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US government shutdown 'could stretch into new year' says Trump's acting chief of staff

US government shutdown 'could stretch into new year' says Trump's acting chief of staffThe US government shutdown could continue into the New Year with no clear resolution in sight, Mick Mulvaney, the new White House chief of staff, said on Sunday. As the impasse over President Donald Trump's demand for funding for a border wall entered its second day, Mr Mulvaney prepared the ground for a lengthy closure of federal departments. Congress is due to reconvene on Thursday after last minute negotiations failed on Saturday, triggering Mr Trump's decision to stay and celebrate Christmas at The White House rather than head to Mar-a-Lago as planned. “I don’t think things are going to move very quickly here for the next couple days. … I think it’s very possible the shutdown will go beyond the 28th and into the new Congress," Mr Mulvaney told US TV. Insisting "the ball is in the Senate's court", he said that the White House had moved down from its original demand for $ 5 billion and hoped Democrats would move up from their offer for $ 1.3 billion in border security funding. But in an interview on ABC's "This Week," he added that Mr Trump remained steadfast in his demand for wall funding. "The President's not going to not accept money for a border wall," he said. Mr Mulvaney, who is also currently the director of the Office of Management and Budget, did not give specifics on the level of the "counteroffer" made by the White House. “They were at 1.3 yesterday, we were at $ 5 billion a couple days ago. And the counteroffer that we gave them yesterday was between those two numbers," he said.  Meanwhile Senate Democrats, who oppose funding for the wall, contend the government could reopen immediately if Mr Trump drops his demand to extend a physical barrier along America's southern border with Mexico – a barrier which they argue would be ineffective in halting illegal immigration. But any suggestion of Mr Trump weakening on what was a major plank of his election strategy would infuriate his supporters, some of whom are already growing impatient. Last week Ann Coulter, a prominent conservative figure, stopped following Mr Trump on Twitter and branded his presidency "a joke" because of the lack of progress on the much-touted border wall. On Sunday, the president showed no sign of compromise. "The only way to stop drugs, gangs, human trafficking, criminal elements and much else from coming into our Country is with a Wall or Barrier. Drones and all of the rest are wonderful and lots of fun, but it is only a good old fashioned Wall that works!" he tweeted. Around 800,000 federal employees are affected by the shutdown. Roughly 420,000 workers are deemed essential and were expected to work unpaid with  additional 380,000 were to be furloughed, meaning they will stay home without pay.      



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Avicii's Family Releases Statement Saying The DJ 'Could Not Go On Any Longer'

Avicii's Family Releases Statement Saying The DJ 'Could Not Go On Any Longer'Avicii's family released a second statement on Thursday regarding the death of



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Rachel, Lawrence ask 'Could McMaster's replacement be an upgrade?'

Rachel, Lawrence ask 'Could McMaster's replacement be an upgrade?'Amid reports that President Donald Trump will remove his National Security Advisor, Lawrence O'Donnell asks: H.R. McMaster was an upgrade from Michael Flynn — any chance of another upgrade? Rachel Maddow breaks it down.



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Rachel, Lawrence ask 'Could McMaster's replacement be an upgrade?'

Rachel, Lawrence ask 'Could McMaster's replacement be an upgrade?'Amid reports that President Donald Trump will remove his National Security Advisor, Lawrence O'Donnell asks: H.R. McMaster was an upgrade from Michael Flynn — any chance of another upgrade? Rachel Maddow breaks it down.



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Trump says war with North Korea 'could happen' but not 'inevitable'

Trump says war with North Korea 'could happen' but not 'inevitable'President Trump said Thursday that he would prefer not going to war with North Korea over that country’s escalating nuclear and missile programs, but he warned that “certainly that could happen.”



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Sebastian Gorka: Donald Trump 'could remove Steve Bannon ally from White House post'

Sebastian Gorka: Donald Trump 'could remove Steve Bannon ally from White House post'Sebastian Gorka could be nex to leave Donald Trump’s administration after his ally Steve Bannon was fired, it has been claimed. Mr Gorka, who previously worked with Mr Bannon at Breitbart News, is another key figure of the Trump’s administration populist stance. Two sources with knowledge of the situation told Bloomberg he could be removed from his counter-terrorsim advisory role to Mr Trump in a move which could suggest White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is looking to root out Mr Bannon’s allies and any officials prone to sparking public controversies.



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Jeff Sessions says Charlottesville car attack 'could be a hate crime'

Jeff Sessions says Charlottesville car attack 'could be a hate crime'Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the attack on counter-protesters at a neo-Nazis rally in Charlottesville “could be considered a hate crime”. Mr Sessions said federal authorities were waiting for more details from the investigation before filing charges over the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer who was killed when a car ploughed into a group of anti-fascist protesters at the white supremacist event last week.



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North Carolina protesters who tore down Confederate monument 'could face prosecution'

North Carolina protesters who tore down Confederate monument 'could face prosecution'The protesters who tore down a Confederate monument in North Carolina could face charges for the vandalism if local investigators are able to figure out their identities. Durham Sheriff Mike Andrews said that he was relieved nobody was hurt when the protesters wrapped a yellow strap around the Confederate Soldiers monument and pulled it off its pedestal. “Collectively, we decided that restraint and public safety would be our priority” Mr Andrews said in a statement.



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Rex Tillerson 'could quit as Secretary of State amid frustration at Trump administration'

Rex Tillerson 'could quit as Secretary of State amid frustration at Trump administration'Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is considering resigning his position amid a rash of staffing changes at the White House, reports have claimed. Sources familiar with Mr Tillerson’s conversations tell CNN the Secretary of State has grown increasingly frustrated with the Trump administration, and may be pondering an exit strategy. The sources say Mr Tillerson was especially troubled by President Donald Trump’s recent New York Times interview, in which he lamented hiring Attorney General Jeff Sessions.



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