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NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont about the ongoing government shutdown. […]

Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

The government has shut down after failed talks in Congress to reinstall funding. We look at what happens next. […]

Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

After one year in office, supporters of President Trump review his accomplishments and what they say he can do better. […]

Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

Brian McGuire, former chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, discusses the politics of the shutdown and what moves the GOP might be planning next. […]

Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

(Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan removed Representative Patrick Meehan from the House Ethics Committee on Saturday following sexual misconduct allegations, Ryan’s office said.

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Sat, Jan 20, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers were locked in a standoff with Democrats on Saturday over the U.S. government shutdown, with Republicans saying they would not negotiate on immigration until the government is reopened.

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Sat, Jan 20, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign on Saturday issued a new video ad calling Democrats “complicit” in murders committed by illegal immigrants, during a government shutdown partly triggered by an impasse over immigration.

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Sat, Jan 20, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign on Saturday issued a new video ad calling Democrats “complicit” in murders committed by illegal immigrants, during a government shutdown partly triggered by an impasse over immigration.

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Sat, Jan 20, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

NEW YORK—More than 100,000 protesters showed up on a warm, sunny day in New York to celebrate the anniversary of the Women’s March protests that followed Donald Trump’s inauguration as president last year. But in contrast with last year’s events, this year’s gathering was optimistic, almost celebratory. The pink pussy cat hats were out; so were the signs (“A Women’s Place Is in the Revolution,” “Grab ‘Em By the Putin,” “Shed Walls, Don’t Build Them”). Couples danced to a brassy tunes floating from somewhere down the block.Last year, more than 400,000 protesters clogged Fifth Avenue and descended upon Trump Tower, […]

Sat, Jan 20, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Women take to the streets again, empowered by #MeToo and fed up over immigration.

It’s exactly a year since the historic 2017 Women’s March, which brought millions out in protest of Trump’s inauguration, flooding the world’s streets with pink knitted hats. Thousands have taken to the streets again this weekend, empowered by the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and fed up with Trump’s increasingly authoritarian and anti-immigrant policies, war-mongering and tantrum-centric presidency for the Women’s March 2018.This year’s march arrives just one day after Trump’s attempt to block Planned Parenthood funding, and amid a dramatic government shutdown centering on immigration. […]

Sat, Jan 20, 2018
Source: Alternet – Immigration

Featured News

Blogosphere

This was my refrain all this week: “It just doesn’t matter any more.”
It doesn’t matter if Trump is cavorting with a porn star, or even currently having an affair.
It doesn’t matter if Russian bots aren’t even trying to be secretive as they funnel cash into the coffers of Republicans or the NRA.
It doesn’t matter if Trump says he’ll sign whatever bipartisan legislation and then change his mind after Racist John Kelly whispers in his ear.
It doesn’t matter if three branches of government are controlled by Republicans and they’re so incompetent, they can’t keep it open.
You know why? It’s not […]

Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Open Thread - Children At The Women's March

honestly the best signs at the women’s march were from kids #WomensMarch2018 pic.twitter.com/QyBFYnxtrd
— tia (@tiarose_lee) January 20, 2018

@bluegal pic.twitter.com/a6bxl50fTj
— HartbrakебляMcCarthy (@BumpItMcCarthy) January 20, 2018

What she said. #womensmarch2018 pic.twitter.com/dRK3Fx95hH

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Sat, Jan 20, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

C&L's Sat Nite Chiller Theater: Timescape (1992)

NOTE: The YouTube of this movie actually ends at the 1:34:53 mark but for whatever reason, another 50 minutes of the same movie is repeated after the credits roll.
Also released under the Jeez-give-it-away-why-don’t-you title of “Grand Tour: Disaster in Time” this a good but loose film adaptation of Henry Kuttner & Catherine L. Moore’s 1946 novella, “Vintage Season” about a group of time traveling “disaster tourists” from the far future. More than that I dare not say for fear of disrupting the space/time continuum.
Den of Geek notes:

The first movie from Pitch Black and Riddick director David Twohy. […]

Sat, Jan 20, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

In a web extra called “Give Us A Pulitzer,” Samantha Bee found an entire group of economically anxious working class people who have been ignored by the media…and all of society.

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Sat, Jan 20, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Rowan Walrath wrote yesterday about bitcoin. He talked to Pai-Ling Yin, a professor at USC:
While cryptocurrency investment has a “bubble element,” she says, that doesn’t mean blockchain has no value. To put it simply, blockchain is an anonymized, decentralized system for managing data and keeping accounts, and while it’s most commonly associated with cryptocurrencies, it has potentially far-reaching implications for the future direction of the internet….Does this mean investors are right to value bitcoin at $20,000? Not necessarily, Yin says. “It’s high for now. Let’s put it that way,” she says. “There could be a time where the valuation we […]

Sat, Jan 20, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Every child in the US has the right to a quality education, and the American public school system has been responsible for ensuring that occurs — regardless of a child’s location or income level. But the public school system has been slowly starved of money, teachers and even infrastructure itself — an escalating problem, as the GOP uses these challenges to justify taking even more money from “failing” schools.
Now, the situation is dire as the gap between public and private schools grows even wider. Here are four things you may not believe are happening at schools these days.
1. There Is […]

Fri, Jan 19, 2018
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

People take part in a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's recent statements and words about immigration in front of the Federal Building on January 19, 2018 in New York. U.S. President Trump balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and some nations in Africa, demanding to know on a meeting why he should accept immigrants from

Trump’s recent profane comments about African countries came as no surprise to most Black and other people of color. While the immigration policies of the US have always had an anti-Black bias, to anyone paying attention, it’s obvious that this administration’s immigration agenda is only a perpetuation of that bias.People take part in a protest against President Donald Trump’s recent statements and words about immigration in front of the Federal Building on January 19, 2018 in New York. (Photo: Eduardo MunozAlvarez / VIEWpress / Corbis via Getty Images)
Recently, the news cycle was dominated by reactions to President Trump’s use of […]

Fri, Jan 19, 2018
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

2918 0120 Shutdown

(Photo: Joe Brusky)
One year to the day since Donald Trump was sworn in as the nation’s 45th president, and here we are, smack dab in the middle of a government shutdown caused to a huge degree by the president’s own rampant racism. Of course, it could be no other way than this.(Photo: Joe Brusky)
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Perfect.
Right? Just perfect. The one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration could not have happened any other way. A choreographer could not mark it, a […]

Fri, Jan 19, 2018
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

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Questions about President Donald Trump hit a fever pitch this month following his tweets about the size and potency of his nuclear button. Of course, such questions are nothing new. Throughout the campaign and Trump’s first year in office, news articles, op-eds, and tweets critical of him have routinely deployed words such as “crazy,” “insane,” and “unstable” as epithets. But what are the implications of the use of mental health language in such critiques for how our society views mental illness?
I sat down with Rebecca […]

Fri, Jan 19, 2018
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

After a massive set of complex calculations, I now have the results of the sexual assault survey broken down by gender. And it’s genuinely interesting! Here’s the chart:
Of the 2,019 responses, about 80 percent were men and 20 percent were women. In general women ranked everyone a consistent half point higher than men. So there’s a difference here, but not really a large one. The two exceptions were Harvey Weinstein—who doesn’t count since he was pretty much maxed out already—and Al Franken. I’m not sure why men and women agreed only on Franken. Feel free to take guesses in comments.
But […]

Fri, Jan 19, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Elections News

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Porcupine Tree — “Dark Matter” […]

Fri, Jan 19, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Uh, is Ryan Costello cracking under the pressure? The sophomore Republican, who represents Pennsylvania’s swingy 6th District in suburban Philadelphia, popped on Facebook the other day to accuse two “associates” of his leading challenger, Democrat Chrissy Houlahan, of trespassing on his property to take photos of his home and “intimidate” his wife. The only problem is that the police investigated and determined there had been “no crime committed,” calling the matter “closed.”

Apparently, a couple of canvassers for Planned Parenthood did stop by the Costello household and were asked to leave by the congressman’s wife, which they did. But when reporter […]

Fri, Jan 19, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Leading Off

● Pennsylvania: On Wednesday, Pennsylvania’s state Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a major case that has challenged the GOP’s congressional gerrymander as a violation of the state constitution, and a plurality of the justices seem to be leaning toward striking down the map. Although the judges appeared to concede that map-makers may take some level of partisan consideration into account, they strongly implied Republicans’ extreme gerrymandering crossed the line. What remains uncertain is what standard these judges might rely on to determine when such maps take partisanship too far. Nevertheless, the odds of a favorable ruling for plaintiffs […]

Fri, Jan 19, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Welcome to the Daily Kos Elections Live Digest, your liveblog of all of today’s campaign news.

Please note: The Live Digest is a 2016 and 2020 Democratic presidential primary-free space. It’s also an elections-only zone. If you’d like to discuss policy, please visit the latest Daily Kos Elections policy open thread.

Sign up here to receive the Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest in your inbox each weekday. […]

Fri, Jan 19, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

International News

At least one person is killed during a crackdown on protests against President Joseph Kabila. […]

Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

Tunisia confirm they will play Costa Rica in France in a friendly on 27 March as both nations prepare for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. […]

Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

US-backed militants deny Turkish reports, saying they have “repelled” attacks in northern Syria. […]

Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

Arsenal will need to pay well in excess of £50m to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, sources close to the German club say. […]

Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

President Trump’s recent “help-me-before-I-do-something-really-irresponsible” statement on the Iran nuclear deal could have been worse. But it should have been better. And it will almost certainly end badly.Contrary to what many had feared, Trump didn’t void the deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). While he imposed some new penalties on Iranian officials, they were not of the sort that put the deal in immediate danger. He nonetheless chose yet again to attack and undermine an international agreement that, by all accounts, is working, to which America’s allies and partners are committed, and whose collapse would both severely […]

Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – International

France’s president criticises Donald Trump’s crude comment about African countries, in a BBC interview. […]

Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made history in Liberia but was also accused of corruption, writes Tamasin Ford. […]

Sat, Jan 20, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

State media in Russia give President Putin’s image a religious glow in the run-up to elections. […]

Sat, Jan 20, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

In Russia, keeping exotic animals getting is more and more popular each year. […]

Sat, Jan 20, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

The BBC’s Mark Lowen explains. […]

Sat, Jan 20, 2018
Source: BBC – Middle East

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