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A Senior Republican Senator Admonishes Trump: ‘America Is an Idea, Not a Race’

January 13, 2018
Julie Hirschfeld Davis | The New York Times
It was just after President Trump had finished railing in the Oval Office against African immigrants he said came from “shithole countries” when a senior Republican senator, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who was there to negotiate a deal on immigration, spoke up.

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January 12, 2018
The charged and changing debates over immigration.
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Immigration talks founder after White House rejects deal and Trump insults foreign countries

January 12, 2018
Erica Werner, Josh Dawsey, Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
Immigration talks on Capitol Hill foundered Thursday after the White House and some GOP lawmakers rejected a tentative deal from a bipartisan Senate group — and President Trump made incendiary remarks about people from developing countries.
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Where was Oprah in 2016? Another what-if for Hillary alumni

January 12, 2018
Annie Karni | POLITICO
Oprah Winfrey’s viral Golden Globes speech sounded, to many viewers, like a soaring convention speech — if not her own, then certainly the spotlight-stealing speech delivered as a surrogate for someone else.
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Trump Alarms Lawmakers With Disparaging Words for Haiti and Africa

January 12, 2018
Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Thomas Kaplan, Sheryl Gay Stolberg | The New York Times
President Trump on Thursday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and some nations in Africa, demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” rather than from places like Norway, according to people with direct knowledge of the conversation.
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(Don’t) Miss Independents

January 12, 2018
Amy Walter | The Cook Political Report
Listen to cable TV or almost any political discussion these days and you’ll hear the term “the base” a lot. “Isn’t this all about Trump keeping his base happy?” or, “will the Democratic base accept a compromise with the president?” or, “which party has the most motivated base?” What we hear little to nothing about in these discussions is the feelings/votes/leanings of independent voters.
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(Don’t) Miss Independents

January 12, 2018
Amy Walter | The Cook Political Report
Listen to cable TV or almost any political discussion these days and you’ll hear the term “the base” a lot. “Isn’t this all about Trump keeping his base happy?” or, “will the Democratic base accept a compromise with the president?” or, “which party has the most motivated base?” What we hear little to nothing about in these discussions is the feelings/votes/leanings of independent voters.
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Inside the GOP’s Rocky Relationship with Donald Trump

January 11, 2018
Molly Ball, Phillip Elliott | TIME
It was bitterly cold as Donald Trump sat down to dinner on Jan. 5 at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains. Republican leaders and Administration officials had joined him for what needed to be a frank conversation. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, sat to Trump’s left; Paul Ryan, the House Speaker, to his right. The group had planned to take stock of their first year in power and hash out strategies for the next. But try as they might, Ryan and McConnell struggled to get the President to focus.
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