-Day 34 of the #TrumpShutdown
-Wilbur Ross Dismisses Fed Workers
-W.H. Backed Bill Blocked in Senate
-Preparing 2 Draft Nat'l Emergency
-Cohen Subpoenaed to Testify in Feb
-Hasn't Imposed New RU Sanctions
-Kushner Security Status Questioned
Day 690 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 24th:
•912 gun deaths
•1,598 gun injuries
•33 kids shot
•143 teens shot
•117 armed home invasions
•89 incidents of defensive gun use
•110 unintentional shootings
•19 mass shootings
•1,425 suicides (estimate)
Update: The 21-year-old gunman who took over a SunTrust Bank in FL made five women lie down on the floor before shooting them in the head.
Police said there's no indication the gunman intended to rob the bank, nor is he connected to the victims. 1010wins.radio.com/articles/ap-ne…
"Bobby Perkins Jr. would drive from Virginia to a DC parking lot with a car full of guns, unloading them from the trunk to whomever would buy. His customers included rivals in a feud between crews in the neighborhoods where he had grown up."
A child under the age of 4 found an unsecured, loaded shotgun in the backseat and unintentionally shot his mother, who was driving.
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"
Thousands more kids may have been separated from their parents at the border under the Trump administration than was previously thought, according to an internal government report.
It is US intelligence which has assessed that North Korea has taken no steps to roll back its missile and nuclear programs.
Lanny Davis, Michael Cohen's lawyer, accuses Rudy Giuliani of "witness tampering."
Davis wants a resolution of censure by the House against Trump for obstruction of justice, calls for a criminal investigation of Rudy Giuliani. Via ABC
Richard Blumenthal says Trump is "clearly" violating the law against intimidating witnesses with his comments about Michael Cohen.
“There's a violation here of Title 18 U.S. Code 1512, which stops and protects against intimidation of witnesses."
Michael Cohen has reportedly been subpoenaed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in mid-February. cnn.com/2019/01/24/pol…
Lanny Davis confirms to @washingtonpost that Cohen has been issued a subpoena by the Senate intelligence committee
Deutsche Bank has received an inquiry from the House Financial Services and Intelligence Committees on the lender's ties to Trump.
Agnes Callamard, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said on Thursday she will travel to Turkey next week to head an "independent international inquiry" into the murder of Saudi journalist Khashoggi.
Saudis delegation show up in Davos with an important message: “move on from Khashoggi, let's do business” iol.co.za/business-repor…
Day 34 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 34 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."
Air traffic controllers "are making mistakes that they hadn’t made in the 10, 15, 20 years .... They’re making them because they’re stressed out, because they don’t know when this [#TrumpShutdown] is going to end."
54% of people say they could only miss 2 paychecks before they wouldn't be able to pay their bills, per a Fox News poll.
Federal workers are about to miss their 2nd paycheck because of the #TrumpShutdown
Trump's Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says this about fed workers going to homeless shelters to get food: "I don't quite understand why." Says they should just go take out loans.
Wilbur Ross downplays 800k workers missing checks as "a third of a percent on our GDP. So, it's just like it's a gigantic number."
Wilbur Ross says furloughed workers should take out a loan. His agency’s own credit union is charging nearly 9 percent wapo.st/2FYh3iv?tid=ss…
Reminder: Wilbur Ross is worth $2.9 billon and has an art collection worth $250 million. He wears a custom Van Cleef and Arpels timepiece decorated with apples inspired by one of his Magrittes paintings.
Nancy Pelosi responds to Wilbur Ross: "Is this the 'let them eat cake' kind of attitude, or 'call your father for money?'" Via ABC
Trump thinks lenders are letting people skip mortgage payments and grocery stores will float you the food on credit until the shutdown is over
Trump occasionally has called the shutdown a “strike” in private conversations, which would mean workers were voluntarily not coming to work washingtonpost.com/politics/am-i-…
After telling the press that federal workers are "volunteering" by continuing to come to work without pay, a reporter calls out Larry Kudlow's incorrect assessment and he fumbles further, saying they are working without pay out of respect for Trump.
To recap, Trump/admin said:
1. Furloughed workers should just take out loans to buy food
2. 800K people w/o paychecks is not "a gigantic number"
3. Grocery stores will "work" with people who can't afford food
4. People forced to work w/o pay are "volunteering"
Losing the battle AND the war. Fox News poll finds Trump at -10 on the issue of 'border security.' This follows Quinnipiac poll than showed Ds ahead of Trump on border security by 7 pts. foxnews.com/politics/fox-n…
VIDEO: House Democrats march over to Senate to urge clean vote to reopen government
Dem plan (the exact same thing the REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED SENATE passed in December) to reopen government gets more votes than Trump plan in GOP-controlled Senate - but both failed. Dem plan failed 52-44. Trump plan failed 50-47. Sixty votes needed to advance.
Trump claims victory in Senate vote on GOP shutdown proposal, saying “we won 50-47.”
Then he notes: but 60 votes needed.
“If they come to a reasonable agreement, I would support it, yes,” says Trump of latest proposal for a 3-week funding bill to end the #TrumpShutdown.
But he says he wants "a pro-rated down payment" on a border wall.
New from a Schumer Spox: “Sen. Schumer and senate democrats have made clear to Leader McConnell and republicans that they will not support funding for the wall, prorated or otherwise.”
"Trump supporters recognized a long time ago that chanting 'Trump!' at immigrants and minorities is an effective way of letting them know they are not welcome. 'Build the wall' chants serve a similar purpose, as do MAGA hats."
Jared Kushner's application for a top secret clearance was rejected by two career W.H. security specialists after an FBI background check raised concerns about potential foreign influence on him —but their supervisor overruled the recommendation. nbcnews.com/politics/donal…
Kushner's security clearance application was one of at least 30 cases in which WH official Carl Kline overruled career experts.
The # of rejections that were overruled was unprecedented —it had happened only once in the 3 years preceding Kline.
After reviewing Kushner's file, CIA officers who make clearance decisions balked. One called over to the WH, wondering how Kushner got even a top secret clearance.
Sources tell NBC the CIA has *not* granted Kushner clearance to review SCI material. nbcnews.com/politics/donal…
Nearly three months after deeming Russia in violation of a chemical weapons law, the Trump admin has yet to impose tough new sanctions on Moscow required by the law and triggered by the poisoning last year of Sergei Skripal.
Republican Sen. Mike Rounds says that the Senate is "going to take another look" at lifting sanctions on Russian oligarch and Kremlin ally Oleg Deripaska. Via CNN
"Doomsday clock" setting remains closest to global annihilation since Cold War hill.cm/SBT2uMB
The US is now ordering all but essential staff at the embassy in Venezuela to leave. And telling ALL US citizens there to strongly consider leaving the country.
Asked if she knew what was Trump referring to by "large down payment" on wall as part of short-term compromise to end shutdown, Speaker Pelosi replies, "I don't know if he knows what he's talking about, do you?"
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