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Trump broke ‘fundamental rule’ of politics by splintering his own party on shutdown compromise offer: NBC News analyst

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On Saturday, President Donald Trump broke a “broke a fundamental rule” of American politics by offering a compromise that splintered his own party, an NBC News analyst argues in a new column.

Trump offered Democrats a deal to end the budget impasse, offering a temporary reprieve to some undocumented migrants who currently have protection from courts in exchange for billions to build the border wall he promised voters Mexico would pay for during the 2016 election.

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Many conservatives were outraged by Trump’s “amnesty” offer, including Ann Coulter, who many credit with spurring the shutdown by taunting Trump over his inability to fund the wall.

Meanwhile, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning to bring Trump’s offer to the floor as fast as he can.

“The obvious problem for Trump is that he managed to divide his own ranks without much chance of breaking the wall of Democratic opposition to his border barrier,” writes Jonathan Allen. “The big political question is whether Trump’s latest gambit will give traction to his ongoing argument that Democrats have been intransigent and should now shoulder the blame for the longest government shutdown in history.”

Trump appears to be making a bid to make his own positions seem moderate, despite the fact that about 60 percent of voters oppose his proposed wall.

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“Whether his new plan earns him more support from independents in the fight over the shutdown and the wall remains to be seen,” he writes. “But it is highly unlikely to move many Democratic voters or their elected representatives, who have been united in their demand that he open the shuttered federal agencies without money for the barrier.”

Trump’s tactics have “always been unorthodox,” Allen writes, but it’s still hard to see how this will work out in his favor.

“Often, deal-making requires a president to disappoint a segment of his own base to attract support from a portion of the other party,” he writes. “But in this case, Trump has created a split within his own party without finding a way to divide Democrats. That’s certainly a non-traditional approach to politics, but it may not be a winning one.”

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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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Internet pummels Trump for frantic demand to investigate Obama instead: ‘This is not the tweet of an innocent man’

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President Donald Trump jealously raged against Barack Obama's post-presidency business deals, which includes a production agreement with Netflix -- and other social media users ridiculed his apparent envy.

Trump questioned that deal and others in a pair of tweets complaining about an impeachment inquiry launched against him last week by the House Judiciary Committee, and he suggested Congress look at Obama's business since he left the White House.

....work that way. I have a better idea. Look at the Obama Book Deal, or the ridiculous Netflix deal. Then look at all the deals made by the Dems in Congress, the “Congressional Slush Fund,” and lastly the IG Reports. Take a look at them. Those investigations would be over FAST!

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Is the Trump administration squelching a whistleblower — and a major scandal?

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America's system of government has always worked on the honor system. With so few Senate-confirmed Cabinet and federal agency heads, and so many “acting” officials working in the Trump administration, people who are constantly forced to audition for permanent positions are now under tremendous pressure to protect a president hellbent on breaking every norm of good governance. Now a new possible political scandal could be brewing in the Trump administration that tests the loyalty of these “acting” officials — pitting their allegiance to the nation against their desire to impress their boss.

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