“My heart is heavy because it aches for the times when we actually lived up to our reputation as the world’s greatest deliberative body. It longs for the days in which Democrats and Republicans would meet on middle ground…”
“Somewhere along the way Mr. Cohen appears to have lost his moral compass.”
“We now need to get on with the job.”
“I got the job done by being truthful, but also by letting him be unpredictable. And not showing our cards.”
“This is unsustainable over time.”
To Build or Not To Build?
Whether it’s a $1B or $5B, Democrats, Republicans & the President want to use billions of YOUR money for border security.
How good of an investment is a border wall?
- 702 miles of fencing exists (inc. vehicle barriers, satellites etc.)
- Approx. 1,000 miles left to cover (terrain prevents a wall or fence on complete 2,000-mile border).
- $$ for border barriers came from a 2006 bill w/bipartisan support.
- Does a fence/wall work? Data difficult to compare because of differences in barriers, terrain, foot/vehicle traffic, etc.
“… DHS faces an increased risk that the Border Wall System Program will cost more than projected, take longer than planned, or not fully perform as expected.”
“Crime has significantly decreased in the Yuma area, and smugglers now look for other less difficult areas of the border to cross — often areas without fencing.”
Something To Consider:
“While physical barriers present the greatest impedance to illegal cross-border traffic, advancements in technology also allow for the possibility of ‘smart’ fencing in the US that provides a high-quality detection ….”
Supporters & critics of a border wall have strong arguments, but no one has universal data to know what type of border barrier works best. Border patrol agents point out a wall may not keep out all illegal border crossers, it slows them down enough to be apprehended. Read more on our source page.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
60 years after the author published her Pulitzer Prize winning book "To Kill a Mocking Bird", it makes its Broadway debut, starring Jeff Daniels. Lee died in 2016 at 89. Her estate fought show producers arguing the play's plot diverged too much from the original story.
“I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. … And I’m going to shut it down for border security.”
“We want to do the same thing we did last year, this year. That’s our proposal. If it was good then, it’s good now and it won’t shut down the government.”
“He came out from the porch of a building armed with a pistol in his hand, his arm outstretched. He headed towards a gentleman walking in front of me and he immediately fired a bullet at his head.”
“…we always think it’s in our duty to explore possibilities to give users access to information.”
“It’s bittersweet, as these things always are.”
“What can you do about it but laugh?”
“It takes many years of hard work to become an overnight success.”
#OTD in 1923 Bob Barker was born. The 95-year-old, game show icon spent 35 of those years hosting "The Price is Right," the longest running game show in American TV history. An avid animal activist, Barker has used his success to support animal rights groups.
Special Counsel Investigation Update
As Pres. Trump’s former personal attorney (Michael Cohen) faces sentencing, a look back at what’s happened in the nearly 19 months since Fmr. FBI Dir. Robert Mueller was appointed to lead the Special Counsel investigation.
Where Does The Investigation Stand Today?
- Indictments: 36 (incl. Russians).
- Cost: $17M through March 2018 (latest data available).
- Guilty Pleas: 6 people linked to Pres. Trump, most of whom are former associates or advisers.
- Prison Time: 3 people received sentences adding up to about 7.5 months. Cohen faces many years when he’s sentenced Wednesday.
Why Is It Taking So Long?
DOJ order appointing Mueller is very broad & allows investigation into:
- links / coordination between the Russian gov’t and 2016 Trump campaign associates;
- matters that arise directly from the investigation; &
- crimes intended to interfere with the investigation.
What Does It Mean For Pres. Trump?
Recent gov’t filings implicate Pres. Trump in his fmr. attorney’s (Michael Cohen) campaign finance law violations, however, to date, there is no indication that he committed a crime OR colluded w/ Russians.
Something To Consider: According to DOJ, a sitting president can’t be indicted, but he can be impeached.
Special Counsel investigation could have an impact outside the courtroom. House of Rep. has the power to introduce impeachment charges for federal officials who are suspected of committing a crime or acting improper. Senate decides whether or not to convict.
“Some units have completed their mission…”
“There will be no enduring and successful Brexit without some compromise on both sides of the debate.”
“I assume my share of the situation … I know some of you have been hurt by my words.”
“This is a key question that has confounded us.”
“Welcome to the neighborhood.”
Universal Cancer Test?
A medical breakthrough may screen you for cancer in only
It wouldn’t be able to detect where the cancer is or its severity, but it may offer cheap & fast info.
How It Works
- Blood test detects the presence of cancer cells in the body with 90% accuracy.
- Australian researchers discovered cancerous DNA changes color when mixed with a liquid containing metal (gold nanoparticles, in this case.)
- 10 minutes for results.
- Not tested on humans yet. Clinical trials still needed.
Why It Matters
- Inexpensive, quick diagnosis: currently cancer tests require a doctor to do a biopsy of a tumor, typically requires a patient noticing a lump or symptom. Results take about a week.
- “Instant results” health trend: development is the latest in a series of testing for HIV, strep throat, or even heart attack with results in 30 minutes or less.
“There’s been an enormous push to advance this kind of testing, since the ability to both obtain the sample and get the results quickly shortens time to diagnosis and time to treatment, allowing for treatment updates and changes in real time, while the patient is still in front of the physician.”
Both the study's researchers & its critics warn its too early to call this a "holy grail" cancer test. One UCLA researcher warns he's more concerned with possible false positives, while others are troubled by those whose cancer the test didn't detect.
“There’s a whole lot to be said for loving your work and having confidence in yourself. God gave me a gift, and he meant for me to use it.“
Parton recently spoke to PEOPLE about her work in the new Netflix film "Dumplin" starring Jennifer Aniston, which features six new recordings by Parton, including collaborations with Miranda Lambert, Elle King, and Sia.
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