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Dems to fund over $1 billion in border security as long as it doesn't directly to to Wall

Congress set to deny Trump wall money


Lawmakers and the White House are eager to step back from the brink of a government shutdown.

By Burgess Everett , Jennifer Scholtes and Tara Palmeri

04/25/17 11:24 AM EDT

Updated 04/25/17 04:33 PM EDT


But Trump is also aware that fully backing down at this point could embolden Democrats who are clamoring for a commitment to permanently fund Obamacare’s insurance subsidies, according to one person involved in spending bill negotiations. Democrats are likely to receive no better than a temporary patch to keep those funds flowing to low-income Americans, which will cost about $7 billion this year. Trump’s administration has threatened to cut off those funds as a condition for getting his wall funding.

Congress “will ramp up border security money with additional fencing and security measures short of the great wall,” said the official. “Then push for wall money in the fall.”


"I hope this is not the case. But it looks like, from here, right here, right now, it looks like President Trump is caving on his demand for a measly $1 billion in the budget for his wall on the border with Mexico," said Rush Limbaugh.

By Tuesday afternoon, Democrats were ebullient about Trump's newfound flexibilty. Democrats are, however, willing to send more than $1 billion in border security to Trump, as long as it doesn't directly fund the border wall..................


President Trump just had his bluff called again

Stay strong Dems. Friday evening is a long ways away in political time.

Ted Lieu‏Verified account @tedlieu 4h4 hours ago

How do you deal with a bully? You stand up to him.



President Trump just had his bluff called — again

By Aaron Blake April 25 at 8:03 AM
Trump may delay push for wall funding to avoid shutdown
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President Trump is backing off his demand to include border wall funds in the new spending bill this week, as the April 28 deadline to avoid a government shutdown nears. (Reuters)

For the second time in two major legislative battles, the Trump White House has issued an ultimatum — only to back down.

In the health care debate, the president was going to force a House vote on the package and dare skeptical Republicans to vote against replacing Obamacare, before abandoning that plan in the face of defeat.

And now, in the government funding debate, he's backing off his previous demand that Congress approve funding for his border wall. As The Washington Post's Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and David Weigel report:...............

Dear @realDonaldTrump: Had a second packed TownHall tonight in Redondo Beach. They still don't like

This Lieu is a little stinker--but love him.

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Ted Lieu‏Verified account @tedlieu 16h16 hours ago

Dear @realDonaldTrump: Had a second packed Town Hall tonight in Redondo Beach. They still don't like you. #ImWithTed




Wisconsin DOJ: James O'Keefe's Project Veritas tape did not show election law violations

Source: Milwaukee-Journal Sentinal

Patrick Marley , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 12:26 p.m. CT April 25, 2017 | Updated 52 minutes ago

MADISON – Covert videos of Democratic activists released in the run-up to last year’s presidential election showed no violations of Wisconsin laws, a review by the attorney general’s office found.

The blunt conclusion is at odds with how Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel initially reacted to the videos by conservative provocateur James O’Keefe, who has a track record of mischaracterizing his recordings and was found guilty of a misdemeanor in 2010 over one of his operations.

Schimel’s office released a statement in October calling the actions by Democrats on the undercover videos “apparent violations of the law” and saying Schimel was “very concerned” about them.

But one of Schimel’s assistants came to a very different conclusion when he reviewed the recordings.

“Based on all the available facts I do not believe there is any basis to conclude that the videos demonstrate or suggest violations of Wisconsin criminal laws,” Assistant Attorney General Roy Korte wrote in a Jan. 31 memo ending the investigation.........

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/25/wisconsin-doj-james-okeefes-project-veritas-tape-did-not-show-election-law-violations/100885192/

Although happened in WI-this is of national interest because O'Keefe has pulled these stunts in other states (a few listed in article). Problem is-here is WI, we have a Repug Attorney General who wanted to make a big deal of the tape-even though he and his assistance had evidence early on that there was no there there!

Schimel --the WI Attorney Gen. is a sick soul-always willing to use taxpayer money to try to find something to blame onto Democrats!2

Homebuilders denounce tariff on Canada's softwood lumber

Source: The Hill

By Vicki Needham - 04/25/17 12:57 PM EDT


The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) said the Commerce Department’s decision to levy a 20 percent countervailing duty on Canadian lumber imports will raise prices on housing and harm U.S. consumers.

"NAHB is deeply disappointed in this short-sighted action by the U.S. Department of Commerce that will ultimately do nothing to resolve issues causing the U.S.-Canadian lumber trade dispute but will negatively harm American consumers and housing affordability," said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, a homebuilder and developer from Kerrville, Texas.

Homebuilders said that 33 percent of the lumber used in the U.S. last year was imported and more than 95 percent of that supply came from Canada.

"This means that imports are essential for the construction of affordable new homes and to make improvements on existing homes," MacDonald said........................

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/finance/330445-home-builders-denounce-tariff-on-canadas-softwood-lumber

This is a major problem: Cummings says Flynn appears to have committed a felony

Source: Raw Story

‘This is a major problem’: Cummings says Flynn appears to have committed a felony

25 Apr 2017 at 11:17 ET

Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) held a press conference on Tuesday to knock the Trump administration for denying their requests for documents related to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn,

“We received a response from the White House refusing to provide any of the documents we requested,” Cummings said at the press conference. “The White House has refused to offer a single piece of paper in response to this committee’s bipartisan request.”

Cummings also said Flynn might have committed a felony by not disclosing payments he received from foreign governments before he assumed the role of national security adviser.


Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/this-is-a-major-problem-cummings-says-flynn-appears-to-have-committed-a-felony/


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House OversightDems‏Verified account @OversightDems 51m51 minutes ago

#WhiteHouse letter to #Chaffetz and @RepCummings on Michael #Flynn security clearance and #Russia payments. pic.twitter.com/NCQWHbJN7N

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Amy Siskind‏Verified account @Amy_Siskind 30m30 minutes ago

Amy Siskind Retweeted CNN Politics

BREAKING: Flynn took money from Russia. And WH refusing to provide House Oversight Committee w docs on Flynn. Trump collusion coming clear!



msnbc is covering trump speech at Capitol Holocaust Remembrance.

WH refusing Oversight Cmte docs on Michael Flynn--breaking news on msnbc

Congressional Credentialing Committee Deals Breitbart A Devastating Rebuke

Source: mediamatters.org

Website’s Bid For Congressional Credentials Was Just Rejected -- And Reporters Will Lose Their Temporary Passes
Blog ››› 10 min 17 sec ago ››› MATT GERTZ

The credentialing committee for congressional reporters has denied Breitbart.com’s bid for permanent press credentials and declined to extend its temporary passes, a dramatic rebuke for the website, which has sought in recent months to burnish its reputation as an independent, legitimate news source.

Since late last year, Breitbart has been seeking permanent credentials from the Standing Committee of Correspondents of the Senate Press Gallery, which would have allowed it to join the White House Correspondents’ Association and participate in the White House press pool. Obtaining the credentials would have represented a substantial step forward for a website that has recently sought to downplay its role as a platform for the white nationalist and misogynist “alt-right” movement.

But Breitbart has been stymied by the Senate Press Gallery’s requirement that news outlets be editorially independent of other organizations; the committee turned down their bid last month, seeking more information. Breitbart is actually part of a web of self-dealing, conflicts of interest, and corruption, as Media Matters has documented, with top editors using the site to promote nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies, and personal clients who in turn pay them hefty salaries.

Breitbart is inextricably linked to its former executive chairman, White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon; the major right-wing donors Robert and Rebekah Mercer, who are part owners of the website; and the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), a nonprofit funded by the Mercers and previously run by Bannon, which employed several top Breitbart staffers. For these reasons among others, Media Matters called on the standing committee to deny Breitbart’s application.


Read more: https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/04/25/congressional-credentialing-committee-deals-breitbart-devastating-rebuke/216167

Some good news!

"At a hearing this morning, the committee again rejected Breitbart’s bid, and said they would not extend their temporary passes, which expire May 31:"

Media Matters‏Verified account @mmfa 9m9 minutes ago

Congressional credentialing committee deals Breitbart a devastating rebuke, rejects its bid for credentials http://mm4a.org/2oIszDj


Ivanka Trump showered in boos at W20 after praising her dad as a tremendous champion of families

Source: Raw Story

25 Apr 2017 at 07:41 ET
Donald and Ivanka Trump (Shutterstock).

Ivanka Trump faced a hostile reception at the W20 conference in Germany on Tuesday when she praised her father as a “tremendous champion” of families.

As reported by Politico’s Annie Karni, the crowd booed and hissed the first daughter after she praised her father’s desire to help families.

Vanity Fair reporter Emily Jane Fox similarly reported that “the crowd audibly rumbled, booed when Ivanka mentioned her father’s support of women.”.......

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/ivanka-trump-showered-in-boos-at-w20-after-praising-her-dad-as-a-tremendous-champion-of-families/


A.M. Pines‏ @AM_Pines 2h2 hours ago
Replying to @anniekarni @tauriqmoosa

We should be booing the Trump family every time we see them in public. They should be disgraced to even show their faces.
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Rich Kessler‏ @RichKessler3 1h1 hour ago

dictators don't care about being booed, nor do they go out in public much.

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Tauriq Moosa‏Verified account @tauriqmoosa 1h1 hour ago

His fixation on tv ratings says otherwise

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Erich McElroy‏Verified account @erichmcelroy 2h2 hours ago

Replying to @anniekarni

Fake booing!
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