Politics

Pissed At Missing His Gala, Trump Spent Yesterday Watching Old Clips Of Himself Screaming About Obama

The New York Times reports: One year to the day after taking office with vows to bring the dysfunction of Washington to heel, President Trump on Saturday found himself thrust into the most perennial of political crises, bitterly casting blame on Democrats for a government shutdown he said they had orchestrated to mar the anniversary. Mr. Trump had planned to ...

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POLL: 47% Say Trump Is Not Mentally Stable

ABC News reports: A year in the presidential spotlight hasn’t been kind to President Donald Trump: His approval rating is the lowest in modern polling for a president at this point, with deep deficits on policy and personal matters alike. Strikingly, the public divides evenly on whether or not he’s mentally stable. That question aside, a lopsided majority, 73 percent ...

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GOP House Rep Used Public Funds To Settle Sex Suit

The New York Times reports: Representative Patrick Meehan, a Pennsylvania Republican who has taken a leading role in fighting sexual harassment in Congress, used thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to settle his own misconduct complaint after a former aide accused him last year of making unwanted romantic overtures to her, according to several people familiar with the settlement. A ...

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Cuomo Pitches First In Nation Congestion Pricing For Manhattan, Drivers Would Pay $11.52 Below Midtown

The New York Times reports: Driving a car into the busiest parts of Manhattan could cost $11.52 under a major proposal prepared for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that would make New York the first city in the United States with a pay-to-drive plan. Similar traffic charges are already used in cities like Singapore, Stockholm, London and Milan, but New York ...

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OPEN THREAD: Government Shutdown Approaches

Politico reports: Washington is barreling toward a government shutdown at midnight Friday, with no apparent sign of a last-minute breakthrough and each party blaming the other for causing the crisis. Senate Democrats scheduled a caucus-wide meeting for 8:30 p.m. The chamber will hold a procedural vote on the House-passed stopgap funding measure at 10 p.m., which currently does not have ...

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Neighbor To Plead Guilty Of Assaulting Rand Paul

The Washington Post reports: A neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, has agreed to plead guilty in federal court in a November attack that left the nation’s best known libertarian with six broken ribs and briefly sidelined him during debate over the tax overhaul, according to court documents. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana announced Friday ...

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Trump Claims Progress On Averting Shutdown

The Hill reports: President Trump declared Friday he made progress toward averting a government shutdown after an “excellent” meeting with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) at the White House. Schumer emerged from the meeting, however, singing a different tune. The Democratic leader said there are a “good number of disagreements” with Trump on immigration and spending, even as they ...

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Trump Promised To Gift Porn Star Stormy Daniels With A Condo In Trump Tower Tampa (Which Never Got Built)

The Tampa Bay Times reports: In a 2011 interview with In Touch, five years before the payment but just published this week, Daniels talked about her interactions with Trump, which included a promise of a condo in Trump Tower Tampa. “I was talking about how I was going to be moving to Tampa at the time and he told me ...

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White House May Reduce ATF To Just The F

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration has drafted plans to strip key authorities from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, senior administration officials said on Friday, an acknowledgment that the agency has all but abandoned its legacy of fighting liquor and tobacco smugglers. The A.T.F. traces its roots to Eliot Ness and the Prohibition-era federal agents ...

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Discovery Channel Reacts To Trump’s Hatred Of Sharks

Mashable reports: There’s a lot to fear with Donald Trump in the White House — but his worst fear? Sharks, apparently. Which isn’t sitting well with Discovery Channel. Mashable reached out to the Shark Week network after reading a report alleging that Trump once said, “I hope all sharks die.” Its response was measured. “Shark Week celebrates the wonder of ...

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DOJ To Retry Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez

NBC News reports: Federal prosecutors are seeking to retry U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez on bribery and corruption charges after an earlier trial ended in a deadlocked jury last fall. The U.S. District Court in New Jersey filed its notice of intent Friday to retry the Democrat senator along with Florida doctor Salomon Melgen. “An early retrial date is the best ...

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BREAKING: Supreme Court To Hear Travel Ban 3.0

Reuters reports: The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday set up a major showdown over presidential powers, agreeing to decide the legality of President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries. The conservative-majority court is due to hear arguments in April and issue a ruling by the end of June on whether the policy violates federal immigration ...

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Trump Might Shun Super Bowl Interview Tradition

Variety reports: The Super Bowl has launched dozens of customs, ranging from the event’s eye-popping halftime show to the consumption of thousands of pounds of pizza, buffalo wings, and seven-layer dip. In 2018, however, one new tradition is in danger of being broken. The White House has at present, according to a person familiar with the matter, indicated to NBC ...

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POLL: 48% Will Blame Trump/GOP For Shutdown

ABC News reports: A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds substantially greater Republican risk in a government shutdown, with Americans by a 20-point margin saying they’re more likely to blame Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress than the congressional Democrats if one occurs. Forty-eight percent in the national survey say they’d blame Trump and the GOP, vs. 28 percent ...

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Charges Dropped Against Most Inauguration Protesters

Courthouse News reports: Federal prosecutors will drop charges against 129 of 188 people who were accused of felony rioting after President Donald Trump’s inauguration last year, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said Thursday. Prosecutors will still press cases against 59 defendants they contend were most responsible for the demonstrations, which resulted in smashed windows, property damage ...

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Schumer Heads To White House For Shutdown Talks

The Los Angeles Times reports: With a federal shutdown looming, President Trump reached out Friday to Senate Democratic Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and invited him to the White House for talks, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. Schumer, who reached a previous budget deal with Trump last fall over the strong objections of GOP leaders, was ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Addresses Anti-Abortion March

Reuters reports: Donald Trump will become the third sitting U.S. president to address anti-abortion activists at the annual March for Life on Friday, highlighting his shift in recent years from a supporter of women’s access to abortion to a powerful opponent. Trump is due to address the march in Washington via satellite from the White House Rose Garden on Friday ...

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REPORT: Omarosa May Have Taped Confidential White House Convos, Fears Being Swept Up In Mueller’s Probe

The New York Daily News reports: Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman may have taped confidential West Wing conversations and fears being caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, sources told the Daily News on Thursday. The former reality TV star’s official last day in the Trump administration is Saturday — despite the abrupt announcement of her departure last ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

CBS News reports: Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and White House legislative director Marc Short are holding an on-camera briefing at the White House regarding a possible government shutdown. If Congress doesn’t pass new funding by Friday night, the government will shut down early Saturday morning. So far, the House passed a short-term spending bill Thursday night, ...

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Jeanine Pirro: Mar-A-Lago “Sure Ain’t No Shithole”

Buzzfeed attended last night’s gala at Mar-A-Lago: Decked out in red, white, and blue, Trump fans from all over the country danced throughout the evening at the president’s exclusive club, toasted repeatedly to Trump’s accomplishments, chanted his name — along with the occasional campaign favorite “lock her up” — and referred to Trump as a “damn genius,” their “messiah” and ...

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