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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.

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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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‘Brett Kavanaugh’s penis is back in the news’: Bill Maher breaks down the latest Supreme Court scandal

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HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher broke down the latest scandal facing the United States Supreme Court.

"Brett Kavanaugh's penis is back in the news," Maher said. "The New York Times kind of tripped over his dick on this one."

Maher suggested the report reflects poorly on Kavanaugh's manhood.

"The problem is the woman, the victim, has no recollection of it happening -- which isn't really a ringing endorsement of his penis," Maher said.

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‘It’s all up to Republicans’: Columnist wonders when the GOP will stand up to Trump

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President Donald Trump's burgeoning scandal with Ukraine has one columnist wondering when Republicans will put country before party.

"I was going to write today about how House Democrats are handling the impeachment question. But the truth is, it’s largely irrelevant. As long as Republicans are united in opposition, President Donald Trump will stay in office," Bloomberg Opinion columnist Jonathan Bernstein wrote. "That’s not to say that there aren’t bad and worse choices for Democrats, but they’re not the ones who have the real decision to make."

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Kellyanne Conway’s husband scorches Democrats for not impeaching Trump in blistering WaPo op-ed

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President Donald Trump has been "emboldened" by congressional inaction, according to a powerful new op-ed published Friday evening by The Washington Post.

The bipartisan appeal was written by prominent Republican attorney George Conway, who is the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, and Neal Katyal, who served as the acting Solicitor General during the Obama administration.

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