MSNBC White House reporter Kristen Welker didn’t let Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) blame the government shutdown on former President Barack Obama on Saturday and reminded the congresswoman that the shutdown is taking place when her party is currently in control of all three branches of government.
Black said that the “root cause” of the shutdown mess was that then-President Barack Obama exceeded his authority by writing and passing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA), which granted a path to citizenship for undocumented people who were brought to the U.S. as children.
DACA, Black said, “was not under his jurisdiction. It is under the House and Senate’s jurisdiction. It’s the legislature that makes that decision.”
“Congresswoman, the fact does remain that the Republicans have control of the White House, the House and the Senate,” said Welker. “So how does your party not bear responsibility for this shutdown?”
Black said that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) bears the blame for imposing a deadline, calling the shutdown the “Schumer shutdown.”
Welker went on to ask whether the president shouldn’t be meeting with lawmakers right now to try to forge a deal. Instead he has ended White House business for the day, meaning that even if Congress reaches a deal, Trump will not see it until Sunday at the earliest.
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GOP in a panic about what to do with Steve King as Democrats can’t wait to face him in the election
On Saturday, MSNBC's Garrett Haake broke down the nightmare situation Republicans are facing with Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who has faced outrage for years of white supremacist comments, and more recently suggested that rape and incest might be a good thing for society.
"What more recourse do Republicans have?" said host David Gura. "We had this cycle of condemnation in the past after comments were made. He was stripped of committee assignments. Is there more Republicans can do vis-a-vis Steve King?"
Trump’s economic advisers baffled over how to hold off recession that his trade war set it in motion: report
According to a report from ABC, Donald Trump's economic advisers are baffled about how to stop what appears to be a recession coming before the 2020 election after his trade war upset an already teetering worldwide economy.
With the report noting that Trump had hoped to run on a strong economy as part of his 2020 re-election strategy, warnings from economists that a recession may arrive before then has White House officials in a panic.
"The financial markets signaled the possibility of a U.S. recession this week, sending a jolt of anxiety to investors, companies and consumers. That's on top of concerns over Trump's plans to impose punishing tariffs on goods from China and word from the United Kingdom and Germany that their economies are shrinking," the report states, adding, "Trump advisers fear a weakened economy would hurt him with moderate Republican and independent voters who have been willing to give him a pass on some his incendiary policies and rhetoric."
Race to remember Berlin Wall victims, 30 years on
Where guard towers and barbed wire once stood, runners pounded the 100-mile (160 kilometer) path along the former Berlin Wall this weekend in a race with victims of the Cold War relic at its heart.
On Saturday at 6:00 am (0400 GMT), around 500 runners, started the 8th edition of the Berlin Wall Race, ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Wall's demise this November.
With weary legs, most runners will jog through Saturday night, aiming to reach the city centre stadium which doubles as both start and finish, in the early hours of Sunday.
The race is part ultra-marathon, part tribute to those who died trying to cross the Wall, which the East German communist regime hastily erected in 1961 and stood for 28 years.