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Mueller’s grand jury may end up furloughed or without pay if shutdown continues past mid-January

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The federal court that contains special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury can only afford to pay its workers through January 18 — and if the government shutdown continues after, it may have to furlough jurors or have them go without pay.

Washington Post legal reporter Spencer Hsu tweeted Thursday that the District of Columbia’s US District Court said that “trials will continue as scheduled, and jurors and grand jurors will be asked to report as scheduled” — but “juror payments may be deferred until funding is restored.”

Last Friday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow noted that a federal judiciary spokesperson last week warned that if the shutdown continues past 21 days — the longest government shutdown in history, which the US will surpass if it continues past Saturday — the government may not have enough money to keep courts operational.

News of the judiciary’s statement came after reports that Mueller was granted another six months on his investigation’s grand jury term — and a comment by Trump, who said he would keep the government shut down for months or years if necessary to fund his border wall.

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“At this point, I think everybody in the country is having sort of the same feeling,” Maddow 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.”


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Black Georgia lawmaker accuses white man of demanding she ‘go back where she came from’ in supermarket diatribe

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On Friday evening, Erica Thomas, and African-American Democratic lawmaker in the Georgia House of Representatives, was shopping at a Publix supermarket in Mableton when a white customer came up to her and shouted at her, telling her to "go back where you came from" — words echoing President Donald Trump's recent racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color.

Thomas' crime? She had too many items for the express checkout line.

Today I was verbally assaulted in the grocery store by a white man who told me I was a lazy SOB and to go back to where I came from bc I had to many items in the express lane. My husband wasn’t there to defend me because he is on Active Duty serving the country I came from USA!

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Trump mocked for tweeting he’ll ‘personally vouch’ for rapper A$AP Rocky’s bail: ‘Now name three of his songs’

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Twitter users were both baffled and amused on Saturday morning after Donald Trump tweeted that he would "personally vouch" for the bail needed to release American rapper A$AP Rocky from a Swedish jail.

After receiving a phone call from celebrity Kim Kardashian about the plight of the hip-hop star overseas, the president -- in the middle of a racism scandal himself -- appears to have taken up the cause in an effort to calm racism charges.

Not everyone on Twitter was buying it.

See below:

Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly. Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative....

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Trump echoes another president who stoked fear rather than face the tech-based economic change he failed to stem

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It is amazing how similar America in 2019 is to America in the 1920’s, a decade that began almost a hundred years ago. It is as if America is reliving its own history, trapped in a prison of deja vu, purposely not wanting to remember the disaster that unfolded as the 1920s ended.

The parallels are striking, the anti-immigration frenzy, race-baiting, trade wars, over-heated stock markets, corruption, and technological changes that produced hip urban centers contrasting with rural alienation and bitterness. Like today, the 1920s was a period of spectacular wealth and an ever-increasing income gap.

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