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The Wall Street Journal objects.

Left unsaid by Pelosi was that Democrats would enthusiastically heap criticism and culpability upon Republicans if the government shut down, or if an even more damaging federal default took place.

"All of which means that Republicans in Congress need to think of themselves as governing with an independent President-if they don't already". Despite extensive media coverage of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, few GOP voters are convinced that the allegations rise to the level of an impeachable offense.

President Trump is more vulnerable than most.

Those Trump tweets come less than two weeks after he repeatedly attacked McConnell on the failure to pass health care reform and suggested the Kentucky Republican might need to consider stepping down as leader. On the 9th and the 10th Trump assailed McConnell via Twitter, angered by a speech in which McConnell said Trump had "excessive expectations" of Congress.

But Republicans in Congress have different priorities. "They're not following my agenda".

Second, given these data, it seems that congressional Democrats have little to gain right now by focusing their energies on the Russian Federation investigation. Raising the debt limit without extracting policy concessions from the Democrats. They are quite accustomed to looking across that border and seeing armed Border Patrol agents, checkpoints, fencing, and other paraphernalia of self-defense.

"There is zero chance - no chance - we won't raise the debt ceiling".

Trump, a Republican, laid the blame on Democrats for the lack of construction money.

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Other U.S. officials have been trying reassure the financial markets that no default is imminent. Mark Levin has said it. He is ready to shut down the government indefinitely if that is what it takes to achieve an acceptable budget. The interest on the debt is $270 billion.

"Build that wall. Now the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it, but believe me if we have to close down our government, we're building that wall", Trump said Tuesday. America, moreover, is going to get a wall.

Figure 2 shows that only 23 percent of Republicans surveyed thought Trump should be impeached if he personally engaged in a coverup of Russian ties. "He can veto a bill without it, but then he'd be responsible for the shutdown", the Journal wrote.

Trump does not seem like he'll back down easily on the wall, which is perhaps his most memorable campaign promise ( that Mexico was supposed to pay for).

He basically posited that we are going to see more and more open conflict between Trump and congressional Republican leaders and that Trump is actually well positioned to win a fight against them. "If the President goes his own way, at least Republicans can point to votes for legislation that they put on his desk". That the people who voted for that agenda don't matter. And no repeal and replace of Obamacare (or much else, legislatively speaking).

The debt ceiling debate is "an opportunity for elected leaders to begin addressing our nation's huge, long-term spending challenges", said Dan Holler, Heritage Action vice president.

"Our country needs a responsibly conservative party".

It's unusual for a president to so publicly feud with Congressional leaders of his own party, but it appears that Trump's attacks may be part of a strategy, even if it's not a good one. They can start by ignoring the WSJ editorial board.


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