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  # 2154965 5-Jan-2019 17:11
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The Washington Post -  Trump threatens to invoke emergency powers to build border wall

 

January 4 at 7:01 PM

 

 

President Trump on Friday offered his most robust public case for the border wall since the partial government shutdown began two weeks ago, expounding for an hour at the White House about the need for a barrier to keep out terrorists and dissuade migrants while asserting he has the legal authority to build it without congressional consent.

 

In a forceful but meandering performance that included numerous false or questionable assertions, Trump announced he was considering declaring a “national emergency” to move forward on construction through executive power ...

 

Yet legal experts said Trump’s emergency powers under federal law are limited and expressed doubt that such an avenue would solve a mounting political dilemma for a president who, two years into his term, has elevated the fight over the wall into a defining moment for his presidency.

 



 

 

 

 





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  # 2154981 5-Jan-2019 17:37
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I'm not a big fan of Pelosi, or any politician who over 70 years old. She is 78.

Normally I'd really say she to step aside, and let in some younger blood.

However she knows the legislative branch and media intricately.

She already shown it her last public meeting with Trump.

Here's an reenactment of Pelosi and Trump's verbal exchange.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2154996 5-Jan-2019 17:49
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 ... Here's an reenactment of Pelosi and Trump's verbal exchange.

 

+1   A classic.  smile

 

Loony Tunes makes a much more sense than Donald Trump.   undecided





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  # 2154998 5-Jan-2019 18:01
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Unfortunately, just like bullets having no lasting effect on Daffy Duck, Trump has "dodged the bullets" far longer than anyone thought!

 

And like the "Energizer Bunny" he is still going!

 

At least there is no nuclear winter yet!


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  # 2155086 5-Jan-2019 21:17
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Interesting website. This US veterans' website doesn't like Trump.

https://www.veteranstoday.com/2019/01/04/trump-lied-again-us-not-pulling-out-of-syria/

Veteran's Today website
Trump Lied Again: US Not Pulling Out Of Syria
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The US is trying to continue providing the Syrian Democratic Forces with arms and ammunition after the country’s decision to pull forces out of the war-hit country.

Meanwhile, US Senator Lindsey Graham has called on Trump to devaluate his decision over withdrawal from Syria.

The militant-affiliated Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Sunday that a long convoy of almost 200 US army trucks, carrying weapons, munitions and logistical equipment, left the US bases in Iraq on Saturday and arrived in coalition bases in Raqqa, Manbij and Ein Issa in Northeastern Syria.

In the meantime, the Kurdish militia reported that the trucks arrived in the town of Amouda and left then for the US-run bases in Northeastern Syria, adding that the arms and ammunition cargo is to be delivered to the Syrian Democratic Forces.

The convoy arrived after the US military decided to withdraw from Syria but leave the Syrian Democratic Forces armed in the region.

The White House plan to withdraw 2,000 American troops from Syria has been put on hold, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a critic of President Donald Trump’s recent Syria policy, said, adding that the president has agreed to reevaluate his policy.

Graham suggested Sunday Trump now better understands the stakes in Syria and has agreed to reevaluate, for now, his plans to immediately withdraw all US troops from the war-torn country.

After a lunch with Trump, Graham said outside the White House that talks about removing military personnel from the country are in a “pause situation”, adding that, still, Trump remains committed to bringing American soldiers and women home, even as he continues to weigh the greater regional dynamics.

“We talked about Syria and he told me some things I didn’t know that made me feel a lot better about where we’re headed in Syria,” Graham told reporters.

“I think we’re slowing things down in a smart way,” the Republican senator told reporters, stating that “but the goal has always been the same. To be able to leave Syria and make sure ISIS (ISIL or Daesh) never comes back”.

Graham announced that Trump was “thinking long and hard about Syria and how to withdraw the forces” after ensuring that Daesh is destroyed, that Washington-allied Kurdish fighers are protected and that “Iran doesn’t become the big winner of our leaving”.

When Trump tweeted that “we have defeated” Daesh in Syria, several military and security experts stressed that he was overstating the case, and warned against a hasty withdrawal.

Speaking to CNN after his appearance in the White House driveway, Graham said he didn’t mean to suggest that Trump is pausing troop withdrawal altogether.

“He has not reversed his decision” to withdraw troops from the Middle Eastern country, Graham stated, adding that “the pause is to assess the effects of the conditions on the ground”.



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  # 2155151 5-Jan-2019 23:26
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freitasm:

 

This is the joke:

 

 

 

Dated 2014

 

 

 

 

I agree Donald. Wonder when it will ever actually happen?


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  # 2155189 6-Jan-2019 10:46
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TSA screeners expected to continue work without pay:

CNN: A union official, however, said that while some employees are upset about the pay, officers have said they are calling in sick for more practical reasons. Single parents can no longer afford child care or they are finding cash-paying jobs outside of government work to pay their rent and other bills, for example.
About a quarter of the government, including TSA and the Department of Homeland Security, have been without funding since December 22. Some 55,000 TSA employees who screen around 800 million passengers a year are considered essential and are among the 420,000 federal workers expected to continue working without pay.

TSA says no problem, other TSA employees will work longer hours to cover and queue lengths will increase.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2155202 6-Jan-2019 10:59
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gzt: TSA screeners expected to continue work without pay:

 ... TSA says no problem, other TSA employees will work longer hours to cover and queue lengths will increase.

 

Another problem is that many of the unpaid TSA workers cannot afford to travel to and from work.   undecided





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  # 2155331 6-Jan-2019 15:24
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The Executive Summary:

 





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  # 2155333 6-Jan-2019 15:41
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freitasm:

He knows everything:




Trolling should be at the top of the list

Lock him up!
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  # 2155339 6-Jan-2019 16:20
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From CNN:

 

Poll of the week: A Gallup poll out this week finds that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a favorable rating of 38% and an unfavorable rating of 48%. That's bad enough for a net favorability rating of -10 points.

 

The same poll also showed that President Donald Trump's favorable rating is 40% to unfavorable rating of 58%. That means his net favorability rating is -18 points.

 

What's the point: The leading figures in the US government right now are not popular. For the first time during Trump's presidency, though, Trump is more disliked than Pelosi.

 

 

 

Emphasis mine.

 

 

 

 




I don't think there is ever a bad time to talk about how absurd war is, how old men make decisions and young people die. - George Clooney
 


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  # 2155419 6-Jan-2019 19:47
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House speaker opinion polls are new. Speakers tend to be unpopular when they tell the president the will of the house is not favorable. In that context it is significant that the speaker is more popular than Trump.

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