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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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Black couple’s marriage proposal party interrupted multiple times by white security guards accusing them of theft

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According to a report at WHEC, a black couple who drove to a park where the man intended to propose were interrupted and harassed three times by security guards who accused them of stealing a T-shirt at a gift shop.

In a Facebook post, Cathy-Marie Hamlet explained that she and her fiancé, Clyde Jackson, were sitting at a table outside the Angry Orchard gift shop when a female security guard approached them and accused Jackson of stealing the shirt and asked to check his pockets.

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Mueller’s investigation did nothing to stop the next Russian attack: Cybersecurity expert

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The special counsel investigation of Russian election interference accomplished almost nothing to prevent further attacks on U.S. democracy, according to a cybersecurity expert.

Robert Mueller's investigation resulted in convictions for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates, along with former national security adviser Mike Flynn and others, but the former FBI director had little authority to hold Russian agents accountable for the crimes he uncovered, wrote cybersecurity analyst Robert Johnson for The Daily Beast.

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Pulitzer-prize winning reporter divulges his 5 most important questions for Robert Mueller

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Did acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Attorney General William Barr or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein ever suggest that you wrap up your investigation, suggest limits on lines of inquiry (and, if so, be specific) or limit resources available to your office?Did your office make any assessment of the degree to which Donald Trump, his campaign and his administration, advanced the interests of the Russian Federation, wittingly or unwittingly, and, if so, what was that assessment? If not, please explain the reasoning for avoiding this.What information did your office request, such as intercepts and other intelligence, from the CIA, the National Security Agency and other federal intelligence services, and were all requests honored? Did your office withhold anything, or not pursue any leads, leads because of concerns about protecting such intelligence, including sources and methods?Since you were the second-longest-serving FBI director, and knowing what you now know, are there are other areas of investigation into the conduct of Donald Trump, his team, its relationships with others and his conduct in office that you would have agents investigate were you still leading the FBI?Your report states that “it is important to view the President’s pattern of conduct as a whole. That pattern sheds light on the nature of the President’s acts and the inferences that can be drawn about his intent.” And you have stated that responsibility in this regard rests with Congress. So, what do you recommend Congress do—enact new laws and if so what laws? Hold oversight hearings and if so into what? Initiate impeachment proceedings?

 

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