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  • From Matt Filipowicz.

    Open thread below...


  • After the Senate failed to reach a bipartisan deal on funding the government, Sen. Schumer took to the floor and laid the blame at the feet of Donald Trump, saying he even offered up the border wall for a deal and he was turned down.

    Sen. Schumer began by telling the country Republicans can't govern and then spoke most directly to Trump.

    Sen. Schumer said, "It's almost as if you were rooting for a shutdown and now we'll have one and the blame should crash entirely on President Trump's shoulders. This will be called the Trump shutdown."

    "This will be called the Trump shutdown because there is no one -- no one who deserves the blame for the position we find ourselves in more than President Trump," he said.

    "He walked away from two bipartisan deals including one today in which I even put the border wall on the table."

    This is huge news.

    Schumer asked, "What will it take for President Trump to say yes and learn who to execute the rudiments of government?"

    Schumer said that Saturday marks a year to the day and calls the Trump shutdown a perfect encapsulation of the chaos he's unleashed on our government."

    The hashtag #TrumpShutdown is trending big on Twitter.

  • Mike's Blog Round Up

    Echidne of the Snakes: U.S. gymnastics and sexual abuse.

    The Incidental Economist: Getting a flu shot is not all about you.

    Very Smart Brothas: Can we talk about how a woman with the world's whitest name pretended not to know that Norway is white?

    Bark Bark Woof Woof: Dementia, or just plain stupid?

    This installment by Batocchio. E-mail tips to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.


  • Howard Kurtz Joins The GOP Pile On Against Sen. Flake

    You don't need to be a professional NewsHound to have guessed that Fox News would attack Sen. Jeff Flake over his blistering criticism of Donald Trump's assault on the media. It was a bit of a surprise to hear supposedly objective Howard Kurtz regurgitate Republican attack lines, however.

    In case you missed it, Flake made an epic speech condemning Trump's attacks on the media, along with attacks on the truth, as despotic, dangerous and un-American. Predictably, the Republicans seem to have ignored the substance of Flake's remarks in order to criticize the politics. In an article called, "Flake rankles fellow Republicans with Trump takedowns," Politico quoted Republican colleagues saying Flake was "not productive," not "helpful" and "disturbing." Without any evident irony, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) said, "A senator's words matter," without, apparently, considering that maybe a president's words matter even more.

    White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was nastier. She dismissed Flake's comments by saying, ""He's criticizing the president because he has terrible poll numbers and he is, I think, looking for some attention. I think it's unfortunate."

    Kurtz managed to work those same talking points into his own criticism of Flake. First, Kurtz echoed Huckabee Sanders' sneer with a gratuitous swipe at Flake's poll numbers:

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  • David Cay Johnston, the author, tax expert and journalist who covered Trump for decades, doesn't pull any punches as he tells Joy Reid just how bad Trump is.

    She asked what makes him act the way he does, since the White House physician ruled out cognitive problems.

    "I want to challenge what the Navy doctor said," Johnston said.

    "You can go online and take that test. I took it. It's a snap. Of course, if you looked at the test ahead of time, it would be a snap. It's a test for predementia and dementia, not all the other problems Donald has in his head. The greatest advisers in the world reside there, remember. He is the problem here.

    "Mitch McConnell said, 'what does he want?' Donald Trump sold himself as the great negotiator. 'We're going to win. We're going to win. We're going to win so much, you'll say please, Mr. President, no more winning.' He can't even make a budget deal. He's a con artist. He's a fraud. He doesn't know what he's doing. The faster we come to recognize that, the more we can move on."

    "So this is Donald Trump on Friday. He keeps trying to sell the idea that he's already a successful president, already better than Barack Obama. This is him doing that on Friday," Reid said.

    TRUMP: Our country is doing really well. Our economy is perhaps the best it's ever been. You look at the job numbers, you look at the companies pouring back into our country, you look at the stock market at an all-time high. Unemployment, 17-year low.

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  • If you can't attend, you can see the marches here:

  • Alex Witt Asks Franklin Graham To Justify His Politics With His Faith

    This interview with Franklin Graham was so infuriating (apparently I wasn't the only one, since the interview was trending on Twitter), I couldn't figure out which part to clip. So I'm posting Twitter reactions instead:

  • In a web extra called "Give Us A Pulitzer," Samantha Bee found an entire group of economically anxious working class people who have been ignored by the media...and all of society.


  • C&L's Sat Nite Chiller Theater: Timescape (1992)

    NOTE: The YouTube of this movie actually ends at the 1:34:53 mark but for whatever reason, another 50 minutes of the same movie is repeated after the credits roll.

    Also released under the Jeez-give-it-away-why-don't-you title of "Grand Tour: Disaster in Time" this a good but loose film adaptation of Henry Kuttner & Catherine L. Moore's 1946 novella, "Vintage Season" about a group of time traveling "disaster tourists" from the far future. More than that I dare not say for fear of disrupting the space/time continuum.

    Den of Geek notes:

    The first movie from Pitch Black and Riddick director David Twohy.

    ...a father and daughter who've recently moved back to their old small-town guest house...meet some mysterious guests with a ghoulish interest in famous, historic disasters. Although shot on a visibly low budget, Timescape's nicely acted and engrossingly paced. Now quite difficult to get hold of on disc for a reasonable price, Timescape seems to have dropped off the cultural radar.

    Is it worth seeing? If you can track it down, definitely.

    Stars Jeff Daniels, Marilyn Lightstone, and Ariana Richards, who you may recognize from a movie called "Jurassic Park" which was released the following year.

    Enjoy!

  • Open Thread - Children At The Women's March
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