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Trump privately says government shutdown may be good for him politically — and may try to blame Democrats for it: report

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President Donald Trump has reportedly told people near him that a government shutdown may be a good chance for him to score political points with his disaffected base.

According to The Washington Post, sources close to the president say Trump has, in the last 10 days, mused that a shutdown it may be good for him “politically” and may try to blame Democrats if and when it occurs.

As The Post notes, the White House’s official statement on the impending shutdown claims the president does not want it to happen. Nevertheless, it’s not his first time flirting with the concept of a “good” shutdown.

In May, Trump tweeted that “Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’” to either change rules that allow Senate votes to pass by a majority smaller than the current 60 percent or elect more Republicans to the upper chamber of Congress.

Multiple Congressional aides told The Post that House Republicans intend to unveil a measure to fund the government through December 22, and if they don’t resolve it by then, “GOP leaders are prepared to pursue another stopgap plan.”

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Trump’s horsewhip-carrying chief of protocol will resign after intimidating State Department staff: report

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President Donald Trump's chief of protocol plans to step down just ahead of the G-20 summit in Japan, according to Bloomberg News.

Sean Lawler, whose job includes assisting the president in diplomatic talks overseas and with foreign leaders in the White House, faces an investigation from the State Department's inspector general for intimidating subordinates, including carrying a horsewhip around the office.

The president reportedly did not care for Lawler, at one point asking officials why he still works at the White House.

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Jerry Falwell, Jr blasted as ‘un-Christian prat’ after trying to defend Donald Trump in battle with Southern Baptist ethics chief

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Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. was ripped online for attempting to rationalize President Donald Trump's detention camps for children.

Dr. Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, posted on Twitter an Associated Press story on the "perilous conditions" at a Texas Border Patrol station holding 300 children.

"The reports of the conditions for migrant children at the border should shock all of our consciences. Those created in the image of God should be treated with dignity and compassion, especially those seeking refuge from violence back home. We can do better than this," Moore wrote.

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How one woman taunting a homeless McDonald’s employee turned his life around

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A woman in Fayette County, Georgia recently took to Facebook to disparage a McDonald's worker who was sleeping in the restaurant. "I go and tell an employee there is someone is asleep in their booth and her response was 'oh yeah, we know hee hee, it's ok' and I said 'not really but whatever,'" she wrote.

It turned out the sleeping employee, Simon Childs, is a 21-year-old homeless father who had recently lost his mother and was trying to catch some rest between multiple shifts at the restaurant.

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