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Republicans start to panic as Trump’s disastrous government shutdown drags on

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President Donald Trump is determined to keep the government shut down until he can secure the funding for his border wall. The standoff is hurting federal workers, the poor, and basic public services, but Trump seems prepared to drag the entire country off the cliff with him.

Among Republicans in Congress however, it is a different story. There are growing signs that the GOP is starting to panic about the situation they have created for themselves.

Some Republicans have expressed a desire to end the situation, with or without a border wall. In the House on Wednesday, eight Republicans voted to reopen the government unconditionally:

On the individual appropriations bills to reopen parts of the government piecemeal, even larger numbers of Republicans are defecting:

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And four Senate Republicans have called for an end to the shutdown as they fear a backlash from the unpopular tactic.

Not all Republicans who are trying to end the shutdown are going the route of caving on the wall, however.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has warned that abandoning the wall could be “the end of [Trump’s] presidency,” and who tried to broker a last-ditch trade of DACA for Trump’s full demands, is now saying that “It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall.” Trump himself has floated this idea, which is legally questionable and an end-run around the separation of powers.

It is worth noting that if Republicans wanted to, they could end the shutdown right now without Trump. The resolution Democrats sent to the Senate to keep the government open without a wall passed on a voice vote three weeks ago, and there would be enough votes to override a presidential veto. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has blocked any vote from taking place, opposed to the idea of going against the president even if the president has no recourse.

If Trump does not give in, then some point, Republicans have to decide whether appeasing their leader matters more than keeping the government open. And the prospect of that choice seems to have rattled them.

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Trump mocked for tweeting he’ll ‘personally vouch’ for rapper A$AP Rocky’s bail: ‘Now name three of his songs’

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Twitter users were both baffled and amused on Saturday morning after Donald Trump tweeted that he would "personally vouch" for the bail needed to release American rapper A$AP Rocky from a Swedish jail.

After receiving a phone call from celebrity Kim Kardashian about the plight of the hip-hop star overseas, the president -- in the middle of a racism scandal himself -- appears to have taken up the cause in an effort to calm racism charges.

Not everyone on Twitter was buying it.

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Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly. Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative....

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Trump echoes another president who stoked fear rather than face the tech-based economic change he failed to stem

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The parallels are striking, the anti-immigration frenzy, race-baiting, trade wars, over-heated stock markets, corruption, and technological changes that produced hip urban centers contrasting with rural alienation and bitterness. Like today, the 1920s was a period of spectacular wealth and an ever-increasing income gap.

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George Conway busts Trump for retweeting woman who called migrants ‘cockroaches’ and ‘feral humans’

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On Saturday, President Donald Trump retweeted a defense of his racist attacks on Democratic women of color by British far-right activist Katie Hopkins.

After doing so, George Conway called out the president, pointing out Hopkins' long history of flagrantly racist behavior herself:

So the President is the United States is (again) retweeting a woman who once wrote a column saying migrants were "cockroaches" and "feral humans" and "spreading like the norovirus," and once tweeted, “Racial profiling is a good thing. Call me racist, I don’t care.” pic.twitter.com/NKJLhh4JEI

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