-Day 25 at the #TrumpShutdown
-Coast Guard Won't Be Getting Paid
-Doubles Estimate of Shutdown Cost
-Discussed Pulling U.S. From NATO
-Can Not Ask Citizenship Question
-Barr Faced Fire in Senate Hearing
-Mueller Releases New Filings
-Cohen 2 Deliver Fiery Testimony
Day 681 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
There have been 7 American mass shootings in 7 different states in the first 15 days of 2019.
Real-time U.S. gun violence data*
as of 1/15:
•547 gun deaths
•998 gun injuries
•21 children shot
•84 teenagers shot
•13 police officers shot
•58 DGU incidents
•76 home invasions
•62 unintentional shootings
•7 mass shootings
*not including suicides
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 U.S. & North Korea appear to be finalizing plans for a second summit. A letter from Trump was hand-delivered to Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang over the weekend.
The ex-spy chief Kim Yong Chol could visit Washington this week. Stay tuned.
Michael Cohen expected to give an explosive recounting of his time working for Trump.
"He's going to tell the story of what it's like to work for a madman," said a person close to Cohen. "He's going to say things that will give you chills."
Opinion: Time for the U.N. secretary general to open his own Khashoggi investigation wapo.st/2FwSARf
Day 25 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 25 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."
Trump shares op-ed saying furloughed workers should "find other work, never return and not be paid" hill.cm/MjoOR3O
Quinnipiac poll on Trump Border speech last week: “Only 2 percent of voters say the TV address changed their mind, while 89 percent say it did not change their mind about building the Wall.”
Because you signed a legislative branch appropriations bill already.
Mitch McConnell could easily round up the support needed to reopen the government.
But doing so might cost him in 2020. So here we all sit.
A federal judge blocked the Trump administration from asking about citizenship on the 2020 census, saying Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to add the question broke the law
Burger King mocks Trump over misspelled tweet: "We're all out of hamberders"
Last night Trump claimed he bought "300 hamburgers". He then increased his claim to "1000 hamburgers"
Today he claims "*over* 1000 hamburgers"
Last time Bill Barr was AG he used to power to try to fast-track a bogus scandal about Bill Clinton to save then-President Bush. This is pretty relevant. talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/can-we-…
Ex-acting U.S. solicitor general Neal Katyal: "This nominee [Barr] is better than Matt Whitaker, but so is this coffee cup." msnbc.com/msnbc/watch/ka…
An exchange to watch. Cory Booker confronts William Barr's record on the criminal justice.
"Sir, I was a young black guy in 1990s. I was a 20-something-year-old. And I experienced a dramatically different justice system." Via CSPAN
Harris: Are you aware most of the drugs coming into the U.S., particularly through Mexico, are entering through ports of entry?
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has agreed to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday, February 8th (the day after the Cohen hearing).
The hearing is the first announced oversight hearing with an official from the Trump admin in the 116th Congress.
New Gallup poll on how Americans view Trump's performance as president: 37% approve, 59% disapprove
Ret. Adm. James Stavridis said an American withdrawal from NATO by Trump would be "a geopolitical mistake of epic proportion."
"Even discussing the idea of leaving NATO — let alone actually doing so — would be the gift of the century for Putin." nytimes.com/2019/01/14/us/…
“According to Christie, Kushner thought firing Flynn would end talk of links between the Trump campaign and Russia – it did not – and that firing Comey would not provoke ‘an enormous shit-storm’ in Washington. It did.” theguardian.com/us-news/2019/j…
David Laufman, ex-chief of the DOJ's counterintel and export control section: "It's a painful, anguishing thing to acknowledge, that [Trump] is a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States." on.msnbc.com/2FyLGLl
Mark Warner tells @allinwithchris that he "would love to hear" from Rex Tillerson about the Trump-Putin bilateral meeting in Hamburg, in light of reports that Trump confiscated the notes of the interpreter in that meeting.
Rebuking the Trump administration, the Senate has voted 57-42 (including 11 Republicans) to advance a measure that would stop the Treasury Department from relaxing sanctions on three Russian companies with ties to oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
UK Parliament rejects Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal with the European Union by 432 votes to 202. apne.ws/OFw76rI
Report: Indonesian regency receives overdue $495,000 from Trump Org for building permit.
Trump org. owed an Indonesian county govt $495K, and wanted to pay in installments. Indonesian county said no. bit.ly/2SWWjvk
Three sources tell CNN that Trump is considering recognizing Venezuela's opposition leader as legitimate President.
Dozens of other countries have called Maduro's presidency illegitimate, notably Brazil.
South Dakota (R) Sens. Rounds and Thune hit Trump for his remarks attacking Warren.
Rounds: "The Wounded Knee Massacre was one of the darkest moments in our history. It should never be used as a punchline."
Thune: "I wish he'd stay away from it." thehill.com/homenews/senat…
Kirsten Gillibrand to Stephen Colbert: "I'm filing an exploratory committee for President of the United States. Tonight!" Via CBS
In case you missed yesterday's thread:
Karen Pence has taken a job at a school that bans gay employees & requires employees to affirm that “marriage unites one man and one woman” and that “a wife is commanded to submit to her husband. huffingtonpost.com/entry/karen-pe…