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    You only have two parties, and they are way too opposite while being too similar as well. But they aren't that unified, their actual composition is quite varied, but they feel like they already pacted if they manage to decide something internally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demon Rin View Post
    I get the urge to be "Bipartisan" it sounds like a reasonable position and in a perfect world it absolutely would be. I mean, what's wrong with the idea of finding common ground and working together to try to represent the entire country?

    The problem is that we've hit a stupid point of polarization where the Republicans WILL NOT Cede ANY ground. They will NEVER work with Democrats unless they absolutely have no other choice.

    Bipartisanship only works if both sides are willing to try it out and one side just isn't. So every time the other side tries, it doesn't come off as "Oh, they're trying to do the right thing despite the polarization" it comes off as "They're doormats who just let the Republicans walk all over them."
    I get it, but I'm not at all convinced that a liberal firebrand can win the presidency in 2020, and to me that's the goal-above-all. At this stage it's much less about what a given candidate is actually going to do and more about how to get the swing states. If you think a more radically progressive approach is viable, I'd love to hear how and why because I'm all for it.

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    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday.com/2019/03/12/day-782/

    Day 782: Deteriorating situation


    1/ The New York attorney general's office opened an investigation into three Trump Organization loans from Deutsche Bank, as well as Trump's failed attempt to buy the Buffalo Bills. New York AG Letitia James issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank for loan applications, mortgages, lines of credit and other financing transactions in connection with the Trump International Hotel in Washington, the Trump National Doral outside Miami, and the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, as well as the unsuccessful purchase of the NFL team in 2014. The new inquiry was prompted by Michael Cohen's congressional testimony, who suggested that Trump had inflated his assets in financial statements and provided documents to back up his claims. The inquiry is a civil investigation, not a criminal one. (New York Times / Washington Post / Reuters / Bloomberg / ABC News / NBC News)
    • One of Trump's closest political advisers: "We're not ready" for more investigations. David Bossie served as Trump's deputy campaign manager and has been counseling both the White House and congressional Republicans. (ABC News)
    2/ The attorney who negotiated the hush-money payments on behalf of Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal believes Trump could still be in legal danger for his alleged role in directing the efforts to buy their silence. Keith Davidson cited language used by prosecutors in Cohen's indictment, which alleged that Cohen was part of a criminal conspiracy, and said, "by definition, a conspiracy must involve more than one person – so who else could it be?" Davidson says he sat down with investigators for the special counsel for more than 15 hours, during which it "became clear" to him that prosecutors believe the hush-money payments were part of an effort to save Trump's presidential campaign, which would constitute a violation of campaign finance laws. (ABC News)
    3/ Adam Schiff: Trump should be indicted when he leaves office for the crimes Michael Cohen was convicted of committing on his behalf. The chairman of the House intelligence committee said there's already sufficient evidence to support an indictment of Trump even before the conclusion of Robert Mueller's investigation, and that the Justice Department policy against indicting a siting president was "wrong." (NPR / Washington Post)
    • There might be a second Mueller report. Since Mueller's appointment, he's been conducting a counterintelligence investigation, while "also" assessing whether any crimes were committed. Unlike a criminal report, a Mueller counterintelligence report must be shared with Congress. Both the House and Senate intelligence committees are legally entitled to be given reports – in writing – of significant intelligence and counterintelligence activities or failures. (Daily Beast)
    • Mueller's team is funded through the end of September 2019, indicating that the probe has the funding to keep it going for months if need be. (Reuters)
    • Paul Manafort will face his second court sentencing on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson could sentence Manafort for up to 10 years in prison for violating a foreign lobbying law and witness tampering, and whether she orders the sentences to be served concurrently or one after the other. Separately, Mueller's prosecutors are scheduled to update another federal judge about the status of Mike Flynn's cooperation and whether his sentencing can proceed. (Wall Street Journal)
    4/ Trump complained that planes are becoming "far too complex to fly" after the crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 in Ethiopia that killed all 157 people on board. While European Union, China, the United Kingdom, Australia, Indonesia and other countries have already banned the plane, the FAA said it does not see a reason to ground the fleet in the United States. Trump continued: "I don't want Albert Einstein to be my pilot. I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control of a plane!" (Politico / CNBC / New York Times / Bloomberg)
    5/ House Democrats introduced an immigration proposal that would provide as many as 2.5 million immigrants a path to citizenship. The Dream and Promise Act of 2019 would cover young undocumented immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as well as those with temporary immigration protections. If passed, HR 6 would represent the most generous immigration bill since the Reagan "amnesty" of 1986. While the legislation will likely pass the House, it faces significant hurdles from the GOP-controlled Senate and from Trump. (Vox / NBC News / Washington Post / Think Progress)
    • In a Breitbart News interview, Trump said his administration is thinking "very seriously" about designating Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations. Trump's comments come after his declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border last month. [Editor's Note: I'm not linking to the Breitbart propaganda article, because it's just that. You can Google for it if you're so inclined.] (Washington Post / Raw Story)
    6/ U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to close all 21 international field offices, which could slow the processing of family visa applications, foreign adoptions and citizenship petitions from members of the military. Agency staffers said closing overseas offices will make it more difficult to apply to immigrate from abroad. (Washington Post / Politico / New York Times)

    Notables.

    1. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Ohio can cut state funding to Planned Parenthood because the organization performs abortions. Four of the 11 Circuit judges who sided with Ohio were appointed by Trump. (Politico / Reuters)
    2. The U.S. will remove all remaining diplomatic personnel from the embassy in Venezuela this week. The State Department said the decision "reflects the deteriorating situation in Venezuela," and that "the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy." They gave no additional details about the withdrawal from Caracas or the specific day on which it would occur. Venezuela is currently experiencing a five-day-long power outage. (Reuters / ABC News / Associated Press)
    3. Mike Pompeo accused Cuba and Russia of propping up Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro. Pompeo's statements came after the Treasury Department imposed new sanctions on a Russia-based bank that it accused of helping Maduro's government circumvent earlier American financial penalties. (New York Times)
    4. The director of the National Cancer Institute will take over as acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration when Dr. Scott Gottlieb steps down at the end of the month. Dr. Norman Sharpless has been the director of the National Cancer Institute since 2017. (Politico / New York Times)
    5. Nancy Pelosi revoked Pence's office in the House. Republicans gave Pence a first-floor office in the U.S. Capitol shortly after Trump was inaugurated in 2017. (NPR)
    6. The Navy and its contractors and subcontractors are "under cyber siege" by Chinese hackers and others, according to an internal Navy review. The 57-page document reports that hackers are exploiting critical weaknesses that threaten the U.S.'s standing as the world's top military power. (Wall Street Journal)

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    The movement "hands off Venezuela" is a mistake, we have been asking for international help (not Cuban, Russian or Chinese) for over 5 years. Negotiations have happened and led nowhere, that is why this time the EU and formerly pro Chavez countries like Haiti decided to side against Maduro, this time. Orange man trying to steal the OAS spotlight means little for the truth of what we need.

    Asking for negotiations at this point is like asking for a woman to try and work it out with her husband the 5th time that he has put her in the hospital. Moronic, ignorant, hypocrite, irresponsible, and reeks of self serving interests.

    Maduro is illegitimate from our own laws, as the last election held in Venezuela was held illegally, with incarcerations and disbandment of opposition leaders and parties, called with the wrong procedure, besides their usual tactics of corraling people to take them to the polls.
    Even if they didn't burn the humanitarian help, they still denied it access to the country, in a point where even clean gloves and face masks are missing in every little town hospital.
    Current 5 days blackout, instead of making sure the people have water, food and supplies, they go and claim that it was the US who did the blackout, first through a flying weapon that fired electromagnetic beams, and then by hacking a closed off system in one of the most guarded facilities in the country, being the one good dam, and only power source of the country, and took the opportunity to jail a journalist, for the crimes of informing people how to avoid an internet blackout in social media, linking him to the power blackout.

    And that is this year's top stories.
    You know why I can't believe this blackout is an attack? We have been dreading this day for over 8 years. One point of failure on the electric grid. Useless bootlickers being promoted, while electrical engineers to take any job anywhere else so they can provide for their families and not risk an early grave, and the previous thousand smaller blackouts, ask a Venezuelan what they think about this.

    "Let's talk" right now is code for "Maduro needs time", and anyone who says hands of Venezuela is no friend of Venezuela, but a friend of Maduro. We need help. We can't beat the Chavez ghost because he corrupted the army throughly.

    We know the risks, and dangers. Ask a Venezuelan if we rather be Cuba or Panama. Ask a Cuban if they rather be Cuba or Panama.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyan D. Funk View Post
    Even former Obama administration people are like "no, you can't actually come to bipartisan consensus with Cocaine Mitch, we tried".
    Repeatedly .
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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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    "U.S. judge gives Manafort 73 months" - http://www.reuters.com/article/us-us...-idUSKBN1QU18W

    More accurately, he's been sentenced to 73 months, but 30 of them are concurrent with his prior sentence. So about 7 1/2 years grand total, if my math is right.

    Now, in my own opinion, those complaints about lenient sentencing can have some merit, of they're still felt, since he didn't even get ten years total.

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    Concurrent sentencing is so weird. It's basically empty.

    Anyways, 7.5 years total is at least something. The judge also called out Manafort and his attorneys for some of the various bullshit they've been spinning regarding his treatment and character.

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    The maximum was for ten years so this is much more in line with standard sentencing. Plus this judge didn't spend a lot of time raging over the idea that a trial was even happening in the first place.

    Other charges have now been filed at the state level though and those can't be pardoned.
    Complicating things since 2009.

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    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/13/n...ndictment.html

    Hopefully this will brighten up your day.


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    Dang, 12 GOP Senators voted for the resolution blocking the national emergency declaration. That's about twice as many as expected (Final vote was 59-41 in favor).

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    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday.com/2019/03/14/day-784/

    Day 784: Sending a signal


    1/ The Senate voted to overturn Trump's national emergency declaration at the southern border, setting up Trump to issue the first veto of his presidency. The resolution passed 59-41 – with 12 Republicans joining every Democrat. The measure, which already passed the House, now heads to Trump, who has promised to veto the legislation and effectively kill it. Lawmakers don't have enough votes to override a veto. Ahead of the vote, Trump warned Republicans that "a vote for today's resolution by Republican Senators is a vote for Nancy Pelosi, Crime, and the Open Border Democrats!" After the vote, Trump tweeted: "VETO!" (New York Times/ CNBC / Washington Post / Politico / Associated Press / CNN / Reuters / NBC News)
    • 📌 Day 757: Trump declared a national emergency at the border to circumvent Congress and fund his border wall with money lawmakers refused to give him, saying "I didn't need to do this," but "I just want to get it done faster, that's all." In a Rose Garden news conference, Trump said he would sign the declaration to divert $3.6 billion from military construction projects to his border wall and then use presidential budgetary discretion to redirect $2.5 billion from counternarcotics programs and another $600 million from a Treasury Department asset forfeiture fund. Between the $1.375 billion authorized for fencing in a spending package passed by Congress, and the roughly $6.5 billion in funding from executive action, Trump is will have about $8 billion to construct or repair as many as 234 miles of a border barrier – significantly more than the $5.7 billion that Congress refused to give him. Following the news conference, Trump signed the spending legislation. (New York Times / The Guardian / Politico / Washington Post / NBC News / ABC News)
    2/ The House voted 420-0 for the public release of Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump obstructed justice when he fired then-director of the FBI James Comey. While the resolution is non-binding and the House cannot force the Justice Department to take an action, the move is an attempt to "send a clear signal both to the American people and the Department of Justice" that lawmakers expect to see the full account of Mueller's work. The resolution will also put pressure on Attorney General William Barr, who did not commit to making Mueller's findings public during his Senate confirmation hearings. The Senate, however, is unlikely to take up a similar measure. (New York Times / Washington Post / Wall Street Journal / Politico / NBC News)
    • Roger Stone's trial is set for Nov. 5. Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she expects the trial will last "at least" two weeks. Jackson didn't address the re-release of a book Stone published in 2017, which could have been considered a violation of his partial gag order. The judge said she was taking it "under advisement." (CNBC / NBC News)
    • One of Mueller's top prosecutors will be leaving in the next week or so. Andrew Weissmann was the architect of the case against Paul Manafort. Separately, Mueller's top FBI investigator, David Archey, has also left the team. The departures are the strongest sign yet that Mueller and his team have all but concluded their work. (NPR / NBC News)
    3/ Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggested that he would protect Trump's privacy if House Democrats request Trump's tax returns, saying: "We will examine the request and we will follow the law … and we will protect the president as we would protect any taxpayer" regarding their right to privacy. Mnuchin said he "can't speculate" on how the administration will respond to demands for Trump's tax returns until it sees the request. House Democrats are preparing to ask the IRS for 10 years of Trump's personal tax returns under under a 1924 provision that requires the Treasury secretary to "furnish" any individual's tax return information to the House and Senate tax-writing committees. (Associated Press / ABC News / Politico / CNN)
    • A casino magnate forced to sell his 12% stake met with Treasury Department officials as they were writing regulations that could help him defer and reduce his taxes. Steve Wynn generated $2.1 billion last March when he was forced to sell his stake in Wynn Resorts Ltd. and resign from the Republican National Committee after sexual-misconduct allegations. Wynn attended the meeting in the Treasury building with Daniel Kowalski, a counselor to Mnuchin, who stopped by the meeting to greet Wynn. (Wall Street Journal)
    • Mnuchin's Hollywood ties are raising conflict of interest concerns as he leads trade talks with China. While Mnuchin divested from his Hollywood film-financing firm after joining the Trump administration, he's been personally pushing Beijing to give the American film industry greater access to its markets. (New York Times)
    4/ Federal prosecutors requested documents about Michael Cohen's alleged "back channel" discussion with Rudy Giuliani about the possibility of a pardon. Cohen's attorney spoke with Giuliani roughly a dozen times and, in one email, referred to their conversations as a "back channel of communication." During one of their discussions, Cohen's attorney allegedly asked whether Trump would put a pardon for Cohen "on the table." Giuliani told Cohen's attorney that Trump was unwilling to discuss pardons at that time. The request from federal prosecutors is part of an investigation into whether the alleged back-channel discussions amount to "possible violations of federal criminal law." Giuliani insists that he and Cohen's attorney only talked about how Trump "was very mad at [Cohen]" and the fact that the investigation into Cohen had been assigned to the Southern District of New York. (New York Times)
    5/ A New York appellate court ruled that a former contestant on The Apprentice can proceed with her defamation lawsuit against Trump. Summer Zervos is one of about a dozen women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct before the 2016 election. Trump called Zervos and the other women "liars," prompting Zervos to file a lawsuit in 2017. The New York State Appellate Division’s First Department turned down Trump's argument that the case should be delayed until he is out of office because, as a sitting president, he was immune from a lawsuit brought in state court. The decision means Trump may have to sit for a sworn deposition. (ABC News / Washington Post / Politico)
    • 📌 Day 468: A former contestant on "The Apprentice" is suing Trump for defamation after he called her a liar for accusing him of sexual assault. Summer Zervos was among the more than 10 women who came forward during the 2016 presidential campaign and accused Trump of sexual assault and misconduct. He denied all of their claims. (New York Times)
    poll/ 51% of Florida voters say they definitely won't vote for Trump in 2020. 31% say they definitely would vote for Trump, and 14% say they would consider voting for him. Overall, Florida voters give Trump a 40% favorability rating. (Quinnipiac)

    Notables.

    1. The Senate voted 54-46 to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war against Yemen. The move is largely seen as a rebuke of the Trump administration's continued support for the Saudi monarchy in the wake of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The U.S. has been supplying money and weapons to the Saudis in support of the kingdom's relentless bombing campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen since the war began in 2015, which has led to widespread humanitarian and health crises in the region. The resolution to end U.S. support for the war must now be taken up in the House, where members passed a nearly identical resolution earlier this year. If Trump vetoes the resolution, however, neither chamber is expected to have the votes required to override the veto. (Washington Post)
    2. Beto O'Rourke announced that he will run for president. In a video, O'Rourke said, "This is going to be a positive campaign that seeks to bring out the very best from every single one of us, that seeks to unite a very divided country." (Politico)
    3. Adam Schiff suggested that Russians may have laundered money through the Trump Organization. While House Intelligence Committee is investigating the matter, Schiff said the committee is primarily concerned with whether or not Trump is "compromised by a foreign power." (Newsweek)
    4. The Pentagon instituted its new transgender policy that limits the military service of transgender persons to their birth gender. Transgender service members currently serving will only be allowed to continue to serve if they adhere to the dress and grooming standards of their biological gender, and if they are unwilling to do so, they could be discharged. The policy will be implemented on April 12. (ABC News)

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    Something that came up in my Reuters notifications:

    Beto O’Rourke’s secret membership in America’s oldest hacking group
    https://www.reuters.com/investigates...-beto-orourke/

    A portion of the article's beginning:
    While a teenager, O’Rourke acknowledged in an exclusive interview, he belonged to the oldest group of computer hackers in U.S. history.

    The hugely influential Cult of the Dead Cow, jokingly named after an abandoned Texas slaughterhouse, is notorious for releasing tools that allowed ordinary people to hack computers running Microsoft’s Windows. It’s also known for inventing the word “hacktivism” to describe human-rights-driven security work.

    Members of the group have protected O’Rourke’s secret for decades, reluctant to compromise his political viability. Now, in a series of interviews, CDC members have acknowledged O’Rourke as one of their own. In all, more than a dozen members of the group agreed to be named for the first time in a book about the hacking group by this reporter that is scheduled to be published in June by Public Affairs. O’Rourke was interviewed early in his run for the Senate.

    There is no indication that O’Rourke ever engaged in the edgiest sorts of hacking activity, such as breaking into computers or writing code that enabled others to do so. But his membership in the group could explain his approach to politics better than anything on his resume. His background in hacking circles has repeatedly informed his strategy as he explored and subverted established procedures in technology, the media and government.

    “There’s just this profound value in being able to be apart from the system and look at it critically and have fun while you’re doing it,” O’Rourke said. “I think of the Cult of the Dead Cow as a great example of that.”

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    Finding out secrets from Beto's childhood is easier than finding out his contemporary policy positions.

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    It's not much of a secret if he voluntarily gave an interview about it early in his Senate race.

    For all of your liberalism, Kaio, you should really like Beto. If it weren't for him, a lot more downballot races in Texas would have gone Republican.

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    He's fine as a Texas Senate candidate and he probably would've beaten Cornyn since Cruz received a lot of the Latino vote. But as a presidential candidate he's a parody of a really bad Aaron Sorkin character.

    He doesn't even have a position on the EASIEST THING TO HAVE A POSITION ON: https://twitter.com/PatrickSvitek/st...56956494827520

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaiolino View Post
    He's fine as a Texas Senate candidate and he probably would've beaten Cornyn since Cruz received a lot of the Latino vote. But as a presidential candidate he's a parody of a really bad Aaron Sorkin character.
    You say that like it's a bad thing. I would gladly vote for almost any lead Aaron Sorkin character over almost any actual person.
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    Worth pointing out that even a really bad Aaron Sorkin character would still be a massive improvement over the discount Lawrence Limburger we currently have.
    Complicating things since 2009.

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    The Bartlet administration privatized social security, prevented a tax hike for millionaires and put another Scalia on the Supreme Court!

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    Day 785: Dangerous and reckless


    1/ Trump warned that his "tough" supporters – the police, military and "Bikers for Trump" – could turn violent against Democrats and things could get "very bad, very bad" if they feel either they or Trump have been wronged by the political process. Trump made the comments in an interview with Breitbart in which he argued that the left "plays it cuter and tougher. Like with all the nonsense that they do in Congress." Trump tweeted out a link promoting the interview Thursday night, raising concerns by several Democrats and political commentators that the comments amounted to a threat of violence. (ABC News / CNN / Washington Post / The Hill / Toronto Star / New York Magazine)
    2/ Trump later deleted the tweet to his Breitbart interview that he posted as news was breaking about two mosque shootings in New Zealand, which left 49 people dead. In a manifesto posted online before the shooting, the suspected gunman praised Trump as a "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose." The White House did not explain why Trump deleted the tweet, but called the shooting a "vicious act of hate." Trump called it a "horrible massacre," but doesn't think white nationalism is on the rise, saying "I think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems." (USA Today / Washington Post / Bloomberg / Reuters / Business Insider / Daily Beast)
    • Remington can now be sued for marketing the semiautomatic rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The 4-3 decision, which reversed a lower court's ruling, will permit a lawsuit on behalf of the parents and relatives of the victims to proceed against the gun manufacturer of the AR-15-style rifle used to kill 20 young children and six adults in 2012. (Axios / Vice News)
    3/ Trump insisted that "there should be no Mueller report" a day after House unanimously voted to make the report public. Trump called Mueller's probe "an illegal and conflicted investigation in search of a crime," complaining that the probe was only started as an excuse for Democrats losing the 2016 election. (Politico / CNBC)
    • Robert Mueller's office said that Rick Gates "continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing investigations" and isn't ready to be sentenced. Mueller and Gates' attorney asks a federal judge for 60 more days before providing the next update on Gates' status. In February 2018, Gates struck a deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to two criminal counts including conspiracy and lying to FBI agents. (CNN / CNBC / Reuters)
    4/ Lindsey Graham blocked a non-binding resolution calling for Mueller's report to be made public after the House unanimously voted in support of the measure. Chuck Schumer asked for unanimous consent for the resolution in the Senate. Graham asked that the resolution include a provision calling on the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate the handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use and the Carter Page Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications. Schumer declined to include the proposed amendment, saying he was "deeply disappointed" in Graham for "blocking this very simple, non-controversial resolution." Under Senate rules, any senator can try to pass or set up a vote on a bill, resolution or nomination. But, in turn, any one senator can block their request. (USA Today / The Hill / Washington Post)
    5/ Trump issued the first veto of his presidency, rejecting a congressional resolution overturning his national emergency declaration at the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump called the resolution "dangerous" and "reckless" a day after 12 Republicans joined Senate Democrats to rebuke his decision to declare a national emergency last month in order to redirect funds to build a wall on the southern border. Trump's veto sends the resolution back to the House, which isn't expected to have the two-thirds of the chamber's support needed to override the veto. (New York Times/ Washington Post / Politico / Bloomberg / NBC News)
    6/ The Trump administration is considering sending a volunteer force to the southern border. Trump has been "casting about" for novel ways to direct additional resources to the border to stop people from crossing illegally. One DHS official said the move "makes eminent sense for a hurricane," but not for border security. "All of this is just to buttress the administration’s claim that there’s an emergency," they added. (Politico)
    poll/ 21% of taxpayers expect to pay less income tax this year under the GOP Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. 29%, however, said they would pay more, and 27% said there would be no impact, with 24% unsure what they'll pay. (Reuters)

    Notables.

    1. North Korea threatened to suspend denuclearization negotiations with the Trump administration and resume its nuclear and missile testing programs because Trump's national security adviser and Secretary of State had created an "atmosphere of hostility and mistrust." Kim Jong-un's Vice Foreign Minister said Kim's personal relationship with Trump was "still good and the chemistry is mysteriously wonderful," but members of Trump's team had spoiled the two leaders' negotiations in Hanoi, Vietnam last month. As a result, North Korea said it might end its self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests. Choe Son-hui said the decision to end the moratorium is up to Kim, and that "he will make his decision in a short period of time." (New York Times / NBC News)
    2. Foreign countries are turning to lobbying firms to try and curry favor with Trump and influence U.S. policy. Some of the countries employing lobbying firms are U.S. allies, while others include countries with deeply stained human rights records such as Zimbabwe, Kosovo, Georgia, Turkey and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Foreign countries have turned to lobbying firms in the past, but the number of countries with ties to the Trump campaign has gone up sharply. The lobbyists with Trump ties have also been charging exorbitant fees in exchange for representing companies that need help overseas, such as Chinese telecom giant ZTE. (Politico)
    3. The Trump administration is planning to expand rules that would disqualify more visa applicants living abroad, as well as those in the U.S. the administration believes are using too many public services. (ABC News)
    4. Trump administration reduced the fines for nursing homes found to have endangered or injured residents. The average fine dropped from $41,260 to $28,405. (NPR)

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    Default Re: What The Fuck Just Happened Today? Day 785: Dangerous and reckless

    So I was on Youtube and the new zeland prime minister said they were gonna make gun laws stricter so that criminals can't do such henious acts and then saw the comment section filled with people saying "Criminals don't listen to gun laws this only hurts regular people"

    Am I the only one who has never understood this argument, criminals don't listen to any laws they break, that's what makes them criminals in the first place!

    I guess we should make rape murder and genoicde legal because we know criminals aren't going to listen to those law either

    seriously I don't understand it

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