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Maddow rips into Reid for caving to Republicans on filibuster reform

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow slammed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Thursday night for watering-down his filibuster reform proposal at the last minute.

“This was the day that everybody had been waiting for in terms of changing how the Senate operates, and if you hear sad trombones, that’s why,” she said.

Maddow played a series of clips of Reid calling for strong filibuster reform to prevent Republicans from blocking legislation, a tactic they have used excessively in the past years.

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The filibuster reform approved by the Senate will prevent Republicans from killing bills before they can be debated, but still allows Republicans to block legislation by calling for a supermajority threshold. Many Democrats had hoped Reid would push for a reform that required legislators to speak on the floor until one side gives in, which is the common conception of a filibuster.

“Now they’re not going to be able to get anything done faster,” Maddow mockingly remarked.

“And that is the apex of Senator Harry Reid’s achievement today after those months, those years of promises that this time he was really going to do it… The stuff that they can’t do anything on is just going to fly by from here on out.”

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Giuliani henchmen caught on tape doing statewide tour for Indiana Republicans during 2018 election

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New images of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman with prominent Republicans emerged on Wednesday.

"Two associates of Rudy Giuliani who are accused of illegally funneling foreign money into U.S. campaigns attended an Indiana Republican event promoting U.S. Sen. Mike Braun and others just days before the 2018 election," the Indy Star reports.

"The reason remains a mystery," the newspaper noted.

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‘Be very scared’: GOP lawmaker warns Americans that they could be impeached too

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Rep. Earl Leroy "Buddy" Carter (R-GA) fearmongered against the impeachment inquiry during remarks to reporters on Wednesday.

"Ladies and gentlemen, if a government can do this to the President of the United States, they can do this to you as well," he argued.

Under the United States Constitution, only people who work for the federal government can be impeached, with the penalty being the loss of their job.

Still, Carter argued that Americans should be terrified of being impeached themselves.

"You need to be scared," Carter warned. "You need to be very scared."

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Bill Barr is ‘obligated to recuse’ himself from Ukraine investigation — or resign: NYC Bar Association

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The attorney general of the United States has an obligation to recuse himself from any Department of Justice matters stemming from the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine, the New York City Bar Association said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has a unique role in safeguarding the rule of law under the Constitution. By failing to recuse himself from DOJ’s review of the Ukraine Matter, Attorney General William P. Barr has undermined that role," the statement read.

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