MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Friday revealed that there may be more than meets the eye on President Donald Trump’s extensive government shutdown battle.
Though the fight with Congressional Democrats is ostensibly about funding for his border wall with Mexico, Maddow noted that a US federal court spokesperson “gave word today that the American federal judiciary is about to run out of money to keep operating as of one week from today.”
With the shutdown in its 14th day, the host said, it’s closing in on the longest shutdown on record that lasted 21 days.
“The court system says they can piece together enough money from here and there to keep things running for about 21 days, for about the length of the longest shutdown on record,” the host said. “That means they’ve got enough money to piece things together in the court system until next Friday, until January 11th.”
“After that,” Maddow added, “individual courts and individual judges will have to figure out what they’re going to do without money to try to keep the U.S. federal judicial system running.”
News that the federal judiciary may run out of money in a week came on the heels of reports that special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury term was extended by six months into the summer of 2019.
Maddow noted that during his press conference in which Trump threatened to shut down the government for years if he didn’t get funding for the wall sounded a lot like “fantasizing.”
“At this point, I think everybody in the country is having sort of the same feeling,” the host said, “that the president fantasizing out loud today about a federal government shutdown that goes on for years, maybe that had a little something to do with his personal fantasy that that would end the federal law enforcement and counterintelligence investigations into him and his business and his campaign.”
Nevertheless, Maddow added, “law enforcement does not work that way.”
“That’s no way to end this thing,” she concluded. “Even if the courts have to triage, you cannot just dissolve law enforcement this way.”
‘Jesus was not a socialist!’ Fox News panel explodes over Jesus Christ’s political views
Conservative religious pundits on Fox News recoiled in outrage on Sunday after a left-leaning guest suggested that Jesus Christ was "more of a socialist" than a capitalist.
During a Fox & Friends segment designed to cast doubt on the faith or Democratic presidential candidates, evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress argued that socialism is "antithetical to Christianity."
But St. Paul Reverend Dee Dawkins-Haigler reminded the other panelists that scriptures seemed to point to what people now call socialism.
"We believe in things like, what did you do to the least of them?" Dawkins-Haigler explained. "You fed the hungry, you clothed the naked, you went to see those who are in prison."
Chris Wallace grills Pence aide on Russia attacks: ‘You can’t say it didn’t happen and then say they leaked it’
Fox News host Chris Wallace called out Marc Short, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, after he insisted that there is no intelligence that shows Russia has a preference for President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
"There's not intelligence that said the Russians are trying to help Donald Trump win elections," Short said during an interview on Fox News Sunday.
"I know that's the White House argument," Wallace acknowledged. "There is a consistent story that came out this week and we've heard it from members of the committee, from members of the intelligence community, we've heard it from people in your own White House."
GOP lawmakers melt down after Maryland AP history class teacher uses illustration to compare Trump to Nazis
According to a report from the Washington Times, Maryland Republicans are up in arms after an AP history teacher at a local high school used a slide to illustrate similarities between Donald Trump's policies and those of the Nazis.
The report states, "A slide used in an Advanced Placement history class at Loch Raven High School in Towson shows a picture of Trump above pictures of a Nazi swastika and a flag of the Soviet Union. Two captions read 'wants to round up a group of people and build a giant wall' and 'oh, THAT is why it sounds so familiar!'"