Monday Open Thread | Happy Birthday, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is the federal observance of the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We used to have a President who observed a day of service to others on this day. But, we know that ended on January 20, 2017.

Thank you for everything, Dr. King. Thank you for helping me and millions of others.

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Sunday Praise & Worship | Prayer for the Four Directions

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The MAGA Hat–Wearing Teens Who Taunted A Native American Elder Could Be Expelled

My rage is off the charts…………

This student is a little racist fk with no respect, no home training. Is this what is being taught at Covington Catholic School?

The Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High in Kentucky rebuked the students’ actions and said they could potentially be expelled as a result.

A Kentucky Catholic school may take disciplinary action against their students after a group of the MAGA hat–wearing teenage boys taunted a Native American elder at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, DC, on Friday.

Several viral videos show the young men, nearly all of whom are white and wearing pro-Trump gear, chanting at and mocking the man on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

One of the teens can be seen standing face-to-face with the elder, smirking and saying nothing, while the man sang and played a drum.

The indigenous protester was identified by Indian Country Today as Nathan Phillips, a member of the Omaha Nation and a Vietnam War veteran. He reportedly hosts a ceremony each year honoring Native American veterans at Arlington National Cemetery and is also the keeper of a sacred pipe.

Kaya Taitano, a 26-year-old student from Guam who told BuzzFeed News she filmed the videos of Phillips. “You can tell he has power in his being,” she said in a phone interview.

In an interview with Taitano following the incident that she uploaded to her Instagram, Phillips said he wished he could see those teens “put that energy into making this country really great, helping those that are hungry.”

“I heard them saying, ‘Build that wall, build that wall,'” said Phillips, who could not be immediately reached for comment. “You know, this is indigenous lands. We’re not supposed to have walls here — we never did for millennia, before anybody else came here.”

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Saturday Open Thread | Chuck Rosenberg: ‘The Core’ Of BuzzFeed’s Cohen Story ‘Is Accurate’

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Friday Open Thread | Full Applebaum: Why Trump should be impeached now

“Impeachment is the Constitution’s remedy for the situation that we face right now as a nation.”

— Yoni Appelbaum, writer for The Atlantic

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Thursday Open Thread | Speaker Nancy Pelosi: Trump’s State of the Union is off

Nancy Smash dunked on them..

Game. Blouses. B^tches…….

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Wednesday said President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address “is off.”

“The speaker is the one who invites the president,” Hoyer told CNN, adding, “The State of the Union is off.”

Earlier Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to Trump telling him to either postpone the annual address — set to be delivered before a joint session of Congress on January 29 — or submit it in writing, citing security concerns linked to the government shutdown.

“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th,” Pelosi said.

“The U.S. Secret Service was designated as the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating, planning, exercising, and implementing security for National Special Security Events by Public Law 106-544, December 19, 2000,” Pelosi added. “However, both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security have not been funded for 26 days now — with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs.”

A representative for Hoyer told INSIDER he had “not read Speaker Pelosi’s letter and mischaracterized it” when he told CNN that the State of the Union address “is off.”

The government shutdown, the longest in US history, is a product of Trump’s insistence on obtaining funding for a wall he wishes to build along the US-Mexico border. Democrats have refused to grant the funding.

If Trump were to deliver the State of the Union address on January 29 amid the impasse, it would be the first to occur during a government shutdown.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from INSIDER.

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Trump told John Kelly & Mick Mulvaney that he did not want a “single dollar” going to Puerto Rico

Oh my sweet Jesus. Absolutely heartbreaking. 3000 people died. Pure ruthless EVIL.

A top Housing and Urban Development official is due to leave the agency Thursday following disagreements with other officials about the Trump administration’s attempt to block recovery funds for Puerto Rico, The Washington Post reports. Deputy Secretary Pam Patenaude, second-in-command at the agency, officially submitted her resignation on Dec. 17 after Trump reportedly wanted to cut off Puerto Rico funding because he believed the territory was using the funds to pay off debt, according to the Post. Trump reportedly told then-Chief of Staff John Kelly and then-Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney that he did not want a “single dollar” going to Puerto Rico, and wanted more money to go to Texas and Florida. According to the Post, Patenaude then had a meeting with White House officials and insisted that HUD get proper oversight over the funds.

“I didn’t push back,” Patenaude told the Post. “I advocated for Puerto Rico and assured the White House that Puerto Rico had sufficient financial controls in place and had put together a thoughtful housing and economic development recovery plan.” Patenaude also reportedly disagreed with the ending of an Obama-era program that provided funds to end racial segregation in communities, although she told the newspaper she was not “mad at the administration.”

More here

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