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Donald Trump is walking into a ‘trap’ by threatening to declare a ‘national emergency’ to get his border wall

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After holding the government hostage for five weeks, President Donald Trump is still threatening to shut down the government again if Congress fails to approve more than $5 billion in funds for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump is looking for alternative ways to get funding for his wall such as declaring a national emergency. Some of his top aides have warned against such an action, seeing that it would circumvent Congress and create a constitutional crisis.

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However, Trump tweeted that the wall will be built “one way or the other.”

However, Trump could be walking into a “trap” if he calls a national emergency and might end up splitting the GOP in the process, according to a report from Vanity Fair.

“While Mulvaney, Kushner, and a fleet of White House lawyers are scrambling to build a legal justification for Trump to expand his emergency powers, Republicans on the Hill are wary of the precedent he might set,” a report from Vanity Fair said.

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If Trump decided to declare a national emergency it could ignite a “political backlash.”

“We’re pretty uniformly opposed to an emergency declaration. That is taking that emergency act beyond where it’s ever been before. We don’t like it. We don’t want to set that precedent,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told Politico.

A former senior administration official told Politico, “It could be seen as subverting the Constitution for his own ego, and it will be the end of his presidency.”

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Lawmakers have until February 15th to end negotiations before the government shuts down again.


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Attorney George Conway reveals two ‘great’ questions — that Trump can’t answer

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Prominent Republican attorney and Lincoln Project member George Conway on Monday offered his analysis of how reporters should question President Donald Trump.

Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, made his comments after watching video of Trump refusing to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Who do you think poisoned Alexei Navalny in Russia?”

“Uh,” Trump replied. “We’ll talk about that at another time.”

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Jaime Harrison says ‘I am living rent free in Lindsey Graham’s head’ — and he might be right

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Jaime Harrison, the Democrat challenging Sen. Lindsey Graham, on Monday said that his upstart campaign is panicking the incumbent.

Harrison was interviewed on MSNBC by "The Last Word" anchor Lawrence O'Donnell, who noted the most recent polling shows a tied race.

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"Well, Lawrence, we have gotten tremendous support and we really appreciate it," Harrison replied.

"Do you believe you have the resources and the campaign team and the ground troops you need in South Carolina to actually pull this off?" O'Donnell asked later in the interview.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) received harsh criticism on Monday after coming out against Senate reform of the filibuster.

“I don't believe in doing that. I think the filibuster serves a purpose," Feinstein argued.

"It is not often used, it's often less used now than when I first came, and I think it's part of the Senate that differentiates itself," Feinstein falsely claimed.

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Feinstein is in line to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee if Democrats regain the Senate, despite never attending law school or having ever tried a case.

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