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Trump Is Rapidly Losing His Shutdown Fight Over the Border Wall as Republicans Break Ranks and Flee

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President Donald Trump is rapidly losing the shutdown fight he started, and Republicans are fleeing from him.

On Friday ten Republicans bucked their leadership and joined House Democrats in voting for a bill to re-open several federal agencies.

Also on Friday, Senate Republicans filed a bill that would permanently ban federal government shutdowns forever, making it impossible for any president to take the nation hostage to fulfill, for example, a ridiculous campaign promise.

The Hill reports the House bill is “the fourth measure approved by the Democratic House this week. Democrats are voting on a series of bills to open up the parts of the government closed since Dec. 22, which has left about 800,000 federal workers furloughed or working without pay.”

Meanwhile, many Republicans are making clear they oppose what appears to be President Trump’s plan: to declare a national emergency and siphon funds from disaster relief projects in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, and California to pay for his wall.

(Not all of them have offered honorable reasons for opposing the move.)

Among those opposed to declaring a national emergency is the powerful, far right House Freedom Caucus.

Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is actually the one person who holds all the cards in the shutdown. He has stayed mostly silent since the shutdown started, and is refusing to exercise that power.

Leader McConnell could allow the House bills to be voted on by the duly-elected Member of the Senate, and force President Trump to decide to sign or veto them. There are sufficient votes in the Senate, many reports say, to override a Trump veto. McConnell refuses to allow the Senators the right to vote.

Saturday the Trump shutdown will become the longest in the nation’s history. It began almost four weeks ago, December 22, when President Trump controlled both Houses of Congress.

 

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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.

 

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