And So It Begins

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Members of the 116th Congress were sworn in today. (Mostly good!)

Is the government still shut down? It is. (Not good.) When will it reopen?


Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • House Democrats are officially back in power, and Nancy Pelosi is once again the Speaker, returning to the position after leading the majority party from 2007 to 2011. Read the speech she gave here, and let the oversight begin! [Vox/Mother Jones]
  • Here are the 15 Democrats who did not vote for her. [CNN]
  • One of the first things House Dems plan on doing? Hold hearings on Medicare for All. [Washington Post]
  • Oops, former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is still in trouble. [Washington Post]
  • The shutdown is having a major impact on our immigration system, such as it is. [Washington Post]
  • Meanwhile, Border Patrol official Brian Hastings claims that CBP fired tear gas at people attempting to cross the border earlier this week “for the safety of our agents, and, for the safety of those folks,” the latter referring to the people agents fired tear gas at. [The Hill]
  • Can we just let Elizabeth Warren drink her (shitty) beer?? [Newsweek]
  • Martin O’Malley wants Beto O’Rourke to run for O’President! [Des Moines Register]
  • But Senator Dianne Feinstein of California wants Biden to run. [Politico]
  • Read this op-ed by former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe in which he argues that Democrats need to abandon “idealistic but unrealistic policies” like universal free college, if you must. [Washington Post]
  • Mitt Romney is so boring that even his family drama is yaaaaaawn. [Politico]
  • What’s going on in the case of Paul Whelan, the American detained by the Russian government and accused of being a spy? [CNN]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:


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Here is some crazy shit our president said today:

“When they say I’m not popular in Europe, I shouldn’t be popular in Europe.”

“I could be the most popular person in Europe. I could be — I could run for any office if I wanted to, but I don’t want to.”

Not contradictory at all, Europe hates me, but they would still elect me.

“The problem is it was a tough fight and, literally, they went bankrupt, they went into being called Russia again as opposed to the Soviet Union. You know, lot of — a lot of these places you’re reading about now are no longer a part of Russia because of Afghanistan.”

I am not actually sure what he is saying, did Afghanistan win parts of Russia in the war?

“I had a meeting at the Pentagon with lots of generals — they were like from a movie, better looking than Tom Cruise and stronger — and I had more generals than I’ve ever seen.”

Lol, here the president is telling everyone how good looking his generals are.....

“I said, this is the greatest room I’ve ever seen. I — I saw more computer boards than, I think, that they make today.”

Ok, I am in IT and retired AF and I can only assume he means monitors or screens. I doubt they opened up any equipment and showed him any circuit boards, and certainly not more than they make today.

“Can you imagine me having that power? Wouldn’t that be scary? Right?”

Yes, yes it would