FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump to make case for wall in primetime address; Illegals to get more benefits in California

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Developing now, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019

TRUMP TO ARGUE FOR WALL BEFORE THE NATION: President Trump will make his case for a border wall directly to the American people when he addresses the nation from the Oval Office Tuesday night ... Trump is expected to highlight border security and press Democrats for the wall funding he has demanded amid a partial government shutdown that is now in its third week - and shows no signs of ending.

Trump's primetime address will come from the Oval Office, a first in his presidency. Democratic leaders, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have requested equal airtime to respond to Trump's primetime address.

Trump's address comes days before he is set to travel to the southern border. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced the president's plans in a tweet Monday.


TAX REFUNDS WON'T BE SHUT DOWN: Americans will receive their tax refunds, despite the ongoing partial government shutdown, the Trump administration says ... The White House Office of Management and Budget said Monday that the Internal Revenue Service would still send out tax refunds in the event the shutdown carries on into tax season. Officials said they want to make the shutdown as "painless as possible" for citizens.

Monday's announcement is a reversal of a traditional policy whereby Americans are allowed to pay taxes during a shutdown, but refunds are not issued. Trump said over the weekend that the shutdown standoff could last a "really long time."

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' - FOR ILLEGALS: New California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveils a new health care plan that aims to give more benefits to illegal immigrants, protect ObamaCare and push his liberal state even further left ...  Progressive Democrats in California won a veto-proof supermajority in the state legislature in November and control all statewide offices. Medi-Cal, the state's health insurance program, now will let illegal immigrants remain on the rolls until they are 26, according to Newsom's new agenda. The previous age cutoff was 19, as the Sacramento Bee reported.

As one of his first orders of business on Monday, Newsom declared his intent to reinstate the ObamaCare individual mandate at the state level. A federal judge in Texas last month ruled that the individual mandate was unconstitutional, a decision that will inevitably be challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court.

ROOKIE MISTAKES? -  Days after her profanity-laced call to impeach President Trump, freshman Michigan Democratic Rep. Rep. Rashida Tlaib is under fire for an alleged anti-Semitic reference on Twitter ... Responding to a post by Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday, Tlaib suggested that Senate Republicans were more loyal to Israel than the U.S., amid a report that GOP leaders were planning to introduce a bill that would punish companies that participate in the so-called "Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions" (BDS) global movement against Israel.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, one of the Republican senators to introduce the anti-BDS bill, immediately called Tlaib's post an "anti-Semitic line" that perpetuates a longstanding "dual loyalty" conspiracy that Israel effectively controls Washington politicians.


EX-OBAMA OFFICIAL SUPPORTS TRUMP'S WALL - "I cannot think of a legitimate argument why anyone would not support the wall as part of a multi-layered border security issue." – Mark Morgan, former chief of U.S. Border Patrol under President Obama, on "Tucker Carlson Tonight, arguing that President Trump is right in his view that border walls are effective. WATCH

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The FOX News Rundown podcast: President Trump will address the nation to discuss border security and make his case for a wall. Former Republican congressman Chris Shays and former Democratic congressman Gene Green weigh in on the president’s handling of the immigration debate and border security. Edward Gallager is a 19-year NAVY Seal veteran who has pleaded not guilty to war crimes that included the alleged premeditated murder of a teenage ISIS fighter. His brother, Sean Gallagher, joins the podcast to discuss the case. Plus, commentary by Democratic strategist and FOX News contributor Leslie Marshall.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Guests will include: Marc Lotter, former special assistant to President Trump on the government shutdown and Trump's address to the nation; former Rep. Allen West, R- Fla., on Trump's upcoming trip to the southern border; Brad Meltzer discusses his new book, "The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington"; Chris Stirewalt on the shutdown latest and new rumbling about the 2020 presidential race; Tucker Carlson on the top headlines of the day.

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Benson & Harf, 6 p.m. ET: A preview of President Trump's primetime address with Mercedes Schlapp, White House director of strategic communications; Dana Perino, host of "The Daily Briefing"; and Brit Hume, FOX News senior political analyst.

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