With the federal government shutdown solidly into its third week , there is no shortage of hypocritical or ironic or just plain sad moments to further enrage apoplectic taxpayers:
On Thursday, freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., infuriated many of her colleagues by telling a room of liberal activists that the Democratic House of Representatives would "impeach the m------------." To those on the left, Tlaib's comments seemed not just sensible but long overdue. After all, President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses.
President Donald Trump's national security adviser sought to reassure allies Sunday that the United States would be methodical about withdrawing troops from Syria, promising that the pullout would not occur until the Islamic State was fully eradicated from the country and Turkey could guarantee the safety of Kurdish fighters who have fought alongside American personnel.
D.C. United star Wayne Rooney was arrested last month at Washington Dulles Airport and charged with public swearing/intoxication. According to Loudoun County (Virginia) General District Court documents, the misdemeanor resulted in a $25 fine and $91 in fees. A Jan. 24 court date was waived.
WASHINGTON - Federal agencies have been told to suspend pay raises for top Trump administration officials after an uproar from critics who said it was unseemly to reward top political appointees while hundreds of thousands of workers are going without pay during the partial government shutdown. The raises had been set to go into effect on Sunday, Jan. 5, after a long-standing pay freeze for senior officials lapsed.
WASHINGTON - With the partial government shutdown dragging into its third week, President Donald Trump on Sunday headed to Camp David for a White House staff retreat at which border security and other topics are on the agenda.
WASHINGTON - A newly diverse House of Representatives has passed a rule that, for the first time in 181 years, allows head coverings to be worn on the House floor for religious reasons. The rules package passed 234-197 Thursday and included a number of provisions, among them several seeking to "restore inclusion and diversity." It passed the same day the country's first two female Muslim members of Congress took office - Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota lawmaker who wears a head covering. Both women are Democrats. Omar celebrated the change on Twitter:
Jeanne Calment died in 1997 in the southern French town in which she was born, and her death drew a flurry of attention. At 122, an age that had been certified by the Guinness World Records as well as public health researchers, she was the oldest documented person to ever have lived.
You'd be forgiven if you thought "conservatism" consisted of 30-somethings' snark or racism masquerading as a fetish for border security or pro-Russian foreign policy or determined expansion of income inequality. If conservatism used to be distinguished for erudite writing and intellectual energy (e.g. the Weekly Standard, the American Enterprise Institute), it's now dominated by bootlicking from state TV, climate change denial, "blood and soil" nationalism and economic illiteracy.
WASHINGTON - While many federal workers go without pay and the government is partially shut down, hundreds of senior Trump political appointees are poised to receive annual raises of about $10,000 a year. The pay raises for Cabinet secretaries, deputy secretaries, top administrators and even Vice President Mike Pence are scheduled to go into effect beginning Jan. 5 without legislation to stop them, according to documents issued by the Office of Personnel Management and experts in federal pay.