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Between trying to convince Americans they are on the side of Democrats in the fight over funding for a wall on the southwest border and exposing every “hardship” – real and imagined – caused by the government shutdown now in its record 25th day, CNN has been busy with coverage of America’s biggest story.

On Sunday, it had Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., saying Trump had “boxed himself in a corner” and that he’s for “additional border security, but that border security ought to be driven by the experts, not by the political whims of a campaign promise …”

It followed with a piece that said Trump had, alas, boxed himself in, “does not have a winning option to get out of this partial government shutdown, and his position is deteriorating.”

But polling in favor of the wall has jumped in recent weeks. A new Rasmussen poll out Tuesday said 52 percent of U.S. voters think illegal immigrants put a significant strain on the U.S. budget, up from 49 percent in 2017.

Another found 48 percent of Americans say the government is not doing enough to stop illegal immigration, up from 43 percent in August, and another found 52 percent of likely voters saying a border wall would be effective in slowing or stopping immigration.

On Monday, CNN released “82 (and counting) very real direct effects of the partial government shutdown,” by Byron Wolf, Veronica Stracqualursi and Devan Cole. The list included Canadian air-traffic controllers buying pizza for their American counterparts, U.S. Fish and Wildlife bringing back some employees to make wildlife refuges accessible to hunters, closed check-in lines at airports and the fact cabs and ride-shares in Washington D.C. have noticed declines in ridership during the shutdown.

Other impacts included a risk to the U.S. credit rating, delays in funding for research grants to universities, Department of Agriculture loans and the federal government’s $5 million monthly water bill payment to the District of Columbia.

This is not to mention a slowdown on the processing of Freedom of Information Act requests at some agencies, courts unable to move forward on the Emoluments Clause suit against President Trump for operating a hotel in the District of Columbia and the fact the Securities and Exchange Commission has stopped approving filings for initial public offerings.

In addition to seemingly obligatory stories about how unpopular the shutdown is, MSNBC provided stories on furloughs affecting housing funds for low-income seniors and food inspection and how “farmers in so-called ‘Trump country’ are being hit with a triple whammy – “suffering not only from tariffs and bad weather but now lacks crucial information farmers need to ensure success,” an apparent reference to cooperative education.

But, according to an analysis by the Republican National Committee reported on by Breitbart, neither CNN nor MSNBC has booked a single ‘Angel Mom’ as a guest on any program on their networks since the new year began.

Angel Moms are mothers of children murdered by illegal aliens, and other networks have found ways to put them on the air. According to the analysis, But MSNBC has interviewed 10 workers idled by the furlough and CNN has broadcast 15 such interviews as both networks “hammered the narrative home that somehow the shutdown that persists harms government workers more than American citizens,” wrote Matt Boyle of Breitbart under “Silence of the Moms: Media Refuse to Discuss Angel Families, Victims of Illegal Alien Crimes.”

Trump laid out the numbers in his speech last Tuesday, saying, “In the last two years, ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records, including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes and 4,000 violent killings,” Trump said in his televised address.

Boyle reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer did not mention victims at all in their response and their party generally has declined to mention victims at all.

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