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GOP will ‘absolutely’ take over Congress in 2010

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After telling Sean Hannity that the GOP wasn’t ready to take back Congress in 2010, RNC Chairman Michael Steele changed his tune Sunday. “We absolutely can take the Congress back this year,” Steele told NBC’s David Gregory.

According to National Journal, members of Congress and top aides were livid with Steele’s comments on Hannity’s program, the day his new book Right Now came out, which is likely why he pulled the about-face today.

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In November, Steele told a TV interviewer some white Republicans “are afraid of me.” But that could have more to do with his missteps than his skin color. In March, Politico reported Steele was “[s]teadily becoming a dependable punch line” due to his frequent gaffes.

A selected sampling of prior Steele statements that have caused a ruckus include referring to Rush Limbaugh as a practitioner of “ugly” entertainment, claiming he went from “pro-life his entire career” to believing abortion is an “individual choice,” offering “slum love” to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, hinting that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney lost in the 2008 presidential primaries because he was Mormon, and suggesting that the GOP was in dire need of a ‘hip-hop’ makeover.

Other “he said what” quips include his hoping to attract more blacks to his party by offering them “fried chicken and potato salad” and joking that the GOP needs “to uptick our image with everyone, including one-armed midgets.”

This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast Jan. 10, 2010.

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How The Hill’s John Solomon helped Rudy Giuliani spread his Ukraine conspiracies

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After John Solomon ran columns in The Hill that touched off a disinformation campaign against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the publication had discussions with Rudy Giuliani about a business venture.

As ProPublica revealed last month, Giuliani associate Lev Parnas had helped arrange an interview Solomon conducted with a Ukrainian prosecutor who claimed the Obama administration interfered with anti-corruption cases involving high-profile people, including Biden’s son Hunter. Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, trumpeted Solomon’s work on cable news. The Hill articles are now a central component of the Trump impeachment investigation.

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Forget the politics — for now: Follow the flowing money in the Ukraine scandal

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The Ukraine scandal is mostly viewed through the prism of politics — an attempt by President Donald Trump to gain an advantage over a political opponent. But, as most things are, it’s also about money — and we found lots of it flowing between key players in the scandal.

On this week’s episode of “Trump, Inc.,” we follow the money.

First, Let’s Meet Our Cast of Ukraine Players

Richest among them is Dmitry Firtash, an oligarch who has been battling to avoid an extradition flight to Chicago, where he faces federal charges of bribery. The Department of Justice has described Firtash as an “upper-echelon” associate “of Russian organized crime.” (He denies the charges and says the prosecution is politically motivated.)

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Televised impeachment hearings mattered during Watergate — but they may not today: John Dean associate

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I started a continuing legal education program with John Dean in 2011. We have done over one-hundred-and-fifty programs across the nation since then.

Our first program was about obstruction of justice and how Dean, as Nixon’s White House Counsel, navigated the stormy waters when he turned on the president and became history’s most important whistleblower. Unlike the current whistleblower, Dean had been involved in the cover-up, but ultimately decided he had to end the criminal activity in the White House, with no assurance of anonymity and with the almost certain expectation that he was blowing himself up in the process.

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