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Trump may declare emergency ‘as soon as next week’ before shutdown tanks the economy: Fox Business

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Fox Business’s Charles Gasparino is reporting that White House officials are now starting to worry that President Donald Trump’s government shutdown is going to hurt the American economy, and are thus preparing to issue an emergency order to build the president’s border wall within the next several days.

“White House sources say internal data shows impact of shutdown will hit economy shortly as officials grow increasingly worried about economic impact of impasse,” Gasparino writes. “Trump likely to end impasse with government emergency as soon as next week.”

Trump has been threatening to declare a national emergency as a pretext for building his border wall if the Democratic House refuses to pay for it. However, even some members of the far-right House Freedom Caucus have cautioned the president against taking this approach, as they fear it would lead to future Democratic presidents declaring national emergencies to take unilateral action on issues ranging from gun safety to climate change.

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Here’s why Trump and Putin are only frenemies at this point

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President Trump’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran has hit an obstacle: Russia.

While the United States insists that Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone in international airspace last week, Russia rejected the charge on Tuesday and supported Iran’s claim that the Global Hawk drone with a 116-foot wingspan was shot down over Iranian territory.

A top Russian official stated Moscow’s intelligence findings at a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, according to Haaretz, the Israeli daily.

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How the GOP is embracing more ruthless power grabs in the face of huge political challenges

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On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on two cases highlighting the collision between partisan power grabs and setting the ground rules for two of the most important elections in America—those for U.S. House and state legislative chambers.

This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

One ruling concerns whether the Trump administration can add a question to the 2020 census that asks if anyone residing in that address is not a U.S. citizen. The other concerns whether hyper-partisanship is unconstitutional when state legislatures run by a single party draw electoral districts to maximize their party’s likelihood of winning elections.

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Hope Hicks may have implicated Jared Kushner in a coverup

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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks frustrated Democrats last week when she refused to answer multiple questions about her time in the White House.

However, Mother Jones' David Corn and Dan Friedman noticed one bit of Hicks's testimony that shines a negative light on Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

When asked about her false statement in December 2016 that there had been no contact between members of the Trump campaign and Russian government officials, Hicks said she consulted several top officials who worked for the campaign before making the statement, including Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon -- and Jared Kushner.

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