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  1. Patzcuaro

     /  January 5, 2019

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 5, 2019

      We’ll have to wait until one does win such an election to find that out, I suppose.

  2. Patzcuaro

     /  January 5, 2019

      • Patzcuaro

         /  January 5, 2019

        Who brought Obama’s wall into the conversation, Trump, why, point scoring distraction.

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  January 5, 2019

        Alan, that’s just a stupid link even for you.

        The mouth-breathing QAnon Daily Caller gossip columnist that you link-whore to didn’t get within a thousand feet of the Obama house. He said it himself.
        The best he could do was find some guy’s boundary fence at a random address down the road.

        Fuck’sake man, you’re supposed to be an engineer. Show some integrity in the evidence-based discipline that you trained and practice in.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  January 5, 2019

          Pathetic, Joe. I’ll let others read the article and judge who is a ranting idiot for themselves.

        • Pink David

           /  January 5, 2019

          Cool, we now know the requirement for the boarder, a wall no one can get within 1000ft of. That’s Joe’s specification.

  3. Gezza

     /  January 5, 2019

    Watching Nancy Pelosi say The Wall is immoral on Aljazeera tv last night (see Guardian article) made me realise – gawd – US politics is just gonna get even more bloody farcical than it did when they realised what they’d got when they elected Twitter Whiner & Liar Trump as Prez. 🙄

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2019/jan/04/immoral-nancy-pelosi-on-trumps-border-wall-video

    Nancy’s full speech:
    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/1/3/18167052/nancy-pelosi-first-speech-house-speaker-democrats-women

  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  January 5, 2019

    “Calls to the White House switchboard during this Christmas holiday are greeted by the following message:

    “We apologize, but due to the lapse in federal funding we are unable to take your call. Once funding has been restored, our operations will resume. Please call back at that time.”

    Click.

    Is there a better distillation of the Trump administration after year two? You have reached the White House. We are not functioning. Please try again later.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/thank-you-for-calling-the-white-house-we-arent-functioning-at-the-moment/2018/12/25/73cde3d4-07af-11e9-a3f0-71c95106d96a_story.html

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 5, 2019

      Christmas day you expect Washington bureaucrats to be at work? That’s as stupid as usual from the Left.

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  January 5, 2019

        Read the White House switchboard message, Dotard.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  January 5, 2019

          Ring it and report back instead of believing your Lefty rags, Joe.

          • Joe Bloggs

             /  January 5, 2019

            You’re not only ignorant but lazy as well? Call them yourself, Righty Rabbit.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  January 5, 2019

              It’s not me who believes and posts crap, Joe.

  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  January 5, 2019

    trump threatens to declare a national emergency to build his vanity wall:

    “We could call a national emergency because of the security of our country. Absolutely. No, we can do it. I haven’t done it. I may do it. I may do it. But we could call a national emergency and build it very quickly and that is another way of doing it.”

    Good luck with that, Dotard.

    • Declaration of a national emergency wouldn’t solve the issue.

      Contrary to what President Trump claims, he doesn’t have unilateral authority to declare a national emergency and build his wall. Congress still has to appropriate the funds. If Congress won’t appropriate the funds, President Trump still can’t build his wall.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 5, 2019

        The people who are on the bones of their bums with no pay because of his vanity and stubbornness must be wishing the old fool anywhere.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  January 5, 2019

          Or wishing they didn’t vote in a bunch of House Dems. If not now, later.

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 5, 2019

    But the shutdown could sap much of the spotlight from the Democrats’ policy agenda, muddling their opportunity to drive the national debate, at least on their own terms, during their first weeks in power. The rancor associated with the funding impasse was also dispiriting to new lawmakers who had hoped that their arrival in Washington would mean a fresh start. “It’s obviously not ideal because there are many of us who came here to try to act in a bipartisan fashion, to try to form coalitions, to try to get things done,” said Representative Colin Allred, a freshman Democrat from Texas. “And this is a very bad start.”

    Trump’s shutdown steals Democrats’ oxygen:
    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/01/pelosi-trump-new-democratic-majority-congress-shutdown/579322/

    • Gezza

       /  January 5, 2019

      The shit begins to fly.

      • Gezza

         /  January 5, 2019

        What a fucking shit hole the US is. Can you believe this is all happening. Jesus Bloody Christ. And poor bastards are still busting a gut trying to get into the place.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 5, 2019

      Anyone taking bets on how much of that stuff will be provided by 18 Jan?

  7. Joe Bloggs

     /  January 5, 2019

    The silliest thing about the US government shutdown is it’s not about a promise that trump ran on.

    trump’s whole promise was that the US would NOTpay for the wall. Now trump has shut down the government so that he can BREAK that promise.

    Bizarre, even by trump’s standards.

    • Gezza

       /  January 5, 2019

      Might be time to review that Constitution. Seems to be a very messy system of governance.

      • Pink David

         /  January 5, 2019

        That was the intent.

        • Gezza

           /  January 6, 2019

          What – to shut down the government every year? I wonder if they’d have done a bit more work on it if they’d known someone like Trump would get elected at some stage in the future.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 5, 2019

      No, the whole promise was thst he would build a wall and Mexico would pay for it. In that order.

  8. Gezza

     /  January 5, 2019

    Wall Street cheers stellar US jobs report and comments by Powell
    Stocks climb higher on back of strong jobs report and signals from US central bank that interest rate policy is flexible

    US stocks rallied on Friday following a blockbuster jobs report and reassurances from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell that the US central bank is not on a fixed path to push interest rates higher.

    The Labor Department said on Friday the US economy added 312,000 jobs last month, well above analysts’ expectations, while average hourly earnings rose 3.2 percent from a year earlier.

    The unemployment rate ticked up slightly in December to 3.9 percent, reflecting an increase in jobseekers – a positive trend.

    The robust pace of hiring offered a dose of reassurance to investors following a tumultuous few weeks in which US financial markets have been roiled by concerns over rising borrowing costs, the US-China trade war, slowing global growth and the waning stimulus from President Donald’s Trump’s tax cuts.

    The good news for financial markets on jobs, trade tensions and interest rates followed a raft of troubling signals earlier this week.

    Major companies such as Apple say their sales are being jeopardised by the tariff-fueled trade war between the US and China. Factory activity in China and the US have both weakened, with the Institute for Supply Management’s US manufacturing index on Thursday posting its steepest decline in a decade.

    The government is about to enter its third week of a partial shutdown, with negotiations stalled over Trump’s insistence that Democrats agree on funding for a wall along the border with Mexico. And attacks by Trump on the Federal Reserve over its rate increases have raised doubts about Chairman Powell’s tenure and the independence of the US central bank – a concern for both the markets and the economy.

    ‘Don’t see any slowdown yet’
    According to Friday’s labour report, the healthcare, food services, construction and manufacturing sectors were the primary contributors to last month’s hiring.

    Healthcare and education services added 82,000 jobs in December, the biggest jump since February 2012. Restaurants and drinking placed posted a net gain of 40,700 jobs. Builders added 38,000 construction jobs, while manufacturers increased their payrolls by 32,000 workers. Businesses are still searching for more workers. The employment site Glassdoor found that job postings have risen 17 percent in the past year to 6.7 million. “We really don’t see any slowdown yet,” said Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor.

    Despite the increase in the unemployment rate, the influx of people searching for work coupled with the job gains is an indication that the rate should decline in the coming months. Economists estimate that it requires roughly 100,000 job gains each month to satisfy population growth and keep the unemployment rate at its current level.

    Hiring has easily eclipsed that pace. In 2018, employers added 2.6 million jobs, or an average of nearly 217,000 a month, according to the Labor Department.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/wall-street-cheers-stellar-jobs-report-comments-powell-190104211037006.html