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Trump launches vile personal attack on Elizabeth Warren’s marriage at rally

In between trashing Adam Schiff as a “crooked bastard” and smearing FBI agents as “scum,” the president crossed the line in an appalling show of viciousness.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Pompeo humiliated after top Russian lies to his face at press conference

Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is humiliated after the Russian Foreign Minister lied to his face at a televised press conference.

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Trump ominously warns that Schiff will “have to answer for this” in veiled twitter threat
The President rattled off a string of wild accusations against the House Intel Chair and ended with a disturbing attempt at intimidation.

Prosecutors support probation for ex-Trump campaign official Rick Gates, who helped Mueller probe
Prosecutors noted that Gates, who is due to be sentenced Dec. 17, continued to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller and investigators even after receiving “pressure not to cooperate … including assurances of monetary assistance.”

Take Action: Prosecute Rep. Gaetz and his GOP cronies for jeopardizing national security for a childish stunt

Bush’s ethics chief: Trumps are an “organized crime family,” we need to “go after all of them”
Prominent Trump critic and legal scholar Richard Painter argued that the President isn’t the only Trump who should face justice for their misdeeds.

Russian Foreign Minister contradicts Trump’s claim that they discussed election interference
Sergey Lavrov told reporters the opposite of what the president said, raising eyebrows and uncomfortable questions in the media.

Take Action: Investigate Devin Nunes for conspiring with Giuliani and Trump to extort Ukraine for political gain

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Betsy DeVos overruled Education Dept. findings on defrauded student borrowers
The corrupt Secretary is refusing to forgive loans to Americans who were robbed by fake uniersities.

Federal Judge blocks diversion of military construction money for border wall
Trump’s scheme to fulfill his racist campaign promise hit another — ahem — wall.

Trump’s spokeswoman tweets about his “careful attention to detail” and gets pummeled by Twitter
Stephanie Grisham shared a delusional article praising the president and was immediately flooded with mockery.

Trump pays $2 million in damages ordered by judge over misuse of charity funds, according to NY attorney general
Trump had been sued in 2018 by the New York attorney general, who alleged the president had illegally used funds from the Donald J. Trump Foundation to buy portraits of himself, pay off his businesses’ legal obligations and help his 2016 campaign.

An official arm of the Trump campaign shares edited clip of Trump as Avengers villain right before his final defeat
The Trump War Room Twitter account got its pop culture reference embarrassingly wrong and Twitter immediately swarmed.


Today’s Action: Congressional spending bill – no more detention beds!

A recently uncovered video shows that a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy named Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez lost his life due to missteps and utter neglect by Border Patrol agents while he was in their custody. Despite serious signs of ill health, Vasquez was jailed and ignored instead of being sent to a hospital. He died in a pool of his own blood.

This tragic and unnecessary loss is a shocking reminder of the severe brutality of Trump’s border policies.

Congress has until December 20 to create a spending bill that Trump signs off on – otherwise, the prospects grow continuously more bleak for a yearlong spending bill, which would include much needed budget increases to various domestic programs.

But at the same time, some of the ‘compromises’ to close the deal are absolutely unacceptable. Trump wants more money for detention beds to ramp up his horror at the border, more wall spending, and the (continued) ability to reallocate funds around as he pleases.

Call or email your Members of Congress and tell them:

  1. not one dollar toward Trump’s unnecessary, hateful border wall or additional detention beds in the upcoming spending bill
  2. eliminate Trump’s ability to steal funds from other budgets to fund his xenophobic border policy
  3. cut funding to Trump’s anti-immigration campaign, by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs & Border Protection (CBP).

So why, you might ask, aren’t we simply pushing for a continued resolution on last year’s budget? Well, in addition to woefully underfunding programs that are vital to tens of millions of Americans, the current spending levels are also allowing Trump to run concentration camps at the border and build sections of wasteful border wall. A continuing resolution will maintain that status quo. We’ve been moving in the wrong direction, and this our chance to turn things around — at least to some extent.

The status quo is unacceptable. We need Democrats to push harder than ever this week, and Republicans to know we, and our voting power, aren’t going anywhere.

Email or call (202.224.3121) your Members of Congress and demand they eliminate all border wall funding and deny an increase in detention beds from the upcoming spending bill, reduce ICE/CBP funding to Obama-era levels, and block Trump from reallocating funds towards his border policy.

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