Dick Cheney, Superhero

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Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.

Today’s lessons: It takes two to tango, and Australians have more fun.

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

  • Responding to Christian Bale’s Golden Globes speech, in which the actor said that his portrayal of Dick Cheney was inspired by Satan, Cheney’s daughter, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney said this: “Look, I would just say that Christian Bale finally had the chance to play a real superhero, and he clearly screwed it up.” Good one, Liz. [Washington Post]
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg has missed oral arguments for the third day in a row. Before this week, she had never missed a day in court in her 25-year Supreme Court tenure. [Talking Points Memo]
  • A Virginia study has found that middle school students in Trump-voting districts reported 18 percent more cases of bullying than districts where Clinton won, and kids were 9 percent more likely be mocked on basis of race or ethnicity. [NPR]
  • Newly elected Rep. Ayanna Pressley brought the fire against Donald Trump in her first House floor speech, rising “in opposition to the occupant of the White House” and calling on him to start paying federal workers again. [CSPAN/Kumar Rao Twitter]
  • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to resign from the Justice Department, where he oversees the Mueller investigation, after incoming Attorney General Willam Barr assumes office. [CNN]
  • One week after California enacted a law that require police to release records involving an officer’s use of a firearm or Taser—which were previously private—the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office has reopened an investigation into an officer who, records revealed, tracked down a suspect and attempted to help her with her DUI case in exchange for sex. [East Bay Times]
  • The Trump administration claims that Americans will have food stamps through February, despite the partial government shutdown. [Washington Post]
  • That assurance does little, though, for the thousands of workers who aren’t getting paid as a result of the shutdown. [The Nation]
  • Also, the FDA hasn’t been able to inspect your food as thoroughly. [Washington Post]
  • Trump threatened to cut emergency funding to fight California’s forest fires. [Washington Post]
  • The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 400,000 federal employees, is suing the Trump administration over missed paychecks amid the shutdown. [Washington Post] Border Protection officer’s union is suing Trump over
  • An attorney for the man accused of plotting the Sept. 11 attacks alleges that CIA Director Gina Haspel ran a secret agency outpost at the Guantánamo detention facility post-9/11. [McClatchy DC]
  • Los Angeles teachers are planning to go on strike on Jan. 14. [Twitter/Randi Weingarten]
  • Beto O’Rourke is seriously considering a presidential bid. [Politico]
  • A European gambling site has lost thousands of dollars because people bet, correctly, that Donald Trump was going to lie a shitton during his immigration speech on Tuesday night. [BuzzFeed News]
  • Here’s a quote from a Trump voter who is critical of him now that she’s hurt by the shutdown: “I thought he was going to do good things. He’s not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.” [New York Times]
  • Donald Trump has nominated former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as as the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. [HuffPost]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:


This has been Barf Bag.

Prachi Gupta is a senior reporter at Jezebel.

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One of the many parts of the financial crisis of 2008 was the collapse of personal credit ratings. Without excessive elaboration, tens of millions of people lost access to credit precisely when they most needed it, and it stalled the housing recovery by years when people couldn’t qualify for mortgages they’d otherwise have received.

This shutdown and the millions* of people directly affected by absent paychecks could be just the sort of underreported trigger for another collapse.

* we know of 800,000 federal employees working while not receiving paychecks and those who are furloughed (thus will never be paid for this time), but there are hundreds of thousands of contractors laid off, hundreds of thousands of small businesses not being patronized, and millions of credit cards, auto loans, health insurance premiums and other debts which will receive either late payments, minimum payments, or defaulted upon altogether- thus worsening the totally foreseeable credit collapse.