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‘Spectacle of a nation’: Washington Post editorial calls on Trump not to create another embarrassing shutdown

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On Monday, an editorial in The Washington Post called on President Donald Trump and lawmakers to act swiftly in order to prevent another shutdown.

“The lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers would again be upended in the event of another shutdown,” the report said.

Lawmakers reached an “agreed on principle” that gives Trump about $1.3 billion for his wall. Trump has still not approved of the proposals, and despite the negotiations said he would build the wall anyway, during a rally in El Paso.

Another government shut down would also tarnish the reputation of America.

“The image and prestige of the United States itself would be further battered as people around the world took in the spectacle of a nation incapable of fulfilling basic functions of governance,” the report said.

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As the potential shutdown looms, the basic functions of government will not be able to operate.

“Mr. Trump had sought for his wall — they should certainly be able to find it on detention bed capacity. Monday evening they were reported to have reached a preliminary deal. If so, Congress should vote on it, whatever Mr. Trump says about it, and keep the government open,” the report said.

Adding, “Lawmakers are paid to resolve problems. Let them resolve this one and present a deal to the president.”

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Former Trump communications aide admits to hiring prostitutes

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President Donald Trump's former communications aide Jason Miller admitted to hiring prostitutes in 2015 and 2017, an exclusive report revealed Tuesday.

Mediaite broke the news that Miller had hired "multiple" prostitutes for sexual acts at massage parlors. The comments were part of a videotaped deposition, and Miller confessed that he was using the sexual services as recently as "a few months ago" from the deposition he gave on May 30.

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Trump believes white nationalism is a winning strategy — because Fox News tells him so

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Donald Trump thinks white nationalism is going to win him the 2020 election. This much is clear. Trump's racist Twitter rant on Sunday — in which he suggested that four nonwhite congresswomen, three of whom were born in the United States, are "originally" from somewhere else and should therefore "go back" — might have seemed at first like a spontaneous eruption of racist rage from the simmering bigot in the White House.

Soon, however, it became clear that this was strategic. Trump thinks it's a winning move to echo the claims of David Duke and other white nationalists who believe the United States is for white people. He justified his racism by saying that "many people agree with me," and by continuing to rave on Twitter about how the real purveyors of "racist hatred" are those who look askance at his embracing the rhetoric of Stormfront and the KKK.

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Judge boots Roger Stone off all major social media platforms in expansion of gag order

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Trump ally Roger Stone, who is due to be tried on multiple charges ranging from obstruction of justice to witness tampering later this year, got slapped this week with an expanded gag order that barred him from using all major social media platforms.

The Washington Post reports that Judge Amy Berman Jackson increased the scope of Stone's gag order and ordered him to stop communicating publicly through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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