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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.

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 Rachel Maddow broadcast ‘exclusive story’ that undermines Mike Pence’s claims

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Monday presented an "exclusive story" -- that undermines public claims by the Trump administration.

Vice President Mike Pence has been among the biggest defenders of the detention camps the administration is running near the southern border.

Pence has described the treatment of detainees as "compassionate" and "excellent."

https://twitter.com/VP/status/1149879335454515200

But that was not what Maddow reported on Monday.

"You haven’t seen this anywhere else," she introduced. "This is the first time this has been broadcast."

The story was an exclusive interview NBC News correspondent Julia Ainsley conducted with a child refugee from Guatemala who was held in one of the camps for eleven days.

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WATCH: 10 videos show massive flooding hitting Brooklyn and New Jersey after torrential downpour

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A massive flood is once again striking parts of New York City and New Jersey Monday as the heatwave gave way to a torrential downpour.

The storm moved through after 6 p.m. EST, dropping several inches of rain in a short period and causing immense flash flooding during rush hour. Commuters reported unusually large crowds on subway platforms, water flowing down subway stairs and huge leaks in the ceilings.

Airports were also dealing with the storm blowing through with time delays at LaGuardia, JFK and the Newark Airports.

Some folks took the flood in stride, bringing out pool toys to ride the waves:

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‘They share staff with the Kremlin’: Maddow roasts Trump’s new favorite right-wing network OANN

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow roasted One America News Network (OANN) for employing a Kremlin operative to report on United States politics.

"If the Fox News channel is insufficiently pro-Trump for you, you may or may not know there is another boutique little news outlet that is designed specifically for Trump megafans called One America, One America News Network," she explained.

"The Trump White House gave this boutique outfit a hard pass for access to the White House grounds and a permanent seat in the White House briefing room -- remember when the White House used to hold press briefings? They had a seat," she continued.

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