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Quote of the Day (Straight from the Horse’s Mouth)

“The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot.” —Ann Coulter

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Emergency on the Back Nine

From The Washington Post:

As Democrats push back against Trump’s plans for declaring a national emergency at the border, some are employing a little humor.

“Apparently this thing is such an emergency that it will immediately be followed by golf,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) wrote on Twitter.

He was referring to Trump’s plans to fly to Palm Beach, Fla., on Friday afternoon for a weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate. Golf is frequently on the agenda on such trips.

 

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So, God, Much Like the Russians, Has Been Meddling in Our Elections

From CNN:

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she believes God wanted President Donald Trump to win the 2016 election, the Christian Broadcasting Network reported on Wednesday.

“I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president, and that’s why he’s there,” Sanders told CBN’s David Brody and Jennifer Wishon, according to a transcript of the interview provided by CBN.

 

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Wait…I Thought “The Media” Was “The Enemy of the People”

From The New York Times:

President Trump wants to address the nation about the government shutdown on Tuesday night, and later in the week plans to travel to the southern border as part of his effort to persuade Americans of the need for a border wall — the sticking point in negotiations with Democrats who are eager to reopen shuttered agencies.

The White House did not immediately respond to questions about a request to television networks to carve out time for an Oval Office address. A person familiar with the request said the White House had asked to interrupt prime time programming on Tuesday.

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…Says the Man Who Stiffed His Contractors…Part 2

From The Hill:

Asked if he could relate to “the pain of federal workers who can’t pay their bills” after they were furloughed, Trump said he could.

And I’m sure that the people that are on the receiving end will make adjustments,” he said. “They always do. And they’ll make adjustments. People understand exactly what’s going on. But many of those people that won’t be receiving a paycheck, many of those people agree 100 percent with what I’m doing.”

 

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…Says the Man Who’s Known for Stiffing His Contractors

From Politico:

When asked whether there would be any safety net for federal employees who don’t get paid because of the shutdown, Trump said: “Well, the safety net is going to be having a strong border because we’re going to be safe.”

“This really does have a higher purpose than next week’s pay,” Trump said during a news conference.

Of landlords expecting rent from federal employees, he said he’d “encourage them to be nice and easy” on their tenants.

 

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And on the Seventh Day, He Rested…Um, Nope

From the New York Times:

WASHINGTON — On the seventh day of a partial government shutdown, President Trump threatened on Friday to close the southern border and cut off aid to Central America if Congress refuses to fund a wall.

“We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with,” Mr. Trump tweeted Friday. “Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve!”

It looks like not being able to go to his beloved Mar-a-Lago is getting on his nerves.

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