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As concerns mount over the inhumane conditions of migrant detention centers across the nation, Vice President Mike Pence visited two border facilities in McAllen, Texas on Friday.

The Vice President soon tweeted about the Donna Processing Center, a two month old tent facility, praising the center's "humane and compassionate care."

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President Donald Trump frequently rails against news outlets that publish factual, if unflattering, information about the efforts of his administration.

One of those publications, the New York Times, just clapped back.

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President Donald Trump heads back into the Oval Office after speaking on border security during a Rose Garden event at the White House February 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

With paintings described as somewhere between Thomas Kinkade and paint-by-numbers, devout Trump supporter Jon McNaughton is unlikely to be featured in any major museums or galleries soon.

Selling his wares on his personal website, McNaughton releases his latest "patriotic Americana" paintings with announcements on social media, and on Wednesday he announced his latest effort. The title?

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US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes with Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Portions of the federal government are currently shut down as part of a standoff between President Donald Trump and Congress. The President stated that until he gets his border wall, he will keep the government shut down.

The United States Constitution puts all appropriated funds under the jurisdiction of the legislative branch. Some cite a violation of the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution when the President blackmails Congress for money.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the possibility of a government shutdown during the signing ceremony for the First Step Act and the Juvenile Justice Reform Act in the Oval Office of the White House December 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The United States federal government is currently operating on a continuing resolution authority or CRA. A CRA is approved by Congress and the President as a stop-gap measure when a current fiscal year budget has not been approved.

The federal fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30. When fiscal year 2018 ended on midnight of September 30, 2018, the budget for fiscal year 2019 was not approved yet.

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President Donald Trump speaks about his refusal to sign a continuing resolution authority to keep the government running unless he gets over $5 billion for his border wall on December 20, 2018. (New News/YouTube)

In a speech over a wide range of topics, President Donald Trump attempted to justify his decision to renege on his promise to Republican leadership to sign a continuing resolution authority (CRA) to keep the government operating. Congress agreed to a CRA until February 8, 2019 to avoid a shutdown.

With no federal budget approved for fiscal year 2019, which began October 1, 2018, the government is currently operating on a CRA that is set to expire. Trump initially threatened Democrats that he would be "proud" to shut down the government if he did not get the over $5 billion he wants for his unpopular and ill-advised border wall.

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Good Morning America interview with Ivanka Trump, November 2018 (ABC News/YouTube)

In an ABC News interview for Good Morning America, reporter Deborah Roberts spoke at length with First Daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump. Topics ranged from Ivanka Trump's own agenda for her tenure at the White House to her father's policies and rhetoric.

Of particular interest was the younger Trump's reaction to images from the border, which she called "devastating." However, when asked about her father's authorization of the use of lethal force, she claimed it never happened.

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