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On the roster: Trump expands again: Shutdown – GOP -military-brass bubbling about Trump is to stay out of Syria reversal of asylum seekers in Mexico – Dems, a dozen debates, declare for the 2020 race In otter news
TRUMP TURN IT UP AGAIN: SHUTDOWN AGAIN
Appeal: “President Donald Trump has rejected a stopgap funding bill passed by the Senate, the speaker Paul D. Ryan said after a meeting in the White house. He said house GOP leaders will try to paste the border protection to the Senate measure before the Friday evening deadline. “He is not said to sign this bill’ Ryan, outside of the executive mansion. He said house GOP leaders will try to paste the border protection to the Senate measure before the Friday evening deadline, would run to the homeland security, justice, Interior and other departments of medium and closed. … Last week, Trump threatened to trigger a partial shutdown, unless he has $5 billion for the border project barrier during a rowdy Oval Office meeting with Democratic leaders. … But then, just as senators crafting began as a stopgap measure that opens the departments, until the beginning of February, the trombone is silent about his intentions and thoughts, which is usually a ‘clean’ bill.”
Markets tank – The-street: “stocks plunged Thursday, Dec. 20, after concerns grew that the U.S. government would partially shut down following word from the White house, Donald Trump was wavering over the signing of a stopgap spending bill. The shares had already increase from the Federal Reserve’s move Wednesday to its benchmark interest rate of the loan and signaled a tightening of monetary conditions in 2019. But the decline in momentum to the White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, Trump said “don’t want to go without the limit of safety, which includes steel slats, or a wall…”
THE RULE BOOK: WAR FORCES = MORE POWERS
“In addition to the effective establishment of the Union, the best possible precaution against danger from standing armies is the restriction that the term to be used for the revenue to support them.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 41
TIME-OUT: SANTA’S UNION SUIT
Smithsonian: “it might be the face that launched a thousand Christmas letters. Appears on the 3. In January 1863, in the magazines, “Harper’s Weekly, two images of the nation’s obsession cemented with a Jolly old elf. The first drawing shows Santa distributing gifts in a Union Army camp. So that every reader figured out the question of Santa’s loyalty in the civil war, he wears a jacket with stars and colored pants in stripes. … A second figure contains Santa in his sleigh, then down a chimney, all in the periphery. In the middle, divided into separate circles, a woman prays on his knees and a soldier leaning against a tree. … The artist responsible for this coup? A Bavarian immigrant named Thomas Nast, cartoonist extraordinaire and the person who ‘has as any man to preserve the Union and bring the war to an end,’ according to General Ulysses Grant. But like so many inventors, Nast benefits from the work of his fellow visionary in the creation of round, shiny figure of Santa Claus.”
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Trump job performance
Average Approval: 41.2 Percent
The average of the rejection: 53.6 percent
Net Rating: -12.4 Points
The exchange of one week: 1 point
[Average, includes: Quinnipiac University: 39% approve – 52% lean; Gallup: 38% approve, reject – 57%; NBC/WSJ: 43% approve, reject – 54%; Fox News: 46% approve, reject – 52%; CNN: 40% approve – 53% disapprove.]
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GOP, MILITARY BRASS BUBBLING OVER TRUMP’S SYRIA REVERSAL
Politico: “Although the President claimed on Thursday that his decision to pull the U.S. troops to come out of Syria, as a ‘no surprise’ seemed to be several of his management of the nation’s top security officials, caught off-guard by the move. … Some in the GOP to the White house announcement of the former President Barack Obama‘s decision to dramatically scale back the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, a move many blame for the generation of the vacuum that allowed the Islamic state to thrive in the first place. Sen. Lindsey Graham … said Syria to leave would be a “blot on the honor of the United States, “and a” catastrophe on multiple fronts.’ The South Carolina Republican committed, the reason why Trump has been in the direction of the withdrawal, led to relying on discussions with national security officials, it concluded, the President was acting ” against sound military advice.'”
Trump switch position on ISIS to defeat, now says the other battle – CBS News: “Mr. Trump said ISIS ‘defeated’ in Syria in a tweet Wednesday, a claim repeated in a video posted on Twitter Thursday. On Thursday morning, he started his day tweeting quotes from the few public personalities who praised his decision. In a single tweet, the President of the claims about ISIS in Syria, that both appeared to contradict himself, and claimed publicly by Russia. Mr Trump claimed on Twitter that ” Russia, Iran, Syria and many others are not going to leave happy about the USA, despite what the fake News says, because you have today to fight ISIS, and others that you hate, without us.'”
Putin gives thumbs-up – NYT: “President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Thursday welcomed President Trump his announcement of a withdrawal of American troops from Syria, calling it” the right decision.’ Mr Trump said Wednesday that he achieved the order of withdrawal, as the military of the USA had their goal of defeating the Islamic state militant group in Syria. But the movement surprised many, including also caught some of his military and diplomatic advisers. …. ‘Donald’ s right, and I agree with him, ” Mr Putin said.”
WHITAKER DOES NOT BACKOFF-MÜLLER, ETHICAL ‘CLOSE CALL’
Fox News: “Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker not recuse himself from the supervision of the Russia-probe, despite growing pressure from Democrats, the quote you, its “hostility” to Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation. Senior Justice Department officials told Fox News on Thursday that Whitaker had met several times with the Department of ethics of the officials, for which there are no conflicts of interest in relation to its supervision of Mueller’s investigation into the Russian interference and possible collusion with trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential elections. A small group of high-level consultant, you have to submit your own rating and not recommended that Whitaker recuse himself. Whitaker agreed. “It is a close call,” a senior DOJ ethics official said, noting that he would have recommended Whitaker to recuse from an abundance of caution.”
Barr seemed solicitous memo-bashing Müller – WSJ: “William Barr, President of the trump of his choice for attorney general, a unsolicited communication sent a memo earlier this year to the Ministry of justice that excoriated special counsel Robert Mueller investigation into the possible obstruction of justice, Mr Trump, saying it is based on a ‘fatal mißverstandener’ theory, that would lead to permanent damage to the presidency and the Executive branch. The 20-page document reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, represents the first in-depth look at Mr. Barr’s views on the special counsel Russia-investigation, he probably would oversee if confirmed. In the memo, Mr. Barr, he wrote it sent it to was hoping as a “former official” who, that his ‘views, which can be useful.’ … Mr. Barr’s memo, dated 8. June, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, argues that, based on the facts as he understands them, of the President, in his executive-branch authority.”
The judgment of the judge: Is a trump pursuit in the works? – This week, Fox News Senior judicial Analyst judge Andrew Napolitano writes: “All three [justice Department] opinions of the Council, that, if a Statute of limitations-the period of time after the crime was committed and for which a prosecution must be started or cancelled, is about to expire, the President will need to be arraigned in secret, to preserve the ability of the government to use the criminal code to prosecute him for his crimes after he leaves, office but also the preservation of the President the ability to carry out the duties of his office unhindered by the burdens of a criminal prosecution. The limitation period in this case is five years. The conspiracy took place in the year 2016. The mathematics for Trump is a real challenge.” More here.
ASYLUM SEEKERS STAY IN MEXICO
USA Today: “The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday announced plans to require a new Directive to ban asylum-seekers from entering the country in the USA and you stay in Mexico, a dramatic change, the escape upends the possibility of migrants from persecution, were welcomed in the country for decades. Under current U.S. law, people who apply for asylum at the southern border, either on entry or after an illegal entry into the country, and the delivery of a first screening allowed to remain in the country until an immigration judge, the decision on your application. Under the new policy unveiled Wednesday by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, that is no longer the case. Who asks for asylum will now be processed by Federal immigration agents and then immediately back to Mexico. The US and Mexican governments were negotiating a similar policy for weeks as the ‘in Mexico’…”
Mexico’s right – AP: “Mexico has agreed to a U.S. proposal to let migrants from third countries remain in or are returned to Mexico, while their claims for asylum processed in the United States. The decision was historic for Mexico, the U.S., traditionally, to accept the return of migrants, not Mexican. Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department, on Thursday, the move to a temporary humanitarian measure was said.”
Williamson: migrants, money for Mexico a good investment – National Review: “Illegal immigration is just one aspect of our complicated relationship with our economically and socially laggard neighbor to the South, and with the Central American States to the South. Mexico’s problems are the North American problems, which means that they are American issues and Canadian problems, whether we want it or not. … Of $5.8 billion, the administration is obliged, Mexico ‘s’ Marshall Plan’ for its Central American neighbors, is a step in the right direction. In the short term, the priority of the López Obrador government humanitarian aid and stabilization. In the long-term, the priority, the economic development and the anchoring of the rule of law. Expect the Mexican government in the past, the rule-of-law questions is a bit as expected Chris Wallace to dance the lead in the New York City Ballet-Balanchine show this spring: It doesn’t exactly draw what you would call distinctive talent.”
DEMS ANNOUNCE A DOZEN DEBATES FOR THE YEAR 2020 RACE
WaPo: “the Democratic presidential candidates will meet in June for the first of at least 12 scheduled primary debates for the year 2020 in the election cycle, under a plan released Thursday by party officials, who said they were determined to, the great debate, the audience with a broad candidate participation. Entry Tickets will be at the beginning of the debate stages determined by a combination of polling, grass-roots financial support, and other factors, in an effort to include candidates who do not register in public opinion surveys. If the number of candidates is too large to host a single event, the party plans to host two events in the same place on consecutive nights, after the random distribution of the candidates in a public selection process. That would be the number of actual debates on a dozen.”
Trump admin lifts sanctions on Russian oligarch, the former Manafort client Oleg Deripaska – NYT
“With Rudolph ‘s voting present”: the Senate Dems to sing Christmas carols how to tune drag-on – Roll-Call
N. C. and Michigan Republicans continue to lame-duck bills – Reuters
AUDIBLE: FORESHADOWING MUCH?
“The moment I found out, Trump was able to tweet itself was comparable with the moment in Jurassic Park when Dr. Grant realized that velociraptors could open doors. I was like, ‘Oh no.'” – Justin McConney– the Trump organization, the Director of social media from 2011 to 2017, said Politico.
BEST JOURNALISM IN 2018
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IN OTTER NEWS
SF Gate: “A tweet full of memes sing the praises of a very large sea otter by the name of Abby, written by the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Tuesday, it was just a piece of content. ‘Abby ‘ is a thicc girl. What an absolute unit. You c h o n k. look at the size of this woman. OH LAWD COMIN. Another Internetism!’, the aquarium wrote next to a picture of Abby the sea otter stared piercingly into the camera. … Abby is one of the six surrogate mothers at the aquarium, all of which contribute to orphaned baby otter and model the correct otter behavior for you, the aquarium wrote in a follow-up tweet. Abby is actually a normal size for a sea otter. … People in the answers, suggesting that Abby ‘otter go on a diet’ were quickly rejected, and those that imply the aquarium was an insult or fat-shaming of the otter. ‘No, no, these are compliments for the smallest sea mammal that lives in cold temperate waters, lacks a blubber layer, the one with the thickest fur in the animal Kingdom, and a difficult surface to volume ratio,” she wrote.”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“In addition, self-defense is the self-evident justification for unilateralism. When under attack, no country is obligated to collect permission slips from allies to strike back.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writes in the Washington Post on November 1. March 2002.
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