Wednesday, December 26, 2018

BRK: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump are in Iraq, where they greet military personnel at the dining facility during an unannounced visit to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Dec. 26, 2018

Trump's lawyers are using the government shutdown to ask for a delay in a court case over claims that he is illegally profiting from business his Washington hotel does with foreign countries

DEZA ALERT: A Self-admitted asset sent to illegally manipulate our elections, is not a “citizen diplomat.” They even managed to fit in “Russophobia.” Almost like RT wrote it themselves.

Air Force One spotted over England just a few hours ago under different callsign, left Andrews at midnight.

HAPPENING NOW: Dow Jones opens higher as Wall Street is having its worst December since the Great Depression

The latest: El Paso Border Patrol Sector, which had custody of both children who died, has ordered immediate medical assessments of all 700 children in its custody. Those with illness/injury to be sent to hospitals

New: The daughters of a podiatrist in Queens say their father, who rented office space from Fred Trump, helped Donald Trump avoid the draft by saying he had bone spurs. They told the Times that it was done as a favor for Fred Trump.

U.S. Exit Seen as a Betrayal of the Kurds, and a Boon for ISIS

Senior Trump Official to CNN: Nat Security Process Has ‘Basically Stopped Working,’ Decisions ‘Made on a Whim

Broke my lease to accept new fed job for which I have to attend 7 months of training in another state. Training canceled with shutdown. Homeless. Can’t afford short(?)-term housing/have to work full-time for no pay/returning Xmas presents

Analysis: Our adversaries have carefully studied Trump's psychological weaknesses and determined how to use them to their advantage

Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab world needs most is free expression

"Enough is enough. The United States needs adult leadership,"

OSCE chief admits escalation of Ukraine-Russia conflict possible

WaPo: Why Brexit may be good for terrorists and the Kremlin and bad for European security

“Mnuchin is just play-acting his role as the Treasury Secretary,” said George Pearkes, a global macro strategist at Bespoke Investment. “It looks like he was instructed to go out and do something, and he jumped on the first thing he thought of.”

BREAKING: Japan says it has decided to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission and resume commercial hunts

Defense Secretary James Mattis is in his third floor Pentagon office on Christmas Day working.

Syria’s once-teeming prison cells are being emptied by mass murder

The Russian effort to divert votes to Jill Stein was more extensive than previously thought. More than a thousand tweets were sent about the Green Party candidate by Russian operatives looking to help Donald Trump.

The boy was was diagnosed with a cold and fever and given prescriptions for amoxicillin and Ibuprofen and released from a hospital Monday afternoon. He returned Monday evening with nausea and vomiting and died hours later.

Opinion | Trump is incompetent, impulsive and amoral. Heaven help us all.

Dear lord. We apparently have ISIS cornered, “in a Tora Bora situation,” and Trump just ordered the military to leave Syria and let ISIS go. This is far worse than what we originally had heard, which was already bad. Trump is literally saving ISIS by pulling out.

“These facilities are no place for a child, even a well child,” said Marsha Griffin, a pediatrician on the Texas-Mexico border.... “The conditions in which these children are being held are truly shocking.”

Donald Trump Has Allegedly Started Rolling Into Work At 11, And Is Getting More Paranoid

Watch what American Gen. Jonathan Braga tells NBC reporter ⁦@RichardEngel⁩ about the Kurdish fighters who have defeated ISIS

BREAKING: the wall won’t fucking work

A second child's death prompts U.S. Customs and Border Protection to order medical checks of all children in its custody and says it needs the help of other government agencies to provide health care.

Turkey warns France 'no benefit' in staying in Syria to protect Kurd militia.

Trump claims that “many” federal workers want the government to stay closed: "Many of those workers have said to me, communicated, stay out until you get the funding for the wall. These federal workers want the wall."

Tragedy knows no holidays— & Trump immigration officials must be held accountable for this one. CBP leaders assured us of strong new precautions. Too little, too late, evidently. Senate Judiciary Committee must get the facts, now

Turkey Amasses Troops, Tanks on Syria Border as It Plans to Take Over ISIS Fight

WaPo Editorial Board: Trump's shutdown stunt is an act of needless stupidity

An Israeli airstrike struck an ammunition depot in the Damascus countryside and injured three soldiers, the Syrian military said