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They are closer to the people than most federal office-holders.

SCOT LEHIGH

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Silly claims about the Green New Deal show how juvenile conservatives have become on climate.

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President Trump would seek to access funds for the wall that Congress had not explicitly authorized.

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Trump plans national emergency to build border wall as Congress passes spending bill

The announcement removed the last ounce of suspense over the fate of the bill, which would provide just a sliver of the money President Trump wants to build a wall with Mexico but also would avoid a new government shutdown.

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The question took on renewed urgency Thursday, with the news breaking that President Trump planned to declare an emergency so he can bypass Congress.

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President Trump’s plan to free up money for his border wall would be an extraordinary step, despite his statement that predecessors liberally used such power.

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Trump’s weight is 243 pounds, up 4 pounds since his 2018 physical, and his height is 6 feet, 3 inches.

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Barr will succeed Jeff Sessions, who was pushed out by President Trump last year.

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The California Democrat will visit Boston after making her first trip to New Hampshire since announcing her candidacy.

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The Westport Democrat led the Senate’s investigation last year into allegations related to former Senate president Stanley Rosenberg.