Day 694 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
Four weeks into 2019: There have been 25 mass shootings in 15 different states in the month of January — resulting in 42 deaths and 76 injuries.
Incident list: gunviolencearchive.org/reports/mass-s…
Real-time American gun violence data for the first 4 weeks of the new year:
•1,074 gun deaths
•1,874 gun injuries
•41 children shot
•170 teenagers shot
•142 armed home invasions
•103 defensive gun use incidents
•123 unintentional shootings
•25 mass shootings
Five Houston police officers have been shot in a mass shooting in Houston, TX — Two suspects confirmed dead, police looking for third one.
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.
Private, for-profit companies get rich by keeping immigrant kids behind bars. They lobby the Trump administration ➡️ Trump implements anti-immigrant policies ➡️ corporate CEOs get rich while children suffer.
Vladimir Putin joins Donald Trump in inviting North Korea's Kim Jong Un to high-level meeting
Adam Schiff says that Michael Cohen has agreed to appear voluntarily before the House Intelligence Committee "for closed testimony on February 8, 2019."
"We will continue to work with Mr. Cohen and law enforcement in order to protect Mr. Cohen and his family."
Schiff: "Efforts to intimidate witnesses, scare their family members, or prevent them from testifying before Congress are tactics we expect from organized crime, not the W.H. Attacks on Mr. Cohen’s family must stop. Federal law prohibits efforts to...pressure a witness."
House Intel's Mike Quigley: Cohen will be back before Congress many times. The fact is, under the concerns he has he's going to begin in closed testimony. Remember, much of what he can share is classified information that he couldn’t talk about at a public hearing. @MSNBC
"Having been excused by Trump for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Mohammed bin Salman understands that this US administration will not hold him accountable for even egregious abuses of human rights" such as detaining and torturing women activists. trib.al/z9SWnhQ
The Saudi government has received and is reviewing Ms. Callamard’s requests to examine consulate, but is unlikely to open doors of its Istanbul consulate or let her meet with senior Saudi officials in Riyadh
19 Days remain until the temporary bill providing fiscal appropriations through February 15, 2019 expires.
If Congress & Trump do not agree on a fiscal year spending bill, government agencies will again be shut down.
Oh, the irony.
Mexico posted its highest trade surplus on record in December despite efforts by Trump to close that gap by redoing NAFTA
The Trump administration's $1.5 trillion cut tax package appeared to have no major impact on businesses' capital investment or hiring plans, according to a new survey.
Who didn't see this coming?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional report predicts budget deficit to spike to $897 billion this year, economic growth to slow to 2.3 percent.
The Treasury Department will have to borrow $1 trillion to pay for the government's growing budget deficit, a consequence of juiced government spending and smaller revenues as a result of the late 2017 tax cuts, Bloomberg reports.
Asked if he'd raise taxes on corporations as president, Howard Schultz says: "I don't want to talk in the hypothetical about what I would do if I was president."
Trump dares Schultz to run.
Knowing it'll help him stay in office.
Mike Bloomberg on SCHULTZMANIA: "In 2020, the great likelihood is that an independent would just split the anti-Trump vote and end up re-electing the President.
That's a risk I refused to run in 2016 and we can't afford to run it now." mikebloomberg.com/news/mike-bloo…
Here's video of a heckler shouting at Howard Schultz during an event in New York: "Don't help elect Trump, you egotistical, billionaire asshole." Via CNN
Trump is “very pissed off” and “really hopping mad” at former aide Cliff Sims’ new book that reveals firsthand the chaos and infighting that is ever present in his White House, according to current and former WH officials: politi.co/2CPfPmA
Another case of Trump describing his own behavior (watch TV in the dining room) and trying to pin it on someone else:
Trump ordered a baffled Larry Kudlow to stop a non-existent Amazon deal during his first week on the job: Ex-WH aide rawstory.com/2019/01/trump-…
In his first two years in office, Trump has largely underperformed the even-modest expectations Americans had in Jan. 2017.
Trump's job approval is at 37%, one above his record low. Nearly 6 in 10 say they have an unfavorable view of Trump. washingtonpost.com/politics/midwa…
Trump cheered on the controversial push to introduce Bible literacy classes to public schools
Roger Stone claims he's been treated worse than Osama bin Laden
I must've missed the part where Stone was shot in the face and tossed into the sea.
Sens. Blumenthal and Grassley have introduced the Special Counsel Transparency Act, which requires a Special Counsel to submit a report directly to Congress and the public at the conclusion of an investigation, if the Special Counsel is fired, or if s/he resigns.
Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker says Mueller investigation "is, I think, close to being completed, and I hope that we can get the report from Director Mueller as soon as possible."
Sen. Coons says it’s “chilling” to hear Whitaker say there would be a review of Mueller report.
“I don’t have full confidence that the acting AG Whitaker intends to respect the independence of the special counsel and simply support and sustain“ Mueller report.
Rep. Lloyd Doggett, a leading critic of lifting sanctions on Deripaska's companies, called it "just one more step in undermining the sanctions law, which Trump has obstructed at every opportunity, while Russian aggression remains unabated."
After the Treasury Department lifted sanctions on Oleg Deripaska's companies, one of them — EN+ — announced 7 new directors, including Chris Burnham, who worked on Trump's transition team and John Bolton at the United Nations, NYT reports. nytimes.com/2019/01/27/us/…
The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on Venezuela's state-owned oil company, aiming to increase pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to step down.
Asked if there were any circumstances under which U.S. forces would become involved in Venezuela, NSA John Bolton says "[Trump] has made it very clear...that all options are on the table."
The White House's explanation for why the national security adviser had "5,000 troops to Colombia” written on his legal pad today is attributed to an anonymous spokesman. "As [Trump] has said, all options are on the table." Per @Kevinliptakcnn
US justice department charges Chinese tech firm Huawei with multiple counts of fraud, raising US-China tensions
A majority of Americans disapprove of the way Trump is handling U.S. foreign policy and about half think the country's global standing will deteriorate during the next year. apne.ws/7FeuUGU
Germany plans to shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over a 19-year span in an effort to combat climate change.
The announcement is especially significant considering coal plants currently account for 40% of Germany's electricity.
The Trump admin will not set a drinking water limit for two toxic chemicals that are contaminating millions of Americans' tap water, two sources familiar with the forthcoming decision told POLITICO.
White House: “[Trump] is attending the 2019 MAGA Leadership Summit, hosted by the Great America Committee. The Great America Committee's Honorary Chairman is Vice President Mike Pence."
Anything to help funnel money into a Trump property.
In case you missed yesterday's thread:
Trump's pick for attorney general says he has discussed the Mueller probe with Mike Pence apne.ws/LD12zXB