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Shutdown Continues As Congress Shuffles In And Out, Doing Nothing As Usual

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Congress did what it does best Thursday, showing up to work in a perfunctory manner, accomplishing nothing, and then giving themselves more time off.

The House and Senate are adjourned until December 31 because leaders of the two surprisingly-similar Washington parties cannot find it in themselves to give President Donald Trump the $5 billion in Wall funding that many of the American people demand.

President Trump and one of his contacts in the Freedom Caucus, North Carolina’s Mark Meadows, both made it abundantly clear that the government is not going to re-open unless Trump has the $5 billion and the good citizens of this country have the peace of mind of knowing that criminal drug-trafficking gangs are not easily traversing our porous Southern border.

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Six days in, President Trump is getting closer to Newt Gingrich’s all-time shutdown record of 21 consecutive days (Since most Trump supporters think the shutdown is just fine, I see no reason to play the “Blame Schumer” talking point, but it’s true that Schumer is technically the one keeping it shut down by refusing to protect the American people). Newt got great concessions out of Bill Clinton for holding out.

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“Whatever it takes” President Trump declared during his Wednesday trip to Iraq with First Lady Melania. Meaning — Trump will do whatever it takes to get us our Wall.

Can Trump fund the Wall through the military now that General Mattis has left the Department of Defense? Can Trump continue piecing together the Wall in bits and fragments, like the 115-mile contract he awarded on Christmas Eve for some Wall construction in Texas?

Watch the President’s awesome Christmas Day press conference from the White House, which gives you a good picture of his mental toughness during this ridiculous period in history in which congressional leaders are completely powerless due to the fact that they are pawns of globalist special interests:

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BABY: CNN’s Brian Stelter Becomes Early Adapter of New Twitter ‘Disable Replies’ Feature

The mainstream media operative doesn’t want feedback.

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CNN presenter Brian Stelter has become a quick adopter of a new Twitter feature that enables users to shut down replies to their tweets, essentially cutting off any potential for negative feedback and allowing unpopular verified journalists to propagate their own echo chambers.

The feature was implemented on Thursday by Twitter, and was roundly criticized by many of the platform’s users as a betrayal of the free-speech and democratic ideals the website originally stood for. The feature essentially allows verified and artificially promoted mainstream media personalities to escape criticism for dishonest reporting, lies, and political bias.

Stelter utilized the feature in a tweet about business challenges to the model of traditional print and local media. It would’ve gone without saying that his narrative would’ve been challenged by many Twitter users keen to point out that the erosion of traditional print media has coincided with rampant left-wing and institutional bias within the industry.

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Replies to the tweet are disabled, but many users found a way to ensure that Stelter’s lightweight media proclivities were responded to in kind by those who are critical of cable mainstream media. Users who Stelter follows are able to reply to the tweet, and some who he deems acceptable within his own echo chamber were keen to call him out.

It’s almost certain that CNN hacks such as Stelter will continue to use the anti-democratic and elitist feature, hoping to shield themselves from accusations of dishonesty.

We’ve entered a new dark age of the internet where the original late 1990’s principles of free expression, intellectual curiosity, and open dialogue are being eroded by political and media elites terrified that their neoliberal vision for society is quickly becoming discredited. The ‘disable replies’ feature on Twitter is merely the latest indicator of such a phenomenon, but self-proclaimed ‘objective journalists’ such as Stelter might not prove as able to shut down criticism of themselves as they might hope.

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