‘The gang concept almost never works’: Senators struggle to end shutdown

‘The gang concept almost never works’: Senators struggle to end shutdown

By Burgess Everett A bipartisan group of senators is trying to set up a gang to end the government shutdown. But Senate leaders might as well be an anti-gang task force.About a dozen Democratic and Republican senators are beginning member-to-member and staff level conversations on how to break the deadlock between President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders, who are not even talking any more about how to reopen the government. But few senators believe the group has a real shot at success, given that it's chief goal is at odds with Trump's current hard-line stance. And party leaders aren't offering ...
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“The Pussy Grabber Plays” puts the stories of Trump’s accusers on stage

By Anna North The Pussy Grabber Plays on January 14, 2019, at Joe's Pub in Manhattan." src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/UJ8_FjgBNTE3MKiWE1gSUFRzb0M=/114x0:1934x1365/1310x983/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/62850112/Rachel_Crooks_2_PGP.0.jpg">More than a dozen women accused Trump of sexual misconduct. A new production shows the aftermath. After Natasha Stoynoff wrote that Donald Trump had forcibly kissed her during a 2005 visit to Mar-a-Lago, she says she was approached many times to tell her story again. She always said no, until she heard from Kate Pines and Sharyn Rothstein. The two wanted to create a play bringing together women who had accused Trump of misconduct, allowing them to tell their own stories. “Anything I'd been ...
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Barr backs Trump on the border wall and government shutdown

By Emily Stewart The remarks came in an exchange with Sen. Amy Klobuchar. William Barr, President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, is on board with the president's position on the border wall and the government shutdown — and his mischaracterization of Democrats' position on border security too. In an exchange with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Barr backed the president's wall-money-or-nothing approach to funding the government that has resulted in what is now the longest partial government shutdown in US history. Klobuchar asked Barr if he had a message to Justice ...
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William Barr: ‘I will not be bullied,’ Trump nominee says

William Barr was also quizzed on why he last year called an aspect of the inquiry "fatally misconceived". ...read more Read more here: William Barr: 'I will not be bullied,' Trump nominee says ...
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BBC obtains key email in ex-Team Sky & British Cycling doctor Freeman’s case

BBC Sport obtains an email at the centre of the controversy over a mystery delivery of testosterone to the National Cycling Centre. ...read more Read more here: BBC obtains key email in ex-Team Sky & British Cycling doctor Freeman's case ...
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6 key takeaways from Bill Barr’s testimony about the Mueller probe so far

By Andrew Prokop Trump's AG nominee offered some reassurances — but dodged on other questions. The big question heading into attorney general nominee William Barr's confirmation hearing was whether he'd act as an independent head of the Justice Department under a president who has gone to extreme lengths to try to impede special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation — despite elements of his record that have raised some concerns. So as the hearing began Tuesday, Barr tried to offer some assurances and commitments — saying he almost surely wouldn't fire Mueller, and making clear he believed self-interested presidential interference with an ...
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Harry Kane: Tottenham striker out until March with ankle injury

Tottenham striker Harry Kane will be out until early March after injuring ankle ligaments in Sunday's 1-0 defeat by Manchester United. ...read more Read more here: Harry Kane: Tottenham striker out until March with ankle injury ...
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Are We Truly One Paycheck From Disaster?

By Froma Harrop The partial government shutdown has forced some federal workers to move money around to pay for food and rent. No surprise there. What's shocking is the many who don't have the money to move. They have no financial cushion to cover even one month's worth of ordinary expenses. Don't they have any savings, any savings at all? Consider, a government job provides fairly secure employment. It comes with health coverage, paid vacations and sick days. And the pay, though not princely, is solid. But a loan processor at the Agriculture Department says that she'll be going to ...
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Rahaf Mohammed: Saudi teen’s first public statement in Canada

Rahaf Mohammed makes her first public statement since arriving in Canada after being granted asylum. ...read more Read more here: Rahaf Mohammed: Saudi teen's first public statement in Canada ...
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Americans are now more likely to die from opioid overdoses than car crashes

By German Lopez The opioid epidemic is now a bigger public health and safety threat than car crashes. For the first time in history, Americans are more likely to die from opioid overdoses than car crashes, according to a new report from the National Safety Council. Based on 2017 data, people in the US have a 1 in 103 chance of dying in a motor vehicle crash over their lifetime, but a 1 in 96 chance of dying of an opioid overdose. In comparison, a person has a 1 in 6 chance of dying of heart disease, a 1 in ...
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A judge has stopped the Trump administration from asking about citizenship in the census

By Dara Lind Judge Jesse M. Furman ruled the Department of Commerce lied about why it wanted to add a citizenship question in 2020, which violated federal law. A federal judge has struck down the Trump administration's decision to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. Judge Jesse M. Furman of the Southern District of New York found that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross violated federal law by misleading the public — and his own department — about the reasons for adding the question, which would have forced everyone taking the census to answer whether or not they and ...
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The emoluments clause, explained

By Matthew Yglesias A guide for William Barr, who claims not to know what it is. Asked by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) about ongoing litigation arguing that President Trump's various business interests represent a violation of the Constitution's emoluments clause, attorney general nominee William Barr professed to have no idea what she's talking about. “I think there is a dispute as to what the emoluments clause relates to,” Barr told the Senate while maintaining that he's never researched the subject. “I couldn't even tell you what it says.” The clause is in fact quite obscure. Until Trump's ascension to the ...
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The controversy around Trump’s fast-food football feast, explained

By Rebecca Jennings People are calling Trump's McDonald's and Wendy's meal for the Clemson Tigers racist and classist. When President Trump welcomed the Clemson Tigers, national college football champions, to the White House on January 14, he served them burgers, pizza, and fries from some of America's most storied institutions: fast-food chains. The resulting buffet, which included hamburgers, fries, salads, and fish sandwiches from McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's alongside Domino's pizza, was a strange choice, particularly for an event held in the 140-seat State Dining Room, which traditionally hosts formal dinners for ambassadors and heads of state. But it ...
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House prepares to rebuke King over racist remarks

House prepares to rebuke King over racist remarks

By mzanona@politico.com (Melanie Zanona) House Democrats are preparing to formally rebuke Rep. Steve King over his recent racist comments, but some Democrats are pushing for a more high-profile punishment of censure for the Iowa Republican. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, is pushing a resolution of disapproval against King that includes a broader denunciation of white supremacist and white nationalist movements. Clyburn's motion will be voted on Tuesday afternoon, a day after Republican leaders voted to strip King of all his committee seats. GOP leaders have signaled they will vote for the measure, and some ...
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Microcredit was a hugely hyped solution to global poverty. What happened?

By Stephanie Wykstra Studies have shown it hasn't really lifted people out of poverty. But it's still made a difference in the lives of the poor. For a period of time from the 1980s to the early 2000s, “microloans” were all the rage in international development. The idea was simple enough: By giving a very small loan to someone living in a poor country, you could help them expand a small business, which would lift their family out of poverty. When they pay back the loan, the money can be cycled to more borrowers, getting more families out of poverty ...
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POLITICO Playbook PM: Republicans lunch with Trump, as Dems dash

POLITICO Playbook PM: Republicans lunch with Trump, as Dems dash

By eokun@politico.com (Eli Okun) And President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee breaks with him over Robert Mueller's probe. ...read more Read more here: POLITICO Playbook PM: Republicans lunch with Trump, as Dems dash ...
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Hadiya Pendleton: Gunman sentenced to 84 years for teen’s death

Micheail Ward lashes out at prosecutors in court as he is sent to prison for the shooting. ...read more Read more here: Hadiya Pendleton: Gunman sentenced to 84 years for teen's death ...
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Three Florida children die after becoming trapped in freezer

The three children had climbed into the unplugged unit in a garden when the latch closed on them. ...read more Read more here: Three Florida children die after becoming trapped in freezer ...
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Nairobi DusitD2 hotel under attack as blasts and gunfire heard

Blasts and gunfire are heard in an attack claimed by Somali-based militant group al-Shabab. ...read more Read more here: Nairobi DusitD2 hotel under attack as blasts and gunfire heard ...
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DNA scientist James Watson has a remarkably long history of sexist, racist public comments

By Julia Belluz American Masters. “I would say the difference is genetic.”' src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/uZgpmodkur_AWHQv0rCjg46RsO0=/0x0:2867x2150/1310x983/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/62848086/GettyImages_617812842.0.jpg">“People say it would be terrible if we made all girls pretty,” he said in 2003. “I think it would be great.” The legacy of James Watson — who discovered DNA along with Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin — has once again been tarnished by the American biologist's offensive, baseless comments. In a new PBS documentary, Watson, now 90, affirms his previously stated view that black people are intellectually inferior to white people. “There's a difference on the average between blacks and whites in IQ tests,” ...
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Migrant caravan: Hundreds of Hondurans set off on new trek

Migrants share their reasons for leaving Honduras as more than 500 begin their trek towards the US. ...read more Read more here: Migrant caravan: Hundreds of Hondurans set off on new trek ...
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The Green New Deal’s first test: what counts as clean energy?

By David Roberts The smart political move is leaving it as open as possible. The Green New Deal has captured the public imagination, emerging from obscurity to become the talk of the town in a matter of weeks. Lots of people on the left want to draft on that grassroots energy, claiming some of it for themselves. Thus, the jockeying has begun to define the GND, to nail down exactly what it means and who is allowed to claim the banner. It is inevitably going to be a contentious process. As I wrote in my GND explainer, taking the GND ...
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Spider-Man: Far From Home’s first trailer shows Peter Parker alive and slinging in Europe

By Alex Abad-Santos The first trailer for a post-Avengers: Endgame Peter Parker has arrived. After revealing the first trailer for Marvel's fourth Avengers movie, Avengers: Endgame, last month, Sony and Marvel have released the first teaser for July's Spider-Man: Far From Home. Far From Home is the sequel to 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming and is about Spidey's post-Infinity War and Endgame life and adventures. The trailer shows (a not-dusted) Peter Parker traveling to Europe with his friends and wanting to just be a regular teen. That doesn't last long, as he's contacted by (a not-dusted) Nick Fury, who alerts him to ...
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I write political thrillers. The Trump era keeps spoiling my books.

By Matthew Quirk In Trump's America, why bother with fiction when reality is beyond belief? Let me run an idea for a novel past you. Tell me what you think. What if a reality star became president? And he could be a Russian mole. Wait. There's more. I'm going to throw in subplots about money laundering and neo-Nazis. Did I mention the Kennedy assassination conspiracy angle? And the Congress member addicted to sexting who gets catfished and turns the presidential election? No. You're right. Overstuffed. Incoherent. Hard to believe, sure. I'll take a knife to it. As fiction, this is ...
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Rep. Jackie Speier: FBI Must Know Something We Don’t About “Kompromat”

Rep. Jackie Speier joins MSNBC's Chris Matthews to discuss reports that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into President Trump's alleged ties to Russia. "I think we don't know the half of it," she said about Trump's ties to Russia. ...read more Read more here: Rep. Jackie Speier: FBI Must Know Something We Don't About "Kompromat" ...
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Trump Says Partial Shutdown Solution 'So Simple'

By Catherine Lucey & Jill Colvin WASHINGTON (AP) — With the government mired in shutdown week four, President Donald Trump rejected a short-term legislative fix and dug in for more combat, declaring he would “never ever back down.” Trump rejected a suggestion to reopen the government for several weeks while negotiations would continue with Democrats over his demands for $5.7 billion for a long, impregnable wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The president also edged further away from the idea of trying to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress. “I'm not looking to call a national... ...read more Read more ...
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Rep. Abigail Spanberger: “Concerning To Me” That FBI Opened A Case On Trump-Russia Ties

Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) joins MTP Daily to discuss the reports surrounding Trump's relationship with Russia and the government shutdown. "It is concerning to me that members of the FBI would be so worried about what they might have seen, and have significant actionable items that they focused on and saw and opened a case," she said about reports the FBI investigated Trump's ties to Russia. "They certainly don't open cases lightly." ...read more Read more here: Rep. Abigail Spanberger: "Concerning To Me" That FBI Opened A Case On Trump-Russia Ties ...
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House Republican Leader Strips Steve King of Committee Assignments

By Matthew Daly & Laurie Kellman WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran Republican Rep. Steve King will be blocked from committee assignments for the next two years after lamenting that white supremacy and white nationalism have become offensive terms. King, in his ninth term representing Iowa, will not be given committee assignments in the Congress that began this month, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Monday night. King served on the Agriculture, Small Business and Judiciary committees in the last Congress, and he chaired Judiciary's subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. McCarthy, R-Calif., called... ...read more Read more here: House Republican ...
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Sen. Rick Scott: Congress Is “Completely Dysfunctional,” Shutdown “Makes No Sense”

Speaking to 'Fox & Friends,' in his first live interview since joining the Senate, Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott says the border security standstill in Washington "makes no sense" and Congress is "completely dysfunctional." "Think about it, a vast majority know we have to have border security and supported it. They supported it before. They want the government open. But you can't get it done," he said. "They want border security, but you can't have barriers -- how does that make any sense?" "And they sit here and they keep getting paid when they know other people who are out ...
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Trump’s tweet about “hamberders” illustrates just how effortlessly he lies

By Aaron Rupar Trump boasted about serving the Clemson football team 300 burgers. Since then, the number has grown exponentially. While not as significant as his lies about the situation at the southern border or his dealings with Russia, an amusing tweet President Donald Trump posted Tuesday morning illustrates just how easily he exaggerates and contradicts himself. On Monday night, Trump served the national champion Clemson Tiger college football team a fast-food buffet at the White House. Trump claims to have paid for McDonald's, Wendy's, and Domino's because the White House kitchen is closed due to the shutdown he forced ...
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