Steve Benen, MSNBC: With policymakers facing a series of pressing deadlines, congressional Democrats have taken several steps to work out an agreement on a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) solution that would protect Dreamers. Just last week, Democratic officials not only briefly persuaded Donald Trump to agree with their position, they also worked out a bipartisan agreement with Senate Republicans. It's against this backdrop that the president spent much of the weekend publishing a series of tweets suggesting the door is effectively closed. "The Democrats are all talk and no action. They are doing nothing to fix DACA. Great opportunity missed. Too bad!" ... Trump appears to be echoing an emerging line that's popular on the right, especially in conservative media: Dems could agree to a DACA compromise, the argument goes, but they'd rather keep the issue alive in order to exploit the controversy for political gain. The problem with the thesis, which the president seems a little too eager to promote, is that it's ridiculous.
The controversial decision to repeal net neutrality, which opened the door to Internet providers favoring certain online traffic, could still be overturned. A Senate bill that would reverse the Federal Communications Commission's decision in December, received its 30th co-sponsor Monday, meaning that it will receive a vote, reports The Hill. ... On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission voted to remove net neutrality protections that had been introduced in 2015. These protections sought to ensure that internet service providers treat web content equally and do not block or prioritize some content over others in return for payment.
A judge has ruled in favor of a member of President Donald Trump's voting commission who sued the panel, handing a preliminary victory to a critic who accused the panel of hiding its activities from view. Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, a Democratic member of the panel tasked with investigating voter fraud, sued the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity last month in US District Court. ... Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued an opinion Friday night siding largely with Dunlap and saying the panel should provide him with the documents he requested. ... Dunlap argued in a Washington Post op-ed last month that the "commission is cloaking itself in secrecy" and doing so in violation of federal law.
None of the six men and women facing felony charges tied to an anti-Trump Inauguration Day protest committed a crime, jurors decided Thursday. The six defendants had faced seven charges each. The jury returned 42 separate not-guilty verdicts. The charges -- conspiracy to riot, engaging in a riot, and five counts of criminal property destruction -- came despite the government's acknowledgement that it has no evidence any of these half-dozen people engaged in violent personal action that day. It was in effect a legal argument they were as guilty as those who had actually smashed a window, because they chose to show up in black and stay with the group as it moved through the city. read more