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Six in ten Americans support public option: poll

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WASHINGTON — One day after the Senate jettisoned the public insurance option from its health care legislation, a new CBS poll finds that 59 percent of the populace supports the inclusion of such a provision, which would compete in the marketplace with private insurers.

Only 29 percent opposed it, signaling an unusually high 30-point favorable rating. The numbers remain materially unchanged from last month, when CBS found that 61 percent supported it while 28 percent held a negative view of it.

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The idea has faced intense opposition from Republican leaders and conservative activists, who have decried it as a “government takeover” of health care and a slippery slope to “socialized medicine.” While President Obama and the Democratic leadership have consistently championed the idea, a number of Democrats have been skeptical.

The opposition against the public option did not succeed in removing it from the House bill, which passed narrowly. But an apparent impasse in the Senate due to recalcitrant Democrats has compelled the White House to soften its stance.

As a result, Senate Democrats on Wednesday indicated they would compromise the provision in favor of a Medicare expansion — which the GOP also opposes.

The consistently high support among Americans for the public option defies the posturing of red-state Democrats like Ben Nelson, Blanche Lincoln and Mary Landrieu, who have refused to support the provision on the grounds that their constituents are against it. State polling data, however, says otherwise.

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Instead, the inability for Democrats to pass a public option signals that voters are unsure of what the term signifies when it’s thrown around in debates in the media and Congress. When told that it’s merely a supplemental option, the public is far more supportive of it.

The Congressional stalemate could also be a result of a fierce campaign waged by the insurance industry, conservative activists and GOP leaders to misrepresent the nature of the provision and its likely impact on the health care system.

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Trump impersonated a CNN anchor — and a US president — during epic meltdown at Texas speech

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President Donald Trump offered multiple impersonations during a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.

Trump showed the crowd his impersonation of a president of the United States -- and a CNN anchor.

"No guns. No religion. No oil. No natural gas," Trump said. "Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas under those circumstances. Couldn’t do it."

In fact, Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas when he ran for president as the state refused to print any ballots with his name.

He then showed the audience two impersonations as part of his 87-minute speech.

"I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look," Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.

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Maddow reveals Trump’s Ukraine scandal is also an attempt to ‘unblame’ Russia for 2016 interference

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On MSNBC Thursday night, Rachel Maddow walked through an underreported aspect of the Ukraine scandal. When President Donald Trump dangled foreign aid in front of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, he was not just demanding he dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden — he was also demanding he help dig up information that would disprove the findings of former special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia investigation.

"This scheme that the president and Giuliani were enacting using the three amigos, Gordon Sondland, Rick Perry, and [Kurt] Volker, who has already resigned, the scheme was to hold up a White House meeting for this foreign leader unless he coughed up stuff that Trump could use for his re-election effort against Joe Biden," said Maddow. "And in addition to that, interestingly, he needed help unblaming Russia for the 2016 election attack."

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Trump says Republicans ‘are all happy’ with his ‘deal’ to sell out the Kurds

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President Donald Trump on claimed during a Thursday night campaign rally in Texas that "all" Republicans on Capitol Hill are "happy" with the deal he cut with Turkey that cave the country Kurdish land in Syria.

Trump praised Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for their work on the deal, which has been blasted as ethnic cleansing.

"I took a lot of heat, even from some of our congressmen, some of our senators," Trump admitted.

"But now they're all happy," he argued.

"I am happy with them," he added. "I am happy with them."

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