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Did Jared Kushner accidentally contradict Trump’s claim there is a ‘national crisis’ on the border?

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Top White House advisor Jared Kushner has become the great genius the Republican Party hopes can end President Donald Trump’s government shutdown. But when asked about it, Kushner dropped a lot of corporate marketing language to try and explain the discrepancy between the tens of billions of dollars experts have calculated the wall will cost and the request for merely $5 billion.

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Kushner “aid he was bringing good outside business knowledge to the wall negotiations,” Politico reported in their daily newsletter. “He said the reason the wall price was going up was because of an increase in customer utilization for the border. Customer demand, he said, results in overruns.”

Customer utilization means people using the border. So, Kushner is saying that because more people are crossing the border, estimations in 2017 were higher than 2018 estimates. Trump has argued that there is a national security crisis on the border, but if the “customer utilization” of the border is down, why is there a greater crisis?

If Kushner meant that customer demand for the materials being used, that demand for steel is likely going to increase because the president’s tariffs have locked out foreign steel and aluminum. Those cost estimations will likely grow higher as the trade war continues.

One of the Department of Homeland Security’s conservative estimations for the border wall was $21.6 billion.

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“The report is expected to be presented to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly in coming days, although the administration will not necessarily take actions it recommends,” Reuters reported Feb. 2017. “The plan lays out what it would take to seal the border in three phases of construction of fences and walls covering just over 1,250 miles (2,000 km) by the end of 2020.”

In raw materials, DHS estimated “the border wall could cost nearly $70 billion to build and $150 million a year to maintain. An internal report by the Department of Homeland Security said the wall could cost about $21.6 billion, not including maintenance,” the New York Times reported.

They also found that the wall would likely require taking land from many farmers, ranchers and other property owners on the border. If there are lawsuits, those will cost tax-payer dollars, and if the citizens demand payment for their land that is seized, it will also cost money.

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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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