declared his intention to seek the Governorship of Texas, however it's not certain if current Attorney General, Ken Paxton , will seek the Governorship as Bush has been busy these last four years since his failed primary bid to challenge Paxton, since then the Attorney General has to battle ethical issues. Sources close to Greg Abbott , who isn't term limited despite the new legislation enacted, has decided to call it a day. Meanwhile in South Carolina, Mick Mulvaney former White House CoS under Donald Trump , has confirmed that he will seek the Governorship. There is expected to be a slew of more announcements for Senate seats and Governorships in the coming weeks; watch out for Georgia (Governor/Senate), Massachusetts  (Governor), Michigan (Senate),  Ohio (Governor) and Virginia (Senate)

ANOTHER DEMOCRAT SENATOR HAS DECIDED TO RETIRE : Rather than seek a third term in the U.S. Senate, Mark Warner , has decided not to seek reelection and will instead retire at the conclusion of his current term in January, 2027. In a statement released through his website, Warner , declared "After three terms representing the voter's of the commonwealth of Virginia, plus four years as Governor, I have decided not to seek another term, as U.S. Senator, it has been a privilege to serve the voter's of Virginia, God bless the United States", Amy Walter , Editor-in-chief,  Cook Political Report, offered up her reaction to this development, "It's very difficult to gauge what the rationale was behind Warner's decision to bow up, it could be any number of factors, they may include that being in the minority is no fun, it could be how badly Democrats are polling in this cycle, ordinarily Warner could be expected to be a likely winner, but considering how Jill Vogel defeated Tim Kaine in last year's election cycle, can't be dismissed, there is no doubt that Virginia has become a highly competitive state, and maybe the endless campaigning doesn't excite Warner that much".
The two likely Democrats to run to replace Warner , will likely be Donald McEachin or Jennifer Wexton , both serving in Congress and currently seeking their party's nomination to challenge incumbent Governor Winsome Sears in this year's Gubernatorial election. The likely Republican entrant into the Senate contest, is likely to be former Congressman, Scott Taylor , who was defeated in 2018 and 2020, by Congresswoman Elaine Luria , whom it might so happen decide to run for Warner's seat.
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« Reply #394 on: October 21, 2022, 08:20:08 AM »

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Senator Mark Warner is the Senate Democratic Minority Whip. I doubt he retires BUT if he does this has to be a very bad look on Schumer and Schumers Minority Leader Job would be at serious risk here if this has happened.
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« Reply #395 on: October 21, 2022, 09:32:37 AM »
« Edited: October 21, 2022, 09:40:48 AM by PRESIDENT STANTON »

@President Stanton,
Senator Mark Warner is the Senate Democratic Minority Whip. I doubt he retires BUT if he does this has to be a very bad look on Schumer and Schumers Minority Leader Job would be at serious risk here if this has happened.
@2016, I think in the scenario I painted, I refer to how Warner , is likely not finding things too much fun, also there is likely an awful lot of infighting in the caucus, over the direction of the party, and considering how Warner comes from what is quite easily a purple state, he's looking at what occurred to McAuliffe in 2021, and Kaine in 2024, and it must fill him with a sense of despondency. Remember, this is 2025 and not 2022.
There is a possibility that Schumer or Warner are just not simpatico over the southern border issue and it is likely Warner has probably informed Schumer of his voting intention on the upcoming vote on the Border Security Bill.
Also,  Warner who will be 72 were he running in 2026, is just more likely than not to call it quits. Also his view probably is, that a younger member of the party could run and win. Also considering all the setbacks the party has confronted in the wake of the DeSantis ascendancy can't be too comforting from Warner's perspective. Also there might be health challenges to be factored in, and if this were the case, I doubt Warner is concerned about the optics of anything he does or doesn't do.
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« Reply #396 on: October 21, 2022, 09:52:30 AM »
« Edited: October 21, 2022, 06:39:05 PM by 2016 »

Saturday April 19 2025
IN THE WAKE OF THE UNEXPECTED RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT BY SENATE MINORITY WHIP MARK WARNER VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL JASON MIYARES QUICKLY SHUTS DOWN SENATE RUMORS
„I am fully focused getting re-elected as Attorney General of Virginia this November“ Miyares told a local Virginia TV Affiliate.

SUNDAY SHOWS ANNOUNCE GUEST LINE-UP
„FOX NEWS SUNDAY“ with Shannon Bream will have former National Security Advisor & Secretary of State under President George W. Bush Condoleeza Rice and former National Security Advisor & Ambassador to the United Nations under Barack Obama Susan Rice as Guests.

„MEET THE PRESS“ with Chuck Todd will have Rep. Young Kim, Rep. Michelle Steel and Rep. Marilyn Strickland who have all Korean Heritage as Guests. All 3 have recently set up a Non-Profit Charity #PEACEFORKOREA up to support the Victims of the North Korea Conflict.

„ABC'S THIS WEEK“ with George Stephanopoulos & Chris Christie will have New Mexico Senators Ben Ray Lujan & Mark Ronchetti as Guests.

„CBS FACE THE NATION“ with Margaret Brennan will have Senators John Hickenlooper, Michael Bennet and Dan Cranshaw as Guests

„CNN STATE OF THE UNION“ with Jake Tapper will have Senate Majority Leader John Cornyn and Arizona Senator Mark Kelly as Guests as the Border Security Legislation is likely to be revealed some time next week.
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« Reply #397 on: October 21, 2022, 10:47:44 AM »
« Edited: October 22, 2022, 06:12:46 AM by PRESIDENT STANTON »

In the wake of their votes against the Yokota Joint Congressional Resolution and the discovery by IAEA inspectors of documents showing irrefutable evidence of collusion between North Korea and Iran in the development, research, testing and possible stockpiling of nuclear weapons, both Senator's Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Alex Padilla (D-CA), were grilled repeatedly over their votes, Warren responded "...the decision by the DeSantis administration to not only attack a sovereign country, but dictate what kind of government this country should have, illustrates the wanton disregard that the United States under this administration, holds for international norms....we have known for years that North Korea possessed Nuclear weapons". When asked by a reporter about documents found at Punggye-ri, detailing the extensive collusion between Iran and North Korea over nuclear weapons technology? Warren's response was considered dismissive, "And this is a surprise? I'm sure both the Trump , and Biden administration's , were aware of these facts, but chose not to share this information with the American people".

SATURDAY APRIL 19 2025

CO-AUTHORS OF BORDER SECURITY BILL,
ANNOUNCE DATE FOR RELEASE OF BORDER SECURITY BILL


Senator's Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) , issued a joint statement, "We are happy to announce that we will unveil the details of the legislation for Border security on Wednesday, April 23 2025 and hopefully the bill can be enacted into law in a timely manner".
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« Reply #398 on: October 23, 2022, 11:33:35 AM »

Sunday April 20 2025
During the Roundtable on „MEET THE PRESS“ former White House Press Secretary in the Biden Administration Jen Psaki and Rich Lowry, Editor of the National Review sparred over the Retirement of Senator Mark Warner in Virginia and the Commonwealths Politics.
Chuck Todd: So to you both. What is happening in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the last few years? That State was kind of lightish blue during the Obama & Trump Administrations and now is has become purple again.
Rich Lowry: Republicans have finally figured out how to appeal to Minorities in the State especially the growing Hispanic Vote in Northern Virginia. President DeSantis & Jill Vogel posted Numbers for example in Prince William County we hadn't see since the Bush Years. As for Senator Warners Retirement I still would rate that Race as Toss Up/Tilt Democratic because Scott Taylor is not a particular strong Candidate and neither is Elaine Luria if they both run. However I expect whoever loses the Democratic Nomination for Governor this year, either Jennifer Wexton or Donald McEachin running to succeed Warner and I am a bit sceptical Scott Taylor has the same appeal Jill Vogel had last year as he doesn't have the Youngkin Connection she had.
Jen Psaki: I agree with Rich, Republicans appealing more to Minorities in Virginia but also Candidate Quality matters a lot in that State Chuck. If you look at former Governor Youngkin in 2021, Winsome Sears, Jason Miyares, Jen Kiggans, Jill Vogel, etc. that's about a good a slate of Candidates as you can get. Take for example Hung Cao: He came within 6 Points in the heavily Virginia-10 last year and has now being appointed Lieutenant Governor + running on a Ticket with Sears and Miyares this year. That is pretty strong. Virginia is going to be tough this year given the slate of Candidates Republicans are running.
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« Reply #399 on: October 23, 2022, 04:53:25 PM »
« Edited: November 02, 2022, 10:21:30 AM by PRESIDENT STANTON »

SUNDAY APRIL 20 2025


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Hi this is Shannon Bream, Happy Easter to all our viewers and welcome to this Sunday's edition of Fox News Sunday.
As you will no doubt know, this coming week there will be the three special elections in Florida and these contests will be decided on Tuesday, and all are expected to go Republican and then of course on Wednesday, Senator's  Marco Rubio of Florida and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who will unveil what is expected to be landmark legislation that will address the Southern border issue, but before I discuss this with our regular panel, I will speak with Condoleezza Rice , Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under former  President  George W.  Bush.



And Susan Rice , who served as Ambassador to the United Nations and National  Security  Advisor under Barack Obama and as Domestic Policy Advisor under Joe Biden.  
Firstly I will go to Dr. Rice .
Welcome  Dr. Rice , and welcome to Fox News Sunday.
Rice : Thanks for having me, Shannon.
Bream : I would like to get your thoughts on what we discovered during the week when the IAEA inspectors discovered documents which attest to collusion between North Korea and Iran on the development, research, testing and stockpiling nuclear weapons, is there any action that the United States can take to address what, has been an ongoing conspiracy on sharing nuclear weapon technology?
Rice : Well Shannon, that we in the Bush administration had our suspicions about such activity and former President  Bush referred to Iran and North Korea as part of the so-called axis of evil, but now there's documented evidence purporting to Iran 's activities to acquire nuclear weapons from Iran, and we need Iran to give a full accounting of these activities and I would recommend that President DeSantis advocate for a tightening of existing sanctions and impose even more sanctions, as well as acquiring UN sanctions to seize and inspect any Iranian seagoing vessel enroute to the Persian Gulf. Iran has demonstrated that they can't be trusted.
Bream : What are your impressions regarding the actions of the DeSantis
Administration in dealing with North Korea and North Korea Jihad?
Rice : It has been measured and the President's focus is on resolving the situation in North Korea, I think the emergence of North Korea Jihad is reminiscent of the dangers we faced from Al-Qaeda, and these extremist groups, use terrorism, it occurred on 9/11 and nearly occurred at Yokota and the aim was to detonate a nuclear weapon on Japanese territory for the first time in nearly eighty-years, the President's actions so far have to be commended.
Bream: Many have stated that North Korea Jihad have been allowed to remain in North Korea for over 15 years, in your opinion why is this the case?
Rice: I think you may have to accept the fact both Iran and North Korea were engaged in subversive efforts to manufacture and to employ the use of nuclear weapons; I also believe that Iran was even engaged in these activities, even as they were negotiating terms of a nuclear agreement, and it appears if this is the case, then the United States may have to reassess the dangers of not being able to have unfettered access to Iran's nuclear facilities, I would suggest that the President and the administration, impose a quarantine around the Persian Gulf in which all vessels leaving and entering the gulf are subject to a rigorous inspections regime.
Bream: As you know Dr. Rice, the President has spelled out, that the objective of his administration, is to permanently eradicate North Korea Jihad, is that possible?
Rice: We can never be sure if such groups can be truly eliminated, look at Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and even ISIS, they exist, due to a vacuum and they readily exploit that vacuum, but the President, as was the case with his many predecessors, can ensure that these groups are denied any sort of foothold, it's a never-ending process, but vigilance is required.
Bream: Thank you Dr. Rice, for joining us.
Rice: Thank you Shannon for having me.
Bream: After the break, I will talk with Susan Rice.
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Bream: Welcome back, I have with me, Susan Rice, who has served under President's Barack Obama, as Ambassador to the United Nations and as National Security Advisor, and under Joe Biden, as Director of the Domestic Policy Council. Ms Rice, welcome to the program.
Rice: Thank you Shannon, good to join you.
Bream: I brought this question up with Secretary Rice early in the program, so I will ask you, the news that IAEA inspectors uncovered documents which point to collusion between Iran and North Korea on the development and proliferation of nuclear weapons, and as we just learned, these activities were underway under your former boss, former President Barack Obama was negotiating a nuclear agreement with Iran, in light of what has been learned, what can be done with Iran?
Rice: I think we need to further isolate Iran, strengthen our sanctions program and establish a quarantine regime around the Persian Gulf, as it is now clear that Iran wants to possess nuclear weapons for offensive purposes, especially as the leadership of that country is on record of threatening to "wipe Israel off the map".
Bream: As for North Korea Jihad, can they be removed as a factor?
Rice: Their continued existence, is incompatible with global security, we saw that, when they launched a missile against Japan, one which made landfall near Yokota, that's an unacceptable state of affairs and the fact we are working with China to ensure that North Korea Jihad no longer remains a danger to other Asian countries.
Bream: In hindsight, do you think that maybe that the Obama administration didn't do what President DeSantis is now doing, was a mistake?
Rice: I don't think it was, as we were engaging with Iran, but yes, we could've been more vigilant and North Korea, from what our intelligence told us, had been pursuing a program of acquiring nuclear weapons and we told Kim Jong-Un that the sanctions regime that had been imposed would remain, until North Korea relinquished these ambitions.
Bream: Ms. Rice, thank you for joining us
Rice: You're welcome, Shannon.
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