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Border Protection officers sue Trump over lost pay during shutdown: ‘They’re being shortchanged’

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President Donald Trump insists that most federal workers are supportive of his decision to deprive them of pay during his government shutdown, but a new lawsuit filed on behalf of government workers says otherwise.

The Washington Post reports that the National Treasury Employees Union has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on behalf of its members over the pay that they have missed since the start of the shutdown.

The lawsuit names two plaintiffs — Customs and Border Protection officers Eleazar Avalos and James Davis — who are demanding the government pay them the money they’re owed.

“Federal employees should not have to pay the personal price for all of this dysfunction,” said Tony Reardon, the president of the National Treasury Employees Union, who also called the shutdown a “travesty.”

Greg Oduden, general counsel for the National Treasury Employees Union, tells the Washington Post that the union expects to add more named plaintiffs the longer the shutdown drags on.

“I think there will be more people added as we move along, when they realize they’re being shortchanged and damaged in a serious way,” he said.

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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Here are 5 questions Robert Mueller must answer during his Congressional hearings

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller will be testifying publicly before Congress on July 17th, the chairs of the House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees announced on Tuesday.

The special counsel had fought against testifying but was subpoenaed to compel his attendance.

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