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Republicans tell Fox reporter that they want government shutdown to ‘hamstring Democrats as they seize control’

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Republican sources are telling Fox News’ Chad Pergram that they hope to leave House Democrats with one last gift before they take control of the House of Representatives next month: A government shutdown.

Writing on Twitter, Pergram reports that “quite a few House Republicans have no intention of coming back for further votes” this year, which he says “could be a problem to pass a bill about the border wall.”

Pergram then reports that “some Republicans would like a shutdown to hamstring Democrats as they seize control of the House next year.”

Additionally, Pergram explains that the House GOP could have trouble passing any bill to fund the government if it doesn’t contain sufficient funds for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

“If the House GOP brass accepts a compromise short of full wall funding, expect the Freedom Caucus to be upset,” he explains. “Conservatives [w]ould try to drive a wedge among Republicans and argue some aren’t fighting hard enough for the President’s priorities,” he writes. “Pelosi won’t accept any bill [with wall money].”

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Former Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris flees the US as he faces two dozen lawsuits

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Facing more than two-dozen lawsuits alleging he committed real estate fraud, former "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Clayton Morris has reportedly fled the United States, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Morris, who previously resided in a $1.4 million home in New Jersey, moved his family to a coastal resort town in Portugal, the newspaper reported, citing a Facebook post from his wife.

Morris's wife and business partner, former MSNBC anchor Natali Morris, told the IndyStar that she and her husband plan to continue fighting the lawsuits from abroad.

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Trump defenders argued his latest tweets weren’t really racist — but he just completely undercut their arguments

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If you try to defend President Donald Trump, you will always end up having the rug pulled out from underneath you. It's a law of nature.

And yet, so many of the president's allies have failed to learn this simple lesson. So when Trump launched a new attack at progressive Democratic lawmakers that was one of his most obviously racist smears, inevitably, some of his defenders tried to deny the obvious truth.

His screed attacked a group of women who have come to define the left wing of the Democratic caucus, which includes Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Talib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA). Though only Omar is an immigrant (she was a refugee from Somalia as a child), Trump seemed to assume all four women of color weren't born in the United States, and most egregiously, he suggested they should "go back" to other countries:

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Trump is facing massive criticism for his attacks on young women of color in Congress

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US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen.

"All they do is complain," Trump told reporters at a White House event featuring products "Made in America."

"These are people that hate our country," he said of the four lawmakers. "If you're not happy here, you can leave."

Trump also accused the four first-term congresswomen -- who are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African American origin -- of having "love" for US "enemies like Al-Qaeda."

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