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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reveals why Trump’s ‘personal fantasy’ is a years-long government shutdown

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Friday revealed that there may be more than meets the eye on President Donald Trump’s extensive government shutdown battle.

Though the fight with Congressional Democrats is ostensibly about funding for his border wall with Mexico, Maddow noted that a US federal court spokesperson “gave word today that the American federal judiciary is about to run out of money to keep operating as of one week from today.”

With the shutdown in its 14th day, the host said, it’s closing in on the longest shutdown on record that lasted 21 days.

“The court system says they can piece together enough money from here and there to keep things running for about 21 days, for about the length of the longest shutdown on record,” the host said. “That means they’ve got enough money to piece things together in the court system until next Friday, until January 11th.”

“After that,” Maddow added, “individual courts and individual judges will have to figure out what they’re going to do without money to try to keep the U.S. federal judicial system running.”

News that the federal judiciary may run out of money in a week came on the heels of reports that special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury term was extended by six months into the summer of 2019.

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Maddow noted that during his press conference in which Trump threatened to shut down the government for years if he didn’t get funding for the wall sounded a lot like “fantasizing.”

“At this point, I think everybody in the country is having sort of the same feeling,” the host said, “that the president fantasizing out loud today about a federal government shutdown that goes on for years, maybe that had a little something to do with his personal fantasy that that would end the federal law enforcement and counterintelligence investigations into him and his business and his campaign.”

Nevertheless, Maddow added, “law enforcement does not work that way.”

“That’s no way to end this thing,” she concluded. “Even if the courts have to triage, you cannot just dissolve law enforcement this way.”

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House Democrats have a new list of ‘star witnesses’ who are beyond Trump’s reach: report

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According to a report from Politico, House leaders have developed a new plan to get what are called "star witnesses" to appear in public hearings who are outside of Donald Trump's ability to block them from speaking by asserting executive privilege.

With former Oval Office employees avoiding or ignoring subpoenas as the White House runs interference for them, investigators are eyeing people who were close to Donald Trump's 2016 campaign -- but were not government employees.

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The race to win the US Democratic primary: Where does it stand?

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A record 23 Democrats of diverse genders, races and political backgrounds are lining up to try to stop Republican US President Donald Trump from winning a second term in the 2020 elections.

Though much will change in the more than 500 days to go before polls open, a nationwide Fox News poll released this week showed former vice president Joe Biden leading the pack.

Here are five questions and answers as the campaign season in the United States begins:

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While the field will certainly shrink once the first votes of primary season are cast in Iowa in February, some candidates may call it quits after debates begin later this month.

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Trump showed why his aides hate him when he berated his chief staffer in TV interview: Morning Joe panel

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President Donald Trump berated his chief of staff in a moment captured by ABC News -- and panelists on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" agreed the outburst was deeply revealing.

The president interrupted an interview to order White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney out of the Oval Office for coughing while Trump answered a question about turning over his financial records.

"That was on purpose," said MSNBC analyst Mike Barnicle. "He coughed on purpose. He didn't want him to continue going down that (topic on) financial (records)."

White House reporter Jonathan Lemire, of the Associated Press, said the president's tirade wasn't unusual.

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