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Daily Dispatch

January 16, 2019


State of the Union is … a Shut Show:

The State of the Union address does not just happen. Each year, the Constitution requires the Speaker of the House to invite the President, in writing, to the Capitol to deliver the speech. This year, current Speaker Pelosi, issued a non-invitation invitation: open the government or no speech. We know how much Trump loves the spotlight, so denying him his primetime slot might be a motivator…

Excerpt from Pelosi’s :

“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29.”

Meanwhile, a bipartisan “gang” of Senators is hoping to persuade Trump to reopen the government, meeting with him at the White House this morning. But according to : “A bipartisan group of senators is trying to set up a gang to end the government shutdown. But Senate leaders might as well be an anti-gang task force.”

And 22 House and Senate members from Texas join the Texas Governor in a asking Trump not to use Hurricane Harvey money to fund his border wall.

Barr Room Brawl:

Highlights from former-and-aspiring AG William Barr’s confirmation hearing yesterday:

Cory Booker got Barr to commit to studying in the justice system.

Barr border wall, government shutdown, and crackdown on “sanctuary cities”:

From the : “Attorney General Nominee William Barr on Gitmo ‘HIV Prison Camp’: We Were in a ‘Catch-22’”

on Barr’s immigration legacy during his first go-round as AG.

Here’s all 7 hours of yesterday’s testimony:


As GOP leadership removes Steve King from committees, asks, why now? “While the King drama played out over the past few days, some Republicans seized on the incident to reorient the party's position — and maybe more importantly, its language — on race. Yet with President Donald Trump regularly stoking racial division from the Oval Office, it’s not clear the action against King will amount to anything meaningful for the GOP.”

From the : “Steve King should resign for the good of Iowa”

From the : “Steven King should resign”

From The Daily Show: "Is Rep. Steve King Racist?"


More Stories:

From : “Beto O’Rourke’s immigration plan: No wall, few specifics”

From : “Why Did the Border Patrol Union Switch Its Position on the Wall?”

From : “Why America’s Largest Migrant Youth Detention Center Closed”