San Diego lawmakers respond to Trump's border wall comments


House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters that Trump had named Vice President Mike Pence, senior aide Jared Kushner and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to work over the weekend.

In a Rose Garden announcement, President Trump just said he may declare a national emergency and order the military to build his US-Mexico border (a wall Trump has forced a government shutdown over, a wall that Trump has repeatedly said Mexico will pay for).

It will be Trump's first meeting with Pelosi, who will take over as speaker of the House on Thursday, and Schumer, the Senate minority leader, since an acrimonious Oval Office meeting with the pair on December 11.

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President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday the US federal government may not fully reopen any time soon, as he stood firm on his demand for billions of dollars in funding for a border wall with Mexico. As a result, around 800,000 public workers have been unpaid, with about a quarter of the federal government closed for two weeks.

"We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country, absolutely", he said. But its prospects are grim in the Republican-led Senate, which previously approved similar measures on the floor or in committee but has since fallen in line with Trump's demands for funding for the border wall. Asked if declaring a national emergency was a threat hanging over Democrats, Trump said, "I'd never threaten anybody, but I am allowed to do that, yes".

"Congressman Hunter believes President Trump needs to stand strong on the issue of border security and his description of it as a "national emergency" means he has a firm grasp of its importance".

National parks brimming with trash, human feces as government shutdown continues
Yosemite National Park in California's Sierra Nevada was closing some campgrounds and some popular areas like Mariposa Grove. Feltges also set up a portable toilet at his store for the visitors who are still streaming in and out of the park.

The legislation will set the stage for the first major battle of the new Congress between House Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republicans led by McConnell.

Federal agencies such as the Justice Department, Commerce Department and departments of Agriculture, Labor, Interior and Treasury have been hit by the shutdown.

The U.S. Constitution assigns Congress the power to fund the federal government, so Trump likely would face legal challenges if he tried to bypass Congress on financing the wall.

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The report also affirms that the A50 will be powered by Samsung's Exynos 7 9610 chipset with four Cortex-A73 cores and four A53s. Although we fully expect it to be launched in the first half of 2019 , picking out a particular month will be tough right now.

As of Thursday, the house is Democrat-controlled.

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Millions fly through the airport, 11km from the city centre, every year but it is not one of the country's major hubs. Authorities eventually towed away the auto and searched outside the airport for other possible threats.