WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic measure rebuking Republican Rep. Steve King for his comments about white supremacy won easy approval Tuesday in the House.
Ireland's cabinet on Tuesday began to build upon the no-deal contingency plans it issued last month by seeking to reassure business of the availability of additional transport capacity and patients of the security of medicine supplies. Its preparations will be underpinned by one single emergency Brexit bill incorporating 17 new laws that Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney will, if required, begin moving through parliament in the final week of February. "We don't want to have to do this of course, nobody wants a no-deal Brexit and everybody will work toward avoiding that but we also have to ensure that Ireland has done everything it can to protect itself and its citizens," Coveney told a news conference.
The progressive firebrand, who isn’t yet officially a member of the House Financial Services Committee, took to Twitter Wednesday to send a number of missives arguing that the era of banks using campaign contributions to buy legislative favors is coming to an end.
Donald Trump was told to delay his State of the Union address by the most senior Democrat in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday until after the government shutdown was over. Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, wrote to Mr Trump demanding that he either push back the January 29 speech or simply submit a written version of what he wanted to say to Congress. Ms Pelosi cited security concerns, saying that the Secret Service and Homeland Security - which both help keep the event safe – had been partly “hamstrung” by the lack of funding. The move was an apparent attempt to force focus of the shutdown back onto Mr Trump while also denying the president a prominent stage from which to chastise Democrats over the impasse. Republicans appeared to reject the move, with Steve Scalise, the second most senior Republican in the House, tweeting: “This decision makes clear what we already know: Democrats are only interested in obstructing Donald Trump, not governing.” Today, I wrote to @realDonaldTrump recommending that we delay the State of the Union until after government re-opens, as the @SecretService, the lead federal agency for #SOTU security, faces its 26th day without funding. https://t.co/K2oL8WGvqopic.twitter.com/g3fIlxDbbK— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 16, 2019 The procedural clash came as two separate moves from congressmen attempted to force an end to the shutdown – already longest in US history and which was due to enter its 27th day on Thursday. Some 800,000 federal government workers are affected, with around half working for free and the other half sent home without pay. A quarter of the government is impacted. Mr Trump hosted a cross-party group of House members, known as the Problem Solvers Caucus, in the White House on Wednesday in the latest attempt to break the deadlock. Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, called the meeting “constructive”. The US president has insisted he will sign no spending bill that would reopen the government unless it includes $5.7 billion for construction of his Mexico border wall – a key campaign pledge. In the second move, a cross-party group of US senators were circulating a letter urging Mr Trump to agree to reopen the government for 30 days, during which immigration reform can be negotiated. The Democrats, who hold the majority in the House, have refused to give Mr Trump his $5.7 billion and insist they will not talk about immigration reform until the government is back open. The letter, which was picking up signatures from Democrat and Republican senators on Wednesday, saw its backers promise to “make our best efforts” to reach a compromise in the three-week period. “This would include debating and voting on investments on the Southern border that are necessary, effective, and appropriate to accomplish that goal,” it read. Ms Pelosi, a 78-year-old congresswoman from California, has been at loggerheads with Mr Trump, 72, throughout the shutdown, trading barbs and attempting to pin the blame on each other’s party. Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union in 2018 Credit: Bloomberg The State of the Union address is one of the most prominent Washington events of the year, seeing a president speak to almost every member of the capital’s political elite. Every congressman and senator is invited to the speech, delivered in the House, as well as Supreme Court judges, members of the president’s cabinet and foreign ambassadors. Security is extremely tight, with the roads around the US Capitol closed off in the hours before the speech. A member of the president’s cabinet, dubbed the “designated survivor”, does not attend in case a disaster should happen. Ms Pelosi wrote in her letter: “Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government reopens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has reopened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to Congress on January 29.” Should Mr Trump refuse to change the date of his speech it is unclear what will happen. Theoretically the House speaker invites the president to make the address and could rescind that invitation. But, congressional sources told The Telegraph, there is no rule or convention that dictates what should happen. It has been an informal agreement which, until now, has not been challenged.
The Ford Shebly GT 500, Toyota Supra and Kia Telluride generate buzz at the Detroit auto show.
Areva Martin, a CNN “analyst” — whatever in hell that means anno Domini 2019 — was in the middle of a spirited exchange with the conservative talk-radio host David Webb about racial preferences in hiring. Webb argued — as conservatives of many different races argue! — that race should not be a factor in such decisions, which should be based strictly on qualifications. “That’s a whole ’nother long conversation about white privilege,” she sniffed.
By now, you've heard about the egg, which surpassed a photo of Kylie Jenner's daughter, Stormi, on Sunday as the most-liked post on Instagram.
But who did the egg? Whose dumb but ultimately successful idea was this?
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> A post shared by EGG GANG (@world_record_egg) on Jan 4, 2019 at 9:05am PST
Here's what we know so far:
## 1\. The egg account holder goes by "Henrietta."
Henrietta is, according to a report from BuzzFeed News, a "chicken from the British countryside."
## 2\. The account holder, however, claims to live in London.
"I'm an individual living in London," the account holder told The Independent earlier this week. They also revealed that they only have 400 followers on their personal Instagram account.
Sources close to Mashable have also independently confirmed that the egg is a man who lives in the London area.
## 3\. The egg's name is Eugene, allegedly.
In some interviews, the account holder goes by the name Eugene, bypassing the whole "Henrietta" schtick entirely.
## 4\. The person who did the egg was participating in dry January at the time.
Nothing breeds creativity like suddenly not drinking.
## 5\. Fans of the egg are called the "Egg Gang."
## 6\. The egg account follows 928 accounts and two hashtags.
The hashtags are #WSHH -- WorldStarHipHop -- and #FatBoySSE, who is a rapper from New Jersey.
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> A post shared by Supreme Patty (@supremepatty) on Jan 14, 2019 at 5:20pm PST
## 7\. Supreme Patty is a suspect.
So far, the only public figure to have implied responsibility for the egg is Supreme Patty, an Instagram star who smokes hot sauce and is known for squeezing lemon juice into his own eyes. While Patty didn't claim he did the egg outright, one of his friends did say so in a TMZ interview. (This is, of course, to be taken with a lemon-sized grain of salt.)
For what it's worth, we do not think Supreme Patty did the egg. It's more likely that he's just capitalizing on the big meme of the moment. He did get an egg tattoo, though, so kudos on committing to the bit. And the egg does follow him on Instagram.
We've reached out to Supreme Patty and will update this post if we hear back.
## 8\. Okay, the egg account says it's not Supreme Patty.
In an Instagram story posted on Tuesday, @world_record_egg claimed the TMZ story was bogus. "We're still anonymous. Fake news," they wrote.
So we guess it's not Supreme Patty. Stay tuned for more egg updates.
This story is developing ...
UPDATE: Jan. 16, 2019, 1:34 p.m. ET This story was updated to include information regarding the egg's Instagram Story as well as the hashtags it follows.
UPDATE: Jan. 17, 2019, 10:03 a.m. ET This story was updated to confirm the egg's city of residence.
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Honduran Deputy Foreign Minister Nelly Jerez said that between 800 and 1,000 people were travelling together and headed towards the Agua Caliente border crossing into Guatemala. Hundreds of Honduran refugees and migrants also left a bus station in the northern city of San Pedro Sula and moved along to join the caravan. The first groups to leave included many women and children who got onto buses destined for the Guatemalan border.
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