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Trump’s emergency declaration is a ‘looming disaster’ for McConnell and Republicans in 2020: GOP donor

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A new report in The Washington Post points to a looming potentially perilous situation (or as the Post puts it an “an epic constitutional standoff “) for Republicans up for re-election next year.

The crux of it all will be when House Democrats soon order up, as expected, a new resolution disapproving of Trump’s emergency declaration regarding his wall, said the Post on Friday.

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“The inter-party feud will come to a head in a matter of weeks, as House Democrats gear up to pass a resolution disapproving of Trump’s emergency declaration. Under congressional rules, that resolution would automatically come to the Senate for a vote in a matter of days, forcing Republicans to take a position,” the report noted.

Key Republicans such as Mitch McConnell (R-KY) could be at risk, per the Post.

“‘It is a recipe for disaster for McConnell and his flock of Senate Republicans up in 2020,’ said Dan Eberhart, an oil industry executive and GOP donor who called the predicament a ‘no-win situation.’

The post quotes Eberhart again as saying:  “Choose Trump and the emergency declaration and offend moderates, or upset Trump and risk being toppled in a Trump-fueled primary challenge.”

And it’s not just McConnell at risk, either, according to the Post. Other Senate Republicans will have to decide if they are ok with Trump’s power grab, which goes against traditional conservative values, or face a tough time explaining their backing of Trump’s ’emergency’ back in their respective districts.

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“That could pose a problem for senators such as Thom Tillis of North Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas, Martha McSally of Arizona and Tom Cotton of Arkansas — all Republicans up for reelection next year,” the Post says. “Cornyn and McSally hail from border states, where their own constituents could see the Trump administration attempting to seize property under eminent domain laws to build a border wall. Tillis represents a swing state where he needs both independents and Trump loyalists to win reelection.”

Read the full report here.

 

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Internet slams ‘cringe-worthy elitist’ Mike Bloomberg for saying he’s too rich to use TurboTax

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At the Democratic presidential debate in Nevada, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stumbled after being asked when he will release his tax returns, when he suggested that he "can't go to TurboTax" because he's too wealthy.

Moderator: "You've said you'll release your tax returns, but why do Democrats have to wait?"

Bloomberg: "We do business around the world. The document will be thousands of pages. I can't go to TurboTax."

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Trump wants Ric Grenell to keep his ambassador job while also overseeing every intelligence agency: report

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump was reported to be planning to appoint U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to serve as acting Director of National Intelligence — a position for which he has zero qualifications. The move raised immediate fears, given that Grenell is a hardline Trump loyalist.

But it doesn't stop there. Reports also suggest that the president intends for Grenell to keep serving as Ambassador to Germany at the same time as he is overseeing every U.S. intelligence agency.

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‘You lost me’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez graciously defuses confrontational question

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In an appearance on ABC's popular daytime talk show "The View" Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke about what she called a "disconnect" between centrist, establishment members of the Democratic Party and progressive lawmakers who have been viewed as agitators in the party.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg said that while she had applauded Ocasio-Cortez's surprise victory in her 2018 primary against Wall Street-backed former Rep. Joe Crowley, she has since cooled on the lawmaker due to what she views as a dismissal of baby boomers' past activism. Ocasio-Cortez has pushed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to back a Green New Deal, called on her fellow Democrats to support Medicare for All, and criticized Democrats who take big-money donations from the financial, for-profit healthcare, and fossil fuel sectors.

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