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Standing Rock protesters celebrate as Army Corps of Engineers halts DAPL project

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On Sunday afternoon, reports began to trickle in that the Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to continue construction.

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Spontaneous celebrations are erupting in the protest camps and on the Sioux reservation.

More on this story as it develops.

UPDATE: The Salem News reported that the Secretary of the Army contacted tribal leaders and informed them that the DAPL will not proceed according to its current plan.

“We will not fight tonight, we will dance!” said Rami Bald Eagle, Cheyenne River Lakota Tribal Leader as he shared the news with supporters.

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Pipeline protesters, said the News’ Bonnie King, came prepared to dig in for the winter. They were joined by thousands of veterans this week.

“The bitter cold has not chilled the passion behind stopping the pipeline. The many members of ‘Veterans Stand for Standing Rock,’ brought supplies such as gas masks, earplugs and body armor, to stand firm as a unit to protect protesters from the police and their rubber bullets,” wrote King. “But instead, tonight they dance. It looks like the Americans have won, after all.”

The Sacred Stone Camp posted the following video on Facebook:

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UPDATE: Video from MSNBC is embedded below

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Trump’s staff keeps undercutting his comments about his payroll tax plot: report

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President Donald Trump has claimed that everything will be fine with the removal of the payroll tax, which funds the Social Security trust fund, because he will just throw money in from the general fund. But according to Trump staff, he's confused.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that businesses aren't sure what to do because it would cause more difficulty on their side. The idea, however, isn't a law and it likely won't be enforced until Congress passes such a law, which isn't likely to happen since both sides oppose it.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dares Trump to compare grades — and says the ‘loser has to fund the Post Office’

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During an interview with Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo on Thursday, President Donald Trump took aim at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), saying that she was a "poor student" at "I won't say where she went to school, it doesn't matter."

"This is not even a smart person," Trump added.

Ocasio-Cortez graduated cum laude from Boston University with a degree in political science and economics.

The attack had parallels to when Trump claimed in 2011, baselessly, that he had heard President Barack Obama had been a "terrible student" — even though Obama had run the Harvard Law Review.

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Trump adviser Larry Kudlow: ‘We don’t want to have’ voting rights protections get through Congress

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On CNBC News Thursday, President Donald Trump's economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that the administration does not want protection of voting rights to pass as part of the coronavirus stimulus package.

"So much of the Democratic asks are really liberal left wishlists we don't want to have," said Kudlow. "Voting rights, and aid to aliens, and so forth. That's not our game."

Talks between Congress and the White House are currently at an impasse. The administration is refusing to support outlays greater than $1 trillion, and the president has explicitly demanded there be no funding for the Postal Service, to keep voting by mail as difficult as possible.

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