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Howard Dean: Democrats ‘need a spinal transplant’

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WASHINGTON — One year after being swept into the White House and bestowed huge majorities in Congress, Democrats have seen their towering lead over Republicans evaporate. Why? According to previous DNC chairman Howard Dean, they’re just not tough enough.

Dean declared Thursday that Democrats “need a spinal transplant” as the party is too quick to succumb to Republican intimidation rather than stand by their convictions and bring their ideas to fruition.

“Republicans are so irresponsible,” Dean said. “They put the good of their party ahead of the good of the country, and when that happens they don’t deserve to serve in office anymore.”

Dean, also former governor of Vermont, staunchly defended the efforts of Democratic Sens. Tom Harkin (IA) and Jeanne Shaheen (NH) to reform the minority party’s ability to block legislation using the filibuster.

Harkin said “the abuse of the filibuster by Republicans is unprecedented” and called it “reckless.”

Dean said “Republicans have decided to wreck the system in order to get their way” and taming the filibuster has become necessary in order for Democrats to effectively govern.

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Republican leaders Sens. Bill Frist and Mitch McConnell threatened to abolish the filibuster just years ago in 2005 when they controlled the majority in Congress. Now, the shoe is on the other foot, and they have no intention of letting it go.

“Our problem is we’re not tough enough,” Dean said, alleging that Republicans would have passed their legislation using reconciliation if they faced a similar degree of opposition from Democrats.

“Republicans are obstructionists,” Dean said. “They have nothing to offer. They haven’t offered anything.”

During December’s health care deliberations, Dean grew so frustrated with his party’s willingness to dilute the legislation that after the public option and Medicare buy-in provisions were removed he declared, “kill the Senate bill.”

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After publicly sniping with the White House on the matter, he eventually tempered his stance and reluctantly agreed the Senate bill was an improvement, if a pyrrhic victory.

This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Feb. 11, 2010.
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John Oliver perfectly explains the Mueller report in a way all Americans can understand

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The overwhelming majority of Americans have not read the 400-plus-page report from special counsel Robert Mueller.

As it stands, it's unclear how many elected officials have either. It's become a problem for Democrats, who would like to impeach the president but can't get the American people to pay attention long enough.

"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver has a solution. In his Sunday show, Oliver outlined a vital piece of the report that outlined just one of many obstructions of justice at the hand of President Donald Trump.

After he outlined what impeachment is, he showed Trump talking about the law that claims it's for "high crimes and misdemeanors." According to Trump, he has to be accused of both because it says "and." An annoyed Oliver corrected the president's incorrect assessment.

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John Oliver unleashes epic supercut of Fox News host who can’t stop bragging about learning German in high school

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Fox News host Brian Kilmeade took German as his foreign language in high school. If you didn't know that, then you likely don't watch Fox News, because the host has made a claim several dozen times.

HBO host John Oliver spent a few moments out of his Sunday episode of "Last Week Tonight" to mock Kilmeade for his desire to remind people of his three years of classes frequently.

Kilmeade has talked about it so many times that his co-hosts began preempting his comment every time the country of Germany is mentioned, or the German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears on the screen.

Watch the hilarious mockery below:

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Trump thinks he can create his own healthcare law that will take the issue off the table for Democrats

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One of the significant issues Republicans lost on in 2018 was their nearly decade-long crusade to unmake the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

This week Trump will announce that he's running for president again, and he promises a surprise announcement while there. While it's unclear what he intends for the surprise, one thing he is talking about is a better healthcare law than the Democratic one.

According to The New York Times, Trump is "vowing to issue the plan within a month or two, reviving a campaign promise with broad consequences for next year’s contest."

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