Paul Ryan’s ‘Embarrassing’ Career Ends With A Whimper

There was a time, not that many years ago, when Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin symbolized the bright future of the Republican Party.

When he was chosen to be the vice presidential running mate of Mitt Romney in 2012 he was seen as a brilliant young Congressman who understand the details of the federal budget better than anyone else. It was also thought that he was forward thinking and could fashion a Republican legislative agenda that would stop the growth in the federal deficit while at the same time bringing prosperity to all Americans. read more

Trump: Government Won’t Open ‘Until We Have a Wall’

Donald Trump yesterday said that the partial shutdown of the federal government will last until Congress gives in to his demand for money to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.

Speaking to reporters the president said that the government is “not going to reopen until we have a wall.” read more

Trump Plunges Nation Into Chaos as Markets Tank

Democratic leaders of Congress blasted President Donald Trump yesterday for “plunging the country into chaos.” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) issued a statement expressing their concerns about Trump’s behavior that have caused a drop in the stock markets and a government shutdown. read more

Trump Has Succumbed to ‘the Tyranny of Talk Radio Hosts’

As critical agencies within the federal government shut down at midnight Friday, there is no clear sign that a compromise solution that would end the shutdown is anywhere in sight.

Donald Trump maintains he will continue to refuse to sign a stopgap funding measure without $5 billion in funding for his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, which was his #1 campaign promise to his supporters. read more

Government Shutdown Will Be Prolonged by Republican Infighting

With Congress on break for a long Christmas weekend we know that Trump’s government shutdown will last until at least Thursday. If it goes on much longer than that it won’t be the fault of Democrats, however. It will because Republicans on Capitol Hill can’t agree among themselves how to end the impasse. read more

Trump Voters Believe Trump Will Still Build the Wall, and Mexico Will Pay For It

By a three-to-one margin most people who voted for Donald Trump believe he will still build a border wall and make Mexico pay for it, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov survey.

The poll was taken before this week’s government shutdown over wall funding, but it shows the high degree of confidence that Trump’s base of supporters still have in their chosen leader. read more

Democrats: Trump ‘Temper Tantrum’ Got Him ‘What He Wanted’

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) had harsh words for President Trump early Saturday morning over that they are calling “the Trump shutdown.” read more

Trump’s Statements About Border Wall Yesterday Were Mostly Lies

Donald Trump said on Tuesday that much of the border wall he wants has already been built and has been “very effective.” But that is not true.

He apparently was referring to old border fencing built decades ago. And nothing he’s done has been “very effective.” read more

Pelosi Reveals Plan to Avoid Government Shutdown With No Wall Funding

Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California is likely to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives when Democrats take control next year. At a press conference on Thursday she said that she did not support President Trump’s proposal to build a border wall with Mexico. She called the proposed border wall “immoral, ineffective, and expensive” and promised it will not be funded under her watch. Then she added: read more

Trump Has a ‘Plan B’ if Congress Won’t Fund His Border Wall

During an Oval Office interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday Donald Trump said he has a backup plan he may implement if Congress rejects his demand for $5 billion in funding for his border wall. Such a backup plan might include the ongoing deployment of U.S. Army troops at the border and more extensive use of razor wire to prevent undocumented immigrants from entering the United States. read more

Top Dem Group Says ‘Don’t Fund Government Without Protecting Mueller’

A very powerful Washington, D.C. think tank sent a memo to Capitol Hill on Friday, asking Democratic members of Congress to oppose any measure to fund the government unless it includes a provision to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. read more

GOP Jams the Upcoming Agenda for Their Lame-Duck Congress

Republicans in Congress are packing the agenda for their lame-duck session after the November 6th midterm elections. Clearly they are worried about losing control and know this may be their last chance to set the agenda for several years. read more

To Keep Out Migrants Trump Wants to Build a Wall — In the Sahara Desert

Perhaps because he’s in the construction business, Donald Trump loves to talk about building things, especially walls. He’s still fixated on getting a wall built along the U.S. border with Mexico despite fierce opposition and a lack of funding. read more

Mexican Official Says ‘We Will Never Pay For a Wall’

As President Donald Trump continues to brag about his great new trade deal with Mexico, the Mexican secretary of foreign affairs on Tuesday made clear that his country would never pay for a wall along the border between the two countries. read more

WSJ Bashes Trump For Taking Credit For Solving ‘Problem of His Own Creation’

Although the Wall Street Journal is very conservative in some ways, that doesn’t mean that they are big Donald Trump fans, or that they support all of the president’s policies.

Lately the Journal has differed with Trump on his key issues of trade tariffs and immigration since they, like many “establishment” Republicans, support both free trade and a compromise on immigration reform. read more

Bannon Says Trump Will Shut Down Government Before Midterms

According to former presidential adviser Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump really wants his border wall with Mexico, and he will do anything to get it, including shutting down the U.S. government. Bannon’s remarks were made during a lengthy interview on CNN. read more

Border Residents Don’t Want National Guard Or The Wall

People living in the United States but near the border with Mexico feel like they’ve had enough.

“Our community is already heavily militarized,” said Bekah Hinojosa from Brownsville, Texas. “Cameras line the international bridges, we are surrounded by border checkpoints, border patrol helicopters can be seen in the sky, and agents patrol every highway. We reject this latest move by Trump and Governor Abbott to deploy National Guard personnel and further militarize our home.” read more

Trump Blows Off Dozens Of Environmental Protections To Accelerate Border Wall Construction

It's bad enough that Trump is pushing an inhumane immigration policy that the vast majority of Americans don't support. Worse, he's doing it at the expense of our environment.