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Trump to veto Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez resolution blocking national emergency unless Republicans lend support

Trump to veto Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez resolution blocking national emergency unless Republicans lend supportDonald Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his presidency over a national emergency declaration his critics have slammed as an unconstitutional power grab, a senior White House official said on Sunday. White House senior adviser Stephen Miller told Fox News Sunday that “the president is going to protect his national emergency declaration”. The president declared the emergency Friday in an effort to go around Congress to fund his border wall.



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Green New Deal: Republicans talk up climate change plan – but not because they like it

Green New Deal: Republicans talk up climate change plan – but not because they like itRepublicans trumpet the Green New Deal because they think the climate change plan that touts social justice is a losing proposition for Democrats.



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Trump emergency sets precedent Republicans will regret

Trump emergency sets precedent Republicans will regretImagine future Democratic presidents declaring national emergencies to address gun violence, immigration, climate change, health care: Our view



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Republicans Are Stuck with a Lousy Deal

Republicans Are Stuck with a Lousy DealThe great National Review editor James Burnham famously said, “When there is no alternative, there is no problem.” By this standard, the border deal reached by congressional appropriators this week isn’t a problem for Donald Trump.The deal falls far short of his demand for $ 5.7 billion in funding for a barrier at the border. At $ 1.37 billion, it is short even of what had been the Senate’s bipartisan compromise of $ 1.6 billion before the shutdown drama.But the other options aren’t palatable. If the president opts for a so-called continuing resolution in lieu of the deal, he will get less funding for a barrier, because the CR is based on current spending levels. If he opts for another shutdown confrontation, he is likely to be abandoned by Senate Republicans not eager for a third kick from Mitch McConnell’s proverbial mule.If this is a disappointing state of affairs, it’s a product of poor choices, by Trump and congressional Republicans, on one of the president’s top political priorities. It was malpractice not to get more funding for a border barrier out of Congress when it was held by Republicans (though the Democrats might have filibustered any deal they didn’t like). It was bizarre that the White House didn’t formally request more funding last year, before Trump drastically increased his demand to $ 5.7 billion near the end of process. Finally, it was foolhardy to lurch into a shutdown without a viable strategy for getting out of it.At least the current deal doesn’t reflect Nancy Pelosi’s vow not to approve a dollar for a border barrier, and Democrats backed off their demand in the negotiations for a hard cap on ICE detentions.So, the cup is a quarter full. Of course, this isn’t to President Trump’s liking. We bristle at any president who talks of going around Congress the way Trump has, but if there are really pots of money that can be legally diverted to the wall, this would be his prerogative (and Congress should consider tightening up on the purse strings going forward).But taking the congressional compromise shouldn’t be a problem for Trump — because there’s no alternative.



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President Trump says Republicans 'wasting their time' on border security talks

President Trump says Republicans 'wasting their time' on border security talksThe president's words raise the possibilities that the government could shut down again or he could push for an emergency declaration.



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House Republicans join rebuke of Trump for easing Russia sanctions

House Republicans join rebuke of Trump for easing Russia sanctionsMore than 130 US House Republicans joined Democrats Thursday in opposing the easing of sanctions against an ally of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, dealing a rebuke to President Donald Trump’s administration. The Democratic-controlled chamber overwhelmingly voted 362 to 53 approving the bill that would block the Treasury Department’s December move to lift sanctions on companies connected to Oleg Deripaska. The oligarch was targeted last year as part of US congressional efforts to punish Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential race.



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'Indefensible.' Why Republicans Finally Condemned Steve King

'Indefensible.' Why Republicans Finally Condemned Steve KingWhen Rep. Steve King wondered aloud when white supremacy became offensive, he crossed a line for many in the Republican Party.



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Two Republicans Push ‘Border Bonds’ to Let Americans Finance a Wall

Two Republicans Push ‘Border Bonds’ to Let Americans Finance a WallRepresentatives Steven Palazzo of Mississippi and Andy Harris of Maryland, both members of the House Appropriations Committee, introduced the Border Bonds for America Act of 2019 — a law that would allow Americans to buy such securities from the U.S. The money would be put in a trust fund and used just to build a wall along the nearly 2,000 mile (3,200 kilometer) border. The tactic echoes the Liberty Bond program, which appealed to Americans’ sense of patriotism to raise funds during World War I.



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House Republicans move to reprimand King over white supremacy comments

House Republicans move to reprimand King over white supremacy commentsSenior Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives moved on Monday to strip congressman Steve King of his committee assignments after the Iowa Republican gave a media interview in which he questioned why white supremacy is considered offensive. The decision by the House Republican Steering Committee to remove King from his posts on the Judiciary, Agriculture and Small Business committees must be ratified by the full caucus of House Republicans. The move comes as several House Democrats filed censure motions against King after he told the New York Times in an interview published last week: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization – how did that language become offensive?” King, who has a history of making statements that critics have condemned as racist, said in a statement that his comments in the Times interview were “completely mischaracterized” and the committee’s decision was “a political decision that ignores the truth.” House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement that King’s remarks were “beneath the dignity” of the party and the country.



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Shutdown nears record: Why these Republicans have crossed party lines to reopen the government

Shutdown nears record: Why these Republicans have crossed party lines to reopen the governmentJust a handful of Republicans have crossed party lines to vote with Democrats on bills to reopen the government. Here's why they did.



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