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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.

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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.

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.

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“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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White House finally issues response to macabre video showing Trump as mass shooter

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The White House press secretary issued a terse condemnation of a macabre online video depicting President Donald Trump gunning down media figures and Democratic rivals.

The video was shown at a conservative political event hosted at a Trump-owned hotel and attended by Donald Trump Jr. and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, whose successor as press secretary was forced to comment the morning after reports about the video began circulating online.

"Re: the video played over the weekend: The @POTUS @realDonaldTrump has not yet seen the video, he will see it shortly, but based upon everything he has heard, he strongly condemns this video," said Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary.

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Experts on middle-school bullies reveal secrets to beating Trump at his own game

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President Donald Trump is the most famous bully in the world, and some experts on middle-school bullies offered some advice to the Democratic candidates who might face him in next year's election.

Bullying peaks for most people between the ages of 12 and 14, when children become more self-conscious, and middle schoolers tend to compensate for their insecurity by siding with classmates with a higher social status, reported The New Yorker.

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Furious ex-White House official rains hell on Trump video of church slaughter: ’Mass shootings are not jokes!’

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A CNN panel was equally appalled and furious about a video that was shown at the conservative conference held at a hotel owned by Donald Trump that showed the president slaughtering church worshipers who rrepresented CNN, NPR, MSNBC and Black Lives Matter in the "Church of Fake News."

Speaking with hosts John Avlon and Alisyn Camerota, former President Bill Clinton communications director Joe Lockhart seemed visibly angry that it was shown at a conservative sanctioned event that featured Sarah Sanders and Don Trump Jr. as speakers.

Asked by Avlon, "Has there been anything remotly like this in American political history or something truly new and dangerous?"

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