-Day 19 of the #TrumpShutdown
-Walks Out of Leadership Meeting
-Threatens 2 Cut Off FEMA Aid 2 CA
-Beefs Up Legal Defense w/ 17 Attys
-Fitch Warns of Cut 2 US AAA Rating
-Coast Guard Suggests Garage Sales
-22 Immigrants Died in ICE Detention
Day 675 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
In the last 48 hours ago:
86 gun deaths
118 gun injuries
3 children (age 0-11) shot
9 teenagers (12-17) shot
9 armed home invasions
6 defensive gun use incidents
12 unintentional shootings
1 mass shooting
America has now witnessed 300+ gun deaths and 600+ gun injuries in 2019.
Visit @GunDeaths for up-to-date statistics and information
New Florida bill would repeal gun control measures passed in response to Parkland shooting
David Hogg says the "national emergency" Donald Trump should care about is gun violence, not the border wall trib.al/BwNwk0p
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"
22 immigrants have died in ICE detention centers during the past 2 years. nbcnews.com/politics/immig…
Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping backed a second summit between North Korea's leader and Donald Trump, state media report bloom.bg/2D1yVqZ
House Democrats have quietly sent dozens of letters in recent weeks seeking documents and testimony from Trump’s businesses, his campaign and his admin, setting the table for investigations that could reach the center of his presidency. nyti.ms/2H4tBXT?smid=n…
A beefed-up White House legal team prepares aggressive defense of Trump’s executive privilege as investigations loom large
Who among us who is totally innocent hasn’t hired 17 lawyers to prevent the TRUTH from being exposed?
Jamal Khashoggi has become a symbol of freedom of speech around the world. He will be remembered for his humanity and his courage: nyer.cm/BYfRiC1
Day 19 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
Trump in the Oval Office: "This is not a fight I wanted."
Trump Dec. 11: 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.
Per Axios: The Democratic rebuttal to Trump had higher ratings than Trump's address
CNN: The head of sovereign ratings says the U.S. potentially risks losing its triple-A credit rating if the #TrumpShutdown continues to March 1 and complicates debt ceiling, “We may need to start thinking about the policy framework.”
Lloyd Gardner, who voted for Trump & wants a wall, works for the Bureau of Prisons. He may not vote for Trump again.
“He's saying gov't workers are OK with this? I haven't met one who say they are OK ... and I know plenty that voted for him."
DC Water officials considering shutting off the water to the White House since Treasury Dept won’t be paying the federal govts $16.5 million water bill. rawstory.com/2019/01/dc-wat…
“There Is No Endgame”: White House Aides Fear Trump Has Turned the Border Wall into His Alamo
We know how that ended, right?
A source close to Trump believes that a declaration of a national emergency at the border remains the most likely ultimate option.
Trump says the "threshold" for declaring a national emergency at the border (empowering him to build the wall without congressional approval) is if he cannot make a deal with Congress
Grassley urges Trump to pull out of NAFTA if Democrats resist new deal
Blackmail is the new GOP strategy. In all fairness, it got Trump elected. axios.com/grassley-urges…
Trump argues that we need a border wall to stop migrants just driving right across in their "unbelievable vehicles... stronger, bigger, and faster vehicles than our police have, than ICE has"
Trump says the number of people illegally crossing the border from Mexico has declined "because of good management by me and my people"
In fact, the number was declining for years before he took office.
Pelosi on leaving Situation Room meeting with Trump: "It’s cold out here and the temperature wasn’t much warmer in the situation room."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Trump doesn't understand financial insecurity that federal workers face during the shutdown: "He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for more money. But they can’t”
Schumer says that Trump "slammed the table," walked out of a meeting and called it "a waste of time" after Nancy Pelosi said she wouldn't agree to his border wall. Via CBS
“I alone can fix it.”
From inside the Republican lunch:
Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Collins (R-Maine) pleaded with Trump to reopen the government.
Trump said that he was doing everything he could — but that he wouldn’t end the standoff by taking nothing. washingtonpost.com/business/econo…
The House passed the bill to reopen Treasury & IRS, the first of four appropriations bills the chamber will vote on this week.
The vote was 240-188.
8 Republicans joined with Democrats to pass the bill. That’s 1 more than number of Republicans who broke ranks last week.
Trump's campaign manager shared polling data with Russian intelligence during the campaign.
The word for that is "collusion."
The key question is why the Russians would want the data. Polls are used for message development and voter targeting.
Re-read this March 2018 story about Trump campaign harvesting Facebook data in conjunction with news about Manafort sharing Trump campaign info with Russian intelligence nytimes.com/2018/03/17/us/…
Mark Warner on Manafort revelation: "Trump's campaign chairman shared confidential Trump campaign data with a Russian intelligence operative ... How is that not evidence of an effort to collaborate?"
@SenatorLeahy: It’s looking like “No Collusion!” may be right up there with “Mexico will pay for it!”
The Kremlin has rejected a British government accusation that Russia detained an Anglo-American man for spying to use him as part of a “diplomatic chess game”
Nadler reiterates to @ErinBurnett that Matt Whitaker will get a subpoena “in the next couple days” to appear before his committee if he doesn’t commit to a date in January
Chuck Schumer wants Trump to withdraw William Barr’s nomination for attorney general, saying Barr's criticism of Mueller's probe disqualifies him.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is supposed to be recused from matters involving his ex-employer Boeing.
But that hasn't stopped him from praising Boeing and trashing competitors such as Lockheed Martin during internal meetings.
Trade news: Trump in his State of the Union address will ask Congress to support a White House bill, the U.S. Reciprocal Trade Act, that would expand his tariff powers to tackle other countries' non-tariff barriers.
Howard Stern slams Trump's wall demand: It's something only "morons can get behind" hill.cm/WMtiJF1
In case you missed yesterday's thread: