President Donald Trump aims to use his State of the Union address Tuesday night to boost funding for his 2020 re-election campaign, promising to display the names of campaign donors during a live broadcast of the speech. In a fundraising push, Trump on Monday afternoon sent a text message to supporters with an offer to flash their names across the screen during the Donald J. Trump for President Livestream of the event. "The State of the Union speech is not about me. It's about YOU. Which is why I will have the names of every supporter who contributes today broadcast during my speech on the Official DJT for President Livestream!" it said. "Enough of the Fake News Media. It's time for them to hear from the AMERICAN PEOPLE." read more
Lobbying activity in Washington has reached a seven-year high, a new count shows, with $3.34 billion spent during 2017. Major trade groups and organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Realtors again topped the list of top spenders on lobbying, according to the tally from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Juan Cole: The falsity of the [Hawaii missile] alert was quickly discovered but the same screw-ups who sent it out then sent the retraction to the wrong address so that it did not hit people's cell phones. They finally got the correct information after nearly an hour of panic. But here's the thing. The US military knew all along that there was no such threat. Nobody from the Pentagon tried to reassure the public. And, President Trump was on his West Palm Beach golf course and got the notice that it was a false alarm. He just went on playing golf. read more
A white Kansas state lawmaker arguing against the legalization of any use of marijuana suggested that it and other drugs were originally outlawed in part because blacks were "basically users" and "responded worst" to the drugs because of their "character makeup -- their genetics and that." State Rep. Steve Alford, a 75-year-old Republican from Ulysses, in the west of the state, made the comments Saturday during a public meeting at a hospital in Garden City. The Garden City Telegram first reported on the statement Monday and posted a video of it to YouTube. read more
Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president's son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic", according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian. ... speaking to author Michael Wolff, warned that the investigation into alleged collusion with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering and predicted: "They're going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV. ... Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad ---, and I happen to think it's all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately."