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Adam Schiff Dazzles the Press

Mainstream media and liberal commentators said Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) would be remembered for “generations to come” and was “dazzling,” “masterful,” “very very good,” “very very powerful,” “awfully impressive,” “expert,” “brilliant,” “absolutely brilliant,” and a “virtuoso” in his opening statement for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

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Father Confronts Warren on Free College: People Who Did the Right Thing Get Screwed

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) is running for president promising to cancel student debt, but a father in Iowa argued this week that her policy would be unfair to people who didn’t take out loans.

“My daughter is getting out of school. I saved all my money. She doesn’t have any student loans. Am I going to get any money back?” the man asked Warren after an Iowa campaign event Monday.

“Of course not,” Warren responded.

“So you’re going to pay for people who didn’t save any money, and those of us who did the right thing get screwed,” he said.

Warren told the man her policy would not disadvantage him, but he described how he and his daughter sacrificed to avoid going into debt, while others spent money on cars and vacations.

“My buddy had fun, bought a car, went on vacations. I saved my money,” he said. “He made more than I did. But I worked a double shift, worked extra—my daughter worked since she was 10. So, you’re laughing.”

“No, I’m not,” Warren said.

“Yeah, that’s exactly what you’re doing,” he said. “We did the right thing, and we get screwed.”

Warren told the man she appreciated his time as he walked away.

The Massachusetts senator has proposed tuition-free higher education and student-debt cancellation, which would cost taxpayers an estimated $1.25 trillion. A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that free college would require radical tax hikes and leave 86 percent of American households in a worse financial position.

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Klobuchar Pledges to Fire Betsy DeVos in First 100 Days

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) in a new ad released Wednesday pledged to fire Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos within her first 100 days as president—a likely unnecessary move given that DeVos would depart with sitting president Donald Trump.

Klobuchar lists various progressive policy wishes in the 30-second spot now airing in Iowa, sandwiching a promise to dismiss DeVos between expanding Veterans Affairs benefits and addressing mental health and addiction.

Klobuchar’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment as to why firing DeVos would be necessary, or as to whether Klobuchar would consider keeping any Trump cabinet members, as when President Barack Obama kept on Secretary of Defense Robert Gates from the Bush administration.

Klobuchar’s odd promise recalls failed 2020 hopeful, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.), who told the New York Times he would fire Trump adviser Jared Kushner on his first day in office.

DeVos has been a popular punching bag on the left since her nomination as education secretary. Selected by Trump in 2017, she immediately came under fire from teachers’ unions and progressives, due in large part to her advocacy for charter schools.

All 48 Senate Democrats and independents eventually voted against DeVos in one of the most bitter confirmation fights of the Trump era. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to confirm her after Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) also voted against her.

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Biden: ‘Amazing’ That Sanders Would Criticize My Old Statement

Immediately after criticizing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) for digging into his old votes in the Senate, former vice president Joe Biden took aim at votes Sanders took back in the 1990s.

“I find it amazing that we go back and look at statements, most of them taken out of context of 10, 20, 30, 35 years ago. It’s like my going back and pointing out how Bernie voted against the Brady Bill five times while I was trying to get it passed when he was in the House,” Biden said during a Wednesday appearance on Morning Joe. “Or how he voted to protect gun manufacturers as the only group in America you can’t sue.”

“He’s made up for that,” Biden added.

Morning Joe co-anchor Willie Geist asked Biden about Sanders’s criticism of his record on Social Security. Biden and Sanders have attacked each other over the issue of entitlement spending. Sanders posted a campaign advertisement Tuesday night with a recording of Biden talking on the Senate floor in 1995 about freezing federal spending, including Social Security and other entitlement programs.

“When I argued if we should freeze federal spending, I meant Social Security as well. I meant Medicare and Medicaid. I meant veterans’ benefits. I meant every single solitary thing in the government,” Biden says in the advertisement.

“Well we’ve got some bad news for them,” Sanders tells a crowd in the advertisement. “We are not going to cut Social Security, we’re going to expand benefits.”

Geist asked if Biden would cut Social Security benefits if he was elected president. Biden said he wouldn’t cut benefits and defended his 1995 comments as occurring in the context of an impending government shutdown.

“Did you think these attacks from the Sanders campaign are dishonest?” Geist asked.

“What I don’t want to do is start to characterize them. I accept the apology and I hope we’ll argue on the facts,” Biden said.

Sanders apologized to Biden on Tuesday for an op-ed written by Sanders surrogate Zephyr Teachout alleging that Biden has a “big corruption problem.”

“It looks like ‘Middle Class’ Joe has perfected the art of taking big contributions, then representing his corporate donors at the cost of middle- and working-class Americans,” Teachout wrote.

“It is absolutely not my view that Joe is corrupt in any way. And I’m sorry that that op-ed appeared,” Sanders said.

Sanders voted against five versions of the Brady Bill, which mandated waiting periods for background checks on gun purchases, as a representative between 1991 and 1993, two years before Biden’s comments on Social Security.

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Dem Sen: It’s a ‘Conspiracy Theory’ to Think Dems Were Out to Get Trump

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D., Hawaii) on Tuesday said Republicans are spreading a “weird conspiracy theory” that Democrats wanted to impeach Donald Trump since he became president.

“What I found astounding was they’re still saying that we were out to get the president from day one, some sort of a weird conspiracy theory that I have to say, even [Supreme Court Justice Brett] Kavanaugh brought up,” Hirono said on MSNBC.

Hirono was referring to Kavanaugh’s contention in his confirmation hearing that “anger about President Trump and the 2016 election” led to an onslaught of unproven allegations. Kavanaugh did not mention impeachment in his hearing.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) championed the impeachment of Trump in numerous televised appearances and said she thought it could happen by the end of 2017.

“The President is a liar, his actions are contemptible, & I’m going to fight everyday until he’s impeached,” Waters said in an April 2017 tweet.

Rep. Jared Huffman (D., Calif.) in May 2017 called for Republicans to support impeachment.

“Impeachment will happen if handful of Republicans in Congress join Dems to put country above party,” Huffman said in a tweet.

Rep. Brad Sherman (D., Calif.) and Rep. Al Green (D., Texas) in July 2017 introduced articles of impeachment.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D., Tenn.) also introduced articles of impeachment in November 2017 and shared statements issued by Democratic representatives Marcia Fudge (Ohio), Green, Adriano Espaillat (N.Y.), and then-representative Luis Gutiérrez (D., Ill.) pledging their support for impeachment.

Pushing impeachment became even more popular after Democrats won enough seats in November 2018 to take control of the House. In January 2019, shortly after being sworn in, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) said the Democrats are committed to impeaching Trump.

“We’re going to go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherf—er,” Tlaib said.

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Mayor Pete’s ‘Please Clap’ Moment

Former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg channeled Jeb Bush on Tuesday, pleading with a crowd of Iowans to support him with a “come on.” Bush memorably asked an audience of silent New Hampshire voters in 2016 to “please clap” for him.

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Man in Army Fatigues Folds Stranger’s American Flag Torn During Storm

An unidentified man wearing Army fatigues has been praised for handling a neighbor’s American flag with dignity and integrity. Frankie Grandstaff of Hope Mills, North Carolina, is searching for the mystery man after watching his actions that were recorded on a home security camera. Grandstaff said a storm had blown through the neighborhood, causing damage…

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MSNBC Anchor: White Nationalists ‘Swarming’ VA State Capitol

MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin on Monday claimed white nationalists were among the thousands “swarming” the Virginia capitol building in Richmond.

“Right now thousands of gun rights activists, white nationalists, militia groups—all swarming the Virginia state capitol in Richmond,” Melvin said following a “breaking news” alert.

Melvin’s claim follows NBC reporter Ben Collins labeling the demonstration a “white supremacist rally.” His tweet over the weekend received criticism for lacking evidence.

The rally “is not organized by racists and they won’t be in any way a significant portion of the attendees,” Washington Free Beacon staff writer Stephen Gutowski said.

Collins eventually deleted his tweet and said white nationalists have been “planning violent action at the event.” Despite reports of possible violence, NBC reported that the rally “was largely peaceful, with no reported arrests or violence.”

Gutowski spoke to attendees and reported the rally was free of violence or racist displays, tweeting that the rally “was focused on gun rights.”

A CNN report that also aired Monday appeared to tie the peaceful rally to a murder in Missouri, although producers eventually changed the chyron to reflect the fact that no violent incidents were reported.

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MSNBC Anchor Ends Segment When Guest Says Trump Did Nothing Wrong

MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson cut off a Republican guest Monday after he said President Donald Trump didn’t do anything wrong in his handling of lethal aid to Ukraine.

Jackson ended an interview segment with former representative Chris Cannon when Cannon asked which facts contradicted his argument that Trump had done nothing unusual in his handling of the aid.

Jackson had said to Cannon, “I think the facts, congressman, maybe belie what your argument is here, when you look at some of the objective facts that not even the White House disputes at this point.”

“What are those facts?” Cannon asked, but Jackson ended the segment without any further discussion on the matter.

Earlier in the interview, Jackson had asked Cannon whether it was appropriate for one of Trump’s attorneys, Alan Dershowitz, to say he is not sure whether his client “abused power,” a charge leveled against Trump in House Democrats’ articles of impeachment.

“Would you be comfortable with that?” Jackson asked about Dershowitz’s position.

“Absolutely,” Cannon said, arguing Trump hasn’t done anything out of the ordinary for presidents negotiating with foreign countries. “That’s not the basis for impeachment.”

Jackson said she appreciated the congressman’s insight because of his role as an impeachment manager during the trial for President Bill Clinton.

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Fareed Zakaria Features Guest Who Rebukes Central Argument of Zakaria’s Book

Fareed Zakaria, who theorized about the coming post-America world order in his 2008 book, featured a guest on his Sunday show who said America’s economic dominance in the past decade has expanded.

The segment, titled “America’s Decade of Dominance,” featured Ruchir Sharma, chief global strategist for Morgan Stanley. Sharma said that investing in the 2010s was “all about America.”

“America’s share in the global economy actually increased from 23 to 25 percent,” Sharma said. “Now you can say that’s not much of an increase, but given what people thought what America was going to do at the turn of the decade where there was so much declinism about America, this is a pretty surprising outcome.”

“When it comes to stock market returns, when it comes to the use of the U.S. dollar in the international system, the U.S. completely dominates in a way that no other country does,” Sharma continued. “In fact, the dominance of the U.S. today is so complete that the U.S. share in the global stock markets today is 56 percent.”

He also pointed out that the U.S. stock market has seen a far larger increase in value than any other nation’s stock market over the last decade.

These numbers run contrary to Zakaria’s thesis featured in his 2008 book, The Post-American World. Zakaria argued that America’s economic dominance would be undermined by an ineffective political system as other countries caught up to the United States.

However, even Zakaria circa 2020 was forced to agree that this had not come to pass.

“We started the global financial crisis but by the end of it we came out of it better than anybody else,” Zakaria said Sunday.

 

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Dem Rep: There May Be More ‘Impeachment Activity’ Later This Year

Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) said Sunday that Democrats “will not stop” on impeachment and added that there may be more “impeachment activity” in the near future.

“The subpoenas that I have issued that have gone through the lower courts are now going to be heard at the Supreme Court in March,” Waters said during an appearance on MSNBC. “We will not stop. Whether or not that leads to another impeachment activity, I don’t know.”

Waters, who serves as chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee, has subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for President Donald Trump’s personal and professional financial records. She suspects these documents will point towards illicit behavior on the part of the president.

Waters is not the first Democrat to suggest Congress might impeach Trump again. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) left open the possibility of new articles of impeachment against Trump. Rep. Al Green (D., Texas) has pushed for Democrats to reimpeach Trump if the Senate trial does not remove him. Last month, Rep. Karen Bass (D., Calif.) said Democrats would continue to push for impeachment if Trump is reelected in 2020. House Counsel Douglas Letter said that a second impeachment of Trump could be necessary if new evidence comes to light about the president’s conduct.

Waters in October tweeted that Trump should be “imprisoned & placed in solitary confinement” because “impeachment is not good enough for Trump.” She later claimed she was not speaking literally.

The Senate’s impeachment trial of Trump is expected to get underway this week. Senate Democrats expressed concern that an acquittal of Trump could embolden the president.

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Dem Senator: I Don’t Believe Bernie Thinks a Woman Can’t Win

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) said Sunday he does not believe that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) thinks a woman cannot win the presidency.

“I think they both heard what they heard. I don’t believe for a moment, I don’t think Bernie thinks that a woman can’t win,” Brown said during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union. “I think that under the pressures of the presidential races tempers sometimes flare.”

Brown was addressing the controversial exchange between Sanders and his 2020 opponent Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) after the most recent Democratic presidential debate. Warren accused Sanders of calling her a liar for denying that he had told her a woman could not win the presidency. The original exchange allegedly happened, according to Warren, during a private dinner in 2018.

Brown said he knows both of the senators well and expressed confidence that any Democratic nominee can defeat President Donald Trump in 2020. He also told CNN anchor Brianna Keilar that he believes “there is going to be a woman on the ticket for sure, either president or vice president.”

 

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Dem Rep: ‘There Was No Joy’ at Impeachment Ceremony

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D., N.Y.) said Sunday that “there was no joy” at the ceremony where Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) signed the House’s articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

“There was no joy in that ceremony,” Jeffries said during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. “And from the very beginning through the end, Speaker Pelosi has been clear that we are going to proceed in a very serious and solemn and sober fashion.”

Anchor Chris Wallace had shown Jeffries photos of the ceremony, indicating that “all the participants look pretty happy.”

“Doesn’t that blow a hole in your narrative that the Democrats aren’t enjoying the impeachment and the effort to remove this president?” Wallace asked.

Jeffries said that congressional Democrats do not “dislike” President Trump, pointing to bipartisan work on criminal justice reform, the USMCA trade deal, and funding the federal government.

“We don’t dislike Donald Trump, but we do love America,” Jeffries said. “In America, not one is above the law, not even the president of the United States.”

Pelosi handed out commemorative pens during the ceremony and posed for pictures with the impeachment managers, including Jeffries. Pelosi’s approach to the ceremony drew criticism for its treatment of the impeachment process.

Pelosi previously ordered members of her caucus not to cheer at the House vote to impeach Trump.

Jeffries, who has repeatedly emphasized the seriousness of impeachment, on Wednesday called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) “Moscow Mitch” and suggested he had engaged in a “coverup” to enable Trump. McConnell has dismissed the “Moscow Mitch” label as “modern-day McCarthyism,” but it has not stopped congressional Democrats, including Jeffries and Pelosi, from using it on him.

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Couple Chases Down Alleged Kidnapper After Seeing His Car In an Amber Alert

Thanks to vigilance and quick actions of a Massachusetts couple, a kidnapped girl was returned home safely. Massachusetts State Police issued an AMBER alert for 11-year-old Charlotte Moccia around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, only a couple hours after she was reported missing. According to WBTS-CD, Charlotte was abducted on her way home from her bus…

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Warren Says She’s the Only Candidate With Executive Branch Experience

Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) on Friday claimed she is the only candidate in the race with prior experience in the executive branch of the federal government, despite the fact that she’s running against a former vice president, Joe Biden.

“Let me remind you, I think I’m the only one who’s running for president who’s actually been on the executive side,” Warren said during a town hall event in Newton, Iowa. She took credit for getting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) “up and operational” during the Obama administration, although she was passed over to be its director.

Warren’s rival Biden was not only Barack Obama’s vice president, but his 2020 campaign has heavily focused on his record in the Obama administration. He even made the case on the debate stage last October that he was critical to whipping votes to create the CFPB, although Warren responded by downplaying his contribution.

On Friday, Warren also argued that her experience gives her a superior grasp of “agency power.” Her campaign platform includes numerous promises to aggressively use executive power to accomplish her policy goals, such as a ban on fracking that experts say would cost millions of jobs.

 

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BEAST MODE: McSally Calls CNN Reporter ‘Liberal Hack’

Sen. Martha McSally (R., Ariz.) was not interested in answering impeachment questions from CNN Thursday.

The network’s senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju went up to McSally and her staff to ask whether she believed the Senate should consider new evidence as part of the impeachment trial, prompting her to say, “You’re a liberal hack. I’m not talking to you.”

“You’re not going to comment?” Raju asked.

“You’re a liberal hack,” McSally repeated.

Raju also spoke to Sen. David Perdue (R., Ga.), who told him he would “absolutely not” consider new evidence.

“That’s not our job. Our job is to respond to what was given to us in the case built by the House,” Perdue said.

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MSNBC Anchor: ‘Bleak’ Future for Children, Grandchildren of Trump’s Defenders

Morning Joe co-anchor Joe Scarborough said on Thursday that history “will be bleak” for the children and grandchildren of President Donald Trump’s defenders.

“We do know how history writes this. We know that everyone who defends Donald Trump right now will be exposed. We know Mike Pence will be exposed for what he is. We know that [Attorney General Bill] Barr will be exposed for what he is. We know that all of these characters, Rudy Giuliani, will be exposed for what he is,” Scarborough said. “History, it will be bleak, and their families, their children—their grandchildren—everyone who has their last name will carry that around with them.”

“Loyalty only goes one way with Donald Trump, and that’s what I find so remarkable here—that all of these people who are going to be called out, I promise you,” he continued.

Scarborough said that Pence should follow the lead of Lev Parnas, the indicted Rudy Giuliani associate who is now speaking out about Trump’s role in withholding military aid to Ukraine. Parnas appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show to accuse Trump of lying about his knowledge of his activity in Ukraine.

“You might as well do what Lev did and come clean,” Scarborough said. “Maybe listen to your wife,” co-anchor Mika Brzezinski said.

Scarborough called Attorney General Barr “corrupt to the core,” saying there was no need to appeal to him to turn on Trump.

“Who are the Howard Bakers that history will remember as men and women of virtue?” Scarborough concluded. Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) asked a similar question during the initial stages of the impeachment inquiry.

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Pelosi Hands Out Commemorative Pens to Dems to Celebrate ‘Somber’ Impeachment

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) on Wednesday handed out commemorative pens to her impeachment managers while posing for pictures with them—a departure from proceedings she has said should be serious and somber.

CNN correspondent Dana Bash and reporter Nia-Malika Henderson were both perplexed by the optics of Pelosi’s impeachment signing, saying it was “off-message” and “unusual.”

“We’re used to seeing signing ceremonies, handing out pens at moments of celebration, when a president is signing legislation. Even sometimes, on a rare occasion but it has happened, when the House sends over a landmark piece of legislation,” Bash said. “It was unusual to see that kind of ceremony and handing out the pens and smiling for a picture in this kind of situation where the House Speaker has bent over backwards to say publicly and privately, ‘This is somber. This is not a time for a celebration.'”

Henderson called the signing “jarring” and said it “was a little off-message for someone who has tried to set a very serious tone.”

Pelosi has repeatedly told House Democrats that the impeachment process is not a celebratory moment, calling it “somber” and a “very sad time for our country.” Prior to the House impeachment vote last month, she told the Democratic caucus not to cheer at the final vote coming down.

Pelosi handed out eight pens to House Democrats last year after signing a continuing resolution to fund the federal government for three weeks.

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Media Lament Boring Democratic Debate

The media were dispirited and discouraged Tuesday night, as the Democratic presidential field turned in a “dull and plodding” debate performance. John Heilemann asked how anyone could be confident in candidates so hesitant to throw a punch, and MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough said “nobody looked good.”

Most of all, however, these journalists worried the Democratic candidates would not be able to handle facing off against President Donald Trump after such a “gentle” primary.

“How is this going to condition the ultimate nominee to take on the beast that Donald Trump is?” Heilemann asked.

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