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Sen. Sherrod Brown: Progressive groups can’t compete with billionaires

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who has been targeted by the advocacy group co-founded by Karl Rove, on Tuesday decried the nation’s flimsy campaign finance laws.

“It’s bad enough that billionaires and huge corporations — that have already too much power in our government, in Congress, the executive branch far too often — that they already have that power and then they can spend money without disclosure,” he said on MSNBC.

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The pro-Republican Crossroads GPS has launched a $1.1 million ad campaign against Brown. Because the organization is registered as a “social welfare” organization and not a political action committee, it is not required to disclose its sources of funding. Brown suspects that oil companies and Wall Street firms are the ones funding the ad campaign against him, but admitted he doesn’t know for certain.

“I think groups that are more progressive don’t have these resources,” he added. “Keep in mind that when the oil industry is spending this kind of money, when their side wins, they get tax breaks, weaker environmental law, anti-labor legislation. There’s real incentive for the individual billionaires to get their taxes cut, so they invest, really is an investment to them. They get billions in benefits.”

Brown said progressive groups and labor unions “can’t compete” with conservative billionaires like the Koch brothers.

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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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‘The country got an education’: Nicolle Wallace explains why impeachment could move public opinion

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace offered her analysis after the day of televised hearings in the impeachment inquiry.

Wallace, who served as White House communications director under President George W. Bush, drew upon her experience as a top Republican strategist.

"Listen, I haven’t spent a nanosecond in a courtroom, but I’ve spent my career in the court of public opinion. And if you look at what the Democrats have set out to do and you look at why this has swung public opinion in a way the Mueller probe never did is that they have laid brick on top of brick on top of brick," Wallace explained.

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