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BORDER/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “President Trump’s greatest hurdle in persuading Americans that there is a national security crisis on the southwest border may well be his own credibility. Mr. Trump is using a rare currency — a prime-time address to the nation — to make the case for a border wall with Mexico, an issue that has forced a partial shutdown of the federal government. His penchant for superlatives — ‘the best,’ ‘the worst,’ ‘never,’ ‘always,’ and now, ‘crisis’ — and his record of falsehoods, misstatements and exaggerations on the topic will likely be challenged as never before.”

Michael Tackett and Linda Qiu, “What to Watch For in Trump’s National Address on Immigration,” The New York Times online, January 8, 2019

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