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Day 944

1/ The Trump administration will terminate the 20-day cap for detaining migrant children and allow the government to indefinitely detain migrant families who cross the border illegally. The new regulation, announced by acting Department of Homeland Security chief Kevin McAleenan, requires approval from a federal judge before it can go into effect and could be in defiance of the 2015 Flores agreement, which limited the time families could be detained to 20 days. Trump and Republicans have repeatedly blamed the 20-day rule for encouraging migrants to arrive at the border with their children expecting to be released. Administration officials claim the new rule will serve as a deterrent against migrant families. The Trump administration proposed a similar rule in September 2018 that would have allowed the government to detain migrant children for longer periods of time, so long as they were treated with "dignity, respect and special concern for their particular vulnerability as minors." (ABC News / Washington Post / Wall Street Journal / NBC News / New York Times)

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What’s this? Tampering with Donnie’s tax returns? Gasp. Shock. So much shock.

Democrats Cite ‘Evidence Of Possible Misconduct’ With Trump Tax Returns

Yet another reason to get rid of the electoral college. We already have too many representatives who don’t listen to those they represent; they’re called Republicans.

Faithless elector: A court ruling just changed how we pick our president

The decision could give a single elector the power to decide the outcome of a presidential election — if the popular vote results in an apparent Electoral College tie.

A federal court just ruled that electors don’t have to obey the popular vote of their states and can in fact vote for whoever they want. It currently only affects the states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico and is likely going to the Supreme Court.

The ruling is based on the idea that states may pick electors however they want, but once chosen they serve the federal government, and thus cannot be dismissed or nullified. This decimates the concept of one person, one vote.

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Forget the bit about Tom Cotton bragging he goaded Trump into making a bid to buy Greenland. Focus on Trump joking about trading Puerto Rico and its 4M Americans for Greenland and its vast, plunderable resources. That shows, again, exactly the kind of man he is.

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As if you needed another reason to vote the orange buffoon out…

Trump has told friends that gutting Medicare could be a fun “second-term project.”

Republicans want Trump to deal with the exploding deficit by gutting the social safety net, and the president is reportedly receptive to the idea.

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Petty much the plan from the start; run up the tab, then strip down the stuff they hate over it. GOP bait and switch.

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Mmmm… Now, let’s see. Why is there an “exploding deficit”? Could it be that Trump gave a massive tax break to the ultra-rich? What’s that sound I hear? It’s not the trickling down of wealth. No, it’s the vacuuming up of money from the poor, the middle class, the elderly.

Here’s a detailed analysis from late 2017 on who got what from the Trump tax break:

And here’s where we are today (whoda thunk?):

Now, according to Republicans, the only way to fix this is to screw the little guy even more. We’re watching the biggest con in history. :money_with_wings:



As per usual with Trump, just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. Now he’s calling the Prime Minister of Denmark “nasty.”

President Donald Trump on Wednesday called Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen “nasty” and accused her of not showing respect to the U.S. after she rebuffed his interest in buying Greenland, a Danish territory.

“I thought that the prime minister’s statement, that it was ‘absurd,’ that it was ‘an absurd idea,’ it was nasty, I thought it was an inappropriate statement,” Trump told reporters before departing the White House for a speech to a veterans group in Kentucky. “All she had to do is say ‘no, we wouldn’t be interested, but we can’t treat the United States of America the way they treated us under President Obama.’”

I’d say she handled it gracefully. I can’t think of a more appropriate word than “absurd” to characterize Trump’s offer – after all, most Americans thought it was just a joke until he actually got huffy about it and cancelled a trip to Denmark because they said “no.” Wow – this is just Crazytown.

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“Nasty” is a badge of honor, she should wear it proudly. :medal_sports:

Here’s A Running List Of The Women Trump Has Demeaned Using The Word ‘Nasty’