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GOP Rep. Steve King: San Francisco woman’s murder is an ‘opportunity’ to defund sanctuary cities

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) urged Republicans to use the murder of Kathryn Steinle by an undocumented immigrant as an “opportunity” to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities such as San Francisco.

“Sanctuary cities exist because of the left, because of the open border policy,” King told Newsmax host J.D. Hayworth on Wednesday. “Yes, there is blood on their hands and San Francisco is at fault. All of California is a sanctuary state today, and many states have these jurisdictions like this.”

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King explained that he had sponsored an amendment this year — as he had in years past — that would block Department of Justice grants to law enforcement agencies in cities which provide sanctuary to undocumented immigrants.

The Iowa Republican pointed out that the House of Representatives had approved the bill, but the bill had died in the Senate in previous years. But he said that Steinle’s death and Donald Trump’s recent comments about Mexicans being “rapists” could change all that.

“We’ve got an opportunity to hold that language because of Donald Trump and because of this national crisis,” King asserted.

In defense of Trump’s remarks, King said the “crime that comes in across the southern border” was “appalling.”

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“The young lady that was murdered in San Francisco, that happens every day in America,” the congressman insisted. “In fact, that happens multiple times a day in America.”

Watch the video below from Newsmax, broadcast July 9, 2015.

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Trump uncorks bizarre rant on ‘clean coal’ in Oval Office: ‘When you talk minerals, it’s about digging’

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President Donald Trump on Friday uncorked a strange and nonsensical rant about the virtues of so-called "clean coal" during an Oval Office conversation with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

When asked about the importance of Australia's mineral industry, the president praised the country for doing so much to extract resources in what he described in an environmentally friendly way.

"Coal, as an example, you're the leader of safety in coal digging and we've actually studied it," the president said. "We're doing a lot of coal. You have very little -- you have almost no -- used to have a thing, black lung disease, and in Australia you almost don't have it anymore, you've got all of the dust down."

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The View explodes in confusion after Meghan McCain makes Trump’s Ukraine debacle all about herself

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Meghan McCain managed to place herself at the center of a debate about a whistleblower complaint filed against President Donald Trump.

"The View" grappled with reports that Trump dangled U.S. military aid to Ukraine in exchange for damaging information against Joe Biden, and co-host Abby Huntsman agreed that was an impeachable offense -- but expressed doubts about the accuracy.

"This is a blown-up story and we have no facts, there's no gray area," Huntsman said. "It's black and white, and that would give Trump all the more ammunition if this isn't even true to say, this is what the media does."

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Dem lawmaker encourages acting-DNI to ignore White House and deliver the whistleblower report directly to Congress

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Appearing on CNN on Friday morning to discuss an alarming whistleblower report on Donald Trump's actions that the president's administration is withholding from Congress, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) encouraged the acting Director of National Intelligence to hand the report over and ignore the administration.

Speaking with CNN host Jim Sciutto, Swalwell made a direct appeal to acting-DNI head Joseph Maguire.

"This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to unite and say, we don't want this in our democracy," Swalwell explained. "You know, that's why I wrote the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to, you know, have a bipartisan commission look at this."

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