-Day 13 of the #TrumpShutdown
-US National Debt Has Grown by $2T
-American Charged with Espionage
-Posts Childish Warren 2020 Meme
-Undoing Anti-Discrimination Laws
-Pelosi Elected Speaker of the House
-Offered $1 in Wall Funding by Pelosi
Day 669 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
Real-time gun violence data for the new year, as of January 3rd:
•78 gun deaths
•180 gun injuries
•4 children killed or injured
•14 teenagers killed or injured
•9 armed home invasions
•6 incidents of defensive gun use
•21 unintentional shootings
•2 mass shootings
Speaker Pelosi vows to "keep our sacred promise to the victims and survivors and families of gun violence by passing common sense bipartisan background check legislation."
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"
A senior North Korean diplomat in Italy has disappeared and is reported to be seeking asylum
Nancy Pelosi became the highest ranking official to suggest Trump could be indicted while in office during an interview with NBC's "Today."
A job posting by House Judiciary Republicans says it's seeking "an attorney with several years of investigative or litigation experience."
"Litigation experience" is at least partly in anticipation of possible impeachment proceedings, Axios says. axios.com/newsletters/ax…
Mega-powerful Chicago alderman charged with extortion, after feds wiretap him.
The alderman is also Trump's Chicago real-estate lawyer, but the charges don't relate to his work for Trump. chicagotribune.com/news/local/bre…
A secretive Khashoggi murder trial has begun in Saudi Arabia—11 people are on trial, with five of the defendants facing execution
Last month, the Senate approved a joint resolution of Congress declaring the Saudi crown prince “responsible” for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
But the House refused to bring it up for a vote, freeing Trump from having to decide to condemn MBS
Day 13 since Congress & Trump have not agreed on a spending bill.
Government agencies are now shut down.
More than 420,000 government workers to work without pay, including 41,000 federal law enforcement and correctional officers. #TrumpShutdown
As we wind down day 13 of the #TrumpShutdown, let's not forget:
"I will be the one to shut it down. I'm not going to blame you for it."
“I am proud to shut down the government. I will take the mantle.” — @realDonaldTrump, Dec. 12, 2018
Source: Trump tells Schumer he can't accept Dems' offer because he'd 'look foolish'
Ahem, he already looks foolish!
Here is where we are in the shutdown: Trump is putting an image of a "see through" wall of slats on Instagram, alongside a photo of himself and an unsanctioned use of fonts from HBO's "Game of Thrones."
@ewarren replies to childish Trump tweet: "Yea, again, how about the president spends his time getting the government back open..."
Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addresses Trump’s criticism of her holiday trip amid the #TrumpShutdown in an exclusive interview with Savannah.
Pelosi in the House
“Let me be clear, House Democrats are down with N.D.P.: Nancy D'Alesandro Pelosi.”
@RepJeffries nominates Pelosi for House Speaker
Trolliest Speaker vote so far is from Rep. Steve Cohen: “I vote for the woman who will truly make America great again, Nancy Pelosi.”
Applause break out as it's announced that Nancy Pelosi has the votes to be elected Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 116th Congress. Via ABC.
Nancy Pelosi of California elected House speaker, lead Democrats confronting Trump. apne.ws/4wOw7TY
Kevin McCarthy hands the speaker's gavel to Nancy Pelosi.
Nancy Pelosi: "As President Reagan said in his last speech as President: 'If we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost.'"
Republicans who have long heralded Reagan are again reminded *his* Republican party defies Trumpism
Nancy Pelosi officially opened the House of Representatives for the 116th Congress. Via CBS.
The 116th Congress convenes with a Democratic majority in the House, the most diverse group of lawmakers ever, with more than 100 women. apne.ws/4q6TxrK
Remarkable the pro-Trump world has maintained almost perfect silence over Trump's endorsement of Soviet-era propaganda in front of the whole cabinet. theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
Russia has formally charged Paul Whelan, an American citizen, with espionage, Interfax news agency reports washingtonpost.com/news/world/wp/…
Paul Whelan's lawyer tells NYT he hopes he can be part of a prisoner exchange with the US.
Anybody else get the sense this is a sham set up between Trump & Putin?
Today, the incoming House Judiciary Chair, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, along with Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee and Steve Cohen introduced the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, bipartisan legislation to protect the Special Counsel investigation.
Rep. Jerry Nadler, new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, says Matt Whitaker has not agreed to a date to come before his committee yet. He has wanted Whitaker to be the first witness.
Asked if they will subpoena Whitaker, he said: “We will if we have to.”
Schiff, after being named Intel Chair: "I look forward to an invigorated committee that will both provide guidance and authorization to the Intel Community, while also rebuilding internal comity and strengthening the relationship between the Congress & Intel Community."
Elijah Cummings says his first priority is to investigate the citizenship question in the census.
He said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will be called to the committee.
“He has to answer for something that he said that I don’t think was accurate.”
Federal prosecutors investigating whether former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lied to the agency's inspector general during two interviews washingtonpost.com/world/national…
The United States Treasury Department numbers show the national debt is $2 trillion larger than the day Trump took office.
The debt now stands at nearly $22 trillion.
Trump is saddling this country with massive, crippling debt.
A Database Showed Far-Right Terror on the Rise. Then Trump Defunded It. | The New Republic
August 2016, Trump to black voters: “What do you have to lose?”
January 2019: “Trump administration considers rollback of anti-discrimination rules.”
A Trump County Confronts the Administration Amid a Rash of Child Cancers - The New York Times nyti.ms/2GSjPYS
The @PressSec announced a "briefing," but did not hold one. Trump spoke, but left without taking any Q's. A reporter shouted: "Sarah, are you coming back? Are you not taking any questions at all?" She didn't.
“To be clear, this is a stunt....That was not a briefing. A briefing has questions.” — @brikeilarcnn
Nancy Pelosi: "A wall is an immorality. It's not who we are as a nation. And this is not a wall between Mexico and the United States that the president is creating here. It's a wall between reality and his constituents." Via CBS.
Pelosi suggests in response to question that she would agree to a dollar - one - for Trump wall
Democrats are reportedly going to introduce legislation that would require presidential nominees to disclose 10 years of tax returns shortly after they become the nominee. cnn.com/2019/01/02/pol…
In case you missed yesterday's thread:
Raucous reception for @RashidaTlaib at MoveOn reception near the Hill.
Her closing remarks: “We’re gonna impeach the motherfucker.”
House Democrats vote to reopen government, reject Trump's demand for wall funding cnn.com/2019/01/03/pol…
The House passed two bills Thursday night to end the shutdown, with a handful of Republicans joining Democrats.
McConnell says he won’t take them up because they can’t pass the Senate 2 weeks after similar legislation passed the Senate unanimously.