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Republican border wall compromise? GOP leader introduces plan for state government to foot the bill

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President Donald Trump’s insistence on constructing a barrier the entire length of the southern border has run into two major logistical hurdles. Mexico has repeatedly said they will not foot the bill, as Trump had promised and the United States Congress has likewise refused to shift the burden to U.S. taxpayers.

Could state governments, however, choose to pick up the tab?

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Montana state Senate President Scott Sales (R-Bozeman) is exploring legislation for state government to foot the bill.

On Tuesday, the same day as Trump’s primetime address, Sales requested a bill draft to “appropriate funds for border wall funding.”

Montana is 1,000 miles away from Mexico, but does share a 545 mile border with Canada.

The state appears to lack the financial wherewithal to fund Trump’s project.

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Trump has demanded $5.7 billion over the next year to construct this wall and/or fence. That is more than twice as much money as the Montana legislature spends in a year.

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Trump tweets out bonkers conspiracy theory that Google ‘manipulated’ up to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton

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President Donald Trump on Monday tweeted out a bonkers conspiracy theory claiming that Google "manipulated" up to 16 million votes on behalf of former Democratic rival during the 2016 presidential election.

"Wow, Report Just Out!" the president wrote. "Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought!"

Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch

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Trump’s economic adviser doesn’t see a recession coming — but he said the same thing in 2008

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President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser insists there are no signs of a recession on the horizon -- but he's been staggeringly wrong before.

Larry Kudlow went on NBC's "Meet the Press" over the weekend to assure viewers that no economic downturn was coming, but the Washington Post's Aaron Blake pointed out that his track record for predictions was pitiful.

“Well, I’ll tell you what: I sure don’t see a recession,” Kudlow told host Chuck Todd. “So I think actually the second half, the economy’s going to be very good in 2019.”

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‘A heat-seeking missile for Trump’s ass’: Mike Pompeo torn to shreds by ex-US officials in brutal New Yorker profile

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The New Yorker has published a profile of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week and it features some very unflattering quotes about him from former colleagues.

The piece discusses how Pompeo has gone from being a Trump critic during the 2016 presidential election to being one of his most loyal defenders. One former White House official tells the publication that "there will never be any daylight publicly between [Pompeo] and Trump" and described the secretary of state as "among the most sycophantic and obsequious people around Trump."

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