Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Volume up. Mueller Trump Rap

NEWS: Trump has invited congressional leaders to the WH to discuss wall fight tomorrow afternoon. Will be 1st face to face meeting since shutdown started 11 days ago. Me & ⁦@BresPolitico⁩

Alleged US spy arrested in Russia, Paul Whelan, is a Trump supporter, maybe @realDonaldTrump will find the time to tweet about him now.

In 2018 people stepped up and showed up like never before. Keep it up in 2019. We’ve got a lot of work to do, and I’ll be right there with you. Happy New Year, everybody!

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Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

“Another day, another veteran having their service attacked by Donald Trump... He’s a liar, a charlatan, and has once again shown just how unfit he is to serve as commander in chief." - Will Fischer, VoteVets

"These facts make clear that President Trump, the Trump Organization, and at least one current executive (likely one of Mr. Trump's sons, who together manage his company today) are subjects and possibly targets of the Southern District’s investigation."

Hill sources bust Trump for scam negotiations: Meeting with Dems is 'a White House stunt' to extend shutdown

.@realDonaldTrump has given Democrats a great opportunity to show how we will govern responsibly & quickly pass our plan to end the irresponsible #TrumpShutdown – just the first sign of things to come in our new Democratic Majority committed to working #ForThePeople.

“FBIAA urges Congress and the WH to provide fair wages & tax treatment to Special Agents. Due to years of pay freezes, federal employee pay lags significantly behind the private sector, and this disparity makes it more difficult to recruit skilled professionals...”

"They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and made themselves an idol cast in the shape of an adulterer. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and said, ‘This is your God, Christians, who Putin has raised up from Russia.'"

Dear @realDonaldTrump: Dems don't support open borders; crime is down; & immigrants commit less crime. Here's the problem you created. If Dems cave to your ransom-note tactics of using a shutdown, what's to keep you from doing this again? Nothing. That's why Dems won't budge

Lindsey Graham took $800,000 from an oligarch close to Vladimir Putin.

”When the indictments come down, Trump won’t play by the rules. He’ll delegitimize those rules. He’ll delegitimize our legal institutions. He’ll personalize indictments, slander every prosecutor. He’ll destroy the edifice of law in order to save himself.”

Stan McChrystal retired as a U.S. Army General (GEN, O-10) after a long and distinguished career in SOF.

As @HouseDemocrats take the majority in the new Congress, our first priority is ending the #TrumpShutdown, paying our dedicated federal workers, and funding the programs that American families rely on. We’re going to get this done

Trump turned the White House into a madhouse

Re Trump’s rant on non-existent “unapproved” Ambassadors: For 2 years, Trump refused to appoint an Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Both the King and MBS refuse to meet w anyone below an Ambassdor. So during entire Yemen & Khashoggi crisis, our embassy was virtually powerless.

JUST CALM DOWN AND ENJOY THE RIDE I've heard this line before. In movies. Right before the date rape scene.

#WeStandWithCanada, and #Huawei better understand this; #NATO #FVEY will not tolerate China harming Canadian civilians just because an MSS spy got caught. Fight honorably, Xi, or face the consequences. We are NATO; we stand with Canada and we always will

My brother was detained by the Russian government on Friday as an alleged spy. While the law library + info focus will remain, you may see an increase in off-message topics until we get him safely home.

The arrest of American Paul Whelan in Moscow by the FSB as he was visiting Russia to attend a wedding looks increasingly like a hostage situation. All foreign travellers to Russia should beware that anything could happen. The US government should intervene decisively in this case

"For the first time in my lifetime, America has a president who doesn't even bother to pay lip service to humanitarian concerns. The consequences could be dire," writes

“The White House seems to have all but stopped explaining Trump’s bizarre tweets.”

Israel’s opposition, which just last week stressed the need to merge forces to beat Benjamin Netanyahu in upcoming elections, has splintered instead

Patrick Shanahan assumed command of U.S. armed forces on Tuesday by expressing loyalty to his boss

UPDATE: State Department says "Russia’s obligations under the Vienna Convention require them to provide consular access [to Paul Whelan]. We have requested this access and expect Russian authorities to provide it."

Ex-CIA Director to Trump: "We have had enough of your whining"

Laura Ingraham's Radio Show Cancelled Due To Advertiser Boycott

Putin frequently boasts about Russia’s new hypersonic nuclear weapons, but neglects to mention that some of the most brilliant minds behind Russian hypersonic research are now behind bars, under investigation for treason and accused of leaking secrets

"It has been my high honor to serve at your side," outgoing Defense Sec. James Mattis says in farewell message to Defense Dept. employees. "May God hold you safe in the air, on land, and at sea."

Human waste, garbage, vandalism overwhelm some of the West's iconic national parks as government shutdown keeps parks open but most park workers off the job.

GOP state lawmaker introduces bill that would block teachers from discussing "controversial" political issues

It appears Mitch McConnell is going to shield Trump from everything Nancy sends toward the White House. So her plan to end shutdown is likely DOA and the Trump Shutdown will continue. Trump’s so uninformed he thinks this is good for his base!

The year of Putin: 2018 saw more sanctions on Russia, hacking allegations, war games, and the biggest expulsion of diplomats since the Cold War. @GuyReuters explains what 2019 may bring

When you realize Prince is letting you take the fall... "company officials, hoping to land a lucrative overseas contract, presented the King of Jordan with five guns as gifts.... To cover it up, they falsified four federal documents

Exactly zero radical Islamists have been caught crossing the US southern border... 'Senator Lindsey Graham Claims Trump Border Wall Is Defense Against 'Radical Islam'

From Sydney to Hong Kong to Pyongyang, North Korea, see people around the world ring in 2019

New year, new state laws.

Republican Rep. Says Trump Should Personally Pay For Part Of The Wall

A Warning From Europe: The Worst Is Yet to Come

Federal employee union sues Trump administration over government shutdown

2018 & Trump

Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change right now.

As the partial government shutdown entered a second week there were signs it was beginning to have an effect.