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  • Donnelly breaking ranks with Democrats on shutdown
    “Today we face a deadline to fund the government. It’s the most basic duty of Congress to keep our government running. I was elected by the people of Indiana to work every day on behalf of Hoosiers to do my job as United States Senator. Keeping the government running is our job, and I will vote to keep the government running. I hope that Republicans and Democrats will join together to reach an agreement and avoid a shutdown. We still have that opportunity to prevent a shutdown, and I stand ready to work with anyone.” - U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, indicating he might vote to prevent a government shutdown. MSNBC’s Meet The Press Daily is reporting that Donnelly is preparing to “break ranks with Democrats." President Trump has also delayed his departure for Mar-a-Lago which was supposed to occur at 4:30 p.m.
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  • A president and a porn star
    The coming government shutdown has obscured and muted reaction to the Wall Street Journal story that our president had to pay $130,000 to silence his sexual tryst with a porn star Stormy Daniels. His lawyer set up a corporation in Delaware to shield the payoff just before the November 2016 election. In normal times, that would generate yuuuuuge headlines (among other things) and imperil a presidency (right, Bill Clinton?). 

    These are not normal times as President Trump has placed the bar so low that Americans (including the president’s evangelical supporters) appear willing to accept a man sexually involved with a porn star while his new wife was pregnant. Whew. You can read Stormy describe her activities with the future president with this In Touch Interview.

    As for this shutdown, to our Members of Congress, the reaction to this mess on the ground here is that Hoosiers are disgusted, but not surprised. Hoosiers want decisions made. They don’t want the can kicked down the road to February. Many voted for President Trump not only as a disrupter, but to cut deals and get things done. They want CHIP restored. They want our Dreamer Hoosiers to be able to stay in the only country they know and love. They want the military fully funded. They want more than payments to porn stars. Ya know, the more I think about this, the more wag-the-dog it feels. Want to overshadow the president-pays-off-the-porn-star story? Well, just shut the government down. Think about it: With this president, that notion really isn't that far of a stretch. - Brian A. Howey, publisher
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