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McConnell ducking helping ‘unreliable’ Trump battle with Democrats over wall funding: report

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is not taking a leadership role in ending the government shutdown, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

“McConnell is home in Kentucky, and the senator’s spokesman, Donald Stewart, said it’s up to President Trump and the Democrats to come up with a deal to end the stalemate over funding for Trump’s border wall,” The Post explained. “In other words, in McConnell’s view, it’s not on him.”

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The newspaper reported that “McConnell is dealing with an unreliable partner in the White House.”

The Senate had unanimously passed a bill to keep government open, before President Donald Trump withdrew his promised support for the comprise.

McConnell’s former chief of staff explained his political position on the shutdown.

“The difference between his position now and his position over the last 10 years is he was representing the party that had the impasse in final negotiations, so it was incumbent on him to find a way out of the impasse,” said Josh Holmes. “So when people say McConnell should come in and negotiate a way out of this, they’re asking him to negotiate against himself.”

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Internet disgusted after Erdo?an makes Trump and GOP senators watch propaganda video in the Oval Office

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On Thursday, Axios reported that during a reception at the Oval Office, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an — who has come under international scrutiny for his brutal treatment of Kurdish freedom fighters — whipped out his iPad and made President Donald Trump and several GOP senators watch a video describing Kurds as terrorists.

Commenters on social media were quick to excoriate the president for allowing a notorious strongman to bring propaganda into the White House and make U.S. officials watch it on his personal tablet:

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GOP’s best defense of Trump’s ‘corrupt schemes’ may doom him in 2020 election: conservative columnist

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Conservative columnist Eli Lake thinks that House Republicans may have done a good job of defending President Donald Trump during Wednesday's opening impeachment hearings -- but he also thinks they undermined his chances of winning the 2020 election.

In his latest Bloomberg column, Lake argues that Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) made a smart argument in favor of not impeaching the president: Namely, that his attempt to extort Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden fell apart before it could be fully executed.

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Trump flying in for last-ditch rally to save Louisiana GOP governor candidate with ‘really bad’ vote returns

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Republicans suffered a major blow in Kentucky after Gov. Matt Bevin, a firm ally of President Donald Trump, was defeated by Democratic state Attorney General Andy Beshear — despite the president's efforts to help the GOP, culminating in a massive rally in Lexington on the eve of the election.

Now, according to Politico, GOP strategists are worried that a similar outcome could happen in Louisiana, where conservative Democrat John Bel Edwards will stand for re-election on Saturday against Trump-loving businessman Eddie Rispone.

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