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Trump is losing patience with Kushner over border wall advice to ‘dig in’

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The government shutdown is in its fifth week and negotiations have made little progress. According to the Washington Post, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner has been working behind the scenes to encourage him to hold on and fight for his border wall because he thinks that Democrats will “crack” soon.

The Post reported that Trump took a jab at Kushner during a meeting about the shutdown and border wall.

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“Apparently, Jared has become an expert on immigration in the last 48 hours,” Trump said according to The Post.

This is the longest government shutdown in history and thousands of Americans are struggling to meet their basic needs. “Convinced that Senate Democrats will eventually crack and that there are votes for a bipartisan agreement, Kushner has urged the president to dig in,” the report said.

Even though Kushner has been able to influence Trump before with the criminal just reform bill, some Democrats still see him as a non-factor.

“He is totally a nonentity,” a senior Democratic aide told The Post. The report also claims that Trump’s recent proposals to reopen the government had “Kushner’s imprints” all over it.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said that Kushner “doesn’t have experience” to help reopen the government. “To the extent he can build upon that, perhaps he can be helpful,” Jeffries said. “But he’s going to have to move off the notion that Democrats are going to pay a $5.7 billion ransom note.”

“Trump’s patience with Kushner’s involvement could become strained if Democrats continue to wave off Trump’s offer and hold firm,” an official said to The Post.

Read the full report here.

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‘I’ll be darned!’ Rick Perry — who oversees US nukes — fooled by Instagram hoax

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Energy secretary Rick Perry, who oversees the U.S. nuclear arsenal, fell for an Instagram hoax, along with several celebrities.

The poorly worded "legal" notice is similar to viral hoaxes that have circulated for years on Facebook, which owns Instagram, warning that the social media company will make all its users' photos and messages public.

Instagram isn't changing its privacy policy, according to its chief executive Adam Mosseri.

If you’re seeing a meme claiming Instagram is changing its rules tomorrow, it’s not true - learn more here: https://t.co/Qy102zMQCm

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Has anything changed since Burning Man’s sex assault and labor issues were exposed?

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The last weekend in August marks the start of Burning Man, a week-long, festival in the Nevada desert consisting of freewheeling performance art, fanciful costumes, and a lot of drugs. The anarchic party with more than 50,000 attendees constitutes a pilgrimage for many attendees, lured by the promise of leaving the “default world” behind in exchange for a transformative or even spiritual experience.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Truckers are facing a ‘bloodbath’ in their industry — and it’s turning many in the pro-Trump group against him: report

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Truckers are numerous, conservative, and hurting. And despite their widespread support for Donald Trump’s candidacy in 2016, a new report from Business Insider suggests the pain in the industry might be turning these workers away from the president.

The political trends in trucking are not insignificant. According to the American Trucking Associations, there were an estimated 3.5 million truck drivers in 2018. RTS Financial has found that there are 7.4 million jobs total “tied to the trucking industry.” And Business Insider reported that nearly 90 percent of truckers are registered voters, higher than the general population.

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