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On MSNBC, a furloughed DHS worker says it's "disingenuous" to pretend the US isn't already funding border security 

On MSNBC, a furloughed DHS worker says it's "disingenuous" to pretend the US isn't already funding border security 

ANDREA MITCHELL (HOST): Joanna, you work for Homeland, and Homeland is the center of this dispute. All the other appropriations bills have been passed actually by both houses, and now re-passed by the House. And what about the whole argument that border security is being ignored by Democrats and has to be dealt with first before any negotiations on getting the government reopened? 

JOANNA MCCLELAND (FURLOUGHED DHS EMPLOYEE): It’s hard to hear, because the goalposts keep moving. You know, it was a wall, and then it was the steel slats, and now it’s, you know, we’re changing it to border security. And being in the federal government and, you know, I’m detailed to a Customs and Border Protection office right now, I know that we’re dedicated to border security. So it’s kind of hard hearing either side, both sides, arguing about a lack of border security, when, you know, I’m in an office that knows what programs are being built on the border, and I know that we’re funding it. I know that this is all happening. So it’s kind of hard to hear, you know, it seem disingenuous for this argument to even be happening right now. 

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On MSNBC, a furloughed DHS worker says it's "disingenuous" to pretend the US isn't already funding border security 

Trump Administration Appeals Ruling Blocking Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

Trump Administration Appeals Ruling Blocking Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross stands behind President Trump during a bill signing ceremony at the White House in 2018. Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau, approved adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.The Trump administration is asking the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the first major court ruling over plans to add a question about U.S. citizenship status to the 2020 census.

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Trump Administration Appeals Ruling Blocking Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

State Department Brings Employees Back To Work Despite Shutdown

State Department Brings Employees Back To Work Despite Shutdown

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a visit to Muscat, Oman, on Monday.The department said it “is taking steps to make additional funds available to pay employee salaries.” State has 75,000, including nearly 50,000 local hires, most of whom have been receiving pay.

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State Department Brings Employees Back To Work Despite Shutdown

On Fox Business, <em>WSJ </em>columnist praises Mitch McConnell for doing "nothing" during government shutdown

On Fox Business, <em>WSJ </em>columnist praises Mitch McConnell for doing "nothing" during government shutdown

STUART VARNEY (HOST): So, you say Bill — I’m sorry, Mitch McConnell keeps a low profile, AOC [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)] couldn’t find him, and that’s a successful strategy. Make your case.

BILL MCGURN (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL): Well, first of all, I always admire a man who knows how to do nothing in strategic way. He did that with Merrick Garland, the president had the authority to nominate a Supreme Court justice, and the Senate has no obligation to provide its consent. And we have Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court because of it, possibly we have Trump elected because of it because it made the Supreme Court an issue. 

Now, what he’s doing is just — he said he’s not going to send any bill up to President Trump that Trump won’t sign, meaning, it won’t have the wall funding that he wants. The beauty of that is, first of all, you don’t have these sham votes, which the Democrats just need to say, you know, the Senate has eight times passed a bill calling for the government to open. So, in one swoop, Mitch McConnell is supporting his president; he’s driving Chuck Schumer mad because Chuck Schumer would love these votes, that’s what he wants to have; and he’s protecting his own members from having to go on the record in a sham vote in this. So, they don’t feel the pressure to reopen the government. He’s saving them, he’s protecting them from this pressure.

MCGURN: If you look at the polls, some of the polls say, “Who do you blame? Trump and Republicans or Pelosi and the Democrats?” That’s kind of misleading. If you break it down, who do you blame, and President Trump gets most of the blame for the shutdown, probably near half, then a third to a quarter blame Nancy Pelosi. But when it says Republicans, it’s only 4 to 5 percent. That means there’s no pressure on these guys. They can go for a long — and I think that, contrary to all the Beltway wisdom, which just thinks Trump has to cave on this because he called for the shutdown, I’m not sure Mrs. Pelosi’s strategy of, “I’m not willing to give you another nickel no matter what you give me,” I’m not sure that’s a long-term solution for her. You know, and a lot of these federal workers live in Democratic states.

MCGURN: Mitch McConnell is just insulating his guys from these pressures. So, I just — I think he wields power by doing nothing so effectively. My hat’s off. And he doesn’t call attention to himself. I mean, this one area where I actually agree with the new congresswoman from New York, she’s right that he is the key to this shutdown. 

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Fox host: “Keep” the government “shut down as long as you need it to get the wall built”

Trump’s Fox advisers keep telling him that he’s winning the shutdown, which is why it won’t end any time soon

Fox figures push a government shutdown over funding a border wall

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On Fox Business, <em>WSJ </em>columnist praises Mitch McConnell for doing "nothing" during government shutdown

Fox host: "Keep" the government "shut down as long as you need it to get the wall built"

Fox host: "Keep" the government "shut down as long as you need it to get the wall built"

PETE HEGSETH (FOX & FRIENDS WEEKEND CO-HOST): Where it has been used it has worked. I thought about this in my own personal experience. Every time we went, Iraq, Afghanistan, you set up a location, the first thing do you is put in place physical barriers, a wall, concertina wire, whatever you have to secure your location. If you believe your country is worthy of that same security, it’s the first thing you should do, not the last one, which is why I think the president is on the most important point on this issue and should stick with it. And the hypocrisy, of course, is glaring. You got Nancy Pelosi and all the leaders who live behind walls telling other people they don’t deserve them as well. It is a — it’s a double standard that has existed for too long, we’ve tolerated for too long, and now is the time to stay dug-in. Listen, I’m of the belief, keep it shut down as long as you need it to get the wall built.

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Trump’s Fox advisers keep telling him that he’s winning the shutdown, which is why it won’t end any time soon

Fox figures push a government shutdown over funding a border wall

Fox & Friends guest encourages a GOP government shutdown for Trump’s border wall: “Shut down government”

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Fox host: "Keep" the government "shut down as long as you need it to get the wall built"

Barr's Record On Mass Incarceration Comes Under Scrutiny In Confirmation Hearing

Barr's Record On Mass Incarceration Comes Under Scrutiny In Confirmation Hearing

The heads of two influential national civil rights organizations challenged William Barr’s suitability to be attorney general, citing his record in the early 1990s when he previously led the DOJ.

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Barr's Record On Mass Incarceration Comes Under Scrutiny In Confirmation Hearing