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    Letter from Bunny Landis in today's Los Angeles Times:

    "The Republican party has allowed itself to be hijacked by a reality television star who is a pathological liar, emotionally unstable and accountable only to himself. Had Democrats embraced this kind of behavior, they would have been denounced as corrupt, incompetent and possibly even treasonous. Let the impeachment proceedings against Trump begin."

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    Donald Trump no longer leads his blindly loyal, immigrant-hating followers in chants of "Build the wall!" His chant is now "Finish the wall!" -- even though no new sections of wall have been built during the two years he's been President. Noting that "illegal migration is a fraction of what it used to be," Jeh Johnson joins a growing number of officials contradicting Trump's fear-mongering claim of a "border crisis."

    Former DHS chief Jeh Johnson: No security crisis near southern border

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/fo...der/ar-BBTwQLi

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    Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán was convicted yesterday on ten federal drug charges and prosecutors are trying to seize his $14 billion in drug profits and other assets. Cruz thinks the money should be used to build the unnecessary, expensive, ineffective Trump Wall. Well, I suppose that's one way to get Mexico to pay for it.

    Senator Ted Cruz wants El Chapo to pay for border wall
    "Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way to secure our southern border and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons and individuals," the Texas Republican said.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/pol...r-wall-n971126

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    McCabe became acting director of the FBI after Trump fired James Comey. After three months, McCabe, too, was fired. Comey switched from Republican to independent in 2016. McCabe is a Republican. Current FBI director Christopher Wray is a Republican. Robert Mueller is a Republican. There goes Trump's "angry conflicted Democrats" theory. McCabe's interview with Scott Pelley will air on 60 Minutes February 17.

    Andrew McCabe says he ordered the obstruction of justice probe of President Trump

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/andrew-...mp-60-minutes/

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    The Emperor is planning to usurp Congressional power and declare an emergency (where none exists) so he can take money away from disaster relief, flood control projects and the Department of Defense in order to build the unnecessary, expensive, ineffective Trump Wall monument to himself. Will Congress be able to stop him? Stay tuned.

    Trump's 'national emergency' just played the Democrats for suckers
    Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, Feb 14 2019 2:55 PM

    Suckers! As predicted, President Trump plans to declare a national emergency in order to override parts of the deal Congressional negotiators struck when they hammered out a government funding bill for the remainder of fiscal 2019.

    In a statement issued this afternoon, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "President Trump will sign the government funding bill and, as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action — including declaring a national emergency — to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border."

    Exactly what steps the President will take have yet to be revealed, but it seems certain that he will shift dollars from previously approved projects into his "big, beautiful wall" — which is where the sucker part comes in. By declaring a national security emergency where none exists — remember, arrests at the border are far lower than they were a decade ago — Trump will seize the federal purse and, presumably, write himself a giant check for the border wall. Trump is trying to give himself a veneer of constitutionality by using his almost unlimited power to declare a national emergency. But there's no getting around the fact that he is doing so to circumvent Congress' exclusive power to spend federal dollars.

    With some luck, federal judges will see through the pretext and stop Trump's effort to usurp lawmakers' authority. If they don't, Trump will have found a way to play Congress for suckers from now until he leaves the Oval Office.

    https://www.latimes.com/opinion/ente...214-story.html

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    "Repubs must not allow Pres Obama to subvert the Constitution of the US for his own benefit and because he is unable to negotiate w/Congress." Donald Trump tweeted those words on November 20, 2014, in response to Obama taking several "executive actions" to crack down on illegal immigration. Of course now that Trump is President, subverting the Constitution is just fine 'n' dandy. After all, The Trump Wall is infinitely more important than some silly old document written in 1787.

    National emergency declaration will be blocked by courts, at least temporarily, DOJ warns White House
    A senior official says the White House would win an appeal.

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/nati...ry?id=61086962

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    Hundreds of lawsuits have been brought against the Trump administration in the past two years. Many have been successful. If Trump fulfills his vow to declare a "border emergency" tomorrow, many more lawsuits will be filed. He knows he won't get the $5.7 billion of US taxpayers' money that he's demanding for construction of The Trump Wall and hardly anyone other than Mitch McConnell thinks he should declare an "emergency" -- but Trump will do so, even if he knows it will be challenged in court. He will then be able to tell his immigrant-hating followers, "Hey, look, I tried to get money for the wall, okay?" Thus -- he hopes -- his base will not regard him as weak and a promise breaker.

    An emergency declaration by Trump will lead to lawsuits. Lots of them.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...hem/ar-BBTBZcA

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    During the two years Republicans controlled the House and Senate, the President was unable to get $5.7 billion of US taxpayers' money for his unnecessary, expensive, ineffective Trump Wall, nor did he try to bypass Congress by declaring a "national emergency." Now, with Democrats controlling the House and illegal immigration declining, suddenly there's a "national emergency" -- and the President plans to spend eight billion dollars on The Trump Wall. Democrats and many Republicans are condemning his "power grab" and "unconstitutional abuse of his authority." See ya in court, Donald!

    Trump declares national emergency to build border wall

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...all/ar-BBTDtXB

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    In contrast to the bigoted, fear-mongering rhetoric of the immigrant-hating, out-of-touch-with-reality President who sits in the White House with his new $50,000 room-sized golf simulator, here is the knowlegeable analysis of someone who lives in one of the four US-Mexico border states:

    'I'd take the wall down,' says Beto O'Rourke of current border barriers
    Six hundred miles of walls and fencing along the border has "not in any demonstrable way made us safer," the former Congressman from El Paso said.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...urrent-n971896

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    Gentlemen, start your lawsuits! Attorney General Xavier Becerra notes that the United States Constitution gives Congress, not the President, "the powers of the purse." Becerra said, "Nobody is above the law, not even the President of the United States." Of course we all know Trump makes his own law. Who cares about some silly old document written in 1787?

    California to sue Trump administration over national emergency declaration

    https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-...215-story.html

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