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In modern times, the idea of a moat as a defense sounds ridiculous. Fill that moat with snakes and alligators and you have the plot for a James Bond or Austin Powers film.

But that suggestion—a border moat with reptilian deterrents—is precisely what the President of the United States suggested. And not Presidents Martin Van Buren or Millard Fillmore—whose mid 19th century options were decidedly limited.

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President Donald Trump heads back to the Oval Office after attending an event establishing the U.S. Space Command, the sixth national armed service, in the Rose Garden at the White House August 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In another effort to fund his campaign promise of a Mexican financed border wall, President Donald Trump's newly appointed Secretary of Defense Mark Esper pulled funds from the Pentagon's construction budget. Federal budget law restricts the movement of appropriated funds within a federal agency and from one agency to another without congressional approval.

However, by declaring a national emergency, President Trump's DoD Secretary can raid military construction projects without asking Congress to approve the budget transfer. $3.6 billion of military construction projects are on the chopping block.

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After President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to bolster support for a barrier at the southern border, Republican lawmakers are scrambling to defend the decision that many find indefensible. Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) is among them.

CNN host Alisyn Camerota challenged the move during a segment with Duffy (R-WI) on Monday morning. Duffy claims the country needs the wall to because people in Wisconsin are dying from heroin overdoses, and Camerota wasn't buying it.

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Michigan Republican Representative Justin Amash and President Donald Trump (Photos by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images and Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The House of Representatives intends to vote on a resolution to oppose President Donald Trump's border wall funding ploy some time Friday. While the House is now controlled by the Democrats, that does not mean Republicans all endorse the trumped up national emergency that even the President admitted was created just to bypass appropriations law and the legislative branch.

Representative Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican, is one of those who oppose the President's plan to bypass Congress to get his legacy project border wall funded. A Republican controlled Congress refused to fund Trump's wall for over two years while they held both the House and Senate majorities so GOP opposition to the wall was clearly demonstrated.

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Richard Painter, the former White House chief ethics counsel for George W. Bush, outlined why he believes President Donald Trump should be removed from office, saying last week's national emergency declaration is further indication that the president is "not well at all mentally."

“I think we need to understand, though, why we’re in this situation,” he said during an interview on "The 11th Hour with Brian Williams." “The president is not well at all mentally. I think he’s an extreme narcissist. He has been denied what he wants, his wall, and he is having a hissy fit. He is out of control, and he will not take ‘no’ for an answer from Congress.”

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 15: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on border security during a Rose Garden event at the White House February 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is expected to declare a national emergency to free up federal funding to build a wall along the southern border. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

During a winding February 15 press conference in the Rose Garden in which he declared a national emergency to fund a wall at the southern border, President Donald Trump (somewhat melodically) predicted a winding legal battle ahead of him, leading all the way up to the Supreme Court.

Now, 16 states have taken the first step in making his prediction come true.

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May 2, 2011: President Barack Obama and his national security team watch anxiously as Seal Team Six successfully storms a compound in Pakistan where Osama bin Laden, wanted for orchestrating the 9-11 attacks, is hiding.

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