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McConnell Says Trump Will Declare Wall Emergency

ABC News reports: In a surprise development Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on the Senate floor that President Donald Trump would sign a border security funding bill that would avert a government shutdown, but also would declare a national emergency in order to get more funding for his proposed border wall. His announcement came just before a Senate …

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REPORT: Trump Intends To Sign Border Security Deal

CNN reports: President Donald Trump intends to sign the border security deal to avoid another partial government shutdown, according to two sources who have spoke directly with the President. Trump said Tuesday that he was “not happy” with the tentative deal reached by congressional negotiators late Monday night that falls far short of his original demands. Congress faces a deadline …

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Trump Not “Happy” With Tentative Shutdown Deal

The Wall Street Journal reports: President Trump on Tuesday knocked a bipartisan deal to avert a government shutdown while providing some funding for barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. “I can’t say I’m happy. I can’t say I’m thrilled,” Trump told reporters during a Cabinet meeting. He did not say whether he would sign or veto the proposal but added he …

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WH Plots To Divert Unspent Funds To Border Wall

The Washington Post reports: The White House is firming up plans to redirect unspent federal dollars as a way of funding President Donald Trump’s border wall without taking the dramatic step of invoking a national emergency. Done by executive order, this plan would allow the White House to shift money from different budgetary accounts without congressional approval, circumventing Democrats who …

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Butterfly Sanctuary Seeks Restraining Order On Wall

The Texas Observer reports: Late Monday evening, attorneys for the National Butterfly Center asked a federal judge to block the Trump administration from building a border wall at the refuge or using the center’s property as a pass-through to build elsewhere. The motion alleges that federal agents and contractors have been driving without permission through the Rio Grande Valley refuge’s …

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Hannity Slams “Garbage Compromise” On Border Wall

The Huffington Post reports: Sean Hannity, a cable news soldier for President Donald Trump, flayed a preliminary spending deal on border security Monday night and urged Republicans to oppose it. “Any Republican that supports this garbage compromise, you will have to explain,” Hannity said, interrupting the network’s coverage of the president’s El Paso, Texas rally to voice his views. “Look …

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Deal To Avert Another Shutdown Reached “In Principle”

The New York Times reports: House and Senate negotiators on Monday night agreed in principle to provide $1.375 billion for fencing and other physical barriers at the Mexican border, part of a broader agreement that would stave off another partial government shutdown without funding President Trump’s wall. The agreement would allow for 55 miles of new bollard fencing, with some …

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Ninth Circuit Affirms Environmental Waivers For Wall

Courthouse News reports: The Ninth Circuit Monday affirmed the federal government’s authority to waive dozens of environmental laws to speed-up border wall construction near San Diego and Calexico, California, though one judge found it was a call for the Supreme Court, not the Ninth Circuit, to make. In a 30-page opinion, U.S. Circuit Judges M. Margaret McKeown and Jacqueline Nguyen …

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Over 100 Undocumented Workers Helped Build Trump’s NJ Bedminster Resort: “Illegals Built This Golf Course”

The Hill reports: Dozens of undocumented immigrants reportedly worked on the construction and operation of President Trump’s resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, at one time totaling more than 100 undocumented workers under employment at the resort at once. Sixteen undocumented workers from Costa Rica and other Latin American nations spoke with the Washington Post and claimed they worked previously at …

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Trump Threatens “Human Wall” On Southern Border

USA Today reports: Hours before he is set to deliver a State of the Union address that aides have said will strike a note of bipartisanship, President Donald Trump floated the idea of a “human wall” on the southwest border if Democrats reject his demands border security funding. Trump has ordered about 2,350 active-duty troops and an additional 2,200 National …

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Trump Org Confirms Purge Of Undocumented Workers

The Washington Post reports: President Trump’s company has fired at least 18 undocumented workers from five golf courses in New York and New Jersey in the past two months, part of a purge set in motion after a series of reports about the clubs’ employment of workers without legal status. Eric Trump, the president’s son, confirmed the firings to The …

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Senate Dem Works To Ensure Former Trump Employees Aren’t Deported During Trump Org Misconduct Probe

Roll Call reports: Sen. Robert Menendez wants to make sure undocumented immigrants who formerly worked at President Donald Trump’s golf clubs are not deported while allegations of misconduct by the Trump organization are being investigated. Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen requesting that the former workers be protected. They were …

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Senate Dems Seek To Block Trump’s Wall “Emergency”

The Daily Beast reports: A group of Senate Democrats are aiming to block President Donald Trump from building his proposed border wall by declaring a national emergency—an announcement the president could make as soon as Tuesday during his State of the Union address. One of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), said that Congress must “assert its role as …

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Trump: “Good Chance” I’ll Declare Wall “Emergency”

USA Today reports: President Donald Trump said there is a “good chance” he’ll declare a national emergency to build his proposed border wall and said he would use his State of the Union address next week to once again make a case for the barrier. “I think there’s a good chance we’ll have to do that,” he said of the …

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Undocumented Worked Fired By Trump To Attend SOTU

The Washington Post reports: An undocumented worker who was fired from the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., after she publicly disclosed her immigration status will attend President Trump’s State of the Union address next week. Victorina Morales, who was born in Guatemala, will be a guest of Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, a New Jersey Democrat, when the president …

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Feds Estimate Trump’s Shutdown Cost Economy $11B

CNBC reports: The federal government shutdown cost the economy $11 billion, according to a new analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, reflecting lost output from federal workers, delayed government spending and reduced demand. The report, which was released Monday, estimated a hit of $3 billion, or 0.1 percent, to economic activity during the fourth quarter of 2018. The impact …

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Ann Coulter Poses A Riddle: How Do You Break Newt Gingrich’s Nose? “By Kicking Donald Trump In The Ass”

I say it’s time for a cage match between these two: Conservative commentator Ann Coulter is raking former House Speaker Newt Gingrich across the coals for shrugging off her anger towards President Donald Trump for caving on his border wall. Trump dismissed Coulter’s criticisms in his latest interview, and when Gingrich joined Fox & Friends on Monday, he went down …

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AXIOS: Trump To Offer DACA Deal For Wall Funding

Jonathan Swan reports at Axios: President Trump plans to use remarks from the Diplomatic Reception Room on Saturday afternoon to propose a notable immigration compromise, according to sources familiar with the speech. The offer is expected to include Trump’s $5.7 billion demand for wall money in exchange for the BRIDGE Act — which would extend protections for Deferred Action for …

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Trump Appears To Signal Wall “Emergency” Declaration

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump said he will make a “major” announcement on Saturday about the border and ongoing government shutdown. The president did not provide any further details on what he would be discussing on what is set to be the 28th day of the partial government shutdown. The shutdown is the result of Congress’s inability to pass …

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REUTERS: Private Prison Group Works Asylum Seekers For Pennies, Then Gouges Them For Commissary Food

Reuters reports: Detained in a California lockup with hundreds of other immigrants seeking asylum, Duglas Cruz faced a choice. He could content himself with a jailhouse diet that he said left him perpetually hungry. Or he could labor in the prison’s kitchen to earn money to buy extra food at the commissary. Cruz went to work. But his $1-a-day salary …

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