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GOP leaders to Trump: Congress will pay for border wall – Fox News

PHILADELPHIA –  The top Republican congressional leaders said Thursday they will make available billions of dollars to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall that President Trump ordered via executive action a day earlier. “We are on the same page,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said of the agenda being pursued by Trump and the GOP-led Congress. While Trump’s executive measures on border security left the specifics of the wall’s funding unclear, Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., vowed complete cooperation, as they addressed reporter questions on the sidelines of their annual Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia. “We intend to address the wall issue ourselves,” McConnell said. Trump’s order, signed Wednesday, directed Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to “immediately plan, design and construct a physical wall along the southern border.’’ Some of the border already has a wall or other type of fencing, but hundreds of miles worth of work would have to be done to fulfill Trump’s goal. Ryan and McConnell said Thursday the project could cost between $12 billion and $15 billion, and Congress would pursue allotting the money under a 2006 law signed by President George W. Bush. “We are going to finance the Secure Fence Act,” Ryan said, in reference to that law. Ryan also said addressing the illegal immigration problem can be accomplished through executive actions, “just like the last administration” – referring to...

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Pentagon recommended against Manning commutation, official says – Fox News

Outgoing Defense Secretary Ash Carter, as well as top U.S. Army leaders, recommended against President Obama commuting the bulk of Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence for leaking classified documents, a senior defense official told Fox News. The revelation comes as Obama has found himself on the defensive over the decision, with numerous security-minded lawmakers condemning the move and warning it sets a “dangerous precedent.” Obama is expected to defend the commutation at his final press conference in office Wednesday afternoon, amid speculation over whether more clemency decisions are coming. But sources described to Fox News the vast extent of the potential damage done by Manning’s document leak. “Ambassadors were forced to resign, [CIA] station chiefs had to be recalled, secret diplomatic cables were revealed,” said one official, recalling some of the fallout. Fox News also has learned Manning leaked 700,000 documents, not the 250,000 cited by officials on Tuesday. Defense officials told Fox News that Manning’s actions accelerated the Arab Spring and might even have contributed to the rise of ISIS. Two intelligence sources also confirmed that after certain Afghanistan reports were released in 2010, the Taliban “went on a killing spree,” taking out everyone who seemed to fit the description of individuals working with the U.S. If the report said “someone with short dark  hair was helping the U.S., the Taliban took out everyone with short dark hair....

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‘Obama Out’ President ending reign as pop culture king – Fox News

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at their final state dinner with the Italian prime minister and his wife  (AP) WASHINGTON –  From his campaign fist bump to his theatrical mic drop at the last White House correspondents’ dinner, Barack Obama ruled as America’s pop culture president. His two terms played out like a running chronicle of the trends of our times: slow-jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon, reading mean tweets with Jimmy Kimmel, filling out his NCAA basketball bracket on ESPN, cruising with Jerry Seinfeld on “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” “I’m appreciably cooler than I was two minutes ago,” Obama declared after taking the wheel of a 1963 Corvette Stingray with Seinfeld in 2015. And, months before the end of his term, he delivered what could be his with-it farewell line as he ended his remarks at the correspondents’ dinner by embracing a gesture popularized by rappers and comedians. “Obama out,” he deadpanned, as he dropped his microphone and left the lectern. Expand / Contract President Obama talks with Jimmy Kimmel in between taping segments of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Los Angeles. (AP) Michelle Obama matched the president on-trend moment for on-trend moment: She strapped on a seatbelt for “Carpool Karaoke” with James Corden, beat Ellen DeGeneres in a push up contest and rapped with a turnip. It wasn’t just frivolity. In an increasingly fragmented...

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Lawmaker’s son grounded after ‘dabbing’ moment with Paul Ryan – Fox News

Kids these days, amirite? A newly sworn-in Republican lawmaker has grounded his son after the roguish teen tried to “dab” in front of House Speaker Paul Ryan – who thwarted the attempt. Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., was one of the new members of Congress sworn in Tuesday. But when it came to his moment, his son Cal – who was tasked with holding the Bible and standing between Marshall and Ryan – decided to “dab” for the picture. Dabbing is a dance move that involves dropping the head while raising the elbow, and looks like an aggressive sneeze. It’s often used as a celebration by athletes. Unfortunately for Cal, his waggish attempt was spoiled by the eagle-eyed speaker, who immediately called him out. “You all right?” he asked. “You want to put your hand down?” “Ok, ok, I’m sorry,” the teen giggled. “Were you going to sneeze, is that it?” Ryan asked. “He’s sneezing,” Rep. Marshall said. Perhaps spotting he had been part of a prank, Ryan slapped Cal on the back and said “don’t worry about it” as the family departed. He later tweeted: “Still don’t get what dabbing is, though.” Just finished swearing-in photos. Nearly 300 members. Countless cute kids. Still don’t get what dabbing is, though. pic.twitter.com/E2hFgyPYZT — Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 3, 2017 Marshall responded to the tweet by assuring the speaker that his son...

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A lawmaker’s solution for marriage debate: Remove the state – Fox News

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –  A Missouri Republican saw last year’s debate over a proposed constitutional amendment that would have protected businesses that deny services to same-sex couples bring lawmakers to tears and grind legislative work to a halt. His potential solution: Take state government out of marriage completely. “You can stop spending so much emotional energy on the issue, and we can move on to other things,” state Rep. T.J. Berry said, adding, “I’m treating everybody the exact same way and leaving space for people to believe what they believe outside of government.” His bill, filed ahead of the 2017 legislative session, would make Missouri the first state to recognize only domestic unions for both heterosexual and gay couples, treating legal partnerships equally and leaving marriages to be done by pastors and other religious leaders. But such peace could be elusive for several reasons. Some argue that leaving marriage to religious leaders is a way to constitutionally refuse to perform ceremonies for same-sex couples. Plus, there are potential logistical issues with stripping references to marriage in hundreds of state statutes, and the federal government recognizes only marriages for benefits. Berry’s idea has been met by skepticism from pretty much all sides of the gay marriage issue. Other states including Alabama, Indiana and Michigan failed to pass similar bills to limit the government’s role in marriage, and Oklahoma...

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Biden rips Democrats’ ‘elitism,’ faults party for failing to reach working class – Fox News

Vice President Biden offered a blunt diagnosis for why his party was unable to win over voters who gravitated to Donald Trump in the end: “We didn’t talk to them.” In his strongest comments yet on why Hillary Clinton lost the election, the outgoing veep who prides himself on his blue-collar roots in Scranton, Pa., said his party failed to connect with working-class, largely white, voters. Speaking in an extensive interview with the Los Angeles Times, Biden warned that “a bit of elitism” has “crept in” to party thinking and urged a change. “I believe that we were not letting an awful lot of people — high school-educated, mostly Caucasian, but also people of color — know that we understood their problems,” he reportedly said. The interview amounted to one of the toughest post-mortem looks yet from a party elder on why Democrats lost. While other top party strategist have sought to tout Clinton’s nearly 3 million-person popular-vote lead on Election Day, Biden sought to explain why Trump was able to win the states that helped deliver an Electoral College victory and, with it, the presidency. REID BLASTS DNC He recalled watching a Trump rally in Pennsylvania near where he grew up and thinking, “Son of a gun. We may lose this election.” Biden told the L.A. Times, “They’re all the people I grew up with. They’re their kids....

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Outgoing VP Joe Biden keeps 2020 door open – Fox News

    Outgoing Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday once again passed up the chance to tamp down speculation about a 2020 run for president – after appearing to joke about the prospect last week. “Four years is a lifetime in American politics. And I think that nominees are determined by their parties based mostly on what skill set is most needed at that time,” Biden said in an interview Sunday. “And who knows where we’re going to be two years from now when people really start looking seriously at what they are going to do.” Biden very publicly considered running in the 2016 presidential primary race, but ultimately decided against it. A month after Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton lost to President-elect Donald Trump, Biden seemed to tease reporters Monday when he said he’s “going to run in 2020 … what the hell.” Reporters prodded the veep on whether he was joking, to which he answered: “I’m not committing not to run. I learned a long time ago fate has a funny way of intervening.” Biden later explained on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that he doesn’t plan on running but could not say for sure what he’ll do. “Hell, Donald Trump’s gonna be 74, I’ll be 77 and in better shape,” he quipped. Speaking Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Biden elaborated and kept the door open....

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Trump team says ‘move on,’ after Obama calls for cyber-hacking probe – Fox News

    Donald Trump’s presidential transition team late Friday criticized President Obama’s order for a full-scale review of campaign-season cyber-attacks allegedly linked to Russia, saying it’s “time to move on.” Trump has been repeatedly dismissive of the intelligence community’s determination that Russia sought through hacking to disrupt the U.S. election, which Trump, a Republican won in stunning upset over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. “The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and `Make America Great Again,’ ” the transition team said. “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.” The investigation ordered by Obama will be a “deep dive” into a possible pattern of increased “malicious cyber activity” timed to the campaign season, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Friday. On Saturday, New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, the next Senate minority leader, called for the Republican-led Congress to address the issue. “Reports of the CIA’s conclusion that Russia actively sought to help elect Donald Trump are simultaneously stunning and not surprising, given Russia’s disdain for democracy and admiration for autocracy,” Schumer said. “Senate Democrats will join with our Republican colleagues next year to demand a congressional investigation and hearings to get to the bottom of this.” The administration probe will include looking into the email hacks...

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