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Rep. Israel slams the tea party: ‘The House is in range’ for Democrats

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Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, on Wednesday said that Democrats had a chance to take back the U.S. House because voters’ opinion of the tea party movement had soured.

“Here is why we lost in 2010,” he told CBS News political director John Dickerson. “We lost 9 million independent voters in districts throughout the country. They were with us in 2006, they were with us in 2008. In 2010, a tsunami election, many of those independent voters supported a tea party Republican. Now they have deep buyer’s remorse.”

“They did not know that when they voted for a tea party Republican that that tea party Republican would spend more time trying to figure out how to shut down Planned Parenthood than how to open up a small business,” Israel explained.

“They did not know that when they voted for a tea party Republican that that tea party Republican would insist that we can’t afford to subsidize student loans, but we can afford to make permanent the Bush tax cuts for people who are earning over $1 million.”

He said the policies of the tea party Republicans had “backfired” and independent voters were returning to the Democratic Party.

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Republican House Speaker John Boehner (OH) told Fox News this week that “there’s a 1-in-3 chance that we could lose” the House.

“The House is in range,” Israel said.

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‘Do you love Puerto Rico?’: Fox News’ Shep Smith rips governor to shreds

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Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló was outed for cold and heartless comments he exchanged about his own island in wake of the horrific hurricanes that destroyed the island in 2017. He's also being forced to ask questions about the corruption involving the funding for hurricane relief. Nearly 1 million people have taken to the streets demanding accountability and action.

In his first interview, Rosselló may have assumed he'd meet a friendly audience on Fox News, but Shep Smith let him have it.

"The corruption is rampant in Puerto Rico," Smith said. "Economically Puerto Rico is in a fiscal crisis, $70 billion in debt and a 13-year recession. In the leaked 900 pages of profanity-laced messages, dubbed RickyGate, after you, sir, you made light of the casualties of the Hurricane Maria, you tossed homophobic and misogynistic remarks, You were calling the former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverit a whore. Of the oversight board that rules Puerto Rico's finances, you said, 'Go F-yourself. And when your representative to that board said he is salivating to shoot the woman who is the mayor of San Juan, you said, 'You’d be doing me a grand favor.' So, attacks on woman, gays, dead relatives on your own island and after that who is left to support you? Is it even safe for you to govern?"

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‘Simply astonishing’: Retired general sounds the alarm on Trump’s ‘utter breakdown’ in foreign policy process

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Ret. Gen. Barry McCaffrey on Monday sounded the alarm on President Donald Trump's foreign policy team, which he said had shown no indications that it is capable of dealing with a real crisis on the world stage.

While appearing on MSNBC, McCaffrey was asked about a quote from former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in which he said that the entire Trump foreign policy team is being held hostage to the president's impulsive tweets.

"I think the most important thing Panetta said here was the utter breakdown of a national security process," he explained. "It's simply astonishing! [Defense Secretary nominee Mark] Esper still hasn't been confirmed, you've had a series of acting secretaries of defense, no one really understands what [Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo, who is a very intelligent person, is up to."

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Fox News host wipes smirk from colleague’s face by dismantling his ‘love it or leave it’ rant

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A Fox News host shut down her colleague's defense of President Donald Trump's "love it or leave it" rhetoric.

Pete Hegseth, a "Fox & Friends" host, appeared on the network's "Outnumbered" program to defend the president from charges of racism after he called out four Democratic congresswomen -- all of them women of color -- to return to their home countries.

"He’s a capitalist versus that out-and-out socialist, anti-Semitic comments that they've made," Hegseth claimed. "He wants that foil, and I think where he comes at it from the love of country perspective. It’s not that they just love and cherish the country so much, but they want to make some policy tinkers. It's that they want to change the country completely, they think America is defined by our sins and it’s a bad place."

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