All right, fine, so House Whip Steve Scalise plopped himself down at the National Prayer Breakfast and said a thing, and what do we even do with this: “This was a nation founded with a deep belief in God. Our founding fathers talked about it when they were preparing to draft the Constitution. In fact, Thomas Jefferson – who was the author of the Constitution – if you go to the Jefferson Memorial right now, go read this inscription from Thomas Jefferson: ‘God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?’ “You can’t separate church from state …. People would say, you know, when you’re voting on issues, how do you separate your faith from the way you vote? Faith is part of who you are.”
Campaign Action The Senate debate on immigration has begun and it's not good. Despite the promise from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that they would have as much as two weeks of free-wheeling, open amendment debate, he's already stated his desired outcome: Trump's complete white supremacist wish list in return for the Dreamers' path to citizenship. He's also creating a false threshold for legislation—something that will get 30 Republican votes. And as for the two weeks of consideration? He sent out his number two guy, the odious Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), to renege on that, giving the Senate essentially two days. "This is Sen. (Dick) Durbin and Democrats' opportunity and so far they kind of seem to be a little confused about what they're planning on doing -- but they better get it don
Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is Nothing is true: What you missed on Sunday Kos … Black History Month: Loiza—the African heart of Puerto Rico and the arts that portray it, by Denise Oliver Velez Donnie, just pop a Viagra. It's cheaper than a military parade, by Mark E Andersen Path to resistance may travel through faith, by Sher Watts Spooner Why companies like Disney are will to give out temporary bonuses, by David Akadjian Racism and prejudice: It's so damn exhausting but can make one stronger, by Egberto Willies The president's address to the nation on Russian cyber aggression, by Jon Perr Budget-busting deal shows that Barack Obama was much better at business than Trump, by Ian Reifowitz Uh ... yikes! The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has issue
The 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea are underway after a spectacular opening ceremony in Pyeongchang — much more on that here. David J. Phillip / AP The ceremony itself saw athletes from North and South Korea walk into the stadium under one unified flag, something which hasn't happened since the Winter Olympics in Turin 12 years ago. Here are ice hockey players from the unified Korean team carrying the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony: Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters Even more significantly, South Korea's president Moon Jae-in greeted and shook hands with North Korean delegate Kim Yo Jong, who also just happens to be the sister of the North's leader Kim Jong Un. Str...