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A government shutdown is less than a week away as congressional negotiators have reached an impasse

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4.19pm GMT

A wave of Democrats have condemned Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes yet again on Twitter.

“In this fragile moment in our nation’s history, we must all redouble our efforts to engage in policy debates in ways that respect the dignity and humanity of all people.” — Read my statement on the comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar. pic.twitter.com/srHL49WUBN

My support for Israel is based on shared values and US nat’l security, not money. I’m disappointed that @IlhanMN is again tweeting dangerous and hurtful tropes.

Congresswoman Omar’s statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself. pic.twitter.com/u3f2JHESFA

4.02pm GMT

Prominent never-Trumper Erick Erickson announced today that he would back Trump’s re-election bid.

An ardent conservative, Erickson was motivated in part by character concerns about Trump in deciding not to vote for him in 2016 but he has changed his tune.

At this point I can head into 2020 knowing several things. First, the behaviors this President routinely engages in are not going to change. He is who he is. Second, the pretty smiles and calm demeanors the other side will probably work through the media to contrast with the President will not hide the fact they think children can be killed at birth, Christians should be removed from policy making positions, and the economy should be bankrupted to implement environmental policies that will not actually mitigate climate change.

My friends in the center-right coalition who are flirting with Democrats are, more often than not, not really socially conservative. But I am. That party offers me no home and is deeply hostile to people of faith. The President has shown himself to not share my faith convictions any more than the other side, but the President has shown he is willing to defend my faith convictions and is supportive of them.

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