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Carville challenges ‘Washington consensus’ on cutting the federal deficit

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James Carville, former Bill Clinton campaign adviser, on Tuesday called on Democrats to focus on rebuilding the middle-class instead of accepting the conventional wisdom that cutting the deficit was the most important issue facing America.

“I think we make a fundamental error,” he told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “The biggest problem we have in the country is the deficit. You say, let’s cut entitlements because the deficit is the biggest problem. If you say the biggest problem is that the middle class is shrinking — it would clearly shrink if the deficit got too high — but that would lead you to a conclusion, let’s cut health care costs. That’s the easiest way to cut the deficit. But the Washington consensus is we have to cut entitlements.”

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“When people do focus groups and political people all come back and say the same thing, people are breaking down crying,” Carville continued. “They’re breaking down crying, people say the same thing, ‘I’m one disease away from the end.’ They’re taking children back in their house, they’re changing jobs. People are starting lawn mower businesses when they’re 55-years-old, and the Washington consenses is, ah-ha, this person can’t have Medicare, or the Washington consensus is, cut their Social Security.”

He implied no one would be talking about the federal deficit if it were not for Republicans, and said Democrats should work to cut the cost of health care and education.

“[When] I grew up, that was the ticket to prosperity,” Carville explained. “If you got an education, you knew it was going to pay for itself. That was the best investment you could make. Now, not so sure.”

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REVEALED: Speaker Pelosi says she had to stop White House meeting because Trump was too ‘shaken’ by GOP criticism

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According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Donald Trump was "shaken up" by the realization that Republicans are criticizing him over his huge mistake in Syria.

"It comes at a very difficult time for him," said Pelosi outside the White House meeting. "Earlier today the House of Representatives voted what, 354-60 in opposition to the actions that he has taken in Syria. It calls upon the president to urgently use exercise with restraint and for us to have a humanitarian assistant to some of the Kurdish children being killed there, and reaching support."

Most importantly, however, the bill mandated a clear plan from the president on how to handle ISIS. Just last week, Trump made a unilateral decision to betray the Kurdish people and allow Turkey to bomb them. According to reports, the decision stemmed from Trump's desire to get off the phone.

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Here are the six most absurd things Trump just said in his unhinged Wednesday press conference

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President Donald Trump unloaded a whole lot of crazy during a joint press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Trump attacked America's allies in the Middle East, his own political allies on Capitol Hill and repeated talking points used by Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdo?an.

Here are six of the most absurd things from the press conference.

Trump proved he has no idea what's happening

During the press conference, Trump claimed his decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria was "strategically brilliant."

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Trump’s capitulation cheered on Russian TV: Ambassador McFaul says ‘they are joyous in Moscow’

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America's former ambassador to Russia explained how their state media is celebrating President Donald Trump's capitulation in Ukraine and Syria.

Ambassador Michael McFaul was interviewed Wednesday by MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

"How do you think this should play out, now that they are assembling step-by-step insider accounts with people who are bravely stepping forward, some giving up their careers, Mike McKinley and others having had to quit over this," Mitchell noted. "How do you think this plays out legally or in terms of the politics of impeachment?"

"Well, legally, I’ll defer to others who are more expert. I think what it does underscore is how grossly inept and just broken down the Trump foreign policymaking process is," McFaul replied.

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