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State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC on November 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel Ngan        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC on November 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel Ngan        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

A view of the border wall between Mexico and the United States, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on January 19, 2018.The Mexican government reaffirmed on January 18, 2018 that they will not pay for US President Donald Trumps controversial border wall and warned that the violence in Mexico is also the result of the heavy drug consumption in the United States. / AFP PHOTO / Herika MARTINEZ        (Photo credit should read HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)A view of the border wall between Mexico and the United States, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on January 19, 2018.The Mexican government reaffirmed on January 18, 2018 that they will not pay for US President Donald Trumps controversial border wall and warned that the violence in Mexico is also the result of the heavy drug consumption in the United States. / AFP PHOTO / Herika MARTINEZ        (Photo credit should read HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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President Donald Trump points to a member of the media while taking questions after speaking during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)President Donald Trump points to a member of the media while taking questions after speaking during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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(CNN)Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said, beginning Sunday, he will start studying which projects military money may come from to shift funds toward a border wall following President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration.

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Weekly Trump report card: Emergency wall move divides the country

This week’s White House Report Card has split our graders over President Trump’s actions in classic left-right fashion, just like the nation.

Our graders, conservative analyst Jed Babbin and Democratic pollster John Zogby, gave starkly different reviews of Trump, whose week was highlighted by signing a rare emergency declaration to steer money not OK’d by Congress to his border wall project.

Jed Babbin
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It was a very good week for President Trump, including the Senate confirmation of Attorney General William Barr, a compromise on government funding, a national emergency declaration intended to fund partial building of his signature border wall, and a Senate Intelligence Committee statement that their investigation hadn’t found any direct evidence of his campaign colluding with the Russians during the 2016 election.

Trump’s action avoided another government shutdown. The 1,200-page compromise spending bill was, however, not a good deal. Trump got about $1.4 billion in funding for border barriers, but the bill was chock full of poison pills that limited what kind of barrier can be built, where it can be built, and more provisions that are anathema to the president. Among them are a pay raise for federal workers and $415 million in aid payments to border crossers.

On Friday, Trump signed the bill and declared a national emergency on the border crisis. The national emergency is intended to free up other funds — mostly from unspent military construction appropriations — to give the president another $3 billion to work with. But the national emergency declaration, as Trump predicted in his Friday announcement, is subject to challenge in court. The first lawsuit challenging the validity of the national emergency declaration was filed in Washington, D.C. federal court before the day ended.

Barr takes over at the moment of new revelations about the FBI and the Justice Department talking about removing the president under the 25th Amendment. Barr’s toughest job will be to clean out the FBI and the Justice Department of those who abused their powers to Trump’s disadvantage in the election and after it.

Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said its investigation had not found any direct evidence of collusion between Trump’s campaign with the Russians. Burr’s committee’s investigation is regarded as the most bipartisan on the Hill.

And overseas, Vice President Mike Pence was in Europe scolding our allies there to get end their efforts to get around U.S sanctions to continue to trade with Iran. His efforts aren’t likely to succeed.

John Zogby
Grade F

President Trump ends the week with an average gain in the polls. This despite polls showing opposition to his southern border wall.

Trump continues to use false premises and outrageously inaccurate statistics to promote the wall, but more people are seeing through the manipulation he is using to fulfill his famous campaign promise. While he compromised with Congress to avert another government shutdown, he issued a controversial order calling the southern border crisis so he can fund the wall.

This is dangerous on several different fronts and challenges the limits of his executive power and the Constitution.

As an elected official, Trump is supposed to act with the majority behind him. His wall move is policy and governance by tantrum.

Jed Babbin is an Examiner contributor and former deputy undersecretary of defense in administration of former President George H.W. Bush. Follow him on Twitter @jedbabbin

John Zogby is the founder of the Zogby Poll and senior partner at John Zogby Strategies. His latest book is We are Many, We are One: Neo-Tribes and Tribal Analytics in 21st Century America. Follow him on Twitter @TheJohnZogby

Defense Secretary Shanahan still weighing how much to give for border wall

United States Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan in Germany on Friday. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)

United States Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan in Germany on Friday. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)

The acting secretary of defense said Saturday he has not yet determined how much money he will redirect to President Donald Trump’s border wall project.

TRUMP DECLARES EMERGENCY ON BORDER, EYES $8B FOR WALL

Patrick Shanahan, who has been leading the Pentagon since Jim Mattis stepped down Dec. 31, made the comment in an interview with reporters flying with him from Germany to Washington, The Associated Press reported.

Shanahan said he has a great deal of discretion in deciding how to use the authorities granted to him by Trump’s declaration Friday of a national emergency.

The former Boeing executive said he would be working out details starting Sunday, emphasizing that his mission is to support the border security needs of the Department of Homeland Security.

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The White House said before Trump’s announcement that the border project, which is opposed by Democrats, would receive $3.6 billion that Congress originally provided for military construction projects and $2.5 billion from the

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Sen. Lindsey Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham said President Donald Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency at the southern border was legal and justified. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

National Emergency

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Saturday expressed support for President Donald Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency, and said Trump’s own admission that he “didn’t need to” invoke his emergency powers did not weaken the White House’s claim that there is a crisis at the southern border.

“I really don’t think so,” Graham told host Margaret Brennan in an interview set to air Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

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“I think the president’s been making a persuasive case that the border is broken, you know,” he said. “Drugs are flowing across the border killing Americans, human trafficking. We’ve got a dangerous situation along the border.”

Trump on Friday announced his plans for an emergency declaration to help facilitate the construction of a wall along the southern border. During a news conference in the White House Rose Garden, the president said: “I want to do it faster. I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this.”

Congressional Democrats have seized upon those remarks as evidence that current rates of illegal immigration from Mexico into the U.S. do not constitute a national emergency. The liberal advocacy group Public Citizen on Friday filed the first of what is likely to be many lawsuits challenging the White House’s maneuver, arguing that Trump used the declaration to circumvent lawmakers in violation of the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution.

But Graham on Saturday said the president’s actions were legal and justified.

“I think the president has the authority to deploy troops to the border. Obama did. Bush did. Trump has,” he said. “And I think he has the authority while they’re there to build barriers, and we’ll see. I support his desire to get it done sooner rather than later.

The Democratic-controlled House is expected within weeks to pass a resolution formally disapproving of the president’s national emergency declaration. The measure will then head to the Senate, where several of the chamber’s 53 Republicans have already expressed unease with the precedent Trump’s decision sets for future administrations.

“Congress is locked down and will not give him what we’ve given past presidents,” Graham said. “So unfortunately, he’s got to do it on his own, and I support his decision to go that route.”

Intern on first day, grandfather of eight among victims of shooting in Aurora, Illinois

The five employees of an Illinois manufacturing plant killed when a colleague who had been terminated opened fire included an intern on his first day on the job, a union chairman described as a “gentle giant,” and a grandfather of eight.

Gary Montez Martin, 45, killed the five people after being fired from his job at Henry Pratt in Aurora, and he was later fatally shot by police after apparently waiting for officers to arrive in a back machine shop, authorities said.

“My dad was faithful and said, even when he was sick: ‘Nope, I’ve got to go to work because I’ve got to do my job,'” Diana Juarez, the daughter of slain shipping and warehouse worker Vicente Juarez, told Telemundo on Saturday. He was a father of three and a grandfather of eight, the family said.

Killed in Friday’s rampage were Juarez, who joined the company in 2006; plant manager Josh Pinkard; Russell Beyer, an employee of more than 20 years and union chairman; human resources manager Clayton Parks; and Trevor Wehner, a student at Northern Illinois University who started as an intern in the HR department on Friday, according to police and the company.

Wehner was expected to graduate in May with a degree in human resources management, university president Lisa Freeman said

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Heather Nauert Withdraws From Consideration For U.N. Ambassador

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Lindsey Graham says Trump has to "do it on his own" to build the wall

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said that President Trump has “got to do it on his own” to build a border wall in an interview with “Face the Nation” Sunday. Mr. Trump — dissatisfied with the $1.375 billion Congress provided him for barriers at the southern border — declared a national emergency to free up more funds to construct border barriers on Friday.

“Unfortunately, when it comes to Trump, the Congress is locked down and will not give him what we’ve given past presidents,” Graham said. “So unfortunately, he’s got to do it on his own, and I support his decision to go that route.”

Graham, a staunch ally of Mr. Trump in the Senate, noted that former Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama sent troops to the border. He argued that many in Congress only oppose the wall because Mr. Trump is the person proposing it.

Graham also discussed Mr. Trump’s comment Friday that he “didn’t need to” call the national emergency, but he did so because he would “rather do it much faster.” Graham said that this comment did not open the national emergency to legal challenges.

Graham: hard to understand “legal difference” between building wall and sending troops

“I think the president’s been making a persuasive case that those borders [are] broken. Drugs are flowing across the border killing Americans, [there is] human trafficking. We’ve got a dangerous situation along the border,” Graham said. He added that the president has the authority to send troops to the border and build barriers while they are deployed.

“I support his desire to get it done sooner rather than later. And I’m disappointed that my Democratic colleagues would not give the President the money to secure the border that they were willing to give the Bush and Obama,” he said.

However, the president’s decision to declare a national emergency is also facing intense criticism from some Republicans. Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander released a lengthy statement calling the declaration “unnecessary, unwise and inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution” — “unnecessary” because Congress had appropriated funds for border security, “unwise” because future presidents could misuse the power, and “inconsistent” with the Constitution because only Congress is bestowed with the power to tax and spend the people’s money.

Democratic attorneys general and groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have threatened to file suit against the declaration. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi didn’t rule out a legal challenge on Thursday. Mr. Trump predicted he will be sued but will ultimately prevail in the Supreme Court.

Mr. Trump is expecting to use $8 billion to build the wall, including the $1.375 billion approved by Congress, with an additional $600 million expected to come from the Treasury Department’s drug forfeiture funds, $2.5 billion coming from the Defense Department’s drug interdiction program, and an additional $3.5 billion coming from the Pentagon’s military construction budget.

Heather Nauert withdraws from consideration for UN ambassador nomination, State Department says

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Trump’s pick for US Ambassador to the UN withdraws nomination

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert withdrew her name from consideration for the U.N. ambassador nomination, the department said Saturday.

“I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary [Mike] Pompeo for the trust they placed in me for considering me for the position of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations,” Nauer said in the statement. “However, the past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw my name from consideration.

She went on to describe her time working in the administration as being “one of the highest honors of my life.”

A State Department source told Fox News that the process, on top of traveling around the world and between Washington D.C., and New York to see family, grew to be too much.

Trump — who picked Nauert to succeed Ambassador Nikki Haley in December — will make an announcement “soon” about a nominee for the position, the State Department said.

Before she worked at the State Department, Nauert worked as an anchor and correspondent at Fox News — including as a breaking news anchor on “Fox Friends.” Before Fox, she was

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Gene Littler, a U.S. Open champion and member of World Golf Hall of Fame, has died

Gene Littler was renowned for the quality of a golf swing that was suitable for framing, an effortless, fluid motion that produced 29 PGA Tour victories, including a U.S. Open, and and took him to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

One day, Tommy Aaron was watching him on the practice tee. “Doesn’t take long for a Rolls Royce to warm up, does it?” Aaron said. Gene Sarazen said Littler had “a perfect swing like Sam Snead’s — only better.”

Littler, who was called Gene the Machine, died on Saturday. He was 88.

A San Diego native, Littler was 15 or so when Sam Snead was in the Navy and stationed in San Diego during World War II. Wherever Snead played in the area, Littler was probably nearby, watching and learning.

“I would stand close by and watch him,” Littler told Vartan Kupelian, writing for PGATour.com in 2012. “I think I picked up some things.”

He also took lessons from Johnny Bellante, the pro at La Jolla Country Club who also tutored Mickey Wright.

Littler won the U.S. Amateur in 1953. A year later, while still an amateur, he won the San Diego Open by four shots and turned professional later that year.

His crowning achievement, of course, was his U.S. Open victory at Oakland Hills Country Club in 1961, when he overcame a three-stroke deficit by shooting a 68 in the final round.

Littler was a quiet, unassuming man belying his status as a star. “Littler…was playing brilliant golf in the final round — and he was doing it unnoticed, as this splendid athlete, with his amazing talent for obscurity, so often has during the past years,” Sports Illustrated’s Alfred Wright wrote about the final round of the ’61 Open. “Jack Murphy, a golf writer for The San Diego Union, counted Littler’s gallery on the 3rd hole on the last round. There were seven people. By the 11th it was up to about a hundred.”

He preferred spending time at home with his family to playing tournament golf.

“I probably would have performed better and won more tournaments had I not wanted to go home so often,” Littler told the Los Angeles Times in 1988. “But I guess I loved my family so much that that was the most important thing in my life.”