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The Senate Has Enough Votes From Republicans And Democrats To Vote Against Trump’s National Emergency

Congress is ready to reject President Trump’s call for a national emergency over his long-demanded border wall. In a clear statement that it will defend its ability to control federal spending, the U.S. Senate will have enough votes to pass a resolution of disapproval, which will block the national emergency declaration. While President Trump is expected to veto the move, it demonstrates how unpopular the call for a national emergency currently is in Congress.

The House of Representatives has already voted 245-182 in support of a resolution blocking Trump’s declaration.

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Thirteen Republicans in the House joined Democrats in backing the measure. With a handful of Republicans joining Democrats, the Senate appears to have the 51 votes necessary to pass a resolution against President Trump’s emergency declaration. Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul joined Sen. Susan Collins, Thom Tillis and Lisa Murkowski in giving Democrats the 51-vote majority they need to approve the resolution in the upper chamber. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged this during a press conference. McConnell talked about the vote count and his disapproval of the president’s use of power.

“I was one of those hoping the president would not take the national emergency route,” McConnell told reporters. “Once you decide to do that, I said I would support it, but I was hoping he wouldn’t take that particular path.”

Yet, On Feb. 15, The Boston Globe reported that McConnell fully supported President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to divert funds for a border wall.

“I indicated to him I’m going to support the national emergency declaration,” McConnell said on the Senate floor, according to The Boston Globe.

President Trump declared a national emergency last month after Congress sent him a bipartisan funding bill that didn’t include funding for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The national emergency declaration allows him to get billions of dollars from other sources of the government to pay for the barrier. Trump claims the border wall is necessary to reduce the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants into the U.S.

“I could do the wall over a longer period of time,” Trump declared to reporters after announcing the national emergency. “I didn’t need to do this. But I’d rather do it much faster,” he said. “And I don’t have to do it for the election. I’ve already done a lot of wall for the election. 2020. And the only reason we’re up here talking about this is because of the election—because they want to try to win an election, which it looks like they’re not going to be able to do.”

In contrary to his words, the fact remains that there has been no movement or work in constructing the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Despite the Senate’s support for the resolution, Congress will not likely block the emergency declaration since Trump has vowed to veto it.

While the Senate has enough votes to pass a resolution and have it end up on Trump’s desk, the president has already vowed to veto it. This essentially means that Congress would need two-thirds of its members in both House and Senate to overrule the veto, which is unlikely.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that if the President vetoes the resolution, Democrats will most likely respond in Congress and in court.

“We’ll fight him in the Congress, we’ll fight him in the courts and we’ll fight him in the court of public opinion,” Pelosi told reporters. “What he’s doing is wrong and the Republicans know it.”

While Trump may veto the bill, the Senate vote will have a big impact on how courts see the validity of his call for a national emergency.

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At this time, Democrats have enough votes needed to pass a resolution in the Senate. However, there could be even more Republicans joining their efforts that will display a rare rebuke of presidential authority. As Trump is expected to execute his first-ever veto to block the measure, there will be lasting impact from the Senate vote.

The plaintiffs in multiple lawsuits will use the Senate vote as an example of President Trump overreaching his powers by declaring a national emergency. Having this congressional repudiation from both Democrats and Republicans outlines how many in Congress feel about Trump’s call for a national emergency.

Even after the veto, this doesn’t mean Trump’s wall is a done deal. There are already countless lawsuits and legal cases to be dealt with before a single piece of wall is built.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the resolution next week.

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Rihanna Hilariously Took A Jab At Trump While Taking Out The Trash On Inauguration Day— ‘I’m just here to help’


Rihanna Hilariously Took A Jab At Trump While Taking Out The Trash On Inauguration Day— ‘I’m just here to help’

Rihanna just proved that she’s capable of just about anything. Last week, the class act proved that she can class up even the trashiest of things. While on a walk to the curb with bags of trash the singer rocked diamonds and a pair of satin pink peep-toe heels and gloves in a pointed jab at former President Trump. 

She might be a star but Rihanna isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty when it comes to taking out the trash on behalf of President Joe Biden.

Last Wednesday, the singer and fashion designer celebrated Biden’s inauguration and Trump’s exit with a silly post on her Instagram page. Dressed in stilettos, the “Love On The Brain” singer carried two bags of garbage out to the curb with a caption that read “I’m just here to help #WeDidItJoe.”

The comment was a clear nod to Vice President Kamala Harris and President Biden’s historic win and their ultimate swearing-in last week.

Dressed in a vintage tee-shirt reading ‘End Racism By Any Means Necessary’ Rihanna threw some shade and the trash away. 

Continuing to throw shade in the caption, Rihanna added: ‘I’m just here to help.’ The singer has proven herself to be an ultimate fan of the Biden-Harris ticket. Last year when they won the election she tweeted about their win writing “The faces of history makers, boundary breakers, and WINNERS!!CONGRATULATIONS to you both, and mostly to the American people!! So much work to do, so much hurt to undo! Let’s GO! I’m so proud of you America!”

Fortunately, it looks like Rihanna is showing no signs of slowing down her celebrations this year.

On Sunday, the Savage x Fenty owner shared a video of herself dancing in a hotel room while sporting some of her own line’s lingerie.

After doing some twerks and showing off a Savage x Fenty dotted mesh skirt, and a set of matching gloves, RiRi gave fans a fun Valentine’s Day champagne toast.

“Cupid could NEVA!” she captioned her post. “#ValentinesDayCountdown.”

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Trump Labels Cuba A State Sponsor Of Terrorism As His Own Supporters Face Similar Allegations

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Trump Labels Cuba A State Sponsor Of Terrorism As His Own Supporters Face Similar Allegations

In a move that is sure to complicate things for the incoming Biden administration, Trump has moved to put Cuba back on the list of nations that allegedly sponsor terrorism.

Obama had taken Cuba off of that list in 2015 and with four years to Cuba back on the list, many agree that Trump has simply put Cuba back on the list to make life difficult for President Biden.

The Trump administration has put Cuba back on the list of countries that “sponsor terrorism.”

With just days left in office, Trump has moved to label Cuba as a “state sponsor of terrorism” in a last-minute move that is sure to complicate things for the incoming Biden administration.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo justified the controversial move which reverses Barack Obama’s 2015 decision to remove Cuba from the list after more than three decades – by accusing Havana of “repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbour to terrorists”.

Pompeo also alleged Cuba was engaging “in a range of malign behavior across the region”, highlighting its support for Venezuela’s authoritarian leader Nicolás Maduro who Trump has unsuccessfully tried to overthrow.

The controversial step places Cuba alongside Iran, North Korea and Syria as state sponsors of terror.

However, most officials agree that Trump’s claims about Cuba are bogus.

Many international observers – including U.S. allies – aren’t impressed by the administration’s claims that Cuba is sponsoring terrorism.

In an interview with The Guardian, Christopher Sabatini, a senior fellow for Latin America at Chatham House, said “These are trumped up charges. Terrorism as an international definition is committing acts of violence against unarmed civilians intended to frighten the population. Cuba doesn’t do that. Yes, it represses its own people – but so does Saudi Arabia.”

Groups that favor greater U.S. engagement with Cuba criticized the announcement.

“There is no compelling, factual basis to merit the designation,” according to Ric Herrero, executive director of the Cuba Study Group, a Washington DC-based organization that supports engagement with the island. “Instead it appears to be another shameless, last-ditch effort to hamstring the foreign policy of the incoming Biden administration and set the stage for the next election in Florida, all at the expense of the Cuban people and relations between our countries.”

Many observers agree that Trump’s move is simply a gift to party hardliners in Florida, and likely a deliberate attempt to make life difficult for the incoming Biden administration who may wish to end deténte with Cuba.

Of course, Cuban officials reacted angrily to the announcement.

After the announcement, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez tweeted: “We condemn the US announced hypocritical and cynical designation of #Cuba as a State sponsoring terrorism. The US political opportunism is recognized by those who are honestly concerned about the scourge of terrorism and its victims.”

Reversing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s action would require the Biden administration to certify to Congress that there has been a fundamental change in leadership in Cuba and that the government is not supporting acts of international terrorism, has not for the previous six months and will not do so in the future.

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