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Even if there’s a deal — Republicans not showing up to work could lead to a government shutdown

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Republican officials have a few weeks left in the legislative session for 2018, but some haven’t been showing up to vote after the lost their seats in the November midterm elections, the New York Times reported. While that might not cause a problem in some years, this is not one of them.

The government sits on a cliff of another budget crisis just days before the Christmas holiday. A budget must be passed by Dec. 21, but if Republicans aren’t even showing up to work. It’s unclear how it is going to pass even if the GOP does reach a deal.

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The greatest fear for the past several weeks has been that President Donald Trump announced he would be “proud” to shut down the government to ensure he scores funding for the border wall. When campaigning in 2016, Trump said Mexico would pay for the wall. In the past weeks, the president has also indicated that the border wall is already being built, which would mean the funding was already allocated for it. Still, he’s holding the government hostage for $5 billion.

Now the plot thickens. Even if Republicans are able to negotiate a budget, they might not have enough people to pass it due to absences.

The Times called it “the revenge of the lame ducks,” where Republican members that lost are now punishing the country with their own lazy bitterness.

“The uncertainty does not end there,” The Times continued. “With funding for parts of the government like the Department of Homeland Security set to lapse at midnight on Friday, Mr. Trump and top Republicans appear to have no definite plan to keep the doors open. It is clear that as Democrats uniformly oppose the president’s demand for $5 billion for his border wall, any bill that includes that funding cannot pass the Senate, and might face defeat in the House, too.”

Trump is scheduled to go on vacation on the same day the government is scheduled to shut down. It’s entirely possible the Republican Congress and Senate could not fund the government and the president take off for vacation. It would leave more than 850,000 non-essential federal workers without a job to pay for holiday gifts for families and children.

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“That’s me with my hands up in the air,” The Times quoted Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). “There is no discernible plan — none that’s been disclosed.”


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Large fires in Philadelphia — as police scramble to save City Hall

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Protests in the City of Brotherly Love resulted in multiple police cares being lit on fire as windows were broken in the town's iconic City Hall.

Anti-police violence protests have erupted across America following the killing of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

Here are some of the scenes from the Philadelphia protests:

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Trump Tower is ‘under siege’ as Chicago Police make arrests to defend the president’s building

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Protesters marched on Trump Tower in Chicago on Saturday, as Chicago police in riot gear and on horses defend the president's building.

State police were deployed to the scene to back up local police, who are reportedly arresting protesters.

On video showed protesters taking a knee in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.

Actor John Cusack was among those documenting the protest.

Here are some of the images from the scene:

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George Floyd’s brother tears up discussing condolence phone call from Trump: ‘It hurt me’

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The brother of George Floyd described the condolence phone call he received from President Donald Trump during a Saturday interview on MSNBC.

Philonise Floyd was interviewed by the Rev. Al Sharpton on "Politics Nation."

While Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third degree murder, the other three officers involved in the killing remain free.

"They all need to be convicted of first degree murder and given the death penalty," Floyd said.

"What was the conversation with President Trump like?" Sharpton asked.

"It was so fast," Floyd replied.

"He didn't give me an opportunity to even speak. It was hard, I was trying to talk to him, but he just kept like pushing me off, like 'I don't want to hear what you're talking about.' And I just told him I want justice. I said that I couldn't believe they committed a modern-day lynching in broad daylight."

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