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Trump is losing the shutdown battle with Americans who think he deserves the blame: Reuters

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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence took part in a heated exchange with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at the White House on December 11, 2018. (AFP / Brendan Smialowski)

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll revealed the majority of Americans blame President Donald Trump for the government shutdown.

Americans were polled between Dec. 20 and January 2 on their political attitudes. An average of 50 percent of American voters blame Trump while 32 percent blame Democrats. However, Reuters broke down how the numbers changed over time and blame for Trump increased while blame for Democrats declined.

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A shocking statistic revealed Republicans in Congress are skirting a lot of blame. That could change Thursday when Democrats are expected to pass the spending bill the House refused to pass in the past several weeks. After Democrats pass the legislation it moves to the Senate, where Republicans have said they won’t even bring it to the floor. If the Senate refuses to vote, it could put the onus on the GOP.

See the full graph at Reuters.


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Republicans planted a time bomb in their tax cut bill that will actually raise most people’s taxes: economist

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On Saturday, writing for The New York Times, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz warned that many people's taxes are about to go up.

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REVEALED: Far-right extremists are circulating plans to lock down Arizona streets if Trump is re-elected

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On Saturday, The Arizona Republic reported that far-right paramilitary groups are circulating plans to lock down neighborhoods in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area in the event that President Donald Trump is re-elected, supposedly to police left-wing protesters.

"In Arizona, the head of the Prescott-area chapter of the Oath Keepers group, which recruits military and law enforcement officers, has warned residents to be prepared to protect their neighborhoods from feared extreme left-wing protesters who would be upset should President Donald Trump be re-elected," reported Richard Ruelas. "Part of that the pro-Trump group'splan involved closing streets and assigning monitors to control access, according to a planning document shared with The Republic."

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