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This is what happens when you trust Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell managed to convince Senate Democrats to vote to fund the government on Monday on the strength of his word. Based on even his recent track record, that word is worth very little.

McConnell said Monday, before a vote to fund the government through February 8, that he would take up legislation to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that President Donald Trump rescinded last year. McConnell promised to do so if there wasn’t an agreement reached prior to February 8 and Democrats continued to support future spending bills. read more

Nicole Kidman celebrated actresses over 40 at the SAG Awards: “We are potent and powerful and viable”

Her speech was a reminder that women’s power in Hollywood has long been constrained in a variety of ways.

While many actors thanked their costars at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night, Nicole Kidman also thanked a few others: Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, Meryl Streep, and other actresses a generation older than her.

“I want to thank you all for your trail-blazing performances you have given over your career,” Kidman said. “How wonderful it is that our careers today can go beyond 40 years old.” read more

Mitch McConnell thinks Democrats are very dumb

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) went to the Senate floor on Sunday night and laid out his position on the government shutdown. Thus far, McConnell has rejected repeated overtures from Democrats to keep the government open for three or four more days while negotiations on the budget, health care and immigration continue.

Instead, McConnell said he wants a three week continuing resolution that will keep the government open through February 8. If, by that date, there is no agreement on immigration issues, McConnell now says it is his “intention” to take up separate legislation that would deal with DACA and “related issues.” read more

Trump blows up shutdown talks, releases unhinged new ad linking Democrats to murder

The next presidential election is almost 3 years from now. The government was shut down on Saturday at midnight and thousands of government employees have been furloughed or are working without pay.

President Trump is releasing campaign ads.

On Saturday, Trump released an ad through his campaign accusing Democrats that stand in Trump’s way of building a wall along the southern border “will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants.”

The timing of the ad is especially odd because, on Friday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer went to the White House and offered to support funding for a border wall in exchange for legal status for DREAMers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. read more

The government has officially shut down

So what now?

At 12:01 am on Saturday, January 20, the federal government shut down.

Republicans and Democrats are still stuck in a standoff after failing to reach an immigration deal this week. House Republicans passed a bill on Thursday to fund the government for four weeks and extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years, after Congress had failed to reauthorize that program for the last four months.

But on a procedural vote late Friday, which needed 60 votes to advance the House spending bill, 45Senate Democrats — and five Senate Republicans — rejected it. read more

The government just shut down. Here’s how it happened.

Many federal government agencies and services officially shut down midnight Saturday, after the Senate rejected a short-term spending bill that would have funded the government through Feb. 16.

The first government shutdown since 2013 came after months of confusing and contradictory statements by President Donald Trump, often on Twitter, and an unwillingness by Republicans to include legislation to protect “DREAMers.” Roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who have lived in the U.S. since they were kids face deportation without a bill that would let them remain and work in the country. read more

Government shutdown 2018: what we know so far

Congress has until Friday to keep the government open.

Congress is barreling toward a government shutdown deadline. With 24 hours left to negotiate, Republicans and Democratic senators left the Capitol Building Thursday night without knowing what will happen next to keep the government open.

There are a lot of moving pieces, but right now, the House has passed a short-term spending bill, which would extend the shutdown deadline into February, that looks to have no shot in the Senate. By Thursday night, there were still enough Republican and Democratic senators against the short-term spending bill to shut down the government. read more

The “winners” of Trump’s fake news awards, annotated

The “highly anticipated” list was basically a roundup of since-corrected reporting errors.

There was no red carpet, but President Donald Trump tweeted a link to his “highly anticipated” fake news award winners Wednesday night, as promised.

The link itself — to the official Republican National Committee website — turned out to be a bit of a fake out. “The site is temporarily offline, we are working to bring it back up. Please try back later,” the link read for many for at least an hour after the announcement. read more

Vox Sentences: France’s president changes his tune on immigration policy

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Simone Biles is the latest gymnast to accuse former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of abuse; French President Emmanuel Macron cracks down on migrants.

Simone Biles is the latest Olympian to open up about sexual abuse

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  • Gymnast and four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles is the latest to go public with sexual abuse allegations against Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor. [CNN / Emanuella Grinberg]
  • Sharing her story on social media recently, Biles said she was inspired by the #MeToo movement and other women sharing their stories of sexual abuse and harassment over the years. Biles called for an investigation into USA Gymnastics. [Houston Chronicle / David Barron]
  • Nassar has already pleaded guilty to seven first-degree sexual assault charges in a Michigan court. He’s due to be sentenced this week, and will have to face about 90 of his accusers as they testify about how the abuse impacted them. [NPR / Vanessa Romo]
  • That’s not even all of the women who have come forward alleging Nassar abused them. The number is closer to 140, including Biles’s fellow Olympians Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and McKayla Maroney. [Associated Press]
  • The abuse allegations Nassar has pleaded guilty to are horrific, including that he exposed himself to young girls and penetrated them with his fingers as he was working with them. [PBS Newshour / Joshua Barajas]
  • There have also been calls to shut down Karolyi Ranch, the training center in Texas where the USA Gymnastic teams practice. Biles and other have written about their fears of returning to the place where the abuse happened. [USA Today / Nancy Armour]
  • The USA Gymnastic abuse problem is bigger than Nassar. An IndyStar investigation in 2016 revealed that the organization’s officials compiled complaints about coaches, but often didn’t bring them to authorities or take action. [IndyStar / Marisa Kwiatkowski, Mark Alesia, and Tim Evans]
  • Already, there have been consequences for the organization, including two huge corporate sponsors pulling their funding. [Washington Post / Des Bieler]

Is Macron become more Trump-like on immigration?

  • It’s not just President Donald Trump who is cracking down on immigrants. In Europe, French President Emmanuel Macron is doing the same thing. [BBC] In a recent speech, the young French president vowed that the seaside city of Calais would not become home to a new migrant camp. The city was formerly the spot of a refugee camp nicknamed the “Jungle,” where thousands of migrants were staying as they tried to reach the UK, which does not want to accept them. [Guardian / Kim Willsher] This is a noticeable departure from the pro-immigrant stance on which Macron ran his presidential campaign (especially in contrast to far-right, anti-immigrant candidate Marine Le Pen). Those in left-leaning French political parties are lobbing heavy criticism at Macron. [Washington Post / James McAuley] France is one of the key places in Europe to which migrants are trying to escape; the country got a record 100,000 asylum claims last year. The debate over immigration in France is not likely to dissipate anytime soon. [Voice of America]


    • Another week, another terrifying new technological development to be wary of: cars that track our movement more effectively than our smartphones.[Washington Post / Peter Holley]
    • It’s New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s final day in office, and he’s blowing through some last-minute bills. This weekend he approved 150 pieces of legislation, including one that criminalizes flying your drone while drunk. [NJ / Susan K. Livio and Brent Johnson]
    • Could 2018 mark the return of the dreaded scrunchie? Some fashion houses apparently think so (even though they’re wrong). [Racked / Tanisha Pina]
    • Because bars are the exact kind of place where people want to be told to mind their manners: One London pub has decided to ban swearing within its walls. We can only imagine how well that will go over. [New Yorker / Lauren Collins]


    “Eating toast and jam is one of the simplest joys in life, like a warm summer wind that breezes through an open car window, or freshly washed bed linen, or showering after a hard workout, or the first cherries of the season.”[Man Repeller / Claire Beermann] read more

Trump hints he’s given up on a DACA deal

And he’s blaming Democrats for it.

If the president is still looking for a deal on DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has protected hundreds of thousands of young adult unauthorized immigrants from deportation and allowed them to work legally in America since 2012 — his Twitter feed isn’t showing it.

“DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it,” President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday morning. Trump ended the program in September, giving Congress until March to strike a deal, which it hasn’t. read more

Donald Trump’s long history of racism, from the 1970s to 2018

Trump has repeatedly claimed he’s “the least racist person.” The record suggests otherwise.

If you ask President Donald Trump whether he’s racist, he has a standard response: He claims that no, in fact, he’s “the least racist person that you’ve ever encountered.”

But Trump’s record tells a very different story.

On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly made explicitly racist and otherwise bigoted remarks — from calling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists to proposing a ban on all Muslims entering the US to suggesting that a judge should recuse himself from a case solely because of the judge’s Mexican heritage. read more

Gamer who made “swatting” call over video game dispute now facing manslaughter charges

A Los Angeles man was charged with a Kansas man’s death after making a false report to police in December.

A man accused of initiating a “swatting” incident that resulted in the death of another man halfway across the country has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and interference with law enforcement according to court records made public on Friday. He was also charged accused of making a false alarm, which carries a felony charge.

On December 28, 25-year-old Tyler Barriss called police in Wichita, Kansas, falsely claiming he’d shot his father during an argument and was holding two other people hostage in a home there. Barriss, however, was in Los Angeles, and the home he sent the police to in Wichita was where 28-year-old Andrew Finch’s mother lived. When Finch walked out the door to see why the police had shown up, he was shot and killed by an officer. According to the Washington Post, two unnamed gamers were playing Call of Duty: WWII and got into a dispute — one dared the other to swat him, and for some reason provided Finch’s address. That gamer contacted Barriss, who made the false call that sent police to Finch, a father of two. read more

Trump was reportedly surprised black lawmakers didn’t personally know fellow black person Ben Carson

That wasn’t even the only stereotype Trump reportedly threw out during a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus.

President Donald Trump reportedly couldn’t avoid stereotyping black people during a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus.

He had asked members of the Congressional Black Caucus in a March meeting, Vivian Salama reported for NBC News on Friday, if they personally knew Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who is black. He was surprised when none of the attendees did, two meeting attendees told Salama. read more

Trump’s first full presidential physical exam, explained

What the upcoming exam at Walter Reed will — and won’t — tell us about Trump’s health.

Donald Trump will undergo his first full physical exam as president on Friday — an event that’s attracting an unusual degree of scrutiny amid questions about his mental health and fitness for office.

Concern about the president’s mental capacity has escalated in the past week with the publication of Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Itpaints a portrait of an individual who is not of sound mind, surrounded by people who believe he is not really fit to be president. read more

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