-Day 27 of the #TrumpShutdown
-Blocks Pelosi Trip 2 Visit the Troops
-Lies, Hypocrisy & Pettiness in Letter
-Melania Flies 2 Mar-a-Lago 4 Wkend
-Directed Cohen 2 Pay 4 Poll Rigging
-Opposes $600M in PR Hurricane Aid
-1,000's of Migrant Kids Uncounted
Day 683 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 numbers* as of January 17th:
•636 gun deaths
•1,123 gun injuries
•25 children shot
•90 teenagers shot
•66 incidents of defensive gun use
•85 home invasions
•73 unintentional shootings
•10 mass shootings
* Approximately 1,000 suicides
At least 115 kids under 18 have been shot in the U.S. since the new year began 17 days ago.
There have been 10 mass shootings: @gundeaths
Krissy Lynn Orbon, 32, and her 8-year-old son, Damian Michael Wilkins were shot and killed by a man with whom Krissy had a previous relationship.
Women in the U.S. are 16 times more likely to be killed by gun violence than women in peer nations.
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"
HHS Inspector General Report: "The total number of children separated from a parent or guardian by immigration authorities is unknown."
*This* is a humanitarian crisis!
Mike Pence told American ambassadors that North Korea has failed to take any substantive steps to give up its nuclear weapons
Military analysts are increasingly concerned about North Korea's "advanced, underestimated and highly lethal" bioweapons program
Trump calls for enhanced missile defenses, stressing evolving threats from China, Russia, North Korea and Iran
"Space Force" could be a convenient way to steal hundreds of billions from taxpayers. Stay tuned.
Michael Cohen, a Walmart bag containing $12,000 to $13,000 cash, and Trump-rigged Drudge polls — a remarkable piece of reporting by WSJ wsj.com/articles/poll-…
Cohen collected $50,000 from Trump’s company to pay for “tech services” — including trying to rig online polls in Trump’s favor during the 2016 campaign. The contractor says he got less than he was owed and Cohen paid him in cash (stuffed in a bag) wsj.com/articles/poll-…
According to WSJ, the man Michael Cohen paid with Trump money to rig polls and depict him as a sex symbol, with money stuffed in a WalMart bag mind you, is "chief information officer at Liberty University in Virginia"
There's just not enough popcorn in the world for Cohen's upcoming public hearing
Lawrence Noble, ex-FEC general counsel, says Cohen's poll payment may have violated campaign finance laws.
“If Trump paid (or Cohen paid with Trump's approval)...for the purpose of influencing his run for election, it was a campaign expenditure."
Ex-Cohen lawyer accuses Trump of trying to intimidate Cohen before congressional testimony: "There is genuine fear" hill.cm/9HwMcz7
Horrible new alleged details of the Saudi government assassination of Jamal Khashoggi: nytimes.com/2019/01/17/wor…
Day 27 since Congress & Trump have not agreed on a spending bill.
Government agencies are now shut down.
More than 800,000 government workers to work without pay because of the #TrumpShutdown
As we wind down day 27 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."
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's first House floor speech: "The truth of this shutdown is that it's actually not about a wall ... This shutdown is about the erosion of American democracy and the subversion of our most basic governmental norms."
Pelosi when asked if she's simply trying to deny Trump a platform: "I'm not denying him a platform at all...Let's pay the employees. Maybe he thinks it's OK not to pay people who do work. I don't, and my caucus doesn't either."
Trump completely blindsided by the 'emasculation' of Pelosi's 'hardball' tactics: Washington Post
“We are getting crushed!” Mr. Trump told his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, after watching some recent coverage of the shutdown, according to 1 person familiar with the conversation. “Why can’t we get a deal?”
Always plays the victim card.nytimes.com/2019/01/16/us/…
House now out of session til Tuesday, virtually guaranteeing the #TrumpShutdown will last at least 32 days
White House responds to Pelosi by postponing her trip to visit the troops in Afghanistan #PettyTrump
Pelosi aide @Drew_Hammill says lawmakers were traveling to Afghanistan to thank servicemembers & “intelligence briefings from those on the front lines.”
And to meet w/NATO commanders in Brussels during a required pilot resting stop.
No Egypt leg as Trump said in letter.
Pelosi’s official travel - along w/ Reps. Engel, Schiff, Lynch, Takano, Davis & Luria - was scheduled to last five days, not seven as Trump said. Also they weren’t scheduled to go to Egypt, as Trump said, per Pelosi spox. And Brussels trip was intended to meet NATO leaders
Schiff said of Trump revealing Pelosi heading to Afghanistan: “[Trump's] decision to disclose a trip the Speaker is making to a war zone was completely and utterly irresponsible in every way.”
Graham hits Trump over "inappropriate" move to cancel Pelosi’s international travel
House Majority Leader Hoyer says Trump's decision to postpone Speaker Pelosi's foreign trip via military aircraft is “petty and ridiculous."
Reminder: Trump secretly flew to Iraq to visit troops while the government was shutdown #hypocrisy
The White House, asked whether it had exposed Pelosi to a security threat by announcing she was headed to Afghanistan, referred the question to Defense Department.
The Pentagon has referred questions to the White House. wsj.com/articles/house…
Meanwhile, as Trump postpones government travel from DC during the shutdown, Melania secretly flew out of DC headed to Mar-a-Lago...on a government plane #hypocrisy
Just in: Melania Trump has arrived in West Palm Beach for the weekend.
At the cost to American taxpayers.
Rudy Giuliani says Trump didn't collude with Russia, but can't say if campaign aides did
Rudy Giuliani's new goalpost shifting on Team Trump and collusion is at least the 10th time the denials have been watered down, according to WaPo.
This is a great timeline of the changes and rollbacks.
It'd be embarrassing for the President at this point if Trump *isn't* a Russian agent. wired.com/story/presiden…
Ex-Republican Sen. David Vitter is lobbying on behalf of companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, aligning himself with Trump admin efforts to ease sanctions on his clients, according to documents filed with DOJ.
The model who claimed knowledge related to Deripaska and Russian interference in the 2016 election won't be telling her story any time soon.
Freed from a Thai jail, she was arrested by the Russians immediately on landing in Moscow today.
Skadden Arps LLP, caught up in Mueller's probe, has agreed to turn over $4.6M that it made from work it did for Ukraine in 2012 with Paul Manafort.
Skadden also agreed to register as lobbyists for a foreign government in connection with that work.
Important article on the loss of cybersecurity during the shutdown.
Cybersecurity under Trump was already terrible. Anyone serious about national security would focus on cybersecurity and not an inane wall.
He Was Born In Grand Rapids And Fought In Afghanistan, But The Local Sheriff’s Office Still Turned Him Over To ICE bzfd.it/2HjY4kP
Steny Hoyer said Republican Rep. Jason Smith shouted "go back to Puerto Rico!" today during Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas's speech on the shutdown.
For the record, Cárdenas is from Los Angeles. talkingpointsmemo.com/news/hoyer-sco…
Trump’s companies boosted foreign worker visas to 10-year high in 2018
So much for "Buy American and Hire American Executive Order" he signed April 18, 2017
57% of registered voters said they would definitely vote against Trump in 2020.
Only 30% of voters said they would cast their ballot to support Trump (including just 69% of Republicans). pbs.org/newshour/polit…
Five-term (R) congressman Tom Marino, who co-chaired Trump's presidential campaign in PA, a member of Trump's transition team, abruptly resigned, just days into the new term, saying his last day will be Jan 23.
Wonder what's about to leak out? 🤔politi.co/2FK4wzn
Andrew Wheeler: Trump's EPA pick says climate change 'not the greatest crisis'
No. Trump is.
In case you missed yesterday's thread:
North Korea's lead negotiator in nuclear talks with the US arrives in Washington
Trump admin officials weighed speeding up the deportation of migrant children by denying their legal right to asylum hearings after separating them from their parents, according to comments on a 2017 draft of what became family separation policy.