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Poll: Trump’s Approval Rating Dips To Yearlong Low Over Shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — A strong majority of Americans blame President Donald Trump for the record-long government shutdown and reject his primary rationale for a border wall, according to a new poll that shows the turmoil in Washington is dragging his approval rating to its lowest level in more than a year. Overall, 34 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s job performance in a survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That’s down from 42 percent a month ear...
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Trump tells Pelosi he plans to deliver State of Union next week in House chamber as planned

By JILL COLVIN WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump made clear Wednesday that he intends to deliver his State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress next week, telling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a letter that there are no security concerns stemming from the government shutdown and “therefore I will be honoring your invitation.” Pelosi had asked Trump to postpone the Jan. 29 address. But Trump wrote back: “It would be so very sad for our Country if the State of the Union were not de...
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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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Trump celebrates new citizens in Oval Office ceremony

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a day focused on his demand for a border wall, President Donald Trump used music and pageantry to welcome “the five newest members of our great American family” during a naturalization ceremony in the Oval Office. In a ceremony Saturday that began to the strains of a violin and ended with […]
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Reports: Trump May Offer Dems Concessions In Exchange For Wall Money

President Donald Trump may offer his support for certain Democratic policy goals in exchange for border wall funds during remarks from the White House Saturday, CNN and Axios reported Friday and Saturday, respectively. Congressional Democrats have insisted that Trump reopen the government before any such negotiations, but according to the reports, Trump may offer the policy concessions in a statement from the White House Saturday afternoon, one that he hyped in a tweet Friday. The remarks, ini...
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Trump and Kim Jong-un to meet again at second nuclear summit

Location of summit between leaders to be announced laterDecision comes in wake of talks between Trump and envoyDonald Trump and Kim Jong-un will hold a second summit near the end of next month, the White House has announced, after the president held an Oval Office meeting with a North Korean emissary. Related: Kim Yong-chol: the ultimate North Korean regime insider Continue reading...
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Trump meets North Korea's lead negotiator at White House

North Korea's lead negotiator on nuclear talks with the US arrived at the White House Friday where he is meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, according to press secretary Sarah Sanders.
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Can Nancy Pelosi delay Trump’s State of the Union address amid government shutdown?

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has asked President Donald Trump to postpone his State of the Union address, initially scheduled for 29 January, for as long as the partial government shutdown continues. In a letter she sent to the president on Wednesday, Ms Pelosi suggested that Mr Trump reschedules his address, deliver it from the Oval Office, or perhaps send it over in written form to Capitol Hill, citing that the government shutdown compromises security arrangements for the event. The gov...
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The 'most powerful man in politics,' demonized in this week’s dubious tabloids

If you roll up a copy of this week’s Globe tabloid into the shape of a seashell and hold it to your ear, you can hear the sound of President Trump screaming. Just because they’re packed with fact-challenged celebrity gossip doesn’t mean that the tabloids can’t give us insight into American politics. President Trump has long used the National Enquirer and Globe as mouthpieces for his thoughts, and this week it appears that trend continues. Just because Globe and National Enquirer chief David Pec...
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State of the Union: Pelosi's threat to move address sparks confusion – live

Speaker of the House tells reporters Trump can give his address ‘from the Oval Office if he wants’Sign up to the daily US morning briefing 9.00pm GMT A new report from the inspector general of the General Services Adminstration says that the agency, which oversees government owned property, improperly ignored constitutional concerns over Donald Trump’s lease of the Old Post Office building in Washington for a hotel.As the Washington Post puts it: Trump’s company won the lease several years b...
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Manchin Calls Pelosi’s Request for SOTU Postponement the ‘Wrong Approach’

Democratic senator Joe Manchin said Wednesday that he thinks House speaker Nancy Pelosi made the wrong move in asking President Trump to postpone his State of the Union address until the government is reopened, or give the address from the Oval Office instead of the capitol. “I’m not sure what her intentions are,” Manchin said on NBC. “I have the utmost respect for Speaker Pelosi. Pelosi cited security concerns in a letter to Trump on Wednesday asking that  he postpone the State of the Union a...
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McCarthy: ‘Unbecoming Of The Speaker’ To Delay State Of The Union

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Wednesday that it was “unbecoming” of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to rescind her invitation for President Donald Trump to deliver the State of the Union address as a result of the government shutdown. “To change course like that shows she’s playing politics,” McCarthy said, per CNN. “To change course is just unbecoming of the speaker.” Other outlets reported the remarks as well. NBC News’ Frank Thorp reported that McCarthy also said: “Spe...
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Pelosi: Trump Can Deliver SOTU ‘From The Oval Office If He Wants’

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) offered President Trump an option for his State of the Union address after she asked him in a letter to postpone the event until the government is reopened, citing security issues: Do it from the Oval Office. “We’ve never really had a State of the Union when the government is shutdown,” she told reporters Wednesday before outlining the security risk of having nearly all the leaders of the federal government in the same room without the proper security ...
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State of the Union: Pelosi says Trump's address poses 'security threat' during shutdown – live

Speaker of the House tells reporters Trump can give his address ‘from the Oval Office if he wants’Sign up to the daily US morning briefing 7.24pm GMT Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in the House of Representatives slams Paul Ryan, although not by name, for not taking action on Steve King during Ryan’s tenure in the House.Kevin McCarthy seriously throwing Paul Ryan under the bus in local radio interview on Steve King: "I knew that I watched past leaders did not act and I just felt I don't ...
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Congressional testimony reveals FBI leadership debated whether Trump's decision to fire Comey was directed by Moscow

Senior FBI leadership was disturbed by President Trump's comments on Comey's termination, including an Oval Office meeting where he told the Russian foreign minister the firing eased pressure.
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Opinion: Complete and utter failure

Call it the week of zero. Zero work for many federal employees (and zeroes in their paychecks) as the government shutdown slipped into the record books on Saturday, becoming the longest one ever; zero movement on a southern border wall, even after President Trump used an Oval Office speech to demand it, and then threatened to get the money by declaring a national emergency.
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Complete and utter failure

Call it the week of zero. Zero work for many federal employees (and zeroes in their paychecks) as the government shutdown slipped into the record books on Saturday, becoming the longest one ever; zero movement on a southern border wall, even after President Trump used an Oval Office speech to demand it, and then threatened to get the money by declaring a national emergency.
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America's big week of zero

Call it the week of zero. Zero work for many federal employees (and zeroes in their paychecks) as the government shutdown slipped into the record books on Saturday, becoming the longest one ever; zero movement on a southern border wall, even after President Trump used an Oval Office speech to demand it, and then threatened to get the money by declaring a national emergency.
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Make no mistake -- this is GOP shutdown

The Democratic leaders struck on a great slogan when they started talking about the "Trump Shutdown" during the famous televised Oval Office meeting with President Trump last month. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned Trump that the blame for a government shutdown would fall on him, but the President happily accepted the responsibility and said, "I am proud to shut down the government for border security."
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"What if there were no collusion or conspiracy but simple cognitive bias on both sides, where the actions of one seemed to confirm precisely the suspicions of the other?"

Asks Jonathan Turley (at The Hill).There are now two possibilities. The first of those is that Trump really was some “manchurian candidate” placed in the Oval Office by Russia and controlled from afar by Vladimir Putin. Many are unlikely to ever accept any other possibility, though the New York Times story does not suggest that this counterintelligence operation found any basis for the original allegation....Now to the more intriguing theory that is more consistent with known facts.... Trump sta...
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America's week of zero

There was zero work for many federal employees (and zeroes in their paychecks) as the government shutdown slipped into the record books as the longest ever; and zero movement on a southern border wall, even after President Trump used an Oval Office speech to demand it--then threatened to get the money by declaring a national emergency. Commentators had a lot to say about this and more this week.
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Opinion: America's week of zero

Call it the week of zero. Zero work for many federal employees (and zeroes in their paychecks) as the government shutdown slipped into the record books on Saturday, becoming the longest one ever; zero movement on a southern border wall, even after President Trump used an Oval Office speech to demand it, and then threatened to get the money by declaring a national emergency.
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Analysis: Let's be clear, it's a GOP shutdown

The Democratic leaders struck on a great slogan when they started talking about the "Trump Shutdown" during the famous televised Oval Office meeting with President Trump last month. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned Trump that the blame for a government shutdown would fall on him, but the President happily accepted the responsibility and said, "I am proud to shut down the government for border security."
Tags: News, Senate, Gop, House, Stories, Nancy Pelosi, Trump, Oval Office, Chuck Schumer, Trump Shutdown


Zelizer: Make no mistake -- this is a GOP shutdown

The Democratic leaders struck on a great slogan when they started talking about the "Trump Shutdown" during the famous televised Oval Office meeting with President Trump last month. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned Trump that the blame for a government shutdown would fall on him, but the President happily accepted the responsibility and said, "I am proud to shut down the government for border security."
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Trump Repeatedly Undermines Loyal Soldier Pence In The Shutdown Fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Progress made, said one. Not so, said the other. We’ll meet again, said one. Waste of time, said the other. Such has been the life lately of Mike Pence, the loyal soldier dispatched by President Donald Trump to lead negotiations over the partial government shutdown. The vice president has been one of the administration’s most visible emissaries during the shutdown fight, meeting with lawmakers, sitting for interviews and leading staff-level talks. But he’s been repeatedly — a...
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Critical Context for the FBI Probe of Trump

So many things have happened over the last two-plus years that simply defy belief that it can be essential to review them, to see what light they shed on new developments when arranged in order. Last night the Times reported that in the immediate aftermath of James Comey’s firing the FBI launched a probe into “whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.” It’s worth reviewing the precise chain of events. Trump fired Comey on Tuesday, M...
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The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 12, 2019 — SHUTDOWN!

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 12, 2019 SHUTDOWN! In solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of government workers who have been furloughed or who are working without pay, as well as the vast number of contractors, businesses, and local entities whose livelihoods depend upon the normal functioning of the Federal government, the IM Saturday Monks Brunch is SHUT DOWN today. We have no funds to provide food and drink for the Brunch. IM offices and off-site facilities are shuttered and lo...
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So many things have happened over the last two-...

So many things have happened over the last two-plus years that simply defy belief that it can be essential to review them, to see what light they shed when arranged in order on new and surprising developments. Last night the Times reported that in the immediate aftermath of James Comey’s firing the FBI launched a probe into “whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.” It’s worth reviewing this precise chain of events. Trump fired Com...
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Kushner Privately Urges Restraint On Emergency: Don’t ‘Do Things Just To Do Them’

The publicly silent son-in-law to the President is emerging as a voice of restraint within the West Wing when it comes to President Trump’s wall war, The Wall Street Journal reported According White House officials who spoke to the WSJ, Jared Kushner said in a recent Oval Office meeting that the authority to declare a national emergency shouldn’t be enacted just to “win a messaging war against Democrats opposed to the wall,” in WSJ’s words. “Let’s stop doing things just to do them,” Kushner s...
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How Mitch McConnell Is Working Behind the Scenes to End the Shutdown

President Donald Trump gave an Oval Office address and headed to the border. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have been holding regular press conferences to rebut him. But when the shutdown ends, it will likely be the handiwork of the leader who’s stayed offsides: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Kentucky…
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