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GOP operative nails Trump for border wall flop: ‘They had two years — they failed by their own standards’

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Republican operative Liz Mair on Tuesday shredded President Donald Trump for his desperate last-ditch attempt to get his proposed border wall funded by shutting down the federal government.

Reacting to Vice President Mike Pence’s interview with NBC’s “Today,” in which he claimed there was a massive crisis along the southern U.S. border, Mair pointed out that the president has vast powers to enforce American immigration laws, meaning that any “crisis” regarding undocumented immigration rests squarely on his shoulders.

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“Bottom line is, this administration has had two years to address what they perceive as a massive problem with unlawful immigration,” Mair wrote. “Almost all of this is within the purview of the executive. Congress plays a small role. They’ve failed by their own standards.”

Mair said that, among other things, the administration could have been working to try to stabilize the political situations in Central American countries where violence is forcing migrants to flee to the United States, while also increasing the number of work visas issued to give employers less incentive to hire undocumented labor.

“If you’re someone who genuinely believes unlawful immigration and/or immigrants are a problem, you should be asking why support the Trump administration at all,” Mair concluded. “And ‘they’re trying’ shouldn’t be the answer, because THEY ARE NOT.”

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Mitch McConnell may let Republicans write Senate impeachment rules without Democratic votes

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is plotting to shut out Democrats on impeachment if a bipartisan compromise on rules for the trial can't be reached.

The Kentucky Republican said this week that he hopes to reach an agreement on rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, but he's also readying a "backup plan" in case he can't reach an agreement with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, reported Vanity Fair.

“The first thing Sen. Schumer and I will do is see if there’s a possibility of agreement on a procedure,” McConnell said. “That failing, I would probably come back to my own members and say, ‘Okay, can 51 of us agree how we’re going to handle this?’”

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Fresno Bee burns Nunes to the ground in scathing editorial

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The editorial board of the Fresno Bee has written a scathing takedown of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for his extraordinary fealty to President Donald Trump, which the editors say is harming the country.

Specifically, the editorial accuses Nunes of forsaking his oath of office as a congressman to serve as Trump's most loyal toady on the House Intelligence Committee.

"As has been true for nearly all of Trump’s first term, Nunes has relinquished his proper role as an independent representative of Congress and has instead acted like a member of the Trump 2020 re-election team," the editorial states.

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Republicans blundered badly as their own impeachment expert witness wrecked their defenses of Trump: columnist

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Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee pinned their hopes on George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, their sole expert witness on the panel at the hearing on Wednesday, to discredit the impeachment probe into President Donald Trump.

But as anti-Trump conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote for the Washington Post, even Turley's testimony ended up damaging the GOP more than Democrats, because he undercut one of the GOP's most solid narratives in defense of the president: that trying to extort Ukraine with military aid would not be impeachable even if it was proven.

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