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Trump facing potent and angry opposition from all sides over ‘ridiculous’ national emergency

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With President Donald Trump expected to issue a national emergency declaration as early as Friday in an attempt to subvert Congress and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the president is facing potent and angry opposition from all sides—with legal action almost certain, mass public protests being planned, and renewed talk of impeachment—as critics argue that while Trump has created a fake emergency to fulfill his xenophobic campaign promise about the wall, the real emergencies are ones he created himself and others he and Republicans continue to ignore.

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“Our real national emergency is Trump & [Senate Majority Mitch] McConnell’s racist lies about Latinx & Mexican immigrants,” declared civil rights leader and anti-poverty campaigner Rev. William Barber II in a tweet late Thursday night. “It’s their denial of healthcare, racist voter suppression, & addiction to low wage jobs, ecological devastation & militarism.”

In an email to his group’s members, Public Citizen president Robert Weissman vowed to file a lawsuit to challenge the president’s declaration, but said it remains vital for the American people to raise their voices against the president. He wrote:

To state the obvious, there is no serious claim to be made of an emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border to justify construction of a wall.

Every halfhearted and palpably fabricated rationale to justify claims of emergency has been thoroughly and embarrassingly debunked:

  • Unauthorized immigration is not surging.
  • There is no terrorist invasion from Mexico.
  • Illegal drug traffic is channeled through legal ports of entry, not open border areas.

The only crisis at the border is the buildup in Mexico of families seeking asylum in the United States — but those people are seeking legal entry into the United States, and the crisis is due to the Trump administration’s refusal to afford them humane treatment.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), meanwhile, said that Trump has no authority whatsoever to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall:

And Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said the president must be “vigorously” opposed:

Kathryn Hampton, coordinator of the Asylum Network program for Physicians for Human Rights, explained that the only emergency along the border “is a human rights crisis of the administration’s own making in its denial of asylum seekers’ basic health and human rights.”

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While Trump, under a national emergency declaration would seek to commandeer funds allocated for other purposes, Hampton says that current funding meant for humanitarian concerns is already “being misdirected from appropriate staffing at ports of entry, the efficient processing of asylum seekers waiting in desperation and in danger on the Mexican side of the border, and the provision of adequate medical care to those in custody.”

Like Rev. Barber, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) was among those who also chimed in, listing unaffordable drug prices, pervasive economic insecurity, the climate crisis, the epidemic of over-crowded prisons, and the fact that cities like Flint, Michigan still have no clean water as true “national emergencies” that deserve immediate attention:

Referencing McConnell’s recent complaint that Democratic efforts in Congress to make voting more accessible for the American public was akin to some kind of “power grab,” economist Robert Reich asked: “So let me get this straight: Declaring Election Day a national holiday would be a ‘power grab,’ but declaring a national emergency over a manufactured crisis is totally fine?”

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By Jon Queally, Common Dreams


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Security forces fired live rounds at protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian president: report

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Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations.

A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt's 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.

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‘They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!’: Trump freaks out about other people acting nuts

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After a disastrous week dominated by news about the whistleblower alleging President Donald Trump committed misconduct in office, President Donald Trump lashed out at the media for covering his scandals.

In Trump's mind, however, it was the media who "had a very bad week" as he repeated his call that journalists are "The Enemy of the People!"

Trump, who has almost 65 million followers on Twitter, claimed without evidence that the press doesn't check facts, makes up facts and even make up sources.

Trump then claimed it is the media who have gone "totally crazy" he argued, with "crazy" in all capital letters and followed by four exclamation points.

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Elizabeth Warren surges ahead of Joe Biden in new Des Moines Register poll of the Iowa Caucuses

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has surged to first place among likely Iowa Caucus-goes, according to a new poll released Saturday night by CNN and the Des Moines Register.

The poll showed Warren at 22%, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden at 20%.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is at 11%, South Bend Mayor Pete Buggigieg is at 9% and Sen. Kamala Harris is at 6%.

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