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Trump wants to end wall fight so he can go back to Mar-a-Lago: New York Times

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Donald Trump is itching to end his border wall fight so he can get back to Mar-a-Lago, the New York Times reported Friday night.

According to his allies who spoke with the Times‘ Maggie Haberman and Annie Karni, the president is “eager” to spend time at his “Winter White House” in Palm Beach, Florida.

The report noted that the president “resented the advice of aides to deliver an Oval Office address and travel to Texas on Thursday” and has “few options” left to end the shutdown without compromising.

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Former White House aides who spoke with the Times said Trump is more focused on the “optics” of the border wall fight that resulted in what is now the longest government shutdown in US history than actually building it.

Those same aides noted that the president did not fight for his wall in the first two years of his presidency.


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Deputy gets called out after sporting ‘extremist’ symbols at Black Lives Matter protest – and then gets put on leave

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A California sheriff's deputy who was working the scene of a protest is under investigation for wearing a patch with symbols depicting what the Orange County Sheriff's Office describes as "extremist groups."

Image that surfaced online this Wednesday show a deputy wearing a patch with the symbols of the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters, which are known to be right-wing anti-government militias, Voice of OC reports.

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Secretary of the Army reminds soldiers that they swore an oath to uphold the Constitution — all of it

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The secretary of the U.S. Army was forced to come out and remind soldiers that even if they're called up supplement police forces in cities around the U.S. that they still must abide by their oath to uphold the Constitution.

In a Twitter statement Thursday, Ryan McCarthy posted a video of himself speaking to troops saying that peaceful protests are fine and that the soldiers are there to "protect that ideal."

"Every Soldier and Department of the Army Civilian swears an oath to support and defend the Constitution. That includes the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances," he said in the tweet.

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Lindsey Graham lashes out at Mattis for criticizing Trump — and suggests he’s been duped by the ‘liberal media’

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday lashed out at Gen. James Mattis, President Donald Trump's former Defense secretary.

Writing an op-ed in The Atlantic on Wednesday, Mattis highlighted the president's tendency toward fascism and authoritarianism. It prompted Graham to tell the general he doesn't know what he's talking about.

"To General Mattis, I think you're missing something here, my friend. You're missing the fact that the liberal media has taken every event in the last three-and-a-half years and laid it at the president's feet," Graham said on Fox News, according to Axios.

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