Sunday, January 21, 2018

BREAKING: Senate to vote Monday on proposal to re-open the government

McConnell breaks with Trump: GOP opposes using "nuclear option" in budget debate

.@JeffFlake says he's a YES on the new CR through 2/8 after McConnell's commitment to move to Dreamer legislation if there's no immigration deal by then.

Jeff Sessions has adamantly urged FBI Director Wray to make a "fresh start" with his core team, including replacing deputy director Andrew McCabe, a senior administration source tells Axios.

Dem senator: Doing away with the filibuster would be the "end of the Senate"

Republicans just tried to claim that Medicaid caused the opioid epidemic. Surprise, surprise—they're wrong

Pentagon partially brings back military TV during shutdown, allows troops to watch NFL playoffs

ICE has arrested a Michigan "model physician" who immigrated from Poland when he was a child, has a green card. Not clear why, but his sister says he committed two minor property crimes more than 25 years ago, when he was 17

The Trump administration expanded the list of officials authorized to receive the presidential daily briefing to 14 people because “everybody thought it was cool. They wanted to be cool.”

Schumer and Pelosi were also initially promised DACA would not be tied to funding for the border wall. The president said so publicly.

FBI: Devin Nunes Won’t Show Us Memo Alleging Surveillance Abuses

Schumer on Trump: “he can’t take yes for an answer.”

Trump’s 24-year-old drug policy appointee was let go at law firm after he "just didn’t show"

Trump willing to support legal status for 'Dreamers' in exchange for wall: WH sources

Among all of Trump's appointees, the Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke manages to stand out for the damage he is doing

Sen. Lindsey Graham on shutdown: "Somebody's got to lead. The White House staff has been pretty unreliable."

The GOP wants to slash food stamps. Here's why that's a stupid idea.

Sen. Lindsey Graham reports back after the bipartisan "Gang of 19" meeting: "We’re gonna get there — and if we don’t tonight — I’m really worried about where this thing goes because it’s only going to get nastier in rhetoric.”

Perspective: Under Trump, the Pentagon brass plays to an audience of one

JUST IN: US could send 1,000 more troops to Afghanistan: report

Senator Graham: "As long as Steven Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration we are going no where. He’s been an outlier for years.”

Sen. Graham on Stephen Miller: “His view of immigration has never been in the mainstream Senate, and I think we’re never going to get there as long as we embrace concepts that cannot possibly get 60 votes.”

Trump gala at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night again rents a ballroom from Trump

Paul Ryan collected $500,000 in Koch contributions days after House passed tax law

Here's Rinat Akhmetshin and Natalia Veselnitskaya at party honoring Trump's inauguration hosted by Dana Rohrabacher

Welp, I'll be marking the anniversary of trump's inauguration here in Greenville, SC

This is what hope looks like. Speechless. Pictures From Women’s Marches on Every Continent

A government shutdown will hurt the CDC’s ability to fight flu

Q: Did Kelly really say Trump was uninformed on the wall?

Despite bipartisan support for a budget resolution, a minority in the Senate has decided to play politics with military pay. America’s military deserves better. Understand this: @POTUS & I and the American people are NOT GOING TO PUT UP WITH IT.

Evangelist Franklin Graham defends Trump against Stormy Daniels reports

#MeetThePress @SenTomCotton essentially admitted he and his big pal Trump WONT ever support DACA, point blank, end of story.

The 5 hottest years on Earth have all occurred since 2010, according to NASA

I’ll remind everyone that we had a bipartisan deal @realDonaldTrump agreed to. Begs the question: who told him to shutdown the government? This is orchestrated.

A new report shows how the Trump Administration is targeting asylum seekers

Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border. The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.’s!

Today marks 8 years since the #CitizensUnited decision. Before the decision in 2008, there was $143 million in campaign spending by outside groups. By last cycle, in 2016, that spending rose to $1.4 billion

I know what it’s like to be without health insurance or a paycheck, but Donald Trump and Paul Ryan don’t. They played games with kids' health insurance and people’s jobs, which is why we’re in a shutdown, exactly 1 year into Trump's Presidency

It's a #TrumpShutdown. You did exactly what you said you WOULDN'T do in this video

This is right on. @SenDuckworth, a Thai-born former Army helicopter pilot who lost both legs in Iraq, responds appropriately to Trump’s reckless shutdown rhetoric: “I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five-deferment draft dodger.”

Analysis: Glenn Simpson’s latest testimony was almost as titillating as the Stormy Daniels pillow talk

One Year In, Trump Has Kept A Major Promise: Reshaping The Federal Judiciary

After A Year In Office, Trump Still Facing Constitutional Challenges Over Businesses

Trump is finally getting to preside over the government shutdown he’s hinted for months he might wan

A historian compares Trump to America's worst presidents: James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Franklin Pierce, Millard Fillmore. They were bad, he may be worse, and if history is any a guide, "Mr. Trump’s first year portends a very unhappy ending."

The Shutdown Is About Who Gets to Be an American

NBC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Ex-CIA agent Jerry Chun Shing Lee may have gotten 20 U.S. assets in China killed, and that the Chinese may have tipped off the Russians to U.S. spy system, officials say


Donald Trump defends Vladimir Putin over Alexander Litvinenko murder

Never forget who Trump vouches for

America is missing out on a tourism boom. International visitor numbers surged 7% last year, but interest in US travel has slumped significantly, down about 4% in 2017

There seems to be something of an anti-anti-Trump backlash underway in GOP circles.

Russia offers Trump administration olive branch after criticizing policies

Donald Trump paid a pornstar what the average American family makes in 2 years just for her silence about an affair. Bannon claims Trump paid off close to a hundred women.

Simpson: Well, Trump was basically a huge mobbed-up criminal from 2005 onward, especially with Russian deals. Hey, that's exactly when Jeff Zucker gave him his own show on NBC!

8 wild details from the Stormy Daniels Trump interview

Wow @realDonaldTrump look at all these PAID ACTORS!!!

One year into Trump's presidency, hundreds of key executive branch positions remain unfilled

Trump administration extending opioid emergency declaration

Mick Mulvaney has requested $0 to operate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency that protects citizens from banks, "payday lenders," debt collectors, etc.. This is Trump's way of destroying the government that he just shutdown.

Elijah Cummings is pressing to subpoena the White House for documents related to Flynn and Kushner’s security clearances. Cummings says the W.H. has withheld docs for more than half a year. He wants to know why their clearances hadn't been suspended.

Proof Trump is Working Hard

Trump disparaging FBI because the FBI's investigating whether Russia funneled cash to NRA to aid Trump's campaign


"During the 2013 shutdown, Congress passed a bill allowing paychecks for military personnel supporting civilians, and all federal workers ultimately received backpay."

He’s that toddler at someone else’s birthday party who keeps telling everyone, “No, it’s MY birthday!”

New #FactChecker: President Trump made 2,140 false or misleading claims in his first year

There is no such thing as a good shutdown of government. Republicans must start to *actually* govern – anything less fails their duty to America.

China urges U.S. to abandon "Cold War" mindset in bilateral ties

Russia's Lavrov, U.S.' Tillerson discuss north Syria situation

...and sanctioned oil fields no doubt.

Donald Trump in 2013: Government Shutdowns Happen When the President Is Bad at His Job

Austin, TX broke the record for largest gathering in Texas history

A record $107 million was raised for Trump’s inauguration. So where did it all go? No one will say

Just in case you didn’t know, Franklin Graham is personal friends with Vladimir Putin & he setup a meeting between Pence & a Putin-linked cleric.

Europe readies riposte to Trump's 'America First' push in Davos

Killing NAFTA would cost the United States 300,000 jobs, cut economic growth, hurt stocks and cause prices for consumer goods to rise, according to an analysis

Massive turnout in Toronto today to mark the 2nd Annual Women’s March!

Trump gala at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night again rents a ballroom from Trump

Opinion | Republicans don't understand: Tax cuts don't spur growth

A year ago @SpeakerRyan promised a Dreamer and her daughter *to their faces* that he would work with Trump to pass a legislative fix to protect people like them.

Earlier this morning, Senator @clairecmc tried to pass a bill to guarantee military pay and death benefits amidst the #TrumpShutdown. What happened after? Mitch McConnell objected. He, nor trump, nor the GOP give a damn about our troops. Watch this

Inside the frantic 24 hours that led to a shutdown

.@CustomsBorder got on a Greyhound bus yesterday at 4:30pm in Fort Lauderdale and asked every passenger for their papers and to prove citizenship. Proof of citizenship is NOT required to ride a bus!

Republicans needed 60 votes to confirm Neil Gorsuch, but that didn't stop them from changing the rules to confirm him to a stolen Supreme Court seat last year. You can't spend an entire year attacking and sabotaging the opposition party and then expect them to bail you out.

#TrumpShutdown hashtag becomes number one worldwide as parties battle in blame game

Kushner privately met with Chinese ambassador several times, excluded US experts on China

Love this

Eric Trump Foundation Told Donors Money Went To Kids With Cancer, Then Gave To Different Cause

Trump Organization charged Eric Trump's cancer charity golf events

@realDonaldTrump "Wall" was a ruse to steal money. He got idea from his buddies in Ukraine

Senate Dems: Trump making negotiations to end government shutdown "impossible"

An emotional Senator Graham on the shutdown and DACA: "We look like we care more about the party flag than the American flag," "how could you take an 80% issue and screw it up?"

After Hillary Clinton crushed Jeanine Pirro’s Senate dreams, Pirro was caught discussing with Bernard Kerik, the former NYC police commissioner, illegally wiretapping her husband (who later went to prison) she suspected of having an affair, so of course Fox News gave her a show

Check out these aerial views from today’s #WomensMarch2018 across the country—absolutely amazing. Period

NEW: A vast 87% support the DACA immigration program that Pres. Trump ended, including two-thirds of strong conservatives and three-quarters of Republicans, core Trump groups.

Welcome to Trump’s whatever shutdown

POLL: Amid record low one-year approval, half question Trump’s mental stability

sign of the day

Why a planned $100 million Chinese garden at Washington's National Arboretum was deemed a national-security risk


Sacramento, you looked gorgeous today!

In intvw, SCHUMER lays out demands: "Bipartisan agreement" on domestic/defense spending, disaster relief, DACA. Won't accept 3-week CR. Defends past resistance to immig+CR. Says WH "not called me" today. And Mulvaney "doesn't know what he's talking about."

#BREAKING Los Angeles Mayor says 500,000 attending today's #WomensMarch2018.

Marchers on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia

An ocean of Patriots in Asheville, North Carolina. This is what democracy looks like

Trump shuts down the government - blames a Jewish guy. Trump's son gets caught emailin' Russians - blames a woman. Trump under investigation for treason - blames a black guy.

Pennsylvania Rep. Meehan denies harassing former aide amid settlement

Eric Trump Says Shutdown Is ‘A Good Thing For Us’

JUST IN: 58% percent say the economy is in good or excellent shape, the most in 17 years. However, just 38% say the Trump administration deserves credit; 50% credit the Obama administration.

MORE: 60% say the recently-passed tax bill favors the rich, new @ABC News/WaPo poll finds; just 11% say it favors the middle class

A baseball cap in the Oval?

How the president spent much of the first day of the government shut down (and the first anniversary of his taking office): Watching old clips of himself going on TV during the last shutdown and criticizing his predecessor

Here’s the message you hear today when you ring the White House comment line during the shutdown


'Trump Shutdown' beats 'Schumer Shutdown' in hashtag battle to assign blame

.@Twitter and @facebook still not getting it... What We Didn't Learn from Twitter's News Dump on Russiagate

Turkey launches airstrikes on Kurdish forces allied with the U.S. in Syria

Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia. Town population is 65. 32 residents marched!

Perspective | Alternate realities: Trump illustrated from the left


Due to #Shutdown, deployed US troops will not be able to view this weekend's NFL playoff games because armed services network is down -Pentagon

Who's in and who's out as the West Wing grapples with shutdown

Duckworth slams Trump: I won't be lectured on military needs by a 'five-deferment draft dodger

WATCH: Trump campaign ad calls Dems "complicit" in all murders by illegal immigrants

BREAKING: Senate Democrats just asked for unanimous consent to pass an extension of CHIP. McConnell objected. Who is to blame?

Hundreds of thousands protest in D.C., across country on women's march anniversary

Schumer tears into Trump: Working with him is like "negotiating with jello"

What Even Matters Anymore - SNL