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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.

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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‘Washington is no longer functional’: Brian Williams admits he’s sad to report that ‘our government is broken’

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MSNBC anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday reported that America's federal government is broken.

"This was day 908 of the Trump Administration and while there is no joy in it, one way of summing up today is this: Our government’s broken, our politics are broken, Washington is no longer functional, and the cracks in our society are deepening," Williams reported.

"Much of this day was taken up by the discussion of racist statements by the president. Then tonight came the news that had so many people thinking back to when we were different, the death just tonight of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens at the age of 99," he said.

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Trump ignored being condemned by Congress and instead praised Republicans on Twitter for defending his racism

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President Donald Trump celebrated on Tuesday night despite the House of Representatives having voted earlier in the day to condemn his racist statements.

By a final vote of 240 to 187, Congress voted for a resolution saying, "Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

The resolution said Congress “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back” to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders,” and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.”

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The tortured madness of Donald Trump: It’s clear the president is out of his mind

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Where’s Shakespeare when we need him? Only the Bard of Avon could do literary justice to the tortured madness of Donald Trump, who fluctuates between petulant self-pity and weird self-praise.

His brags are especially weird because they usually involve achievements he hasn’t made. It’s as though his saying something makes it true — even though everyone except his most naive devotees can clearly see that he’s either hallucinating or lying. In June, for example, at a rally launching his reelection campaign, he retrumpeted an old campaign promise to “drain the swamp,” assuring the adoring crowd that “that’s exactly what we’re doing right now.”

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