Tag Archives: Idiocracy

Ivanka Under Consideration To Head World Bank

Business Insider reports: President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, who works as a White House adviser, is one of the names being considered as a replacement for The World Bank’s outgoing president, Jim Yong Kim, the Financial Times reported Friday. The DC-based World Bank, founded after World War II to finance economic-development projects in emerging economies, has traditionally been led …

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WH Chief Economic Adviser: Federal Workers Are Better Off Because They Didn’t Have To Use Any Vacation Days

The Hill reports: White House chief economic adviser Kevin Hassett said furloughed workers are “better off” because they didn’t have to use vacation days over the holidays due to the government shutdown. Hassett told PBS during an appearance on “NewsHour” that the timing of the shutdown coming during the holidays allowed furloughed workers to avoid having to use vacation days. …

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Trump: The USMCA Trade Deal Will Pay For The Wall

The Week reports: Throughout his campaign, Trump repeatedly vowed that America’s southern neighbor would stump up the money for the steel barrier. Between his announcement speech and the 2016 election, he declared 212 times that Mexico would pay for the wall, according to Factbase, which tracks all of Trump’s interviews, speeches and tweets. He then went on to argue that …

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Graham Calls For Trump To Declare Wall “Emergency”

The Hill reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday said President Trump should declare a national emergency so he could build the U.S.-Mexico border wall after last-ditch negotiations in the Senate fell apart. “It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier. I hope it works,” Graham said in a statement. …

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Pence To Dems: “If There’s No Wall, There’s No Deal”

Axios reports: In a briefing with Capitol Hill reporters Thursday afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence made it clear that the Trump administration won’t give in on wall funding, but said that Trump “has made no decision” as to whether he’ll declare a national emergency. He also suggested that the administration does not want to trade DACA protections for wall funding. …

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Trump: “I Never Said” Mexico Will Pay For The Wall

The Independent reports: Donald Trump this morning claimed, “When during the campaign I would say Mexico is going to pay for it, obviously I never said this, and I never meant they’re going to write out a check. I said they’re going to pay for it. They are.” Trump has repeatedly promised that Mexico would pay for the wall, with …

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Common Saw Easily Cuts Through Wall Prototype

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated for a steel slat design for his border wall, which he described as “absolutely critical to border security” in his Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday. But Department of Homeland Security testing of a steel slat prototype proved it could be cut through with a saw, according to a report …

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Trump: I’m “100% Ready” To Declare Wall Emergency

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was likely to declare a national emergency to secure funds for his long-sought wall along the U.S. southern border if he cannot reach an agreement with Democrats in Congress to provide the money. Speaking to reporters at the White House as he prepared to depart to visit the Texas border town …

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Trump: “Cryin Chuck” Lied About My Temper Tantrum

Mediaite reports: President Donald Trump is back on Twitter, this time disputing Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer‘s account of how their meeting together fell apart yesterday. Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congressional Democrats journeyed to the White House yesterday for a new round of discussions about the government shutdown over Trump’s demand for a border wall. After negotiations …

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Trump Rages: NBC Is Working With The Democrats

Deadline reports: Some folks just never get over their former employer. President Donald Trump threw some evening shade on NBC and its cable news outlet late last night, tweeting that both “are going crazy” and “are truly the Opposition Party.” The former host of NBC’s The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice even threw in a slam at an MSNBC rival …

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Trump’s Shutdown Halts FDA’s Food Safety Inspections

NBC News reports: The ongoing federal government shutdown has stopped most food safety inspections, but the Food and Drug Administration is planning to resume at least some of them. To do it, the agency will have to force furloughed workers to come back without pay. FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said he is trying to pinpoint the most essential inspections, …

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Coast Guard Shutdown Tips: Garage Sales, Babysitting

The Washington Post reports: Employees of the U.S. Coast Guard who are facing a long U.S. government shutdown just received a suggestion: To get by without pay, consider holding a garage sale, babysitting, dog-walking or serving as a “mystery shopper.” The suggestions were part of a five-page tip sheet published by the Coast Guard Support Program, an employee-assistance arm of …

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Second Federal Union Sues Trump Over Shutdown

The Washington Post reports: The National Treasury Employees Union became the second federal employees’ union to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the shutdown. Tuesday’s collective action alleges more than 400,000 federal employees — including tens of thousands of NTEU members — are being forced to work without pay during the partial government closure. The complaint asked that …

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Sanders: Emergency Wall Order Is Still On The Table

The Hill reports: President Trump considers the declaration of a national emergency to circumvent Congress and begin construction on a border wall to be on the table, his top spokesperson said Wednesday. Though Trump didn’t mention the possibility of a declaration during a primetime address to the nation Tuesday night, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News that …

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Trump: My Border Visit Is Pointless, But I’m Still Going

The New York Times reports: In taking his argument to a national television audience and on a trip to the Texas border he plans to take on Thursday, Mr. Trump hoped to reframe the debate. Yet privately, Mr. Trump dismissed his own new strategy as pointless. In an off-the-record lunch with television anchors hours before the address, he made clear …

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REPORT: Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein To Resign Soon

ABC News reports: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his role in the coming weeks, multiple sources familiar with his plans told ABC News. Rosenstein has communicated to President Donald Trump and White House officials his plan to depart the administration around the time William Barr, Trump’s nominee for attorney general, would take office following a Senate …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Speech And Democratic Response

CNN reports: President Donald Trump will declare to an American television audience Tuesday there is a crisis at the US southern border and that a wall is the best and only remedy — an exceptional step, at odds with facts, to fulfill his central campaign promise. After weeks of a partial government shutdown, Trump and his negotiators have made little …

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POLL: Voters Blame Trump And GOP For Shutdown

Politico reports: A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, conducted as the partial government shutdown reached its third week, reveals the scope of Trump’s challenge. A minority of voters agree with Trump’s description of a crisis of illegal immigration at the southern border. There’s only tepid support for the wall he wants to build there. Voters are opposed to shutting down the …

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McConnell: Dems Are Throwing A “Partisan Tantrum”

Politico reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ripped Senate Democrats on Tuesday, comparing their plan to prevent the chamber from taking up legislation to a “partisan tantrum.” “Now they’re threatening to shut the Senate down, too. They’re threatening to shut down efforts to protect our allies and strengthen our relationship with Israel. Something they all recently claim to support,” …

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REPORT: No “Emergency” Wall Declaration Tonight

The New York Times reports: The White House has floated the idea of invoking emergency powers to build a wall along the country’s southwestern border without approval from Congress. But while Democrats have been bracing themselves for him to make that declaration on Tuesday night, administration officials who had seen a draft copy of his speech said the president was …

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