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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Ivanka Trump complained about coastal elites to defend her father -- and was swiftly met with furious mockery. read more


Ronald Brownstein: The virtually lockstep Republican defense of President Donald Trump so far during his impeachment trial marks a new milestone in the Senate's long-term evolution into a more partisan and regimented institution that demands unwavering party loyalty and punishes the freewheeling independence that characterized the great legislators through the body's history. read more


Senator Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) on Tuesday said he doesn't have the votes to block a resolution to allow witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial, according to multiple reports. McConnell made the admission in talks with Senate Republicans after President Trump's defense team concluded its arguments. read more


At an event in Sarasota, Fla., on Monday, former White House chief of staff John Kelly said he believes the accounts detailed in former national security adviser John Bolton's memoir. read more


The State Department on Monday removed an NPR reporter from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's upcoming trip abroad after a dayslong spat with a different NPR reporter, who said Pompeo berated her and cursed after an interview. read more


Chinese authorities are constructing a 1000-bed hospital in the city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the Wuhan coronavirus. Working on a war-footing, authorities mobilised men and machinery to ready the hospital within 10 days. read more


CBO.gov: In CBO's projections, the federal budget deficit is $1.0 trillion in 2020 and averages $1.3 trillion between 2021 and 2030. Projected deficits rise from 4.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020 to 5.4 percent in 2030. Other than a six-year period during and immediately after World War II, the deficit over the past century has not exceeded 4.0 percent for more than five consecutive years. And during the past 50 years, deficits have averaged 1.5 percent of GDP when the economy was relatively strong (as it is now). Because of the large deficits, federal debt held by the public is projected to grow, from 81 percent of GDP in 2020 to 98 percent in 2030 (its highest percentage since 1946). By 2050, debt would be 180 percent of GDP--far higher than it has ever been read more


BlueDot uses an AI-driven algorithm that scours foreign-language news reports, animal and plant disease networks, and official proclamations to give its clients advance warning to avoid danger zones like Wuhan. read more


Sheriff's deputies in Lake County, Fla., on Monday arrested a notorious tormentor of the parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims, charging him with the unlawful possession of personal identification. read more


The Trump administration, investigative journalist Sharon Lerner detailed a few days later, "is executing an old tobacco industry scheme to dismantle the federal government's ability to protect the public from cancer." The Trump White House has packed the Environmental Protection Agency's top echelons with free-market fundamentalists who've set about "freeing" chemical companies from regulations designed to limit the presence of cancer-causing chemicals in our nation's air, water, and soil. These appointees, Lerner's reporting documents, are working hand in glove with chemical manufacturers, which have spent $1.4 billion on lobbying over the past dozen years. read more


No one scares President Trump as much as people who used to work for him. They know the truth about him, and some of them tell it. read more


Monday, January 27, 2020

In 5-4 ruling, Supreme Court allows Trump plan to deny green cards to those who may need gov't aid DHS said last year that it would expand the definition of "public charge" to be applied to people whose immigration to the U.S. could be denied because of a concern that they would primarily depend on the federal assistance. read more


Two days ago, NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly revealed that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had berated her with expletives after she asked him about the Ukraine scandal. Today, President Donald Trump chimed in -- by appearing to threaten to cut off NPR's federal funding. read more


Former National Security Adviser John Bolton claims that, contrary to President Trump's denials, the president said outright that he was blocking aid to Ukraine unless Ukrainian officials helped with investigations into the Bidens. read more


Former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, possibly best-known for refusing to join a fraud investigation into Trump University that ultimately led to the President of the United States forking over $25 million, is right now defending President Trump on national TV during the Senate impeachment trial. read more


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