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January 1, “Meltdown” at the White House



This Day in History | 1931

Notorious gangster Al Capone goes to prison for tax evasion. 

Good morning Middle Americans!

It was quite a scene at the White House yesterday afternoon.  Congressional leaders gathered at the president’s house to talk about his decision to pull American troops out of Northern Syria.  But with the cloud of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry hanging over the meeting, things apparently deteriorated quickly.  President Trump called Pelosi a “third-rate politician” she accused him of having a meltdown and walked out with other Democratic members Congressional leadership. Meanwhile, there’s growing concern over Turkey’s invasion of Syria, and the innocent lives lost in the process.  The House of Representatives overwhelmingly pass a resolution rebuking the president’s decision to remove the troops. What happens next is anyone’s guess.

Also today… a new study shows the eye popping costs of Medicare for all. It helps explain why Sen. Elizabeth Warren had such a hard time answering questions at this week’s debate about whether her healthcare plan would raise taxes on middle class families. 

And finally – LaBron James keeps pouring water on a grease fire. His attempts yesterday to extinguish the NBA’s growing controversy over China, free speech, and American Values didn’t go well.  But at least King James is not waking up in a prison cell, like Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman. Huffman started her 14 day sentence for her role in that college admissions scheme perpetuated by people like Huffman as well as Full House actress Lorie Loughlin. 

Read all about it!

– Fraser Dixon

House Rebukes Trump Over Withdrawal of US Forces From Syria

(AP) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats walked out of a meeting at the White House, accusing him of having a “meltdown,” calling her a “third-rate politician” and having no plan to deal with a potentially revived Islamic State group.

Condemnation of Trump’s stance on Turkey, Syria and the Kurds was quick and severe during the day, not only from Democrats but from Republicans who have been staunch supporters on virtually all issues.

Read more from the AP here

Study: Medicare for All Would Cost $34 Trillion Over Decade

(The Atlantic) – Senator Elizabeth Warren’s refusal to answer repeated questions at last night’s debate about how she would fund Medicare for All underscores the challenge she faces finding a politically acceptable means to meet the idea’s huge price tag—a challenge that only intensified today with the release of an eye-popping new study.

Read more about the eye-popping cost of Meidare for All from the Atlantic

LeBron James Gets Roasted Over China Remarks

(Reason) – LeBron James called President Trump a “bum,” so you know he believes in free speech for himself. And based on what he said about Martin Luther King Jr. in 2018, I suspect he believes in it for other people, too. Those values are now running into the economic realities of doing business in a country where free speech is prohibited

Here’s a great read from Reason on LaBron and China

Felicity Huffman Reports to Jail in Cheating Scam

(NPR) – The 56-year old star of Desperate Housewives surrendered herself to authorities at the low-security Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, Calif., about 35 miles east of San Francisco. She entered the facility earlier than her court-ordered date of October 25. 

Read more from NPR here

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