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Sarah Sanders alleges dem Dems for having caused this nasty dinner with #Clemson


Drumpf proudly served stacks of burgers from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King, fries, Domino’s pizza, and some salads to the national champions and their coach on Monday when they visited the White House. (The Clemson Tigers beat the Alabama Crimson Tide 44-16 last week to capture the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship.)

“Because the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security, much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed—so the president is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone’s favorite fast foods,” Sanders said in a statement, reported The New York Times. The shutdown hinges on Drumpf's demand for $5.8 billion in funding for his long-pledged U.S. Mexico border wall.

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Loose Tweets Sink Fleets


I stumbled across an old poster from WW II, and the second scheme of it kind of reminded me of The Don. Maybe it's just my disability of the English language that first let me think of twitter rather than colloquial language that called loose chatter as tweeting, but somehow, the sense of what the two posters were trying to tell the people reading it could easily be refletected to the tweeting president-elect who never recognises when it would be better for him to shut his mouth, turn off his phone and get to work at last, like what the people hoped to see sitting in the White House, handling the country's subjects; like, real statesmanship. One may dream...

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IRS planning to reopen


In a revised shutdown plan released Tuesday, the agency said it expects to have 46,052 employees, about 57 percent of its total workforce, on the job. Currently, only 12.5 percent are working.

It will not be conducting audits, and collection activities will be generally limited to ones that are automated. The agency says it will have some people who can answer phone calls with questions, though the public should be prepared for longer wait times.

So, people will be taxed as usual, but other governmental branches are still not going to be opened due to a current stalemate between the Democrats and the Republicans, namely Donnie and Chuck and Nancy? Oh, very great, you surely make yourself a lot of friends.

“They’ve already missed a paycheck and soon they’ll be asked to work for free for as long as the shutdown lasts,” said Tony Reardon, head of the National Treasury Employees Union. “I’m worried that highly trained IRS employees will consider quitting so they can get a job... show more
 

On the government shutdown, what else?


_The Washington Post and ABC News found that 53 percent of respondents blamed Drumpf and Republicans in Congress for the shutdown, 29 percent blamed Democrats, and 13 percent blamed both sides.__

Drumpf promised his base a wall, and the GOP is increasingly getting on board even when construction seems impossible. As the Washington Post reports, support for the wall jumped 16 percent in the last year from 71 to 87 percent.

So, as we can tell, the shutdown is really not going to end until Donnie is getting his wall, why the Atlantic wrote that the Democrats are not going to give it in because then, Donnie knew that he could get whatever he wanted if he was just pig-headed enough about it and didn't give in on his behalf, even if it meant that he had to shut down the government and let federal workers run into poverty.

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#Trump welcomes college football team with loads of fast-food


An impressive — and highly unusual for the White House — smorgasbord greeted the players in the East Room. Silver trays held stacks of wrapped burgers from Wendy's and boxed burgers from McDonald's, including Big Macs. White House paper cups bearing the presidential seal held the fries.

This is so disgusting... And I'm not even talking about all the fast-food that is clutcched on this noble table in the dining room. Just... Yikes...

Trump has routinely sparred with professional athletes during his two years in office. College football has managed to avoid such political controversies, with last year's champion Alabama also visiting the White House.

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Amid government shutdown, #Pentagon approved prolonging support mission along US-Mexican border


"In response to the December 27, 2018 request from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Acting Secretary of Defense Pat #Shanahan approved Department of Defense assistance to #DHS through Sept. 30, 2019," said a Pentagon statement issued late Monday.

At its height as many as 5,900 active duty troops were sent to the border to "harden" ports of entry by placing security barriers and concertina wire. The mission also included aviation units to transport Customs and Border Protection agents along the border and military police units to provide them protection.

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How drugs enter the #US illegally (spoiler: A wall won't stop'em)


“The majority of the illegal drugs that enter the United States through the U.S.-Mexico border cross through formal Points of Entry,” said Joel Martinez, a Mexico research associate for the Center for American Progress (ThinkProgress is an editorially independent newsroom housed within CAP). “The drugs that cross in between are very minimal and non-expensive products like marijuana. All the cocaine, fentanyl and methamphetamine — they cross through formal ports because they’re easier to hide […in] freight comp and assorted vehicles.”

Cocaine seizures on U.S. borders, for instance, regularly measure in tons, making it impractical to have individual migrants ferry it across. Instead, dealers prefer to smuggle drugs into the country via legal ports of entry, which allow them to bring in high-value substances that are more easily hidden.

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Donnie doesn't like secretaries willing to compromise in sake of government's reopening


Describing the scene, one of the sources told Axios that Mulvaney had indicated “that if Dems weren’t OK with $5.7 [billion]and the president wasn’t OK with $1.3 [the Democratic offer] ... he was trying to say we should find a middle ground.”

There's no middle ground for Donnie - it's either the 5.7 billion dollars, or further unpaid working days for federal employees. I mean, we're talking about the guy who called himself the world's best dealmaker, if not the universe's. Of course he knows that those who try to make compromises with their buyers are those who are going to lose. It's been like this for all the time, wasn't it? No? Then, I think Donnie is just a turd who is ready to condemn us all to death.

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How #Trump's stubborn consistency could affect his 2020 election outcome


Even during the 2016 Republican primaries, a majority of voters opposed deporting all undocumented immigrants in all but two of the 20 states where exit polls asked their opinion. Yet the minority of voters that supported deportation backed Drumpf in such preponderant numbers that they provided a majority of his votes in all but two of the 20 states.

The same pattern was evident in the general election. In the exit poll, just 41 percent of voters supported Drumpf’s border wall, while a solid majority of 54 percent opposed it. Yet Drumpf won a much higher share of the wall’s supporters (85 percent) than Hillary Clinton did of the wall’s opponents (76 percent). Roughly one-fourth of the wall’s opponents either voted for Drumpf (16 percent) or drifted away to a third-party candidate (8 percent).

In the exit poll, 18 percent of the college-educated whites who oppose... show more
 

I said it before, and I'll say it again: Donnie is a toddler with a temper tantrum


During Barack Obama’s administration, Republicans shut down the government demanding the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. They threatened to put the U.S. government in default on its debt in order to cut the deficit, then as soon as they regained power, they vastly expanded it by passing upper-income tax cuts. Demanding that the Democrats cough up money for a wall on the southern border or the American people get it is different only in the degree of its absurdity.

And like a child facing his first taste of discipline, he is chafing at the restrictions. But that’s what makes maintaining them so important—if Democrats allow Drumpf to use the well-being of the American people as a hostage, then he will do it again every time he is denied. As any parent knows, rewarding misbehavior only invites more of it.

Believe it or not - Trump has to be educated like a small child growing up, and Nancy functions as his mother. She has to stay relentless... show more
 

Considering #Israel as example of functioning border security


What I saw on Wednesday while traveling along the Blue Line was ... a fence. A fence studded with sensors, to be sure, but by no means an imposing one. As the accompanying photos show, here is what a long stretch of the border between two sworn enemies looks like.

What should be mentioned, though, is the usual installment of IDF soldiers to enforce the border fence. So, it's not only the sensors implemented upon the fence that make the border so safe whilst being frequented with protesters on Fridays and the people who try to surpass it sometimes. It's not as easy as it seems.

As an additional precaution, Jerusalem is spending an estimated $600 million to replace about 20 kilometers of the fence with a concrete wall, mainly to provide greater peace of mind to the 162,000 Israelis who live near the Lebanese border.

So, they are going to build at least a partial concrete wall, along the Southern p... show more
 

Federal Union workers protest Trump upon arrival in McAllen, #Texas


Between 30 and 45 members of federal unions were present at a demonstration, David Rodriguez, chief steward for the American Federation of Government Employees chapter based in Mercedes, Texas, told Newsweek. Montserrat Garibay, Secretary-Treasurer of the Texas AFL-CIO offered a lower estimate of about 25 to 30 federal workers.

Opponents of the president said Drumpf was lying about the crime and danger of migrants. "He makes it seem like all we have is drugs and gangs in McAllen," resident Brandi Kennedy, who has lived near the border for 12 years, told the local outlet.

"Once that first paycheck [doesn’t come], we’re no longer talking about the theoretical; we’re talking about tangible missing of paying electric bills, paying mortgage or rent—at which point, the narrative shifts," High Point University political science professor Brandon Lenoir told Vox.

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#Trump makes visit in Texan border town, promoting plans


And in the end, he had to see that there are feasible ways to overcome his border wall with ease. It was clear for everyone in the world that a wall is easily trespassed if you know how to do it. Even before Trump appeared, the CBP struggled to fully close down the border for criminals, because there have always been multiple ways to traffick drugs northwards. Everyone read about the boats who crossed the US-Mexican seas to end up in nearby border states such as California. Even in the former German state GDR, common people found ways to cross the border, and this one was even enforced with watchmen and spring guns. You were likely to be shot on sight. Still, they either swam through rivers, flew across the wall, or swang across on a rope, knot on a heating, with a bottle of Cremant. Trump is deluded, hopelessly. And still, there are people who support him in his delusion. The fact that there are tunnels dug beneath the bor... show more
 

#Trump to cut #FEMA to relieve #California


“Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money,” he stated in his tweet.

This time of the year, the forest management teams are busy -- removing brush, dead trees, and clearing trails. But as the government shut down lingers, the U.S. Forest Service can only respond and try to put out fires, while they aren't being paid. That means there is little to no work being done to manage forests while the government is closed, except responding to immediate safety issues.

#DonaldTrump #US #USA #CaliforniaWildfire #CampFire #GovernmentShutdown #GovernmentFunding #BuildTheWall #ShutItDown #Politics #News

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-threatens-cut-fema-funds-aid-california-fires/story?id=60266212
 

Senators challenged #Trump on his 19-day-government-shutdown


“When government is shut down, there are consequences and people are starting to feel those consequences,” Murkowski said, recalling her exchange with the president.

Unfortunately, Trump doesn't have a feel for the common people's problems, he only cares for himself and his stubborn ideals. That's why those same poeple have voted for him. Makes total sense, doesn't it?

Lankford’s decision to speak up behind closed doors to remind the president about the human impact of the shutdown is notable because he has supported Drumpf’s position publicly.

Hypocrisy or late enlightenment?

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Trump unable to comprehend consequences of his actions


“Many federal workers will not be receiving their paychecks, and what that means in their lives is tragic … the president seems to be insensitive to that,” Pelosi said. "He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for more money. But they can’t.”

"I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier?" Drumpf tweeted. "Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!"

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Donnie not willing to end government shutdown (count: 19)


In a negotiating session that was over almost as soon as it began, Democrats went to the White House asking Drumpf to reopen the government. Drumpf renewed his call for money for his signature campaign promise and was rebuffed. Republicans and Democrats had differing accounts of the brief exchange, but the result was clear: The partial shutdown continued with no end in sight.

Republicans said Drumpf posed a direct question to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: If he opened the government, would she fund the wall? She said no. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Drumpf slammed his hand on the table, said “then we have nothing to discuss” and walked out.

Very presidential. Come in, ask whether wall will be funded, receive rejection, leave the table. This is the man who has caused the government shutdown, and who bears the guilt for unpaid workers.

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Donnie Jr. compares border wall to a zoo fence


Drumpf, who in the past has compared immigrants to a bowl of Skittles in which some of the candies were poisoned, was quickly slammed on social media:

It's not like he seriously had a problem with immigration or racism, I wouldn't say that, but... First, he compared immigrants to a bowl of skittles, and now to animals caged inside a zoo, surrounded by fences. One may be lucky to not have heard what animal in specific. This could have become even nastier.

Check the responses and you will see with which kind of POTUS/FLOTUS family we have to deal. It's terrifying, the South has taken over the White House.

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A fact-checker to read and find out about all of Donnie's liest from yesterday's speech.


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Food stamps program saved for February


Just a few days ago, White House officials had said funds for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program were likely to run out in February if Congress didn't act, an outcome that would have led to a sharp cut in benefits for millions of low-income Americans who rely on the program to help them pay for groceries each month. Democrats had seized on the White House's threat as both sides tried to increase their political leverage as the shutdown, now in its 18th day, entered its third week.

The department can use an obscure provision in the last spending bill, a continuing resolution that expired on Dec. 21. The provision allows USDA to make payments that it is already obligated to make within 30 days of the expiration of the law, #USDA officials said.

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On #Trump's scripted speech, compared to his non-scripted talk


His impulsive political instincts can go into overdrive after appearances in which he put on a calm presidential demeanor, for instance, in his State of the Union address last year. A subsequent torrent of tweet storms or off-the-cuff remarks to reporters often give a more authentic glimpse into the President's mind.

He had to convince those Americans who are prone not to trust him that there is a genuine crisis at the border. He had to prove the wall is the way to address it. And he had to bolster a weak personal position and change the political equation as the shutdown begins to bite.

"The speech had a hurried quality to it. It was thrown together. It didn't move you, it didn't move the audience, I think, emotionally or rationally," said David Gergen, an adviser to Republican and Democratic presidents, on "CNN Tonight."

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#AP fact-checked #Trump's adress to the nation during government shutdown


Despite their portrayal of Mexico as a teeming portal for terrorists, the State Department issued a report in September finding "no credible evidence indicating that international terrorist groups have established bases in Mexico, worked with Mexican drug cartels or sent operatives via Mexico into the United States."

Read the rest on the following link, it's broken into pieced and analysed to clarify what Trump has got wrong (as he was expected to).

#US #USA #DonaldTrump #GovernmentShutdown #Mexico #BorderWall #BuildTheWall #ShutItDown #MigrantCaravan #RefugeesWelcome #NoNationalism #NoPatriotism #FactCheck
 

IRS will issue tax revenue despite government shutdown


The Internal Revenue Service will issue 2018 tax refunds even if the government remains shut down, the White House said on Monday.
"Tax refunds will go out," Russell Vought, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, told reporters, according to The New York Times.
The announcement comes on the 17th day of the shutdown and seeks to quell the fears of many Americans who chose to file their taxes early and rely heavily on their returns.

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Congresswoman-elect Rashida #Tlaib accused of anti-Semitism


There is a fair debate to be had about the balancing act between combating the BDS movement and free speech, though opponents of the legislation also have to grapple with the fact that existing laws prevent governments from contracting with businesses that engage in discriminatory practices, and the movement to boycott Israeli Jews certainly is discriminatory.

I find it very discriminatory when someone claims that Israel was only inhabited by Jews. You always forget the Palestinians living in this country and the Druze Arabs as well. Also, many of those hold companies and concerns too, it's not only the Jews in Israel. You should think twice about what you say before you utter it.

But Tlaib obliterated that messaging strategy when she pulled out the anti-Semitic guns, saying advocates of the bill "forgot what country they represent." The idea of Jews as having divided loyalty, and of using their influence to co... show more
 

Section 8 Housing runs out of money if government shutdown continues beyond end of January


Reportedly, if the partial government shutdown extends past January 1, 2019, the Altoona Housing Authority won’t have subsidies to pay 450 landlords in their Section 8 housing voucher program. This would place hundreds of Section 8 renters at risk of losing their housing.

If I am not mistaken, Section 8 Housing is a program for people who live on the brink of poverty, so that they have to rely on government-funded housing that is affordable for those people. So to say, it's a council flat per person, to prevent homelessness. It was so obvious that it had to run out of money when their is no government funding. But of course it's the Democrats' fault, not Donnie's.

In a statement from HUD on its Twitter account, it says, “Due to the government shutdown, we will not be posting any new updates or responding to questions until normal operations resume. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

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Courts lose money, people lose #SNAP


More than 38 million Americans receive monthly food benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is often known as food stamps and is arguably the federal government’s most important anti-poverty program. If Drumpf keeps the government shut down through February, benefits could stop.

The USDA has said only that it has enough leftover money to pay for January’s benefits. Its reserve fund amounts to less than the total projected cost of February’s benefits. After February, it’s possible there would be nothing. Other food programs that serve seniors, mothers and children could also be affected.

Hence, if Donnie will continue the government being shut down beyond the end of January, he is evidently going to hurt his main voter base - the common workers and the poor unemployed on another essential part of their life and their daily struggles - again.

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Donnie wonders why no-one likes him


More descriptions of the heated exchanges between President Drumpf and congressional Democratic leaders during their two-hour meeting Friday are emerging — and the partial government shutdown wasn’t the only topic on Mr. Drumpf’s mind. Though the president later described the meetings over border security as “productive,” Democratic leaders told reporters afterward that the discussions had been “contentious.”

No one wants to impeach you, #Pelosi told the president and tried to move the focus of the meeting back to border security. Although one freshman Democrat, Rashida Tlaib, had said of the president to a group of progressives this week, “We’re going to impeach the motherfucker.”

(I replaced the asterisks by the actual word; there’s no need to cover the word that was used, it’s only right to call him by what he is)
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Donnie wonders why no-one likes him


_More descriptions of the heated exchanges between President Drumpf and congressional Democratic leaders during their two-hour meeting Friday are emerging — and the partial government shutdown wasn't the only topic on Mr. Drumpf's mind. Though the president later described the meetings over border security as "productive," Democratic leaders told reporters afterward that the discussions had been "contentious." _

No one wants to impeach you, #Pelosi told the president and tried to move the focus of the meeting back to border security. Although one freshman Democrat, Rashida Tlaib, had said of the president to a group of progressives this week, "We're going to impeach the motherfucker."

(I replaced the asterisks by the actual word; there's no need to cover the word that was used, it's only right to call him by what he is)
Now, imagine how this must have sounded, when he was sadly asking Ms. Pelosi why everyone wanted him to be im... show more
 

#Trump reportedly intends to declare national emergency to fund his border wall


"We can only stay like this for so long," said the official, who attended both meetings with congressional officials at the White House led by Drumpf this week, explaining that factual disputes have hung up discussions.

"I haven't done it. I may do it," Drumpf said. "We can call a national emergency and build it very quickly."

Because building a wall alongside one of the world's longest borders between to neighbouring countries always works very quickly. Seriously, you can't do this. It is a costly project that is never going to pay out again. Your household will suffer from a giant hole in the budget. Where do you plan to save money instead, to not run into a national economical crisis? This money has to come in from somewhere, and you didn't start raising money anywhere. You can't take it out of nowhere.

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#Schumer tired of #Trump posting memes like a puberal schoolboy


“Enough with the memes,” the New York Democrat tweeted in response to Drumpf sharing an image in the HBO show’s style that said: “The Wall is Coming.”

The use of the meme was mocked on social media, with many pointing out that the wall in the hit show was destroyed in the latest season.

Oh, now I understand why some reporters and people on Twitter said that he would better watch the series a few episodes further. Teehee (I neither watch the series, nor read the books or ever was going to do any of this. I'm not much into fantasy novels or series, except for Lord of the Rings. My only guilty pleasure, one might say).
Well, maybe Donnie knew it but still uses it because he intends to #BuildTheWall and #... show more
 

Day 16 on government shutdown


#Hoyer said #Democrats will vote in the coming week on bills that would individually reopen the Treasury and #IRS as well as the Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development and Interior departments so that Americans can get tax refunds, receive food and housing aid and access parks amid the debate over President Drumpf's proposed border wall.

#McConnell has said the Senate will not vote on the bills passed by the House unless Drumpf indicates he will sign them.

It seems like McConnell is not interested in taking responsibility for what is going on with the president whose adviser he should be. Or at least I wished he would advise him on his actions' consequences, because he seems to be one of the f... show more
 

Inmates having a feast while federal employees stay unpaid during government shutdown


"This is appalling," said Coleman prison union chief Joe Rojas. "We're not getting paid, and the inmates are eating steak. The inmates know what's going on; they know about the shutdown, and they are laughing at us."

And still I'm laughing about it. I hope the inmates enjoyed their meals while the guards to watch them. I know out of the news how those guards are working, and how many of those people incarcerated there are innocent, or didn't deserve to be jailed. And what do those people do? They keep this system of injustice running, even being paid for this crap. They deserve this treatment, for it is the same what they are doing to the people they keep behind the bars. The tables have turned, at last.

Drumpf, who has demanded $5.6 billion to help pay for a disputed border wall, later acknowledged warning Democrat leaders that an impasse could last for months or even years if a deal cannot be reached on financing for the wall.

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Donnie urged to end shutdown before Jan. 11


Individual courts and judges will then decide how to fulfill those critical functions, said David Sellers, a spokesman for U.S. Courts. He pointed to earlier shutdowns, the longest of which was the 21-day furlough that started in December 1995 and ended in January 1996. A shutdown beyond Jan. 11 would break that record.

According to Donnie, this record will be broken by far. I really hope that they are going to reopen it before, I don't want to imagine a country that has no judiciary system working at all. I mean, a flawed one such as this is already bad, but none at all... That would be disastrous.

One of the biggest pending cases is the Federal Trade Commission’s anti-monopoly lawsuit against Qualcomm Inc., set for a non-jury trial starting Jan. 4. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, known for her tight schedules and firm deadlines, appears committed to completing the trial by Jan. 28, and the FTC said it is expected to proceed.

Mother of God...

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Aftermath of the government shutdown: Junk piling in national parks


"You want people in Washington to do it, you do something too, it's your doorstep. Everybody should be a little bit more respectful," said another local resident who walk on this path every day.

I didn't expect people to move away their own dust because I knew I would be disappointed. Sadly, we need federal employees to do the cleaning because, as it is said, people are pigs, they don't care for their environment until it is gone. And I really mean: Gone. When the floor is so toxic that nothing grows anymore, they'll realise it was not such a good idea to throw away your plastic garbage on the floor because you couldn't carry it anymore, until the next bin was in sight.

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On #Trump's New Year Tweet and his current state of position


The term "Drumpf derangement syndrome" is a play on "Bush derangement syndrome," which was coined by conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer in 2003, which he defined as "the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency – nay – the very existence of George W. Bush." Krauthammer later defined "Drumpf derangement syndrome" as a "general hysteria" among critics of Mr. Drumpf.

Who reminded him of this? I don't believe he really referred to this quote by Mr. Krauthammer, I don't believe he ever read an article in full, let a lone an opinion piece or an essay. He lacks the span of concentration and the amount of intellect required to read something like this without misunderstanding it, or making it through.

Mr. Drumpf has also wished happy holidays to "the haters" before. He has wished "haters" a happy Veterans Day in 2013, a happy Father's Day in... show more
 

Donnie invites party and senate leaders to White House


White House officials on New Year’s Eve asked House and Senate leaders in both parties to attend the meeting. The session, which will include a briefing by top Homeland Security Department officials, comes as a partial government shutdown over Drumpf’s border wall reaches its eleventh day.

Democrats are set to take control of the House on Thursday and immediately pass a bill to reopen the government without providing the $5 billion the president has requested for his wall with Mexico. Drumpf, meanwhile, has vowed to hold out and continue the shutdown standoff until he gets funding for the southern structure.

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Democrats consider reopening government on Thursday


The Democrats plan to vote on a bipartisan package of six Senate spending bills and a stopgap measure to re-open the Department of Homeland Security at its current funding levels until February 8, the aide said. The temporary measure would maintain the current $1.3 billion in border security money, which can be used for fencing and repairs of current barriers.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has made clear he will not move forward on any legislation until President Donald Drumpf signs off on it. Drumpf, for his part, hasn't wavered on his position that the fight is something he'd promised during the campaign -- and one he was telling advisers and friends he was willing to continue.

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Donnie lies over Barack #Obama's private housing


Neighbors of the Obamas have since refuted Drumpf’s claim. One neighbor, described as a longtime resident of the Kalorama neighborhood where the former first couple now lives, told The Washington Post on Monday that Drumpf “has a very active imagination.”

We all know that he has, but unfortunately, this active imagination feeds his entrie policy, that's why those who recognise it call him a liar. Moreover, this man was elected the president of the United States. The minority was able to elect an orange-coloured clown who lives off his imagination, thus makes foes who used to be allies.

According to the Post’s Fact Checker, the Obamas’ home ― described as a nine-bedroom mansion and not a “compound” contrary to Drumpf’s description — has additional security fencing in the front and back, as well as a guard booth. There is “not a ten-foot wall around the h... show more
 

#Pence and #Schumer responsible to end government shutdown


For years under President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell each maneuvered his party out of repeated political crises. But under President Donald Drumpf, who’s made no concerted effort to establish a genuine rapport with congressional Democrats, there’s no such release valve.

Pence and Schumer (D-N.Y.) approached the shutdown assignment under near-impossible conditions — with Drumpf demanding his border wall money and Democrats just as insistent he not get it. On top of that, the schmoozing Brooklynite and buttoned-up Hoosier lack the relationship that Biden and McConnell had built up over decades working together in the Senate.

Bahahahaha. :'D // Seriously, this entire administration and its oppsoition is like a pair of two evils, they don't match each other,... show more
 

Battle for next year: #Pelosi versus #Trump


Drumpf is counting on public support as he holds out for $5 billion to build the wall. He's signaled he's in no rush to give up on a signature campaign issue as he launches his own re-election bid in 2020. But Pelosi just as strongly believes the public will be on Democrats' side as they try to get government working again, and move on to health care and other priorities — including oversight of the White House.

In this case, Nancy Pelosi has a better call for the voters than Donnie. The nagging orange dickhead versus the generian Democrat who at least wishes to reopen the government, thus paying the federal employees again.

"We're going to do our job," said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., the incoming chairman of the Rules Committee, vowing to pass legislation to re-open government. "The president should take 'yes' for an answer and go back to tw... show more
 

Essential federal employees now work without payment


The order follows Drumpf indicating in August that he would block an automatic 2.1 percent raise for civilian workers who fall under the General Schedule remuneration system from taking effect in January pursuant to the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act if Congress failed to agree on a measure by the end of the year.
Military personnel, however, will earn a 2.6 percent boost in compensation in 2019 provided by the defense spending bill signed in August.

Military alone will get a pay raise, this is a depressing result of this move. Still love your president?

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Day 8 of the Government Shutdown


This time around, though, the president has mostly remained cloistered in the White House. He hasn’t spoken to Democratic leaders since a jaw-dropping televised Oval Office meeting on Dec. 11 in which he sparred with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, shockingly declaring that he’d be “honored” to close the government over border security. White House officials haven’t even discussed a budget deal with Schumer or Pelosi since last weekend.

Truly the best strategy to solve a problem: Evading any contact witht hose involved in the problem, and instead holding talks with other aides and people concerned about its solution, and tweeting slurs that surely will contribute to the solution, am I right?

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Trending: Strong borders, improved by fences and walls


Yefim Fiks, a spokesman for the de facto Crimean parliament, told the Russian news agency Ria Novosti on Friday that the move was necessary "to protect the local population from the crazy antics of the current Ukrainian government".

Remember: Russia annexed the peninsula by violating international law and accelerating a war against Ukraine. Now, they even dare to separating this stolen land from it's actual proprietor. What comes next - installing cannons to fire at enemies that cross the seas? I don't know, but I wouldn't contradict this idea.

"I hope that neither this fence nor other actions by occupants will lead to limitation of Ukrainian citizens' right to visit the peninsula."

It would be naive that it would not. It's exactly what Putin wants, don't you think so too?

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Acting Chief of Staff Mick #Mulvaney on the government shutdown


"It’s the only way we can get the Democrats’ attention," Mulvaney said of Drumpf's tweeted threat. Drumpf has made the threat before but has not offered details on how he would carry out such a policy.

No, this is not the (only) way to get the #Democrats' attention. You could as well offer them a plan on how to keep the government funded at least till February, alternatively for the entire years until the next general election. But to threaten them is not the (only) way, get rid of this biased and stupid idea, it's humiliating.

Mulvaney predicted the budget stalemate won’t be resolved until Democrats come back for the new Congress and likely select Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as their new speaker Jan. 3.

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To Donnie, most unpaid federal workers are #Democrats


Just days after claiming that "many" furloughed government workers told him they're fine with not getting paid as long as he secures additional funding for a border wall, President Donald Drumpf tweeted Thursday morning that "most of the people not getting paid are Democrats."

Sure, great, totally a statement I would like to hear when the government was successfully shut down because Sgt. Pighead and his Lonely Skinheads Band didn't get his money to build a border fence. Spare the rest of the article, it's of no worth to your time.

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Coulter poking Trump on his border wall difficulties


Coulter has regularly urged Drumpf to build his long-promised wall along the southern border of the United States. After it seemed he would back down from the fight, the president—at the 11th hour—last week said he would not sign a stop-gap spending bill if it did not including funding for his wall, which led to the ongoing partial government shutdown.

__"Either Drumpf never intended to build a wall and was scamming voters from the beginning or he hasn’t the first idea in how to get it done and no interest in finding out," Coulter told the conservative outlet The Daily Caller. "My prediction is his support will evaporate and Drumpf will very likely not finish his term and definitely not be elected to a second term."_

First I wondered whether she followed the news, but then I saw that she works together with the Daily Caller, so I rested my case. Of course she didn't follow the news, just as Mr. Garrison does not. There's one thing to know that this border wall idea is utter bulls... show more
 

#DHS promises changes in child custody to protect migrant children


"It is now clear that migrants, particularly children, are increasingly facing medical challenges and harboring illness caused by their long and dangerous journey," #Nielsen said.

You don't say?

The Homeland Security Secretary said she had tapped the Department of Defense to boost medical staffs along the border as well as the U.S. Coast Guard Medical Corps to assess #CBP's medical programs and make recommendations for improvements.

I hope it will work out as expected.

"The fact that they're trying to get an accurate headcount now is very concerning," Correa told NPR. "You would think that someone comes into custody and that is when the head count is done."

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