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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.”

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“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.

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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WATCH: Trump looks on as Turkey’s Erdo?an denies the Armenian Genocide ever occurred

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President Donald Trump looked on as Turkish President Recep Erdo?an denied the Armenian Genocide during a joint press conference at the White House.

Trump allowed Erdo?an's visit despite Turkey's ethnic cleansing of America's Kurdish allies in northern Syria.

Onlookers were shocked that Erdo?an did this in front of the president and multiple Republican senators.

From the White House, Erdogan is ranting about the Armenian Genocide, saying it didn’t happen and that he wants to set up a “history commission.”

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WATCH: Trump whines to Turkish president he only takes questions from ‘friendly reporters’

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In a press conference Wednesday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, President Donald Trump openly reminded that he only takes questions from people on his side.

"Would you like to pick somebody?" Trump asked Erdo?an after taking a question from the far-right OANN. "A friendly person from Turkey, please. Friendly. Only friendly reporters. There aren’t too many of them around."

Trump has increasingly refused to take questions from reporters who ask him actual questions that he both knows the answer to and will make him look good.

The White House hasn't hosted a "daily press briefing" for 247 days and not at all under the new press secretary, Stephanie Grisham. She has, however, had time to appear on Fox News multiple times to speak for the White House.

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George Conway blows apart Republicans’ ‘illogical and incoherent’ defense’ of Trump

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Republican Washington lawyer George Conway found the GOP's attempts to defend President Donald Trump to be "illogical and incoherent."

The spouse of Kellyanne Conway, senior counselor to the president, explained that the witnesses were clearly non-partisan professionals only willing to talk about the facts.

"And the facts are quite damning. And the defenses that were put up by the Republicans were fundamentally illogical and incoherent," Conway told MSNBC. "I mean, one defense was, 'Hey, they actually got the money. The Ukrainians got the money and Zelensky didn’t make a statement. But the fact of the matter is, it was the ask that was illegal."

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