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Government shutdown all but certain after Trump refuses to sign funding bill

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Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday announced that President Donald Trump would not sign the government funding bill passed on Wednesday by the Senate — all but ensuring the government will shut down at the end of the week.

Ryan told reporters that Trump is refusing to sign the bill because it does not have adequate funding for border security, including money for his proposed wall on the Southern U.S. border.

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“The president informed us that he will not sign the bill that came from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concern for border security,” Ryan explained. “So we are going to go back to the House to work with our members. We want to keep the government open.”

Trump had signaled this week that he would sign the government funding bill and then find other ways to pay for the border wall, such as dipping into the military budget and ordering the United States Army to build it.

However, the president got absolutely hammered all morning on Fox News — including by his favorite morning show “Fox & Friends” — for seemingly caving on funding the wall.

Within hours of Trump taking a pounding from his own media allies, the president reversed course and said he would not sign any funding bill that did not meet his standards for border security.

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The Trump depression: Experts see a serious psychological depression taking hold in America

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Reviewing “Trump’s Wacky, Angry, and Extreme August” on Twitter, the New Yorker’s Susan Glasser said the experience “was exhausting, a dark journey to a nasty and contentious place.” But that’s hardly news: it’s a place we live in every day. We try to turn the volume down and ignore it, and that may work for a while. But it won’t last. It can’t. It’s getting worse, and we can all see where we’re headed.
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Julian Castro nails McConnell and GOP to the wall for putting ‘sexual predator’ Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court

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Calling into MSNBC's "AM Joy" on Sunday morning, Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro ripped into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as a serial sexual predator and said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the GOP are to blame for his being on the court.

Speaking with host Joy Reid, Castro renewed a call he made late Saturday night for Kavanaugh to be impeached over fresh allegations of sexual assault  before getting down to the heart of the matter.

"Do you believe there was misconduct in this case by the FBI and the Department of Justice or even by the senators who seemed uninterested in finding out of what really happened with this very brief investigation of Mr. Kavanaugh?" Reid asked.

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Kamala Harris blisters Kavanaugh for lying to her during his hearings and calls for him to be impeached

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In a blunt tweet issued on Sunday morning, Democratic Presidential contender, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of lying to the U.S. Senate during his confirmation hearings and said he must be impeached.

Following a New York Times report outlining credible allegations against Kavanaugh, with a witness accusing him of assaulting a fellow college student, Harris said the evidence presented should disqualify him from being on the bench.

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