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Meanwhile, President Trump is pushing the lame-duck Congress to do something about the border. Shouldn't he have pushed this right from the jump, rather than waiting until Paul Ryan had declared Mission Accomplished and delivered the House over to the Democrats?

Instead of exhorting the do-nothing outgoing Congress to, you know, do something, wouldn't Trump be better off simply defying the latest federal judge to countermand the commander-in-chief on matters of national security, pointing to the Supreme Court's definitive decision in the "Muslim ban" case, and proceeding with his enumerated constitutional powers?