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Obama on the stump for McAuliffe in Virginia governor’s race home stretch

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Obama hit the campaign trail Sunday in Virginia, speaking to crowds on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Clinton fundraiser Terry McAuliffe.

“This isn’t a game, and there are very real consequences when you operate ideologically as some of these people do,” Obama said at a rally this afternoon in Northern Virginia. Speaking of McAuliffe’s Republican competitor, Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, Obama said, “Terry’s opponent sided with people who would rather hurt folks to make a point. Rather than back down, Terry’s opponent doubled down.”

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Obama was the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Virginia since 1964. McAuliffe holds a comfortable lead over Cuccinelli, who has marred his standing with key demographic groups with his support for congressional Republican brinksmanship over the government shutdown, and for unusually strident positions on gay rights and abortion.

Watch Obama speak about the race below.

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Trump refusing to pay for New Mexico security and barricades — while trying to change the state from blue to red

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President Donald Trump thinks he will win New Mexico. He's repeated the factoid multiple times, including to a group of oil and gas workers and executives Wednesday at a conference in Pittsburgh, PA. But he also made two significant mistakes to put that support in jeopardy.

First, the president indicated he was building his "wall" on the border of Colorado, which is north of New Mexico. It would mean that New Mexico was now part of Mexico.

Second, it was reported by the Albuquerque Journal that their city is yet another one Trump's campaign is refusing to pay for security costs.

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Intel Committee has ‘recent evidence’ Ukraine witnesses are working together to ‘coordinate’ their stories

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House investigators have "recent evidence" of witnesses working to coordinate their testimony before Congress, a Democratic congressman revealed on MSNBC on Wednesday.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who sits on the Intelligence and Judicial committees, was interviewed by MSNBC Chris Hayes.

"Final question, what is the timeline here?" Hayes asked. "There is some transparency argument that at some point this can’t be behind closed doors, the American people, all of us, Republicans, Democrats, citizens and journalists have to hear what’s happening."

"You’re absolutely right and there will be a public phase," Swalwell replied.

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Rudy Giuliani is looking for a lawyer — after saying he didn’t need one: report

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On Wednesday, CNN reported that President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is looking for a defense attorney to represent him.

This report comes after Giuliani said last week that he would not seek legal representation unless he believed he needed it.

Giuliani is currently under criminal investigation for the scheme he apparently helped facilitate in the Ukraine, where Trump withheld military aid in the fight against Russia while demanding their leaders investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee.

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