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Mike Pence calls criticism of wife’s job at anti-LGBTQ school ‘deeply offensive’ – NBCNews.com

Friday, January 18, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday addressed news coverage and criticism regarding his wife’s decision to return to teaching at a Virginia elementary school that explicitly bars LGBTQ employees and students. “My wife and I have been in the public eye for quite a while, we’re used to the criticism,” Pence said in an interview with EWTN, a cable network that offers “news from a Catholic perspective.” But, he added,…

Trump, Pelosi need to graduate from preschool – Washington Examiner

Thursday, January 17, 2019

So, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatens to cancel the State of the Union address, and President Trump responds by denying her the usual military transport for a legitimate foreign trip, citing the same specious reason. Next thing you know, they’ll both be running to the teacher yelling that the other one started it. American government has now entered the Romper Room. Can’t anybody in Washington remember that they are supposed…

Trump cancels U.S. delegation to Davos economic forum – AOL

Thursday, January 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has canceled his delegation’s trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week due to the partial U.S. government shutdown, according to a statement released by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday. Trump, who attended last year’s Davos event, had planned to go again this year but pulled out last week as he grapples with Democrats in Congress over funding for a wall…

Former Trump lawyer reconsidering plan to testify to Congress – adviser – Reuters

Thursday, January 17, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen is reconsidering his plan to testify publicly to the U.S. Congress next month because of intimidation by the president, an adviser to Cohen said on Thursday. Lanny Davis, an attorney who has been advising Cohen on his media strategy, said in an interview with MSNBC that some remarks made by the Republican president about Cohen amounted to witness tampering…

Are Trump’s gifts to Putin the work of a gullible admirer rather than a mark of collusion? | Trudy Rubin – Philly.com

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Yet over and over this president makes common cause with the Kremlin with his statements, his policies, the many contacts between his team and Kremlin operatives. Not to mention and his bizarre bromance with Vladimir Putin. Meantime, William Barr, Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, has suggested to Congress that Mueller’s final report may be kept secret, even though polls show around 75 percent of Americans want it to be made…

Rudy Giuliani Backs Off Remarks on Potential Collusion by Trump Aides – The New York Times

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The president agreed with him in a subsequent Twitter post, and added that Hillary Clinton, his former Democratic rival, was the one who was doing the colluding. Mr. Trump has long maintained that his campaign never aided Russia’s meddling, even as the special counsel inquiry has revealed communications between Russians and some Trump campaign aides. While the word “collusion” has no defined legal meaning, in plain English, it means working…

McConnell should invite Trump to deliver the State of the Union in the Senate chamber – Washington Examiner

Thursday, January 17, 2019

It would be standing room only, and it would be historic. It is the smaller of the two chambers, and it has never hosted this kind of thing. Otherwise it wouldn’t be all that different if the president delivered his State of the Union from the Senate chamber rather than the House of Representatives. That is the reasoning of a handful of House Republicans, led by Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala….

IG: Trump administration took thousands more migrant children from parents – The Washington Post

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Most of the military and vets agree with Trump: It’s time to bring the troops home – Washington Examiner

Thursday, January 17, 2019

When President Trump met with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and other senators on Wednesday to discuss foreign policy, the president told the group that he planned to move forward with drawing down troops in Syria and Afghanistan, which he had originally announced before Christmas. Paul, one of Trump’s strongest supporters of finally winding down America’s wars in both countries, tweeted after the meeting: I have never been prouder of President…

Michael Cohen Acknowledges Payments to Doctor Online Polls for Trump – The New York Times

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Journal reported that in early 2015, before Mr. Trump declared himself a candidate for president, Mr. Cohen gave $12,000 to $13,000 in cash stuffed in a Walmart bag to John Gauger, the owner of RedFinch Solutions, who also works for Liberty University. The money was in exchange for help boosting Mr. Trump’s name in two online polls. Mr. Cohen was supposed to pay Mr. Gauger $50,000 for the work,…

Cohen says Trump directed him to pay for poll rigging – CNN

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Pelosi claims State of the Union could be postponed over security threats; Homeland Security and Secret Service say she’s wrong – Washington Examiner

Thursday, January 17, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has proposed that President Trump postpone his Jan. 29 State of the Union address until after the partial government shutdown ends, arguing that a lack of funding for Homeland Security and U.S. Secret Service agents presents a serious security risk to the White House and Congress. The agencies charged with protecting the nation’s lawmaker, however, are disputing her suggestion that they are unable to perform…

Watchdog: ‘Thousands’ more children were separated than government admitted, and it doesn’t know how many – CNN

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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GOP Dismisses Suggestion That State Of Union Be Postponed – HuffPost

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Associated Press writers Chris Rugaber, Darlene Superville, Matthew Daly, Jonathan Lemire, Alan Fram, Colleen Long, Andrew Taylor, Laurie Kellman, Elana Schor and Ken Sweet contributed to this report.

Dead baby found at Amazon distribution center – New York Post

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Arizona police found a dead newborn at an Amazon distribution center, local outlets reported. Phoenix police said they found the baby inside a women’s bathroom at the facility Wednesday night and the newborn was beyond resuscitation. They are investigating the death. “This is a terribly sad and tragic incident,” Amazon said in a statement to AZ Family, adding they’re working with cops. The warehouse continued its operations while officers investigated,…

Don Lemon Says Giuliani’s CNN ‘Performance’ Is Proof He’s Up To Something – HuffPost

Thursday, January 17, 2019

“Quite a performance, right?” Lemon said of Giuliani’s debate with Cuomo. “But make no mistake, there is a method to this madness. The president’s attorney, as he always does, laying out the groundwork there for what is to come. So stay tuned to that.”

Pelosi claims State of the Union could be postponed over security threats; Homeland Security and Secret Service say she’s wrong – Washington Examiner

Thursday, January 17, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has proposed that President Trump postpone his Jan. 29 State of the Union address until after the partial government shutdown ends, arguing that a lack of funding for Homeland Security and U.S. Secret Service agents presents a serious security risk to the White House and Congress. The agencies charged with protecting the nation’s lawmaker, however, are disputing her suggestion that they are unable to perform…

Fact Check: Trump’s Tweet on Border Walls in Europe – The New York Times

Thursday, January 17, 2019

It includes naval patrols and surveillance on the Mediterranean, where most migrants try to cross into Europe. European governments work with countries like Libya, Morocco and Turkey to try to deter migrants from attempting deadly sea crossings. Last year, an estimated 150,000 illegal crossings were detected on the external borders of the European Union, according to Frontex. (The same person may attempt the crossing and be counted in different locations.)…

Here’s how to get airport screeners paid during government shutdowns: Privatize the TSA – Washington Examiner

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Conservatives complain about government constantly. But if there’s one agency hated by people across the political spectrum, it is the Transportation Security Administration. This agency, created in late 2001, is known by alternative acronyms such as “Thousands Standing Around,” and anyone who has flown on a busy day understands why. On every trip, one inevitably gets the perception that innumerable TSA workers are lounging in the background. This complaint should…

Poll-Rigging for Trump and Creating @WomenForCohen: One IT Firm’s Work Order – The Wall Street Journal

Thursday, January 17, 2019

In early 2015, a man who runs a small technology company showed up at Trump Tower to collect $50,000 for having helped Michael Cohen, then Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, try to rig online polls in his boss’s favor before the presidential campaign. In his Trump Organization office, Mr. Cohen surprised the man, John Gauger, by giving him a blue Walmart bag containing between $12,000 and $13,000 in cash and, randomly,…