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By Rebecca Morin 16 hrs ago
“If you don’t understand the difference between a prescriptive and a descriptive definition, confusion is inevitable. That linguistic distinction helps bring some clarity: there are two questions at issue, 1) what people who call themselves “evangelicals” or “fundamentalists” actually say they are and 2) what those two groups ought to be.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s presidency was part of a higher calling.
“I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president,” Sanders said during an interview with Christian Broadcast Network News. “And that’s why he’s there, and I think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about.”
The president has long touted his Christian faith, and his presidency was overwhelmingly supported by white evangelical voters.
Throughout his tenure, Trump and his administration have pursued a number of key issues backed by evangelicals, such as restricting abortion rights, eliminating a birth control mandate and expanding school choice and voucher programs that would likely benefit private religious schools.
Most recently, Trump in a tweet endorsed a controversial campaign to introduce Bible literacy classes to public schools.
His support with those voters hasn’t faltered despite several gaffes, such as when he mispronounced “Second Corinthians” during the 2016 campaign. The president was also criticized for not saying the Apostle’s Creed or singing some of the hymns during George H.W. Bush’s funeral in December.
Trump’s multiple divorces and alleged affairs have also not significantly affected the president’s popularity with white evangelical voters.

Could it be that the “white Evangelicals” are not as “holy” and righteous as they purport to be? Religious beliefs have no place in the national politics and should be privately held. The diversity of America cannot allow for personal convictions to bend or alter the legal processes of the nation.MA

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It is clear that TOTUS is not as stable or as genius as he has stated.MA
The leaders of top national intelligence agencies released their annual report on worldwide security threats, challenging many of Trump’s false talking points.

By Marina Fang

President Donald Trump on Wednesday unleashed a stream of insults at the nation’s intelligence officials after they published a report directly contradicting some of his most frequent false claims about foreign policy.
Trump, who has regularly undermined and questioned the work of institutions and officials in his own administration, referred to “the Intelligence people” as “extremely passive and naïve” and suggested they “should go back to school.”

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….a source of potential danger and conflict. They are testing Rockets (last week) and more, and are coming very close to the edge. There economy is now crashing, which is the only thing holding them back. Be careful of Iran. Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!

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7:56 AM – Jan 30, 2019
The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong! When I became President Iran was making trouble all over the Middle East, and beyond. Since ending the terrible Iran Nuclear Deal, they are MUCH different, but….

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Tom Toles Comic Strip for January 31, 2019

 

 

 

Trump’s string of tweets came after the leaders of the top national intelligence agencies on Tuesday released their annual report on worldwide security threats. The report challenged many false talking points frequently made by the president, who is known to not read his regular intelligence briefings, preferring to receive important information from Fox News, his favorite cable news network.

Dan Coats, Trump’s director of national intelligence, testified before the Senate Tuesday that intelligence officials have no evidence to conclude that Iran is close to producing a nuclear weapon — contradicting Trump’s claim that Iran is “coming very close to the edge.”
Coats also contradicted Trump’s previous claim that the U.S. had defeated ISIS, telling senators that “ISIS is intent on resurging.”
The report also detailed Russian efforts to interfere in U.S. elections, as well as the threat of climate change on national security.
Trump has taken Russian President Vladimir Putin’s word over that of his own intelligence officials’ conclusion that the country’s government interfered in U.S. elections, amid the ongoing investigations into whether his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia.
The president has also falsely propagated the conspiracy theory that climate change is a hoax.

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Apparently TOTUS has no idea what global warming is or what it means. This could explain why he is against it or is he just as ignorant as we think he is?MA

Michael Burke 8 hrs ago
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In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!

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8:28 PM – Jan 28, 2019

 
President Trump on Monday asked “what the hell is going on” with global warming as states in the Midwest prepare to face wind chills as low as minus-65 degrees below freezing this week.
Trump in a tweet also urged global warming to “come back fast.”
“In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!”

Northeast and Midwest states will face sub-freezing cold temperatures as a polar vortex descends on that portion of the country this week.
Trump has repeatedly denied the existence of climate change and has sometimes pointed to individual weather events as evidence that climate change isn’t real. Others have pointed out that weather is the day-to-day atmosphere and can vary significantly, while climate is the average weather over a long period of time.
During a massive snowstorm in the Midwest and Northeast earlier this month, Trump mocked global warming by writing in a tweet that it “wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now.”
“Be careful and try staying in your house. Large parts of the Country are suffering from tremendous amounts of snow and near record setting cold. Amazing how big this system is. Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!” he tweeted at the time.

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Rob Rogers Comic Strip for January 24, 2019 Ken Catalino Comic Strip for January 23, 2019 Drew Sheneman Comic Strip for January 24, 2019 Tim Eagan Comic Strip for January 25, 2019 Tom Toles Comic Strip for January 25, 2019

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Recent news regarding the Trump Shutdown aide and abetted by Bitch McConnell and his allies. Why is McConnell failing to take the side of his constituents (white and black) rather than siding with a Childish leader whose sole objective is to glorify himself? The act of being a leader is to lead not follow but apparently Bitch is not as leaderly as he was when Obama was President (kind of shows his white privilege attitude). It is well to remember that no matter what we think personally, we are all affected by poor leadership in Government from Local to Federal. If our neer do well Congress is not doing the job then we need to elect someone who will. Bitch who has many coal miners in his Congressional area is doing nothing to address their issues yet he backs an idiot who says ” he will bring coal back”. According to GOVERNMENT studies “black lung disease” is still out there and NO ONE is looking at it. The people of Kentucky should thank Bitch and TOTUS for trying to destroy their best Health Care coverage with lies and misdirection. With all of this being said we have a Mega-moron in the Whitehouse aided and abetted by too long in office representatives who are interested in themselves not the folks who elected them. Did you know that Congress is exempt from going without pay during a shutdown? How is this representing anyone but themselves? Bottom line: phone calls, text messages, emails and snail mail are all still valid methods of communicating with your representatives. It is plain as day that we as a country have some of the worst representation in decades and now we have possibly(?) one of or the worst President ever! TOTUS has spent the past two (2) years decimating laws which he does not understand and executing new ones that make sense only to him. We have 800,000 Federal workers and contractors on furlough because of a wall which is a campaign promise not as much of a necessity as adding more personnel and electronics. Seems pretty plain to me.

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TOTUS is touting an upcoming “Major Announcement”. That announcement will no doubt be more fiction about the shutdown, his military moves and how some else is responsible. How is someone responsible for a crisis manufactured by TOTUS himself with the tacit approval of his administrative staff and the GOP majority. Thinking about the past 2 years of TOTUS’S administrative this “announcement” preceded by his teasers will possibly be a rehash of proposals already put out. This rehash will be to save face and so he can get whatever he can to end the shutdown. Announcement over!

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Chris Britt Comic Strip for January 10, 2019

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Phil Hands Comic Strip for January 11, 2019 Rob Rogers Comic Strip for January 11, 2019


Stephen A. Crockett Jr.,The Root Thu, Jan 10 12:29 PM CST
Trump claims he never said Mexico would directly pay for border wall.
Despite running on a campaign of how he was a master business deal-maker and touting that he was going to get a beautiful wall built to keep all the white people in America, now the president of people who wear shorts in winter is claiming that he didn’t mean what he said.
“When during the campaign, I would say ‘Mexico is going to pay for it,’ obviously, I never said this, and I never meant they’re gonna write out a check, I said they’re going to pay for it. They are,” he said as he prepared to visit the war-torn southern border of Texas, CNN reports.
Well, Mr. President you ran your entire presidential campaign on the promise that Mexico was going to pay for the wall.
Wasn’t Mexico Supposed To Pay For The Wall?
One of President Trump’s central campaign promises was that Mexico would pay for a southern border wall. Now Trump is asking taxpayers to pay for it.
Once in office, and remember that Trump had Congress in his pocket, Trump never did anything to get the wall built. Now the mantra has switched from Mexico is going to pay for the wall to Mexico is going to reimburse America for the wall.
CNN reports:
But in April 2016, Trump’s campaign outlined the steps he would take to compel Mexico to pay the US “$5-10 billion” to fund a border wall — a plan that relies largely on threatening to bar undocumented Mexican immigrants in the United States from wiring money to relatives in Mexico.“It’s an easy decision for Mexico: make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion to ensure that $24 billion continues to flow into their country year after year,” the memo said. Using a broad interpretation of the post-9/11 USA Patriot Act, Trump wrote in the memo that he would threaten to issue new regulations that would compel money transfer companies like Western Union to verify a client’s identity and legal status before authorizing a wire transfer. Trump now claims his renegotiated trade deal with Mexico and Canada would result in Mexico “indirectly” paying for the wall. But the US-Mexico-Canada trade deal has not yet been approved by Congress and even the perceived benefits of its passage would not amount to a Mexican — direct or indirect — payment of the border wall. Whatever economic benefits the trade deal delivers would be reflected in financial benefits to companies and higher wages for some individuals, not in any immediate financial boon to the US government.
The government has been shutdown as Trump holds some 800,000 American workers hostage as he fights to get funding for the wall that Mexico was never going to pay for.
Nonetheless, Trump claimed: “Mexico is paying for the wall indirectly, and when I said Mexico will pay for the wall in front of thousands and thousands of people, obviously they’re not gonna write a check. But they are paying for the wall indirectly many, many times over by the really great trade deal we just made.”
Everyone who didn’t vote for Trump knew that Mexico was never going to pay for the wall, which has also now become some kind of steel slats or steel barrier because the president is a liar.
Meanwhile, 800,000 federal workers just called their utility providers and promised that Mexico was going to pay their electric bill.
I’m sure it will work.

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Is TOTUS paying attention to those who represent the areas he is visiting? Answer NO!!, so how is this listening to the people? MA.

By Ted Hesson and Renuka Rayasam ,Politico
2 hrs ago.

Talking to reporters Wednesday, Sen. John Cornyn said border security requires more than an imposing structure.
Nearly every lawmaker who represents a district or state along the U.S.-Mexico border — including two Republicans — either opposes outright or more quietly declines to support President Donald Trump’s $5.7 billion request for a border wall, according to a survey conducted by POLITICO.
That poses an awkward reality for the president as he visits McAllen, Texas, Thursday to receive a briefing on border security. The politicians situated in the heart of a purported immigration crisis don’t agree that spending billions on a border wall — or “steel slats,” as Trump now prefers — will benefit their region.
The dissenters include Texas Rep. Will Hurd, the only Republican House member who represents a border district, and Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who will accompany the president on Thursday. Cornyn dodged questions Wednesday about whether he backs Trump’s $5.7 billion demand.
“I support a solution to the problem,” Cornyn told reporters when asked specifically about the sum. “I think it’s going to be negotiated.”
Cornyn was more blunt Monday talking to Fox News. “Coming from Texas with a 1,200-mile common border with Mexico,” he said, “the idea of a wall is somewhat off-putting to a lot of people.”
In a separate Fox News interview Tuesday, Cornyn said: “There is no one-size-fits-all prescription for the entire border. It’s quite a diverse geography.”
Trump, whose insistence on border funding plunged the federal government into a partial shutdown that’s entered its third week, will make his case Thursday in McAllen. As he meets with law enforcement professionals and other backers, opposition from border lawmakers — and many of their constituents — will loom in the backdrop.
POLITICO polled the offices of 17 Senate and House members who represent Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California about Trump’s $5.7 billion border barrier request. Only two — Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) — said they supported it.
Cruz called the amount “a good first step” when asked about the sum on Wednesday. “I think we need more than that,” he added.
McSally, who was sworn in as a senator last week, previously served in the House. In late December, she voted in favor of a spending bill that provided the wall funding.
When asked if she still supported that amount, McSally said she “already voted in the House,” but declined to comment further.
In the House, eight of nine border lawmakers are Democrats. The Democratic members all told POLITICO they’re against the $5.7 billion request. Instead, they favor spending for increased border security technology, improved screening at ports of entry and more personnel to handle asylum processing.
Rep. Juan Vargas, a California Democrat who represents a district that includes the southern part of San Diego, called Trump’s request “a new level of absurdity” in a written statement provided to POLITICO.
Rep. Vicente Gonzalez — a Texas Democrat whose district includes a small stretch of the border near McAllen — said the president’s visit to the city should demonstrate that illegal immigration isn’t causing a crime wave.
“If the president does visit McAllen, Texas, he should feel free to walk around and support our local businesses,” Gonzalez said in a written statement. “After all, it is safer to walk around McAllen than it is [in] D.C.”
Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, a newly elected Democrat who represents a New Mexico district with more than 175 miles of U.S.-Mexico border, opposes Trump’s request. She said a wall across her entire district would be “fiscally irresponsible,” since mountains provide natural barriers, but added that existing fencing in high-traffic areas makes sense.
Hurd, the sole border Republican in the House, makes no secret of his opposition to Trump’s $5.7 billion demand. After narrowly winning reelection in November, Hurd was one of seven Republicans who sided with House Democrats last week to reopen shuttered parts of the government without a deal on the wall.
“Everyone tries to act like this is some scary drug cartel movie back in the day,” Hurd told CNN on Tuesday. “The reality is that there are people sneaking into the country, we can stop that if we have smart solutions, and that’s ultimately going to be relying on technology.”
In the Senate, Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein of California and Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico all told POLITICO they’re against Trump’s plan.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who moved to the Senate from the House last week, declined to speak with a reporter in the Capitol on Wednesday. Her office did not respond to multiple requests by email and in person to share her views of Trump’s funding proposal.
She also opted not to vote in late December when the House considered the bill that provided $5.7 billion for a border wall.
Talking to reporters Wednesday, Cornyn said border security requires a mix of infrastructure, technology and personnel, not just an imposing structure.
“I think the president likes the term ‘wall’ because he thinks it’s a vivid description of what infrastructure is all about,” Cornyn told reporters. “But clearly what we’re talking about is something more than a concrete wall.”
For years, Cornyn has led lawmakers on behind-the-scenes tours of the border in South Texas, according to his office. The attendees have included Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Rep. David Rouzer (R-N.C.), as well as Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and former Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, who lost a reelection bid in November to Democratic challenger Jacky Rosen.
On the tours, Cornyn introduced legislators to Border Patrol agents and local leaders who argued the region thrives off cross-border trade with Mexico — a message more of mutual prosperity than crisis.
On a November trip with Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat who represents a Texas district stretching south from San Antonio to the border, Cornyn’s group toured an immigration detention center and spoke at a federal courthouse in Laredo.
Cornyn and Cruz will both be in South Texas on Thursday with Trump. Cornyn will host a roundtable after the president’s visit with border-area mayors, civic leaders and Border Patrol officials.
Sergio Contreras, president of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, a local business association, has accompanied Cornyn on the educational outings. He said border lawmakers “understand the realities (of the border) because they represent our region and walk our streets.”
Many border lawmakers worry that building a wall would threaten local economies, force private landowners to cede their property and harm the environment, especially in areas such as Big Bend National Park in West Texas.
Contreras, who will be at the Thursday roundtable, said even discussion of a wall has caused some Mexican investors to halt millions of dollars of investments in retail and residential real estate projects in the Rio Grande Valley. He argues a wall would discourage Mexican shoppers from crossing the border to Texas. Those shoppers make up between 30 to 45 percent of the area’s retail sales, according to a 2012 study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
Laredo’s Democratic Mayor Pete Saenz, who has joined Cornyn’s border trips and will be at the event Thursday, said he disagrees with the president’s assessment that there’s a crisis on the border.
“Do we have incidents of activity? By all means,” said Saenz, who supports stepped-up security measures but not a wall. “To the extent of calling it a crisis and building these huge walls and physical barriers, we haven’t reached that.”

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Two prominent Liars in Government. MA

By Ted Barrett and Clare Foran, CNN 11 hrs ago

While McConnell and Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican and his new deputy in Senate GOP leadership, left the White House after the meeting, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Whip Steve Scalise stood behind Trump in the Rose Garden as the President boasted during a lengthy and far-reaching session with reporters that he could “call a national emergency” to build a border wall with Mexico — the issue at the center of the shutdown stalemate — without the approval of Congress if he wants, and defended the use of eminent domain, something that is unpopular with many conservatives, to facilitate construction.
At one point, a reporter explicitly asked the President, “Why is Senator Mitch McConnell not here? Why was he not invited to this?”
Trump replied that McConnell was not there “because he’s running the Senate,” despite the fact that the Senate adjourned for the weekend before the White House meeting started and will not be back in session until Tuesday.
The President also praised the Senate GOP leader, saying, “He’s been great. He’s been really fantastic.”
Trump also emphasized that McConnell had been at the meeting. “He was here. He was with us for hours at the meeting.”
Don Stewart, a spokesman for McConnell, told CNN that the two Republican senators left the White House after the meeting unaware a press conference was planned. They would have attended if asked, Stewart said.
McConnell told CNN on Thursday that he has not been “sidelined” in talks to reopen parts of the government, but asserted that he has “no particular role” to play in ending the standoff, a responsibility he argued falls to the President and congressional Democrats who wield expanded power in the new Congress now that Democrats have taken over the House majority.
The Senate majority leader did speak to reporters at the Capitol on Friday as he returned from the meeting at the White House, saying that it was a “spirited discussion as you can imagine.”
“I would say the news is that the President agreed to designate his top people to sit down with all the leaders’ staffs this weekend to see if we can come up an agreement to recommend back to us, the various leaders,” McConnell said.
He added that “the government couldn’t reopen until Tuesday anyhow because we don’t have people here to vote” since both chambers of Congress gaveled out of session on Friday and won’t return until Tuesday.

How McConnell is handling the government shutdown fight
In recent days, McConnell has kept a relatively low-profile in the midst of the shutdown fight and distanced himself from negotiations to end the impasse.
McConnell had opposed shutting down the government, and in late December, it seemed briefly that a partial shutdown would be averted when Senate Republicans and Democrats joined together to pass a stop-gap funding bill that would have prevented a shuttering of roughly a quarter of the federal government.
When the Senate passed the measure, the proposal had the backing of congressional Democratic leaders and top congressional Republicans had indicated they were optimistic the President would sign it.
But the plan was upended a day later when it came time for the House to take up the legislation. After facing criticism from conservative allies who wanted to see him push for border wall funding, the President abruptly informed House GOP leaders that he would not sign the bill because it did not match up with his demands for the wall.
In a brief hallway interview on Thursday, McConnell explained that his role is now reversed from when he and then-Vice President Joe Biden worked to avoid a fiscal cliff and negotiated other tough issues during the Obama administration.
“Well, it’s not complicated. I was in this role when Obama was President, and Biden and I did deals because they needed some of our votes. So, now the role is reversed and ultimately the solution to this is a deal between the President and Nancy and Chuck because we need some of Chuck’s votes and obviously we need Nancy’s support,” he said, referring to newly installed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat.
“So, I haven’t been sidelined,” McConnell added. “It’s just that there’s no particular role for me when you have this setup.”
CNN’s Manu Raju contributed to this report.

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