Tuesday, January 23, 2018

SHUTDOWN ENDED: Stopgap Spending Bill Will Keep Government Open Until February 8th

The Senate voted 81-18 on Monday to end the three-day-old government shutdown, with Democrats joining Republicans to fund the government through February 8th.

Later in the day congress gave the final approval to pass the continuing resolution 266-159 that will fund the federal government for just over two weeks.

Then, according to a a senior administration official, Donald Trump signed the bill Monday night allowing thousands of furloughed federal employees to go back to work on Tuesday.

The resolution to the shutdown comes after a weekend that saw Democrats brand the shutdown the “Trump Shutdown,” and Republicans brand it the “Schumer Shutdown,”.

Monday’s vote offered both parties on offramp out of the morass they found themselves in.

The bill extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for another six years and delays or suspends a handful of tax increases that were to help pay for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Despite the deal on CHIP many progressives believe the Republicans got the best of the Dems as the three-week spending measure was predicated on a promise from Senate GOP leaders to address the fate of young, undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers.

Thought the Democrats walk away from the deal with Senate Majority leader McConnell's assurance that there will be a vote on a measure to protect the DACA recipients from deportation there are no such assurances from the Congress of Donald Trump.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Donald Trump Lied 2,140 Times In His First Year In Office

After only a single year in office, a mere 365 days, Donald Trump has lied 2,140 times

According to The Washington Post ongoing project that catalogs all of Trump's false and misleading claims the man presently residing in the White house lies  an average of nearly 5.9 claims a day.

The posts project was originally only supposed to span Trump's first 100 days because the media could not possibly keep up with the pace and volume of his misstatements but the database proved so useful that they now intend to keep it going through the rest of Trump’s time in office.

The Post even designed an interactive graphic that displays a running list of every one of Trump's lies.

Here is a screenshot of the project findings in graph form...

Click image to go to the graphic

Here are some of the interesting numbers amassed by the project...

• There were only 56 days or about 15 percent of the time that Trump did not outright lie (These were often days when Trump golfed). 
• There were 12 days in which Trump made more than 30 claims.  
• On July 25, when Trump held a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, the project recorded 52 false claims. 
• On Nov. 29, when he spoke in St. Louis, we counted 49 claims. 
• On Dec. 8, when Trump stumped for Senate hopeful Roy Moore at a rally in Pensacola, Fla. he lied 44 times. 
• Trump lied 61 times claiming that the Affordable Care Act was failing or on the edge of disaster despite evidence that the program will remain stable for the foreseeable future. 
• Trump lied 57 times about having the biggest tax cut in U.S. history, even though Treasury Department data shows it ranks eighth
• Trump lied 59 times that the United States pays the highest corporate taxes when in reality companies end up paying, after deductions and benefits, a much lower amount than the statutory tax rate. 
• As for Russia interference in the 2016 election, Trump lied 44 times giving a variation of the statement that it was a hoax perpetuated by Democrats

The project also employs a Trump Promise Tracker that tracks the status of 60 key promises made by Trump. As of Jan. 17, the tracker shows that he’s kept 11 and broken 15, compromised on 7, and the rest are either stuck or still in progress.

If anyone was keeping track, and they were, President Obama only made false and misleading claims  six times in his first year in office and only twice in his second. What a piker.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

WOMENS MARCH 2018: Hundreds Of Thousands Across The Globe March To Protest Trump (65 PICTURES)

To mark the closing out of Donald Trump's first year in office protestors took to the streets across the country and across the globe to mark their displeasure of him, his administration and his policies.

Last year hundreds of thousands of demonstrators fill the streets worldwide for the first Women’s March.

This year thousands upon thousands of women and men once again took to the streets in cities across the nation in a defiant stand against Donald Trump's tumultuous first year in office which has ended with his administration embroiled in a government shutdown casting uncertainty over much of the nation.

Brandishing signs and sporting pink hats marchers celebrated their unity and protested what they consider to be an administration bent on corrupting the very virtues this country was built on.

As they marched they chanted such slogans as...

Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Donald Trump has got to go!” and “We need a leader, not a creepy Tweeter!

The 2018 Women’s March seems to have taken on a new importance as people in the streets, aside from demonstrating against the current administration, registered attendees to vote, spoke of their responsibility as a member of a constituency and extolled the importance of voting in the upcoming 2018 midterm election.

Here are some of the protests from across the nation...