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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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On MSNBC Friday, former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt criticized Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) claim that she was struggling over whether to support the president — and laid out why she should unequivocally decide she doesn't.

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The decision to gas protesters so President Donald Trump could hold a photo-op holding a Bible were criticized by a Republican senator on Friday as cracks start to emerge in Republicans' support for the president.

"As you know, outside the White House when protesters were peacefully exercising their rights, there were rubber bullets and tear gas, they were disbursed so he could go for the pictures, the photo-op at the church," CNN's Erin Burnett reported.

She noted criticism by former General Mattis and asked Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) if he agreed.

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"This is the story of a coward and a commander," said the ad's narrator. "The coward Trump dodged the draft. Jim Mattis led American troops for forty years. While a frightened Trump hides from protesters in a deep bunker firing off tweets, Jim Mattis does what he's always done: Leads. While Donald Trump angrily attacks, General Mattis' words deserve to be heard by every American."

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