Sunday, January 6, 2019

Senate Democrats should block consideration of any bills unrelated to opening the government until Sen. Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans allow a vote on the bipartisan bills the House passed to open the government. Mitch, don’t delay. Let’s vote!

Trump economic adviser Kevin Hassett predicts "a heck of a lot of'' U.S. companies will join Apple in announcing lower than expected earnings because of Trump's trade war.

He doesn’t understand why those furloughed won’t just take out loans from a bunch of different banks & then default on them. Isn’t that what everybody does when they’re broke?

“Carlson failed the most basic test of respect for his audience: He told them blatant lies, falsehoods, and untruths, assuming that they wouldn’t notice. Some of us did.”

The Justice Department's public integrity section is examining whether ex-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lied to his agency's inspector general investigators, WaPo reports. Officials have not yet decided whether he should face charges

Dear @SecNielsen: Remember all those terrorists from Mexico & Latin America in the terrorist attacks on 9/11; the San Bernardino attack; the Oklahoma City bombing; the Atlanta Olympic Park bombing; and the Boston Marathon bombing? Me neither. Stop lying. The Wall is stupid.

NASA cancels speaking invitation to sanctioned Russian official Dmitri Rogozin after congressional outrage. The real question is why did NASA invite one of the most odious Russians on US sanctions list in the first place.

Here's the video of Chris Wallace fact-checking Sarah Sanders on her false claim that terrorists are streaming over the border with Mexico. "The state department says there hasn’t been any terrorists found coming across the southern border." Via Fox.

Trump, speaking to reporters about the shutdown, says the federal workers who are on track to miss a paycheck “will adjust.” Context: The head of the largest federal workers union says its members live paycheck to paycheck and take home an average of $500 a week.

Armed Services Chair Adam Smith says he wants to hold hearings on Trump's politicization of the military: "He has campaign rallies when he's talking to troops. I don't think you should use the military to advance your agenda." Via ABC

Have you noticed that Trump treats Putin the same way Pence treats Trump?

President Trump doesn’t seem to get it. He’s not getting a concrete or steel wall along the width of the border- never, ever, ever, ever.

Psychiatrically speaking this is a fascinating tweet by trump

The president gets his information from Fox & Friends hosts who once attempted to roast marshmallows over an open fire with their bare hands.

Adam Schiff: "I largely do agree that all of the adults are one by one being forced out of the room. Anyone that had the standing or the independence to speak out to the President … has been pushed aside." Via CNN

I'm so glad that the GOP isn't all socialist and in favor of taking people's private property for government purposes

Trump's crazy talk on USSR's '79 Afghan invasion, Montenegro, Belarus isn't just babble - it's damning circumstantial proof of arguably the worst scandal in U.S. history, an American president parroting the imperial designs of a foreign dictator. My column

"It's killing us," said the chair of EBW Electronics, Pat LeBlanc, a Republican who voted for Trump, talking about Trump's tariffs. He expects Trump's tariffs will chop his 2019 profits in half. "I just feel so betrayed." Production could move to Mexico

Spending increased in 2018 by $127b. Tax revenue decreased by $202b. The gargantuan deficit was created by the unpaid for tax bill that Trump claims, over and over, is his primary accomplishment as President.

One of Russia's largest oil fields is on fire, Priobskoye near Khanty-Mansiysk, due to a malfunction in a furnace used to evaporate water. It belongs to state oil giant Rosneft

A Sunday message for government workers from the holy Reverend @SnoopDogg

Remember — Facebook executives are incredibly smart, incredibly hard-working, incredibly diligent people who happen to reap large personal financial benefits from the spread of right-wing propaganda on their platform.

I agree with @DLeonhardt. Donald Trump is tragically, completely, demonstrably unfit and must be removed from office. This presidency must end.

In an Astonishing Letter, Delta and United Pilots Just Told President Trump To Stop and Think

NEW: Rep. Adam Smith on whether President Trump has the authority to declare a national emergency and have the military build the wall: "The short answer is yes," but Trump would be "wide open to a court challenge, saying where is the emergency"

Trump shredded for attacking struggling federal workers living without paychecks: ‘His Marie Antoinette moment’

President Trump needs to stop playing games with people’s livelihoods and end this shameful shutdown. Unlike our billionaire president, most Americans can’t afford to go weeks on end without a paycheck — nor should they have to

Trump's sons are running the family business- right into the ground.

Trump’s N.J. golf club shielded undocumented immigrants from Secret Service, report says

BREAKING U.S. ambassador to Israel: Trump's peace plan delayed 'for several months'

The Script Secrets of Gillian Flynn, John Krasinski, Barry Jenkins and Christopher McQuarrie

Wherein George Conway responds to a tweet about the president by quoting the diagnostic criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Trump in Rose Garden: "Drugs are pouring into this country. They don’t go through the ports of entry." DEA 2018 report: "Majority of the flow is through... legal ports of entry."

Rep. Adam Smith: "It's not too soon to be talking about [impeachment]. We will have to decide whether or not it's the correct course of action. But certainly we should be discussing it."

Jerry Falwell Jr. can’t imagine Trump ‘doing anything that’s not good for the country’

DC Mayor Bowser says she will send a bill to the federal government for the trash services the city has provided on the National Mall during the shutdown

This sure reads to me like John Bolton asserting that US troops will remain in Syria for the long-term, confirming that Trump’s withdrawal declaration was nothing more than an empty statement to energize his nationalist base.

Pope enters fray over migrant ships, appeals for safe ports

No U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria without commitment from Turkey, Bolton says

“[I]n 2014, his political advisers landed on the idea of a border wall as … a way to make sure their candidate—who … loved boasting about himself and his talents as a builder — would remember to talk about getting tough on immigration.”

Breaking: Police say a 20-year-old man identified through a tip has confessed to the shooting that killed 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes.

Once a previously held market share is lost, it's particularly difficult to gain back. The damage 45 is doing to our nations farming community isn't going to just fix itself once he's outa here. Make no mistake, the country is being significantly damaged

Some African pirates have kidnapped six Russian sailors. It seems that karma exists and they might swap them for the Ukrainian sailors Russia has stolen.

Fed shutdown will soon hit those on food stamps, awaiting tax returns -- consequences that dawned on Trump and his advisers "only this week." In other words, the president lacked basic understanding of what US government does.

Rep. Adam Schiff: Kushner, Bannon invoked "bogus privileges" in testimonies before Congress

Trump fears his jilted ex-advisers will come back to haunt him

Trump says “much of the Wall has already been built.” That is not true. 0 new miles of wall have been built since he took office. Here’s a helpful visual depiction of his blatant lie (left) and the truth (right)

A top economic adviser to President Trump acknowledged Thursday that the trade war is damaging US businesses with interests in China

“The United States has never had a president as demonstrably unfit for the office as Trump. And it’s becoming clear that 2019 is likely to be dominated by a single question: What are we going to do about it?”

Shutdown update: The Trump administration appears to have gone out of its way to keep the attraction in the federally owned building that houses the Trump hotel open and staffed with National Park Service rangers

I can see Russia from my house. Trump is focused on the Southern border while Russia builds out North.

Putin said on Wednesday that Russia would supply soy beans and poultry meat to China and that the United States had effectively given up on that market.

Trump said Saturday he “did not commit a campaign violation” in the run-up to the 2016 election, despite a filing last month from federal prosecutors implicating him in Michael Cohen's campaign finance crimes

"LA County alleges IBM used detailed location data from users for targeted advertising & to identify consumer trends that might be useful to hedge funds, while telling consumers their location would only be used to localize weather forecasts."

MAGMA11 - Airborne from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar US Air Force Special Ops C146 Wolfhound 95-3058

Pelosi says one word: no. Trump keeps publicly negotiating with himself. Now he got himself to agree to give up on concrete.

CNN reporter Kaitlin Collins hit Trump with some pointed questions about his border wall Fri Check out his demeaning response to a woman who dares to call truth to power

In a letter sent out to Arizona GOP officeholders — including newly appointed U.S. Senator Martha McSally — the head of the state’s Republican Party warned them that they are not allowed to criticize Trump. And that it is "non-negotiable."

Trump and congressional Democrats remain a long way off from reopening the government

New FSB base opens way for more operations in Arctic

We Need to Know What Happened When Trump Was Left Alone With Putin

#Russia's state media complains about "revenge of the Democrats," who want to "prohibit Trump from communicating with Putin." "Just like in prison," commiserates Vitaly Tretyakov, Dean of Moscow State University's School of Television.

One of Jared’s largest financial assets is the company Cadre. You know, the company that sought a $100 million investment from a Saudi-backed fund.

The Trump administration has acknowledged that its highly-scrutinized January 2018 analysis suggesting a causal link between immigration and acts of terrorism "could be criticized" as misleading, but now refuses to retract or correct the report

Pentagon Chief of Staff Kevin Sweeney Resigns He is the second in what is expected to be “a wave of resignations” following James Mattis’s departure.

"The president does not want border security. He wants border theater." @RepSwalwell on the government shutdown

NATO's next turf war with Russia: Bosnia-Herzegovina

Joe Manchin is the worst. Went on Fox to chastise fellow Dem Rashida Tlaib for cursing. Called it "horrible," "disgusting" and "deplorable" then apologized to America. WTF? He's never condemned Trump so forcefully. Manchin also said "shit" 3x in a paragraph to a reporter in 2017

Next week I will proudly introduce a universal background check bill alongside my House colleagues. The era of thoughts and prayers is over. The era of saving lives has begun.

Who is #PaulWhelan, the alleged spy everyone is talking about?

Senior Trump officials to get $10,000 raise amid government shutdown: report

"What accounts for the president’s pro-Putin orientation?" @MaxBoot writes. "That is a question we must hope that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III will answer. But it’s difficult to think of an innocuous explanation."

Trump’s advisers came up with the “Wall” as a memory device to keep him from forgetting immigration in his campaign speeches. Now it is boxing in his entire presidency. ⁦

Sacagawea made great sacrifices that changed American history. When anyone speaks her name, it should be with great respect. @RepMattGaetz's comments are offensive & hurtful. I invite him to meet w/ me so I can share how such comments are a continuing assault on indigenous people

Weekend shutdown talks led by Pence to go into a second day after Trump concludes "not much headway made today"