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I'm Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief John Bickley with Georgia Howe. It's Tuesday, March 19th, and this is your Morning Wire Afternoon Update.


Former Trump Whitehouse advisor, Peter Navarro, reported to prison today. This comes just one day after the Supreme Court rejected a stay of his sentence. Navarro was convicted in September over contempt of Congress charges for refusing requests for his testimony and documents from the House Select Committee that investigated the January sixth riots. Navarro spoke this morning in West Miami, near the prison where he will serve four months.


Let's talk about some facts here. I am the first senior White House advisor in the history of our Republic that has ever been in charge with this alleged crime. I say alleged because for hundreds of years, this has not been a crime. For 50 years, the Department of Justice has maintained the principle of absolute testimonial immunity. It was only with my case that somehow that has changed.


Navarro's appeal on the merits remains pending, but he will have to begin serving his sentence in the meantime. Navarro ordered on March 11th to report to prison on Tuesday.


Leaders of both chambers in Congress, along with President Biden, announced a deal today to keep the government funded. Disputes over funding for the Department of Homeland Security had previously held up in negotiations. Daily Wire reporter Tim pierce has more.


House Speaker Mike Johnson said in a statement that House and Senate committees have begun drafting bill text to be prepared for releasing consideration by the full House and Senate as soon as possible. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer echoed Johnson's announcement. With funding for several agencies set to expire Saturday morning, Congress will need to move quickly. Agreements were made last week on funding for nearly all departments in need of funds, except for Homeland Security. Several sources tell NBC the deal will include a full year DHS Funding Bill, not a stop gap. Passing the bill will still be difficult in such a short time frame. Johnson has signaled he'll give lawmakers 72 hours to read the text. Both chambers need to vote before 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Friday to avoid a partial government shutdown the following day.


The Supreme Court has cleared the way for Texas to enforce a new law giving local police the power to arrest illegal immigrants. The court rejected a request made by the Biden administration that said states have no authority to legislate on immigration. The law can now go into effect while litigation continues in lower courts, though there's a chance it could still be blocked at a later date. The dispute is the latest clash between the Biden administration and Texas over immigration enforcement at the US-Mexica border.


Former President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit accusing an ABC news anchor of defamation. George Stefanopoulos, the host in question, made the assertion that Trump had been found guilty of rape in the E. Jean Carroll trial. During a heated interview with Republican Nancy Mace, who herself is a rape victim. Here's some of that interview. Well, you're welcome to say that, but you also have to answer the question, why are you supporting someone who's been found liable for rape?


I just answered your question. What is the answer? He was But he was not found guilty in a criminal court of law. It was a civil... It was sexual abuse. It wasn't actually rape, by the way. And E Jean Carroll joked about all the money she's going to get and made a mockery out of this case. And I think that's offensive.


A jury found recently that Trump had sexually abused writer E. Jean Carroll in 1996, awarding her $88 million for battery and defamation. Trump's lawsuit claims that Stephanopoulos' statements were, quote, falsely Cribs, intentional malicious and designed to cause harm.


Two retired army generals appeared on Capitol Hill today to testify about the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Millie, and former Commander of the US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, testified before the Foreign Affairs Committee. The Biden administration has blamed the previous administration, saying Trump's decisions severely constrained Biden. Meanwhile, a government watchdog found that both administrations were to blame for the withdrawal. Millie insists that many decisions surrounding the evacuation came too late. Here's a bit from Millie's opening statement.


It was my view at the time that it was only a matter of when, not if. The Afghan government would collapse and the Taliban would take control. Again, I previously publicly testified, and I consistently supported a negotiated end of the war, but only if there was a reduction in violence leading to a permanent ceasefire, and there were Afghan to Afghan negotiations leading to a power-sharing agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban. It was my view that absent those conditions, I was not in favor of a unilateral withdrawal of US forces because of my assessment of the associated costs and risks.


The CDC has put out a warning about an increase in measles cases in the US. The agency pointed to the fact that the number of cases during the first few months of 2024 have already matched the number for all of 2023. As of Thursday, there have been 58 confirmed cases in the US. Over 90% of those cases are linked to international travel, and a large portion involve young children.


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