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Sunday, January 21, 2018

A year in the presidential spotlight hasn't been kind to President Donald Trump: His approval rating is the lowest in modern polling for a president at this point, with deep deficits on policy and personal matters alike.

Strikingly, the public divides evenly on whether or not he's mentally stable.

That question aside, a lopsided majority, 73 percent of those polled, rejects Trump's self-assessed genius. Seventy percent say he fails to acquit himself in a way that's fitting and proper for a president.

Two-thirds say he's harming his presidency with his use of Twitter. And 52 percent see him as biased against blacks -- soaring to 79 percent of blacks themselves.

Just 36 percent of Americans approve of Trump's job performance, while 58 percent disapprove, essentially unchanged since midsummer.

Next lowest at one year was Gerald Ford's 45 percent in 1975; average pre-Trump approval -- since Harry Truman's presidency -- is 63 percent. read more


Saturday, January 20, 2018

SEOUL -- Even before he was elected South Korea's president eight months ago, Moon Jae-in was vowing to take the "driver's seat" in global efforts to deal with North Korea.

But as the inter-Korean talks have shown this week, it's clearly Kim Jong Un who's steering, although Moon could fairly claim to be riding shotgun.

It's Kim who's decided when the Koreas will talk and what they will talk about. As for President Trump? Well, he could be said to be in the back, going along for the ride. read more


Deutsche Bank notified German regulators, and Robert Mueller will likely be given the reports.

A German business magazine is reporting that Deutsche Bank, the German financial giant which is a major lender to both President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, identified "suspicious transactions" related to Kushner family accounts, and has reported them to German banking regulators.

The bank is reportedly willing to provide the information to special prosecutor Robert Mueller's team of investigators.

Manager Magazin, a respected German business magazine, reported in its latest print edition, which hit German newsstands on Friday, that Paul Achleitner, chairman of Deutsche Bank's board, had the bank conduct an internal investigation and the results were troubling.

Those results have been turned over to the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority -- Germany's bank regulatory agency, which is commonly known as BaFin. read more


Friday, January 19, 2018

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats, showing remarkable solidarity on Friday in the face of a clear political danger, blocked consideration of a stopgap spending measure to keep the government operating, leaving less than two hours for lawmakers to find a way to avert a midnight shutdown of much of the federal government.

Senate Republican leaders fell well short of the 60 votes necessary to proceed on the spending bill, which had passed the House on Thursday.

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, was trying to rally support for a shorter temporary spending measure that would allow both parties to save face. read more


In 2015, West Virginia passed legislation requiring some applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to submit to drug testing. The state estimated that over the first year, the program would identify 390 people as drug users at a cost of $50,000. The program has now been in place for three months and just four people, less than one-half of a percent of all applicants, tested positive. In the general population, the rate of drug use is 9.4%. West Virginia's experience mirrors those of other states who have implemented similar programs. ThinkProgress reviewed the impact of programs in 13 states last year: read more


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"Donald Trump cancels Florida trip as crisis deepens"

www.telegraph.co.uk

Funny will be when he agrees with Chuckie on a deal just so he can go to FL and collect all that money from his "quests".

"Most Democrats voted against the bill as part of a risky strategy to force Republicans to negotiate with them on a legislative fix for Dreamers, illegal immigrants who came to the country at a young age and now face the prospect of deportation.

Only five Democrats voted to advance the bill -- Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp {N.D.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.), who are all up for reelection this year in states carried by President Trump in 2016 election, and newly-elected Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.).

Republicans were also not united, as Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Mike Lee (Utah) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.) also voted against advancing the legislation. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is battling brain cancer, was absent.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) delayed the vote until late Friday as part of an effort to raise pressure on Democrats.

Budget chief Mick Mulvaney also suggested the negative effects of a shutdown would not completely be felt until Monday, when hundreds of thousands of workers would be furloughed."

"Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) took to the floor after McConnell to blast Republicans for failing to make substantial progress after Trump tasked Congress with replacing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

"So what has the Republican majority in the House and Senate done in the four and a half months since we received that challenge from President Trump? Nothing. Nothing," he said.

thehill.com

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