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Chris Wallace kneecaps Mick Mulvaney for shutdown hypocrisy: ‘You supported holding the government hostage’

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Fox News host Chris Wallace suggested on Sunday that the White House was guilty of hypocrisy because officials who had supported a 2013 shutdown of President Barack Obama’s government now opposed a shutdown of President Donald Trump’s government.

During an interview with White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Wallace noted that Trump had said that President Barack Obama deserved blame for the 2013 shutdown even though Republicans initiated it to protest Obamacare funding.

“If President Obama was responsible then… isn’t President Trump responsible now?” Wallace asked.

Mulvaney insisted that the “two presidents have acted” very differently during the shutdown.

“I will look you in the eye and tell you President Obama wanted that shutdown and he wanted to weaponize it,” Mulvaney insisted. “This president has worked really hard to prevent the shutdown.”

“He didn’t have a bipartisan meeting with congressional leaders yesterday,” Wallace pointed out. “Does he have one on the schedule today?”

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Mulvaney accused Wallace of trying to “split hairs.”

“I don’t think anybody can say that this president wants this shutdown,” Mulvaney said. “You could not say the same thing about President Obama.”

“You blame Democrats,” Wallace observed. “But back in 2013, you supported holding the government hostage on this question of Obamacare.”

“Why was that legitimate then — the right reason to have a fight — but it’s not legitimate now,” the Fox News host wondered.

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Mulvaney argued that times are different because Democrats support everything in the bill to open the government, even though the resolution does not include a solution for so-called Dreamers.

“They were asking us to vote to fund Obamacare,” Mulvaney complained. “Something that was very difficult for Republicans to do and we wouldn’t vote for it.”

“Sir, I think that’s a debating point,” Wallace interrupted. “You [Republicans] shut down the government in 2013… because you didn’t like Obamacare. You wanted to shut down the government again in 2015 because you didn’t like Planned Parenthood. They [Democrats] are willing to shut down the government because they want a solution [for Dreamers].”

“The point is that both them then and you now are willing to shut down the government because they support or oppose a policy,” Wallace said.

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Don't worry, billionaires: your standard of living won't change under a Joe Biden administration.

That's the message the Democratic frontrunner delivered to donors Tuesday as he continued a fundraising trip in New York that saw him on Monday tell a room of wealthy Wall Streeters "you guys are great" and ask a Trump-loving supermarket magnate for support.

In Biden's comments Tuesday, the former vice president told a room of 100 of the New York financial elite, including bankers Robert Rubin and Roger Altman, both of whom worked in the Treasury Department under Democratic administrations, that he wasn't their enemy. According to Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Epstein, Biden took pains to separate himself from the rest of the field in his comments.

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The story begins in 2012 when Falwell and his wife enjoyed a stay at the Fontainebleau, a Florida luxury resort known for topless sunbathing and a massive underground nightclub described by one travel guide as "30,000 square feet of unadulterated fun."

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In a thorough and damning report on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi released Wednesday, United Nations special rapporteur Agnes Callamard found that Khashoggi was "the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing" that was likely orchestrated by top officials in the Saudi government, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"Evidence points to the 15-person mission to execute Mr. Khashoggi requiring significant government coordination, resources, and finances," Callamard wrote. "Every expert consulted finds it inconceivable that an operation of this scale could be implemented without the crown prince being aware, at a minimum, that some sort of mission of a criminal nature, directed at Mr. Khashoggi, was being launched."

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