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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.

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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.

“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.

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


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Here’s how the law governing whistleblowers applies to the Trump Ukraine complaint

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This week it was revealed that President Donald Trump did something so concerning that an intelligence staffer felt the need to report the incident and file for whistleblower protections.

Trump asked Ukraine to look into scandals about former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter. For nearly a year, Trump's former attorney Rudy Giuliani was admittedly working to persuade officials in Ukraine to find "dirt" on the Bidens that they could use in the election. While the accusations against the younger Biden have been disproven, it's suspected, but not confirmed, that this was the incident detailed in the complaint.

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Retiring Republican lawmaker blames Trump’s ‘petty, childish bullsh*t’ for massive GOP exodus

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In an examination of the record-breaking number of Republican lawmakers who have decided to quit or retire despite holding a seat in solidly conservative congressional districts, one lawmaker admitted that he grew weary of having to deal with Donald Trump's daily Twitter habit and other shenanigans -- so he is calling it quits.

As the Washington Post reports, "Since Trump’s inauguration, a Washington Post analysis shows that nearly 40 percent of the 241 Republicans who were in office in January 2017 are gone or leaving because of election losses, retirements including former House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis)."

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Internet rains hell on ‘fake Christian’ Karen Pence’s new Twitter account: ‘I can’t wait for the rapture’

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The Internet reacted with scorn over the weekend after Second Lady Karen Pence announced a new Twitter account aimed at reelecting President Donald Trump.

In her first tweet, Pence posted a video lavishing praise on the president.

"There are probably a lot of things you don't know about me," Pence says in the video. "For example, I enjoy painting, I love to ride my bike and I like nothing better than reading a good book. On my new Twitter account, I will share what I'm up to when I'm not in the office at the White House."

Excited to start a new #Twitter account to help tell the story of all the accomplishments under the leadership of @realDonaldTrump and @mike_pence! Follow along to KEEP AMERICA GREAT! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/RaPwC5ThyR

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