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Lawmakers Dig Their Heels In, Point Fingers
The shutdown kicked in at midnight Friday after Senate Democrats blocked a month-long short-term resolution to keep the government open. While the bill would have funded the government, as well as given a six-year extension of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Democrats rejected it as it did not include a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  (DACA) program. That Obama-era program was repealed by Trump in September, with a March deadline for Congress to come up with a fix. While separate bipartisan immigration talks had been underway, Democrats demanded a DACA fix as part of the continuing resolution (CR), requiring Republicans to cobble together 60 votes to overcome the filibuster. Fox
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Trump, McConnell To Meet Saturday
President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) planned to meet Saturday afternoon about a possible solution to the government shutdown that began at midnight, the first time a furlough of federal employees has occurred under single party control of Congress and the White House. The meeting, confirmed by two sources familiar with the plan, came as Republican and Democratic party leaders continued to grapple with how to strike a compromise that would reopen federal agencies before the beginning of the workweek. Sensing the upper hand, top House Republicans have ruled out negotiating on a major Democratic priority — immigration policy — until the shutdown ends. Washington Post

Sarah Sanders Tweets Picture From Young Infantryman in Afghanistan
On Saturday, Sarah Sanders tweeted out a photo sent to her from an infantryman serving in Afghanistan. Thank you, Chuck Schumer and Democrats! This is all on you! American Forces Network provides entertainment and other services to our service members overseas. Due to Schumer’s shutdown, our men and women overseas currently do not have access to this network. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted, “I received this from a young infantryman serving in Afghanistan this morning. Sad that the men and women who have sacrificed so much are deprived of even the most basic connection to home bc Democrats are playing political games. Gateway Pundit

Gingrich: Trump's First Year Proves We Are Incredibly Fortunate To Have Him As President
Here’s my assessment of President Trump as we mark the first anniversary of his inauguration Saturday: I have known nine presidents, beginning with President Richard Nixon. Of those nine, the only one who was as effective as President Trump in his first year was President Ronald Reagan. That judgment may surprise a lot of people, because the opposition in the news media and among the left-wing “resistance” has been so strong and one-sided that they have consistently misrepresented and maligned President Trump and his administration. Fox


USS Hopper Navy Ship Sails Near Disputed Shoal Claimed By China
A U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer sailed within 12 miles of Scarborough Shoal, a small uninhabited reef in the South China Sea claimed by China and the Philippines, said a U.S. official. China's Foreign Ministry accused the United States of trespassing through its territorial waters.  The USS Hopper carried out an "innocent passage" within 12 miles of Scarborough Shoal on Wednesday evening, said a U.S. official. The guided missile destroyer was shadowed during the operation by a Chinese Navy ship. ABC News

Two Koreas Form Single Ice Hockey Team In Show Of Olympic Unity
North and South Korea solidified plans to march together under a unified flag at next month’s Winter Olympics and agreed to compete with a joint women’s ice hockey team in a rare show of unity amid heightened tensions about Kim Jong Un’s nuclear program. With the games to be held in South Korea, the agreement signed Saturday offers a moment of reconciliation amid mounting tensions on the Korean peninsula involving missile tests and military exercises. . Bloomberg

In Cairo, Pence Praises US & Egypt Friendship
On Saturday, the first day of the federal government shutdown, Vice President Pence arrived here in the late afternoon to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, whom he praised and repeatedly called a “friend” of the United States. The leaders met for nearly 2½ hours at the presidential palace and delivered brief statements before a small group of reporters who are traveling with Pence — a nearly nine-minute event that only happened after intense negotiation between Pence's staff and Egyptian authorities, who wanted to limit access to one television camera with limited sound and, at one point, physically barred reporters from leaving a bus. Washington Post


Thai Police Arrest Suspected Wildlife Trafficking Boss
Thai police have arrested a suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking who allegedly fueled much of Asia’s illegal trade for over a decade, officials said Saturday. Boonchai Bach, a 40-year-old Thai of Vietnamese descent, was arrested Friday in the northeastern border province of Nakhon Phanom in connection with the with smuggling of 14 rhino horns worth over $1 million from Africa into Thailand last month, in a case that also implicated a Thai official and a Chinese and a Vietnamese courier, Thai police said. Boonchai allegedly ran a large trafficking network on the Thai-Laos border that spread into Vietnam. NY Post

Could Amazon's New Headquarters Flip The Presidential Vote In A Swing State?
Amazon promises its second headquarters will add as many as 50,000 jobs. That’s a lot. It’s bigger than Donald Trump’s 44,292-vote margin in Pennsylvania, a state that has two cities (Pittsburgh and Philadelphia) in the final 20 contenders. In a few other swing states, it’s close. That raises a whale of a question: Could Amazon’s decision about where to place its headquarters transform the electoral landscape in 2024 and beyond? It’s unlikely, but in certain scenarios, conceivable.  Google

Facebook's Latest News Feed Update Will Prioritize Trustworthy Publishers
Facebook is gearing up to prioritize news content by publishers a group of Facebook users have deemed trustworthy. Facebook head of News Feed Adam Mosseri said the company surveyed “a diverse and representative sample” of U.S.-based people about their familiarity and trust in various sources of news, he wrote in a blog post. Tech Crunch

Complete List of President Trump’s Historic Accomplishments His First Year in Office!
President Donald J. Trump had arguably the best first year for any President in US history since Washington – in spite of massive headwinds from the actions of the corrupt and criminal prior administration, the Democrat Party and their MSM! Below is a list of his major accomplishments. President Trump was inaugurated on January 20th, 2017, one year ago.  Since then his accomplishments are nothing short of miraculous.  In spite of massive attacks from the MSM, an investigation created through the efforts of the prior corrupt administration, and a Democrat Party that does all they can to derail him, the President kept his promises and did all he could to Make America Great Again.  The results speak for themselves. Gateway Pundit

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Trump's Female Voters Have No Regrets
The first year of Donald Trump’s unorthodox presidency may have been a dizzying ride, but Belinda Miller has never regretted voting for him in 2016. “My 401(k) and my 403 have soared, and if anybody doesn’t realize that, they’ve been asleep for a year,” said Miller, a 50-year-old emergency room nurse from Audubon, Pennsylvania, referring to her retirement accounts’ growth in a booming stock market. “I look overall not at what he says but what he does. All that other stuff is just rhetoric, smoke and mirrors,” she added.  Reuters

NSA Deleted Surveillance Data From Bush Era
Since 2007, the NSA has been under court orders to preserve data about certain of its surveillance efforts that came under legal attack following disclosures that President George W. Bush ordered warrantless wiretapping of international communications after the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. In addition, the agency has made a series of representations in court over the years about how it is complying with its duties. However, the NSA told U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White in a filing on Thursday night and another little-noticed submission last year that the agency did not preserve the content of internet communications intercepted between 2001 and 2007 under the program Bush ordered.  Politico

Gloria Allred: Sundance Documentary & Justice
“To be able to be in Sundance in Park City at that rally on the anniversary, to be before this group of women and men, to speak at this Respect Rally at a time when it’s so important, is very exciting,” says Gloria Allred of today’s gathering on the commemoration of Donald Trump’s inauguration and last year’s massively attended Women’s Marches across the nation. “Also having Seeing Allred, launched on this weekend at Sundance too, it’s just very encouraging,” the ferocious attorney added of the Marta Kauffman executive produced Netflix documentary. Deadline


Cardinal Rebukes Pope Over Chile 'Slander' Comments On Abuse
Pope Francis’ top adviser on clerical sex abuse implicitly rebuked the pontiff for having accused Chilean victims of slander, saying Saturday that his words were “a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse.” Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, said he couldn’t explain why Francis “chose the particular words he used.” He said such expressions had the effect of abandoning victims and relegating them to “discredited exile.” AP

Horror House Dad Kidnapped Wife When She Was 16
The depraved California dad who authorities say tortured his 13 kids kidnapped his future wife when she was 16 years old so they could elope, according to a report. David Turpin, now 57, talked school employees in Princeton, W.V., into letting him sign Louise Robinette out of her high school, and sped his tenth-grade sweetheart cross country with plans to elope. When they were finally caught in Texas and returned home, Louise Robinette’s family let the 16-year-old marry the man eight years her senior. NY Post

This Is What The Pro-Life Generation Looks Like
Yesterday’s March for Life showed us two things. First, that the millennial generation is the pro-life generation. Second, that the federal government is finally taking steps to protect precious lives in the U.S. While 79 percent of Planned Parenthoods are within five miles from a college and 58 percent of abortion seeking women are in their twenties, there is a movement of young adults that wants to reduce these horrifying statistics. Washington Examiner

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Jeff Zucker Out At CNN, Lobbying For Top ESPN Job
Is CNN chief Jeff Zucker among those being considered for the top job at ESPN? Multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Zucker has thrown his hat in the ring to run ESPN in the wake of John Skipper’s abrupt departure in December. Zucker has had no direct conversations with Disney CEO Robert Iger, who is working with acting ESPN chairman George Bodenheimer to identify a successor. He reportedly signed a lengthy contract extension with CNN last year. Zucker can be credited with turning the cable news network around, leading it to a record $1 billion in profit in 2017. Google News

Shutdown? It Could Be Forgotten In A Trumpian Flash
In the fall of 2013, Republican hard-liners engineered a 16-day shutdown of the federal government, implausibly insisting that President Barack Obama acquiesce to their demand that the Affordable Care Act be stripped of all funding. The gambit failed miserably. The Republican Party’s already low standing in public opinion polls plunged further. Mr. Obama and Democratic lawmakers were widely seen as victorious. NY Times

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What The Shutdown Tells Us About Modern Democrats
Democrats, it seems, may precipitate a government shutdown this week. They’re able to do this because, despite their own best efforts, in the United States, the minority party has a genuine ability to participate in governing the nation. It’s one of our system’s authentic strengths. Then again, this episode — and many others over the past nine years — reveal something else about the modern Democratic Party: Minority or majority, it doesn’t really matter to them. Process and norms?  The Federalist

Trump Tweets: "Perfect Day" For Women To March To Celebrate
Women around the country and the world are taking to the streets in marches, one year after millions marched to protest Donald Trump's inauguration. The president's reaction: "Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!" Axios

No Joke: Comey To Teach ‘Ethical Leadership’ College Course
Former FBI Director James Comey has landed a teaching gig at his alma mater, the College of William & Mary, and will join the ranks of the school’s teaching faculty this fall with a course on ethical leadership. The Washington Post reports that Comey has accepted a nontenured position as an executive professor in education with the school, and will teach the course on ethical leadership in fall 2018, spring 2019 and summer 2019 semesters. In a statement, the former FBI director said he was “thrilled” to have the chance to teach students. InfoWars

Missouri Governor: 'No Blackmail', 'No Violence' In Affair
In his first interview since acknowledging an extramarital affair, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said Saturday that there was “no blackmail” and “no threat of violence” by him in what he described as a months-long “consensual relationship” with his former hairdresser. Greitens told The Associated Press that he has no plans to resign from office as a result of the affair, despite calls to step aside from several Republican and Democratic state lawmakers. “I’m staying. I’m staying” he said twice for emphasis, adding about his relationship with his wife, staff and supporters: “We’re strong.” AP

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