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Trump officially declares a national emergency to get funds for his border wall

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President Donald Trump on Friday announced that he would declare a national emergency to fund his border wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a Rose Garden speech, Trump said his administration planned to confront the “crisis” on the border “one way or another.”

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“It’s all a lie. They say walls don’t work. Walls work a hundred percent,” the president added.

Trump insisted that a wall was necessary for border security. America was facing “an invasion” of drugs, human traffickers, and criminals gangs, he claimed.

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Thursday he believed Trump would sign a bipartisan spending bill that passed the House and Senate, but that he would also declare a national emergency so he can reallocate funds to pay for his wall without Congressional approval.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned Trump was aiming to declare a national emergency as well. Sure enough, the president made good on the pledge.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) warned against the move, telling Republicans it sets a precedent for any Democratic president to declare a national emergency when it comes to issues like gun violence.

“Want to talk about a national emergency, let’s talk about today, the one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America,” Pelosi said in a press conference Thursday. “That’s a national emergency. Declare that an emergency, Mr. President, I wish you would. But a Democratic president can do that. So the precedent the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by Republicans and we respond accordingly when we review our options.”

The next likely move will be lawsuits questioning Trump’s declaration of “emergency” and lawsuits over the separation of powers.

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Trump was expected fly to his private golf club in Florida after declaring the emergency.

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Here’s why Jeffrey Epstein surrounded himself with scientists

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The list of confidants and friends who were fêted by the late financier and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein included a number of prominent scientists. Among the eye-popping names that appeared on the list: the late cosmologist Stephen Hawking, Nobel-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, physicist Frank Wilczek, neurologist Oliver Sacks, and geneticist George M. Church.

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Trump just humiliated his own son with an absurd tweet about Greenland

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President Donald Trump confirmed multiple reports this weekend when he said that he does, indeed, hope to buy Greenland and make it part of the United States.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has said that the country, which is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, is “not for sale”: “Greenland belongs to Greenland.” Which should be the end of the story. Unfortunately, it’s not.

On Monday, Trump sent the following tweet, apparently trying to quell suspicions that the president just regards Greenland as another place to expand his business empire:

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Trump’s resolve on background checks ‘substantially softened’ after call from NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: NYT

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President Donald Trump has reversed his promises to fight for gun control, The New York Times reported Monday.

"Days after a pair of deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, President Trump said he was prepared to endorse what he described as 'very meaningful background checks' that would be possible because of his 'greater influence now over the Senate and over the House,'" the newspaper reported.

"But after discussions with gun rights advocates during his two-week working vacation in Bedminster, N.J. — including talks with Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the National Rifle Association — Mr. Trump’s resolve appears to have substantially softened, and he has reverted to reiterating the conservative positions on the gun issue he has espoused since the 2016 campaign," The Times reported.

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