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Watch Bernie Sanders mock Trump’s insistence on his wall as part of budget deal: ‘It made sense back in the 15th century’

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Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) smirked at President Donald Trump’s insistence of Congress fully funding construction of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, saying it made sense in another time and another place.

By which he meant the Great Wall of China built centuries ago.

Addressing the government shut down, Sanders explained, “Let’s sit down and talk and, by the way, we can move very, very rapidly. What I want to assure the American people, there’s a lot more agreement on the stuff than people think. For example, we need to adequately fund the Department of Defense and obviously non-defense spending.”

“We need to deal, after four months, with the fact that we have not yet done disaster relief. There are tens of thousands of people in Puerto Rico, people in Houston, Texas, who are still hurting from those hurricanes,” he continued. “How come the Republicans were so quick to move forward to try to provide huge tax breaks for billionaires? They addressed that issue in their tax bill.”

“On the immigration issue,” host Tapper asked. “Would you be willing to vote for $20 billion in appropriations to build a border wall in exchange for a pathway to some sort of legal status for the Dreamers? Is that a compromise you’re willing to make?”

“It’s something,” Sanders slyly replied. “I think the wall was a great idea in the 15th century when the Chinese built the Great China Wall. I don’t think it makes a whole lot of sense now.”

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“I’m willing to sit down in a room and do what the American people want and what the American people want is to provide legal status to the Dreamers and a path toward citizenship,” he added. “Let’s sit down and do that — that has to be passed. Let me say this: if we allow Trump to get away with what he did, and that is repeal the executive order on DACA, and if the 800,000 people, young people are subjected to deportation, this will be one of the ugliest stains in the history of the United States.”

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Meet the mysterious conservative lawyer who keeps turning up in the Russia probes

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A prominent conservative lawyer keeps showing up in dramas central to the Trump administration and its battles with Congress—and it turns out he has intimate knowledge of Felix Sater’s intelligence work for the U.S. government while he was working with Trump.

The Moscow-born Sater is the financial criminal and violent felon who worked closely with Trump for years while simultaneously serving as a long-term informant for the FBI and other national security agencies.

In 2015 and into mid-2016, Sater pushed for the development of a Trump Tower in Moscow with his old friend Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime fixer, while trying to enlist support from the Russian government for Trump’s campaign.

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House Democrats have a new list of ‘star witnesses’ who are beyond Trump’s reach: report

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According to a report from Politico, House leaders have developed a new plan to get what are called "star witnesses" to appear in public hearings who are outside of Donald Trump's ability to block them from speaking by asserting executive privilege.

With former Oval Office employees avoiding or ignoring subpoenas as the White House runs interference for them, investigators are eyeing people who were close to Donald Trump's 2016 campaign -- but were not government employees.

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The race to win the US Democratic primary: Where does it stand?

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A record 23 Democrats of diverse genders, races and political backgrounds are lining up to try to stop Republican US President Donald Trump from winning a second term in the 2020 elections.

Though much will change in the more than 500 days to go before polls open, a nationwide Fox News poll released this week showed former vice president Joe Biden leading the pack.

Here are five questions and answers as the campaign season in the United States begins:

- How will it play out? -

While the field will certainly shrink once the first votes of primary season are cast in Iowa in February, some candidates may call it quits after debates begin later this month.

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