Wednesday 20th of February 2019

the state of the union...


President Trump said Thursday that he agreed to delay the State of the Union address because Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was "actually reasonable" in her request to reschedule the speech, despite his previous protestations.

"It’s really her choice," Trump told reporters at the White House. "I would have done it in a different location but I think that would be very disrespectful to the State of the Union to pick some other place." 

"What she said, I thought, was actually reasonable," he added. "We’ll have the State of the Union when the shutdown’s over."


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a wall between them...

Pelosi told Trump last week that, because of the ongoing federal government shutdown, she had security concerns about him delivering a speech to Congress as planned on January 29. The Democratic leader invited Trump to work with her to find another time for the address after the shutdown ends.

Intitially, on Wednesday, local time, Trump released a letter to Pelosi in which he declared he would deliver his speech to the House of Representatives next Tuesday as planned. Trump said he had consulted with the Secret Service and they had no security concerns about his speech.


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a temporary deal...

United States President Donald Trump says he has reached a tentative agreement with US politicians for three weeks in stop-gap funding that would end a partial government shutdown, now in its 35th day. 

Key points:
  • The arrangement would require passage in the House and Senate, as well as the President's signature
  • It would also leave Mr Trump's request for border wall funding for later talks
  • They could pass the measure as soon as today


A senior Democratic aide said money the President demanded for a border wall was not included.

The President had previously insisted on the inclusion of $US5.7 billion to help pay for a wall along the vast US-Mexico border in any legislation to fund government agencies.

"I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government," Mr Trump said at the White House.

"In a short while, I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks until February 15.

"I will make sure that all employees receive their back pay very quickly, or as soon as possible."

With the effects of the shutdown spreading, Mr Trump said a bipartisan congressional conference committee would meet to come up with a plan for border security.

Mr Trump triggered the shutdown, which began on December 22 and idled some 800,000 government employees, with his wall-funding demand but Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, rejected it on the grounds that a wall would be costly, ineffective and immoral.

Mr Trump, whose Republicans have a majority in the Senate, has said it was necessary to curb illegal immigration and drug trafficking.


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the US senate wants war...


Roll Call Vote 116th Congress - 1st Session


XML Vote Summary 


Question: On the Amendment (McConnell Amdt. No. 65, As Amended )

Vote Number:  14



Vote Date: February 4, 2019, 05:34 PM





Required For Majority:  1/2







Vote Result:  Amendment Agreed to

Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 65 to S. 1 (Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019)

Statement of Purpose: To express the sense of the Senate that the United States faces continuing threats from terrorist groups operating in Syria and Afghanistan and that the precipitous withdrawal of United States forces from either country could put at risk hard-won gains and United States national security.

Vote Counts:YEAs70











Not Voting













*Information compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate




Sen. Rand Paul accused his Senate colleagues Monday of being warmongers and serving in a “war caucus” — as fellow Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell led a bid to protest the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

“What is the one thing that brings Republicans and Democrats together?” Paul asked. “War. They love it, the more, the better. Forever war, perpetual war.”

McConnell, the Senate majority leader, has led the Senate effort to warn President Donald Trump against a too-hasty retreat from Syria and Afghanistan. McConnell rarely breaks with Trump on any policy.

Paul, though, stood squarely with Trump.



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an infamous biblical quote...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is well known for citing one particular quote from the Bible. Yet recently she had to admit she couldn’t find it anywhere in the Holy Book.

Pelosi has a habit of quoting a line that she says is in the Bible. In fact, the California Democrat has delivered the line 11 times between 2002 and 2018 on the Congressional Record, according to Business Insider.

"To minister to the needs of God's creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonour the God who made us," Pelosi says.

However, during an event with a group of Christian colleges this week, Pelosi conceded that the message might not be biblical.

"I can't find it in the Bible, but I quote it all the time," Pelosi, who is Catholic, told the audience, "I keep reading and reading the Bible —I know it's there someplace. It's supposed to be in Isaiah."

READ MORE: 'F*ck You Clap': Twitter Wild as Pelosi's Applause Steals Show at Trump's SOTU

“The Pelosi passage is not in the Bible,” Will Kynes, an associate professor of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Whitworth University, told Slate, adding that the closest analogue is Proverbs 14:31, which discusses aiding the poor: “Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who are kind to the needy honor him.”

Politicians often use Biblical quotes to appeal to Christian audiences. Recently, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders both used references to the Bible to argue about environmental protection. 



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When politicians quote "god" as their crutch for "their" policies, they are dead meat, in Gus' book. Pelosi or Trump are such, except that, most likely, Trump does not believe an ounce of religious pocus, but he lets people think he believes in the hocus to get votes... Pelosi is a more religiously-minded nut.


God DID NOT MAKE US. We are one of the resultant of the evolution of life, still in evolution... 



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