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Trump ‘will rue the day’ he forced his emergency — now he’ll have to ‘beg’ for any spending: Retired Republican

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Retired Pennsylvania Republican congressman Charlie Dent told CNN on Thursday that President Donald Trump would “rue the day” he declared a national emergency to get funding for his border wall — and that for the foreseeable future, the president would have to “literally beg” Congress for even a nickel.

Dent said that the only reason the Republicans backed the president was because of “real base pressure” and “complaints” from conservative activists. “I suspect that might have been a motivating factor for a number of these Republicans to vote against this resolution, because there really is no good explanation for it,” he said. “As an institution, Congress has to stand up for itself.”

“For the president to be able to reallocate or reprogram dollars without congressional approval to the magnitude he has,” Dent went on, pointing to the sheer scale of Trump’s funding grab, “this is a big deal.”

“What’s going to happen now the president is going to rue this day, tell you why,” an “astounded” Dent continued. “He needs the cooperation of Congress to reallocate and reprogram money, to transfer money. That cooperation is going to go out the window because of this emergency declaration.”

He said federal agencies would become a funding bottleneck, “good will and faith and trust” dry up.

“Now he’s going to have to beg, literally, for any time he wants to move a nickel,” Dent said. “This is a short sighted victory for the president.”

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John Dean explains the big mistake Hope Hicks made by stonewalling Congress

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Former White House counsel John Dean, a key figure in the Watergate scandal, said Wednesday on CNN that there was a serious flaw in the attempt to prevent longtime Trump confidant Hope Hicks from testifying to Congress.

White House lawyers have asserted that Hicks has absolute immunity and is not legally required to testify about her time as Trump's director of communications. Hicks testified Wednesday during a closed-door hearing before the House Judiciary Committee — where she reportedly refused to answer questions about her White House job.

"Privilege is not being asserted here. Instead, the White House says that Hicks has absolute immunity regarding the time that she spent at 1600 Pennsylvania. Does absolute immunity even exist? And if so, can you explain to me the difference between the two?" CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Dean.

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Reparations hearing erupts in applause after Ta-Nehisi Coates gives McConnell an epic lesson on racism

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Author Ta-Nehisi Coates on Wednesday delivered an epic smack down of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on reparations for slavery.

In Coates's opening remarks, he responded directly to McConnell's claim that the government should not pay out reparations to black Americans because slavery ended more than 150 years ago.

Coates pointed out that the United States was still paying out pensions to the families of Civil War soldiers "well into this century" and he said that the government still honors treaties it signed even though no one who signed them is still alive today.

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Trump campaign official squirms when CNN host shows him polls of the president losing to literally everyone

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CNN's Poppy Harlow on Wednesday cornered Trump campaign official Marc Lotter by showing him polls that show President Donald Trump losing to every major Democratic presidential candidate.

During an interview about Trump's 2020 campaign kickoff rally on Tuesday, Harlow asked Lotter why the president's poll numbers were so poor even though the economy is still performing well by many measures.

"A Quinnipiac poll came out yesterday -- it showed a whole lot of Democratic presidential candidates beating the president in head-to-head matchups, from Elizabeth Warren to Beto O'Rourke, to Joe Biden to South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg," she said. "Are you concerned about that?"

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