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Conservative columnist lists all the times the GOP could have funded Trump’s wall — and failed

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President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans have been arguing that the situation at the southern U.S. border is such a crisis that it requires Democrats to vote in favor of the president’s proposed border wall.

However, conservative columnist Noah Rothman points out that the president and the GOP had a full two years to get the wall funded if it was such a dire national emergency — and every time the opportunity came up, they failed to do so.

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In fact, Rothman has also found that many Republican lawmakers over the past two years have actually downplayed or even disparaged the proposed border wall as an effective strategy for border security.

“The border wall is probably not a smart investment,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said in early 2017, in a comment flagged by Rothman.

“I don’t think we’re just going to be able to solve border security with a physical barrier because people can come under, around it and through it,” said Sen. John Coryn (R-TX) just one month earlier.

Additionally, Rothman documents all the times that Republican lawmakers have openly admitted to punting on funding the wall, including this past September when the Washington Post reported that “Republican leaders are more focused on urging Trump to delay a fight for the wall than on fighting for it themselves.”

Read the whole thread below.

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GOP lawmakers melt down after Maryland AP history class teacher uses illustration to compare Trump to Nazis

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According to a report from the Washington Times, Maryland Republicans are up in arms after an AP history teacher at a local high school used a slide to illustrate similarities between Donald Trump's policies and those of the Nazis.

The report states, "A slide used in an Advanced Placement history class at Loch Raven High School in Towson shows a picture of Trump above pictures of a Nazi swastika and a flag of the Soviet Union. Two captions read 'wants to round up a group of people and build a giant wall' and 'oh, THAT is why it sounds so familiar!'"

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Stop praising anti-Trump evangelicals: Their embrace of authoritarianism is a big part of the problem

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At this critical moment for American democracy our media landscape is doing a poor job in its coverage of conservative white evangelicals. Coverage of this relatively large segment of the population is characterized by, on the one hand, effusive praise for the slightest milquetoast criticism of Donald Trump, and on the other, by a periodic parade of nearly interchangeable unfounded predictions about how evangelical youth are going to change America’s most radically right-wing demographic for the better—any day now. In the words of the great sage Bullwinkle J. Moose, “This time for sure!”

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Intel official who briefed lawmakers on latest Russian meddling targeted for ouster by Trump White House: CNN

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During a discussion on the war on the intelligence community being waged by the Donald Trump's White House, CNN host Victor Blackwell stated that sources speaking with the network stated that the intel official who briefed lawmakers for both parties on new efforts by Russia to meddle in U.S. elections could be on the way out.

Speaking with contributor Lynn Sweet, Blackwell asked about the so-called "purge" being conducted by the White House.

"It sends the signal once again that President Trump is not a respecter of the United States intelligence services with the bigger issue that a permanent director has not been in that office since last summer when Dan Coates was forced out," Sweet explained. "This is a key position, subject to Senate confirmation and Trump hasn't seen fit to have a permanent director for months now."

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