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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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WATCH: Late-night hosts go off on Trump for ‘chilling’ plan ‘to steal the election’

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Late-night television hosts harshly criticized President Donald Trump for refusing to say there would be a peaceful transition of power if he loses the November election.

"In one of the more chilling moments of his presidency -- and they've been a few -- Donald Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power as Republicans formulated the plan to steal the election through the courts," Seth Meyers explained.

"We're as close as we've ever been to losing our democracy and watching our government transform into an autocratic regime," he continued. "It's happen right in front our eyes right now, you don't need to wait for Trump to roll down Pennsylvania Avenue on a tank in green fatigues with a long chin-beard -- especially since if he did try to grow one he'd probably just look like a very sick chihuahua."

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WATCH: Trump’s chief of staff starts shouting when grilled about president’s refusal to accept election results

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On Thursday, CNN's Wolf Blitzer pressed White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows about President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power after the election, and became visibly agitated and raised his voice under questioning.

"He said he's not sure the election could be honest here in the United States," said Blitzer. "Is he saying if he wins, he'll accept the results, if he loses, he won't commit to a peaceful transition?"

"I haven't heard him say that," said Meadows. "I can tell you what I have heard him say, Wolf, is really overwhelming concern about mail-in ballots ... we're seeing some activist judges across the country interpret the law that really is not on the books. They're actually making the law. I think that's what most of this is about, making sure that as long as it's free and fair. If it's free and fair, we'll accept the will of the American people. We believe that will be the re-election of Donald Trump."

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Trump announces he’s mailing 33 million seniors $200 cash cards — before 2020 election

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On Thursday, at his health care address in Charlotte, North Carolina, President Donald Trump announced that he would send out a $200 cash card to 33 million Medicare recipients ahead of the election.

"The America First Healthcare Plan includes another historic provision to benefit our great seniors," said Trump. "Under my plan, 33 million Medicare beneficiaries will soon receive a card in the mail containing $200 that they can use to help pay for prescription drugs. Nobody's seen this before. The cards will be mailed out in the coming weeks. I will always take care of our wonderful senior citizens. Joe Biden won't be doing this."

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