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Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at mshuham@talkingpointsmemo.com and on Twitter @mattshuham.

Articles by Matt

The Williamson County, Tennessee Republican Party recently emailed a newsletter with a meme mocking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), drawing criticism from at least one local Republican official.

The county’s GOP chair on Wednesday defended the newsletter to a local paper and blamed “the left manipulating the press” for negative coverage.

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Pence cited the quote — “Now is the time to make real the promises of Democracy” — while promoting President Donald Trump’s latest effort to get congressional Democrats behind a $5.7 billion border wall appropriation.

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Vice President Mike Pence stumbled briefly during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” after host Chris Wallace pressed him on the fact that Republicans could immediately reopen government, if they wanted, without funds for President Donald Trump’s desired border wall.

The 30-day partial government shutdown is the longest in United States history, with 800,000 federal employees either working, or not working, without receiving pay checks.

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