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Trump lashes out at Pelosi over rejected government shutdown proposal
Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- In a Sunday morning tweetstorm, President Donald Trump lashed out at Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Democrats for rejecting his proposal offering temporary protections to some undocumented immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion in border security funding. The president accused Pelosi of behaving "irrationally” for turning down his offer. “Nancy Pelosi has behaved so irrationally & has gone so far to the left that she has now officially become a Radical Democrat. She is so petrified of the ‘lefties’ in her party that she has lost control.” He added in another tweet, “Nancy...
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2020 hopefuls set to honor Martin Luther King Jr. as campaign pace intensifies
iStock (WASHINGTON) -- As the nation is set to honor civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, a host of Democrats thought to be eyeing a presidential bid in 2020 will be delivering high-profile speeches across the country on what is shaping up to be a precursor to a long and crowded campaign to unseat President Donald Trump.At least six major contenders for the Democratic nomination will be giving speeches or attending events honoring King, a major opportunity for them to speak to an issue that promises to be front and center during the 2020 campaign: race.Former...
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Top House Homeland Security Dem: 'I would not rule out a wall in certain instances'
Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The Democratic chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said he “would not rule out a wall in certain instances” after President Donald Trump proposed a new immigration and border security plan Saturday in an attempt to end the partial government shutdown.Asked if he would “rule out a wall,” Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi said, “I would not rule out a wall in certain instances."“The notion that we can't have barriers is just something that's not true," he said, adding, "You have to have a plan, and the plan that the president initially started with...
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Sen. Lankford: Trump's shutdown proposal a 'reasonable compromise'
Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call (WASHINGTON) -- As the partial government shutdown reaches Day 30, Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, said Sunday on This Week that President Donald Trump's latest proposal to end the partial government shutdown is a "reasonable compromise" that should be taken up by Congress."What I encouraged the White House to do, and multiple others encouraged the White House to do, is put out a proposal," Lankford said. "The vote this week is not to pass the bill. It's to open up and say, 'Can we debate this?' 'Can we amend it?' 'Can we make changes?'"On Saturday, Trump announced...
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CBP says wall is key part of border security, but migrants say it wouldn't stop them
ABC News (TIJUANA, Mexico) -- Alisson Luna, 22, fled Honduras after she was raped, with her three children and grandmother, embarking on a nearly 3,000-mile journey to reach the United States in order to seek asylum. Waiting in Tijuana, Mexico until she and her family could make their claim, Luna told ABC News that this was the only option for her.Luna and her family are waiting at El Barretal, a music venue-turned-migrant shelter about 30 miles south of the U.S. southern border. Raddatz and her team were given masks when they were there, to protect against disease in the cramped...
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Gillibrand: Democrats 'willing to talk about' pathway to citizenship for 'Dreamers'
Drew Angerer/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, the latest Democrat eyeing a 2020 bid for the White House, said Democrats would be “willing to talk about” a pathway to citizenship for the so-called “Dreamers,” which is further than what’s offered in President Donald Trump’s latest immigration and border security proposal to end the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.On Sunday, Trump tweeted about his proposal, saying that “amnesty is not part of” the offer.“Does that sound to you like he's moving a bit, and what's your reaction to that?” asked This Week Co-anchor Martha Raddatz.“It doesn't sound...
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks at Women's March in Iowa: 'We would change everything'
Steve Pope/Getty Images (DES MOINES, Iowa.) -- New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand kicked off her 2020 presidential campaign in Iowa this weekend by tackling a controversial subject head-on and being a marquee speaker at the Women's March in Des Moines on Saturday. Although the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and NAACP withdrew their support from the Women's March amid accusations of bigotry by some of the lead organizers, Gillibrand spoke at the rally in which the 14-degree weather pushed marchers into the Iowa State Capitol building, where she was swarmed before and after taking the stage. “I will make this very...
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Trump would extend 'Dreamers' and TPS protection in exchange for full border wall funding
Pete Marovich/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that in exchange for border wall funding and ending the partial government shutdown, he would extend temporary protections for so-called "Dreamers" and those with Temporary Protected Status -- two key issues for congressional Democrats who nevertheless appeared to hold their ground on refusing the president's demand for $5.7 billion in wall funding. "Our plan includes the following," Trump announced in a speech from the Oval Office. "$800 million in urgent humanitarian aid, $805 million for drug detection technology to help secure our ports of entry, an additional 2,750 border...
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Special counsel office: Parts of Buzzfeed article tying Trump to Cohen’s lies to Congress are not accurate
Martin H. Simon - Pool/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday took the unusual step of publicly denying portions of a media report published by BuzzFeed News. The article, posted Thursday night on BuzzFeed, suggests that President Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen, his former personal attorney and fixer, to lie in his testimony to Congress and that special counsel Robert Mueller has evidence to support that claim. “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” special counsel...
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President Trump meets with families of soldiers killed in Syria
Martin H. Simon/Pool/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to meet with the families of four Americans killed last week in a terrorist attack in Syria.After spending time with the victims' families, the president participated in the dignified transfer ceremony of Scott Wirtz, a contractor who was killed in the deadly bomb blast.In a somber moment, the president walked onboard a C-17 aircraft that held the transfer case, draped in an American flag. Inside, a chaplain led a prayer. The president, who was joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and...
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Government shutdown having a 'rippling effect on the community'
iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are either furloughed or working without pay are not the only ones reeling from the partial government shutdown.Kings Floyd, who suffers from muscular dystrophy and epilepsy, is a federal worker who has been furloughed. That stop in pay meant she could not afford both her epilepsy medication and electric bill.So Floyd said she went without her medication for several days -- a gap that made it tough for her to function. She felt disoriented and even fell.And, without income, she couldn't afford to pay the personal care attendants who...
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Trump to make ‘major announcement’ on shutdown, border
Win McNamee/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump tweeted Friday evening that he will be making a "major announcement" relating to the government shutdown and the United States’ southern border with Mexico on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. from the White House. The announcement comes as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history approaches a month in length. Asked in a conversation with reporters at the White House Friday evening if the announcement related to declaring a national emergency to use funds to construct a border wall, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to specify what exactly the announcement...
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