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    Today's What The Fuck Just Happened Today News Dump: https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday...02/14/day-391/

    Trump's lawyer paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 out of his own pocket in order to buy the porn star's silence about Trump's alleged affair with her. "Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. [Daniels]," Michael Cohen said in a statement, adding: "And neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly." Cohen made the October 2016 payment through his LLC in exchange for the adult-movie star signing a nondisclosure agreement about her allegations of an affair that took place shortly after Melania, gave birth to Barron.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/13/u...hen-trump.html

    Trump doesn't believe Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election even as the heads of U.S. intelligence testified to Senate Intelligence Committee that Russia meddled in 2016 and is planning to do so again in 2018.
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/13/polit...ion/index.html

    Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats doesn't think Jared Kushner should have full access to classified information.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.8bafb9117513

    The House Oversight Committee is investigating the White House's handling of the Rob Porter scandal and who knew what when about the accusations of domestic violence. "I'm troubled by almost every aspect of this," House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, said. "How in the hell was he still employed?"
    https://www.npr.org/2018/02/14/58572...porter-scandal

    Scott Pruitt has a "blanket waiver" to book first-class flights using taxpayer funds because past interactions that have "not been the best." The EPA says concerns about Pruitt's safety have required him to travel first and business class.
    http://thehill.com/policy/energy-env...e-not-the-best

    poll/ On a generic ballot, 39% of voters say they'll support the GOP candidate for Congress in their district. 38% say they'll support the Democratic candidate. 23% are undecided.
    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/...blicans-407315

    poll/ Voters favor Democrats 49-41 on a generic Congressional ballot. 65% of Clinton voters say they’re "very excited" to vote in the election this fall, compared to 58% of Trump voters.
    https://www.publicpolicypolling.com/...ot-nationally/

    Notables.
    The Veterans Affairs Secretary had his chief of staff doctor an email and make false statements in order to justify the cost of his wife's travel on a 10-day trip to Europe last summer. David Shulkin ordered the VA's third-most senior official alter an email to make it appear that he was receiving an award from the Danish government. The VA paid more than $4,300 for her airfare.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...fb7_story.html

    Refugee resettlement agencies are preparing to close more than 20 offices across the U.S. and cut back operations in more than 40 others offices after the State Department told them to pare their operations.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKCN1FY1EJ

    Trump's military parade would cost between $10 million and $30 million. The White House hasn't budgeted for the parade, which would require Congress to appropriate the funds, or use money that already has been approved.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...director-says/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugs View Post
    Politco (to the NYT and WP): Hold my beer

    Spoiler:
    Mind you, the original headline "What if you could get your own immigrant"

    fucking lol at calling family members a "special class of citizens" right next to corporations.
    Yeah the hoity toity special interests of "bringing over grandma and uncle joe".

    What a dumb fucking article.

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    Despite Democrats winning special elections al over the place, there's now polls where Republicans are ahead of the Democrats in the polls: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/...blicans-407315

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaiolino View Post
    Despite Democrats winning special elections al over the place, there's now polls where Republicans are ahead of the Democrats in the polls: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/...blicans-407315
    That's a hell of an outlier.
    https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com...ex_cid=rrpromo

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    Illinois Senator Dick Durbin reminds Congress that Gold Medalist Chloe Kim's father was an uneducated immigrant who moved here for (and made himself) a better life.
    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/3...igration-in-us


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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey King View Post
    What a dumb fucking article.
    Know what America needs to bring back? Indentured servitude!
    Complicating things since 2009.

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    Seriously fuck that article and anyone giving one goddamn inch toward the new fangled Euro style anti-immigrant bullshit Trump dragged through the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaiolino View Post
    Despite Democrats winning special elections al over the place, there's now polls where Republicans are ahead of the Democrats in the polls: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/...blicans-407315
    And this, coupled with how the polls seemed to mostly have Hillary winning in 2016 is why I have little confidence the Democrats will take the House or the Senate this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demon Rin View Post
    And this, coupled with how the polls seemed to mostly have Hillary winning in 2016 is why I have little confidence the Democrats will take the House or the Senate this year.
    The polls weren't really off in 2016 when it came to Hillary and Trump; they were off when it came to measuring a handful of third party voters' willingness to slit their own throats along with those of Latinos and the LBGT community to spite Hillary.

    Plus again, that's an outlier.
    Complicating things since 2009.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberwok View Post

    Hamilton is the gift that keeps giving.
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    A magical strange Twilight Zone episode where no other education is offered, and the only option is Bill Nye the Science Guy videos

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    Today's dump from https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday...02/15/day-392/

    1/ Trump, in a tweet, suggested that students and neighbors should have reported the Florida shooter to authorities, saying there were "so many signs" that the shooter "was mentally disturbed." A student who witnessed the shooting called out lawmakers on TV, looking directly into the camera and saying: "We're children. You guys are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role. Work together, come over your politics, and get something done." He added: "Ideas are great but without action, ideas stay ideas and children die."
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/15/us/da...ntv/index.html

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called on Congress to look into issues related to gun violence. He is the first senior Trump administration official to call for a congressional review of gun violence.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...f-white-house/

    2/ The admission that Michael Cohen facilitated a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels is raising legal and ethical questions. In particular, Cohen declined to say whether Trump or another party later reimbursed him for the payment. He insisted that the payment was a legal, personal gift by him to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. A lawyer who represented Clifford in the 2016 transaction, issued a statement that said Cohen told him that the $130,000 payment was coming from his personal funds.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/14/u...hen-trump.html

    3/ Trump's travel ban unlawfully discriminates against Muslims the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a 9-4 vote. The court ruled that the ban, which targeted people from six Muslim-majority countries, violated the U.S. Constitution by discriminating on the basis of religion.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKCN1FZ23U

    4/ The IRS and the Justice Department issued subpoenas for documents from lenders and investors related to projects managed by Jared Kushner's family. The projects in question date back to at least 2010 and reportedly unrelated to the Mueller investigation.
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...ax-authorities

    5/ At least 130 White House officials did not have permanent security clearances as of November 2017, including Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Dan Scavino, and Rob Porter. 47 of them report directly to Trump.
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/14/polit...use/index.html

    Steve Bannon and his legal team appeared for a closed-door meeting with the House Intelligence Committee, despite the White House telling lawmakers he would not be answering questions pertinent to the Russia investigation.
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/14/polit...ing/index.html

    Trump's inaugural committee paid nearly $26 million to an event planning firm started by Melania's adviser and longtime friend. The firm was created in December 2016.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/u...ys-friend.html

    A week after Rob Porter resigned following allegations of domestic violence, Trump said that he is "totally opposed to domestic violence." It was his first condemnation of the spousal abuse allegations.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/14/u...learances.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ubiq View Post
    I've often wondered about that myself; seems like being supported by people who only want you there so the world can end in fire (with you going to Hell in the process) would be somewhat off-putting
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    The house just voted to weaken the Americans with Disabilities act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugs View Post
    The house just voted to weaken the Americans with Disabilities act.
    Doesn't mean anything when it won't get through the Senate.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zack View Post
    Doesn't mean anything when it won't get through the Senate.
    Ya know, that used to be the comforting go-to line. "They're just putting on a show but it doesn't matter because it won't be final."

    ANd yet the tax bill got through thats going to screw us all for decades. So...

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    On a different track, local (for me) news on the health care front.

    (Gov.) Otter defends Idaho health insurance move, (Lt. Gov.) Little’s role as questions swirl in Congress

    http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/p...200455194.html

    Short version: Idaho is moving in state based health care plans that partly circumvent the ACA, and that's causing just a few issues.

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    Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has decided to charge 13 Russians and three Russian entities because they tried to influence the 2016 American presidential election:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-16/u-s-charges-13-russians-3-companies-for-hacking-election

    I
    wonder where this is going now...

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    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday...02/16/day-393/

    First one was just mentioned but adding for completion's sake:

    1/*Robert Mueller's federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals*and three Russian entities with the intent to interfere "with U.S. elections and political processes." Mueller's office said that the government accuses all the defendants of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Three defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. The indictment charges that a Russian organization, the Internet Research Agency, waged "information warfare" against the U.S. by using fictitious American personas and social media platforms for "supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump … and disparaging Hillary Clinton."
    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/16/russ...ers-probe.html

    2/*Rick Gates is close to a plea deal with Robert Mueller.*The former Trump campaign adviser has been involved in plea negotiations for about a month and people familiar with the case say he is poised to cooperate with the investigation. If Gates agrees to a plea deal, he will be the third known cooperator in the special counsel's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/15/polit...ion/index.html

    3/*The FCC is investigating whether its chairman "improperly coordinated with Sinclair" on rule changes that benefited the broadcaster. Ajit Pai is under investigation by the agency's independent watchdog for his role in the FCC adopting new rules that allowed television broadcasters to increase the number of stations they own weeks before Sinclair announced a $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune Media. The deal would not have been possible without the new rules. The investigation into Pai's relationship with Sinclair began at the end of last year.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/t...-ajit-pai.html

    4/*The FBI acknowledged that it failed to act on a tip in January that Nikolas Cruz had the potential of "conducting a school shooting."*The tipster said Cruz had a "desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts." The FBI said some "protocols were not followed."
    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/...-errors-415664

    Notables.

    Paul Ryan doesn't think the time is right to wage political battles over the issue of guns in America.*"This is one of those moments where we just need to step back and count our blessings," Ryan said, adding: "We need to think less about taking sides and fighting each other politically, and just pulling together."
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/15/polit...aws/index.html

    The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 16-5 in favor of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, despite protests from Jeff Sessions that the bill would increase violent crime and hamstring federal law enforcement. The bill would reduce some federal sentencing rules along with reforms for the federal prison system.
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/15/polit...ons/index.html

    Trump set the record for the longest time period of time without a formal press conference in the last 50 years.*The last time a president went more than a year between press conferences was during the Lyndon B. Johnson's administration. By the end of his first year in office, Obama had held 11 solo press conferences; George W. Bush had held five.
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/presid...half-a-century

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgamer82 View Post
    Paul Ryan doesn't think the time is right to wage political battles over the issue of guns in America.*"This is one of those moments where we just need to step back and count our blessings," Ryan said, adding: "We need to think less about taking sides and fighting each other politically, and just pulling together."
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/15/polit...aws/index.html
    So god-damn predictable. Funny how there never seems to be an actual right time for the Republicans, is there?

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