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Poll shows 25 percent view McConnell favorably, lowest among leaders in survey

Source: the hill

By Max Greenwood - 01/22/19 06:05 PM EST

Only a quarter of U.S. voters view Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) favorably, the lowest of any other congressional leader included in the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey released exclusively to The Hill on Tuesday.

The survey showed McConnell’s favorability underwater at just 25 percent, with 44 percent having an unfavorable view.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) fared little better, coming in at 30 percent and 35 percent, respectively. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was not included in the survey.

The approval rating for all three leaders are below President Trump’s favorability, according to the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey, which stands at 41 percent, while Vice President Pence comes in at 42 percent.

Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll, said that McConnell’s dwindling favorability, as well as that of other congressional leaders, suggests that the government shutdown is taking a political toll on lawmakers............................................

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/podcasts/426466-poll-shows-25-percent-view-mcconnells-favorably-lowest-among-congressional

His favor-ability should be in the stinking swap IMHO



McConnell blocks bill to temporarily reopen DHS

Source: the hill

By Jordain Carney - 01/22/19 03:41 PM EST


Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tried to take up the House bill, which would fund the department through Feb. 8.

McConnell, however, objected. Under Senate rules any one member can try to pass a bill, but any one member can also block that request.

McConnell has said for weeks that he won’t take up the House legislation, arguing it would be a “show” vote because President Trump won’t sign the bill.

Instead, the GOP leader is expected to hold a procedural vote Thursday that would trade $5.7 billion for wall funding in exchange for a three-year extension of legal protections for some immigrants.

"The opportunity to end all this is staring us right in the face. That's why we'll vote on this legislation on the Senate floor this week. All that needs to happen is for our Democratic colleagues to agree that it's time to put the country ahead of politics, take yes for an answer and vote to put this standoff behind us," McConnell said from the Senate floor earlier on Tuesday. ....................................

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/426465-mcconnell-blocks-bill-to-temporarily-reopen-dhs


‏ @mouecat
41m41 minutes ago
Replying to @thehill

Why does @senatemajldr hate Homeland Security so much? Is the USA not worth protecting?
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Private Intoxication

‏ @PrivIntox
40m40 minutes ago
Replying to @thehill

Because securing our borders is an "emergency."
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Paul Wu-Tang Clan

‏ @PaulWuster
41m41 minutes ago
Replying to @thehill

The reason being, you see, that there's a crisis at the border. Or something.

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Erik M.
‏ @Minnesotanice76
41m41 minutes ago

Replying to @thehill

Country before party. Right Mitch?

Americans' climate change concerns surge to record levels, poll shows

Source: The Guardian

Total of 72% polled now say global warming is personally important to them, Yale said, as 73% accept it is happening

Oliver Milman in New York @olliemilman

Tue 22 Jan 2019 12.45 EST Last modified on Tue 22 Jan 2019 13.02 EST

Americans’ concerns about climate change have surged to record levels, new polling shows, following a year marked by devastating storms, wildfires and increasingly dire warnings from scientists.

A total of 72% of polled Americans now say global warming is personally important to them, according to the Yale program on climate change communication. This is the highest level of concern since Yale starting polling the question in 2008.

Overall, 73% of Americans accept that global warming is happening, outnumbering those who don’t by five to one. This acceptance has strengthened in recent years, rising by 10% since March 2015. The proportion that grasps that humans are the primary cause of warming is smaller, with 62% understanding this to be the case.

About two-thirds of Americans believe that global warming is influencing the weather, in the wake of a string of deadly extreme events in the US. About half say the disastrous wildfires in California and Hurricanes Florence and Michael, which flattened parts of North Carolina and Florida, were worsened because of rising global temperatures...................................................

The sense of urgency has been highlighted by a series of sobering reports released by scientists over the past year. A landmark United Nations report from last year warned that the world has little more than a decade to limit catastrophic climate change, which will involve millions of people displaced by sea level rise or subjected to deadly heatwaves, as well as the loss of almost all of the planet’s coral reefs.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/22/climate-change-concern-americans-poll

People in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina watch as Hurricane Florence threatens the Carolinas on 12 September 2018. Photograph: Travis Long/TNS/Getty Images

DACA program that protects young undocumented immigrants not likely to get Supreme Court review this

Source: washpost

DACA program that protects young undocumented immigrants not likely to get Supreme Court review this term

January 22 at 10:38 AM

The Supreme Court is not likely to review during its current term the program that shields young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, leaving in place the Obama-era initiative that the Trump administration has tried to end.

The justices on Tuesday took no action on the administration’s request that it review the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has protected nearly 700,000 people brought to this country as children, commonly known as “dreamers.”

If the court sticks to its normal procedures, that would mean that even if it accepts the case as a later date, it would not be argued until the new term starting in October, with a decision likely in 2020.............................

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/daca-program-that-protects-young-undocumented-immigrants-not-likely-to-get-supreme-court-review-this-term/2019/01/22/dd3ac11a-1db3-11e9-8e21-59a09ff1e2a1_story.html?utm_term=.dd1417aa749awas

So basically DACA folks are still in limbo.


Embattled Trump Inaugural Committee Failed To Disclose Key Finances To IRS

Source: TPM

By Josh Kovensky January 22, 2019 7:28 am

President Trump’s inaugural committee failed to disclose to the IRS how much money it received in ticket revenue, TPM has found after reviewing the group’s tax filings, a failure that tax experts find perplexing.

The Trump inaugural committee’s failure to identify the revenue it generated from the sale of tickets and other perks broke with the practice of previous inaugural committees. In doing so, the tax return that the committee filed with the IRS obscured a key metric of how it raised its record $106.7 million.

On their tax returns, other recent inaugural committees broke out sales revenue separately from contributions from donors. Sales of tickets to events, which often include key officials from the incoming administration, and of merchandise or other items of value were typically listed on the inaugural committee’s tax return where it asks for “program service revenue.”

The Trump inaugural committee did not report any “program service revenue” on its tax return, effectively concealing the amount of cash generated from tickets and anything else that it sold.

“I can’t think of a legitimate reason why one would not do that,” Marcus Owens, an attorney at Loeb & Loeb who served as director of the IRS’s exempt organizations division for 10 years, told TPM. “Confusion by the accountant perhaps. Obviously, the form calls for it, so the form is not complete and accurate if doesn’t do that.”.................................

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/trump-inaugural-committee-ticket-revenue-tax-returns

Slimy SOB !!

Are school trips to Ark Encounter legal? Ken Ham and group wage battle

Source: Louisville courier-journal

Updated 7:37 a.m. ET Jan. 22, 2019

Ken Ham, the creationist founder of the Ark Encounter in Northern Kentucky, is sparring with a national group over whether public schools are legally allowed to visit his religious attractions.

Earlier this month the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which promotes the separation of church and state, sent letters to more than 1,000 public school districts in Kentucky and four other states saying that field trips to Ham's Ark Encounter and Creation Museum are unconstitutional.

The letters, sent Jan. 8, were prompted by Ham encouraging public schools to visit his theme park, which features a 510-foot-long model of Noah's Ark.

"It is unacceptable to expose a captive audience of impressionable students to the overtly religious atmosphere of Ham’s Christian theme parks," wrote Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker, co-presidents of the Wisconsin-based foundation. ..................................

Read more: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2019/01/19/kentucky-ark-encounter-freedom-from-religion-group-fights-school-field-trips/2615675002/

whew so glad we didn't elect that lady with no stamina who traveled 956,733 miles as Sec of State...

MSM needs to start using the big L word as in LAZY!!Trump

whew so glad we didn’t elect that lady with no stamina who traveled 956,733 miles as Secretary of State


Ocat Nesnah
‏ @Ocat_Nesnah
11h11 hours ago
Replying to @goldengateblond @LindaKWS1

As far as I'm concerned, the fewer hrs tRump spends in office - the better. Less damage being done.
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‏ @don15037249
12h12 hours ago

Replying to @goldengateblond

Takes time to get the comb over just right.
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‏ @shunyata2000
12h12 hours ago

Replying to @goldengateblond

The more I think about that, the more outraged I get. My anger isn't decreasing over time, it's increasing. Between the NYT, Chuck Todd, and Facebook, you can't tell me that didn't make a difference of 80,000 votes. Add Bernie Bros, Jill Stein, and Sarandon, and there you go.

@CharlesPPierce: Yeah, they're pretty much the entitled little jackeens you thought they were.

We have to remember that these HS boys came to DC to participate in the anti-abortion March for Life event.

7h7 hours ago

Charles P. Pierce Retweeted StanceGrounded

Yeah, they're pretty much the entitled little jackeens you thought they were.




US aid cuts hit Palestinians, further dimming hope for peace

Source: AP

By JOSEPH KRAUSSan hour ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Tens of thousands of Palestinians are no longer getting food aid or basic health services from America, U.S.-funded infrastructure projects have been halted, and an innovative peace-building program in Jerusalem is scaling back its activities.

The Trump administration’s decision last year to cut more than $200 million in development aid to the Palestinians is forcing NGOs to slash programs and lay off staff as the effects ripple through a community that has spent more than two decades promoting peace in the Middle East.

The U.S. government’s development agency, USAID, has provided more than $5.5 billion to the Palestinians since 1994 for infrastructure, health, education, governance and humanitarian aid programs, all intended to underpin the eventual creation of an independent state.


President Donald Trump says the USAID cuts are aimed at pressuring the Palestinians to return to peace talks, but Palestinian officials say the move has further poisoned relations after the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last year. The aid groups, many of which have little or no connection to the Palestinian Authority, say the cuts hurt the most vulnerable Palestinians and those most committed to peace with Israel.


Read more: https://apnews.com/3fad5d9e1fb94159a95decb08623e7d2

Donald Trump: The First Catholic President? NEW from CVTV:

lordy--I hope there is nothing to this?? But it was scary watching

‏ @CatholicVote
9h9 hours ago

Donald Trump: The First Catholic President?
NEW from CVTV:

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