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The Daily Countable: Nuclear Button Size, Our Users Theorize, And FTA Calls Transit Funding Plan Lies

by Countable | 1.3.18

Greetings, Folks. We're right back at it, aren't we? Luckily we're here to help you sift through the dross to get to the news gold. Let's go!

One Big Thing

President Trump insists the big thing everyone needs to remember is his "nuclear button", as opposed to the size of North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un's, of course. Problem is, there is no nuclear button. We'll leave debates about size issues to other outlets.

What's that you say? Want to know how Trump might actually accomplish a nuclear strike? Read our explanation of the "nuclear button" right here, then jump over and weigh in about legislation in the House that would prevent the president from launching nuclear strikes unless or until Congress declares war.

On the Radar

We're already three days in, but New Year's predictions are still big on our radar. Have predictions for 2018? Want to read other Countable users' predictions? It's all possible right via this week's Your Turn, or you can read our favorites in Your Turn, Your Voices. Have we mentioned recently that we love Countable users?

Under the Radar

The administration is expected to unveil a massive infrastructure plan in the coming months. Why does it matter? Because how we move about, and how easy or hard it is, affects the economy. Major infrastructure projects also affect jobs during the construction phase.

On Friday, when most folks weren't paying attention, the administration announced they wouldn't be following through on a 2015 plan to repair and upgrade the mass transit routes between New York and New Jersey. Will the project still happen? Will it get rolled into the administration's infrastructure plan to garner Democratic support? Find out about the issue in today's article.

And while we're on transit, changes are coming for airline travelers this year. Check out our rundown here!

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president started the day tweeting, then moved on to his daily intelligence briefing and lunch with Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Tillerson and Defense Secretary Mattis.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Monday January 8th.

The Senate: In Session

  • Voting on the confirmation of John Rood to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.



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  • Christine
    01/04/2018
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    I find it especially deplorable that not one republican has denounced djt’s mentally ill, dangerously bellicose “button” tweet. Grossly negligent, malfeasant, complicit sycophants.

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  • Teresa
    01/04/2018
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    I am concerned about this president’s ability to lead, promote and protect this country. His incoherent and disrespectful tweets, dysfunctional and understaffed administration, inability to call out the Russians for meddling in our elections or Putin for anything, daily exaggerations, and obsession with President Obama and Hillary Clinton are just a few of my concerns. I am not a diplomat, but I am pretty sure sound diplomacy doesn’t include calling the other person fat, rocket man and threatening you have a bigger nuclear button. Maybe this is the time he should try and sound more like the grown up.

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  • Chelsea
    01/04/2018
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    Please take action to impeach this monster. He’s not a republican- this isn’t about politics! He’s not fit for office- you all know this!

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  • RadicalModerate
    01/04/2018
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    North Korea will never launch a nuclear or any other attack, as they are beholden to there Chinese masters. You can think of NK as Chinas weapons cache it’s the perfect arrangement for China. I do fear a false flag attack could start a horrible war just like happed with Vietnam.

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  • Keith
    01/04/2018
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    This is beyond “inexperienced,” this is endangering the country, which means it is behavior unbefitting of the office and constitutional duties of the president of the United States. By taking to Twitter to respond to Kim Jung Un’s bait, the president—the chief diplomat, the chief representative of the country and my representatives’ party—antagonized a man with supposed nuclear capabilities with his own nuclear arsenal and a nod at penis size. This makes America great again? Penis jokes at the expense of the country’s safety? This is inexcusable. It is the job of congress to hold the executive branch accountable. So what that looks like, is republicans doing what they did for the last eight years, but instead of it being against President Obama, its president trump, a member of their own party. This isn’t even a partisan issue. This is behavior befitting of the President of the United States. Taunting a man with nuclear weaponry is not befitting of this office.

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  • Sheryl
    01/04/2018
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    Everyone in their right mind KNOWS the President is NOT in his right mind. He’s a neurotic, deceptive child. He doesn’t know WTF he’s doing and has no business being president. IMPEACH

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  • Michael n angie
    01/16/2018
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    READ, WEEP, PRINT AND KEEP! This should be on the front page of every newspaper. Charley Reese's Final column! A very interesting column. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL. Be sure to Read the Poem at the end.. Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel... He has been a journalist for 49 years. He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN. Be sure to read the Tax List at the end. This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering! 545 vs. 300,000,000 People -By Charlie Reese Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does. One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country. I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank. I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes. Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. ( The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.) The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?( John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. ) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President's proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time. ] It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist. If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red. If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan .. If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way. There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees... We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess! Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper. What you do with this article now that you have read it... is up to you. This might be funny if it weren't so true. Be sure to read all the way to the end: Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table, At which he's fed. Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes Are the rule. Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts anyway! Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat. Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt. Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he Tries to think. Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries Tax his tears. Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways To tax his ass. Tax all he has Then let him know That you won't be done Till he has no dough. When he screams and hollers; Then tax him some more, Tax him till He's good and sore. Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in Which he's laid... Put these words Upon his tomb, 'Taxes drove me to my doom...' When he's gone, Do not relax, Its time to apply The inheritance tax. Accounts Receivable Tax Building Permit Tax CDL license Tax Cigarette Tax Corporate Income Tax Dog License Tax Excise Taxes Federal Income Tax Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Fishing License Tax Food License Tax Fuel Permit Tax Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon) Gross Receipts Tax Hunting License Tax Inheritance Tax Inventory Tax IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax) Liquor Tax Luxury Taxes Marriage License Tax Medicare Tax Personal Property Tax Property Tax Real Estate Tax Service Charge Tax Social Security Tax Road Usage Tax Recreational Vehicle Tax Sales Tax School Tax State Income Tax State Unemployment Tax (SUTA) Telephone Federal Excise Tax Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax Telephone State and Local Tax Telephone Usage Charge Tax Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft Registration Tax Well Permit Tax Workers Compensation Tax STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. What in the heck happened? Can you spell 'politicians?' I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!! GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!! SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW Like · · Share · 2 hours ago via mobile ·

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  • Sheryl
    01/04/2018
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    It was reported that Trump began his day tweeting and THEN moved on to his Intelligence briefing... considering his idiotic tweets he should have gotten intelligence FIRST.

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  • GatewayJohn
    01/04/2018
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    If the nuke button is based on degree of change under administration Trumps greasy stain is Ughhhh but Un is tiny

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  • Sheryl
    01/07/2018
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    One look at Melania suggests she does NOT let that lard-ass husband of hers crawl all over her. Barron was no-doubt the product of artificial insemination. As far as the nuclear ‘button’, how would she ever find it buried in all that fat?

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