Idiocracy

Aviation Unions Issue Dire Shutdown Warning: There’s No Telling When The Entire System Might Break Down

Politico reports: Pilots, air traffic controllers and flight attendants are warning that aviation safety is “deteriorating by the day” as the shutdown drags on, and suggested that there’s no telling when “the entire system will break.” Leaders of three unions issued a statement late Wednesday evening saying their concern is growing for their employees, airlines and the public. “In our …

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AP Poll: Shutdown Craters Trump’s Approval Rating

The Associated Press reports: 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 …

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WHAT PRIMARY: RNC Committee Unanimously Votes To Declare “Undivided Support” For Trump’s Re-Election

The Associated Press reports: The Republican Party’s governing body is set to offer its “undivided support” for Donald Trump and his “effective presidency,” lending its backing to the president and his re-election campaign. The Republican National Committee’s resolutions committee unanimously approved the measure Wednesday at a winter meeting in New Mexico, clearing the way for its passage before the full …

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Trump Sends Letter To Pelosi: I’m Delivering The SOTU On The US House Floor Whether You Like It Or Not

The Hill reports: President Trump said Wednesday he will forge ahead with plans to deliver the State of the Union address in the House chamber on Jan. 29, despite objections from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). In a letter to Pelosi, Trump said he has been assured by national security officials there are “no security concerns regarding the State of the …

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Trump Offered NASA Unlimited Funding If They Could Send A Manned Flight To Mars During His First Term

The Hill reports: President Trump in 2017 offered unlimited funding to NASA to send a manned flight to Mars, according to an upcoming book. Prior to a phone call with NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson from the Oval Office in April 2017, Trump pressed Robert Lightfoot Jr., then the acting NASA administrator, for NASA’s plans for Mars, New York Magazine reported …

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Ingraham: Trump To Meet With Covington Boys At WH

Mediaite reports: Fox News’ Laura Ingraham dropped some big news this afternoon: the Covington Catholic students from that viral encounter with a Native American elder will be meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House. After Ingraham’s tweet, however, reporters said this doesn’t appear to be happening just yet. EXCLUSIVE on the new #LauraIngrahamPodcast — the Covington Catholic students …

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Trump Readies Option To Deliver SOTU At Trump Rally

ABC News reports: President Donald Trump is preparing for two different State of the Union speeches – one a more traditional address delivered to Congress in the House chamber or some other location in D.C., the other prepared for a political rally at a location outside of Washington, D.C. that has yet to be determined, according to multiple sources familiar …

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Trump: I’ve Told Sarah Sanders “Not To Bother” With Press Briefings Because Everybody Is So Rude To Her

ABC News reports: President Trump said in a Tuesday tweet that he’s directed White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders “not to bother” with press briefings because “certain members of the press” cover her “rudely” and “inaccurately.” The current 35-day streak without a press briefing from the White House podium is the longest on record since the tradition started during President …

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Trump: Covington Students Are Symbols Of Fake News

The Washington Post reports: After a weekend marked by bitter recriminations over race and political bias, with the nation transfixed by viral videos depicting a confrontation between a crowd of Catholic schoolboys and a Native American elder, calls went out Monday — the federal holiday celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. — for restraint. But for President Trump, …

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Tell-All Book: Trump Screamed At “Disloyal” Paul Ryan For Criticizing His Handling Of White Supremacist Rally

The Washington Post reports: President Trump watched on television, increasingly angry, as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan criticized his handling of the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. He held the remote control “like a pistol” and yelled for an assistant to get the Republican leader on the phone. “Paul, do you know why Democrats have been kicking your a– …

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Trump Photoshops Images To Make Himself Thinner

Gizmodo reports: President Donald Trump’s social media accounts are filled with vile racism, idiotic xenophobia, and inaccurate statistics. And now we can add another category to the list: fake photos. In recent months, Trump’s official Facebook and Instagram accounts have published photos of the president that have been manipulated to make him look thinner. If it only happened once you …

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Trump Hails Unpaid Federal Workers As “Great Patriots”

Newsweek reports: President Donald Trump has lauded the federal employees furloughed or working without pay due to the partial government shutdown, describing those not getting paid as “great patriots.” Though the president has tried to shift the blame for the shutdown onto the opposition, polls have shown that most Americans blame Trump and the Republicans for the ongoing crisis—caused by …

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Mike Pence Compares Trump To Martin Luther King Jr.

CBS News reports: Vice President Mike Pence was harshly criticized on Sunday for quoting the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in his most famous speech in defending President Donald Trump’s efforts to persuade Congress to fund construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday — a day before the federal holiday honoring …

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Tell-All Excerpt: Trump Had WH Staff Print Out Cable News Chyrons Because “People Watch TV On Mute”

Another excerpt from the coming Team Of Vipers tell-all: “People watch TV on mute,” the President told me, “so it’s those words, those sometimes beautiful, sometimes nasty little words that matter.” When the President would deliver a speech somewhere outside of D.C., the research team would take screenshots of all the chyrons that aired while he was speaking. Then, adding …

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Giuliani Says Maybe Trump Did Talk To Michael Cohen Before Testifying To Congress But “So What?” [VIDEO]

Politico reports: President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Guiliani on Sunday said it’s “possible” that president spoke to his former attorney Michael Cohen ahead of his congressional testimony. “Which would be perfectly normal,” Guiliani told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “So what?” “As far as I know, President Trump did not have discussions with him,” he added. “Certainly no discussions with …

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Shutdown: Federal Courts Are Running Out Of Money

The New York Times reports: The federal courts are running out of money as the partial government shutdown continues with no end in sight, raising concerns that the legal system will be significantly hobbled if the standoff is not resolved soon. Judges and court officials around the country are bracing for the likelihood that the federal judiciary will be unable …

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Melania Flies Alone To Mar-A-Lago On Government Jetliner After Trump Cancels Pelosi’s Trip To Visit Troops

The New York Post reports: Hours after President Trump grounded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s planned trip to visit the troops in Afghanistan, first lady Melania Trump was winging her way to Mar-a-Lago — on a government jet. Politico writer Jake Sherman made the discovery while listening to air traffic control and noted that EXEC1F was headed to Palm Beach airport. …

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Furloughed Federal Workers File For Unemployment

The Associated Press reports: The number of furloughed federal employees seeking unemployment benefits jumped in the first two weeks of the shutdown, topping 10,000 during the week of Jan. 5. The Labor Department said Thursday that is double the number of federal workers who sought aid in the previous week. Typically fewer than a thousand former federal employees apply for …

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White House: Shutdown Cost Is Double What We Said

ABC News reports: The broader impact of the shutdown on the U.S. economy may be double what was expected, White House economists confirmed on Wednesday, Day 26 of the political standoff. Meanwhile, thousands of employees have been called back to work without pay because of the risks posed for their agencies if, for example, airports continue to run with fewer …

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Air Traffic Controllers Union: Flying Is Now “Less Safe”

The Associated Press reports: A top member of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association said Wednesday that flying is “less safe today than it was a month ago” due to the partial government shutdown. “I would say [flying] is less safe today than it was a month ago, absolutely,” Trish Gilbert, the executive vice president of the labor union, said …

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