Prime-time Trump faces credibility crisis:

President Donald Trump will face one huge obstacle when he appeals to Americans in a prime-time Oval Office address Tuesday to unite behind his crusade for a border wall: Himself.

Trump has spent years exploiting immigration — one of the nation’s most divisive fault lines — during an insurgent campaign and a presidency sustained by the fervor of his committed political base.

But now, the downside of that strategy is becoming evident. In his attempt to convince the nation that a genuine crisis is unfolding at the southern border, the President’s arguments face extreme skepticism from those not already in his cam

3 former presidents deny praising Trump’s zeal to build border wall:

President Donald Trump said Friday that a former president had commended him for his commitment to securing funds to build a wall along the nation’s southern border.

However, three of the four living former presidents have denied telling Trump they wished they had built the wall, and the other has strongly opposed the idea in public remarks.
In a news conference Friday, Trump suggested that at least one prior commander in chief had agreed with his desire to build a wall.
“This should have been done by all of the presidents that preceded me,” Trump said. “And they all know it. Some of them have told me that we should have done it.”

Saudi teen who fled family under protection of UNHCR:

An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family and barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room, saying she feared death at their hands if returned to them, has been released from the airport and is now under the protection of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and Thai authorities.

The UNHCR’s representative in Thailand, Giuseppe de Vincentiis, told CNN on Tuesday that it was still assessing Rahaf Mohammed Al-Qunun’s protection claims and it could take “several days to process the case and determine next steps.”

Trevor Lawrence’s Brilliance Leads Clemson to CFP Championship Win vs. Alabama:

The Clemson Tigers are national champions for a third time after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 44-16 in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Monday night at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Trevor Lawrence finished 20-of-32 for 347 yards through the air and three touchdowns, while Justyn Ross caught six passes for 153 yards and a score.

Federal contract worker: I set up GoFundMe to pay rent:

As government workers across the country figure out ways to pay the bills during the government shutdown, one contract employee says she set up a GoFundMe account to help pay her expenses during the unpaid period.

“I was given the advice to set up a GoFundMe and I made a goal of approximately two months of salary because I wasn’t sure how much this would last,” Julie Burr told CNN’s Brianna Keilar in an interview on Monday. “That’s going to help get us through. It helped with my January rent and more than likely will have to help with February rent also. So right now I’m relying on that.”

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