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Biden marks MLK day: Americans are 'living through a battle for the soul of this nation'

(The Hill) Former Vice President Joe Biden said Americans are “living through a battle for the soul of this nation” in a tweet marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"Dr. King said that change 'comes through continuous struggle.' As we celebrate his legacy today, we’re once again living through a battle for the soul of this nation. We'll win this battle by following his example: standing up, getting involved, and demanding our voices be heard."

Biden’s message come as President Trump faces intense backlash for his comments calling Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries.”


On MLK Day, President Trump visits Trump golf course

(WaPo) President Trump's first stop Monday was Trump International Golf Club, apparently beginning the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with golf rather than the charitable service the slain civil rights leader's family has urged as the best way to memorialize him.

The morning after declaring “I'm not a racist,” Trump began his Monday the same way he has begun each day of the three-day holiday weekend: with tweets sent before leaving his private Mar-a-Lago estate and then a short motorcade to the golf club.

It was not clear whether he planned to perform service later in the day; his public schedule is blank. A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the president's plans, including whether he was playing golf.

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State of the Union

I can't think of anyone I know who cares what Donald Trump will have to say in his State of the Union address. Quite the opposite: the tang-colored, scrotum-faced compulsive liar lacks any and all credibility. Thus, I thought that I'd take a few moments to list some of the issues that face the nation here, and to encourage others to do the same. For we are at the beginning of a historic year.

It's good to see that several of the republican rats are abandoning ship. It creates good openings for the elections in November. It is encouraging that a discredited lunatic like Sheriff Joe is running. Essential that he loses in a humiliating manner, of course. And it's nice to see Bannon lose his job, due to the Mercer staff infection at Breitbart...


Dem lawmaker: Why do we allow presidents from 's---hole companies' like Trump Org?

(The Hill) Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) on Thursday fired back at a report that President Trump questioned why the U.S. accepts immigrants from “shithole” countries by asking “why we allow presidents from sh*thole companies like the Trump Organization."

The Washington Post reported that Trump made the remark during a meeting with other lawmakers to discuss protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.


Trump attacks protections for immigrants from 'shithole' countries in Oval Office meeting

(WaPo) President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to several people briefed on the meeting.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers.

Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with Wednesday. The president, according to a White House official, also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt that they help the United States economically.

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