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Trump keeping closest White House advisers in the dark on how he will end the shutdown: ‘No one knows what he will do’

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According to a report in Politico, Donald Trump’s closest advisers in the White House are completely in the dark as to how the president will end the shutdown.

Citing four staffers in the White House who wished to remain anonymous, the report claims that no one knows if the president will go through with his threat to declare a national emergency or if he has some alternative plan to get the budget impasse over his wall solved.

“No one knows what he will do, and the president has not decided yet, so it keeps everyone guessing,” explained one Republican close to the White House. “This could go on another week and he could declare an emergency, or this will go on until February.”

Trump reportedly has nothing on his schedule for Sunday that indicates any movement on his battle over funding his wall that has idled over 800,000 federal workers, as he has spent the weekend tweeting at Democrats that he is sitting in the White House alone and waiting.

Politico reports that Trump aide Stephen Miller is pushing hard for the national emergency declaration, but that some White House advisers and lawyers are urging caution.

According to the report, “Trump’s advisers were unsure of the political ramifications of diverting money from disaster relief projects in places like Puerto Rico, one option the administration has explored.”

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House Democrats have a new list of ‘star witnesses’ who are beyond Trump’s reach: report

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According to a report from Politico, House leaders have developed a new plan to get what are called "star witnesses" to appear in public hearings who are outside of Donald Trump's ability to block them from speaking by asserting executive privilege.

With former Oval Office employees avoiding or ignoring subpoenas as the White House runs interference for them, investigators are eyeing people who were close to Donald Trump's 2016 campaign -- but were not government employees.

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How the Iraq war and the Great Recession of 2008 paved the way for the Trump catastrophe

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In my dream, it’s 2021. Donald Trump has lost by the biggest popular vote margin in history. (The Electoral College? Unanimous!) Criminal charges rain down on him. As squad cars ring Trump Tower, a nasal voice shouts, “Come and get me, dirty coppers!” From a bullhorn, the reply issues: “Come out with your tiny hands in the air!”

Nancy Pelosi must have dreams just like it. “Sources” say she seeks to quell impeachment by declaring she’d rather see Trump in jail. Who wouldn’t? But would the next batch of Barrs, Muellers and Rosensteins be any more likely than the last to get the job done? It’s a sweet dream, but a risky bet.

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Trump thinks he can create his own healthcare law that will take the issue off the table for Democrats

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One of the significant issues Republicans lost on in 2018 was their nearly decade-long crusade to unmake the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

This week Trump will announce that he's running for president again, and he promises a surprise announcement while there. While it's unclear what he intends for the surprise, one thing he is talking about is a better healthcare law than the Democratic one.

According to The New York Times, Trump is "vowing to issue the plan within a month or two, reviving a campaign promise with broad consequences for next year’s contest."

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