President Trump speaking yesterday ahead of the Senate vote about his intention to veto the resolution

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President Trump speaking yesterday ahead of the Senate vote about his intention to veto the resolution

Donald Trump reacted to the Senate‘s decision to vote 59-41 in favour of a resolution expressing disapproval at his national emergency declaration over the illegal immigration “crisis” at the southern border with a simple, one word tweet: “VETO!”

In a major embarrassment for the president, 12 Republicans voted against his invocation of emergency powers to get his signature US-Mexico border wall built, bringing the resolution to his desk and forcing him to exercise his powers of office to block it.

“I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspired Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country,” he followed with a second tweet. “I thank all of the Strong Republicans who voted to support Border Security and our desperately needed WALL!”

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Notice any similarities in the statements below? A large handful of top US officials declined to call the attack in New Zealand an act of “terror,” as the nation’s prime minister had done the night before.

Here's more on the new revelations from the special counsel's court filings on Friday:

The Special Counsel’s Office on Friday asked a court to delay sentencing for US President Donald Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman, Rick Gates, amid “ongoing investigations” stemming from the Russia investigation.

In a filing with the US District Court in Washington, US Special Counsel Robert Mueller cited Gates’ continued cooperation with multiple probes and asked permission to update the judge on the case again by May 14.

“Gates continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing investigations, and accordingly the parties do not believe it is appropriate to commence the sentencing process at this time,” Mueller’s team said in the court filing.

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Here's more on Donald Trump's tweet to a Breitbart interview which he deleted a day after a terrorist attack in New Zealand with seemingly xenophobic motives: 

Donald Trump tweeted a link to Breitbart, ​a far-right website that peddles xenophobia and extremist ideologies, as a terrorist conducted a brutal massacre in New Zealand after releasing a manifesto that celebrated the US president as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” 

The tragedy, in which two mosques were seemingly the target of a terrorist attack spearheaded by an Australian 28-year-old white male, occurred on Friday in Christchurch, New Zealand — the same day Breitbart featured an interview with Mr Trump on its homepage. 

The president responded to the mass shootings the following morning on Twitter in a statement that failed to describe the event as an act of terror, as New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had called it the night before. He also deleted his tweet to the Breitbart post the day after the attack.

The president has capped off his explosive attack against Special Counsel Robert Mueller with a final statement: 

Critics of Donald Trump are decrying the president's response to the terrorist attack in New Zealand, after he failed to describe it as an act of terror or hate in a tweet on Friday morning. 

“It's pretty easy to not be political and say the following,” Joe Walsh, a conservative radio host and former congressman, wrote on Twitter, adding, “The white supremacist, anti-Muslim hate that attacked two Mosques in New Zealand is evil and must be universally condemned.” 

“All hate is bad and must always be condemned,” he added. “We pray for our Muslim brothers & sisters.”

Donald Trump has ramped up his attacks against Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election interference.

Here's more, from me: 

Donald Trump has said “there should be no Mueller report” in a series of tweets denouncing the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

Donald Trump has lambasted the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Twitter, suggesting it was created under shady circumstances. 

“So, if there was knowingly & acknowledged to be ‘zero’ crime when the Special Counsel was appointed, and if the appointment was made based on the Fake Dossier (paid for by Crooked Hillary) and now disgraced Andrew McCabe (he & all stated no crime), then the Special Counsel…”

The president has not yet followed up this tweet.

Republicans have been accused of using a "socialist" policy to prop up a failing Wyoming coal power plant, a powerful accusation the GOP likes to throw around in Washington against progressive Democrats.

Here's Tom Barnes.

GOP passes bill to prop up outdated power plants in Wyoming, with costs set to be passed on to consumers

Here's Virginie Grzelczyk for Indy Voices on how President Trump's narcissism is proving a hindrance to denuclearisation talks with North Korea.

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During a meeting of the House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee yesterday, Trump treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin said he would comply with any request to hand over Donald Trump's personal and business tax returns and assured Congress the president had never asked him to intervene on the matter.

“The answer is, if I receive a request, which I presume from what I’ve read in the press I will receive, I will consult with the legal department within Treasury and I will follow the law,” he said.

“I’m not aware if there’s ever been a request for an elected official’s tax return, but we will follow the law and we would protect the president as we would protect any individual taxpayer under their rights,” he added, hinting that doing so could risk violating Mr Trump's privacy.

As a candidate, Donald Trump broke with custom in 2016 when he became the first presidential nominee in decades not to release his tax returns, arousing huge suspicion ever since.

The Christchurch shooter's manifesto appears to contain an endorsement for Donald Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose", according to AFP journalist Andrew Beatty.

The Jexodus site describes itself as a group of "proud Jewish Millennials tired of living in bondage to leftist politics. We reject the hypocrisy, anti-Americanism, and anti-Semitism of the rising far-left".

If you were in any doubt as to how close Ms Pipko is to President Trump, she not only worked on his 2016 election campaign but got married at Mar-a-Lago on Boxing Day.

The site was founded in 2019, seemingly solely to capitalise on/cynically exploit precisely this issue.

President Trump is again watching Fox and Friends and again tweeting about Jexodus, a website founded by his ex-campaign aide Elizabeth Pipko to create the impression Jewish Democrats are leaving the party in droves in response to the antisemitism row sparked by congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

They aren't.

Although the president has 10 days to veto the national emergency resolution, it looks like he might do so today.

This will be Donald Trump's first in office.

The all-time record for presidential vetoes, incidentally, is held by Franklin D Roosevelt, who vetoed no fewer than 635 bills.

And here's President Trump, adopting the tone of a Hallmark greetings card:

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