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Schiff: Invoking Emergency Powers for Wall Is ‘a Non-Starter’

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Rep. Adam Schiff

Representative Adam Schiff (R-CA), speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, declared that President Trump’s insistence that he may invoke “emergency powers” to secure funding and construction of a southern border wall a “non-starter.”

“Look, if Harry Truman couldn’t nationalize the steel industry during wartime, this president does have the power to declare an emergency and build a multi-billion-dollar wall on the border,” said Schiff. 

“So, that’s a non-starter,” Schiff added.

Truman was unable to nationalize steel mills during the Korean war during a labor strike on the mills, though both Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt did use emergency powers to suspend habeas corpus without Congressional approval and to place Japanese-Americans in internment camps, respectively. 

Schiff instead insists that the president move to end the government shutdown amiably.

“I think what the president needs to do more than anything else; he’s painted himself into a corner on this thing, is figure out how he unpaints himself from that corner. We need to reopen the government, we need to put people back to work.”

Schiff then echoed the words of Senator Doug Jones (D-AL), who was on the same program before Schiff, who called the shutdown “political posturing.”

“We can’t allow this continual process… that if I don’t get what I want, if I don’t get what I don’t have the votes for, if I don’t get what the county doesn’t want, I’m just going to shut down the government,” said Schiff. “If you reward the President with that kind of tactic, then we are going to see every year the President shutting down the government, and we can’t afford to do business that way.” 

The current government shutdown is currently in its 15th day, with no clear end in sight.

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Trump Harasses CDC Into New School Re-Opening Guidelines As COVID Cases Reach 3 Million

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Wednesday presented a set of guidelines for returning to school this fall. Guidelines that were almost immediately trashed by President Donald Trump.

“We hope that most schools are going to be open,” Trump said at a White House event Wednesday. “They think it’s going to be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed…no way. We’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open.”

Vice President Mike Pence responded to the rebuke during a news conference addressing the issue. Pence said the CDC will issue new guidelines with “more clarity.” Pence addressed the update during his White House coronavirus task force meeting at the Education Department. He called it “absolutely essential” that students return to in-person learning this fall.

“We’re here to help,” Pence said. “We don’t want federal guidance to be a substitute for state and local laws and rules and guidance. We’re here to assist with the shared objective, which I think is shared by every parent in America, which is we want to get our kids back. We want to get them back in the classroom.”

“Remember it’s guidance, it’s not requirements, and its purpose is to facilitate the reopening and keeping open the schools in this country,” CDC Director Robert Redfield said.

Watch Pence’s press conference below.

The press conference came on the same day the United States reached a record high of 3 million coronavirus cases and Texas saw its worst single day number of deaths. Texas also hit a 15% Covid-19 positivity rate, a record high since the pandemic began in March. Additionally, it was given on the same day that 37 football players and staff at University of North Carolina tested positive for Covid-19; the average daily case count in Los Angeles County went up 84% in the past month; 26 Mississippi legislators tested positive; and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he “instructed the Houston Forst Corporation to exercise its right contractually in canceling State’s Republican Convention.”

But let’s get kids back into schools this fall, it’s totally safe.

“I disagree with [CDC] on their very tough & expensive guidelines for opening schools,” Trump tweeted. “While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things. I will be meeting with them!!!” the President tweeted.

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Mary Trump: President Never Took SATs — and Paid Someone Else to Do It for Him

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The explosive new tell-all book written by President Donald Trump’s niece about their family history alleges that the president only got into a good college because of a fraudulently obtained SAT score.

According to the New York Times, Mary Trump claims in her book that “as a high school student in Queens… Donald Trump paid someone to take a precollegiate test, the SAT, on his behalf.”

Mary Trump also claims that this fraudulent score helped him get into the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton business school, which the president often boasts about having attended.

The upcoming book, titled “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” paints a frightening portrait of how the president was groomed by his father to be ruthless and unsympathetic toward other people. Even though the Trump family has sued to stop the book’s publication, it is currently slated to release next week.

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Trump Was Repeatedly Lectured on Coronavirus Vaccine by Drug Execs at White House Meeting

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On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported that in a meeting with pharmaceutical executives at the White House, President Donald Trump repeatedly asked if they could rush out a vaccine for coronavirus within the next few months, and had to be told again and again that that wasn’t possible.

“During the meeting, several of the experts and the pharmaceutical industry CEOs had to explain to the president time and again that they cannot necessarily rush a vaccine on to the market,” said Acosta. “The president was sort of asking as he was going around the room, well, how quickly can we get a vaccine out on the market, and do it in three or four months.”

“At one point, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is the infectious disease expert for the administration, at one point told the president, no, it is still going to be about a year, and the experts and the pharmaceutical CEOs were explaining to the president that there needs to be a vigorous testing process for the vaccines before you can put a vaccine out on the market,” said Acosta. “Obviously, you can’t put one out on the market for coronavirus if it has not been adequately tested, and they had to explain it for the president time and again.”

“You have a sense … there is an urgency on his part to address the issues,” added Acosta. “This is just not an instant gratification type of problem that we are dealing with, that this administration is dealing with right now.”

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