quote:As part of House Oversight Committee's investigation into security clearances, the Committee is demanding docs from the NRA relating to John Bolton's foreign contacts.
NPR has the letter Elijah Cummings sent to the NRA president.
quote:Paul Manafort’s lawyers on Wednesday strongly disputed claims by prosecutors working for the special counsel that Mr. Manafort repeatedly lied to them, including about the transfer of campaign polling data to a Russian citizen with ties to Kremlin-run intelligence services in spring 2016.
The lawyers argued in a new court filing that the prosecutors had wrongly interpreted honest memory lapses and innocent misstatements by Mr. Manafort as deliberate attempts to deceive them about his interactions with the Russian citizen, Konstantin Kilimnik, who received the polling data in 2016 as Donald J. Trump was closing in on the Republican presidential nomination.
“Failure of memory is not akin to a false statement,” Mr. Manafort’s lawyers said.
If the federal judge in Washington who is overseeing the case, Amy Berman Jackson, decides that Mr. Manafort intentionally misled the prosecutors working for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, after agreeing to cooperate with them, she would presumably be less likely to show leniency on March 5, when she is to sentence him on two conspiracy charges.
But as a practical matter, Mr. Manafort, 69, stood little chance of receiving less than 10 years for those crimes even before prosecutors accused him of breaching his plea agreement by lying to them about his dealings with Mr. Kilimnik and other matters. He is also awaiting sentencing for eight other felonies.
Judge Jackson has scheduled a hearing for Friday on the prosecutors’ accusations.SPOILER“The fundamental cause of the trouble in the modern world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”— Bertrand Russell
twitter:realDonaldTrump twitterde op donderdag 24-01-2019 om 05:12:07 As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address. 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. I am not looking for an.... reageer retweet
twitter:realDonaldTrump twitterde op donderdag 24-01-2019 om 05:18:30 ....alternative venue for the SOTU Address because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber. I look forward to giving a “great” State of the Union Address in the near future! reageer retweet
Nancytwitter:SpeakerPelosi twitterde op donderdag 24-01-2019 om 05:54:51 Mr. President, I hope by saying "near future" you mean you will support the House-passed package to #EndTheShutdown that the Senate will vote on tomorrow. Please accept this proposal so we can re-open government, repay our federal workers and then negotiate our differences. https://t.co/57KMATZZTO reageer retweet
Senators hope defeat of dueling plans produces a solution to shutdowntwitter:
quote:The Senate plans to hold dueling votes Thursday to end the longest government shutdown in history. Like many, Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) thinks both proposals will fail.
That, in the eyes of Rounds and others, is the point.
“I think this is basically a public statement of what all of us know to already be the case,” Rounds said in an interview. “But it provides an avenue.”
Where that road will lead is an open question. Still, for the first time this year, the Senate is taking concrete steps to try to resolve the partial shutdown — offering a glimmer of hope for a deal to reopen shuttered agencies.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) agreed to hold initial votes on two starkly contrasting ideas that some lawmakers hope will mark a small but important step toward a solution.
The votes will test the abilities of McConnell and Schumer to unify their sides, and likely, to negotiate with each other afterward. In other dramatic fiscal showdowns over the past decade, the Senate has almost always been the chamber that found the bipartisan solution as the House hit roadblocks, from the Wall Street bailout of 2008 to reopening of government after the 2013 shutdown. But those were crises that predated President Trump’s mercurial presidency.
In effect, the defeat of both measures would demonstrate in the most concrete manner yet that what both sides have been pushing for is not possible in the Senate, and that some new compromise must be forged to pass the chamber.
Such a scenario might entice Trump to offer more concessions to Democrats while serving as a counter to Democrats’ insistence that there is overwhelming support for their plan, according to a Senate Republican leadership aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to be candid.
“Sometimes failure is a prelude to people looking at each other and saying, well, now we know what will fail, let’s try to devise something that will succeed,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in an interview.SPOILER“The fundamental cause of the trouble in the modern world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”— Bertrand Russell
quote:As a self-described political conservative, Reagan Larson might seem to be a natural fit for the Republican Party. The 19-year-old college student from South Dakota grew up in a Catholic household that objected to same-sex marriage, and she remains firmly opposed to abortion.
But in many ways, that is where the ideological similarities end. Ms. Larson, a dual major in biology and Spanish at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., does not oppose the legalization of marriage equality. She views climate change as undeniable, believes “immigrants make our country richer,” and disagrees with her parents on the need for a border wall.
Ms. Larson is part of Generation Z, one of the most ethnically diverse and progressive age groups in American history. People born after 1996 tend to espouse similar views to the age cohort just ahead of them, the Millennials, but they are far more open to social change than older generations have been, according to the findings of a new report by the Pew Research Center. The findings mark a shift that could substantially reshape the nation’s political and economic landscape.
According to the study — which was based on online surveys of 920 youths aged 13 to 17 and nearly 11,000 adults 18 or older — only 30 percent of Generation Z respondents said they approved of President Trump’s performance; more than half believed humans were fueling climate change; and 70 percent said they wanted the government to do more to solve the nation’s problems. Those views roughly mirror attitudes held by Millennials, and together, the two age groups may add up to a powerful voting bloc at odds with Republican orthodoxy, political scientists say.
“This should be an alert to the Republican Party as they think about generational replacement,” said Elizabeth Bennion, a professor of political science at Indiana University South Bend.SPOILER“The fundamental cause of the trouble in the modern world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”— Bertrand Russell
Dit vind ik heel raar..quote:Op donderdag 24 januari 2019 02:21 schreef Ulx het volgende:
Republican Senator Joni Ernst Says She Was Raped in College
Heel erg uiteraard. Maar dan toch voor de benoeming van Brett Kavanaugh stemmen. En daarmee dus aangeven dat ze niet geloofde in het verhaal van dr Ford.
Gardner is sowieso toast in 2020. Maargoed, leuk dat hij het nog probeert.quote:Op donderdag 24 januari 2019 07:08 schreef Kijkertje het volgende:twitter:
Zo zie je maar weer dat je nogal vreemd overkomt door ongefundeerd met termen als 'demtuig' te gaan posten.quote:
Hij zou in principe de inwoners van Colorado moeten representeren. Wat dat betreft wel jammer dat zo gauw iemand verkozen wordt steeds meer de partijdiscipline er zo dik bovenop gedrukt wordt.quote:
Naar de DNC toe heb ik nooit beweerd neutraal en objectief te zijn. Integendeel, ik ben openlijk anti DNC, nooit verborgen.quote:
Lijkt me een gevalletje van obstructie..quote:Op woensdag 23 januari 2019 19:42 schreef Ulx het volgende:
Lanny Davis: "Due to ongoing threats against his family from President Trump and Mr. Giuliani, as recently as this weekend, as well as Mr. Cohen's continued cooperation with ongoing investigations, by advice of counsel, Mr. Cohen’s appearance will be postponed to a later date."
quote:Ex-federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade on Trump: "You could make a case that he satisfies the federal criminal statute for witness tampering." @MSNBC
quote:When the Air Traffic Controllers say they can’t predict the point at which the whole system will crash, it’s not a great time to fly. It’s a time to protest loudly, pressure McTurtle, and demand that Trump at least pretend to be a grownup for a change.
Joe, Jack, William & Averellquote:Op donderdag 24 januari 2019 04:58 schreef Kijkertje het volgende:twitter:
En het is de schuld van Mueller! Hij heeft hun vriendschap verpest!
quote:US Diplomat: Gets shot in the face
US: "Well, looks like it’s time to secure the world's largest oil reserve (and bring some freedom)!"
Link naar het wapo artikel in de tweet.quote:Rumor has it that the Kushners changed their family name -- it was originally Dunning-Kruger https://t.co/WzaDlkTpW3