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San Fran Nan slipped up earlier today when she absent-mindedly said "Christmas present to the American people," (quelle horreur!) which she quickly corrected to say "holiday present."

"Unfortunately that the president choose to shut down the government, that we have a Trump shut-down as a Christmas present -- a holiday present to the American people," she stammered.

 

 

Stormy Daniels to pay Trump.

The Hill's Avery Anapol has the story:

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered adult-film star Stormy Daniels to pay President Trump $293,052.33 in attorneys’ fees amid their ongoing legal battles.

U.S. District Judge James Otero ordered Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to pay the fees in her defamation case against Trump, which Otero dismissed in October.

After the defamation case failed, Trump’s attorneys had requested that Daniels pay them $340,000 in legal fees.

Daniels is still suing Trump, and will likely appeal the case.

What a joke Politifact is:

Where's the lie exactly?

Why do Republicans always wait until it's almost too late to make bold moves?

Republicans hope that introducing this legislation in the House would lead to a vote in the Senate, where Republicans will still maintain the majority after picking up two seats in the Nov. 6 midterm elections. However, Republicans lost the majority of the House, so passing the legislation would need to happen before Dec. 21 to avert a partial government shutdown. House Republicans believe they have the votes in order for it to pass.

A group of Republicans in the Senate, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy, Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe and South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds, introduced The WALL Act on Dec. 5, which would fund the border wall in full.

This is likely the GOP's last shot to fund the border wall before Democrats take back a majority in the House on Jan. 3.

Ironically, their lack of movement on this and other important issues is largely why Democrats took back the majority.

Eeesh ... check out this panel at a conference in Washington today:

The conference was sponsored by the Niskanen Center, a moderate think tank with libertarian principles. A Federalist reporter caught up with WaPo's Jennifer Rubin and asked her what turned out to be a tough question for the "conservative" columnist.