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Sen. Collins rejected Republican senator’s offer to ditch Kavanaugh after Ford testimony, new book claims

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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, refused to take part in a Senate Judiciary Committee Republican’s proposal for the White House to abandon Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination after his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, delivered emotional testimony at his confirmation hearing in September 2018, a new book claims.

According to “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court,” the unnamed Republican senator wanted Collins to join him in presenting that deal to the White House in exchange for a pledge to approve President Trump’s replacement nominee.

Collins, who had spent weeks building a rapport with Kavanaugh, insisted on hearing what would become, according to the book, an effectively persuasive response from Kavanaugh.

“I think that speaks to who she is,” co-author Mollie Hemingway told Fox News during an interview.

Hemingway, an editor at The Federalist and Fox News contributor, worked with co-author and Judicial Crisis Network’s chief counsel, Carrie Severino, to interview more than 100 sources on the details surrounding Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

‘JUSTICE ON TRIAL’ EXCERPT: MOLLIE HEMINGWAY, CARRIE SEVERINO REVEAL HOW KAVANAUGH CONFIRMATION WAS SAVED

Their book delves into behind-the-scenes accounts of how President Trump’s administration and the U.S. Senate dealt with partisan rancor that ensued after former Chief Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement in 2018.

That included details about Collins’ decision making as a key swing vote. “She very much does believe in the rule of law, and she very much does believe in the presumption of innocence until guilt is proven,” Hemingway said while describing Collins’ decision to wait for Kavanaugh’s response.

“Even her response there was telling,” Severino added. “It’s not, ‘No, I think Brett’s a good guy.’ It was … ‘you need to hear both sides of the story,'” Severino said.

Collins famously detailed her reasoning for approving Kavanaugh’s confirmation during a highly-televised speech — lamenting the process he endured and emphasizing her respect for due process. “Certain fundamental legal principles—about due process, the presumption of innocence, and fairness—do bear on my thinking, and I cannot abandon them,” she said at the time.

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Collins — who often faced difficult swing votes with her colleague, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska — had to go the Kavanaugh vote alone. In their book, Hemingway and Severino describe the moment when Murkowski revealed to Collins she wouldn’t support the judge’s confirmation.

Collins’ “face fell” when she learned Murkowski wouldn’t be voting with her. The Maine senator initially thought she heard Murkowski say she could vote “yes.” That prompted a “big smile” from Collins before Murkowski touched her colleague’s hand and clarified, “You don’t understand, I’m not going to vote yes.”

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Liberty Vittert: Census shouldn’t ask about citizenship

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President Trump is fighting hard to have the 2020 census ask the question: “Is this person a citizen of the United States?”

Democrats are fighting just as hard to keep the question off the census.

What’s this all about?

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The citizenship question sounds reasonable. Why shouldn’t we know how our population breaks down between citizens and non-citizens? The information, by law, can’t be used against anyone, so what’s the big deal?

Since the census, at its core, is a statistical accounting, I decided to look at it as a statistician. I’ve concluded that it makes the most sense to leave the citizenship question off the census, because that will enable the government to get the most accurate count possible of our total population.

The Constitution requires that the federal government count the number of people living in the U.S. every 10 years. The census is supposed to include everyone – regardless of citizenship status. In other words, for the purpose of the census, citizenship is irrelevant.

The major purpose of the census is to determine representation in the House of Representatives and the number of Electoral College votes each state gets, and also to determine the amount of some types of federal aid that go to states and localities, based on their populations.

Representation, Electoral College votes and some federal aid are based on the total number of people – not U.S. citizens – living in states and communities. This is a crucial distinction.

The clear conclusion is that our best chance at getting every single individual living in the U.S. to be counted in the 2020 census is to not include a question that very likely will result in non-responses from a portion of the population.

The first census was in 1790 and counted 3.9 million people living in the U.S. The 2010 census counted 308.7 million people.

The census originally included slaves (though each slave only counted as three-fifths of a person for the purpose of allocating House seats and Electoral College votes), who had no voting or other rights.

White women were also counted in the census, even though women did not get the right to vote nationwide until 1920. Children were also counted, although they were not allowed to vote.

If our nation’s founders wanted to only count eligible voters in the census, they would have limited the count to adult white men.

The accuracy of the census is important. If it fails to correctly count the number of people in the nation, some states could get more representation in the House, more Electoral College votes (which determine who is elected president), and more of some types of federal aid than they are rightfully entitled to. Some could get less.

The argument to not include the citizenship question on the census form is quite clear. Given the political climate and immigration debates occurring in our country, many Democrats contend that asking a citizenship question will scare people away from answering.

The thought is that this will not only stop some illegal immigrants from responding to the census, but also stop some non-citizens living in the U.S. legally, and even some citizens who live in households with non-citizens.

An undercount caused by people not responding to the census could disadvantage Democrats, because states and congressional districts they represent have a higher proportion of immigrants.

As attorney James W. Lucas wrote in the National Review last year: “California’s non-citizen residents give California voters (mostly Democrats) about 11 percent more voting power than Americans in states with smaller immigrant populations have.” As a result, he wrote: “California, the first sanctuary state, has five or six more members of the House that it would if House seats were based on citizen population alone.”

However, it would take a constitutional amendment to count only citizens in determining House representation, Electoral College votes and some types of federal aid. Some people no doubt think this would be a good idea – but unless the Constitution is amended, citizenship will not matter for these purposes.

In arguing to include the citizenship question on in the census, the Trump administration’s Justice Department first said the question would help the department enforce the Voting Rights Act. But the Supreme Court rejected that argument last month.

Now the Trump administration is scrambling to find another way to add the citizenship question to the census. Attorney General William Barr said Monday that the administration will take action in the next few days that he believes will allow the citizenship question to be asked, but did not specify exactly what it will do.

From a purely statistical perspective – without conducting a pilot study – the addition of the citizenship question is a trade-off. What is the cost of increasing non-responses to the census, versus the benefits of gaining knowledge about the number of non-citizens in the U.S.?

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The clear conclusion is that our best chance at getting every single individual living in the U.S. to be counted in the 2020 census is to not include a question that very likely will result in non-responses from a portion of the population.

If the government wants to know how many citizens and non-citizens are living in the United States, it has every right (as far as I understand) to do that – but that question, statistically speaking, does not have a place consistent with the mission of the 2020 census. That’s why I believe it should not be included in the census.

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Spoiler alert? Senator’s anti-socialism speech may signal GOP’s 2020 strategy, media say

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Some media outlets are pointing to last week’s kickoff of Sen. Joni Ernst‘s re-election campaign as a possible harbinger of what message Republicans will be driving home to potential voters in the 2020 election cycle: a choice between socialism or freedom.

Ernst, a freshman Republican U.S. senator from Iowa, launched her campaign for a second term at her annual “Roast and Ride” fundraiser at the Central Iowa Expo on June 15.

“Today as I kick off this campaign, I ask you to join me on this mission to stamp out socialism and protect the important balance between government responsibility and individual liberty,” Ernst told supporters. “It is that liberty that makes our democracy the greatest nation mankind has ever known.”

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Afterward, she then maligned the 2020 Democratic candidates for their apparent embrace of socialism.

“It looks like the socialist left didn’t like my kickoff speech,” Ernst wrote on Twitter. “Well, to be blunt -ending private health insurance, taxing working Americans to pay those “unwilling to work”-that’s socialism. We’ve seen what it leads to in Venezuela, and I will do everything I can to stop it here.”

Ernst’s denouncement of socialism echoed a common theme among Republicans who have chastised 2020 Democratic candidates for moving further to the left, a fact mockingly pointed out by an Esquire writer who said Ernst’s campaign telegraphed the Republican’s line of attack for 2020.

“Nobody will define it, of course,” writer Charles P. Pierce wrote, referring to socialism. “For example, back in May, for the second time, the president* backed up the Brink’s truck and piled $16 billion into the hands of American farmers who are getting murdered by his trade war with China. Ernst was not opposed to this obvious outbreak of rank socialism.”

In Cedar Rapids, the Gazette asked: “Do Republicans who warn of the dangers of socialism also want those subsidies eliminated?”

Democrats, meanwhile, appear to be trying to outdo one another in their shift to the left.

Ernst, an outspoken supporter of President Trump, made headlines earlier this year after alleging she was attacked by her ex-husband while they were married. She also said her ex-boyfriend, whom she described as “physically and sexually abuse,” raped her one night.

Ernst’ comments were revived again this week after Trump denied writer E. Jean Carroll’s allegations that he raped her in the mid-1990s.

“Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened. OK?” Trump said in a Monday interview with the Hill.

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“I will not address what the president has said, but what I will address is that anybody that comes forward with accusations should be heard,” Ernst said.

Ernst was later chastised for her refusal to comment Trump’s remarks, given her own allegations of sexual assault.

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Rep. Andy Biggs: Border crisis — Congress must provide funds to respond to the emergency, not perpetuate it

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The Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation last week that would exacerbate the border crisis. House Democrats have somehow managed to produce a legislative proposal that is even worse than the Senate effort.

We still have thousands of illegal immigrants pouring across our border every day. Our Border Patrol and ICE agents are short staffed, under-equipped, and if either the Senate or House Democrat bills become law, they will further have their hands tied in trying to bring our southern border under control.

Human traffickers, controlled by criminal cartels, will have more opportunities to exploit our laws and our border insecurity. Both bills actually stimulate, expand, and enshrine catch-and-release policies.

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House Republicans, led by Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Ala., have introduced a bill (H.R. 3056) that will actually provide ICE with additional funding for detention beds – one of the most critical needs for both humanitarian and security purposes.

Border Patrol’s detention facilities designed to hold about 4,000 are holding more than 19,000. ICE’s facilities are also spilling over, having a deficit of nearly 10,000 beds at the present time.

The Senate bill reduces the president’s request for ICE funding for beds for both families and adults by more than half, and actually prevents beds that are needed for mothers and children from being purchased.

The Senate provides about $239 million for medical expenses and transportation for the detained illegal aliens, but not nearly enough for ICE personnel and detention resources. The Senate also focuses on monitoring ankle bracelets instead of detention, which has been shown to be an utter failure for tracking the hundreds of thousands of illegal border-crossers we are releasing into the American interior.

The Senate gives money for new facilities but makes use of that money so restrictive that no facilities will be built for almost a year – too late to address the immediate crisis. The result will be that an additional half a million illegal aliens will be released into the country.

The House Democrats provide money for tents and trailers while illegal migrants are processed, but there will be no place for them to go afterward because there is no room in the ICE facilities. The result will be that virtually everyone illegally crossing our border will continue to be released.

This fact is not lost on the human trafficking cartels that currently control our southern border. As we have seen, women and children will be exploited, and illegal migrants will continue to flood into the U.S. – even from places as far away as Africa and Asia.

Both bills perpetuate sanctuary city policies by reimbursing state and local governments for costs incurred in dealing with homeless illegal aliens.

Here’s another whacky idea promulgated by these proposals: taxpayer funding for lawyers for illegal aliens. We give illegal aliens the same due process citizens and legal residents of the U.S. receive before we can remove them from the country. We already have nearly 1 million people with active removal orders; these people have received their day in court. About a million more are wandering around waiting for their turn to go to court – most won’t show up.

No other country in the world would stand for this type of invasion of migrants from every corner of the world. We are funding their legal bills instead of the men and women who are trying to enforce our laws and secure our border.

The Senate and House Democrat proposals are both disasters. They are irresponsibly bad. As one Border Patrol agent told me, both bills complete the human smuggling cycle.

The cartels bring illegal aliens to the U.S. border. Without adequate facilities to detain the incoming illegal aliens, Border Patrol agents transport them to churches and NGO’s, who assist the illegal aliens in finding and communicating with family members in the U.S. Those family members are often illegally in the country themselves.

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The families then finish paying the smuggling fees charged by the cartels. The U.S. government, with taxpayer money, then reimburses the NGO’s for assisting illegal aliens who become ensconced in the country. Most illegal aliens will abscond from future court hearings meant to determine whether they are legally present in the country.

These bad pieces of legislation must be defeated and replaced with H.R. 3056, sponsored by Mike Rogers, which will provide the funding needed to continue responding to the border emergency without perpetuating it.

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Gavin Newsom predicts the GOP will devolve into a third party: ‘They are finished’

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Gov. Gavin Newsom D-Calif., said the GOP has shot itself in the foot on policy issues and will eventually devolve into a third party.

The Californian Democrat made the stunning claim during an interview with Axios that aired Sunday.

“I’m just hearing stuff that gins up a smaller and smaller base of people. And that’s my point… California in the 1990s is a lot like America in 2019, 2020, 2021. And here’s the real story — The Republican party was walked off a cliff,” Newsom said.

“They’re third-party status. It’s exactly what Donald Trump is doing and Mitch McConnell, who is completely complicit, is doing [to] the Republican party nationally. And they don’t even know what’s about to hit them.”

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Newsom was asked about his perceived disconnection with middle America and Trump voters at large and said he grew up in a red, rural district which helps him understand the heartland.

“I spent 50 years of my life in rural California in one of the reddest parts of the state, in Placer County. We grew up with these folks, have deep respect for people in rural community [sic]. Deep,” he said.

“I just don’t want them to be lied to. I actually care about them. I’m not using them as a pawn. They’re not being respected. They’re being lied to. They’re not connected to any movement. This guy — you think Trump cares about them? He’s a sole practitioner. You think they’re being protected?”

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Newsom said he has empathy for the GOP because they don’t realize how far they’re going to fall, as a result of their own actions.

“I honestly am empathetic towards what they are about to experience, which is a profound demise because of their own making,” he said.

“And until you have some courageous Republicans that stand up and actually make an argument for conservatism… they are finished. They have no governing philosophy, they have no value system that’s interesting except fear of others. And those others are going to be a majority. So wake up.”

Newsom also said the current political climate has only bred fear and anxiety and accused Trump of selling voters a bill of goods.

“We’re actually ginning up more anxiety, more fear — which makes communities less safe,” he said.

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“I mean they’re getting a completely raw deal. They’ve been sold a complete bill of bulls–t. Excuse my language and forgive me… it’s just a yarn of crap.”

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Conservative group hits back after Feinstein accuses Republicans of packing courts by rushing confirmations

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A conservative organization has hit back after Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., accused Republicans of trying to stack federal courts by pushing President Trump’s nominees so quickly through the confirmation process.

“Senate Republicans are stacking the federal courts. The speed with which nominees are moving through the Senate is proof enough,” Feinstein said on Twitter last Thursday.

“All nominees must be thoroughly reviewed — regardless of the party in power — to ensure these judges are qualified for lifetime appointments.”

The Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative organization that pushed for Supreme Court Justice Bret Kavanaugh’s confirmation, blasted Feinstein for her statements on Monday — disputing her contention that Republicans rushed nominees through the Senate.

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It also claimed the slow pace was the result of Democrats obstructing the nomination process.

“The fact that it took more than a year to confirm these non-controversial nominees is entirely due to Senate Dems’ full-frontal assault on the nomination process, using every tool they have to slow it down,” the group said.

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Feinstein’s comments came amid a broader controversy surrounding Trump’s judicial nominations, some of which have faced intense scrutiny by the California Democrat and others.

Trump previously came under fire for nominating according to a list of judges compiled by conservative groups. Liberal activist groups reportedly compiled a similar list, although it’s unclear which Democratic candidates, if any, will follow it. It’s unclear how involved Feinstein is involved in that process.

In a statement provided to Fox News, JCN Chief Counsel Carrie Severino accused Feinstein obstructing the nomination process and pushed for her to call for the report’s release.

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“It feels like Groundhog Day every time Senator Feinstein complains about the judicial nomination process that she’s spent the last two and a half years obstructing,” Severino said.

“President Trump, Majority Leader [Mitch] McConnell, [R-Ky.], and Chairman [Lindsey] Graham, [R-S.C.], are delivering to the American people exactly what they promised. If Senator Feinstein was truly interested in a process that the American people approve of, she would demand her liberal allies release their secret list of judicial nominees so the voters can see what kind of judges Democrats want. But she won’t. What are they hiding?”

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GOP lawmakers avoid Mexico tariff drama with D-Day ceremonies in France

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The Allied invasion of the Normandy beaches in 1944 enabled some lawmakers to escape the U.S. Capitol 75 years later.

Reporters swarmed the Senate wing of the Capitol Wednesday afternoon, peppering every GOP senator they could find about President Trump’s plan to slap tariffs on Mexico. Most Republicans worry about how such a maneuver could imperil the U.S. economically. But many Republicans are also concerned about challenging the President and drawing his ire. So everyone was searching for a convenient escape hatch.

Buses would line up on the Capitol tarmac later Wednesday to escort senators to the airport so they could fly to France for ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Republican senators were more than happy that Congress made it a short week so lawmakers could flee to Europe and avoid questions by pesky scribes.

Many senators responded to reporters’ questions with vanilla bromides. Remarks like “that’s a hypothetical” and “we’ll see” pocked many conversations.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa faces what could be a competitive re-election race in a battleground state. President Trump won Iowa in 2016, but Democrats flipped two House seats there last year. The tariffs would be brutal for Iowa farmers, but Ernst didn’t directly answer when asked if she could oppose the president on the issue.

“It’s certainly harmful for Iowa,” Ernst said as she headed for the Senate chamber.

“I think there is reluctance to long-term, enforced tariffs,” said Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, suggested that the tariff question “won’t be an issue,” adding “there will be some things to preclude that from happening.”

“We’re all hoping this [tariff] plan doesn’t get executed,” said Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D. But Thune conceded that if Trump keeps his word, “then it becomes real.”

“There’s a point where tariff fatigue sets in,” said Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind. “If it starts at five [percent], it will end up with 25 [percent] very quickly.”

TRUMP WARNS ‘NOT NEARLY ENOUGH’ PROGRESS MADE DURING MEXICO NEGOTIATIONS, TARIFFS IMMINENT

Braun said implementing tariffs “would put the USMCA [the proposed trade pact between the United States, Mexico and Canada] in peril.”

When asked by Jared Halpern of Fox News Radio if everyone was searching for an “exit ramp,” Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., conceded that “exit ramp” was the appropriate term to use when describing the conundrum.

Like Ernst, Perdue faces re-election in 2020 and Georgia is a state which could move into the “swing” column by then. The Peach State has shown some Democratic energy of late, and that could have consequences for Perdue’s re-election effort. Still, the senator is standing foursquare behind Trump when it comes to tariffs.

“He has to use a hammer,” said Perdue when describing the President’s approach with Mexico. Perdue asserted he’d even endorse 25 percent tariffs on America’s southern neighbor because “we’re being invaded now.”

But not every Republican feels that way. There are divisions among GOPers about how to pursue the tariff quandary. Back the President and you may be standing against the economic interests of your state. That’s why some congressional Republicans may try to engineer a vote to block or possibly rebuke President Trump if he imposes tariffs on Mexico.

Any action on such a measure will hinge on one thing: the math. Everything on Capitol Hill boils down to the math. And if Republicans don’t think they can command a veto-proof supermajority to override a presidential veto, why would they want to get on record over such a controversial issue and risk drawing the ire of the president?

Lawmakers first want to see what Trump might do – as well as examine a possible executive order itself. Most Republicans don’t want to be on the hook for something which may never see the light of day.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., noted Wednesday that previous efforts to override presidential vetoes had fallen short.

“We haven’t been too successful in getting to a number that’s even close to a veto-proof piece of legislation,” he said.

A successful veto override requires a two-thirds vote by both bodies: 67 in the 100-member Senate and 289 in the 433-member House (there are currently two North Carolina seats vacant). There have only been 111 successful veto overrides in U.S. history.

In March, the House failed to override Trump’s veto on a resolution to disapprove of his declaration of a national emergency for the southern border. The House voted 248-181 to override the veto but fell 38 votes short of the override threshold.

In May, the Senate voted 53-45 to override Trump’s veto of a measure to bar the U.S. from helping Saudi Arabia-backed forces in Yemen’s civil war. But with 98 senators casting ballots, the Senate needed 65 ‘yea’ votes for an override.

So, here is what could happen if the President implements tariffs on Mexico:

Lawmakers from both sides would have to first study the executive order to understand exactly what it says.

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Then, lawmakers would likely develop a “resolution of disapproval.” Sources tell Fox the statute in play here is the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). The resolution would argue that Trump is abusing his powers when it comes to trade and his emergency declaration is out of alignment with IEEPA.

Adopting the resolution of disapproval requires a simple majority in the House and Senate. Such a resolution would most likely originate in the House.

Trump would then have to veto the resolution, the third veto of his presidency. The White House would then return the package to Capitol Hill for a prospective override attempt. The resolution would first go to the House, the body which originated the resolution of disapproval. If the House overrides the veto, the measure then goes to the Senate for its shot. If both chambers secure a 2/3 vote, the veto is overridden.

Where are the votes to block the president?

“It’s hard to know,” Thune said Wednesday. “We haven’t whipped it.”

But all of this may be moot if the tariffs never go into effect. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has expressed doubt that Trump will actually impose the tariffs.

“The President has a tendency for bluster,” Schumer said. “There are many examples of the President taking a maximalist position before eventually backing off.”

Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Erbrard visited the Capitol on Tuesday to talk with Grassley and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Ebrard noted that the Mexican Senate was already debating the USMCA.

Won’t the tariff threat jeopardize passage of the USMCA?

“We are going to have our best effort in order to avoid complications,” said Erbrard at the Capitol.

When asked if he thought Trump was bluffing, Erbrard replied: “Friday I can tell exactly what is going on.”

But if Trump isn’t bluffing, there will be repercussions for lawmakers, who are struggling with their own political calculus.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., captures the quintessence of this puzzle. Peterson is one of the most moderate Democrats in the House. He represents a conservative, rural district and won re-election to a 15th term in 2018 with 52 percent of the vote. However, President Trump carried Peterson’s district in 2016 by 30 points.

Peterson says the USMCA is “dead in the water” until issues are resolved with Mexico. Yet Peterson says farmers in his district “are still with Trump.”

Why?

“It’s a good question,” said Peterson, who noted that farmers back home already voted against the interests of their wallet. “I can’t explain it. I think they just don’t like Democrats that much.”

Yet, those voters seem to like Peterson.

“Well,” he said, “I’m not normal.”

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This crystalizes the predicament facing lawmakers. Side with the president, even if it flies in the face of economic benefit to their district? Or oppose Trump out of fear of protecting their voters?

Most lawmakers didn’t have to make that choice this week.

It’s little wonder so many would rather have been elsewhere.

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Rep. Mark Meadows: ‘Senate Republicans need to get a backbone’ on immigration

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Senate Republicans must take action on immigration reform instead of allowing Democrats to prevent President Trump from securing the border, according to Mark Meadows.

On the House side, Republicans will continue to follow Trump’s lead on the issue, Rep. Meadows, R-N.C. said Wednesday on “The Todd Starnes Show.”

“If the president works, we’re going to stand with the president and we’re going to secure our border,” the House Freedom Caucus chairman said.

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He criticized some Republican senators for taking issue with Trump’s decision to use tariffs against Mexico to get their assistance on the illegal immigration front.

“They passed a disaster relief [bill] out of the Senate, which we all know that many of our states needed that disaster relief,” Meadows said.

“But they also passed it without giving the president any money for border security measures. Now they want to blame the president for actually taking a tool that he has in his toolbox to make sure we secure the border.”

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“Shame on them, and I’m saying it being a part of the same party,” the western North Carolina lawmaker said.

Meadows added, “There’s nothing being done other than a whole lot of politicians talking about doing something.”

“Whether you applaud the tactics or not, [Trump is] serious about getting something done.”

In the past week, Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. and Charles Grassley R-Iowa, released statements opposing the use of tariffs.

Toomey said tariffs are a “dangerous and risky economic tool.”

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“They raise the cost of products for American families, reduce market share abroad for U.S. exporters and make our economy less competitive globally. History has shown us time and again that nobody wins a trade war,” the Pennsylvania lawmaker added.

“Trade policy and border security are separate issues,” Grassley said last week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, R-Texas, were also critical of tariffs.

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Why the US-China trade war could settle the 2020 election in 2019

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It’s possible that the 2020 presidential election could hinge on the past few days.

The scrap with China over tariffs and the stock market plunge could reshape the presidential sweepstakes. A post-mortem of the 2020 presidential election could focus on events of May 2019 as pivotal to President Trump’s success or failure at the polls, to say nothing of other races down ballot.

The economy is sizzling now, as the president is quick to remind everyone. But staggering stock market dips from the trade war with China could erase economic gains. The U.S. slapped China with $200 billion in tariffs after failed trade talks last week. China retaliated with $60 billion in retaliatory tariffs of their own.

Yet Trump asserts that the U.S. “is in a great position” on tariffs and says farmers will be “very happy” with his efforts.

“I love the position that we’re in,” the president said Monday.

Even so, National Economic Council Chairman Larry Kudlow conceded Sunday that China won’t pay all of the tariffs. Rather, American consumers and families will bear much of the burden.

The average American household could pay an extra $800 a year. Manufacturers of big farm equipment are already taking a hit. Soybean farmers are exhausted by the grim outlook for their commodity. Many farmers were willing to stand behind the president last year when the U.S. and China struggled to iron out an accord. Now agriculture and stock prices are in a freefall and people wonder how long those voters – the core of President Trump’s coalition – are willing to stand behind him this time.

“China has been taking advantage of the United States for many, many years,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office Monday. He’s right. There’s a reason why Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. urged the President to “hang tough” against Beijing last week.

“China will take advantage of us decade in, decade out, unless we are strong with them,” Schumer said. “That is what we have to do, and it will help America in the long run.”

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But a lack of progress will paralyze the farm economy. Just last year, the Trump administration offered farmers $12 billion to cover trade losses. Now the President is pushing for a $15 billion handout to make up the difference in new financial erosion.

“Trump shouldn’t give up on securing an enforceable agreement that holds China accountable for its abusive trade practices. Stalling, bullying tactics and threats to completely block American products from entering Chinese markets shouldn’t be rewarded,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, in a statement Monday. “There’s no doubt Americans will be harmed, including farmers, businesses and consumers in my home state of Iowa, if the additional tariffs take effect. Americans understand the need to hold China accountable. But they also need to know that the Administration understands the economic pain they would feel in a prolonged trade war.”

So much for Republicans historically backing the marketplace and free enterprise. Don’t forget how conservatives assailed then-President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats in 2009 for the $700 billion economic stimulus package to jumpstart the economy after the financial collapse.

These days, the markets are in a tailspin as the trade war mushrooms. On Monday, the Dow dipped to its lowest close since Feb. 11. Both the Dow and the S&P 500 suffered their steepest losses since Jan. 3. The NASDAQ declined to its lowest ebb since Dec. 4.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is nowhere near any trade deal with China – let alone one which Congress would ratify.

The administration talks repeatedly about a new trade pact between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, called the USMCA. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, the top GOPer on the House Ways and Means Committee, recently declared there’s growing support for the new deal, but there is nothing close to moving through the House and Senate.

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Still, Brady defended President Trump when it came to pressuring China.

“We need to take them head-on. I think a good, solid agreement with China could actually create a new era of fair trade with China for our farmers, our workers and our businesses,” said Brady. “This is leverage. So keep everyone at the table.”

Of course, fortunes could change for everyone if the sides actually secure an international agreement along with bipartisan buy-in for passage on Capitol Hill. The fight and the market plummet will all be worth it. And heretofore, no one has been willing to take on China in quite the same way as Trump. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have long complained about exploitive Chinese practices with little retribution from the U.S. A big win could alter the playing field for everyone.

That said, most Republicans who support the president are trying to stay clear of the battle.

“I’m not going to make a comment right now,” Senate Banking Committee Chairman Michael Crapo, R-Idaho, said Monday when asked about how the trade fight roiled the market.

Others, like Sen. Kevin Cramer R-N.D., backed a second rescue package for farmers, even if it flies in the face of conservative values.

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“When the government creates the problem, they’re responsible for solving the problem,” said Cramer. “If it was a free market, we wouldn’t be issuing tariffs.”

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., wasn’t so sure.

“We’ve done that before but it never worked out very well,” said Blunt. “Farmers don’t want payments in lieu of selling crops at a fair price.”

Still, it’s unclear how long farmers and others will march in lockstep with Trump.

“There’s still a number of them who are patient with him,” said Cramer.

“They have a lot of confidence in the President,” agreed Blunt.

Despite their faith, Cramer noted that the current impasse between Washington and Beijing can’t go on forever.

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“This is the make or break growing season for many of them,” said Cramer. “This might be their last season with the banks.”

And if the shockwaves from the trade war rattle the economy and the Trump coalition, it’s possible analysts could point to the past few days as the most pivotal moment of the 2020 campaign.

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Lara Trump: Don Jr. subpoena, jail threats won’t ‘make Hillary Clinton the president’

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Lara Trump, 2020 Trump campaign senior adviser and the president’s daughter-in-law, said Thursday that trying to coerce Donald Trump Jr., to testify again before the Senate or putting him in jail “is not going to make Hillary Clinton the president of the United States.”

“This is over,” Ms. Trump said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” regarding the Mueller probe and whether President Trump colluded with Russia.

She said that Trump Jr. testified for many hours last year before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which issued the subpoena Thursday.

Trump noted that other Republicans were upset that the chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., would take such action as a member of their own party.

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“This is a genuinely baffling story,” she said.

Carlson noted that Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said that if Trump Jr. does not comply with the subpoena, “he ought to be put in jail” and that “prison is the only answer.”

“We know [collusion] did not happen,” Trump said. “Whatever they’re going to do is not going to change that. It’s not going to make Hillary Clinton the president of the United States like I know they all wanted so badly for so long.”

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Trump, who is originally from Wilmington, N.C., said she was “shocked and appalled” that a Republican from her home state would be the one to subpoena her brother-in-law.

“This is harassment of our family, harassment of the president,” she said of the entire situation.

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