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Franken urged to reverse his resignation

Source: Politico

At least four senators are urging Al Franken to reconsider resigning, including two who issued statements calling for the resignation two weeks ago and said they now feel remorse over what they feel was a rush to judgment.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who urged Franken not to step down to begin with — at least not before he went through an Ethics Committee investigation — said the Minnesota senator was railroaded by fellow Democrats.

“What they did to Al was atrocious, the Democrats,” said West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin in an interview for POLITICO’s Off Message podcast to post on Tuesday.

Franken's unusual timeline — in his departure announcement he said he’d go “in the coming weeks,” without setting a date — has fed the fleeting hopes that there’s still time to reverse course. However, Tina Smith, Minnesota's Democratic lieutenant governor, was named last week as his appointed successor.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/18/manchin-franken-senate-resign-300843

For DU cat folks who dare not put up a Christmas tree:

O.M.F.G: Omarosa Found in a Psychedelic Seapunk-Styled Space Mission to Get Donald Trump's Hair

Source: Jezebel

Just days ago, it was reported that Apprentice star Omarosa (alias “Lady O,” née Omarosa Manigault Newman) was fired from whatever White House position was made for her (unclear; technically director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison), but it’s okay. Omarosa will take any gig.

This 2006 video, submitted to Page Six, emerged from the crazed/artistic/you decide brains of tabloid editors Michael Todd, former In Touch Weekly photo director, Matt Coppa, deputy editor at Star, and his brother Andrew Coppa. Stripped of intentionally low-fi graphics, it’s a tale about an elderly space woman who brainwashes Omarosa in her plot to steal a lock of Donald Trump’s hair in order to conquer the universe. Omarosa does, and that’s it. It’s a Trump-era Der Ring des Nibelungen except with way less story and way more Omarosa.


Trump's White House... all the best people!

Lil' Alex Jones: Flintstones Vitamins Or Poison?

Kremlin says U.S. tip-off helped Russia halt terrorist attack

Source: Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for a tip-off that helped prevent a terrorist bomb attack on a cathedral in the Russia city of St Petersburg, the Kremlin said.

Information provided by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) allowed Russian law-enforcement agencies to arrest the would-be attackers before they could carry out their plan, the Kremlin said in a statement posted on its Internet site.

A senior Trump administration official confirmed Trump and Putin had spoken on Sunday. However, there was no immediate confirmation from U.S. authorities that they had shared the intelligence with Russian officials.

The foiled attack was to have been carried out on Kazansky Cathedral, in Russia’s second city of St Petersburg, and on other locations in the city where large numbers of people gather, the Kremlin statement said. The cathedral is a popular tourist site.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-intelligence/kremlin-says-u-s-tip-off-helped-russia-halt-terrorist-attack-idUSKBN1EB0NK?il=0

Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked President Trump during a call on Sunday for information that helped stop a terrorist attack in St. Petersburg, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported.

Putin asked Trump to thank the director of the CIA and agency operatives, according to the report, which cited the Kremlin.

The Russian president also assured Trump that Russian intelligence would immediately pass on any information it obtains on terrorist threats against the U.S., Interfax added.


This is just what I needed today!


This millionaire is revealing his taxes to show just how much the GOP tax plan favors the wealthy


CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

Source: The Washington Post

The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.

Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

In some instances, the analysts were given alternative phrases. Instead of “science-based” or ­“evidence-based,” the suggested phrase is “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the person said. In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered.

The question of how to address such issues as sexual orientation, gender identity and abortion rights — all of which received significant visibility under the Obama administration — has surfaced repeatedly in federal agencies since President Trump took office. Several key departments — including Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC, as well as Justice, Education, and Housing and Urban Development — have changed some federal policies and how they collect government information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/cdc-gets-list-of-forbidden-words-fetus-transgender-diversity/2017/12/15/f503837a-e1cf-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html

Trump's EPA:

Robert Maguire‏ Verified account @RobertMaguire_

A water fountain at the EPA backed up and started spewing sewage into the hallway https://www.eenews.net/eenewspm/2017/12/14/stories/1060069063

12:02 PM - 15 Dec 2017


OpenSecrets.org: All the President's Profiting

No modern president has jumped so directly from the world of business to the presidency as Donald Trump. And in so doing, Trump has refused to do as his predecessors have done: sever ties to the companies or financial interests that may pose, or present the appearance of, a conflict of interest. By keeping his assets in a family-managed trust, which he can revoke at any time, Trump and his family are in the unique position to profit directly from his public service. Special interests in Washington have caught on. Those seeking to curry favor with Trump are not only donating to his reelection campaign but holding fundraisers and galas at his resorts, private clubs and hotels – the proceeds of which benefit him and his family.

To track this new influence-buying and presidential profiteering, the Center for Responsive Politics has created this page to track payments to Trump properties from Trump-related entities and beyond. [See more of our expenditures data.]

Total payments to Trump properties (2008-2018): $5,516,298

From Trump-related committees: $4,832,755

From the Republican party: $369,451

From Republican candidates, elected officials and leadership PACs: $224,295

From Democrats: $44,777

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