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Trump, Democrats dug in as government heads for shutdown

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Racing toward a partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump appeared dug in Friday in a standoff with Democrats over his demand for billions of dollars in U.S.-Mexico border wall money.

The shutdown, scheduled for midnight, would disrupt government operations and leave hundreds of thousands of federal workers furloughed or forced to work without pay just days before Christmas.

Trump convened Republican senators for a lengthy meeting at the White House, but it produced no clear path toward passage of a government-funding bill containing billions for wall construction. The Senate began a procedural vote on the legislation but was stuck in a long holding pattern waiting for the return of senators who had already left town.

“This is our only chance that we’ll ever have, in our opinion, because of the world and the way it breaks out, to get great border security,” Trump said Friday at the White House. Democrats will take control of the House in January, and they oppose major funding for wall construction.

Trump tried to pin the blame on Democrats for the possible shutdown, even though just last week he said he would be “proud” to shut part of the government in a fight for the wall, which was a major promise of his presidential campaign.

Congress had been on track to fund the government but lurched when Trump, after a rare lashing from conservative supporters, declared Thursday he would not sign a bill without the wall billions. His supporters on the right warned that his “caving” on repeated wall promises could hurt his 2020 re-election chances, and those of other Republicans as well.

“We’re totally prepared for a very long shutdown,” Trump said Friday. Embracing his changed terminology, he claimed there is tremendous enthusiasm for border security — “the barrier, wall or steel slats — it’s all the same.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell returned to Capitol Hill saying lawmakers “had a good conversation about the way forward. We are going to continue to be talking this afternoon.”

McConnell quickly set in motion a Senate procedural vote on a House Republican package that would give Trump $5.7 billion for the wall, but it was not expected to pass. At least one Republican, retiring Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, was opposed, saying he would resist wall money without broader immigration reforms, leaving even the procedural vote in doubt.

Senators were being recalled to Washington after having already approved a bipartisan package earlier this week that would continue existing border security funding, at $1.3 billion, but without new money for Trump’s wall.

Friday’s voting dragged on as senators rushed back to town. Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, said he returned to the Lone Star state on Thursday only to get back on an early Friday morning flight to Washington.

Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz flew all the way home to Hawaii, tweeting that he spent 17 minutes with his family, before returning on the 11-hour flight.

“Wheels down IAD ready to vote no on this stupid wall,” Schatz tweeted Friday, referring to Dulles International Airport outside Washington.

At the White House, senators engaged in a lengthy back-and-forth with the president, but it did not appear to set a strategy for moving forward.

“I was in an hour meeting on that and there was no conclusion,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

The Senate was expected to reject the House measure because Democratic votes are needed and McConnell showed little interest in changing the rules — as Trump proposed — to allow a simple majority for passage.

One possibility was that the Senate might strip the border wall funds out of the package, pass it and send it back to the House. House lawmakers said they were being told to stay in town for more possible votes.

Only a week ago, Trump insisted during a televised meeting at the White House he would take ownership of a shutdown over his border wall. “I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down,” he asserted.

But with the hours dwindling before the midnight deadline, Trump sought to reframe the debate and blame Democrats for the impasse that threatens hundreds of thousands of federal workers on the eve of the end-of-the-year holidays.

“Senator Mitch McConnell should fight for the Wall and Border Security as hard as he fought for anything. Later in the morning, not even waiting for a Senate vote, Trump tweeted that “the Democrats now own the shutdown!”

The White House said Trump would not go to Florida on Friday as planned for the Christmas holiday if the government were shutting down.

At issue is funding for nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice, as well as national parks and forests.

Many agencies, including the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, are funded for the year and would continue to operate as usual. The U.S. Postal Service, busy delivering packages for the holiday season, would not be affected because it’s an independent agency.

Thursday night, the GOP-led House voted largely along party lines, 217-185, to attach the border wall money to the Senate’s bill. House Republicans also tacked on nearly $8 billion in disaster aid for coastal hurricanes and California wildfires.

Both the House and Senate packages would extend government funding through Feb. 8, all but guaranteeing another standoff once Democrats take control of the House in the New Year.

“There are a lot of us who want to avoid a shutdown,” said Kansas GOP Sen. Pat Roberts. “I’ve been through about five of them in my career. None of them have worked in terms of their intent.”

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Associated Press writers Alan Fram, Kevin Freking and Jill Colvin in Washington contributed to this report.

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Listen to every word Burgess Owens says about reparations

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Listen to every word Burgess Owens says about reparations

Former NFL player Burgess Owens delivered an amazing speech before Congress today talking about reparations. He called for them, but not from the United States government as Democrats are wanting. He wants reparation paid by the Democratic Party to the African-Americans Owens believes have been hurt by the leftist ideology espoused by today’s Democrats.

The opening minute of his speech was exceptional:

“Thank you so much for this opportunity. I’m gonna take a different tack from beginning. We are at this point, this is not about black and white, rich or poor, blue collar, white collar. We’re fighting for the heart and soul of our nation.

“We have a very, very special country instilled with the Judeo-Christian values that allowed every single generation become better than the last, and that has not ended, that has not stopped… until now. We’re telling our kids a little bit something different, that they don’t have the opportunities that we had.

“I’m going to talk about some ideologies and when I talk about them I’m not talking about people. People change. I used to be Democratic until I did my history and found out the misery that that party brought to my race. So when I talk about these ideologies, ideologies don’t change. People do.

“We are fighting for the heart and soul of our nation against socialism, Marxism, and evil that it has brought to us in distilling of our history. Karl Marx said it best, the father of socialism, an atheist, anti-semite, and a blatant racist.”

As good as his opening was, the rest of it was even better.

In our post-truth society, the words of Burgess Owens will be dismissed or ignored by the left. But hopefully some will hear them and start asking questions about Democrats as he did.

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AOC offers no solutions and ‘not one dime’ for DHS to fix ‘concentration camps’

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AOC offers no solutions and not one dime for DHS to fix concentration camps

Let’s play a quick game of “read between the lines.”

Alexandria Ocasion-Cortez complained about migrant detention centers at the border being “concentration camps.” I disagree, but so be it. Let’s assume the detention centers are inhospitable and even inhumane based on the sheer mass of people coming across the border and filing asylum claims. One would think the solution would be to improve conditions by increasing funding so quality and quantity of housing at the centers across the border can be improved.

But that’s not what AOC wants to happen.

“Not one dime should go to DHS for building these camps as they detain children and families,” she Tweeted.

So, back to reading between the lines…

The current detention centers are insufficient to handle the influx of migrants.

But AOC and the party she now controls won’t vote to fund them at all, let alone giving them sufficient funds to handle the masses.

Therefore, AOC wants migrants to be immediately released into the interior of the United States once they receive their hearing date, which 90% won’t attend anyway.

As AOC takes control of her party, her “leadership” is to recommend not allowing migrants to be detained in “concentration camps” and no funding to improve them. She wants them released without restrictions.

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7 reasons Joe Biden will not be the Democratic nominee

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7 reasons Joe Biden will not be the Democratic nominee

There are those who say the Democratic nomination for president is Joe Biden’s to lose. And he will. As much as I’d love to see the only Democratic candidate who doesn’t want to destroy America become the nominee just in case President Trump loses, it’s becoming increasingly clear he has no real chance.

Why? Because he sounds like the Democrats of 2012, which means he’s completely out of touch with the New Democratic Party being crafted by the likes of Bernie Sanders, Gavin Newsom, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Pete Buttigieg.

Here are seven reasons I believe Biden will not only lose the nomination, but will not be among the last two or three standing.

  1. Progressives are splitting the majority polling nods. Don’t be fooled by his frontrunner status. He’s the only non-radical in the top five. Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Pete Buttigieg represent different aspects of the growing hyper-leftist base of the Democratic Party. When the 15 or so non-factors in the race drop out, their supporters will generally flock to one of the four non-Biden frontrunners.
  2. He doesn’t hate rich people. The New Democratic Party hates rich people even if many of them are among the wealthy. But Biden doesn’t hate them and even said today, “Rich people are just as patriotic as poor people.” Statements like that do not abide by the socialists in the race, nor will it resonate with the increasing number of socialists among Democratic primary voters.
  3. His team can’t protect him from his gaffes forever. His campaign has done and will continue to do everything they can to keep him out of the spotlight, away from questions, and off any radar other than prepared statements and press releases. They can’t afford his gaffes, but he’s going to have to come out at some point. He has to debate. He has to give speeches and answer questions that aren’t always prepared. And when he does, he’s going to deliver gaffes. That’s what he does.
  4. Switching positions will hurt, not help. The Hyde Amendment reversal was just one in a long string of reversals he has made and will make on old policy perspectives. That’s the problem with being a politicians for so many decades. As the party evolves, which it is doing rapidly now, he’s going to have to backtrack on old ideas. But doing so will not help him. In the eyes of voters, especially passionate primary voters, evolution of perspectives is not a positive. It reveals a willingness to do and say things that go with the crowd instead of coming from the gut. It also won’t make the original complainers happy. You won’t see those criticizing him for his initial Hyde Amendment support suddenly promote him after he changed his mind.
  5. He’s an old straight white guy. This isn’t the party for old straight white guys. This also means Sanders is in deep trouble as well.
  6. The Justice Democrats will sink him. They’ve already started going after him with devious ploys. They will continue do everything in their power keep him off the general election ticket. It isn’t just because he isn’t radical enough for them. He represents the old version of the party that the Justice Democrats despise.
  7. He doesn’t really want it. If Biden wanted to be president, he would have run in 2016. Some say he needed a break, but those who truly want something as significant as winning the White House don’t come to that conclusion at 76. It’s part of them. However, they can decide later they no longer want to be president, and I believe that’s where Biden is today. I think he was pushed into running because the alternatives were radicals who will either lose to Trump or fundamentally transform America in a very bad way if they win. But his personal desire doesn’t seem to be there anymore. It was, but that flame is gone.

The coming political death of Joe Biden is the symbolic end of the old Democratic Party, the one that worked with Reagan and Bush, the one that wasn’t comprised of politicians who hate America.

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