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Poll: Trump Owns Shutdown, No Real Crises, but More Supporting Border Wall

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Polling Data on Government Shutdown

An ABC/Washington Post poll released today shows that the government shutdown is blamed on the GOP and President Trump, and there’s no real crisis at the Southern Border. It also shows that the notion of a southern border wall is gaining traction, especially amongst conservatives and whites.

The government shutdown, largely over Trump’s insistence for funding for a wall along the entire southern border of the United States, has become the longest such shutdown in US history. 

Pollsters found that 53% of those surveyed feel that Trump and the GOP are mainly to blame for the shutdown, with only 29% placing the blame largely on the Democrat’s shoulders. An additional 13% feel both are equally to blame. 

Of course, the views are split along party lines, with those identify as Democrat or liberal blaming Trump and the GOP 85% and 78% respectively, with 68% of Republicans and 50% of conservatives blaming congressional Democrats.

While 79% of those polled feel that the shutdown would be a serious issue if it were allowed to continue for months, only 18% said that they were personally affected.

As to whether or not we face a real crisis at the southern border with Mexico, only 24% of those asked felt things were at crises levels — and that number remained less than 50% even for those who otherwise supported the construction of a border wall. 

That said, just under half still felt that southern border was a “serious problem,” rather than a “crisis” — and this was largely consistent whether the person supported the wall or not.

The majority still opposes the wall, but support for the project has risen. 42% of those surveyed would be willing to see the wall built, which is up from just 34% a year ago. Opposition is likewise down, now at 54%, versus 63% a year ago.

Wall support is, perhaps unsurprisingly, highest among Republicans and conservatives, for who interest in the project is up and overall 16%. It has also surged among white voters, gaining 10% in the past year.

Even with that increase in support, 66% overall oppose the president invoking emergency powers to force its construction, with half of those opposed falling into the :strongly oppose” category. 

The survey was conducted from January 8th to 11th, via both landline and cellular phones, and included a random sample of 788 adults.

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Grand Jury Announces Charges Against Only One Louisville Officer – But None in Killing of Breonna Taylor

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A grand jury has announced criminal charges against a single Louisville, Kentucky police officer, but no charges in the March 13 killing of Breonna Taylor. The charges are against former officer Brett Hankison and include wanton endangerment, unrelated to Taylor’s killing. No homicide charges were announced.

The charges are being described as insufficient by MSNBC’s Al Sharpton.

“It feels to me like these charges entirely delete the murder” of Breonna Taylor, MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid commented on the network after the charges were announced. “This was a Black Lives Don’t Matter ruling.”

“They can just shoot you,” she lamented.

“There’s nothing in this charge that mentions Breonna Taylor,” she continued. “There’s no charge that says you need to at least care” about the lives of others, Reid said.

The Nation’s Elie Mystal weighs in:

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Romney’s ‘Pathetically Weasel-Worded’ Defense of His Vow to Vote for Trump SCOTUS Pick Mocked and Destroyed

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U.S. Senator Mitt Romney is being highly criticized Tuesday, after he announced he will vote to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, even before the candidate has been named.

CNN’s take is that Senator Romney’s “backing of Supreme Court vote paves way for election-year confirmation.”

Romney said he would vote for any nominee who is qualified, although he struggled to define what the term meant to him.

Many are attacking the Utah Republican Senator for green lighting Trump’s unnamed SCOTUS nominee despite voting to impeach the president.

Former Dept. of Defense communications official:

Sen. Romney also made several remarks, both to reporters (video below) and in a statement, that are provably false.

“The historical precedent of election year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party’s nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own,” Romney said in a statement.

Journalist Joan McCarter points out that’s false.

Civil rights attorney Sasha Samberg-Champion blasts Romney for cloaking a purely political decision in the rule of law.

Historian Kevin Kruse:

Reporter and analyst for Inside Elections, Jacob Rubashkin, notes just how false Romney’s claim is that America is a “center-right” nation – and embarrasses him in the process:

As does journalist Jay Willis:

Romney’s false claims that the Supreme Court has been liberal for years is also easily debunked as “utter nonsense” – by Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at a conservative think tank:

And by this HuffPost journalist:

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Romney: I Will Vote to Confirm Trump SCOTUS Nominee if Qualified

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U.S. Senator Mitt Romney says he will vote for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to hold the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg if that candidate is qualified.

The Republican from Utah says a “liberal court” is “not written in the stars,” and implied his decision to buck fairness and Republican precedent is based on helping to mold a “center-right” Supreme Court – which it already is.

He also falsely claims the nation is “center-right.”

Two Republicans have said they will not vote before the election. Democrats need four Republicans to not vote before the inauguration.

 

This is a breaking news and developing story. 

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