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Fri Dec 14, 2018 AT 10:03 AM EST

Without President Donald Trump to worry about, a bipartisan deal would likely sail through Congress to fund the government ahead of the holidays. But with Trump fueling the border wall brinkmanship, everyone in the Capitol has basically stopped talking.

The House and Senate left town Thursday with no strategy to avert a partial government shutdown next week, putting Congress on the brink of an intractable conflict that could drag out through New Year’s Day — furloughing hundreds of thousands of workers and costing taxpayers millions.

Frustrated lawmakers in both parties are complaining that congressional leaders have made zero progress since Tuesday, when Trump stunned even his fellow Republicans by boasting that he would take the blame for the closure of a dozen federal agencies if he doesn’t get money for his border wall.

Lawmakers say there is no public plan to prevent a partial government shuttering. And no secret plan either.  Read Full Story at Politico

Tue Dec 11, 2018 AT 4:27 PM EST

President Donald Trump on Tuesday engaged in an extraordinary argument with Democratic congressional leaders over government funding, threatening a partial shutdown if his demands for border wall money are not met.

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security,” Trump told House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., during a contentious, 17-minute exchange inside the Oval Office.

“I will take the mantle,” the president added. “I will be the one to shut it down, I’m not going to blame you for it.”

Trump’s vehemence left Pelosi and Schumer exasperated, with both leaders pleading with the president not to debate the funding request in front of the news media. Read Full Story at The Hill

Mon Dec 10, 2018 AT 3:55 PM EST

Author and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, who says he’s being threatened with indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team in the Trump-Russia probe, filed a federal lawsuit Sunday night accusing Mueller of constitutional violations and leaking grand jury secrets.

Corsi’s new suit against Mueller also accuses the special prosecutor of trying to badger him into giving false testimony that he served as a conduit between Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump.

“Defendant Mueller and his prosecutorial staff have demanded that Plaintiff Corsi falsely testify that he acted as a liaison between Roger Stone and WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange concerning the public release of emails downloaded from the DNC’s servers,” the complaint says.

Corsi is demanding $100 million in actual damages and $250 million in punitive damages for injury to his reputation. Read Full Story at Politico

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