Wynn Resorts execs turned a blind eye as ex-RNC finance chair Steve Wynn for more than a decade was accused of sexually assaulting or harassing cocktail servers, salon workers & flight attendants employed by his casinos, a regulator's report alleges.wsj.com/articles/wynn-…
Day 695 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
Update: After a lengthy investigation, a team of investigators and behavioral analysts could not determine a “single or clear motivating factor” in the 2017 mass shooting attack in Las Vegas nyti.ms/2G5TOmV
There have been 27 mass shootings in 15 different U.S. states in the first 28 completed days of 2019.
Update: Louisiana sheriff says the 21-year-old man accused of killing five people including his parents over the weekend has confessed.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo slams U.S. lawmakers for not doing more to stop gun violence: "We didn't elect people to pray for us."
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.
DNI Dan Coats told Congress this morning that North Korea is “unlikely” to give up WMD and won’t completely denuclearize - contradicting Trump’s rosy outlook
Gina Haspel says North Korea is working to develop a “long-range nuclear missile.”
She added: “I don’t think I can point to any changes in their behavior” with regards to human rights over the last couple years.
US intelligence concludes that North Korea is “unlikely to give up” all of its nuclear arms and Iran isn't “currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activity," contradicting tenets of Trump policy.
Russia has made a secret offer to North Korea for a nuclear power plant, inserting itself into the high-states nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang.
This is worthy of sanctions, alone!
CIA Director Haspel on Jamal Khashoggi: "It was a premeditated murder."
Haspel refused to tell @RonWyden if the CIA believes MBS is responsible
U.N. investigator awaiting permission to enter Saudi Consulate in probe of Khashoggi killing wapo.st/2DGpi1k
Activists are calling on Mariah Carey to cancel her concert in Saudi Arabia bit.ly/2S6nIOj?utm_so…
18 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.
Lindsey Graham is urging Trump to raise the DEBT LIMIT along with a deal to keep the government open by the Feb. 15 deadline.
Asked if Trump would move off the $5.7B for the wall, he said there’s no reason to if he agrees to raise the debt ceiling.cnn.it/2G7AntP
"The Pentagon is poised to send at least 2,000 more active-duty troops to the southwestern border, Defense Department officials said Tuesday, deployments that have already cost the military hundreds of millions of dollars"
What a waste of money!
Perhaps most strikingly, in hours of discussion of security threats, the intelligence chiefs did not once mention the need for a wall along the southern border, which Trump has portrayed as the single most pressing need facing the country.
Trump Winery is once again seeking permission to hire foreign guest workers — this time, 23 of them — according to a petition posted by the Department of Labor.
Trump's hypocrisy knows no boundaries.
New Quinnipiac poll:
Voters trust Pelosi over Trump on important issues by 49-42
Trump's approval slides to 38-57
By 61-33, voters support funding border security with no wall (the Dem position) poll.qu.edu/national/relea…
Pelosi on Trump labeling her plans to examine conditions in wartime Afghanistan a “public relations event”: “he figures that’s what everybody does, because he did. whenever he makes an accusation, you know he’s *projecting his own weakness*”
If a tell-all is all lies and fiction, then how can it violate a non-disclosure agreement?
Further confirmation that WH staff--public employees--were made to sign NDAs by Trump.
Ex-staffer who wrote tell-all book shares Oval Office photos with Trump after being called "nothing more than a gofer" hill.cm/VzLSZYn
Chris Christie: There Is No One With More Influence Over Trump Than Jared Kushner : NPR
On Trump's global warming tweet: "Just because some are suffering through a particularly cold and snowy winter doesn't refute the fact that the globe is warming as we continue to pump carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere." scientificamerican.com/article/eartht…
“More U.S. coal-fired power plants were shut in Trump's first two years than were retired in the whole of Barack Obama's first term.”
"Trump Digs Coal" minors graves.
Trump has claimed to guests, without evidence, that his private dining room had a hole in the wall from Obama and that Obama "just sat in here and watched basketball all day."
An Obama official said there was no hole and Obama rarely worked there.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump confidant Roger Stone pleads not guilty to charges of lying to Congress, obstruction in Russia probe.
Trump sat down with Putin at G20 without US note-taker
"People familiar with the conversation said it appeared longer and more substantive than the White House has acknowledged"
"Mr Trump was accompanied by Melania Trump, his wife, but no staff, while Mr Putin was flanked by his translator. The four of them sat at a table and were among the last to leave." ft.com/content/61842e…
DNI Dan Coats: "The Kremlin is stepping up its campaign to divide western, political and security institutions ... We expect Russia will continue to wage its information war against democracies and to use social media to attempt to divide our societies."
"Russia Proposes Easing Laws On Corruption, Saying It's Unavoidable Sometimes"
This is who Trump and the GOP decided to cozy up with.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has postponed attorney general nominee William Barr's confirmation vote amid Democrats' concerns, according to WaPo. washingtonpost.com/news/politics/…
Top UN judge resigns, citing "shocking" interference from the Trump administration and Turkey
The U.S. says it has given Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó control of Venezuela's bank accounts in the U.S.
We're funding the opposition. Shouldn't these accounts be frozen, if anything?
One of the clips we'll come back to when whatever Donald Trump and John Bolton have in mind for Venezuela has gone to smash:
“Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Beaten in Homophobic Attack By MAGA Supporters tmz.com/2019/01/29/emp…
"Empire" creator Lee Daniels speaks out in a video about a brutal attack and possible hate crime against actor Jussie Smollett: "We are better than that—America is better than that. It starts at home."
New Post-ABC poll shows 56% say they would "definitely" not vote for Trump's reelection.
That's similar to recent Marist poll (57%). But what's notable is Post-ABC poll gave a middle-ground option. People didn't take it.
A third of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents oppose Trump for the party’s nomination to a second term, and 56% of all adults say they wouldn’t consider voting for him, @ABC News/WaPo poll
Elizabeth Warren responds to Howard Schultz: "We have a billionaire who says he wants to jump into the race and the first issue he's raised is 'no new taxes on billionaires'.
Let's see where that goes."
Retired GOP Sen Jeff Flake says `I will not be a candidate' for president in 2020 bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Schumer during leadership press conference says Stacey Abrams will deliver SOTU response for Democrats.
Stacey Abrams: "At a moment when our nation needs to hear from leaders who can unite...I am honored to be delivering the Dem SOTU response. I plan to deliver a vision for prosperity & equality, where everyone in our nation has a voice & each of those voices is heard."
In case you missed yesterday's thread:
Venezuela’s government struck back at self-declared interim president Juan Guaido on Tuesday, seeking a travel ban and freeze on his bank accounts that prompted a warning from Washington of “consequences” after imposing oil sanctions. reut.rs/2RpNWGS