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‘He can’t lose Hannity’: GOP senator explains why Trump remains stuck in the shutdown

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A Republican senator involved in the immigration debate said President Donald Trump faced an impossible choice as the government shutdown lingers into a second month.

The senator, who was not identified, told Axios that the president and his son-in-law’s efforts to end the shutdown with a compromise on immigration would alienate Trump’s most devoted supporters.

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One idea that has circulated over the past day in the White House and among congressional staffers is giving a path to green cards to the current 700,000 DACA recipients, according to three sources familiar with the conversations.

White House adviser Jared Kushner has brought this idea, which has the support of Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and other GOP senators, back to the White House, but the unnamed Republican senator said that was a non-starter.

“Trump can withstand Ann Coulter,” the senator said. “He can’t lose Hannity and the rest.”

The GOP senator said Kushner “wants to go big” as he tries to negotiate an end to the 33-day shutdown, but he said “now’s not the time to go big.

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“If you throw green cards onto the table, this whole coalition will fall over on the right,” the Republican told Axios. “If you start putting citizenship on the table in any meaningful way, Democrats will have to give more, and they’re not ready to give more.”

A source told the website that Kushner has not been pushing the green card idea, which a second conservative lawmaker described as “insanity,” but was simply listening to ideas that could help the president wriggle out of the shutdown.


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Bernie Sanders just lost an important progressive endorsement to Elizabeth Warren

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The Working Families Party, a progressive political party that endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for president in 2016, has now endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for president.

The New York Times reports that the labor-aligned organization's members overwhelmingly backed Warren's candidacy.

A spokesperson for the party tells the Times that "tens of thousands" of party members backed Warren's candidacy and that she received 60 percent of votes on the first ballot.

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WATCH: Boris Johnson booed off the stage in Luxembourg while trying to talk about Brexit

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was scheduled to hold a press conference in Luxembourg after talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.

But according to Business Insider, Johnson was forced to scrap the press conference when he was greeted with a giant mass of booing protestors. Some of the demonstrators played Ludwig van Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," — a symbol of the European Union — and others shouted "We are the smiling piccaninnies of Luxembourg," referencing Johnson's racist remarks about black Africans.

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Justin Amash rips Trump for taking ‘orders’ from Saudi Arabia

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Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) blasted President Donald Trump for taking "orders" from Saudi Arabia as he threatened a military strike against Iran.

The Republican-turned-independent lawmaker called on Congress to determine what response was necessary to an alleged attack on oil production facilities in the Saudi Arabia, after the president warned the U.S. military was "locked and loaded" and awaiting further instruction from the kingdom.

"Under our Constitution, the power to commence war lies with Congress, not the president and certainly not Saudi Arabia," Amash tweeted. "We don’t take orders from foreign powers."

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