With the deadline for a new spending bill looming, President Donald Trump invited Congressional Democratic leaders to the White House and held on-camera negotiations where he pledged to shoulder the blame for any government shutdown that occurred because of his insistence on funding for a border wall.
On Saturday, MSNBC’s Al Sharpton had a panel discussion about the shutdown that featured conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt and liberal talk show host Joe Madison. Madison shamed Hewitt into silence.
“Just between us, when you think about it, this president got adamant about it after his fellow conservatives Rush Limbaugh and others started beating up on him. Isn’t this the president trying to hold his base because there was an erosion from the likes of Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh that he panicked and went in overdrive trying to prove to the 33% base that listens to these people that he is tough and going to do what he said?” asked Sharpton.
“I don’t think it was panic,” said Hewitt. “One ought to always take into account, if you’re conservative, what Rush has to say—he has the largest single audience in America with 20 million people tuning in every week to listen… There have been 17 previous shutdowns… and they always end with a compromise. And this time the compromise is denied by the Democrats.”
Sharpton shot his argument down, pointing out that a compromise bill everyone agreed to was on the table before Trump announced that he would refuse to sign it.
“You’re still in the first quarter!” said Hewitt. “Chuck Schumer got the football with the $2.5 billion offer.”
The other three speakers groaned before Madison unloaded.
“Oh, come on,” said Madison. “We’re not playing games here. Let’s quit this football analogy. I have family members, too, that are saying we don’t know what we’re doing do. Nobody it playing games. Let me tell you, the mortgage companies aren’t playing games. So let’s quit the talk about football, first quarter, that type of thing. The reality is that the President of the United States said, and he said it emphatically, ‘I will take responsibility for the shutdown.'”
As Hewitt sat silently, Sharpton decided to stop the panel.
“Let the panel take a breath,” said Sharpton.
Trump rages against impeachment ‘lynching’ — and warns GOP will seek revenge against next Dem president
President Donald Trump declared himself a victim of a "lynching" -- and threatened the next Democratic president with impeachment as he faces increasing calls for his removal from office.
The president raged against the impeachment inquiry that has largely been held in closed-door hearings as House Democrats investigate a possible criminal conspiracy involving classified information.
"So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights," Trump tweeted. "All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here - a lynching. But we will WIN!"
Global millionaires now own nearly half of world’s $361 trillion in wealth
The millionaires of the world, who account for just 0.9 percent of the global population, now own nearly half of the planet's $361 trillion in wealth while the bottom 56 percent of the population owns just 1.8 percent.
That's according to the annual Global Wealth Report released Monday by Credit Suisse, which found that the number of millionaires in the world grew to 47 million between mid-2018 and mid-2019, with the United States leading the world in both new and total millionaires.
According to Credit Suisse, the U.S. added 675,000 new millionaires over the past year, bringing the country's total to 18.6 million.
Jimmy Carter suffers pelvis fracture in another fall at home
Former President Jimmy Carter suffered an injury in a fall at home.
Carter, who turned 95 years old this month, fell Monday evening at his home in Plains, Georgia, and was hospitalized for treatment of a minor pelvic fracture, according to The Carter Center.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter had a fall yesterday evening at his home in Plains, Ga. He has been admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center for observation and treatment of a minor pelvic fracture. He is in good spirits and is looking forward to recovering at home.