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"Mr. Trump... told associates he was under pressure to deal with Gen. Soleimani from GOP senators...

“Mr. Trump, after the strike, told associates he was under pressure to deal with Gen. Soleimani from GOP senators he views as important supporters in his coming impeachment trial in the Senate, associates said.”


There is the vote on war powers in House:

Firefighters from the US arriving in Australia to help battle the country's devastating fires...

Travelers at Sydney's international airport cheered and clapped Wednesday as the group, with members from across the United States, walked by. Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service posted video of the scene on social media.

US fire fighters arrived at Sydney Int Airport this week, on their way to assist with fire fighting in Victoria.
Coming through, all gathered gave a spontaneous & lengthy round of applause, reflecting the gratitude & admiration we all have for their generosity. #NSWRFS @NSWRFS pic.twitter.com/5epg5y4qxX
— Shane Fitzsimmons (@RFSCommissioner) January 9, 2020

Sean Snyder, of Alabama, was part of the group. His wife, Autumn Snyder, was "very humbled" by the response, she told CNN.

"It's so refreshing and gratifying to see them be welcomed and appreciated," she said.

Sean Snyder, an assistant fire management officer for the US Forest Service in Talladega, Alabama, volunteered for the assignment, which will last at least 30 days, his wife said.

Snyder was excited to have been chosen, his wife said, even though it will be challenging for them and their three children.

"We are a public service family and believe in doing all the good we can," Autumn Snyder said. "We are super proud of the work he is doing over there."


Army general denies request by officer pardoned by Trump to have his Special Forces tab reinstated

Source: WaPo

An Army general has denied a request by an officer pardoned in an open murder case by President Trump to have his Special Forces tab reinstated, setting up a potential showdown between senior defense officials and the White House.

The decoration for retired Army Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn was denied in December by Lt. Gen. Francis M. Beaudette, the commander of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, two defense officials said on Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue. The Army followed by asking an administrative board that reviews personnel decision to consider several decisions involving Golsteyn, the officials said.

Golsteyn faced trial this year for the alleged murder of a Taliban bomb maker in Marja, Afghanistan, in February 2010. Golsteyn acknowledged killing the man, but said he had set a lawful ambush for him.

Also up for consideration is whether a board will allow Golsteyn to receive a Distinguished Service Cross — considered one step down from the Medal of Honor – that had been approved before he came under investigation, the officials said.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/army-general-denies-request-by-officer-pardoned-by-trump-to-have-his-special-forces-tab-reinstated/2020/01/09/398a381a-332a-11ea-9313-6cba89b1b9fb_story.html

McConnell backs measure to change Senate rules, dismiss impeachment without articles

Source: The Hill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is backing a resolution to change the Senate’s rules to allow for lawmakers to dismiss articles of impeachment against President Trump before the House sends them over.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced on Thursday that McConnell has signed on as a co-sponsor to the resolution, which he introduced earlier this week.

Spokesmen for McConnell didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about his support.

Changing the rules would either require a two-thirds vote or for Republicans to deploy the "nuclear" option.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/477587-mcconnell-backs-measure-to-change-senate-rules-dismiss-impeachment-without

George Conway group releases first anti-Trump ad aimed at evangelicals

An anti-President Trump conservative group that includes George Conway, who is the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and a frequent critic of President Trump, has released its first advertisement aimed at evangelicals who back the president.

The Lincoln Project’s first advertisement takes aim at “The MAGA Church” by splicing clips of the president and his supporters speaking about faith with clips of Trump cursing and speaking crudely.


The Mystery of Teen Vogue's Disappearing Facebook Article

The online magazine deleted a glowing story about Facebook after questions were raised about whether it was an ad.

On Wednesday, Teen Vogue published an article on Facebook’s efforts to safeguard political speech. It had no byline and a glowing tone.

Not long after it was posted, a line appeared, in italics, at the top of the story to signal that it was a paid advertisement: “Editor’s note: This is sponsored editorial content.”

Soon after, the “sponsored editorial content” label disappeared. And then, the article itself vanished.

Under the headline “How Facebook Is Helping Ensure the Integrity of the 2020 Election,” the lengthy Teen Vogue post included question-and-answer-style interviews with five female Facebook managers who said the platform was taking steps to avoid spreading misinformation and propaganda as another presidential election drew near. The article also included a portrait of the women.


Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, and other executives at the company shared the Teen Vogue story Wednesday morning, before it went into the digital ether.

“Great Teen Vogue piece about five incredible women protecting elections on Facebook,” Ms. Sandberg wrote on her Facebook page. The post went on to plug the company’s attempts to “stop the spread of misinformation” and “fight foreign interference and voter suppression.”

Phillip Picardi, Teen Vogue’s former chief content officer, was one of the article’s critics. “I am so sorry to the @TeenVogue team for whatever irresponsible sales or marketing staff pushed this article into their feed, therefore discrediting all the GOOD work they’ve been doing to educate their audience about the REAL threats posed by @Facebook in our election,” he wrote on Twitter.



Oh good lawd, The Goop is coming to Netflix:


There are not enough !

Donald Trump finally draws a crowd


Charles Booker: It's official: I'm running for Senate to defeat Mitch McConnell.

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