White House’s “Trump working” pictures get laughs on social media

The Trump administration’s photographic efforts leave much to be desired. As the US federal government shutdown enters its second day on Sunday, Republicans and Democrats remain at an impasse on striking a deal to fund the government. On Saturday, the White House released a handful of images of the president working during the government shutdown; what happened next probably won’t surprise you. Almost immediately, jokes and memes began to appear on Twitter dragging the president…

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High Maintenance’s stunning season 2 premiere confronts a massive crisis with something like hope

The HBO comedy is back, and as full of pathos and empathy as ever. Every week, we pick a new episode of the week. It could be good. It could be bad. It will always be interesting. You can read the archives here. The episode of the week for January 14 through 20 is “Globo,” the season 2 premiere of HBO’s High Maintenance. “Something bad’s happened.” The “something” is never explained in “Globo,” even though…

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Trump is proposing the “nuclear option” on the government shutdown. It makes no sense.

7 thoughts about Trump’s suggestion to change Senate rules to avert shutdown. It’s the second day of the government shutdown and President Donald Trump is already pushing the “nuclear option.” In this case, an option that probably wouldn’t solve anything. Over Twitter Sunday morning, Trump advised Republican leaders to make a historic change to Senate rules, and pass a partisan government spending bill with only 51 votes. A spending bill has always needed 60 votes…

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“We’re going to move past that”: the Sundance Film Festival enters its post-Weinstein era

Harvey Weinstein — formerly a fixture at Sundance — is no longer welcome at the festival as the event embraces #MeToo and #TimesUp. Before his name became synonymous with sexual predation and disgrace, Harvey Weinstein was a fixture at the Sundance Film Festival, which kicked off on Thursday, January 18. The fates of Sundance and of Weinstein had seemed intertwined for decades. But months before the 2018 festival began, its organizers made clear that they…

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Some libertarians cheer when the government shuts down. Here’s why they shouldn’t.

Libertarians believe in smaller government. How much smaller? Roughly back to its size and scope in the 90s — that is, the 1790s. So one might naturally assume that libertarians would cheer federal government shutdowns. These do not stop all federal government activities, but they at least suspend some parts temporarily. And no doubt many libertarians do find government shutdowns appealing. But I think that view is a mistake. Perhaps shutdowns serve the libertarian view…

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The lead Democratic negotiator on immigration doesn’t see a path forward

The shutdown needs a solution on DACA. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) sounds doubtful they’ll ever get one. Walking to the Capitol Building Saturday evening, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill), the lead Democratic immigration negotiator, surrounded by congressional aides, appeared exhausted and despondent. “I honestly don’t know what is going on,” he told Vox. He said he hadn’t seen Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for hours. The government spending deadline elapsed at midnight, and the shutdown had…

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The immigration debate at the center of the government shutdown, explained

The shutdown won’t be resolved without an immigration breakthrough. It looks shaky. President Donald Trump sits at the center of the fight to re-open the federal government, and it’s posing a major problem. “Negotiating with President Trump is like negotiating with Jell-O,” Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on the Senate floor on the first day of the government shutdown. Republicans and Democrats are stuck in a standoff over the future of the Deferred…

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The Women’s March showed its power on a day Donald Trump’s presidency stood still

The Women’s March marks a year of wide-ranging activism on the day the federal government shut down. People are packing up their cars, loading up subway stations, and hopping on busses to head to Women’s March events in towns and cities across the country. Since last year, feminists and their allies have come together under the Women’s March banner to protest both issues like the gender pay gap and Trump administration initiatives, like the president’s…

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The far-right chose virtue signaling over legislating. That caused a shutdown.

Immigration restrictionists killed any chance at a compromise. On Thursday, I wrote that President Trump’s remarks on immigration from “shithole” countries was emblematic of a larger, more pervasive, and more dangerous viewpoint on the intersection of immigration and race: Trump isn’t just expressing what some conservatives view as “politically incorrect” sentiments. He — and, importantly, members of his staff — is embracing what used to be a fringe theory held by the furthest of the…

"The far-right chose virtue signaling over legislating. That caused a shutdown."

Report: House Ethics Committee member used taxpayer money to settle sexual misconduct complaint

Rep. Patrick Meehan reportedly paid a former aide thousands of dollars to settle a sexual misconduct case. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), a member of the House Ethics Committee who has positioned himself as a leader in fighting sexual harassment, used taxpayer money to settle his own sexual misconduct case, according to a report in the New York Times on Saturday. Meehan, a Pennsylvania Republican, used thousands of dollars from an office account to settle a…

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