Friday, January 11, 2019

Six families of Sandy Hook victims have won a legal victory in their fight against Alex Jones. A judge has granted the families' discovery requests, allowing them access to, among other things, InfoWars' internal marketing and financial documents.

Congressional staff investigating Facebook are getting really annoyed by the company's answers

"The answer to Graham’s dilemma is simple: Do your job." @JRubinBlogger bringing the heat

Now on Craigslist, Facebook: Household items from furloughed workers trying to make ends meet

Trump and Pompeo Embrace Autocrats and Disparage Opponents at Home. An important piece about the message the administration is sending to the world

Miami airport is closing a terminal due to staff shortages caused by shutdown

- BREAKING: Dow falls 150 points amid US government shutdown, China worries

The president did not supply specifics but his tweet suggested potentially more favorable terms for skilled workers from abroad, a change from his prior threats to create more restrictive policies for those workers.

For more Russian infiltration we assume.

No president has ever put a rival country ahead of his countrymen. This president does it every day. God help us.

Three GOP Senate candidates, NRA may have illegally coordinated ads: Josh Hawley in Missouri’s 2018 race, Matt Rosendale in Montana’s 2018 race and Richard Burr in North Carolina’s 2016

The FDA, which monitors the safety of most of the non-meat food supply, is now operating with a skeleton crew. That should worry all Americans.

It's becoming more and more apparent that the NRA engaged in a lot of coordinated spending with candidates they supported in the last couple of election cycles. That's super illegal

Wall Street Journal editorial: Conservatives "could live to regret" Trump emergency declaration

Farm country has stood by President Trump but as the government shutdown now drags into a third week, some farmers say the loss of crucial loans, payments and other services has pushed them — and their support — to a breaking point

Today would be a great day for Jeff Zucker to admit he knew @realDonaldTrump was broke and drowning in debt when he greenlit "The Apprentice".

One of the most disturbing abuses against journalists, aside from the murder of Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi royalty, has been Myanmar's treatment of these two Reuters journalists who were arrested while investigating atrocities committed against the Rohingya.

Democrats put brakes on White House move to ease Russia sanctions

The Washington Post Editorial Board: Mike Pompeo lambastes Obama — and then embraces Obama’s Syria strategy

'If you enter a camp, you never come out': inside China's war on Islam


"The whole mess fits the profile and pattern of a Cold War KGB setup … Putin certainly knows that Whelan is not a U.S. spy." @john_sipher on the arrest of Paul Whelan

Trump A.G. pick advocated pardons by Bush

Mitch McConnell is the reason we still have a shutdown Trump may have caused the government shutdown, but the Senate majority leader is the reason it's still closed.

"One of the worst classified briefings we've received from the Trump administration," Nancy Pelosi said after a Thursday briefing about sanctions on Russian

The Only Impeachment Guide You’ll Ever Need- @dsamuelsohn provides soup-to-nuts answers to all your questions about the politics—and the practical realities—of removing a president.

This actually happened: Border official shows Trump tunnels under border

Congress has enough votes to override his veto and re-open the government-there is no emergency. It's time to stop fueling this false fire.

Dear @realDonaldTrump: Now that you are changing your story, again, we need to wait to see if Congress approves your NAFTA 2.0. Then we can discuss the wall. In the meantime, you need to stop harming Americans and reopen our government

Trump wants to tear down a church built in 1899 for his border wall, but locals aren't backing down: "The wall goes against our beliefs as Catholics and as Texans. We refuse to let them bulldoze our church for something that will harm people in need"

Senator McConnell has made it clear that he’s waiting for a permission slip from President Trump to reopen the government.

Last week 7 House Republicans voted to fund government. Yesterday it was 8. Today it is 12.

Troop withdrawal from Syria has begun, says U.S. military official

As recently as Sunday, Donald's national security adviser, John Bolton, said that the pullout from Syria was conditional on circumstances that could leave American forces there for months or even years. But the withdrawal has already started, apparently.

Prosecutors Examining Ukrainians Who Flocked to Trump Inaugural

The world's oceans are warming at an accelerated rate and are much warmer than scientists thought, according to a new study

Lindsey Graham needs to find a new job. 'I just don't see a pathway forward'

Jose has lived here in the McAllen TX area his whole life. He also tells me it is very safe here.

Danske Bank made false and misleading statements to the French authorities last year. We’ve presented those misrepresentations to the French and Danish authorities and Danske Bank’s status may now be upgraded to ‘suspect’ again in France

tRUmp could hire 100 lawyers, it won’t change the fact they have a treasonous buffoon with a Twitter account for a client. There was collusion. Donald knows what he did. So does Mueller’s team

Some legal experts say Trump's shutdown may violate a 149-year-old statute

Resign Now. There’s his out.

Trump thought it would only take Mexico three days to pay for the wall, according to a now deleted proposal titled “COMPELLING MEXICO TO PAY FOR THE WALL”

Yeah. Cummings should look into child sex abuse related to Congressional representatives more. Right, @SenatorLankford?

NEW TODAY: Ukrainian oligarch Rinat Akhmetov issues his first denial in a statement to CNN: “Mr. Akhmetov never requested nor received any polling data or any other information about the 2016 US elections from Paul Manafort or Konstantin Kilimnik."

President BestBrain making his case for The Wall: "I'm looking at all these very expensive cars all over here loaded up with machine guns and every single one of them has wheels"

This WaPo piece must be read by anyone who’s counting on the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) to tell Trump the facts don’t support a claim of “national emergency” at our southern border or a claim that more WALL would end some supposed immigration “crisis”

Pompeo: “When America retreats, chaos follows. When we neglect our friends, resentment builds. When we partner with enemies, they advance.” I guess he decided to break with President Trump.

Truman: The buck stops here. Nixon: The buck stops here. Ford: The buck stops here. Reagan: [The buck] stops with me. Obama: For ultimately, the buck stops with me. Trump:

Trump's chief pollster also worked for Putin puppet Yanukovych, who's avoiding treason charges in Russia. GET IT?

Texas Congressman to Trump: Shove Border Wall "Up Your Ass" | The Texas Tribune

On December 20th, Trump said the border was "tight" and nobody was getting through. In fact, he pounded the media for not covering the great job being done at the border. And now only 3 weeks later, Trump is calling the border a "national emergency." I'm not buying it.

Power Up: Pence is in a tough position as Trumps shutdown messenger

He can say this as much as he wants but it doesn’t change the fact that Congress has yet to approve the deal, and even if they approve it, trade agreements don’t fund government construction because AMERICAN TAXPAYERS PAY TAXES.

AT&T to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation - motherboard

Wait, Fox News says it looks like Manafort & the Trump campaign conspired with Russia during the campaign? “This shows Bob Mueller can demonstrate to a court without the testimony of Paul Manafort that the campaign had a connection to Russian intelligence“


Michael Cohen’s public testimony has the potential to spark, for the first time, a startling national reckoning of the reality that President Trump has conspired with a foreign adversary against the American people.

Mnuchin unimpressive making case for relaxing Russia sanctions

U.S. Treasury chief Mnuchin signals he won’t back down from plans to lift U.S. sanctions on three companies tied to a Putin ally

Despite the shutdown, the Interior Department holds meetings on opening Alaskan land for oil lease

Nancy Pelosi to Republicans: "We're just saying to them, take yes for an answer. This is what you have proposed. Why are you rejecting it at the expense ... of the American people? Did you take an oath to the Constitution or an oath to Donald Trump?" Via ABC

APNewsBreak: According to data provided to @AP, the U.S. approved thousands of requests by men to bring child and teenage brides from other countries.

Don’t let Islamic State monsters get away with murder

Is it really possible that the Senate is about to confirm someone whose most notable achievement in public office is that he was the architect of the last time a major criminal presidential scandal was shut down with blanket pardons for everyone?

Here you go: WH counsel's office is prepping legal justification for national emergency, including advising WH to ramp up talk of a humanitarian & security "crisis”. WH lawyers say the more the term is used, the more citations they will have in filing legal defense -CNN reporting

Last video of the day. Found a beautiful spot on the Rio Grande where there is no wall. No fence. Just the river. Oh and there’s shuffleboard.

lifting sanctions on companies linked to Oleg Deripaska, calling it "one of the worst classified briefings ... from the Trump admin," despite "stiff competition."

During the shutdown, with Joshua Tree National Park open but no staff on duty, visitors cut down Joshua trees so they could drive into sensitive areas where vehicles are banned. "We had some pretty extensive four-wheel driving."

Here’s the type of steel slat barrier the president wants (complete with the pointy top) that we have learned can be cut through with a household saw.

The things diplomats say about Pompeo’s Cairo speech are much more fun than the actual speech

Fox confirms WH directs Army Corps of Engineers to see if it can divert money to border wall from disaster funding bill to cover wildfires in California, hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico

Just in to CNN: first US military ground equipment has been withdrawn from Syria signaling the beginning of the drawdown ordered by President Trump, according to admin official “Some cargo has already moved,” the official said.