Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.
It’s Day 34 of the government shutdown. How are you doing?
- Despite Jared Kushner’s remarkable negotiating skills, competing bills to end the shutdown failed to pass the Senate. [New York Times]
- The government shutdown continues to hurt people who rely on the Department of Housing and Urban Development for housing subsidies and government contractors who have no guarantee of receiving back pay. Meanwhile, more and more federal employees are filing for unemployment. [Washington Post/NBC News/Politico]
- A day after Michael Cohen tried to pull out of testifying before the House Oversight Committee over claims he’s been threatened by Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani, the Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed Cohen to testify. [New York Times]
- Polluters are being penalized far less by the Environmental Protection Agency than in previous years, receiving less than $72 million in fines during the last fiscal year. Compare that with an average of $500 million per year in the two decades before Trump. [Washington Post]
- Sad to report that Betsy Devos broke her pelvis in a bicycle accident. [Daily Mail]
- Elizabeth Warren will propose a “wealth tax” that would enact taxes of two and three percent on Americans worth above $50 million and $1 billion, respectively. This is a good first step, but why limit ourselves? Why not tax, I don’t know, 70 percent of their assets? [CNBC]
- Nathan Phillips, the Native elder who was taunted by a crew of MAGA hat-sporting anti-abortion teen boys last weekend, was interviewed on the Today show. “I forgive him,” Phillips said, referring to Nick Sandmann, while also adding about Sandmann’s response, “What it says is, he has a PR firm. So those aren’t even his words if he has a PR firm.” [TODAY]
- Florida Secretary of State Mike Ertel has resigned after photos of him in blackface and and a t-shirt that had “Katrina Victim” written on it emerged. [Tallahassee Democrat]
- A reminder that detaining immigrant kids is making people rich. [Miami New Times]
This has been Barf Bag.