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    *face palm* Idiot me.

    However, in this article dated Wednesday the 6th, Non-rich Republicans are starting to realize that taxes are not going to go their way this year:
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/middle-cl...sf_akfmevaatca

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    What, you meant he tax cuts for the rich that everyone that actually understands policies said was going to break the economy and screw the little guys....

    is breaking the economy and screwing the little guys?
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    The reason the AIDS story probably came up in news feeds again is because Trump said during the SotU that he was going to fight HIV/AIDS and the next day conservative media got mad at Democrats for not standing up and clapping for that policy initiative.

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    North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones dies at 76 – North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones died on Sunday at age 76, according to a statement on the congressman's website.

    https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/02/10/pol...ies/index.html

    Scoop: More Trump schedules leaked as enraged officials launch internal hunt – The crackdown has not stopped the leaking.

    https://www.axios.com/trump-schedule...39bde9c79.html

    Talks Over Border Security Break Down, Imperiling Effort to Prevent Shutdown – Lawmakers and aides familiar with the negotiations said the number of beds for housing detained migrants already in the country was the main sticking point.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/10/u...rder-wall.html

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    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday.com/2019/02/11/day-753/

    Day 753: Generally working


    1/ Negotiations to avoid another partial government shutdown fell apart on Sunday. Democrats are demanding a limit on the number of arrests of undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, as well as a cap the number of beds in ICE detention centers to force the Trump administration to focus on detaining undocumented immigrants with criminal records instead of using indiscriminate deportation raids in local communities without valid reason. To avoid another partial shutdown – set to begin Saturday – the House and Senate must pass identical spending bills that Trump would then need to sign into law by Friday night. The 17 House and Senate negotiators had hoped to reach a deal by Monday to give lawmakers enough time to approve the deal in both chambers before the deadline. The only things being discussed at the moment are a temporary Homeland Security spending bill or a possible national emergency declaration by Trump. (Politico / New York Times / Washington Post / Bloomberg / Reuters / The Guardian)
    • California's governor is pulling the National Guard troops back from the southern border. Gov. Gavin Newsom will order the removal of roughly 360 California National Guard members from the state's border with Mexico, and instead directing them to focus on drug trafficking and wildfire prevention. (Los Angeles Times / New York Times / CBS News)
    2/ Mick Mulvaney "absolutely cannot" rule out the possibility of another partial government shutdown if Congress doesn't include funding for a border wall. The acting White House chief of staff blamed the uncertainty on Democrats and that "You cannot take a shutdown off the table, and you cannot take $5.7 billion off the table." (NBC News)
    3/ Trump spent about 50% of his time last week in unstructured "Executive Time," as more of his personal schedules leaked. Hours earlier, Mick Mulvaney said he expected to catch whoever leaked Trump's personal schedule to the media and "have a resolution on that this week." Trump responded to his leaked schedules by tweeted that "When the term Executive Time is used. I am generally working, not relaxing." Trump is believed to use his executive time watching TV, tweeting, calling friends, and reading newspapers. Trump added: "I probably work more hours than almost any past President." (Axios / USA Today)
    4/ The average tax refund is down about 8% under the first full year of the Republican-led overhaul of the tax code. The White House promised a $4,000 "raise" under the Trump tax plan, but refunds have averaged $1,865 compared to $2,035 for tax year 2017. (NBC News / CNN)
    5/ Robert Mueller's lead prosecutors disclosed that the special counsel is continuing to pursue collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia based on the conversations between Paul Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik, who allegedly is linked to Russian intelligence. Prosecutors have been focused on discussions the two had about a "peace plan" to end the conflict following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea in 2014. The two repeatedly communicated about the plan for Ukraine starting in early August 2016, while Manafort was still running Trump's campaign, and continuing into 2018 – months after Manafort had been charged by Mueller's office related to his work in the country. (New York Times)
    poll/ 34% of Americans believe it's always or sometimes acceptable for a white person to wear blackface as a Halloween costume, compared to 53% who believe it's rarely or never acceptable. 50% of Republicans, however, say it's always or sometimes acceptable to wear blackface as part of a costume. (Pew Research Center)

     Presidential News and Notes.
    1. Amy Klobuchar announced that she will run for president in 2020. The three-term Minnesota Democrat announced her campaign with a call to rebuild American with a "sense of community." (Politico / CNN / New York Times / Washington Post)
    2. Elizabeth Warren announced she will run for president in 2020, calling for "fundamental change" because wealthy power brokers "have been waging class warfare against hardworking people for decades" and that Trump is "just the latest and most extreme symptom of what's gone wrong in America." (New York Times / CNN / Wall Street Journal)
    3. Trump mocked Warren – again – calling her by the slur "Pocahontas" and saying he'd "see you on the campaign TRAIL," which is interpreted as a reference to the Trail of Tears where Native Americans were forcibly relocated to reservations in the southeastern U.S. in the 1800s. Trump Jr. called the "TRAIL" tweet "savage." (New York Times / USA Today / ABC News)
    4. Warren suggested that Trump "may not even be a free person" by the 2020 election, noting the number of investigations into the president. (CNN / New York Times)
    5. Kamala Harris called for the legalization of marijuana at a federal level, saying "I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy." Harris also said she smoked weed in college "and I inhaled." (Politico)
    6. A Democratic party strategist called Joe Biden a "weaker candidate than Hillary." (McClatchy DC)
    7. Trump will hold a rally in El Paso tonight at the same time as Beto O'Rourke. Trump will speak at a Make America Great Again rally at the El Paso County Coliseum at 7 p.m. Mountain time, while O'Rourke and his supporters will meet at Bowie High School at 5 p.m., and then march to Chalio Acosta Sports Center. He will also begin speaking at 7 p.m. (New York Times)

    ✏️ Notables.
    1. The brother of Jeff Bezos' mistress leaked the text messages to the National Enquirer. AMI has previously refused to identify the source of the texts, but a lawyer for the company hinted that Michael Sanchez was behind the leak. Elkan Abramowitz also said the exposé of Bezos' extramarital affair was not "inspired by the White House, inspired by Saudi Arabia or inspired by The Washington Post," and insisted that neither the kingdom nor Trump leaked the messages. Abramowitz denied Bezos' allegations that the parent company of the National Enquirer attempted to extort and blackmail CEO, saying it "absolutely is not extortion and not blackmail." (Daily Beast / Politico / ABC News)
    2. The publisher of the National Enquirer asked the Justice Department last year if it should register as a foreign agent after it sought financial backing from Saudi investors and produced a magazine celebrating the country's new crown prince. American Media previously went to the Saudis to finance a failed effort to acquire Time magazine, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Money. (Wall Street Journal)
    3. Trump is expected to sign an executive order launching the American Artificial Intelligence initiative to bolster American leadership in the field. (CNN)
    4. Trump's personal physician declared that the president is in "very good health" and should remain so "for the remainder of his presidency and beyond." Last year, Trump's then-physician noted the president's "excellent health" and "incredible genes," joking that Trump "might live to be 200 years old" if he improved his diet. (New York Times / CNN)

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    It's a shame that Ilhan Oman had to issue an apology for telling the truth about why Republican party is so staunchly supportive of Israel, and that's due to the donations they receive from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Now the Right are attempting to portray her as an anti-semite when she was only calling out the roles that lobbyists play in politics.

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    It seems like you can't say anything negative about Israel.

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    We should probably work on a way to criticize Israel's outsized influence on American politics without making it seem we're engaging in old canards about insidious Jews and their insidious money insidiously influencing the world.

    Of course the media's decision to treat this as a more important thing than The Donald's Trail of Tears remark is even more objectionable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone_Baroness View Post
    It seems like you can't say anything negative about Israel.
    You're only supposed to mention Iran being the biggest supporter of terrorism and the rare instance of a Palestinian murdering civilians or soldiers/police officers.
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    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 media also ignored House Majority Leader (at the time) Kevin McCarthy saying that Jews were buying the midterm election.

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    Analysis | Trump’s failed shutdown strategy produced an even worse deal than he started with – Trump would get some funding for border fencing. It wouldn't even be what he was originally offered.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...=.e494acc02694

    It has been about 12 hours since House and Senate negotiators reached a tentative deal to avert another government shutdown, and President Trump still hasn’t issued his all-important endorsement.

    That may be because this deal is a pretty bitter pill to swallow. In fact, it’s probably a worse deal than Trump would have gotten if he had never shut down the government in the first place.

    The deal as laid out does include some border fencing — $1.375 billion worth, or 55 miles. That’s well shy of the $5.7 billion and 200 miles in wall funding he demanded that led to the shutdown, but it’s not nothing. Trump could argue that he got something out of the 35-day government closure.

    But only if you ignore two very important things.

    One is that this compromise includes a concession to Democrats, too: a reduction in the number of detention beds. As The Post’s Erica Werner, Damian Paletta and Sean Sullivan report:

    The deal omits a strict new cap Democrats had sought on immigrants detained within the United States — as opposed to at the border. At the same time, it limits overall levels of detention beds maintained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, although GOP aides said ICE would have enough money and flexibility to maintain its current detention levels and add more when needed.

    But the bigger issue is this: The amount of funding is actually shy of the original deal Republicans and Democrats reached last year that Trump rejected. At that time, the spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security included $1.6 billion for 65 miles of fencing, both slightly more than the current tentative deal.

    This was the deal on the table (it passed 26 to 5 in the Senate Appropriations Committee in June) when Trump initially began demanding $5 billion for his wall. He’s now getting slightly less than that $1.6 billion while also making a concession to Democrats on detention beds.
    Also:

    GOP livid with Trump over ignored Khashoggi report
    It's the latest rift between Republicans and the president over foreign policy.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/...report-1164487

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    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday...02/12/day-754/

    Day 754: Not happy


    1/ Negotiators in the House and Senate reached an agreement "in principle" to avoid another partial government shutdown. Details of the agreement have not been released, but the tentative deal includes $1.375 billion for 55 miles of fences along the border, but does not include the $5.7 billion Trump wanted for more than 200 miles of border walls. The border security spending agreement would also provide an additional $1.7 billion for other Homeland Security priorities, like new technology and more customs officers. To avoid another shutdown by the end of the week, the deal needs to be written into final legislation, passed by both the House and Senate, and signed into law by Trump. It's unclear if Trump will accept the deal. (New York Times / CNN / Washington Post / Politico / NBC News / ABC News / NPR)
    2/ Trump is "not happy" with the tentative bipartisan border security deal, adding that "it's not doing the trick." Trump did not commit to signing the spending measure if Congress passes it, but he did say: "I don't think you're going to see another shutdown." Trump also didn't rule out declaring a national emergency to secure wall funds. "I'm considering everything." (CNBC / New York Times / Politico / Wall Street Journal / Reuters / Bloomberg)
    3/ The White House is working on a plan to redirect federal dollars to fund Trump's border wall without invoking a national emergency. The current plan is to take money from two Army Corps of Engineers' flood control projects in Northern California, draw from disaster relief funds intended for California and Puerto Rico, and tap Department of Defense funds. A former staff director for the House Appropriations Committee said the plan "will create a firestorm." (Politico)
    • The Trump administration is still separating families when they cross the U.S.-Mexico border unlawfully, despite ending the policy last summer. (The Guardian)
    4/ Senate Republicans are "livid" with Trump's refusal to issue a report determining who is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The deadline was Friday for the White House to officially detail the role Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman played in the Khashoggi murder. On Friday, the Trump administration said it reserved the right to decline lawmakers' demand under the Magnitsky Act that Trump determine who is responsible for Khashoggi's murder inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Mike Pompeo also denied that the Trump administration is protecting Mohammed, saying "America is not covering up for a murder." The CIA, however, has concluded that the crown prince personally ordered Khashoggi's killing. (Politico / ABC News / CNN)
    5/ The Senate Intelligence Committee found "no direct evidence" of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia. "We were never going find a contract signed in blood saying, 'Hey Vlad, we're going to collude,'" one Democratic aide said. Democratic Senate investigators said that the more than 100 contacts between Trump's associates and various Russians show that the campaign was willing to accept help from a foreign adversary. Senate investigators also said they have uncovered facts yet to be made public. (NBC News)
    • Trump's former attorney, John Dowd, claimed he knows more than Mueller about the Russia investigation because of the joint-defense agreements with witnesses in the probe. "I know exactly what [Mueller] has," Dowd said. "I know exactly what every witness said, what every document said. I know exactly what he asked. And I know what the conclusion or the result is," he said. (ABC News / Talking Points Memo)
    6/ The House Judiciary Committee hired two "special oversight counsels" tasked with reviewing allegations against Trump that could be at the heart of an impeachment case. Norm Eisen and Barry Berke are two elite white collar litigators and prominent legal critics of Trump will consult on matters "related to the Department of Justice, including the Department's review of Special Counsel Mueller's investigation," would include alleged ethics violations, corruption, and possible obstruction of justice. The committee's chairman, Jerrold Nadler, has not committed to opening a formal impeachment inquiry, but the hires signal that he does not intend to wait for Mueller to finish his work to begin reviewing the issues. (New York Times / NBC News / Washington Post)
    poll/ 56% of Americans say they trust Mueller's version of the facts than Trump's. 57% also believe that Mueller is mainly interested in "finding out the truth" than trying to "hurt Trump politically." (Washington Post)

    Notables.

    1. Mitch McConnell said the Senate would vote on the "Green New Deal," which could put Democrats on the record backing a plan that Republicans have derided as a "socialist fantasy." The deal has no chance of passing the Senate, where it will need 51 votes. Republicans hold 53 seats. (Politico / CNBC / The Hill)
    2. Michael Cohen postponed his planned appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee because of "post-surgery medical needs" stemming from his recent shoulder surgery. Cohen is is due to begin serving a three-year prison sentence on March 6 for lying to Congress, campaign finance violations and financial crimes. It's the third time Cohen's testimony has been rescheduled. (Politico / CNBC)
    3. Companies are spending the corporate windfall from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on stock buybacks instead of wage increases and employee bonuses. Corporations spent $770 billion on buybacks in 2018, which is expected to increase to around $940 billion this year when after-tax profits are included. Other portions from the tax cut savings went to dividends or debt reduction. (Center for Public Integrity / NBC News)
    4. A small company in Switzerland is being investigated by Robert Mueller's team for its connection to a now-defunct Israeli social media manipulation company called Psy Group, which created a plan to help Trump win in 2016. Former employees of Psy Group were interviewed by Mueller's team in 2017 about the company's business and ownership structure. Psy Group's business structure was very complicated and included offshore entities registered in the Virgin Islands. It also included a chain of entities in Zurich known as Salix Services AG. Financial documents appear to show that Salix is connected to at least one of the companies that owned Psy Group. One question at the heart of Mueller's interest in Salix and Psy Group involves a $2 million payment from international business and influence-peddler George Nader to former Psy Group owner Joel Zamel. Investigators want to know why Nadler paid Zamel after the 2016 election and where the money went after that. (Daily Beast)
    5. A federal agency that acts as a personnel court for federal workers has only one person to hear cases and he leaves at the end of February. Two of the board's three seats have been vacant for the entire Trump administration. Justice Department attorneys said the agency could be operating illegally if the board has no members. (Washington Post)
    6. The acting chief of the Interior Department is weakening environmental protections for a fish in California, which would free up river water for farmers who are his former clients. David Bernhardt disproportionately benefit one of his former clients. (New York Times)
    7. A former White House aide is suing Trump after Trump's campaign organization filed an arbitration against Cliff Sims claiming he violated an NDA he signed during the 2016 presidential race by writing the tell-all book, "Team of Vipers." Sims alleges that Trump is using his campaign organization as an "illegitimate cutout" to penalize Sims for writing the book. The suit also claims that Trump has been selective when it comes to enforcing NDAs against former staffers by going after people like Omarosa and Sims, but not Sean Spicer or Corey Lewandowski for their tell-all books. (New York Times / Washington Post / Politico / USA Today)
    8. A BBC cameraman was "violently pushed and shoved" by a Trump supporter at Trump's rally in El Paso. A man in a MAGA hat started screaming "Fuck the media! Fuck the media!" after attempting to knock BBC cameraman Ron Skeans off balance while he was filming Trump's speech. The man was restrained and removed by security. Skeans said he is fine. (The Guardian / New York Times / CNN)

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    Companies are spending the corporate windfall from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on stock buybacks instead of wage increases and employee bonuses. Corporations spent $770 billion on buybacks in 2018, which is expected to increase to around $940 billion this year when after-tax profits are included. Other portions from the tax cut savings went to dividends or debt reduction. (Center for Public Integrity / NBC News)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robby View Post
    Gee, who could have seen that one coming? Oh yeah. Everyone.
    Well everyone except the braindead electorate that habitually votes republican that is.

    Speaking of some of them

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/02/mid...mps-trade-war/
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    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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    Trump intends to sign border deal to avoid another shutdown – President Donald Trump intends to sign the border security deal to avoid another partial government shutdown, according to two sources who have spoken directly with the President.

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/13/polit...eal/index.html

    Schumer recruits famed fighter pilot to challenge McConnell in 2020
    The New York Democrat’s efforts in Kentucky underscore the frayed relations between the two top Senate leaders.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/...cgrath-1167184

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    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday...02/13/day-755/

    Day 755: Other methods

    1/ Trump intends to sign the bipartisan border security deal and avoid another partial government shutdown. Trump said he was "not happy" with the deal and suggested that he'd find "other methods" for financing his border wall without congressional approval by "moving things around" in the budget from "far less important areas." The agreement includes $1.375 billion for 55 miles of physical border barriers – short of the $5.7 billion Trump wanted for his wall – and is less than the $1.6 billion included in a Senate package last year. Republicans and administration officials, meanwhile, have signaled that Trump will sign the measure and then immediately use his executive authority to redirect federal money to fund the additional border barriers. The agreement must be signed into law in both chambers of Congress and signed by Trump before the end of the week in order to avoid another shutdown. (CNN / Bloomberg / NBC News / Wall Street Journal / New York Times / Washington Post / CNBC)

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/13/polit...eal/index.html

    2/ Paul Manafort and Rick Gates met with a Russian political operative in August 2016. Prosecutors believe that Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik may have exchanged key information relevant to Russia and Trump's presidential bid, including a proposed resolution to the conflict over Ukraine and Manafort sharing internal polling data from Trump's presidential campaign to the Russian associate. (Washington Post)

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...d3c_story.html

    Day 753: Robert Mueller's lead prosecutors disclosed that the special counsel is continuing to pursue collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia based on the conversations between Paul Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik, who allegedly is linked to Russian intelligence. Prosecutors have been focused on discussions the two had about a "peace plan" to end the conflict following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea in 2014. The two repeatedly communicated about the plan for Ukraine starting in early August 2016, while Manafort was still running Trump's campaign, and continuing into 2018 – months after Manafort had been charged by Mueller's office related to his work in the country. (New York Times)

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/10/u...a-inquiry.html

    Day 750: Mueller's team accused Paul Manafort of lying to them about "an extremely sensitive issue" in hopes of increasing "his chances for a pardon." Prosecutors allege that Manafort worked on Ukrainian political matters from August 2016 to December 2018 – after his first indictment by the special counsel in 2017 – and that he tried to avoid providing information that could be damaging to Konstantin Kilimnik, a Manafort business partner in Ukraine. Prosecutors believe Kilimnik is connected with Russian intelligence. Kilimnik also attended Trump's inauguration. (Politico / New York Times / Washington Post / Bloomberg / CNN)

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/07/polit...nik/index.html

    Day 727: Konstantin Kilimnik "appears to be at the heart of pieces of Mueller's investigation" into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Kilimnik is a Russian tied to Moscow's intelligence services and is connected to Manafort. Prosecutors filed a 31-page affidavit from an FBI agent, and another 406 blacked-out exhibits, after a federal judge ordered them to lay out the "factual and evidentiary basis" for their claims that Manafort repeatedly lied after his plea deal and as a result had breached his cooperation agreement. (CNN / Washington Post)

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/15/polit...ort/index.html

    Day 719: Paul Manafort gave 2016 polling data to a former employee with ties to Russian intelligence services. The exchange was inadvertently revealed when Manafort's lawyers failed to fully redact Manafort's interview with Robert Mueller in a court filing. Manafort's attorneys meant for Mueller's line of questioning to remain private, but the text in question was easily readable when opened with a word processor. (Washington Post / CNBC / Daily Beast)

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/08/muel...-with-spy.html
    3/ House Democrats plan to launch their own probe into Trump's connections to Russia. Using their new subpoena power, Democrats plan to focus on potential money laundering by using the multiple committees they control to host hearings and public sessions that could stretch into 2020. Democratic members of Congress plan to interview new witnesses and go back to previous witnesses, who they believe "stonewalled" committees under the Republican majority. The House Intelligence Committee will lead the effort, with the House Financial Services Committee focusing on money laundering, and the House Foreign Affairs Committee looking into possible Russian connections. (Axios)

    https://www.axios.com/house-democrat...8e67bffe9.html

    The Justice Department is investigating the leak Michael Cohen's personal bank records, which includes numerous payments to Cohen's shell company, Essential Consultants LLC, from a company linked to a Russian oligarch. Essential is what Cohen used to make hush money payments to Stormy Daniels to silence her allegations of an affair with Trump. (CNN)

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/13/polit...ges/index.html
    4/ A Manafort-linked super PAC failed to report a $1 million contribution it received just before the 2016 election. The Federal Election Commission has asked the Rebuilding America Now PAC for more information about the contribution, which was disclosed in an amended filing two years after the fact. Mueller, meanwhile, is reportedly investigating whether Rebuilding America Now illegally received foreign funds. (Talking Points Memo)

    https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckra...ts-to-know-why

    poll/ 33% of voters support shutting down the government again over Trump's demand for a border wall while 60% of voters oppose another shutdown. 52% of voters would blame Trump and the Republicans for another shutdown, while 37% say they would blame Democrats. Voters remains split when it comes to building a border wall along the southern border, with 47% in favor and 47% opposed. (Politico)

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/...r-wall-1166401

    poll/ Trump's approval rating jumped seven percentage points to 44% approval after the 35-day shutdown ended. The approval rating is one percentage point shy of his personal best. (Gallup)

    https://news.gallup.com/poll/246662/...e-rebound.aspx

    Notables
    The national debt topped $22 trillion for the first time in U.S. history. The Treasury Department shows that the total outstanding public debt is at $22.01 trillion — up from $19.95 trillion when Trump first took office – and the debt has accelerated since the passage of Trump's $1.5 trillion tax cut in December 2017 and the increase in military spending. (Associated Press / USA Today / CNBC)

    https://apnews.com/91b54fd7207c45eb93523567152e43dc

    A record 7 million Americans are 90 days or more behind on their car payments – more than 1 million higher than the peak in 2010 following the worst downturn since the Great Depression. Economists warn that this is a red flag, saying car loans are typically the first payment people make because it's how they get to work, and that as car loan delinquencies rise, it is usually a sign of significant duress among low-income and working-class Americans. (Washington Post / CNBC)

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/12/a-re...-payments.html

    The FEMA administrator resigned. Brock Long was the subject of a Homeland Security investigation last year into his use of government vehicles to travel between Washington and his home in North Carolina. (NPR / Washington Post / CNN)

    https://www.npr.org/2019/02/13/69444...will-step-down

    The Senate passed a public lands conservation bill, designating more than one million acres of wilderness and hundreds of miles of wild rivers for environmental protection and reauthorizing a federal program to pay for conservation measures. The Trump administration, however, has worked to strip away protections on public lands, shrinking national monuments, and opening up large swaths of land up for oil, gas and mining leases. (New York Times / The Guardian / Washington Post)

    https://www.theguardian.com/environm...parks-expanded

    Trump called for the Tennessee Valley Authority to keep an aging coal plant open that buys coal from a company chaired by a leading donor to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. (Washington Post)

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...05b_story.html

    Trump installed a $50,000 room-sized "golf simulator" at the White House, allowing him to play virtual rounds by hitting a ball into a large video screen. It replaced an older, less sophisticated simulator that Obama had installed. (Washington Post)

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...05b_story.html

    Trump complained that getting a dog would make him feel "a little phony." The Trumps are the only modern first family to not have a pet of any kind. (ABC News)

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/pres...ry?id=61018468


    Manafort lied.

    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday.../02/13/latest/

    A federal judge ruled that Paul Manafort violated the terms of his cooperation deal by repeatedly lying to Robert Mueller and a grand jury about "his interactions and communications with [Konstantin] Kilimnik," a longtime aide who the FBI assessed to have ties to Russian intelligence. U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that Mueller was "no longer bound" by the plea agreement terms, including the special counsel's pledge to support a less-stringent sentence. The breached of the cooperation deal after his guilty plea could add years to Manafort's prison sentence, who was convicted last year of eight felonies, including tax and bank fraud. Manafort later pleaded guilty to two additional conspiracy counts. (Washington Post / New York Times / Politico / Vox / Wall Street Journal)

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/...ruling-1169380

    Waldorf:
    You know Statler, after watching the last seven hundred episodes of One Piece, I think I've come to a conclusion.
    Statler: No you haven't.
    Both: DOHOHOHOHOHO!

  17. #16637

    Default Re: American Politics thread: No Nazis Allowed

    Perennial presidential candidate and man who believed that Elizabeth II was indoctrinating the youth of America with Pokemon Lyndon LaRouche has died at the age of 96.

  18. #16638

    Default Re: American Politics thread: No Nazis Allowed

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyan D. Funk View Post
    Perennial presidential candidate and man who believed that Elizabeth II was indoctrinating the youth of America with Pokemon Lyndon LaRouche has died at the age of 96.
    That's just what they want you to think!
    Complicating things since 2009.

  19. #16639

    Default Re: American Politics thread: No Nazis Allowed

    https://twitter.com/igorbobic/status...38909157937152

    Yertle the Bitch Turtle will support Trump's national emergency declaration.

  20. #16640

    Default Re: American Politics thread: No Nazis Allowed

    This should be knocked down in courts immediately.

    But at least this sets a precedent for the next president to declare emergencies day 1 on health care, gun violence and global warming?
    To support Viz hosting all Jump manga for FREE and day of release, Arlong Park will now support the official release.

    Official chapter discussions now start Sundays at Noon, EST.
    Please do not post threads when scan sites release their version, and just discuss those releases in the spoiler thread.

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