Day 714 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
4 dead after Mississippi hostage standoff, shooting.
This marks the 40th mass shooting in the first 48 days in the new year.
Police have identified the victims whose lives were stolen during a mass shooting at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday.
As information emerges about this tragedy, remember and honor the victims, not the shooter.
The US plans to pull out of Syria.
Here’s the ragtag group of volunteers it will leave behind.
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.
Eight immigrant families have filed lawsuits against the Trump admin, each demanding $6,000,000 in damages for what they describe as the "inexplicable cruelty" and lasting trauma to their children, The Guardian reports. theguardian.com/us-news/2019/f…
“I don’t care. I believe Putin,” Pres Trump allegedly said, rejecting U.S. intelligence regarding North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile capability.
McCabe says he heard this from an FBI official who was at the meeting with Trump.
“A crime may have been committed. [Trump] may have been engaged in obstruction of justice.”
In this clip, former FBI acting director Andrew McCabe explains why he opened investigations into Trump.
During the “incredibly turbulent” time after the Comey firing, McCabe says Rosenstein brought up the possibility of removing [Trump] via the 25th Amendment. “The deputy AG was definitely very concerned about [Trump], about his capacity…”
In light of the Trump Inaugural Committee problems, Catherine Cortez Masto has introduced the Inaugural Committee Transparency Act of 2019, legislation to increase oversight and public disclosure of how presidential inaugural committees spend funds. bit.ly/2BHn1S1
Iranian FM Zarif builds his case against Trump as “the biggest source of destabilization” in the Middle East by highlighting US complicity in Saudi crimes from bombing Yemeni civilians to killing Jamal Khashoggi. #MSC2019
Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince headed to Pakistan, the start of an Asian tour during which he will seek lucrative contracts and demonstrate he still has allies five months after the Khashoggi killing u.afp.com/JUqD
Trump once called executive action on immigration dangerous, unconstitutional and impeachable cnn.it/2SJ7uMa
Flashback: November 19, 2014.
Mike Pence: "I think it would be a profound mistake for the President of the United States to overturn American immigration law with the stroke of a pen." Via CSPAN
@DanaBashCNN played a clip found from 2015 of W.H. chief of staff Mick Mulvaney calling executive action on immigration an "imperial presidency" that was "dangerous for everyone."
Mulvaney was a congressman at the time and attempting to defund it.
Chris Wallace asks Stephen Miller if Trump's order violates the U.S. Constitution
When asked about military construction projects that could be cut, including a middle school, Graham says, “I would say it's better for the middle school kids in KY to have a secure border...right now we've got a national emergency on our hands.”
Jim Jordan: Trump declared the border emergency "to fulfill the campaign promise"
Wasn't the campaign promise that Mexico was going to pay?
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says the state will file a lawsuit "definitely and imminently" against the Trump admin over the emergency declaration. Via ABC
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra: "It's become clear that this is not an emergency, not only because no one believes it is, but because Donald Trump himself has said it's not." Via ABC
Adam Schiff on why he said Trump's national emergency is "unconstitutional": "if we surrender the power of the purse … there will be little check and no balance left. It'll not be a separation of powers anymore, just a separation of parties."
Sherrod Brown on Trump's emergency declaration: "He couldn't get the Mexicans to build the wall, he couldn't get Congress to vote the money in … He got turned down by Congress and then went ahead and did it." Via CNN
“faced with the fact that he has yet to build an inch of the concrete or steel wall he promised, Trump and his campaign have started relying on a rhetorical sleight of hand: speaking the wall into existence.”
Trump playing "make believe"
Trump asks how do television networks get away with criticizing the president without “retribution”?
The answer is the 1st Amendment.
It’s part of the Constitution.
Trump slammed @nbcsnl as "unfair" after Alec Baldwin reprised his POTUS impersonation on the latest episode.
The Senate recessed last Thursday and members went home for 10 days.
Meanwhile, Trump is at his Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach, Florida.
Having been repeatedly warned that this invocation endangers reporters — and is manifestly untrue — Trump just keeps saying it anyway.
Reminder: Trump said if elected, he would never see his golf courses ... would be working all the time #TrumpLies
Former Maine Gov. LePage spent up to $1,100 per NIGHT in state money on stays at Trump’s hotel.
Emolument. Clause. Violation.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize last year — after receiving a request from the U.S. government to do so, the Asahi newspaper reports.
Trump foreign policy under attack from all sides at European security conference washingtonpost.com/world/europe/t…
Pompeo does not want another UN ambassador in the mold of Haley, who will carve out their own path.
A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill that would impose stiff new sanctions on Russia over its meddling in US elections & aggression against Ukraine, the latest congressional effort to push Trump to ratchet up DC's response to Moscow. bit.ly/2SS6kgv
Adam Schiff and Eliot Engel tell Politico they're actively consulting with the House General Counsel about the best way to legally compel the Trump admin to turn over docs and other info related to Trump's private discussions with Vladimir Putin.
The U.S. has spent more than $1.5 billion to develop a system that would detect biological attacks.
It still doesn't work reliably, David Willman reports.
A new study found the U.S. fell from 6th in education and health care to now 27th.
When was the last time you heard Trump or Republicans mention either?
Lindsey Graham says his committee will investigate McCabe’s claim that Rosenstein raised the possibility of ousting Trump through the 25th Amendment:
Graham Vows to Investigate Whether ‘Bureaucratic Coup’ Tried to Oust Trump nytimes.com/2019/02/17/us/…
Trump tweets TODAY:
-Television networks that air jokes about Republicans should face "retribution"
-The people investigating him should be jailed
-The investigation into his campaign is "illegal" & "rigged"
-The media is "rigged," "corrupt" & the "enemy of the people"
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.
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