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Rachel Maddow: U.S. ‘has no leg to stand on’ lecturing Putin about Ukraine

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow noted on Monday the “central awkwardness” in U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry chastising Russian President Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine under, as Kerry put it, a “completely trumped-up pretext.”

“Absolutely true,” Maddow said. “And something on which the United States has absolutely no leg to stand on after we did exactly that same thing, famously, and on a much larger scale.”

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While she agreed with Kerry that Putin’s rationale for his incursion — to allegedly protect Russian-speaking residents in Crimea — was “bullpucky,” Maddow argued that it hasn’t been that long since the U.S. finally got out of Iraq, which it also invaded under false pretenses under then-President George W. Bush.

“We are a country that is really quite desperately weary of war after simultaneously fighting two of the longest protracted land wars and foreign occupations in American history,” she said. “And, we are newly and legitimately wary of what gets us into wars in the first place. We came by that wariness honestly.”

She also revealed that MSNBC will air a report in place of her show Thursday night which she said will explain the Bush administration’s rationale for invading Iraq, findings which she described as potentially upsetting, but important for the public to know.

“As the U.S. government considers our options and makes our case to the world in the middle of another international crisis right now, I feel a real sense of urgency that we’ve got to get this out there now,” she said.

Watch Maddow’s commentary, as aired Monday on MSNBC, below.

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Susan Rice nails Trump’s problems with strong women: ‘It’s a reflection of one’s own insecurity’

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After President Donald Trump went after PBS's White House correspondent, Yamiche Alcindor, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice tweeted that some people simply can't handle "strong Black women." But when speaking to MSNBC's Andrew Mitchell Tuesday, she said she should amend it to Trump having issues with all women.

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Gov. Cuomo uses his brother’s coronavirus to explain why people must stop ‘your stupid actions’ and social distance

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As part of his press conference Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) noted that his brother, CNN host Chris Cuomo, had tested positive for the coronavirus or COVID-19.

"Now, he is going to be fine," said the governor. "He's young, in good shape, strong -- not as strong as he thinks, but he will be fine. ... I spoke to him this morning and he's going to be quarantined in his basement at home. he's just worried about his daughter and his kids that he hopes he didn't get them infected. You don't really know Chris. You know, you see Chris, he has a show on at night, 9:00 on CNN, but you just see one dimension, right? You see a person in his job and in his job he's combative and he's argumentive and he's pushing people but that's his job. That's really not who he is. He's a really sweet, beautiful guy. And he's my best friend."

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Ex-Trump health advisor cornered on CNN for administration’s failure to heed warnings in pandemic briefing book

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A former health adviser to Donald Trump was grilled on CNN Tuesday morning over the fact that the current administration was handed a briefing book on possible pandemic scenarios back in 2016 and but did not follow it, with the host emphasizing, "doctors are dying."

Speaking with Poppy Harlow, infectious disease epidemiologist Katy Talento was attempting to make the case that there will be time later to figure out what went wrong with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic under the president's stewardship when the CNN host brought up the briefing book that outlined actions that government could take to stem such an event.

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