-Told 7,546 False/Misleading Claims
-Tries 2 Blame Dems for Shutdown
-'Nuclear Option' Rejected by Senate
-Tweets Cartoon Pic of Pointy Fence
-Asylum Ban Denied by SCOTUS
-Dow Records Worst Week in 10 Yrs
-#TrumpShutdown Set 4 Midnight
Day 656 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
Senior Justice Dept. officials warned Whitaker of legal risks of signing gun regulation wapo.st/2EART97
FYI: The Trump admin has quietly resumed separating immigrant families at the border.
At one agency, the children were put into temporary foster care and shelters with little or no indication that they arrived at the border with their parents: propub.li/2QcsPvY
Reminder: The Trump administration is systematically locking up thousands of children at unheard of rates - now almost 15,000 are in U.S. custody.
The government classifies these children as "unaccompanied"
Just so everybody understands what’s at risk here, from 2017 piece: The only thing standing between Trump and nuclear weapons is an officer willing to refuse a direct order. newsweek.com/trump-war-nort…
This is Trump yelling at the acting Attorney General for not doing enough to obstruct justice
It’s very relevant to this story that Trump has never disclosed how much of his income derives from licensing payments from the Trump towers in Istanbul.
How tight is Erdogan’s financial grip on Trump? apnews.com/ec2ed217357048…
Reagan 4/4/80: “Rather than talking about putting up a fence, why don’t we ... make it possible for them to come here legally, with a work permit, and then while they are working and earning here, they pay taxes here."
Trump to Dems last week: "I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I won't blame you for it."
Trump this morning: "If enough Dems don’t vote, it will be a Democrat Shutdown!"
Schumer to Trump: You can't erase all the video of you saying you wanted a shutdown hill.cm/I1LZzoy
FLASHBACK. December 11.
Trump: If we don't get what we want, one way or the other... I will shut down the government ... So I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I'm not going to blame you for it. #TrumpShutDown
Wait. Does Trump think "coyotes" at the border are actual canines?
In a 2015 interview, incoming chief of staff Mick Mulvaney called Trump's views on the border wall "simplistic," and "absurd and almost childish." cnn.it/2GzYAei
A reminder: If Trump had accepted this bipartisan deal in February, he'd have begun $25 billion worth of wall construction, DACA eligibles would be en route to citizenship, and there'd be no talk of a shutdown.
Trump re-elect is running border wall ads targeting fellow Republicans thedailybeast.com/trump-group-ru…
Brian Kolfage, the founder of that viral fundraiser for Trump's border wall, has questionable news past, including running a right wing news page that trafficked in conspiracy theories and was pulled down by Facebook.
Trump posts a cartoon image of pointy spikes unveiled days before Christmas as the government is on the verge of a #TrumpShutDown
John Dingell rips Trump's "steel slat barrier" wall: "Sit on it, you imbecile" hill.cm/3y0GXxl
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss: "We have never ever seen a Secretary of Defense say, 'I am seriously concerned about the president's ideas, and his national security policy, so much so that I cannot be a part of this anymore.'" msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/…
Reminder: Mattis Compared Trump to ‘Fifth or Sixth Grader,’ Bob Woodward Says in Book (9/4/18) nyti.ms/2Cf3smK
A former Trump aide told Axios that the sudden wave of criticism from the Hill over Syria and Mattis should scare the president because he would desperately need these lawmakers' support during a possible impeachment battle.
Lindsey Graham is calling for immediate hearings on Trump's decision to withdraw all American troops from Syria.
He told reporters he wanted to hear directly from Jim Mattis at any hearing. reuters.com/article/us-mid…
Brian Kilmeade called out Trump:
"Sarah, he's giving Russia a big win. Vladimir Putin praised him. He's also doing exactly what he criticized President Obama for doing. He said President Obama was the founder of ISIS. He just refounded ISIS."
AP Poll: Nearly 6 in 10 Americans say Trump tried to obstruct the investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia: apne.ws/EIYxZrx
The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery to remove two malignant growths from her left lung. The court says doctors found "no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body." The court says no additional treatment is planned. apne.ws/bWSatju
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg voted FROM HER HOSPITAL BED to refuse to let the government enforce Pres. Trump's proposed restriction on asylum. The court voted 5-4 to leave a lower court ruling in place that blocks enforcement of the crackdown. @PeteWilliamsNBC
Brett Kavanaugh, meanwhile, voted to lift the block on Trump’s blatantly unlawful asylum restrictions.
CREW is calling for the Justice Department to investigate whether Matthew Whitaker violated Standards of Ethical Conduct by refusing to recuse himself from overseeing the Russia probe.
Russia communicated with US Treasury officials through Gmail backchannel during 2016 campaign: report hill.cm/RMEkCNN
Trump is reportedly already turning on Mick Mulvaney, who hasn't even started his new job as acting chief of staff yet, thanks to a two-year-old video which shows Mulvaney calling Trump "a terrible human being," according to Axios.
Maxine Waters wants Mulvaney to testify before her committee about his work at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
"...while your time running the Consumer Bureau may be over, the time for accountability for your actions is about to begin."
Evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. has for the first time acknowledged putting up $1.8 million for a business venture managed by a young pool attendant whom he and his wife befriended during a stay at a luxury hotel in 2012, BuzzFeed reports. buzzfeednews.com/article/aramro…
Melting Arctic ice is now pouring 14,000 tons of water per second into the ocean, scientists find
Stocks plunged again on Friday due to fears of a looming government shutdown and the Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates earlier in the week.
The Dow dove 414 points to end its worst week in 10 years.
Chuck Schumer: "This may have been the most chaotic week of what's undoubtedly the most chaotic presidency ever in the history of the United States." Via ABC.
"So, Trump, you will not get your wall," Schumer says. "Abandon your shutdown strategy. You're not getting the wall today, next week, or on January 3 when Democrats take control of the House." Via CBS. #TrumpShutdown
Headed for the third shutdown of the Trump presidency in just a matter of hours. The House is out of session. The Senate won’t vote tonight, per John Cornyn. The question is how long it lasts. #TrumpShutdown
DC bar offers themed drink specials for federal workers during government shutdown hill.cm/2nkLq5B
Maggie Haberman: 'Disgusted' Republicans Now Privately Admitting They Regret Supporting Trump mediaite.com/a/dhyox
Incoming Ways & Means chair plans to request copies of Trump's tax returns from Treasury.
He believes he has the authority under an obscure 1924 law — 26 U.S. Code § 6103 — which was passed to monitor conflicts of interest in the executive branch.
In case you missed yesterday's thread:
Reminder that the government shutdown affects real people, like a State Department janitor who wanted to buy her grandkids bikes for Christmas and now can’t, afraid she won’t be able to cover rent. washingtonpost.com/business/2018/…
Trump has talked about firing Jerome Powell, a move that would represent an unprecedented challenge to Federal Reserve’s independence.
Advisers hope latest bout of anger will dissipate over holidays.