A sincere thanks to Mitch!

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Stan Areted

GO MITCH GO.

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chase_gw

So obstructing a President's agenda is good when we do it..........

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Fuhgetabauti

Mitch is just fantastic. He doesn't get enough recognition. Thank you for everything you do Mitch. And thank you to the people of KY for two great Senators.

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Fuhgetabauti

So obstructing is good when we do it..........

Obstructing socialism is never a bad thing, no matter who does it. I'll cheer for Nancy Pelosi if she takes the same stance.

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Ann

Obstructing border security, jobs, low taxes, energy independence, good trade deals, choice!!!, etc., Chase. Nope, not a good idea.

Obstructing Medicare for all, the Green New Deal, and sky high taxes. Yes, imperative!

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catkinZ8a

How dare you start a thread that doesn't revolve around the Mueller Witch Hunt!

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Carro

Thanks to Mitch for standing against wealth redistribution and government control of everything.

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Ann

I think he's fantastic too!

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Carro

Let cows fart, Mitch!

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margaux

Mitch should get credit for most, if not all, of Trump's accomplishments.

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Fuhgetabauti

Cocaine Mitch FTW.

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chase_gw

Lots of Republican Senate seats up for grabs in 2020.......Mitch may be totally irrelevant.

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Ann

"Lots of Republican Senate seats up for grabs in 2020.......Mitch may be totally irrelevant."

Could be, we'll see.

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Joaniepoanie

Mitch is slime for many reasons....obstructing Obama at every turn, Merrick Garland. He's gone silent on the Mueller report of course but when Clinton faced impeachment he said paraphrasing "if obstruction and perjury aren't impeachable offenses I don't know what are." Total hypocrite, along with Graham and the rest of the Repubs.

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Kathy

Matt Jones might take on Mitch. A liberal populist with a huge following on his radio show.

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cait1

Here's the part of the Constitution all dem politicians and leftys are ignorant of:

Article IV, Section 4

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a
Republican Form of Government
, and shall protect each of them against
Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive
(when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.


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redsox_gw

Mitch is just fantastic. He doesn't get enough recognition. Thank you
for everything you do Mitch. And thank you to the people of KY for two
great Senators.

After living in different states, including my current state of Kentucky, I can say, with authority, that Mitch is widely despised by democrats and republicans. Kentucky is a loser state in employment, health, wellness and education. Bottom 5 in every survey of any positive metric.

If this is your idea of success, you should move to Mississippi.

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mrskjun(9)

So he's widely despised by all. Yet he keeps getting re-elected. Go figure.

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AITG

How much did he get from the NRA?

Didn't they launder money for Russia?

Hmmmm...

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Kathy

Mitch needs to be voted out with Trump and let’s get this Congress working. Mitch vowed again not to work if Trump doesn’t win in 2020. That is not how government works for the people.

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Fuhgetabauti

That is not how government works for the people.

Sure it does. Republicans are " the people" too, and blocking socialism is how they want the government to work for them.

Mitch is Legend.

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Kathy

If Dems win the GOP is the minority. They are obstructing government. The same thing he did with Obama. If that is what he runs on he will lose and so will Trump. Go ahead and see how far obstruction of government flies in the election.

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Fuhgetabauti

Go ahead and see how far obstruction of government flies in the election.

I think saying we will stand up to socialism will resonate very well with voters.

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Ziemia(6a)

"Republicans are " the people" too,.."

They just the ones that have to disenfranchise groups of American citizens to win.

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Carro

I think saying we will stand up to socialism will resonate very well with voters.

It will be the biggest gift to Trump if he can frame 2020 as "We will never be a socialist country" and pit Capitalism against Socialism. I think that's why Biden is clearly beating everyone else in the polls, and he hasn't even announced yet.

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ubro(2a)

I think saying we will stand up to socialism will resonate very well with voters.

Ah yes, the fear of socialism, what a dog whistle.

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Kathy

If socialism means, healthcare, education and fair pay, then call it what you will. Programs for American workers, not American oligarchs.

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Fuhgetabauti

Ah yes, the fear of socialism, what a dog whistle.

We don't fear it, we despise it. It's disgusting and un-american. Much like those who push it.

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Ziemia(6a)

The level of argument by Trump's supporters is sure elevated.

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Ziemia(6a)

No driving on city roads. Definitely insist on no repairs.

Only neighborhood sourced food.

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Fuhgetabauti

If socialism means, healthcare, education and fair pay, then call it what you will.

Socialism means poverty, tyranny and misery. Healthcare, education and fair pay we already have, along with opportunity, prosperity and freedom. We don't need that socialism carp.

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Kathy

There seems to be a lot of GOP anger this morning. Even Trump is tweeting ferociously.

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AITG

Are the poorest states in our nation red or blue?

Think about it.

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Ann

"Joanie...slime is a way too polite term for turtle man. He's a disgrace."

Speaking of name calling, I have to admit pencil neck was a fitting choice. I cannot look at Schiff anymore without noticing his face shape vs neck size. It's kind of crazy weird.

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Fuhgetabauti

Are the poorest states in our nation red or blue?What do you mean by "red or blue"? Most states have large amounts of voters on each side.

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Ann

"Mitch vowed again not to work if Trump doesn’t win in 2020. That is not how government works for the people."

OMG:)))))) Ahhhh, never mind. Nancy did, after all, jokingly suggest she might be open to 1 mile of wall funding (with a cute laugh). But, no problem, everything at the border is just fine and orderly. Put up a few drones, scan cars coming through at existing entry points - and we're good! That will solve everything.

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Ann

"Go ahead and see how far obstruction of government flies in the election."

This gets better with every comment:)

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Ziemia(6a)

"What do you mean by "red or blue"? "

Really truly funny.

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Ann

"The level of argument by Trump's supporters is sure elevated."

I think what has gotten elevated is that sharp left turn. It's been a stunning turn!

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Ziemia(6a)

"I cannot look at Schiff anymore without noticing his face shape vs neck size. It's kind of crazy weird."

Hmm, "Compare and Contrast" with:

Jared

Donald

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Kathy

When the GOP is falling off the cliff with the White Nationalists everything looks left.

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AITG

So much as an inch from the extreme edge and you get branded a rino and booted out. The inmates are running the asylum.

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Lovely Linda

Weird thing yesterday, I got a wrong number call from Satan. Apparently my number is only one digit off from Mitch McConnell's.

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AITG

Burn sage. ;)

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Fuhgetabauti

When the GOP is falling off the cliff with the White Nationalists everything looks left.

If you need to know who has moved in what direction, all you need to do is listen to a Bill Clinton speech from not too long ago. He'd be pitchforked out of today's Democrat/anti-America Party. We're still where we were. The democrats have gone way left towards socialism.

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Chi

I want Mitch to lose in 2020 almost as much as I want Trump to lose. One of the most evil men in the history of our country.

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Fuhgetabauti

Well if the left thinks he's evil he must be doing something right.

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Kathy

Most Dems are moderate but the RW has framed programs for average American as socialist. The RW will cut off their nose to spite their face by supporting the oligarchs.

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Stan Areted


Fuhgetabauti

Well if the left thinks he's evil he must be doing something right.


YOU BETCHA! LOL

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redsox_gw

Well if the left thinks he's evil he must be doing something right.

I live here. Republicans despise him. Do you live in Kentucky? Or Moscow?

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Ziemia(6a)

"I think what has gotten elevated is that sharp left turn. It's been a stunning turn!"

Based on the 2018 results, the following would seem to be more accurate:

'I think what has gotten elevated is that sharp turn by supporters accepting every single thing Trump says. It's been a stunning turn!'

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Ann

"Hmm, "Compare and Contrast" with:

Jared

Donald"

Okay.





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Ann

"If you need to know who has moved in what direction, all you need to do is listen to a Bill Clinton speech from not too long ago. He'd be pitchforked out of today's Democrat/anti-America Party. We're still where we were. The democrats have gone way left towards socialism. "

I agree. I recently posed the question of naming a single thing Trump has done or wants to do in policy that represents a hard right turn and there wasn't one answer.

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Ziemia(6a)

I'd say his Tax "reform" is 'hard right'. (Why answer your questions when you ignore the predominant answers that don't go along with what you want to say?)

We will see how Americans feel about this:

"the cost of Social Security, the federal retirement program, will exceed its income in 2020 for the first time since 1982. The program’s reserve fund is projected to be depleted in 16 years, at which time recipients will get smaller payments than they are scheduled to receive if Congress does not act."

Aggravated by Trump's amazing Tax Reform.

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Chi

"Well if the left thinks he's evil he must be doing something right."

Nah, it means the right is perfectly fine with evil as long as it benefits them.

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redsox_gw

Most and Least Popular Senators. These RWers just don't know how to read. Or research. Or think.

Mitch a winner? Try reading someday.

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Chi

I think if a strong Republican can go up against Mitch, he's toast. I think a lot of people in Kentucky despise him but can't bring themselves to vote against party lines.

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Ann

"Aggravated by Trump's amazing Tax Reform."

It was? How? Be sure to incorporate the unemployment rate/number of Americans working into your answer, if you choose to answer. Also, if true that it was aggravated by Trump's tax reform, the 2020 situation and projected depletion date must be different than they were in January 2016. Would you agree that logic would have to be true for your statement to hold water?

You may or may not be right, but that's most definitely the type of claim that needs numerical/factual back up. Or, are you just guessing and tossing it out there?

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Kathy

20B in additional debt for a temp rise in economy/employment isn’t guessing. Trump plans to get it from SS and Medicare and Medicaid.

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Ziemia(6a)

No, Ann. The news about the reduced federal income is separate from the unemployment rate news. It is connected to the tax rate. (The higher employment rate did not, apparently, lead to increased revenue.)

Do you, Ann, often guess and toss stuff out here?

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Ziemia(6a)

This quote from a government report released yesterday is confusing:

"Government officials said before the release of the report that a strengthening economy and broader access to health care, as a result of the Affordable Care Act, are responsible for declining disability claims."

ETA

Does this mean the ACA has reduced the number of people going on disability so the SS benefits will last longer for retirees?

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Ann

Okay, how about the same reliable sources you must have read to determine the Social Security situation has been aggravated by Trump's tax plan? I'd very much like to see the numerical analysis that led the author to this conclusion and the projected depletion date (and the change that it must have incurred assuming you are correct about the impact of Trump's tax plan). This is a topic (and the sustainability of Medicare) that has been of interest and concern to me for years and I'd be very interested in this new data.

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Ann

Ziemia, what is the source of that quote and what point are you wanting to make by posting that particular quote?

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redsox_gw

I think if a strong Republican can go up against Mitch, he's toast. I
think a lot of people in Kentucky despise him but can't bring themselves
to vote against party lines.

He has very low approval in a republican state. So that tells the story. Why are the RW people on here so ill informed? Too lazy to read and research? I guess that is a rhetorical question.

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redsox_gw

"So he's widely despised by all. Yet he keeps getting re-elected. Go figure."

But just look at who is re-electing him.

D'oh. He's rich. And connected.

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Ziemia(6a)

Wasn't looking but found this:

"It's also important to keep in mind that these projections are constantly shifting based on economic data, demographic trends, and actuarial projections. Last year [2018], Social Security was supposed to hit insolvency in 2034. The year before, the trustees said insolvency wouldn't hit until 2037. It's a moving target, but time keeps on slipping and ignoring the looming crisis won't make it go away."

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Ann

LA Times, April 22.

"The crux of the conservative attack on Social Security in recent years has been the claim that the program is on an unbroken path to insolvency. Monday’s release of the Social Security trustees’ annual report knocks a pillar out from under that campaign, for it shows that the program actually got healthier during the last year.

The trustees predicted that the program’s reserves — that is, the trust funds of its retirement and disability components — will be exhausted in 2035. In last year’s report, the trustees pegged that date at 2034. In other words, the trust funds’ exhaustion last year was 16 years away; this year it’s still 16 years away."

ETA: By the way, the title of this article is, "Surprise! Social Security has gotten healthier"

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Ann

Overlapped Ziemia. Do you care to revisit this or are you sticking with it?

"Aggravated by Trump's amazing Tax Reform."


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Ann

Ziemia, I've now read four articles on the topic (very interesting!) all published in the last 24 hours and not one has discussed (or even mentioned) the aggravating impact of Trump's tax plan. I'll assume that was your opinion only, but would be happy to read your source if it was more than opinion.

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Kathy

When revenue is less than expenditures something has to be cut. Trump’s 2020 budget expects the difference to be made up by cutting Medicare, Medicaid and SS. Working Americans are paying the majority of those taxes yet it is those programs he intends to cut to allow the wealthy to keep more of their millions and billions.


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Ann

Kathy, that has nothing to do with what Ziemia said and your comment leads me to a whole set of different questions, but for now, I'll stick with trying to figure out where Ziemia's info came from. It's been a while, so as mentioned, it may have been an opinion she tossed out. That's fine, but it wasn't noted as an opinion and I figured a statement like that must have been supported by one or more sources.

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mrskjun(9)

Revenue has gone up since the tax cuts., but as usual congress can outspend revenue and will continue to do so.

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chase_gw

"Revenue has gone up since the tax cuts."


Mrs, want to expand in that? By how much? If they really have gone up, what are the sources of the increased revenues?

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-tax-revenue-declined-0-4-in-2018-11550084426


..and this for 1st Q 2019

Washington (CNN) - The federal budget deficit ballooned in the first four months of the 2019 fiscal year, growing 77% over the same period a year earlier as tax revenue plummeted and government spending went up.

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Joaniepoanie

Red Sox....I get that Turtle is rich and connected....but there is never a halfway decent Repub challenging him? What about 2020?

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Kathy

Ann, I am very surprised you cannot connect the lower tax revenue to decreased benefits for SS, Medicare and Medicaid.

Disability claims have decreased as a result of the Medicaid expansion of the ACA. They are now anticipated to be good until 2052.



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ubro(2a)

We don't fear it, we despise it. It's disgusting and un-american. Much like those who push it.

Throw in the words un-american along with socialism and you increase the rabid acceptance of whatever cause you support.

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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

"Well if the left thinks he's evil he must be doing something right."

Evil and the right do go together.

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bob_cville

>GO MITCH GO.

I agree. But only if it involves him going away.

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Kathy

Ky is getting a nice Russian aluminum plant that used to be owned by Deripaska.

Russian aluminum company Rusal announced Monday it plans to invest in a new Kentucky aluminum mill to be built near Ashland in eastern Kentucky. The $200 million investment in Braidy Industries is Rusal’s first U.S. project since the Trump administration lifted U.S. sanctions placed against the company.

Rusal had been sanctioned by the U.S. government because its major controller, Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, who has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, faces accusations of “a range of malign activity around the globe” by Russia, according to the U.S. Treasury Department. Those actions include interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and meddling in neighboring Ukraine.

Will Trump use them to build the wall as partial payback?

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Kathy

Here’s Mitch!and Paul. Explains his trips to Russia. Their votes brought Russian aluminum to Kentucky. Can you see why some of the GOP is bought off by Putin?




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catkinZ8a


Kathy

20B in additional debt for a temp rise in economy/employment...

____________________________________________________


BUSINESS

Markets Right Now: S&P 500, Nasdaq close at record highs

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

APRIL 23, 2019 04:09 PM, UPDATED 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES AGO


NEW YORK

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

4 p.m.

The S&P 500 index is closing at a record high, surpassing the peak it set last September and recouping all the ground it lost in a nosedive late last year.

The Nasdaq index also closed at a record high Tuesday.

The market has risen sharply since bottoming out on Christmas Eve, driven by greater confidence in the economy and reassurances that the Federal Reserve is unlikely to raise interest rates this year.

The gains Tuesday came as big U.S. companies began turning in solid results for the first quarter. Hasbro soared 14.2% and Twitter jumped 15.6%.

The S&P 500 rose 25 points, or 0.9%, to 2,933.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 145 points, or 0.5%, to 26,656. The Nasdaq added 105 points, or 1.3%, to 8,120.

___

11:45 a.m.

The S&P 500 index was on track for an all-time high as big U.S. companies began turning in solid results for the first quarter, despite predictions for the worst quarter of earnings growth in years.

The most recent record for the benchmark index was set last September, shortly before the market took a nosedive in the fourth quarter that took the index almost 20% below that peak.

Big names including Hasbro, Lockheed Martin and Twitter all surprised Wall Street with strong profit and revenue Tuesday.

Hasbro jumped 14% and Twitter soared 17% after both companies reported impressive results.

The S&P 500 index rose 23 points, or 0.8%, to 2,931.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 145 points, or 0.6%, to 26,656. The Nasdaq added 91 points, or 1.2%, to 8,107.

___

9:35 a.m.

Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street as company earnings reporting season gets into full swing.

Toymaker Hasbro jumped 14% in early trading Tuesday and Twitter rose 11.8% after both companies reported impressive results. Coca-Cola also rose 1.4%.

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin rose 4.5% and appliance maker Whirlpool climbed 3%.

The S&P 500 index rose 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,913.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 22 points, or 0.1%, to 26,537. The Nasdaq added 29 points, or 0.4%, to 8,045.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10 year Treasury fell to 2.57%.

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article229573574.html

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anitamo(5)

Kathy... I was just reading about Braidy Industries in Kentucky. Very shady. And why they voted to drop sanctions on Deripaska.

Worth repeating:

Here’s Mitch!and Paul. Explains his trips to Russia. Their votes brought Russian aluminum to Kentucky. Can you see why some of the GOP is bought off by Putin?

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Kathy

Catkin, it’s only been a year. Tax cuts for workers fade away but the tax cuts for the wealthy go on.

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Kathy

Paul and McConnell were 2 of the 3 votes needed to drop the sanctions. Remember when McCain called Rand Paul a Russian asset?

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Ann

Ubro, socialism is un-American IMO.

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catkinZ8a

The US economy is smokin'! Thank you, President Trump!

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dockside_gw

When I hear the term "pencil neck" I think of Tom Cotton, Republican Senator from Arkansas - have ever since he was elected. Then, there's Egypt's Assad.

Classic Pencil Neck


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Ziemia(6a)

Guess it's bye-bye to many fire departments.

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Kathy

CEO’s are making more money than ever, but they haven’t raised wages. Tax cut failure for workers.

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Ziemia(6a)

Surely It's a Coincidence That a Firm Tied to a Russian Oligarch Is Pouring Millions Into Kentucky

Surely.


Kentucky might be going into business with the Russian mafia. Not the rough-and-tumble “Godfather” crowd with the bent noses and such names like Tessio, Barzini and Luca Brasi. If all goes according to plan, by the middle of the year, we’ll be in business with Oleg Deripaska, a buddy of Vladimir Putin.



He could be sending $200 million — if you believe media reports — in what could very well be mobbed-up money to northeastern Kentucky to build a $1.7 billion aluminum plant on an old strip mine there.


The 51-year-old billionaire emerged as a powerful businessman following the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union after a bloody fight for control of Russia's aluminum industry.


Last November, the New York Times quoted Mikhail Khodorkovsky, another Russian billionaire, saying he stayed out of that battle and urged those he worked with to do the same because of the ruthlessness of the fight. “There were so many murders, I refused to go into this business,” Khodorkovsky said.


According to the Times, many have claimed that Deripaska “engaged in theft, intimidation, bribery and even murder, notably of a Russian banker in 1995,” but that none of those claims has been substantiated.

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Ziemia(6a)

Enter Rusal, a Russian aluminum company that until just three months ago was barred from doing business in the United States in part because of its ties to Deripaska. The Trump administration lifted the sanctions in January after Deripaska agreed to reduce his ownership stake in the Moscow-based company, the world’s second-largest aluminum manufacturer, from 70% to less than 45%.


And that came only after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell backed that decision despite large numbers of Republicans and Democrats who objected to allowing Rusal and its parent company En+ Group into the United States.


The House voted to keep the sanctions 362-53, but the Senate fell three votes short of the 60 votes needed to end a filibuster. McConnell, along with Sen. Rand Paul, voted voted against the resolution.

Two of the three votes to NOT keep the sanctions come from Kentucky.

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Kathy

Deripaska made even more money by reducing his shares because the stock soared. Is that a coincidence too?

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