-Day 17 of the #TrumpShutdown
-Plans Deceptive Prime Time Speech
-Pressuring Networks to Air Address
-Only 6 Immigrants on Terror List
-Nat'l Parks Face Years of Damage
-Eric Prince Interviewed by Mueller
-Pompeo Set 2 Praise Saudi Arabia
Day 673 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
One week into 2019: There have been 5 mass shootings in 5 different states in the 7 days of January — resulting in 7 deaths and 19 injuries.
Real-time U.S. gun violence numbers for the new year, as of January 7th:
•240 gun deaths
•492 gun injuries
•7 children shot
•41 teenagers shot
•28 armed home invasions
•22 incidents of defensive gun use
•32 unintentional shootings
•5 mass shootings
The past 72 hours of gun violence in America:
–95 gun deaths
–160 gun injuries
–198 total incidents with death and/or injury
Complete incident list:
Connecticut Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal introduced a bill today that would require background checks on all gun sales. wfsb.com/news/ct-s-sena…
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"
The New Democratic Homeland Security Chair ripped Kirstjen Nielsen for peddling "outright lies" about border security and called for an oversight hearing to look into the Trump admin's border policy and the deaths of two migrant children.
Sources tell Politico that, in a draft of a speech Mike Pompeo is set to deliver in Cairo, Pompeo is due to applaud Saudi Arabia's handling of the Jamal Khashoggi case.
Day 17 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 17 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."
The Trump admin's decision to direct the IRS to issue tax refunds during the government shutdown may be illegal, NYT reports.
Fact is, there's little staff to process and issue refunds.
Adam Schiff: "We can't allow this continual process that was really modernized by the Tea Party that, 'If I don't get what I want, if I don't get what I don't have the votes for... I'm just going to shut down the government.'"
Pelosi: "The impression you get from the president [is] that he would like to not only close government, build a wall, but also abolish Congress so the only voice that mattered was his own." cbsnews.com/news/nancy-pel…
Any network that airs this live is knowingly participating in a disinformation campaign
Of note: All four networks refused Obama's request to air a prime-time address on proposed executive actions related to immigration in 2014; it just ran on cable.
TV networks should absolutely NOT give Trump space on prime time to talk about the border crisis he made up. goo.gl/1Hhnhc
@VP Pence tells reporters White House Counsel’s office is looking into the legality of declaring a national emergency over the border wall demand
Trump can invoke an emergency - but Congress can override him by simple majority vote.
Here's a good summary of the law governing national emergencies.
US Customs and Border Protection encountered just 6 immigrants on US-Mexico border in first half of fiscal year 2018 whose names were on a federal government list of known or suspected terrorists, according to CBP data nbcnews.to/2Fft3Mh
Sarah Sanders: We caught 4,000 terrorists last year, so we need a wall on the border!
Reality: Six non-Americans on the terror watch list were stopped on the border with Mexico -- a sixth of the number stopped on the border with Canada. nbcnews.com/politics/immig…
Should be noted a State Dept. report said this: "no credible information that any member of a terrorist group has traveled through Mexico to gain access to the United States."
During a private meeting with aides at Camp David, Trump said he wanted them to come up with a resolution to the shutdown fight that would reopen the government—without him appearing to have capitulated to Democrats.
Jimmy Carter becomes the fourth and last living president to deny telling Trump that he supported building a wall on the Mexican border.
Last summer, five people were gunned down in a newsroom.
Last October, a Trump fanatic sent an explosive device to CNN.
It hasn't slowed Trump down one bit.
Congressional Dems are gaming out strategies to reverse the Trump admin's decision to lift sanctions on businesses controlled by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
Jim Himes told The Daily Beast he's discussing the matter with Intel Cmte. members. thedailybeast.com/dems-move-to-b…
A Trump-appointed federal judge defended Mueller from "meritless attacks" as she delivered a scathing denunciation of a lawyer for a Russian biz charged with election meddling.
"You have undermined your credibility in this courthouse."
Rep. Adam Schiff says one of his first acts as chairman of the House intel committee will be to share interview transcripts with special counsel Mueller -- and if warranted, to bring perjury charges against any witnesses who lied during testimony.
Blackwater founder Erik Prince says Mueller questioned him about his secret meeting in the Seychelles islands with Putin ally Kirill Dmitriev. The purpose of the meeting was to establish a "backchannel" between Trump & the Kremlin.
WikiLeaks tells media not to report claims that Assange bleaches his hair or has poor personal hygiene: report hill.cm/JyCiWX2
House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith, to @KateBolduan, on Trump's Syria policy: "He's changing course like a drunken sailor... All we have is the emotional rantings of a child. And he goes back-and-forth" based on the last conversation he had, which "undermines" U.S.
Dec. 19th: "They're all coming back, and they're coming back now."
Trump's surprise announcement that he was pulling the U.S. military out of Syria came with no plan in place for what to do about more than 790 imprisoned ISIS fighters and their families.
Now his admin is in a frantic search for solutions. nbcnews.com/politics/natio…
The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the Massachusetts attorney general to obtain records from Exxon Mobil to probe whether the company for decades concealed its knowledge of the role fossil fuels play in climate change. news.trust.org/item/201901071…
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not taking part in today’s oral arguments before the court. According to Oyez, an online resource about the court, Ginsburg has not missed a day of arguments since she was sworn in in 1993.
Samuel L. Jackson praises Tlaib use of "motherf-cker" to describe Trump: "Calling that Muthaf-kkah a Motherf-cker is not an issue"
In case you missed yesterday's thread: