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McConnell’s Absence in Shutdown Fight is Raising Eyebrows

Mitch has ditched DC at the height of the fight over the border wall’s inclusion in a pending spending bill.

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With the partial government shutdown dominating the news cycles during its first week, there was a notably absent politico abstaining from publicly entering the fray.

No, we’re not talking about Nancy Pelosi, who has been partying in Hawaii during the shutdown while the President travels to Iraq to visit the troops.

We are talking instead about Mitch McConnell, whose absence from the public fight over our national border security is raising eyebrows among political observers.

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McConnell is home in Kentucky, and the senator’s spokesman, Donald Stewart, said it’s up to President Donald Trump and the Democrats to come up with a deal to end the stalemate over funding for Trump’s border wall.

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In other words, in McConnell’s view, it’s not on him.

Still, the sidelines is an unusual place to find the Senate leader with Washington in the throes of a budget breakdown – especially one he was determined to avoid and may have difficulty resolving next week with his Senate Republicans fearful of crossing Trump.

McConnell has made no secret of his distaste for government shutdowns, and just days before it happened he predicted that it would not, telling Capitol Hill reporters that the public doesn’t like shutdowns and “there’s no education in the second kick of a mule.”

The shutdown has been ongoing for 7 days now, as the President refuses to budge on his demand that a border wall be funded in the spending bill necessary to bring the federal megalith back into action.

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Bernie Sanders Proposes Universal Child Care That Costs $1.5 Trillion To Be Financed By ‘Tax On Extreme Wealth’

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Trump Promotes $3B Defense Deal With India During State Visit, Says ‘America Loves India’

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President Trump announced that India has reached a $3 billion defense deal with the United States, which includes the country purchasing several military-grade helicopters. Trump delivered a speech on Monday alongside Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Sardar Patel Stadium, which is the largest cricket stadium in the country, capable of housing more than 100,000 people. During his talk, Trump confirmed that the U.S. had approved the purchase of several military helicopters from America as part of the larger defense deal between the two countries. Here’s more from The Washington Examiner: “The United States looks forward to providing India with the best and most-feared military equipment on the planet. We make the greatest weapons ever made — airplanes, missiles, rockets, ships. We make the best, and we are dealing now with India,” the president said. He continued, “I am pleased to announce that tomorrow our representatives will sign deals to sell over $3 billion in the absolute finest, state-of-the-art military helicopters and other equipment to the Indian armed forces.” Trump, who held a rally with Modi in Texas in September, described the friendship between the two nations as being strong. He called Modi a “great friend” and vowed that the U.S. and India would remain allies. https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/1231918893964251136 Both countries were due to talk about trade during the state visit, however the president stated that no deal has been finalized at this time. He spoke with reporters saying that he felt “no rush” to complete negotiations, but added that “We are doing well with India, we are making deals.” Trump’s speech in India was accepted with warm applause from the packed out stadium. He went on to thank the crowd gathered to hear him speak for the “spectacular welcome,” saying he would never forget the “remarkable hospitality” of the Indian…

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