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  • Still seething over his big speech being canceled, Trump threatening to show up anyway

    I WANT IT NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW. Because Donald Trump remains completely uninterested in any aspect of his tantrum-fueled government shutdown that does not revolve around praise of or insults to himself, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to postpone his planned State of the Union address has stuck in his mind as no other aspect of the shutdown has. He barely mentions the 800,000 unpaid federal workers. He has rarely so much as touched glancingly on the damage wrought by closed government offices, or the steep daily drain on the economy that even his own administration admits continues to mount. But the self-obsessed…

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    Schiff sets date for Cohen to testify to House Intel Committee

    Schiff sets date for Cohen to testify to House Intel Committee

    Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday he has given Michael Cohen a date to testify before his panel, “either voluntarily, or if necessary, by subpoena.” Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, has already agreed to testify publicly before the House Oversight Committee on Feb. 7, weeks before he begins serving a three-year prison sentence. Schiff’s call for Cohen to testify comes in the wake of last week’s BuzzFeed News report that special counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that Mr. Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress. A spokesman for Mueller issued a rare statement…

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    Full interview: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on "Face the Nation"

    Full interview: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on “Face the Nation”

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., spoke with “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan from Des Moines, Iowa, for the Jan. 20, 2019 broadcast. Read more interviews of 2020 candidates on “Face the Nation” here. MARGARET BRENNAN: Welcome back to Face the Nation. We now go to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. She’s a Democrat from New York. And the newest contender in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. She joins us this morning from Des Moines. Senator welcome to Face the Nation.    SEN. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND: Thank you Margaret.  MARGARET BRENNAN: You have said that you are a no on the president’s proposal here…

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    NFL Open Thread: Conference Championship Edition

    NFL Open Thread: Conference Championship Edition

    Before we get to today’s games, let me say that the NHL Western Conference standings are looking nice indeed: It was also good to see this year’s Hart and Norris winners lead off the scoring yesterday. In closely related news, enjoy this thread about Peter Chiarelli, who traded last year’s MVP for a cromulentish second-pairing defenseman and has many more where that came from. Anyway, to the NFL: KANSAS CITY (-3) over Team Trump: Barnwell had a great piece recently about how even the best organizations have had to catch major breaks to get where they are. But being really…

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    Who's to blame for the UK's lack of a Brexit deal? Take your pick

    Who’s to blame for the UK’s lack of a Brexit deal? Take your pick

    1. Theresa May May became prime minister in the wake of the Brexit referendum in 2016. She had supported staying in the EU but vowed to carry out the wishes of the so-called “Leave” faction, which won a narrow 52-48 majority. May was so set on following through with Brexit that she triggered its launch (a two-year process under the EU’s governing treaty) on March 29, 2017 without much of a plan in place for how the U.K.’s departure would actually proceed. That’s what the two years were for, after all! May had a small but stable Tory majority for…

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    Gillibrand rejects Trump's immigration offer: "I don't take him on his word on anything"

    Gillibrand rejects Trump’s immigration offer: “I don’t take him on his word on anything”

    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York rejected President Trump’s offer to extend protections for some undocumented immigrants for three years, reiterating House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s view of the deal as a “non-starter.” The president on Saturday laid out what he said was an offer to end the government shutdown, now the longest in history. He offered to extend protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders in exchange for funding for border security in a bid to end the government shutdown. “He’s the one who got rid of…

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    Remembering Martin Luther King Jr., the Organizer

    Remembering Martin Luther King Jr., the Organizer

    Martin Luther King Jr. is rightly celebrated as a transformative political and moral leader who championed racial equality, but he is less often credited as a brilliant strategic and tactical organizer who led cutting edge campaigns to deliver the rights for which he is known. As an organizer, I am struck by the mastery of the organizing craft that infuses King’s writing, so on this holiday remembering his legacy, I’ll share several of King’s lessons that all activists can benefit from today. King chose campaign targets strategically and partnered with local leadership King’s campaigns were almost always local in scope…

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    Native American veteran Nathan Phillips speaks out after being harassed by MAGA hat wearing teens

    “I felt like the spirit was talking through me,” Phillips said to the Post, explaining that he thought of his late wife, Shoshana, who passed as a result of bone marrow cancer four years ago. He thought, too, about all the violence indigenous communities face.  Darren Thompson, an organizer for The Indigenous Peoples Movement, said in the statement: “It clearly demonstrates the validity of our concerns about the marginalization and disrespect of Indigenous peoples, and it shows that traditional knowledge is being ignored by those who should listen most closely… [The incident is] emblematic of our discourse in Trump’s America.” Phillips, who said…

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    Ex-envoy: Trump's "total reversal" of U.S. policy in Syria forced resignation

    Ex-envoy: Trump’s “total reversal” of U.S. policy in Syria forced resignation

    Brett McGurk, the former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS who stepped down in December, said he had no choice but to resign after President Trump’s sudden and unexpected order to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. In his first television interview since resigning, McGurk said “ISIS is not defeated,” despite claims to the contrary by officials in the Trump administration.  “I’ve probably traveled to Syria more than any other American civilian official,” he said. “I know our people in Syria. My heart is broken,” he added, extending condolences to the families of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing…

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    We do not need a wall to solve our immigration issues

    We do not need a wall to solve our immigration issues

    This all leads to the arguments we hear for building a wall on our southern border. Every single argument for this stupid wall is about racism. If it were about breaking the law, then why are we not seeing the employers hiring undocumented immigrants being prosecuted? Why are we not hearing of a no-tolerance campaign for these employers? If we really wanted to fix our immigration system we could, and it would not involve a wall. It would change the very nature of how we treat our southern border. For example, it should allow for seasonal immigration for migrant farm…

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