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The polls are wrong again and President Trump will be victorious a second time in Pennsylvania.

That was the bold prediction made Tuesday on “America’s Newsroom” by former Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., who said Trump’s margin of victory next year in the Keystone State will be even larger than his narrow win over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Barletta, who ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat last November against Democratic incumbent Bob Casey, scoffed at former Vice President Joe Biden‘s Pennsylvania-focused strategy.

“He left Pennsylvania 67 years ago… Remember, Hillary Clinton came from Scranton too and we all know what happened there,” Barletta said.

Clinton’s father, Hugh Rodham, was born in the city.

FOX NEWS POLL: BIDEN UP BY DOUBLE DIGITS IN DEMOCRATIC RACE

Biden, born in Scranton, has headquartered his campaign in Philadelphia and gave the first speech of his campaign last month at a Pittsburgh union hall. A Fox News poll last week showed Biden as the clear frontrunner among the crowded field of Democrats and gave him an 11-point lead over Trump.

Barletta said in 2016, he “begged” Trump not to believe the polls, which showed him trailing Clinton by about six points going into Election Day. He argued that the president still enjoys sizable support from voters, including Democrats and independents, who won’t disclose their opinion to pollsters.

BIDEN DISMISSES CHINA’S THREAT TO US AGAIN, DESPITE BACKTRACKING ON EARLIER COMMENTS

Trump focused on the economy at a fiery rally in Montoursville, Pennsylvania Monday, just two days after Biden held his own campaign rally in nearby Philadelphia. He reminded the crowd that Biden left the state for Delaware, where he served more than three decades as a U.S. senator.

“And don’t forget: Biden deserted you,” Trump said as the rally wrapped up.

“He’s not from Pennsylvania. I guess he was born here, but he left you, folks. He left you for another state. Remember that, please. I meant to say that. This guy talks about, ‘Oh, I know Scranton.’ Well, I know the places better. He left you for another state, and he didn’t take care of you, because he didn’t take care of your jobs. He let other countries come in and rip off America. That doesn’t happen anymore.”

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Barletta noted that more than 10,000 people showed up to Trump’s address Monday night, with thousands waiting outside who could not get into the event.

“This is a replay of what I saw in the last election. … I think he’s gonna win Pennsylvania by more than he won the last time. I’m sure the experts will say differently, but let’s watch and see. I don’t know if they’ve learned anything in four years,” he told Sandra Smith.

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The Transportation Security Administration plans to use loose change left in trays at airports to partly fund the $232 million that its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, has requested to help pay for border operations if Congress doesn’t agree to its $1.1 billion funding request.

The TSA is just one of almost two dozen agencies under the DHS umbrella, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, that could be forced to dole out millions of dollars from their budgets to pay for the ramped-up operations along the United States’ southern border.

“The Department is considering all options to address the humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” a DHS spokesperson said in a statement to Fox News. “We will continue to work with our workforce to find dynamic solutions and funding to address this very serious problem.”

The spokesperson added: “As part of this effort, it is our responsibility to explore fiscal mechanisms that will ensure the safety and welfare of both our workforce and the migrant population, which is also reflected in the supplemental request submitted to Congress.”

TSA CAN NOW FORCE TRAVELERS TO TAKE FULL-BODY SCANS

According to internal TSA emails and a PowerPoint presentation from last week, which were obtained by NBC News, the agency has outlined a plan on how to handle the “tax” the DHS could levy upon it. Along with using the $3 million in loose change found in airport trays across the country, the TSA would use $50 million set aside to purchase advanced airport screening equipment and $64 million from a worker’s compensation fund set up in 2010 for injured TSA employees.

The TSA is also considering using funding for Transportation Security Officers – who run security screenings at airports – to pay the DHS in a move that could add to the already lengthy wait times for travelers at the nation’s airports during the busy summer travel season.

President Trump has asked Congress for $4.5 billion dollars to deal with the influx of migrants from Central America crossing over the U.S.’s southern border with Mexico – with $1.1 billion set aside specifically for “border operations.” The White House argues that this money will be used for “personnel expenses, additional detention beds, and operations combating human smuggling and trafficking.”

Trump’s border wall plan has been met with fierce resistance from Democrats and has become ensnared in a number of legal battles.

TRUMP DEFENDS NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION AT MEXICO BORDER, SAYS DEMS ‘DON’T MIND CRIME’

A federal judge in Oakland last week heard arguments in two lawsuits seeking to block the White House from spending money from the Defense and Treasury departments for the project. California and 19 other states brought one lawsuit; the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed the other.

The plaintiffs asked U.S. District Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. to block the shifting of funds and construction on the wall. They want a quick decision, arguing that some of the Pentagon-funded projects could begin in eight days.

In another case, a federal judge in Washington on Thursday will consider a bid by the House to prevent Trump from spending any Defense Department money for a border wall. At stake is billions of dollars that would allow Trump to make major progress on his signature campaign promise heading into his campaign for a second term.

The president’s adversaries say the emergency declaration was an illegal attempt to ignore Congress, which authorized far less wall spending than Trump wanted. Trump grudgingly accepted congressional approval of $1.375 billion to end a 35-day government shutdown on Feb. 15 and declared the emergency in almost the same breath.

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The White House says it has identified up to $8.1 billion that it could spend on the project.

Trump’s actions “amount to a usurpation of Congress’ legislative powers in violation of bedrock separation of powers principles embedded in the Constitution,” the state attorneys general wrote in their lawsuit. The administration argues that Trump is protecting national security as unprecedented numbers of Central American asylum-seeking families arrive at the U.S. border.

The Defense Department has already transferred $1 billion to border wall coffers in March and another $1.5 billion last week. Patrick Shanahan, acting defense secretary, may decide as soon as Wednesday whether to transfer an additional $3.6 billion.

The DHS last week also waived environmental impact and other reviews to replace sections of wall in California and Arizona under a law that gives the secretary sweeping powers to plan construction.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Congressman Justin Amash’s Republican primary challenger on Monday said it was “completely ridiculous” that the Michigan lawmaker would consider whether President Trump reached the threshold for impeachment.

“There’s a lot more than we can talk about other than that comment, but it’s more than just a comment, he’s calling for our president to be impeached,” Michigan State Rep. Jim Lower said on “The Ingraham Angle.”

Lower said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not come to the same conclusion and that the Amash’s sentiment was “completely ridiculous.”

AMASH FACES FRESH GOP PRIMARY CHALLENGE AFTER TRUMP IMPEACHMENT COMMENTS

“At this point Justin Amash has more in common with [Rep.] Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., than he does the average Republican primary voter in the district. So we will beat him on this issue but we’re also going to beat him on the fact that in 10 years in Congress, he’s gotten one bill passed and it was to rename a post office,” Lower said.

Host Laura Ingraham played a clip of a reporter asking Amash about Lower’s primary challenge.

“Yeah, it’s not serious,” Amash told the reporter.

“I’m 100 percent serious…,” Lower said to Ingraham. “I’ve won hard campaigns in the past and we are going to win this one too.”

Lower, who described himself as “pro-Trump,” said he was already planning to challenge Amash, and was originally going to declare his candidacy on July 4.

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Amash’s tweets against the president on Saturday inspired Lower to make the announcement sooner, he said.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributor to this report.

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, accused the White House of “intimidating” former White House Counselor Don McGahn from testifying on Capitol Hill and said it was becoming “more and more difficult” to not consider President Trump‘s impeachment on Monday night.

Nadler told CNN anchor Chris Cuomo that his committee will hold McGahn “in contempt” for not complying with the subpoena and will take the battle to court.

“You are dealing with a lawless president who is willing to go to any lengths to prevent testimony that might implicate him, that does implicate him,” Nadler said.

Nadler expressed that Trump’s “lawless behavior” in his administration’s continuous blocking of requested documents and testimonies is making it “more and more difficult” not to consider impeachment.

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“The recalcitrance of the President and his lawless behavior is making it more and more difficult to ignore all alternatives including impeachment,” Nadler told Cuomo. “The president cannot be above the law, no more than anyone else can.”

Earlier on Monday, House Judiciary Committee member Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., vowed to push for an impeachment inquiry if McGahn did not testify on Tuesday.

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As Robert De Niro continues to publicly criticize President Trump, he is becoming more “insane” than the iconic character he played in the film “Taxi Driver,” conservative commentator Mark Steyn said.

De Niro was honoring fellow actor Al Pacino at the American Icon Awards on Sunday when he turned his attention to the president.

“The individual who currently purports to lead America is not worthy of any tribute,” De Niro said in a clip aired Monday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “Unless, you think of this impeachment and imprisonment as a sort of tribute – and that’s how you can make America great again.”

ROBERT DE NIRO SAYS HE’S ‘OFFENDED’ BY BEHAVIOR OF TRUMP, ‘REPUBLICANS IN GENERAL’

“Robert De Niro lives better than 99.99 percent of people in the entirety of human history have ever lived, and he cannot accept that a close election in a 50-50 country didn’t go his way,” Steyn said on the program.

Steyn said De Niro’s public criticisms of Trump are becoming “ridiculous.”

Host Tucker Carlson played several clips of De Niro, including one in which he explained why he previously said he wanted to “punch [Trump] in the face”.

“This is beyond derangement. He has actually become more insane than Travis Bickle in ‘Taxi Driver’,” Steyn said.

Bickle, De Niro’s character in the 1976 Martin Scorsese film, is a lonely and depressed Marine veteran from the Vietnam era, who picks up a job as a cabbie in New York City.

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Steyn suggested that instead of an American Icon Award, there should be a “Best Cranky, Embittered Grandpa 40 Years Past His Acting Best” award.

“[De Niro] would be a shoo-in for that,” Steyn said.

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President Trump once again took a shot at John McCain during a rally in Pennsylvania on Monday night.

During a discussion on healthcare, Trump brought up his failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also referred to Obamacare, before renewing his ongoing criticism of the late former Senator.

“The fake news doesn’t want to say it. We will always protect pre-existing conditions, very important. By the way, we got rid of the individual mandate, the worst part of Obamacare and we almost had it repealed and replaced but we had one man that after campaigning for eight years, he decided to go thumbs down at two o’clock in the morning,” Trump said.

DONALD TRUMP’S FEUD WITH MCCAIN FAMILY ESCALATES: ‘I WAS NEVER A FAN’

“That’s all right, but we’ll end up, we’ll end up with even better because we have plans that are even better than that.”

The comment was seemingly in reference to former Sen. McCain, R-Ariz., who famously voted against the repeal in 2017 giving it a thumbs down.

This isn’t the first time Trump has been critical of McCain after his death.

During a speech in Ohio this past March Trump tore into McCain’s legacy and in an unusual remark, took credit for the late senator’s state funeral in Washington last year.

“I endorsed him at his request, gave him the kind of funeral he wanted, which as president of the United States I had to approve,” Trump said. “I don’t care, but I didn’t get a thank you.”

“I never liked him much,” Trump said. “I really probably never will.”

TRUMP INVITES SUPPORTER WEARING WALL SUIT TO PENNSYLVANIA RALLY STAGE

Trump’s feud with McCain dates back to well before he was elected president.

In 2015, after McCain had said Trump’s platform had “fired up the crazies,” Trump mocked McCain’s imprisonment in the Vietnam War, saying: “I like people that weren’t captured.”

The two continued to be at odds until McCain’s death from brain cancer last August.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could soon be left with no choice but to embrace calls from some within her party to impeach President Trump, one senior Democrat told Fox News.

The Senior House Democrat — speaking on the condition of anonymity — said, despite Pelosi’s repeated attempt to quell talk of impeaching the president, “isn’t going to be able to hold off on impeachment much longer.”

“It is coming to a head,” the Democrat told Fox News, before predicting the mounting pressure from inside her own ranks could force Pelosi to change her position “within the next two weeks.”

The Democrat argued that “the vast majority of us are for impeachment.” Fox News was told there was a hearty debate in the Democratic Steering Committee today about impeachment.

CALL FOR TRUMP IMPEACHMENT DRAWS EQUAL PARTS PRAISE AND DISDAIN

Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., who runs the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, an arm of the Democratic leadership, is now calling for impeachment.

Cicilline told Fox News there is a “tremendous level of frustration” behind the growing impeachment efforts, adding that he believes Trump is “behaving as though he is above the law and he is not.”

However, he would not be drawn on criticizing Pelosi’s effort to avoid impeachment, saying instead: “Our Speaker is our Speaker, elected by our colleagues and we have a Caucus where we share our views… I think the Speaker is very responsive to the caucus and she’ll make judgments based on where the caucus is .”

Cicilline said Monday it is time for impeachment inquiries to be opened if former White House Counsel Don McGahn is a no-show to Tuesday’s scheduled congressional hearing.

LIBERAL BILLIONAIRE TOM STEYER SCOLDS DEMS FOR NOT IMPEACHING TRUMP IN SCATHING AD

The Rhode Island Democrat appeared on MSNBC and offered his reaction that the White House is instructing McGahn to refuse to comply with a subpoena to appear on Capitol Hill and the assurance from the Department of Justice that McGahn has “immunity” which does not legally require him to testify before Congress, something Cicilline believed was “legally incorrect.”

“Let me be clear; if Don McGahn doesn’t testify, it is time to open an impeachment inquiry,” Cicilline said. “The president has engaged in an ongoing effort to impede our ability to find the truth, to collect evidence, to do our work, and this is preventing us really from ultimately finding the facts and doing our work in terms of oversight.

McGahn has confirmed he will skip the House hearing after President Trump directed him to do so earlier on Monday.

This declaration from Cicilline was welcomed by his freshman colleague, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, who has been vocal with her calls to impeach President Trump.

PELOSI: TRUMP ‘IS GOADING US TO IMPEACH HIM’

Liberal billionaire activist Tom Steyer also ramped up pressure on House Democrats to impeach President Trump, releasing a scathing ad slamming the party for balking at the idea.

Steyer has been a leading advocate for beginning the impeachment proceedings against Trump, spending tens of millions on TV ads and other measures to rally the support for the drastic course of action.

But the latest ad, titled “Nothing Happened,” appears to be the most unambiguous attack on Democratic lawmakers for failing to impeach the president, assailing the party for being passive.

Democratic leadership has balked at the idea of impeaching Trump, with Pelosi dismissing the efforts by certain Democrats.

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“I’m not for impeachment,” Pelosi told the Washington Post last month. “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”

A number of 2020 presidential hopefuls are also in support of such proceedings, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

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President Trump had some fun during his rally in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, where he spotted a man wearing suit with a brick wall pattern.

As Trump was boasting the 500 miles of wall that will be built by the end of next year, which prompted the signature “Build the wall” chant. He then pointed to the unique MAGA hat-wearing supporter.

“Can we get him up here?” Trump asked. “Get him up here! Look at this guy!”

TRUMP, AT RAUCOUS PENNSYLVANIA RALLY, PUSHES GOP CANDIDATE AND COUNTERS BIDEN’S PUSH

The crowd cheered as the suit-wearing man appeared on stage and shook the president’s hand.

“Now we know who he’s voting for,” Trump joked. “He says ‘I’m from San Diego.’ Do you believe that? ‘I’m from San Diego and we need that wall.'”

FEDERAL JUDGE SIDES WITH HOUSE DEMOCRATS OVER SUBPOENA FOR TRUMP’S FINANCIAL RECORDS

The president went on to tell the rallygoers that a “beautiful” wall went up in San Diego after they were being “flooded” with illegal immigrants.

That wall-wearing supporter sparked quite the reaction on social media.

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The suit, which is called the “Off the Wall suit,” sells for $79.99.

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President Trump is “doing the right thing” by warning Iran against taking military action against the United States, calling recent moves by the administration a way of “tightening the screws” on the government in Tehran, according to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham.

“If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again,” Trump tweeted Sunday.

The tweet came shortly after an apparent rocket attack inside Baghdad’s heavily fortified “Green Zone,” which is home to the American embassy.

BAGHDAD’S GREEN ZONE TARGETED IN ROCKET ATTACK, NO CASUALTIES REPORTED, MILITARY SAYS

“The threat streams against American personnel are real,” Graham, R-S.C., said Monday on “The Story.” “They just shot a rocket into the Green Zone.”

Graham said that Trump is “doing the right thing… by telling the Iranians, you go down this road at your own peril.”

On May 2nd we told every country [they] can no longer buy oil from Iran and avoid sanctions. We took all the exemptions off the table.

“So, we are really tightening the screws.”

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Graham said that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will brief him Tuesday on the situation.

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Lawyers representing President Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow have dismissed a report claiming he instructed Michael Cohen to make false claims regarding the Trump Tower Moscow project.

“Michael Cohen’s alleged statements are more of the same from him and confirm the observations of prosecutors in the Southern District of New York that Cohen’s ‘instinct to blame others is strong’,” a statement from Jane Serene Raskin and Patrick Strawbridge, attorneys for Jay A. Sekulow, read.

“That this or any Committee would rely on the word of Michael Cohen for any purpose – much less to try and pierce the attorney-client privilege and discover confidential communications of four respected lawyers – defies logic, well-established law and common sense.”

Sekulow’s legal team released the statement after the House intelligence committee on Monday released two transcripts of closed-door interviews with Cohen along with some exhibits from the testimony.

FEDERAL JUDGE SIDES WITH HOUSE DEMOCRATS OVER SUBPOENA FOR TRUMP’S FINANCIAL RECORDS

Lawyers representing President Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow has dismissed a report claiming he instructed Michael Cohen to make false claims regarding the Trump Tower Moscow project.

Lawyers representing President Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow has dismissed a report claiming he instructed Michael Cohen to make false claims regarding the Trump Tower Moscow project. (Getty Images)

WHITE HOUSE TELLS MCGAHN TO DEFY HOUSE SUBPOENA; DOJ ASSERTS IMMUNITY

According to the transcript, Cohen told the committee he was directed to lie by Sekulow on the topic of the Trump Tower Moscow project.

“To be perfectly clear about this, the statement about the Trump Tower negotiations ending in January that was part of your original draft was false, and Mr. Sekulow knew that it was false?” California Democrat Adam Schiff asked Cohen, according to the transcript.

“Yes, sir,” Cohen replied, according to the transcript.

In public testimony before a separate House committee in February, Cohen said Trump’s attorneys, including Sekulow, had reviewed and edited the written statement about the Moscow project. Cohen acknowledged in a guilty plea last year that he misled lawmakers by saying he had abandoned the Trump Tower Moscow project in January 2016, when in fact he pursued it for months after that as Trump campaigned for the presidency.

The committee’s decision to release the transcripts came two weeks after Cohen reported to federal prison for a three-year sentence. Cohen pleaded guilty last year to campaign finance violations, lying to Congress and other crimes. He is the only person charged with a crime in connection with the hush-money payments made to women who allege they had affairs with Trump.

The transcripts are from interviews the panel conducted with Cohen in February and March. The vote to release them, which was held behind closed doors, was 12-7.

Cohen became a key figure in congressional investigations after turning on his former boss and cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Mueller’s final report, released in April, examined conduct related to Cohen as one of several possible instances of obstruction of justice by the president.

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Mueller’s team wrote in its report that Cohen told one of Trump’s personal lawyers after an FBI raid on his home that “he had been a loyal lawyer and servant” and “he was in an uncomfortable position and wanted to know what was in it for him.”

The report says that Cohen was told he “should stay on message, that the investigation was a witch hunt, and that everything would be fine.” Cohen understood that to mean he would be “taken care of” if he stayed on message, whether through a pardon or by the investigation being shut down.

Fox News’ Jason Donner and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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