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In the next hour, MPs are expected to approve

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legislation that would give the British Prime Minister formal

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power to withdraw the UK from the European Union.

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We'll be live in the House of Commons as MPs

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Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren is stopped from speaking

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for critcising the conduct of the President's pick

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Mr Sessions has used the power of his office...

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But she goes on to Facebook to read a letter criticising

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the controversial past of Jeff Sessions.

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The President accuses the Democrats of obstruction but is even more

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incensed that the courts continue to block his travel ban.

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I don't ever want to call a court biased so I won't call it biased,

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and we haven't had a decision yet, but courts seem to be so political.

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Being a Trump supporter on a liberal campus.

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I'm Katty Kay in Washington, Christian Fraser's in London.

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Britain is about to take another decisive step towards Brexit.

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Yes, in the next hour, MPs will be voting on a bill that

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will give the Prime Minister the power to trigger Article 50 -

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the formal notice to quit the European Union.

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This is the scene in the lower House of Commons at the moment.

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I think the PM will be pretty pleased with the way it has gone.

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Theresa May has seen off a rebellion from her own MPs,

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who were threatening to support an opposition amendment.

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So, when it comes to the final vote this evening, the vote to send it

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on its way to the Lords, we expect the bill to go

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I have been speaking to the Conservative Member

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of Parliament Anna Soubry, who campaigned for the UK

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48% of people in the UK voted to remain and so did a large number of

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MPs and people watching, particularly those outside the

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country, might be surprised you caved in so easily. Nobody has caved

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in. I have voted in effect in everything I believed in but I made

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a solid promise to the people in my constituency and the country at

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large because I was very much involved in the pro-EU Remain

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campaign that I would take the decision, the result of the

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referendum, and I would even though I don't agree with it, is the it

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will not be good for my country, I made that promise and I have to be

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true to it. If you voted for the referendum, you have got to see it

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through, even if you do not like the result and you cannot go against the

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promise you gave to the people, even if you do not like the result. They

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have decided and therefore we have to execute the decision they made.

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It would seem the Prime Minister 's home and dry in delivering Brexit.

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She has got the support of MPs of both sides of the divide so Members

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of Parliament for the Labour Party and the Conservative Party have very

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much come together to honour the result in accordance with the

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promise they gave people. What is happening in the rest of Britain is

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that many people who voted Remain say, we just want to get on with

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this now, and that is happening. There has not been the drift away

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from the decision that was made back in June, so for me, we have just got

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to bite the bullet, get on with it and get the very best we can as we

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lead the European Union. A lot of the amendment to boating on the

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night is whether to give or ensure the rights of European citizens here

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in the UK on the might of the referendum. The Prime Minister

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sympathetic to that but it all seems to be pointing to that amendment

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being defeated. It is actually an amendment that should not be to this

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bill. This bill as a vehicle that delivers the EU referendum to 's

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result. The Prime Minister has made it clear that this will be her

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priority, to make sure we do the right thing by EU citizens, and I

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trust her on that. It will be her priority, I am confident she will

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get a deal, and if she doesn't, there is nothing to stop her from

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saying, we will do the right thing, even if our colleagues in the EU

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feel they cannot reciprocate those arrangements, and I absolutely trust

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and taken the whole word. It is more than just sympathy, she believes in

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it and knows it is the right thing to do. There was one concession made

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by the negotiation, but if you vote against it, then what? The Prime

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Minister has always said, if we get a deal or when we get a deal, I am a

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bit more cautious because I understand the realities of the task

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ahead, but the's assume we get a deal, but will vote on that deal,

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she said last night the Article 50 bit, there will be one of the road,

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and the new arrangement and new deal, there will be another vote,

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and it will take place at the same time as the European Parliament. I

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do not think it is a great concession because what happens if

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we do not get any deal? This place must then determine what happens and

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that must be on the basis of all options and I will continue to make

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that case. I will ask you for a primer on Parliamentary procedure

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because I'm a bit confused. Smarter people than me are also a bit

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confused. We had that vote last week, it will then went through all

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those committees, so tonight, we are putting an amendment is not

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necessarily in numerical order, and then vote on the bill again? Yeah...

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When the bill goes to Parliament, it gets three readings in each house.

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Last week, we got the full reading, and then these MPs got a debate on

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it, and then you get a second reading followed by a vote, and at

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that point, they could've killed stone dead. Last week, we told you

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it was an important though, and it was. After that, we have had hours

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of debate in committees and the house this week, and lots of

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amendment had been put forward, and tonight they will vote on nine of

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those amendments. When that is all done and dusted, we will have the

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third reading and a boat which will send it on to the House of Lords.

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Then it goes to the Lords and sales through? It should sell through but

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the Lords at an unelected body and it would be something, in fact it

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would cause a constitutional crisis, if the Lords were in some way to

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defy the will of the people, so I would expect it to go through but

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will they tried amendments on it? The government does not have a

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majority in the House of Lords and there are a lot of Liberal Democrats

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peers in the Lords. Even if they do, it is likely to come back and it

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will be defeated so to my's vote will send this bill a long way

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towards becoming law. I knew I should not have asked that second

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question! 30 years ago, the US Attorney

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for Alabama, Jeff Sessions, appeared before a Senate Committee,

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nominated to serve During that hearing,

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a string of allegations were brought forward that almost

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destroyed his career. Before the committee,

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Sessions testified he couldn't remember labelling a white lawyer

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in his home state a disgrace for representing black clients

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though, according to the record, he didn't contest

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the allegation either. Amid the accusations of racism,

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his nomination was rejected. Now, 30 years on, Jeff Sessions

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is Donald Trump's pick for the highest legal office

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in the land, US Attorney General. The Democrats are trying

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to block it and, last night, the Senator for Massachusetts,

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Elizabeth Warren, went to the floor to read a letter

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from Martin Luther King's widow, Corretta - a letter sent in 1986

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to the Judiciary Committee opposing Mr Sessions sought to punish older

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black civil rights activists, advisers and colleagues

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of my husband who had been key figures in the civil rights

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movement in the 1960s. Senators appear in the motives

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and conduct of our colleague Senator Warren said,

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Senator Sessions has used the awesome power of his office

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to chill the free exercise I call the Senator order under

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the provision to rule. The Senate Majority Leader,

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Mitch McConnell, had stepped in with an objection

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and a little-known rule that forbids Senators from tarnishing

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the reputation of their colleagues. Not to be defeated, Senator Warren

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left the chamber to read the letter to 2 million people

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on Facebook Live. I do not believe Jefferson Sessions

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possesses the requisite judgment, competence and sensitivity

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to the rights guaranteed by the federal civil rights laws

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to qualify for appointment Based on his record,

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I believe his confirmation would have a devastating effect,

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not only on the judicial system in Alabama, but also on the progress

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we have made everywhere towards fulfilling my husband's

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dream that he envisioned We talked yesterday, Katty,

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about the controversial pick, Betsy DeVos, who was confirmed

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as Secretary for Education, but only after the intervention

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of the Vice President, More trouble this time

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with Jeff Sessions. The question is starting to be the

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Democrats, do they overplay their hand? Is there a point at which the

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public will say, will you hold up one of these nominations? They do

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not have the votes to stop Jeff Sessions getting through, and can

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they carry on like this before the public gets slightly annoyed with

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the process? Americans want things to get done and they think Donald

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Trump is right that this has been a slow process. But she got 2 million

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viewers on Facebook, I ... So has it backfired? Probably in terms of

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Elizabeth Warren's popularity. I would love to see her fund-raising

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figures today. You think it has backfired on her? No, what I am

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saying it has been helpful to her because I suspect she has raised a

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whole lot of money out of this. There may be a broader sense in the

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country that people want things done and they want this Cabinet appointed

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but I suspect Elizabeth Warren, a liberal, who has lots of liberal

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supporters and donors. Might have backfired for Mitch McConnell? Let's

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asks a Republican strategist. With me now is Republican political

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strategist and former advisor to George W Bush,

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Ron Christie. I think this might have backfired

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for Elizabeth Warren. She said the 46% of people in Massachusetts want

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someone is to represent them in the Senate other than her so I think she

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did this as a ploy to get attention, to get money and try to get her

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campaign in the Senate back contract but ultimately, trying to impugn

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that a senator is a racist was a bad move for her. Let's take the case of

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Jeff Sessions. He has this contentious history, he was not 30

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years ago deemed fit to be appointed as a federal judge because of that

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history and allegations of racism. Yes, but these were only

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allegations. There was never concrete proof that he was defeated

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by the committee never made it to the vote. Jeff Sessions supporters

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will say this is all about politics, what is the worst things you can say

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to a southern white politician? They are racist. At that time, it is why

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he was defeated. You think there was nothing there about what he has said

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about the KKK, in who he has defended? I have known him for

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several years. I just do not believe these allegations to be true. Do I

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believe the comment can be taken out of context? Absolutely. But do I

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believe he is racist? Know, and I think Democrats need to be very

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careful that they are obstructing everything Trump is trying to do. It

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is interesting to say that because we have tweaked here from Martin

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Luther King's daughter and she does not feel the same way that you do.

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She has been saying on Twitter today that Miss Warren kept the spirit of

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the Senate alive and that she raised important issues to black people in

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the deep South. I would say to that she is entitled to her own opinion

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but here in the United States Senate we have rules and laws said you

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cannot insult, put down or make a bad reference to a fellow United

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States Senator. Did he say these things or did he do racist things?

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That is very much in dispute I think. Senators have criticised and

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impugned each other in the past. CIA boss Mike Pompeo is due

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to visit Turkey on Thursday. It's his first overseas

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visit as director of It follows a phone call

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between Mr Trump and Turkey's President Trump reiterated US

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support with Turkey, saying Ankara The two leaders agreed to work

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together to fight the so-called One of Russia's most prominent

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opposition leaders, Alexei Navalny, has been found of guilty

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of embezzlement in a retrial. In delivering his verdict,

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the judge said Mr Navalny had organised the theft

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of other people's property. The conviction bars him

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from running in next year's Mexicans are warming

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to their president's tough stance on Mr Trump and the country's

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refusal to pay for a border wall. As the President welcomed

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back Mexicans who'd been deported from the US,

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one survey showed 64% of voters approved of Enrique Pena Nieto's

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decision not to meet However, the Mexican president's

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overall popularity has sunk to a four-year low,

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according to the same poll. It's been a tough old week

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for French Presidential The main centre-right candidate

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is facing further allegations about payments to his wife,

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Penelope. One newspaper alleges her husband

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paid her nearly $48,000 of taxpayers' money in redundancy

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payments - not once but twice. Mr Fillon's dismissed

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the reports as lies. Following the dramatic events

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in the Senate on Tuesday, during which the Vice President had

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to step in to vote on Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary,

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Donald Trump has taken to Twitter again to voice his frustration

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The President said, "It is a disgrace that my full

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Cabinet is still not in place, the longest such delay

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in the history of our country. So how hard is it going to be

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for the new administration BBC Newsnight's diplomatic editor,

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Mark Urban, has been taking a look. You can come here, promising

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to drain the swamp or dethrone the establishment, but this city has

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a way of protecting its interests, slowing down those

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who challenge its ways. So the Trump administration's

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process of nominating a Cabinet This level of obstruction at

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the beginning of an administration is really record-setting

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in a very unfortunate way. While the Senate have blamed

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the Democrats for the go slow, they don't have the numbers to wreck

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Trump's agenda. Rather, it's doubts among

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Republicans that could pose the most Keen to impress the people who voted

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for him, President Trump has signed some highly significant

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and emotive executive orders. But you can't run the country

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by those alone, particularly when it comes to spending money

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or changing existing laws. For that, you need to go up

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the hill and get people Thousands of people work on the Hill

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in office is so widely spread the place has its own subway. Things

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here travel at the speed legislators can work at. Many legislators have

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discovered this. John Thierry has been a hill inside the best part of

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30 years for the Republican majority just two in the Senate, he sees

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risks for the White House. The numbers of the Senate especially,

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they have tremendous power, and you will see that especially for some

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Republicans who do not like Donald Trump will trust him, they will step

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up and say what they feel. So there is no obedience with this Congress,

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there never has been, especially with this President, there never

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will be. The combination of Democrats is keen port Trump voting

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with the small number of dissident republicans can pose or number

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problems for the President. To avoid them, he must stick to policies were

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he in congressional Republicans are on the same page. I believe on the

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need for bilateral agreements with the UK or Japan, there will be

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partnerships we can work with him on tax reform. We believe our tax code

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is overly complex, there are over 70,000 pages on our tax code, people

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want a simpler, fairer and flatter tax code. That is something we

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should be focused on. Among those on powerful Senate committees, already

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key figures will challenge Trump an issues such as the handling of his

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immigrant ban or his professed admiration for Vladimir Putin. You

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worried by what the President has been saying? There have been a lot

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of things said that I would not say but I think that, as time moves on,

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there will be a much more coming together on those issues. The

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administration is just getting going my senses that, in the very near

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future, things will be in the middle-of-the-road. Nominations,

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health care or Russian sanctions, Trump's campaign pledges are already

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being modified by people on the hill. As the President starts to

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spend money, that will intensify. You and I were talking about this

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before and it is still the unknown question about this presidency. Will

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this end up being a normal presidency or will it be a train

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wreck? I would not call it a train wreck... I do not think we will see

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business as usual with this White House. Donald Trump views himself as

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a businessman, he expects results, and he will continue to shake the

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debt until he gets what he wants. The question is, how will he work

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with Congress? Cani work with lawmakers within his party but also

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with Democrats to find a way to get legislation to his desk. What is

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your hunch so far? I think he will. We heard congressmen talk about tax

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reform and secondly I think we will get a criminal justice reform

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package. Congressmen think the sentencing of people for certain

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crimes is out of whack and we need to fix it. I guess when people talk

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about the idea that could go off the rails, something could go wrong,

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what they're talking about is whether this is an administration

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that can handle the erratic nature of the principal, the President

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himself. However much the staff tries to normalise things, Donald

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Trump almost gets on his own way. When I worked for President Bush, we

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did not have Twitter back then. There is no way President Bush would

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have used that! UC has started trying to take Twitter away in the

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more they remove it from him, the more he sensed twits out. The

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challenges, how do his stuff closest advisers rein him in and get focused

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on important issues? There is a story going around today that want

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to replace the communication of Sean Spicer. He might have a strategy for

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the week, which is completely untied by a tweet that the President has

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sent out. He can never really get on the front foot. He can't. The press

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secretary has a tough enough job just dealing with the national and

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international press in the briefing room and around Washington, DC. The

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White House communication directors are looking at what will happen next

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week, next month, in six months' time. And if you cannot have someone

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who is dedicated to that job, the White House would just roll from

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crisis to crisis. They need to replace Sean Spicer with a dedicated

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communications director who has a better sense of what the messages.

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What do you make of these newspaper headlines, that there is chaos

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within the administration? There are all sorts of leaks coming out at the

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moment. When I worked in the White House, any time we saw a leak, it

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either meant someone had an axe to grind or someone was upset with the

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way things were going. If you want to say something, put your name

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behind it, I think the White House is in a very difficult time, I was

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there one day one with President George W Bush. It takes several

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weeks to figure out your bearings, how to work with Congress, so from

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my perspective, the Trump administration is starting out

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fairly well. Just before we move on,

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I want to show you some pictures that came in just before we went

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on air of Donald Trump meeting There is Mr Trump 's sitting

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slightly awkwardly behind the desk and the CEO of Intel standing really

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awkwardly right behind him. What he's trying to do, talking about

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jobs moving to Arizona, $7 billion investment, 33,000 jobs, I think,

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once again... This image. They look a little nervous. You can see them

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shifting a little nervously. You think?

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Mr Trump's weighed into a dispute between his daughter

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And what's life like for Conservatives on campus?

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We hear from young Republicans about how they're getting

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That's still to come on 100 Days from BBC News.

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Sunshine at a premium for the remainder of this week, cloud looks

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likely to dominate right across the country, filtering from the east. It

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will make you feel increasingly cold with easterly wind and the showers

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we see. The fall as sleet and snow. Because of this area of high

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pressure across Scandinavia and the winds coming round from the East, it

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comes across the cold North Sea, that will make it feel

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disappointing, particularly on exposed East coasts. Eventually,

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that cold air pushes further westwards. The potential for showers

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as well through the night to across eastern Scotland, eastern England,

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down the coastline. Showers of rain further inland, a bit of sleet and

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wet snow mixed in there. Is he stretches to watch out for.

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Elsewhere, a cold start the many and quite a lot of cloud around as well.

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And easterly wind driving the cloud across the country, maybe Western

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fringes hanging on a bit of sunshine. But not the glorious

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sunshine do you have seen today. Always the risk of some showers

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running in of the North Sea coast. Those showers again will be

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primarily of rain and sleet. Further inland, we will see sleet and snow

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falling from time to time. Look at the temperatures, 2-3d at the very

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best. A cold, disappointing, grey day even without the showers, a lot

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of low cloud, struggling temperatures, the best we can offer

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is six or seven, but generally, more uniform at 2-4d. As we move out of

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Thursday night into Friday morning, some of those showers push further

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inland and there will be accumulation of sleet and snow to

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the course of the night and into Friday morning, particularly across

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the higher ground of Scotland and North East England. Friday the cold

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of the day when you factor in the wind and the cloud around, 2-3d more

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widely across the country. Subtle we move into the weekend, high pressure

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seeks its way further south, that means a subtle change in wind

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direction. Nothing too drastic but less cold, best best of the

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brightness in the West. In the next hour MP's

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are expected to approve legislation that would give

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the British Prime Minister formal power to withdraw the UK

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from the European Union. I been un-friended by probably half

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the girls in my sorrow to. what's life like under a Trump

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presidency? We're going to take

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you straight back to the floor They have been going through the

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lobby for various amendments. Nine votes this evening

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on various amendments put Most of them being defeated. Asking

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the government to take the Good Friday agreement into account was

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defeated by a majority of 39. It does cause problems, this bill, for

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devolved parliaments. But the government is going to negotiate on

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behalf of the entire UK. There will be a third reading of the bill.

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And then the big vote of the evening.

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At which point MP's must decide whether to send it on to the Lords.

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Earlier, the Conservative MP Peter Bone, who campaigned to Leave,

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Many people I talked to on the doorstep say why haven't you

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triggered Article 50? That's what the vote on the 23rd of June was

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about. I think Mrs May's approach was right, now is the time to get it

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through Parliament and hopefully early next month she can fire

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Article 50, sent the letter across and then we will never have any

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chance of being in the EU. That's the question you keep asking me

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every week, when are you going to get on with it? What's all this

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Parliamentary process. Let's bring in our colleague, Ben

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Brown who's in Westminster for us. In the cold on the green, suffering

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for us tonight. How many more votes to go? Three more amendments to go,

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essentially changes to this bill, this European Union notification of

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withdrawal bill, that's its full title. So, it's about 15 minutes per

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amendment, a bit less, maybe. So we are in a substantive vote on the

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bill in a roundabout half an hour's time. We are expecting that again

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really to be a pretty comfortable majority for the government. All of

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these amendments have been pretty safely batted away by the government

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by majorities of around 50. For example one proposed by the Liberal

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Democrat party and their leader Tim Farren saying there should be a

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second referendum on whatever deal the British Prime Minister

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negotiates, again, that one pretty easily treated. We think there will

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be a comfortable majority on the big vote in half an hour's time. One of

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the big questions is of the opposition Labour Party who have

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decided to vote for this bill because they believe that the

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democratic will, the democratic mandate of the people. But a number

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of Labour MPs are going to oppose the bill, oppose their party

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leadership. We'll be looking to see how many Labour MPs disobeyed their

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party leader Jeremy Corbyn. It's interesting, this evening it looks

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again, yet again we have an example of a Parliamentary system Pavin

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presidential system and in the US a presidential system behaving like a

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Parliamentary system. The Democrats seem to be determined to say no to

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everything when they are supposed to, mice, and in the UK with these

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votes we have people who opposed leaving voting with the government.

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It's pretty conjugated, isn't it? There are a lot of members of the

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British Parliament who are in constituencies which voted to remain

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and some of them feel obliged because their constituency voted to

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remain to vote against beginning this formal process to leave. But

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others think, well, the democratic will of the entire United Kingdom

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expressed in the referendum was to leave, 17.4 million people voted to

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leave and therefore they should go with the will of the majority. Also

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you are talking about the government, the parliament, don't

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forget the reason that members of the British Parliament are voting at

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all is because the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land just

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over the road here at Westminster, they ruled that it had to be a vote

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in the British Parliament that would trigger Article 50 to begin the

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whole process of leaving the EU. OK then, thank you very much. Back with

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you later. Interesting that the EU used to divide the Conservative

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Party, now it divides the opposition, how times have changed.

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Katty, when the referendum on EU membership took place last year -

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it created a real divide in this country - families -

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mine included were divided, friendships were put

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Never discuss politics at the dinner table they say,

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but for many it was the only topic of discussion for weeks.

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Right, and there's something similar happening here as well Christian -

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between those who call themselves Republican and those who don't.

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So we've been speaking to some Conservative university students

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about how they're coping in their liberal surroundings.

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People would look at me like I had a million heads when I talk about

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these extremely conservative positions. People outside my dorm

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come up to me and say, your Diego, right? You're a Republican, why?

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I've been un-friended and un-liked by probably about half of the girls.

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People in my freshman class won't look at me any more. I get asked a

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lot, how can you be Jewish and Republican, Hispanic and Republican,

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is that being a traitor to your race, religion and gender? In the

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liberal point of view, if you are not in favour of their beliefs you

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are racist, homophobic, sexist, etc. I don't really feel like calling

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myself a conservative any time soon with Trump in office. I'm called a

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racist by people I don't even know. Anybody who has remotely

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conservative opinion is off the rails, is not normal. There's this

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feeling of censorship, almost, on the college campus. Diego, you are

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Mexican, how can you do this to your people? I did attend the

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inauguration and I attended with pride in my heart for my country

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that I love. Going back on campus I was immediately stared at, boys were

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pointing at me, people were laughing at me. It gets lonely when people

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can't understand and it's just easier to withdraw myself than to

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try to explain. I have kind of even up in the social sphere. It's

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painful. I think this nation is in crisis of sorts. Feel hopeless

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sometimes. People are very quick to yell.

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You can see just how hard it is to be a conservative amongst students

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at the moment. Here's a question -

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what do US courts and Nordstrom Well today they are both

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in the sights of Mr Trump. We'll tell you about

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the fashion retailer in a moment but let's return first

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to his ongoing battle with the courts - specifically

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the San Francisco appeals court, which is still considering

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whether or not to reinstate a travel ban on people from seven

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Muslim-majority countries. Here's what Mr Trump told

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a gathering of US police chiefs I don't ever want to call a core to

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biased so I won't call it biased. And we haven't had a decision yet.

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But courts seem to be so political and it would be so great for our

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justice system if they would be able to read the statement and do what's

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right and that has to do with the security of our country which is so

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important. Right now we are at risk because of what happened. General

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Kelly is an extremely talented man and a very good man, now secretary

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Kelly, homeland security. We are doing our job, he's a great man. We

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are doing our job and one of the reasons you probably heard that we

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did it so quickly in fact I said let's give a one-month notice and

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then law enforcement and General Kelly was so great because he said

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we totally knew about it, we knew about everything. We do things well,

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we do things right. But the law enforcement people said to me you

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can't give notice because if you give notice that you're to be really

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tough in one month from now or one week from now I suggested one month

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and said what about a week, they said no, you can't do that because

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then people are going to pour in before the toughness comes. Do you

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people agree? You know more about law than anybody, law enforcement.

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So I wanted to give, like, a month. I said what about a week? They said,

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then you're going to have a whole pile of people, perhaps, perhaps,

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with very evil intentions coming in before the restrictions. So there it

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is, folks. It's as plain as you can have it. I didn't and I was a good

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student, I understand things, I comprehend very well, OK? Better

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than I think almost anybody. What worries me about what he's

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saying there, and I'm trying to take this impartially, but he's talking

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about conversations within the inner sanctum of the White House, so he's

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telling people about what a judge from Boston told him or another

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judge from the other side of the country. Surely if people are coming

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in to share their private thoughts, strategic thoughts with him, they

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are going to think twice? Well, Donald Trump talks through Twitter

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and through the press in direct conversation so much that I think a

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lot of what is happening in the White House in private is getting

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out into the public. It's not that unusual, Barack Obama did it, for

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presidents to disagree with what the courts have done. What is unusual is

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what he did just there which is to suggest, and he pulled himself back

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slightly, that courts are not politically unbiased, that they have

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their biases. And he did that when he said the so-called judge, or to

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impugn the professionalism of the courts. That we haven't heard before

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and I think that is worrying. What you make of these tweets on

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Nordstom? This is the tweet. Give us the background and why this

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is important. In a way it is this temperament issue, should he be

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weighing in on this when the president has said he's meant to be

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separating his business from his government? Ivanka Trump has this

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brand and she has now been dropped from several places. And there is

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the president weighing in in support of his daughter. The trouble is,

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he's the president and just after he sent out the tweet, Nordstom's share

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price dipped, so what the president tweets has an impact on the markets,

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and that is something people are going to watch. Nancy Pelosi, leader

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of the Democrats in the house has already said it was inappropriate.

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We have to leave it there. That is 100 Days from BBC News -

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do jump onto our Facebook page where my colleague Laura Trevelyan

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will be taking your questions with our North America

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reporter, Anthony Zurcher. We'd love to hear comments

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and share your thoughts - so do take a look -

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for now though, from me Christian Fraser in London

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and Katty Kay in Washington,

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