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McConnell is going to take up the House Bill

One vote on Trumps bill, one on House bill.

I think it's a good idea.

It's likely naive of me to think the Republican Senators will vote Yes on a clean bill to fund the government.... But I have faith that they will.

You can't make people go months without income.


Washington (CNN) — The Senate will take two key votes on Thursday on competing proposals aimed at ending the ongoing government shutdown -- one backed by Republicans and the other backed by Democrats and both likely to fail.

One of the votes will be on a proposal backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to fund President Donald Trump's border wall and reopen shuttered parts of the government. That legislation is in line with an offer the President proposed over the weekend offering temporary protections for some immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion for a border wall -- and which Democrats swiftly rejected as they hold firm in insisting that the government should be reopened before lawmakers proceed to a debate on border security.

The other vote will be on House-passed legislation backed by Democrats to reopen the government without providing new funding for the wall.

Why don't we give him the wall for healthcare?

Wall is a stupid idea but not super harmful and not that expensive.

Why not trade up a real and good healthcare plan and him parade around his wall? Let it be the most beautiful wall ever if we can keep key elements of healthcare and make it better.

We need a better word than anti-abortion

Everybody is pro-life.

Not everybody is pro-choice.

Anti abortion is too long and sounds "bleh". What's a better word for people who are not pro-choice?

Who would be prosecuting flynn?


I don't trust them to follow it up the chain even if he has good info.

They give Flynn immunity and then drop the case, Trump wins.

Should we just start lying?

I mean seriously, that's what the R's have been doing for years and it seems to be working.

Should we just make shit up? Sling crap that doesn't exist?

It keeps us chasing our tails, while they enact crazy bills and executive orders.

Saw Keith Ellison on Daily Show

Was very impressive.

Made me a fan of him in one interview.

I'm not upset Trump fired the leaders.

When a Democrat wins, I'd expect them to do the same thing. Trump is far RW right now and he did what he does, make stupid decisions on the fly, but it wasn't illegal and it was expected. I'm not upset.

I AM upset about Trumps insane policies. His RW picks. His LACK of forethought. Pretty much everything he does excudes incompetence.

I fully support Sally Yates and I think what she did was awesome. She sent a message, and people are listening.

He tweets as camouflage...focus on the issues.

He does the same thing every time.

Announces controversial and insane nominations, policy stances, executive orders. Then tweets about the media or something else off the wall.

We (Americans) need to stop chasing the squirrel and focus on policy.

Distractions like this is why we forgot how bad Betsy DeVos was and why she'll probably be confirmed. Or after a week we will forget about this ban on Muslim countries.

He's normalizing our expectations.

Expect a mass server exploit over Xmas: Change root/su pws

I've been seeing a lot more Russian contact on my websites in the past week. This is not fearmongering because of the election, it's something I notice before most mass hacks.

Fake accounts made on my business sites, fake contact forms filled out, more upticks from alien countries. I run Joomla CMS as my front-end and I notice this stuff over Christmas happening a lot. 2 years ago it was Palestine hackers, the year before it was Turkish. I am not a security expert, I am just going on past experience and the number of hits have been ramping up.

I would change your superuser passwords just in case, maybe check your logs if you run a widely used CMS.

Suggestion: Weekly Call To Action (CTA)?

I think adding a daily or weekly call to action, a campaign of sorts to help further the Democratic Agenda and help harness/focus the DU Population into action. This will also have the added benefit of bringing in more daily/weekly traffic to the site as people come back to check for a new campaign and get involved. The idea could be posted at the top or side of the site as a banner.

A few examples would be:
Look up your counties democratic party representatives and election dates
Make a FOIA request to politicians over a certain topic and post it online
Learn about who are the potential republicans running in your next local election

I personally am not willing to be involved enough to do this myself, but I think if one of the site contributors spent an hour a day/week and made an easy template that people can either click to complete (such as linking to: Who is my representative) or a template on how to make FOIA requests.

Daily "missions" such as this work wonders in games and can help DU not only keep viewership engaged, but also help further the Democratic Agenda, as well as raise the profile of DU in the political spectrum.

The CTA would need about an hours worth of thought to head off people's questions/concerns over cost; including information like this is helpful:

Why do I have to pay to file a request?

There is no fee to file a FOIA request. FOIA established three fee categories that agencies use to determine if fees will be charged:
(1) commercial requesters may be charged fees for searching for records, reviewing the records, and photocopying them;
(2) news media, educational or noncommercial scientific institutions are charged for photocopying, after the first 100 pages;
(3) all other requesters (requesters who do not fall into any of the other three categories) are charged for photocopying after 100 pages and for time spent searching for records in excess of two hours.

In the event that fees are incurred beyond what you are entitled to for free, please indicate a specific amount that you are willing to pay. If you do not indicate another amount in FOIAonline, please be advised that some agency regulations provide that making a FOIA request represents an agreement to pay fees up to $25 (See Agency specific regulations from the links on the main page).
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