Post 2016 Presidential Election

“It’s terrifying. We are seeing in America these terrible rallies occurring where the people are becoming violent. Now, democracy should be robust, but it certainly shouldn’t be violent. And I think the Donald Trump phenomenon is a real problem for the United States — it’s making their democracy look kind of weird.” — 3/17/16 Australian Government Minister Christopher Pyne

“Whether Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen or Geert Wilders — all these right-wing populists are not only a threat to peace and social cohesion, but also to economic development.” — 3/6/16 German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel

 “Saying the U.S. will no longer engage in anything that is a burden in terms of its relationships with allies, it would be almost like abandoning those alliances … It will inevitably give rise to anti-American sentiment worldwide.” — 4/29/16 Former South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Sung-han

“In the presidential elections, there are arguments whether the United States is going for the isolationist stance. I don’t want to see that kind of United States. I want to see the United States to be strong and come with a strong robust position, not really thinking of the United States only.” — 5/6/16 Kenichiro Sasae, Japan’s ambassador to the U.S.

“Today in the 21st century, here in the United States, a climate of intolerance is sending a similar message: Mexicans go home. Separate those who are different, blame the minorities, demonize the stranger.” — Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Mexico’s foreign minister, on June 6, in a speech that made reference to the struggles of the Jewish community

“His excesses end up giving a retching feeling, even in the US, especially when — as was Donald Trump’s case — he speaks ill of a soldier, of the memory of a soldier….” If Trump wins, “there will be consequences because the American election is a global election … Democracy is also a major issue considering the authoritarian temptation that we see arising.” — 8/2/16 French President Francois Hollande

“When America retrenches and retreats, it leaves behind a vacuum, and that vacuum is filled by bad guys.” — Former NATO Secretary-General 8/8/16 Anders Fogh Rasmussen

The consequences of Trump’s victory are coming into focus 

11/09/16 09:09AM By Steve Benen – maddowblog

David Axelrod, the former senior strategist for President Obama, has long espoused an interesting theory about national elections. As Axelrod explained in January, “Open-seat presidential elections are shaped by perceptions of the style and personality of the outgoing incumbent. Voters rarely seek the replica of what they have.”

By Axelrod’s reasoning, it’s expected that voters will choose a new president who is roughly the opposite of the departing executive — an assertion that looks quite sound this morning.

Some of this will be obvious immediately, because the shifts in presidential style will be jarring. President Obama is measured; Donald Trump is erratic. Obama is intellectual; Trump is incurious. Obama is honest; Trump is pathological. Obama is serious and committed to sound policymaking; Trump is clownish and dismissive of the details of public affairs.

But come next year, the stylistic differences will be an inconsequential afterthought by the time a Trump/Pence administration begins governing alongside a far-right, radicalized Republican majority in the House and Senate. The New Republic‘s Brian Beutler had a good piece on this overnight:

At a minimum, Republicans are going to do incredible violence to President Barack Obama’s accomplishments…. Trump will almost certainly abrogate Obama’s international climate agreement and the global powers agreement preventing Iran from creating their own nuclear arsenal. Republicans will send Trump legislation undermining Obama’s legacy everywhere they can find congressional majorities to do so, and Trump will sign those bills. Republicans don’t know how to repeal Obamacare, let alone replace it. But they will try.

The Supreme Court will return to conservative control, and over the next four years, it may very well become far more conservative. Voting rights will be further weakened; the constitutional right to abortion is vulnerable to abolition.

But things could get much, much worse.

There’s a temptation among some to try to look for comfort where available. We collectively hit an iceberg, but maybe we can cling to some floating debris for a while until help arrives. Americans are resilient, and we’ve been through rough times before.

I’d like to offer some kind of assurances along these lines, but I can’t do so with any honesty.

Read more: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-consequences-trumps-victory-are-coming-focus#break

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Trump in position to reshape judiciary with more than 100 vacancies
 – washingtonpost
Donald Trump is set to inherit an uncommon number of vacancies in the federal courts in addition to the open Supreme Court seat, giving the president-elect a monumental opportunity to reshape the judiciary after taking office.The estimated 103 judicial vacancies that President Obama is expected to hand over to Trump in the Jan. 20 transition of power is nearly double the 54 openings Obama found eight years ago following George W. Bush’s presidency.Confirmation of Obama’s judicial nominees slowed to a crawl after Republicans took control of the Senate in 2015. Obama White House officials blame Senate Republicans for what they characterize as an unprecedented level of obstruction in blocking the Democratic president’s court picks.The result is a multitude of openings throughout the federal circuit and district courts that will allow the new Republican president to quickly make a wide array of lifetime appointments.State gun control laws, abortion restrictions, voter laws, anti-discrimination measures and immigrant issues are all matters that are increasingly heard by federal judges and will be influenced by the new composition of the courts. Trump has vowed to choose ideologues in the mold of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative icon — a prospect that has activists on the right giddy.

For more: goo.gl/H6F7UA

Statement by the President

Rose Garden

12:20 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Yesterday, before votes were tallied, I shot a video that some of you may have seen in which I said to the American people:  Regardless of which side you were on in the election, regardless of whether your candidate won or lost, the sun would come up in the morning.

And that is one bit of prognosticating that actually came true.  The sun is up.  And I know everybody had a long night.  I did, as well.  I had a chance to talk to President-elect Trump last night — about 3:30 in the morning, I think it was — to congratulate him on winning the election.  And I had a chance to invite him to come to the White House tomorrow to talk about making sure that there is a successful transition between our presidencies.

Now, it is no secret that the President-elect and I have some pretty significant differences.  But remember, eight years ago, President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences.  But President Bush’s team could not have been more professional or more gracious in making sure we had a smooth transition so that we could hit the ground running.  And one thing you realize quickly in this job is that the presidency, and the vice presidency, is bigger than any of us.

So I have instructed my team to follow the example that President Bush’s team set eight years ago, and work as hard as we can to make sure that this is a successful transition for the President-elect — because we are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country.  The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy.  And over the next few months, we are going to show that to the world.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/09/statement-president

Mourn. Then Organize.

At a time like this, many liberals and progressive will recall the words of labor activist Joe Hill: “Don’t mourn, organize.”

But let’s be honest. We’re in shock. We need time to mourn. To recover from the trauma of this election.

I feel awful for my 19-year-old twin daughters, who voted for the first time this year and now have to spend their college years with Trump as president. They’re upset. They talked about moving to Canada. They were half serious. We talked and texted all night, trying to console ourselves. It was tough.

I reminded them that we’ve been through periods like this before. The Civil War. The Gilded Age. The Great Depression.

I told them that in 1968, when I was 20, America elected Richard Nixon. At the time, we thought that this was the apocalypse. I had worked for Bobby Kennedy’s campaign. His murder in June of that year was traumatic. He certainly would have beaten Nixon, brought together the civil rights, union, and anti-war movements, and pushed to end the war in Vietnam, escalate and war on poverty, and expand workers rights.

After Nixon won, I considered moving to Canada myself, not just out of fear of Nixon’s agenda but also to avoid the draft and Vietnam. I even submitted an application to the University of Toronto.

But I stayed. I didn’t want to abandon my country. Like many others of my generation, I wanted to change it.

After Nixon beat Hubert Humphrey in November 1968, a massive resistance movement emerged to make it harder for Nixon to govern. In 1970, we started electing anti-war candidates to Congress. We started a backyard revolution of community organizing in urban communities. Then activists also built the women’s movement, the consumer movement, and the environmental movement.

Nixon did great damage (including the invasion of Cambodia, the killings at Jackson State and Kent State, the government infiltration and surveillance of dissenters), but the country survived.

Yes, Trump is worse than Nixon. He’s a demagogue, a white supremacist, a psychopath. But we’ll resist again.

I reminded my daughters that probably 35 percent of eligible voters didn’t vote this year. Most of them are poor, people of color, and/or young. Had they voted, Clinton would have won a big victory. Don’t judge the whole country by the election returns. The American people, overall, are better than the people who voted.

There will be many post mortems trying to explain how and why Trump won. Among the key factors:

James Comey: No major election analyst tonight (not even Rachel Maddow) mentioned the impact of FBI director Comey’s outrageous intervention on the outcome of this election. That, more than anything else, stopped Clinton’s momentum, diverted attention away from Trump’s sex and other scandals, and refocused public attention on Clinton’s emails. More than 20 million people voted between his letter to Congress 11 days ago, and his statement two days ago that the FBI found nothing damning in the new wave of Clinton emails. Much damage was done. Comey, the rogue FBI director, was more responsible for Trump’s victory than anyone else. A Republican under pressure from GOP lawmakers, Comey intentionally caused the damage.

Voter Suppression: The Republicans’ voter suppression campaign (including voter ID and felon disenfranchisement laws) in key battleground states—particularly in poor and minority areas—gave Trump the margin of victory. This was true in Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Charlotte, and other cities. Republicans engaged in such fraudulent election activities as sending phony robocalls to black households with misinformation about voting locations and times. Our arcane election laws also played a role. If Election Day were a national holiday (as it is in most democracies), or if most states had same-day voter registration, turnout among those groups would have been higher, and Clinton would have won in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and other swing states, and won the presidency.

Media Bias: The mainstream media gave Trump a free ride for most of the past year; treating him like a normal candidate rather than a racist demagogue. That allowed him to win the GOP nomination and to gain traction after the Republican convention. The media’s obsession with Clinton’s emails obscured the much-more-serious Trump scandals—his failure to pay taxes, his sexism, his bogus and self-serving foundation, his lies about his fortune, his fraudulent and abusive business practices, his total ignorance about public policy, Only in the past month did the media wake up and begin serious reporting on the real Trump. But it was too little, too late.

Right-Wing Money: The Koch brothers didn’t back Trump, but their political empire—including other right-wing billionaires who joined forces with them—may have spent close to a billion dollars helping Republican candidates for House and Senate. That increased GOP turnout in battleground states, and helped Trump.

Other factors—WikiLeaks, Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s stupid meeting with Bill Clinton on the airport tarmac, and the persistence of racism and sexism among a significant segment of the American population—all also played a role.

How did so many pollsters get it wrong?

How did so many pollsters get it wrong? Trump benefited from what political scientists call the “Bradley effect.” Just before Election Day in November 1982, polls showed that Tom Bradley, the African American mayor of Los Angeles, was going to beat Republican George Deukmejian in the race for California governor. But on Election Day, Deukmejian won. It appeared that many voters had lied to pollsters (or even to themselves). They didn’t want to appear racist, so they told pollsters they favored Bradley, but they voted for Deukmejian. Apparently, a significant number of people this year told pollsters they were voting for Clinton, or were undecided, but wound up voting for Trump. Perhaps they didn’t want to admit to pollsters, or to themselves, that they preferred Trump over Clinton.

The future looks better. Although turnout was low among the under-30 generation, those who went to the polls voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton and liberal Democrats for Congress. Latinos—the fastest-growing part of the electorate—voted overwhelmingly for Clinton. Within a few years, their growing numbers will determine elections in Florida, Arizona, Nevada, even Texas.

There were even some silver linings on Tuesday. Voters in Maricopa County, Arizona, defeated the right-wing immigrant-bashing Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington state approved ballot initiatives on Tuesday to increase their states’ minimum wages. Voters in Arizona and Colorado approved measures to require businesses to provide employees with paid sick days. California voters approved statewide ballot measures to extend current income tax rates for the wealthy to pay for public education, to raise tobacco tax by $2 a pack, to repeal the ban on bilingual education, to strengthen gun control laws, and to legalize marijuana. And some might find solace knowing that even though Trump beat Clinton in the Electoral College, she won the popular vote.

Moreover, all polls show that large majorities of Americans support a progressive policy agenda that links economic prosperity with fairness. They want higher taxes on the super-rich, stronger regulations on Wall Street, and big business to protect consumers, workers, and the environment, a significant increase in the federal minimum wage, some version of universal health insurance, a large-scale job-creating infrastructure program, and more affordable colleges and universities.

But public opinion, on its own, doesn’t bring about change. That’s what movements do. Americans need to join forces to resist where Trump, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, the Koch brothers, and Wall Street want to take the country. We need to build on the momentum of the Black Lives Matter and Fight for $15 campaigns, and the movements to protect immigrants, block the Keystone and Standing Rock pipelines, divest from fossil fuels, and defend Planned Parenthood and women’s right to choose.

We need new Democratic Party leadership. We need a progressive like Senators Elizabeth Warren or Dick Durbin, or Congressman John Lewis as the next head of the Democratic National Committee.

For more: http://prospect.org/article/mourn-then-organize

Hundreds of thousands mobilize in women’s marches across the South

January 23, 2017 by Chris Kromm – facingsouth.org

They’re being called the biggest protests in U.S. history: On Saturday, Jan. 21 — one day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump — millions of people joined Women’s Marches in more than 500 towns and cities across the country.

Drawing on reports from newspapers, social media, march organizers and other sources, Erica Chenoweth at the University of Denver and Jeremy Pressman Jeremy Pressman at the University of Connecticut created a database to inventory turnout at the protests.

Their estimate: At least 3.3 million came out to the Women’s March events, a figure that’s incomplete because turnout reports are still coming in.

The South was well-represented in the Jan. 21 demonstrations, according to the reports. Busloads from around the South arrived in Washington, D.C. for the main demonstration — which drew more than half a million people — and many more went to “sister marches” across the region.

Chenowith and Pressman document more than 100 events in Southern towns and cities. Events ranged from massive demonstrations mobilizing more than 20,000 people in cities including Atlanta, Houston and Nashville to an event in Helena, Arkansas that reportedly drew two people.

Altogether, between 320,000 and 410,000 marchers gathered for events spanning all 13 Southern states. Events across the region included [summarized]:

ALABAMA: More than 5,000 gathered in Birmingham, a city steeped in protest history.

GEORGIA: Officials estimate more than 60,000 came out for the Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women, which stretched for over a mile in making its way from the Center for Civil and Human Rights to the state capital. At the front was Rep. John Lewis (D), who said, “I marched in Nashville, I marched in Washington, I marched from Selma to Montgomery. I’m ready to march again.”

NORTH CAROLINA: A crowd of 17,000 to 20,000 gathered in Raleigh for North Carolina’s biggest Women’s March. A diverse range of grassroots leaders stressed the march’s connection to struggles for racial equality, labor and LGBT justice.

TEXAS: “I think there’s a time and a place to be furious and this is the time,” said a woman attending a march in Austin, which police estimate drew 40,000 to 50,000 people.

WEST VIRGINIA: In a state where more than two-thirds of voters cast ballots for President Trump, more than 3,000 gathered in the capital city of Charleston, where they sang “Bread and Roses,” a labor song made popular during the 1912 miners’ strike.

For the entire article: https://www.facingsouth.org/2017/01/hundreds-thousands-mobilize-womens-marches-across-south

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Timeline of protests against Donald Trump (post presidency)

For the entire timeline: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_protests_against_Donald_Trump#Post-election_protests 

Sunday, Jan 15, the 88th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Interfaith Moral Action on Climate is organizing a spiritual assembly and walk to the White House.

Wednesday, Jan. 18
Build and Resist: Climate Convergence and Action at the Inauguration and Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance. The Climate Justice Alliance also plans trainings and mobilization.

Thursday, Jan. 19
Take action in the morning at FERC to Resist Trump’s FERC

Friday, Jan. 20, Inauguration Day

Saturday, Jan. 21
* The Women’s March on Washington will begin at Independence Ave and 3rd St. SW.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

Seven Greenpeace members climbed a construction crane belonging to Clark Construction and displayed a large banner saying “Resist”, blocking traffic and interrupting work

Saturday, Jan. 28

Protests occurred at airports across the US, including O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, JFK Airport in New York, SFO in San Francisco, LAX in Los Angeles and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Sunday, Jan. 29

Protests against executive order 13769, banning travelers and refugees from certain countries continue at airports and public spaces, continue in the United States  and internationally.

Monday, Jan 30

A protest occurred at the U.S. Consulate in TorontoCanada in the wake of Trump’s executive order on immigration. A demonstration by Democrats was held outside of the Supreme Court to protest the executive order. Across major cities in the United Kingdom, large crowds varying from over 200 people, protested against the Trump Administration’s order on banning travellers and refugees from certain countries, as well supporting the petition to ban the Trump state visit to the U.K, which gathered over one million signatures in two days.

Tuesday, January 31 

Protests against Executive Order 13769 continue. In Las Cruces, New Mexico, demonstrators showed up outside the Islamic Center to show support for the Muslim community.

Thursday, February 2

Yemeni business owners in New York City shut down their various businesses from noon until 8pm to protest executive order 13769.Thousands of Comcast employees in PortlandWashington, D.C., Philadelphia and Sunnyvale walked off the job in protest of executive order 13769.

Friday, February 3 

Mock vigils for the Bowling Green Massacre, a fictitious event accidentally created by Kellyanne Conway while defending executive order 13769 took place in Bowling Green, Kentucky and at Bowling Green train station in New York City.

Planned protests

Thursday, February 16 – A Day Without Immigrants strike

Monday, February 20 – ‘Not My Presidents Day’ protest

Wednesday, March 8– International Women’s Day 

Saturday, April 15 – Tax Day March demanding that Donald Trump release his tax returns.

Saturdy, April 22 – Earth Day’s March for science protesting climate change denial.

Wednesday, May 1 – May Day aka International Worker’s Day 

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  1. WH

    Thursday, November 10, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
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    President Obama meets with Donald Trump at the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama hosts Melania Trump

    12:00 PM
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    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

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    2:20 PM
    President Obama welcomes the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers to the White House
    South Lawn

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    • Trump applied for a difficult job he knew very little about

      11/14/16 12:53PM By Steve Benen maddowblog

      On Thursday, just two days after the election, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, toured the West Wing. Kushner, who has a business background, has been a key adviser to Trump, but he has no meaningful experience in politics or government.

      And so it perhaps shouldn’t have come as too big of a surprise when Kushner, during his White House tour, asked how many West Wing staffers would remain in their jobs after the new administration took over. The answer, of course, is practically zero: Trump will need his own team.

      The trouble is, Kushner isn’t the only one on Team Trump who’s completely unaware of such things. As the Wall Street Journal reported, the president-elect is ignorant, too.

      During their private White House meeting on Thursday, Mr. Obama walked his successor through the duties of running the country, and Mr. Trump seemed surprised by the scope, said people familiar with the meeting. […]

      After meeting with Mr. Trump, the only person to be elected president without having held a government or military position, Mr. Obama realized the Republican needs more guidance. He plans to spend more time with his successor than presidents typically do, people familiar with the matter said.

      Note that when Obama and Trump spoke briefly to reporters on Thursday, the Republican president-elect turned to the incumbent and said, “I look forward to being with you many, many more times.”

      Left unsaid: “I’m starting to worry that I have no idea what I’m doing, so please help me.”

      The New York Times reported over the weekend, meanwhile, that Trump “talking with his advisers about how many nights a week he will spend in the White House.” He apparently hopes to maintain parts of his routine, which means spending time in New York, not D.C.

      “The questions reflect what Mr. Trump’s advisers described as the president-elect’s coming to grips with the fact that his life is about to change radically,” the article added. “They say that Mr. Trump, who was shocked when he won the election, might spend most of the week in Washington, much like members of Congress, and return to Trump Tower or his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., or his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach on weekends.”

      Do you ever get the feeling the presidency is going to make Donald Trump kind of miserable? Like he applied for a job he knew very little about, never read the job description, and isn’t quite sure what to do now that he has it?

      Read more: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-applied-difficult-job-he-knew-very-little-about

      • January 21, 2016
        Women’s March

        Hawaii grandma’s plea launches women’s march in Washington

        Dec 5, 2016 | 5:35am EST By Laila Kearney – reuters

        Hawaii grandmother Teresa Shook wanted to share her outrage with other women the night after Donald Trump was elected president, but she had few options in her remote island community. So she went on Facebook and in a popular political group wrote the first thing that came to mind: I think we should march.

        Four weeks later, organizers credit Shook’s quiet plea with igniting what could be the largest demonstration in the nation’s capital related to a presidential election.

        More than 125,000 people from across the country have signed up to march in Washington on Jan. 21, the day after Trump’s inauguration in support of women’s rights. Sister protests are planned in London and Frankfurt and online interest has grown to hundreds of thousands.

        For more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-women-idUSKBN13U0GW

    • LGBTQ Trump Voters: You Betrayed Our Community’s Most Vulnerable

      14% of LGBTQ people voted Trump — a sobering and agonizing reality.

      11/14/2016 12:56 pm ET James Michael Nichols – Queer Voices Deputy Editor, The Huffington Post

      We are now six days into coping with the reality of a Donald Trump/Mike Pence administration, and minority groups across America are still engaged in a state of mourning.

      One of many emotions that LGBTQ people are navigating and grappling with is a very distinct and cutting sense of betrayal. Despite repeated attempts by veteran activists, countless writers and influential organizations to warn about the radical dangers for the LGBTQ community under a Trump/Pence administration, 14 percent of our voting community reportedly aligned themselves with the Republican ticket.

      And that is a sobering and agonizing reality.

      The message sent by the results of the election and subsequent exit polls are not ambiguous: A significant portion of the LGBTQ community prioritized other issues and experiences over the threat that many of the most vulnerable members of our community could face under a Trump presidency.

      As Queer Voices Editor-at-Large Michelangelo Signorile points out, “We are in for a full-blown assault on LGBTQ rights the likes of which many, particularly younger LGBTQ people, have not seen. Progress will most certainly be halted completely, likely rolled back. And it’s already underway.”

      It’s a difficult and painful outcome to comprehend. What motivates a marginalized person to vote against the best interests of their community members? What set of internalized values allows an LGBTQ person to vote for candidates that are championing the most anti-LGBTQ platform in the Republican party’s history? A platform that not only embraces conversion therapy, but is largely being guided by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, a dangerous anti-LGBTQ extremist that all queer people should rightfully fear?

      For more; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lgbtq-trump-voters-community-vulnerable_us_58276f88e4b02d21bbc90d00

  2. This is so ridiculously embarrassing! This clown isn’t even likeable! At least Bush 43 was likeable.

  3. Jobless Claims in U.S. Declined Ahead of Presidential Election

    November 10, 2016 Patricia Laya – bloomberg

    Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits declined from an almost three-month high ahead of the presidential election, indicating the job market remains competitive for employers.

    Jobless claims fell by 11,000 to 254,000 in the week ended Nov. 5, a Labor Department report showed Thursday in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for 260,000. Continuing claims rose, though the four-week average dropped to the lowest since 2000.

    Steady progress in the U.S. in the labor market has kept layoffs near a four-decade low, as managers resist firings in face of a shrinking pool of qualified applicants. The figures come on the heels of last week’s monthly jobs report showing employers continued to add to payrolls at a steady pace in October.

    For more; http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-10/jobless-claims-in-u-s-decline-ahead-of-presidential-election

  4. November 10, 2016

    Remarks by the President Welcoming the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers

    South Portico

    2:27 P.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Welcome to the White House, and give it up for the World Champion, Cleveland Cavaliers! (Applause.) That’s right, I said “World Champion” and “Cleveland” in the same sentence. (Applause.) That’s what we’re talking about when we talk about hope and change. (Laughter.)

    We’ve got a lot of big Cavs fans here in the house — (applause) — including Ohio’s Governor, John Kasich, and his daughters, Emma and Reese. We got some outstanding members of Congress that are here. And obviously we want to recognize Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who put so much of himself into trying to make sure this thing worked. (Applause.) One of the great general managers of the game, David Griffin. (Applause.) And the pride and joy of Mexico, Missouri — Coach Tyronn Lue. (Applause.)

    I, also, before I go any further, want to give a special thanks to J.R. Smith’s shirt for showing up. (Laughter.) I wasn’t sure if it was going to make an appearance today. I’m glad you came. You’re a very nice shirt. (Laughter.)

    Now, last season, the Cavs were the favorites in the East all along, but the road was anything but stable. And I’m not even talking about what happened on the court. There were rumors about who was getting along with who, and why somebody wasn’t in a picture, and Lebron is tweeting, and this was all big news. But somehow Coach Lue comes in and everything starts getting a little smoother, and they hit their stride in the playoffs. Yeah, everybody can sit down, I’ll be here for awhile. (Laughter.)

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/10/remarks-president-welcoming-2016-nba-champion-cleveland-cavaliers

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