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Doug McKelway reports from Capitol Hill on what the President, Democrat leaders said before the meeting on the border wall-financing.
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On the roster: Congress, too tired to even fake – Bipartisan rebuke to trump Saudi-attitude – J. V. is: What if Democrats accuse Trump have? – Audible: it is not only you, at least Costanza Claus
CONGRESS TO TIRED TO EVEN FAKE IT
We are usually among the last to complain of the Congress of diligence.
Maybe there is truth in what Gideon Tucker, a 19th century New York Democrat, said, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” We kid… mostly.
It is, above all, that we have developed, bad metrics for the evaluation of the effectiveness of the legislature.
Somewhere in Washington, now an editor, sinks in despair of short and employees and the range of slow news days in advance, now a reporter to Stoke on is encouraging, a little song how many of the accounts of the 115th Congress passed.
We are not to look, because we don’t care if this Congress 200, or less than 300, even more bills and resolutions than the one in front of him. We already know that this Congress was a failure, because she was able to take action on the issues most in the country and need urgent attention. If they did, the plays in more or less parts of the legislation, not a role.
Conversely, you have a wonderfully successful Congress, the bills to only a handful could. If this Congress was only concerned with immigration, health care or the national debt alone you could easily call it a success if you only worked six weeks to two years.
All that has been said, it is particularly annoying to members of Congress leave for a five-day weekend in front of an all-but-certain government shutdown. Despite all the hot words from both sides on the financing of the government and the immigration, there are no real shops, the house of representatives until the evening of the 19th. December.
Leave that to the government shutdown, which they seem intent only 30 hours to go.
Now, we should point out that the government is shut down, what they used to be. The institution is a product of the budget rules, created by then-Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W. Va., in the 1970’s. This automatic “shut down” were designed as a sanction for both the Executive and the legislature, if they have not passed a budget in a timely manner. And until the mid-1990s, they were usually treated as such.
It was to be avoided as a late fee on your credit card: and minimized whenever possible.
It was not until House Speaker Newt Gingrich and President Bill Clinton is trying to “win” the shutdown in December 1995, we have on the current silliness. Since Gingrich, the shutdown was considered “lost” and since Solon, the punditocracy Clinton attributed to the 1996 re-election in the part of the shutdown showdown, these were as powerful political weapons.
Given the national atmosphere for most of George W. Bush‘s presidency, we will not see a repeat of this behavior, only a little funny business with the debt ceiling. But if the Republicans take revenge back in power in Congress with a Democrat in the White house, you were determined to, the 1990 defeat.
Washington wasted most of the time during the Obama presidency fighting over a penny-ante continuation resolutions, “budget sequestration” and ” fiscal cliff diving. Remember the trillion-dollar coin? *snort* What was created as a punishment for excessive partisanship in a tool of the excessive partisans.
Even before the Democrats had taken power again in the house in this time, we have more of the same. This shutdown-do not fight about politics, and more, to enable, to avoid legislature, and the responsibility, then you have to do to solve each problem at hand.
The difference between the $1.6 billion in border protection against $5 billion is chicken feed for a government that spends more than $4 trillion per year. While you are struggling, the debt-to-whizzing about $22 trillion, a chaotic, confusing system of immigration reformed, and new doubts stem of the customers of the American health insurance market.
This is like two teams, the toss does not score a touchdown, calling for instant replay review on the coin.
The fact that house Republicans leaving for a long, long weekend away, how irresponsible our Congress and politics. We understand that this is a leverage game. By leaving so little time on the clock, house Republicans hope to jam up the Senate Democrats (and the Republicans) and force them to accept, you would not have to deal with more time.
But it is really a kind of insult. If you expect us to do, as what you do is actually the legislation, you have to fake it at least.
THE RULES: THIS IS THE TRUTH
“It is forgotten, on the one hand, that jealousy is the usual concomitant of love, and that the noble enthusiasm of liberty apt to be infected with the spirit of narrow and intolerant distrust.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 1
TIME-OUT: TWINKLE, TWINKLE
Space.com: “head for the dark, clear skies tonight — overnight. Dec. 13-14 to see the shooting stars of the Geminid meteor shower overhead. The shower is probably the best meteor shower of 2018, and it will be visible in both hemispheres, although the Northern hemisphere will have an advantage. During the August Perseid meteor shower is known more, experts say, to get outside for this one too. “Maybe [it is less well known], because it is cold for so many in this shower’s peak,’ Diana Hannikainen, Sky & Telescope’s observation of the editor, said in a statement. “But the Geminids is the best representation of the “shooting stars are often” all year.” According to Sky & Telescope, the Geminids peak around 7:30 a.m. EST (1130 GMT) on Dec. 14, when the earth crashes through the thickest part of the way of dust and dirt left behind by the asteroid rotates 3200 Phaethon, to the sun. This means that the best times are to observe, when it’s dark in your local time zone, surrounding peaks, such as just before dawn on Dec. 14. But if you are not up in these early hours of the morning, you can start also, me a couple of hours after sunset; the moon will set around 10:30 p.m. local time on Dec 13, and about 11 p.m. local time. Dec. 14, so you look that easy, either, the nights.”
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Trump job performance
Average Approval: 41.6 Percent
The average of the rejection: 53%
Net Rating: -11.4 Points
Change from a week ago: up 1.4 points
[Average, includes: Fox News: 46% approve, reject – 52%; CNN: 40% approve – 53% reject; Gallup: 40% approve, reject – 56%; NPR/PBS/Marist: 43% approve – 49% reject; IBD: 39% approve – 55% disapprove.]
BIPARTISAN REBUKE TO TRUMP THE SAUDI ATTITUDE
USA Today: “In a historic cross-party criticism of the President, the Senate Thursday voted to force the Trump administration to end its military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The 56-41 vote marked the first time the Senate called the Congress ” war powers to challenge the United States’s military involvement abroad. The dramatic step was both a condemnation of Saudi Arabia for the execution of Yemen’s war – which has killed thousands of civilians and created a humanitarian disaster and the Kingdom, his role in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. … Senators also unanimously approved a separate non-binding resolution naming Saudi Arabia’s crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, as the person responsible for Khashoggi ‘ s death. The Washington Post columnist’s Consulate in Istanbul has been killed within the Saudi. Oct. 2 by a team of Saudi officials, many of whom were tied to the crown Prince.”
House, Senate to come bullying-rules – WaPo: “for More than a year after the #MeToo-era began, the house and the Senate reached a deal Wednesday to change their policy on sexual harassment, the legislature, the liability for their own misconduct in the workplace. The agreement was negotiated, after nearly seven months of negotiations between the two chambers, and with only a few days left in the parliamentary term in 2018. People involved in the talks, that the bill be adopted would be quickly in both chambers, and the new rules take effect, the new Congress will meet before January, if. While the exact legislative language has not been released, the Senate rules Committee, confirmed that lawmakers will be obliged to reimburse the Treasury for settlements and awards as a result of harassment of, or retaliation, you are committing. In the current system the settlements are paid for by the taxpayers.”
There is another round of retirements the house GOP is threatening? – Appeal: “life in the minority will be a new experience for the majority of house Republicans in the next year. And many of them can’t remember what is lost happened the last time the GOP the house. After the 2006 democratic wave, which is decided over two dozen Republicans, the retirement of the following cycle, instead of languishing in the minority. And some in the party are worried about a repeat. “I know not whether the people get over the shell shock, but should it be,’ said Rep. Tom Cole , when asked whether there were concerns about possible resignations. The Oklahoma Republican knows first-Hand the cost of the loss of the majority. He was Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee in the 2008 campaign cycle, and had the task of convincing Republicans in difficult parts of the city not to retire. Twenty-three members of the election ended. Convincing someone who is not on retirement is a difficult, but important, to sell — especially after the great wave of GOP retirements in the 2018 cycle, opened the door to Democratic victories in the last month. “We saw said, how devastating that was for us this year,” Cole. ‘Another round, that would be really bad.'”
J. V. LAST, WHAT IF DEMOCRATS ACCUSE TRUMP HAVE?
Weekly Standard: “With a full weekend to digest the filings, Michael Cohen , and Paul Manafort, the image of Robert Mueller‘s investigation is the Assembly in a better alignment. And the news is not good for either trump or Democrats. Why is it not good for trump? Well, as Müller continues to be disciplined and methodical and the list of things we know now, is disturbing. … But as a political matter, the Democrats tip are operating in the direction of a difficult position, too. Because you don’t want to accuse trump, but they are slowly pushed into a corner, you might have no other choice. And that could turn out badly for you. When I say ‘Democrats’ don’t want to Trump, I’m talking about Democratic elites charges. Democratic base, the voters desperate charges him. Medium-term exit polls shows 77 percent of self-identified Democrats say that they wanted to see Trump accused. Pro-Democrats, however, are much less keen on the idea. You understand that the prosecution is at best dangerous and at worst suicidal.”
Trump is trying to discredit Flynn – New York Post: “President Trump turned his anger Thursday against ex-national security Advisor Mike Flynn, charging that he was also the ‘making stories’ about the President to save his hide. “You gave General Flynn very much, because they were embarrassed by the way he was treated — the FBI said that he did not lie, and you wrote above the FBI. You want to scare to all, in which stories that are not true, by catching them in the smallest error. Sad!”, the commander-in-chief tweeted. … Flynn – a trump, ardent supporters, who would Lock on the led’s you!’ Chants about Hillary Clinton at Trump’s MAGA-rallies – the White house held the job for only 24 days.”
The judgment of the judge: Cohen ‘ actions ‘under the direction of the President’ – This week, Fox News Senior judicial Analyst judge Andrew Napolitano writes: “The Department of Justice accused President Trump, co-ordination, ordering and payment for Cohen to commit a Federal crime, for which Cohen has pleaded guilty. Not otherwise specified, career prosecutors, who said in the office of special counsel Müller, a Federal judge, that you have confirmed the evidence that the President committed crimes. … Nevertheless, when the President learned of all this, the revelation, which had been approved by his chosen, but not confirmed acting attorney general, he claimed that this template, too, relieved him. I was sad to learn that.” More here.
New Jersey Dems step brazen takeover – NYT
North Carolina legislature passes bill mandating new elementary school in the corrupted house race – NYT
Inhofe dumps defense shares after control – Roll Call
Congress approves farm bill – AP
AUDIBLE: AT LEAST IT’S NOT JUST YOU
“If you are the chosen one, the boy, are people p***ed off at you … they [people] decide that [it] is not like any of us, not a good condition.” – Outgoing Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa., in an interview with the number One on partiality today.
BEST JOURNALISM IN 2018
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “If a fire alarm during a holiday event in England, the Santa-Claus-on-site burst from its cave, and tore at his beard and shouted at the organizers apologize for the children to ‘get the (expletive) out’, whereupon the parents. The incident occurred on Sunday in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, when an alarm in a nearby event causing an evacuation of the building. While parents and children Santa Claus doors in the room were already evacuating, and began the devastation, one customer said on Facebook. “He came to change (sic), tore off his hat and beard, said in front of 50 odd kids and yelled and cursed at the people to leave,” the post. The Santa incident prompted an apology from the organizers of the event, explained that the fire alarm system had gone off in a non-related family-friendly ‘rave’, in the same building, and that Santa was only trying to help.”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“In view of your arrogance, pomposity and ordinary absurdities, it’s hard not to feel a degree of satisfaction with the comeuppance that Brexit has delivered to the unaccountable European Union bureaucrats in Brussels. Nevertheless, we would do well, under the branch, smug. The unit is not easy.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writes in the Washington Post on November 30. June, 2016.
Chris Stirewalt , the politics editor for Fox News. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. FOX News mid-term report in your Inbox every day wants? You can register here.