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New Romney spokesperson draws scrutiny for insulting women on Twitter

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The Romney campaign announced the appointment of a new foreign policy spokesperson on Thursday, and the appointee has already come under fire for what Think Progress describes as his “odd penchant for targeting the wives of male politicians and women in general on Twitter.”

According to Judd Legum and Alex Seitz-Wald, Richard Grenell, who formerly served in the Bush administration, “has gone after Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Callista Gingrich, Sandra Fluke and others. He also asserted that President Obama’s children should be fair game for political debate.”

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Grenell appears to be particularly bothered by Rachel Maddow, whom he apparently finds insufficiently feminine. The tweets assembled by Legum and Seitz-Wald include one from a year ago saying, “rachel maddow needs to take a breath and put on a necklace.” A current one snarks, “Forced to watch #msnbc on gym tv. The Rachel Maddow commercials can’t possibly attract any viewers, aside from Bieber fans #DeadRinger.”

Grenell’s dislike of Maddow doesn’t appear to be ideologically-based, however, since he has also been going after Callista Gingrich, recently tweeing, “Calista [sic] stands there like she is wife #1” and “do you think callista’s hair snaps on?”

At the same time as Grenell is throwing fuel on the fire of Romney’s problem with women, another campaign adviser isn’t doing Romney any favors when it comes to Latino voters.

In recent days, the Romney campaign has tried to distance itself from Kansas Secretary of State and anti-immigration activist Kris Kobach by insisting that he is merely a “supporter” and not an “adviser.” According to Think Progress, however, a email sent by a Romney spokesperson to CNN on Friday did call Kobach an”informal adviser.”

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This is significant because, as Talking Points Memo explains, “Advocates for the Latino community and Democrats have said that Romney’s ties to Kobach — an architect of anti-immigration laws in Arizona and Alabama — are a poison pill that makes connecting with Latino voters all but impossible. ”

Kobach himself has continued to insist that he is not only advising the campaign but fully expects Romney to support the use of Arizona’s draconian SB-1070 anti-immigration law as a national model.

Romney is eager to gain the support of Latino voters, who are often conservative on social issues, but he has also worked hard to woo the far right anti-immigration forces represented by Kobach. As Talking Points Memo sums up the situation, “How Romney’s [sic] splits the difference is a big storyline moving forward.”

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.

In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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