January 22, 2019
Breaking: Supreme Court takes no action on DACA – meaning the earliest they will hear Trump’s case is 10 to 12 months from now, if they agree to hear it at all. Lower court rulings requiring DACA continue will remain intact until then.
This news from SCOTUS makes Trump's Saturday offer (extending DACA for three years and throwing Dems a bone on TPS) less appealing to Democrats. Which means there's currently no end in sight to the shutdown. Both sides are digging in. Here's more on the state of play from Politico.
ProPublica teams up with The Texas Tribune to investigate DHS’s abuse of power in a border wall land grab.
From BBC News: “Trump wall – all you need to know about US border in seven charts”
Op-ed from The Hill: “A wall to separate us from reason”
Volunteers for a humanitarian group that leaves food and water in the desert for migrants traveling on foot have been convicted of entering a wildlife refuge without a permit and abandonment of property.
From El Paso Times: “Bill would make New Mexico a ‘sanctuary state’”
Trump Administration Celebrates MLK Day - Hijinks Ensue:
The mere anticipation of Trump and associates trying to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day is enough to make someone cringe. Here's a round-up of their efforts - and how the internet responded.
Mike Pence appeared on “Face the Nation,” citing his favorite line from King’s “I Have a Dream” speech: “Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.” He followed up with this zinger: “That's exactly what President Trump is calling on Congress to do — come to the table in the spirit of good faith," Pence said. "We'll secure our border. We'll reopen the government, and we'll move our nation forward, as the president said yesterday, to even a broader discussion about immigration reform in the months ahead.”
Sarah Sanders had hoped to issue an innocuous tweet commemorating King: “Today we honor a great American who gave his life to right the wrong of racial inequality.” But Twitter took issue with the phrase “gave his life.”
He was murdered, Sarah https://t.co/qX3n1RNtZd
Gave his life? pic.twitter.com/5TZGwrxKAZ
Today we honor a man who was killed for speaking truth to power and encouraging others to believe in a better and more equal world.
Fixed it for ya. https://t.co/mMvYTdkuKF
For his part, Trump visited the MLK Memorial in DC - briefly... very briefly.
I’m sure he loved both minutes. https://t.co/unWhx9gA2t
Then, for some reason, embattled Iowa Representative Steve King thought it would be a good idea to chime in. And, although he managed to squeak out a tweet that (while it used a somewhat apocryphal quote) was surprisingly unremarkable, the internet had some thoughts to share.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his all for all. I have long agreed with his speeches and writings. Today I think of this MLK quote, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” May we renew ourselves in his teachings so that he can RIP.
This is the epitome of “sit this one out”
Irony flogs itself, rolls around in salt for an hour, and then rinses off with isopropyl alcohol. https://t.co/d63Ldhb8HQ
Guys, we have located the absolute worst MLK Day tweet, entries are now closed https://t.co/F1dGajYRkd
And the NRA thought to itself, "eh... why not?"
You know you guys could have just not said anything today right