Daily Recap — July 25

What an awesome day.


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YUUUUGE TRADE VICTORY

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Don’t look now, folks, but it looks like the Trump administration’s hardline trade policy may be bearing fruit. 

PDT and European Commission President Jean-Claude Van Commie announced today that they have reached a deal to begin resolving a dispute over tariffs and avoid an OMG TRADE WAR.

“We agreed today first of all to work together towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers and zero subsides for the non-auto industrial goods,” Trump announced in a joint statement with Commissioner Commie in the Rose Garden.

Gee, that sounds an awful lot like…what’s the word for it again…..oh yeah, FREE TRADE.


It’s not just about tariffs, though. The EU has agreed to increase U.S. soybean imports, lower industrial tariffs with the aim of dropping them to zero and work more closely together on regulations and energy, including buying more more liquified natural gas (LNG). 
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Trump and Commie said they also would team up to intensify work on improving the World Trade Organization (WTO), who PDT has indicated several times would be next to be taken behind the woodshed for a whoopin.’
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“We’re starting the negotiation right now, but we know very much where it’s going,” PDT said during the joint Rose Garden press conference.
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Translation: I told them what would happen if they didn’t start playing ball during my last trip and they’ve finally gotten smart.
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As for retaliatory tariffs as well as the steel and aluminum tariffs that he imposed on the EU in May, PDT said those would be “resolved soon.”
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“When I was invited by the president to the White House, I had one intention: I had the intention to make a deal today. And we made a deal today,” Commie said. 
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Actually, he came with the intent of begging The Donald not to redeploy our forces from Europe, #ButTheseAreMinorDetails.


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PDT also backed off his threat to slap massive tariffs on foreign autos and auto parts, which is great news for the car industry and thus his chances of keeping Michigan in his back pocket.
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Prior to this globalist asshat’s visit to the White House, he had raised the specter of taxing European cars, further ratcheting up concerns that the president would spark a global trade war. But with the promise of no new tariffs, PDT is shelving his plan to slap 25% tariffs on foreign autos and auto parts for now.
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Both sides have agreed to hold off on other tariffs while negotiations proceed, which sent the markets soaring, 150 points in the first hour in fact. 
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THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT:

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I doubt the legacy media will cover this much, mostly because they have no idea it’s even important. 

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The move toward free trade, while a huge story, isn’t nearly as important as some of the import deals that were reportedly reached today. The imports in question are no accident and could have a back-breaking effect on our global enemies/competitors.

First is the soybeans. As you’ll recall, soybean crops are a very big deal, not only for our farmers in the Midwest but for the hand we’re playing against China. Remember, their go-to retaliatory weapon was to target soybean exports in an effort to hit the Trump base where it hurts.

We discussed yesterday how PDT was using a short-term bailout in order to buy negotiation time and send the message to China that we were able to mitigate the damage of their counterattack, if you will. Now, you can add a brand new soybean customer to the mix, which really puts China on the ropes. Not only can we survive their targeted strikes, we may be able to replace much of their business.

President Ping Pong Table is not a happy man today, #ThatICanTellYou.

The other big loser of the day was Hackin’ Vlad Putin, whose country is very much reliant on its natural gas exports. Today, PDT struck a deal to sell more of our very own natural gas to the Europeans, which is good since we have enough to last about 8 trillion years. We get to sell more of a resource we have plenty of while putting Putin in a seriously weakened negotiating position.

Soon, Vlad will drop the soccer balls and start giving PDT kisses on the rear end instead. Not publicly, of course. Russians always project strength.

Of course, don’t expect anyone in the legacy media to point out how the new deal on LNG will harm Russia. They’re not interested.

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BIG PICTURE:

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Here is what happened, and you can take it to the bank.
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During the last trip to Europe, PDT threatened to redeploy our troops if the EU didn’t come to the table and cut out the unfair nonsense. The EU, knowing PDT isn’t your average politician (or a politician at all, for that matter) blinked.
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It’s called having a spine and telling people that you’re not going to take it anymore. That, and a little strategy to undermine our enemies. That’s two very big birds killed with one stone.
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Days like today really underscore how lucky we were on Nov. 8, 2016.
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HOLY CRAP

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I don’t know if the GOP were inspired by the results PDT has gotten on trade or if they’ve just flat-out had enough of the nonsense, but #TrickleDownTestosterone seems to be a very real phenomenon on the Hill, as the GOP has decided to show a little spine of their own.

Members of the only useful faction of the Republican Party, aka the Freedom Caucus, have introduced articles of impeachment against King Bob right-hand man Fraud Rosenstein.

The charge is being led by Reps. Mark Meadows (NC) and Jim Jordan (OH), along with nine co-sponsors, and came shortly after a meeting with DOJ officials concerning document production.

“For 9 months we’ve warned them consequences were coming, and for 9 months we’ve heard the same excuses backed up by the same unacceptable conduct. Time is up and the consequences are here. It’s time to find a new Deputy Attorney General who is serious about accountability and transparency,” Meadows said in a statement.

Ohhhhhhhhhh snap. Homeboy sounds serious.

“The DOJ is keeping information from Congress. Enough is enough. It’s time to hold Mr. Rosenstein accountable for blocking Congress’s constitutional oversight role,” Jim Jordan added.


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The articles include a series of allegations against Rosenstein.

They charge that he has a conflict of interest in Mueller’s probe, since he is a “witness” that could be called in the ongoing investigation into potential abuse since he signed off on the FISA renewal application to spy on Carter Page. The main reason they charge this is BECAUSE IT’S FRIGGIN TRUE. HOW MUCH MORE CLEAR OF A CONFLICT OF INTEREST CAN ONE HAVE?

Keebler Jeff Sessions dropped himself off in the middle of the Antarctic just because he was a Trump campaign surrogate. Fraud Rosenstein could be a witness in the friggin very case he’s presiding over and he’s not budging for anything. It’s a complete farce.

“As such, his conduct in authorizing the FISA surveillance at issue in the joint congressional investigation makes him a fact witness central to the ongoing investigation of potential FISA abuse,” read the articles of impeachment.“Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s failure to recuse himself in light of this inherent conflict of interest and failure to recommend the appointment of a second Special Counsel constitute dereliction of duty. Wherefore, Rod Rosenstein, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office.”

And then there’s the primary issue: production of documents.

“Multiple times we’ve caught DOJ officials hiding information from Congress, withholding relevant documents, or even outright ignoring Congressional subpoenas — and now we have evidence that Mr. Rosenstein signed off on a document using unverified political opposition research as a cornerstone of a FISA application to spy on an American citizen working for the Trump campaign,” Meadows said.


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They also allege that Rosenstein has repeatedly failed to produce documents requested by the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that are investigating FBI and DOJ decision-making during the 2016 presidential election.

Fraud, they allege, has also “attempted to conceal certain facts” by overly redacting documents they requested. It’s actually more than a mere allegation. There have been myriad instances of information being redacted for purposes of national security that had absolutely zilch to do with national security.


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Shortly before today’s 4 p.m. meeting between the DOJ officials and House lawmakers took place, DOJ swamp-dwellers described in detail the steps they are taking to complete the outstanding document requests still in their queue from the heads of the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees.

The Meadows gang say the FBI and DOJ have not provided all the documents they are seeking to review as part of the GOP-led investigations into Hillary’s illegal private server, as well as the FBI’s decision to launch the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

DOJ officials, however, said they have largely completed Congress’s document requests, noting they are working with the lawmakers and their staff to give them the information they still want to review.

Ummm, no. They’re not. That’s how we got here in the first place. The DOJ has stonewalled since day 1, and are clearly continuing in the hopes their beloved Dim party takes over in November.

So far, the DOJ officials say they have given lawmakers access to 880,000 pages they’ve requested, and they continue to accept requests for new information related to House GOP probes.

Yes in al those documents, they can’t seem to hand over the ones that actually matter. Funny, that.


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BIG PICTURE:

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I’m not going to gas you up with false hope here. There’s virtually no chance that Rosenstein is actually impeached. 

Filing articles of impeachment and actually convicting someone are two different matters entirely. Filing is easy, but conviction to actually have someone removed requires a 2/3 vote in the Senate. I’m doubtful that the GOP could even get a 1/3 vote, as many will side with Dims out of Swamp loyalty. I wish that wasn’t the case, but let’s not kid ourselves — it absolutely is. 

There’s also the issue of PDT, who inexplicably said just a couple weeks ago that Rosenstein had been doing a “good job” producing documents for Congress. I’ll withhold judgment on that, though, because I tend to believe PDT is holding out information of his own. Very little of what PDT does is actually inexplicable, it’s just that we don’t know the explanation. And that’s exactly how he wants it.

In any event, it’s nice to see the GOP show a little fight, even if it won’t go anywhere. Maybe if it were going somewhere they wouldn’t do it, kind of like the guy telling his friends to “hold me back!” while jawing at a guy 5x his size.

If nothing else, maybe this will bring more attention to the travesty of justice that’s been rubbed in our faces for the last year and a half.

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POMPEO VS THE HILL

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While the few decent members of the GOP were trying to do something about the abject corruption of the DOJ, other Republicans were teaming up with their Dim buddies in the uni-party to grill Secretary of State Pompeo on the Helsinki summit and other national security matters that, frankly, shouldn’t be discussed in an open setting.

Nevertheless, #TheyPersisted.

Despite the screaming of the Swamp, Pompeo held strong and declined to tell them what exactly PDT discussed in private with Putin last week. His testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee grew heated at times as a result, as swampists like Liddle Bob Corker and Bob Menendez just couldn’t wrap their brains around the fact that the POTUS needs to be able to have private conversations with world leaders without the details being plastered all over the cover of the failing New York Times. 


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Corker (Little Person-TN) said at the top of the hearing that Congress had “little idea” of what agreements were reached in Helsinki “even though the president has already extended an invitation to Putin to come to Washington to discuss the ‘implementation’ of these undefined agreements.”

The main concern expressed dealt with the possible relaxing of sanctions against Russia, which they and their conspiracy theorist buddies in the propaganda media believe are directly tied to King Bob’s investigation. Corker failed to acknowledge that King Bob himself has done more to turn us into a Soviet-style justice system than any other single figure in our history, but those sorts of failures are to be expected.

Pompeo insisted that U.S. policy on Russia sanctions has not changed since Helsinki, BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T,  but refused to say whether Trump and Putin mulled the possibility of easing penalties Congress imposed last year in response to Russia’s election interference, BECAUSE THAT WILL DEPEND ON PUTIN’S ACTIONS OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, ASSUMING CONGRESS STAYS THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY.


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One big highlight was Pompeo’s back-and-forth with Crooked Bob Menendez (Pay-to-Play Technician – NJ), the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations panel:.

“The presidents have a prerogative to choose who’s in meetings or not,” Pompeo said. “I’m confident you’ve had private one-on-one meetings in your life as well. You’ve chosen that setting as the most efficient way — ”

Menendez cut Pompeo off immediately.

“I just asked a simple question,” Menendez said. “You can’t eat up my seven minutes. Did he tell you what happened in those two hours?”

Showing more patience than I would have, Pompeo said he had a number of conversations with PDT about his private meeting with Putin and was present at a briefing the two leaders gave afterward about their one-on-one talk.

But he acknowledged he did not speak to the translator who was in the room during the private meeting, nor did he review the translator’s notes. He did, however, speak to PDT personally about the meeting and was “fully briefed” on its contents. Pompeo and PDT actually have a very strong relationship and, at least thus far, have made an outstanding foreign policy team. RINOs and Dims are determined to screw that up anyway they can.

“Presidents are entitled to have private meetings,” Pompeo insisted, talking over Menendez at times.


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As always, the hearing was also a showcase for Dims on the panel to try for their YouTube moments, especially drama queens Cory Booker (NJ) and utterly untalented Chris Murphy (CT), bith of whom are angling for presidential runs in 2020.

Booker charged that PDT invited Russian interference during the 2016 campaign by calling on Russian hackers to help find Hillary’s missing emails, though anyone with a couple brain cells to rub together knew he was being facetious.

Booker also slammed Trump for failing to fully implement the sanctions passed by Congress and for criticizing the legislation before he signed it into law, while conveniently ignoring the myriad other actions that have made the Trump administratin the toughest against Russia since Reagan.

Murphy accused PDT of “making up foreign policy on a day-by-day basis,” and criticized the president for characterizing Russian interference in the 2016 election as “a big hoax.”

Today’s EU announcement proves that PDT is doing anything but winging it day by day, but again, these people aren’t interested in facts. They want the Fake News to play their soundbites on a loop.


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Members of the committee were also stompin’ mad about Pompeo’s refusal to reveal whether Trump and Putin discussed the possibility of changing the U.S. force structure in Syria, which Putin regards as his main footprint in the Middle East.

“Presidents are permitted to have conversations with their Cabinet members that aren’t repeated in public,” Pompeo said.

That one left Menendez fuming.

“You’re not going to answer any of the questions that would get us to the truth,” he said.

Pompeo did throw a bone regarding election meddling, saying he could share PDT’s warning to Putin not to interfere in future U.S. elections because that’s something the president himself has already revealed. 

“The president disclosed what he said to Vladimir Putin about Russian interference in our elections and he said that he is confident that as a result of that conversation that Vladimir understands it won’t be tolerated,” Pompeo said.

Menendez shot back: “I wish he had said that in public in Helsinki.”

WELL BOO FRIGGIN HOO BOB. LET’S CALL A HEARING ABOUT IT WHY DON’T WE.


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Pompeo was no more forthcoming about the president’s private conversation when grilled by #1 NeverTrumper Sen. Jeff Snowflake (AZ).

Flake moronically noted that Russian officials have characterized the summit as a big win for Putin, and that it has been difficult for U.S. officials to counter that because “we have no readout to dispute any of it.”

Hold on to your hat, Jeff, because I’m about to blow your mind: THE RUSSIANS CALL EVERY MEETING A HUGE SUCCESS FOR PUTIN, DUMBASS. 

Again, Pompeo argued that it’s essential that private conversations remain private so that they can be used to build future diplomatic progress.

“You may have an expectation that you may have another private conversation one day,” he said, warning that if negotiators worry that future talks won’t stay private, they’ll have less freedom to explore options. This should be a no-brainer point. Obviously, world leaders will be much more guarded with us if they think their statements will be all over the news.

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Pompeo’s refusal to share details about what Trump and Putin discussed privately will undoubtedly fuel the push in the Senate to demand that the White House turn over contemporaneous notes from the meeting.

I’ll go ahead and save you the suspense: it’s not happening. The president has executive privilege for private communications and Congress can’t touch it. And thank God, as it would be twisted and leaked to the press within 5 minutes. It’s a sad commentary on where we are.

However, it wasn’t all radio silence. Pompeo was able to share many broad items from the meeting, especially as they relate to cooperation between the U.S. and Russia on the world stage.

Pompeo said there’s an agreement to re-establish business-to-business exchanges between our two countries that had existed in the past but had faded in recent years.

He said there was also talk about “re-establishing a counterterrorism counsel that was held at the level of the deputy secretary of many years” but eventually stopped functioning.

The leaders also agreed to see what can be done in Syria to resettle million of displaced refugees who have fled to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and other countries, according to Pompeo. He said they decided that should be done “through the political process in Geneva.”

Whatever it is, it better not involve shipping them over here, Jack. But I doubt PDT would agree to that.

Pompeo said Trump wants to “get Russia to be more cooperative in terms of driving toward a political resolution that will take down the violence levels.” 

Gee, if I didn’t know any better, I’d think that was common friggin sense. Not in the swamp bubble. 


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BIG PICTURE:

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This could have been a productive hearing, had we actual adults on Capitol Hill. We could have discussed ways forward in a bipartisan way, along with ways to keep the momentum started by #YourFavoritePresident going. But that’s not what we have.

Rather, we have a bunch of amateur showmen, completely uninterested with anything of substance to move our country forward toward peace.

And what a damn shame.

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BUILD THAT WALL!

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We don’t have all the funding yet, but we did take a step in that direction today.

A House panel approved a Homeland Security appropriations bill, which includes $5 billion in funding for #TheWall, which comes out to roughly 200 miles.

The House Appropriations Committee voted 29-22 along party lines to send the bill to the full House, wrapping up the committee’s work for the 2019 fiscal year.

Please go home and get some rest fellas. You must be completely pooped after all the nothing you’ve accomplished this past year.

But I digress.


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The bill provides $51.4 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a $3.7 billion increase over 2018 levels. It includes $7.2 billion funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), funds for hiring 400 new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and $1.9 billion for cybersecurity efforts.

Hey, I’ve got an idea. Since there’s $50 billion in “discretionary” spending, HOW ABOUT DECIDE TO BUILD THE DAMN WALL.

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Of course, Dims were rocking their pink coochie hats in full #Resist mode.
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“It is outrageous that House Republicans have prioritized unnecessary funds for President Trump’s border wall and cruel immigration policies rather than fighting terrorism through substantial new investments in first responder grants or growing the economy and creating jobs through job training, making college more affordable, or research and development initiatives,” said Rep. Nita Lowey (NY), the top Dim on the committee. 

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Great thinking, Nita. As someone who’s dealt with terrorists here and there, I can tell you that there’s nothing they fear more than a Democrat government jobs program and free college. Terror financiers are shaking in their sandy boots. 

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PDT has pushed for $25 billion for the wall, but the $5 billion down payment is well above the $1.6 billion in funding included in the Senate’s version of the bill, which only allowed for the money to be used for reinforcing existing barriers.
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“Globalization, cybersecurity, and terrorism are changing our way of life and we need to change with it. This bill fully supports our men and women on the frontline who work tirelessly to keep us safe. The bill also provides the necessary funding for critical technology and physical barriers to secure our borders,” said committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ).
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That’s swamp-speak for “let’s uphold the border status quo.”

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If you’re thinking, “Ok, I know the Dims got a bunch of stuff” — you’d be right!
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The committee approved an amendment by Rep. David Price (D-NC) pushing back on Keebler Jeff’s June decision to deny asylum to victims of domestic abuse and gang violence.
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“The precedent was established in 2014 that those fleeing gang violence and domestic violence would, under certain circumstances, be eligible for a credible fear claim,” Price said, vowing not to let the “draconian measure” stand.
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“There’s no question that what Attorney General Sessions has done would close the door almost completely,” he added. 
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Never mind that asylum has a specific definition and it’s been abused to include anyone and everyone who didn’t come from a Disney Resort. Never mind that it’s just another backdoor way of letting in anyone and everyone who wants in. I swear, we give them whatever they want while accepting whatever crumbs they’ll offer, and we’re in the friggin majority. God knows what will happen when we’re outnumbered. 
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The Appropriations Committee also approved an amendment limiting the use of shackles on pregnant women detained by immigration and Border Patrol officials. 
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“ICE has recently reported it has detained more than 500 pregnant women since December, and they are using shackling of pregnant women,” said Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), the amendment’s sponsor. 
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I agree, no pregnant woman should be shackled. They and their anchor babies should be deported immediately. 
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The bill still has several obstacles to overcome before becoming law. It must pass on the House floor, and then the House must iron out differences with the Senate version, which provides some $300 million less in overall funding and distributes its appropriations differently.
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Congress has not yet conferenced any of the 12 appropriations bills for 2019 and sent them to PDT for his signature.
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Government funding runs out after Sept. 30, and in the absence of new funding bills, a stopgap measure will be necessary to keep the government running. It’s a piss-poor way of running things, but that’s the new normal.
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The good news is, PDT has vowed to veto any stopgap measures that do not fund #TheWall.
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Good on you, Mr. President. Please stay strong. They’re going to throw everything + the kitchen sink at you, but I promise you will find that beyond the noise is a silent majority who wants the border secured and our laws respected.
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We have your back, Mr. President. Anyone who tells you that it would be political suicide to make a stand on the wall doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Tune out the media, listen to your base.
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But you don’t need me to tell you that. 

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