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The DC: White House considering 'other ways' to get border wall funding, and... 🛸 Do you support a Space Force?

by Countable | 12.19.18

Welcome to Wednesday, (D)s, (R)s, and (I)s...

The White House is looking for other ways to fund its border (and/or boarder) wall.

Trump had demanded $5 billion in border wall funding in the year-end spending bill, but press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday that there are "other ways" the administration can get the funds, and that "at the end of the day we don’t want to shut down the government, we want to shut down the border.”

Should Trump drop border wall funding demands to avert a government shutdown?

On the Radar

  • The Trump Foundation has agreed to dissolve after an investigation found "a shocking pattern of illegality" including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign and repeated and willful self-dealing. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood had brought the lawsuit, which alleged that the charity was being used for Trump's personal and political gain. How do you feel about the Trump Foundation's dissolution?

  • Last week brought news that Green Beret Maj. Mathew Golsteyn had been charged with murdering a suspected Taliban bomb-maker in U.S. custody in 2010. On Sunday, President Trump tweeted that he’d review the case himself. "At the request of many, I will be reviewing the case of a 'U.S. Military hero,' Major Matt Golsteyn, who is charged with murder. He could face the death penalty from our own government after he admitted to killing a Terrorist bomb maker while overseas." Military legal experts are questioning whether Trump may be exerting “unlawful command influence"—a doctrine requiring the chain of command to detach itself from any military legal proceeding. But retired Army Brig. Gen. Anthony J. Tata wrote in an opinion piece on Fox News that “Trump is perfectly within his legal authority” to float a pardon. Do you want Trump to pardon Golsteyn?

Under the Radar

  • President Trump has signed an executive order directing the Pentagon to create “Space Command,” laying the groundwork for his proposal to create a U.S. Space Force. Vice President Mike Pence touted the program in a speech Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida: “Under [Trump’s] leadership, the United States is taking steps to ensure that American national security is as dominant in space as it is here on Earth." Unlike Space Force, Space Command doesn’t need congressional approval to be established. Do you support a Space Force?

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has released a bill that would create an Office of Drug Manufacturing with the authority to create generic versions of any drug for which the U.S. government has licensed a patent. In an op-ed in the Washington Post on Tuesday, Warren wrote: “Today, 40 percent of generic drugs are made by a single company, and the majority are manufactured by only one or two companies. With so little competition for generics, drug makers can push up prices and squeeze consumers without consequence.” The Association for Accessible Medicines, the generic-drug lobby, pushed back against the legislation. “When generics provide Americans with nine out of 10 of their prescriptions at only 23 percent of total spending on drugs, it is hard to fathom why anyone would call this system broken or insist that the government commandeer the business of developing, manufacturing and distributing these medicines." Do you support the government manufacturing its own generic drugs?

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C.

  • At 12pm EST, the president will receive his intelligence briefing before having lunch with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
  • At 5:15pm & 7:30pm EST, the president and First Lady Melania Trump will host Christmas receptions.

The House of Representatives: In

  • Voting on a bill to reauthorize federal research on traumatic brain injuries.
  • Voting on a bill to fund a public health campaign for Alzheimer's disease prevention & treatment.

The Senate: In

  • Taking a procedural vote on the nomination of Joseph Maguire to be Director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

What You're Saying

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And, in the End…

Congress’ eight year ban on earmarks could come to an end when Democrats take control the House of Representatives in January.

Earmarks - also known as "pork barrel legislation" - refer to provisions in spending bills that are targeted to a specific state, locality, congressional district, or entity that allocate funding in a way other than a legal or administrative formula or a competitive award process.

It remains to be seen whether newly-empowered House Democrats restore earmarks in some form, but Senate Republicans seem unlikely to follow suit if earmarks are revived in the lower chamber.

How do you feel about bringing earmarks back?

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  • Troy
    12/19/2018
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    I don’t support the wall or space force. Both are equally comical and it is sad that it is even a topic of conversation.

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  • Pat
    12/19/2018
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    Space force is laughable. So many better uses for taxpayer money. Lets start with infrastructure

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  • Abbi
    12/19/2018
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    There are many things that the wall and space force funding should be spent on instead of fulfilling a racist’s fascists dream of a white america. Clean water pipes for states with lead and other pollution problems, grants for parents to get quality day care, working on ways to cut our sick dependence on fossil fuels, healthcare for all, better fund the schools especially the lunch programs so they don’t have to shake down struggling students for money, fix the many many oil spills which also could be supplemented by fining the companies that have them, take the coal ash and compound it with cement to make cinder blocks instead of dumping it in lakes or rivers and killing wildlife. We don’t need the wall or a stupid space force and for god sakes please have some medical professional unbuyable and experienced check the friggen president for dementia!

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  • Esther
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    I’m so tired of hearing about the border wall. Trump sounds like a little kid who wants his cookie. And I do not support a space force. We can’t even keep peace on earth, for crying out loud.

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  • Hillary
    12/19/2018
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    Any funding, public or private-Mexican or American, for a border wall is immoral because the wall should never be built. Instead build trust, build a strong alliance, build cooperative business agreements, and the like.

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  • Oneda
    12/19/2018
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    Absolutely not! The idea of spending millions or more on a border wall is ludicrous when so many social programs benefiting Americans, refugees, and the environment have lost funding.

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  • Merry
    12/19/2018
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    No funding for Boarder Walls!!!! Let Donald Trump pay for his own wall. We have already Trillion Dollar budget. Where are you going to steal the money from???? He has already raped the air, earth and water from America!!! Striped the poor from benefits needed for healthcare!!!! Taking women’s rights away, defunding AIDS research & development. Our infrastructure is falling apart which bridge is going to collapse to build this wall? Or is Flint Michigan going to start drinking rust now? How about Puerto Rico, maybe you can steal more from them too? Figure a humanitarian way to protect our boarders!!! Stop playing his game of Charades with our lives

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  • David
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    A wall is ridiculous ... Trump is a builder of things that he can put his name on! This is what he sees as accomplishments! Try working with Mexico to build a stronger drug smuggling alliance! Work with Mexico to eliminate these drug king pins and cartels! If you don’t eliminate the source of the drugs it will still find its way into the country! Once again, building a wall so Trump can put his name on it is not the answer!

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  • Dicr
    12/19/2018
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    We need to put the biggest threat to America behind four walls? Trump for prison! Make America Safe Again!!!

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  • Bonnie
    12/19/2018
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    Expend your efforts toward improved immigration policy on reformed procedures for ensuring guest workers and students can come contribute to economic and social progress. Stop the fear-mongering and posturing. Placating this moron spoiled brat currently infesting the white house makes you all look ridiculous.

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  • Glowurm
    12/19/2018
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    No Space Force, except for the one we already have! No border wall - ever!

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  • Abbe
    12/19/2018
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    No wall and no space force!

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  • Rhonda
    12/19/2018
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    I don’t support the wall nor do I support a SpAce force. I do support additional personnel, lawyers and technology to speedily process folks arriving at our borders!

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  • DrCindyBean
    12/19/2018
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    No wall. Wall is a money laundering scheme. No wall. No shutdown.

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  • Ellen
    12/19/2018
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    Why would we have a space force when we have a trillion dollar deficit? No wall and no space force!

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  • Karen
    12/19/2018
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    This Illegitimate Squatter President can find more ways to spend Taxpayer money than Colonel Sanders has chicken. No to the ridiculous Border Wall. No to the unnecessary Space Force.

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  • Cheri
    12/19/2018
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    Not only no, but HELL NO!! The ideas for a border wall and a space force should be scrapped. The US government needs to put money into infrastructure. There are so many worthwhile projects that are more important and beneficial to the country and that’s where the money needs to go!

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  • Richard
    12/19/2018
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    We have enough space between the GOP’s ears! There will never be a space force!

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  • Patty
    12/19/2018
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    We have serious problems in our country. Thousands are homeless as the result of fires and floods over the past year. Bridges and roads are crumbling. Climate change is causing havoc. Trump want to spend billions on a problem that doesn’t exist. The wall will solve nothing. Quit trying to throw desperately needed funds down the drain. Use them where they’re really needed.

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  • Beth
    12/19/2018
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    No boarder wall and No space force unless we can send trump and family permanently,

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