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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.

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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.

“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.”

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Read the entire OP-ED here.

 

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

https://twitter.com/oliverdarcy/status/1218704788432572422

Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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