San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick lost another game Sunday, his team’s thirteenth loss in a row.
The 49ers got smoked 41-13 in Atlanta by the Falcons. Kaepernick’s offense failed to score a point outside the second quarter.
Kaepernick completed 20 of 33 passes but managed only 183 yards through the air, while his Atlanta counterpart Matt Ryan threw for 286 yards in the win.
Kaepernick, who famously takes a knee during the national anthem to protest police officers, has garnered massive media attention for his political stunts. But his play on the field has been atrocious.
Last week, Kaepernick blew a lead against the New York Jets, failing to get anything going on offense in the fourth quarter as 49ers fans booed their own team’s terrible play. In a postgame press conference, Kaepernick dodged a question as to whether 2016 is the most frustrating season of his career.
The 49ers drop to 1-13 with only two games left in their disastrous season.
Colin Kaepernick has a new backup quarterback for the first time this season: Christian Ponder
Ponder last played in the 49ers’ exhibition finale, running for two touchdowns in a fourth-quarter rally for a 31-21 win at San Diego. His last regular-season action came in 2014, a two-game cameo to conclude his four-year tenure there.
Ponder and Gabbert are unsigned for 2017, and Kaepernick could opt out of his contract to test free agency, as well.
Capitol Hill Democrats are signaling that they plan to fight President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of the Interior.
Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke is facing backlash from the Left over some of his views: (spoiler alert: climate change).
Here is the statement from the Democratic National Committee:
“RyanZinke’s nomination is nothing short of an insult to the agency responsible for managing the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage, providing scientific and other information about those resources; and honoring special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities. Like many of Trump’s other nominees, he is a climate change denier and he holds a pathetic 3% lifetime rating from the League of Conservation Voters. He was caught on camera labeling some of the Indian Reservations he represents in Montana as a prime example of “dependence on government.” And he supports transferring federal land management to local governments that have fewer resources to do so effectively…
“In nominating Ryan Zinke, Donald Trump has once again confirmed that he wants roll back all of our progress on behalf of his son and big oil and gas lobbyists. He should not be confirmed,” the DNC added.
Zinke is known in Washington as a great conservationist and outdoorsman and a staunch and unwavering ally of the Second Amendment. Zinke’s confirmation faces pushback from Democrats that still have a filibuster in the Senate that they plan to use often.
“Sanctuary City” mayors are openly planning to defy President-elect Trump’s immigration policies. These “Sanctuary Cities” keep illegal immigrants living freely within their boundaries, effectively providing amnesty for them.
The President-elect’s 100-day plan makes perfectly clear what he plans to do to sanctuary mayors who defy his law: he will “cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities.”
* THIRD, cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities
Who are these defiant mayors plotting to keep their “Sanctuary” scheme going? How many more Democratic mayors will join them, eager to score points with the progressive Left? How many Democrat astroturf groups will travel to these cities to push their agenda with the media?
And most importantly: how much money in federal funding will these mayors lose?
Even by a politically liberal estimate, mayors of these cities could lose over $10 billion immediately. The biggest losses will be felt by the biggest Democratic mayors: Bill de Blasio of New York, Ed Lee of San Francisco, Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, and Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, the 1970’s birthplace of the “Sanctuary City” movement.
Here is a list of the defiant cities and mayors and Mother Jonesestimates for how much federal funding they could lose:
Los Angeles: Mayor Eric Garcetti could lose $507 million in federal funding overnight, which amounts to about two percent of the city budget.
Chicago: Mayor Rahm Emanuel stands to lose $1 billion, or 10 percent of his massive city budget, overnight.
New York City: Mayor Bill de Blasio stands to lose 9 percent of its budget amounting to $7 billion.
Washington, DC: Mayor Muriel Bowser faces the loss of 25 percent of her budget.
San Francisco: Mayor Ed Lee could lose 10 percent of his city’s budget, or $1 billion.
Providence, Rhode Island: Mayor Jorge Elorza might see a 10 percent budget cut to the tune of $71 million.
Philadelphia: Democratic mayor Jim Kenney might face some political repercussions in the areas surrounding Philadelphia, but plans on fighting the Trump administration within his city limits.
Newark, New Jersey: Mayor Ras Baraka is keeping his “Sanctuary” in tact, which scores him points with national Democratic leadership.
Austin, Texas: Mayor Steve Adler has support in his city but is walking into dangerous territory for his political prospects in the Lone Star State.
Denver, Colorado: Mayor Michael Hancock is risking 9 percent of his city’s budget, or $175 million.
Baltimore: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake might lose her city $216 million, or 8 percent of its budget.
Oakland: Mayor Libby Schaaf is gambling with 4 percent of her city’s budget, aka $52 million.
Minneapolis: In an area rife with illegal immigration, Mayor Betsy Hodges only stands to lose 2 percent of her budget, or $25 million.
Los Angeles: Mayor Eric Garcetti could be in trouble if he causes the city to lose 2 percent amounting to $507 million.
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Mayor Javier Gonzales risks $6 million, or 2 percent.
Seattle: Mayor Ed Murray’s city claims 1.8 percent of its budget as federal money.
Aurora, Colorado: Mayor Steve Hogan’s city also takes in a reported 1.8 percent of its budget in federal funds.
Portland, Oregon: Mayor Charlie Hales risks a reported 1.3 percent of its budget.
Hillary Clinton is saying a formal goodbye to the millionaire donors that propped up her campaign. The defeated Democratic nominee will enjoy one more glitzy party Thursday night in New York City with the cultural elites before her campaign finally departs into the history books.
Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are throwing a party at the Plaza hotel on Dec. 15 to thank those who donated millions to the campaign.
The party will be held in the Grand Ballroom on the third floor, to honor the Hillary for America finance leadership council.
Guests expected are big bundlers including Harvey Weinstein, Anna Wintour, Alan Patricof, Tory Burch and Marc Lasry.
One insider said, “Hopefully there’s no balconies so nobody can jump.”
Clinton’s right-hand woman Huma Abedin is not a sure thing to appear at the event, according to a new magazine profile that documents Abedin’s declining stature in Clinton-World since Hillary’s loss to Trump. Vanity Fair reports:
On December 15, Clinton is having a big party in Manhattan at the Plaza Hotel, once owned by Trump, for her campaign donors, as a sort of thank-you and keep-in-touch farewell. It is expected to cost more than $100,000 and be paid for with excess campaign funds. Clintonworld insiders will be interested to see if Abedin shows up or whether she chooses to skip the celebration to stay at home to nurse her wounds.
The irony here is that Donald Trump owned the Plaza Hotel from 1988 to 1995, and the hotel still bears his inimitable imprint. Trump massively renovated the hotel and added new chandeliers, a fitness center, and a Japanese restaurant among other improvements.
The Democratic Party’s political institutions are showing massive weakness, as the party seeks to move forward from its across-the-board loss in this month’s elections. Incoming Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen is taking over as chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), it was announced Friday. Van Hollen is a mere senator-elect, and his prior stint as head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) was less than spectacular: He oversaw the stunning Democratic defeat at the hands of tea party voters in the 2010 midterms and resigned in failure.
“Tough” is one word to describe what Senate Democrats face in 2018. The party will have 23 seats to defend, as well as two seats held by independents who caucus with the Democrats. By comparison, Republicans will only be defending eight seats.
Ten of the states where Democrats will be up for re-election were won by Donald Trump in this year’s presidential election, including Montana, represented by outgoing DSCC Chairman Jon Tester.
Van Hollen’s appointment comes on the heels of Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison’s surprising announcement that he will run for chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which has been fraught with turmoil. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s ouster as DNC chair during the party’s convention in Philadelphia — following WikiLeaks revelations that she colluded against Bernie Sanders in the primaries — led to the dysfunctional interim reign of Donna Brazile as DNC chief. Even before the shakeup, the DNC was at least temporarily insolvent and relying on the sugar-daddy kindness of John Podesta’s Hillary Clinton campaign in order to stay afloat.
Ellison is one of the most left-wing members of the House, and his ascendance signals the continuance of a damaging trend in Democratic politics. The exclusionary progressivism of Hillary Clinton’s campaign doomed it to failure. The campaign even ignored husband Bill’s advice to target white working-class voters, citing a demographic shift in the party that senior progressives thought would be enough to justify cutting blue-collar Midwesterners out of their coalition altogether. Bill, as he usually was on his own campaigns, was right. The Democrats appear to be doubling down on being wrong.
With Nancy Pelosi running for re-election as minority leader after yet another House loss, Democratic divisions are beginning to form. Some House Democrats are reportedly pushing to strip Pelosi of the power to appoint the new DCCC head and instead elect their new House political leader themselves in an open vote.
The structural damage to the Democratic machine has clearly been done, and the party seems incapable of realizing its own political mistakes. The influence of heavyweight progressive-movement donors continues to bind the party to its losing left-wing identity. While Bernie Sanders’ small-donor movement presented an opportunity for the party to grow and change, his downfall at the hands of Wasserman Schultz is causing those donors to repudiate the party of Obama and Clinton.
The Republicans have a tremendous opportunity to knock out the Democratic political operation in long-reaching ways over the next two years. The GOP should seize the opportunity. Despite its big Trump-driven win, those demographic shifts the progressives talk about are definitely real and will keep the Democrats in long-term contention.
Feckless Republican leadership helped to create the disenchantment that led to Trump’s populist win in the primaries. Feckless Republican leadership at a time like this — when so much opportunity exists for GOP exploitation — will only cause the party of Lincoln to miss yet another YUGE opportunity for gain.
The Trump administration is signaling its commitment to close the carried-interest tax loophole as part of his effort to “Drain the Swamp” in Washington, D.C.
The carried-interest tax loophole allows hedge fund managers to pay taxes on their personal fund profits at the capital gains rate of 15 percent. Advocates on both sides of the aisle have called for hedge fund managers to pay a higher rate on those earnings.
“The hedge fund guys didn’t build this country,” President-elect Trump said on the campaign trail. “These are guys that shift paper around and they get lucky. The hedge fund guys are getting away with murder.”
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer identified the carried-interest loophole as a point of potential cooperation between Trump and Senate Democrats.
Schumer said, “Surprisingly, on certain issues, candidate Trump voiced very progressive and populist opinions. For instance, getting rid of the carried interest loophole, changing our trade laws dramatically, a large infrastructure bill.”
“I hope on the promises he’s made to blue collar America on trade, on carried interest, on infrastructure, that he’ll stick with them and work with us, even if it means breaking with the Republicans who have always opposed these things,” Schumer said.
But Schumer is bending the truth. Republicans weren’t the ones who singlehandedly rescued the carried-interest loophole the last time it had a real chance to be destroyed. Schumer was. Schumer is one of the loophole’s biggest longtime defenders.
Schumer privately told hedge fund managers that he was going to block the capital gains tax hike when his own party tried to get it done back in 2007. At the time, the hedge fund industry was bankrolling Schumer’s Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to the tune of $1 million a month.
Here is the New York Times from July 30, 2007:
In June, senior House Democrats separately proposed raising the tax rate on the investment gains of fund managers — known as “carried interest” — to the ordinary income tax rate of as much as 35 percent, from the capital gains rate of 15 percent.
If adopted, the House proposal would more than double the tax rate for most of the compensation received by the partners at private equity and hedge funds and would raise billions of dollars annually in tax revenue.
Mr. Schumer discounted any suggestion that the campaign contributions from the industry had influenced his thinking, and said he had heard from industry executives who supported some of the proposals to raise their taxes. But interviews with people in and outside the industry indicate that there is overwhelming opposition to the measures and that any support from within the industry ranks is token.
Expect Democrats to lead with this talking point in Price’s confirmation battle, which is extremely important to the cause of repealing Obamacare.
When the Trump administration goes to battle against Democrats in January on the Obamacare issue — and on Price’s confirmation hearings — Price will be able to explain himself pretty well on the issues.
Bob Paduchik, an underrated Trump hero who delivered a win as Ohio state campaign chairman, is moving up to a national level.
Paduchik was appointed Wednesday to serve as deputy co-chair of the Republican National Committee.
““In addition to being a key leader in helping us win big in Ohio, I am confident he is going to work very hard to continue the excellent work the RNC has done of building the Republican Party up to a record level of strength,” the President-elect said of Paduchik.
Paduchik earned his stripes during a down-and-dirty battle in Ohio, where #NeverTrump governor John Kasich and his “consigliere,” state party chairman Matt Borges, sabotaged the Trump campaign from inside the Republican Party.
In mid-October, the Trump campaign officially split from the Ohio state party after it became clear that Kasich and Borges were preventing ground-game workers from campaigning for Trump. Borges even sent Trump a bizarre head fake by telling the press about a conversation he supposedly had with Trump that never happened.
Paduchik had a tough job to do, stiching together a new ground game with county Republican chairs who did not report to the state party. Tea party activists like Tom Zawistowski stepped up to help alongside the National Rifle Association and Women For Trump.
Now, Paduchik will occupy the No. 2 position in the RNC. The irony? His Ohio enemy Matt Borges was trying to become RNC chairman in the event of a Trump loss!
“[T]he more interesting news — or, more accurate, rumor — is that former House majority leader Eric Cantor may be assembling a team to make a run at the party’s 2018 Senate nomination.”
Cantor lost his House seat in a 2014 primary to current Congressman Dave Brat, an economics professor whose win helped lay the intellectual groundwork for populist nationalism’s ascendance in the Republican Party.
Voters sent Cantor a clear message that his pro-establishment policies — including his refusal to stop the plague of mass illegal-alien amnesty in the United States — would no longer be tolerated in a changing Republican Party.
The news of Cantor’s possible comeback isn’t too concerning. After all, other Virginia politicians will get their own chance to take swipes at Cantor as the early process of the Virginia Senate race moves along.