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Donald Trump: ‘I never worked for Russia’ – live updates

Donald Trump: ‘I never worked for Russia’ – live updates

Washington Dulles Airport on Monday closed screening lanes because of a shortage of TSA agents, some of whom are calling in sick while not being paid during the government shutdown, Politico reported.

Security lines at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the busiest in the world, were more than an hour long Monday morning after at least six security lanes were closed, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

Miami and Houston airports also closed checkpoints over the weekend because of high no show rates among TSA agents.

Hillary Clinton shared a clip from a 2016 debate where she said that Donald Trump would be a “puppet” for Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Like I said: A puppet,” she wrote Monday

 

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is expressing regret for once working for her father’s anti-gay group, which opposed same sex marriage and promoted gay conversion therapy.

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The Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a challenge to Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general.

The court turned away the case without comment, the Washington Post reported.

The suit argued that Trump did not have the authority to put Whitaker in the job and that Rod Rosenstein, the number two to ex-attorney general Jeff Sessions, should have filled the job under proper legal procedures.

Donald Trump is rejecting a proposal from Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham to allow the government to temporarily reopen while negotiating with Congress over a border wall, the Washington Post reports.

“I did reject it,” Trump told Monday. “I want to get it solved. I don’t want to just delay it.”

Graham suggested Sunday that Trump should agree to a government funding bill that would last three weeks. If a compromise were not reached in that time, Trump could declare a national emergency to build the wall without Congressional approval.

But Trump said Monday he’s “not looking to” declare a national emergency, per Politico

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Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro said Monday that Donald Trump failed in responding to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

“Unfortunately, as all of us witnessed, the Trump administration failed the people of Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria hit,” Castro said in San Juan, the Hill reported.

Castro spoke at a Latino Victory Fund summit in Puerto Rico after announcing his presidential bid over the weekend in his home town of San Antonio.

A number of prominent Democrats have gathered in San Juan for a retreat hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s political PAC, as well as the Latino Victory Fund event.

“I chose as my first visit after [my] announcement to come to Puerto Rico, because I want all the people of Puerto Rico to know that you count, that we respect you,” Castro said, according to the Hill.

Donald Trump responded dismissively when asked about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez saying that he is a racist. “Who cares?” he said in remarks to reporters outside the White House.

The new New York Congresswoman says she can tell she’s getting under his skin.

 

Donald Trump declined to condemn Steve King’s remarks about white supremacy, saying when asked by a reporter today: “I haven’t been following it.”

King, an Iowa Republican, is under fire after saying to the New York Times, “White nationalist, white supremacist, western civilization – how did that language become offensive?” He’s set to meet todaywith House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who vowed to take action over the comments.

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