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The Shutdown's Essential 
Personnel Remain on the Job
by Jordan Candler  
President Trump Signing Anti-Human Trafficking
Legislation and Impromptu Press Remarks
by sundance
{} ~ President Donald Trump signs the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (S. 1862) which tightens criteria for whether countries are meeting standards for eliminating trafficking... After discussing the issues surrounding the horrific human trafficking network, President Trump connected the human trafficking crisis to urgent need for border security.  The President also answered questions from the media about ongoing issues within government. President Trump has signed four bills in recent weeks that demonstrate the bipartisan commitment to end human trafficking...
Trump Gives Dems Ultimatum on the Wall
by Saagar Enjeti
{} ~ President Donald Trump expressed optimism that a deal could be reached with Democratic lawmakers to end a partial government shutdown... in brief comments at a bill signing Wednesday, but warned that he may declare a national emergency if the talks continue to drag on for too long.  Trump has floated the idea in recent days that he may declare a national emergency at the southern border under his authority as commander-in-chief, which would then authorize him to begin construction on the wall with military funds. “We’re all working together. I really believe the Democrats and the Republicans are working together,” Trump told reporters. “Otherwise, we’ll go about it in a different manner,” he continued, alluding to the declaration of a national emergency, but added, “I don’t think we’ll have to do that.” Asked specifically on his thinking about declaring a national emergency, Trump replied, “I think we might work a deal, and if we don’t, we might go that route.”...
President Trump Delivers Press Remarks 
Upon Exit from Decepticon Lair
by sundance
{} ~ Surrounded by key Decepticon leadership, Barrasso, Graham, Thune and McConnell, together with Vice-President Mike Pence –  President Donald Trump tells reporters at the U.S. Capitol... that Senate Republicans are “unified” as he seeks border security funding before ending the government shutdown. Vice-President Mike Pence is the President of the U.S. Senate. Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) is President Pro Tempore. Senator Mitch McConnell (KY) is Senate Majority Leader. Senator John Thune (SD) is Senate Majority Whip. Senator John Barrasso (WY) is Chairman of the Republican Conference.
Poll: 79 Percent Of Americans Think 
Border Is In ‘Crisis’ Or Is A ‘Problem’  
by Amber Athey
{} ~ A vast majority of American voters believe that the United States is facing a “crisis” or a “problem” on the southern border... according to a new poll by Politico and Morning Consult. While less than half of those surveyed 42 percent agree with President Donald Trump’s assertion that the border is in “crisis,” another 37 percent concede that there is a “problem” — meaning 79 percent of voters believe the situation at the border is a serious issue. Only 12 percent of voters polled said that the situation at the border is neither a crisis nor a problem. According to data from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an average of nearly 2,000 immigrants are apprehended at the border each day attempting to cross illegally into the United States. The poll, which was conducted January 4-6 during the second week of the partial government shutdown, also found that 44 percent of respondents support a border wall. While Trump previously took credit for the government shutdown in an Oval Office meeting with then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pulosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck scumbag/clown-Schumer, he is now shifting the blame to Democrats, who he says are refusing to negotiate until the government is re-opened. However, 47 percent of those polled say Trump is mostly to blame and just 33 percent say Democrats are to blame for the continual shutdown. Those 47 percent must be all dems which in turn believe lies and hatred for Trump.
Pulosi lets slip details of ‘wrap-up smear’ tactic
by Matthew Boose
{} ~ House Speaker Nancy Pulosi described the fine details of a smear tactic that sounded eerily familiar in a C-SPAN video... The clip, which dates from 2017, shows Pulosi describing a method called the “wrap-up smear” with apparent delight, like an expert boasting about secret methods of sabotage. Liberal “fact-checking” sites have attempted to de-bunk the clip, noting that Pulosi was accusing Republicans of using the technique. But the sophisticated smear method that she describes is all too familiar to anyone who’s been following the Democrats’ recent conduct. The things that Pulosi says in the video would not shock anyone who saw how the Democrats behaved during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, or who has been awake for the last several weeks of highly personal Democratic mudslinging amid the partial government shutdown. The video records Pulosi speaking to reporters at a weekly press briefing in 2017. Liberals say her comments were taken out of context, but she talks about the smear method like somebody who has used it once or twice. “It’s a diversionary tactic. It’s a self-fulfilling prophesy. You demonize, and then you — we call it the wrap-up smear. You want to talk about politics? It’s called the wrap-up smear. You smear somebody with falsehoods and all the rest, and then you merchandise it, and then you write it, and they’ll say ‘See, it’s reported in the press that this, this, and this,’ so they have that validation that the press reported the smear, and then it’s called a wrap-up smear. ‘Now I’m going to merchandise the press’s report on the smear that we made.’ It’s a tactic, and it’s self-evident,” Pulosi says...
The Shutdown's Essential Personnel Remain on the Job
by Jordan Candler:  Government shutdowns are a paradox. Conservatives have a valid point when they say the federal government is too bloated and that billions of tax dollars are being doled out to provide completely unnecessary jobs. However, just because the sailing appears to be smooth nearly three weeks into the current partial shutdown does not mean the situation is sustainable or that shutdowns are good.

             As National Review’s Jim Geraghty reminds us, there are thousands upon thousands of important federal employees who are still putting in hours despite being furloughed. It’s they who are keeping broad disruption at bay. But that task becomes harder the longer the shutdown continues.
               Says Geraghty: “You’re seeing some conservatives argue that the American government is functioning fine during the shutdown, demonstrating that the ‘nonessential’ workers are genuinely unneeded and that this proves that there’s no real need to bring the shutdown to an end. This is a pretty poorly informed reaction. Some of the most important duties of the federal government are continuing to function because hundreds of thousands of federal employees are working without pay and hoping that they get paid for their labor once the shutdown ends.
               Consider the number of furloughed or soon-to-be-furloughed workers from these various departments:

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection: 55,000

  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: 16,000

  • Citizenship and Immigration Services: 17,000

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency: 15,000

  • U.S. Coast Guard: 42,000

  • Transportation and Security Administration: 55,000

  • Department of Justice: 36,000

  • Federal Bureau of Prisons: 35,000

  • Drug Enforcement Agency: 7,600

  • U.S. Marshals Service: 4,600

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives: 4,200

There are other considerations as well. As Geraghty goes on to note, “Zookeepers are still taking care of the animals … without pay. About 95 percent of NASA’s employees aren’t going to work — just the folks who have to show up and keep NASA people and property safe. … Whether or not you like the Department of Housing and Urban Development, if we’re going to have public housing, we probably should have safety inspections. Those are suspended until further notice. Some contract workers in federal buildings such as custodians and security officers are effectively laid off until the government reopens.”
               “Just about any institution can temporarily get by with the minimal staff,” Geraghty adds, “but after a while the duties pile up and become unmanageable — whether it’s a waitress trying to serve too many tables, supermarkets with one cash register open, or public bathrooms with only one stall working.” In other words, shutdowns — and workers — are subjected to a compound effect.
               None of this should be confused with why we have a government shutdown, which is a completely separate issue. But we can both criticize Big Government while at the same time sympathize with diligent workers who are affected. Some lawmakers have suggested furloughing their own salaries during government shutdowns. That’s not a bad idea — they surely deserve the money less than these thousands of workers who make our way of living safe and secure.  ~The Patriot Post  

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 “Acosta, You Are A Dickhead”.... 

Above: Sebastian Gorka, Jim Acosta

“Jim Acosta is actually worse than anyone imagined.”

Former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka engaged in a loud verbal altercation with CNN‘s Jim Acosta Thursday, according to the Daily Caller‘s Virginia Kruta.

According to multiple witnesses, Acosta made a flippant remark to Gorka – who just launched his SALEM Radio Network show “America First,” telling him that media-related meetings with the president were for “real journalists” only.

Acosta walked in then, according to Gorka, touched his arm and said “Why are you here? This place is for journalists only,” then walked away. He also noted that the incident occurred in front of fellow SALEM host Mike Gallagher and Sirius Patriot XM host David Webb — and explained that, although they had been in the same building on several occasions, he and Acosta had never officially met prior to this incident.

“Abilio ‘Jim’ Acosta, you are a dickhead,” Gorka fired back at Acosta. – Daily Caller

“For the next 40 minutes, he hid in the back and didn’t come out as I was right by the exit, until I went to the Oval Office,” Gorka told the Caller, adding “Jim Acosta is actually worse than anyone imagined. He’s definitely not a journalist, and he is clearly a cowering coward. I just feel sorry for anyone who is in the White House pool with him and know he is hated by all the actual journalists in the White House.”

John Fredericks@jfradioshow

Wow! Unbelievably NASTY decorum in White House Press Briefing room! @Acosta walks by new radio show host @SebGorka and says to him: “Why are you here? This place is for journalists only.” Really Jim? And too? Welcome to the press room, Seb!

Vince Coglianese of the Daily Caller was there for the exchange, and said “The whole room went silent as Gorka chewed [Acosta] out.”

Sirius Patriot XM host David Webb confirmed the incident, saying “I was right next to Sebastian and he reported accurately what Acosta said. Acosta was serious and condescending.”

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Yes ⁦@Acosta⁩ we do belong in the Press Room. ⁦@SebGorka

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