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Reminder: Trump disbanded the DHS/FBI domestic terrorism task force.

He ordered them to solely focus on Islamic sources of terrorism:


Please keep that in mind as you come across various right wingers on the internet who are blaming the FBI for not stopping Nikolas Cruz.

Eric Trump Gets Mercilessly Mocked On Twitter Over New Magazine

On Friday, President Donald Trump’s second son shared a snap of what looked to be the front cover of a new “Trump” magazine to Twitter:

He captioned the photograph, which features an image of Trump International Hotel in Washington, with the hashtag #HotOffThePress.

Trump offered no more information on the publication, which promotes Trump properties on the cover. It’s not clear when it will be available, how often it will be published, how many pages it contains or whether it will be sold on newsstands.

But Time noted  it could be the latest attempt by the Trump family to enter the magazine industry. Its last title, “Trump Magazine,” was reportedly closed in 2009 following the global financial crisis, per the New York Post.

My fave tweet in response:

Nice! An even shittier magazine for Stormy Daniels to smack your dad around with!!


Dead goose falls from sky, knocks Maryland hunter unconscious

A Maryland waterfowl hunter was flown to the hospital Thursday after he was struck unconscious by a duck he had just shot out of the sky, authorities say, CBS Baltimore reports. Robert Meilhammer, 51, was hunting with others in Easton near the Miles River shortly before 5 p.m. when the dead goose fell from the sky.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police said the hunter was sent to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he was treated for head and facial injuries. Meilhammer has been listed in stable condition, officials said.



So many analogies to what's going on in the news...

U.S.airstrikes in Yemen have increased sixfold under Trump

Source: NBC News

The U.S. military stepped up its air campaign in Yemen dramatically in 2017, conducting more than six times as many airstrikes as in 2016, according to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) data.
By October, the U.S. military counterterrorism operations grew to include strikes and missions against ISIS, specifically a regional group called ISIS-Yemen (ISIS-Y). CENTCOM spokesperson Lt. Col. Earl Brown said in December that targeting ISIS "is required to prevent ISIS-Y from filling the vacuum left by a diminished AQAP footprint or influence in the region."

Despite that, a U.S. intelligence estimate contends that ISIS-Y doubled in size in 2017.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/mideast/u-s-airstrikes-yemen-have-increased-sixfold-under-trump-n843886

White House will return secret memo to House Intelligence Committee

Source: CBS News

Two sources directly involved in the process say the GOP-authored House Intelligence Committee memo will not be released Thursday. The plan now is for the White House to return the memo – with redactions approved in consultation with the FBI – to the Intelligence Committee Friday. 
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is objecting to the memo's release, claiming Wednesday there were "material changes" made to the memo after the committee voted on its release, but before the Republican majority sent the memo to the White House for review earlier this week. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California demanded another vote be held on the release of what he's referring to as the "modified document." Schiff wants the memo, as delivered to the White House, be withdrawn and proposed that a new vote be held on Monday, Feb. 5. 

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/secret-memo-to-be-returned-by-white-house-to-house-intelligence-committee/

Devin Nunes' high school photo-- #ReleasetheMullet


US News Editorial: "State of Banality"

Trump has a well-deserved reputation as a rambling and often incoherent speaker; but a second Trump emerges when he is obliged to make more of a formal, set-piece address like the State of the Union, or his speech in Davos, Switzerland last week or his speech to Congress last year. This more restrained Trump is faithful to his prepared text, which often sounds less like the president and more like a speechwriter's generic conception of how a president ought to sound.

But of course Donald Trump can only be so conventional.
So he promised the people of Puerto Rico, among other localities still recovering from Hurricane Maria, that "we are with you, we love you, and we will pull through together," on the night before the Federal Emergency Management Agency will officially "shut off" food and water aid to the island where one-third of the population is still without power; he spoke of how important he views the opioid crisis, stirring words underscoring his administration's dearth of action on the issue (Trump "has not really done anything about [opioids], except insofar as he has pushed for massive cuts in Medicaid, which would produce massive cuts in substance-abuse treatment programs," Politico's Michael Grunwald noted this week in cataloguing Trump's broken promises from last year's address to Congress); "there has never been a better time to start living the American Dream," Trump said in describing his "New American Moment," before directing that instant specifically at "every citizen watching at home tonight," never mind that that dream has not traditionally been confined to the citizenry but has also served as a beacon to others around the world who are yearning to breathe free and make a better life for themselves and their families.

There was something mystifying about listening to Trump declare the "era of economic surrender" to be over at the end of a year in which his withdrawal from avenues of American global leadership have left voids which China, for example, has been more than happy to fill. That fact, along with Trump's declaration that "rivals like China and Russia … challenge our interests, our economy, and our values," when he's aided the former and abetted the latter.


More in new poll blame congressional Republicans for shutdown than Dems

Source: MSN

Slightly more Americans said in a new poll that they would blame Republicans on Capitol Hill over Democrats for a government shutdown.

According to the Politico/Morning Consult poll released Monday, 41 percent of those polled said the GOP would be more to blame, while 36 percent chose the Democrats. Nearly a quarter, 23 percent, said they did not know or had no opinion.
Americans are split on whether or not DACA is worth shutting the government down, pollsters found, with 42 percent saying the program "is important enough" to launch a government shutdown and 42 percent saying it is not significant enough for the closure.

The survey of 1,017 voters was conducted from Jan. 18 to 19. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/more-in-new-poll-blame-congressional-republicans-for-shutdown-than-dems/ar-AAv0TBn?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=ientp

Trump attorney sends Bannon cease and desist letter over 'disparaging' comments

Source: ABC News

Lawyers on behalf of President Donald Trump sent a letter Wednesday night to former White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon demanding he refrain from making disparaging comments against the president and his family.

The letter comes after excerpts from a forthcoming book by journalist Michael Wolff were made public Wednesday, causing a stir.

Trump attorney Charles J. Harder of the firm Harder Mirell & Abrams LLP, said in a statement, "This law firm represents President Donald J. Trump and Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. On behalf of our clients, legal notice was issued today to Stephen K. Bannon, that his actions of communicating with author Michael Wolff regarding an upcoming book give rise to numerous legal claims including defamation by libel and slander, and breach of his written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement with our clients. Legal action is imminent."

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-attorney-sends-bannon-cease-desist-letter-disparaging/story?id=52128555&cid=clicksource_4380645_1_hero_headlines_bsq_hed

"Litigation is imminent."??? Oh really? Let the depositions begin!

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