Carnage

And on Saturday, around the world…

 

Washington prepares for an inauguration like no other

Well, here we go…

Some last-minute diplomatic manoeuvreing?…

A bigger turnout elsewhere…

And more to come…

Pretty sure Trump is the only incoming President to have made the draw for the Rumbelows’ League Cup..

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The end of an era in Northern Ireland.

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We hope you’re right, Mr President…

“I think we’re going to be ok” is how 44 signs off his final press conference, talking about the optimism he gets through his daughters.

Knowing my own kids, my former stepkids, your kids, their friends and their generation, I’m also hopeful of a world with less hate and more love, less anger and more understanding, less selfishness and more collective action. But it will take hard work. And it will take people to want those things instead of wanting just what serves themselves. Thanks for your work, Mr President.

That’s not to say everything was perfect…

And so, we all prepare for a different world.

And, if we get that far..

“Democracy willingly, impetuously, repeals itself…”

 

 

Obama commutes Chelsea Manning’s jail sentence

The US Army whistleblower, who has spent six years of a 35-year sentence in prison for disclosing state secrets to WikiLeaks, is set to be released in May.

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And in a shameless bid for ratings on Friday…

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but you’ll never hear about it..

In Northern Ireland, meanwhile…

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May set for defining speech

After six months in office – and seven months since the EU referendum – British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Tuesday outline her agenda for a “bespoke” deal covering Britain’s exit. It should, hopefully, put an end to repetition of the determined, yet meaningless “Brexit means Brexit” mantra.

The PM’s speech is due at 11.45am London time on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, not everything is as straightforward as the Prime Minister might like…

But hey, on the upside…

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Closer to home..

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so now they need a cover band for the cover band..

Finally today, with hours now to go, a good read here, via Mudlarklives:

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Finally…

 

 

 

Northern Ireland election looms

An Assembly election is set to be the next step in Northern Ireland’s politics when the power-sharing executive collapsed on Monday after no agreement was found between the governing parties DUP and Sinn Fein by the 5pm deadline . The parties are already on an election footing and the date of the contest is expected to be called soon by Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire.

UPDATE: 5pm Monday

Follow the latest at the hashtag #AE17

UPDATE: 3.20pm Monday:

UPDATE 12noon Monday:

UPDATE 9.30am Monday:

and if that wasn’t bad enough this morning..

Earlier:

Meanwhile, there is likely to be a vote Monday on possible financial remedies over the  RHI scheme…

And possibly a vote of no confidence in the Assembly Speaker..

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On Tuesday, meanwhile..

If we make it to Tuesday, that is..

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and, er, an update on yesterday’s story..

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This year’s WEF winter meeting in Davos kicks off on Tuesday. China’s Premier attends for the first time, but the Trump team won’t officially be there, saying it would “betray his populist-fueled movement.”

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Finally..

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr day. Sunday would have been his 88th birthday.

 

Trump-Lewis row heightens partisan tensions as MLK weekend begins

The President-Elect began the Martin Luther King Jr holiday weekend by becoming involved in a Twitter spat with civil rights icon and Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who had said he would be boycotting Trump’s inauguration this coming Friday and that Trump was not a “legitimate” President.

John Lewis is the last surviving speaker from the 1963 March on Washington led by Dr King.

The Washington Post reports:

(Lewis’s) comments prompted anger from Republicans — even those who do not support Trump — who said that Democrats are disregarding their own breathless warnings during the campaign about the risks of failing to accept the election results.

“We listened to Democrats for the last two months of the campaign say that any suggestion that the elections weren’t legitimate and the results wouldn’t be accepted is dangerous and unpatriotic,” said Doug Heye, a Republican strategist. “Now those same people are trying to delegitimize Trump and say that he shouldn’t be elected president.”

Trump’s comments were all the more charged as they came at the start of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend and were seen as dismissive of Lewis’s work in the civil right movement, a time when he was subjected to arrest and assault. Adding to the racial overtones is the disparagement of Lewis’s district, which is majority black, as “crime infested.”

Perhaps inevitably…

and, perhaps failing to see any irony at all..

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GOP moves to dismantle Obamacare

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a Budget resolution on Friday which gives Congress the authority to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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This can’t end well either..

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In Brexit Britain…

 

Until we can move to Dublin…

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And…

 

 

Russia story murkier as ex-MI6 man ‘in hiding’

The plot continues to thicken…

and if all that wasn’t enough..

But this is hands down the read of the day…

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Hard to keep up sometimes, but  here you are…

Meanwhile, on their way though the door…

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In the UK, the Lib Dems’ run continues… (council by-elections, but still..)

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Finally..

Unpresidented

President-elect Donald Trump just held his first “press conference” in 168 days. It was quite something.

‘Trump’s trainwreck press conference ushers in a clueless Presidency’ – Richard Wolffe writes in The Guardian:

It’s heartwarming to know that the president-elect is so concerned about how fake news can destroy real people. If only he had the self-awareness and self-discipline to live by his own words. In any crisis you generally try to deflect attention from your own misconduct. Instead, Team Trump seems happy to shine a bright light on its own monumental mistakes.

Here it is in Tweets. Read from the floorboards up, as Paul Weller might say…

He’s back at the microphone…