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Hakeem Jeffries: Trump Holding Taxpayers ‘Hostage’ Over Wall

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The incoming chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Representative Hakeem Jeffries, had forceful words for President Trump over his request for a southern border wall, speaking out in response to Trump’s Saturday tweet claiming that any deaths at the border were the fault of democratic immigration policies. 

“Yes, we need comprehensive immigration reform. Yes, we need to enhance border security,” Jeffries told ABC’s “This Week.” “But we are not willing to pay $2.5 billion or $5 billion and wasting taxpayer dollars on a ransom note because Donald Trump decided that he was going to shut down the government and hold the American people hostage,” Jeffries added. “That’s unreasonable.”

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The government shutdown is predicated on the President’s demand for $5 billion for a wall along the length of the southern border, a price tag that is sure to balloon. Democrats did offer $1.3 billion for a number of border security options, but Trump dug his heels in, forcing the Republican-dominated congress to shut down. 

“AT ITS CORE, OUR RESPONSIBILITY IN GOVERNMENT IS TO MANAGE PUBLIC MONEY,” JEFFRIES SAID. “WE CAN EITHER MANAGE IT EFFICIENTLY OR WE CAN WASTE TAXPAYER DOLLARS. AND WHAT DONALD TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO DO IS WASTE $5 BILLION IN TAXPAYER MONEY ON AN INEFFECTIVE MEDIEVAL BORDER WALL THAT IS A 5TH-CENTURY SOLUTION TO A 21ST-CENTURY PROBLEM.”

The government shutdown shows no signs of abatement, even though incoming house democrats are planning to move towards reopening the government soon after they take power. It remains to be seen if their efforts will be successful against a president unwilling to move off his signature demand.

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‘Why does he need to cheat?’ Intelligence Committee lawyer reveals why he’s concerned nothing will stop Trump

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During the impeachment hearing on Monday, Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) discussed President Donald Trump's solicitation of foreign election interference with Intelligence Committee lawyer Daniel Goldman — who offered a disturbing reason why he thinks Trump will just keep doing it.

"The president's behavior is incredibly disturbing," said Mucarsel-Powell. "Russia, Ukraine, China, he's inviting three countries to help him in his reelection campaign. I don't see any reason he wouldn't ask any other government, for example, Venezuela, correct?"

"At this point, he has shown not only a willingness to do it multiple times, but more importantly for all the members' consideration, he's also shown a lack of contrition, a lack of acknowledgement what he is doing is wrong and that it is wrong," said Goldman. "If you don't recognize that it is wrong, there is no reason why you won't do it again if you've already done it."

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Internet laughs out loud after Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham says ‘let’s be honest’

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The credibility gap that has plagued official spokespeople for Donald Trump resulted in hilarious responses after she began her latest defense of the president with, "Let's be honest."

It started when Washington Post reporter David Nakamura noted an unfortunate young man who was stuck sitting next to Trump as the commander-in-chief issued a lie-filled rant about the "overthrow of government" in America.

This young man was invited to a White House roundtable on school choice but he had to sit there as Trump denounced the FBI's Russia investigation as an attempted "overthrow of government"--even though IG called probe legitimate and not political. pic.twitter.com/WdaYLudGnx

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US college baseball player who inspired ‘ice bucket challenge’ dies at 34

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A former US college baseball player who helped inspire the global phenomenon known as the "ice bucket challenge" to tackle a deadly neurodegenerative disease has died at the age of 34, his family said Monday.

A one-time college athlete from the Boston area, Pete Frates' struggle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, was one of the inspirations behind the ice bucket challenge which took social media by storm in 2014.

Millions took up the challenge which involved dousing themselves with a bucket of ice cold water and posting the video online, before making a donation to medical research and daring others to do the same.

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