REPUBLICANS

DHS Used $10M FEMA Funds for ICE Detention Centers

A GOP redistricting group hired an executive director.

Sept. 12, 2018, 10:53 a.m.

The Department of Homeland Security “transferred nearly $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a budget document released by a Democratic senator late Tuesday night, diverting funds from the relief agency at the start of the hurricane season that began in June. The release of the document comes as a major storm barrels toward the East Coast.” (New York Times)

TRUMP'S FOCUS. “Trump on Wednesday ratcheted up his fight with Puerto Rican officials, dwelling on the intense criticism he received last year for his response to Hurricane Maria, even as Hurricane Florence threatens millions of Americans on the East Coast.

“Trump has been aggressive this week in warning Americans in Florence’s path to take the proper precautions, while hailing his government as being 'absolutely totally prepared' for the potentially historic storm. But he has spent almost as much time claiming he hasn’t gotten enough credit for his response to Hurricane Maria last September, despite the fact that thousands of Puerto Ricans died in the storm’s aftermath as the island territory struggled to cope with widespread devastation and power outages.” (Politico)

REDISTRICTING. “Adam Kincaid, a veteran Republican operative who helped his party coordinate redistricting efforts after 2010, will serve as the executive director of the National Republican Redistricting Trust, the GOP’s data and legal hub for the next round of redistricting.” (Politico)

POPE FRANCIS. “Pope Francis is summoning the presidents of every bishops conference around the world for a February summit to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children—evidence that he realizes the scandal is global and that inaction threatens to undermine his legacy.

“Francis' key cardinal advisers announced the decision Wednesday, a day before Francis meets with U.S. church leaders who have been discredited anew by the latest accusations in the Catholic Church's decades-long sex abuse and cover-up scandal.” (AP)

SHUTDOWN. “After spending the summer threatening to shut down the government if Congress doesn't give him billions of dollars to build a border wall, President Trump is now declaring he thinks a shutdown is good politics for him. That's despite the fact nearly everyone else in his party disagrees.”

“Republican leaders have a hard time imagining a more nightmarish scenario for their party: The government has already shut down briefly twice this year under their watch, and the Republicans' majority is on the line this November in the House of Representatives and maybe even the Senate. Yet Trump doesn't seem to care much. Each time he appears to assuage Republican leaders' concerns by moderating his position, he says something a day or two later more strongly in favor of a shutdown.” (Washington Post)

ELECTION INTERFERENCE. “The Trump administration is preparing a new executive order to allow sanctions of foreign citizens suspected of interference in the American elections, officials who have reviewed the order said.

“The new order is aimed broadly at any potential outside interference in American elections, but is meant to give the government an additional tool to punish, and deter, Russian entities suspected of trying to spread disinformation or otherwise influence the midterm and subsequent balloting.” (New York Times)

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"President Trump signed a sweeping spending bill Friday afternoon, averting another partial government shutdown. The action came after Trump had declared a national emergency in a move designed to circumvent Congress and build additional barriers at the southern border, where he said the United States faces 'an invasion of our country.'"

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REDIRECTS $8 BILLION
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"President Donald Trump on Friday declared a state of emergency on the southern border and immediately direct $8 billion to construct or repair as many as 234 miles of a border barrier. The move — which is sure to invite vigorous legal challenges from activists and government officials — comes after Trump failed to get the $5.7 billion he was seeking from lawmakers. Instead, Trump agreed to sign a deal that included just $1.375 for border security."

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COULD SOW DIVISION AMONG REPUBLICANS
House Will Condemn Emergency Declaration
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"House Democrats are gearing up to pass a joint resolution disapproving of President Trump’s emergency declaration to build his U.S.-Mexico border wall, a move that will force Senate Republicans to vote on a contentious issue that divides their party. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Thursday evening in an interview with The Washington Post that the House would take up the resolution in the coming days or weeks. The measure is expected to easily clear the Democratic-led House, and because it would be privileged, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would be forced to put the resolution to a vote that he could lose."

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MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, DRUG FORFEITURE FUND
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"ABC News has learned the president plans to announce on Friday his intention to spend about $8 billion on the border wall with a mix of spending from Congressional appropriations approved Thursday night, executive action and an emergency declaration. A senior White House official familiar with the plan told ABC News that $1.375 billion would come from the spending bill Congress passed Thursday; $600 million would come from the Treasury Department's drug forfeiture fund; $2.5 billion would come from the Pentagon's drug interdiction program; and through an emergency declaration: $3.5 billion from the Pentagon's military construction budget."

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TRUMP SAYS HE WILL SIGN
House Passes Funding Deal
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"The House passed a massive border and budget bill that would avert a shutdown and keep the government funded through the end of September. The Senate passed the measure earlier Thursday. The bill provides $1.375 billion for fences, far short of the $5.7 billion President Trump had demanded to fund steel walls. But the president says he will sign the legislation, and instead seek to fund his border wall by declaring a national emergency."

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