Sen.-elect Mitt Romney says in Op-Ed Trump’s character falls short of presidential

Romney is the first Senate Republican to denounce Donald Trump. This is a big deal. He is paving the way for other Republicans to come out against the president:

Sen.-elect Mitt Romney wasted no time in the new year branding himself as a Senate maverick and a foe of President Donald Trump, saying in a blistering New Year’s Day essay that after nearly two years in the White House “the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.”

Romney, just two days from being sworn in as the junior Republican Senator from Utah, wrote in the Washington Post that Trump’s most glaring failure has been his inability to unite a “nation so divided, resentful and angry.”

19 states are raising their minimum wage Jan. 1. Progressives plan even more for 2020.

This is victory for the Fightfor$15 movement, not the politicians in Washington. But the ultimate goal is to get Congress and the president to give us a national living wage. We cannot trust the Democrats because they had a majority from 2009 to 2010 and could have given us an increase. They didn’t. In order for it to happen we will need a third party revolution in America. Let’s do it:

Nineteen states will raise their minimum wage on New Year’s Day, delivering relief to low-income workers and validating liberal efforts to bypass Congress and state legislatures and push for pro-working-class policies through ballot initiatives.

7-year-old girl killed after white man pulls alongside black family’s car and opens fire

Trump’s America strikes again:

Police in Texas are seeking a white man who pulled alongside a black family’s car and opened fire, fatally shooting a 7-year-old girl.

The family of five was leaving a Walmart parking lot Sunday morning in the Houston area when a man driving a red pickup truck pulled up to the side of their car and started shooting, reported KHOU-TV.

Of course there was no mention of this shooting on FOXNews.com. They only care about a killing of police officer by an “illegal alien.” As of this writing there are 2 references to the tragic murder of officer Singh on the main page.

High-ranking official admits no one will be at the wheel of the White House soon: ‘I don’t know who is going to be here’

It’s starting to get really lonely. Unfortunately for Trump he doesn’t have a dog to keep him company. He doesn’t like animals either:

Los Angeles Times reporter Eli Stokols revealed one high-ranking White House official is concerned President Donald Trump won’t have any staff left by the end of January.

During an MSNBC discussion, Stokols noted the president is closing out 2018 in a “much weaker position” than he began the year.

And apparently he won’t be missed while he is in the White House sulking all by himself:

The magazine spoke to one longtime member who said that Trump’s presence in the club can actually lead to more complications than anything. While the president is undoubtedly the biggest draw of the club and the party — with many members paying the $200,000 initiation fee and $14,000 annual dues simply to be near the president and have access to him — the member said it will be quieter and simpler without him there.

Retired General Stanley McChrystal: I think Trump is Immoral

The generals are increasingly calling out Trump. They realize he is a scoundrel and unpatriotic:

Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal said Sunday that he believes President Trump is “immoral,” and that he would not join the administration if asked.

“It’s important for me to work for people who I think are basically honest, who tell the truth as best they know it,” McChrystal said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I don’t think he tells the truth,” he added.

Farm bankruptcies soar to highest totals since 2001

And it can only get worse with the trade war that has devastated rural America:

According to numbers from the Iowa Farm Bureau, just five years ago in 2013, only four farms declared Chapter 12 bankruptcy. In 2017, the total number of Chapter 12 bankruptcies climbed to 18- the highest total since 2001. Now farmers across the state are left waiting for the market to bounce back, while surviving in the meantime.

“Just like every market does, we’re back on the downturn of prices,” said James Cornelius, a fifth-generation farmer from Bellevue.

Farmers may have tricks of the trade, but it is not a trade secret that it has become more of a financial struggle for agriculture in Iowa over the recent years.

Russian ex-spy put pressure on Manafort over debts owed to Kremlin-linked oligarch

And we are supposed to believe Trump did not know about this?

President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chair was pressured by a Russian oligarch over his debts, Time magazine reported Saturday. Former Russian intelligence officer Victor Boyarkin “was a key link” between Manafort and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin. The report followed a “months-long investigation” by Time. “He owed us a lot of money,” Boyarkin says. “And he was offering ways to pay it back.” Boyarkin says he was approached by special counsel Robert Mueller. “I told…

For the same reason we are supposed to believe that the ‘Steele Dossier’ was somehow all made up:

Christmas for Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion between Moscow and the Trump administration may not be over yet, and the woes for Michael Cohen, who was recently sentenced to three years in prison for crimes including campaign finance violations, may have just begun. In an article published Thursday, news agency McClatchy DC cites four sources who say a mobile phone connected to Cohen “briefly sent signals ricocheting off cell towers in the Prague area in late summer 2016, at the height of the presidential campaign, leaving an electronic record to support claims that Cohen met secretly there with Russian officials.” If true, the claims would lend additional support to the controversial and inflammatory Steele dossier, which famously claimed that Cohen had been in Prague around that time on behalf of then–presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Cohen has denied for more than a year that he ever visited Prague—one of the most specific claims in the dossier, which ex-spy Christopher Steele compiled in 2016 as he researched Trump’s alleged connections to Russia. According to the dossier, Cohen secretly met with Kremlin insiders in Prague in August or September 2016 to discuss how to cover up or contain scandals involving Paul Manafort’s and Carter Page’s communications with Russians, connections between Trump and Moscow, and payments to hackers who targeted Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Donald Trump will be impeached in 2019, says ′prediction professor′

He’s right, again. That’s my prediction as well:

The US president’s basic conduct and politics are unlikely to change in 2019, but the new Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, coupled with the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, will lead to the impeachment of Donald Trump, predicts Allan Lichtman.

“I think it’s more likely than not he will get impeached,” the American University professor told DW.

After previously predicting 30 years of presidential elections correctly, Lichtman became a media phenomenon when he — against mainstream wisdom — predicted early on that Trump would win in 2016.

Migrant children deaths: Health warnings came months earlier

I expect to see hearings from the newly Democratic Controlled House. Someone should lose their jobs for this abuse or even be held criminally liable:

Children in Border Patrol holding facilities “would vomit on their clothing” and had no soap to clean up.

One child “had diarrhea, had dry lips, he had a fever,” but border agents declined to seek medical care and closed the cell door.

Children were told they could drink water from a sink, but “are not given any cups” nor soap to wash their hands.

Those allegations and many others, from families apprehended by Border Patrol agents, were included in a raft of legal filings in August 2018.

The Food and Service at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort Is—You Guessed It—Terrible

This man is disgusting in every way every day:

At Mar-a-Lago, President Trump would have been greeted with bad service and worse food, according to a report from Laurence Leemer, author of the upcoming book Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump’s Presidential Palace, out in January. Leemer, not a Mar-a-Lago member but a frequent guest, writes for Vanity Fair that the resort is rather unpleasant for its esteemed members these days.

“The service is terrible, if you’re not in, like, the four tables around the president, forget it,” one longtime member told him. “The servers aren’t well-trained. You have to beg for water. The food is the same menu year after year. People complain about it. It’s just not good.”

Let’s not forget about the ‘undocumented’ people who work at his ‘palace’ and complain about The Donald:

A two-week long anti-immigrant twitter tirade launched by President Donald Trump from the living room at Mar-a-Lago on Thanksgiving morning ended abruptly on Thursday when two undocumented immigrants from Central America revealed they had worked for years as housekeepers at the president’s private golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

The White House declined to comment on the women’s claims to the New York Times that they had worked as part of a group of housekeeping, maintenance and landscaping employees that included a number of undocumented workers at the club.