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GOP insiders snap at new chief of staff Mulvaney for shutdown debacle: ‘He screwed this up and now we’re boxed in’

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White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is drawing the ire of lawmakers as the government shutdown drags on, reports Politico.

According to ten former and current administration officials and close White House advisers who spoke with Politico, Mulvaney has been unsuccessfully lobbying lawmakers to give President Donald Trump funding for his border wall. Mulvaney reportedly advised the president to stick to his demand for $5.7 billion in funding.

But Democrats—and a few Republicans—are resolute in their stance to not release the funds. As the government shutdown reached it’s 35th day Friday, with 800,000 federal employees going without pay, the optics look increasingly bad for Trump. Even his avid supporters are upset about the shutdown, which is now causing airports to ground flights.

“Mulvaney’s big selling point is that he’s a political guy, but he seems to have screwed this up and put us in a box,” a Republican close to the White House told Politico. “It’s not like the president or others are saying, ‘This is Mick’s fault’ but he cheered it on.”

Another Republican noted that Mulvaney’s impotence fits into the president’s preferred behavior for top staff.

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“This is what the president wants. He wants a chief of staff who isn’t in charge of anything. Mulvaney is the right man for the job,” another Republican close to the White House told Politico.

Mulvaney replaced John Kelly, who signed a letter this week pleading for an end to the government shutdown.

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This explains why Trump picked a fight with the four Congresswomen of color: analysis

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On one hand, President Donald Trump almost certainly chose to mark out Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) because of his own deep-seated racism.

But there is likely another reason he is doing it, wrote Aaron Blake of the Washington Post's "The Fix" on Wednesday: because his core voters hate them as much as he does.

Blake cited a new The Economist/YouGov poll of 2016 Trump voters' opinions on several politicians. "As you peruse it, it becomes clear that the conventional wisdom about why Trump picked these targets is right: They were ripe for motivating the GOP base ... All of them are better known among Republicans than Democrats, which suggests that a steady stream of coverage in conservative media has elevated them as potential Democratic bogeywomen. Trump is tilling fertile soil. And in fact, they might already be his most effective foils."

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REVEALED: Jeffrey Epstein used his fake passport to enter multiple countries

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Prosecutors revealed that the fake passport Jeffrey Epstein had among the items seized by investigators had been used.

According to NBC News, he used the passport to enter multiple countries in the 1980s, including the U.K, Spain and Saudi Arabia.

The passport was found in the safe of his New York home along with $70,000 in cash and 48 diamonds. There was a different name used on the passport and it had already expired, but it listed the residence in Saudi Arabia.

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House holds Bill Barr and Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress

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The House has officially voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress.

Both men refused to abide by a subpoena from the House for documents so they that could investigate actions by both departments.

The last person to be held in contempt of Congress was Bill Barr when he was held in civil contempt, but this was a criminal charge.

In the case of Ross, he is accused of lying under oath to Congress and they requested documents to prove it. Ross refused to provide the information necessary.

Ross has called the contempt charge "political theater" and of no real substance. If that was true, he shouldn't be afraid to provide the documents. Still, he refused.

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