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GOP Rep. claims Congress not in recess, vows post-recess action

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A Republican Congresswoman from Tennessee really stepped in it this week.

Leading the charge for Republicans against President Barack Obama’s recent recess appointments, Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) issued a press release on Tuesday castigating the allegedly unconstitutional picks and insisting that “Congress was not in fact in recess.”

But three sentences later, Black said (emphasis added): “I hope the House considers my resolution as soon as we return to Washington so we can send a message to President Obama.”

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Rep. Black has proposed the House pass a non-binding resolution condemning the president for the appointments, and so far 71 Republicans have signed on.

In an effort to block President Obama’s recess appointments, Republicans have been using a tactic known as “pro forma” sessions, or sessions of Congress that are mere formality. During a pro forma session, Congress is gaveled in, the pledge of allegiance is recited, and the session is immediately adjourned. Democrats used a similar tactic to block President George W. Bush’s recess appointments, but they failed.

Republicans, too, failed to block Obama from naming Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), after the president’s lawyers told him that gimmicks like pro forma sessions aren’t enough to stop him from conducting the government’s business while members of Congress are away.

President Obama has repeatedly insisted that Congress end its obstruction of his choice to lead the CFPB, which was created by an act of Congress (PDF) in response to the financial calamity at the end of Bush’s second term that nearly cut off the flow of credit in the U.S.

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Republicans have remained steadfast in opposing his nominees, including Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren, who is now running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. Their filibuster has required the president’s nominees get 60 votes in the Senate, rather than a simple majority of 50. Due to the chamber’s narrow partisan divide, that has proved to be impossible on many issues.

The House is expected to reconvene on Jan. 17, with the Senate to follow on the 23rd.

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‘Stand with Hong Kong’ shirts fill the stands at Nets game as NBA is protested for China subservience

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The National Basketball Association was protested on Friday for bowing to pressure from China.

The NBA has been harshly criticized for standing by the oppressive regime instead of standing in solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

"Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA," New York magazine correspondent Yashar Ali reported Friday. "They're all wearing 'Stand With Hong Kong' T-shirts."

Photos from the protest:

1. Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA.

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Trump polling close friends over whether he should fire Mulvaney: report

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President Donald Trump is considering firing Mick Mulvaney, his acting White House chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget, The Atlantic reported Friday.

"Mick Mulvaney's job was in danger even before his disastrous press conference yesterday, and his equally disastrous attempt to walk that performance back," The Atlantic reported. "The fumble could not have been more poorly timed: According to multiple current and former White House officials, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to relay private conversations, Trump has been steadily souring on Mulvaney for weeks."

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Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.

The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.

"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."

"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."

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