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‘The shutdown is actually underway anyway — all the time’: Real Time panel calls out Trump’s slow destruction of the government

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President Donald Trump is already trying to shutdown the government all day — everyday, according to “Real Time” host Bill Maher.

During a panel discussion, Maher noted that the Trump administration hasn’t been able to fill over 600 “vital jobs” in the executive branch since taking office. The State Department has been cut by 8 percent and career diplomats are being demoted to the level of interns to humiliate them and get them to quit. Four top jobs in the Veterans Administration are still unfilled.

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“The government shutdown is actually underway anyway — all the time, since Trump took office,” Maher said.

When it comes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, designed to help speak out for Americans so they don’t get scammed or taken advantage of by big banks, the administration asked for zero dollars.

“And an echo-terrorist is head of the EPA,” Maher said about Scott Pruitt. “This is a government shutdown in motion.”

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) noted that it isn’t the Republicans or the Democrats who are opposing the vote on the DREAMers and shutting down the government, it’s Speaker Paul Ryan.

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In extreme crises, conservatism can turn to fascism. Here’s how that might play out

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5 movie "Back to the Future," Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) travels in a time machine from the 1980s to the 1950s. When he tells people of the '50s he is from the '80s, he is met with skepticism.

1950s person: Then tell me, future boy, who's President of the United States in 1985?

This article first appeared at Salon.com.Marty McFly: Ronald Reagan.

1950s person: Ronald Reagan? The actor? [chuckles in disbelief] Then who's vice president? Jerry Lewis [comedian]?

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Who are the young people behind the Catalonia protest violence?

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The violent protests that have swept Catalonia over the jailing of nine separatist leaders have involved veteran anarchists and youthful troublemakers as well as outraged separatists, some of whom became radicalised only recently.

"I am 24, have a masters and a job and I never imagined myself setting fire to a barricade with my face masked," said one protester who gave her name only as Aida.

She has joined in protests every day since they erupted in the region after Spain's Supreme Court on Monday sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to up to 13 years in jail for sedition over a failed 2017 independence bid.

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Body language expert dissects the power dynamic at play in the iconic Nancy Pelosi photo

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Last week, President Donald Trump met with Democrats at the White House to discuss the way both sides could work to fix the President's mistakes in Syria. Democrats left the White House saying that the President had another meltdown during the meeting, which prompted Trump to claim Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was the one who had a meltdown. He then posted photos of Pelosi sitting quietly and another photo of Pelosi standing and pointing at him.

Body language expert Dr. Jack Brown posted the photo and gave his own analysis of what he believed was happening in the photo.

"When a person has little or no empathy — and/or when they're far from their emotional baseline, their ability to interpret how others will view an event becomes dramatically distorted," Brown explained Sunday. "Rarely has this behavioral axiom been better exemplified than last Wednesday at the White House."

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