-Day 21 of the #TrumpShutdown
-Federal Workers Miss 1st Paycheck
-GoFundMe Wall Campaign Implodes
-Exempts DC Hotel From Shutdown
-Sold $35M of Real Estate in 2018
-Gives Handout 2 Mortgage Industry
*FBI Opened Inquiry Whether Trump
Was Secretly Working with Russia
Day 677 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
Real-time U.S. gun violence data, 10 days into the new year:
•415 gun deaths
•741 gun injuries
•16 children shot
•62 teenagers shot
•9 officers shot
•58 armed home invasions
•41 defensive gun use incidents
•50 unintentional shootings
•6 mass shootings
The U.S. has now witnessed at least 50 unintentional shootings so far in 2019 — 22 in the past week alone.
Here are a few maps of American gun violence in 2019 (children shot, teenagers shot, armed home invasions, police officers shot).
All incident maps are updated and verified daily:
Rookie California police officer shot, killed after responding to traffic accident Davis Police Department officer Natalie Corona 22 yrs old.
I wonder WHY Trump has yet to offer his public condolences?
Families of Sandy Hook shooting victims win legal victory in lawsuit against InfoWars and Alex Jones, after judge grants families’ discovery requests, allowing access to InfoWars’ internal marketing and financial documents. abcn.ws/2D2QN4D
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"
North Korea’s Kim aiming to "achieve results" with Trump in 2nd summit amid nuclear standoff.
"The whole country is a prison': No sign of better rights in North Korea - U.N. reuters.com/article/us-nor…
Michael Cohen's decision to appear before the House Oversight and Reform Committee sets the stage for a blockbuster public hearing that could clarify the depth of Trump's legal woes
Sam Nunberg says the Senate Intel Committee questioned him about Trump's 2013 Moscow trip, Trump's company's interest in building a tower there and relationships between campaign staff and foreign actors who may have worked with Russia.
Bombshell: The FBI opened an inquiry into whether Trump was secretly working on behalf of Russia
In the days after Trump fired James Comey, law enforcement officials became so concerned by Trump's behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, NYT reports.
"Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether [Trump's] own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Trump was knowingly working for Russia or fallen under Moscow's influence."
After Comey was fired, two more actions from Trump prompted the FBI to open an investigation:
* Trump wanted to send a letter to Comey about his firing in which he mentioned the Russia probe
* Trump's Lester Holt interview
"It is evident that despite the Khashoggi murder...the Trump administration still hasn’t given up on selling the kingdom technology that would inevitably give it a leg up on getting a bomb." bit.ly/2s8cbzp
Day 21 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 21 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."
Ex-DHS Sec'y Jeh Johnson: "To be in a situation where our leaders have to tell men & women in uniform ... that we're not paying you ... is a failure of catastrophic proportions ... where the people we depend on for our security of this nation, we are not paying." @MSNBC
The unwelcome irony of the Senate leaving town - getting paid without working as federal workers work without getting paid.
The House has approved a bill that would ensure back pay for the federal workers missing paychecks due to the shutdown.
The measure passed 411-7. All seven 'NO' votes came from Republicans. hill.cm/amVeam4
The House has approved legislation that would fund and re-open the Interior Department, EPA and Forest Service in a 240-179 vote.
Ten Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure.
Sen. Gary Peters is asking the Trump admin why Trump's D.C. Hotel is "exempt" from the #TrumpShutdown and still staffed with National Park Service employees.
Either Trump doesn't know how "trade" works or he's lying to his base who doesn't know how "trade" works
Cornyn’s office just sent around a statement the Senator made on reports that Trump will divert disaster funding to build the wall.
"I will oppose any reprogramming of Harvey disaster funds."
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello ripped reports that Trump could divert disaster aid in order to fund the wall.
"No wall should be funded on the pain and suffering of US citizens," he said. "Today it's us, tomorrow it could be you." politico.com/story/2019/01/…
A senior administration official admits that Trump's plan to shift disaster money to fund the wall might be illegal, and that it's a pressure tactic against Democrats:
House Dems are weighing a lawsuit if Trump pulls the trigger on a national emergency declaration to build his border wall.
"We'll challenge him in committee hearings. We'll challenge him in the courts. And we'll just continue to challenge him."
Nancy Pelosi: "A temper tantrum by [Trump]. I'm a mother of five, grandmother of nine. I know a temper tantrum when I see one." Via CSPAN
Border Patrol apprehensions along the Southwest border in FY 2018 were the 5th lowest level of illegal entry recorded in the past 46 years.
At the White House, on Twitter and in a new Instagram video, Trump seeks to enlist Border Patrol agents in political fight over his wall. Critics say his overt politicization of law enforcement is alarming.
CBP officers showed Trump blown-up photos of tunnels that were dug to get guns and drugs across the border.
Neither border agents nor Trump explained how a border wall would help stop the flow of drugs through tunnels and legal ports of entry. time.com/5499188/presid…
The Senate adjourned early this afternoon til Monday, ensuring this will be the longest U.S. government shutdown in history.
Trump says the government hasn't spent $1.6-B Congress earlier approved for border wall because administration follows his real estate practice of paying contractors only after work is done: "if they didn't do a good job, don't pay 'em"
GoFundMe is refunding the $20 million that was raised for the "Build the Wall" campaign, after the man who started the campaign broke his promise of returning donor money if the campaign didn't reach its goal. thedailybeast.com/gofundme-borde…
‘Could you make these guys essential?’: Mortgage industry gets shutdown relief after appeal to senior Treasury officials
Is this an essential activity? What federal workers are putting this event together?
Ways and Means Chair Richard Neal is calling on Steve Mnuchin to delay the Treasury Department from lifting sanctions on businesses tied to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska so that the Committee has a "meaningful opportunity to exercise oversight." bit.ly/2Fq8D3q
House Intel member Denny Heck: "The transmission of the polling data by Manafort, that's the textbook definition of collusion. This is no longer in doubt ... The next question, which is fair, is was criminal conspiracy conducted? And we don't yet know that. Yet." @MSNBC
Trump Org has hired Stefan Passantino, the former White House deputy counsel who was responsible for overseeing compliance with ethics and conflict-of-interest rules. He will handle responses to Democratic investigations, Passantino informed congress in a letter.
Trump sold $35M worth of real estate while serving in the White House last year.
More than half of that came from a single deal that required approval from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Ivanka Trump being considered as a nominee for World Bank president: report
What could possibly go wrong?
Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, said "the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria" has started. on.nbc10.com/5t90uxj
Post-surgery evaluation indicates that there is "no evidence of remaining disease" in Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and "no further treatment is required," said a court spokesperson. Her recovery is "on track."
Ginsburg will miss oral arguments next week. cnn.com/2019/01/11/pol…
Rep. Rashida Tlaib cursing got 5 times more coverage on cable news than Rep. Steve King embracing white supremacy mediamatters.org/blog/2019/01/1…
In case you missed yesterday's thread:
Trump is the "president" of the Republican base — not the country washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump…
Meanwhile, a one-term congressman whose campaign is under investigation for forged ballot signature is Trump's new nominee as ambassador to Qatar, pulling career diplomat wtkr.com/2019/01/11/tru…