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US govt shutdown breaks record, with no end in sight

US govt shutdown breaks record, with no end in sight

President Trump took to Twitter Saturday to criticize media reports on the partial government shutdown that said there was chaos in the White House over the impasse between Trump and House Democrats on his $5 billion funding demand for a border wall.

Those funds potentially could be tapped for building a border barrier if Trump declares a national emergency, which he said Thursday he is strongly inclined to do. Trump walked out of negotiations this week when Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats refused to give, saying they support dollars for border security just not the big wall Trump envisions. "Now if we don't make a deal with Congress most likely I will do that", the president said of declaring a national emergency, which would in theory allow him to direct the military to build the wall.

As a result, 800,000 federal employees - workers as diverse as FBI agents, air traffic controllers and museum staff - did not receive paychecks Friday. The White House has contended that Democrats are refusing to negotiate, while Democrats accuse Trump of forcing government workers to go unpaid as leverage to get $5.7 billion for a wall that voters don't want.

Andrew Boyle, counsel at the Brennan Center's Liberty and National Security Program, says the misleading statistics and anecdotal examples of crimes Trump has made in public remarks won't help in front of a judge.

"Replacing more visible rights harms with - potentially - less visible ones is not a good answer", St. Vincent said.

"This is not something you would want to do", said Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, now the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.

"They can hold oversight hearings if they're so inclined, but in order to actually stop the emergency they would need to have a veto-proof majority in both houses", Boyle said.

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On Saturday, with Congress adjourned for the weekend, Trump in the first of three tweets on the shutdown that "Democrats should come back to Washington and work to end the Shutdown".

Women blame Mr Trump and Republicans by a margin of 35 points, and men blame the President and the GOP by 13 points. But I'd like to see them act responsibly, and they're not acting responsibly, and that's it, ' he continued.

It was not clear what a potential compromise between the White House and Congress might entail. Jared Kushner was among those opposed to the declaration, arguing to his father-in-law that pursuing a broader immigration deal was a better option. But on Friday, digital rights advocates called on Democratic lawmakers to expand their fight against the wall into a fight for all human and constitutional rights - instead of suggesting alternative "border security" proposals that would infringe on civil liberties. The person was unauthorized to discuss private sessions and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The shutdown enters its fourth week next week, with Trump's threat to declare a national emergency still on the table.

The investigation became a part of special counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump election campaign. "I think we're talking days, not weeks", the chairman and founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus said. "This is a big diversion, and he's a master of diversion".

But while that might end the standoff and allow Congress to move to other priorities, some Republicans believe such a declaration would usurp congressional power and could lead future Democratic presidents to make similar moves to advance liberal priorities.

In the Democrats' weekly address, Representative Scott Peters, who represents a district in San Diego County, California, outlined border security measures such as radar and surveillance via drones, and said "let's re-open the government and talk about these ideas".