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How could you betray me?!


The GOP, in true Trumpian fashion, is now going after Adm. William McRaven:

Worth noting after recent comments: Retired Adm. William McRaven was reportedly on Hillary Clinton’s short list for Vice President in 2016.

He’s been critical of President @realDonaldTrump— even dating back to the 2016 campaign.

He’s hardly a non-political figure.




Representative-elect Lucy McBeth: This is for you, Jordan.

Never thought I would be here. This is for you, Jordan. And for every single family impacted by gun violence in this country - let’s get to work. #GA06


Trump stands by McRaven criticism: 'Should have captured Osama Bin Laden long before we did'

Source: The Hill

President Trump on Monday defended his criticism of retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, repeating his belief the U.S. should have killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden sooner.

"Of course we should have captured Osama Bin Laden long before we did," Trump tweeted.

The president repeated his dubious claim that he called for taking out bin Laden in his 2000 book, writing that "President Clinton famously missed his shot," and accused Pakistan of dropping the ball on finding the 9/11 mastermind despite billions in U.S. aid.

"Fools!" the president wrote.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/417426-trump-stands-by-mcraven-criticism-should-have-captured-osama-bin


John Lewis joins Ocasio-Cortez on climate change push

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) is among a new group of lawmakers pledging support for incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) proposed plan to address climate change.

Lewis is the most high-profile lawmaker to back Ocasio-Cortez's call for a "Green New Deal," which calls for Democrats to craft a climate action plan that pushes for a 100 percent renewable energy economy.

In addition to Lewis, Democratic Reps. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.), Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.), José Serrano (N.Y.), as well as Reps.-elect Joe Neguse (Colo.), and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) also just signed onto the proposal, according to Sunrise Movement, an environmental activist group.

Varshini Prakash, the founder of Sunrise Movement, said in a statement that the group is "honored" to have Lewis's support for the plan.


A $12 Billion Program to Help Farmers Stung by Trump's Trade War Has Aided Few

Source: NYT

WASHINGTON — America’s farmers have been shut out of foreign markets, hit with retaliatory tariffs and lost lucrative contracts in the face of President Trump’s trade war. But a $12 billion bailout program Mr. Trump created to “make it up” to farmers has done little to cushion the blow, with red tape and long waiting periods resulting in few payouts so far.

According to the Department of Agriculture, just $838 million has been paid out to farmers since the first $6 billion pot of money was made available in September. Another pool of up to $6 billion is expected to become available next month. The government is unlikely to offer additional money beyond the $12 billion, according to Sonny Perdue, the agriculture secretary.

The program’s limitations are beginning to test farmers’ patience. The trade war shows no signs of easing, with China and the United States locked in a stalemate that has reduced American farmers’ access to a critical market for soybeans, farm equipment and other products. Europe is planning more retaliatory tariffs on top of those already imposed on American peanut butter and orange juice, and Canada and Mexico continue to levy taxes on American goods, including on pork and cheese.

Mr. Trump, who has had broad support in many farm states, still insists that his get-tough approach to trade will ultimately help American farmers, a position Mr. Perdue reiterated last month when he said farmers are “resilient” and can plan ahead for market conditions.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/19/us/politics/farming-trump-trade-war.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

White House tells Acosta his press pass will be suspended again when order expires, CNN says

Source: WaPo

White House officials have reportedly sent a letter to CNN’s Jim Acosta indicating they will suspend his press pass again once the temporary restraining order that required them to restore Acosta’s credentials expires, CNN reported late Sunday night. The 14-day order was issued Friday, and unless the judge extends it, it would expire at the end of the month.

The action was telegraphed Friday by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who said that the White House would “temporarily reinstate” Acosta’s credentials in response to a court decision in his favor.

In a ruling seen as a victory for press freedom, U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly, appointed by President Trump, ordered the White House to temporarily restore Acosta’s press pass on Friday while he considers the merits of the case and the possibility of a permanent order.

He said the White House has an obligation to afford due process to Acosta before it can revoke or suspend his access, and found that the White House’s decision-making process in this case was “so shrouded in mystery that the government could not tell me . . . who made the decision.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/11/19/white-house-tells-acosta-his-press-pass-will-be-suspended-again-when-order-expires-cnn-says/?utm_term=.1b9e200d3ffd

Rashida Tlaib: 'I'm so tired of the billionaires back home sh*tting on my neighborhood.'

'I'm so tired of the billionaires back home sh*tting on my neighborhood.' — Listen to this newly elected rep's powerful speech to young activists

Well, damn!

UC Davis Vet Med: REUNITED! Robin went home with his family today! His boy, Isaiah, had saved all...

REUNITED! Robin went home with his family today! His boy, Isaiah, had saved all his money to adopt him this spring. The family lost everything in the #Campfire, but are thankful to have Robin back with them.

Gah, another one:

(my heart breaks for those who have lost loved ones, be it two legs or four )

Trump calls the incoming House Intelligence chair Adam "Schitt".

Trump calls the incoming House Intelligence chair Adam "Schitt". Screenshot here in case it's deleted.


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