Senators initial deserted a Republican devise that would free supervision by Sep and give President Trump $5.7 billion for limit appropriation before voting down a Democratic choice that would account supervision agencies by Feb 8 with no wall money; Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill.
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On a roster: Trump’s shun track narrows – Senate rejects dual bills to finish shutdown – Left wing in a strap over Harris’s backstory – The Judge’s Ruling: Drip season drip… – A unequivocally Canadian crime spree
TRUMP’S ESCAPE ROUTE NARROWS
Donald Trump is a boss of a United States in estimable prejudiced given of a nation’s damaged immigration regime. Whether he is re-elected will almost count on his ability to correct it.
There is distinct courtesy being paid to a dissapoint among a president’s core supporters about discussions from a White House about expanding a discuss over limit confidence to embody accommodations for during slightest some of those people in a nation illegally. The annoy is real.
Steve King, a nativist Republican congressman from western Iowa, denounced a president’s medium tender final weekend to extend a three-year prolongation to protections supposing by former President Barack Obama for those who were brought to a United States illegally as minors.
King, a renegade to many Republicans, is still reputable by a hardest of immigration hardliners. “If [Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals] freedom is traded for $5.7 billion (1/5 of a wall),” King tweeted, “wouldn’t be adequate illegals left in America to trade for a remaining 4/5. NO AMNESTY 4 a wall!”
So, not a fan…
Certainly, a president’s capitulation to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to horde him for a State of a Union Address while a prejudiced supervision shutdown continues has exacerbated those fears. Also unnerving to nativists and assertive restrictionists are a conference balloons being floated about extenuation permanent authorised standing to some DACA recipients.
Or this from National Journal: “One Republican pollster, postulated anonymity to be candid, conspicuous that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway ‘has been doing immigration polling for years and knows as good as anyone else where conservatives are on a pathway to citizenship, and we have to assume she’s removing flattering good numbers and recommendation on this.’”
Relative to a incomparable electorate, there aren’t many citizens who take King’s position. But they consecrate a vocal, successful and flourishing minority. Consider a latest Fox News poll. A year ago, usually 4 percent of citizens pronounced that building “the wall” and/or immigration should be Trump’s tip priority. Now it’s 16 percent.
Support for “building a wall along a U.S.-Mexico border” is behind to a top turn – 43 percent – given a high in a tumble of 2015, usually as Trump heat started to widespread in a Republican electorate. And among those citizens who preference such a wall, 69 percent wish a boss to keep a supervision close down until Democrats produce to his demand. That means something like 30 percent of a whole citizens wants a shutdown usually to finish with “the wall” – whatever that now means – being built.
That’s not a tiny number, definitely incomparable than a 19 percent who conflict a wall and wish House Democrats to reason a line until Trump buckles.
Trump has finished a good office – almost too good of a office – in building support for an absolutist position on both a shutdown and “the wall.” His Terpsichore about “steel slats” and a like exhibit that he recognizes that a mental cinema he drew for years about a plain petrify separator has turn an *ahem* separator to his incomparable ambitions.
Trump is pure about what he wants, revelation supporters he will usually support “amnesty” (which means unequivocally opposite things to opposite people) as prejudiced of “a many bigger deal.”
Like each successful populist leader, Trump now faces a plea of how to let his pitchfork brigade down easy and do so that tines aren’t unexpected forked during him. How many would he remove in office of a incomparable deal? How many would rebel in 2020?
But that is indispensably a delegate consideration. Trump has discerning been losing a subsidy of marginally trustworthy supporters – a same kinds of citizens who hold their nose and upheld him in 2016 or done an untypical midterm opinion for a Democratic claimant to send Trump a message.
Seventy 5 percent of citizens pronounced a shutdown is possibly an puncture or a vital problem, and those numbers will continue to arise as a consequences of a blocking stand aloft and higher.
What seems increasingly expected is that lawmakers are relocating toward a understanding that offers a short-term magnitude to account a supervision in sell for a contracting understanding to negotiate a understanding on limit confidence and legalization for some of a millions of bootleg immigrants already in a country.
Would Trump pointer such a understanding or splash another dram of shutdown poison? We gamble not. Would he be peaceful to dedicate himself to reside by a compromise? We gamble not, too. But we definitely know that he needs this shutdown close down shortly and would expected squeeze any reasonable looking lifeline.
The best box unfolding from Trump looks like a understanding that ends a shutdown and concurrently lets him explain to have over his pledge to build “a wall.” And if he can do that, he would be in almost improved figure for re-election. It’s not transparent that he can lift off such a discerning one, though it’s increasingly transparent that he’s using out of time to make his escape.
Another month of shutdown and it won’t matter if he built a wall as high as a Moon or if a Democrats commission a kook, Trump will be toast.
THE RULEBOOK: GOOD EYE
“A honour for truth, however, obliges us to remark, that [the founders] seem never for a impulse to have incited their eyes from a risk to autocracy from a disproportionate and all-grasping privilege of an patrimonial magistrate, upheld and fortified by an patrimonial bend of a legislative authority.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 48
TIME OUT: BACK TO JUMP STREET
Writer Max Marshall shares a conspicuous story of a 25-year-old Texas male who managed to pass himself off as a 17-year-old high schooler for a possibility to play basketball again. Sports Illustrated: “At his initial full practice Rashun is a categorical attraction. The Panthers are an small group with few upperclassmen, and he can magnitude some-more or reduction during will. One varsity guard, a New Yorker who grew adult examination pickup games during Rucker Park, can tell Rashun is an chosen streetballer by a approach he drives to a basket in finish control of his unenlightened body, looking for contact. Another actor will after news him as ‘a walking bucket’ and relate Coach Harris’s greeting to that initial display: ‘You know what an aged dude looks like when he raises his eyebrows?’ … Gossip, meanwhile, starts to concentration on a few biographical details.”
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Trump office performance
Average approval: 39.8 percent
Average disapproval: 56 percent
Net Score: -16.2 points
Change from one week ago: up 1.2 points
[Average includes: Fox News: 43% approve – 54% disapprove; CBS News: 36% approve – 59% disapprove; NPR/PBS/Marist: 40% approve – 54% disapprove; Pew: 39% approve – 58% disapprove; Quinnipiac University: 41% approve – 55% disapprove.]
SENATE REJECTS TWO BILLS TO END SHUTDOWN
NYT: “A Democratic devise to free a supervision though income for President Trump’s limit wall unsuccessful in a Senate on Thursday, promulgation lawmakers behind to a sketch house to forge a concede that could finish a stand-off and move about a discerning fortitude to a prejudiced shutdown now impending a sixth week. A half dozen Republicans crossed a aisle to opinion for a measure, though a total still fell brief of a 60 votes it indispensable to advance, 52-44. The degraded magnitude is identical to one a Senate authorized unanimously in December, usually to see Mr. Trump reject it and a House cancel a designed opinion on it. Republican views in a Senate have shifted dramatically given afterwards to simulate a president’s. The movement came usually after Mr. Trump’s possess offer to free a supervision and persevere $5.7 billion to his limit wall unsuccessful on a identical near-party-line opinion that underlined a abyss of a divide. That magnitude interconnected wall appropriation with proxy authorised protections for some immigrants and measures to make it some-more formidable to explain haven in a United States.”
Officials vigilance shutdown could final many longer – Fox News: “Furloughed sovereign workers are fresh to skip their second paycheck and worker unions are warning of increasingly apocalyptic consequences given a prejudiced supervision shutdown began final month, as officials vigilance a stand-off in Washington has no finish in sight. … Those whose jobs are influenced by a shutdown are now vocalization out some-more forcefully about a impact on their possess lives though also reserve issues for a broader public. … On Friday, influenced sovereign workers are set to skip their second paycheck given a prejudiced supervision shutdown began. Every former secretary of a Department of Homeland Security, including former White House arch of staff John Kelly, sent a minute to a boss and Congress on Thursday seeking them revive a department’s funding.”
Billionaire commerce secretary scoffs during sovereign workers’ woes – Roll Call: “Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says he does not know since sovereign employees who are furloughed or have been operative though compensate during a prejudiced supervision shutdown would need assistance from food banks. Several credit unions portion workers during sovereign departments and agencies have been charity refuge loans, as they have during prior shutdowns. But it’s not transparent how even those loans would be sufficient as a shutdown enters a second month. ‘I know they are, and we don’t unequivocally utterly know why,’ Ross pronounced Thursday when asked on CNBC about workers removing food from places like shelters. ‘Because, as we mentioned before, a obligations that they would undertake, contend borrowing from a bank or a credit union, are in outcome federally guaranteed.’ But in serve to a sovereign employees who are set to skip another paycheck during a finish of this week, there are many sovereign contractors who have no expectancy of ever removing a missed payments back.”
Moderate Dems pull Pelosi for a opinion on limit confidence appropriation – Roll Call: “Thirty Democrats sent a minute Wednesday to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, suggesting she pledge President Donald Trump a opinion on his limit confidence appropriation ask if he reopens a government. Led by freshmen Rep. Elaine Luria of Virginia, a minute lays out a routine that would pledge a House opinion — though not thoroughfare — on a $5.7 billion Trump has requested in limit wall funding, as good as other appropriation he is seeking for limit confidence needs. The minute is not designed to vigilance support for a president’s appropriation request. Rather it is dictated to lay out a routine for a House to truly discuss a offer — with opportunities for Democratic amendments — in hopes that would be adequate of a joining for Trump to determine to free a government. … [Luria] pronounced it is not meant to advise a feud with Democratic leadership’s position of not negotiating until a supervision is reopen.”
Ocasio-Cortez votes opposite reopening supervision over ICE appropriation – Roll Call: “House Democrats upheld dual some-more bills Wednesday to free a supervision that many Republicans continued to oppose, though there was one warn in a differently predicted building record — beginner Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voted ‘no.’ The New York Democrat, a rising star in a on-going wing of a celebration with a large amicable media following, explained her opinion on Instagram. ‘Most of a votes are flattering straightforward, though currently was a tough/nuanced call,’ Ocasio-Cortez wrote on her Instagram story display her walking to House votes with her process team. ‘We didn’t opinion with a celebration given one of a spending bills enclosed ICE funding, and a village felt strongly about not appropriation that.’”
LEFT WING IN A FLAP OVER HARRIS’S BACKSTORY
Politico: “[Kamala Harris] … mostly speaks about her childhood flourishing adult on a range between Oakland and Berkeley, a daughter of an Indian-born mom and a Jamaican-born father who pushed her in polite rights marches in a stroller. Her advisers trust that, like Barack Obama once did, Harris could seductiveness not usually to white progressives in 2020 Democratic primary states like Iowa and California though also to black citizens in a primary’s vicious Southern states. Harris has drawn on her record as a prosecutor, both in San Francisco and as California profession general, to lend an cognisance to her on-going views on rapist probity reform. Yet she has struggled to determine her work as a prosecutor with a Democratic Party’s expansion on rapist probity in a age of a Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements. Her initial competition for district attorney—and her entrance into San Francisco’s querulous Democratic Party politics—reared her as a politician and offering a preview of her still-unfolding efforts to solve those tensions with some of a party’s many leftward-tilting voters.”
Warren reportedly to introduce new ‘wealth tax’ – WaPo: “Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will introduce a new annual ‘wealth tax’ on Americans with some-more than $50 million in assets, according to an economist advising her on a plan, as Democratic leaders strive for increasingly assertive solutions to a nation’s mountainous resources inequality. Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, dual left-leaning economists during a University of California, Berkeley, have been advising Warren on a offer to levy a 2 percent resources taxation on Americans with resources above $50 million, as good as a 3 percent resources taxation on those who have some-more than $1 billion, according to Saez. The resources taxation would lift $2.75 trillion over a ten-year duration from about 75,000 families, or reduction than 0.1 percent of U.S. households, Saez said. Warren’s debate declined to criticism on sum of a plan.”
THE JUDGE’S RULING: DRIP DRIP DRIP…
This week Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano explains how President Trump’s authorised woes have worsened after a BuzzFeed News report: “After a BuzzFeed square had influenced a pot of media seductiveness and Democrats’ lust for Trump’s domestic scalp, Mueller released a unequivocally singular one-liner saying that a references in a BuzzFeed square to what he had perceived from Cohen were ‘not accurate.’ … The BuzzFeed tale is not all black-and-white and has been exacerbated extremely by a president’s public-facing lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani. … We also know that Giuliani indeed went over a BuzzFeed allegations. … So since is Giuliani divulgence all this to a media? Here’s why. He is following an age-old conference warn practice. If a supervision has justification damaging to your client, it is easier for a open and a jury to accept a damaging justification if invulnerability warn reveals it first, dump by drop, rather than assent a supervision to recover it all during once like an anvil descending into a pond.” More here.
Cohen subpoenaed to attest before Senate Intel Committee – Fox News: “The Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday released a summons to Michael Cohen to seem before a panel, a day after a former Trump profession deferred scheduled testimony before another congressional committee. Cohen’s profession and communications confidant Lanny Davis told Fox News that a committee, led by Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Ranking Member Mark Warner, D-Va., served his customer with a summons Thursday morning. The committee’s preference to summons Cohen comes after Davis announced on Wednesday that a open conference before a House Oversight Committee, slated for Feb. 7, would be deferred due to purported threats from a boss and his attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.”
Dems go all out to partisan Stacey Abrams for Senate run – Politico
House Ways and Means Chairman Neal wants Trump’s taxation earnings though not in a rush – Roll Call
Read this: ‘The Media Botched a Covington Catholic Story’ – Atlantic
“You can learn a goat to stand a tree, though we should have hired a squirrel in a initial place.” – Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., articulate to reporters about a Democratic offer on a shutdown.
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A VERY CANADIAN CRIME SPREE
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: “A Springbrook, Alta., lady gifted a many Canadian of carjackings on Tuesday, which saw a thief with a gun lapse her purse, phone and lunch… The lady was on her approach to work … when she came opposite a collision between a pickup lorry and a propagandize bus… so a lady stopped and got out to see if he indispensable help. … ‘And that’s when he incited serve and we saw he had a bandana over his face.’ … ‘He asked if we had any children in a behind of a vehicle. we pronounced no. Then he asked me if there was anything we needed, like my phone, and we pronounced ‘Yes, if you’re going to leave me in –20 C on a sand road, we would conclude my phone,’ so he gave me my phone, my purse and my lunchbag.’ ‘I said, ‘Thank you [for returning her things],’ and he said, ‘I’m sorry,’ and we said, ‘That’s fine.’”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“Trump so entirely owns a domestic theatre currently that a word Clinton seems definitely old-fashioned and Barack Obama, who happens to be boss of a United States, is totally irrelevant.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) essay in a National Review on Dec. 9, 2016.
Chris Stirewalt is a politics editor for Fox News. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox each day? Sign up here.
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