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Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

President Trump criticized Ann Coulter, the conservative commentator who's attacked him for struggling to get funding for a border wall, Saturday, declaring he's "stopping an invasion as the wall gets built."

"Wacky Nut Job @AnnCoulter, who still hasn't figured out that, despite all odds and an entire Democrat Party of Far Left Radicals against me (not to mention certain Republicans who are sadly unwilling to fight), I am winning on the Border. Major sections of Wall are being built ..."

Why it matters: Coulter was an ally of and early advocate for Trump, but she criticized him for agreeing to reopen the government following a shutdown without an agreement in place to fund the border wall. Last month, Trump claimed to "hardly know" Coulter, to which she said she felt "relieved of responsibility." Trump plans to build the wall by declaring a national emergency, prompting more barbs from Coulter. "The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot," she told KABC's Morning Drive radio show.

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

What's next?: Coulter is due to speak at a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches luncheon on Monday, near Trump's Palm Beach resort, Mar-a-Lago.

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Catch up quick: Roughly two dozen news outlets had agreed to hold stories based on leaked materials from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen for Monday publication — but the embargo fell apart Friday night as participating newsrooms posted a batch of articles ahead of the weekend.

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A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.

Inside Biden's Taiwan flubs

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Twice this year, President Biden has blurted out commitments that the U.S. is prepared to defend Taiwan against a Chinese invasion — forcing the White House to walk back his statements and leading to confusion over a high-stakes national security policy.

Why it matters: U.S. defense officials have publicly aired their concerns that China will take Taiwan by force in the next four to six years, perhaps sooner. The president's position on this question may soon have real-world, life and death consequences.

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