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Trump aides scramble to stop GOP lawmakers from signing bipartisan letter urging government reopening

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A bipartisan group of senators has come together to work on a package that would reopen the federal government for the next three weeks to allow time to hammer out a potential agreement on immigration — but the Trump White House is apparently not on board.

CNN’s Manu Raju, by way of CNN White House reporter Abby Philips, reports that the White House “is lobbying Republican Senators not to sign a letter asking Trump to reopen the government for three weeks while they work on an immigration deal.”

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Trump aides fear that the letter, which is being drafted by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), would break the “unity” that the Republican Party has shown so far in the shutdown fight, even though multiple Republican lawmakers so far have voted with House Democrats to reopen parts of the federal government and several GOP senators have said they want to reopen the government without funding the president’s border wall.

Graham in the past has floated reopening the federal government for three weeks and has encouraged the president to build the wall by declaring a national emergency if no deal gets struck. Trump has so far rejected this course of action.


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Oil prices soar more than 10% after Saudi plant attacks

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Oil prices surged more than 10 percent Monday after attacks on two Saudi Arabian plants that slashed output in the world's top producer by half, with Donald Trump blaming Iran and raising the possibility of a military strike on the country.

West Texas Intermediate jumped 10.68 percent to $60.71 and Brent climbed 11.77 percent to $67.31 in early Asia trading following the blasts at facilities run by state-owned giant Aramco.

The attack by Tehran-backed Huthi rebels in neighbouring Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bogged down in a five-year war, effectively shut down six percent of the global oil supply.

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Most top Democratic presidential candidates demand Kavanaugh’s impeachment – but not all

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Most of the top Democratic presidential candidates are issuing calls demanding U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh be impeached, after new allegations of sexual misconduct in a bombshell New York Times report late Saturday night. Most of the candidates, but not all.

Julián Castro, Saturday night at 11:25 PM:

It’s more clear than ever that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath. He should be impeached.

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Trump encourages China to take advantage of Jay Powell and Fed: They ‘don’t have a clue’

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President Donald Trump launched a new attack against his own Federal Reserve chairman in a pair of Monday morning tweets.

The president has been publicly pressuring Fed chairman Jerome Powell to lower interest rates in hopes of staving off a recession, but the Trump appointee has so far resisted his calls.

"Producer prices in China shrank most in 3 years due to China’s big devaluation of their currency, coupled with monetary stimulus," Trump tweeted. "Federal Reserve not watching? Will Fed ever get into the game? Dollar strongest EVER! Really bad for exports. No Inflation...Highest Interest Rates..."

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