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released crumbling my house of cards and i can plead insan and and do a few months at the puzzle factory and finally lie personal hell of playing president will be over. the president's big move. a new plan to build his wall. >> we're talking about an invasion of our country. we have an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people, and it's unacceptable. >> plus, taking on trump. a 2020 preview. >> but this is an emergency of this president's own creation for political purposes and it's irresponsible. the height of irresponsibility. >> and democratic freshmen taking on the titans of capitol hill. and we do not have to settle for scraps in the greatest city in the world. >> "inside politics," the
biggest stories, sourced by the best reporters now. welcome to "inside politics." i'm phil mattingly. in today for john king. to our viewers in the united states and around the world, thank you for sharing your sunday. president trump warns of an invasion on the southern border and he's building his wall with or without permission from congress. there's bipartisan concern on capitol hill that he is overstepping his authority. >> so i'm going to be signing a national emergency, and it's been signed many times before. it's been signed by other presidents from 1977 or so it gave the presidents the power. there's rarely been a problem. they sign it. nobody cares. i guess they weren't very exciting. but nobody cares. they sign it. for far less important things in
many cases. >> plus, bill barr sworn into office as attorney general. that makes him robert mueller's new boss and gives him the power to decide whether to release the special counsel's final report to congress. we need to see a full report. this is the largest investigation into any of the 44 people who have served as president of the united states. and so it's critical that we understand whether the president worked with the russians and whether he is compromised today. so we're going to do all we can to make sure that report gets out. >> and to run or not to run. that is the question facing a handful of democratic presidential contenders who still have time to decide. >> definitely listening to people who are far smorter than i am. far more experienced to gain the benefit of their wisdom and then make an informed decision about what is best for the country. >> no, i haven't received a
decision. i'm in the process of doing that. there is sufficient amount of time to do that. and i think that we have a tendency, particularly the states, to start the whole election process much too early. >> with us to share their reporting and insights, julie hirschfield davis of "the new york times," josh dawson, matt vasor also from "the washington post" and cnn's own abby phillip. president trump's first big campaign promise was to build the wall on the southern border and have mexico pay for it. mexico said no thanks, and he's failed to convince congress to cover its full price tag instead. on friday the president said he'll find the money himself and declared a national emergency to divert billions of dollars from pentagon kruxs projects. there's no historical precedent for declaring a national emergency as a way to spend money on a project congress has already refused to fund. democrats call it a violation of the constitution's separation of powers. and the first lawsuits to block the move were filed within hours
of the president's announcement. >> they'll sue us in the ninth circuit, even though it should not be there. we'll get another bad ruling and then we'll end up in the supreme court and hopefully we'll get a fair shake and we'll win in the supreme court. >> concise view on what comes next. congress will try and block him as well. and a handful of senate republicans may join with democrats to reject the emergency declaration. it is inconsistent with the u.s. constitution, tennessee senator lamar alexander said in a statement. after the american revolution against a king, our founders chose not to create a chief executive with the four tax the people and spend the money any way he chooses. the constitution gives that authority exclusively to congress elected by the people. most republicans in congress have signaled they'll also go along with trump's plan. >> i think the president has been making a pervasive case the
border is broken. drugs are flowing across the border killing americans. human trafficking. we've got a dangerous situation along the border. we're talking about steel barriers, not a kron creconcret. the congress is locked down and will not give him what we've given past presidents, so unfortunately, he's got do it on his own. and i support his decision to go that route. >> now the court fight could easily drag into the general election campaign meaning you can expect to hear a lot more "build the wall" chants over the next two years. a lot more. maybe "finish the wall" as well. i want to play something from the president's press conference in the rose garden which we all watched. several different subjects. one that's stuck out and may resonate. this is what he said about why he was doing this and whether he needed to do this. take a listen. >> i want to do it faster. i could do the wall over a longer period of time. i didn't need to do this.
but i'd rather do it much faster. and i don't have to do it for the election. i've already done a lot of wall for the election. 2020. >> that sound were the ears of every liberal lawyer in america perking up. and it has already been used in a letter from democrats on the house judiciary committee as a reference point of why they are starting to look into this. i'm wondering, we don't know what the legal ramifications are going to be going forward but did the president just undercut his very specific idea of what comes next? >> he very well might have. it is true that particularly this supreme court that now has two conservatives that were appointed by president trump would seem to be -- would seem to have less of an appetite to invalid this move than past supreme courts. and this is an area declaring a national emergency where the president has broad powers. so the likelihood that court or group of courts would want to come forward and say we're going to look at the substance of the situation and see whether this was or wasn't an emergency,
that's not something courts are likely to be enthusiastic about doing. however, having said this and having essentially admitted the key argument against his action last week, which is that there is no emergency, that this is not the same as a natural disaster or all the natural emergencies declared to invoke sanctions on people who are actually posing a threat in realtime to the united states on national security. he basically stepped all over that in that news conference, or in that rose garden ceremony and that was after not having waited about ten minutes even to start to talk about the reason everyone was there. it didn't -- he didn't come out there and give people the real sense that there is an emergency, thereat at there is crisis that warrants this action. the congress just passed thus legislation that essentially said you can spend money on border security. but not on the wall. and so he is actively defying what the very clearly stated will of the congress with this
action. and i think having said that, he's going to have a difficult legal case to defend. >> well, the nexus of a national emergency came more than eight months ago when the president -- the first spending bill did not get the money he wanted for the wall and mick mulvaney sat down with the president and said, how can we get this through executive power. for eight months they've been working on that. that undercuts the definition of an emergency. when you say emergency, that means urgent. things are heading in the wrong direction and heading there quickly. this is something they've been looking at for months and months. he's been deciding whether to declare an emergency based on what he got from congress and legislatively which in some ways is not the definition of an emergency. a national emergency would define something that happens quickly, terribly and we have to move on it right now. this has been part of a strategy for almost a year now. >> it's well known that behind the scenes, mitch mcconnell was urging the president not to do
this. there's question on legal grounds but also this is problematic for republicans in the congress and there's a very real possibility the senate has to vote to potentially block this. want to read "the wall street journal" editorial board which is always a go-to for constitutional conservatives, republicans in general. maybe not trump republicans but traditional republicans. mr. trump is right that democrats never objects to mr. obama's abuses. but democratic abuses of power are no excuse for republicans to do the same. the framers created constitutional guardrails to protect against the political agss of the moment. this is the political passion of this moment and now it's going to blow back. even though the government fight is over it's going to blow back in the laps of republicans. >> president trump is not careful about protecting his members, but mitch mcconnell is. in this case you expose people in tough re-election fights like tom tillis in north carolina, even john cornyn in texas,
martha mcsally. these states where they'll have to defend this and defend the emergency declaration. and it sets up a tough vote for some of them. some of them may peel away which i think sets up the political dynamics over these next couple of weeks where the house will surely pass this and the senate probably will, too. the question is whether it's veto-proof majorities. but this sets up a lingering fight that i think the president probably welcomes. he likes this issue. he likes hammering away at it and sets it up for his re-election campaign over fighting the wall yet again. he likes this territory. senate republicans probably like it a lot less. >> to be clear, mcconnell is now supporting it. he's going to work to help the president try and get this through and make this as painless as possible on capitol hill. i don't go that's going to be possible. this is an interesting way to spin everything forward. what does this mean? this is a pivot point. heading into the 2020 campaign, josh, you had a great piece today in the boapost about this.
finish the wall is finishing what we started. it's about the trump presidency. telling people to stick with us, finish what we started as the democrats pursue the green new deal or medicare for all. this is a loss of not getting $5.7 billion or $25 billion. >> this is a somewhat convenient loss for the president because in a lot of ways, president trump, and there's a distinction here between president trump's view on this and what a lot of other republicans believe about this, but president trump believes that the wall is important to his base. he thinks that it's an organizing principle for his supporters in a lot of ways. in many ways, the president kind of needs or wants to run on the wall. this allows him to do it. it allows him to say these democrats on the hill are standing in my way and i'm pushing to build the wall. the problem for the rest of the republican party is the wall has become a polarizing issue.
if you're talking about suburban voters, moderate voters, it can be a wedge between voters and this president and his party. so for president trump, he might be great with his base, which is already really behind him, and that's really what he cares about. but for the rest of the party, this can be problematic going into 2020. they'd like to be talking about a lot of other things, other than this really polarizing immigration debate, caravans and invasions and things that don't really speak to moderate suburban women. these people that rebelled so harshly in the midterms and gave democrats a 40-set victory over republicans. >> you want to know how big of an issue this is going to be, go to a rally. "finish the wall" is the not so subtle sign. they haven't started technically any of the wall. they have contracts out and will soon. up next -- a new attorney general in town, and he gets to decide what happens to robert mueller's final report.
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the trump administration as they head into this pivotal point of their next two years, their re-election campaign. bill barr is now in place. if you want to know what the public thinks about whether or not the mueller report to be released, take a look at some of these poll numbers. it's not subtle. democrats, 85% believe it should be public. independents, 80%. republicans, 79%. there's some stuff with the justice department regulations that limits him a little bit, but, matt, the testimony, everything bill barr has said is the public going to see the report that it seems like everybody wants to see? >> he wouldn't ghocommit to it. i don't know that he'll make it public. i think members of congress want to make it public. i think the public pressure on him to release it and what mueller does, too, you know, i don't think mueller can unilaterally trl
unilaterally release it, but he can talk. after that report is released, what mueller does will be fascinating. >> this is similar to the position james comey was in during the clinton investigation in the campaign. there was a public need to know or right to know about how this all turned out, but what really, i think a lot of people would think should govern the decision making here is, is it right, and this is what bill bar is weighing. is it right to release information about people that might be negative if you are not charging them with some kind of crime? that's a really pivotal question for barr that we know that he is weighing. and i don't know what the answer is to that. i think there is a good argument to be made that after two years and this massive investigation that has wrapped so many people close to the president with real jailtime facing real prison time, that there is a public need to know here. but at the same time it seems releasing the public report is
almost going to guarantee a lot of people are going to be denigrated in public and potentially not charged. >> a cost/benefit throughout. so much speculation and assumptions that perhaps a final report is what everybody needs but how can you do that? you talk about speculation, assumptions, rumors. andrew mccabe is somebody we're all familiar with. former deputy director of the fbi and former acting director of the fbi. he's out with a book and talking about something that made big headlines not attributed to him a couple months ago. listen to what he had to say. >> discussion of the 25th amendment was simply rod raised the issue and discussed it with me in the context of thinking about how many other cabinet officials might support such an effort. >> rosenstein was actually openly talking about whether there was a majority of the cabinet who would vote to remove
the president? >> that's correct. counting votes or possible votes. >> so just some brief context. 25th amendment would give an administration or cabinet officials the opportunity to remove a president. it's never been utilized before. it's a constant thing people go to during the trump administration but it's never been in my sense anywhere remotely real although this seems to provide some meat to those bones. the big question is -- it's surreal to hear that. and josh, you've covered this white house as close as anybody. how does the white house react when they see something like that and see it on record on camera, on tv? >> the president immediately went to discredit andrew mccabe and called him again a liar. referenced his wife taking donations from terry mcauliffe. someone he's been aggrieved with any time he's seen him publicly. the white house says that mccabe -- and it's public. mccabe has had a lot of problems with honesty. that's been documented
vociferously. andrew mccabe and rosenstein who he's talking about there are kind of in a death war. they've both been telling their sides of a story. a lot of bad blood there. both of them really have turned on each other. and that has to be taken into account here. now whether he's telling the truth or not, i wasn't in those rooms so i can't say, but there are questions about this book and how much it can be believed. and i think the white house should get more fuel, will raise those questions and elevate them as best they can. >> rosenstein has come out and rejected mccabe's account and said it didn't happen the way he said it happened but he's never denied the allegation discussion took place about the 25th amendment. that's incredibly bothersome to the president but it underscores his narrative that there was sort of this plot under way inside his own government to undermine him or flat-out get rid of him. in a way, that helps him as he tries to set the table to discredit the mueller
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happy presidents' day weekend to all of you, but especially all the would-be presidential candidates out there. two dozen or so are running or thinking about running in 2020. most of them democrats. but a few republicans and independents as well. a lot of them are spending the long weekend out on the campaign trail. let's look at this. you get a sense of just the fact even though there's 650-plus days until the election, well, everybody is out there already working. we're already in this. how do you know that? look at iowa. you've got five potential presidential candidates or declared presidential candidates out there this weekend. important state. move over to the first in the nation primary state. six candidates or potential candidates already there as well. this is just over the course of this weekend. nevada. elizabeth warren making a swing out there. a crucial early primary state as well. what about south carolina? kamala harris, elizabeth warren. what you're seeing is democratic candidates, even though it seems very early, are very much in the dw game and making moves about what
their early state strategy will be. what about joe biden? he's in germany at the munich security conference. he makes important points about his gravitas as a statesman and foreign policy experience as well. even though biden hasn't been to a lot of the early states, others have. this is since the beginning of the year. elizabeth warren leading the group with early state visits. through tomorrowdelaney, 6. kirsten gillibrand, cory booker. a lot of people making a lot of moves in early states. what about those who still haven't decided yet? still major questions about these candidates right here. when are they going to decide? beto o'rourke says likely some time in february. in march, likely to hear from sherrod brown, joe biden, michael bloomberg, tbd, bernie sanders. some sense it may be soon but we're waiting to see. >> the america i see does not
wish to turn our back on the world or our allies. the america i see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees at our border. i promise you, i promise you, as my mother would say, this, too, shall pass. we will be back. we will be back. don't have any doubt about that. >> so joe biden not in an early primary state in germany in munich, but that speech has a purpose. and if you're listening to that speech and listening to the message he's trying to give out, he's making clear he's got fire in the belly and it seems like he's leaning towards something. visor, you're our expert here. >> well, expert in predicting joe biden is a fool's errand. but those around him think that he does have time. that biden is unlike all of the other candidates who you
mentioned in that leadup who have to get throughout. increase their name i.d. and do things joe biden could come in later and do. biden has made a whole career out of playing the hamlet routine of, will he or won't he. since 1980 he's been considering running for president. so i think that biden is one of those who could get in. but i think he likes that contrast. mike pence was also there. there's a contrast there between mike pence and joe biden that i think he welcomes. and is projecting a different image on the world stage which would be his strength if he gets in as a candidate. >> that's what you heard there is his central argument for running. obviously, he's going to make a domestic case about why he's the best person but this idea of nostalgia for a time when the united states was seen as a leader. nostalgia for when barack obama or even george w. bush was president among independents and even some republicans and
certainly democrats i think would be the case he would make for why he is the best person to go up against president trump. even though he's not in iowa, he's making that case that will be crucial if he does decide to run. >> unlike a lot of the people who are running, he may be sharing a working class voter lane with bernie sanders and sherrod brown, but not a lot of the other candidates in the democratic field have foreign policy credentials to their name. so biden kind of elevating himself on the world stage at this particular moment is just another way for him to say, this is another way in which i might be the best person for this race. not only because i can speak to people in middle america but also because i can speak to people on the world stage as well. >> a clear advantage he has over others. everybody is trying to figure out which advantage is going to play in the primary. you get a sense of what their messages are or will be or what they're testing out. listen to kamala harris during a visit in south carolina. >> we have to speak truth that
right now this economy is not working for working people. let's speak that truth. racism, sexism, anti-semitism, homophobia, transphobia are real in this country. let's speak those truths so we can deal with it. >> speak the truth is something that senator harris has talked about. you've heard it a couple of times. you're our resident gamecock and know what happens in south carolina. based on her early visit down there over the last couple of days. >> the past couple of days, kamala harris has gotten crowds that have stunned observers there. she's filled up gyms, had lots of huge crowds. it's something the president has been impressed with about kamala harris and has said to folks around him, wow, she really gets a crowd. she has a lot of people throughout. she certainly has a big foot in south carolina. south carolina's democratic primary is dominated by african-american voters. barack obama did very well in
south carolina. kamala harris seems to be resonating in south carolina. but it's so early. and a lot of south carolina voters are not even paying attention really yet. you're seeing some of the insiders pay attention. you're seeing folks start gravitating to who they're going to work for on staff level but the fact she's getting this large of crowd in february 2019 is pretty impressive. >> one other thing. trek back to monday which seems now like seven months ago, but there were dueling rallies in el paso. the president in el paso giving a "finish the wall" rally and beto o'rourke, where everybody is trying to figure out where he is. a proxy war between the two of them at this point. take a listen to this mash up. >> thanks to a powerful border wall in el paso, texas, it's one of america's safest cities now. >> in one of the safest cities in the united states of america. safe, not because of walls but
in spite of walls. >> we want to stop criminals from coming in. walls save lives. walls save tremendous numbers of lives. >> walls do not save lives. walls end lives. >> one of the defendant thiiffi is to draw distinctions between candidates. luckily between beto o'rourke and president trump it will not be difficult drawing distinctions. when you talk to trump campaign officials they like the idea of beto getting in. we talked about how much the president's team wants to talk about this issue. is this a winning message against the president's message, i guess at this point? >> the interesting thing about the match up with beto o'rourke and donald trump is they both steam welcome that debate over the wall. president trump likes it because beto o'rourke will fight with him over it and beto o'rourke sees advantage in going there. later after that, he said he'd
be in support of taking down the border wall that separates el paso from juarez, the mexican border. so i think that's taking it in a different direction where he is saying no wall. and i think for trump and his supporters, wall has been a stand-in for border security which democrats have had a struggle arguing for border security but against the wall. and so i think beto takes that in a different direction. they both welcome that fight. >> trump aides have been saying all the democrats need to ask to tear down the existing wall. they want everyone on the record about that. the president sees border security, particularly the wall, as a viable contrast he can draw. some of his immigration messages like in the midterms about birthright citizens maybe went a little too far but if you talk to his people closely, they will say putting us against democrats on immigration is a contrast we'll take every day. whether that's true or not,
voters will decide. but there's certainly no -- they are brimming with confidence that it still issues issue du jour from them. >> but it's early. one more note about weekend travels. beto o'rourke has been all over the place. and amy klobuchar, they're both in wisconsin. president trump won wisconsin. hillary clinton cancelled her rally in wisconsin. just note they'll be in wisconsin. the democratic house freshman in the spotlight. is all the attention good or bad for the party? ♪ ♪
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new deal. that proposal by congresswoman alexandria ocasio ko-cortez is t one of the ideas pushed by democrats. mitch mcconnell is counting on that same divisive dynamic in the democratic party and promises this. >> i've noted with great interest the green new deal. and we're going to be voting on that in the senate. we'll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the green new deal. >> the primary house gop super pac has already released two digital ads targeting democratic congressmen in texas and new york. >> why are we thinking of a green new deal? >> lets freedom, higher taxes. antonio delgado and
ocasio-cortez have begun their green new deal assault. a bad deal for new york. >> and whatdoes house speaker pelosi say about all the spotlight on the new freshman class, more left-leaning policies? >> welcome to the democratic party. we are not a rubber stamp for anybody. we are not a monolith. we never have been. and who would want to lead a party that would be described that way. they are not programmed. they are spontaneous, prepared and i'm proud of them. >> the speaker is proud of the new freshmen democrats. i do believe that's true. one of the bigger questions i have is, every kind of top tier freshman class comes here and everything is going to change and they'll be the ones that make everything different. eventually, a back bench republican, there's not a lot you can change. is this class different in that
regard? >> i think the difference here and certainly a difference with the tea party in 2010 is a lot of this group, definitely oca o ocasio-cortez and some of her colleagues who have been getting a lot of attention are really activists. they're not politicians. they didn't come up through the political ranks. that was part of their appeal they made to voters. that usual process you talked about of they get to capitol hill and realize how things actually work and how hard it is to get things through. i'm not sure that that's actually going to have the same trajectory with this group because they came here to make a ruckus and be activists and they want to push the party in their direction. i don't think we'll see necessarily the whole house democratic caucus move toward them. but i think that they are going to have -- it's going to be harder to quiet them down, and i think that's by design. and so as proud, i think, and i do think nancy pelosi is legitimately happy that her party is getting all of this attention for this new energy, it's going to be a challenge for her to navigate and for senate
democrats as well. they'll be pushing these ideas that now all of the 2020 field has to respond to and i can't remember a time when i saw mitch mcconnell quite that giddy and happy to say green new deal. he just welcomes this and loves the idea that he's going to get to put all democrats on the record on some of these ideas. >> so you make a really good point. i want to play two different sound bites about the green new deal. take a listen. >> i'm in favor of it simply because i see it as a framework to jump-start a discussion. i don't see it as something we can get rid of all these industries or do this in a few years. that doesn't make sense to me or reduce air travel. >> there's so much opportunity in this bill for economic growth and really fixing things that are broken. so why not have an aspirational goal. maybe some things are hard to get to, but why not at least try? >> aspirational is a way around this. i don't think when you talk to people who support the green new
deal, they think of it as aspirational. maybe the frequently asked questions and then pulled down is aspirational. the spaer they are not the entirety of the democratic class or democratic party. where does this leave the democratic party in this moment? >> we saw how many presidential candidates signed on as co-sponsors in the senate. they're on record supporting it which is different from the frequently asked questions and something like that. but i think it was remarkable how many people jumped behind it. you saw with gillibrand and klobuchar in talking about this in theory. and these things are fairly popular in theory. medicare for all you can lump in there, too, with the green new deal as things candidates talk about broadly. once you get into specifics, it gets more challenging for candidates. that's where trump is trying to seize on these details that are much less popular and politically problematic. >> one of those things to keep
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each sunday we is ask our reporters to share a story or scoop they're working on so you get a sneak peek of tomorrow's headlines today. julie, you are batting lead off. >> we're about to see a very early beginning to this season of political messaging votes. you always have this in the run up to an election. both parties trying to stake out their positions and cast votes to message that and show the public what the contrast is. we've just come off of a season of brief season of legislating
where the appropriators are able to come to this deal on the border security issues, but they are about to turn in the senate to abortion votes. we're going to see votes as we discussed about the green new deal which senate majority leader mcconnell is enthusiastic about getting everyone on the record on and gun votes in the house. these are ways both parties are going to try to put themselves on the record and put their opponents on the record in the run up to a very competitive set of elections still more than a year away. >> everybody is opposed to messaging votes nl s unless thet the other party. >> the border wall has dominated the discussion but now we're turning to north korea. the president is excited by all accounts to get to go to north korea and do a summit with kim jong-un in hanoi. this is a president who thought the first one was a ratings bonanza who loves to talk about the supposed concessions he's gotten. folks inside his administration have been more skeptical.
what are we doing here? what's the point of doing this trip? why are we giving him a second meeting? but the president is gung ho to do is. the president prepared to go to vietnam in a few days to see kim jong-un. >> stay tuned. matt? >> so far most of the candidates in 2020 have focused on iowa, south carolina and new hampshire. that's starting to change with nevada. today elizabeth warren is there. in two weeks, kamala harris is heading there. and that demonstrates the outsized presence of hispanic voters which is a big voting bloc. they make up 1 in 5 voters in nevada. florida as well. and this field is interesting in that respect. julian castro is an hispanic candidate himself. then you have cory booker who speaks spanish, interestingly. beto o'rourke getting in the race has a name of -- his el paso community and also speaks
spanish. as the candidates turn toward these states, look for them to start doing things to cater to that community. >> messaging. it's all about messaging and strategy. abby? >> the opening salvo of divided government is over and the president suffered a stinging defeat with his border wall. there's been some talk for months about ways in which the president and the white house can cooperate with democratso s issues like infrastructure. there's not a lot of hope those issues can be done especially on some big issues. and president trump is coming off of such a big defeat. he hates losing. a lot of people are skeptical he'll be able to meet democrats in the middle. in the white house at the staff level, not a lot of people have great relationships with dem leadership. efforts to court moderates have not really gone anywhere and we're likely to see more stale mate as we go forward of leadership from nancy pelosi in the house and president trump wanting to get a win from democrats any which way he can.
>> are you implying infrastructure week may not be successful? there haven't been many bright spots in the last nine weeks of grid lock and impasse. this may seem like more bad news. the next spending battle six months from now will have higher stakes. a debt ceiling, the budget caps return. if congress can't reach a deal, the government faces approximately $126 billion in automatic spending reductions. but, and hang with me now, there is a positive note. the spending decks are now cleared. lawmakers and staff have time and some level of a road map thanks to the agreement just reached to chart a bipartisan path forward to address the next crisis before it's an actual crisis. can they actually do it? aides i'm talking to acknowledge it's a long and very, very bumpy path ahead but had a long-term spending bill not been reached this past week, any chance for an agreement in september would have been, according to all involved, officially dead. so rest up budget appropriations staffers. in a few weeks, it all starts
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