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  • State of the Union: Pelosi invites Trump to deliver address on 5 February

    01/28/2019 2:15:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 01/28/2019
    Speaker of the House invites Trump to give speech on 5 February as Sarah Sanders gives first press briefing in over a month.
  • Treasury sanctions Venezuela state-owned oil firm in bid to transfer control to Maduro opposition

    01/28/2019 12:48:37 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | 28 JAN 19 | Tom DiChristopher | @tdichristopher
    The Trump administration will sanction Venezuela's state-owned oil firm, Petroleos de Venezuela, a move the White House has long put off for fear that it would raise oil prices and hurt American refiners. The move comes after a turbulent week for Venezuela that has created a standoff over the country's leadership. Last week, the opposition leader of Venezuela's National Assembly, Juan Guaido, named himself interim president amid street protests. President Donald Trump soon recognized Guaido as the nation's leader and his administration has been marshaling international support for the opposition figure since then. However, socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro, having recently...
  • Scoop: Trump mused about "military option" in Venezuela with Graham

    01/28/2019 7:39:43 AM PST · by Candor7 · 122 replies
    Axios ^ | 27 January 2019 | Jonathan Swan
    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told me that as recently as a couple of weeks ago Trump mused to him about the possibility of using military force in Venezuela, where the U.S. government is currently pushing for regime change using diplomatic and economic pressures. What happened: Graham, recalling his conversation with Trump, said: "He [Trump] said, 'What do you think about using military force?' and I said, 'Well, you need to go slow on that, that could be problematic.' And he said, 'Well, I'm surprised, you want to invade everybody.'" Graham laughed. "And I said, 'I don't want to invade everybody,...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 27 January 2019

    01/27/2019 4:43:52 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 259 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 27 January 2019 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 27th, 2019 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff; Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Jens Stoltenberg, NATO secretary general. The panel will be Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, Julie Pace of The Associated Pressitutes and Gillian Turner and Whine Williams of Fox News. John Roberts will be the guest host.MEET THE PRESS (NBC--Nuthin’ But Collusion): Sen. Lil Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y. The panel will...
  • Ted cruz statement on shutdown

    01/25/2019 4:27:40 PM PST · by lonestar67 · 124 replies
    Facebook ted cruz ^ | Jan 25 2019 | Ted Cruz
    I am glad the Schumer shutdown is over. I am glad federal workers will finally be paid. For weeks, Democrats held their paychecks hostage. Yesterday, I fought hard to immediately pay every single essential federal employee – every essential employee at the Coast Guard, the TSA, air traffic controllers, Border Patrol agents, ICE agents, FBI agents, and those throughout law enforcement. Chuck Schumer and the Democrats cynically objected to that legislation and killed it on the Senate floor. The Democrats have claimed that, once the shutdown ends, they are willing to negotiate in good faith to secure the border. Given...
  • Roger Stone will be on Tucker Carlson Tonight! 1/25/19

    01/25/2019 12:23:52 PM PST · by Sir Gawain · 96 replies
    Twitter/various
    Sorry for the vanity. Still looking for a link.
  • President Trump Rose Garden Announcement - 1:30 p.m. Eastern [LIVE THREAD]

    01/25/2019 10:44:53 AM PST · by Reno89519 · 965 replies
    Reno89519 ^ | January 25, 2019 | Reno89519
    President Trump is making an announcement now or in moments regarding the government shutdown and wall funding. Use your favorite link. Me, I'm using XM Radio.
  • US special counsel's office: Roger Stone arrested in Florida

    01/25/2019 3:36:28 AM PST · by Stars&StripesNE · 272 replies
    This story is developing
  • US Orders Some Diplomats Out of Venezuela; Embassy to Remain Open

    01/24/2019 7:10:40 PM PST · by gandalftb · 29 replies
    VOA ^ | January 24, 2019 7:51 PM | Nike Ching
    STATE DEPARTMENT — The U.S. State Department ordered nonessential personnel to leave Venezuela, but is not closing its embassy in Caracas, the department said Thursday. On Wednesday, Venezuela's disputed president Nicolas Maduro said he was ending diplomatic relations with the United States in response to President Donald Trump's announcement that the U.S. was officially recognizing National Assembly President Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim leader. Maduro ordered U.S. diplomats to leave within 72 hours. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, however, said Maduro no longer has the authority to do so. The U.S. State department said it was evacuating non-emergency staff...
  • Exclusive: White House preparing draft national emergency order and identified $7 billion for wall

    01/24/2019 3:05:37 PM PST · by blueyon · 138 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/24/19 | By Priscilla Alvarez and Tammy Kupperman
    Washington (CNN)The White House is preparing a draft proclamation for President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency along the southern border and has identified more than $7 billion in potential funds for his signature border wall should he go that route, according to internal documents reviewed by CNN. Trump has not ruled out using his authority to declare a national emergency and direct the Defense Department to construct a border wall as Congress and the White House fight over a deal to end the government shutdown.
  • Trump would consider short-term funding bill only with 'down payment' on wall: White House

    01/24/2019 1:59:09 PM PST · by Truth29 · 124 replies
    President Trump will only accept a stopgap spending bill to reopen the government if it contains a “down payment” for his long-desired border wall, the White House said Thursday, shortly after the Senate rejected two separate funding bills. “The president would consider a CR only if it includes a down payment on the wall,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement to The Hill.
  • Senate blocks White House-backed bill to end shutdown [fails 50-47]

    01/24/2019 12:23:06 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 104 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/24/2019 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Democrats blocked a White House backed-plan to end the 34-day partial shutdown, turning it down in a 51-47 vote on Thursday. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined with Republicans to advance the measure, but it fell short of the 60 votes needed to defeat a filibuster. In an unexpected development, Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) voted against Trump's plan. Lee is considered a fiscal hawk and Cotton is one of the Senate’s most conservative members on immigration. The Senate is expected to hold a second vote Thursday on a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the quarter...
  • Elizabeth Warren to propose 'wealth tax' on Americans with more than $50 million in assets [trunc]

    01/24/2019 11:10:12 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 162 replies
    CNBC ^ | 24 JAN 19 | Kevin Breuninger | Tucker Higgins
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is planning to propose a "wealth tax" on some of the richest Americans, an economist who advises her told CNBC on Thursday. The new tax from Warren, who recently announced her bid to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020, would only apply to Americans with more than $50 million in assets. The Washington Post first reported the development. Warren's proposal comes alongside other Democratic lawmakers' plans to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans to pay for ambitious policy goals, including a "green new deal."
  • House Democrats float new shutdown offer with more ’21st century’ border security

    01/24/2019 1:55:11 AM PST · by The Raven · 93 replies
    pbs.org ^ | Jan 23, 2019 | 3 AP writers
    WASHINGTON — House Democrats are putting forward a new proposal to end the government shutdown, aiming to lure President Donald Trump away from his demand for a border wall by offering billions of new dollars for other border security measures. The offer is a possible path toward a compromise even though it does not have the money the president wants for building the wall between the U.S and Mexico. The Democratic proposal is expected to go beyond the $1.6 billion the White House initially requested from Congress for border security, before Trump demanded $5.7 billion for his long-promised wall. The...
  • Trump: I will deliver State of the Union 'when the shutdown is over

    01/23/2019 8:31:19 PM PST · by be-baw · 400 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 23, 2019 | MARY TYLER MARCH
    President Trump said late Wednesday that he would deliver his State of the Union address after the ongoing partial government shutdown is over. "As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address," Trump wrote in a tweet. "I agreed. She then changed her mind because of the Shutdown, suggesting a later date. This is her prerogative - I will do the Address when the Shutdown is over." Trump clarified earlier statements suggesting he may do an “alternative” State of the Union, writing that he was not seeking an alternative venue because...
  • Continuing U.S. Diplomatic Presence in Venezuela

    01/23/2019 7:25:05 PM PST · by dynachrome · 57 replies
    state.gov ^ | 1-23-19 | Michael R. Pompeo
    The United States stands with interim President Juan Guaido, the democratically elected National Assembly, and the people of Venezuela as they peacefully restore constitutional order to their country. We stand ready to support interim President Guaido as he establishes a transitional government and carries out his constitutional duties as interim President, including determining the status of diplomatic representatives in the United States and other countries. We welcome interim President Guaido’s directive to all diplomatic missions in Venezuela that Venezuela intends to maintain diplomatic relations with all countries. The United States maintains diplomatic relations with Venezuela and will conduct our relations...
  • White House seeks list of programs that would be hurt if shutdown lasts into March

    01/23/2019 2:13:45 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan 23, 2019 | By Damian Paletta, Juliet Eilperin
    White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has pressed agency leaders to provide him with a list of the highest-impact programs that will be jeopardized if the shutdown continues into March and April, people familiar with the directive said. Mulvaney wants the list no later than Friday, these people said, and it’s the firmest evidence to date that the White House is preparing for a lengthy funding lapse that could have snowballing consequences for the economy and government services. The request is the first known inquiry from a top White House official seeking information about the spreading impact of...
  • Diocese of Covington evacuated amid reports of suspicious package

    01/23/2019 2:04:08 PM PST · by markomalley · 50 replies
    WLWT ^ | 1/23/19 @1700
    The Catholic Diocese of Covington has been evacuated amid reports of suspicious packages.According to Kenton County dispatchers, there have been reports of several suspicious package at the Roman Catholic diocese in the 1100 block of Madison Avenue. Advertisement Several emergency crews have been sent to the area.The call comes amid controversy in the diocese following the Covington Catholic High School incident in Washington, D.C..According to Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders, the Covington Catholic High School -- which is part of the diocese -- has received hundreds of threats in the wake of the incident.WLWT will update this story as...
  • Trump Says He Will Explore Alternatives After Pelosi Says No State of the Union Until Shutdown Ends

    01/23/2019 1:47:53 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 154 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 1/23/2019 | By Maggie Haberman, Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Julie Hirschfeld Davis
    WASHINGTON — President Trump said he would look for alternative venues for his State of the Union address on Tuesday, appearing to capitulate after Speaker Nancy Pelosi again told him she would not invite him to deliver it at the House until the government reopens. The decision came after a tit-for-tat between Mr. Trump and Ms. Pelosi over the State of the Union address.....It had concluded, at least by late afternoon, with Mr. Trump declaring at the White House, “The State of the Union has been canceled by Nancy Pelosi because she doesn’t want to hear the truth.”
  • At least 5 dead after shooting at SunTrust bank in Sebring

    01/23/2019 1:01:01 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 54 replies
    WFLA ^ | 23 JAN 19 350 PM EST | WFLA 8 On Your Side Staff
    SEBRING, Fla. (WFLA) - An incident inside a central Florida bank ended with "several people down" on Wednesday afternoon. Sebring police officials say a man called 911 around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and reported that he had fired shots inside the SunTrust Bank on US-27 South in Sebring. Sebring police officers and Highlands County deputies responded to the scene and established a perimeter around the bank. Our news helicopter flying over the scene saw a massive law enforcement presence as police tried to negotiate with the man barricaded inside. Police were unsuccessful at first but say the man eventually surrendered after...