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Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Jimmy Margulies)

In other news, the Ford Motor Company has informed British Prime Minister Theresa May that they're preparing to pull production out of Britain if the Brexit goes bad. Bloomberg reports that could mean cutting 7,000 jobs cross the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile, the White House still won't say if Trump will sign a government funding bill that doesn't include money for his fantasy border wall.

Finally, the Wall Street Journal took a look at what would actually happen if Trump declares an emergency and orders the military to build a wall.

Looting the Pentagon construction account would instantly halt dozens of necessary renovations, updates and rebuilds at military bases in the U.S. and abroad. New housing projects for deployed families in Germany and South Korea could stop. Work on new training ranges for troops on Guam might cease, and new construction to help Europe-based troops deter Russia may also pause indefinitely.

Among the programs potentially affected at home are a new Alaska-based radar to protect the country from North Korean missiles, new bases across the U.S. to host F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, and school improvements for military children in Kentucky and Army cadets in New York. The risks incurred by shortchanging military construction stateside aren’t obvious, but they can be seen in the inadequate hangars at Florida’s Tyndall Air Force Base that left F-22 Raptor fighters vulnerable to a hurricane, or in troops leaving the service because family housing and schooling are not up to par.