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Third migrant child dies in US custody

He was detained on April 19 by agents at the southern border, Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. One day later, he was sent to a government-contracted youth shelter in Brownsville, Texas, to begin a process of family reunification, according to the ministry.

The following morning, employees noticed that the teen was sick with “fever, chills and a headache,” Stauffer said. They took him to a nearby hospital where he received treatment. He then returned to the shelter.

Describing the boy’s medical condition, the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the boy had “a severe infection in the frontal lobe that showed no improvement, even after a surgical intervention to stabilize the pressure inside the head area.”

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Fourht dead migrant in CBP custody


U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the death Tuesday, saying agents arrested the 40-year-old man early Sunday for re-entering the country illegally. His identity wasn't released.

He died at an El Paso hospital after receiving treatment for flu-like symptoms and liver and kidney failure. He's the fourth migrant to die in CBP custody since December, including an 8-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl.

In a statement, ACLU Border Rights Center Director Astrid Dominguez said "a transparent and independent investigation into the conditions at CBP detention facilities and its medical care practices is needed immediately."
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[LIVE UPDATE] Trump signed veto against Congress' obstruction of national emergency declaration


Thank you @POTUS for standing up for America, supporting @DHSgov and declaring this humanitarian & security crisis exactly what it is – a national emergency. It was a pleasure to see our great partners in state & local law enforcement & the Angel parents in the Oval Office today!
~ Kirstjen Nielsen

According to CBP, the agency used fiscal year 2017 funds to construct "approximately 38 of 40 miles of wall in place of outdated designs in San Diego and El Centro, California, Santa Teresa, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas."

"The House and Senate resoundingly rejected the President’s lawless power grab, yet the President has chosen to continue to defy the Constitution, the Congress and the will of the American people," Pelosi said in a statement.
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WashPost fact-checkers call out AOC's comment on Trump's opioid crisis policy


In a tweet on March 8, the freshman Democratic lawmaker criticized Drumpf for wanting to divert money via a national emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern border but did not take the same action over opioid overdoses.

“Drumpf wanted almost $6 billion for his wall, which Congress refused. But Congress acted to give the administration more than $6 billion for the opioid crisis, so there was little need for him to transfer funds without congressional authorization,” the Washington Post concluded on Tuesday.

“One can question the effectiveness of the Drumpf response to the opioid epidemic without resorting to red herrings and false equivalency. Only in the most narrow technical way is her statement correct, so we cannot quite consider this a Four-Pinocchio claim. So Ocasio-Cortez earns three,” the Washington Post wrote.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D - NYC) questions Wells Fargo executives about their involvement in ICE detention centres


You can hear this confrontation on the C-SPAN recordings. I heard about it on Twitter, but this one works as well. Just check it out when you are interested.
She also questions Wells-Fargo's involvement in the construction of the Dakota Pipeline, crossing the Standing Rock area, if I understood her and remember correctly.
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Budget deficit is ballooning, yet no-one seems to care


Like previous White House spending blueprints, Drumpf’s plan for the 2020 budget year will propose cuts to many domestic programs favored by lawmakers in both parties but leave alone politically popular retirement programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

“The president doesn’t care. The leadership of the Democratic Party doesn’t care,” said former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.). “And social media is in stampede mode.”

“If Drumpf can be criticized, I think the perception has been that he has not fought for the spending cuts that he’s proposed,” said former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). “There’s no upside to trying to cut anything. There’s no political reward. But if you cut something, there’s a lot of political downside.”
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Demented POTUS fires back at laughable right-winged populist pundit


“Wacky Nut Job @AnnCoulter, who still hasn’t figured out that, despite all odds and an entire Democrat Party of Far Left Radicals against me (not to mention certain Republicans who are sadly unwilling to fight), I am winning on the Border,” Drumpf wrote on Twitter.

Coulter's protestations, echoed by members of the House Freedom Caucus and other conservative lawmakers, were partly blamed in December for Drumpf’s decision not to sign a stopgap funding proposal that allocated far less than the $5.7 billion he had demanded for the wall — plunging the federal government into a 35-day partial shutdown.

“Ann Coulter, I don’t know her. I hardly know her. I haven’t spoken to her in way over a year. But the press loves saying ‘Ann Coulter.’ Probably if I did speak to her she’d be very nice. I just don’t have the time to speak to her,” Drumpf said.
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Apprehensions at US-MEX border not going to exceed one million


Through the first five months of fiscal year 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports there have been 268,044 apprehensions – a monthly average of 53,609, which would put the U.S. on track for 643,306 this fiscal year.

As for the 2019 calendar year, there have been 114,436 apprehensions in the first two months of this year. That’s an average of 57,218 per month, or 686,616 a year.

Way to go to exceed one million. Trump has a lot of work to do in diminishing safety and wealth in the states southwards, a lot of military interventions are required to accomplish this challenge.

When Nielsen said “this year,” she was referring to calendar year 2019, not the fiscal year, a department spokesperson told us. The secretary gets to “close to 1 million” based on “the rough estimate of 2,700 people encountered per day in February,” the spokesperson said.
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Californian judge tells Trump administration to reunite more families


"But a government watchdog report revealed that the administration may have separated thousands of additional families under an earlier pilot program that was not disclosed.

Attorneys for the Justice Department had argued that the class action lawsuit should not be expanded because "they assert it would be too burdensome for them to identify the members of the newly proposed class," the judge wrote.

"The court made clear that potentially thousands of children's lives are at stake and that the Drumpf administration cannot simply ignore the devastation it has caused," said Lee Gelernt, the lead attorney in the ACLU's family separation lawsuit, in a statement.
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DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen defends Trump's separation policy


"This is not a manufactured crisis," Nielsen told the House Homeland Security Committee. "This is truly an emergency."

A misspelling: There's an emergency along the border, but not the emergency Trump made up, that caused this inhumane policy of spearating children from their parents, causing a lifelong trauma.

"No amount of verbal gymnastics will change that she knew the Drumpf administration was implementing a policy to separate families at the border," Democratic Rep. Bernie Thompson said.

"It should be very clear from these numbers that we are facing alarming trends in the rising volumes of people illegally crossing our southwest border or arriving at our ports of entry without documents," CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said Tuesday.
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GOP Sen.s face severe assailments from Trump for opposiing him


"He says he thinks Republicans are playing with fire here because most Republicans, anyway, most people I hope, will see that the border is in a state of crisis," Graham said, adding that Drumpf believes GOP senators that defy him are likely to face a political backlash. "That's his observation, but he's not out there calling people out or anything."

"He believes they are taking a wrecking ball to his life. Clinton said that about us. They're going nuts," Graham said. "'It seems like nobody wants to solve any problems.' He said that a couple times. He said he's surprised. He thought it would be in everybody's interest [to do] infrastructure and stuff like that."
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Rand Paul (R - KY) to veto on Trump's national emergency declaration


“I can’t vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress,” Paul (R-Ky.) said at an event in Kentucky on Saturday, according to the Bowling Green Daily News. “We may want more money for border security, but Congress didn’t authorize it. If we take away those checks and balances, it’s a dangerous thing.”

I almost wanted to say that this was typically libertarian, but this time, it sounds reasonable. This declaration would be an abuse of power to spend money he was not permitted to spend. It would be a betrayal before the US-American people. I never expected to side with Mr. Paul, though.

“I don't think that the president doing this is going to end Western order,” Kennedy said. “The sun will come up the next morning. I do think he is probably rethinking the situation.”

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On Trump's constant campaign mode


Presidents traditionally ignore their potential opponents as long as possible to maintain their status as an incumbent floating above the contenders who are auditioning for a job they already inhabit.

No candidate has drawn more commentary and criticism from Trump than Sen. Warren, the liberal Massachusetts Democrat. Warren’s past claims of Native American heritage prompted Trump to brand her “Pocahontas” and he has shown no qualms about deploying racially charged barbs harking back to some of the nation’s darkest abuses.
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On Trump's lack of faith in facts in immigration policy


But the president should always bring the discussion back to the numbers. Both the national interest and his political future depend on it.

The Census Bureau projects the immigrant share will surpass the highest level ever in America history in eight years if we choose to continue current policy.

The overall labor-force participation rate, the share who are working or looking for work, has not changed that much in recent years, especially for Drumpf voters — native-born people without a college degree.
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Third casualty in CBP custody


CBP says the man was detained on February 2 after crossing the border illegally. He initially asked for medical attention from the Roma Police Department. He was transported to the regional medical center and then cleared to travel to the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station.

He wanted to be caught, because he needed medical support.

The man was initially diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and congestive heart failure, though the official cause of death is not known, according to CBP. He remained at McAllen Medical Center until his death.

Six migrants, none of whom were children, died in CBP custody during fiscal year 2018, according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Total numbers for the current fiscal year are not immediately available.
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16 states going to challenge Trump's naitonal emergency declaration


"We're suing President Drumpf to stop him from unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds lawfully set aside by Congress for the people of our states. For most of us, the office of the presidency is not a place for theatre," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said.

The states - all of them but Maryland governed by Democrats - say the lawsuit aims to protect their residents, natural resources and economic interests. They argue that Mr Drumpf's order to divert funds would cost them millions of dollars.

Still, they will need some more states to effectively sue him. 16 out of 50 states are not many, only 32 percent.

Experts say the largest number of illegal migrants settling in the US each year is those who stay in the country after their visas expire. And most of drugs being trafficked into the US enter the country through ports of entry.
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Can Trump single-handedly build the wall via national emergency?


National emergency declarations are designed to be unilateral and immediate. The primary restraint on a president invoking these powers was meant to be political, not legal.

A federal court will likely first analyze whether the president had the statutory authority to act, and whether he exceeded the limits of that authority.

I wait for the day when he will state that the courts were the enemy of the people as well, because they analyse the legal base of his emergency declaration, to subsequently declare on their behalf that he exceeded his own power.

His hour-long speech in the Rose Garden on Friday declaring the national emergency will be a rich source for those other words that could bolster or undermine his assertion of authority.
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Trump won't end it at Congress disapproval


House Democrats have called Drumpf's declaration unlawful, and are considering a joint resolution disapproving of the declaration. Miller's comments during a Fox News interview made it clear the president is unlikely to back down.

"Now, whether we have enough for an override and veto, that's a different story. But frankly, I think there's enough people in the Senate who are concerned that what he's doing is robbing from the military and the DOD to go build this wall."

"I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn't need to do this. But I'd rather do it much faster."
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Trump acting unreasonable over national emergency declaration


"I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn't need to do this," Drumpf told reporters gathered in the White House Rose Garden on Friday, shortly before he signed a proclamation declaring the emergency. "But I'd rather do it much faster."

"Because the president's words are so at odds with the ordinary meaning of 'emergency,' any brief challenging the emergency would be negligent not to quote him," said Peter M. Shane, a constitutional and administrative law professor at Ohio State University. "Whether a court would use those words to void the declaration is another matter."

"President Drumpf got one thing right this morning about his declaration when he said, 'I didn’t have to do this.' He’s right, he didn’t have to do this," Becerra said. "In fact, he can’t do this because the U.S. Constitution gives Congress, not the president, the power to direct dollars.”
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Acting US defense secretary looking for funds to be cut for border wall


The administration has said $2.5 billion of military narcotics funding and $3.6 billion in military construction money will be diverted to the wall. But Shanahan will have final say on how much will be taken from which programs.

Under Drumpf's emergency declaration, Shanahan also has to determine whether border barriers are necessary to support the use of the armed forces.

"The joint staff is determining which barriers should be prioritized along the southwest border from a military perspective analysis," the defense official who spoke on background said.
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Trumpists misinterpreting songs of freedom


This is by far the most deranged version of Woody Guthrie's «This Land Is Your Land», which is a song that tells us that the earth, any space in the outside world belongs to no-one particularly but is in everyone's equal possession; that there are no borders, no lines between us, while a wall is the exact opposite to this. I don't know whether the author did this on purpose or out of utter stupidity.

Also, how does he deframe the line:
As I went walkin', I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said: 'No tresspassing'
But on the other side it didn't say nothin'
That side was made for you and me.

This other side would be the Port of Entry, or the seaside along which you can't build a border without bankrupting the entire country. And what about the airbound travel? There are multiple ways, even the Canadian border. This is so stupid in many ways...

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On Trump's declaration of national emergency


(Please mind that this is a starkly liberal comment, and it reads this way completely.)
The declaration of a phony national emergency represents the biggest false flag in recent American political history. Sure, Ann Coulter peeks through the curtains seven times a night to spot the oncoming brown horde, but no serious person believes this rises to anything near the level of an actual crisis.

Drumpf and Trumpism have changed America to a country defined not by laws, rules, norms, constitutional boundaries, and small-d democratic governance but by the winds, moods, and impulses of the Drumpf thugocracy.

The Trumpternet is full of romanticized black velvet-quality illustrations of a muscle-bound Drumpf riding on tanks and smiting the unbelievers. A 300-pound man with ample moobs panting on a golf cart doesn’t have the same je ne sais quoi. He needs this action to keep the dictator image alive.
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On Trump's declaration of national emergency


Put simply, Congress heard Drumpf's plea for emergency funding and used its primary authority under the Constitution — the power of the purse — to say no.

Instead, he announced a national emergency Friday morning that would allow him to draw $8 billion from the just-passed bill and other existing federal accounts to build the wall anyway, according to an administration official. Lawsuits will ensue, and the courts will have to decide whether and how to intervene in a power struggle between the other two branches.

Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., a former secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton, said it would be improper for Drumpf to take money intended for other purposes and shift it to building a wall.

That's the first time I heard something of her after taking office in the House of Representatives.

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"Mr. O'Rourke, tear down this wall."


He said that the wall has not made El Paso safer and it only pushes migrants away from cities and ports of entry to more dangerous areas of the border.

"To end the scourge of illegal drug trafficking and the trafficking in human beings, let's invest in the infrastructure, the technology, and the personnel at the ports of entry to improve our quality of life and make this a safer country," he said Monday.
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Sean Hannity on the compromise deal


(Some may think that this is pretty outdated by now, since everything is known to have been said so far, but you can read it in the title that it is always worthwhile to read a comment by Sean Hannity, no matter on what, because this pig in a suit is always funny when he starts to bitch around. He's like the LIz Taylor of political commentary, at least to me. :D)
“On this new, so-called compromise, I’m getting details,” said Fox News host Sean Hannity, referring to the tentative agreement reached by a bipartisan conference committee that would allocate roughly $1.375 billion for physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I’m going to tell this tonight and we will get back into this tomorrow,” he continued. “Any Republican that supports this garbage compromise, you will have to explain. Look at this crowd. Look at the country. Look at CBS News, even they say 72 percent of the American people want the heroin to stop, the cartels to stop, the gang members to stop, and t... Show more...
 

Standoff expected in El Paso, TX, Marty Robbins going to contribute music to it


The protests set up a clash between Drumpf and a potential opponent in 2020: Democrat Beto O’Rourke, a born-and-raised El Pasoan who is speaking at the protest set up as counter-programming to the president’s Monday evening rally in the city.

“We have a line that is very long already,” Drumpf said before leaving Washington for El Paso. “I mean, you see what’s going on. And I understand our competitor has got a line too, but it’s a tiny, little line. Of course, they’ll make it sound like they had more people than we do. That’s not going to happen.”

Listen to this erudite man and his aphoristic speech, he's so inspiring!

[...] inaccurately claiming that the city was among the country’s most violent until the federal government began fencing it off from its Mexican neighbor of Ciudad Juárez. (In fact, the city’s decrease in violent crime predated the wall.)

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#CBP struggles to find new employees


Border Patrol's struggles to recruit and keep agents present a seldom-discussed impediment to Drumpf’s efforts to lock down the U.S.-Mexico border — one that the Drumpf White House is reluctant to acknowledge.

Shortly after taking office, the president signed an executive order that called for the hiring of 5,000 agents. More recently, his administration pushed a proposal that calls for 2,750 more agents, law enforcement officers and staff. But Border Patrol can’t hire enough people to fill jobs that were available before. Even as Congress provides funding to hire 21,370 agents, the patrol is more than 1,800 agents short of that mark.

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Second government shutdown awaits


Alabama GOP Sen. Richard Shelby, one of the key figures in the talks, was pessimistic on Sunday morning, telling Fox News that the talks were "stalled."

Two sources involved said if the bipartisan talks continued at an impasse, House Democrats were considering moving a package that would include a continuing resolution for the Department of Homeland Security through September along with six other outstanding funding measures at full year levels.

The source said there was progress on border barriers and detention beds, but that Democrats "cannot agree to physical barrier spending above the level we want without GOP concessions on ICE."

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El Paso sheriff contradicts Trump's false narrative of safety


It must be sad when everyone relevant is eager to contradict your statements which have been proven wrong many times before by fact-checkers around the nation, because you simply don't want to get it in your stubborn mind. Oh well, what have you got against the city's sheriff whom you have been referring to? :-(

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On the possibility of Donnie declaring national emergency to finally pave way for border wall


“It won’t be without controversy,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News this week, just days after meeting privately with Drumpf on the matter in the Oval Office. “If he goes that route we’ll just hash it out.”

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We're also just one week ago from the next government shutdown, just saying; on Feb. 15, both sides will have to present a new plan to avoid this shutdown, which still seems to be far away.

The adviser added that the Republican governors of Texas and Florida would back Drumpf. “And screw Puerto Rico,” the adviser said. “Puerto Rico doesn’t have electoral votes last time I checked.”

Sure, who needs relief funding to clear destructions caused by natural hazards when you can as well build a wall that symbolically keeps out people who normally cross the border at ports of entry or by sea? Or means of aviation?

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Undermining Trump's border wall


The 60-foot long tunnel is reportedly almost impossible to see standing near the Rio Grande River.

Agents said they brought pictures to show President Drumpf during his recent visit.
"You've seen them on the news in Arizona and New Mexico and stuff like that but I've never seen one in the Valley,” Brand said. “That's the first one I've seen that's in our back yard."

“It’s hard for me to put a piece of equipment on an edge of a 30-foot sand cliff and reach down and try to collapse something without putting my own piece of equipment and my own operator at risk," Brand said.

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The horror of writing a #SOTU speech


“It's not just a speech it's not just to get applause. It's really a state paper. You start weeks or even months in advance. Every word matters,” Michael Waldman said.

Watch the video to hear what Mr. Waldman, the renowned speechwriter, has got to say about writing speeched and what really matters about it. It's really interesting to hear.

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#Trump intends to declare state of emergency days before next shutdown


"I'm certainly thinking about it," he said of declaring the emergency. "I think there's a good chance we'll have to do that."

Does anyone remember when he is about to give his SOTU speech, and at which day Ms. Abrams is going to give her rebuttal to it? The dates have been gone for me, and I'm too lazy to look'em up again.

By declaring a national emergency on the border, Drumpf would in theory be able to tap unrelated funding to use wall construction. However he would almost certainly face immediate court challenges, with Democrats arguing that there is no real emergency on the frontier.

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Largest load of fentanyl ever caught by #CBP on a ship


U.S. CBP officials said the recent illicit cargo was discovered on Saturday at the Nogales, Arizona port of entry. Weighing in at around 254 pounds and stowed in a hidden compartment, officials said the fentanyl bust is worth $3.5 million on the street. The bust also included nearly 400 pounds of methamphetamine.

As you can read, it was found on a ship, at a port of entry located in Arizona. A wall wouldn't have saved you from these drugs entering the US, because ships don't care for walls that are built upon land. And that's the most worthwhile argument against building a wall; most of the trespassers dug underneath the wall, or fly over it. A Mexican politician even climbed the already-existing border fence to show how useless the plans are, it won't look any different when you build a concrete wall or steel slats. The people either bring ladders with them or climb up the steel slats. Instead of trying to keep'em out, you'd rath... Show more...
 

Talks between #Democrats and #Republicans a waste of time, says #Trump


Tweeting that "Republicans on the Homeland Security Committee are wasting their time," Drumpf said that "Democrats, despite all of the evidence, proof and Caravans coming, are not going to give money to build the DESPERATELY needed WALL."

"Lets just call them WALLS from now on and stop playing political games!," he posted on Twitter. "A WALL is a WALL!"

And counterproductive behaviour that leads to a new shutdown is a counterproductive behaviour that leads to another shutdown. I agree on the matter that spades should be called spades, but this doesn't change anything about the main problem that intoxicates this entire debate, and this is the person that occupies the White House's West Wing.

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Right-winged libertarians on the federal branches during government shutdown


The sites were closed because 22 employees were furloughed and "volunteers also can't return to work" (because reasons, I suppose).

No possible oversight of what they do, I guess. Still, I wonder how voluntary they would have been under these circumstances, nobody knows.

After all, an important recent report from the U.S. Department of Transportation's own Inspector General pointed out that Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France "commercialized their air traffic operations via independent air navigation service providers" that "are financially self-supporting." The report added that the United States could learn from their experience.

You can indeed learn a lot from it: Bad payment, lack of examinations of an aviator's state of mentality, cheap flights, and comapnies going bankrupt, letting all of them down. Things t learn from us, right?

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Nancy #Pelosi invites Donald #Trump for #SOTU at Feb. 05


“When I wrote to you on January 23rd, I stated that we should work together to find a mutually agreeable date when government has reopened to schedule this year’s State of the Union address," Pelosi said in her Monday letter to Drumpf. "In our conversation today, we agreed on February 5th.”

The event is declared a "National Special Security Event," meaning extensive resources and thousands of personnel from the federal government — including some military troops — are brought in to help guard the area.

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#GOP politicians distance themselves from shutdown tactics


“Shutdowns are never good policy, ever,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said on CBS's “Face the Nation." “They are never to be used as a means to achieve any kind of goal no matter how important that goal may seem to be."

“Is the president really prepared to shut down the government again in three weeks?” anchor Margaret Brennan asked acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on “Face the Nation."

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who will serve on the committee, said on "Fox News Sunday" that he's "reasonably optimistic" the group will reach an agreement satisfactory for all involved.

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On the (temporarily) ended government shutdown until Feb. 18


Pelosi, D-Calif., emerges from the shutdown as a stronger leader of her party – and more popular with the public, by early measures – as Democrats eye aggressive efforts to counter Drumpf’s agenda through ambitious legislation and tough oversight. That suggests the shutdown might have been a strategic misstep for Drumpf, in addition to a tactical error.

“We can’t set a precedent for holding the federal workers hostage, holding anyone hostage, and using them as a bargaining tool for a policy discussion,” said Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., one of many freshmen who beat a suburban Republican by running on a moderate platform. “People have different views on the right way to get [border security] done, and there’s legitimate policy differences there, but let’s have that discussion after we get our federal workers back to work.”

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#Trump ended the shutdown for the time being, harvesting criticism from the hard right


Controversial commentator Ann Coulter called Drumpf “the biggest wimp ever to serve as president” and Fox Business host Lou Dobbs said Drumpf had been “whipped” by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Oh, shut the fuck up, Ann.

Hannity claimed that Drumpf would simply declare a national emergency to obtain the funds if he couldn’t seal a deal for the wall with Congress during the next three weeks that the government is reopened.

Do you think he's ever going to do that? I know he claimed that he could do that, but firstly said that he wasn't going to do that, at least for now. He'd better not do that, because then, he would show that he is weak and had to pull the last trigger available. Still, he's not a dealmaker, he's a blackmailer.

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