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Here’s how Donald Trump is losing the shutdown battle with Democrats

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President Donald Trump shut down the government three times in 2018, with Republican control of the House and Senate. This month, Trump shut down the government as a result of the Senate refusing to pass funding to support his border wall.

Trump’s shutdown is unpopular across party lines. New numbers from Morning Consult seek to prove how damaging Trump’s shutdown is to his popularity.

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Among Trump supporters, 56 percent of them believe that he will not get his border. Also, 56 percent of Americans disapprove his border wall altogether.

Despite how damaging a government shutdown is, Trump was adamant about getting his way and said that he would take the blame for it.

“This is not merely my campaign promise — this is the promise every lawmaker made,” the president said. “It is the solemn promise to protect and defend the United States of America. And it is our sacred obligation. We have no choice.”

A CBS poll shows a similar disapproval number. According to the network, 59 percent of Americans say they oppose the construction of the border wall.

CNN political correspondent Ron Brownstein said that Trump’s strategy is “historically unpopular.”

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“The reality is that the president is using a tactic that is historically very unpopular. Shutting down for building the wall, that has never attracted majority support as far as I know in any poll that has been taken in the Trump presidency,” he said.

He also noted that Trump will have Democratic Congress in the new year and that it will be even harder to gain support for his border wall. He also noted that about 60 percent of young people, African-Americans, college-educated whites, oppose the wall.

“The White House until recently recognized they really had no way forward on this demand,” he said.

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Russia went looking for puppets in America — and they found Trump and the Republicans

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The Russians wasted decades infiltrating the left attempting to gain purchase in American political life. There was the Communist Party USA, of course. Established in 1919, the CPUSA grew through the 1930s and boasted a membership of about 100,000 at the beginning of World War II. A hundred thousand! Whoop-de-doo!

This article first appeared in Salon

Then there were the spinoff lefty parties like the Socialist Workers Party, the Progressive Labor Party, the Workers World Party, the Socialist Labor Party, the Progressive Labor Party — we could go on listing one splinter group after another with “socialist” or “labor” or “workers” in its title. They were tiny groups with memberships that were sometimes less than 100, and they would all deny being infiltrated by the Russkies, naturally. So would the “New Left” groups that came later, like SDS and The Weathermen. Nobody wanted to admit they were under Russian influence. Everything they were doing, from opposing the war in Vietnam to civil rights to fighting for free speech, was being done for completely pure reasons.

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William Barr made it clear this week that he’d sign off on a sham investigation into the Dems’ 2020 nominee

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

A perfect storm propelled New York's sleaziest real estate developer to an Electoral College victory in 2016 despite winning three million fewer votes than his opponent, but Nate Silver made a compelling argument that the letter James Comey sent to Congress just 11 days before Election Day announcing that the FBI was re-opening its probe into Hillary Clinton's emails was decisive.

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Bill Barr is serving notice to DOJ officials that he’ll ruin them if they investigate Trump: MSNBC host

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An MSNBC discussion about Bill Barr running interference within the Justice Department for Donald Trump ended with "AM Joy" host Joy Reid suggesting that the attorney general's very public "media blitz" over the so-called "Horowitz Report" is a warning shot to anyone in the DOJ who thinks about investigating the president.

As Reid explained it, "He did a whole TV blitz to basically say that his own agency, the FBI, was spying on the Trump campaign, something that the inspector general said did not happen."

Reid took that to its logical conclusion.

"Now he’s saying, ‘Well, I’ve got a different report that’s going to find the motivations’ that he’s basically saying are bad motivations by people in the FBI.  And if you’re that FBI agent and then you hear that Donald Trump may be again looking for foreign help and maybe again getting help from Russia or forcing help from Ukraine, what do you do?" she asked. "Would you then not be concerned that, should you go ahead and investigate foreign interference in our election, that William Barr may come after you?"

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