Obama to Democrats: “Avoid a circular firing squad”

Obama to Democrats: “Avoid a circular firing squad”

Both the former president and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are warning members of their party that purity tests don’t win elections Continue reading Obama to Democrats: “Avoid a circular firing squad”

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TRUMP declares Illegal immigration “an invasion of our country”; announces a national emergency to fund wall for US-Mexico border

TRUMP declares Illegal immigration “an invasion of our country”; announces a national emergency to fund wall for US-Mexico border

Battling with one branch of government and opening a new confrontation with another, President Donald Trump announced overnight he was declaring a national emergency to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the US-Mexico border.

Bypassing Congress, which approved far less money for his proposed wall than he had sought, Trump said he would use executive action to siphon billions of dollars from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts for the wall, aides said.

The move is already drawing bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill and expected to face rounds of legal challenges. Continue reading TRUMP declares Illegal immigration “an invasion of our country”; announces a national emergency to fund wall for US-Mexico border

Trump moving ahead with State of the Union speech next week

Trump moving ahead with State of the Union speech next week

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is moving forward with plans for President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech next week in front of a joint session of Congress – despite a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting he delay it.

The White House sent an email to the House Sergeant-at-Arms on Tuesday asking to schedule a walk-through for the speech in anticipation of a Jan. 29 delivery.

That’s according to a White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the planning.

Pelosi had sent a letter to Trump last week suggesting he either deliver it in writing or delay it until after the partial government shutdown is resolved, citing security concerns.

Pelosi’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Continue reading Trump moving ahead with State of the Union speech next week

US President Donald Trump pitches wall as magic bullet for drugs, Critics say lacks good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives

US President Donald Trump pitches wall as magic bullet for drugs, Critics say lacks good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives

Drugs from Mexico are primarily smuggled into the U.S. at official border crossings, not remote lands that can be walled off. His proposal to end the government shutdown implicitly recognizes that reality by proposing money to improve drug-detection technology specifically at land ports of entry. Even so, Trump pitched a wall as a solution to drugs and crime. Continue reading US President Donald Trump pitches wall as magic bullet for drugs, Critics say lacks good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives