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US Congress aim to delay border wall funding fight until December

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U.S. Congress negotiators on Thursday moved to put off until after the Nov. 6 elections decisions on future funding for President Donald Trump’s multibillion-dollar southwest border wall, as lawmakers advanced legislation funding many other government programs.

Racing against a Sept. 30 deadline when the current fiscal year ends, Republicans and Democrats were showing unusual cooperation in trying to fund most federal agency functions and avoid an embarrassing government shutdown about a month before congressional elections.

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A trio of massive spending bills were making their way through Congress to fund military, energy and a range of other programs that otherwise would run out of money on Oct. 1.

But House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said that some decisions will have to be put off until Dec. 7, after congressional elections.

That means that Congress would continue to fund agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security at current year levels on a temporary basis.

In recent weeks, Trump has threatened a government shutdown unless he got the money he wanted to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep illegal immigrants and illegal drugs out of the United States.

A White House spokeswoman would not say whether Trump would go along with Congress’ plans if lawmakers did not immediately meet his demand for more border wall funding.

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“We look forward to reviewing the bill when it’s released,” said White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters.

Trump campaigned for president in 2016 vowing to build a wall that he said Mexico would finance.

But Mexico has balked and Trump instead has had to turn to Congress for construction funds. Lawmakers provided $1.57 billion this year for physical barriers and related technology along the southwest border.

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Some have estimated the total cost of the edifice at more than $24 billion.

Reporting By Richard Cowan; editing by Grant McCool

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Trump’s new order: Lawlessness mixed with brutal clampdown

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Despite headlines and news reports replete with loaded terms like "looting" and "riots," the real story of this past weekend was not the behavior of people on the streets protesting police violence. It was a story of numerous local police departments, emboldened by a wannabe fascist president, turning brownshirt against the ordinary people they are supposedly there to serve and protect. Make no mistake about it: This is a police uprising against American citizens. That's the true narrative.

As my colleagues at Salon spent the weekend documenting, the police assaulted, arrested, shot and gassed journalists, and even ran over peaceful protesters in an outburst of rage at the public for objecting to unchecked police power. In doing so, they were, egged on by Donald Trump. Police in Minneapolis set the tone by using tear gas against peaceful protesters on Tuesday, and ever since cops across the country have been doing everything they could to shift the headlines away from "protest" to "riots" by attacking protesters until they fight back or turn to property destruction.

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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich unloads on ‘unfit’ Trump — calls Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham cowards for refusing to act

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In an interview with The Nation, legendary San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich railed against President Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

“The thing that strikes me is that we all see this police violence and racism, and we’ve seen it all before, but nothing changes," he told The Nation. "That’s why these protests have been so explosive. But without leadership and an understanding of what the problem is, there will never be change. And white Americans have avoided reckoning with this problem forever, because it’s been our privilege to be able to avoid it. That also has to change.”

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‘He was literally in the bunker’: Kayleigh McEnany faces heat in briefing over Trump inaction on George Floyd

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany faced questions on Monday about why President Donald Trump seemed to be "hiding" in the White House bunker instead of addressing America's racial wounds.

"There is the perception that the president is hiding in the bunker on the racial protests issue," one reporter told McEnany at Monday's briefing. "He was literally put in a bunker on Friday night by the Secret Service. I mean, would you agree that he's hiding out on this issue? And is that a good posture to be?"

"I would not agree with that at all," McEnany replied, noting that she had spoken to the president by phone "at least a half of dozen times yesterday. And every time I talk to him, he was telling me about a different action he had taken."

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