Authoritarianism: Jan 20–26

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.–Issac Asimov

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Sunday

The third annual Women’s March was yesterday (1/19/2019). A snapshot…

Women’s March 2019: Live updates

Women’s March 2019: Live updates

Photo of Women's March D.C., crowd waiting for a speaker to appear.

Thousands of women are expected to rally in cities across the US for the third year of Women’s Marches. Follow here for the latest

Source: www.cnn.com/us/live-news/womens-march-2019/index.html

All the best signs from Women’s March events around the world

All the best signs from Women’s March events around the world

Women's March sign with an angry ovary on it saying 'WE ARE NOT OVARY-ACTING'

“I USED TO LIKE CHEETOS.”

Source: mashable.com/article/best-signs-womens-march-2019/

In pictures: Women march across the country

In pictures: Women march across the country

Women's march, unknown location, showing protesters with signs.

Women across the country are marching on Saturday, February 19.

Source: www.cnn.com/2019/01/19/us/gallery/womens-march-2019/index.html

Thousands turn out for Women’s March across the country

Thousands turn out for Women’s March across the country

Women's March in Los Angeles: protesters with signs.

Thousands turn out for Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles

Source: www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-los-angeles-womens-march-20190120-story.html

Thousands flood San Diego streets for Women’s March

Thousands flood San Diego streets for Women’s March

Aerial photo of San Diego's Women's March showing the sizeable crowd at Waterfront Park.

Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego played host to thousands of people demonstrating in the third annual Women’s March, which also took place in dozens of other cities across the country Saturday.

Source: fox5sandiego.com/2019/01/19/third-annual-womens-march-planned-in-san-diego-across-u-s/


This is the largest Democrat freshman class we have had in decades. Look to these people to see where the House will be heading. I find it fascinating and highly encouraging, especially given the diversity of these people.

But these freshmen are determined to deliver on campaign promises that broadly unite them in calling for improving the lives of working-class Americans by increasing access to affordable health care and good-paying jobs. Sworn in to the first Congress to convene amid a government shutdown, the members instead have encountered a capital where the dysfunction they campaigned against is deeper than many of them foresaw and where every other issue is secondary to resolving a crisis they had no role in creating.

The partial government shutdown that’s forced 800,000 federal workers to go without pay since Dec. 22 is impacting many of their constituents and impeding their desire to move forward on their campaign promises. Impatient, and in some cases nervous and uncertain about how to proceed, many of the freshmen concluded quickly that they could not stand by to wait and watch to see if Trump, Pelosi, McConnell and other leaders could find their way out of the impasse.

Instead they’ve acted, including with the impromptu visits to McConnell’s offices led by Neguse, Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.), Ocasio-Cortez and others, which have been broadcast widely on social media, heightening focus on the shutdown among the grass-root activists who sent these lawmakers to Congress.

“I think one thing that a lot of members, especially members like Majority Leader McConnell are not prepared for, is the fact that 70 percent of our class are non-career politicians. We’re activists. We’re front line community leaders. We’re small-business owners, nurses, teachers,” Ocasio-Cortez said as she, Hill and others stood outside one of McConnell’s offices this week. “And we’re not going to operate in Washington the way that they have been.”

As shutdown drags on, Democrats’ massive class of newcomers makes its mark

As shutdown drags on, Democrats’ massive class of newcomers makes its mark

Photo of Ayanna Pressley (D-MA)

Democratic freshmen are turning to the activist tactics they used in their campaigns to make their mark amid the shutdown.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/as-shutdown-drags-on-democrats-massive-class-of-newcomers-makes-its-mark/2019/01/19/c34800d8-1a89-11e9-8813-cb9dec761e73_story.html


Yep.

On Saturday, signs of movement appeared but the two sides remained far apart on the central issues.

Trump proposed that Congress fund a wall in exchange for a three-year reprieve from deportation for the so-called Dreamers, immigrants who entered the country illegally as children. Pelosi called that “a nonstarter.”

Instead, she plans to pass a package of House bills that would reopen shuttered government agencies and increase spending on border security — without a wall.

Both proposals appeared intended to allow each party to claim that it’s working toward a solution, another front in the battle for public sentiment.

Pelosi’s real goal is to establish a new balance of power for the next two years — reflecting her fourth precept: “Congress is a co-equal branch of government.”

Nancy Pelosi is winning in her battle with Trump. Here’s why

Nancy Pelosi is winning in her battle with Trump. Here’s why

Pelosi, in now-famous moment when she told Trump not to characterize the strength she brings to the house and where Trump said he would 'own the shutdown.'This is the showdown Nancy Pelosi has been planning for, preparing for, even yearning for since President Trump was inaugurated two years ago. Trump is learning a lesson many others have learned the hard way: Pelosi may be a San Francisco progressive but there’s nothing soft about her in a fight.

Source: www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-mcmanus-column-pelosi-20190120-story.html


Monday

This is quite true. That’s why the only resolution to this shutdown is for Congress to ovary up and pass a clean funding bill with a vetoproof majority.

Offering something temporary for something permanent isn't a proposal. It's a con. Offering to give something back you took away isn't a proposal. It's blackmail. Using people as bargaining chips isn't a strategy. It's extortion.


The white Evangelicals’ name has been permanently shattered (let it rot in the lexicon alongside swastika, etc), but this is still good news if they abandon Трамп. Won’t save their black, rotten, hateful souls but we’d be rid of Трамп the faster.

Unperturbed by Trump’s history as a liar, serial philanderer and casino operator, the religious right has chosen instead to see in Trump the man who is going to deliver on their dreams, especially the anti-LGBTQ ones.

From Stormy Daniels through the Russian investigation, Trump could always count on his evangelicals supporters to give him, in hate group leader Tony Perkins’ words, a “mulligan” for his actions.

But if a recent poll is any indication, Trump may be running out of mulligans.

According to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll, Trump is beginning to see evangelicals start to turn against him. The survey results, based on more than 1,000 responses from voters earlier this month, shows a significant erosion of support from conservative Christians from just the month before. Trump’s positive/negative ratings shifted 13 points, from 73-to-17 percent approve to 66-to-23 percent approve.

It’s worth remembering we only have Трамп because of the way the GOP fucks around with the electorate.

The problem for Trump is that he doesn’t have any margin for error in his re-election effort. He won in 2016 thanks to 80,000 people in three swing states, even though he lost the popular vote by 3 million. With such tight margins, he can’t afford to lose any of his supporters, especially since Democrats are chomping at the bit to vote against him.

Trump is starting to lose his evangelical base when he needs them most

Trump is starting to lose his evangelical base when he needs them most

Photo of Trump with hand over heart (if he has one).

A new poll shows Trump is starting to lose support among conservative white evangelicals, jeopardizing his re-election chances.

Source: www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/01/trump-starting-lose-evangelical-base-needs/


Oh,  yeah.

  • First, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III does his job methodically, secretly and effectively, wrapping up one witness after another.
  • Second, Trump’s play-to-the-base strategy was a blunder with enormous ramifications.
  • Third, in the midst of a scandal, most presidents can fall back on their role as commander in chief and architect of U.S. foreign policy to sustain their aura of power. Trump’s foreign policy, aside from the taint from his subservience to Russia, is characterized as chaotic, frightening and entirely ineffective.
  • Fourth, Trump’s narcissism, incompetence and rotten judgment have led him to force out any adviser with a modicum of common sense, experience and influence.
  • Finally, a primary challenge to Trump was once unthinkable. However strongly Republicans cling to Trump in the face of Democratic attacks and harsh media coverage, Republicans are increasingly open to a primary challenge.

Opinion | Five reasons Trump may be a one-termer

Opinion | Five reasons Trump may be a one-termer

Washington Post

The shrinking possibility of a second Trump term.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/01/20/five-reasons-trump-may-be-one-termer/


I’m torn between “Thank God this lump of shit doesn’t destroy more by being on the ball,” and “What an utter piece of shit, he can’t even do the job  he ran for.” Then I just return to head-desking.

“Low energy”: Trump works less than most Americans

“Low energy”: Trump works less than most Americans

Photo of Trump wearing a MAGA hat while golfing.

In a Special Report, MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent, Ari Melber, examines Trump’s first two years in office and a scandal hiding in plain sight: mounting evidence that there are stretches of time when Trump avoids doing most of the work of the Presidency. Melber breaks down how Trump has demonstrated a “new low” in Presidential work ethic, coming into the office late, play golf frequently, spending “Executive Time” watching TV and making personal calls and failing to make many key Government appointments in the State, Defense and other departments.

Source: www.msnbc.com/the-beat-with-ari/watch/-low-energy-trump-works-less-than-most-americans-1429581379748


LORDY THERE ARE TAPES

Screenshot of tweet in link showing Giuliani's slip about reviewing tapes. Text is: Giuliani tells NYer he's 'been through all the tapes' and that's how he knew BuzzFeed misreported. Pressed on what he means by tapes, Giuliani: 'I shouldn’t have said tapes.' Pressed again, says, 'I have listened to tapes, but none of them concern this.'

(Link to article quoted in above tweet: “Even If He Did Do It, It Wouldn’t Be a Crime”: Rudy Giuliani on President Trump)


Tuesday

Welcome to shutdown day 32…

Quick rundown on past shutdowns:

Here’s how previous government shutdowns ended under Trump, Clinton, Obama

Here’s how previous government shutdowns ended under Trump, Clinton, Obama

How will the government shut down end? We don’t know yet, but here’s what happened with previous government shutdown under the Trump, Clinton and Obama administrations.

Source: www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/the-conversation/sd-how-government-shutdown-could-end-20190110-htmlstory.html


This is deeply concerning.. Because, this is effectively how culture reinforces DV, coercion of women and children, and really, rape culture as a whole, through these lowkey attributes wherein the perp can throw up his hands and say “hey, I didn’t touch her” and in so doing, misses the entire point. You’d think this was chump change and yet… and yet it’s important enough for the WH to change this from the very top (which conversely, underscores how important it is).

The previous definition included critical components of the phenomenon that experts recognize as domestic abuse—a pattern of deliberate behavior, the dynamics of power and control, and behaviors that encompass physical or sexual violence as well as forms of emotional, economic, or psychological abuse. But in the Trump Justice Department, only harms that constitute a felony or misdemeanor crime may be called domestic violence. So, for example, a woman whose partner isolates her from her family and friends, monitors her every move, belittles and berates her, or denies her access to money to support herself and her children is not a victim of domestic violence in the eyes of Trump’s Department of Justice. This makes no sense for an office charged with funding and implementing solutions to the problem of domestic violence rather than merely prosecuting individual abusers.

The Trump Administration Quietly Changed the Definition of Domestic Violence and We Have No Idea What For

The Trump Administration Quietly Changed the Definition of Domestic Violence and We Have No Idea What For

Image of Trump (not flattering).

It is too early to assess the full impact of the change.

Source: slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/01/trump-domestic-violence-definition-change.html


“Art of the Deal,” eh?

Trump is offering a three-year extension for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. as kids. The offer would also give a three-year extension to 300,000 people from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Honduras who are living in the U.S. under the temporary protected status program.

Democrats rejected the offer before Trump even announced it on Saturday, however, maintaining that it didn’t go nearly far enough and that the president ought to reopen the government before any negotiations over the border proceed.

But the GOP bill incorporating his offer would also gut existing asylum laws for children and trafficking victims from Central America, ban asylum for minors who present themselves at ports of entry, gut the concept of temporary protected status for future cases and expand immigration detention ― all measures making it more likely to be dead on arrival in the Senate.

“Given the poison pills stuffed into a proposal that was supposed to entice Democrats we can now say the Trump ‘offer’ isn’t about getting to a deal but about shifting blame. So obvious. So predictable. So pathetic,” Frank Sharry, the executive director of the immigration advocacy group America’s Voice, tweeted on Tuesday.

The bill would ban asylum for Central American minors, including those who arrive at the border with their parents, unless the minors apply for asylum in their home country. It would also cap the number of Central American minors who are allowed to apply for asylum each year at 50,000 and limit the number of asylum applications that could be granted per year to 15,000.

Trump’s ‘Compromise’ Immigration Offer To Democrats Includes Major Changes Restricting Asylum Law

Trump’s ‘Compromise’ Immigration Offer To Democrats Includes Major Changes Restricting Asylum Law

Image of Huffington Post's logoThe proposal would gut asylum laws for Central American minors — which critics are calling a poison pill.

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/government-shutdown-trump-asylum-offer_us_5c472b5ce4b0bfa693c75e0e


Meanwhile in the House.

In a bipartisan 357-22 vote, the Democrat-led lower chamber sent the Senate the NATO Support Act, which would prohibit the use of federal funds to withdraw from the 70-year-old alliance.

Beyond asserting Congress’ power of the purse, it affirms support for NATO and its mutual defense clause, for the goal of each member nation to spend at least 2 percent of its gross domestic product on defense by 2024, for Montenegro’s accession and for “robust” U.S. funding for the European Deterrence Initiative, among other provisions

US House votes overwhelmingly to bar US exit from NATO

US House votes overwhelmingly to bar US exit from NATO

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., left, accompanied by Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., center, and Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa., right, speaks at a news conference to introduce legislation supporting NATO on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

The US House passed legislation meant to bar President Donald Trump from pulling the US out of NATO.

Source: www.defensenews.com/congress/2019/01/23/us-house-votes-overwhelmingly-to-bar-us-exit-from-nato/


<grin> Looks like @AOC is also teaching a number of fellow Dems… look at who else participated in #WheresMitch…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Torches Trump For Shutdown In First House Floor Speech

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Torches Trump For Shutdown In First House Floor Speech

Huffington Post logo

“The truth is, this shutdown is about the erosion of American democracy and the subversion of our most basic governmental norms,” the freshman lawmaker s…

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-wheres-mitch-twitter-shutdown_us_5c404e8be4b0a8dbe16dd3e1


Wednesday

Exactly.

Image of Rep. Pramila Jayapal with the text: WHAT WOULD YOU DO NEXT TIME WHEN TRUMP SHUTS DOWN THE GOVERNMENT UNTIL WE CUT SOCIAL SECURITY? END LEGAL IMMIGRATION? WHAT DEAL WOULD YOU WANT US TO MAKE THEN? NO, SOMEONE NEEDS TO CALL OUT THE BULLY AND MAKE HIM TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PERPETUAL HARM HE IS INFLICTING.

Note: quote is unverified and I haven’t been able to locate where she might have said this. Her twitter feed, however, is completely consistent with such a sentiment. If you find a source for this, please feel free to comment! Rep Pramila Jayapal (D-WA): @RepJayapal


This is delightful. YouTube video is captioned


This is a pretty interesting read.

The Unbelievable Story Of The Plot Against George Soros

The Unbelievable Story Of The Plot Against George Soros

The glass tower that houses George Soros’s office in Manhattan is overflowing with numbers on screens, tracking and predicting the directions of markets around the world. But there’s one that’s particularly hard to figure out — a basic orange chart on a screen analyzing sentiment on social media.

Source: www.defensenews.com/congress/2019/01/23/us-house-votes-overwhelmingly-to-bar-us-exit-from-nato/ The Unbelievable Story Of The Plot Against George Soros

How two Jewish American political consultants helped create the world’s largest anti-Semitic conspiracy theory


Witness tampering by POTUS o.O

NEWS - @MichaelCohen212 postponing his Feb. 7 testimony after threats to his family from President Trump and his team. Story TKMore here:

Michael Cohen Postpones Congressional Testimony Due to ‘Threats’

Michael Cohen Postpones Congressional Testimony Due to ‘Threats’

Michael Cohen, the former attorney for President Donald Trump, now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, is postponing his planned February 7th testimony next month to Congress.The reason: threats from President Trump and attorney Rudy Giuliani, according to…

Source: www.newsmax.com/newsfront/michael-cohen-postpones-testimony-threats/2019/01/23/id/899475/


Text of Alyssa Milano’s @Alyssa_Milano tweet:

If Trump’s shutdown continues, SNAP, could run out of funding—leaving 42 million Americans without access to food. That’s like cutting off the food supply to the entire state of New York. And Ohio. And Michigan. /via

Text of reply tweet from Hamberder Helper @ChildPleez007

Y’all know this is what Kim Jong Un does to get his people to submit to him. He starves them.


Unsurprising. Also, GOP base, what the fuck is wrong with you? He’s not even doing what you wanted.

A strong majority of Americans blame President Donald Trump for the government shutdown and reject his primary rationale for a border wall. That’s according to a new poll that shows the turmoil in Washington is dragging his approval rating to its lowest level in more than a year.

The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 34 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s job performance, down from 42 percent in December.

Trump’s approval among Republicans remains high, but his standing with independents is among its lowest points of his presidency.

AP-NORC poll: Shutdown drags Trump approval to yearlong low

AP-NORC poll: Shutdown drags Trump approval to yearlong low

AP-NORC poll: Shutdown drags Trump approval to lowest mark in year as Americans reject rationale for wall.

Source: www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article224974825.html


Round 1: Pelosi

Next step: END THE SHUT DOWN
not that I want to hear this 💩 for 🧠 speak…
I am curious about the next step. National strike by airline workers?

I’m guessing the Red Square was nixed?

More here

Trump Bends to Pelosi’s Will, Accepts Postponement of SOTU

Trump Bends to Pelosi’s Will, Accepts Postponement of SOTU

Photo of grumpy Trump.

In the end to a dramatic day of symbolic assertions of power and mastery between President Donald Trump and Speaker…

Source: talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-bends-to-pelosis-will-accepts-postponement-of-sotu


Thursday

Shit president, shit GOP like shit.

In the two decades before President Trump took office, EPA civil fines averaged more than $500 million a year, when adjusted for inflation. Last year’s $72 million in fines was 85 percent below that amount, according to the agency’s Enforcement and Compliance History Online database.

Cynthia Giles, who headed EPA’s enforcement office in the Obama administration and conducted the analysis, said the inflation-adjusted figures represent the lowest since the agency’s enforcement office was established.

The decline in civil penalties could undermine EPA’s ability to deter wrongdoing, some former agency officials said, because they help ensure it is more expensive to violate the law than to comply with it. But Trump administration officials have said they are focusing much of their effort on working with companies ahead of time so that they don’t run afoul of the law, rather than punishing them after the fact. That approach, they say, will ensure business operations can thrive without harming the environment.

Giles, now a guest fellow at the Harvard Environmental and Energy Law Program, questioned whether the new approach can achieve what administration officials promise.

“The public expects EPA to protect them from the worst polluters,” she said. “The Trump EPA is not doing that. What worries me is how industry will respond to EPA’s abandonment of tough enforcement.”

Civil penalties for polluters dropped dramatically in Trump’s first two years, analysis shows

Civil penalties for polluters dropped dramatically in Trump’s first two years, analysis shows

Top official says the more EPA can bring companies into compliance with laws, “the fewer enforcement actions we need to take.”

Source: www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/civil-penalties-for-polluters-dropped-dramatically-in-trumps-first-two-years-analysis-shows/2019/01/24/7384d168-1a82-11e9-88fe-f9f77a3bcb6c_story.html


History repeats itself. Does anyone hear metal edges being sharpened?


Exactly as Justice Ginsberg predicted.

No tradition,” Ginsburg noted, “and no prior decision under RFRA, allows a religion-based exemption when the accommodation would be harmful to others.” Through Hobby Lobby, the court had transformed RFRA from a shield into a sword, creating a license to discriminate with no clear limitations.

On Wednesday, the Trump administration proved Ginsburg right. In a decision of startling breadth, the Department of Health and Human Services declared that, under RFRA, a federally funded foster care agency in South Carolina has a right to discriminate against non-Christians, closing its doors to would-be parents of different faiths. As Ginsburg predicted, the administration’s interpretation of the law has no limiting principle: It all but announced that taxpayer-funded adoption and foster care agencies may now engage in flagrant discrimination without consequence, so long as they state a religious rationale for their actions. The grim future that Ginsburg foresaw in Hobby Lobby has arrived.

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

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

The grim future that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg foresaw in the Hobby Lobby case has arrived.

Source: slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/01/trump-adoption-same-sex-couples-jews-miracle-mill.html


Dissension in the ranks? I’m frankly shocked the Senate has done NOTHING, no votes, nothing at all, all this time. Ugh. I’m hoping McConnell’s run for power blows up in his face. This looks to be lose-lose for him.

The argument was one of several heated moments in a lunch that came just before the Senate voted on the opposing plans to end the shutdown offered by President Trump and Democrats.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell leaves the Capitol Building for the day after two Senate bills to end the partial government shutdown failed. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

The outbursts highlighted the toll the shutdown has taken on Republican lawmakers, who are dealing with growing concerns from constituents and blame from Democrats, all while facing pressure from conservatives to stand with Trump in his demand for money to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

The votes the Senate cast on Thursday were the first on the shutdown since it began Dec. 22, with McConnell and other GOP lawmakers previously refusing to vote on anything this year unless it had Trump’s approval — a policy that has drawn widespread criticism.

The day ended with some limited signs of progress. After the votes, McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) engaged in a face-to-face negotiation that senators hoped would lead to a solution in the near future.

‘This is your fault’: GOP senators clash over shutdown inside private luncheon

‘This is your fault’: GOP senators clash over shutdown inside private luncheon

McConnell walking through a crowd of reporters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walks out of the Senate chamber after holding two votes on the shutdown that failed to pass on Thursday. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

Sen. Ron Johnson lashed out at Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who snapped back, “Are you suggesting I’m enjoying this?”

Source: www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/this-is-your-fault-gop-senators-clash-over-shutdown-inside-private-luncheon/2019/01/24/cde0ca22-2045-11e9-8b59-0a28f2191131_story.html


Not captioned but I gather this speech is lit. C-SPAN usually has captions, maybe they will appear later. But the rest of you enjoy, since Cruz clearly didn’t 🙂

The gist of it can be found here:

Who is Michael Bennet? Colorado senator’s impassioned government shutdown speech goes viral

Who is Michael Bennet? Colorado senator’s impassioned government shutdown speech goes viral

“These crocodile tears that the senator from Texas is crying over first responders is hard to take,” said Democratic Colorado Senator Michael Bennet.

Source: www.newsweek.com/michael-bennet-colorado-senator-speech-government-shutdown-ted-cruz-1304786


Friday

What a pack of greedy, incompetent criminals. Hm, “Individual 1 of Organization 1″… I like it.

The indictment unsealed Friday after Stone’s arrest makes clear he communicated with multiple people about what Assange knew, and they were providing him updates from Assange and what Stone wanted to communicate with him. Prosecutors cite text messages and emails he exchanged with the people about what Assange had, and one sent a photo of himself standing outside the Ecaudorian embassy in London, where Assange has stayed for years.

Mueller indicts Roger Stone, says he was coordinating with Trump officials about WikiLeaks’ stolen emails

Mueller indicts Roger Stone, says he was coordinating with Trump officials about WikiLeaks’ stolen emails

Roger Stone has been indicted by a grand jury on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, who alleges that the longtime Donald Trump associate sought stolen emails from WikiLeaks that could damage Trump’s opponents while in coordination with senior Trump campaign officials.

Source: www.cnn.com/2019/01/25/politics/roger-stone-arrested/index.html

I want them to get their back pay plus interest, of course, but hell, I’d happily volunteer to do this one!


And now here comes the pressure. Personally I think the National Air Traffic Controllers Association should negotiate for guaranteed salaries, independent of any shutdown and other inducements to re-establish a thriving set of employees. Safe and smoothly running air travel is crucial to the U.S.

Significant flight delays were rippling across the Northeast on Friday because of a shortage of air traffic controllers as a result of the government shutdown, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The agency said it was slowing traffic in and out of the airports because of staffing problems at facilities in Washington and Jacksonville, Fla.

The delays were cascading along the Eastern Seaboard, reaching as far north as Boston. But La Guardia was the only airport closed off to arriving flights from other cities because it was so crowded with planes taking off and landing on a weekday morning.

Airport Delays Ripple Across Northeast Due to Air Traffic Controller Shortage

Airport Delays Ripple Across Northeast Due to Air Traffic Controller Shortage

The stoppage of flights to a main airport serving the New York City area comes as federal workers miss a second paycheck as a result of the government shutdown.

Source: www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/nyregion/lga-flights-government-shutdown.html


Here’s another pressure point though truth be told, it’s a balance between the government that does need this money, those that want to drown the government in a bathtub, and those (wealthy enough to bring big sticks to this) who don’t want to pay taxes.

At least 14,000 unpaid IRS workers did not show up for work as broad shutdown disruption hits tax agency, according to House aides

At least 14,000 unpaid IRS workers did not show up for work as broad shutdown disruption hits tax agency, according to House aides

Photo of the sign outside one of the IRS buildings

FILE PHOTO: A security camera hangs near a corner of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

The absences pose a challenge for the Trump administration hoping to get through tax filing season during the government shutdown.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/01/25/least-unpaid-irs-workers-did-not-show-up-work-broad-shutdown-disruption-hits-tax-agency-according-house-aides/


Here we go. You know I know that flight attendants are not all women, but it’s interesting the scope of pushback coming from women against the Трамп admin.  And what do you think of when you see ‘flight attendant’?

Flight Attendants Are ‘Mobilizing Immediately’ Over Shutdown, Union Says

Flight Attendants Are ‘Mobilizing Immediately’ Over Shutdown, Union Says

Photo of Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA

Sara Nelson speaks during a press conference on aviation safety at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on January 24, 2019. Photo: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images

Source: nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/01/flight-attendants-are-mobilizing-immediately-union-says.html


Interesting message from Christopher Wray, FBI director. (Captioned)

[Raw mp4 file for download/view: https://archives.fbi.gov/FBI-Director-Shutdown-Message-192418.mp4]


I hope so. I have little love for Congress but in part that’s because of the craven way it’s ceded so much of its authority to the Executive Office over the last 25 years or so.

Perspective | The State of the Union shifts power to the president. Pelosi took it back.

Perspective | The State of the Union shifts power to the president. Pelosi took it back.

Photo of Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks to reporters on Thursday about the State of the Union speech. (Leah Millis/Reuters)

The shutdown upended the “bully pulpit” that Trump’s predecessors have used.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/the-state-of-the-union-shifts-power-to-the-president-pelosi-took-it-back/2019/01/25/855415ae-2025-11e9-9145-3f74070bbdb9_story.html

 


Okay, the shutdown is apparently over (for now? trying to find out if this is the 3 week CR or what; Трамп’s batshit rambling isn’t helping here).

The stopgap funding measure that Trump endorsed on Friday would fund the government through February 15, but does not include any new funding for Trump’s promised border wall.

Will be interesting to see what happens. Трамп threatened another shutdown or invocation of “emergency powers” in February if he doesn’t get his way then. I do not think the public will react well if there’s another shutdown mid-Feb. I am also curious as to whether McConnell’s selfish and callous machinations pay off for him or not. That motherfucker better be run out of Kentucky in 2020. Also: Good god, is Coulter ever a hateful little gormless fuckwit: Coulter blasts Trump over shutdown deal: ‘Biggest wimp ever to serve as president’

Trump to temporarily end shutdown — without wall funding

Trump to temporarily end shutdown — without wall funding

President Donald Trump said Friday he’s reached a deal to temporarily reopen the federal government after a month-long shutdown, an agreement that won’t include new funding for a border wall despite weeks of the President’s once-ironclad demands.

Source: www.cnn.com/2019/01/25/politics/donald-trump-shutdown-border/index.html


Nailed it.

For 35 days, President Trump has robbed hundreds of thousands of American families of their paychecks, forcing dedicated public servants to turn to foodbanks and unemployment benefits to feed and support their families. For 35 days, President Trump denied millions of taxpaying Americans access to public services. For 35 days, President Trump has inflicted pain on the American people and compromised our national security.

And for what? All of this pain and suffering to end where we began. On December 19, the Senate passed a bill by voice vote to fund the government to February 8 – nearly what the President has proposed today – only for President Trump to break his word and precipitate this national crisis.

The Trump Shutdown should have never happened, and it should have never dragged on for 35 days. I hope that the President has learned that Congress is a coequal branch of government, and the American people are not pawns to be played with in his political games.

I look forward to continuing my bipartisan work with Chairman Shelby to make responsible investments in the American people and border security, and I pray that President Trump does not repeat this national embarrassment again. Let us promptly vote to reopen the government and end this national nightmare.

Reaction To President Trump Proposing A Three-Week Continuing Resolution And Finally Agreeing To Demands To Reopen The Government | U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont

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Senator Patrick Leahy D-VT

Reaction To President Trump Proposing A Three-Week Continuing Resolution And Finally Agreeing To Demands To Reopen The Government | U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont

The official U.S. Senate website of Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont

Source: www.leahy.senate.gov/press/reaction-to-president-trump-proposing-a-three-week-continuing-resolution-and-finally-agreeing-to-demands-to-reopen-the-government


Post-ABC poll: Trump disapproval swells as president, Republicans face lopsided blame for shutdown

Post-ABC poll: Trump disapproval swells as president, Republicans face lopsided blame for shutdown

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President Trump speaks about tariffs on Jan. 24 in the Cabinet Room of the White House. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

The findings in a new Washington Post-ABC News survey illustrate the political damage the president and his party have suffered in the fight for partial border wall funding.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com/politics/poll-majority-of-americans-hold-trump-and-republicans-responsible-for-shutdown/2019/01/25/e7a2e7b8-20b0-11e9-9145-3f74070bbdb9_story.html


This. I’d quote the entire damn thing but copyright infringement. Just go read.

2 winners and 3 losers in the deal to end the government shutdown

2 winners and 3 losers in the deal to end the government shutdown

Air traffic controllers’ role in American political history comes full circle.

Source: www.vox.com/2019/1/25/18197668/government-shutdown-deal-winners-losers

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After weeks of chaos, the thousands of air traffic controllers and baggage screeners who have been working without pay for the last month will return to a normal pay schedule. But though an immediate crisis was averted — cascading flight delays appear to have forced Friday’s resolution — the shutdown could convince these federal employees to quit in numbers that would be difficult to replace quickly.

The impact could be particularly acute for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers whose credit took a hit while they were working without pay. They risk losing eligibility for security clearances; debt and poor credit can be disqualifying based on the belief workers with financial troubles are vulnerable to bribery.

With the tax filing season due to begin on Monday, tax preparers are hoping the IRS will quickly restore its online services, including access to taxpayer data, and ensure that workers are on the job to respond to taxpayer inquiries. Still, the effects of the shutdown are likely to ripple throughout the season, as the agency deals with backlogs.

Recovery from shutdown will be long and difficult

Recovery from shutdown will be long and difficult

It won’t happen overnight.

Source: www.politico.com/story/2019/01/25/studown-recovery-long-back-pay-1117804


Saturday

They did what, now? /laughs helplessly for several minutes

They wasted this time and effort on a chump who just blew most of what political capital he had that same day?

The Republican National Committee unanimously voted Friday to offer the GOP’s “undivided support for President Donald J. Trump and his effective Presidency.”

Members passed the largely symbolic resolution during the RNC’s regular winter meeting near Albuquerque, New Mexico, affirming their support for Mr. Trump two years into his administration.

OK, granted they killed a more binding proposal. But that it even existed, that they still endorsed this orange embarrassment, however symbolically…well.

RNC unanimously pledges ‘undivided support’ for Trump, stops short of explicit 2020 endorsement

RNC unanimously pledges ‘undivided support’ for Trump, stops short of explicit 2020 endorsement

The Republican National Committee unanimously voted Friday to offer the GOP’s “undivided support for President Donald J. Trump and his effective Presidency.”

Source: www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jan/26/rnc-vote-unanimous-support-trump-no-endorse-2020/


Trump and His Associates Had More Than 100 Contacts With Russians Before the Inauguration

Trump and His Associates Had More Than 100 Contacts With Russians Before the Inauguration

Donald J. Trump and at least 17 of his associates repeatedly had interactions with Russian nationals and WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition.

Source: www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/01/26/us/politics/trump-contacts-russians-wikileaks.html


Reopening the government for three weeks may seem like a temporary solution, but Republicans now know that they’ll be the ones in the barrel if they shut down the government again. Speaker Pelosi holds all the cards in the upcoming negotiation.

Sure, Trump began his statement in the White House on Friday by suggesting he could declare a state of emergency to fund his wall, but the legality of that option is, at best, dubious. And it is significant that he has not yet done so.

This is why Republicans were so desperate to keep Nancy Pelosi from becoming speaker again

This is why Republicans were so desperate to keep Nancy Pelosi from becoming speaker again

Trump caves.

Source: thinkprogress.org/trump-caves-shutdown-reopens-government-speaker-nancy-pelosi-effective-5e247a05034a/


Former CIA director: Robert Mueller will indict a lot of “familiar” names in the next 60 days

Former CIA director: Robert Mueller will indict a lot of “familiar” names in the next 60 days

The special counsel’s probe could hit the very top of the Trump campaign, said former CIA Director John Brennan.

Source: www.newsweek.com/roger-stone-robert-mueller-john-brennan-russia-probe-russia-investigation-1305134


Totally prescient: “Published 3:15 a.m. ET Aug. 29, 2017

Why has Trump’s comfort for white supremacists provoked bipartisan recriminations while North Carolina’s GOP’s effort to deny black Americans the vote did not? Why are conservatives silent about reports that the Indiana GOP has limited early voting in urban areas while letting it flourish in suburban communities?

Perhaps Republicans know they get away with policies that enforce white supremacy through voting restrictions and mass incarceration, but to do this, they must reject public displays of bigotry. This unstated compromise is the heart of a strategy that has helped the party accumulate more political power than at any time since the Great Depression.

Trump could blow lid off GOP’s well-mannered white supremacy

Trump could blow lid off GOP’s well-mannered white supremacy

Republicans know they can get away with voting and incarceration policies that enforce white supremacy, as long as they reject public bigotry.

Source: www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/29/trump-blow-lid-off-polite-gop-white-supremacy-jason-sattler-column/607732001/


There is no part of this that isn’t utterly reprehensible, and the Thomases should be run out of D.C. in disgrace and impeachment.

President Trump met last week with a delegation of hard-right activists led by Ginni Thomas, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, listening quietly as members of the group denounced transgender people and women serving in the military, according to three people with direct knowledge of the events.

For 60 minutes Mr. Trump sat, saying little but appearing taken aback, the three people said, as the group also accused White House aides of blocking Trump supporters from getting jobs in the administration.

It is unusual for the spouse of a sitting Supreme Court justice to have such a meeting with a president, and some close to Mr. Trump said it was inappropriate for Ms. Thomas to have asked to meet with the head of a different branch of government.

A vocal conservative, Ms. Thomas has long been close to what had been the Republican Party’s fringes, and extremely outspoken against Democrats. Her activism has raised concerns of conflicts of interest for her husband, who is perhaps the most conservative member of the Supreme Court.

Trump Meets With Hard-Right Group Led by Ginni Thomas

Trump Meets With Hard-Right Group Led by Ginni Thomas

At the meeting, which was unusual for the spouse of a Supreme Court justice and a president, the activists denounced women serving in the military and questioned the administration’s hiring.

Source: www.nytimes.com/2019/01/26/us/politics/trump-ginni-thomas-meeting.html


A Bruised Trump Faces Uncertain 2020 Prospects. His Team Fears a Primary Fight.

A Bruised Trump Faces Uncertain 2020 Prospects. His Team Fears a Primary Fight.

With his approval rating sinking, and foes within the party wooing potential Republican challengers, aides to the president are working to shore up his support.

Source: www.nytimes.com/2019/01/26/us/politics/trump-rnc-2020.html


 

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