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Trump again threatens to use a ‘national emergency’ to build his wall and rants it is his ‘absolute right’

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President Donald Trump has offered his own opinion on what would constitute a “national emergency” allowing him to build a wall on the southern border without Congressional approval, according to reports from an Oval Office briefing.

“Trump also says the ‘threshold’ for declaring a national emergency at the border (empowering him to build the wall without congressional approval) is if he cannot make a deal with Congress,” according to the Wall Street Journal‘s Rebecca Ballhaus.

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Trump also reportedly claimed it was his “absolute right” to declare an emergency and build the wall.

“I think we might work a deal, and if we don’t, we might go that route,” he reportedly said.

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If Trump were to declare a national emergency so he could unilaterally begin construction on a border wall experts anticipate an immediate legal challenge.

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Revealed: Nikki Haley sent confidential information about North Korea nuke scare over system meant only for unclassified communications

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"Convenience is not an acceptable reason to skirt information security rules. She should be held to the same standard as everyone else," said Austin Evers, executive director at American Oversight, upon hearing the news that former UN ambassador Nikki Haley used a Blackberry smartphone to communicate with staff regarding North Korea's July, 2017 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the US.

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Adam Schiff moves to implicate Pence in the Ukraine scandal as Republicans go off the rails

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In the panoply of contradictory and incoherent defenses of Donald Trump, a favorite of Republicans has been to harp on the claim that witnesses to Trump's extortion scheme against Ukraine were all "second-hand" or "third-hand." This has always been confounding, as the official summary readout of the famous phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump clearly conditioning military aid and U.S. support on Zelensky giving a public boost to Trump's conspiracy theories about former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders. The witnesses so far have simply affirmed what the written record demonstrates amply.

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Why saying ‘OK boomer’ at work is considered age discrimination – but millennial put-downs aren’t

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The phrase “OK boomer” has become a catch-all put-down that Generation Zers and young millennials have been using to dismiss retrograde arguments made by baby boomers, the generation of Americans who are currently 55 to 73 years old.

Though it originated online and primarily is fueling memes, Twitter feuds and a flurry of commentary, it has begun migrating to real life. Earlier this month, a New Zealand lawmaker lobbed the insult at an older legislator who had dismissed her argument about climate change.

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