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Senator predicts a scary outcome if Trump’s gets ‘his way’ on the border wall

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On Tuesday, CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s panel warned that President Donald Trump is setting a dangerous precedent that must be stopped.

Sen. Angus King (I-ME) said that Trump is not really interested in the wall as much as he wants to get his way. Trump has held the government “hostage” in an effort to get funding and support for his border wall from Congress.

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King noted that Trump does not know how to govern properly and that he has never had to answer to people.

“There are deeper issues here than the wall. This is about are we going to have to do this over and over?” King said. “If he gets what he wants by holding the government hostage because he’s got to sign all appropriations bills and budgets for at least the next two years, this is going to become a tactic.”

King added, “For me, one of the problems is the precedent that is established if a president can hold the Congress and the government hostage to get some policy he wants. Then I don’t know where it stops, and it will continue and this is not what the framers intended.”

Trump will hold an address to the nation live on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EST to rally support for his border wall idea.

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Watch King below via CNN.

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Trump-loving evangelicals don’t want Mike Pence as president because he has too much ‘decency’: WaPo columnist

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Washington Post columnist Elizabeth Bruenig this week talked with Ana Marie Cox on her "With Friends Like These" podcast about how evangelical Christians have an almost apocalyptic fervor for supporting President Donald Trump.

Bruenig, who is herself a practicing Catholic, earlier this year traveled to her home state of Texas to get a sense of how evangelicals were feeling about politics headed into 2020.

What she found, she told Cox, was a group of Christian conservatives who are even more devoted to the president than they were just three years ago when they helped power his electoral college victory.

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TN GOPer claims to ‘honor’ women on same day his caucus refuses to condemn rep. who ‘sexually abused three girls’

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The Tennessee Democratic Party lashed out at state Republican lawmakers for refusing to bring up an effort to condemn a lawmaker who has reportedly admitted sexually harassing or abusing three girls.

The Tennessean reported on Monday that the Republican caucus controlling the state House had refused to add to the calendar an expulsion vote for Republican Rep. David Byrd.

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Every measure the White House used to tout a good economy has gone south: NYT economics reporter

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New York Times tax and economics reporter Jim Tankersley noted Tuesday during an MSNBC panel discussion, that the charts and graphs the White House has used to show the strength of the economy have all gone south.

President Donald Trump has alleged there is a media conspiracy to spread “fake news” about the economy, but Tankersley explained that the metrics that the White House used themselves in September are showing the economy is slowing.

"Well, there's clearly a slowdown happening in the economy. That's what's going on," Tankersley said. "The White House can see it. I just published a piece updating some charts that the administration had used in September to show us all how great the economy was doing. And by almost every measure that they used to sell the health of the economy, things have gotten worse."

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