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Former GOP lawmakers beg Republicans to ‘terminate Trump’s emergency declaration’ in scathing op-ed

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A pair of respected Republican ex-Congressman from Texas torched today’s crop of servile GOP lawmakers (including Ted Cruz) Monday in a new Houston Chronicle OP-ED.

“Americans may have different views on President Trump’s wall proposal, but all of us should be able to agree that an emergency declaration is a constitutionally inappropriate means to secure funding,” the lawmakers wrote. “In order to fulfill their oath of office, members of Congress should vote to terminate the emergency declaration,” Steve Bartlett, a Republican who represented Texas’s 3rd Congressional District between 1983-1991 and Alan Steelman, a Republican who represented Texas’s 5th district between 1973 and 1977, wrote.

The pair went on to note that “the power of the purse rests with Congress because it maintains the most direct connection between those being governed and those governing.”

But the old guard Republicans saved their ire for Trump himself in the new piece, saying that “the president should not be able to circumvent Congress’s considered decision not to provide requested funding simply by invoking an emergency….that is not how our Constitution vests power.”

The conservatives ended their OP-ED, entitled ‘To our fellow Republicans: Terminate Trump’s emergency declaration,”  with a friendly reminder of the oath all Republicans took before assuming office….an oath to the Constitution, and not Trump.

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“Our oath is to put the country and its Constitution above everything, including party politics or loyalty to a president,” they said.

“Any person who has served or currently serves in the Congress sought the office out of great love for our country and a passionate belief in the majesty of our constitution,” they wrote, ending with: “We sought to serve to advance freedom and prosperity — and above all to defend our constitutional order…now those in office are being called on to do exactly that, even when expediency may counsel shunting high principle aside — honoring that awesome oath of office means voting to terminate the emergency declared by the president.”

Read the entire OP-ED here.

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Dear NeverTrumpers: Either help or STFU

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Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed that the NeverTrumpers — repentant Republicans and conservatives — have been offering up lots of advice for how the Democrats can win the next election. Their jackhammer advice has basically been limited to urging the party to disavow its activist, progressive members in order to secure the contrarian swing voters who cast ballots for Barack Obama twice, then switched to Donald Trump in 2016.

Before I offer up a come-to-Jesus moment for the NeverTrumpers, let me say that as many of you know, I’ve defended members of this exiled faction in the past, and continue to stand by the idea that we need to form a coalition to close the loopholes exposed by Donald Trump’s malfeasance as a means of preventing another, perhaps more dangerous monster from sashaying through the Trump-shaped hole in the wall. To be clear: I’m not talking about conceding on policy or platform planks. I’m merely suggesting a detente between voices who all agree that Trump is a menace and his presidency is an existential national crisis.

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Morning Joe panel brutally dismantles Lindsey Graham for doubling down and backing Trump’s extreme racism

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough was left speechless by Sen. Lindsey Graham's impassioned defense of President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen.

The "Morning Joe" host sat in stunned silence after rolling video of the South Carolina Republican defending Trump's tweets, and doubling down by hurling his own slurs against the first-year lawmakers.

"You call Americans in Congress communists?" Scarborough said, after gathering his thoughts, "and you say they hate America? And then your punch line to that is aim higher?"

Scarborough, who served alongside Graham as a Republican congressman, said the episode was a shameful new low for the veteran lawmaker.

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Storm may force Army Corps to flood thousands of acres of farmland

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The Army Corps of Engineers could flood 130,000 acres of farmland in southeast Missouri by blowing up levees on a floodway on the Mississippi River if the remnants of Barry or other storms this summer dump too much rain.

The Coast Guard has posted plans to halt barge traffic if necessary on the Mississippi from the junction with the Ohio River at Cairo, Ill., to downstream of New Madrid, Mo.

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