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GOP leaders panic behind-the-scenes ahead of looming Congressional vote on blocking Trump’s ’emergency’

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According to a new New York Times report, GOP leaders are panicking behind the scenes and trying to keep several top Republicans from voting with Democrats to block Trump’s ’emergency’ wall funding.

“Republican leaders scrambled to keep rank-and-file members in line ahead of a House vote on Tuesday to kill President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the Mexican border, as Democrats appealed to Republicans to protect Congress’s constitutional power to control federal spending,” the Times wrote Monday.

Several high ranking Republican Senators such as Susan Collins (R-ME) and  Thom Tillis (R-NC) have signaled that they may break with Trump and Mitch McConnell to vote their conscience instead of allowing a presidential power grab usurping Congress’ traditional power of the purse.

Other high profile Republicans are on the fence, torn between their love of Trump, and their love for the Constitution.

Lamar Alexander (R-TN) called Trump’s declaration “unnecessary, unwise and inconsistent with the Constitution,” per the Times. But he “declined to say how he would vote on a resolution ending it” so far, the paper reports.

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The Times goes on to say that top Republican leaders in the House and Senate are working furiously behind the scenes to save Trump from potential embarrassment.

“Top Republicans, including Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, said they were confident that there will be enough support to prevent the two-thirds majority needed to override the veto,” the Times said.

Read the full report here.

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Ivanka bashed by CNN guest for jumping into Trump racist furor late and trying to make herself look good

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Appearing on CNN, the author of a piece in The Atlantic on Ivanka Trump's disappearing act whenever her father, President Donald Trump, does something offensive, said the first daughter likes to pick her spots when she can be "part of the show."

Speaking with CNN host Ana Cabrera, journalist Elaina Plott said Ivanka's influence on her father has been overstated since the beginning of his presidency and only she moves into the public eye when it benefits her.

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House GOP group wants to pressure Amazon into selling gay conversion therapy books written by long-debunked quack

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A key bloc of House Republicans is planning to put pressure on Amazon to once again start selling "gay conversion therapy" books that the website had previously removed for peddling a dangerous, pseudo-scientific procedure that has been linked to suicide and mental health problems.

Vice News reports that the Republican Study Group issued a handout to its members this week encouraging them to raise concerns about "Amazon censorship" of books written by Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, the late clinical psychologist who has been credited with pioneering so-called gay conversion therapy techniques.

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WATCH: Employee at Tim Hortons slurs Muslim couple and tells them ‘go back to your own country’

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According to a report from Deadline Detroit, a Muslim advocacy group has filed a complaint against a local Tim Horton's location after an employee insulted a Muslim couple and told them to "go back to their own country," followed by a sexist slur.

The report states Alaa Kouider and her husband, Ameur Dhaimini, were purchasing coffee at the local fast food location when they got into an argument with the cashier.

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