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Sessions Asks Prosecutors Appointed by Obama to Resign and More in Politics Today

by Countable | 3.10.17

It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:

1. "Sessions asks 46 Obama-era U.S. attorneys to resign"

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked the remaining 46 chief federal prosecutors left over from the Obama administration to resign, including Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara who had been asked to stay on in November by then President-elect Donald Trump.

A Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed the resignation requests applied to Bharara. However, it was not immediately clear if all resignations would ultimately be accepted.

Read more at Reuters.

2. "Trump works as Dealer-In-Chief to rally for GOP health care plan"

President Donald Trump is working to get all Republicans behind a GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare – stepping in as dealmaker-in-chief.

President Trump sat down with House Republicans who are working to push new health care legislation through Congress.

"We’re working together.We have some great results. We have tremendous spirit and I think it’s something that’s just going to happen very shortly," said President Trump.

Read more at CBS Miami.

3. "Rand Paul: Trump ‘very open to negotiation’ to ObamaCare bill"

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Friday said President Trump is open to changing parts of the House GOP's ObamaCare repeal bill.

"Actually, I think the president is very open to negotiation," Paul told Breitbart News Daily. “I talked to him again last night by phone. I’ve talked to him twice a week."

Paul added that during their talk on Thursday night, Trump "said he's open to negotiation."

Read more at The Hill.

4. "U.S. adds 235,000 jobs in first full month of Trump White House"

The U.S. economy churned out 235,000 new jobs in February in the first full month of the Trump White House, signaling steady growth ahead and all but assuring the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates soon.

The economy has added almost half a million jobs in the first two months of 2017, the best back-to-back performance since last summer. Employment in weather-sensitive industries got a big boost from the second warmest February on record, including the biggest gain in construction jobs in 10 years.

Read more at MarketWatch.

5. "Mattis’ Pentagon pick seen as supporter of Muslim Brotherhood, group Trump may outlaw"

President Trump’s defense secretary wants the Pentagon’s top civilian job to go to a onetime prominent supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, a group Trump may designate as a terrorist organization.

Not surprisingly, the White House is resisting the choice by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general, of Anne Patterson to be undersecretary of defense for policy -- the Pentagon’s fourth most powerful position.

Read more at Fox News.

— Eric Revell

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  • ShePersisted
    03/11/2017
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    Attorney General Jeff Sessions firing 46 chief federal prosecutors left over from the Obama administration is a deliberate attempt to derail justice. "By asking for the immediate resignation of every remaining U.S. Attorney before their replacements have been confirmed or even nominated, the President is interrupting ongoing cases and investigations and hindering the administration of justice." The PRESIDENT has boasted about sexually assaulting women "Grab 'em by the p*ssy!" His companies violate the foreign and corrupt practices act DAILY. He has tried to ban Muslims from entering the country, without substantiating evidence, TWICE. Almost his entire cabinet has met overtly or covertly with RUSSIANS ?!?!?! during and even AFTER the campaign - and Hawkish Republicans now just love Putin? A lawyer just appointed Attorney General perjured PERJURED HIMSELF DURING HIS CONFIRMATION HEARING - you're an IDIOT Jeff Sessions! Mike Flynn is a goddamned registered FOREIGN AGENT... Who thinks ANY OF THIS IS OK? Hey! QUICK - LETS CHANGE THE LAWS SO PEOPLE CANT FILE "FRIVOLOUS" LAWSUITS! LETS GUT THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND FIRE ALL THE ATTORNEYS! If you want to see a map of Trump and his Russian ties check out this CONGRESSMAN'S website https://swalwell.house.gov/russia This is NOT going to end well.

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  • Cheryl
    03/12/2017
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    This is the most childish administration in our country's history. They are so transparent in their efforts to reverse everything President Obama has done. This is nothing more than a personal vendetta by an insane, so-called president that was embarrassed at a dinner for his insane conspiracy theory about President Obama's birth place. This was based on nothing more than a bigoted campaign to delegitimize our president. In fact we have never had a more illegitimate president than 45. Republicans that are advancing his agenda will pay come 2018.

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  • Deanna
    03/11/2017
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    Hypocrisy at its finest. Instead of asking others to resign who have followed the law, Sessions should be the one to resign immediately. He needs to be charged for lying under oath.

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  • AngelaWood
    03/11/2017
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    Jeff Sessions needs to quit. He's already made an ass of himself by lying during his confirmation and now he wants to attack marijuana smokers bc 1: He hasn't researched all the benefits of marijuana regarding healthcare and/or 2: He's being aid by Big Pharma which I'd think both. How can he stand in front of the American public and say only bad people smoke marijuana? He's so ignorant of the facts but that's the case with all Trumps appointees. Bunch of traitorous bullshit artists.

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  • mrsdaniwest
    03/12/2017
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    Yes, it may be true that new administrations sometimes ask for the resignations of U.S. Attorneys, but never in history has an administration been shrouded in such a cloud of reasonable doubt as this one. With each passing day the Russian collusion puzzle is coming together at a more and more alarming rate. For Sessions to abruptly fire 40+ attorneys in one day is eyebrow raising at the least, and downright suspicious at most. To not have replacements in place is highly unusual and signals strongly that the Trump administration is simply removing folks that could potentially prosecute them of any wrongdoing. This is not hypocrisy from the left, this is common sense, and I for one would like a better understanding of the truth.

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  • Devin
    03/11/2017
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    jeff sessions should resign

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  • Anya
    03/13/2017
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    I demand You call for Sessions resignation. While I understand it is customary to replace state AGs, my biggest question and concern is... Who protect the citizens of the US under this current administration? Already we are seeing the iharrassment and detainment of immigrants Muslims and refugees and threats to cut federal funding from sanctuary cities.. And a request for some kind of full out training to assess "readiness" of law enforcement against "terrorists". How about protecting us from fascism????

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  • JocSeaman
    03/11/2017
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    What is Trump and his team covering up? They are removing these competent people in our government and checks and balances who can hold them accountable for their corruption. We want to know what is going on! The Russians are actively meddling in the American government and you cannot pretend there is nothing going on! Call them out! Investigate! Expose the lies, corruption and treason! What are they hiding?!

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  • Margaret
    03/11/2017
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    I worked at Cook Children's Hospital for many years and saw up close and personal, children with severe medical conditions who would not be alive without Medicaid. I urge you to have the courage to visit hospitals for children and adults, to put yourselves in their shoes and open your eyes to the necessity of providing healthcare coverage for them. If you are so concerned about life in utero, show the same concern for life post partum. Vote your conscience, not your ego.

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  • Carol
    03/14/2017
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    This is not normal. The reasons behind this action need to be investigated. There is much evidence showing that the President is significantly benefitting from this action.

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  • Drew
    03/11/2017
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    This is shameful, we need an independent investigation of Trump not an investigation consisting of Republicans or Trump appointed attorneys.

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  • Cherilee
    03/11/2017
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    Looks like a giant attempt to slow down investigations against President Trump & Sessions himself. Stop this cloak of secrecy. Looks like something is wrong even if it is not. You can be part of the problem or part of the solution. You are risking losing your seat in Congress. Republicans are looking very untrustworthy and not for the best interests of their constituents. Pay attention!

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  • Nikki
    03/11/2017
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    It is obvious to all of us that Jeff Sessions is hoping to keep himself and the Trump administration in office by avoiding prosecution. Do not fall for this. Do not allow this.

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  • Unji
    03/12/2017
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    Regardless of what side of the political aisle you are on, the removal of the previous administration judges is appalling and terrifying. Sessions appears unethical.

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  • Virginia
    03/11/2017
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    Jeff Sessions needs to quit! He lied under oath durning his confirmation! He is in no position to call the shots!

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  • Scott
    03/11/2017
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    Apparently Steve King (R-Iowa) and Sean Hannity are part of the presidents advisory council. They each said this - the day before it happened. One more illustration of the fact that this president does NOT think for himself in spite of having a very good brain 😜. If he reads it on Brietbart or Heard it in Fox, he acts on it immediately. Instead of PDBs he reads Mad Magazine and the National Enquirer! Seriously I think he really wanted to get rid of Preet Bahrara NOW so fired everyone to mask his intention.

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  • Velva
    03/12/2017
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    Jeff Sessions should be the one resigning.

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  • Vegariane
    03/11/2017
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    Jeff Sessions firing 46 chief federal prosecutors is a deliberate attempt to derail justice. "By asking for the immediate resignation of every remaining U.S. Attorney before their replacements have been confirmed or even nominated, the President is interrupting ongoing cases and investigations and hindering the administration of justice." Trump's companies violate the foreign and corrupt practices act DAILY. He has tried to ban Muslims from entering the country, without valid, substantiating evidence, TWICE. Almost his entire cabinet has met overtly or covertly with RUSSIANS during and even AFTER the campaign. Jeff Sessions must resign. There is no way he can be impartial and he obviously refuses to stand up to Trump no matter how wrong he is.

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  • mgn82
    03/11/2017
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    Sessions, Trump, Pence and the rest of this terrible administration under the most terrible president in history, should resign! All of them serve greed over the protection of the people and the planet. They are a danger to life as we know it! They should resign, because it's the right thing to do. They are a threat to our health and safety. Their selfish decisions to turn the U.S. into a fossil fuel empire will leave us choking on the air we breathe and gagging on the water we drink. It's 2017 and not the 1930's! We don't need coal, oil, natural gas and factory pollutants! It causes illness and death! Shame on them for ignoring the truth for their personal agendas! Our quality of living is at stake! They should RESIGN NOW!

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  • Michele
    03/11/2017
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    No Trumpcare. It's a sh!t sandwich created by Paul Ryan.

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