Disaster Diffused

An off-duty police officer in Seguin, Texas potentially saved dozens of lives when he intercepted a man wearing a surgical mask and carrying a handgun.

The man was acting erratically, was wearing tactical gear, and was headed for an unidentified church nearby.

According to a Seguin Police Department spokesperson, the suspect, 33-year-old Tony Dwayne Albert II, was on his way to fulfill a “prophecy.”

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Goodlatte’s Shame

Outgoing Republican Congressmember Bob Goodlatte blocked a bill designed to improve federal response to missing and murdered indigenous women.

Despite the fact that the bill was unanimously passed in the Senate earlier this month, Goodlatte’s status as chair of the Judiciary Committe enabled him to block the vote in the House, effectively killing the bill.

The legislation was sponsored by Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, who is also leaving office. Her reelection bid was hampered by legislation restricting the Native American vote, which comprised a large part of Heitkamp’s base.

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Democrats Attempt to End Shutdown

House Democrats are working to bring legislation to the floor that would extend current budgetary spending for border security through February 8.

The proposed legislation would consist of two bills, one extending the funding of the Department of Homeland Security and the other would encompass all six expired spending bills to provide full funding through the end of the fiscal year.

If passed, border security funding would stay at the current $1.3 billion as opposed to the $5 billion demanded by the president.

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Ohio Hearbeat Bill Blocked

Ohio Republicans were not able to gain enough votes to overturn outgoing Governor Kasich’s veto of the restrictive abortion bill.

The proposed legislation would have banned all forms of abortion after a fetal hearbeat is detected, which in many cases can occur as early as six weeks — a point at which many women aren’t even aware they are pregnant.

There was even discussion surrounding the implementation of the death penalty for both health care providers who performed abortions as well as women who received them.

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Government Shutdown to Continue

The president is digging his heels in (free of bone-spurs, by the way) around border-wall funding, increasing the length of the government shutdown.

The president tweeted early this morning that his administration would “be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats” refuse to give him the $5 billion he has demanded to build a slatted spike wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

All this after repeated campaign promises that Mexico would pay for the wall.

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President Lies to Troops About Pay Increase

During a surprise visit to the troops after Christmas, the president lied to them about a pay raise that he hasn’t given them.

Once again, the president lied to our soldiers and told them that he had secured a 10% pay increase for them, and that it was their first pay-raise in more than a decade.

The truth? Military pay has increased every year for more than 30 years, and the 2.6% increase set forth in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act is the largest in the last 9 years.

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Trump Tries to Leverage Shutdown

The president and his lawyers are attempting to take advantage of the government shutdown to delay a lawsuit against him over violations of the emoluments clause.

His lawyers argue that the suit would be too much of a distraction from the president.

U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte of Maryland, however, disagrees, and has refused the request to delay the suit on the basis of the government being shut down.

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President Reveals Special Forces in Iraq via Twitter

Donald Trump tweeted a video of himself with special forces in Iraq that were previously undisclosed during his trip to visit the troops.

The U.S. Navy SEAL team is clearly pictured in the video despite the sensitive nature of their deployment.

It is incredibly rare for a president, or the government in general, to release the identity of a specific team during their deployment, much less to release clearly identifying images.

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The Shutdown Continues

Federal workers are beginning to feel the weight of an extend shutdown, and there doesn’t appear to be any relief in sight.

The worst part? There is reportedly zero discussion currently taking place on the issue, meaning no progress is being made.

With the president visiting troops in Iraq and the House set to switch to Democratic control January 3, fears are mounting that the shutdown could continue into next month.

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