Democrats regain control of the House today, which opens a new chapter in our national nightmare—the Stephan King-like fanfic prznincy of Comrad Trump—and in the partial shutdown of the federal government, now in Day 12. Apologies to Mr. King.
The Dems will vote on two bills to reopen the closed parts of government, but amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell says he will not consider either bill unless Prznint Stupid endorses them. Day 13, here we come!
Meanwhile, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Peoples Republic of California) plans to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump. Speaker Pelosi has ruled out impeachment. (For now? I can haz impeachment tomorrow?)
[CORRECTION: “We have to wait and see what happens with the Mueller report. We shouldn’t be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn’t avoid impeachment for a political reason. So we’ll just have to see how it comes.” – I misread it. We regret the error. — TG]
The largest freshman class of House members in nearly 50 years are far younger, more diverse and more vocal, with several newbies (Millennials) jostling to get slots on important legislative committees that usually go to seasoned veterans (Boomers).
Gonna be a wild day.
UPDATE 1: Axios morning email thingie (emboldening theirs):
⚡ In an interview to air on NBC’s “Today,” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie asks Nancy Pelosi, who will become House speaker at around 1:30 p.m.: “Do you believe the special counsel should honor and observe the Department of Justice guidance that states a sitting president cannot be indicted?”
Pelosi replies, according to an excerpt from NBC: “No, I mean I don’t think — I do not think that that is conclusive. No, I do not.”
UPDATE 2 – From Pelosi’s speech later today:
“We must also face the existential threat of our time: the climate crisis — a crisis manifested in natural disasters of epic proportions. … The entire Congress must work to put an end to the inaction and denial of science that threaten the planet and the future. This is a public health decision for clean air and clean water; an economic decision for America’s global pre-eminence in green technology; a security decision to keep us safe; and a moral decision to be good stewards of God’s creation.”
Why this is important (and Don’t I sound like Axios?!) –
As of Thursday, DOD will be run by a former senior Boeing executive. EPA is run by a former coal lobbyist. HHS is run by a former pharmaceutical lobbyist. And Interior will be run by a former oil-industry lobbyist. Welcome to 2019.
— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) January 3, 2019