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As Massachusetts Senate GOP candidate climbs, healthcare could be doomed

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UPDATE: President Barack Obama will head to Massachusetts on Sunday in a last-minute bid to revive the fortunes of Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate for Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat in a special election that takes place Tuesday.

Republican candidate Scott Brown had a four-point lead over Coakley in a poll published Thursday night. That poll has Democrats spooked because the loss of Kennedy’s seat to a Republican could jeopardize the Democrats’ health care agenda.

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White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced the president’s decision at today’s briefing, and said the campaign stop will take place in Boston.

The White House came to the conclusion that it couldn’t afford to stay out of a race in such a Democratic state where the political and policy consequences are so dramatic. A Coakley defeat would jeopardize the fate of the administration’s signature health care legislation – and would send a new wave of fear for vulnerable Congressional Democrats, some of whom [are] mulling retirement.

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Massachusetts Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown took a four-point lead in the latest local poll published Thursday night, raising the specter of a complete collapse of Democrats’ healthcare plans.

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Democrats need 60 votes to move the healthcare bill forward in the Senate. If Brown wins, replacing the late Sen. Ted Kennedy in a special election, he has promised to filibuster the Democrats’ bill. Brown is running against Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.

Should Brown emerge victorious, Democrats will likely have to return to the bargaining table with GOP moderates, such as Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).

Initially, Coakley had been seen as a shoe-in for the seat, as Massachusetts tends to elect Democrats to Senate posts.

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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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