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Aviation Unions Release Dire Warning That System Could Collapse At Any Time

Unions representing air traffic controllers, pilots and flight attendants released an alarming joint statement Wednesday warning that in an “unprecedented” situation like the current shutdown, they can’t predict “the point at which the entire system will break.” “We cannot even calculate the level of risk currently at play,” the statement reads. Union leaders warn that staffing is already at a “30-year low” and that the system is only limping forward due to unpaid employees working overtime. ...
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Mulvaney Requests List Of Programs That Will Be Most Imperiled By Shutdown

In the first sign that the White House is getting serious about the far-reaching effects a prolonged shutdown will have on agencies across the federal government, White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney requested a list of those programs that will suffer most from continued lack of funding. According to a Wednesday Washington Post report, Mulvaney will soon learn that hurt is coming, in ways small and large, to a host of government programs if the government doesn’t reopen soon. Possibly top...
Tags: News, Washington Post, White House, GSA, Department of Agriculture, Mick Mulvaney, Mulvaney, Kate Riga


House Dems Craft Own Border Security Package, Ignore Trump’s Wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats, feeling pressure to display their vision for border security, are preparing a package that would ignore President Donald Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion for a wall with Mexico and would instead pay for other ideas aimed at protecting the border. As the government slogged through a record 33rd day of its partial shutdown Wednesday, details of Democrats’ border security plan and its cost remained a work in progress, though some said it might match Trump’s $5.7...
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Trump Starts To Lose Conservatives Who See Wall As Simplistic Fixation

Though President Donald Trump’s border wall has long alienated Democrats of all stripes, some conservatives are cooling on the idea as well, since they see other border security measures as more important and effective. According to a Wednesday Politico report, hardliners are much more gung-ho about measures like E-Verify and reducing legal immigration than a few miles of wall. “President Trump was elected to put forth a multi-pronged approach to immigration, not just build a couple hundred m...
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Gardner Intends To Break With GOP, Vote To Reopen Gov’t Without Wall Money

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) intends to buck his party and vote for a clean funding bill without wall money, according to a Denver Post editorial. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is finally allowing two bills to the floor on Thursday, one of which would reopen the government until February 8 and keep border funding at current levels. Gardner is also reportedly supporting a measure to allow federal workers to collect their paychecks even if the shutdown continues. That legislation woul...
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‘This Is Her Prerogative’: Trump Folds To Pelosi, Will Give SOTU After Shutdown

The State of the Union duel between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) seems to have reached its end, as Trump tweeted that he would acquiesce to her position and wait to deliver the speech until the government reopens. As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address. I agreed. She then changed her mind because of the Shutdown, suggesting a later date. This is her prerogative – I will do the Address when the Shutdown is ove...
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Trump On Cohen Delaying Testimony: ‘He’s Always Been Threatened By The Truth’

President Donald Trump addressed reporters’ questions about Michael Cohen postponing his testimony due to alleged threats from the President and his team, saying that Cohen has “always been threatened by the truth.” “He’s always been threatened by the truth and he doesn’t want to do that probably for me or other of his clients,” Trump said, per pool reports. “He has other clients also, I assume, and he doesn’t want to tell the truth for me or other of his clients.” Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis ...
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Pelosi Will Not Authorize SOTU Until Government Reopens

In a new letter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday told President Donald Trump that she will not authorize him to deliver the State of the Union, despite his insistence, until the government reopens. “When I extended an invitation on January 3rd for you to deliver the State of the Union address, it was on the mutually agreed upon date, January 29th,” she wrote. “At that time, there was no thought that the government would still be shut down.” “I am writing to inform you that the ...
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Jackson Lee Forced From Two Leadership Roles After Ex-Staffer’s Lawsuit

Shortly after a former staffer filed a lawsuit accusing Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) of firing her as retribution for a sexual assault allegation against a former boss, the congresswoman has stepped down from the chairmanship of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and her post on a House Judiciary subcommittee. According to a Wednesday New York Times report, Jackson Lee has been facing internal pressure from CBCF members and her Democratic peers to at least temporarily step down or be...
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Furloughed Workers, Protesters Swarm Capitol Hill Demanding End To Shutdown

Union members who work in various public sectors swarmed Capitol Hill with accompanying protesters Wednesday, wielding paper plates to represent the basic needs they lack without paychecks and chanting to end the shutdown. Per CNN, the protesters plan to head to the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other lawmakers when Capitol Police clear them out of the Hart Senate building where they are currently stationed. Watch here: Workers and protesters swarm Capitol Hill,...
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Oversight Committee To Investigate Security Clearances At White House

House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) announced Wednesday that he is launching an investigation into the White House’s handling of security clearances for past and present employees including Jared Kushner and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Read here: [Author: Kate Riga]
Tags: News, White House, House Oversight Committee, Elijah Cummings D Md, Jared Kushner, Livewire, Kate Riga, Michael Flynn Read


Irony Alert: Shutdown Forces Cancellation Of Border Security Conference

In an ironic twist, the government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s border wall has forced the State Department to cancel an international conference on border security. According to a Tuesday CNN report, the 16th International Export Control and Border Security Conference slated for February has been indefinitely cancelled “due to uncertainty associated with the continuing partial U.S. federal government shutdown.” The conference is called to discuss how to halt the transfer of weapons ...
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Lara Trump: Workers May Feel ‘A Little’ Pain But Shutdown Is ‘Bigger Than Any One Person’

President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump said that while federal employees may be feeling “a little bit of pain” from the lack of pay during the shutdown, they should forget those individual qualms since “this is so much bigger than any one person.” “We get that this is unfair to you, but this is so much bigger than any one person. It is a little bit of pain, but it’s going to be for the future of our country and their children and their grandchildren and generations after that wil...
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WH On No Briefings: We’re ‘Not Making Stars’ Out Of Journos Who Want To Be On CNN

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was unapologetic on the scant number of daily briefings she’s held during her tenure, saying that she was “in the business of getting information to the American people, not making stars out of people that want to become contributors on CNN.” She added that she takes “thousands” of questions from reporters in alternate venues, but that the President feels there is a lack of “decorum” in the briefing room. The newfound questions about the offi...
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A Rare Camera-Shy Trump Aide Eyes Exits After Shutdown Frustration

Shahira Knight, President Donald Trump’s camera-shy but effective legislative affairs director, is considering jumping ship after the prolonged frustration of trying to broker a deal between Trump and Congress on the shutdown, according to a Tuesday Politico report. The White House denies these rumors. Knight is considered a relatively competent and moderate voice within the Trump circle, and has come to verbal blows with senior policy adviser Stephen Miller over his hardline immigration tact...
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Jeffries Explains Calling Trump ‘Grand Wizard Of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue’

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) somewhat softened his calling President Donald Trump the “grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” on Wednesday, though he maintained that he does not regret his statement and that Trump has a track record of offensive actions. “With respect to the comments of a few days ago, we’ve got to have an opportunity for at least one day a year to have a candid, if sometimes uncomfortable, conversation about race,” Jeffries told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota after making the comme...
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‘I Was Not Disrespectful’: Sandmann Doesn’t Think He Owes Any Apology

Covington High School student Nick Sandmann, the teen at the center of the viral firestorm after a video surfaced of a MAGA hat-clad Sandmann standing close to and smirking at Native American elder Nathan Phillips, appeared on the Today Show Wednesday to explain why he’s not sorry for the perceived disrespect. “As far as standing there, I had every right to do so. My position is that I was not disrespectful to Mr. Phillips. I respect him. I’d like to talk to him,” Sandmann told NBC’s Savannah...
Tags: News, Nbc, Senate, Savannah Guthrie, Phillips, Covington High School, Maga, Nathan Phillips, Kate Riga, Nick Sandmann, Sandmann, Mitch McConnell R KY Scott Jennings


South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg Joins 2020 Presidential Race

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Democrat Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is forming an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential bid, according to a video and email announcement obtained by The Associated Press. “The reality is there’s no going back, and there’s no such thing as ‘again’ in the real world. We can’t look for greatness in the past,” Buttigieg says in a video that includes before-and-after footage of South Bend, a Rust Belt city once described as “dying....
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Trump Considers Benching Giuliani, Angered By New Crop Of Headlines

NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Giuliani’s latest media blitz, which was filled with a dizzying array of misstatements and hurried clarifications, agitated President Donald Trump and some of his allies, who have raised the possibility that the outspoken presidential lawyer be at least temporarily sidelined from televised interviews. Trump was frustrated with Giuliani, according to three White House officials and Republicans close to the White House who were not authorized to speak publicly about private...
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AOC, Other Progressive Freshmen Join Oversight Cmte., Can Investigate Trump

A crop of popular liberal freshmen—Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA)—and returner Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) have been appointed to the House Oversight Committee, vested with the power to investigate President Donald Trump. Committee chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) approved the new members, according to a Tuesday Politico report. “I am excited — there were a lot of people that wanted to come on our committee,” he told Politico. [Author: Kate Riga]
Tags: News, Politico, Donald Trump, Committee, Trump, Aoc, Elijah Cummings, House Oversight Committee, Ro Khanna, Kate Riga, Reps Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Rashida Tlaib D MI Ayanna Pressley


Trump Stared At Walls, Wandered Out Of Room While Ryan Explained Health Care

In excerpts from former communications staffer Cliff Sims’ new White House exposé, President Donald Trump is at times irate, paranoid and petty. And as seen in one episode with former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), he could be rudely disinterested. According to passages obtained by the Washington Post, Ryan at one point was standing in the Oval Office to explain the Republican healthcare plan to Trump. While Ryan was talking, Trump wandered around, staring out windows and at walls and ...
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Emin Agalarov Cancels US Tour After Talks Break Down With Mueller, Congress

Russian singer Emin Agalarov, the architect of the now-infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting, is cancelling his four-city U.S. tour after a failure to reach a deal over the parameters of his testimony with both Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Congress, according to a Tuesday CNN report. Agalarov is not a U.S. citizen and not subject to U.S. jurisdiction. His lawyer told CNN that he would not agree to accept a subpoena, and that he was only interested in voluntary testimony, explaining the figh...
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Trump’s Lawyers Requested Mueller Statement On Buzzfeed News Report

President Donald Trump’s legal team appears to have asked Special Counsel Robert Mueller to address the bombshell Buzzfeed News Trump Tower report before Mueller’s team issued a rare statement Friday evening. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told CNN that the team reached out to Mueller’s office Friday morning after the report was published. He declined to elaborate on the specifics of the request. An anonymous source shared the same information with the Wall Street Journal, adding that the lawyers...
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Scott Jennings’ PR Firm Played Big Role In Phillips-Sandmann Spin

PR firm RunSwitch, co-run by adviser to Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Scott Jennings, has played a significant role in quelling the outrage over a video that at first appeared to show a MAGA hat-wearing teen disrespectfully crowding the space of and smirking at a Native American man. The firm said in a statement that it “has been retained by the Sandmann family to offer professional counsel with what has become a national media story. We are working with the family to ensure an a...
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Fox News Accidentally Shows Graphic Falsely Stating That Ginsburg Is Dead

“Fox and Friends” accidentally aired a graphic Monday stating falsely that Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead. “Fox and Friends” accidentally airs graphic stating that RBG is dead. pic.twitter.com/eLIhol4xD0 — TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) January 22, 2019   The hosts apologized later in the show, blaming the mistake on a “technical error in the control room.” Ginsburg recently cancelled two speaking events while she recovers from surgery to remove cancerous nodules from her l...
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Judge To Weigh GOP Victory Claim In North Carolina 9th District Race

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge was scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday into declaring the Republican in the country’s last undecided congressional race the winner despite an investigation into whether his lead was boosted by illegal vote-collection tactics. A trial judge in the state capital was expected to hear lawyers for candidate Mark Harris argue that the now-disbanded elections board was supposed to have declared him the winner in November, delayed acting to sort out ballot...
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Blumenthal On Giuliani Comments: ‘Smacks Of’ Dealings With ‘Putin’s Henchmen’

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Tuesday morning that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s comments on conversations about Trump Tower Moscow could point to criminal activity, if President Donald Trump lied about them under oath. “Certainly, it smacks of elicit negotiations and dealings with an adversary, with Putin’s henchmen,” he told CNN’s John Berman. “It may well be [illegal] if he also lied under oath or other contexts. The fact is Putin had somet...
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Don Jr.: Media Trying To ‘Subvert The Democracy’ With Trump-Cohen Report

Donald Trump Jr. went full-throttle against the media Monday night, accusing outlets like Buzzfeed News, which broke the alleged Trump-Cohen Moscow Tower story, of trying to “subvert the democracy.” “They have shot themselves in the foot time and time again, because they so desperately want this to be the truth, as opposed to saying, ‘You know what? Trump’s done a darn good job as President,’” he said to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham. “The media right now is really trying to subvert this democracy...
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Giuliani: ‘I Am Afraid It Will Be On My Gravestone—Rudy Giuliani: He Lied For Trump’

It has been a rollercoaster couple of days for Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. He broke major news on Sunday when he said, for the first time, that President Donald Trump and Michael Cohen were in talks to develop Trump Tower Moscow all the way through Election Day 2016. He tried to walk the comments back on Monday, claiming that he was speaking in hypotheticals. On Monday, in a conversation with the New Yorker, Giuliani changed his tune yet again, and reflected candidly about what being this Pre...
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‘Trump Slump’: Gun Sales Down In Shifting Political Climate

When gunmakers and dealers gather this week in Las Vegas for the industry’s largest annual conference, they will be grappling with slumping sales and a shift in politics that many didn’t envision two years ago when gun-friendly Donald Trump and a GOP-controlled Congress took office. Some of the top priorities for the industry — expanding the reach of concealed carry permits and easing restrictions on so-called “silencers” — remain in limbo, and prospects for expanding gun rights are nil for t...
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