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Schwarzenegger calls GOP approach to health care ‘bogus’

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Breaking with the national Republican Party for the second time this week, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) told reporters Monday that GOP attempts to stall health care reform were out of line.

“I think any Republican that says you should start from scratch,” with health care, “I think that’s bogus talk, and that’s partisan talk,” the governor told reporters.

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He also said Obama’s approach to health care reform is appropriate — hosting a forum that includes Republicans.

“Since half of the people are Republicans, why would you exclude Republicans?” he quipped. “Then half of the people hate you for having done health care reform.”

On Sunday, Schwarzenegger told ABC’s This Week he was proud to accept stimulus dollars for his state and praised the program for creating or saving over 150,000 jobs.

“I have been the first governor, of the Republican governors, to come out and to support the stimulus money because I say to myself, this is terrific,” Schwarzenegger said.

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In contrast to many Republicans, the California governor believes the stimulus has created and protected public and private sector jobs. “Anyone that says that it hasn’t created the jobs, they should talk to the 150,000 people that have been getting jobs in California,” he said.

“This is a hundred and fifty thousand people that are going home today with a check, that are providing for their family, that can buy textbooks for their kids, that are feeling wanted and needed and feeling productive,” he exclaimed. “A better job isn’t just a job, it’s all those things.”

Schwarzenegger also lashed out at GOP politicians who voted against the bill then took credit for benefits provided to their states on Sunday.

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“Well, you know, to me I find it interesting that you have a lot of the Republicans running around and pushing back on the stimulus money and saying this doesn’t create any new jobs,” said Schwarzenegger. “Then, they go out and they do the photo ops and they are posing with the big check and they say, ‘Isn’t this great?'”

With earlier reporting by Gavin Dahl and David Edwards.


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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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