BREAKING: GOV’T SHUTDOWN TO END

UPDATE: The deal has been reached. Chuck Schumer has made the announcement and the government shutdown will end. The final vote will be this afternoon.

UPDATE: From Politico: “The Senate has enough votes to move forward on a plan to end the government shutdown, after Democrats accepted a GOP pledge to hold a vote on immigration legislation in the coming weeks. The bill, which would fund the government through Feb. 8, is expected to be passed by the Senate and the House today, and quickly signed into law by President Donald Trump.”

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After a bit of sweating on both sides, it appears an agreement to reopen the government has been reached.

According to the Washington Examiner, Senate Democrats are willing to agree to a vote on a bill that will kick in and keep the government open until February 8.

“I think it’ll be open by what? 12:10? 12:15?” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said ahead of planned Senate vote to end the shutdown.

“We’re going to reopen the government,” added Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. He said Democrats have assurances from Republicans that they will try to tackle immigration once the government is reopened, but they didn’t fully describe the promises made.

Something that should have been agreed to in the beginning, actually.

The announcement comes after a caucus meeting with Senate Democrats.

Senator Angus King (I-Maine) is also on board with this new bill.

Now, back to your usually scheduled bickering and stalling.

 

updated:
From the Weekly Standard:

“The Trump shutdown will soon end,” Minority Leader Chuck Schumer before a vote on a three-week continuing resolution, “but the work must go on. And it will.”

The chamber voted 81-18 to proceed to a final vote on a CR that would keep the government running through February 8, fully fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years, and would delay several Obamacare taxes.

The Senate will take a final vote on the bill Monday afternoon, and lawmakers in the House will have to approve the Senate’s three-week CR before it can be sent to President Donald Trump’s desk to be signed, ending the government shutdown.

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BREAKING: Shooting at Texas High School, One Wounded

A shooting at a Texas high school took place Monday morning resulting in one student receiving bullet wounds.

According to Fox News, the shooting took place just before 8 a.m. in Italy High school, 45 miles south of Dallas in Ellis county.

The school quickly evacuated the student body according to Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities told Fox News the shooter was a 16-year-old male who was taken into custody shortly after he shot a 15-year-old female student.

According to Fox News, the female student has been airlifted to a nearby hospital, but her condition remains unknown.

Authorities have yet to brief the press as to the circumstances that led to the shooting, however the Ellis Country Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that they will be holding a news conference at 1 p.m. cst.

RedState will keep you updated as the story develops.

 

 

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Complaint Filed Over Alleged Payoff to Trump’s Porn Star Mistress

This seems like a stretch.

Common Cause is a non-profit watchdog group and they’ve apparently been watching the porn star story closely.

At least, close enough to determine that the alleged $130,000 payoff by Trump attorney Michael Cohen violates federal campaign finance laws.

The group has filed a complaint with the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission.

Common Cause said in its complaints that Michael Cohen’s alleged $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels was an unreported in-kind contribution to the president’s 2016 campaign.

The organization called on the Justice Department and FEC to “fully investigate” the possible violation.

They just want more salacious details than what was revealed in the 2011 In Touch Magazine interview.

The Wall Street Journal reported on the alleged payoff last week, saying Cohen used a pseudonym and funneled the money to Daniels through a private company.

This seems like a really futile attempt to tie Trump’s affair to anything more than his horrid character. Unless they can prove campaign funds were used to pay off the mistress, I think they’re going to see their efforts frustrated.

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CNN: Government Shutdown Could Result in Asteroid Strike

No, they actually said that.

The same network that suggested a lost Malaysian airplane fell into a black hole — and won an award for their reporting — also wants you to know that, due to the government shutdown, Earth is at risk for a strike from an undetected asteroid.

In fact, according to CNN’s Tom Foreman, one is heading right for us as we speak and should be here quite soon.

According to Foreman, the shutdown will result in a plethora of government-funded programs temporarily closing up shop.

“Meanwhile many services would be stopped or delayed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would back down its flu tracking program even as the nation faces the worst outbreak in years,” said Foreman. “Some senior nutrition programs would be paused. 200,000 passport applications went unprocessed in 1995.”

That’s when Foreman got down to the meat of the problem. In 2013, when the government shutdown last, NASA was forced to stop keeping tabs on asteroids that could threaten the Earth.

“Congress funds much of the scientific research done in this country. In 2013, that meant some experiments went on hold in 2013 and suffered costly losses of data. In space same year, for more than two weeks, NASA reportedly stopped monitoring potentially dangerous asteroids,” said Foreman, adding “a big one, by the way, is expected to brush by Earth on February 4th.”

This…is CNN.

Perhaps it’s SMOD holding his own special election, seeing as how he failed to come through for us during the 2016 circus we had to live through. If that’s the case, then I know who I’m voting for.

Why this is brought up by CNN, I’m not sure. It’s not like there aren’t other first world countries out there with telescopes. Furthermore, if an asteroid was about to strike the planet, I doubt the United States would do little to nothing about it because eight percent of the government is shut down.

Rest assured, folks. An asteroid is not going to sneak up on us and kill us because a sliver of the U.S government shut down. There’s no giant rock hiding behind a space bush that will suddenly destroy us while one country isn’t looking.

But when breathless panic means more views, an asteroid strike is fair game I suppose.

 

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Campus Insanity: Princeton Tells Men to Repeatedly Ask for Consent…On the Dance Floor

You thought campuses were going crazy when California enacted its “affirmative consent bill” that requires couples to give one another explicit affirmative ongoing consent for sexual activity? (“Yes, it’s still OK; yes, it’s still OK; yes, it’s still OK…”) You hadn’t seen anything yet! Now Princeton is telling students that ongoing affirmative consent is also necessary … to dance:

Campus Reform has the backstory:

Princeton University wants to ensure that students know how to ask each other to dance, and so recently issued instructions for obtaining “consent on the dance floor.”

The guidelines came in the form of a Facebook post shared by Princeton’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources, & Education (SHARE) office and created by the school’s UMatter initiative in anticipation of the annual Orange and Black Ball (OBB) that took place last Friday.

“Hey, are you still into this? We can stop if you aren’t.”

“Going to OBB this Friday? Planning to have a great time tearing up the dance floor with your friends?” the post asks. “Great! Check out some tips about what consent on the dance floor looks like!! #OBB #RespectMatters #ConsentIsCool #DoYouWannaDance?”

The post indicates that “Do you wanna dance?” is an appropriate opening, and that responses such as “Absolutely!,” “Yeah! Let’s do it!,” and “I’d love to!” are all ways of consenting to the question.

Beyond simply “asking & waiting for an answer,” the post also asserts that “frequently checking in with your dance partner” is required in order to maintain consent until the music stops, suggesting that the person who extended the invite periodically ask “Hey, are you still into this?” and volunteer that “We can stop if you aren’t.”

Although the story is from November, we haven’t talked about it here, and there are parallels between this story and the recent Aziz Ansari controversy. Both illustrate the lack of common sense that is increasingly absent in the debate over the nature of ongoing consent.

You have the right to begin dancing with a guy and then to change your mind. However, signaling that you have changed your mind typically requires you to either say something clear, or to stop dancing and walk off the floor. Continuing to dance, while sending overly subtle nonverbal cues that you’re just not into it, may not send a clear enough message that you have withdrawn consent. If you can later complain of assault because the guy continued to dance with you, despite your indirect and understated signals that you weren’t enjoying it that much, normal people will not take your complaint seriously.

By the same token, if you accompany a man back to his place after a date, you have the right to begin to get physical with him and then change your mind. However, if you get undressed with him, accept oral sex from him and perform oral sex on him, you have already sent several nonverbal cues that you are interested in sex. Therefore, any nonverbal signals to the contrary have to be stronger than they otherwise would be, in order to overcome the clear cues that you have already sent.

Put more simply, you can always say no — but if you say it with his d[vowel deleted]ck voluntarily inside your mouth, he’s going to have a harder time understanding you.

All of this used to fall under the category of what we called “common sense.” But we’ve now reached a point where we have to pretend that long-held societal norms don’t apply any more. We have to act as if every woman is presumptively appalled at this precise moment by what she seemed to be enjoying five seconds ago, whether she tells us or not.

I take very seriously the notion that women have an absolute right to consent or not consent to anything at all. I take very seriously the notion that they can change their minds at any point. But if they want society to continue to take this right seriously, we all have to recognize that the need for clarity in cues changes with the situation and with past behavior.

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Cecile Richards Celebrates “Women of Color” at Women’s March, Doesn’t Mention the Millions of Black Babies Killed

During the Las Vegas celebration of the Women’s March, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards was invited to give a speech — because, of course, she was — to the attendees present, during which she celebrated “women of color” stepping forward and accomplishing so much in politics, then turned around and told white women that they need to step up and do more because “that’s on all of us.”

“All across the country, the Women’s March inspired doctors and teachers and mothers to become activists and organizers and, yes, candidates for office, and from Virginia to Alabama and to last week in Wisconsin, women have beaten the odds to elect our own to office,” said Richards.

“That’s right, women of color, transgender women, rural and urban women, and these victories were led and made possible by women of color, so, white women, listen up, we’ve got to do better, we’ve got to do better. It is not up to women of color to save this country from itself. That’s on all of us,”

“The good news is, the good news is, when we are in full on sisterhood, women are the most powerful political force in America. And when we recognize that no one is free until everyone is free. Right? And that means no matter what country you come from, or who you love, no matter what you look like, no matter what, we are unstoppable.”

One thing that I find very interesting about the speech is that Cecile Richards is the head of an organization that is responsible for around 7 million deaths since 1978 to now, and a massive chunk of that number is black babies.

In fact, as the group “Protecting Black Life” pointed out, the lion’s share of Planned Parenthood facilities are implanted in or near minority neighborhoods, making those women of color Richards lauded the bulk of their business.

And the numbers get worse from there, as reported by lifeissues.org:

Protecting Black Life evaluated the populations within walking distance (2 mile radius) of each of these 25 abortion mega-centers and found that an alarming 88 percent (22 of 25) target women of color. Disturbingly, 80 percent target Black communities, 56 percent target Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods and 80 percent target one or more colleges. In total, 96 percent (24 of 25) of the mega-centers target women of color, college women, or both.

So here we have the woman in charge of the most powerful abortion provider in the nation, currently taking half a billion of our taxpayer dollars annually, encouraging “women of color” to run for office and change things from the inside while her organization is responsible for the deaths of millions of babies, a good deal of them the color she lauded at the women’s march.

Planned Parenthood’s business model is literally the death of babies within the black and Hispanic communities. In fact, it is known for trying to literally scare black women into having abortions.

If you ask me, I don’t think Planned Parenthood actually cares about the “women of color” currently being elected, seeing as how they sure are doing their level best to kill them off first.

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Vice President Pence Announces Timeline for Moving Embassy to Jerusalem

Vice President Mike Pence is in Israel today, and standing before the Israeli parliament, he stated that the U.S. Embassy in Israel would be relocated to Jerusalem by the end of 2019.

How they intend to make that happen and what steps are being taken are not immediately clear.

From Reuters:

“In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the United States Embassy in Jerusalem – and that United States Embassy will open before the end of next year,” Pence said.

“Jerusalem is Israel’s capital – and, as such, President Trump has directed the State Department to immediately begin preparations to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

Immediately. So we should be hearing something about what is being done, soon.

To give Pence props, when his speech was disrupted by Israeli Arab parliament members and their ludicrous protest signs reading: Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine – he didn’t flinch.

I’ll just let it go that these were members of Israel’s parliament, equal members, protesting the nation they live in. If they were being treated unfairly by Israel, how is it that they have a seat in Israel’s government?

Good grief.

Pence offered:

“It is deeply humbling for me to stand before this vibrant democracy.”

That’s right. Grin and let them go.

Responding to Pence’s speech, Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said: “If the United States wanted to a play a role of a mediator in the peace process it must be a fair mediator and it must abide by (international) resolutions.”

Except the international community is made up of a slithering, atrocious cabal of anti-Semites, so I’m pretty sure your assessment of what is “fair” might be a bit off.

Pence went on to say that the stated position of Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital is based on fact over fiction.

Good.

Pence, an evangelical Christian, drew parallels between Jewish history dating back to biblical times and the European pilgrims who founded the United States. He was greeted with ovations by Israeli legislators throughout his speech.

Noting that Israel will in May mark 70 years since its founding – in a war Palestinians mourn as a catastrophe – Pence switched to Hebrew to recite a Jewish prayer of thanksgiving.

Nice touch.

The struggle for the right to call Jerusalem their capital began after Israel was attacked by several Arab nations in 1967, in the Six Day War.

Tiny Israel kicked butt and took names – along with the eastern portion of Jerusalem – and the Palestinians have whined that they want it back, ever since, so they can call it their capital.

The international community (the aforementioned slithering cabal of anti-Semites) have largely sided with Palestine and condemn Israel for its refusal to “give back” what has always been theirs eastern Jerusalem.

Let’s just break this down into simple, real world terms:

You get jumped by a group of bullies, as you’re minding your own business. You turn around and end up beating the brakes off of all of them, and after defending yourself successfully, you take one of the bullies’ shoes.

Are you obligated to give that bully who attacked you his shoes back?

No. If he liked his shoes, he should have kept them home, or at the library, or out doing something good in the neighborhood, instead of trying to hurt somebody and causing trouble, in general.

Now Israel has Palestine’s shoes. They need to accept that they messed up in 1967.

Welcoming Pence to the parliament, Netanyahu said he was the first U.S. vice president to have been accorded the honor.

Israel and the United States “are striving together to achieve a true peace, lasting peace, peace with all our neighbors, including the Palestinians,” Netanyahu said.

He reiterated his long-standing demand that the Palestinians recognize “the Jewish people’s right to a nation state in its land, a nation state of its own here in the land of Israel”. The Palestinians have ruled out such recognition, saying it would disadvantage Israel’s Arab minority.

They’re so disadvantaged, they have no say in how Israel’s government is operated.

OH… wait… they actually have a seat in parliament, but choose to use their voice to act the fool.

And for Christians reading this with glee, just a reminder: Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem is not the same as rebuilding the temple on the Temple Mount, so chill out. We’re not quite there, yet.

 

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Watch: Paul Ryan Throws Dem’s 2013 Shutdown Comments in Their Faces

During the government’s shutdown in 2013, the Democrats made a whole lot of noise about how the Republicans were villains for being so stubborn. Now on day three of the 2018 shutdown, House Speaker Paul Ryan wanted to remind Democrats that the breathless disbelief about the Republican’s actions now applies to the Democrats themselves.

And to do that, Ryan used their own 2013 quotes against them.

“Let me read you a couple quotes from the 2013 government shutdown. ‘Open the government. When you open the government, we’ll open negotiations.’ Dick Durbin 2013,” Ryan said on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” on Monday.

“Or this. ‘I believe in immigration reform. What if I persuaded my caucus to say ‘I’m going to shut down the government, I’m not going to pay the bills unless I get my way.’ This is confrontation of idiocy and paralysis.’ This is Chuck Schumer 2013. This is ridiculous. I don’t think they knew what they were getting themselves into,” Ryan noted.

Ryan continued by pointing out that the Democrat’s holding strong on the shutdown is the result of what essentially amounts to dramatics.

“This is what is so weird about this issue. We were in bipartisan, earnest, good-faith DACA negotiations before the government shut down. I would maybe sort of understand these moves if we were saying we want to deport all these kids — we don’t want to do anything,” Ryan said.

“We’re saying open the government. We’ll get back to the negotiations. We were already underway. They blew up when the government shut down,” he added.

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Devin Nunes Is Sitting on the Secret Memo and Nobody Will Actually See It

It’s supposed to be this earth-shattering, proof-beyond-any-shadow-of-a-doubt that the FBI are the scourge of our society, secretly working to destroy Mom, America, and apple pie. More importantly, they’re out to destroy the embodiment of all things holy and good in this world – Donald Trump.

I’m speaking of the super-secret memo that everyone (especially the Russian Twitter bots) want to see released.

Devoted Trump lackey, Rep. Devin Nunes, is reportedly the author of the memo, cobbling together the anti-Trump texts of FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI attorney Lisa Page, into something sinister and mysterious.

House Republicans and those Russian bots have been pushing for the release of the memo, building up the anticipation to a riveting crescendo.

The scuttlebutt is that the memo will provide hard evidence that political bias at the top of the FBI prompted the investigation into Donald Trump’s team.

If it’s all that, let the FBI check it out, see what they’re being accused of.

Yeah, about that…

 “The FBI has requested to receive a copy of the memo in order to evaluate the information and take appropriate steps if necessary. To date, the request has been declined,” Andrew Ames said in a statement.

They didn’t ask for the sole copy. They asked for “a” copy, and for some reason, Nunes doesn’t want them to see it.

Other Trump devotees are on their fainting couches, as well.

“You all need to see it,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who called it “alarming.” “More importantly, the American public needs to see it. What the FBI did is just as wrong as it can be.”

Yes. A man and his mistress shared the same kind of talk that can be seen on social media all day long. Absolute proof of Trump’s martyrdom.

Both Democrats and Republicans are calling it a “top line summary,” Democrats just don’t believe there’s proof of political bias.

“I think the whole political purpose of this is to make a misleading case to the public, perpetuate the president’s political narrative, but not let the public see the underlying materials that would show just how distorted it is — I think that’s by design,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Intelligence panel.

“The problem is, we can’t point out the inaccuracies without relying on the underlying material,” he added.

He’s referring to further documents that lawmakers lack the level of clearance to view.

It all feeds into the alleged “witch hunt” of the Russia probe.

Did the Fusion GPS dossier prompt a FISA warrant to spy on Trump’s team during the transition?

You can’t convince Trump’s acolytes of anything else.

Others have suggested that those losing their minds over it lack an understanding of the law.

Meanwhile, Nunes and Republican lawmakers keep stoking suspicions and frothing up the base against our nation’s law enforcement agencies.

I guess it serves their purpose to break up our institutions.

 

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BREAKING. McConnell Offers A Proposal To Break Shutdown Deadlock

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., listens to a question while speaking with the media after he and other Senate Republicans had a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Moments ago, Mitch McConnell. This is it:

The CR goes until February 8 instead of four weeks.

If, by February 8, a deal has not been reached on DACA then McConnell will move DACA to the front burner.

In that case any senator can propose a bill that will be voted on.

It is not linked to the new CR that will be required on February 8.

There is no 1 a.m. vote it will now be held noon tomorrow.

This gives Schumer a face-saving way to climb down. It doesn’t guarantee the House will go along with the bill or that the White House will.

If the Democrats take this, it is a surrender in all but name.

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