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Post by annemarie on Wed Jan 09 2019, 03:29

He is going to try and scare America, with lies and misinformation. Sadly, there will be those who believe him.

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Post by LizzyNY on Wed Jan 09 2019, 03:48

I don't see how he can claim to want to keep Americans safe at the same time as he puts almost 1,000,000 of us in financial jeopardy. It's much, much more likely that people will have their lives totally disrupted by the government shutdown than that they'll be  victims of an attack by an "illegal alien". Anyone who still buys his lies is an idiot.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if nobody watched him tonight? Very Happy  I know I won't!
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Post by party animal - not! on Wed Jan 09 2019, 04:44

Brilliant idea Lizzy.

Also think it has to be good that the Democrats got air time too.

NB According to the NYT, the man has never been vetted!

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Post by LizzyNY on Wed Jan 09 2019, 17:01

PAN - In a way that's what Mueller is doing. Sadly, it's too little too late. It should have been done before he got elected - along with a psychiatric evaluation.

The good news out of all this mess is that most of us still believe in the Constitution and the law - otherwise someone would have already blown him away. Of course there is still time for that to happen.
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Post by annemarie on Wed Jan 09 2019, 17:37

I think the secret service is working over time to keep him a live.

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Post by LizzyNY on Wed Jan 09 2019, 18:34

And of course they're still getting paid.
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Post by annemarie on Wed Jan 09 2019, 21:08

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6574003/Trump-turns-heat-Pelosi-says-cutting-funds-CA-wildfires.html

[size=34]Trump turns up the heat on Pelosi saying he has ordered FEMA to cut off funds for California wildfire management, claiming her home state has wasted billions[/size]


  • The president brought up California wildfires on the 19th day of a government shutdown 

  • He said the state's forest fires wouldn't have gone on with 'proper' management

  • Says unless state gets its act together, he has ordered FEMA to send 'no money'

  • Called it a 'disgraceful situation'

  • State's top firefighter says it leads nation in clearing dead trees and brush

  • New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is from California, and blasted Trump Tuesday night for his 'obsession' with border wall 


By GEOFF EARLE, DEPUTY U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 12:03 EST, 9 January 2019 | UPDATED: 12:42 EST, 9 January 2019

     


President Donald Trump has inserted another hot issue into his clash with congressional leaders over the government shutdown, threatening to withhold funds for responding to California wildfires and blasting the state for mismanagement.
The threat, issued on twitter, was immediately taken as a shot at new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who on Tuesday night countered Trump's prime time speech on immigration by mocking his 'obsession' with a border wall.  
'Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen,' the president tweeted Wednesday morning, after initially misspelling it 'Forrest' in an earlier tweet.
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'Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money,' Trump threatened California over its handling of federal funds to counter wildfires
'Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!' Trump added.

The state's former top firefighter doesn't agree. According to the AP, he said last month his state leads the nation in clearing away brush, dead trees, and other incendiary materials that feed forest fires.
State officials have pointed to a variety of factors including some of the hottest years on record amid global warming trends.   
The House Republican minority leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy also is from California. Trump owns a golf club in California's Palos Verdes Peninsula.
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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) arrives for a House Democratic party caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. January 9, 2019. Trump is threatening to cut off funds for California wildfires
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In this file photo taken on November 10, 2018 Flames from the Camp fire burn near a home atop a ridge near Big Bend, California. President Donald Trump on January 9, 2019 said he is cutting emergency federal aid sent to help California after devastating wildfires unless the Democratic-led state gets its 'act together.'
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The president threatened to cut off disaster funds for California as it recovers from the Camp Fire due to fire management he called 'disgraceful'
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President Trump sent out a corrected Tweet after earlier sounding off about 'Forrest fires' and threatening to cut off California funds
The president's tweet follows a fire season where the California town of Paradise was virtually wiped off the map, and homeowners and residents are lookgin to rebuild.
Another prominent Californian, Sen. Kamala Harris, took on Trump. 'Californians endured the deadliest wildfire in our state's history last year. We should work together to mitigate these fires by combating climate change, not play politics by threatening to withhold money from survivors of a deadly natural disaster,' she Tweeted.
The president's tweet came after the Camp Fire ravaged parts of the state in November and resulted in 85 deaths – becoming the costliest and deadliest in history for a state that regularly deals with forest fires.
Trump also blamed poor forest management even while the fire was raging, and cited the superior management practiced in Finland, though the country's president denied a conversation with Trump happened as the president described it.
Trump said the Finns do 'a lot of time on raking and cleaning.' After Trump's claim, Finland's President Sauli Niinisto said he did speak to Trump in Paris, but had no recollection of telling him about Finnish raking practices.
The country does practice controlled burns, but it also has many lakes and roads – as well as a climate considerably colder than that of southern California. 

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Post by LizzyNY on Wed Jan 09 2019, 21:58

There are no words to describe how despicable this man is. He doesn't give a damn about anyone but himself.
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Post by annemarie on Sat Jan 12 2019, 01:43

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6582765/Let-Trump-CORRECT-Mueller-report-sees-Rudy-demands.html

[size=34]Let Trump CORRECT the Mueller report before anyone else sees it, Rudy demands, saying it is 'fairness' to be shown it before it goes to Congress[/size]


  • Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani is demanding his client get to see the final report

  • Mueller is required to turn over a final report to the attorney general

  • Democrats are concerned it might get buried, and could file subpoena for it

  • Trump lawyer Giuliani wants to see it first 'as a matter of fairness' 

  • Also said there was 'nothing criminal' about Paul Manafort sharing campaign polling with alleged Russian 'spy' 


By GEOFF EARLE, DEPUTY U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 15:26 EST, 11 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:02 EST, 11 January 2019

     



In the latest wrinkle over the looming Mueller report that has Washington on edge, President Trump's team is demanding an advance look at the document so that they may 'correct' the findings.
The regulations governing a special counsel state at the at the conclusion of the probe, the special counsel deliver a confidential report to the attorney general. The document could eventually become public, especially if Congress forces the issues.
Democrats in Congress are already raising a fuss, fearful that President Trump's attorney general or acting attorney general may attempt to sit on the information.
Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani stated in a new interview that his team will push to get a look at it before it is released or ends up in the public domain.
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Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says President Trump's team deserves the right to 'correct' any errors in the Mueller report
'As a matter of fairness, they should show it to you — so we can correct it if they’re wrong,” the former New York City mayor told The Hill newspaper. 

'They’re not God, after all. They could be wrong,' he added. 
 There have been some signals that Mueller may be nearing the end of his probe. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed him, announced that he will be stepping down soon, later clarifying he would stay until Mueller finished his work. 
Judiciary Chairman Jerold Nadler has said once the report is produced, he will request it and subpoena it to force its release if necessary. It is possible this would set off a battle over any executive privilege claims.




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Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, right, listens as President Donald Trump speaks to the media before signing anti-human trafficking legislation, Wednesday Jan. 9, 2019. The Trump-nominated acting AG has assumed partial oversight of the Mueller probe
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller turns over a final report to the attorney general when his probe is finished
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Attorney General nominee William Barr on his own initiative submitted a brief critical of the Mueller probe
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Longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is certain to get questioned during Capitol Hill testimony about his role in hush payments to porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump
The White House office of legal counsel has been staffing up in advance of any legal tussles. 
Giuliani also expressed no worry that longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen – who he has termed a liar, and who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about a Trump Moscow tower project as well as campaign violations related to hush payments to women – will be testifying publicly before Democratic-run committees.
“Big deal!” Giuliani said.
 He also commented on this week's bombshell revelations that former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort passed on campaign poll information to Konstantin Kilimnik, who Mueller's team has linked to a Russian intelligence agency.
'Should he have done it? No. But there’s nothing criminal about it,' Giuliani said.

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Post by LizzyNY on Sat Jan 12 2019, 17:23

When did it become legal policy for the accused to "correct" the prosecutor's evidence before it was made public in court? Who in hell do these people think they are? We got rid of kings in a revolution 200 years ago and we got rid of Hitler in WWII. Is that what it will take to get rid of this pervert?!
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Post by annemarie on Sat Jan 12 2019, 18:56

Guiliani has lost his damn mind. This is ridiculous he is an attorney and should know better.

Trump thinks he is Putin and can do whatever he likes.

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Post by annemarie on Tue Jan 15 2019, 00:59

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6591223/Senior-Trump-official-tells-president-anonymous-op-ed-shutter-shutdown-agencies-forever.html



[size=34]Senior Trump official pens anonymous essay saying 'wasteful government agencies' are BETTER OFF without furloughed workers who are lazy and unaccountable – and should never be allowed back[/size]


  • Person said non-essential agencies that are closed, and their personnel, that are not being paid through the partial federal shutdown should be cut loose

  • 'The lapse in appropriations is more than a battle over a wall. It is an opportunity to strip wasteful government agencies for good' 

  • Philosophical position on big government is shared by most conservatives in Trump's political party - but it hasn't led to a drastically smaller federal payroll

  • Writer claimed that government employees seeking to implement the president's agenda have their time wasted by bureaucracy

  • They also spend their time fending off threats from career officials determined to derail the administration's political agenda


By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 14:53 EST, 14 January 2019 | UPDATED: 15:32 EST, 14 January 2019

 
A senior Trump administration official urged the president Monday in an anonymous op-ed to leave shuttered government agencies closed forever.
The person said that non-essential agencies that are closed, and their personnel, that are not being paid through the partial federal shutdown should be cut loose.
Pushing a philosophical position on big government that is shared by most conservatives in Trump's political party, the unknown author said: 'The lapse in appropriations is more than a battle over a wall. It is an opportunity to strip wasteful government agencies for good.'
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A senior Trump administration official urged the president Monday in an anonymous op-ed to leave shuttered government agencies closed forever

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The op-ed writer known only to the outlet that published the piece, The Daily Caller,was said to be a high-ranking official in the Republican president's government working without a paycheck.
In the essay, the official estimated that just 15 percent other government employees are 'are exceptional patriots serving their country' who deserve competitive salaries.
'But 80 percent feel no pressure to produce results. If they don’t feel like doing what they are told, they don’t,' the person wrote. 'Why would they? We can’t fire them. They avoid attention, plan their weekend, schedule vacation, their second job, their next position, some do this in the same position for more than a decade.'
The Trump administration official claimed that most government workers in question 'do nothing that warrants punishment and nothing of external value' and are weighed down by layers of unnecessary bureaucracy.
'That is their workday: errands for the sake of errands; administering, refining, following and collaborating on process. “Process is your friend” is what delusional civil servants tell themselves,' the person wrote. 
For government employees seeking to implement the president's policy priorities, the person claimed their time is often wasted preventing so-called deep state actors from derailing the administration's political agenda.
'Saboteurs peddling opinion as research, tasking their staff on pet projects or pitching wasteful grants to their friends. Most of my career colleagues actively work against the president’s agenda,' the person claimed. 'This means I typically spend about 15 percent of my time on the president’s agenda and 85 percent of my time trying to stop sabotage, and we have no power to get rid of them.'



The shutdown relieved the official of those lazy colleagues the person said are working against the president or abusing the system. Because they're deemed non-essential, they have been furloughed until further notice.       
'We do not want most employees to return, because we are working better without them,' the person wrote.
Noting that the plan to close those agencies forevermore is decried by some, who say that it's 'morally wrong' to strip workers' of guaranteed paychecks, the op-ed writer compared their plight to that of a troubled pet owner mulling end of life care.
'It is tough to put them down and let go, and many resist,' the person wrote.   
Roughly one-quarter of the federal workforce have had their pay withheld since December 21 in the longest-ever government shutdown as the White House tangles with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer over how to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.
The president hasn't taken his foot off the gas pedal, bashing Democrats for leaving Washington while government employees wait to find out when their paychecks will return. 
'I’ve been here all weekend,' he groused on Monday. 'A lot of Democrats are in Puerto Rico, celebrating something, I don’t know. Maybe they’re celebrating the shutdown.'
He didn't express any confidence that the shutdown's days are numbered, although he described Republicans as 'rock solid' and claimed of Democrats that 'many of them are calling and many of them are breaking.
'I don't know if we're close on a deal,' Trump said. 'This should be the easiest deal that I've ever seen. We're talking about border security. Who could be against it?' 
The senior official writing in The DC urged him to stay the course and advised him to ask more of lawmakers than he had been.
'The president should add to his demands, including a vote on all of his political nominees in the Senate. Send the career appointees back. Many are in the 5 percent of saboteurs and resistance leaders,' the person contended.
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The official said the shutdown must reap big benefits for Trump or it will not be considered a victory for him or the Republican Party.
'A word of caution: To be a victory, this shutdown must be different than those of the past and should achieve lasting disruption with two major changes, or it will hurt the president,' the person advised.
Only the essential federal workers who are not receiving paychecks should get their money until then, the anonymous official argued.
'Ideally continue a resolution to pay the essential employees only, if they are truly working on national security,' the person said. 'Furloughed employees should find other work, never return and not be paid.' 
With Pelosi and Schumer standing in his way, a remaining option is for the president to declare a national emergency and use existing Defense Department funds to build his border wall. But Trump has resisted the temptation, and appeared no closer on Monday to taking that tempting off-ramp from the crisis.
'I'm not looking to call a national emergency. This is so simple, you shouldn't have to,' he said. 'Now, I have the absolute legal right to call it, but I'm not looking to do that.
Trump claimed that Democrats 'are stopping us, and they're stopping a lot of great people from getting paid,' many of whom he's claimed are members of their political party. 
The anonymous official said that the crisis on the border is a federal emergency and Trump should follow-through on a related threat to strip nations of foreign aid that are providing the greatest number of illegal immigrants. 
Even more, he should permanently close United States' government agencies, too, that do not directly protect America's national security, the person said.
'The president’s instincts are right, Most Americans will not miss non-essential government functions. A referendum to end government plunder must happen,' the official wrote. 'Wasteful government agencies are fighting for relevance but they will lose. Now is the time to deliver historic change by cutting them down forever.'

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue Jan 15 2019, 01:31

They should start at the top! The biggest waste of money, the least capable, least concerned about doing his job properly to benefit the American people, the greediest, most unscrupulous .... Trump goes first, followed by anyone related to him by blood, followed by anyone working to push his "agenda" forward. He has done more damage to this country than any of our enemies could ever have hoped to do.

I wonder how many of those "furloughed workers voted for him. I wonder how many of them will vote for him again.
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Post by party animal - not! on Tue Jan 15 2019, 02:18

I would take a bet that the Republican 'White House' advisor is Stephen Miller, who doesn't seem to be able to hold an interview on TV without screaming and shouting at the presenter - hence not many appearances. But I think it's common knowledge that he writes many of Trump's anti-immigration speeches.

(I'm dying for some journalist to challenge Trump on his 'immigrants committing murder' and ask him if he knows the figures for Americans murdering Americans on a day-day basis).

Of course as somebody who inherited Daddy's money he would have no idea - he doesn't seem to realise that security is now threatened at places like airports etc. He doesn't care as long he gets his own way. Nancy Pelosi is right.

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue Jan 15 2019, 17:32

We can only hope that the people who still support him are beginning to realize that his policies are hurting them as much, if not more, than the people they hate. The coal industry is practically dead, farmers are struggling to stay alive and our infrastructure is falling apart. The "middle class" is practically extinct and many blue-collar workers, civil service and military personnel live paycheck to paycheck. None of this bothers drumpf because none of it affects him. He still has his golf games and his golden toilet.

I wonder how much longer it will take drumpf's supporters to realize that having permission to spread hate isn't worth losing everything else.
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Post by annemarie on Tue Jan 15 2019, 18:45

Lizzy, I saw an article with a picture and a farmer in Iowa had plowed into his field build the wall.

The soldier who was trying go fund the wall raised 20 million in donations.  It was returned to the donors

since he didn't reach 5 billion the the allotted time.

I think some see he doesn't care but I think sadly some will never get it.

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue Jan 15 2019, 20:02

I really haven't been following the GoFundMe thing except that I saw the article that said they were returning the money - but I also saw something about the guy who started it putting the money into an escrow account or something and that maybe the thing is a scam. I don't know and honestly don't care. I do know there are a lot better ways to spend your money.
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Post by annemarie on Tue Jan 15 2019, 20:11

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6592707/Trumps-AG-pick-steer-Dem-GOP-queries-hearing.html

[size=34]Trump's pick to run the Justice Department says it would be a 'breach' if the president tries to intervene in a case involving his family or a business associate - and says Mueller would NOT take part in a 'witch hunt'[/size]


  • William Barr was attorney general for George H.W. Bush and Trump re-nominated him

  • Confirmation hearing began Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee

  • Democrats grilled Barr repeatedly on his views about Special Counsel Robert Mueller 

  • Vouches for Robert Mueller and salutes service of Comey 

  • Says it would be a breach if president intervenes in a case to 'protect himself' 

  • Said he won't be 'bullied' into doing anything he thinks is wrong 

  • Said preceding AG Jeff Sessions was 'probably right' to recuse from Russia probe

  • Says 'On my watch, Bob will be allowed to finish his work' 

  • As attorney general, Barr could fire Mueller and bury his report on Russia

  • Barr and Mueller are longtime friends whose wives share a Bible study

  • 'I feel like I'm in a position in life where I can do the right thing and not really care about the consequences,' he said 


By GEOFF EARLE, DEPUTY U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 00:13 EST, 15 January 2019 | UPDATED: 12:06 EST, 15 January 2019

     


President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr says the president would violate his oath of office if he ordered the Justice Department to take an action in which he had a 'stake.'
Barr made the statement as part of a hypothetical example during his first day of high-stakes testimony before the Senate Judiciary, asked about his views on executive power and whether the president could intervene in political cases.  
He made the comments as on a day when he backed up his friend special counsel Robert Mueller, and said longtime Trump foil former Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions was probably right to recuse himself from the Russia probe.
'I don't believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt,' Barr said under questioning.

On the president's powers, he said: 'The other category of cases –and let's pick an easy bad example – would be if a member of the president's family or a business associate or something was under investigation and he tries to intervene.'
'He's the chief law enforcement officer, and you could say well he has the power, but that would be a breach of his obligation under the Constitution to faithfully execute the laws,' Barr said.
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William Barr's confirmation hearing to return to the helm of the Justice Department featured tough grilling from Democrats about his views on the Robert Mueller probe
'So in my opinion, if a president attempts to intervene in a matter that he has a stake in to protect himself – that should first be looked at as a breach of his constitutional duties. Whether it also violates a statute depending on what statute comes into play and what all the facts are,' he said. 
Such pronouncement would ordinarily be boilerplate, but takes on extra significance while a probe President Trump has labeled a 'witch hunt' continues to examine Trump associates and family members who had contacts with Russians during the campaign.
Barr spoke as Senate Democrats pressed him on his views of the Mueller probe – including its investigation of any obstruction of justice by Trump, something Barr has criticized in writing.
Trump fired FBI Director James Comey early in his term, and according to Comey asked if he could relieve pressure on his former national security advisor Mike Flynn.  


Barr was pressed on his expansive view of executive power at the top of the hearing. He called the president the nation's chief law enforcement officer – but stated it wouldn't accurately reflect his views to say the president could order a probe that would then be carried out of anything he wants.
'Let's say the president's concerned about Chinese stealing trade secrets: I want you to go after this company that may be stealing trade secrets,' he explained.
'That's perfectly appropriate for him to do – to communicate that. But, whether it's bonafide or not, the Department of Justice's obligation and the Attorney General's obligation is not to take any action unless we reach … their own independent conclusion that it is justified under the law. Regardless of the instruction,' Barr continued.
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PREPARED: Attorney General nominee William Barr, center, and his wife Christine, right, smile before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019
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Barr was pressed repeatedly on whether he would allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller to repeat his work
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein questioned Barr on his written argument that the president's law enforcement powers  extend to 'all matters including those in which he has a personal stake'
'Everyone is saying I'm siccing – it's okay for the president to direct things,' he said. 'All I said was, It's not per se improper for the president to call on the Department for doing something, especially if he has no personal or political interest in it,' he added.
Senate Democrats opened the the Barr hearing to be attorney general by pressing him on his memo going after special counsel Robert Mueller's probe and asked if he'll have the 'strength' to push back at President Trump.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the panel, said in her opening statement she had read the memo that Barr sent unsolicited to the White House, and would press him on his far-reaching view of executive powers.   
'I believe it's important that the next attorney general be able to strongly resist pressure, whether from the administration or Congress, to conduct investigations for political purposes,' the California Democrat said.
'He must have the integrity, the strength and the fortitude to tell the president no - regardless of the consequences,' Feinstein said in her remarks. 
She said she would question Barr on his written argument that the president's law enforcement powers 'extend to all matters, including those in which he has a personal stake, and that the Constitution places no limits on the president's authority to act on matters which concern him or his own conduct' – and brought up Trump's own vows to jail political opponent Hillary Clinton.   
'Let me just say that, some of your past statements on the role of attorney general and presidential power are concerning,' she said.
Barr also assured lawmakers that he has the independence needed to carry out the job. Some questioners, including Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, brought up Trump's constant attacks on former attorney general Jeff Sessions and others. 
Durbin also brought up the stunning resignation of Defense Sec. James Mattis.
Barr said he was too old to succumb to pressure. 
'It might give me pause if I were 45 or 50 y old but it doesn't give me pause right now,' he explained.
'I had a very good life. I have a very good life. I love it. But I also want to help in this circumstance. And I am not going to do anything that I think is wrong and I will not be bullied into doing anything I think is wrong, by anybody - whether it be the editorial boards or Congress or the president. I'm going to do what I think is right,' Barr said.
In his own opening remarks, Barr acknowledged the government shutdown and expressed solidarity with federal workers in the Justice Department who 'continue to perform their critical jobs.'
Feinstein also asked a question at the behest of House Judiciary Chairman Jerold Nadler, who has said he would subpoena the final Mueller report if necessary.
Barr maintained a large caveat: 'I am going to make as much information available as I can, consistent with the rules and regulations that are part of the special counsel regulations,' he said. 
Right away, Barr provided an assurance he won't allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe to be shut down.
'On my watch, Bob will be allowed to finish his work,' referring to his friend Mueller by his first name.
He said Mueller wouldn't be terminated except for good cause, that he wouldn't hold up his resources.  
And in another tip to opponents, he said the Justice Department should be a place 'where the rule of law, not politics, holds sway.'





'I will serve in the same independence I did in 1991,' he said, opening his remarks with quips about family members he brought along. 
'I feel like I'm in a position in life where I can do the right thing and not really care about the consequences,' he said under questioning by Sen. John Coryn of Texas. 
Barr sprinkled his remarks with policy and rhetorical acknowledgements of the priorities of minority Democrats, even though Republicans in the Senate can confirm him without Democratic votes.
Barr shared his view on Comey's decision to announce why the FBI decided not to charge Hillary Clinton after investigating her emails during the 2016 campaign.
'I thought that to the extent that he actually announced a decision, was wrong, and the other thing is, if you're not going to indict someone, then you don't stand up there and unload negative information about the person,' he said 
In introductory remarks, Barr mentioned as priorities the right to vote, the integrity of elections, and foreign interference in elections.
Barr introduced about 10 family members who are all government prosecutors or lawyers.
New Judiciary Chairman 'Lindsey Graham told the little boy he should be a doctor so someone in the family makes some real money. Barr's financial disclosures revealed he has amassed about $37 million in assets.
President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee will have to navigate his confirmation hearing skillfully, emphasizing his support for Trump's policies while assuring Democrats he will act independently and won't interfere with the special counsel's Russia investigation.
Barr will face questions Tuesday from the Senate Judiciary Committee about his relationship with Trump and his views on executive powers.
Barr plans to tell legislators that Trump never sought any promises, assurances or commitments – and that he didn't offer Trump any – before he was nominated for the post.
Trump has repeatedly complained that his first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, was insufficiently loyal because he recused himself from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. Trump ultimately forced Sessions from office.
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President Donald Trump picked Barr to replace Jeff Sessions, the attorney general he fired in November 
Barr, 68, is expected to be confirmed, unless there is a major surprise during the hearing. It would be his second stint as attorney general, a position he held from 1991 to 1993 during the George H.W. Bush administration.
The hearing will be the first time a high-profile nominee will come before the committee since it considered the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual misconduct. The panel has a new chairman, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Graham said last week after meeting with Barr that the nominee has confidence in Mueller and will let him complete his Russia investigation.
Barr has a 'high opinion' of Mueller, Graham told reporters. 'He had absolutely no indication he was going to tell Bob Mueller what to do or how to do it.'  
Barr and Mueller worked together when Barr was Bush's attorney general between 1991 and 1993 and Mueller oversaw the department's criminal division. The two men are 'best friends,' Graham said, and have known each other for 20 years. 
Their wives attend Bible study together, and Mueller attended the weddings of two of Barr's daughters.


On Monday, the Justice Department moved to pre-empt the most significant questions that Barr is likely to face by releasing his prepared remarks. Barr plans to tell the senators that it is 'vitally important' that Mueller be allowed to complete his investigation and that he believes Congress and the public should learn the results.
'I believe it is in the best interest of everyone – the president, Congress, and, most importantly, the American people – that this matter be resolved by allowing the special counsel to complete his work,' Barr says.
Barr describes Mueller, a former Justice Department colleague, as a friend he has known personally and professionally for 30 years. Mueller headed the department's criminal division when Barr served as attorney general.
The special counsel is required to confidentially report his findings to the Justice Department. In his prepared remarks, Barr stops short of directly pledging to release Mueller's report, but he expresses general support for disclosing the findings, whatever they may be.
Democrats had raised concerns about Barr's prior comments about the Russia investigation, including an unsolicited memo he sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last year criticizing the inquiry into whether the president had obstructed justice.
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Barr, pictured with Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, released prepared remarks in advance of Tuesday's hearing in an attempt to pre-empt some of Democrats' questions




Barr also sent the memo to White House lawyers and discussed it with Trump's personal attorneys and a lawyer who represents Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, he said in a letter to Graham. 
Copies were sent by Barr to White House lawyer Emmet Flood, Solicitor General Noel Francisco and Pat Cipollone, who is now White House counsel. Barr said he discussed the contents of the memo with Trump's attorneys, Jay Sekulow and Jane and Martin Raskin.
The development is likely to raise even more questions at the hearing about Barr's contact with those close to Trump ahead of his nomination. He has insisted that the memo was not to influence public opinion about Mueller's investigation.
Barr has previously said the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey was appropriate and that the Mueller prosecution team, criticized by Trump for including prosecutors who have contributed to Democrats, should have had more 'balance.'
Barr's role leading the Russia investigation may be especially important since Rosenstein, who has overseen the day-to-day work of Mueller's team, expects to leave the Justice Department soon after Barr is confirmed. It is not clear how much of the investigation will be left by then.
Barr would replace acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who declined to recuse himself from the investigation - despite the advice of a Justice Department ethics official and calls from Democrats who cited Whitaker's past critical comments on the probe.
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Post by annemarie on Wed Jan 16 2019, 18:56

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6598161/Putin-says-Russia-no-arms-race-forced-so.html




[size=34]Putin says Russia 'has no interest' in an arms race with the US and is being forced to do so against its will[/size]




  • The Russian President criticised 'unilateral' moves undertaken by the U.S 

  • But Trump says Russia is 'violating' a Reagan-era treaty between the two powers

  • The INF treaty limits Russia and America's missile deployment in Europe 

  • Putin said he hopes to revive treaty but won't 'turn a blind eye' to security threats



By MIRANDA ALDERSLEY FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 06:37 EST, 16 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:23 EST, 16 January 2019


     





Russia is being forced into an arms race it has 'no interest' in by the United States, President Vladimir Putin has said.
Putin said Russia was only taking 'countermeasures' against what he said were unilaterally actions by the U.S and other Western powers.
'Naturally, we are not going to turn a blind eye to the deployment of American missiles, which present a direct threat to our security,' he told Serbian media ahead of his visit to the country.
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'We will have to take effective countermeasures.' 
'However, Russia, as a responsible and sensible country, has no interest in a new arms race,' the Russian president added.   
Asked about Washington's intended withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which bans the US and Russia from stationing short- and intermediate-range land-based missiles in Europe, Putin said he was 'open to further dialogue'.
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Putin told Serbian media he has 'no interest' in an arms race with the United States
U.S President Donald Trump is threatening to pull out of the 1987 treaty over what he says are Russian violations.
'I don't know why President [Barack] Obama didn't negotiate or pull out,' the president said in October. 'They've been violating it for many years.'
Last month the Trump administration announced that it would give Russia 60 days to comply with terms of the accord or the US would withdraw — which could potentially kick start an arms race. 
Putin criticised what he called the 'continued unilateral actions, including military ones', undertaken by the United States.  


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'It is obvious that such a course will have the gravest consequences,' he added, blaming the US and other Western countries for creating an 'atmosphere of confrontation and mistrust.'
Russia's Foreign Ministry will hold a briefing on the treaty's fate this Friday, The Moscow Times reported.     
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today that Moscow was ready to work to save the INF treaty and hopes Washington will take a responsible approach to arms control.
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The Trump administration has said that it wants to withdraw from the landmark Reagan-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia 

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Post by party animal - not! on Wed Jan 16 2019, 23:04

...........well, he would say that, wouldn't he?

Probably easier and cheaper to invade, poison, assassinate,  corrupt the citizens, spread Fake News via Facebook, alter election results, and form corrupt banks and businesses in other countries.......he already owns shares in most Russian companies....

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Post by carolhathaway on Wed Jan 16 2019, 23:30

Anybody who wants to talk about the Brexit chaos?
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Post by LizzyNY on Thu Jan 17 2019, 00:05

PAN - What are the Brexit options now? It sounds pretty chaotic.
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Post by party animal - not! on Thu Jan 17 2019, 00:22

Could do, Carol.

A couple of observations which are quite important:

I think most people who voted out (and I know very many) did it for really good reasons - eg the fishermen voted to get their waters back, the Welsh who don't have vast industries but whose ex politicians did extremely well financially in Brussels were not happy about remain - and a lot of people were concerned by the possibility of 60 million Turks joining the EU.

I don't subscribe to the Fake News theory - although I do know that some Remainers set up 'discussion groups' on Facebook to influence the young vote. Some of those were a very left wing element with Marxist tendencies

 

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I knew quite a lot about this stuff - and it still amazes me that such a huge body of legislation has been created in such a relatively short space of time (40-odd years)

The other thing worth noting is that Theresa May is 6% ahead in the polls in general - and that the opposition does not have an alternative plan!


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Post by party animal - not! on Thu Jan 17 2019, 00:43

Lizzy, let's put it this way. I suspect that this is a game of gamesmanship. To be honest, I'm not sure how Mrs May is still standing - all the leading politicians (men!) who thought this was a good idea have left the process.

It could be down to personality but she is very experienced and was Home Secretary for
years. So she is very used to bureaucracy and 'suits', but I find the bureaucrats of Europe  staggering - they obviously don't want the UK to leave. They need our money! Of the 30-odd countries who are members now, only the UK and Germany have consistently paid their contributions regularly and on time! Very many have deferred payment - some for years. And within the EU money is wasted on all sorts of things - including for some absurd reason having to move the entire Parliament for one session every month I think to Strasbourg!!

One more thing: it would be madness to have another referendum in my opinion. What next - a referendum about the number of planes the RAF can have? Or the number of postboxes on the street?

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Post by carolhathaway on Thu Jan 17 2019, 09:33

PAN,
it just looks as if nobody had any idea about what to do. The parliament declined the deal their own government negotiated with the EU - which is their right. So what's next? A hard Brexit? New negotiations with the EU? Asking the EU to extend this date? The Brexit will start in just 71 days, and since the parliament seems to be discordant in between, even within their own parties, nobody knows what'll happen after March 29th. I'm organizing a trip to our British twin town in August at the moment and have no clue about certain issues: Will everybody need a passport, or will our ID cards do as well? Do we need visas? Does our hwalth insurance still work in the UK, or will everybody need an international health insurance? Will roaming still be available, or is phoning by mobile phone as expensive as it used to be before? How much time will we need in Calais and Dover before entering the ferries? Lots and lots of questions, and nobody seems to be able to answer any of them. Of course I know there's still four months inbetween March 29th and our visit, and time will tell - I'd be much more worried if we went in April...

I know that there are good reasons to leave the EU - and there are good reasons to remain. And I accept every good reason to have voted for 'leave'. But I've read many articles and comments that people voted 'leave' because they simply wanted to get one over on Cameron, were angry about their alien neighbour, simply wanted to say 'f* off'.
Those I've talked to said that they voted to remain. But I do know that the Oxfordshire area is a quite wealthy area with hardly anyunemployment rate etc. In September 2017, my family hosted a young student from this area who studies French, German and some 'European Economic' subject. She said that the Brexit wipes out her plans for the future. She voted to remain and said that many youngsters she knows, didn't vote because it was declared as non-binding. So they saw no need to join.

By the way:
You do know that Steve Bannon worked really hard to make the Brexit happen? That Cambridge Analytica did so as well? With skimming? That disinformation happened comstantly? At the moment Bannon is in Italy and tries to influence the upcoming elections for the European Parliament in May. And I ask myself who finances this campaign. Whose agenda it is to destroy this union?


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Post by LizzyNY on Thu Jan 17 2019, 18:56

It does seem as though there's a concerted effort to destabilize, if not destroy, the West. I can think of several culprits and many reasons why this could be happening. Whoever is behind it and whatever their motives, they're probably having a lot more success than they expected.

Maybe they tried it on here with drumpf, and when they saw how successful they were they decided to spread out to the rest of the free world. I hope you guys have better luck fighting them off than we did. Although there are some small signs of improvement it will take us years to recover from the damage done by this administration.
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Post by party animal - not! on Thu Jan 17 2019, 19:16

That's an interesting statement from your young friend Carol. Did she elaborate on that? I'm around lots of young people and no-one has ever said that. The biggest fear I've heard is that some thought it would affect the use of their mobiles and they would be cut off?! Obviously not very knowledgeable about economics........



Yes, Lizzy, there are many conflicts and movements out there at the moment - aided and abetted by social media with seemingly very few controls or ethics along the way.

And unfortunately it is likely to get worse if we're not careful. Many young Africans (about 65 million under 24) have no work.Their land is being eroded by deserts as a result of global warming so they can't grow crops. And if by chance they have a mobile phone they will see a world that is seemingly better.........huge irony here is that the one metal needed for a mobile phone is cobalt which is mined in Africa - and massive corruption has followed from that......

Oh and Carol, my understanding of the 'roaming laws' is that it depends on which provider you're with, not which country you're in...........so it will depend which provider in the UK your provider is linked to. Funny passport story: the UK original passport we assume we will go back to (good news for passport makers!) is blue - and the EU are talking about their new passport being......blue! Have to say there is much laughter and stoicism and sarcasm in this country about all aspects of what is happening......

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Post by annemarie on Fri Jan 18 2019, 22:22

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6607237/Trump-spreads-claim-anonymous-rancher-says-Muslim-prayer-rugs-desert.html

[size=34]Trump spreads claim from anonymous 'border rancher' who says she found Muslim 'prayer rugs' in the New Mexico desert and claims GERMANS sneak across illegally from Mexico[/size]


  • President tweets interview with unidentified rancher from New Mexico border region who claims Muslim 'prayer rugs' were found in the desert

  • Article tied that claim to fears that would-be Islamic terrorists are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border

  • Rancher vented about 'Chinese, Germans, Russians, a lot of Middle Easterners, those Czechoslovakians they caught over on our neighbor’s just last summer'

  • Germans are covered by a waiver agreement that allows them to enter the U.S. without visas for up to 3 months 

  • Trump's dog whistle: 'People coming across the Southern Border from many countries, some of which would be a big surprise' 


By DAVID MARTOSKO, U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 09:17 EST, 18 January 2019 | UPDATED: 13:06 EST, 18 January 2019

     



President Trump promoted a news article on Friday that featured an unnamed New Mexico rancher complaining about 'prayer rugs' found in the desert near places where illegal immigrants routinely cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
The rancher vented to The Washington Examiner this week about 'Chinese, Germans, Russians, a lot of Middle Easterners, those Czechoslovakians they caught over on our neighbor’s just last summer.'
German nationals are covered by a U.S. government waiver agreement that allows them to legally enter the country for up to three months without visas.
Czechoslovakia split into the countries of the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993; both are also covered by the visa waiver scheme.

Trump focused on the 'Middle Easterner', tweeting about the prayer rugs and adding: 'People coming across the Southern Border from many countries, some of which would be a big surprise.'
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President Donald Trump used his Twitter platform on Friday to raise alarms about Muslim 'prayer rugs' reportedly found in the desert near the U.S.-Mexico border
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'People coming across the Southern Border from many countries, some of which would be a big surprise,' the president tweeted
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Prayer rugs in the desert? Observant Muslims who pray five times daily have rugs to prostrate themselves on
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Most illegal immigrants who enter the U.S. through the southern border are Mexicans and Central Americans


The Examiner published the story on Wednesday, based on the lone female rancher who was left unidentified aside from a photograph shot from behind.
'There’s a lot of people coming in not just from Mexico,' the woman claimed. 'People, the general public, just don’t get the terrorist threats of that.'
'That’s what’s really scary. You don’t know what’s coming across. We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal. It’s not just Mexican nationals that are coming across.'
The mention of prayer rugs is a reference to mats used by Muslims, who pray five times each day in accordance with their religious customs.
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The rancher claimed Germans were sneaking across the border; citizens of Germany are allowed free passage in and out of the U.S. without visas for up to three months at a time

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The president also raised alarms on Friday about a new migrant caravan set to head north from Central America, insisting that it's proof the U.S. should complete its border wall

[size=18]New migrant caravan departs El Salvador for the United States




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The rancher complained about 'OTM' immigrants – those the U.S. Border Patrol calls 'Other Than Mexicans' – whose illegal entries have 'really increased in the last couple years., but drastically within the last six months.'
The rancher who spoke with the Examiner linked her claim of prayer rugs in the New Mexico desert with the public's fear of terrorist attacks.
'People, the general public, just don’t get the terrorist threats of that,' she said of the multinational nature of illegal immigrants. 'That’s what’s really scary.' 
Trump also raised alarms on Friday about a new 'caravan' of Central Americans who are set to travel the length of Mexico in hope of entering the U.S. Many will make claims of asylum.
'Another big Caravan heading our way. Very hard to stop without a Wall!' he tweeted. 
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Post by LizzyNY on Sat Jan 19 2019, 17:56

Sounds like this woman is looking to be the next Secretary of State  or maybe head of DHS or ICE. Either that or she and drumpf are both taking the same dementia drug and it ain't workin'!
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Post by annemarie on Sun Jan 20 2019, 01:16

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6608793/Supreme-Court-inaction-suggests-DACA-safe-year.html

[size=34]Supreme Court leaves DACA in place for at least another YEAR and keep Trump's military transgender ban on hold until at least the fall in twin snub to White House[/size]


  • Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation seems likely to survive for at least another year despite Trump trying to abolish it

  • Supreme Court did not take up Trump administration's request to hear case on whether he was allowed to abolish it - which means no hearing before June

  • Court watchers said that means case can't be brought until fall at the earliest which would put decision into 2020 

  • Chief Justice John Roberts and the rest of the justices decide the calendar for the term at its start

  • They also punted on taking up Trump's ban on transgender people in the military which leaves it in place too


By ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 17:08 EST, 18 January 2019 | UPDATED: 01:20 EST, 19 January 2019

     



The Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation and that President Donald Trump has sought to end seems likely to survive for at least another year.
That's because the Supreme Court took no action Friday on the Trump administration's request to decide by early summer whether Trump's bid to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was legal. The program has been protected by several federal courts.
Based on the high court's usual practices, the earliest the justices would hear arguments in the case would be this fall, if they decide to hear the case at all. If arguments take place in October, a decision would not be likely before 2020, when it could affect the presidential campaign.
The administration 'never asked for a stay of the rulings below which to us indicated it has known all along that there's no real rush to resolve these important issues,' said Theodore Boutrous Jr., a lawyer in Los Angeles who represents some young immigrants who challenged the administration's plans.
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Court decision: As the Supreme Court set its calendar for the first six months of the year, the justices declined to look at DACA and the military transgender ban
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Clash: Trump wanted to abolish the program put in place by Obama but it prompted a huge backlash from this affected and from Democrats


Trump and Congress could take the issue out of the court's hands altogether if they strike a deal on the program known as DACA, perhaps even in negotiations to end the partial government shutdown.
The immigration case is among several high-profile issues the court has apparently decided not to add to its calendar for decision by late June. 
Other pending appeals involve Indiana abortion restrictions, whether the main federal employment discrimination law protects LGBT people and Trump's policy to limit military service by transgender people. 
The court also has yet to act on a separate administration request to let the transgender policy take effect, even before the case is decided.
On immigration, the administration sought to end DACA in 2017, but federal courts in California, New York and Washington, DC, have prevented it from doing so. A federal judge in Texas has declared the program is illegal, but refused to order it halted.
DACA has protected about 700,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas.
The Obama administration created the DACA program in 2012 to provide work permits and protection from deportation to people who, in many cases, have no memory of any home other than the United States.
The Trump administration has said it moved to end the program under the threat of a lawsuit from Texas and other states, raising the prospect of a chaotic end.
Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions determined DACA to be unlawful because President Barack Obama did not have the authority to adopt it in the first place. 



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Trump's then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions determined DACA to be unlawful because President Barack Obama did not have the authority to adopt it in the first place.
Sessions cited a 2015 ruling by the federal appeals court in New Orleans that blocked a separate immigration policy implemented by Obama and the expansion of the DACA program.
Texas and other Republican-led states eventually did sue and won a partial victory in a federal court in Texas. Civil rights groups, advocates for immigrants and Democratic-led states all have sued to prevent the end of the program.
In November, a three-judge panel of the federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled that the administration decision to end DACA was arbitrary and capricious.
The appeals court noted that the federal government has a long and well-established history of using its discretion not to enforce immigration law against certain categories of people.
While the federal government might be able to end DACA for policy reasons under its own discretion, it can't do so based on Sessions' faulty belief that the program exceeds federal authority, the court held.
The administration has twice tried to sidestep the appeals courts and win a swift ruling by the Supreme Court. The justices rejected a first attempt last year as premature. In taking no action so far on the second request, the high court is signaling that it considers the issue less urgent than the administration does.


[size=34]WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF DACA?[/size]


In September, President Donald Trump said he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but gave Congress six months to develop a legislative fix.
The program - created in 2012 by then-President Barack Obama - gave hundreds of thousands of people who came to the country illegally as children two-year, renewable permits to live and work. To qualify, they needed to have arrived before their 16th birthday, been under 31 in June 2012, completed high school or served in the military, and have clean criminal records.
Nearly 683,000 people were enrolled at the end of January, eight out of 10 from Mexico.
The program was scheduled to end on Monday, but a nationwide injunction set by U.S. District Judge William Alsup in January required the administration to resume renewals. However, that ruling does not apply to first-time applicants. 
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Loyola Marymount University student and a DACA recipient Maria Carolina Gomez joins a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, outside the Edward Roybal Federal Building in Los Angeles

WHERE DO THE COURTS STAND ON DACA?
U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled on January 9 that the administration failed to justify ending the program and that the plaintiffs - the states of California, Maine, Maryland and Minnesota as well as the University of California - had a good chance of winning at trial. His nationwide injunction required the administration to resume accepting renewal requests within a week.
U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis in New York later issued a similar ruling.
On February 26, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the administration's unusual request to intervene, which would have leapfrogged the appeals court.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals put its review of Alsup's decision on fast track, but legal experts don't expect a decision until June at the earliest. From there, it is expected to go to the Supreme Court, likely keeping DACA alive through November midterm elections.
WHAT HAPPENS IF DACA ENDS? 
Courts have removed much of the urgency, but DACA recipients whose applications are pending are at risk until their petitions are granted.
Former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, now Trump's chief of staff, last year scrapped the Obama administration's policy of limiting deportations to people who pose a public safety threat, convicted criminals and those who have crossed the border recently, effectively making anyone in the country illegally vulnerable. Deportation arrests have surged more than 40 percent under Trump.
There were nearly 14,000 people with expired permits who applied for renewals but hadn't received them at the end of January. There were also nearly 22,000 whose initial applications had yet to be decided.
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Demonstrators hold up their fists as they are arrested outside of the U.S. Capitol during an immigration rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs, on Capitol Hill in Washington

WHERE DOES CONGRESS STAND ON DACA?
In January, the president proposed a path to citizenship for 1.8 million young immigrants as part of an immigration package that included $25 billion for a wall and other border enforcement measures and sharp cuts to legal immigration. 
The Senate rejected it.
Immigrant advocates and their allies in Congress want a narrower bill that would protect DACA recipients, possibly combined with limited border enforcement measures, but the administration has balked. Trump has repeatedly blamed Democrats for the impasse, while Democrats say he created it by ending DACA.
Congress must pass a spending bill by March 23 to keep the government running, giving Democrats a chance to condition support on a DACA bill. Democrats forced a partial shutdown in January with that goal in mind but relented after three days.
(Source: Associated Press)

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Post by party animal - not! on Sun Jan 20 2019, 22:35

The Washington Examiner is owned by Anschutz a billionaire many times over with extreme views and friend of Dumpf. It's publisher is Jared Kushner I believe.

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Post by Donnamarie on Tue Jan 22 2019, 23:57

Some of The Washington Examiner’s reporters and op ed writers have been guests on more liberal leaning cable news channels.  Tho the paper is very conservative in its leaning it has a fairly respectable reputation in DC. They try to be fairly balanced in their reporting but this story is stretching it .....  I read that the author of the Muslim rug story used to be a press secretary for an anti-immigrant group.  Also read that these Muslim prayer rug stories have been reported more than once over the last few years and are nothing more than urban myths.  There has been no clear evidence.

This rancher sounds like she’s fear mongering and Trumpster was happy to jump all over her story.

Actually, thank goodness, the publisher is a Ryan McKibben and not Kushner.  That’s a freakin’ scary thought .... right?!
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Post by annemarie on Wed Jan 23 2019, 00:00

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6619633/U-S-court-lets-Trump-transgender-troop-restrictions-effect.html

[size=34]Supreme Court allows Trump's transgender ban in the military to be ENFORCED while opponents sue in lower courts[/size]


  • Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a 5-4 decision that President Donald Trump could enact a policy that will severely limit the service of transgender troops

  • Judges did not decide on the merits of the case, they only lifted injunctions put in place by lower court while the constitutionality of the case is debated 

  • Policy blocks individuals who suffer from a condition known as gender dysphoria from serving in the military with limited exceptions

  • It does let individuals without the condition serve but only if they do so according to the sex they were assigned at birth

  • Trump announced the policy change in July of 2017 that Pentagon later adopted


By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 09:46 EST, 22 January 2019 | UPDATED: 13:12 EST, 22 January 2019

     


The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a 5-4 decision that President Donald Trump could enact a policy that will severely limit the service of transgender troops.
Judges did not decide on the merits of the case, they only lifted injunctions put in place by lower court while the constitutionality of the case is debated.
It will continue to argued in lower courts and is likely to end back before the nation's high court for a final verdict.
Conservatives on the court aligned to keep the president's rules for transgender service, which require the solider to abide by the service standards of his or her birth identity.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor — liberals on the court —said in a dissent that the injunctions should have remained in place.  
A California-based federal appeals court will now have the chance to provide a ruling on the substance of the case.
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday let President Donald Trump enforce his policy barring certain transgender people from joining or staying in the military 
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Boost: Trump, who visited the MLK Jr. memorial on Monday with Vice President Mike Pence, will see the ruling as a victory
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Trump suddenly announced the policy change that's been battled in court in July of 2017
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Transgender service had been barred until President Barack Obama's changed the rule. He also rolled back the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy that kept LGBT individuals from serving.  
Trump announced a policy changes of his own on Twitter in July 2017 that were later officially codified by the Pentagon and then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
The policy blocks individuals who suffer from a condition known as gender dysphoria from serving in the military with limited exceptions. 
It does let individuals without the condition serve but only if they do so according to the sex they were assigned at birth.
That policy has been held up in court by the Ninth Circuit, which tends to side against the president. It also ruled against the administration in a dispute over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and on his initial travel ban.
Trump's administration, in a move to get around the circuit court, appealed directly to the Supreme Court in November.  
The president has railed against the Ninth Circuit, which put on a hold on his asylum ban for illegal immigrants. 
Several district courts have blocked the policy, which heard arguments earlier this fall, and the D.C Circuit, which heard arguments in early December.
A Department of Justice spokeswoman, Kerri Kupec, hailed the ruling as a victory in a statement that said it cleared a path for the policy to go into effect.
'The Department of Defense has the authority to create and implement personnel policies it has determined are necessary to best defend our nation,' she said. 'Due to lower courts issuing nationwide injunctions, our military had been forced to maintain a prior policy that poses a risk to military effectiveness and lethality for over a year.'
Kupec said the Justice Department would continue to fight for the president's policy in court.
'We will continue to defend in the courts the authority and ability of the Pentagon to ensure the safety and security of he American people.'
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that it was 'deeply disappointing' to hear that the high court was allowing the policy to proceed before hearing the merits of the case.
She said that lifting the injunction before a final decision is reached creates 'unnecessary confusion for transgender individuals serving in the military' and that Trump's 'ban' essentially brings back 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' for transgender troops. 
'That previous policy directed toward LGBT service members harmed our military then, just as this one will now,' she said. 'Allowing transgender individuals to serve has no negative effect on the military's mission readiness.'





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The U.S. Supreme Court is pictured with the president and first lady on November 8 before Brett Kavanaugh's investiture
Last year, the administration moved to bypass those courts and go straight to the top.
Solicitor General Noel Francisco filed petitions asking Supreme Court justices to take up the issue in three separate cases that are still in lower courts.
Francisco argues that lower court rulings imposing nationwide injunctions are wrong and warrant immediate review by the high court.  
Typically, the Supreme Court does not like to take up an issue before it has made its way through the lower courts.
The administration had made similar requests of the high court in the past and the Supreme Court has rebuffed those attempts, as it did in a challenge to the administration's attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for Dreamers. The Supreme Court sent that matter back to the lower courts before it weighed in.
President Trump has been railing against the Ninth Court and got into an unprecedented battle with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on the role of the judiciary over the past few months.



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A supporter of LGBT rights holds up an 'equality flag' on Capitol Hill in Washington, during an event held by Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass. in support of transgender members of the military
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The policy blocks individuals who suffer from a condition known as gender dysphoria from serving in the military with limited exceptions
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The Supreme Court does not like to bypass the lower courts
On Thanksgiving Day, he slammed the circuit court and Roberts at an impromptu presser.
'We got a lot of bad decisions from the Ninth Circuit, which has become a big thorn in our side. We always lose, and then you lose again and again, and you hopefully win at the Supreme Court, which we have done,' he said on a call with U.S. troops based in Afghanistan.
Trump also acknowledged his spat with Roberts, saying he respects him, but believes he needs to override the Ninth Circuit more often.
'I know that Chief Justice Roberts, John Roberts, has been speaking a little bit about it. And I think - I have a lot of respect for him. I like him and respect him, but I think we have to use some common sense. It's Ninth Circuit, everybody knows it, it's totally out of control. What they're doing, what they're saying, the opinions are very unfair to law enforcement. They're very unfair to our military. And they're very unfair, most importantly, to the people of our country,' he said.  
Trump had complained that a judge appointed by former President Barack Obama ruled against his asylum ban, calling him an 'Obama-judge.' That earned a sharp rebuke from the chief justice of the hight court.
Roberts, who is a Republican and was nominated to the Supreme Court by George W. Bush in 2005,  said: 'We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges.
'What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.
He added: 'The independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.'
Trump hit back on Twitter, telling him, 'Sorry Chief Justice John Roberts, but you do indeed have 'Obama judges', and they have a much different point of view than the people who are charged with the safety of our country.'

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Post by What Would He Say on Wed Jan 23 2019, 04:35

Isn’t it funny ... so many Teflon leaders these days.... Hard to believe they all just “happened to rock up” at the same time.... if I had a tin hat I’d wear it ....
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Post by LizzyNY on Wed Jan 23 2019, 17:34

WWHS - You're not alone. It does make you wonder, doesn't it?

What I don't understand is the whole transgender kerfuffle. If someone has transitioned why aren't they just accepted as the gender they have chosen? Why does what they were before matter now? And why do so many of us feel entitled to tell the rest of the world how to live? I was taught that if no one was getting hurt I should mind my own business - and I don't see how someone changing their gender hurts anyone else.
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Post by annemarie on Wed Jan 23 2019, 21:48

The whole thing is ridiculous he didn't even serve his country. Yet he doesn't want those who want to serve to do so .
As long as they are mentally sound and can do the job their previous sex is not and never should be a problem.

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Post by Donnamarie on Thu Jan 24 2019, 03:00

So true annemarie.  Trump’s motivation to either support or condemn an issue is simply transactional.  He has no real beliefs in anything except his own ego.  His bottom line is to keep his name in the headlines, create chaos and please his base.
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Post by party animal - not! on Thu Jan 24 2019, 03:23

.........and never be challenged by a woman and lost? (Although technically he was of course!)

Nancy's a sharp cookie, isn't she?

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Post by LizzyNY on Thu Jan 24 2019, 04:11

Did anyone else see that Cohen won't testify before Congress because Trump and Giuliani threatened his family?! I don't know if that can be considered obstruction of justice because it's Congress and not a court, but there has to be some way that it's illegal.
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Post by annemarie on Thu Jan 24 2019, 17:56

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6626325/Trump-concedes-Nancy-Pelosi-says-hell-State-Union-shutdown-ends.html

[size=34]Trump backs down: President says he will give State of the Union when the shutdown is over after earlier claiming it was CANCELED - sparking Pelosi to pounce and call for him to accept House-passed package[/size]


  • President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that 'no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber'

  • Nancy Pelosi replied asking him to 'support the House-passed package to #EndTheShutdown', adding 'please accept this proposal' 

  • He had accused Pelosi of 'canceling' his State of the Union address on Wednesday after a fiery exchange of letters

  • She told the president he would only be welcome in Congress when the government shutdown is over 

  • Trump admitted shortly after that he would not be delivering his address, as planned, on Jan. 29 to a Joint Session of Congress

  • But he had told reporters the details of his new event would come at a later date. 'Well do something in the alternative,' he said

  • Earlier exploded on Pelosi in Oval Office remarks in which he said it's a 'disgrace' that she's interfering the annual tradition


By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM andLAUREN FRUEN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 00:01 EST, 24 January 2019 | UPDATED: 08:41 EST, 24 January 2019

     




President Donald Trump has confirmed he will postpone his State of the Union speech until the government shutdown is over after a week long showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 
Trump was forced to concede Wednesday that 'no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber' and that he was not looking for an alternate option.  
Pelosi replied asking him to 'support the House-passed package' to end the shutdown in a vote Thursday. 
She had served notice earlier Wednesday that he wouldn't be allowed to deliver the address to a joint session of Congress next week. 

Trump promised to come up with some sort of alternative event and The White House scrambled to find a site matching the gravitas of the traditional address. 
But he wrote on Twitter Wednesday evening: 'As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address. I agreed. She then changed her mind because of the Shutdown, suggesting a later date. This is her prerogative - I will do the Address when the Shutdown is over. 
'I am not looking for an alternative venue for the SOTU Address because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber. I look forward to giving a 'great' State of the Union Address in the near future!' 
Pelosi later responded on Twitter, writing: '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.' 
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President Donald Trump accused Nancy Pelosi of 'canceling' his State of the Union address on Wednesday after a fiery exchange of letters in which she told the president he would only be welcome in Congress when the government shutdown is over 
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The president had told Pelosi that it would be 'so very sad' if his speech weren't 'delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!' She told Trump that he is welcome to address Congress after the government shutdown has ended
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And Wednesday President Donald Trump confirmed he is postponing his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends
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Trump conceded that 'no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber' and that he was not looking for an alternate option
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Pelosi replied to his tweet and called for Trump to accept House-passed package


Trump had accused Nancy Pelosi of 'canceling' his State of the Union address, because 'she afraid of the truth,' after a fiery exchange earlier on Wednesday between the two leaders in letters.
She said the president would only be welcome in Congress when the government shutdown is over. He admitted shortly after that he would not be delivering the speech as planned on Jan. 29 to a Joint Session of Congress.
'The State of the Union speech has been canceled by Nancy Pelosi, because she doesn't want to hear the truth. She doesn't want the American public to hear what's going on. And she's afraid of the truth,' he stated. 'The American people want to hear the truth. They have to hear the truth.'
He exploded on her in Cabinet Room remarks in which he said it's a 'disgrace' that she's interfering in the speech that has been an annual tradition since 1913.
'It's a sad thing for our country. We'll do something in the alternative,' Trump had proclaimed.
He earlier told reporters that the details of his new event would come at a later date.     
But Pelosi slapped down an assertion from Trump that he would be delivering his State of the Union address in the House of Representatives next Tuesday in a letter on Wednesday afternoon. 

TRUMP OFFERED 'SMART WALL' BY DEMOCRATS


Donald Trump has been offered '21st century border security' instead of a physical wall by House Democrats, according to reports.
In an attempt to end the government shutdown the proposal would see money for scanning devices and other technological tools for improving security at ports of entry and along the boundary.
Chairman of the House Democratic caucus Hakeem Jeffries said his party colleagues 'support 21st century border security' but oppose 'a medieval border wall', The New York Post reports.
House majority whip Rep. James Clyburn added that the Democrats would back a plan for a 'smart wall'.
The Senate will vote Thursday on rival plans for reopening federal agencies and paying 800,000 federal workers who are days from missing yet another paycheck.
Republicans would couple ending the shutdown with financing Trump's wall and revamping immigration laws. Democrats would reopen agency doors through Feb. 8 while bargainers seek an accord.
Both faced likely defeat, but that might spur the two sides into a more serious effort to strike a compromise when each saw it lacked the votes to prevail. Both proposals would need 60 votes to pass in a chamber with 53-47 Republican control.




President Trump prompted the rebuff from Pelosi, the House speaker, with a letter telling her he'd be making remarks to a Joint Session of Congress, in spite of her request that he delay his speech until the end of the partial government shutdown that is nearing the end of its fifth week. 
Pelosi told him in a response letter that he would not be giving the remarks in the House — he does not have the necessary permission from Congress. 
Congress must first pass a concurrent resolution granting him the authority to address a Joint Session, and she said she would not be bringing one to the floor.
'I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President's State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened,' she said. 'Again, I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when government has been opened.'
Trump had conveniently hauled reporters into the Oval Office immediately before Pelosi published the letter.
Asked about her rebuff as it was breaking, he said: 'I'm not surprised. It's really a shame what's happening with the Democrats. They've become radicalized. They don't want to see crime stopped....And it really is a shame what's happening with the Democrats.
'This will go on for a while. Ultimately the American people will have their way because they want to see no crime,' he said. 'We're all working very hard. We'll have to respond to it. We'll respond to it in a timely manner.'
Trump soon conceded that his address was being 'canceled,' and he pinned the blame on Pelosi personally in a second, unscheduled appearance before the press.  
'So Nancy Pelosi, knowing these facts and knowing it's something that she can't win, that she just went out and said, 'Let's cancel, for the first time in the history of our country, let's cancel the State of the Union address.' And it's a disgrace,' he said.
Trump noted that Pelosi invited him to make the address while the shutdown was underway. 
'So the shutdown was going on. Now she's blaming the shutdown. So if it was because of the shutdown, why do you ask that the address be made?' he said. 'She also knew, because she went to our people and she asked, 'Would it be a security problem?' She knew it wasn't a security problem. She blamed security, but she knew it wasn't a security problem. And she knew that loud and clear.'
The president said that he went to Iraq during the shutdown and 'felt very safe,' because he had adequate security.
'If we can handle Iraq, we can handle the middle of Washington and a very, very spectacular building and a beautiful room that we should be in, and that's where it's been for a very long time,' he contended.




He went on to call the Democratic Party not just 'radicalized' but a 'dangerous' political movement that's ran by Pelosi and not 'puppet' Sen. Chuck Schumer.
'I think they've become a very dangerous, a very, very dangerous party for this country. I think that Chuck Schumer, sadly, is dominated by the radical left and he's dominated by Nancy Pelosi. Very strongly dominated. He can't move. He's a puppet,' Trump claimed. 
Pelosi maintained after she sent her letter to Trump that he is welcome to address Congress after the government shutdown has ended.
'We have said very clearly from the start when I wrote to him the second time let's work together on a mutual agreeable date we can welcome you to the Capitol to give the State of the Union address,' she told reporters. 'The government is still shutdown. I still make the offer of a mutually agreeable date – as the original date was mutually agreeable.'
Sen. Lindsey Graham, an ally of Trump's, clobbered Pelosi in tweets.
'Speaker Pelosi's decision to ignore this long-standing American tradition is absurd, petty, and shameful. The judgement of history will NOT be kind,' he said.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill contended that the address is not being canceled, because Trump is being invited to give it when the shutdown is over.
'January 29th is not set by statute. It is not a sacred date. It is not the President's birthday. President Trump can easily give a SOTU address when government has re-opened,' he said in an online response to Graham.
The House speaker invited Trump January 3 to deliver the address to Congress on January 29. 
But she later backtracked, claiming security in the House chamber would be subpar during a government shutdown — a claim that the Department of Homeland Security disputed.
Trump insisted Wednesday that Pelosi's objections were misplaced, writing that 'there are no security concerns,' according to both DHS and the Secret Service.
'It would be so very sad for our Country if the State of the Union weren't delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!' he wrote in the letter informing her he'd be taking the floor on Jan. 29 based on her initial invitation.
Pelosi had signaled to members during a Wednesday caucus meeting that she did not expect the speech to take place, CNN reported — only to have the president publicly defy her in a letter the White House released publicly. 




Pelosi raised the stakes hours later in the letter telling Trump that he is not welcome in the House.
South Carolina Congressman Ralph Norman had said in an interview on CNN that 'the address will go on' and that 'it will be in another venue' that the president will select. Perhaps, he said, in the U.S. Senate. 
Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway ruled out a rally earlier in the day, in response to a question from DailyMail.com.
'Why does the president need a rally, when he can, this is the State of the Union, why have a rally when he can go and address the entire country,' she said. 
She asked what Democrats are 'afraid' of the president saying in the address 'that you would deny the country the ability to hear its president.'
'I think Nancy Pelosi is worried that some of her chamber won't show up. That's not an embarrassment to the president, that's an embarrassment to her. They should be there,' she said on the White House driveway after a TV appearance. 'If they don't want to applaud, they don't want to stand, they don't want to smile, they want to wear a certain color, yay, but show the dignity, and serve the people who elected you in your state, in your district and show up.'
She told a Fox News Channel audience that it would be 'remarkably petty of the speaker to disinvite the President of the United States.' 
She added that Pelosi is 'going to have some explaining to do' if she disinvites first lady Melania Trump and her guests.
'The president intends to go to the chamber on Tuesday night to address our great nation and give them an update on the state of our union. It would be, I think, remarkably petty of the speaker to disinvite the President of the United States to address the nation that they both serve at the highest level,' she said earlier. 
Trump had been thought to be considering a rally on Tuesday in Texas but then swatted back at Pelosi with his letter saying he will give the address in the House, as scheduled.
The president has the right to enter the House of Representatives at any time, but authority to speak is granted by lawmakers. And they have not passed a resolution granting it to him.
It comes in the form of a concurrent resolution that's normally a formality.

Why President Trump can't address Congress


President Trump could come to Congress on Jan. 29, if he wants. But it's up to lawmakers, namely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to determine whether or not he gets to speak.
The House and Senate must pass a concurrent resolution giving him the authority to address a Joint Session of Congress.
Usually, permission to deliver the State of the Union address is a formality. 
But this year, as the battle intensifies between the president and Democrats in Congress, it became complicated.
Neither chamber passed a resolution that Pelosi holds the power to bring to the floor giving the president permission to speak to the legislative body.
Pelosi said Wednesday that she won't do it, and Trump must wait until the shutdown is over to deliver remarks. 
Even if the resolution were passed, it would have been up to Pelosi to determine whether the House would be in session at the time of Trump's remarks. 



At the White House, speaking to reporters after her Fox appearance, Conway directed reporters to the president's letter informing Pelosi that he would be delivering remarks to Joint Session of Congress on Jan. 29.
'Why did she do that? Why did she issue an invitation, why did she lie about security concerns,' Conway asked. 'I mean honestly the secret service has referred to the president, even before he asked, that there are no security concerns.'  
It remained the White House's hope that the government would be reopened by next week anyhow, as the Senate will vote Thursday on two separate bills that would immediately end the government shutdown: one of which would fully fund Trump's border wall and another that will fund the closed agencies through February 8.  
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and top Senate Democrat Schumer announced the votes on the floor on Tuesday.
But neither bill is seen as having a strong chance of passing, increasing the odds that the government shutdown will continue into next week.  
Trump's proposal may not making it over a 60-vote hump in the Senate, and the White House said Wednesday afternoon that the president would veto the Senate Democrats' resolution to reopen the government. 
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News that she 'certainly hopes' that Trump's plan will pass on Thursday.


President Trump gave Senate Republicans a slogan on Wednesday in an attempt to boil his argument for a border barrier down to its essence as they prepare for the showdown votes.
'BUILD A WALL & CRIME WILL FALL!' the president tweeted. 'This is the new theme, for two years until the Wall is finished (under construction now), of the Republican Party. Use it and pray!' 
Trump's framing of his new project-branding campaign as a two-year effort suggests he intends it to be a 2020 slogan, which suggests he expects the battle over his signature campaign promise to be a long one. 
He has been relentless in pushin his long-promised U.S.-Mexico wall as a tool for stopping drug trafficking and a string of high-profile murders linked to illegal immigrants.
He tweeted Wednesday that there is '[g]reat unity in the Republican Party,' and declared that GOp senators '[w]ant to, once and for all, put an end to stoppable crime and drugs! Border Security and Wall. No doubt!'    


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'Build the wall & crime will fall,' Trump tweeted on Wednesday as the U.S. Senate gears up for a pair of test votes Thursday on reopening the government

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Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell announced  a plan to vote on bills to end the shutdown

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He and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer made a joint appearance on the Senate floor to announce Thursday's vote on a pair of competing bills




The offer to hold votes on competing bills shows the pressure lawmakers are feeling the heat to reopen the federal government.  
As it stands, the Senate will vote at 2:30 p.m. Thursday on back-to-back measures: the first vote will be on Trump's proposal that includes temporary protection to DACA recipients and gives him the $5.7 billion he needs to build his border wall. 
A second vote on House Democrats' bill to temporarily re-open the government until February 8 to allow paychecks to go out while legislators negotiate a resolution on border security funding. It does not include the funding for the president's wall.
Each leader praised his respective party's plan in floor remarks.
'To reject this proposal, Democrats would have to prioritize political combat with the president ahead of federal workers, ahead of DACA recipients, ahead of border security, and ahead of stable and predictable government funding. Is that really a price that Democrats want to pay to prolong this episode, which they say they want to be over and done with?' McConnell said of the president's proposal. 
Schumer said his party's plan will allow the debate to continue 'without hostage taking, without temper tantrum, without anything' for two weeks of negotiations.
'So if you're looking for a way to open up the government, this is the way,' Schumer said of the second vote on the Democratic proposal,' he argued.
Both measures will need 60 votes to advance in the legislative process — an uphill battle that will be hard for the bills to beat.  
If Democrats withhold their support from the motion to proceed to Trump's plan, which comes to the floor first, and Republicans do not lend their support to the second measure, the shutdown will continue with no conceivable way forward.



Trump outlined his plan to end the government shutdown in a Saturday address, offering congressional Democrats three years of legislative relief for 700,000 DACA recipients — including protection from deportation — and an extension of legal residence for people living in the country under 'Temporary Protective Status' designations.
DACA refers to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which offered a no-deportation guarantee to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants whose parents brought them into the U.S. as minors. 
TPS is a Justice Department program that grants residency and work permits to people from 10 countries affected by natural disasters or brutal armed conflicts. They include El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan and Yemen.
When the measure was formally unveiled Monday night it also included several changes to asylum law that would make it more difficult for people to seek refuge from persecution in their home countries, though.
Democratic congressional leaders, who had already rejected the president's offer, were outraged. Schumer called the changes to asylum law a 'poison pen' that will keep the bill that would fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year from being passed. 
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For 33 days, the partial government shutdown has put federal agencies on shoestring operations, as most federal workers in the Departments of Transportation, State, Justice and even the White House endure severe furloughs. 
Friday is pay day for federal workers whose agencies were funded through a separate agreement last year. For workers and shuttered departments, however, it will second pay cycle in which they are not paid.   
After an appearance on CBNC, which he did from the White House press briefing room on Tuesday , the president's chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said the administration understands the 'hardship' that federal workers are facing and has been working diligently to reopen the government.
'I don't want to belittle it. No one likes the hardship that people are having to shoulder. I understand that, including myself. I have young people on my staff who are concerned, I get that,' he said. 
The senior White House official who is also working without pay said, 'The president made a very strong statement on Saturday, and we're waiting, for Democrats to come to the table, and show their share of the negotiations. Ok? We're waiting for them,' he said. 'We have to solve this. Literally, the fate of the nation hinges on this.' 
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[size=34]'Let them pay interest.' Trump's multi-millionaire commerce secretary Wilbur Ross tells federal employees who are running out of cash they should BORROW some - and can't 'quite understand' why they are going to food banks[/size]


  • Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he doesn't understand why furloughed federal employees are going to food banks

  • He suggested workers get loans from banks to cover them until the shutdown ends - even if that means paying interest 

  • 'Banks and credit unions should be making credit available to them. ... True, people will have to pay a little interest,' he told CNBC

  • He said of workers going to food banks: 'I don't really quite understand why'

  • He landed in political hot water with his remarks

  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized his 'let them eat cake' attitude 

  • About 800,000 furloughed workers on Friday will hit their second pay period without a paychecks as the shutdown hits Day 34  

  • He later went on an apology tour to clean up his comments 

  • 'We're painfully aware that there are hardships inflicted on the individual workers,' he told Bloomberg TV 


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 09:46 EST, 24 January 2019 | UPDATED: 13:03 EST, 24 January 2019

     



Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he doesn't understand why furloughed federal employees are going to food banks - a remarks that landed him in hot political water Thursday morning and resulted in him going on an apology tour.
About 800,000 federal workers on Friday will experience their second pay period without a check as the partial government shutdown goes into Day 34.
When pressed about the hardships these workers were facing Ross, 81, said 'I don't really quite understand why' they had to go to food banks. 
'I know they are, and I don't really quite understand why,' he told CNBC's 'Squawk Box' on Thursday morning. 'Because, as I mentioned before, the obligations that they would undertake, say borrowing from a bank or a credit union are in effect federally guaranteed.'   
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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he doesn't understand why furloughed federal workers can't get loans and why they are visiting food banks
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Furloughed federal workers protested on Capitol Hill Wednesday 
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Hundreds of furloughed federal workers line up outside the World Central Kitchen on Tuesday in Washington, DC to receive a meal







'So the 30 days of pay that some people will be out, there's no real reason why they shouldn't be able to get a loan against it, and we've seen a number of ads of financial institutions doing that,' he noted. 
His remarks earned outrage and came as the Trump administration is a battling a perception they don't care enough about furloughed federal workers.  
Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized his 'let them eat cake' attitude.
'They have Wilbur Ross saying he just doesn't understand why when he was asked about people going into food lines and pantries and the rest, he said he doesn't understand why they have to do that. I don't know is this the let them eat cake kind of attitude or call your father money or this is character building for you, it's all going to end up very well,' she said at the Capitol on Thursday morning.  
Ross later Thursday went on Bloomberg TV in an apology tour.
'We're painfully aware that there are hardships inflicted on the individual workers,' he said. 
'There are people experiencing hardship,' he noted. 
He suggested on CNBC workers should get loans from banks to cover them until the shutdown ends - even if that means paying interest.
'Banks and credit unions should be making credit available to them. There is really not a good excuse why there should be a liquidity crisis. True, people will have to pay a little interest,' he told 'Squawk Box.'
'There is no reason why some institutions would not be able to lend,' he added.
And he told Bloomberg TV he was trying to give workers resources to use with his suggestion.
'Part of my purpose in what I said this morning is to try to make sure the workers who are experiencing liquidity crises know that may be a source they could go to,' Ross said.


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Hundreds of banks and credit unions have offered low or no-interest loans to workers. 
But thousands of furloughed staff are struggling to make ends meet until they receive their backpay when the government reopens.  
Ross is a multi-millionaire businessman whose tenure in President Donald Trump's Cabinet has been marked by reports that he's both on the way out and in favor. 
President Trump, himself, has been asked repeatedly if he sympathizes with federal workers as he faces questions whether his administration has shown enough concern for furloughed staff.
'To all of the great people who are working so hard for your Country and not getting paid I say, THANK YOU - YOU ARE GREAT PATRIOTS! We must now work together, after decades of abuse, to finally fix the Humanitarian, Criminal & Drug Crisis at our Border. WE WILL WIN BIG!,' Trump wrote on twitter earlier this month. 
Meanwhile, some federal workers are on the job without being paid while others are furloughed as they wait for the shutdown to end.


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A protestor on Capitol Hill on Wednesday
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Philabundance volunteers distribute food to furloughed federal workers and their families who are affected by the partial government shutdown in Philadelphia on Wednesday
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined chef Jose Andres to distribute meals to furloughed workers on Tuesday
Reporters have abound of TSA workers calling in sick as they take side jobs to fill their bank accounts while their pay checks are blank.
Other furloughed workers have turned to food banks and food pantries to feed their families, several organizations across the country, told CNN
More than 2,400 people showed up at five pop-up markets in Washington D.C. for out-of-work federal employees this past weekend.
The attendance was more than double expected at the event organized by Capital Area Food Bank.
Most of the food was done early, the group's president and CEO Radha Muthiah told CNN.
Hundreds of furloughed workers protested on Capitol Hill Wednesday as there is no sign of the shutdown coming to an end anytime soon.
'Will work for pay,' one of the signs read. 

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Post by party animal - not! on Fri Jan 25 2019, 02:13


Love Pelosi's comments......

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Post by Donnamarie on Fri Jan 25 2019, 02:47

Yes.  She is spot on in calling out Ross.  His comments were absolutely embarrassing to our country.  That he doesn’t get how most of the country lives is bad enough but then displays his ignorance for all to hear!  
 
Pelosi is a breath of fresh air after having to deal with the incredible spinelessness of the former Speaker Paul Ryan.  GO NANCY!
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[size=48]From Homeless Addict to Law School Grad & Dad-of-5 — and How He Carried a Wave of Change Across Florida[/size]

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From left: Desmond Meade with his wife, Sheena
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CLAUDIA HARMATA  
January 24, 2019 06:16 PM

For many Floridians, Jan. 8 was just another Tuesday, dawning bright and cool — but for Desmond Meade, that day brought a moment he had been anticipating for more than 14 years.
Meade, the president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, was surrounded by his wife and some of their children as he registered to vote for the very first time.
The excitement and realization of what was about to happen started while he was in the car, driving with his son to the registration office. Meade says that, until then, he had never had the opportunity to take his family to go vote, to talk about civic responsibility and the value of one’s voice.
“Oh my God, this is going to be my opportunity,” Meade recalls thinking. “Now that I’ve registered, I could lead my family to the polling locations to vote.”

Until recently, Florida was in a minority of states that still barred felons from being able to vote even after their full sentences were completed, including probation, unless they received individual relief from the Executive Clemency Board.
Critics have argued such a measure is essentially racial discrimination laundered through the state, as it disproportionately targets non-white offenders. The restriction traces back to the post-Civil War period, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Meade had been stripped of his voting rights following multiple felony convictions, but after completing his sentence he made the decision in August 2005 to transform his life — on the same day he tried to kill himself.
“I was actually standing in front of railroad tracks, waiting for the train to come,” he says. “I was homeless, I was addicted to drugs, unemployed and not too long released from prison. I didn’t have any idea of how I would see the light at the end of the tunnel. I didn’t have any hope, no self-esteem.”

“I was just there contemplating how much pain I was going to feel when the train ran over my body,” he continues.
But the train never arrived.
Meade lived.


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Desmond Meade (right) with his family as he registers to vote
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Soon, he found himself crossing the railroad tracks and walking a couple of blocks until he reached an intake facility that helped connect him with a drug treatment program. Over four months, he was able to get clean and then found refuge in a homeless shelter.

But his transformation didn’t stop there.
 
 
“It created an eternal obligation that I had to be an asset to my community and to give back,” he says of his turnaround.
With that in mind, Meade enrolled at Miami-Dade College — while still at the homeless shelter — and graduated with the school’s highest honors after four years. He committed himself to his education and was accepted into the Florida International University College of Law. All the while, he was still living in poverty.
Even after all of that, Meade was not able to sit for the Florida Bar because of his felony convictions.

Meade’s journey to advocacy began in earnest during his time at Miami-Dade, having first started to volunteer at the homeless shelter — for gun violence reduction and to overturn felony disenfranchisement.
While in law school he joined the grassroots Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, which spearheaded Amendment 4, the measure which ultimately gave Meade and more than a million others with criminal records the right to vote. (Sex criminals and murderers are excluded.)
The amendment passed overwhelming in Florida in the November election.
Meade says it was the people he met who pushed him to keep working on behalf of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.
“As I started traveling the state of Florida, meeting people from all walks of life and hearing their stories, it was their stories that provided that fuel, that spark to say ‘Man, something has got to change.’ ” he says.

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Desmond Meade (right) with his wife, Sheena
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In the early days as an activist, Meade found himself putting in more than 50,000 miles a year on his car, driving across the state to petition and speak to volunteers and authorities.
While he describes his work as personal — working for people with similar experiences to him — he says it was also about a bigger picture.
“We knew that a more inclusive democracy was a more viable democracy,” he says. “And a more viable democracy is good for everyone.”

His work also led him to his wife, Sheena Meade, who now heads strategic partnerships and initiatives at the FRRC.
“You know when they say, ‘When you know, you know?’ ” Meade says. He calls Sheena “God’s gift” to him.
They first met through her sister, in February 2012, and dated for just five months before Meade proposed in June. They tied the knot that same December and Meade became a stepfather to her five children: Xavier, 21, Xandre, 19, Nathan, 16, Xcellence, 14, and 11-year-old Xion.
Still, “I was so laser focused on the mission,” Meade says. That meant there wasn’t always all the time he needed to be a dad — sometimes missing football games and cheerleading competitions.
“At the end of the day, it’s not necessarily regret, just an understanding that there were sacrifices required,” he says.

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Desmond Meade hugs a fellow activist
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Nov. 6 was when it all paid off: Amendment 4 was approved with more than 5.1 million votes, granting nearly 1.4 million Floridians the right to vote.

It went into effect on Jan. 8, and Meade was sure to be there that day to register. He was joined by one of his sons, who pre-registered, and his daughter, who was there to help him fill out the paperwork.
In that moment, Meade says, he realized he had the opportunity not only to teach his kids about their rights, but that they can speak out and make change.
“When we look at [the amendment passing], what we see is that those 5.1 million votes, they weren’t based on hate, they weren’t based on fear,” Meade says. “Those votes were based on love, forgiveness and redemption.”

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[size=34]BREAKING NEWS: Trump caves on wall and agrees to open the government for just THREE WEEKS after 35-day shutdown – but warns he'll shut it down again or declare a national emergency and build his 'smart wall' without Congress if they don't fund it[/size]


  • Trump spoke from the White House on Day 35 of the shutdown 

  • Negotiators revealed new progress in talks after two funding bills were defeated Thursday

  • He spoke from the Rose Garden

  • He was applauded by his cabinet and staff before speaking 

  • No long-term of government funding was being contemplated 

  • Deal would open government for just three weeks 

  • Bipartisan negotiators can keep talking about border security

  • Sudden move came after air traffic control issues snarled airports

  • Two longer-term funding measures failed to clear the Senate Thursday 

  • Trump vowed another shutdown in three weeks or the use of emergency powers 


By GEOFF EARLE, DEPUTY U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 13:24 EST, 25 January 2019 | UPDATED: 15:00 EST, 25 January 2019

     


President Donald Trump announced Friday that negotiators had reached a deal to end the 35-day government shutdown – in a dramatic reversal on deal that does not include funding for his border wall.
Trump said a plan had been reached to reopen the government for three weeks, and said negotiators would use that time for talks on a wall – a demand he walked away from after making it a condition for reopening the government.  
'I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,' Trump said at the Rose Garden after being applauded by his cabinet members and staff.
The deal includes no funding for the wall beyond existing authorities for repair of existing structures. But Trump referenced a 'very powerful alternative' that he has – a reference to emergency powers he claims he has but 'hopefully' won't have to use. 

He said a bipartisan committee of lawmakers would meet to discuss border security needs. 
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President Donald Trump announced a deal to end the 35-day government shutdown
After delivering extended remarks on what he considers the virtues of a wall and tough border security – carried live by TV networks closely following the shutdown – the president issued yet another shutdown threat.  
'Let me be very clear. We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier,' Trump said.
'If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on February 15 – again – or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency. We will have great security and I want to thank you all very much,' Trump said, ending his remarks.
He was likely referencing emergency powers that presidents have invoked for imposing sanctions and other issues.  
Even as he capitulated to Democrats on Day 35 of the shutdown, Trump hailed walls as a powerful tool.
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The president made his announcement from the White House Rose Garden
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We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier,' Trump said at the end of his remarks
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Trump  said a bipartisan committee of lawmakers would meet to discuss border security needs – and threatened to declare a national emergency if he couldn't get congressional funding for a wall
'It's just common sense. Walls work,' Trump said. He then delivered extended remarks on the virtue of border barriers. 
He hit back at Democrats who called the wall a 'medieval' approach.
'They keep drugs out and they dramatically increase efficiency,' Trump said. 'These barriers are made of steel. Have see through-visibility, which is very important,' he said. 
'No matter where you go, they work,' Trump said, citing Israel's use of a wall to separate Israeli territory from the West Bank. He also spoke repeatedly about drug smugglers and human traffickers, delivering extended remarks on women he claimed have their mouths duct-taped being sneaked across the border. 
'This is the first time I’ve ever seen anyone do a defeat lap,' quipped Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan following Trump's remarks.
Since Thursday, negotiators were focused on a deal to keep the government open for three weeks, until Feb. 15, allowing broader talks could continue. 
Nevertheless, Trump has repeatedly insisted he would only sign legislation to reopen the government if Democrats included $5.7 billion for a border wall. Democrats have refused, and balked at what they termed hostage-taking.
Trump and lawmakers from both parties could use the three-week period to continue negotiations over the wall, although Democrats have called the issue a dead-end.
If Trump takes the route of the emergency declaration, Democrats have vowed to sue. 
The short-term extension would continue current-year funding for wall repairs and fencing, at a rate of $1.3 billion for the year, CNN reported. 
The president has continued to hint at other actions he could try to take unilaterally, including using emergency powers to build a wall. 
Although this might not withstand a court challenge, it could provide a way for Trump to agree to reopen the government while stating that he was not backing down on the wall – a chief promise of his presidential campaign.
Negotiators in Congress finally began making strides after the defeat of two separate bills to reopen shuttered agencies were defeated in the Senate Friday.
Trump was to speak from the Rose Garden, the White House said. There was no official announcement of a deal, but Senate negotiators had been haggling over a three-week short extension of government funding.
Trump has demanded a 'downpayment' on the border wall but later called for 'pro rated' funding. 
CBS News reported that senior administration officials expected Trump to endorse a short-term funding deal.  The Hill reported that it could run to 45 days, but there was no talk of a 'big deal' including major immigration changes of the kind being advocated over the weekend. 
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders didn't hint at the outlines of any deal or mention Trump's coveted border wall in a Friday tweet.
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Progress: Movement began after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. finally allowed two bills, one representing Trump's proposal and one that was a clean government funding bill, to come to the floor and fail
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TALKING!: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. met Thursday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
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CHAOS: A person walks past a board showing departure and arrival times at LaGuardia airport in New York, New York, USA, 25 January 2019. The Federal Aviation Administration officials announced that there was a temporary restriction on flights into and out of the airport today due to staffing issues that were likely linked to continuing partial shutdown of the federal governmentm which is now in its 35th day
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A view of an aircraft at a gate at LaGuardia airport in New York, New York, USA, 25 January 2019. The Federal Aviation Administration officials announced that there was a temporary restriction on flights into and out of the airport today due to staffing issues that were likely linked to continuing partial shutdown of the federal governmentm which is now in its 35th day
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LETS MAKE A DEAL: Trump has demanded border wall funds to reopen the government. If he were to back down, it would be the second time this week, after agreeing not to deliver a State of the Union speech while the government was shuttered
'The President will make remarks regarding the shutdown in the Rose Garden today at 1:30pm. This will be an open press event,' she wrote.
Trump's statement came after signs of both a bit of legislative movement after a month-long stalemate – and new demonstrations of the power of the partial shutdown to deal an economic blow to the nation while endangering the safety of citizens. 
Airport travel chaos swept the northeast coast on Friday after the FAA ordered a brief ground stop on flights bound for LaGuardia Airport and delaying planes at  Newark and Philadelphia due to air traffic control staff shortages caused by the government shutdown.  
In a quick-fire series of alerts shortly after 10am on Friday, the FAA advised that it had implemented a 'traffic management program' at LaGuardia, one of New York's major hub airports. 
The airport, one of the busiest and one Trump knows well. 
The president also was to speak just hours after his longtime advisor Roger Stone was indicted on charges of lying to investigators and witness tampering.


In Trump's only earlier Friday communication, he blasted the Mueller probe as a 'witch hunt' and compared it to treatment of Drug Dealers and human traffickers – hinting at the immigration issues that have been on his mind as he fought for a border wall. 
The first burst of movement came Thursday after Senate leaders arranged for side-by-side votes on President Trump's plan, which included his demand for $5.7 billion in border wall funding, and a Democratic plan to reopen government without it.
The Democratic plan fared better, and six Republicans including new Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah voted for it. Trump's plan only got 50-47 support, not enough to clear a 60-vote filibuster threshold that was needed.
Immediately afterward, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer – who Trump has mocked as 'Crayin' Chuck' throughout the shutdown – entered the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for talks that have continued.
Negotiators focused on a short-term 'continuing resolution' to get the government open while negotiations continued.
Trump ally Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said he spoke to the president about a three-week funding bill. Trump at first said it would contain a 'downpayment' on wall funding, according to the White House. Trump in public remarks later Thursday referenced pro rated wall funding. 
Democrats have dug in against the wall, insisting the president first reopen government and then negotiate. 
GOP lawmakers turned on party leaders during a weekly caucus meeting on Thursday afternoon.
Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson exploded to McConnell that it was his fault that the party's strategy to reopen the government was poised to fail. 
'Are you suggesting I'm enjoying this?' McConnell responded.
Johnson's spokesman confirmed the angry exchange to The Washington Post.
Other senators were at each other's throats in the closed-door luncheon that preceded two mostly-party line votes in the United States Senate on bills pertaining to the government shutdown.
'Nobody was blaming the president,' Sen. John Cornyn told the Post. 'But there was a lot of frustration expressed about the situation we find ourselves in.'

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Post by annemarie on Tue Jan 29 2019, 16:07

http://amp.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jan/23/floridas-2018-youth-vote-swells-over-previous-midt/

Florida's 2018 youth vote swells over previous midterm








By KELLI KENNEDY - Associated Press - Wednesday, January 23, 2019
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - They rallied hundreds of thousands to march for gun reform, landed on the cover of Time magazine and raised millions of dollars from celebrities like Oprah and George Clooney. But could the teenage survivors of the Parkland school shooting actually motivate unpredictable young voters to cast their ballots?
Newly released data reveals that young Florida voters did hit the polls at a significantly higher rate - 15 percentage points more - compared with the previous midterm election. About 37 percent of the state’s 18- to 29-year-olds voted in November, compared with 22 percent who voted in 2014. That’s especially notable for midterm elections when turnout is typically low.



“Turnout was up across the board; it was up at a higher rate among younger voters without question,” said Dan Smith, a University of Florida political science professor who analyzed voter data released by Florida’s Department of State last week.
Preliminary exit polls and widespread media attention for the March For Our Lives movement launched after 17 were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had suggested high turnout among young voters passionate about gun reform. The teenage founders of the organization reached celebrity status, making appearances on late night TV, earning the International Children’s Peace Prize and publicly taking on the National Rifle Association and lawmakers they felt were beholden to the group.



Counties with large numbers of college students had particularly impressive turnouts, with 49 percent of 18- to 21-year-olds voting in Leon County, home to Florida State University, and 46.5 percent casting ballots in University of Florida’s Alachua County. Nearly 40 percent of that age group voted in Parkland’s Broward County and 39 percent in neighboring Miami-Dade County, according to Smith’s analysis.
The March For Our Lives activists held town halls with lawmakers, started clubs in schools nationwide and visited 24 states in 60 days over the summer to spread their message and encourage people to vote.




“We really saw this huge cultural shift around elections and civic engagement,” said Brendan Duff, one of the group’s founders, who skipped his fall semester at college to help mobilize young voters. “Even though we had all this support and encouragement, … it still was kind of like: Will young people actually show up? So just to hear that we had this significant increase is surreal.”
Not surprisingly, the 65 and older demographic was still twice as likely as 22- to 25-year-olds to vote in Florida. About 73 percent of seniors cast ballots, according to Smith’s analysis.



And slightly more Republicans turned out among the 8.3 million Floridians who voted on a ballot that included contentious races for governor and a U.S. Senate seat, both so close they required recounts that ended in Republican winners.
Young African-Americans were especially energized, likely because of the closely watched gubernatorial race involving Democratic Andrew Gillum, who would have been Florida’s first black governor. Trump-backed Republican Ron DeSantis won that race.
Just over 38 percent of black voters between the ages of 18 and 21 showed up at the polls, compared with 37.4 percent of young white voters and 33.5 percent of Hispanics.



Delaney Tarr, 18, a first-time voter and one of the founders of March For Our Lives, spent her summer urging young people to vote and said her group drew “a lot of counterprotesters” as well as critics who said young people would never make a difference in high stakes politics.
The March For Our Lives organization did not endorse candidates or political parties, but repeatedly criticized Republican politicians like Sen. Marco Rubio and others who supported the NRA.



Tarr said it can be “disheartening to not see every success you want,” but counted it as a victory to have such a close election.
“To have people going out there and actually voting in numbers that are so close … we are seeing history in the making and it’s all due to young power, to collective grass roots organizing.”
Only a handful of states have certified election results, so it’s unclear how the youth vote played out nationally, but early exit polls showed gun reform was a key issue on voters’ minds.



According to The Associated Press’ national VoteCast survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, 62 percent of voters said they want to see gun laws made more strict, compared with 8 percent who think they should be less strict; another 29 percent think gun laws should be left as they are. Nearly three quarters - 72 percent - of voters ages 18 to 24 said gun laws should be made more strict.
Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

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Post by party animal - not! on Tue Jan 29 2019, 20:00

Surprisingly factual report considering this is the Washington Times - very right wing paper not above supporting white supremacists, antisemites, Trump supporting Frank Gaffney and his anti-Muslim conspiracy theories and fake news...

This should amuse...

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/jsvine/trump-winery-23-more-foreign-guest-workers

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Post by annemarie on Tue Jan 29 2019, 20:05

[size=36]Trump Winery Is Trying To Hire 23 More Foreign Guest Workers[/size]

Businesses owned by Donald Trump or bearing his name have now sought to hire more than 600 foreign guest workers since he launched his presidential campaign.

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A Virginia winery owned by President Donald Trump’s son Eric is once again seeking permission to hire foreign guest workers — this time, 23 of them — according to a petition posted by the Department of Labor on Monday.
Trump Winery, also known as Trump Vineyard Estates, LLC, is seeking the workers under the federal H-2 visa program, which allows US employers to hire foreign laborers on a temporary basis as long as no qualified US workers want the jobs. The work on the 1,300-acre estate, which pays $12.25 an hour, would start in mid-March and could run through late October.
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The posting Monday did not describe working conditions. In the past, however, the winery’s applications have warned that workers would have to labor outside in weather as cold as 10 degrees while “on their feet in bent positions for long periods of time.”
Since 2003, more than 100,000 foreigners have been brought into the country under the H-2 program each year.
Businesses owned by or bearing the name of Trump, who claimed he would “be the greatest jobs president that God ever created,” have sought to hire more than 600 foreign guest workers since he launched his presidential campaign in June 2015. Many have worked as servers and house cleaners at Mar-a-Lago as well as at the president’s various golf clubs.
On Sunday, the Washington Post reported that “about a dozen employees” were fired from the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York, earlier this month “because they are undocumented immigrants.” In December, the New York Times reported that at least two housekeepers at another Trump National Golf Club — in Bedminster, New Jersey — were undocumented immigrants who entered the country illegally.
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Trump companies have not been accused of mistreating H-2 workers, but a 2015 BuzzFeed News investigation found that the H-2 program was rife with abuse. BuzzFeed News also found that many willing Americans were denied jobs by employers who preferred to hire guest workers, in some cases because they were less expensive to employ or because they would work longer hours under more difficult conditions.
When asked, previously, about requests to bring in foreign workers, Trump has said it is “almost impossible” to find Americans who want the jobs in question.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the new guest worker petition, nor did the winery.
The winery’s website says it “is a registered trade name of Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing LLC, which is not owned, managed, or affiliated with Donald J. Trump or any of his affiliates.” Eric Trump was given the operation by his father in 2012, according to news reports.
In July 2015, shortly after launching his presidential campaign, Donald Trump hosted a campaign event at the winery. He later tweeted a link to a related Time article titled “Trump Talks Politics at His Virginia Winery.”
In August 2017, Trump told reporters that he owned the winery.
In the same news conference, following the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that injured dozens and killed a young woman, he also said boosting employment could help heal racial divides.
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“I think if we continue to create jobs at levels that I’m creating jobs, I think that’s going to have a tremendous impact — positive impact on race relations,” Trump said.

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Post by LizzyNY on Wed Jan 30 2019, 01:49

Right! Just what all people of color aspire to - being maids and field hands for the drumpf family! Do they have to say "Yassa, Massa!" when they talk to a drumpf?

Lord, I wish there was a real time machine we could put that family into and send them back where they belong.
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Post by party animal - not! on Wed Jan 30 2019, 02:03

.......unbelievable when the other hand is separating small children from their parents as a deterrent.......and the only defence for this would be that Eric did it!

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