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Donald Trump declares 'our country is full' during visit to Mexico border

Donald Trump declares 'our country is full' during visit to Mexico borderDeclaring "our country is full," Donald Trump on Friday insisted the US immigration system was overburdened and illegal crossings must be stopped as he inspected a refurbished section of fencing at the Mexican border. The US president, making a renewed push for border security as a central campaign issue for his 2020 re-election, participated in a briefing on immigration and border security in Calexico before viewing a 2-mile see-through steel-slat barrier that was a long-planned replacement for an older barrier – and not new wall. "There is indeed an emergency on our southern border," Mr Trump said at the briefing, adding that there had been a sharp uptick in illegal crossings. "It’s a colossal surge and it’s overwhelming our immigration system, and we can’t let that happen. … We can’t take you anymore. We can’t take you. Our country is full." As Air Force One touched down in the state, California and 19 other states that are suing Mr Trump over his emergency declaration to build a border wall requested a court order to stop money from being diverted to fund the project. But Mr Trump, who ratcheted up his hard-line immigration rhetoric in recent weeks, declared that his move, which included vetoing a congressional vote, was necessary. US President Donald Trump speaks with members of the US Customs and Border Patrol as he tours the border wall between the United States and Mexico in Calexico Credit: AFP Also on Friday, House Democrats filed a lawsuit preventing Mr Trump from spending more money than Congress has approved to erect barriers along the southwestern border. Congress approved just under $ 1.4 billion for work on border barricades. Mr Trump has asserted he can use his powers as chief executive to transfer an additional $ 6.7 billion to wall construction. Mr Trump, who earlier in the week threatened to shut down the border over the high numbers of migrants trying to enter the US, appeared to walk back his comments on Thursday. He said on Friday that it was because Mexico had got tougher in stopping an influx of immigrants from moving north. "Mexico has been absolutely terrific for the last four days," the president said as he left the White House. "I never changed my mind at all. I may shut it down at some point." The president’s visit came a day after he withdrew his nominee to lead US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Longtime border official Ron Vitiello appeared to be cruising towards confirmation, but Mr Trump said on Friday that he wanted to go in a "tougher direction." At a glance | Donald Trump’s border wall Mr Trump complained about the Flores legal settlement that governs treatment of migrant children and families. He blamed "Judge Flores, whoever you may be", but Flores was an unaccompanied 15-year-old girl from El Salvador. He also downplayed the claims of people seeking asylum at the border, declaring without evidence that many are gang members while comparing some of their efforts to find safety in the US to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. "It’s a scam, it’s a hoax," Mr Trump said. "I know about hoaxes. I just went through a hoax." As Trump landed in California, the state’s governor criticised the president’s push for Congress to pass legislation that would tighten asylum rules to make it harder for people to qualify. "Since our founding, this country has been a place of refuge – a safe haven for people fleeing tyranny, oppression and violence. His words show a total disregard of the Constitution, our justice system, and what it means to be an American," said Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. Mr Trump has been increasingly exasperated at his inability to halt the swelling number of migrants entering the US, including thousands who have been released after arriving because border officials have no space for them. Arrests along the southern border have skyrocketed in recent months, and border agents were on track to make 100,000 arrests or denials of entry in March, a 12-year high. More than half of those are families with children, who require extra care.



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'Our country is full': Trump says migrants straining system

'Our country is full': Trump says migrants straining systemLAS VEGAS (AP) — Declaring "our country is full," President Donald Trump on Friday insisted the U.S. immigration system was overburdened and illegal crossings must be stopped as he inspected a refurbished section of fencing at the Mexican border.



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Tucker Carlson: ‘How Did We Wind Up With a Country in Which Feminists Do Science?’

Tucker Carlson: ‘How Did We Wind Up With a Country in Which Feminists Do Science?’Chip Somodevilla/GettyDays after facing widespread ridicule and criticism for saying primetime cable news competitor Chris Hayes is “what every man would be” if feminists had absolute power, Fox News host Tucker Carlson wondered Thursday how America wound up being a country where “feminists do science.”During Thursday night’s broadcast of Tucker Carlson Tonight, the conservative primetime star shared a clip—full of scary music and eerie effects—of Democratic politicians warning about the dangers of climate change, mockingly noting that it’s “so bad they’re running out of adjectives.”Carlson then highlighted a recent study that asks whether “toxic masculinity” is a driver behind climate change by arguing that “when men’s gender identity was threatened, they tried to reassert their masculinity through environmentally damaging choices.” The report added that once this “unconscious bias is revealed, it has the potential to help society shift our increasingly precarious relationship with the environment for the better.”Or, the way Carlson sees it, “if we want to save the environment we have to suppress men.”The Fox News host turned not to a scientist or climate-change expert to dissect the study’s conclusions, but conservative author and frequent guest Mark Steyn, who quipped that his insecurities about his masculinity “are causing rising sea levels in the Maldives” and that he’s “kind of on board” with the study’s thesis.“How did we wind up with a country in which feminists do science?” Carlson asked, apparently not the least bit fazed by the current ad boycott he is facing. “I mean, isn't that sort of bound to get a study like this, right?”Steyn replied that it’s “almost impossible” to tell if the study is legitimate or an “ingenious parody.” This caused him to go on a tangent about one of the study’s experiments, which he claimed consisted of “pantywaist” Walmart gift cards causing men to buy “very macho masculine things that melt the polar ice caps.” “This is the kind of social science that the higher-education institutions of America are spending a fortune investigating,” Steyn sneered.After Carlson said he thought “climate science was all about ice core samples” and not Walmart gift cards, Steyn scornfully responded that “climate science is a state of mind” and that the “big bucks” are in surveys where you “decide what’s heating up the planet is men.” Eventually, Steyn concluded by ranting about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) “flatulent” cows, claiming they will team up with a “plague of locusts” to wipe out “toxic masculine men” and save the planet.“I wish there was a Latin term for government by unhappy crazy people because that’s where we are,” Carlson concluded.Read more at The Daily Beast.



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John Kennedy on Biden Allegations: ‘This Is No Country for Creepy Old Men’

John Kennedy on Biden Allegations: ‘This Is No Country for Creepy Old Men’Senator John Kennedy (R., La.) on Wednesday said the invasive behavior ascribed to former vice president Joe Biden by two women was “creepy,” and suggested that the country would no longer tolerate politicians who are seen to abuse their power.“This is no country for creepy old men. And it needs to stop. Do I consider it inappropriate to smell someone's hair? To get so close that I smell their hair? Yes! I mean duh! Somebody gets close enough to smell my hair they might get to smell my hair but they might lose some teeth,” Kennedy told reporters on Capitol Hill. “It's inappropriate! But other than that I don't know what to say. This is no county for creepy old men. And leaning in and smelling a guy's hair or a woman's hair is a little bit too close.”Two women have now accused Biden of invading their personal space in a way that made them uncomfortable during his time as vice president.Lucy Flores, a former Nevada state assemblywoman, claimed in a New York Magazine piece published Friday that Biden approached her from behind and "inhaled" her hair before kissing the back of her neck during a campaign event in 2014.Amy Lappos, a former congressional aide, told the Hartford Courant that Biden pulled her face toward his and rubbed his nose against hers during a fundraiser in 2009.In a series of statements released last week, Biden vowed to listen his accusers but maintained that he had never intended to make anyone uncomfortable. Then, in a statement released on Monday, Biden spokesman Bill Russo accused journalists and “right-wing trolls” of taking innocent photos out of context to discredit Biden ahead of a possible 2020 Democratic presidential bid.“These smears and forgeries have existed in the dark recesses of the Internet for a while. And to this day, right wing trolls and others continue to exploit them for their own gain,” Russo said.



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Crop artist stumps for Beto in gun country

Crop artist stumps for Beto in gun countryCrop artist Stan Herd used his artistic media of soil, grass, and rock to create a profile of Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, which can be seen from the sky over Austin, Texas. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).



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'Our Darkest of Days.' New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Reflects on How The Country Can Move Forward

'Our Darkest of Days.' New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Reflects on How The Country Can Move ForwardNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has garnered international praise for her empathetic but defiant response in the wake of the terror attacks on two…



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Elon Musk's Las Vegas high-speed tunnel could launch stalled projects across the country

Elon Musk's Las Vegas high-speed tunnel could launch stalled projects across the countryThe Boring Company founder Elon Musk and his vision to create high-speed transit tunnels to help solve the nation's high infrastructure cost for a fraction of the price might finally come to fruition out in the desert.



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Venezuela plunged into darkness for fourth consecutive day as country teeters on brink

Venezuela plunged into darkness for fourth consecutive day as country teeters on brinkSunday was the fourth day since Venezuela’s power system went down, plunging most of the country, including Caracas, the capital, into sporadic darkness and dampening hopes of imminent resolution to a devastating blackout that has brought the country to the verge of social implosion. “We’re going to arrive at a moment when we’re going to eat each other,” said Zuly González, 40, a resident of Caracas’ Chacao neighbourhood. Venezuela has been devastated for years by hyperinflation and a failing economy that has led millions to flee.



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Venezuela: huge power outage leaves much of country in the dark

Venezuela: huge power outage leaves much of country in the darkAt least 18 of 23 states reportedly affected by blackout authorities blamed on anti-government saboteursPeople at a shopping mall during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela, on Thursday. Photograph: Stringer/ReutersVenezuela has been hit by a vast power cut, with at least 18 of its 23 states reportedly affected by a blackout authorities blamed on anti-government saboteurs.Commuters in the country’s crumbling capital, Caracas, were forced to walk home from work after the metro service was paralyzed by the outage, while the international airport was reportedly plunged into darkness.Millions of citizens from the western state of Zulia to Amazonas in the far south were also reported to have been affected.The Venezuelan news website El Pitazo reported that the outage appeared to be the result of a failure at the Simón Bolívar hydroelectric plant in the southern state of Bolívar.Members of Nicolás Maduro’s crisis-stricken government claimed opposition wreckers had targeted the plant, which is also known as Guri.“The black out has been caused by sabotage at Guri,” tweeted the official account of the television program of Maduro’s second-in-command, Diosdado Cabello.“This is not an attack on the government. It is an attack on the people,” Venezuela’s electricity minister, Luis Motta Domínguez, told reporters.Maduro blamed “United States imperialism” for the problem and vowed it would be defeated. “Nothing and nobody will defeat the people of Bolívar and Chávez,” he tweeted.Venezuela’s state-run power company, Corpoelec, claimed the blackout was “part of the electricity war against the state” and said it was working to restore supply.Amid a crippling economic crisis, shortages of water and power – which experts blame on mismanagement, corruption and poor maintenance – are now common. Even upmarket restaurants and hotels in Caracas are regularly deprived of both.Even so, Thursday’s power outage appeared to be unusually severe even by Venezuelan standards.“The international airport … is almost totally without electricity at this moment,” the opposition politician, Jony Rahal, informed his Twitter followers in a video.“What can we say? We’re tired of this government,” one frustrated commuter told the Venezuelan TV channel NTN24.The blackout was so severe that one Venezuelan journalist asked his Twitter followers to report if they had electricity, not if they did not.The United States senator Marco Rubio – who has thrown his weight behind efforts to unseat Maduro and replace him with opposition leader Juan Guaidó – described the blackout as further proof that Venezuela’s strongman ruler was on his way out.~~“~~ ~~~~MaduroRegime is a complete disaster,” Rubio tweeted.



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Venezuela orders German ambassador to leave the country

Venezuela orders German ambassador to leave the countryCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan government on Wednesday ordered the German ambassador to leave the country after he expressed support for Juan Guaido, escalating a diplomatic standoff with a group of about 50 nations that recognize the opposition leader as the country's interim president.



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