Collins on shutdown: Trump’s plan “is by no means ideal but it would result in the reopening of government, my priority.”

Collins cited a litany of problems caused by the shutdown in a Senate floor speech Wednesday. She said Trump’s plan “is by no means ideal but it would result in the reopening of government, my priority.”

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WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is coming out in support of President Donald Trump’s proposal for ending the government shutdown. Her spokeswoman says she also intends to vote for a Democratic alternative to reopen the government.

Collins cited a litany of problems caused by the shutdown in a Senate floor speech Wednesday. She said Trump’s plan “is by no means ideal but it would result in the reopening of government, my priority.”

The Senate will vote Thursday on the proposals, both of which face likely defeat. But Collins said, “the outlines of a compromise are before us.”

One bill reflects Trump’s demand for border wall funding in exchange for temporary protections for some immigrants. The Democratic proposal calls for short-term funding while a compromise is hashed out.



Protestors call on Sen. Collins to end the shutdown. Furloughed workers, others rallied and marched to Sen. Susan Collins’ Portland, Maine office to deliver letter

PORTLAND, Maine — Protestors in Maine are calling on Sen. Susan Collins to end the partial federal government shutdown. Organizers rallied and then marched to her office in Portland to deliver a large letter with demands that she publicly call for a vote and stand with Maine workers who are currently furloughed.

Some in attendance are working without a paycheck, including TSA employees in Maine. Bill Reiley is a TSA worker from Alfred, Maine and the vice president of the American Federation of Government Employees. Reiley said his co-workers couldn’t join him at the rally because they were on the clock.

“They are at the Jetport,” said Reiley. “They’re protecting the flights and protecting our national security. They are doing it as an indentured servant because they are not being paid.”

The rally was held prior to Sen. Collins speech on the Senate floor Wednesday. Collins spoke in favor of President Trump’s proposed plan to end the government shutdown. The president’s plan includes three years of temporary protective status for dreamers and funding for the border wall.

Senator Collins also talked about the Dreamers part of the plan saying she would rather their protective status to be permanent, rather than for just three years.

The Senate will vote on President Trump’s plan to end the government shut down tomorrow.

Another protest rally is planned Thursday in Portland and Bangor at 1:00 p.m.

Kassidy Plummer is representing Maine cheerleaders in the annual London, England New Year’s Day parade!

Ringing in the New Year with a cheer

PORTLAND, Maine — A Mainer is going from firing up the crowd in the Deering High School gym to the cheering on streets of London.

Kassidy Plummer will pound the pavement with 1,000 other American cheerleaders in London’s New Year’s Day parade, an event that draws a crowd of 300,000 people and is televised all over the world.

“We have to learn a dance and we’re performing it seven times,” says Plummer. “I’m in the first dance.”

The Deering sophomore has been cheering in Maine for twelve years. This past summer, she was one of three girls at the Portland Area Cheer Camp to be named an All-American, which qualified her for the chance to cheer in London.

Plummer’s been practicing her moves, and she’s ready to show off her skills to the world.

“It’s a really great opportunity because Maine is not really noticed for anything,” says Plummer. “Going over seas and performing for everybody is amazing.”

The London New Year’s Day parade will begin at noon in London, 7 a.m. Eastern Time.

Florida Gamer Daniel Enrique Fabian arrested after rape of 15 year old girl is overheard during Grand Theft Auto session

Daniel Enrique Fabian mugshot18-year-old Daniel Enrique Fabian was arrested on Wednesday

A Florida man has been charged after he was allegedly overheard raping a teenage girl during a gaming session, US media report.

Reports say Daniel Enrique Fabian, 18, was playing Grand Theft Auto earlier this year when he allegedly assaulted a 15-year-old girl during a game break.

Another player told police that Mr Fabian left a microphone on, and he heard a female in distress saying “no”.

The alleged victim told police she was held down and raped by Mr Fabian.

A police affidavit says a medical examination supported the teenager’s claim, local media report.

The assault is said to have occurred in June at Mr Fabian’s home in New Port Richey, western Florida.

Reports claim he made a lewd comment about having sex with a girl he had coming over, before he returned to game-play about 15 minutes later.

It is not clear whether the other gamer was the person who reported the alleged assault, local network WFLA report.

The 18-year-old was arrested on Wednesday and has been charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a victim between ages 12 and 15 years old.

Local media say he is being held on a $30,000 (£23,000) bond at a local detention centre.


Greg Palast Sues Georgia’s Brian Kemp for Purging 340,000 from Voter Rolls Ahead of Election


A new investigation has found Georgia secretary of state and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp has overseen the removal of more than 340,000 current Georgia residents from voting rolls. We speak with Greg Palast, a journalist who has been investigating Brian Kemp and voter suppression in Georgia. He has joined a lawsuit against Kemp over the purge.

“I am.” – G.Raff

I AM beautiful.

I AM whole.

I AM in love with who I am.

I AM complete and on my path.

I AM steady and make progress every day.

I AM born anew with each sunrise.

I AM living life fully and enjoying each moment.

I AM present-minded.

I AM grateful.

I AM soft on myself and forgive easily.

I let things go.

I grow with each new shade and shine of experience.

I get up early and get things done.

I prepare for a bright future.

I stay sturdy and focussed.

I listen.

I AM compassionate and kind.

I hope to always hold space in my heart for everyone I meet.

I love the beauty and the intrinsic sacredness within everything.

I hope to live on a farm someday.

I hope to grow my own food.

I hope to learn an instrument.

I hope to get better at drawing and writing.

Love, G.Raff



“Breathe.” – G.Raff

I’m using this document to store my thoughts about my predicament and neurosis and to seek compassion in reaching for a new aspiration with a more objective and warming, welcoming approach to each present moment.

To practice bodhicitta, cultivate awareness of my surroundings, live peacefully, stay gentle as smooth sounds repels the knife that wants to slice your heart.

Keep your heart open and alive. If your emotions baffle you, let them roll on top of the river you are flowing down, imagine them just tumbling away towards a cloud fixture or something.


Pray to Light. Pray to Love. Pray to Spirit. Pray to animals out there. Point them out, still. Remember when we all played around. Thor. Ancient Bestowing Wisdom Stars Cells and Seedlems. Help the cause. Help all. Seek forgiveness and love from your surroundings and yourself. Don’t underestimate the power of kindness and the power of letting go, how much further it takes you from just repeling from it and hiding yourself away in places that don’t really fancy a little fellow monkey doodle being boon who does want to see everybody in the same light as the energy that moves us here. How to inspire those who may be shut down or hidden? How to let them know they are all here to aspire and live life with the freeing flying spirit that lives inside.



“Beautiful Wanderer” – Samantha Mayo

Lost in the abyss

If you have the right money

when she floats through you might be abe to steal a little kiss

if you cross her, she’ll kill you

she has nothing to lose.

You’re a lucky son a a bitch.

If it’s you that she’ll choose to love,

to hold down

there is no limit there is no line.

She is loyal to a fault.

Good luck getting to her heart

It’s locked tight in a vault.

 – Samantha