Day 702 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 31 mass shootings in 16 different states (and Washington, D.C.) in the first 35 completed days of 2019.
The U.S. has witnessed 148 unintentional shootings so far in the first five weeks of the new year — an approximate average of 4.2 per day.
HEARTBREAKING: Rev. Demetrius Stewart, 45, was leaving a bowling alley after a date night with his wife when a fight broke out in parking lot. A man pulled a gun and shot twice through the the couple's car window, killing Rev. Stewart.
This is the state of America's gun violence crisis:
Since Trump took office, over 75,000 people in America have been killed with a gun. There have been nearly 700 mass shootings. At least 3,300 children shot and killed. Over 1,000 women shot by intimate partners. #SOTU
A bill to crack down on unregulated firearms sales will be considered tomorrow by the House Judiciary Committee.
The bill would require background checks on nearly all private sales. nbcnews.com/politics/congr…
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.
The Trump administration has lost THOUSAND OF CHILDREN it separated from their parents and now it refuses TO EVEN TRY TO FIND THEM popular.info/p/the-lost-chi…
The Trump admin has conceded these separations were ILLEGAL. It made an effort to identify and reunite separated children who were in HHS custody as of June 26, 2018.
But there were thousands more who, before that date, were placed with "sponsors" popular.info/p/the-lost-chi…
The Trump admin now says that it hasn't been keeping track of the kids placed w/sponsors before last June and trying to find them would TAKE TOO MUCH TIME.
It makes that argument based on the premise it would prove NO NEW RESOURCES for the effort
North Korea working to protect nuclear missiles ahead of second US summit, UN monitors say
Federal prosecutors in New York have requested interviews in recent weeks with executives at the Trump Org., signaling a growing potential threat to Trump and those in his orbit from criminal investigations by the Manhattan US Attorney's office. cnn.it/2t7gbAL
In the final weeks leading up to the inauguration, the inaugural committee's deputy chairman, Rick Gates, asked several vendors if they'd be willing to accept payment directly from donors, or through channels outside the inaugural committee. wsj.com/articles/lawye…
Lots of subpoenas yesterday--Maryland prosecutors also subpoenaed financial documents from Trump's golf courses in Scotland, per the Times of London, as part of their investigation into whether Trump has violated the Emoluments Clause. thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotla…
Saudi Arabia refuses to cooperate with Turkey over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Top Democrat on Senate Foreign Relations Committee seeks new penalties against Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's killing
11 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.
Hours ahead of a speech his aides say will be about bipartisanship, national unity and comity, Trump goes after Democratic Senate leader
In 2017, Trump called for "healing."
We got: Muslim ban and "many sides."
In 2018, Trump called for "common ground."
We got: Child separations, "shithole countries" and nonstop border hate.
The president says the state of the union is (by year):
- Strong (2018)
- Strong (2016)
- Strong (2015)
- Strong (2014)
- Stronger (2013)
- Getting stronger (2012)
- Strong (2011)
- Strong (2010)
- Will remain strong (2008)
- Strong (2007)
Rep. Ayanna Pressley: "Tonight, we expect the occupant of the White House to utter the customary phrase, 'The state of our union is strong.' If that is true, it has nothing to do with the Trump administration."
The “power to persuade” has been famously described as the most important presidential attribute. But Trump has shown almost no ability to move those who disagree w/him. Instead he’s focused on “the power to incite” those who already support him. cnn.it/2Gmdeny
Trump is so fixated on building his wall that he told a group of political allies that he wants to paint a section of current border fencing where it meets the ocean in San Diego.
Trump complained a general told him that would harm the environment.
Trump has been grousing about the draft of his State of the Union speech, complaining that it is too gentle on Democrats and seeking to sharpen lines in it. Aides have urged him to congratulate Pelosi on becoming speaker but are unsure if he will. nytimes.com/2019/02/05/us/…
Trump told supporters 40-50% of speech will be about foreign policy. When asked if the deficit will be mentioned in #SOTU speech, chief of staff Mulvaney said “nobody cares,” per attendee
Just four of Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago — the four he took in February/March 2017 — cost $13.6 million, the US Government Accountability Office says.
So, he can pay for his wall by giving up his golf budget. Problem solved.
Federal gov"t costs included $60,000 paid directly to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, the GAO says in its report, which examined Trump’s visits over four weeks in early 2017.
The GAO didn’t include salaries or benefits of Secret Service and Defense Dept personnel, per @jeneps
Nineteen trips at $3.4 million a trip? Trump's Mar-a-Lago jaunts almost certainly cost more than twice the entire Mueller probe.
“European officials say Trump has badly weakened the foundation of the transatlantic relationship American presidents have nurtured for seven decades. As a former German foreign minister, put it: “He has done damage the Soviets would have dreamt of” washingtonpost.com/politics/europ…
Secret Files Show How Trump Moscow Talks Unfolded While Trump Heaped Praise On Putin - a side by side timeline with documentation links of Trump Tower Moscow deal discussions and Trump praising Putin during the campaign
Adam Schiff is vowing to do everything possible to make sure Mueller's final report is made public, and called Trump a "deeply unethical president" in the process.
Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners have transferred American-made weapons to al Qaeda-linked fighters, hardline Salafi militias, and other factions waging war in Yemen, in violation of their agreements with the U.S. cnn.com/interactive/20…
U.S. Central Command Commander General Joseph Votel says that he was not consulted or aware of Trump's Syria withdrawal decision before Trump made the announcement.
Trump mispronounced Nepal and Bhutan as “Nipple” and Button” in a White House meeting with intelligence officials — and noted incorrectly that they’re both part of India, according to TIME's national security correspondent John Walcott.
Trump's pick for Brett Kavanaugh's old seat on the DC Circuit, Neomi Rao, is getting her confirmation.
Reminder: Rao wrote articles blaming women for date rape and said women must "accept the consequences of their sexuality."
At a private lunch for TV anchors today, Trump dismissed Joe Biden as "dumb," called Chuck Schumer a "nasty son of a bitch" and mocked Ralph Northam for "choking like a dog" at this weekend's news conference, multiple people in the room tell NYT. nytimes.com/2019/02/05/us/…
House Democratic women dressed in white for the #SOTU walk up the spiral staircase in the HVC —>
A hole opens up under Antarctic Thwaites glacier—6 miles long, 1000 ft deep, big enough to fit 2/3 of Manhattan - Scientists say a collapse could trigger a catastrophic rise in global sea levels, flooding coastal cities around the world.
Every president since Nixon has voluntarily given their tax returns. Trump hasn’t.
There’s a reason for that, he has a lot to hide.
In case you missed yesterday's thread:
This, our designated survivor, is somehow Trump's most serious, least corrupt cabinet member.
Nancy catching up on paperwork like a boss.
Echoes of Nixon saying one year of Watergate is enough, as Trump says: "If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation."
Trump said in SOTU, "We must reject the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution."
Trump also proudly seeks revenge and retribution on his political foes daily.
Trump says he wants immigrants “to come into our country in the largest numbers ever” if they do it legally
This is false. he has proposed cutting legal immigration
Trump bragged about the tariffs dollars he's collecting.
But more than 100 percent of what is collected goes to pay off farmers who have lost out because of the tariffs. It's a net loser. cfr.org/blog/115-perce…
Senator Kamala Harris' reaction to Trump tonight was priceless!