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The DC: Michael Cohen gets three years in prison, and... 💰 Do you want Congress providing funds for a border wall?

by Countable | 12.13.18

Welcome to Thursday, left, right, and centers...

So here's a tweet that didn't age well:

Nearly three years to the day of sending that tweet, Michael Cohen, Trump's former attorney, was sentenced to thirty-six months in prison for tax fraud, campaign finance violations, and lying to Congress.

Cohen, who had also served as deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee's Finance Committee, told the court his "weakness was a blind loyalty to Donald Trump" and that he "felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds."

How do you feel about Cohen's sentencing?

On the Radar

  • President Trump on Wednesday referenced the recent mass shooting in France in his petitioning of Democrats to give him the funding he wants for his border wall with Mexico. "Another very bad terror attack in France. We are going to strengthen our borders even more," the president said in a tweet, before urging Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-NY) to “give us the votes to get additional Border Security!” Trump has demanded $5 billion for the border wall, but Schumer has drawn a red line on providing no more than $1.3 billion—to be used for "border security," not a wall. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told senators at a hearing Tuesday that the agency is not looking to build a single 2,000-mile concrete barrier along the southern border, but instead wants 1,100 miles of a “border wall system” that would include natural barriers and steel fencing that agents can see through. Do you want Congress to provide funds for a border wall?

Under the Radar

  • A Rhode Island school district has hired a collection agency to recover unpaid student lunch balances. It’s a problem schools face across the country, and chief operating officer of Cranston Public Schools, Raymond Votto Jr., said the district had tried to collect outstanding lunch bills from parents “without much success.” "In an effort to reduce our unpaid balance, the District has retained the services of a collection agency. The company is Transworld Systems and they will begin their collection efforts effective January 2, 2019," a letter to parents said. Should schools turn over student lunch debt to collection agencies?

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C.

  • At 2:30pm EST, the president will hold a signing ceremony for the executive order establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council.

The House of Representatives: In

  • Voting on a resolution calling on the government of Burma to release journalists who were arrested for investigating attacks by the Burmese military on the Rohingya, and calling those attacks genocide.

The Senate: In

  • Voting on a bill to require the withdrawal of U.S. troops assisting the Saudi-led coalition against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

What You're Saying

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But wait, there's more!

And, in the End…

Are you experiencing the benefits of the booming economy?

For more than a year, the jobless rate has hovered around 4 percent— including the last three months, when it's been at a half-century low of 3.7 percent.

According to Axios, this low joblessness is "lifting all boats."

For example, the economic expansion has "pulled hundreds of thousands of long-term unemployed people into jobs, often at companies where they learn transferable skills when previously they had few."

"This is win-win for employees and the aggregate economy," said Darrell West, head of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution. "Over time, having a better trained workforce will boost productivity and improve national competitiveness."

Are you experiencing the benefits of low jobless numbers?

Take some time today to enjoy a nice concerto for National Violin Day,

—Josh Herman

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  • John
    12/13/2018
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    Michael Cohen gets three years Trump should get nine for being the master mind. But then you couldn’t really call trump a master mind at all could you. How about instead of wasting billions on the border wall and put it in funding for insurance for the general population. I’m paying for your insurance and you’re doing nothing for me.

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  • Dan
    12/13/2018
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    Any money spent on a wall between the US and Mexico would be a colossal waste of our tax dollars. As well as being totally ineffective.

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  • Wallace
    12/13/2018
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    No funds for a border walll!!!

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  • Ellen
    12/13/2018
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    I do not want to spend tax dollars on a wall. I think money would be better spent on technology.

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  • Joe
    12/13/2018
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    THE WALL❗️. No money should be appropriated for the wall . Last I read the wall would cost $35 Billion $ . Isn’t that what we are really talking about ...not the $6billion trump keeps on talking about . I’m in support of protecting our boarders ....I just find it unacceptable that we don’t have various alternatives to accomplish this task . Ones that are more effective and cost less . It’s called having options or various solutions to a problem so we can make intelligent and informed decision . It’s NOT build a wall or shut down the government . Falling right into trumps trap ... comon guys wake up ‼️

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  • Robert
    12/13/2018
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    It seems Cohen should get more “time” for what he did...NO WALL/fence WANTED/needed here🤪

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  • Fifth
    12/13/2018
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    Do not fund the damn wall, put it to a better use

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  • Cindy
    12/13/2018
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    No funding for a border wall! Spend those billions on the US Vets and children who need it! Not on a damn ego trip for a con man who duped the gullible and ignorant into thinking he’d be a good president.

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  • Jaydog
    12/13/2018
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    Build the Wall now Mr. President.

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  • Devin
    12/13/2018
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    Fund the wall!

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  • Matt
    12/13/2018
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    Not sure why we hate protection for our families but you’ll reap what you sow I guess

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  • Rhett
    12/13/2018
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    We need a real wall. They work

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  • Graham
    12/13/2018
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    Build the wall you morons

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  • Jacob
    12/13/2018
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    Don’t waste taxpayer money on this dumb idea to satisfy trump. Please

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  • Gail
    12/13/2018
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    NO $$$ for wall! Trump now wants to send immigrants from Vietnam back??? Why does he consider everyone of different cultures to be “violent criminals?” Generalizations intended to cover others, his wrong doing! Diversion, cover ups and lies. An unbiased mental health assessment of him by a qualified mental health professional is in order with full transparency and disclosure. Not the sham of the letter from his “doctor ”....

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  • Dale
    12/13/2018
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    A border wall represents mindless political posturing and would be harmful to the environment. Please stop playing patsy with our so called President who is now implicated with stealing his own election.

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  • David
    12/13/2018
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    Please fund the border wall. We need it for border security. This is one of the federal government’s only constitutional responsibilities.

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  • Adam woody
    12/13/2018
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    Fund the WALL or see your way out the door of Washington as Alabama reps in 2020 after the votes are tallied!!’ You work for us not us for you!!!

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  • Mark
    12/13/2018
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    Fund the wall.

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  • Tosha
    12/13/2018
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    NO WALL!!! spend the money on funding medical insurance for all and education!

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