DC Shut Down? The GOP Does Davos.

January 15, 2019

DC Shut Down? The GOP Does Davos.

The president has shut down the U.S. government by refusing to authorize federal spending, but presidential aides and cabinet officials are spending $3-4 million and change to go to the World Economic Forum at Davos, kind of a Coachella for billionaires and financial heavies at a resort in the Swiss Alps.  Administration figures scheduled to attend include: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

U.S. officials at Davos will have a significant weight lifted from their shoulders at this year’s WEF. Unlike last year, President Donald Trump will not attend. Swiss protesters must be crestfallen.

More:

“Trump’s team is still running up bills for Davos during the government shutdown,” Justin Rohrlich and Heather Timmons, Quartz

“Davos, other Swiss ski resorts warned of high avalanche danger,” Xinhua

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Trump: ‘Emergency! Emergency! I Mean, If I Wanted to….’

January 14, 2019

Trump: 'Emergency! Emergency! I Mean, If I Wanted to....'

After spending a week threatening to declare lack of a border wall a national emergency, President Trump backed off, saying he could do that if he wanted to, but he won’t do that just yet. There are two reasons for him to say that:

  1. Diverting Army Corps of Engineers project money from disaster prevention and recovery for useless political promise fulfillment isn’t a good look; and
  2. Democrats in the House and border landowners would tie him up in court well past 2020.

More:

“No ‘Emergency’ Will Allow Trump to Build His Wall,” Noah Feldman, Bloomberg

“Toddler-in-Chief Doesn’t Wanna ‘Do’ a National Emergency,” Claire Lampen, The Cut

“Bipartisan blowback hits idea of tapping Army Corps for wall money,” Annie Snider, Politico

“Texas Border Landowners Vow To Reject Buyouts For Trump’s Wall,” Nomaan Merchant, AP, via Talking Points Memo

“6 real emergencies that should be more important to Donald Trump than the wall,” Paul Brandus, USA Today

Related:

“That GoFundMe to build a border wall is issuing $20 million in refunds,” Taylor Hatmaker, Techcrunch

“A Border Is Not a Wall. It’s much more interesting.” Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic

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Walking on Broken Glass

January 13, 2019

“Walking on Broken Glass,” written by Annie Lennox, performed by Lake Street Dive for WXPN Performance Studio, 2016.  Rachael Price (lead vocals), Mike Olson (trumpet, guitar), Bridget Kearney (bass), and Mike Calabrese (percussion).

Lake Street Dive website

Annie Lennox version

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Someone to Lose

January 13, 2019

“Someone to Lose,” Wilco, 2016. Video directed by Joseph Baughman. Theres a live version, too.

Wilco website

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You’re Gone, Baby

January 13, 2019

“You’re Gone, Baby,” written by Vic McAlpin, recorded by Jimmy Logsdon as Jimmy Lloyd, 1958.

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We Can’t Make It Here

January 13, 2019

“We Can’t Make It Here,” written and performed by James McMurtry at KFOG-FM, 2006. He recorded a studio version the preceding year.

James McMurtry website

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You Can’t Beat God Giving

January 13, 2019

“You Can’t Beat God Giving,” written by Doris Akers, performed by an ensemble conducted by Professor Ralph H. Goodpasture, accompanied by Billy Preston (Hammond B3 organ) and Donald Vails (piano).

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Beyond

January 12, 2019

“Beyond,” by Leon Bridges. Video directed by Josh Goleman.

Leon Bridges website.

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Seashore

January 12, 2019

“Seashore,” by the Regrettes. Video directed by Claire Marie Vogel.

Lydia Night (Lead vocals, guitar), Genessa Gariano (guitar, backing vocals), Sage Chavis (bass, backing vocals), Maxx Morando (drums).

The Regrettes website

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I Got A Feeling

January 12, 2019

“I Got A Feeling,” written by  Brian HollandLamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland, recorded by Barbara Randolph, 1967. There’s a better-known version by the Four Tops.

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