The NFL and ESPN badly misjudged Trump. Now they’re paying the price.

The Watch Dog response: But race don’t matter! Ya’ll better wake the hell up. Some think it is open season on black folk coming from the white house. Well they gonna learn the day!

(CNN)The NFL put out a statement on Wednesday denying it had capitulated to President Donald Trump and banned players from kneeling when the National Anthem plays before games.

This remains true, so far as we know, in the abstract. The league has not imposed any formal restrictions. (Yet. There are more meetings planned.) But even as Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones threatened on Sunday to bench any player judged to be “disrespecting the flag,” the presidential blitz continues — and it becomes clearer that the NFL and ESPN’s attempts to appease Trump have failed. (CNN)

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Trump sits, talks through song lowering the flag at military base amid NFL anthem controversy – Washington Examiner

President Trump sat and talked through the nightly playing of “Retreat” as the American flag was lowered on a Pennsylvania Air National Guard base during his interview with Sean Hannity.

Trump, who has been criticizing NFL players who kneel through the national anthem to protest racism, seemed caught off-guard by loudspeakers playing “Retreat.” The song is played every night at military bases to signal the American flag being lowered and the end of the official duty day.

Military site Task and Purpose was the first to notice Trump sitting during the song. According to Task and Purpose, uniformed service members are required to stop what they’re doing and salute the flag as its lowered during the song while civilians are required to place their hand over their heart.

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Trump not only does not stand or place his hand over his heart, but instead talks through the song and assumes it’s being played to honor him or Hannity. (Washington Examiner)

NFL: Trump’s tweet on Goodell demanding players stand during anthem ‘not accurate’ – The Hill

The Watch Dog response: Wow they are just twisting and tweeting.

The NFL said that President Trump’s tweet saying commissioner Roger Goodell is “demanding” that players stand during the national anthem is “not accurate.”

The league said in a statement Wednesday morning that “commentary this morning about the Commissioner’s position on the Anthem is not accurate.”

“The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together,” the statement read.

Trump’s tweet on Wednesday morning appeared to be in response to a report that the NFL is considering a rule that would require players to stand during the national anthem. (The Hill)

Trump reignites NFL protest controversy by ordering Mike Pence to leave a Colts game – Vox

The Watch Dog response: Simon said and he did! I wonder do their ignant a… realize the game went on without him being there? LMAO!

Vice President Mike Pence, the former governor and Congress member from Indiana, announced on Twitter that he had left Sunday’s football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers to express his discontent with some 49ers players’ decision to protest police violence against African Americans by kneeling during the national anthem:

President Trump said on Twitter that he had instructed Pence to leave should any players kneel: (Vox)

NC asks for $900M in flood relief, feds give $6.1M, Cooper says – WRAL

The Watch Dog response: Thank you Senator for standing with our Governor. I have been saying since Matthew that folk better recognize who was in office. I told them these Republicans ain’t gonna want to do anything and if they did it would be very little. I said and the next time around if they are still in control they will not get anything.

Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina asked the federal government for $900 million to help relieve parts of the state ravaged by Hurricane Matthew flood waters, but the government only offered $6.1 million, Gov. Roy Cooper said in a news conference on Wednesday. The $6 million of relief money is less than 1 percent of what the state asked for.

“I am deeply disappointed that Washington isn’t making North Carolina’s urgent need a top priority,” the governor said.

“Matthew did an estimated $4.8 billion in damages to 50 counties in North Carolina,” Cooper said during a news conference about the state’s preparations for hurricane season. “That’s half of our entire state.” (Read more)

Senator Smith-Ingram’s Statement on Hurricane Matthew Funding

The Watch Dog response: Thank you Senator for standing with our Governor. I have been saying since Matthew that folk better recognize who was in office. I told them these Republicans ain’t gonna want to do anything and if they did it would be very little. I said and the next time around if they are still in control they will not get anything.

I am in agreement with Governor Roy Cooper’s sentiments. The Trump Administration and Congress’ measly funding for federal disaster for Hurricane Matthew were extremely disappointing. It’s less than 1 percent of what the state requested.

Governor Cooper requested more than $900 million in federal relief which is quite a conservative request in comparison to the damage done by Hurricane Matthew. Only $6.1 million in federal money was approved. This isn’t even enough to bring affected areas back to “prior fund damage” levels.

What I’d hoped for was exactly what our Governor requested for federal funding for:

▪ Housing repairs: $166 million for homeowners’ repairs, $63.7 million to repair rental housing, $15.2 million to repair public housing.

▪ Agriculture: $92.6 million to cover losses the U.S. Department of Agriculture didn’t cover, such as livestock, equipment and feed.

▪ Small business: $39 million to help close to 700 small businesses.

The above areas had the most impact in my District.

I call upon my Senate leaders to come up with additional funding, either through an immediate supplemental spending bill or in the next appropriations process to provide the much needed investment in recovery.

Being that North Carolina was underfunded at the federal level, it is unacceptable and shameful that the Senate budget fails North Carolinians affected by the storm. Hurricane Matthew was a catastrophic event that is best responded to outside of our biennium budget process. The appropriations should have never been included with the limitations of a $22.9 billion spending cap. We can do better than this. We are better than this. This budget does not reflect it!

100 Days of Trump

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100 Days of Trump

Donald J. Trump has been president of the United States for 100 days.  During that time, he has failed to deliver on the promises he made to the American people.  On important items like healthcare, staffing his administration, the budget, and tax reform he’s proven time and time again that he and his administration serve special interests and not the American people.  His regressive policies have not improved the lives of working Americans – in fact, his decisions have made things worse.  

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On healthcare, Mr. Trump promised it would be “far less expensive”.  He promised that his plan would provide “insurance for everybody” and would increase the quality of care.  The exact opposite is true.  TrumpCare would result in 24 million more uninsured Americans.  Out-of-pocket costs including premiums, deductibles, and copays would increase significantly under TrumpCare.

On serving special interests instead of the American people, Mr. Trump promised to “drain the swamp.”  In fact, in his first 100 days, he has again done exactly the opposite.  He has filled his administration with Washington insiders, issued waivers to sidestep his five year lobbying ban, and continues to refuse to release the White House visitors’ logs.  The American people deserve to know with whom the president and his administration are conducting business, but Mr. Trump clearly disagrees.  

On the budget, Mr. Trump promised to make life better for all Americans.  But his budget blueprint proves just the opposite.  Mr. Trump’s budget seeks to slash funding for lifesaving medical research, zero out funding to help low income families secure affordable housing, and even eviscerates the Meals on Wheels program on which tens of thousands of North Carolina seniors depend.


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Building on his record of broken promises and working for special interests, it’s no surprise Mr. Trump’s tax plan would hurt working families and disproportionately benefit the wealthy and large corporations at the expense of middle class Americans.  We cannot afford a tax plan that hands multi-billion dollar tax breaks to the super rich while middle class Americans are forced to shoulder the burden of paying for it.  

North Carolinians and the American people deserve a government that will work to support everyone – not just the special interests and those at the top.  We deserve and demand nothing less. 

 

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Congressman Butterfield receiving an honorary award from North Carolina’s Groove Phi Groove Fraternity.


Congressman Butterfield meeting with members of North Carolina Electric CoOps.


Congressman Butterfield met with Dr. Michelle Ogle of the Warren-Vance Community Health Center to discuss the importance of supporting treatment and primary care for those living with HIV/AIDS.

 

 
 

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The Hill: Treasury secretary says Trump to propose biggest tax cut in history

President Trump’s forthcoming tax plan will be the “biggest” tax cut in history, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday at an event hosted by The Hill. Mnuchin provided several clues as to what will be in the package, which will be unveiled later in the day. He confirmed that the proposal would cut tax rates for businesses to 15 percent. That rate would apply to both corporations and owner-operated businesses known as “pass-throughs.”

Wilson Times: Butterfield advises students to stay informed, earn their degrees

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield urged Barton College students to let activism take a backseat to their education. The Democratic 1st Congressional District representative ended a three-day, seven-city tour during the congressional recess Thursday in Wilson. Marcella Medley, president of the Minority Students Association, introduced Butterfield to about 25 other students and faculty members at Hardy Alumni Hall.

KRWG: Udall, Luján, Lujan Grisham Urge Education Secretary DeVos to Reinstate Student Loan Protections

Commentary: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Congressman Ben Ray Luján and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham this week joined more than 130 members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to reverse a recent decision to rescind Obama-era efforts on student loan servicing reforms. The reforms include new consumer protections for borrowers and improvements to the quality of federal loan servicing.

 
 

 
 

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