Nancy Pelosi has been owning Donald Trump ever since that fateful Oval Office meeting when Trump spontaneously invited reporters in to record as Pelosi secured her speakership while Trump laid his grave by declaring the pride he would take in shutting down the government. Since then, Pelosi has peppered Trump with little insults, such as saying his wall-funding ultimatum was «like a manhood thing for him» and then mocking his retreat on the concrete barrier by suggesting he wanted «a beaded curtain or something.» Pelosi's latest piece of brilliance was to deprive Trump of the one thing he craves above all else: an audience. To the surprise of many in her caucus, she showed up for a meeting with her colleagues Wednesday morning with a letter she had just sent disinviting Trump from delivering the State of the Union speech later this month unless the government was reopened this week. The letter cited the extraordinary «security concerns» of gathering pretty close to the entire U.S. government under one roof at a time when the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security haven't been funded for 26 days. But she's got more where that came from. On Thursday, she added another rationale: fairness. «Let's pay the employees,» Pelosi told reporters. «Maybe [Trump] thinks it is okay not to pay people who do work. I don't. My caucus doesn't either.» Put Democrats down for the risky proposition that federal employees shouldn't be treated like indentured servants subject to the whims of a madman lording over them. Look, Trump and his aides are frankly proving just how truly pathetic they are, now that they've gotten their first whiff of political pushback from Congress. They're tanking in the polls like an unpowered submarine, and every day Pelosi throws a few more sandbags their way. And while congressional Republicans flop around like netted fish, the Democratic caucus is a vision of discipline.
As children stolen from families at the southern border under the barbaric “zero tolerance” policy continue to remain in U.S. custody 175 days past a federal judge’s reunification deadline, a government watchdog has found that the Trump administration stole thousands more kids from families than previously known. Just how many were stolen is, horrifically, “unknown.” While the administration eventually said that more than 2,500 children had been kidnapped under the 2018 policy, the Office of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General confirmed officials were separating families long before that. «How many more children were separated is unknown,” the OIG said Thursday, “by us and HHS.» This squares up with a 2017 Amnesty International report, which also found that far more families were separated than previously reported. The administration had no plans to reunite children stolen under the policy, and only did so because of a federal judge’s court order. But, "’thousands of separated children’ entered the care of the HHS refugee office before the court order, the report said. The reunification rate for those children is not known, the inspector general's office said.” According to NBC News, “some may have been released to family or nonrelative sponsors, but it is not known how many have been reunified.” “The report also found that the Trump administration failed to track separated families in a single database,” Politico reports, “an administrative decision that complicated efforts to reunify the families.” Remember that Sec. Alex Azar told senators that “I could at the stroke of keystrokes … within seconds could find any child within our care for any parent.” Yet he, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen Nielsen continue to remain in their jobs. “Where are these children now?” asked reported Brooke Binkowski. “How many have been drugged, raped, beaten, killed? Where is the oversight? Where is the accountability?” This is a crime against humanity, a disaster of historic proportions that should be the end of any presidency. But under Donald Trump, it seems to be treated as business as usual.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a bottom line for the when the State of the Union address can happen: when the government is open and the government employees responsible for security at it are getting paid. Asked the baiting question of whether she's playing politics by denying Trump a platform, she was unequivocal. I'm not denying him a platform at all. We're saying, let's get a date when the government is open. Let's pay the employees. Maybe he thinks it is okay not to pay people who do work. I don't. My caucus doesn't either. Meanwhile, the White House still hasn't responded to Pelosi's letter. Call your Republican senators at 202-224-3121 and tell the to reopen government. Don't stop until this is over.
Republicans and Donald Trump love to insult and make fun of Rep. Maxine Waters of California. But they’d do well not to underestimate her. While she’s spent a lot of time and energy over the last two years calling for Trump’s impeachment (as she should), Waters is an experienced Democratic lawmaker, having served in Congress since 1991, and is now poised to make an even bigger impact over the next few years. With the Democratic takeover of the House or Representatives earlier this month, Waters becomes the first woman and first black lawmaker to lead the House Financial Services Committee. As The Mercury News reports, this new role gives her “broad influence over the financial world – from Wall Street regulations to flood insurance.” This has Wall Street extremely nervous. As much as bankers and the Wall Street crowd may not publicly side with Donald Trump (after all, these are the kinds of folks who think it’s “impolite” to appear racist, even though many of them certainly are), they love his policies. The banking industry has been benefiting from deregulation efforts under Trump-appointed regulators, which could slow under pressure from Waters. She could also use her position to turn up pressure on Wells Fargo, which has admitted to various consumer abuses in the past two years, and Equifax, which suffered a massive data breach that compromised sensitive data of 148 million people. Too bad for all those bankers who make a living bleeding the most vulnerable Americans dry. But we can’t say its not deserved or well-timed. They’ve gotten breaks for way too long and have a champion in the deranged rich guy who lives in the White House, who doesn’t care about anyone who isn’t wealthy. It will be nice to have someone leading the committee who is knowledgeable and unafraid of Wall Street, and wants to enact policies that protect people instead of harming them. On Wednesday, Waters announces her priorities for the committee. They will include homelessness and housing affordability.
Campaign Action House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to delay the State of the Union address has the White House in a tizzy. Of course it does: Can you imagine the temper tantrum the very stable genius had when the mean lady took his TV time away? But they'll always have Mitch McConnell. So they're trying to figure out if the rescinded invitation from Pelosi can instead come from the Republican Senate. Meanwhile, they're «advising him that Pelosi's suggestion is a sign of weakness—that Democrats fear he will use the stage to his advantage.» Of course they are telling him that. The alternative would be telling him the truth, and who's going to volunteer to do that? To tell him that Pelosi is running rings around him in this fight? There's nothing that would prevent the Senate from extending that invitation as far as the constitution goes. But McConnell has a bit of an issue if that's going to happen. He has to put it to a vote, and beyond that has to get 60 votes for it. Not. Going. To. Happen. Meanwhile, the White House still hasn't responded to Pelosi's letter. Call your Republican senators at 202-224-3121 and tell the to reopen government. Don't stop until this is over.
When stories emerged that Michael Cohen had requested funding to keep Stormy Daniels from going public with the story of Trump conducting an adulterous affair with her during Shark Week, there was one little item down in the footnotes that left many puzzled. In addition to the money he collected to pay off Daniels, Cohen also sought $50,000 in reimbursement for “tech services.” Since Cohen didn’t seem to be connected to Trump’s digital manipulation team, that request was a bit of a puzzle. But now we know: “Technical services” means “skewing online polls.” No matter how bad things are for Donald Trump, there is always a poll—some poll, any poll—that he can hold up in his Twitter rants to prove that he’s more popular than Lincoln. More popular than God. More popular even than that dog who steals a french fry in that video. How does Trump always find some number that provides a pleasing view of his actions? He does it the old-fashioned way: by cheating. As the Wall Street Journal reports, one of the tasks assigned to former attorney Cohen was creating bright and shiny poll numbers for Trump. Cohen outsourced this job to a company called RedFinch Solutions, owned by John Gauger, who was the tech guy for Church of Trump fanatic Jerry Falwell Jr. What did these godly people do for Cohen? They put their holy fingers on on-line polls. But that’s not all. They also did … this. During the presidential race, Mr. Cohen also asked Mr. Gauger to create a Twitter account called @WomenForCohen. The account, created in May 2016 and run by a female friend of Mr. Gauger, described Mr. Cohen as a “sex symbol,” praised his looks and character, and promoted his appearances and statements boosting Mr. Trump’s candidacy. And for his efforts in trying to get Trump elected and doing some side action for Cohen, Gauger was paid in a very appropriate manner. As in, Cohen secretly handed him an off-the-books bundle of cash concealed in a Walmart bag, along with a boxing glove that apparently neither Cohen nor Gauger really wanted. And eventually, as every story involving Trump, Cohen, and payment must end … Cohen tried to cheat Gauger.
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