By Robert A. Vella

Breaking news:  A federal judge has ruled against the Commerce Department’s inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census.  See:  Judge rejects citizenship question for 2020 U.S. census

Right now, Attorney General nominee William Barr is answering questions in his Senate confirmation hearing while trying to alleviate concerns among Democrats that he might impede Department of Justice investigations opposed by President Trump including those of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  So far, he seems to be performing well and his interactions with senators appear very cordial.  See:  William Barr facing Judiciary Committee over attorney general nomination

Later today, the U.S. Senate is also expected to vote on the Treasury Department’s plan to lift economic sanctions on a Russian oligarch’s business entities who is a close ally of Vladimir Putin.  Democrats may have enough Republican support for a majority against lifting the sanctions, but may not have enough to overcome a possible Republican filibuster.  See:  Senate Democrats force vote on Trump plan to ease Russia sanctions

Also later today, the U.K. parliament will hold a key vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan which is not expected to pass.  If it does fail, the likelihood of a hard exit from the E.U. will increase, and what might happen before then to mitigate an economic crisis is open to speculation.  See:  Brexit vote: Decision day for Theresa May’s deal as UK Parliament holds key vote

A massive teachers strike in Los Angeles has entered its second day of protests.  The teachers are justifiably demanding smaller class sizes, more student support services, a modest salary increase, and many of them are accusing administrators of deliberately trying to destroy the nation’s public education system.  See:  Los Angeles teachers expect large turnout for day 2 of strike

The criminal sentencing of former Trump deputy campaign manager Rick Gates is scheduled for today, and it will be closely watched for any indication of progress in the Mueller investigation into collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.  See:  Mueller delays sentencing for ex-Trump aide Gates over ongoing cooperation

The Mueller investigation has launched a criminal probe into a Washington D.C. meeting on January 18, 2017 between Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Republican Congressman and loyal Trump ally Devin Nunes, and dozens of foreign officials.  See:  Mueller Probes an Event With Nunes, Flynn, and Foreign Officials at Trump’s D.C. Hotel

Former Department of Justice counterintelligence head David Laufman is accusing President Trump of being a national security threat.  See:  Trump ‘is a clear and present danger’ to national security’: Ex-DOJ counterintelligence head

There are few things – if any – that Vladimir Putin hates more than the North Atlantic Treaty Organization because it has been the biggest obstacle to his expansionist plans in Europe.  So, should we expect his American lapdog in the White House to hate it too?  Yes, we should.  See:  Trump Discussed Pulling U.S. From NATO, Aides Say Amid New Concerns Over Russia

More information has emerged in the FBI’s decision to investigate President Trump for acting on behalf of Russia following his firing of FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.  See:  Transcripts detail how FBI debated whether Trump was ‘following directions’ of Russia

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives might censure xenophobic firebrand congressman Steve King and have stripped him of his committee assignments in a move best described as better late than never.  See:  A History of Steve King’s Racist Remarks

Finally, the ongoing government shutdown, ostensibly over Trump’s border wall demand (now, the longest in U.S. history), is being widely seen as what I’ve asserted recently on this blog – motivated by fervent anti-government sentiment among his fanatical base.  See:  The shutdown is giving some Trump advisers what they’ve long wanted: A smaller government

3 thoughts on “What’s happening today, and other stories

  1. Good news on the citizenship question.

    William Barr is a #&*¥€£in’ piece of filth. If anyone researches what he did while in the Bush Sr. administration they’ll agree. He’s a real lowlife.

    Education IS under attack in this country. You and Padre Steve showed us some of the results of the war against education in a recent post. The parasites are lowering the price of the U.S. educational system so they can buy it and profit more efficiently from indoctrination.

    I’m so happy about the GOP finally acknowledging the perverted insanity of Steve King.

    Yeah, trump is a traitor, simply to profit financially, and is going down eventually.

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