Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) speaks about the possibility of a payroll tax cut extension during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol February 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans and Democrats are nearing compromise on a legislative package that would extend the payroll tax cut beyond its expiration at the end of February and are likely to vote on the agreement tomorrow.WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 16: Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) speaks about the possibility of a payroll tax cut extension during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol February 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans and Democrats are nearing compromise on a legislative package that would extend the payroll tax cut beyond its expiration at the end of February and are likely to vote on the agreement tomorrow. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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As the inauguration’s master of ceremonies, Senator Chuck Schumer was able to pack the menu at Obama’s post-swearing-in luncheon with plenty of foods from his home state, but one New Yorker is still miffed. Politicker reports that Long Island chef Butch Yamali is holding a press conference tomorrow to “formally rebuke” Schumer for not serving Long Island duck. The bird was replaced by South Dakota bison after the tasting committee decided it wasn’t up to snuff. “The duck was very good, but the preparation wasn’t great,” Schumer told the Times. “When New York gets good bison, we’ll have that.’’ In the meantime, we believe Michelle Obama has the expression Schumer is searchingfor.
The Washington Postreports that the offer “centers on Ukraine.”
What did Trump “promise” the leader of Ukraine? TBD, but important context: US has been holding back millions in military/intel aid for Ukraine. At same time, Giuliani has made clear Trump team wants Ukraine to pursue probe that might implicate son of Joe Biden.
In some spots, Imelda is looking worse than Harvey
Life-threatening flooding continued across southeastern Texas Thursday morning as Tropical Rainstorm Imelda continued to dump prolific amounts of rain across the region, inundating homes and streets and prompting numerous requests for rescue.
As of early Thursday morning, Imelda, which became a short-lived tropical storm on Tuesday before making landfall in Freeport, Texas, had produced over 40 inches of rain near Hamshire, Texas, about 65 miles east of Houston. Over 25 inches of that rain fell in 12 hours.
AccuWeather meteorologists are predicting an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 55 inches of rain.
Trump weighs in, unconvincingly, on report that he made alarming, unspecificed promise to foreign leader
Another Fake News story out there - It never ends! Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. No problem!
….Knowing all of this, is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially “heavily populated” call. I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!
Netanyahu is trying to cling to power, but his central rival isn’t having it
Benny Gantz rejects Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer of a unity government, saying that he will not enter into any coalition led by an Israeli premier facing corruption charges. Bibi, looking increasingly desperate, says he is “surprised and disappointed”. Oh I’m sure you are, Bibi.
Buttigieg’s health plan is more like Biden’s than Bernie’s
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Thursday unveiled his plan to reform the U.S. healthcare system by offering everyone coverage under the federal Medicare program, but not forcing people to give up private heath insurance plans.
“For years, Washington politicians have allowed the pharmaceutical industry, giant insurance companies, and powerful hospital systems to profit off of people when they are at their sickest and most vulnerable,” said Buttigieg, who is mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
“My ‘Medicare for All Who Want It’ plan will create a health care system that puts power in the hands of each American.”
Kamala Harris has a plan to fix her tanking campaign
Kamala Harris is putting her stumbling campaign on the line with a new Iowa-or-bust strategy: She’s shifting away from the closed-door fundraisers that dominated her summer calendar to focus on retail politicking in the crucial kickoff state.
Harris huddled with top campaign officials Tuesday in Baltimore to discuss the next steps as a series of polls show her plummeting into the mid-single digits. She’s not expected to significantly alter her message. Instead, Harris is planning to make weekly visits to the state and nearly double the size of her 65-person ground operation, sources familiar with the discussions told POLITICO.