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January 15, 2019
Happening now: Senate confirmation hearings for former and aspiring Attorney General Bill Barr. Here is the live stream as long as the hearing continues.
So far, both the border wall and sanctuary cities have come up, with unsurprising responses. As reported in the Washington Post:
Asked about the partial government shutdown, in its fourth week due to an impasse over funding for a border wall, Barr says he would like to see a deal reached where Congress recognized that it was “imperative to have border security.”
Barr also said he believed so-called sanctuary cities were hurting law enforcement’s ability to safeguard the public.
Breaking: Federal court blocks citizenship question on 2020 census.
The shutdown continues. Federal workers are filing suit. Furloughed workers are applying for unemployment insurance while essential workers are being denied. TSA agents are calling in sick. Airport terminals are closing. Things are likely to get bleaker, as there is no end in sight for what is now the longest shutdown in history.
Meetings are taking place between the various parties, but so far no one is budging. And Trump seems to have put off the idea of declaring an emergency to build the border wall. Trump is catching the lion’s share of the blame, but House Dems are a close second. Everyone is motivated to shut down the shutdown, but there remains the matter of that damned wall…
We’ve heard about how tall the wall will be, but how deep will it go?: “As Trump pushes for a wall, authorities keep finding drug tunnels under the U.S.-Mexico border” from WaPo.
A familiar story: As ICE continues what Trump called “catch and release,” charities are having to step-up, as ICE is no longer actively coordinating with them.
Republicans have FINALLY stripped Steve King (R-IA) of his committee seats due to his confusion as to why explicit racism is bad. He had been on the Judiciary Committee, and was chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. King says he has no plans to resign his seat. He calls this an “unprecedented assault on my freedom of speech.”
From PEW’s Stateline: “Urban Sheriffs Flee ICE Program as Small Counties Join Trump’s Deportation Push.” (Check out the lead photo on this one.)