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Pelosi blows off Trump’s suggestion of a ‘big downpayment’ on the wall

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MSNBC host Kassie Hunt was able to speak briefly to Speaker Nancy Pelosi about President Donald Trump’s latest proposal for a “downpayment” on the U.S-Mexico border wall.

According to Hunt, Pelosi said she didn’t think the idea of a downpayment “would be a reasonable arrangement” at this time.

Trump told the press late Thursday that he hadn’t heard from Pelosi over the course of the day. Thus far, the House has passed a total of 10 bills that the president could choose from. Any of those could be sent to the Senate for passage if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) brought them to the floor.

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Trump also told reporters in a brief statement that Pelosi was “reasonable” to say no to the State of the Union address until after the government reopens.

“It’s really her choice,” he said.


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Get ready for Enron II: Republicans are re-opening the energy market to underhanded dealing

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Neil Chatterjee, head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is taking our nation back to pre-Enron days when the commission was so weak it didn’t even explicitly prohibit manipulating energy markets.

Under Chatterjee, a former Mitch McConnell aide, the number of new investigations was halved – to 12 – in fiscal 2019, compared with the previous year. The commission reached just two settlement agreements for $14 million, a sixth or less of the annual average for penalties since 2007.

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Newly released emails show White House prepared to freeze Ukraine aid hours before Trump’s phone call

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White House budget officials were preparing to freeze aid to Ukraine the night before President Donald Trump's infamous July 25 phone call to the country's new president, according to newly released emails.

The Office of Management and Budget handed over nearly 200 pages of records related to the president's actions toward Ukraine to the transparency group American Oversight, and one of the heavily redacted emails from July 24 shows OMB officials shared a “Ukraine Prep Memo” with Michael Duffey, reported CNN.

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Trump impeachment trial: 4 stories from first day spell doom for Mitch McConnell

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If the score was kept for the first day of the impeachment trial, it would show hefty losses for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

As Former Special Counsel for the Department of Defense, Ryan Goodman, pointed out, four major headlines perfectly reflect the cracks in the strangle-hold McConnell has had on his party.

First, McConnell was forced to change the impeachment hearing rules. After a huge uprising by Americans demanding to be able to watch the impeachment trial during normal human hours, senators told McConnell he'd lost the votes to hold proceedings after midnight.

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