Administration Stands By Shutdown

White House senior advisor and infamous xenophobe Stephen Miller doubled down on Trump’s threat to shut down the government Sunday on CBS.

Miller, a driving force behind many of Trump’s cruelest immigration policies, reaffirmed the president’s threats to shut down the government if he does not receive $5 billion in funding for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico in the 2019 budget.

His comments were made during an interview Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

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Cyber-Bully-in-Chief Can’t Take the Heat

After Saturday Night Live spun “It’s a Wonderful Life” into a spoof on Trump’s presidency, he demanded that the show be “tested” by the courts.

The skit revived Alec Baldwin’s now iconic portrayal of the president and imagined what would have happened if Trump had never become president.

Trump, however, wasn’t amused, and called for the show to be “tested” in the courts.

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Being President Protects Trump

Incoming House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff predicted that the president will be indicted by the Justice Department after leaving office.

And because of a Justice Department policy stating that a sitting president cannot be indicted, Trump now has more incentive than ever before to fight for the presidency in 2020 with everything he’s got.

And that is a terrifying prospect for America, its people, and for world democracy as a whole.

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Cohen Goes to Prison

Michael Cohen, former attorney to the president, was sentenced to three years in prison for his involvement in both political and financial crimes.

In addition to three years in prison, Cohen will then undergo three years of supervised release, and will forfeit $500,000 as well as pay a restitution of $1.4 million on top of a $50,000 fine.

While Cohen had asked for leniency, he also took responsibility for his actions as well as the consequences.  Continue reading

Big Oil Helped Draft Paris Climate Accord

The Intercept is reporting that Shell Oil Chief Climate Change Adviser David Hone boasted about his company’s involvement in drafting the Paris agreement.

Hone apparently made the comments during the ongoing international climate change conference, COP 24, on Friday.

It appears that Shell Oil was able to influence the agreement via their relationship with the International Emissions Trading Association.

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CREW Suing FBI Over Giuliani Leak

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is suing the FBI for failing to fulfill a records request documenting a 2016 leak to Rudy Giuliani.

CREW alleges that Rudy Giuliani was given advance notice that then-FBI Director James Comey would be reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server in the last weeks of the 2016 election.

The organization requested documentation of the leak to better understand how and why Giuliani was given such advance notice, but the FBI has thus far failed to supply the necessary documentation.

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Planned Parenthood to Retain Medicaid Funding

In a significant win for women’s rights, the Supreme Court today refused to hear a case arguing for the repeal of Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood.

The case centers around the issue of whether states can block offices that provide women with annual health screens, contraceptive coverage, and cancer screening from receiving Medicaid funding.

Surprisingly, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh both sided with the liberal members of the court in choosing not to hear the case; either one of them voting in favor would have triggered the case’s hearing.

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Kushner Advised Saudi Crown Prince

The New York Times is reporting that Jared Kushner violated White House protocol by communicating with MBS following Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.

Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and close advisor, apparently coached Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — better known as MBS — on how to “weather the storm.”

This comes after the transcript of the audio recording of Khashoggi’s murder has been released, in we he can apparently be heard saying, “I can’t breathe,” before he died.