What Next

The National Emergency Isn’t Really Trump’s Fault

It’s a natural escalation of constitutional hardball.

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President Trump’s national emergency declaration is headed for a showdown. More and more Senate Republicans are peeling away from their caucus to reject it. Sen. Rand Paul says his “political soul” hangs in the balance. But Sen. Mitch McConnell is keeping his opinions to himself and waiting for Trump’s veto to send the issue to the courts. Why are Republicans leaders supporting what their colleagues call a blatant executive branch power grab?

Guest: Slate politics writer Jim Newell.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.