Thursday, January 24, 2019

Breaking: Jared Kushner's application for a top secret clearance was rejected by two career W.H. security specialists after an FBI background check raised concerns about potential foreign influence on him —but their supervisor overruled the recommendation.

MUELLER NEWS: Mueller's Grand Jury is meetin' today (Thursday) which is a bit unusual. WaPo reporter Spencer Hsu notes the last time they met on Thursday was the day before the last batch of indictments were rolled out on Friday

We must never reward hostage taking.

Air traffic controllers "are making mistakes that they hadn’t made in the 10, 15, 20 years .... They’re making them because they’re stressed out, because they don’t know when this [shutdown] is going to end."

VIDEO: House Democrats march over to Senate to urge clean vote to reopen government

EXCLUSIVE: The White House is preparing a draft proclamation for President Trump to declare a national emergency along the southern border

The White House is preparing a draft proclamation for President Trump to declare a national emergency and has identified more than $7 billion in potential funds for his border wall should he go that route, according to internal documents reviewed by @CNN.

President Trump: “I know more about technology than anybody”

GOP senators read Pence riot act before shutdown votes

Lives are at risk because of the gov’t shutdown, and these airline workers want Trump to take that seriously


The Trump Administration Will Let Adoption Agencies Turn Away Jews and Same-Sex Couples. Thank SCOTUS.


Low-key Dem senator rains hell on Ted Cruz for crying ‘crocodile tears’ while refusing to end the shutdown

Florida gov. Ron DeSantis' brand-spankin' new Secretary of State, Michael Ertel, just resigned after photos of him dressed as a black woman survivor of Hurricane Katrina surfaced. Keeping it KKKlassy, as always, GOP.

Wow. I’ve never seen anything like this on the Senate floor

Some believe it's just "a little bit of pain". Others "don't quite understand" the misery. And their leader is "proud" of the agony it's causing. But to many families, the #TrumpShutdown is a matter of life or death. House Dems have acted decisively. The Senate must join us.

Pelosi slammed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ comments where he said he didn’t understand why unpaid government workers are going to homeless shelters and food banks rather than taking out loans to pay their bills. “Is this the ‘let them eat cake’ kind of attitude?” she said

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross argued unpaid federal workers can take out loans to cover their bills as they're poised to miss another paycheck this week

JUST IN: Trump Commerce chief: "I don't quite understand why" federal workers need food banks during shutdown

Using the pressure of fear for a witness’s family’s safety and well-being to impede the witness’s testimony to a committee of Congress? Isn’t there a name for that?

Trump’s shutdown has led to a "slow strangling" of American science

John Kelly joins former secretaries in a call to end the DHS shutdown

Deutsche Bank Willing To Report Jared Kushner’s ‘Suspicious Transactions’ To Robert Mueller: Report

A Scotland shell firm, Azerbaijan corruption, Danske Bank $2 Billion dollar Russian money laundering scandal, and Maltese OC & a murdered Maltese journalist, all connected together, is no coincidence

Air Traffic Controllers, FBI, Coast Guard, all five former Homeland Security chiefs say #ShutdownTrump is now endangering American lives and national security. ENOUGH, TRUMP! ENOUGH, McCONNELL!

The US’ real power isn’t our bombs & bullets; it’s our economy. We should leverage it to protect democracy. USG should incentivize US businesses to relocate operations from totalitarian states, and open a free trade agreement amomg all liberal democracies.

This is to distract from the fact Pelosi won yesterday's SOTU battle decisively.

Our federal workers should not be deprived of their paychecks, which is why I’m introducing legislation that pays federal workers and provides peace of mind for our 800,000 government employees who are struggling to make ends meet.

Trump refuses to allow states to offer unemployment benefits to federal workers who are required to work without pay during the shutdown.

“A Ukrainian judge who is delivering the verdict at the in-absentia treason trial of former President Viktor Yanukovych says the evidence proves his guilt, but a formal ruling of guilty or innocent has not yet been pronounced.”

The government shutdown is by far the longest in U.S. history. It's put hundreds of thousands of people under financial stress and endangered our security. Join a National Call In Day to end it. @IndivisibleTeam has scripts and numbers for senators here:

Is it time to add Witness Tamper-in-Chief to his title? Donald Trump's harassment of the family members of Michael Cohen - his former personal attorney and fixer - prompting Cohen to postpone public testimony planned for February 7...

EXCLUSIVE (and big!): Google, Facebook, and Microsoft sponsored a right-wing conference that promoted climate change denial.

Perhaps the mystery Mueller company is a Russian pension fund or org - described in the Steele dossier as part of the mechanism for transmitting intelligence related to the Trump-Russia conspiracy

Celebrity chef and philanthropist José Andrés opened a resource center in the nation's capital to help furloughed federal workers with supplies and resources — from pet food and diapers to financial and legal advice.

RNC Resolutions Committee just voted unanimously to “undivided support” for Trump and his “effective presidency," clearing way for passage before full GOP governing body on Friday.

Why do people such as Lindsey Graham come to Congress?

The House Judiciary Committee wants to know if acting A.G. Matt Whitaker has ever been briefed on Mueller's probe and, if so, whether Whitaker shared any such info with Trump or his lawyers. It's one of many questions the Committee plans to ask next month.

Polls Show Trump Is Bleeding Support During Shutdown

McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government for fourth time

From counterterrorism investigations to cybersecurity protections, critical elements of the country's national security infrastructure are showing signs of strain as the partial government shutdown continues

A federal judge ordered Paul Manafort to appear in court Friday morning to address Robert Mueller’s charges that the former Trump campaign chairman lied during grand jury testimony and in cooperation sessions with the special counsel

The GOP has become the Soviet party - WaPo

Rubio Received $1.5M In Campaign Donations From Russian Oligarch-Linked Firm

Saudis to Davos: move on from Khashoggi, let's do business

Deadly shooting leaves 5 people dead inside Florida bank

House Freedom Caucus members and close Trump allies - including Meadows and Jordan - among the 22 who voted against House bill tonight stating that it’s US policy to remain a member of NATO and prohibiting US funds for being used for a withdrawal from the alliance

71% of Americans say the wall is not worth the shutdown. Only 28% say the wall is worth it.

While Google publicly supported employees who protested company policies, it quietly asked the government to narrow the right to organize over work email

A Kiev court finds ex-Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych guilty of treason

Why TSA and FAA workers can't just go on strike to end the shutdown

Trump fires back at Michael Cohen, "I would say he's been threatened by the truth," responding to Cohen's assertion that he's indefinitely postponing testimony due to ongoing threats against his family from President Trump and Mr. Giuliani.

This Time It’s Russia’s Emails Getting Leaked

Can you imagine a major plane crash?

Only a POTUS w/o shame could expect the FBI, Homeland Security, the Coast Guard, FAA flight controllers and TSA to work without pay — after denying them a pay raise he falsely claimed they had been given. In fact, Trump has proven time and again that he’s shameless! Troubling!

A supporter launches a crowdfunding campaign to finance Netanyahu's legal defense against corruption charges

WHOA. Gardner is a vulnerable GOP Senator up for reelection next year. He's not the only one. Cracks are starting to show. Your calls are working - keep it up tomorrow!

Some IRS employees are claiming they can't return to work for the upcoming tax season because of financial hardship, a major union says, warning that others could follow in their footsteps if the government shutdown continues much longer

Russia has warned the U.S. not to intervene militarily in Venezuela, saying such a move would trigger a catastrophe.

Shutdown over Trump 'vanity project' irresponsible: Sen. Harris

Bolton is brilliant obviously

If Donald Trump thinks that immigrants are dangerous, why does he keep on marrying them?

Trump indifferent to shutdown's harm to workers, damage to U.S.

In this exclusive excerpt from Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House, a former Trump aide recalls the leaking, the gossiping, and the infighting that made Kellyanne Conway such a formidable player in the White House.

Gather 'round, children, and gaze in wide wonder upon @LindseyGrahamSC as he somehow manages to summon the metric fuckton of audacity required to unironically lecture us about to whom the judgement of history will not be kind.

Trump got Dog Walked.

When the Air Traffic Controllers say they can’t predict the point at which the whole system will crash, it’s not a great time to fly. It’s a time to protest loudly, pressure McTurtle, and demand that Trump at least pretend to be a grownup for a change

I worked on Mafia cases for 16 years. Trump is engaging in mob witness intimidation tactics with the power of the Presidency behind him

Air Traffic Controllers, Pilots, Flight Attendants on the government shutdown: "In our risk averse industry, we cannot even calculate the level of risk currently at play, nor predict the point at which the entire system will break. It is unprecedented."

Trump wants a safe zone in Syria. Is that even possible?

Cohen intimidated by Trump delays testimony



Mr. President, I hope by saying “near future” you mean you will support the House-passed package to #EndTheShutdown that the Senate will vote on tomorrow. Please accept this proposal so we can re-open government, repay our federal workers and then negotiate our differences

BREAKING: After standoff with Pelosi, Trump says he will give State of the Union 'when the Shutdown is over'

LOL @NicolasMaduro. Good luck being the next Noriega.

A panel of lawmakers schedules a hearing to probe Trump's "blatant favoritism" towards the oil industry during the shutdown

President of Flight Attendants Union Suggests General Strike to End Government Shutdown

China will edge out the U.S as the biggest retail market in the world this year, according to one forecast

Bolton relationship with Butina to get closer scrutiny from House