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Republican senators praise spending deal as path to Trump border request

Republican senators praise spending deal as path to Trump border requestRepublican Senate leaders on Tuesday praised a spending agreement reached with Democrats to avert a government shutdown this week, calling it a step toward border security measures sought by President Donald Trump. Republicans acknowledged the deal fell short of elements Trump had demanded, saying they made concessions, but got some too.”It’s not everything the president hoped to get, but I think it’s a good step in the right direction,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters at the Capitol. McConnell praised the committee of Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives who worked out the deal, including Republican Richard Shelby, the Senate Appropriations Committee chairman.



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McConnell, Schumer Urge Trump to Sign Spending Deal

McConnell, Schumer Urge Trump to Sign Spending DealSenate majority leader Mitch McConnell and minority leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday urged President Trump to sign the tentative spending deal Congress reached Monday night."I have recommended that if it becomes what we think it is, I do recommend [Trump] sign it," McConnell told reporters. "I think he's got a pretty good deal here. . . . I hope he’ll find this agreement acceptable and he’ll sign the bill."Schumer, meanwhile, said Trump would be to blame if another government shutdown occurred, and urged the president to back the deal to prevent one.“Sign it and don’t cause a shutdown," the New York Democrat said.Congress has until Friday, when funding runs out for about a quarter of the government, to craft a spending package Trump will sign. Lawmakers reached a tentative deal Monday that included $ 1.375 billion for the construction of barriers on the southern border, not the $ 5.7 billion the president requested for a concrete wall. Republicans and Democrats hope to avoid repeating the partial shutdown that began in late December and dragged on for a record 35 days.Trump has hinted he may not sign the current deal, telling reporters on Tuesday, “I’m not happy about it. It’s not doing the trick.”“I’m adding things to it, and when you add whatever I have to add, it’s all going to happen where we’re going to build a beautiful, big, strong wall,” he added.Some Republican members of Congress expressed even more displeasure and called on the president to take executive action to build the wall."This conference agreement is hardly a serious attempt to secure our border or stop the flow of illegal immigration," Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows wrote in a Monday night tweet. "It kicks the can down the road yet again, failing to address the critical priorities outlined by Border Patrol Chiefs. Congress is not doing its job."Trump has floated moving federal funds around and using his executive power, including possibly declaring a national emergency, to build hundreds of miles of border wall.



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Nato members increase defence spending by $100 billion after Donald Trump called them 'delinquents'

Nato members increase defence spending by $  100 billion after Donald Trump called them 'delinquents'Nato states will increase their defence spending by 100 billion dollars in response to Donald Trump's demands that European allies shoulder a greater financial burden, the alliance's secretary general has said.   Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday that the alliance had heard Mr Trump's call for non-US members to shoulder a greater financial burden "loud and clear" and that allies are "stepping up." In conciliatory comments apparently designed to smooth over repeated public criticism of other alliance members by the US leader, Mr Stoltenberg said member states had agreed to add $ 100 billion to defence budgets over the next two years. Mr Trump has repeatedly complained that other members of Nato do not meet their spending commitments, including  a  blistering tirade at the NATO summit in Brussels  in July in which called other member governments "delinquent."  Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, just stated that because of me NATO has been able to raise far more money than ever before from its members after many years of decline. It’s called burden sharing. Also, more united. Dems & Fake News like to portray the opposite!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2019 He sent shockwaves through NATO last year when he questioned the alliance's value to the US. Last week the New York Times reported that he had multiple discussions with his top security advisers in 2018 about withdrawing. Speaking on Fox News, a channel favoured by the president, Mr Stoltenberg praised Mr Trump's tough line.   "President Trump has been very clear. He is committed to NATO… but at the same time he has clearly stated that NATO allies need to invest more," said the former Norwegian prime minister. "So we see some real money and real results, and we see that a clear message from President Trump is having an impact. NATO allies have heard the president loud and clear. NATO allies are stepping up." “What he’s doing is to help us adapt the alliance, which we need,” he added. "This is a clear message to Russia and I think they see that."  Member nations agreed in 2014 to spend two percent of their gross domestic products on defence by 2024. But only four of the alliance’s 29 countries have already met that target with just 15 expected to reach it by the deadline. Later on Sunday Mr Trump welcomed the praise, taking credit for the pledge of additional funding. He tweeted: "Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, just stated that because of me NATO has been able to raise far more money than ever before from its members after many years of decline. It’s called burden sharing. Also, more united. Dems & Fake News like to portray the opposite!" Mr Trump's public doubts about the utility of the Nato alliance have alarmed European allies concerned about a repeat of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and invasion of east Ukraine.



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Trump Says His Pressure for NATO Spending Boost Is Paying Off

Trump Says His Pressure for NATO Spending Boost Is Paying OffTrump commented on Twitter within minutes after Jens Stoltenberg, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s secretary-general, said on Fox News Sunday that NATO allies will add $ 100 billion in military outlays by the end of next year. “We see that the clear message from President Trump is having an impact,” Stoltenberg said. “NATO allies have heard the president loud and clear and now NATO allies are stepping up.



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Democrats seek to separate shutdown from border wall standoff, plan to introduce spending bills to reopen government

Democrats seek to separate shutdown from border wall standoff, plan to introduce spending bills to reopen governmentLikely-incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces that House Democrats would look to reopen the government, but only if they didn't have to pay for the wall; Kevin Corke reports from the White House.



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Republicans and Democrats at odds over border wall funding inclusion in spending bill

Republicans and Democrats at odds over border wall funding inclusion in spending billCongress struggles to agree on a spending bill as shutdown deadline approaches; reaction and analysis from the 'Special Report' All-Star panel.



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Google Is Spending $1 Billion on a Massive New York City Expansion

Google Is Spending $  1 Billion on a Massive New York City ExpansionJust weeks after Amazon announced plans to build office space in Queens



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House Democratic leader threatens to tie Mueller protections to spending bill

House Democratic leader threatens to tie Mueller protections to spending billU.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that Democrats would try to force protections for U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller into a must-pass spending bill if the House is not allowed to vote on a free-standing bill protecting him from potential political interference. Republicans control the House of Representatives and Senate until January, but they need some Democratic votes on the legislation to keep parts of the U.S. government open beyond Dec. 7. “The Congress must immediately pass legislation to preserve the Special Counsel investigation,” Pelosi said in a statement.



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Despite restrictions, digital spending hits record in US midterms

Despite restrictions, digital spending hits record in US midtermsEven as online platforms tightened rules for political ads, digital spending set new records in the 2018 US midterm elections and appears poised for further growth in 2020. Digital media campaign spending rose 2,400 percent from the 2014 midterms to $ 1.8 billion, roughly 20 percent of the total $ 8.9 billion in ad spending, according to preliminary estimates from the research firm Borrell Associates. Online spending, much of it on social networks like Facebook, has been a significant factor in campaigns for a decade, but tighter rules imposed by digital giants in the wake of the 2016 election could have curbed some of that growth.



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Virginia Beach Republican congressman tries to weather scandal and wave of Democratic spending

Virginia Beach Republican congressman tries to weather scandal and wave of Democratic spendingVirginia Republican congressman Scott Taylor has been outspent by his Democratic rival and was weakened by a campaign scandal, but the former Navy SEAL continues to maintain a small lead over Democrat Elaine Luria.



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